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Pet-Temp Ear Thermometer

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At Super Cool Pets we like to monitor our pets' health ourselves (see Pet Checkup Kit), as well as relying upon our vet. Today our Golden Retriever, Jessie, is definitely under the weather. Instead of wondering and worrying, taking her body temp is a good way to know for sure if she should make a visit to her doctor.

The Pet-Temp Ear Thermometer takes a pet's temp in their ear, rather than their unsanitary derriere. The thermometer is designed especially for their deep, horizontal ear canal. An accurate reading is displayed digitally in one second. It has an ergonomic shaped sensor probe for taking the temperature of our companion animals and is accurate on cats, dogs, kittens and puppies, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, and chinchillas.

The thermometer is not particularly cheap, but still cheaper than an unnecessary visit to the vet's office. Definitely an item to have in our pet's medicine chest.

At Amazon and Drs. Foster & Smith.

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September 11, 2007

Update on Micro-chip/Cancer Link

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Update in the New York Times today, Report of Cancer Hurts Maker of Chip Implants. Although the article focuses somewhat on the Wall Street fortunes of manufacturer VeriChip (as Calvin Coolidge said: "The business of America is business.") here is the latest:

VeriChip said that it had not been aware of the studies cited in the report, according to the article, but both the company and federal regulators said yesterday that animal data had been considered in the review of the application to implant the chips in humans. They said that there were no controlled scientific studies linking the chips to cancer in dogs or cats and that lab rodents were more prone than humans or other animals to developing tumors from all types of injections.

“At this time there appears to be no credible cause for concern,” said Karen Riley, a spokeswoman for the Food and Drug Administration.....

...In addition to driving down the two companies’ shares, the report created concern among veterinarians and operators of animal shelters that pet owners would resist the practice, now widespread, of putting similar chips in pets to make it easier to return lost animals to their owners. Most animals who are not reclaimed by owners are euthanized.

“If there are any cancers from the chips, they are so rare that losing pets is far more serious,” said Dr. Lawrence D. McGill, a veterinary pathologist at Animal Reference Pathology, a veterinary laboratory in Salt Lake City.


At Super Cool Pets we are not particularly reassured by a statement from the FDA, given recent events. But the embedded chips remain in our two precious Golden Retrievers for the time being. We know first hand the pain and anxiety of searching long hours for a lost pet.

We have posted other pet options than the embedded chips, such as the e-Tag and the PDA for Pets, and will be reviewing more in the future, so stay tuned!

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Dolce Vita DuoTemp Pet Bed

Dolce Vita DuoTemp Pet Bed (Medium; For Pets Up To 40 lbs.; Exterior: 32

Dolce Vita DuoTemp Pet Bed will provide year-round cozy comfort for your pet.

Features:

* First cooled and heated pet bed.
* Cool air therapy provides relief in warm weather.
* Heated air therapy relieves joint and muscle pain.
* Therapeutic foam padding.
* Machine-washable cover.
* Washable, stain and scratch resistant.
* Safe low-voltage design.
* Veterinarian recommended.
* 90-day money-back guarantee.

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For Pets Up To 40 lbs.

Dimensions: Exterior: 32" L x 22" W x 8" H; Interior: 28" L x 18" W

Available at Amazon.
$50 rebate at PETCO through September 30.

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September 10, 2007

Micro-chip Implants May Be a Health Concern for Your Pet

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Another health scare pitting corporate greed vs human and pet safety has reared its ugly head, this time over the Veri-Chip implantable micro-chip. We read this article in the Miami Herald early Saturday morning and immediately called our vet, who was unaware and predictably skeptical. After all, he was out early working while we were reading the morning paper online. For the record, to remove the chip from our two golden retrievers, he charges $75 per dog. From the Herald:

When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved implanting microchips in humans, the manufacturer said it would save lives, letting doctors scan the tiny transponders to access patients' medical records almost instantly. The FDA found "reasonable assurance" the device was safe, and a sub-agency even called it one of 2005's top "innovative technologies."

But neither the company nor the regulators publicly mentioned this: A series of veterinary and toxicology studies, dating to the mid-1990s, stated that chip implants had "induced" malignant tumors in some lab mice and rats.

"The transponders were the cause of the tumors," said Keith Johnson, a retired toxicologic pathologist, explaining in a phone interview the findings of a 1996 study he led at the Dow Chemical Co. in Midland, Mich.

Leading cancer specialists reviewed the research for The Associated Press and, while cautioning that animal test results do not necessarily apply to humans, said the findings troubled them. Some said they would not allow family members to receive implants, and all urged further research before the glass-encased transponders are widely implanted in people.

Read entire article.

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Of course, society's immediate and upfront concern is the protection of the humans who have implanted microchips. If your pet has an embedded chip, as do ours, and you are concerned about the potential cancer risk, chip removal seems like the next logical step.

An option to chipping is putting your pet's contact information on a flash drive and securing it to the collar. One type is the Top Tag Pet ID.

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Features:

* Top Tag Pet ID is the first complete-care pet ID tag!
* The Top Pet Tag ID will help friends, Vets, kennels and pet sitters quickly understand your pet's needs
* The advanced ID and care technology gives you instant access to vital and life saving care information.
* Friends, vets, kennels, pet sitters and rescuers who may be responsible for your pet's welfare and special needs will find this effective and useful.


Product website for further information.

Another version (via Shiny Shiny) is available at PETCO, PetSafe Micro I.D. Rescue Collar for Dogs and PetSafe Micro I.D. Rescue Collar for Cats.

PetSafe Micro I.D. Rescue Collar for Cats (Fits Necks Up To 12

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September 8, 2007

Beware of Pet Scams

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As if we all don't have enough to "beware of" these days, watch out for internet pet scammers. According to the article Pet Scams at bankrate.com, there are three types of pet scams:

  • Overpayment pet scam How it works: This is a variation on a popular fraud scheme. An animal owner publishes an online ad offering a pet for sale. The fraudster contacts this person, negotiates a price and sends payment for the animal in the form of a cashier's check.

    The trick is that the check is for an amount much larger than the agreed upon price of the pet. The scammer then asks the potential victim to return the overpayment, usually through wire transfer, back to the fraudster or a third party.

    The victim eventually learns the cashier's check is counterfeit and loses the money he or she was supposed to get for the dog, plus any funds wired to the scammer. If the victim actually sent the dog, he or she won't get it back.


  • Nigerian pet scam
    How it works: Scammers either run online classified ads or create breeder Web sites offering purebred puppies -- typically English bulldogs or Yorkshire terriers -- either free or at a discounted price.

    The scammer will then ask interested buyers to pay for the dog's shipment, down payment, inoculations and any number of other miscellaneous fees. The victims wire money for the dogs but generally only get excuses for the delay. Instead, they're repeatedly asked for more money to cover additional "fees" invented by the scammer.

    Greedy scammers will concoct even more fees that the victim needs to pay after the dog has been supposedly shipped.

    Unfortunately, once you wire the money, it's gone, says Preszler.


  • The bait and switch
    How it works: Scammers are selling purebreds, "designer dogs," mutts and even made-up breeds through online classified ads and breeder Web sites. Often what people get are different dogs than the ones requested or puppies that are sickly. Sometimes they don't get anything.

Bottom line: If you want a pet, don't buy one online. Read entire article at bankrate.com.

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September 7, 2007

Catnip-Treated Carpeted Ramp for Cats

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As our cats get older a good household accessory is a ramp to enable access to furniture, window sills and cat trees. This Carpeted Ramp features no-slip lambswool "rungs". You can attach it to the furniture via a self-fastening strip at the end. Extra special kitty treat--these ramps are catnip-treated.

Carpeted Ramp in Forest Green, Oatmeal, Dusty Blue, Merlot, Soft Sage, Heather Gray, or Cocoa. Dimensions: 37" long x 7" wide.

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September 6, 2007

Pet Checkup Home Health Screening Kit

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At Super Cool Pets, when it comes to our animals' good health, we believe knowledge is power. That's why this PetCheckup Kit caught our eye. This kit enables you to monitor your pets' well-being on a routine basis and stave off a potentially serious problem early.

Each PetCheckup Kit contains:

* 6 complete tests
* Simple instruction guide
* Easy to read results
* 2 free bonus tests giving you 8 tests total!

ThePetCheckup can indicate imbalances that lead to many of the most common illnesses that affect your animal including:

* kidney infection
* kidney disease
* urinary tract infections
* bacterial infections
* diabetes
* bladder infections
* autoimmune diseases
* Cushing’s Disease
* hepatitis
* other liver conditions

Avaialbe in 6, 12 and 24 month refills. At Only Natural Pet Store.

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September 5, 2007

Thermal Heated Kitty Window Sill

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Super Cool Pets loves this cozy Heated Kitty Window Sill. Often the window sills available are either heated or not, but this one allows you to remove the heater, so it is more versatile. Keeps your cat cozy when the thermostat is turned low, yet can be used in warmer temps as well. Washable faux fleece ⁄ suede cover.

Features:

* Two Beds in One
* Warms to a Toasty 102 degrees when you cat lies on it.
* In Warm Weather Simply Remove Heater
* Orthopedic Foam Bottom for Added Comfort
* Cover Removes Easily for Washing
* Dimensions: 14" x 24" x 4

At Amazon.

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September 4, 2007

Dog and Cat Behavior Answer Books

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Cats are mysterious creatures, no doubt about it. Next time you are mystifed by your cat, just pull out your copy of The Cat Behavior Answer Book: Practical Insights & Proven Solutions for Your Feline Questions. Pet expert Arden Moore delves into common questions cat lovers have. This book also provides methods to stave off some of those bad kitty behavior problems.

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Arden Moore has also published a guide to clear up dog mysteries: The Dog Behavior Answer Book: Practical Insights & Proven Solutions for Your Canine Questions, tackling puzzlers such as why dogs are so attracted to shoes and why they eat grass.

In paperback at Amazon.

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September 3, 2007

Pet Stuff Steals and Deals – Labor Day 07

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Dyson is offering a dream deal this week at Target! Free $100 e-GiftCard with online purchase of select Dyson vacuums. Dyson offers powerful uprights for homes shared with pets.

This offer is good for the Dyson Absolute DC17 Animal Vacuum, at $549 along with free shipping.

Features:

  • Absolutely perfect for pet-inhabited homes, this powerful bagless upright doesn’t clog or lose suction; titanium gray with purple accents
  • Best pick up across all floor types; hygienic and quick to empty; air expelled from a Dyson has up to 150 times less bacteria and mold than the air you breathe; approved for allergy suffers by the British Allergy Foundation
  • Level 3 root cyclone; quick-draw telescope reach; 5-yr. warranty; no extra costs; carpet care kit keeps new carpet looking new; low reach floor tool for easier cleaning under low furniture
  • Lifetime HEPA filtration for cleaner expelled air; fingertip brush control; mini turbine head cleans pet hair from confined spaces such as upholstery, stairs and the car
  • 43.5Hx16.7Wx13.2D"
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Free $100 e-GiftCard with online purchase for the slightly less expensive Dyson DC07 Animal Vacuum at $499, shipping free as well.

Features:

  • First vacuum cleaner that doesn’t lose suction; most powerful upright for pet hair
  • Lifetime HEPA filter provides highest levels of filtration for cleaner expelled air
  • Includes mini turbine head, low reach floor tool and a carpet care kit
  • Quick draw hose stretches to 17ft

Extensive information at product website.

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