Guest Column: What’s hot for your pets?

Published 9:00 am Friday, April 26, 2019

By Michelle Nelson

Michelle Nelson is the owner of  The Pet Authority in Albert Lea.

In March, I attended Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Florida. This is “the show” to debut the hottest new products for 2019. After combing through almost 1,200 booths that spanned over five miles of aisles, it was very apparent the pet industry is focused on creating alternative supplements, medicines and foods that address the numerous health problems that our pets are constantly facing. This category alone has grown over 45% since 2018. Pet owners like you are becoming better educated, and you understand how everything you put in and on your pet’s body will affect the lifespan of your pet.

Michelle Nelson

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Here are some of my favorite products lines for 2019:

1. Adored Beast: Developed by holistic veterinarian Julie Anne Lee, she is now bringing to retail formulas that she used in her own clinic for years with amazing results. These products take a proactive approach to health care and supporting the body’s healing from a range of issues including: allergies, yeast overload, leaky gut, vaccine side effects, digestive problems, skin conditions and autoimmune conditions. These issues currently affect over 50% of my customers, including my own dog, and I could not be more excited to see what they will do for your pets.

2. Side By Side: Inspired by Eastern Food Therapy, this line of raw and cooked diets uses whole food ingredients and a gentle cooking process to help nourish healthy pets and heal sick ones. About 12 years ago, my dachshund Reggie started licking and chewing at his paws. It drove me crazy, but worst of all, he was absolutely miserable. I started doing my own research and ran across something called food energetics where you feed your pet “warm, cool or neutral” foods based on what your pet’s body was telling you. And it worked! Just by switching Reggie to “cooling” foods, I was able to eliminate his miserable itchy state. I am so excited to bring in Side By Side, a food that is perfectly balanced and will keep their Qi (Chee) in balance.

3. CBD: The hottest supplement on the market right now, it truly is unstoppable. That also means there are many inferior products on the market as so many companies are trying to get a piece of the pie. As a CBD oil user and retailer for almost two years, I have seen how amazing the results are. I have had a number of pets and people who are seeing relief where conventional drugs just did not perform. Plus, they can now avoid the unwanted side effects with the use of CBD. Anxiety, inflammation, pain, seizures, IBD, cancer, arthritis, sleeplessness, PTSD, depression, the list goes on with what CBD can help with. All of our CBD products are 100% THC free (non-hallucinogenic) and 100 percent legal. Currently we carry Super Snouts, Green Coast Pet, Honest Paws for pets and for our human customers, we carry Green Roads. We did the research, and we will continue to do our research so you don’t have to. Sourcing, processing, dosing, detoxing, these are all critical when using CBD. Stop in and see how it can help you and your pets today!