SOURCE: PetSmart


September 15, 2009 09:00 ET

What Do Pets Love Most?

PetSmart® Offers Favorite Solutions for Pets and Pet Parents

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - September 15, 2009) - Interactive toys, advanced nutrition foods and trendy grooming products top PetSmart associates' collection of Favorite Things to keep pets healthy and happy and solve everyday dilemmas.

The most popular products and solutions for pets identified by PetSmart (NASDAQ: PETM) associates and pet parents are interactive toys. Created to keep pets busy and entertained, these unique toys give pets a healthy and safe activity that can curb destructive behaviors and offer hours of fun games and mental exercise. Dogs and cats alike can benefit from interactive toys for healthy activities and to keep their minds agile.

"Interactive toys help exercise pets' minds and prevent depression, keeping them happy throughout the day," said Dr. Robyn Jaynes, veterinarian and pet care expert at PetSmart. "These toys also serve as a distraction from many unwanted behaviors, including chewing, digging, excessive barking or scratching. Toys such as Kongs for dogs and chaser toys for cats are wonderful solutions for pet parents who want to distract their pets or have a pet that easily becomes bored and just needs something to do."


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Like humans, pets need a nutritious diet to maintain a healthy lifestyle. A pet's age, breed, activity level or special dietary restrictions may dictate the kind of food it needs. Advanced nutrition foods, also known as super premium foods, are among the top-recommended products by PetSmart associates to keep pets feeling their best -- inside and out. Wide varieties of foods are available that help with shedding and skin problems, dental care, breed characteristics -- even fur balls.

"When I adopted my cat, she was having pretty bad digestive problems and none of the remedies we tried seemed to help her," said Sarah Bernal, pet care manager at PetSmart in Irving, Texas. "We started feeding her Blue Buffalo Spa Selects dry cat food, and within a week, her symptoms were clearing up and her personality started shining through."

FAQ: Advanced Nutrition Food

While pets love to play with toys and eat tasty food, it's no secret they like to look and feel good, too. Pet Head™ grooming products, from the makers of the popular TIGI Bed Head® styling products, offer pet parents a way to strengthen the bond they have with their pet by helping them keep their pet's skin and coat healthy between regular grooming appointments. PetSmart offers three exclusive Pet Head products, including Juicy Pear tearless shampoo, Plum Berry skin soothing shampoo and Orange Burst deodorizing shampoo.

"At-home grooming is a great way to spend quality time with your pet," says Nicole Widas, PetSmart grooming salon manager in Phoenix, Ariz. "All dogs, no matter their size, age or breed need regular bathing, especially during the summer and fall months when dogs are outside getting dirty and shedding increases. Using products like the Pet Head shampoos, conditioners and deodorizers are fun for pet parents -- and pets."

About PetSmart

PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. The company operates more than 1,145 pet stores in the United States and Canada, 156 in-store PetSmart PetsHotel® cat and dog boarding facilities, and is a leading online provider of pet supplies and pet care information ( PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products; and offers complete pet training, pet grooming, pet boarding, Doggie Day Camp(SM) pet day care services and pet adoption services. Since 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc., an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit animal welfare organization, has funded more than $87 million in grants and programs benefiting animal welfare organizations and, through its in-store pet adoption programs, has helped save the lives of more than 3.6 million pets.

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