Before Grain -- Feed Your Pets the Way Nature Intended

Are dogs and cats vegetarians by nature? I think we all know the answer to that, yet so much commercial pet food is chock full of grain.

You can feed your pets the way nature intended with Before Grain dog and cat food.

  • Grain free, no fillers
  • No artificial colors, flavors
  • Natural preservatives
  • For all life stages





Before Grain is available in many Varieties -- Dry and Canned. Yummy flavors -- tuna, salmon, chicken, beef, buffalo, quail, tripe for cats and dogs.

On this topic, food for thought from Only Natural Pet Store - Everything Natural for Dogs & Cats:

Dogs are classified as carnivores, but as a practical matter, they are omnivorous and can easily survive without meat, as long as they eat a balanced diet. Dog relatives like foxes and coyotes consume lots of fruit or other vegetation at certain times of the year. While not ideal for every dog, most dogs can be successfully converted to a vegetarian or even vegan diet, and there are several suitable commercial dog foods as well as homemade diets. If you are considering a vegetarian rather than vegan diet for your dog, a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet has more flexibility by allowing dairy products and eggs as protein sources.

Cats, however, are exclusively carnivorous by nature and by physiology. The cat's body has made many specific adaptations to its expected diet of prey, which consists mostly of protein, fat and moisture. While you may hear stories about successfully vegetarian cats (including one lion), as a veterinarian, I cannot recommend trying to make a cat exclusively vegetarian or vegan. I've just seen too many problems from it. However, one company makes a good canned food that can be helpful in reducing the amount of meat you need to feed your cat.

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June 25, 2008

Simon's Cat in "Cat Man Do -- Remind You of Anyone?

Cat lovers will relate to this:

Simon's Cat

[via Modern Cat]

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Cat Cottage -- Outdoor Wooden Cat House


Sharp-looking Cat Cottage Triplex is a unique wooden cat house for an outdoor kitty hangout. You know your cat has a safe haven to curl up in inclement weather.

  • Three separate compartments
  • Can comfortably house three to six cats, depending upon size.
  • Each unit has a floor size of 20 x 19
  • The "upper suite" features a lounging ledge
  • Lounging ledge also serves as a weather shelter for the bottom two door entrances
  • Round doors come with vinyl flaps installed.
  • Optional insulation feature provides protection from both extreme cold and extreme heat. Blocks out as much as 93% of the summer heat gain.

Along with the Cat Cottage Triplex (shown above), there are 3 more styles available:




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Comfy Cone - Let Your Pet Heal in Comfort

Let your pet heal in comfort with Comfy Cone. After surgery, so many vets send their patients home with the uncomfortable and unwieldy plastic white cone around their head, making the pet feel even more miserable and strange. The cone blocks out peripheral vision, so the pet bumps into walls and furniture, knocking things over.

Comfy Cone is made of nylon laminated onto ½ inch foam, so the Cone is soft and yielding while still being sturdy and protective. The many positive features include:

  • Has elastic loops to thread the pets own collar through to keep the Comfy Collar secure in place and keeping it from being pulled off or from falling off
  • Allows your pet to eat and drink in comfort
  • Collar can be folded back when eating and drinking or when checking wounds and irritations.
  • Velcro closures and tabs which adjust to many sizes and opens so you do not have to put pet's head thru Comfy Collar
  • Unique reflective binding to help protect you and your pet while going outside at night for walks and bathroom breaks
  • Water resistant and repellent
  • Easy to wipe clean and dry.
  • Fold flat for easy storage.
  • More eco-friendly than the plastic e-collar

Available in Small, Medium, Large and X Large

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June 24, 2008

Pamper Your Pet with a Cloudpuff Blanket -- Perfect for Use with the Sleepy Pod Mobile Pet Carrier

Pamper your kitty or smaller dog with this luxurious Cloudpuff blanket perfect for the inside of pet carriers, on cat furniture perches and ledges, and more.


The Cloudpuff blanket is made from the softest polyester plush available.


The suede-like backing and trim make the Cloudpuff a durable and comfy blanket that can be used as an extra layer of padding or rolled up and used as a pillow. Machine wash.


It is available in two sizes, Small and Medium--perfect for use with both the Sleepypod Mini and Regular Size. The Sleepypod can be ordered with a warmer too, and in Strawberry, Jet Black, Arctic White, Dark Chocolate and Sky Blue.


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Is Your Cat Healthy? -- Find Out with Scientific Professional Brand Cat Litter


If your cat is behaving strangely, he or she may need medical care. One common disease in cats is Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), which you may be able to diagnose yourself.

According to Scientific Professional Cat Litter--Drs Foster & Smithicon, your cat may have an infection if he or she:

  • Urinates frequently or has problems urinating
  • Deviates from usual litter box habits
  • Leaves blood or blood-tinged urine in the litter box.
  • Paces restlessly
  • Cries
  • Vomits
  • Cleans his/her genitals frequently
  • Rests on cool surfaces such as bathtubs or tile floors

They go on to say that cats previously treated for FLUTD are very susceptible to and are at the highest risk for recurrence. Neutered males are also at very high risk due to the physiology of the male cat's narrower urethra.

Scientific Professional Cat Litter is a lightweight cat litter formulated to indicate high urine pH by changing color. High urine pH can be one cause of urinary problems in cats.

  • Ultra lightweight - 70% lighter than clay
  • Virtually dust- and tracking-free
  • 3 lbs of this litter works like 21 lbs of clay litter
  • Clumping, flushable
  • Unscented
  • Ecologically friendly

Note: This litter should be used under the supervision of your veterinarian.

Available at Scientific Professional Cat Litter--Amazon and Scientific Professional Cat Litter--Drs Foster & Smithicon

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June 23, 2008

Herbal Medicine for Pets -- Natural Pet Care for Cats and Dogs

Wild animals are thought to heal themselves by eating plants that they are drawn to intuitively in their surrounding environment. Herbs and plants have healing powers, and many modern medicines are plant derivatives. This science has been around for eons. Here are two books on the subject.

vetherbalmed.jpgVeterinary Herbal Medicine
By Dr. Susan Wynn and Dr. Barbara Fougere
Written by two prominent veterinarians, this full-color reference offers practical, evidence-based guidance on using more than 120 medicinal plants, including how to formulate herbal remedies to treat common disease conditions. A body-systems based review explores herbal medicine in context, offering information on toxicology, drug interactions, quality control, and other key topics.

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All You Ever Wanted to Know About Herbs for Pets

By Mary Wulff-Tilford and Gregory L. Tilford
This comprehensive guide offers step-by-step instructions on how to find, prepare, and use herbs to treat common pet ailments. The book covers North American herbs, including Western, Ayurvedic and Chinese herbs that grow in North America. It also provides detailed information on each herb.

[via Christie Keith @ SFGate]

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Brake-Fast Pet Bowl Slows Your Pet Down


One thing about pets is they usually don't exactly savor their food. If you have a pet that eats too fast, this Brake-Fast Bowl should improve their table manners. They have to work around the prongs and can't engulf the food quite so fast. Hopefully they will feel fuller and not want to eat so much.

  • Helps reduce the risk of Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus, aka Gastric Torsian or 'Bloat')
  • Slower eating makes an animal feel more full and reduces instances of 're-eating'
  • Veterinarian tested and recommended
  • Works with kibble or canned food
  • Elegant, no-tip shape
  • Durable, dishwasher safe plastic

Small: 1-1/2 cups for small breeds, flat face breeds & cats.
Medium: 5 cups (for Beagle to Bernese Mt. Dog).
Large: 8 cups (for giant breeds).

Brake-Fast Bowl

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June 20, 2008

Federal Marshalls Seize Pet Food Products at PETCO Warehouse

Rodent and bird droppings have allegedly been found throughout a PETCO warehouse, according to MSNBC: Pet food seized at PETCO warehouse

CHICAGO - Federal marshals carrying a search warrant visited the Joliet distribution center of PETCO Animal Supplies Inc. on Thursday, seizing animal food products that were allegedly contaminated.

The seizure came one day after the government filed a lawsuit and obtained the warrant to seize products at the warehouse operated by the San Diego-based animal food and supply company.

There were no known public health risks posed by the pet food and no incidents of human or animal illness have been traced to the products, U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald and other officials said in a statement issued by his office.

The center distributes pet food to Illinois, Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

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June 19, 2008

3 Ways to Protect Your Super Cool Pets from the Hot Sun


Why protect your pets from the sun? Reasons:

  • To prevent sunburn and the associated pain
  • Protect against the development of malignant skin tumors
  • Prevent skin inflammation that can lead to dermatitis and aggravate pre-existing skin disease

Sun protection is recommended for the following pets:

  • Short and thin haired pets
  • White and light haired pets
  • White and pink skinned pets
  • Hairless dog breeds
  • Breeds predisposed to skin tumors (i.e. boxers, dobermans, bull dogs, pit bull terriers, bull terriers, bichons, poodles, schnauzers and others)
  • Outside living pets
  • Shaved down pets
  • Pets with allergic and inflamed skin
  • Working dogs
  • All pets subjected to excessive sun exposure as during activities such as boating, hiking, visits to the dog park, walking and visits to the beach.

For the outdoor pet, 3 ways to protect:

1- Shade and Cool Water

Available all day long. Seems obvious, but must be said.

2- Sunscreen

Epi-Pet Sun Protector Sunscreen Spray for Pets is the only pet sunscreen that meets the FDA guidelines for ingredient stability. Features:

  • Waterproof
  • Quick Dry Formulation
  • Non-Greasy, it doesn't leave an oily film like human sunscreens
  • Includes sunscreen ingredients that rate equivalent to 30-40 SPF in human sunscreens
  • Effective in blocking both UVA and UVB sun rays
  • Spray can is environmentally friendly and it provides a constant spray from all angles
  • Contains vitamin E and other ingredients that act as antioxidants and enrich skin
  • Leaves a pleasant vanilla fragrance

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At Super Cool Pets we also like Doggles Sunscreen, available at Amazon along with Uvet Sunscreen Spray


Another method of pet sun protection is the UV Protective Rashguard for Dogs. Features:

  • UPF 50+ Rated/UV protective shirt
  • High Quality UV protective fabric and construction
  • Fast drying and keeps the coat nice and clean


UV Protective Rashguard for Dogs is available in sizes Small to XX Large at Muttropolis -- $5 flat rate shipping for a limited time!

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