July 18, 2012
If you don't have a lot of space for bulky cat furniture and want a clean and clutter-free home, the Cat Crib is for you. The Cat Crib is a cat hammock that fits under any chair. It is a safe space where your cat can hideout and sleep.
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July 13, 2012
If you have an elderly pet, you may have heard you should cut back on the protein. But feeding him or her more protein may be a good thing, according to Geriatric Pets Need More Protein:
It is commonly believed that feeding geriatric dogs and cats normal or high amounts of protein can cause kidney disease or make existing kidney disease worse. Food manufacturers prey on this belief by offering lower protein foods for geriatric dogs and cats, when in actuality, geriatric pets benefit from higher protein diets.
In fact, the prolonged feeding of special veterinary kidney diets to pets without clinical signs of kidney disease can actually cause unnecessary muscle loss, a compromised immune system, and osteoporosis.
So we are going to check out High Protein Dog Food and High Protein Cat Food. As always, this is not a medical blog, so for more info please confer with your vet and read Geriatric Pets Need More Protein.
July 10, 2012
If your indoor kitties are getting cabin fever in the house and feeling all left out, give them a breath of fresh air without worrying about them getting hurt or running away. The Happy Habitat for Indoor Cats is perfect for your backyard, your porch, balcony, or deck.
You get 2 pegs to stake it securely to the ground and there's easy access for the cats and you through the zipper door. It folds tightly into convenient carry bag for fun on the go and weighs just 2.5 pounds for light-weight carrying.
July 4, 2012
As much as we love summer, for some of us living with pets, Fourth of July fireworks and vicious storms create stressful times. To turn this around for your pets, there are many techniques to relax them--click link for dog ideas and cat ideas.
And for some tips, check out this quick slideshow 6 ways to ease your dog's fear of loud noises | Boston.com.
July 3, 2012
The heat wave in many parts of the country has been relentless. Tough for people to stay cool and hydrated with (or without!) power, not to mention our sweet pets. In hot weather ice cubes keep water cold but melt so quickly. Pet fountains require electricity or batteries.
This Pet's Water Cooler keeps an 8-hour supply of water for a pet chilled all day long using a removable insert lined with non-toxic gel. Includes a second insert for use while the other one is chilling in the freezer. Holds 24 ounces.
July 2, 2012
Here's a look back at the super cool gear we dug up this past June for our super cool pets and the people they love.
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Continue reading: "Super Cool Pets Monthly Round Up -- June 2012"
June 28, 2012
We like DIY here at Super Cool Pets, but there are times we just have to wave the white flag. Our Golden has a jumbo pill organizer with her name on it, and recently she has been refusing her pills with a large shake and shudder no matter how cleverly they are disguised -- beef chunks, peanut butter, ham rolls, hot dog bites, banana, gravy.
When it got to the point that the *hidden* pills were even turning her off to her meals, we turned in desperation to Greenies Pill Pockets. These little gems contain a built-in pocket, perfect for hiding a pill or supplement, which are chewy and workable, so can be sealed shut. And she eats them!
These Greenies Pill Pockets treats are tailored to match your pill size--large fits most capsules and small fits most tablets. They come in different flavors. Well worth every penny to keep our pup healthy while keeping meal time fun.
June 27, 2012
Insects thrive in warm weather, especially the dreaded fleas. How do you tell if your pet is infested with fleas?
Generally the little varmits are visible both on your pet and in your rugs. Your pet will do a lot of intensive scratching.
Some will suffer from severe and prolonged itching from flea bites resulting in hair loss, redness and hot spots. Flea shampoos remove fleas currently feasting on your pet, but won't prevent future infestations.
As always the best treatment is preventive. Don't mix your cat and dog flea treatments. They are not interchangeable--the dog dose is too high, and it can kill your cat. The Frontline products handle fleas and ticks.
June 26, 2012
These therapeutic Douxo Chlorhexidine 3% PS Pads (30 Count) carry an intimidating name, but they pack a wallop. Our vet recommended them to help soothe our Golden's irritated skin after she licked it raw.
These antiseptic and cleansing cotton pads contain Phytosphingosine, a key molecule in the natural defense mechanism of the skin. They are useful for cleaning skin folds, exterior ear surfaces, scrapes, ringworm spots, hot spots, etc. They control odor and relieve itching.
We are now using the pads daily to clean her chronically yucky ear, and it's doing wonders. As always, this is not a medical blog. Check with your vet first who most likely has them in stock, but Amazon is a better deal, pricing them 50% or more below what the office will likely charge ($24).
June 22, 2012
Dog and cat owners visit the doctor less frequently, according to an Australian national survey. And owning a pet may help children stave off colds and asthma.
Caring for a pet is a lot of work and there's no denying they "tie you down". But the benefits can be so enormous, as this 7 Ways Dogs Can Help Your Health | abc News describes, including one affliction that at one time or another affects us all:
For people with all forms of anxiety, having a dog may be an important coping mechanism. This is especially true in times of crisis. A study out of the Medical College of Virginia found that for hospitalized patients with mental health issues, therapy with animals significantly reduced anxiety levels more than conventional recreational therapy sessions.
Along with anxiety, pets help reduce loneliness, aid in rehab, improve heart health and increase our activity levels. For more on the subject, check out Dr Marty Becker's The Healing Power of Pets: Harnessing the Amazing Ability of Pets to Make and Keep People Happy and Healthy.