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August 4, 2009

Oscar and Pete Dog and Cat Toothpaste Heads

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Toothbrushing is such a bore. Make it fun with Oscar and Pete Toothpaste Heads.

[via Nerd Approved]

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If Pets Could Talk -- New Online Guide to Dog and Cat Behavior at PetSmart.com

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Want a better understanding of your pet? PetSmart.com has launched an interesting online guide to dog and cat behavior, "If Your Pets Could Talk"icon developed by animal behaviorist Dr. Suzanne Hetts and Dr. Robyn Jaynes, PetSmart's veterinary and pet care expert.

You will find variety of tools--quizzes, videos and exercises--to test and enhance your knowledge of typical animal behaviors. You may be surprised.

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August 1, 2009

Super Cool Pets Monthly Round Up -- July 2009

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The dog days of summer are here! Thanks for reading Super Cool Pets. Let's take a look back at what we dug up in July:

Accessories and Supplies

Apparel for Pet Lovers

Apparel for Pets

Bedding

Behavior

Birds

Books & Media

Collars and Leashes

ArrowContinue reading: "Super Cool Pets Monthly Round Up -- July 2009"

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July 31, 2009

Pets on Summer Vacation 2009 Slideshow and Pet Travel Tips

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Summer is vacation time and that includes our pets! Enjoy this Pets on Summer Vacation Boston Globe slideshow.

About to take a trip? Check out these Summer Tips for Safe Pet Travelicon.

[Photo: Craigville Beach in Hyannis, submitted by Ann Curran]

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July 30, 2009

Mod Stripe Kitty Krackers from GEORGE

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These fun Mod Stripe Kitty Krackers from GEORGE are super-sized versions of the popular kitty krackers. The GEORGE mod stripe fabric is stuffed with organically grown catnip, and fashioned into sausage-like shapes.

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July 29, 2009

Angels' Eyes Tear Stain Eliminator for Dogs and Cats -- Doolittler Vet Blog Issues Caution

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The pet supplement Angels' Eyes Tear-Stain Eliminator for Dogs and Cats has spent 847 days in the top 100 best sellers in Amazon's Pet Supplies category. We have featured this pet beauty product in a prior post--basically, to eliminate your pet's tear stains "from the inside out", sprinkle some into your pet's food.

All good? Not according to Dr. Patricia Khuly at vet blog Doolitter, who argues that the underlying cause of the staining is being ignored: "Never mind that tears run down faces because eyes are misshapen. Never mind that the presence of excessive lacrimation is evidence of disease".

If you rely on this product to keep your cat or dog snowy white around the eyes and mouth, do your pet a favor and read what Dr Khuly has to say:


  • Never mind that this product's active ingredient is a macrolide antibiotic called tylosin.
  • Never mind that clearing up tear stains in this way means you've got to offer your dogs a daily dose of antbiotic for the rest of his natural life.
  • Never mind that Angel Eyes is illegal in Europe and other places where antibiotics are not readily allowed in products like this.
  • Never mind that while the rest of the world is looking for ways to curb bacterial resistance to antibiotics, Angel Eyes is promoting it...just so your dog can look "pretty" in the face of disease.

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July 28, 2009

New Simon's Cat Animation -- "Fly Guy"

Are you a fan of the Simon's Cat animations by Simon Tofield? A new clip was released over the weekend.

via BlissTree

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July 27, 2009

Tommy Pet Bed by Tommy Williams

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The Tommy Pet Bed was designed by Tommy Williams to remove the allergens where your cat or dog sleeps. The premise is that keeping the air pure and allergy-free at the "source of the problem" will improve the air quality throughout your home. It's a start anyway.

via Hometone

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How to Cover Expensive Veterinary Bills -- Trupanion Pet Insurance

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Veterinary technology is advancing and becoming more expensive to the point where the cost of quality veterinary care often exceeds a pet owner's budget. Many pet owners are forced to choose between burdensome debt or medically neglecting their pet.

According to the American Pet Products Association, only 2% of all United States pet owners currently carry pet insurance and up to 6% of pet owners will by 2010. Pet insurance tends to cost between $2,000 and $6,000 over the lifespan of the average pet.

Christine Merle, an Indianapolis-based veterinary consultant quoted in this Chicago Tribune article on pet insurance, suggests pet insurance policies be thought of, in a financial sense only,

as more akin to car insurance than human health insurance. You're hedging your bets against paying out of pocket should catastrophe strike.

"It's like indemnity insurance," Merle said. "For individuals looking at how to reduce the cost of vet care, especially the accident and illness side, and who don't want to have to make a financial decision, it can be useful. Is it for everyone? No."

One affordable and practical type of coverage we have found is a high-deductible plan, such as the Trupanion Veterinarian-Approved Pet Insurance, recommended by PETCO.

This American Animal Hospital Association guide will help you to prepare yourself for potentially expensive urgent pet care.

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July 22, 2009

Assessing Pet Supplements -- How Vets Tell if They are Effective and Safe

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A recent ConsumerLab.com study raises questions about the effectiveness of, or even necessity for, pet supplements.

Miami, FL small animal veterinarian Patty Khuly, VMD, MBA writes the popular blog Dolittler. Explaining a professional method to evaluate pet supplements, she cites Dr. Nancy Kay, a veterinary specialist who practices in Northern California and is the author of the popular book Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life:

"We veterinarians are taught to use the ACCLAIM system (described below) to assess nutritional supplements. You too can use this system to make educated choices about these products for yourself and your four-legged loved ones.

A = A name you recognize. Choose an established company that provides educational materials for veterinarians and other consumers. Is it a company that is well established?

C = Clinical experience. Companies that support clinical research and have their products used in clinical trials that are published in peer-reviewed journals to which veterinarians have access are more likely to have a quality product.

C = Contents. All ingredients should be clearly indicated on the product label.

L = Label claims. Label claims that sound too good to be true likely are. Choose products with realistic label claims.

A = Administration recommendations. Dosing instructions should be accurate and easy to follow. It should be easy to calculate the amount of active ingredient administered per dose per day.

I = Identification of lot. A lot identification number indicates that a surveillance system exists to ensure product quality.

M = Manufacturer information. Basic company information should be clearly stated on the label including a website (that is up and running) or some other means of contacting customer support."

Still have questions? Read Supplementing Your Pet's Dieticon by Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff.

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