STAMFORD, CONN. (July 23, 2021) – The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is giving pet parents some tips on the best outdoor and summer products to purchase during the summer season. According to the 2021-2022 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, pet spending increased during the past year, with 35% of pet owners stating they spent more on their pet/pet supplies – including food, wellness-related products and other pet care items – in the last 12 months than in the preceding year.
“Whether you are spending the summer traveling, enjoying the outdoors or just relaxing at home, it is a great time to keep the pets in your life top of mind,” said APPA President & CEO Steve King. “From treats to apparel, toys and more, these products will help ensure your pets are happy, healthy and safe this summer.”
Read on for a curated list of products perfect for pets during the warmer months, courtesy of APPA members:
Pet owners can keep pets safely in their yard, while also keeping out annoying pests with Dig Defence’s patented drive-in ground fence panel. The fence panel extends the protection of any fence or enclosed area through 4-gauge steel rods. It’s easy to install, and the perfect way to ensure your pet remains safe while playing outdoors.
Price: Ranges from $38.99 to $235.97 based on size and model
For anyone with a puppy, the K9 Lifeline Transitional Leash is the perfect way to teach your pet how to walk calmly and safely. The leash includes a head halter and slip lead, preventing pulling and ensuring summer walks with your pet are seamless.
Price: $14.00 to $20.00
Playtime just got a whole lot more fun with Metro Balls. Metro Balls are safer for pets than standard tennis balls, thanks to zero petrochemicals and materials including yarn and natural rubber. They’re also available in five color options.
Price: $5.99 to $12.99
Oak & Berry is the first distributor to provide dog collars and leashes made from Pinatex, a new sustainable and vegan material produced from upcycled pineapple leaf fiber but with the exact look of leather. The collars and leashes are comfortable and gentle on dogs, putting no pressure on pets’ necks. Plus, they’re customizable!
The Original Poop bags have put a fun spin on cleaning up after your pet with new Peanuts-themed waste bags. The bags feature Snoopy, Woodstock, Charlie Brown and the whole gang. They’re also sustainable, and they are the first pet waste bags certified by the USDA.
Price:$9.99 to $54.99 depending on size and quantity
The Wagz Freedom Smart Dog Collar will allow your pet to enjoy the summer sun while remaining safe, and it saves pet owners the stress of trying to track down lost pets. The collar uses LTE data to deliver real-time information and updates to ensure you know your pet’s location at all times. The collar is also rechargeable.
EQyss Flea Bite Shampoo and Spray save you the hassle of dealing with fleas and ticks by providing long-lasting protection against the pests. Made from cedarwood, peppermint, rosemary and lemongrass oil, EQyss’ soothing formula is pH-balanced to prevent damage to the skin and coat.
Make sure your pet is clean, happy and healthy all summer long with Vetericyn Foamcare Pet Shampoo. The instant foaming shampoo is pH-balanced and specially formulated for the density of pets’ coats, leaving their skin healthy, conditioned and nourished so they can look and feel their very best.
Dogs will go crazy for Houndations Bite-Sized USA Treats from Loving Pets. The treats are all-natural, soft-chew treats made for small dogs and puppies, and made entirely in the USA. These “on-the-go” snacks are grain, wheat, gluten, soy and corn free, and available in five different varieties (beef, chicken, duck, lamb and salmon). Treat your dog to a Houndation treat today!
If you are planning on traveling with your pet this summer, the Bella Roma Travel Double Diner by Loving Pets has got you covered with easy to use travel bowls for your pet. The design features an integrated locking lid to store dry food, and it is collapsible for easy storage. The Double Diner is the perfect way to ensure your pet is prepared when you’re on-the-go.
Price: $11.99 to $13.49
Pet House Candles’ Watermelon Mojito Candle is sure to freshen up your house with its sweet summer fragrance. Pet House Candles are specially formulated to freshen pet-loving homes and are tested and proven to eliminate 99% of pet odors. The Watermelon Mojito fragrance is a refreshing mix of watermelon, fresh lime and crushed mint with a hint of sweet agave nectar and light rum.
Going for a walk in hot summer temperatures can be hard on your dog’s paws. Pawz Dog Boots has you covered with rubber boots for your pet that protect their paws from the elements. Available in seven sizes, the boots provide year-round protection and prevent the pick-up of bacteria and dirt in your pet’s paws.
Price: $14.00 to $20.00 depending on size
Doggijuana’s Get Outside collection is the perfect gift for pets this summer. The toys come in fun outdoor styles, and the dognip has a calming effect on dogs that will immediately relax them. The refillable toys will curb natural play instincts, easing your dog into tranquility.
Playing tug-of-war with your pup this summer has never been more fun! Tether Tug Dog Toys allow you to play without putting strain on your arm or shoulders. The Easy Flex technology incorporated in the tether stretches as your dog pulls, allowing him or her to play rough with minimal exertion needed from your upper body.
Silver Honey Hot Spot and Wound Care takes care of bacteria but is gentle on your pet’s skin. The formula is proven to stop 99.9% of bacteria immediately, speeding up the healing process. The product moisturizes the treatment area while also protecting the skin, ensuring your pet is happy and healthy.
Ware Pet Products Cat Patio is a great way to keep your cat entertained and active. With a solid steel frame, UV/waterproof peaked roof cover, predator-resistant mesh and large zippered doors, it will keep your cat safe and happy. The patio also includes multi-level climbing structures that allow your cat to enjoy the outdoors in a safe environment this summer.
SHERPA’s Airline-Approved Travel Backpack Pet Carrier will allow you to travel in style and comfort by plane or car all summer long. The patented spring wire frame allows the rear end of the carrier to be pushed down several inches, making the backpack easy to carry and store. The carrier also includes mesh windows for ventilation, and top and side entry with a locking zipper for guaranteed safety.
Are you looking to have some fun in the sun with your pet on the water this summer? ZippyPaws Adventure Life Jacket will ensure your dog is completely safe in or around water. The jacket includes dense foam panels that help dogs stay afloat, along with reflective stripes that ensure your pet is visible while in the water. The jacket also features padded handles to allow you to assist your dog easily in and out of the water.
Price: $15.99 to $39.99
For more information, product samples, images or interview opportunities, please email APPA@fwv-us.com.
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