Just because we live in a globally economy doesn’t mean we have to subject our pets to products coming from foreign markets when there are a handful of companies (and pet owners) manufacturing goods for our pets right here in the United States of America. Here are a few of the brands that should be on your radar if you really care about your pets and the products they use too. The Best Pet Products Made in the USA are as follows:
Basis Pet out of Vermont is a small business owned by Michael Florucci that’s manufacturing stainless steel bowls for dogs and cats too. What sets basis pet apart from the pack is they are the only company that’s actually making stainless steel pet bowls in the United States. Think about last sentence while considering how many pet bowls you have used over the years, food for thought.. My dog’s food comes from the United States (nutrisource) so it’s sort of ironic that the bowls I was placing this natural, grain free food were coming from a place I wasn’t sure of. Thanks to Michael and his Basis Pet bowls, I now have full trust in the bowls my dog uses throughout the day! Not only can you feel good about these, they look really nice and will surely fit into any home. http://www.basispet.com/
Since 1997 Planet Dog has been creating non-toxic recyclable products for pets and their lovers along with promoting a message of educating consumers about canine-related issues. This is a company that truly puts their dogs first. How many companies have mug shots up of dogs instead of their staff? Well this one does, and as mentioned earlier these are dogs people, focused on making products in the Northeast that are sustainable, ethical and environmentally conscious. We have been testing the brands popular Orbee ball, which is extremely durable with a strong chew rating of 5 out of 5, is non toxic and fully recyclable. There are many different shapes and sizes of the ball available, we settled on the Coal version “For the dog who promises to be better next year!” I couldn’t resist. Add in some of Planet Dog Eats or any filler your dog enjoys and you can sit back and relax for the next hour or so as your dog sitter has just arrived… My only complaint was the company attached a hang tag to the ball that was a pain in the ass to remove, looks like I wasn’t the only one though as the brand has a tutorial here, hang tag aside Thank you Planet Dog, truly we are so thrilled to have found your products.
Pet owners in the know have trusted the KONG brand for the past 36 years as a great way to their keep dogs occupied. There are times after a long day of work when I get home and just want to make some food and go to bed, I’m sure you know the feeling too. That would be easy enough however there is always, without fail a 5 year old German Shorthaired Pointer waiting for me at the door. In the past I would need to find a toy and play with my dog regardless of my own energy level. Well thanks to KONG this is starting to change. What I do now is fill up a KONG Extreme toy with a mixture of KONG’s Stuff’N (veterinarian based Peanut Butter), some kibble, a couple Planet Dog treats, some more KONG Stuff’N and if I have any leftover meat I toss a little piece in there as well. Needless to say as this concoction starts to come together my dogs gaze is no longer directed towards me, but on the KONG where it belongs. Now depending on how smart your dog is this toy can keep them entertained for a good 30 minutes or longer. The only hiccup comes when your dog starts to learn that its much faster to throw the KONG toy in the air and let all the contents come spilling out onto your floor, carpet or in our case my bed. Aside from the sound of the KONG toy bouncing around and some spillage, I feel these are a must have for every pet owner. Even if its just so you can have 30 minutes a day to yourself, sort of like giving a child an iPhone right? http://www.kongcompany.com/
Last but surely not least I am super excited to introduce you to Purrfectplay. This company is run by an animal lover named Pam and when you check out the cool stuff they are making it makes sense that Purrfectplay was designed with animal safety in mind first and foremost. One of our favorite toys and I say “our” as I seem to enjoy it just as much as my dog Char is the 100% organic Wool dog ball. Just holding this feels unique and my dog will play with this for hours on end. She still hasn’t figured out how to dismantle it either which is awesome, especially with a hunting dog. The company also has cotton and wool tug ropes that are once again made in the United States of America. If you care about your dog like I do, they may as well be your child. For more information checkout – http://purrfectplay.com
I only buy American made these days and would encourage you to do the same. A huge thanks goes out to all the brands mentioned in this piece for providing my dog and I these incredible items to review. Keep in mind if you have a dog, every day is Valentines Day, every day is their birthday, Christmas, Hanuka ets. So why not make your life easy by allowing some of theses American made pet products to enter your home, giving you and your dog piece of mind and more importantly something to stay occupied..