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GNC Pets™ Now Available at PetSmart, to Help Unique Health Needs of Pets

<p class='bwalignc'> <i>According to Leading Vet, Pet Parents Generally Unaware of These Options</i> </p>

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

GNC Pets™ Now Available at PetSmart, to Help Unique Health Needs of Pets11:15 EST Tuesday, March 01, 2011 PHOENIX (Business Wire) -- According to a recent Packaged Facts survey, nearly 80 percent of dog owners and 85 percent of cat owners do not use nutritional supplements for their pet. Yet, every pet has unique vitamin and mineral needs depending on life stage, activity level and other special conditions. With this in mind, PetSmart (NASDAQ: PETM) now carries GNC Pets, a complete line of vitamins and supplements from GNC designed to make it easier for pet parents to support their pet's health as they do their own. “In my veterinarian practice, I see hundreds of pets a year that would benefit from the use of supplements,” said Dr. Justine Lee, veterinarian specialist representing PetSmart. “Many pet parents are unaware that supplements exist for pets and of the help vitamins and supplements can provide. I recommend pet parents choose supplements that have a quality seal, such as the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) seal.” PetSmart is the exclusive pet retailer for GNC Pets, which includes more than 150 products for dogs and cats like Hip and Joint Health, Skin and Coat Health, Multivitamins, Milk Replacers and Hairball Formulas to help pet parents optimize their pet's health. Nearly every product in this premium line of supplements is NASC-certified and available in a variety of delivery forms. With GNC Pets, pet parents can continue feeding their pets the foods they love and address their health needs by adding vitamins and supplements. “Both dogs and cats may get an extra boost to help overall health and improve quality of life from GNC Pets supplements,” said Tom Dowd, executive vice president for GNC. “Whether a dog or cat is overweight or aging, they may benefit from proven supplements that contain quality ingredients like omega 3 fatty acids, glucosamine and antioxidants.” For more product information, go to For more education on pet supplements, go to Article: Dog Supplements and their Benefits Article: Cat Supplements and their Benefits To see more about the lifelong connection between pets and pet parents, go to the Partners for Life video and visit the GNC Pets Facebook tab at About PetSmart PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. The company employs approximately 47,000 associates and operates more than 1,172 pet stores in the United States and Canada, 172 in-store PetSmart PetsHotel® cat and dog boarding facilities, and is a leading online provider of pet supplies and pet care information ( PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products; and offers complete pet training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart® Doggie Day Camp℠ pet day care services and pet adoption services. Since 1994, PetSmart Charities®, Inc., an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit animal welfare organization and the largest funder of animal welfare efforts in North America, has provided more than $110 million in grants and programs benefiting animal welfare organizations. Through its in-store pet adoption partnership with PetSmart Charities, PetSmart has helped save the lives of more than 4 million pets. Follow PetSmart on Twitter @PetSmart Find PetSmart on Facebook About GNC GNC, headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, is a leading global specialty retailer of nutritional products including vitamin, mineral, herbal and other specialty supplements and sports nutrition, diet and energy products. As of September 30, 2010, GNC has more than 7,100 locations, of which more than 5,500 retail locations are in the United States (including 897 franchise and 1,983 Rite Aid franchise store-within-a-store locations), and franchise operations in 45 countries. The Company – which is dedicated to helping consumers Live Well – also offers products and product information online at Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: GolinHarris for PetSmartStephanie Foster, 972-341-2536sfoster@golinharris.comorPetSmart Media Line, 623-587-2177pr@ssg.petsmart.comorGNCLaura Brophy, 212-537-5177, Ext