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July 20, 2009

Pet Toy Safety -- Would You Buy that Toy for Your Child?

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The American Pet Products Manufacturers Association has begun checking toys for safety. As we have learned in recent years, we cannot rely upon corporate America or watchdog agencies to keep our pets safe, but our own best judgment when purchasing pet toys. A few tips via The Examiner:

  • Avoid toys with painted decals: the item may not have been tested properly, and we know that paint can contain lead.
  • Toys that are inexpensive may be poorly constructed and disintegrate in a pet's mouth, leading to choking.
  • Exercise the same caution as you would when shopping for a young child's toy. If you wouldn't allow it in your playroom, it shouldn't be in your pet's toy box, either.

One solution is to make your own toys, as suggested in Make Your Own Cat Toys: Saving The Planet One Cat Toy At A Time.

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July 17, 2009

How You Feed Your Large-Breed Dog Can Reduce the Risk of Bloat

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Patty Khuly VMD, MBA is a small animal veterinarian in Miami, FL and writes a daily blog for pet lovers at PetMD that is a favorite here at Super Cool Pets. We wanted to bring yesterday's topic, bloat, to your attention.

This disease, also called torsion, gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV), can kill a dog in a matter of minutes or become chronic. From Dr Khuly's article The latest word on the dreaded "bloat":

Dogs of predisposed breeds or with relatives who have bloated should be "tacked." (Ed.--referring to the stomach) Steps should be taken to reduce eating speed (lots of bowls are made for such a purpose). Food should not be fed from a height (none of those raised dog bowls). And here are some other risk factors that have not necessarily been proven yet, but that should probably avoid these you can:

* Exercise immediately after feeding
* Rapid eating speed
* Decreased food particle size
* Once daily feeding
* Stress

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At Super Cool Pets we focus on pet products that improve and enhance the lives of pets and the people they love. Dr Khuly recommends the use of bowls that reduce eating speed, such as the Brake-Fast Pet Bowl pictured above, and recommends against using raised feeders. If you are a dog owner, we recommend reading the entire article.

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Earthbath All Natural Shampoo for Cats and Dogs

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We wash off and hose down our pets a lot, but sometimes they just need a good scrub to soothe the various conditions that crop up, especially in the summer, such as itch relief, skin sensitivity, combating pests, odor relief, and coat conditioning.

Earthbath All Natural Shampoos effectively combat skin irritation, promote healing, and re-moisturize pet dry skin. These shampoos are soap-free and pH-balanced for pets' sensitive skin--also non-toxic, 100% natural, entirely bio-degradable, phosphate and paraben-free, enzyme-free, and animal cruelty-free.

For dogs, a variety of Earthbath Shampoos are available--Oatmeal & Aloe Shampoo, Clear Advantages Shampoo, Orange Peel Oil Shampoo, and Eucalyptus & Peppermint Shampoo.

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For cats, Earthbath All Natural Cat Shampoo and Conditioner has gentle cleansers and conditioners with wild cherry essence to detangle and make your favorite feline's fur shine.

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July 16, 2009

Rufus Rhymes -- Lullaby Book for Dogs and Dog Lovers by Animal Artist Ron Burns

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Painter, animal welfare philanthropist, and all-around animal lover Ron Burns will release his new book, Rufus Rhymes, on August 15, 2009. The lyrics of popular nursery rhymes have been rewritten to be dog-centric, and are illustrated with his signature paintings.

Copies of the 24 page book ($8.99) are now available for pre-order at his website, www.RufusRhymes.com, where you will also find coloring pages, puzzles, activities, and e-cards to send to friends. All copies ordered during the "pre-order period," unitl August 15, will be autographed by Ron Burns.

"I wanted to create a book that any dog lover ­young or old ­can enjoy. For those just learning the classics, or having not heard them in decades, the lullabies in this book have a fresh twist ­ making this a first-ever book for readers and their pooches," says Burns. "Each lullaby is brought to life with my painted images that show the clownish, endearing traits we all love about dogs."

Also available only during the "pre-order period" is a copy of the book plus a signed, limited-edition Giclee print, measuring 11 x 14, of an image from the book.

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Katie's Bumpers Sqwuggies Dog Fetch and Tug Toy

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Got a bunch of dog toys scattered around that no one plays with? Dogs of all ages like new toys as much as we do! These durable Sqwuggies from Katie's Bumpers squeak and float and are perfect for tugging and fetching games.

They are made from pre-consumer recycled fire hose material with a strong sewn-in loop tug handle for tugging. They have a muffled squeaker that is quiet for us but plainly audible to your dog's sensitive ears.

Great to fetch on land, water and snow. Sqwuggies are for use by all size dogs.

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July 15, 2009

Survey Says: Risk Prevents Shoppers from Buying to Store Brand Pet Products

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Do you buy store brand products or choose a national brand when you shop for your pet?

A new study has found that for some products, shoppers just won't risk buying the store brand.

Shoppers will choose the store brands for food and household goods, but prefer name brands when it comes to their children and pets.

ICOM surveyed the shopping habits of 1,530 Americans over a six-month period. The study found that just 23 percent chose the store brand over national brands for pet care products.

What about you?

via Brandweek

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Smoothies for Dogs -- Mr. Barksmith's Cool Treats

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Smoothies aren't just for people anymore. On these dog dayz of summer help your dog beat the heat with a refreshing smoothie. Mr. Barksmith's Cool Treats are simple and easy dog treats -- just freeze and serve.

Healthy too -- made of apples, pear puree, banana puree, natural peppermint extract, and vitamin C. These low-fat summer snacks are only 33 calories per serving and are wheat and rice gluten free.

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July 14, 2009

Pet Airways Takes Off Today

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The pet-only airline Pet Airways is taking off today. The Delray Beach, FL airline has teamed up with Suburban Air Freight to transport cats and dogs in 19-passenger Beech 1900 aircraft, flying out of New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Denver, and Los Angeles.

Up to 50 "pawsengers'' will travel in carriers in the main cabin in the care of a pet attendant. One-way ticket prices range from $149 to $299, and the first two months are sold out.

Feed and water your pet in advance, since no snacks or drinks will be served. The airlines does provide "potty breaks". Since we all know that flying can be stressful enough as it is, dogs and cats will not be allowed to mingle during the flight.

via boston.com

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For Trips and Travel Use an Overnighter Dog Suitcase

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Next time you go for an overnighter or on a trip with your pet, keep all your pet gear together in one place. Make sure you remember everything and organize all your pet medicine, treats, toys, etc. in a sharp-looking Overnighter Dog Suitcase.

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This black nylon bag has a shoulder strap and smaller top handle with 7 functional pockets of various sizes, plus a window for a photo.

Free Shipping on All Orders over $75

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July 13, 2009

I Tweet on Twitter Dog Shirt

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For the pup who loves to network, this "I Tweet on Twitter" Dog Shirt is a soft cotton tank with a bit of stretchy lycra for comfort.

Super Cool Pets Tweets on Twitter --Stay current on the coolest and craziest pet products and news! Follow Us!

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