PetSmart Canada sets New Year’s goals for pets

The retailer marked private label products that can help pets meet New Year’s resolutions.
Dan Ochwat
Executive Editor
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New Year’s resolutions aren’t just for humans but pets, too, according to PetSmart Canada and its resident veterinarian Dr. Jennifer Freeman who shared four tips for pet and health wellness in 2022. Along with the tips, PetSmart highlighted own brand products that fit the resolutions.

Freeman’s tips include:

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Exercise regularly. Just as humans tend to start the New Year aiming to shed pounds, it applies to pets, too, particularly dogs that typically need at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day, whether it's walking, running, or playing fetch. Private brand product examples to help:

  • Top Paw Outdoor Dog Booties and Top Paw 3-in-1 Pet Coat work to keep dogs warm while they meet exercise goals in the cold.
  • PetSmart also offers an indoor option for mental and physical stimulation is PetSmart's Doggie Day Camp. The day camp provides pets with a structured schedule of enriching activities including mentally stimulating games, story time, "yappy hour," rest and relaxation and bubble time.

Better eating. Knowing what's in a pet's food can help better understand the type of nutrition a dog or cat is or isn't consuming. "Start by reading the ingredients on the food label, paying special attention to the first three ingredients, which make up the majority of the food," said Freeman.

Staying mentally sharp. Mental stimulation enriches a pet's lives by giving them something meaningful to do and because these activities alleviate boredom, they decrease the likelihood of pets developing behavioral issues. Product examples:

Improved grooming. "Regular grooming is important for every dog, regardless of size, age and coat type, because it helps prevent common problems such as excessive shedding, skin and paw irritation, painful hair mats and overly long toenails," said Dr. Freeman.

  • The academy-trained stylists at PetSmart's Grooming Salon have over 800 hours of hands-on grooming instruction that includes bathing, trimming & styling at least 200 dogs of all breeds & sizes plus annual safety certification and offers complete bath & haircut services along with walk-in services.
  • In between professional grooming services, pet parents can keep their dogs' coats well-maintained by using products like the Top Paw 3-in-1 Wet-Dry Pet Grooming Glove and special pet shampoos like Burt's Bees Oatmeal Shampoo for Dogs.

PetSmart is the largest pet specialty retailer in Canada, operating nearly 150 stores in the country.