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Global Pet Expo, one of the pet industry's largest trade shows, wrapped up last Friday. More than 1,000 pet companies from around the world gathered in Orlando, Florida, to showcase products for nearly every kind of pet, including dogs, cats, small animals, birds, fish, and reptiles.
This year's standouts ran the gamut from basic pet care like litter mats, bowls, and grooming supplies to innovative pet toys, gear, and food. And because companies know that our pets really are part of the family, they also leaned heavily into products geared toward enrichment, safety, and pets with special needs.
Absent were the biggest names in pet tech that showcased new products at this year's CES, including Automated Pet Care Products, SpotOn, iKuddle, Whistle, and Sure Petcare. We hope to check out their offerings in the near future.
Treats and other wellness products containing CBD also had a strong showing, but we have not included them in this roundup because there is insufficient research evaluating the safety and risks of CBD for pets. We recommend consulting your veterinarian if you're interested in learning more about products containing CBD.