May 21, 2013
According to Americans spend more on pets than beer or movies | Quartz, here in the U.S. we spend an average of about $500 annually on our pets, equating to 1% of their annual budget.
Overall Americans spent $61.4 billion on their charges, almost twice as much as global spending on movie tickets last year, with heavier outlay in our rural areas.
The most pampered American pets live with Baby Boomers and childless couples, and single pet owners and single parents are more likely to skimp on kitty and doggy spending.
Owners most likely to buy for dogs (say, little booties on Buddy) are ages 55 to 64, and couples without children, a new analysis by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows. They spend hundreds of dollars more than those in their 20s and 30s.
At Pet Supplies
May 20, 2013
Many moons ago away from home at a summer evening party, we received a panicked call from our baby sitter that our English Setter had bitten our toddler on the face. (It ended well.)
Roughly half of all children are at some point bitten by a dog, since they don't read the danger signals. Misconceptions abound when it comes to doggy body language even among adults.
This graphic How Not to Greet a Dog shows common body language mistakes people make around dogs, as well as showing the "correct" way to greet an animal.
For more on this fascinating subject, check out How to Greet a Dog and What to Avoid by veterinarian/animal behaviorist Sophia A Yin.
May 16, 2013
Hot summer weather is upon us. Today while out and about, we met a beautiful young Golden Retriever who, but for an expensive trip to the emergency vet, almost died of heat stroke over the weekend. Bob had collapsed at the beach after 10 minutes.
Turns out Bob the Golden does not eat or drink when home alone--dogs can be so sensitive. That day, he was then whisked off for a romp on the beach apparently without refreshments.
His near-miss is a welcome reminder to be more tuned in to our pets, their body language and their needs, especially in hot humid summer conditions. A pet who seems happy on the surface may upon closer inspection actually be a bit frenzied.
The solution is to remember to bring along water for pets on outings, no matter how close by. There are travel water dispensers to carry your own water supply and dog travel bowls if you do have a source of water at your destination. A gadget such as this Handi-Drink Dog Water Bottle could make the difference between life and death at worst, not to mention the 3 or 4 figure vet bill.
May 15, 2013
Have a puppy? If you do, or plan to down the road, stock up on food targeted for puppies, especially if you choose a large or giant breed puppy. Pet lovers tend to have strong opinions on pet care so it's easy for us to reflexively pooh-pooh feeding advice, especially when we are counting our pennies and have lived with many dogs.
However, new guidelines help us avoid debilitating bone diseases that cause suffering and even cut precious years off our pets' lives. Large and giant breed puppies should be fed a quality puppy formula until the end of their growth period when you transition to adult formula.
Get the scoop at Feeding the Large and Giant Breed Puppy | Dr. Ken Tudor | PetMD and as always, check with your vet.
May 13, 2013
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May 8, 2013
Our pet beds get worn out and grubby over time, but replacing them can be an expense that's easy to put off. That is, until we find a sale!
For a limited time, find your precious pet the perfect spot to snooze and receive 10% Off Armarkat Pet Beds at checkout.
May 6, 2013
For a limited time, receive $10 Off a $50 purchase of select PetSafe, Drinkwell, and Premier products at checkout at Amazon. Find affordable and easy solutions to many pet problems: Training, Fencing, Containment and Door, Water and Feed and save $$$!
May 3, 2013
It's raining cats and dogs outside, but our pets are indoors here at Super Cool Pets HQ because they know that thunder really is a huge, scary beast coming to get them. Along with somehow calming their nerves, we are also dealing with dirty paw marks all over the floor.
This washable Dog Gone Smart Dirty Dog Doormat soaks up to 7 times its weight in water and mud and dries 5 times faster than ordinary door mats. A super sponge to keep floors dry and clean!
Dog Gone Smart Dirty Dog Doormat is available in brown, khaki and maroon.
May 1, 2013
Do you believe that dogs are striving for dominance? That training them is a power struggle? Some experts take a different approach, one being dog trainer and Animal Planet TV star Victoria Stilwell in Train Your Dog Positively: Understand Your Dog and Solve Common Behavior Problems Including Separation Anxiety, Excessive Barking, Aggression, Housetraining, Leash Pulling, and More!.
Rather than focusing on punishment-based methods, she goes with positive reinforcement. This book helps owners actually change the way their dog thinks, feels, and learns, using her time-tested and scientifically-backed brand of positive reinforcement training solutions. Create a bond with your dog based on mutual trust, respect and love!
April 29, 2013
A lot of communication can comfortably be handled over text and email, but in some situations an old-fashioned, handwritten note adds that extra touch to show you care.
So here at Super Cool Pets HQ we always keep some note cards handy. These cute Woof Dog Note Cards show personality, yet are sufficiently low-key to be appropriate for most occasions.
April 22, 2013
This year could be a doozie when it comes to allergies, if the green pollen "blanket" covering our Super Cool Pets mobile is any indication. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, a must-do remedy is to bathe your pet on a regular basis.
For a routine situation, a mild pet shampoo is most suitable to remove all the allergens that are trapped on your dog or cat's coat. As always, check with your vet for pet-specific recommendations and advice.
At Pet Shampoo
April 19, 2013
If you are like us here at Super Cool Pets HQ, it's very hard to resist those beautiful brown (blue? green?) eyes begging for a treat. And pet treats are effective as positive reinforcement for good behavior. What's not to love?
Well, too many yummy treats and they contribute to unhealthy weight gain. Veterinarians advise limiting the daily allotment to 10% of our pet's overall caloric intake. Check out more tips about treats at Pet Treats Dos and Don'ts Slideshow | WebMD.
At Dog Treats and Cat Treats.
April 18, 2013
Add some personality to your table and your salad. This pair of handmade glass dachshunds holds your favorite oil and vinegar combination. The liquid ripples through their elongated bodies, and pours from the tip of their tails.
The Wiener Dog Oil and Vinegar Set comes with a little cork for each and a handy funnel for filling. Makes a cute Mother's Day gift!