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Muffin's Halo Guide for Blind Dogs was a WVC favorite!

Muffin’s Halo Guide for Blind Dogs was a WVC favorite!

Last week IBPSA had the pleasure of exhibiting at the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas. We loved the opportunity to share with forward-thinking veterinarians and practice managers the education, resources, and support we provide to help them grow a robust and lucrative pet boarding business. We also used the opportunity to do some recon for our own pet care conference happening October 16-20, 2016, in Las Vegas, and we learned about some new – or expanded – product lines our pet care facility members might find very interesting. Here are just five of our favorites….

Muffin’s Halo Guide for Blind Dogs
We were so impressed by this device to help blind dogs safely navigate their surroundings. This lightweight device creates a bumper or “halo” around a dog’s head. The halo is attached to and supported by a comfortable vest (or set of “angel wings”). With the security of the halo tapping against the wall – versus a direct hit to a blind pup’s noggin – the device gives a renewed sense of confidence. Muffin’s Halo has also set up a non-profit called Second Chances for Blind Dogs that donates the halos to blind dogs in shelters and rescues. To check out the halo in action, visit muffinshalo.com.

Gingerlead
This soft, padded belly sling with a leash and handle helps dogs with weak hind legs walk. A great product for pet care facilities to have on hand to help geriatric dogs or those recovering from knee or hip surgery get around in the facility and exercise yards. For more information, visit gingerlead.com.

The Comfy Cone by All Four Paws
The Comfy Cone offers 2 cones in 1 thanks to removable stays, bridging the gap between soft and those hard plastic e-collars. The family-run company has also created “All Four Paws with Love” which donates Comfy Cones to animal shelters and rescue groups to help animals recover from spaying and neutering more comfortably. Learn more at allfourpaws.com.

My Dog Nose It
You can find some of the IBPSA team in Texas where, just yesterday, the March temperatures soared to over 90 degrees, a reminder that summer is on its way. The intense summer sun can also impact the delicate skin of dog noses which is why My Dog Nose It, an all-natural, non-toxic sun protectant for pets, caught our eye. For more information, visit mydognoseit.com.

Thunderworks
Most of us in pet care are already very familiar with Thundershirts to help calm stressed out, anxious pets. The shirt applies gentle, constant pressure, similar to swaddling an infant. But what we learned at WVC is that Thundershirt is now part of a larger family of products created by Thunderworks, including Thunderleash, a “no-pull” solution that attaches to any collar, wraps around the dog’s torso, and applies safe pressure against the chest as gentle feedback to encourage the dog to stop pulling. Learn more at thunderworks.com.