Hundreds of pet bloggers flooded the shores of Myrtle Beach, SC to attend the annual BlogPaws Conference. BlogPaws is a professional organization just for pet bloggers. Every year they sponsor three days of education, networking and the opportunity to meet brands with the latest trends in the pet food industry.
This year’s conference was no exception. The best brands were on hand. I got to meet some of my favorite people from Merrick, Stella & Chewy’s, Wellness, Hills and Jones Natural Chews. Veterinary professionals from VCA hospitals were there to answer questions and reps from Red Roof pet-friendly hotels shared tips on pet travel.
Sight-seeing in Myrtle Beach
Before I get to my list of the latest trends in the pet food industry, I want to share the sights of Myrtle Beach. After all a conference is part work and part play. Myrtle Beach is definitely a fun place to visit. The beaches are different than the ones I grew up with in Southern California. The water is warm (which was great), the waves aren’t too big, and there are sand dunes that separate the beach from the shore.
There are amusement parks and fresh seafood restaurants everywhere you turn. Once a year the city welcomes hundreds (maybe thousands) of bikers to Myrtle Beach. BlogPaws was held during the week they were in town. Motorcycle enthusiasts of every age drove up and down the main streets showing off their bikes. They were so entertaining, you didn’t have to plan any other activity except watching them.
The latest trends in the pet food industry
If I could sum up the latest trend with one word; it would be prevention. Brands are going “pro-active” to keep our dogs and cats healthy.
With names like Chick Magnet and Pumpkin Jack Splash these little pouches of nutrition are a delicious way to feed your cat. They also make it easy to keep your cat healthy. Each pouch of food is filled with protein, veggies and liquid that assists your cat to get their daily intake of fluid. Weruva knows that felines do not have the same “thirst drive” as other animals. This makes them less-likely to stay hydrated and more-likely to develop health problems like kidney disease.
My sweet cat Muffin suffered from kidney disease in her final years so I understand the important message of prevention Weruva is delivering with their Cats in the Kitchen food.
I enjoyed learning about this company and the healthy ingredients in their dog biscuits. Their Pumpkin or Blueberry biscuits contain ingredients like pumpkin, peanut butter, organic coconut oil, brown rice and apple sauce.
Each biscuit also contains hemp seed oil and hemp-derived phytocannabinoids or CBD. If you haven’t heard of CBD, it is found most often in the cannabis plant. CBD from the hemp plant is the main active ingredient in Treatibles. It offers dogs the health benefits of CBD without the active THC ingredient found in the cannabis plant. CBD has been known to regulate many functions in the body and improve overall health and wellness. I hope to be sharing more about Treatibles with readers soon.
This Canadian based company also uses hemp oil and hemp seed to prevent health problems in dogs. Their chews are combined with antioxidants to protect pets. Owners use True Hemp dog chews to combat inflammation and as a calming aid to overcome anxiety issues.
This company loves cats. They make Joint & Hip Chews that are specially formulated for felines. Each chicken flavored chew contains glucosamine, MSM, chondroitin, creatine and omega-3 fatty acids. I was impressed with Tomlyn’s Pre & Probiotic for cats. It comes in individual water-soluble powder packets that contain probiotics for good digestion and prebiotics for the growth of healthy bacteria.
Developed by Chris Bessent, DVM, Herbsmith is all about preventing disease naturally and keeping pets at their peak levels. Their herbal supplements for dogs, cats and horses prevent a range of health issues. There are supplements to stop allergy and skin problems and treat joint disease. There are other products to promote urinary and bladder health, good vision, and cognitive health in aging pets. Dr. Bessent even offers a book, Be Your Best Dog® A Guide to Health & Wellness, to educate pet parents.
As you can see the latest trends in the pet food industry are quite different than what you might have seen a few years ago. Brands are using cutting-edge science to keep our pets healthy well into their golden years. It will be interesting to see what the trends will be next year at the 2018 BlogPaws Conference.