Even though temperatures are cooling off, this is the time of year when the pet industry heats up. September closed with Groom Expo, the world’s largest grooming show. That event was followed by Pet Connections Expo, a two-day industry trade show that took place the first week of October in Oaks, Pennsylvania.
Aquatic Experience, which takes place the third weekend of October in Secaucus, New Jersey, comes hot on the heels of MACNA, a symposium-trade show presented last month in Las Vegas by the Marine Aquarium Societies of North America.
Big news is also coming from trade organizations, as the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) last month announced that Celeste Powers was being named its new president. She will succeed Steve King, who departs PIDA in January to assume the role of CEO of the American Pet Products Association (APPA).
Our October special report is on small animals, reptiles, birds and fish, which are on the rise in the U.S., according to the APPA 2017-2018 National Pet Owners Survey. While dogs and cats are firmly planted at the top of the pet popularity list, the APPA survey shows that younger generations are more likely to own reptiles or be fishkeepers.
When it comes to young dog owners, they show a strong interest in technology. The Dog Trends and Products article in this issue reports on the exciting developments in wearable IDs, including features ranging from health/ activity monitors to GPS tracking.
Pet owners of all ages are taking notice of antioxidants, and this month’s Natural Trends and Products article offers insight into the research behind this category and how antioxidants are beneficial to dogs and cats.
And that’s just a fraction of what’s in the October edition of Pet Age, as we explore the value of clippers and blowers to groomers; the profits found in hamster and gerbil products; and the importance of a strong first impression with reptile owners. Add to that more than 30 products in our Stockroom section; 10 fish food offerings in the Focus On section; four products for aquarists keeping discus; and more. There’s much to be excited about, but see for yourself.