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March 18, 2008

11 Month-old Dachshund Paralyzed by a Coral Snake

No, Florida is not all fun and sun.
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If your pet is vomiting and becoming disoriented, don't wait--call the vet. That's what this couple did in Delray Beach FL and good thing they did. Their 11-month old dachshund pup was going downhill fast and they didn't know what was wrong...until they saw the coral snake* in their living room. Happy news, it looks like the anti-venom is working and the dog will survive.

Read story.

*Coral snakes are not uncommon in suburban Florida. We have encountered them in wooded areas on our property, on the street and on our porch. We live within city limits in a heavily populated area.

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Political Pets -- Is Your Pet a Republican or a Democrat?

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Most of us know which party we support, but how about your pets? You may be surprised. Take this quiz at Petlane to find out how your pet might vote:

Republican Pets:
1. They bark at passing neighbors and traffic; home security is very important to them.
2. Their ears perk up when Fox News comes on.
3. They are a big spender at the local pet store.
4. Strongly believe pet matrimony should only occur between two cats or two dogs.
5. Believe in the 2nd amendment right to bear teeth and claws.
6. Are for electric border fences for the yard.
7. Want national ID tags for all pets.
8. They advocate for the pet tracking chip - you can never have too much security!

Democratic Pets:
1. They want universal veterinary care for all!
2. They want their treats for free.
3. They socialize with all breeds at the dog park.
4. They prefer their owner uses biodegradable poop bags.
5. Are very concerned with the rising rate of pet food.
6. Have the young puppy and kitten vote locked.
7. Want an end to the war of dogs vs. cats once and for all.
8. Think of Ralph Nadar as the dog catcher.

[Via Slashfood]

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March 17, 2008

St Patrick's Day Collars and Leads for Your Pets

Quality St Patrick's Day collars with matching leads for your dog and cat. These themed fabric collars encase durable nylon webbing and are fully adjustable with welded metal D-rings on the collars. Handcrafted in the USA. Both collars and leads are hand- or machine wash and dry.

Shamrock Collar Collection One Dogs and Cats [below]
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Shamrock Collar Collection Two for Dogs and Cats [below]
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Shamrock Collar Collection Three only for Dogs [below]
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Shamrock Collar Collection Four for Dogsand Cats [below]
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Dog Collar sizes:
Small: 1/2" width, fits 7" - 11" neck
Medium: 3/4" width, fits 11" - 15" neck
Large: 1" width, fits 15" - 22" neck
X-Large: 1" width, fits 19" - 29" neck

Cat Collar size: 3/8" width, fits 7" - 11" neck

Matching leads available. The leads have heavy-duty swivel snap locks to ensure a secure collar-lead connection.

Lead sizes:
4' x 1/2"
4' x 3/4"
4' x 1"
6' x 1/2"
6' x 3/4"
6' x 1"

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Love Your Pet Earrings and Reversible Cat/Dog Necklace

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No matter what happens, we love our pets. These Love Your Pet Earringsicon will remind you on both the good...and the not-so-good days. Choose from a kitty on a white enamel background or a pup on a light-green enamel background.
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And you don't have to be just a "dog person" or a "cat person", we love them all! Reversible Cat/Dog Necklaceicon lets you switch from the cat side to the dog side whenever you want.

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March 14, 2008

Pet Scoop on Pet Insurance Policies--To Insure or Not to Insure?

To insure or not to insure? This can easily be a $1,000 question.

On a recent Saturday evening, our Golden Retriever Jesse bounded out of the back of our SUV onto the ramp before it was secured to the bumper. Both she and the ramp fell to the ground, with our Jess nursing an injured paw. Not only were we momentarily chagrined about her sprain and possible break, we were envisioning the cavernous hole a trip to the Vet Emergency Clinic on a weekend night would make in our bank account.

Since our pets are cherished members of our families, we want to provide them with the best medical care we can afford and keep them healthy for as long as we possibly can. As a result, our veterinary care is growing more expensive. Miami-Dade vet blogger Doolittler has started a series of timely articles Doolitter's vetcentric take on pet insurance, which may help you make up your mind whether to purchase a Pet Insurance Policy.

When the care vets can provide begins to outstrip your ability to pay for it, something's gotta give. In this case it's the insurance companies...giving you the ability to pay for care you might never have considered twenty years ago--for a fee.

The purpose of insurance in this setting is to help you pay for the growing expense involved in pet illness and injury. If your pet lives a healthy life, the monthly premiums you pay for pet insurance is overkill--you'll lose money in the long run. When she surprises you with a midnight snack of antifreeze, however, pet insurance might just make the difference between high-tech treatment and instant euthanasia.

Peace of mind and tragedy aversion is the name of the game when it comes to pet health insurance. Those of us with substantial expendable savings? Statistically, we're better off without it. After all, the insurance companies are in the biz to make a profit. But how many of us can boast a lotto-size stash under the mattress?

If you would like to research pet insurance policies, try PETCO Insure your Pets Today and QuickCare Pet Insurance.

Read entire Doolitter's article Part 1.

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Care and Feeding of Our Pets--New Book Releases

Do you ever wonder if you are feeding your pet the most nutritious food? Whether you should really be throwing them scraps, or if their recent illness was caused by their diet? The pet food recall of 2007 reminded us all that we can't take pet nutrition for granted anymore. Here are a few of the new books out on the all important subject of food and fuel for our pets.

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For a comprehensive guide, pick up a copy of Ultimate Pet Food Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Feeding Your Dog or Cat by Liz Palika. This book covers it all--homemade, commercial, and raw food diets. The author discusses introducing new foods; what "human foods" pets shouldn't eat; free-feeding; responsibility for food safety; where ingredients come from; and red flags in ingredients.

If you like to cook for your pets, you can choose from more than fifty veterinarian- and pet-nutritionist-approved recipes, along with diets tailored to special-needs pets, such as puppies/kittens and pregnant, older, overweight and/or more sedentary animals.

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Natural Nutrition for Cats: The Path to Purr-fect Health by Kymythy R. Schultze, "exposes the pitfalls of the pet-food industry." You will benefit from the author's extensive knowledge of proper feline nutrition. She updates the information from her previous books, Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats and The Natural Nutrition No-Cook Book, writing with charm and humor. You will love the photos.

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If you are contemplating a new puppy, or have just brought one into your home, Puppy Preschool, Revised Edition: Raising Your Puppy Right---Right from the Start! by John Ross and Barbara McKinney is a must-read. It is filled with great advice for the first-time dog owner, as well as a refresher course for repeat owner. The premise of the books is that you should always train from the canine point of view.

In the first chapter, which is critical to puppy-rearing success, they outline their underlying training philosophy and consider who should own a dog. In succeeding chapters, they cover choosing the right puppy (including finding and evaluating puppies, the ten best breeds, and ten problem breeds), puppy development, bonding and socializing, housebreaking, basic commands, and puppy manners.

If you are a dog-lover reading Super Cool Pets, you most likely have experience bringing up a puppy. Due to a dog's optimal 10-15 or so year lifespan, a lot of time can go by between puppies. As we found, it's never a bad idea to update yourself on state-of-the-art training techniques, pet food and equipment. And we will keep you current here on Super Cool Pets.

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March 13, 2008

Pet Anxiety Remedies--Melatonin, Music & Rescue Remedy

Your dog is shaking, panting and pacing frenetically around the house. Maybe cowering in the closet or hiding under the bed. Some dogs even scratch and destroy their surroundings.The problem--anxiety, whether to noise, thunder, strangers, in-breeding or the boogeyman. What to do, to make your pet, and yourself, feel better.

Two intriguing new releases this March 8, a book with two sample CD tracks, Through a Dog's Ear: Using Sound to Improve the Health & Behavior of Your Canine Companion
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and a companion music CD Through a Dog's Ear: Music to Calm Your Canine Companion, Volume 1, music designed to calm animals and humans.
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The book applies the latest science on how dogs hear and react to sound. It includes research information, stories, and a two-track sample CD--one to calm your dog and one for general enjoyment entitled "Music for the canine household".

The CD carries 9 full tracks of solo piano music. The individual pieces have been selected and/or rearranged (lowering tempo and pitch, for example) to gradually reduce the heart rate and respiratory rate.This music has been clinically researched, studying its effect on dogs of different temperaments and in various anxiety-producing situations. The studies show that this "psycho-acoustically designed" music reduced anxiety at twice the rate of traditional classical music.

[via Janet Tobiassen Crosby, DVM, Veterinary Medicine]

In our own household, one of our Golden Retrievers is now not only terrified of thunder, but even upset by a rain shower, obviously due to association. This suffering cannot go on, not to mention, rainy nights=sleepless nights. Music therapy is fine for the day, but at night we prefer quiet.
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We have been using Rescue Remedy, but our dog's anxiety level has heightened so it really has not been as effective recently. On the recommendation of our vet, we wrapped a Melatonin 3 Mg pill up in a slice of deli ham and fed it to our dog. This has calmed her down and she lay quietly in the closet during the last storm, not panting. The anxiety is still present, but seems to be reduced. Check with your vet as to dosage, especially if you have a smaller dog.

If you have read this far, you too must be interested in the subject of pet anxiety. If you have any remedies of your own, please leave a comment or email them to news@supercoolpets.com

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Herbal Collar For Cats

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Everyone is going "green" these days, including our pets.

If you are concerned that your cats could be inhaling toxic fumes or become severely irritated by the toxic chemicals in most flea collars, PetGuard has created an Herbal Collar For Cats that they call a scent collar.

This herbal collar is safe and it will keep your pet smelling fresh. The herbal oils are impregnated directly into the collar. Every collar is a natural blend of aromatic herbs, with a fresh minty fragrance and absolutely no harmful chemicals.

Herbal Collar for Dogs is also available.

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March 12, 2008

Barnboard Feeder -- Raised Dog Feeding Station

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If you like country furnishings, this Barn Board Feeder is inspired by an actual antique barn board table. This raised dog feeding station features distressed tops, turned legs, stainless steel bowls, and protective backsplash guards.

Can be personalized. Barn Board Feeder in Williamsburg blue and sage.

Sizes: Small: 10"H x 22¾"W x 12"D, 1-qt. dog bowls
Large: 18"H x 27½"L x 14¼"D, 3-qt. dog bowls


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The Easy Way: Petzlife Oral Care Spray for Clean, Healthy Pet Teeth and Gums

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If you've heard it once, you have heard it a thousand times, you are supposed to brush your pet's teeth. Why? Once plaque and tartar have accumulated on your pet's teeth, it is recommended to have their teeth professionally cleaned at the vet. A vet has to render your pet unconscious in order to clean his or her teeth--not cheap and not a procedure to be taken lightly. So it is a good idea to make dental care a routine part of your pet's health maintenance schedule.
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However, not all pets are real keen on anyone putting a toothbrush in their mouth, although that is the best way to begin dental care with a puppy or kitten. Petzlife Oral Care Spray works without a toothbrush to remove plaque and tartar on dogs and cats. It also safely kills bacteria on contact, helping to eliminate doggy or kitty bad breath.

For best results, withhold food and water 30 minutes before and after applications of Petzlife Oral Care Spray. A good time would be to brush your pet's teeth before bed, like any member of the household. One bottle will last at least 3 months if used as directed (and 6 months if used for maintenance).


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