Oct. 17, 2011 -- Every time I go to a veterinary conference or pet product trade show, I see hundreds of products and innovations that improve the lives of people and their pets.
And then, sometimes, I come across the not-so-typical pet products.
These products are not quite your typical leashes, toys, and enrichment products.
No, these are the products that make you laugh and scratch your head, but always catch your eye.
But there's something about these products that reminds me of the joy and laughter our pets bring into our lives.
So in the spirit of embracing the silly side of sharing our lives with dogs and cats, here are some of the wackiest pet products I've ever seen.
Reptile Comfort Leash by T-Rex
The Comfort Leash by T-Rex lets you take your lizards and reptile pets for a walk on the wild side. The leashes, in six sizes, are specifically designed for iguanas, monitors, anoles, tegus, swifts and geckos.
Cost: Approximately $11.99; Available at T-Rexproducts.com.
Faux Shearling Boots
Pets have four feet, or paws, so why not protect them in style? Inspired by the popular Australian shearling boots for people, these East Side Collection® Chestnut Sherpa Dog Boots feature faux suede uppers, Sherpa accents, a zip-up back and grooved rubber soles to protect paws from the cold weather. They price includes a set of four boots.
Cost: $17.99; Available at Petkaboodle.com in five sizes.
MugCasso- No Mess Paint Kit for Dogs
Even pets can be creative! Pet owners will now be able to help their "doodling Poodle" and their "painting Persian" create their very own travel mug. The travel mug kit includes paper canvas sheets, 5 tubes paint, paint shields and a travel mug. Once your pet creates its masterpiece it can be displayed in the mug.
Cost: $19.99; Available at Artcasso.com.
Super Pet Critter Cruiser
The Critter Cruiser is a pet powered exercise car for hamsters and gerbils. Its adjustable racing wheels allow your critter to spin while the car remains stationary, orturn the wheels and race around any flat surface.
Cost: $17.99; Available at Superpetusa.com.
Avian Clothing from Flight Quarters
FlightSuits allow birds to be out of the cage but still safe on a leash. Bird lovers can celebrate Halloween with their birds by dressing them in Spooky FlightSuits and Haunting Hoodies!
Cost: Prices vary for styles and sizes; Available at FlightQuarters.com.