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The 19 Best Black-Owned Pet Brands to Shop Online

Photo-Illustration: The Strategist; Photos: Retailers

Buying your dog or cat quality food, a cozy place to sleep, and a cute collar or leash gives you the chance to spoil a pet you love. It’s also a chance to support Black-owned businesses. The following amazing Black-owned pet brands sell everything from dog bandannas to aromatherapy candles for pets. Some we’ve written about before, and some are completely new to us. But all of them are worth checking out ASAP.

Lick You Silly

Barbara Clarke Ruiz went from being a brand consultant to launching her own company with her husband. Lick You Silly makes all-natural dog treats, so they’re safe enough for dogs with allergies — but they’re delicious too. They sell dog-food seasoning, peanut butter biscuits, and chicken and sweet potato dog bones, as well as these freeze-dried meat treats, which happen to be a favorite of Venus Williams’s dog.

Little L’s

Out of Little L’s Brooklyn-based pet bakery comes an assortment of all-natural dog treats. It makes everything from cake to cookies to waffles for dogs, but its hero product is Krak’ems, a safe homemade alternative to jerky. Lenny Forde, the co-founder, dehydrates meat in the oven to kill bacteria, giving these treats an addictive crunchy texture akin to brittle. This is the chicken flavor; they’re also available in turkey, beef, and pork. And the brand sells crunchy salmon skin for your feline friends.

Nova West Supplies

For sensitive dog skin, try this natural shampoo from Nova West Supplies. It helps soothe and heal itchy, irritated skin, yeast infections, dry coat, dermatitis, and more. Thanks to a blend of natural soap, apple-cider vinegar, and a cocktail of essential oils, it’s not only antifungal but will leave your pup with a shiny-looking coat as well.

Gerrard Larriett

Fragrance expert Gerrard Larriett developed a line of aromatherapy pet care after his search for spa-quality grooming products came up short. In addition to natural shampoos and conditioners, doggy sunscreen, and breath freshener, he created an extensive line of candles that are pet-odor eliminating and packed with essential aromatherapy oils that both you and your furry friend can benefit from. According to the description, this jasmine oil-infused candle will stimulate the release of serotonin in the body, making everyone in your home a little happier.

Beaux and Paws by Sir Darius Brown

Dog lover and teen Sir Darius Brown started making and donating bow ties to shelter pets in 2017 and has since turned it into a business. Your pup can now look just as dapper with one of his printed ties. There are seasonal designs and more classic looks, but you’re guaranteed fun prints and lots of color.

Enjoy-a-Bowl

For the picky eater, there’s Enjoy-a-Bowl. Veterinarian Joe J. Owens designed the dual-compartment bowl to trick pups with health problems (like diabetes and obesity) to eat their speciality (not-as-tasty) dog food. To get your pet to eat its own healthy food, place crave-able human food in the locked lower compartment and their food in the bowl on top. They’ll lick the bowl clean trying to get to the human food inside.

Bark & Tumble

It ships to the United States, but this stylish dog-apparel brand founded by Leah Bertram is based in the U.K. The items in the collection are handmade and come in a range of styles and patterns. Your dog will be the trendiest at the park in one of Bark & Tumble’s tie-dyed tees.

K’dara

Inspired by her grandmother’s use of herbal medicine, Katrina Thompkins, a cardiovascular ICU nurse, launched K’dara, a CBD brand for humans that also has a collection for pets. It makes flavored tinctures, biscuits, chews, and CBD-infused peanut butter, and all come with weight-based dosage recommendations so you never give your furry friend too much.

Natty Pet Shop

Brooklyn green thumbs may be familiar with the nursery Natty Garden, but how about the Natty Pet Shop? Owner Joel MahFood opened this sister store in Prospect Heights for all the cat and dog essentials. But it also has bird, reptile, and hamster owners covered too. Even if you’re not local, you can still support it in its online shop.

Bark Organix

Sasha Nunes’s hero product is baked-to-order vegan dog treats, but her company Bark Organix also sells dog toys, accessories, pet-parent apparel, and clean grooming products so natural you could shampoo with them.

In Pups We Trust

The In Pups We Trust philosophy is about making products from a pup’s point of view, meaning Fido comes first. A range of natural and organic balms and essential oils treats common pet problems like dry paw pads and anxiety (hello, holiday fireworks). It also sells chew toys designed with human sensibilities in mind, like the pun-y Barkin Bag, a White Paw, and Casamuttgos Tequila.

Homescape Pets

Husband-and-wife team Nana and Marcus started Homescape Pets after their mini-schnauzer, Beau, got sick with cancer and they started questioning whether regular holistic care and a better diet could have helped avoid that outcome. Their line of all-natural products is meant to help pets lead better and healthier lives. This joint support for dogs and cats claims to relieve pain and arthritis using green-lipped mussel, turmeric, and broad-spectrum hemp extract.

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