Global Pet Expo 2015: Biggest Trends in Pet Products

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We love keeping our eyes on the latest trends in the pet industry, and when it comes to finding the newest, hottest pet products, there’s no better place to be than Global Pet Expo in Orlando. We covered the show floor from end-to-end (which was no small feat — there were miles of aisles to explore) to identify three of the biggest trends of the year: on the go, technology and bonding.

These trends directly reflect the bigger overall tendency for pet parents to pamper their pets more than generations past, which makes sense given the findings of a recent survey. The American Pet Products Association (APPA) determined that more than 10 percent of current pet owners are new pet owners (that’s nearly eight million new pet owners within the past year!), and the majority of them are Gen Y and Gen X. And the number of current pet owners overall has drastically increased to 79.7 million pet-owning households — a 50 percent gain over the past two decades.

And, as it turns out, this increase in pet ownership could be good for our health. Another finding from this survey, along with research conducted by the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation, supported in part by the APPA, finds that doctors are agreeing with pet owners in that pets truly help us feel better. According to a survey of 1,000 family doctors and general practitioners, 97 percent of doctors polled believe in the health benefits of pet ownership, and 60 percent would recommend a pet to improve overall health. That’s one prescription we’d be happy to fill!

A few products representing these trends are below (and, unless otherwise noted, will be available this spring and summer), but keep your eyes peeled — more will be hitting shelves in the near future.

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