The Global Pet Expo just wrapped up in Orlando, Some 800 pet product makers were there, showing off more than 3,000 new gadgets for our furry friends.
CBS News correspondent and "Early Show" resident veterinarian Dr. Debbye Turner Bell scoured the entire floor of the expo, seeking the coolest pet products coming out on the market, and brought many to the show on Thursday. Among them: a hi-tech pooper-scooper, doggie treadmill, spill-proof bowls, and microwavable cat cake!
The following information comes from the web sites named with the product descriptions, unless otherwise noted
Hamster-wheel like dog treadmill: Go Pet USA's PetRun Treadmill $480
From product's promotional pamphlet: "The PetRun treadmill is an excellent source of exercise for all dogs. It's a physical outlet for energetic dogs. It's a great source of exercise for overweight dogs. It's allows your dog to exercise even when the weather doesn't permit. Perfect for owners who do not have the running space dogs require. It also features adjustable speeds to allow for a casual walk or a spirited run." The treadmill features "push button controls to provide gradual increase and decrease in speed." You can also operate the speed and adjust the incline from the included remote control.
Shopping Info: www.gopetusa.com
Dog-sized treadmill: Go Pet USA's TreadWheel Treadmill $475
From product's promotional pamphlet: "The TreadWheel is an excellent source of exercise for all dogs. It's dog powered - no electricity needed. It offers free, off-leash exercise so that your dog can run at its own, natural pace. Dogs can use the TreadWheel at any time - even while home alone. It's a physical outlet for energetic dogs. It's a great source of exercise for overweight dogs. It's allows your dog to exercise even when the weather doesn't permit. Perfect for owners who do not have the running space dogs require."
Shopping Info: www.gopetusa.com
Pooper scooper-like system: She-Edison's Yard Pup $35
"When doody calls, you need to keep your puppy's yard clean, tidy and sanitary! The YardPup is designed to hold open standard grocery store type bags while the Little Paw helps you scoop, whisk or scrape the doggie doo into the bag. The little Paw is specially designed to work on all surfaces (grass, mulch, rock beds, and patios). Bag attachment is quick, clean and easy with the help of our patented bungie-in-track method of holding the bag on the frame. No more more bending, stooping or touching the yuck with your hands. When a bag is full, just take it off, tie it up and throw it out! Re-load a new bag and go back for more. It eliminates touching yucky items with your hands. It holds open and fills the bag in 1 easy step. It's durable - steel construction with corrosion resistant powder coat finish. It converts a grocery bag into a "Poop Scoop." It minimizes bending, stooping, and twisting. It drastically minimizes your bagging time." It also minimizes bending down - which might be usual for someone with back problems. This is a brand-spankin new product that is only available for pre-order online at this time and will not be shipped until May."
Shopping Info: www.sheedison.com
Finger Painting paint set for dogs: Pup-Casso Art Kit $20
"In just a few easy steps, your dog can unleash its inner artist and become the next Mutt-isse or Dali-mation. And you'll enjoy a fun and interactive time with your pet as it creates a masterpiece you'll cherish forever. Best of all, there's no mess. Your pet's paws will stay clean and dry! Makes a great gift for dog owners of any breed."
- -- 5 Colors of Acrylic Paint (non-toxic)
- -- 3 Pieces of Canvas Art Paper
- -- 3 Paint Shields
- -- 1 Picture Frame
- -- 1 Surprise Pup Toy
Shopping info: www.artcasso.com/products/pup-casso-art-kit
Spill-proof dog bowls: Neater Feeder $66
"The Only Mess Proof Feeder -The Neater Feeder is the only feeding system on the market that manages the mess by containing and separating spilled food from spilled water! It Protects Your Floors and walls from the stains, mold and damage that can occur from spilled water and food. It saves time - No more cleaning up every time your pet's bowl is bumped, or when your over-eager eater enjoys a meal. It's more Comfortable for Your Pet- because provides a healthier eating environment for your pet. First, it keeps their dining area neat, clean, and more sanitary. It also deters pests from getting to your pet's food or water and reduces the spills and mess that attract them in the first place. Further, the Neater Feeder for dogs is elevated, improving comfort, improving digestion, and reducing neck and joint strain. And Looks Great in Any Home - With its attractive colors and stylish design, the Neater Feeder for dogs and cats will soon become the new piece of furniture you can't live without." The Neater Feeder comes in large, medium, small and cat sizes and are priced $66 - 35 depending on size.
Shopping Info: www.neaterfeeder.com
Automatic Sensor Bowl (opens when it senses motion): Sharper Image Auto Pet Bowl $48
From a company spokesman: "The food bowl's lid remains closed until your pet approaches. When the sensor detects your pet is near, the lid automatically slides open. The Lid closes in seconds once your pet is finished. It's easy to clean with removable, dishwasher-safe tray. It keeps insects out and odors in! And Pets can't smell their food. It's battery operated and requires 4 AA batteries." This is a prototype and the final product should hit the store shelves by September (at the latest).
Shopping Info: www.uniquepetz.com
Attractive cat scratching post: CatIt Design's Ornamental Cat Scratcher $30
"The molded cat scratchers comes in 2 styles: Hourglass and Vase. They product features: special low-shred corn-husk and sisal rope blend. It satisfies a cat's natural scratching instinct. The modern design and are suitable for any dÃ©cor. The cat scratchers are decorative, add artificial plants for enhanced visual appeal. You can spray with catnip for extra excitement!" These products will be available at retail in early May.
Shopping Info: www.hagen.com