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Vet Blogs: Information and Advice

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Norman Rockwell

First up:

Super Cool Pets suspects that if you are into "pet infantilization" you probably aren't spending a lot of time on this site. But if you are interested in pet trends and pet news, you might want to check out this brief post from the uber-informative Miami vet Dolittler: Infantilization in pet keeping...and its unintended consequences for animal health

And second:

An intriguing, interactive source of pet information has surfaced on the web, Ask the Vet:

You have questions. Veterinarian Eric Barchas (pronounced bark-us) has answers, plus stories from the vet's office, commentary on pet news and more. This blog is brought to you by Dogster, Inc., makers of the hydrant-famous Dogster and the unnecessarily feared Catster. You can ask Dr. Barchas a question. If he can answer it he will.

Via Eddies Blog @ Pets for the Environment, Creating a Healthy Environment for Pets and People.

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May 6, 2008

"Tell Me Where It Hurts"-- A Day in the Life of an Animal Surgeon

An intriguing new book out is a "behind-the-scenes" account of a day in the life of a vet: Tell Me Where It Hurts: A Day of Humor, Healing and Hope in My Life as an Animal Surgeon by Nick Trout, a staff surgeon at Boston's Angell Animal Medical Center.
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A quick summary from Susan Richards, author of Chosen by a Horse:

"Dr. Trout has given us a lifetime in one day as he takes us on his rounds as a veterinary surgeon. With equal parts, wit, wisdom, and great kindness, he offers a rare look into the mind and heart of a remarkable man. He is the vet every animal owner wants and the advocate every animal deserves when it comes to facing the complexities and often expensive options of diagnostics and treatment. This is a man who loves his job, and everyone benefits: the animals in his care, their often lovable but sometimes infuriating owners, and, lastly, the reader, who is lucky enough to go along for the literary ride."

Tell Me Where It Hurts: A Day of Humor, Healing and Hope in My Life as an Animal Surgeon. Also available in Kindle Edition--download in less than a minute. Don't have one? Information about the wireless reader Kindle is one click away.

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Solid Wood Adirondack Outdoor Dog Beds

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We all love the look of Adirondack chairs. How about an Adironondack Outdoor Dog Bed Platform for the dog?

This raised platform keeps your dog dry and cool, up and off the ground. The tall back provides support for your dog to sleep against. In red or white.
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For cushioning, the Adironondack Outdoor Dog Bed Platform is designed to be used with the Ultimate Outdoor Dog Bed. Features:

* Perfect dog bed for outdoors or the porch
* Quick drying
* Simply hose it off to clean
* Cover and stuffing will not absorb odors or water

Of course, the Ultimate Outdoor Dog Beds can be used separately on their own as a comfortable, worry-free pet bed. In multi-stripe, blue stripe, solid navy, dragonfly, solid red, brick stripe.

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May 2, 2008

Pet Pocket -- Cat and Small Dog Carrier

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Super Cool Pets readers who have had a baby are familiar with this item, but did you know there was one for pets? Pet Pocket Carrier is a vest-style front carrier that lets you bring your cat or small dog along with you while keeping your hands free. Mesh construction to keep your pet cool, drawstring closure for security, side pocket for accessories, padded for comfort with an adjustable waist strap.

Pet Pocket Carrier for pets up to 25 lbs.

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Mother's Day Gift Ideas for the Pet Lover

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Looking for a Mother's Day gift this May 11th, but don't want to give a gift card? There is still time to head over to one of Super Cool Pets favorite shops, Chimpfeet, where they have a handy Mother's Day Gift Guide for you.

Choose from hundreds of adorable items, among them Laurel Burch scarves, earrings and purses, or home and garden decor, clocks, tableware, ceramics, jewelry and much more. Love these Sterling Silver Paw Print Post Earrings in post or dangle.

Overwhelmed? If you think maybe a gift card is the best choice after all, click here for a post of Gift Cards you can bookmark, including one to Chimpfeet.

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May 1, 2008

Eco Dog: Healthy Living for Your Pet--Nontoxic Tips for Pet Care

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Wonder whether your pet's food is toxic? Pet toys, grooming products, accessories? A new paperback just out should give you some insight into this troubling problem. Eco Dog: Healthy Living for Your Pet is a comprehensive guide to nontoxic and planet-friendly dog care, including shopping tips, all natural alternatives and more.

Eco Dog: Healthy Living for Your Pet

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Super Cool Pets Monthly Round Up -- April 2008

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Here is a list by category of all the news and pet products we covered this past April. Thanks for stopping by Super Cool Pets!

Accessories and Supplies

Apparel

Bedding

Behavior

Birds

Books & Media

Collars and Leashes

Crates, Gates & Carriers

Electronics

Fish

Food & Feeders

Gadgets

Gifts and Home Decor

Grooming

Health and Safety

Holidays

Litter and Clean-Up

Outdoors and Garden

Pet Hair Solutions

Pet News

Pet Stuff Steals and Deals

Play & Toys

Problem Solvers

Training

Travel

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April 30, 2008

Luxury Pet Houses for Pampered Pets Everywhere

Writing this post, there is a Golden Retriever sleeping under my desk. If I move to another room, shortly I will hear the padding of golden paws behind me as she follows me there. Soon a furry head will nuzzle against my leg for a rubdown, or a nose jut into my side to tell me there is a "squirrel!" outside the window.

But it doesn't have to be this way. She could have her independence and live in her own luxury Dream Doghouse, complete with all those doggy delights such as climate control and wainscoting, plus all the flooring, electrical, roofing and interior options her sweet heart desires.

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If she perchance feels "isolated" because "Dogs always love their family's companionship", the owner "may want to consider having satellite or cable installed."

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Doggy Dream Houses via Dvice

And when she becomes queasy from eating too much discarded junk food on walkies in the evenings, no need to cuddle up with us for comfort. We can stow her away in her very own Luxury Pet House, with a solenoid valve for medical treatment. Check it out on display to the public, among other Korean novelties, at New York's Koreannovation show on May 14th and 15th.
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Features:

  • Temperature & humidity control, Anion function, High-density oxygen supply (option), Nebulizer (option)
  • Incubation process management with PC (option)
  • The best Temperature Setting Limit and Humidity Setting Limit:
  • Far infrared radiation and carbon heating element is included in wall inside
  • Antibiotic air filter included for removing inner dust
  • Carbon Filter for deodorizing and anion apparatus
  • Solenoid valve for medical treatment

Luxury Pet House via Gear Log.

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Live in the Fantasy Pet World of The Sims 2 Pets Expansion Pack

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Reality is overrated. Live out your craziest fantasies (no, not that kind) and create your own virtual pet world with The Sims 2 Pets Expansion Pack
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Just imagine. You can:

  • Adopt dogs, cats, birds, and guinea pigs for your Sims to play with.
  • Your Sims' pets have their own genetics. Cross different breeds to create designer pets or make new ones and register them to appear in Create-A-Pet as a unique pedigree.
  • Pick your Sims' pet's personality! Is your pet gifted or goofy, hyper or lazy? You decide!
  • Choose career tracks for your Sims' pets. Skilled pets can work their way up to be Pet Show Biz Stars, part of an elite security Pet Corps, or a heroic Rescue pet.
  • Show off your pets! Share your favorite Sim pets with other players through an online exchange.

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The Sims 2 Pets Expansion Pack is of course available in a multitude of popular game platforms.

[via Popgadget]

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April 29, 2008

Does Your Pet Need a Job?

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If you live with, or know of, a dog with "behavior problems", the real problem may be lack of sufficient exercise and mental stimulation. Most dogs were genetically bred to perform a specific job for their human companions, which, like many jobs in our 21st century, is gone and ain't coming back.

Who says? MSNBC, in City dogs get to know their inner herder--"It's almost as if the dog needs a job. And when they discover, 'This is what my job is supposed to be,' then everything falls into place." For many dogs, that job is herding:

The American Kennel Club says new herding clubs are popping up across the country, although it does not track exact numbers. Nearly 200 clubs held herding trials last year. More than 10,000 dogs competed, a roughly 10 percent increase over 2006.

Owners describe the practice as an antidote to tighter leash laws and disappearing dog-friendly spaces in U.S. cities. They talk of their dogs' first time in the arena with the pride and amazement usually reserved for describing a child's first day at kindergarten. Many also acknowledge that herding was a last resort.

The article goes on to discuss owner mismatch:

Experts say the dog-owner mismatch is common. People spend too little time researching a breed's temperament and habits before choosing their family's new addition. A fluffy Saint Bernard, for example, is a working breed that may protect your kids -- against the letter carrier. Then you've got a lawsuit.

Read article.

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