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June 28, 2012

Greenies Pill Pockets Successfully Disguise Bad-Tasting Pet Medication

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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!

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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.

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June 27, 2012

An Ounce of Flea Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

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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.

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June 26, 2012

Treat Pet Hot Spots, Skin Allergies, Infections with Douxo Chlorhexidine 3% PS Pads

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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).

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June 22, 2012

Pet Scoop -- Pets Can Help Your Health

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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.

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June 20, 2012

Humane Pet Wound Care -- Skin Care for Cats and Dogs

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The skin-related issues our pets endure seems limitless -- cuts, burns, surgery incisions, open abscesses, hot spots, road rash, foot pad injuries, embedded collars, snake bites, dermatitis and more.

These Humane Healing Wound Ointments and Sprays for cats and dogs facilitates the natural healing process of inflamed wounds. Non-steroidal, non-caustic, and antibiotic-free.

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June 19, 2012

Victor M230 Ultimate Flea Trap -- Fights Flea Infestations

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Fleas are a year-round problem in many areas, but can run amuck when it's warm. If you are unlucky enough to be afflicted with a flea infestation, no need to spray your house or pet with harmful chemicals. One weapon in your arsenal against them is this Ultimate Flea Trap.

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The Ultimate Flea Trap uses color, heat, light, and a sweet odor to attract fleas from up to 30 feet away in every direction. Then the varmits are trapped on the sticky glue disc. Ultimate Flea Trap Refills are also available so you can reuse the trap if necessary.

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June 18, 2012

PetScoop: Pet "Parent" or Pet "Owner" -- These Terms Have Real Legal Ramifications

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People who live with pets often refer to themselves as pet "parents", rather than "owners". The state of "owning" another being objectifies him or her and seems to turn the pet into a "thing", or even a "slave". This makes us uncomfortable since we love our pets to pieces, and many of us don't think of them as possessions, but as members of our families.

However, these terms have real-life legal ramifications that may come as a surprise. This mind-blowing Pet Parents or Pet Owners: What's in a Name | Dogs Naturally Magazine points out that changing the word from "owner" to "guardian," "custodian," "keeper" (as has happened in the entire state of RI and 40 cities) may just strip us of our constitutional rights towards our pets.


It boils down to our founding document, the U.S. Constitution. The Constitution gives citizens the right to "own" property, and not be deprived of that property without Due Process of Law. "Guardians" have no such rights. If you think that no one cares enough to want to deprive you of your rights of "guardianship," look no further than the Animal Rights organizations, with PETA at the helm."

Attorney Genny Wall adds, "If we are 'Guardians' rather than owners, then ultimately it will be the State, and not the individual, who has the power to say who will care for the animal, how it will be cared for, where it will reside, what medical treatments it will or will not undergo, and who will make all the other decisions regarding the health, welfare, life and death, or destruction, of that animal.

Read Pet Parents or Pet Owners: What's in a Name | Dogs Naturally Magazine.

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June 15, 2012

Senior Pets -- Is It Sickness or Old Age?

The years truly fly by when you live with a pet. Before you know it, that tireless youngster driving you to distraction spends most of the day asleep. That's fine, but what else to expect as a pet gets older?

About.com Veterinary Medicine | Is my pet acting this way due to old age or is he sick? lists some common age-related changes:

  • less active overall
  • sleeps more (especially cats)
  • reduced sense of hearing
  • reduced sense of sight
  • less able to handle temperature extremes
  • reduced muscle mass

But, these changes below *may* be symptoms of a disease process. If you notice any of these symptoms, a call/visit to your veterinarian should be in your immediate future:

  • weight loss or gain
  • loss of appetite
  • foul breath/dental disease
  • lethargy
  • drinking and/or urinating more than usual

Disclaimer: This is not a medical blog. Certainly any time that you notice a symptom in a pet of any age, please consult your veterinarian.

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June 14, 2012

NaturVet Aller-911 Skin Care Shampoo for Pets with Seasonal Allergies

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Many of our pets have seasonal allergies. No worries -- help is on the way. This soothing NaturVet Aller-911 Skin Care Shampoo is formulated just for them.

This shampoo can clean the dirtiest of pets and will banish those stinky smells that our pets hold so dear. It's mild enough for frequent use without stripping the coat of essential natural oils.

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June 1, 2012

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