69°F
weather icon Clear

Pamper those pets with items at SuperZoo’s Las Vegas convention

Updated August 20, 2019 - 7:52 pm

The T-shirt worn by the dude near the entrance sort of set the mood for the whole show. “Please don’t pet me,” it read. ‘“I’m working.”

The occasion was SuperZoo 2019, the World Pet Association’s annual convention, which drew more than 20,000 pet professionals to examine the goods of more than 1,100 exhibitors at Mandalay Bay Convention Center. It runs through Thursday.

And it is a dog’s world, in keeping with the fact that dogs are the most popular pet in America, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. But this isn’t a parochial crowd; food, health treatments, furniture, transport, gadgets and, yes, jewelry for all manner of pets is on display, including cats, small animals such as hamsters and gerbils, reptiles, birds and even horses.

While only one live cat was spotted — being lovingly stroked among a display of beds — as well as a couple of ferrets (but no horses), dogs were all over the place, in the groomers’ competition, in individual exhibits and being led by people determined to prove them as service animals. Legacy exhibitor Kong drew attention to its durable dog toys with an appearance of two standard poodles, one groomed to look like a zebra, the other a giraffe, who were tossing a Kong around.

Bowsers Pet Products, whose wares are billed as “a dog’s world of luxury,” displayed contemporary beds and the more than 100 designer fabrics, all of them machine-washable, from which they can be made.

Baubau also showed off a collection of pet beds that could best be described as post-modern, and gave equal time to cats with cozy wall pockets and perches, some of the latter shaped like punctuation marks.

A cat that spends its time hopping on and off one of those probably is pretty fit, but for those who aren’t, The Little Cat displayed a circular cat exerciser that resembled an oversized hamster wheel.

Cats in need of exercise also could avail themselves of Doc & Phoebe’s indoor hunting feeder, which is said to “fulfill the need to hunt for food.” To use it, you tuck the food inside an self-propelled oval object that’s complete with ears and tail for realistic effect.

Thirsty cats can find relief with Catit’s Flower Fountain, topped with a fountain head shaped to resemble petals, with water pockets for when the fountain is off and an LED nightlight in case your cat forgets it can see in the dark.

If your pet is more likely to have scales than fur, you might consider the Double Door Paludarium from Zoo Med Laboratories Inc., which is an aquarium topped with a terrarium, the better to accommodate canopy-, land- and water-dwelling critters.

If your tastes run to, say, lizards, but you’re squeamish about feeding live insects, Leopa Gel is poised to come to the rescue with tube-dispensed foods that are said to mimic the real thing.

And speaking of squeamish: The Catch-a-Caca “dog poop catcher” suspends those cleanup bags on the end of a telescoping rod for easy carrying in a pocket, presumably after the bag has been removed.

Which brings us back to products for dogs. Tuffy’s array of toys included some that looked like Mom and Dad’s favorite adult refreshments, such as Barkparty and Blameson.

If actual water isn’t good enough for your dog, you can get juiced-up versions with extra nutrients, such as the portable square plastic containers of Doggie Water 2 Go “hydration system for pets,” or Doggie Water, which comes plain or in flavors such as bacon, chicken or steak, in one-liter pouches or bottles of concentrate.

All Four Paws was offering the self-explanatory Chill Collar and Comfy Cone, plus the Wipe It, “because drool happens.”

Doggles (dog goggles) are available in several sizes, dog cake mixes in several flavors and treats in numerous varieties. Dogs that keep up with pop culture can get chew toys themed to “Toy Store 4” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

And those who have entire menageries could consider The Pet Gazebo from Adventek, available in 3-, 4- and 5-foot diameters. With the varying sizes and the available breezeways to connect them, they seem as though they’d be suitable for dogs, cats, ferrets — pretty much any pet, except maybe horses.

Contact Heidi Knapp Rinella at hrinella@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0474. Follow @HKRinella on Twitter.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Business Videos
Live music and EDM dominate the night on day 2 of A’Le’Innstock
After sunset bands rocked the crowds at A’Le’Innstock in Rachel, Nevada on the second night of the event.
iPhone 11 Release
Local Las Vegas long time Apple product consumer shares her excitement for the new iPhone 11 release Downtown Summerlin. (Elizabeth Page Brumley/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Lihi Levin talks about a mobil app Dropit - VIDEO
Lihi Levin, regional manager at Dropit Shopping, talks about a mobil app Dropit. The app lets customers leave their shopping bags at a store then have them delivered the same day to their home or hotel so they can shop without carrying multiple bags all day. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
North Las Vegas company prepares for Mars - VIDEO
Robert Bigelow and his Bigelow Aerospace manufacturing facility played host to eight NASA astronauts and 60 engineers this week getting to know the company’s B330 autonomous, expandable space station. (Elizabeth Brumley/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas developer talks about a new apartment complex called “the yoU”
Frank Marretti lll, founder of G2 Capital Development, talks about his new apartment complex called “the yoU” near UNLV. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Steel cables will hoist roof at Allegiant Stadium - VIDEO
Stainless steel cables are being put into place at Allegiant Stadium to begin the process of putting the roof on the 65,000-seat stadium in Las Vegas. Stadium Chief Operating Officer Don Webb explains how the cables will be used to get the roof put on the future home of the Raiders and UNLV football. (Heidi Fang/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The last remaining Sigma Derby game in Las Vegas
Derek Stevens, owner of the D Las Vegas, talks about the last remaining Sigma Derby horse racing game in Las Vegas inside his casino floor. (Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Popeyes Spicy Chicken Sandwich Review
Janine Blake of Las Vegas gives her review of the new Popeyes Spicy Chicken Sandwich at the restaurant’s location on west Bonanza Road on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019,
SuperZoo 2019 takes over Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas
SuperZoo 2019 show for pet retailers brought pet products of all description to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
MSG Sphere at The Venetian to cost $1.2B plus
Scheduled to open in 2021, it is expected to be busier than Madison Square Garden in New York. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Favorite products from SuperZoo 2019
Some of the fun and interesting pet products on display at the SuperZoo in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
MAGIC Convention Day 3
The fashion trade show MAGIC, held Monday through Wednesday at the Las Vegas Convention Center. (Elizabeth Brumley/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
MAGIC Las Vegas - Day One
The biannual MAGIC convention show opened Monday at the Las Vegas Convention Center. (Elizabeth Brumley/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Allegiant celebrates naming deal with tailgate party
Allegiant Air employees celebrate with a tailgate party after the company’s naming deal with the Raiders for the new Las Vegas stadium.
Nevada's sportsbook operators welcome competition
Sportsbook operators from near and far are looking to get into in the established Nevada market, experts say. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Get a first look of MSG Sphere construction in Las Vegas
Representatives of The Madison Square Garden Company give the first glimpse of progress Tuesday of the under-construction MSG Sphere — a first-of-its-kind performance venue with high-tech audio and visual capabilities.
There's a new place to play board games in Las Vegas
Matt Smiciklas, co-owner of Boarding School Games, talks about the new Las Vegas business that he co-owns with Emily Labejof. Dedicated tabletop gamers can choose from more than 500 games to play for free in-store. The doors open to the public Saturday, July 20, 2019. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Renovations at the STRAT
Analysts say the $140 million renovation project at The STRAT, formerly the known as the Stratosphere, could help the hotel-casino compete with the evolving north side of the Las Vegas Strip. (Bailey Schulz/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
SLS Las Vegas will become Sahara Las Vegas
Owner Alex Meruelo announced during a special event at the SLS Las Vegas that the hotel-casino will become Sahara Las Vegas in its next iteration. Meruelo said $150 million dollars will be spent to renovate the current property. (Heidi Fang/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Aircraft hinge maker moves to "business friendly" Nevada
Doug Silva, president of Aircraft Hinge, Inc. in Las Vegas, makes every type of hinge for every type of airplane. Silva talks about his company and why he moved it to Nevada. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Daytime fireworks mark the opening of Encore Boston Harbor
The opening of the $2.6 billion Encore Boston Harbor in Everett, Mass. included a three-minute fireworks show launched by Fireworks by Grucci Sunday, June 23, 2019. (Rick Velotta/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @RickVelotta
Elaine Wynn talks about the opening of Encore Boston Harbor
Elaine Wynn, co-founder and largest shareholder of Wynn Resorts, talked during opening festivities of the $2.6 billion Encore Boston Harbor in Everett, Mass. Sunday, June 23, 2019. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
People line hours ahead of opening for Encore Boston Harbor
Guests arrive as much as 17 hours early for the 10 a.m. opening of the $2.6 billion, 671-room resort in Everett, Mass. Sunday, June 23, 2019. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @reviewjournal.com
THE LATEST