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their customers about their specific pet needs…will hopefully get more
owners using supplements.”
It is also important for retailers to keep their supplements and rem-
edies assortments fresh by incorporating new products. This is some-
thing that some stores struggle with, points out Harald Fisker, president
of Grizzly Pet Products LLC, a Woodinville, Wash.-based company that
markets and sells krill oil products for dogs and cats.
“Lack of information and knowledge about new supplements often
seems to be a barrier to retailers letting older-type supplements go,”
he explains. “Further, supplements need to be sold through an engag-
ing dialogue with customers, who otherwise don’t even think of buying
supplements. Supplements are often not very visible in the store, so an
engaging dialogue and advice are musts for success.”
There’s good reason to make this effort because these products can
Grizzly Pet Products LLC (grizzlypetproducts.
com): Grizzly Joint Aid comes in liquid and mini-pellet
forms. Manufactured in-house, both are specifically
designed to support joint and hip health without compromising gut health or digestive functions. Phospholipids delivered by Grizzly’s krill oil inclusion help
support absorption of chondroitin and glucosamine,
making these active ingredients more effective. The
company also offers Grizzly Krill Oil. Containing high
amounts of the natural antioxidant astaxanthin, the product is formulated
to scour free radicals formed in the digestive tract during digestion of extruded pet
Herbsmith, Inc. ( herbsmithinc.com): Herbsmith
Sound Dog Viscosity is a complete joint supplement that
supports joint fluid, cartilage and surrounding soft tissue wellness. The soft chew contains high levels of glucosamine, chondroitin, hyaluronic acid, MSM and herbs.
Herbsmith Microflora Plus provides complete digestive
support including high levels of probiotics and prebiotics,
digestive enzymes and gut-soothing herbs. The products are
produced in the company’s own facility.
K10 Holdings LLC ( k10plus.com): K- 10+ Digestion Support w/Probiotic Advanced Chewable Formula is designed to promote intestinal wellbeing and proper digestion. Each soft chew contains two billion CFU (colony-forming units) of probiotics.
The product also contains a special blend of Bacillus coagu-lans, Aspergillus oryzae and inulin. The K- 10+ line currently
consists of four specific formulas, but the company plans
to launch a fifth formula in an advanced multi-vitamin chew
very soon. All products are U.S.-made and are free of gluten,
grains, meat byproducts, and artificial colors and flavors.
NaturVet ( naturvet.com): NaturVet’s ArthriSoothe Gold Supplements address advanced joint issues with synergistic ingredients that not only include glucosamine and chondroitin but
also MSM, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, enzymes and additional ingredients designed to address the natural inflammatory
process and improve mobility. The product comes in tablets,
liquids and soft chews.
Nelsons ( rescueremedy.com/pets): Nelsons USA is the sole North American
distributor of the Bach Original Flower Remedies—the RESCUE Remedy family of
natural and homeopathy products. RESCUE Remedy Pet is a natural way to address pet anxiety caused by travel, separation, new surroundings, loud noises
such as thunder or fireworks, and other
behavioral issues arising from stress. The
alcohol-free product is a blend of the same
five Bach Original Flower Remedies found
in the original RESCUE Remedy stress-relief formula for people, such as star of
Bethlehem, rock rose, cherry plum, impatiens and clematis. Just add four drops to the pet’s food or water bowl or on a
treat. Safe for all kinds of pets, including dogs, cats, birds, horses, fish and iguanas,
it is non-addictive and doesn’t interact with other medications.
Pet King Brands, Inc. ( zymox.com): The company manufactures the Zymox line of enzymatic dermatology products.
Formulated without harsh chemicals or antibiotics, products
in this line can be used on dogs, cats, puppies and kittens.
Included are an ear solution for infected ears, a cleanser for
dirty ears, and a topical cream and spray for hot spots and
skin infections. Also available are Zymox Shampoo and Conditioning Leave-on Rinse with vitamin D3 designed to calm and
soothe itchy skin. All these products contain the company’s
patented LP3 Enzyme System and are available over the counter.
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