The annual Global Pet Expo is the nation’s largest pet industry trade show, filling the equivalent of over 13 football fields with the newest, coolest and wackiest pet products coming to the market.
Veterinarian Marty Becker covered every inch of the 2012 Expo, held earlier this month in Orlando, Fla., to find the best and most talked-about new pet products that will make life easier and more comfortable for our four-legged and feathered friends, and their owners.
Becker visited “Good Morning America” today with a collection of animal friends to show his top five favorites out of 3,000 new products launched at this year’s Expo.
Exo Terra Turtle Terrarium by Rolf C. Hagen
This product was named “Best in Show” for reptile pets. Designed by European herpetologists, the Exo Terra Turtle Terrarium is extra wide with a wide water surface to make it a comfortable environment for aquatic reptiles or amphibians. The Terrarium is also built extra solid, sturdy and watertight so you don’t have to worry about leaks or spills. The extended water surface also provides more movement for aquatic animals and greater decoration possibilities.
MSRP: $59.99 – $124.99 depending on size
Teddy Tank by Teddy Tank Technology
This product is a great way to get kids interested in pets. The bowl rests inside the teddy bear’s belly, creating a comfortable feeling of friendship. The Tank is really a combination plush toy, fish tank and night light all-in-one. All the technology needed to keep the fish healthy is hidden within the bear and you can dress and personalize your own Teddy Tank. Plus the ability to feed the fish through the mouth of the stuffed animal is extra fun for kids.
MSRP: $34.95 – $49.99
German Shepherd Dog Speaker by OSD Audio
This product is for the dog lover who also loves music. This life-size German Shepherd dog speaker is a decorative lawn or patio piece and functions as a high quality speaker. Hidden inside are high-end audio components that allow the German Shepherd speaker to produce superb sound in any outdoor environment. Your friends and family will be amazed with the quality build and the beautiful sound.
Bionic Ball Dog Toy
This product really stands up to the rough play that so many dogs love. The toy is made of Bionic Rubber®, a revolutionary, durable material that allows it to withstand the aggressive play patterns of most pets. It also floats like a Frisbee and takes unusual bounces, which keeps your pup moving and active when you get him outside for exercise. as the company says, “it can take any chew and look like new.”
K9Cakery Cake Kit for Dogs
The Cake Kit for Dogs was one of the most buzzed-about items at this year’s Expo. So many people like to feed their dogs people food but, as a veterinarian, I’d much rather those owners whip up a treat that’s actually good for their four-legged pal. the K9Cakery Cake Kit for Dogsis an all-in-one cake kit that includes cake mix, a package of Fido’s Frosting, an all-natural yogurt dog treat frosting. You can also get a variety of different flavors and different pans to make that treat that much more special. It yields up to 12 mini dog cupcakes that can be baked using the microwave or the conventional oven.
MSRP: From $7