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Get up to 20% off at PetSmart's Super Summer Sale. Ends 7/27.
An upgrade to the powerful Dyson DC16 Root 6 Handheld Vacuum Cleaner is on the horizon. The Telegraph reports that Sir James Dyson has invented a new handheld Dyson DC31 vacuum cleaner with a motor that's ten times faster than a jet engine, and much quieter. The small, lightweight DC31 Animal for pet hair will debut in the UK and US this fall at $270.
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Fleas and Ticks - New Jersey scientists are reporting the discovery and successful tests of the first once-a-month pill, N-tert-Butyl Nodulisporamide, a purportedly safe and effective means of controlling both fleas and ticks in domestic dogs and cats. From Science Daily:
In tests on fleas and ticks in dogs and cats, a single dose of the new pill was 100 percent effective in protecting against both fleas and ticks for a month. There were no signs of toxic effects on the animals. Scientists obtained the flea and tick fighter from a substance first found in a fungus that "has the potential to usher in a new era in the treatment of ecoparasitic [ticks and fleas, for instance] infestations in companion animals."
Dog Flu - If your pup is distinguished by a cute snubbed nose, meaning a Pekingese, a pug or a Shi-Tzu, s/he may be susceptible to a flu virus, H3N8 dog flu, that jumped from horses to dogs a few years ago. This virus puts a strain on short-nosed dogs' ability to breathe.
According to NYTImes it has hit hard in Florida, New York City's northern suburbs, Philadelphia and Denver. They have the scoop on the new flu vaccine just approved by the US Department of Agriculture:
It has now been found in 30 states, but almost exclusively in settings where dogs live closely together: shelters, pet stores, kennels and dog schools. Because the owners of these establishments have learned to turn away sick dogs just as school principals facing swine flu send home sick children, the disease's progress has been slowed.
"Probably over 10,000 dogs have been infected," Dr. Crawford said, "but I can't say whether it's 20,000 or 30,000. In a population of 70 million, that's a drop in the bucket."
Dr. Edward J. Dubovi of the veterinary school at Cornell University, another discoverer of the virus, said it is "probably not as well adapted to dogs as it could be." It took five mutations to let it jump to dogs from horses, where it had circulated for 40 years.
Another mutation or two "could make it a very serious issue," he said, but at the moment, "it takes a certain density of dogs to keep it going."
Rather than scooping pet poop into petroleum-based plastic bags which slowly break down over the centuries in landfills, why not try putting the 100% biodegradable pet poop into equally biodegradable pick-up bags?
Olive Unisex Poop Bags and Olive Super Poop Bags are made naturally from GMO-free corn starch and vegetable oil, are certified 100% biodegradable and compost in as little as 40 days.
Available in two convenient sizes -- Unisex Poop Bags (small) and Super Poop Bags (large).
Relieve your cat's boredom and provide some exercise! The FroliCat BOLT Automatic Laser Toy for Cats will endlessly entertain even our laziest kitty cats with automatically-generated red laser patterns.
Hold the BOLT in your hand or place it on a flat surface, turn it on and watch your cat pounce, chase, and bat at the exciting laser patterns.
The BOLT operates in two modes -- in automatic mode it generates random patterns and in manual mode you control the play. The laser automatically shuts off after 15 minutes in either mode and also includes a manual on-off switch.
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If you love all things cat, how about this cat-shaped iPod dock 'LuluCat UG-038' from Taiwan's VOGUE Tech.
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This Universal Sports Bag Pet Carrier by Pet Ego is an ultra-versatile pet carrier for cats, small dogs and other small pets. This bag can be carried by hand, on your shoulder, in your car, and can even be carried on your bike or motorcycle.
The bag features windows for view and ventilation that can be covered using velcro pads. For added security, a safety leash is provided and the bag accommodates a seat belt. The padded, heavy-duty fabric is hypo-allergenic, scratch-proof, waterproof and UV-protected.
The Pet Ego Motorcycle Connection Kit for the Universal Sports Bag Pet Carrier allows you to secure it onto the back of your motorbike or onto the tank.
One of the grosser parts of pet ownership is tick removal. Dispose of embedded ticks without even touching them with this Trix Tick Remover. It uses a unique lasso technique, which enables the quick and easy removal of all common ticks.
Its long and narrow design makes it easy to use in pet ears, thick fur and other difficult and narrow places. The remover also works very well even if fur or hair comes into the loop.
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How about a treat for our kitty cats on these hot summer days! Sojos Certified Organic Catnip induces euphoric state that lasts 5 to 15 minutes.
It is cultivated in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State and is 100% certified organic catnip.
Catnip is pleasant, safe, and fun. Experts recommend that you give catnip about once a week so that the effects do not diminish. Click on the link to learn more about catnip.
Need some other pet supplies? Check out the Cat Clearance Sale at Drs. Foster and Smith.