Some pet owners have turned problems into profit by developing innovative pet products. Joanna Rein created Soggy Doggy, a line of doormats and other products to catch water and drool. Rikki Mor adapted her Knot Genie detangling brush for kids to create the Groom Genie for pets. And Kris Rotonda and Denise Fernandez -- who launched a dating site for pet lovers -- have designed tools for pet food preparation.
Doggy BnB is a social network similar to LinkedIn and Airbnb but for pets. Pet owners use the app to find dog walkers, pet sitters and even playmates for their pets. Largely geared toward dog owners, the service can be used by those who own other pets.
A bill designating shelter dogs and cats as the official state pets of Colorado has been approved by lawmakers and is awaiting the signature of Gov. John Hickenlooper. Schoolchildren in the state proposed the idea.
Dogs can suffer from allergies to fleas, environmental allergens and more, and the issues may manifest as skin problems. Cats also develop allergies, but they usually exhibit gastrointestinal symptoms, according to veterinarian Jules Benson of Petplan. Allergy testing is available for pets, and treatments are aimed at alleviating the discomfort associated with allergies, since, just like in humans, they can't be cured.
Sergeant's Pet Care Products has debuted a campaign urging pet owners to pledge that they will meet the health needs of their pets. With each pledge, the emBARK on Pet Health campaign, with actress and animal advocate Tiffani Thiessen as spokeswoman, gives a Sergeant's Pet Health Kit to animal shelters to accompany newly adopted pets.