Mobile Pets: Innovations for Animals on the Go
A Body Glove Pet Flotation Device from destinationwater.com (Photo Courtesy of C Walters Intercoastal Corp.)
ORLANDO, Fla. — Whether by train, plane or car, America’s pets are on the go like never before — and that trend was on full display at this year’s Global Pet Expo in Orlando.
The annual event, sponsored by the American Pet Products Manufacturer’s Association, features the latest products and innovations in the pet industry.
Bradley Mattarocci with California-based Pet and Pets, showed off what he says is the first crash-tested car restraint for dogs. The product uses a latch system commonly used in infant and child restraints.
"We took that technology and incorporated it into a pet seat," Mattarocci said. "It is also a carrier and unlike most carriers it actually latches in and provides protection for the pet in an accident greater than 30 miles per hour."
The carrier has luggage-style handles and can be broken down and folded flat for travel. Mattarocci says Pet and Pets is just responding to trends in the market.
"What we've seen is a lot more people are taking their pets with them." Mattarocci said. "They're a part of the family. They go on the family vacations. They go everywhere with them."
Brenda Burden with the surfware and water sports company, Body Glove, agrees.
"People want to do everything with their pets," she said.
That's why Body Glove Pet developed a safety vest for dogs that travel with their owners to the lake, river or ocean.
"Countless people are saying, 'I've been looking for this,' even more so than I ever expected," Burden said. "They're out there on their boats and they want to bring their pets," she said.
Burden says the flotation device is built to keep the dog's head up and out of the water. In addition, she says the vest is comfortable and made with the highest quality materials.
"The foam material is the same that we put in our children's flotation suits," Burden said.
For dog owners who would rather hit the road than the beach, the options are greater than ever before.
Dave Malloy is with Dog About by Classic Accessories, where the motto is "turning favorite companions into traveling companions."
Dog About products include car seat covers, bench covers, vehicle door protectors, crate covers, a folding travel dog bed and a food hydration pack.
The food hydration pack "very easily holds eight pounds of dog food, holds one and a half liters of water, all in one little compartment," Malloy said. The product also has a detachable water bowl and food pocket.
Malloy says he, too, has seen a change in the market.
"You have a lot of people that are getting older — the Baby Boomers — they want to bring their pets with them," he said. "They just refuse to leave their pets."
All of these products for pets on the go are currently on the market — or will be in the near future.
For more information on the Global Pet Expo log on to the event's website at globalpetexpo.org.
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