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May 31, 2008

Judge Grants Initial Approval to Pet Food Settlement

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On Friday May 30 a judge gave initial approval to the pet food settlement:


CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) -- A judge granted initial approval Friday to a settlement in which companies that manufactured or sold contaminated pet food would compensate pet owners for all costs related to the death or illness of their dogs and cats.

Under the deal, granted initial approval by U.S. District Judge Noel Hillman, pet owners in the United States and Canada would be notified of the settlement by June 16 and would have until early December to submit claims. A final hearing on the $24 million settlement is scheduled for Oct. 14.

The settlement doesn't pay pet owners for pain and suffering from injuries to their pets.

And why aren't pain and suffering factors? Because--even though we may consider our pets to be members of our family, pets are only property in the eyes of the law.

Read article.

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May 27, 2008

Instant Screen Door for Easy Warm-Weather Living

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No more slamming doors, ripped screens, or open doors to let bugs into the house. Your pets can walk right through this Instant Screen Door, and it shuts automatically behind them. The screen closes magnetically with hook-and-loop closures to affix the screen along the door frame.

The Instant Screen Door is affordable, easy to install and great for sliding glass doors. Sizes:

  • 30"screen for doors 29"-31" wide.
  • 32"screen for doors 31"-33" wide.
  • 36"screen for doors 35"-37" wide.
  • 48"screen for doors 47"-49" fits 4' French doors, double doors or 8' sliding glass door.

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Blue Dangle Porcelain Cat Earrings

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Blue dangle porcelain cat earrings are detailed with 22k gold luster on the top as well as on the edge. Earrings measure 1 1/4" high x 3/4"wide.

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May 26, 2008

Pet Loss Support -- Remembering Your Pet on Memorial Day

If we ever met a Magic Genie one wish, among many, would be to grant our pets a longer life span. Way, way too short. But...we can remember.

There are as many different ways to commemorate a much-loved pet as there are people. For the pet's resting place or in the garden or back yard:

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Pawprint Memory Box by Pearhead


If you or someone you care about is coping with the loss of a pet, a good resource on the web is Pet Loss Support.

For book lovers, this poignant paperback Grieving the Death of a Pet should help the healing process.
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Start reading Grieving the Death of a Pet in under a minute with the Kindle edition, using the portable wireless reading device. Don't have one? Information about the wireless reader Kindle is one click away.

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May 23, 2008

Make a Lasting Memorial to Your Pet

Memorial Day is coming up this Monday. If you have been unfortunate enough to have lost a pet, you can make a lasting memorial to him or her in a Buddhist-type altar, a Memoria Areca.

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Designed for your living room mantle or a dressing table, the box has compartments for an urn as well as a glass display case to display special mementos, such as a collar, leashes, toys, apparel. A picture frame is built into the lid for your favorite photograph. The pet altar comes in two contemporary designs.

Or...you can turn your pet's remains into a Synthetic Diamond, which you can have set into a ring or pendant.

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Other products in this vein are urns that look like perfume containers and flower arrangements that incorporate the pet's fur. These fit conveniently into the glass case of the memorial altar.

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Bootsie's Bunk Cat Bed and Playroom

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Bootsie's Bunk Bed & Playroom is an all-inclusive toy that your kitty can hide, sleep, and play in. The Bunk Bed includes a 2" thick, 100% cotton red quilted pad for kitty naps and two fun spring-action toys. There are pre-cut holes on side for you to dangle interactive toys inside the playroom for batting, pawing, and playtime.

Bootsie's Bunk Bed & Playroom

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May 22, 2008

Get Your Pet in Shape on a Pet Treadmill

One good way to exercise your pet is to place him/her on a treadmill.

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Aquacise for petss! The Ferno Aqua Paws Underwater Treadmill System creates a low-impact underwater treadmill workout that helps your pets to increase muscle strength and endurance. The warm water assists in pain reduction, and it is a gentle way for older or arthritic dogs to exercise. The water height is regulated to accommodate different sized animals.

Interested in a traditional treadmill for your pet? Try:


[via Born Rich]

And for a laugh, check out this clip of cats on a treadmill [Hat Tip motostudios]

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May 21, 2008

Buddy Bicycle Basket--Bike Ride with Your Pet

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Bring your small pet along on your bike rides in a Buddy Bicycle Basket. The comfy microfiber basket attaches easily to the bike's handlebars.

Includes a safety harness and safety hook, pockets for treats, belongings, and the ubiquitous water bottle. The basket comes equipped with a reflective front strip for low visibility trips, plus a waterproof cover in case of a sudden downpour.

Buddy Bicycle Basket for pets up to 15 lbs. Folds flat for easy storage.

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May 19, 2008

Health Concerns over Pet Sterilization

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A serious downside to pet sterilization is cropping up. There may be future health consequences for your pet, as discussed in this article from MSNBC:

Studies have found that spayed or neutered dogs are at increased risks for problems including certain cancers, thyroid disorder, incontinence and some of the same behavior issues that the surgeries are said to prevent....

...Margaret V. Root Kustritz, a veterinary reproduction specialist at the University of Minnesota, reviewed 200 studies and found that while spay/neuter surgery has benefits, it is also linked to increases in the incidence of certain diseases and conditions such as bone cancer, heart tumors, hypothyroidism and canine cruciate ligament (CCL) injuries, as well as prostate cancer in male dogs and urinary incontinence in females. The extent of the risk can depend on the problem, as well as the size and sex of the dog, and the age the surgery is performed.

The risk of a type of cardiac tumor called hemangiosarcoma is five times higher in spayed female dogs than unspayed females, noted Kustritz. And neutered males have 2.4 times the risk of unneutered males. The risk was also higher for osteosarcoma (bone cancer): Dogs spayed or neutered before age 1 were up to two times as likely to develop the disease than those that hadn't been altered.

Cats seem to fare better:

The main risk they face from sterilization is that they can become sedentary and obese, according to Kustritz's review of studies. As a result, vets say sterilizing cats before 6 months of age is appropriate.

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Kitchen Scraps for Your Pet -- What's Good & What's Not

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When we are in the kitchen whomping up some vittles, it is so hard to resist those cute faces. No one ever feeds them and all they want is a little tidbit! But are you sure those scraps you throw to them won't be harmful?

Check out this MSNBC article, 'People foods that can kill your pet' where you can find a list of bad and good foods for your pet.

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If you do make a mistake, or your pet does, here's what to do in case of emergency. Save or bookmark this info:

Despite all the precautions you take to keep your pet pals safe, accidents do happen. That's why the ASPCA, Humane Society and animal advocates advise pet owners to keep the telephone numbers of their local veterinarian and the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center -- (888) 426-4435 -- in a prominent location.

Common signs of poisoning include muscle tremors or seizures; vomiting and diarrhea; drooling; redness of skin, ears and eyes; and swelling and bleeding.

If you suspect your pet has consumed, inhaled or come in contact with a toxic substance, stay calm and call for help immediately. If you see your pet consuming anything you think might be toxic, seek emergency help immediately even if she or he is not exhibiting any symptoms.

And while we are on the subject, here are two articles that may help someday:


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