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July 10, 2008

Pet Scoop -- 7/10/08

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The New York Times Magazine 7/13/08 has an article Pill Popping Pets about psychiatric intervention in pets and the practice of prescribing medications designed for humans to animals.

...scientists in an expanding field known as behavioral pharmacology say that the combination of new drug therapies and progressive training techniques can solve problems that in the past almost always resulted in euthanasia. The supposed effectiveness of psychiatric medicines in treating mood and behavior issues is prompting new questions in the centuries-old debate over what, exactly, separates mankind from the beasts. If the strict Cartesian view were true -- that animals are essentially flesh-and-blood automatons, lacking anything resembling human emotion, memory and consciousness -- then why do animals develop mental illnesses that eerily resemble human ones and that respond to the same medications? What can behavioral pharmacology teach us about animal minds and, ultimately, our own?

If animal behavior and psychology interests you, this is a fascinating article, one to read carefully and at your leisure.

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Doggles Comfort Pal Heartbeat Pillow -- Soothe Your Puppy

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Doggles Comfort Pal Heartbeat Pillow are soft, plush, cuddly toys to soothe your puppy. The pillow has a realistic mother's heartbeat that your little newbie can hear and feel. Will also help pets suffering from separation anxiety or home alone.

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July 9, 2008

Pet Water Safety -- Not Every Dog Can Dog-Paddle

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Does your pet know how to swim? Of course, you might answer--all dogs know how to swim. Not so, says MSNBC, Of pooches and pools -- teaching your dog to swim:

Diamond confirmed that some dogs are born swimmers. It's a good bet if the dog's breed includes the word "water," as in Portuguese or English water spaniel, it takes to swimming like a nursery-schooler takes to finger-painting. For owners of those breeds, the problem isn't getting the dog into the water, but keeping it on dry land. But other breeds aren't as water-friendly. Some dogs have to be taught to swim, Diamond said, and others, like bulldogs, take to the water like submarines take to the Cross Bronx Expressway. For the former, there is hope. For the latter, there are those bright orange canine flotation devices.

Among the dogs that swim naturally and gladly, she said, are water spaniels, setters, retrievers, Barbets, akitas, Kerry blue terriers, poodles and Hungarian pulis.

Among those that can't swim at all or swim only with great difficulty are basset hounds, bulldogs, dachshunds, pugs, corgis, Scottish and Boston terriers and greyhounds.


To be on the safe side, fit your pet with a Life Jacket (Amazon has a supply), especially out in the open water. If your dog swims in a pool or off the boat, a Skamper Ramp is a great help to get him/her out of the pool. Also worth strong consideration is a Pool Safety Alarm.

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Sir Aqua -- Provides Consistent Fresh Water for Your Outdoor Pet

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Here is yet another super cool automatic waterer for your pet. Sir Aqua is a self-watering 1.8 gallon stainless steel water dish which attaches to any garden hose. Ideal for your cat, dog, sheep, goat or other animal. Provides consistent water for your pet and will not overflow.

No need to worry if your pets have enough water out there! Sir Aqua

For frozen outdoor refreshment, try the Kool Dogz Ice Treat Maker -- get details.


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Eureka Boss 4D Pet Fresh Vacuum -- Removes Pet Hair and Eliminates Pet Odors

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Pet owners love their pets, but not so much the odors and hair they leave behind. Keeping fur and smells under control can be a constant battle. The Eureka Boss 4D Upright Vacuum has been designed to tackle these two issues.

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Features:

  • An electronic on/off brushroll with five height adjustments to accommodate every flooring surface
  • An extra-wide 15-inch cleaning path for faster cleaning
  • Odor- eliminating power of Arm & Hammer's Pet Fresh to build a sealed HEPA system that eliminates odors safely and naturally while capturing 99.97 percent of small allergy-inducing particles
  • A Power Paw turbo brush and on-board tools that let you clean stairs, upholstery and pet hair
  • An electrostatic telescopic self-cleaning duster that extends up to three feet to attract pet hair and dust like a magnet, makes furniture, miniblinds and ceiling fans like new
  • A large, bagless dust cup to hold all the fur

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Eureka Boss 4D Upright Vacuum

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July 8, 2008

Takeyourpet.com -- Pet-Friendly Travel Site

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Want to take your pets along on your road trips, but don't know where to stay? Takeyour pet.com is a pet-friendly website chock full of information for travels with your pet.

  • Save up to 30% on Lodging - Discounts at thousands of pet-friendly bed and breakfasts, hotels/motels, inns, and resorts.
  • Pet Friendly Lodging Directory - Over 20,000 properties that welcome you and your pet.
  • Members-Only Bulletin Boards --Quickest and Easiest way to get all your questions on pet travel answered.
  • Travel Resources - Access to their exclusive nation-wide directories of: Veterinarians/Animal Hospitals, Shelters Grooming, Kennels, Boarding Facilities, Exercise & Sitting Services Pet Food & Supply Stores

Fee to join Takeyour pet.com is $1.95!

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Frosty Paws -- Doggy Ice Cream

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Everyone loves ice cream, even our pets. Maybe human ice cream is a little rich for them, so here is a doggy version. Next time we indulge in ice cream, we will treat our dogs to Frosty Paws® Frozen Treats for Dogs.

Convenient for everyone--they are available in many supermarkets, so it's easy to keep a supply in your freezer. And relatively healthy--fortified with protein, vitamins and minerals that dogs need and no added sugar, artificial flavors or colors.

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Great for doggy birthdays or any time you are celebrating!

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Coolaroo Pet Bed Showing Signs of Wear? Get A Replacement Cover

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If your Coolaroo Dog Bed is starting to show signs of wear, don't despair. Affordable Coolaroo Replacement Covers are readily available.
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Replacement covers are available in Medium and Large. Don't have a Coolaroo? Get the details: Coolaroo Dog Bed.

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July 7, 2008

Cool Bed III - Large Cooling, Cushioning Waterbed for your Dog

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Attractive super Cool Bed III to provide your pet with a comfy, dry, and cool place to relax. Requires no electricity, just add water. For indoor and outdoor use. Cool Bed Fitted and Bolster sheets sold separately.

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Outdoor Portable, Collapsible Dog Bathtub -- Leave the Mess Outside

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The Portable, Collapsible Dog Bathtub lets you clean up your dog anywhere, anytime.and leave the mess outside. This convenient outdoor dog bath tub opens up easily and collapses for storage. Tub drains quickly through a spigot. Rrinse off with a garden hose. In blue with carry handles.

Portable, Collapsible Dog Bath is new at Orvis.

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