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Savvy Tabby Neptune Napper -- Cat Crinkle Tunnel

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We love the fun goldfish look of this SavvyTabby Neptune Napper crinkle tunnel. It's a cat play tunnel and cozy napper in one.

The tunnel has soft plush fabric to keep cats warm, a crinkle lining in its walls and two openings to provide easy access for one or more cats.

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July 9, 2009

Animal Bike Helmet Toppers

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Have some fun on your next bike ride. Attach one of these animal Helmet Toppers to your bike helmet and turn a few heads.

via Nerd Approved

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July 8, 2009

Dream Cat Venus Robot Pet from Sega Toys

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If you love cats, but they just don't gel with your lifestyle right now, a Dream Cat Venus might fill the bill. This realistic cat from Sega Toys moves in response to the sound of your voice and the feel of your touch, will purr when comforted and even express displeasure when neglected. And don't throw away your lint remover yet, the Dream Cat sheds on your furniture.

To see the "real thing", click here. Available after July 30th for $110 in Japan.

via DVICE

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July 7, 2009

Does Your Pet Have Intestinal Irregularity? Vets are Recommending Probiotics

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For the pet who experiences intestinal distress--diarrhea, constipation, flatulence--veterinarians are starting to prescribe probiotics to help support the "good" intestinal bacteria. One such product available is the NaturVet Enzymes and Probiotics Digestive Tract Aid For Dogs and Cats above.

Miami vet, Dr Patricia Khuly, explains in her must-read blog Dolittler:


First up, here's the current working definition of a probiotic according to the World Health Organization:

"[Probiotics are] live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host."

The idea is that adding "good" bacteria will stimulate more "good" bacteria (the ones that are presumed to be associated with health benefits). In this way, the entire balance of the intestinal flora will be shifted toward the beneficial bacteria. Makes sense, right?

Lots of veterinarians think so, too. Many are recommending probiotics for any pet with symptoms of "bacterial imbalance" associated with unhappy symptoms of the aforementioned "irregularity:" diarrhea, constipation, flatulence and sometimes vomiting. Sometimes the probiotics are offered on a short-term basis or short-term symptoms. For others with more chronic or chronically-intermittent symptoms, however, they may serve well as a lifetime stopgap for whatever underlying intestinal malady ails them.

As always, run any supplements and meds you give your pet by your veterinarian.

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Custom-Made Cat Tree House

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This custom-made Cat Tree House gives your cats the room to play, jump, explore and sleep. Made of wood, cedar, removable plush carpeting and synthetic silk leaves, this pet house will be a durable interactive play center for your cats.

Your cat will be stimulated by the motion, rustling sounds and flexibility while playing and climbing. Makes a nice accent for your home!

In Small, Medium and Large.

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July 6, 2009

Detroit Painter Embeds Pet Remains in Portraits

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People are finding novel ways to memorialize our deceased pets. As we posted in June, the Soft-Hearted Pillow can be stuffed with the cremains of beloved family pets. Now we discover Detroit painter Gretchen Kiefer turns ashes and pet photos into textured plaster portraits.

Working off the pet's photograph, this artist paints an eight-layer plaster portrait, embedding up to 4 ounces of ash cremains for a unique pet final resting place that you can hang on your wall.

via PeoplePets

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Tuff 'n Rugged™ and Cozy Cottage™ Dog Houses by Pet Zone

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These cozy Pet Zone Doghousesicon will keep your outdoor dogs and cats protected from the elements - rain, hail, wind, snow. With 10 times more insulation than other doghouses, the double-ply walls keep your pets warm in winter and cool in summer.

These houses are spacious and well ventilated. Be sure to size your doghouse correctly. Your dog should have just enough room to lie down comfortably. A doghouse that is too large will not provide proper insulation to keep your dog warm.

Easy to maintain -- the roof lifts off for easy cleaning. These impact-resistant doghouses are guaranteed for life against cracking or breaking.

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July 4, 2009

Super Cool Pets July 4th 2009 Annual Pet-Friendly Tips

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Happy 4th of July! We hope this is a fun weekend for you and your pets. Since this holiday is often more stressful than relaxing for animals, following is the annual Pet-Friendly Fourth Of July Tips via AKC.org:

As we prepare for barbeques and fireworks this Fourth of July, The American Kennel Club, a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world, offers tips on how to keep your pets safe and calm during this Independence Day.

* It is safer to keep your pets at home during Fourth of July celebrations instead of bringing him to your neighbor's party. Keep your pets in the house, rather than in your yard. He will be a lot happier indoors, and not tempted to leap over a fence to find you.

* Dogs can be startled by the loud noise of fireworks. Once the festivities begin, keep your pet in a safe room where he can feel comfortable. If he is crate trained put him in his crate covered with a blanket to make him feel secure.

* Block outside sights and sounds by lowering the blinds and turning on the television. Play soothing music in the background to counteract the cacophony during the "rockets' red glare.

* If your pet seems overly anxious, spend some time with your pet, speaking soothingly to help them to relax.

* Avoid scraps from the grill. While tempting to our pets, any sudden change to your pets' diet can cause stomach upset. In addition, some certain foods like onions, avocado, grapes and raisins can be toxic.

* Human products can be dangerous to animals. Avoid spraying your pet with insect repellent and only use special sunscreen that is intended for animal use. Keep your pets away from matches and lighter fluid. They can be extremely irritating to the stomach, lungs and central nervous system, if ingested.

* Should your dog get scared, escape and run away, help find him with microchip identification. Collars and tags can fall off so make sure you have permanent ID with a microchip. Keep contact information current with your recovery service provider

We would also advocate the use of calming products to reduce anxiety of the stressed pet.

Photo: Dog Tags Chewy Shoe

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July 3, 2009

Pet Stuff Steals & Deals -- 7/3/09

MuttMart - Everything for your dog for less!

Amazon is having a Pet Supplies Summer Sale over the holiday weekend. Save up to 60% July 2 through July 7.

Feeling patriotic? Shop the Amazon Made-in-USA Pet Products.

Save $5 on your PetSmart.com order of $30 or more. Use code JULYPERK. Ends 7/14 at noon ET.

Get up to 20% off at PetSmart's Super Summer Sale. Ends 7/27.

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Dyson Unveils New Handheld Vacuum with World's Fastest Motor -- DC31 Animal

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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.

via Blisstree / PopSci

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