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Senior, Weight Management and Special Needs Pet Products in the U.S., 2nd Edition examines the market for products designed and marketed specifically for senior or overweight pets, which often overlap with products for special needs pets, including convalescing pets and those with limited mobility. Coverage extends to products positioned on senior health and weight management in general, such as healthy maturity and healthy weight formulas, as well as products addressing specific medical conditions stemming from advancing age or overweight, as long as the product also has a prominent senior or weight management positioning. For purposes of brevity, senior and weight management products are at times referred to in this report as SWM products.

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Senior, Weight Management and Special Needs Pet Products in the U.S., 2nd Edition
Chapter 1: Executive Summary
The Market
Scope of Report
Report Methodology
U.S. Retail Sales Near $3.8 Billion in 2015
Food Accounts for Lion's Share of SWM Market
Figure 1-1 Share of U.S. Retail Sales of Senior, Weight Management and Special Needs Pet Products by Category, 2015 (percent)
Challenges and Opportunities
Millennials, Boomers Driving Pet Ownership Trends
Pet Overweight, Obesity Crisis Continues Unabated
Interest in Functional Pet Foods/Treats a Boon for SWM
Market
Alternative/Holistic Approaches to Senior Care
Marketing and New Product Trends
Education Key to Success of SWM Products
Competitive Structure
Most Senior, Weight Management Foods Part of Broader
Brand Lines
Euphemistic Names Increase Consumer Appeal, Skirt Regulations
SWM Products Concentrated in Five Segments
The Appeal of Online SWM Pet Supplies Retailers
Pet Supplements Competitive Structure
Senior-Focused Supplements
Weight Management Supplements
The Consumer
25% of Dog/Cat Households Use Weight Management or
Senior Formulas
Boomers Account for 43% of SWM Pet Food Purchasers
Patterns for Pet Supplements
SWM Products a Prime Draw for Pet Pamperers
SWM Crowd More Likely to Buy Natural, Organic
SWM Food Purchasers Over-index for Natural Food Store,
Vet Channels
Chapter 2: The Market
Key Points
Introduction
Scope of Report
Three Product Classifications
Pet Medications Covered in Separate Report
Report Methodology
Market Trends
U.S. Retail Sales Near $3.8 Billion in 2015
Table 2-1 U.S. Retail Sales and Projected Growth of Senior, Weight Management and Special Needs Pet Products by Category, 2010 vs. 2015 and 2015 vs. 2020 (in millions of dollars)
Food Accounts for Lion's Share of SWM Market
Figure 2-1 Share of U.S. Retail Sales of Senior, Weight Management and Special Needs Pet Products by Category, 2015 (percent)
Market Share by Retail Channel
Figure 2-2 Share of U.S. Retail Sales of Senior and Weight Management Products by Distribution Channel, 2015 (percent)
IRI-Tracked SWM Pet Food/Treats Sales Decline
Table 2-2 IRI-Tracked Dollar Sales of Senior and Weight Management Pet Food, 2015 (in millions of dollars and pounds)
Table 2-3 IRI-Tracked Dollar Share of Senior and Weight Management Pet Food, 2015 (in percent)
Market Outlook
Challenges and Opportunities
The SWM Product Usage Gap
Figure 2-3 Pet Owners Who Consider Their Pets Overweight vs. Pet Owners Using Weight Management Pet Foods, 2015 (percent)
Figure 2-4 Pet Owners With Pets Experiencing Senior Health Problems vs. Pet Owners Using Senior Formula Pet Foods, 2015 (percent)
Figure 2-5 Level of Agreement with the Statement: Age-related conditions are the cause of some of the pet medications I buy, 2015 (percent)
Figure 2-6 Level of Agreement with the Statement: Weight/obesity-related conditions are the cause of some of the pet medications I buy, 2015 (percent)
Senior Pet Ownership on the Rise
Table 2-4 Pet Ownership Projections: Percent and Number of Pet Owners with a Senior Pet, 2015 vs. 2020 (in thousands and percent)
Pet Owners Interested in Senior Pet Care Services
Figure 2-7 Level of Interest in Senior Pet-Related Services, 2015 (percent)
Figure 2-8 Percentage of Pets Who Use Assistive/Mobility Devices, Overall and by Age of Pet, 2015 (percent of dog and cat owners)
Millennials, Boomers Driving Pet Ownership Trends
Figure 2-9 Pet Ownership Levels by Age of Dogs and Cats, 2012 vs. 2016 (percent of dog- and cat-owning households)
Millennials Top Baby Boomers as Largest Pet-Owning Cohort
Older Owners = Older Pets
Figure 2-10 Pet Ownership by Generational Age Bracket and Age of Dog, 2015 (percent of dog-owning households)
Figure 2-11 Pet Ownership by Generational Age Bracket and Age of Cat, 2015 (percent of cat-owning households)
Aging Boomers Look to Ease Burdens of Pet Ownership
Pet Overweight, Obesity Crisis Continues Unabated
Figure 2-12 Percentage of Overweight and Obese Dogs and Cats, 2009 vs. 2014
The APOP at the Forefront of Prevention, Education
Obese Pets Are Unhealthy Pets
Diabetes on the Rise
Older Pets More Likely To Be Considered Overweight
Figure 2-13 Percentage of Obese/Overweight Dogs vs. Dogs on a Special Diet: 2010, 2012 and 2014 (percent)
Figure 2-14 Percentage of Obese/Overweight Dogs vs. Dogs on a Special Diet: By Size of Dog, 2014 (percent)
Figure 2-15 Percentage of Obese/Overweight Cats vs. Cats on a Special Diet: 2010, 2012 and 2014 (percent)
Figure 2-16 Percentage of Obese/Overweight Cats vs. Cats on a Special Diet: By Owner Generation, 2014 (percent)
Figure 2-17 Percentage of Owners Who Consider Their Pet Overweight: Overall and by Age of Pet, 2015 (percent of dog and cat owners)
Figure 2-18 Percentage of Dog Owners Who Consider Their Pet Overweight: Overall and by Size of Dog, 2015 (percent of dog owners)
New Labeling Requirements May Promote Obesity
Awareness
Other Labeling Changes Could Help Owners Make Smart Food Choices
Building a Better Pet Weight Management Food
Competition From Other Pet Foods
Promoting Pet Exercise for Weight Maintenance
Illustration 2-1 One Fast Cat Exercise Wheel
Illustration 2-2 Water Treadmill for Cats
Illustration 2-3 Cat Swimming for Exercise
An Obesity Vaccine on the Horizon?
Weight Management Goes High Tech
Interest in Functional Pet Foods/Treats a Boon for SWM
Market
Table 2-5 Use of Specially Formulated Dog Food: 2010, 2012, and 2014 (percent)
Table 2-6 Use of Specially Formulated Cat Food: 2010, 2012, and 2014 (percent)
Table 2-7 Use of Specially Formulated Dog Treats: 2010, 2012, and 2014 (percent)
Figure 2-19 SWM-Related Dog and Cat Food Usage by Type, 2015 (percent)
Figure 2-20 SWM-Related Dog and Cat Treat Usage by Type, 2015 (percent)
Pet Supplements Outpace Overall Market
Table 2-8 U.S. Retail Sales of Pet Supplements, 2010-2019 (in millions of dollars)
Figure 2-21 SWM-Related Pet Supplement Usage by Type, 2015 (percent of pet supplement purchasers)
Increased Veterinary Focus on Senior, Special Needs Pets
Senior, Healthy Weight Also a Focus for Other Service
Providers
Alternative/Holistic Approaches to Senior Care
International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care
Chapter 3: Marketing and New Product Trends
Key Points
Introduction
Education Key to Success of SWM Products
Pet Food at the Core
Competitive Structure
Pet Foods and Treats
Most Senior, Weight Management Foods Part of Broader
Brand Lines
Competition Divided Between Mass-Market, Specialty, and
Vet/Professional
Nestle Purina's Mass-Market Lead Carries Over into SWM
Table 3-1 Marketer Shares of IRI-Tracked Dollar Sales of Weight Management and Senior Dog and Cat Food by Type, 2014-2015 (millions of dollars and percent)
Pet Specialty Channel Offers Large Selection of SWM Fare
Illustration 3-1 PetSmart.com Top Three Best-Selling Weight
Management (Top) and Senior (Bottom) Dog Foods, February
2016
Illustration 3-2 PetSmart.com Top Three Best-Selling Weight
Management (Top) and Senior (Bottom) Cat Foods, February
2016
Veterinary Products Part of Condition-Specific Lines
Mars Veterinary Makes Genetic Health Analysis Accessible
New Product Trends in Weight Management Foods
Euphemistic Names Increase Consumer Appeal, Skirt Regulations
Purina Just Right Capitalizes on Holistic Pet Health Trend
Illustration 3-3 Purina Just Right Infographic
Grain-Free, Raw Diets for Weight Loss
Illustration 3-4 Wellness CORE Reduced Fat and Simple LID
Healthy Weight
New Hill's Prescription Diet Products Target Multiple Conditions
Illustration 3-5 Hill's Prescription Diet Metabolic Multi-Condition
Formulas
Low-Glycemic, High Protein Formulas
Illustration 3-6 Spring Naturals Grain Free Turkey and Salmon Dry
Dinner
New Product Trends in Senior Foods
Botanicals, Omega-3s Power Cognitive Function Foods
Illustration 3-7 Nestle Purina Pro Plan Bright Mind Senior Dog
Food
SWM Treats
Weight Management Treats Go Small, Encourage Activity
Illustration 3-8 Zuke's Skinny Bakes 2- and 5-Calorie Treats
Illustration 3-9 The Honest Kitchen Quickies Treats
Illustration 3-10 Crazy Dog Walkies! Fit Bites
Functional Treats Provide Multiple Senior Benefits
Illustration 3-11 Greenies Veterinary Line
Illustration 3-12 Pet Age October 2015 Outsert Featuring Gray
Muzzle Brushless ToothPaste
Illustration 3-13 Ark Naturals Gray Muzzle Senior Department
Contest Promotion
Illustration 3-14 WholeLife TruHips
Illustration 3-15 Smart Fido Treats
Supplies, Devices and Other Assistance Products
SWM Products Concentrated in Five Segments
Marketers Range from Overall Leaders to Tightly Focused
Specialists
The Appeal of Online SWM Pet Supplies Retailers
Illustration 3-16 SeniorPetProducts.Com Splash Page
Mobility Devices
Harnesses, Leashes, and Wheeled Devices
Illustration 3-17 Help'Em Up U-Band Hip Lift by Blue Dog
Designs
Illustration 3-18 Gingerlead Dog Support and Rehabilitation
Harness
Illustration 3-19 Kurgo's Up and About Dog Lifter
Illustration 3-20 Walkin' Wheels Configurable Dog Wheelchairs
Stairs and Ramps
Illustration 3-21 Solvit Products Tri-Scope Ramp
Illustration 3-22 Gen7Pets Indoor Carpet Mini Ramp
Illustration 3-23 Primetime Petz Drawer Step
Illustration 3-24 The Paws Aboard Boat Ladder for Dogs by
Skamper-Ramp
Boots, Socks, and Stickers
Illustration 3-25 Power Paws by Woodrow Wear
Pet Strollers
Hygienic Products
Pet Diapers
Illustration 3-26 Emily Rose Happy Pet Diaper Holder
Illustration 3-27 Wiki Wags Disposable Wraps
Grooming Products
Illustration 3-28 Ark Naturals Gray Muzzle No Shampoo!
Shampoo!
Clean-up Products
Specialty and Orthopedic Beds
Illustration 3-29 Sealy Large Cooling Memory Foam Mattress
Illustration 3-30 Krysak Industries H4Legs H-Bed
Illustration 3-31 PetTherapeutics MagnaPETic Relief Pad
Toys
Illustration 3-32 Left: Kong Senior, Made of Specially Senior-
Formulated Plastic To Be Easy on Aging Teeth; Right: Orbee-
Tuff Old Soul Dog Bones
Illustration 3-33 Petmate Chuckit! Indoor Fumbler
Watering and Feeding Devices
Weight Management Feeding Supplies and Devices
Illustration 3-34 EZ-Weigh PetProPlus by ProActive PetHealth
Illustration 3-35 SureFeed Microchip Feeder by SureFlap
Illustration 3-36 Buster SoftCube by Kruuse
Birds, Rodents, and Other Animals
Illustration 3-37 SnuggleSafe Microwave Heat Pad
Pet Supplements
Competitive Structure
Nutramax Corners Mass-Market Sales Through Walmart Expansion
Senior-Focused Supplements
Senior-Specific Supplements
Illustration 3-38 Designing Health's The Missing Link Ultimate
Canine Senior Health Formula
Illustration 3-39 Vibrant Pets Senior Complete Supplement
Illustration 3-40 AdaptoGeneration's Revitamal Anti-Aging
Formula
Illustration 3-41 RejuvaPet's RestoraPet Anti-Aging Supplement
Mobility Supplements
Illustration 3-42 RxMobility Canine Joint Formula
Illustration 3-43 Wholistic Pet Organics' Canine Complete Joint
Mobility
Illustration 3-44 ArthroMax K9 Mobility
Illustration 3-45 Tea for Spot Leaps and Bounds
Illustration 3-46 Herbsmith's SoundDog Viscosity
Illustration 3-47 Madra Mor Mobility Mud
Cognitive Supplements
Illustration 3-48 Quincy Animal Health's Neutricks Supplement
for Cats
Illustration 3-49 Ark Naturals Gray Muzzle Brain's Best Friend
Supplement
Heart, Eye and Bladder Health Supplements
Digestive Health, Immune Support and Probiotics
Illustration 3-50 I and love and you My Tummy Hurts
Pet Obesity/Weight Management
Illustration 3-51 PureLife 4 Dogs Weight Management
Supplement
Illustration 3-52 K-10+ Weight Control Supplement
Illustration 3-53 Fruitables Weight Loss Supplement
Birds, Rodents, and Other Animals
Illustration 3-54 Nekton Bird Vitamin and Supplement Kit
Illustration 3-55 Oxbow Animal Health Senior Support
Supplement
Chapter 4: The Consumer
Key Points
A Note About Data Sources
25% of Dog/Cat Households Use Weight Management or
Senior Formulas
Table 4-1a Household Purchasing Rates for Weight Management or Senior Pet Food: Dry and Canned Dog and Cat Food, 2011-2015 (percent of U.S. households with dogs or cats)
Table 4-1b Number of Households Purchasing Weight Management or Senior Pet Food: Dry and Canned Dog and Cat Food, 2011-2015 (in millions of U.S. households with dogs or cats)
Boomers Account for 43% of SWM Pet Food Purchasers
Figure 4-1 Share of Pet Owners Purchasing Senior or Weight Management Pet Food by Generation, 2015 (percent)
Purchasing Rates Up Slightly for All Types Except Dry WM
Figure 4-2 Household Purchasing Rates for Dry and Canned Weight Management and Senior Dog and Cat Food: 2011 vs. 2015 (percent of U.S. households with dogs or cats)
11% of Dog Households Use Senior Dry Dog Food
Table 4-2 Purchasing Rates for Weight Management or Senior Pet Food: Dog Owners, 2011 vs. 2015 (percent of U.S. households with dogs)
WM Formula Dog Foods Attract Senior Crowd
Table 4-3 Key Demographic Indicators for Purchasing Weight Management Dry Dog Food, 2015 (percent, index and number of dog-owning households)
Table 4-4 Key Demographic Indicators for Purchasing Weight Management Canned Dog Food, 2015 (percent, index and number of dog-owning households)
Senior Dry and Wet/Canned Dog Food Skews Older, Retired
Table 4-5 Key Demographic Indicators for Purchasing Senior Dry Dog Food, 2015 (percent, index and number of dog-owning households)
Table 4-6 Key Demographic Indicators for Purchasing Senior Wet/Canned Dog Food, 2015 (percent, index and number of dog-owning households)
15% of Cat-Owning Households Use WM Cat Foods
Table 4-7 Purchasing Rates for Weight Management or Senior Pet Food: Cat Owners, 2011 vs. 2015 (percent of U.S. households with cats)
Demographics for WM Dry vs. Wet/Canned Cat Food
Table 4-8 Key Demographic Indicators for Purchasing Weight Management Dry Cat Food, 2015 (percent, index and number of cat-owning households)
Table 4-9 Key Demographic Indicators for Purchasing Weight Management Wet/Canned Cat Food, 2015 (percent, index and number of cat-owning households)
Older, Retired Base for Senior Cat Formulas
Table 4-10 Key Demographic Indicators for Purchasing Senior Dry Cat Food, 2015 (percent, index and number of cat-owning households)
Table 4-11 Key Demographic Indicators for Purchasing Senior Wet/Canned Cat Food, 2015 (percent, index and number of cat-owning households)
Patterns for Pet Supplements and SWM Food/Treats
Figure 4-3 Percent of Dog- and Cat-Owning Households Who Buy Pet Vitamins/ Supplements and/or SWM Pet Food: Overall vs. Cross Purchasing, 2015 (percent)
Table 4-12 Percentage of Dog and Cat Owners Purchasing Treats for Weight Control: By Size of Dog, 2008 vs. 2014 (percent)
SWM Products a Prime Draw for Pet Pamperers
Table 4-13 Selected Pet Psychographics: Dog Owners Overall vs. Dog Owners Who Purchase Senior or Weight Management Pet Food, 2015 (percent and index)
Table 4-14 Selected Pet Psychographics: Cat Owners Overall vs. Cat Owners Who Purchase Senior or Weight Management Pet Food, 2015 (percent and index)
SWM Crowd More Likely to Buy Natural, Organic
Table 4-15 Use of Specialty Pet Food: Dog Owners Overall vs. Dog Owners Who Purchase Senior or Weight Management Pet Food, 2015 (percent and index)
Table 4-16 Use of Specialty Pet Food: Cat Owners Overall vs. Cat Owners Who Purchase Senior or Weight Management Pet Food, 2015 (percent and index)
SWM Cat Food Purchasers Likely to Spend More
Table 4-17 Relative Price of Pet Food Typically Purchased: Dog Owners Overall vs. Dog Owners Who Purchase Senior or Weight Management Pet Food, 2015 (percent and index)
Table 4-18 Relative Price of Pet Food Typically Purchased: Cat Owners Overall vs. Cat Owners Who Purchase Senior or Weight Management Pet Food, 2015 (percent and index)
SWM Food Purchasers Over-index for Natural Food Store,
Vet Channels
Table 4-19 Pet Product Shopping Patterns by Retail Channel: Dog Owners Overall vs. Dog Owners Who Purchase Senior or Weight Management Pet Food, 2015 (percent and index)
Table 4-20 Pet Product Shopping Patterns by Retail Channel: Cat Owners Overall vs. Cat Owners Who Purchase Senior or Weight Management Pet Food, 2015 (percent and index)
SWM Cat Owners More Likely to Use Vet Services
Figure 4-4 Agreement with the Statement, I buy pet food/nutrition products related to aging issues for my pet: Dog or Cat Owners Overall vs. Dog or Cat Owners Who Have Taken Their Pet to the Veterinarian in the Last 12 Months, 2015 (percent and index)
Figure 4-5 Agreement with the Statement, I buy pet food/nutrition products related to weight/obesity for my pet: Dog or Cat Owners Overall vs. Dog or Cat Owners Who Have Taken Their Pet to the Veterinarian in the Last 12 Months, 2015 (percent and index)

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