Best Pet Products of 2009

Pet expert Marty Becker shares his pet health picks for the best of '09.

ByABC News via logo
December 27, 2009, 7:09 PM

Dec. 28, 2009— -- So you've given your family and friends their presents this holiday season, but did you remember your pet?

It's not too late -- most pets can't read calendars -- and "Good Morning America" Health invited pet expert Marty Becker to share his favorite pet products of the year.

The furry friends that appeared on "GMA" today came courtesy of the Humane Society of New York. Click here to learn more.

Petmate Portable Pet Home

For the pet on the go, the Petmate Portable Pet Home is the perfect travel companion. It comes in six sizes to fit pets from 8 to 35 inches tall.

The home comes with a comfortable bed, ventilation panels to keep things breezy and pockets for all the doggy essentials, Becker said.

Click here for more information on the Petmate Portable Pet Home.

Companion Therapy Laser

According to Becker, this exciting new technology has been so successful in reducing pain, inflammation and wound healing for pets that the FDA approved its use on humans.

Here's how it works: the lasers energize the cells, which in turn boost DNA production and then increase the health of the cells. It can be used to help reduce pain to acute ear inflammation, all without medication or invasive procedures.

Treatments are done in participating vet offices and can cost as little as $15.

DermaPet's Trizchlor 4 Shampoo and Spray

The bacteria MRSA can cause skin infections in dogs, cats and horses and is resistant to many antibiotics. Humans can get it too.

But now there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of getting MRSA from your pet: Don't wash their dishes in your dish washer, wash your hands before and after playing with them and keep clear of their waste.

Another thing you can do is bathe and/or spray your pets with DermaPet's Trizchlor 4 Shampoo and Spray. Both are effective on the very tough fight with MRSA.

Click here to visit DermaPet's Web site.

Pogo Plush

When it comes to dog toys, durability is a big factor. The Pogo Plush from Premier Pet is built with an inner rubber skeleton that's covered with faux sheepskin, so it's soft enough to sink their teeth into, but strong enough to keep going afterwards.

Click here to learn more about the Pogo Plush.


For cats, there's a series of toys from Our Pets called Play-N-Squeak, designed to tap into your cat's natural hunting instinct. The realistic looking and sounding mice will have your cat thinking and leaping into action.

Click here to learn more about the Play-N-Squeak.