September 30, 2010
Many of us try to save on costs by skirting our veterinarians and buying discount pet drugs online without a prescription. Some of the internet sites that sell pet drugs represent legitimate, reputable pharmacies (see links below), but not all. Alas, we may be buying drugs for our best pals from unscrupulous businesses operating illegally.
Buying prescription pet meds online without a prescription and even OTC meds may be risky, according to a recent FDA warning. The FDA has found companies that sell unapproved pet drugs and counterfeit pet products, make fraudulent claims, dispense prescription drugs without requiring a prescription, and sell expired drugs.
Is it worth the savings to possibly damage your pet's health and even maybe a life? Here's our solution. Many vets do indeed charge more for drugs than on-line sites, as they are, after all, trying to make a living. But when asked, some will price-match to products at certain legitimate on-line pharmacies. At very least, they often are willing to fax in your prescription to a reputable site.
If you do wish to shop online, try 1-800-PetMeds with free shipping over $39 and PetCareRx who ship free on your orders over $35. They will contact your veterinarian for you.
September 29, 2010
As the days grow shorter, we are decorating our homes for fall and preparing to hunker down for the cold winter. This Cast Iron Labrador Andiron Set is the perfect hearth decoration for the dog lover. This heavy duty set holds your firewood up off the fireplace floor to help the fire burn hotter and to minimize smoke.
If your home does not have a wood-burning fireplace, the solid cast shanks can be removed to use this pair of pooches in front of an electric or gas fireplace or outside your hearth.
September 28, 2010
We humans certainly are ambivalent about our relationships with animals. Ever wondered why dogs are food in some countries, but members of the family in others? Or why we happily wear leather shoes but condemn cruelty to animals? Most of us would say it's okay to feed a mouse to a pet snake, but not a kitten.
Hal Herzog, a professor of psychology at Western Carolina University, is regarded as a leading expert in the psychology of human-animal relations. He looks closely at the ethics and philosophy involved in our animal relationships in his new book, Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals.
Here's a quick take on the book from Super Cool Pets favorite Patricia McConnell, author of The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs:
The book combines stories and science in an accessible way. For example, researchers found that people really DO look like their dogs (at least, people can match which dog goes with which person, a fact I personally would argue is not quite the same thing) and that cat and dog lovers really do have slightly different personalities (dog people are more extroverted than cat people, but ironically, cat people are slightly more likely to be open to new experiences.)
But most of all, the book constantly reminds us that our interactions with animals are in part driven by genetics, in part by culture and experience, and as a result, are often irrational and contradictory. But if you're like me.... they are always fascinating.
Browse Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals.
September 27, 2010
Keep your pet from feeling homesick when spending nights in a strange place --just bring along his/her own bedroll. This travel-friendly Kurgo Wander Bed rolls up in seconds and is easy to tote with its built-in handle.
Its has a waterproof Rufftex™ bottom to keep it from slipping around in the car with a cozy plush fleece top for comfort. And stash away a little toy or treat in the bedroll's hidden pocket to remind your dog of home!
September 25, 2010
Recently we offered a Greenleaf Birdhouse Aroma Decor Diffuser as a give-away to one of our super cool readers
along with 2 complimentary bottles of Greenleaf Classic Linen Aroma Decor Diffuser Oil
and a GreenLeaf Candle Cube Classic Linen that will freshen the air in your home for 15 hours.
Congratulations to the winner Nancy Simmons-Walker and her two super cool pets, Watson and Chloe!
Never wonder where your keys are again! Designate one spot for them. This attractive and functional Bird's Nest Key Keeper is a decorative key holder featuring a little bird covering a vine nest perched on a painted metal branch. Lovely house-gift!
September 24, 2010
As we batten down the hatches this fall, we may start to notice a pervasive pet smell a little more than when balmy breezes were wafting through our rooms. To absorb pet odors (or any other kind) from the air in your home, Apartment Therapy recommends stashing a few charcoal briquettes around the house:
As for how to distribute them, you can simply lay a few out in a metal tray. Other options: sew pouches for them or use an old sock, then hang them in inconspicuous areas. Line a basket with foil or plastic and lay the briquettes inside. Or simply set them out on a tray on a shelf or side table: the black little pillows actually look kind of cool!
Be sure to stick with the natural briquettes such as Kingsford Original Charcoal Briquets and avoid the mesquite briquettes or ones with easy-light additives.
September 23, 2010
Plan to sleep in this weekend? Curl up for a cozy catnap on these cute Cats And Yarn Flannel Sheets. Fun for cat lovers of any age.
Receive 10% off any Plow and Hearth purchase of $100 or more. Use code LSPH10. Expires 12-31-10.
September 22, 2010
Does your dog sleep on your bed? Lots of our dogs do, which is cozy, but sometimes gets a little crowded. This Quilted Bolster Sleeping Dog Mat helps you carve out a spot just for your pet. This Sleeping Mat has built-in bolsters to encourage him/her to stay put and lets you reclaim your legroom.
The washable Mat is made of a microsuede fabric to keep doggy dirt, fur and grime off your bedding, furniture and carpet. It's lightweight, so perfect for travel, as well as use at home.
Quilted Bolster Sleeping Dog Mat in Green Tea, Champagne and Latte.
September 21, 2010
Here's a cute sweatshirt to add to your wardrobe this fall. The shirt embroidery is finely detailed and is finished with a white mock collar and banded bottom.
Hang In There Kitten Sweatshirt
September 20, 2010
This super convenient travel feeder will help make weekend trips with your pet(s) easier. Store food in the base of this Omega Paw Lunch Box and feed/water your pet from the lid. This elevated dog feeder comes with a sturdy carrying handle that makes it perfect for day or weekend trips. Stores up to 30 lbs of food.
Choose the right size for your pet(s):
September 18, 2010
Hundreds, thousands of birds are injured, maimed and killed world-wide upon contact with reflective glass windows and panels. Birds see trees or the sky in the glass and fly right smack into it at their peril.
To make the glass more visible to birds, compassionate residential bird lovers often use closely-spaced opaque window decals, or stencils painted with tempera as a warning. Recently conservationist and ecologically-minded designers have promoted glass as a building material, and it has gained popularity in the form of transparent panels. Likewise, the bird/glass fatality problem has become more complex.
The New York Times recently reported on an innovative new type of glass called Ornilux, made by Arnold Glas of Remshalden, Germany.The glass is made with a patterned coating that reflects ultraviolet light, visible to birds, but still transparent to the human eye. It is, of course, more expensive than regular glass.
Read New Ornilux Windowpanes Have a Built-In Warning to Birds.
September 17, 2010
Electronic fake-fish USB Desktop Aquariums have been around awhile, but this new multi-gadget aquarium coming out in October kicks it up a notch. Instead of fake fish, this new USB Desktop Aquarium holds real fish and organizes your desktop accessories too.
This multi-gadget features an LCD calendar with time, date and week information, the temperature, plus an alarm clock with snooze feature and countdown timer, a pen holder, and nature sounds to soothe away all your stress.
The tank holds 1.5 quarts of water with space for two small fresh water goldfish, not included. It has an overhead light plus gravel filtration, necessary to keep your fish happy and healthy.
Available mid-October at Fascinations individually for around $40 or bulk wholesale for $20.
Super cool find via ChipChick.
September 16, 2010
Here's a good excuse to start shopping! The New York Times reports the scary stat that "less than 2 percent of cats in animal shelters make it back to their owners, whereas about 15 to 19 percent of dogs are returned, and one reason is that more dogs wear collars."
Does your kitty wear a cat collar? If you answer no, it may be time to rethink that decision, according to the findings of a new study published in The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Cats were randomly assigned to wear 1 of 3 types of collars: plastic buckle, breakaway plastic buckle safety, and elastic stretch safety. Each cat was fitted with the assigned collar, and a microchip was inserted SC between the scapulae.
The result was that 391 of the 538 (72.7%) cats successfully wore their collars for the entire 6-month study period:
Most cats successfully wore their collars. Because even house cats can become lost, veterinarians should recommend that all cats wear identification collars since they are the most obvious means of identifying an owned pet.
For some cats, collars may frequently come off and become lost; therefore, microchips are an important form of backup identification.
Owners should select a collar that their cat will tolerate and should check it often to ensure a proper fit.
So time to get cracking! There's nice-looking cat collar selections at Amazon, Muttropolis, and if you are into bling, CatsPlay.
September 15, 2010
Consumerist reports that their "test-happy kin at Consumer Reports" tested the Pledge Fabric Sweeper for Pet Hair against three different adhesive-based products to see how they stacked up against each other picking up pet fur. The result? All the products did a decent job of lifting up the pet hair.
The downside to the adhesive items is that they require the beleaguered pet owner to constantly remove the the fur-covered sheets, as you probably know yourself. The upside to the Pledge product is that it is easy to use and clean up.
And here's a tip on how to save money on the Pledge. Read our post this past spring on how to reuse the Pledge Fabric Sweeper for Pet Hair rather than tossing it after every use.
September 14, 2010
This beautiful Starfish Playset has a seaside motif. It stands at 2 feet tall with 5 hanging cat toys and 5 sculptured seashell inlays on the base. An optional sisal rope scratch post is available, in natural or dyed in the colors below.
September 13, 2010
We are offering a Greenleaf Birdhouse Aroma Decor Diffuser as a give-away to one of our super cool readers. This fragrance diffuser is perfect for bird lovers who need to "refresh" the air quality in their home from time to time, especially if they live with dogs and cats. It will help destroy odors, purify the air and provide long lasting fragrance while adding a touch of beauty to any room.
You will receive 2 complimentary bottles of Greenleaf Classic Linen Aroma Decor Diffuser Oil along with the Diffuser.
We are also giving away GreenLeaf Candle Cube Classic Linen that will freshen the air in your home for 15 hours.
These Greenleaf products are available at Amazon and at local retailers and make great gifts for yourself and others. Just send an email with the name of your pet(s) to us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 12, 2010
The second Sunday of September is National Pet Memorial Day, a day to remember our special pet buddies who are no longer with us. In the spirit of National Pet Memorial Day, we recommend this brief post When A Beloved Pet Dies by Dr Alex Lickerman on his always enlightening Happiness in This World blog. Dr Lickerman provides valuable insight on exactly why we pet lovers do become so attached to our pets.
September 10, 2010
With Labor Day now behind us, we are thinking about preparing for cooler days. These cozy warmers are perfect after cold, rainy, or snowy hikes--or chilly swims this September. They also help older dogs maintain their body temperature. The Original Fleece Dog Warmer slips on like a traditional sweater.
The Easy-On Easy-Off Fleece Dog Warmer has extra features to make the sweater better than ever. A hook and loop fastener with an expansion panel in the collar allows breathing room around the neck, and a side zipper makes putting it on and taking it off faster and easier.
Fleece dog sweater in green, light brown, red at Amazon and Orvis.
September 9, 2010
Phone booths have become dinosaurs in the 21st century since pretty much all of us have a cell phone. For the Lyon Light Festival in France, artists Benoit Deseille and Benedetto Bufalino breathed new life into an ordinary phone booth, converting it into a street-side aquarium with exotic fish and plant life.
Super cool find via DVICE / pirata
This detailed illustration of your chosen breed is created in the style of mid-century blueprints. The print is accompanied by the dog's "design specs" and documentation about its breed origins and temperament. Each Dog Blueprint is given a distressed finish to achieve the look of an authentic, vintage document.
These museum-grade digital prints are framed in black poplar wood and are available in over 35 popular dog breeds. Makes an attractive gift for the home of any dog lover.
September 8, 2010
We have featured this Slow Down Pet Bowl in plastic in a prior post (see Brake-Fast Bowl). It helps slow the pace of eating for pets gobble their food too quickly for their own good. This Ceramic Slow Down Bowl is a more heavy-duty version. Ceramic bowls are more stable and durable than plastic, plus they don't absorb toxins and are easier to clean. And they don't slide across the floor as easily.
This bowl features a raised bone shape in the middle, plus raised semicircles to keep your pet from grabbing at his/her kibble, and therefore take in too much food too quickly. (Sound like anyone you know?) The bowl may help prevent some digestive problems and even the deadly bloat. The Ceramic Slow Down Bowl is dishwasher and microwave safe in Moss or Pewter.
September 7, 2010
Are your cats keeping you up at night? Your cat (and you) will enjoy this silent nighttime activity. The Flashing Firefly Mat quietly blinks to entertain cats of all ages. Touch-activated LED's generate no heat and turn off when your kitty is finished with play. This cute mat features a scene of fireflies playing in a field.
September 6, 2010
The new West Paw Design Mini Hurley Dog Toy combines a bone and ball in one fun toy that even floats, much to the delight of our water dogs. It has all the same great features as the larger Hurley but in mini size. Throw it, float it and chew it!
This recyclable durable toy is made from extremely pliable, one-of-a-kind Zogoflex® material for days and even years of enjoyment. Zogoflex West Paw Guarantee: "We promise, if your dog is one of the less than one percent that can damage Hurley, we will give you a one time free replacement or refund!"
September 3, 2010
Our pets are part of the family these days, so it comes as no surprise that children's toy maker Fisher-Price Inc. has now expanded into pet products with their September launch of a line of dog toys.
The new pet toy collection is based on the classic Fisher-Price children's toys and will be offered exclusively in all U.S. and Canadian Petsmart stores and online at www.petsmart.com. It features nine dog toys, a dog toy/treat dispenser and a toy storage bin all in a range of sizes and textures for both large and small dogs.
Fisher-Price has redesigned classics such as the Xylophone, the Chatter Telephone, and the Rock-a-Stack into pet toys for dogs--the Xylobone, Chatter Pup Telebone and Ruff-a-Stack. The pet collection will retail for approximately $7.99 to $12.99.
September 2, 2010
Labor Day sale at PetMountain.com. Save up to 70% on everything, plus FREE SHIPPING on all pet products over $35. Use coupon code: LABORDAY. Ends September 6, 2010.
On walks and during other activities, we like to reward our dogs with treats. We have found the positive reinforcement is most effective with our gentle girls. They also love anything related to peanuts and Zuke's Organic Bakes Super Food Dog Treats are chock full of protein-packed peanuts.
These healthy treats help grow sturdy muscles with omega-3-rich almonds to support strong joints and a healthy coat. The list of ingredients includes organic ground oats, organic ground barley, peanut butter, potatoes, oat fiber, organic blackstrap molasses, oil blend (sunflower, olive and canola), almond butter, natural vegetable flavors. Plus, a portion of every sale is donated to the dog and cat cancer research fund.
September 1, 2010
Stock up for fall! Save 40% on toys, apparel, and accessories at Muttropolis for your pets during their Labor Day Clearance Sale.
We dug up a lot of super cool pet stuff this past August. We never like to say goodbye to summer, but there should be a lot of lovely warm fall days ahead to spend outdoors with our pets.
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