June 15, 2012
The years truly fly by when you live with a pet. Before you know it, that tireless youngster driving you to distraction spends most of the day asleep. That's fine, but what else to expect as a pet gets older?
About.com Veterinary Medicine | Is my pet acting this way due to old age or is he sick? lists some common age-related changes:
- less active overall
- sleeps more (especially cats)
- reduced sense of hearing
- reduced sense of sight
- less able to handle temperature extremes
- reduced muscle mass
But, these changes below *may* be symptoms of a disease process. If you notice any of these symptoms, a call/visit to your veterinarian should be in your immediate future:
- weight loss or gain
- loss of appetite
- foul breath/dental disease
- drinking and/or urinating more than usual
Disclaimer: This is not a medical blog. Certainly any time that you notice a symptom in a pet of any age, please consult your veterinarian.
June 14, 2012
Many of our pets have seasonal allergies. No worries -- help is on the way. This soothing NaturVet Aller-911 Skin Care Shampoo is formulated just for them.
This shampoo can clean the dirtiest of pets and will banish those stinky smells that our pets hold so dear. It's mild enough for frequent use without stripping the coat of essential natural oils.
June 12, 2012
The sun has almost reached its zenith and is about as strong as it's going to get. Our dogs are panting more and draining their water bowls quicker than ever. They're fine at home, but on the go, we must guarantee they are hydrated and super cool.
These portable, stainless-steel H2O4K9 Water Bottles enable you to provide your thirsty pets with clean safe water everywhere you go--the lid is the bowl. Perfect for walks, day hikes, bike rides, the park, beaches, training, search and rescue, vacations, road trips, etc.
Our dogs just love to relax outside on these warm summer nights. The air is balmy and the scents are strong. They would spend the night out under the stars if we'd let them.
This Three Dog Night Rug evokes summer for us. A black, yellow, and chocolate lab play under the stars on this hand-hooked 100% New Zealand wool rug. A perfect welcome for an entrance way or small room. Great rug for 4th of July, too!
June 11, 2012
Capture the fun and follies of training your dog. Part of the Bad Dog Assortment, this Bad Dog Wall Art will add some character to your family room, den, study or office.
These are black and white drawings with splashes of blue over a dove gray background. It comes framed and ready to hang--makes a great gift.
Also, check out the Bad Dog Tumblers, Bad Dog Diner Mugs, and Bad Dog Coasters in the Bad Dog Assortment.
June 8, 2012
Bring along food for your pets wherever you go. This insulated Kurgo Wander Pail consists of 2 convenient bowls packed into one. The top bowl holds approx. 13.5 oz and the bottom bowl holds approx. 30.5 oz.
The pail itself acts as the carrying case, with an inset removable bowl. The screw on lid and handle make for easy toting. This set is stain-, corrosion- and rust-resistant, as well as dishwasher-safe.
June 7, 2012
It's summer and your dog may love to swim. But what about his/her collar? Taking it off isn't always feasible, but water can really do a number on many collars, plus they smell bad.
This waterproof and odor-proof Ruff Wear Headwater Collar 2012 is a good solution. The coated webbing is flexible, yet waterproof and non-absorbent. This collar has a reflective pattern providing visibility in low-light conditions.
June 6, 2012
Summer is here. Pet lovers will be out and about, often with their pets aboard. Sadly, sometimes people don't realize how quickly a car can heat up and just leave their pets in the car while they shop or grab a bite to eat.
Even on relatively cool summer days in the low 70's, a car's internal temperature can rise to a scorching 116 degrees in just an hour. And keeping the windows open a crack barely makes a difference. Hot cars are death traps.
MyDogIsCool.com explains how you can help to protect dogs from the dangers of hot cars--how quickly cars heat up in warm weather, whether it's too hot to take your dog along today, and ways to educate our fellow pet owners about the hazards of leaving a pet in a hot car, even for a little while.
If you see a parked car with animals inside, you can have some of their "Don't Leave Me in Here -- It's Hot!" fliers on hand and place the flier under the windshield wiper. If an animal seems to be in imminent danger or a child is left unattended inside a car, call 911 for assistance.
June 5, 2012
Missing pet--the worst. We know. Most lost pets don't wander too far, and you can go the neighborhood flyers route. But there is also technology available to help you keep track of your pets.
Consumer Reports recently tested three devices for keeping track of pets. Each has a GPS unit that stays on the pet and communicates with the owner -- the RoamEO Pet Monitor System ($200), the Garmin GTU 10 ($200), and the Tagg Pet Tracker ($100).
See Consumer Reports for the breakdown.
June 4, 2012
We all know our dogs need exercise, but sometimes walking them just isn't feasible, whether due to limited time, owner disability or other factors. And sometimes our dogs need even more exercise than just a walk.
This remote-controlled Go-Go Dog Pal is outfitted with an advanced system that allows for long range operation, allowing you to take a rest while your dog exercises. As long as you have access to a field, park, yard, or safe open space, you can use the Go-Go Dog Pal to give their dog a fun, challenging exercise session.
With Pal accessories, you can make your remote control dog toy look like just about any creature you can think of --squirrels, rabbits, turtles, and porcupines. There are a variety of Pals to change the shape, size, color, and overall look of your toy for the lifetime of the product.
via Robot Snob