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September 13, 2007

Doggles Ergonomic Backpacks

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Labor Day got us to thinking about working dogs at Super Cool Pets. Most of our couch potatoes dogs are descended from ancestors originally bred to perform a certain task to help their human companions--retrieving land or water fowl, search and rescue, herding, pulling sleds and transporting supplies. Dogs are actually bred to keep moving, and most will cheerfully walk along with you outside.

Next time you go hiking, to the store or just out for a stroll, why not let them help out carrying your supplies with their own Backpack for Dogs. Great features include inner compartments, reflective trim, D ring, quick-assist handle. Water- and stain-resistant in two attractive color combos, Black & Grey or Red & Blue.

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September 12, 2007

Seattle Slicker--Pet Raincoat

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Rainy weather attire for your water-phobic pet. If your dog needs to go for a walk, but dreads getting wet, just put on their Seattle Slicker. So cute! (If it's really pouring out there or when your pet needs to look his or her best, pair it with the Pet Umbrella.)

Raincoat Features:

  • Nylon dog coat keeps out rain and wind
  • Waterproof-coated nylon raincoat covers from head to base of tail and wraps around flanks to keep him dry
  • Protects head, flanks and back from inclement weather
  • Reflective back strip makes your dog noticeable to passing cars
  • Self-fastening underside strap
  • Back pocket
  • Keep wet dog smell to a minimum
  • Wipes clean easily

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Sizes: XS to L. In red and yellow at Drs Foster & Smith.

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Pet-Temp Ear Thermometer

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At Super Cool Pets we like to monitor our pets' health ourselves (see Pet Checkup Kit), as well as relying upon our vet. Today our Golden Retriever, Jessie, is definitely under the weather. Instead of wondering and worrying, taking her body temp is a good way to know for sure if she should make a visit to her doctor.

The Pet-Temp Ear Thermometer takes a pet's temp in their ear, rather than their unsanitary derriere. The thermometer is designed especially for their deep, horizontal ear canal. An accurate reading is displayed digitally in one second. It has an ergonomic shaped sensor probe for taking the temperature of our companion animals and is accurate on cats, dogs, kittens and puppies, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, and chinchillas.

The thermometer is not particularly cheap, but still cheaper than an unnecessary visit to the vet's office. Definitely an item to have in our pet's medicine chest.

At Amazon and Drs. Foster & Smith.

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September 11, 2007

Update on Micro-chip/Cancer Link

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Update in the New York Times today, Report of Cancer Hurts Maker of Chip Implants. Although the article focuses somewhat on the Wall Street fortunes of manufacturer VeriChip (as Calvin Coolidge said: "The business of America is business.") here is the latest:

VeriChip said that it had not been aware of the studies cited in the report, according to the article, but both the company and federal regulators said yesterday that animal data had been considered in the review of the application to implant the chips in humans. They said that there were no controlled scientific studies linking the chips to cancer in dogs or cats and that lab rodents were more prone than humans or other animals to developing tumors from all types of injections.

“At this time there appears to be no credible cause for concern,” said Karen Riley, a spokeswoman for the Food and Drug Administration.....

...In addition to driving down the two companies’ shares, the report created concern among veterinarians and operators of animal shelters that pet owners would resist the practice, now widespread, of putting similar chips in pets to make it easier to return lost animals to their owners. Most animals who are not reclaimed by owners are euthanized.

“If there are any cancers from the chips, they are so rare that losing pets is far more serious,” said Dr. Lawrence D. McGill, a veterinary pathologist at Animal Reference Pathology, a veterinary laboratory in Salt Lake City.


At Super Cool Pets we are not particularly reassured by a statement from the FDA, given recent events. But the embedded chips remain in our two precious Golden Retrievers for the time being. We know first hand the pain and anxiety of searching long hours for a lost pet.

We have posted other pet options than the embedded chips, such as the e-Tag and the PDA for Pets, and will be reviewing more in the future, so stay tuned!

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Halloween Costumes for Dogs

Drs. Foster and Smith Inc.

Let your pup join in the fun on Halloween! Adorable Halloween costumes for your pets at Drs. Foster & Smith are sure to get a laugh from the tricker-treaters who come to your door.

Costume wraps around your dog's back and includes leg holes and Velcro® closures for easy on/off. Matching caps have ear holes and close under chin (Dinosaur cap is attached). Hand wash and line dry to save for next year!

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Safety Tips: Pet costumes should be comfortable for your pet. Things to remember:

  • Overheating--If the dog is inside a heated house, watch out for excessive panting which may indicate your pooch is too hot. Remember he/she already is wearing a fur coat.
  • Costumes should not constrict your pet's ability to breathe easily or relieve themselves.
  • If your pet is going trick or treating with you, he or she should have a reflector on the collar, lead or costume.

For helpful tips, read Get Your Dog to Love His Costume.

Promotion: Halloween Costumes for your Dogs at Drs. Foster & Smith.

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Dolce Vita DuoTemp Pet Bed

Dolce Vita DuoTemp Pet Bed (Medium; For Pets Up To 40 lbs.; Exterior: 32

Dolce Vita DuoTemp Pet Bed will provide year-round cozy comfort for your pet.

Features:

* First cooled and heated pet bed.
* Cool air therapy provides relief in warm weather.
* Heated air therapy relieves joint and muscle pain.
* Therapeutic foam padding.
* Machine-washable cover.
* Washable, stain and scratch resistant.
* Safe low-voltage design.
* Veterinarian recommended.
* 90-day money-back guarantee.

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For Pets Up To 40 lbs.

Dimensions: Exterior: 32" L x 22" W x 8" H; Interior: 28" L x 18" W

Available at Amazon.
$50 rebate at PETCO through September 30.

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September 10, 2007

Combo Water Bowl and Jug

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Common sense water jug for short trips with our pets. Having breakfast out the other day, we saw a couple parked nearby serve their waiting dogs water from one of these wide-mouthed jugs. Perfect solution--keeps the water cold and serves as a bowl too.

  • Comes with a flip-up spout for pouring
  • Sturdy, wide base which prevents tipping (very important with our rowdy doggies)
  • Convenient integrated handle for easy carrying
  • Stain- and odor-resistant liner.

Works great for multiple dogs. Buy two and use one for food!

Dimensions: 8.32"L x 8.94"W x 8.63"H
Capacity: 1 Gal. (3.8L)

At Amazon.

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Micro-chip Implants May Be a Health Concern for Your Pet

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Another health scare pitting corporate greed vs human and pet safety has reared its ugly head, this time over the Veri-Chip implantable micro-chip. We read this article in the Miami Herald early Saturday morning and immediately called our vet, who was unaware and predictably skeptical. After all, he was out early working while we were reading the morning paper online. For the record, to remove the chip from our two golden retrievers, he charges $75 per dog. From the Herald:

When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved implanting microchips in humans, the manufacturer said it would save lives, letting doctors scan the tiny transponders to access patients' medical records almost instantly. The FDA found "reasonable assurance" the device was safe, and a sub-agency even called it one of 2005's top "innovative technologies."

But neither the company nor the regulators publicly mentioned this: A series of veterinary and toxicology studies, dating to the mid-1990s, stated that chip implants had "induced" malignant tumors in some lab mice and rats.

"The transponders were the cause of the tumors," said Keith Johnson, a retired toxicologic pathologist, explaining in a phone interview the findings of a 1996 study he led at the Dow Chemical Co. in Midland, Mich.

Leading cancer specialists reviewed the research for The Associated Press and, while cautioning that animal test results do not necessarily apply to humans, said the findings troubled them. Some said they would not allow family members to receive implants, and all urged further research before the glass-encased transponders are widely implanted in people.

Read entire article.

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Of course, society's immediate and upfront concern is the protection of the humans who have implanted microchips. If your pet has an embedded chip, as do ours, and you are concerned about the potential cancer risk, chip removal seems like the next logical step.

An option to chipping is putting your pet's contact information on a flash drive and securing it to the collar. One type is the Top Tag Pet ID.

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Features:

* Top Tag Pet ID is the first complete-care pet ID tag!
* The Top Pet Tag ID will help friends, Vets, kennels and pet sitters quickly understand your pet's needs
* The advanced ID and care technology gives you instant access to vital and life saving care information.
* Friends, vets, kennels, pet sitters and rescuers who may be responsible for your pet's welfare and special needs will find this effective and useful.


Product website for further information.

Another version (via Shiny Shiny) is available at PETCO, PetSafe Micro I.D. Rescue Collar for Dogs and PetSafe Micro I.D. Rescue Collar for Cats.

PetSafe Micro I.D. Rescue Collar for Cats (Fits Necks Up To 12

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September 8, 2007

Beware of Pet Scams

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As if we all don't have enough to "beware of" these days, watch out for internet pet scammers. According to the article Pet Scams at bankrate.com, there are three types of pet scams:

  • Overpayment pet scam How it works: This is a variation on a popular fraud scheme. An animal owner publishes an online ad offering a pet for sale. The fraudster contacts this person, negotiates a price and sends payment for the animal in the form of a cashier's check.

    The trick is that the check is for an amount much larger than the agreed upon price of the pet. The scammer then asks the potential victim to return the overpayment, usually through wire transfer, back to the fraudster or a third party.

    The victim eventually learns the cashier's check is counterfeit and loses the money he or she was supposed to get for the dog, plus any funds wired to the scammer. If the victim actually sent the dog, he or she won't get it back.


  • Nigerian pet scam
    How it works: Scammers either run online classified ads or create breeder Web sites offering purebred puppies -- typically English bulldogs or Yorkshire terriers -- either free or at a discounted price.

    The scammer will then ask interested buyers to pay for the dog's shipment, down payment, inoculations and any number of other miscellaneous fees. The victims wire money for the dogs but generally only get excuses for the delay. Instead, they're repeatedly asked for more money to cover additional "fees" invented by the scammer.

    Greedy scammers will concoct even more fees that the victim needs to pay after the dog has been supposedly shipped.

    Unfortunately, once you wire the money, it's gone, says Preszler.


  • The bait and switch
    How it works: Scammers are selling purebreds, "designer dogs," mutts and even made-up breeds through online classified ads and breeder Web sites. Often what people get are different dogs than the ones requested or puppies that are sickly. Sometimes they don't get anything.

Bottom line: If you want a pet, don't buy one online. Read entire article at bankrate.com.

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September 6, 2007

Yöghund--Frozen Yogurt for Dogs

We often make our doggies frozen treats for lunch. They are on 2 meals a day (right!), but it feels so mean to be fixing lunch right in front of those cute little faces. Our Pupsicles currently consist of natural peanut butter, organic yogurt, bananas and water mixed together in the blender and frozen. We love love love peanut butter in any form and fashion.

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If you don't have the time or inclination to make your own, Super Cool Pets found some yöghund online made from the same recipe: organic yogurt with all the benefits of live cultures, organic bananas, organic peanuts, and spring water. The site has a store locator, so you may be able to pick some up nearby. So why not just serve your dog some yöghund when you are eating in front of them or leaving for awhile?

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Available in Celebrity/Trial Pack, Party Pack, or Yöghund for a Year. Thoughtful gift for the dog who is always hungry. Know any like that?

via Slashfood

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