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PetSmart - Dog

July 5, 2012

Avoid-A-Poo Markers -- Markers for Lawn Clean-Up

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Procrastination is putting off what we don't want to do, or just can't right now. If the dog makes a mess, but the time is not right for clean-up, leave a marker so you can find it later and no one steps in it.

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These Avoid-A-Poo Markers have a handy yellow handle to make cleanup easy. They are made using durable, weather-resistant plastic that, with normal use, will last up to 3 years.

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July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July! You CAN Keep Your Pets Calm and Relaxed

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Happy 4th!

As much as we love summer, for some of us living with pets, Fourth of July fireworks and vicious storms create stressful times. To turn this around for your pets, there are many techniques to relax them--click link for dog ideas and cat ideas.

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And for some tips, check out this quick slideshow 6 ways to ease your dog's fear of loud noises | Boston.com.


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July 3, 2012

Pet's Water Cooler

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The heat wave in many parts of the country has been relentless. Tough for people to stay cool and hydrated with (or without!) power, not to mention our sweet pets. In hot weather ice cubes keep water cold but melt so quickly. Pet fountains require electricity or batteries.

This Pet's Water Cooler keeps an 8-hour supply of water for a pet chilled all day long using a removable insert lined with non-toxic gel. Includes a second insert for use while the other one is chilling in the freezer. Holds 24 ounces.

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July 2, 2012

June 29, 2012

Barkitecture -- NYTimes.com Custom Doghouses Slide Show

Does the word "doghouse" conjure up this image:

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or this:

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a $4,419.74 Victorian Cottage Kennel Dog House available at Walmart.

Now that dogs are considered members of the family, their housing has increased in stature too. According to Luxury Doghouses and the Dogs That Couldn't Care Less | NYTimes.com, custom dog houses ("barkitecture") in the $3,000 to $5,000 range are all the trend now, at least in certain circles.

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The doghouse above and other amazing ones appear in a fun slide show Custom Doghouses, Fit for a King | NYTimes.com:

The supermodel Rachel Hunter commissioned this replica of her Mediterranean-style house in the Los Angeles area from La Petite Maison, which built it more than a decade ago and charged more than $16,000. It has handmade roof tiles, a terra cotta floor, wrought-iron details and dog-themed artwork on the walls.
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June 28, 2012

Greenies Pill Pockets Successfully Disguise Bad-Tasting Pet Medication

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We like DIY here at Super Cool Pets, but there are times we just have to wave the white flag. Our Golden has a jumbo pill organizer with her name on it, and recently she has been refusing her pills with a large shake and shudder no matter how cleverly they are disguised -- beef chunks, peanut butter, ham rolls, hot dog bites, banana, gravy.

When it got to the point that the *hidden* pills were even turning her off to her meals, we turned in desperation to Greenies Pill Pockets. These little gems contain a built-in pocket, perfect for hiding a pill or supplement, which are chewy and workable, so can be sealed shut. And she eats them!

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These Greenies Pill Pockets treats are tailored to match your pill size--large fits most capsules and small fits most tablets. They come in different flavors. Well worth every penny to keep our pup healthy while keeping meal time fun.

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June 27, 2012

An Ounce of Flea Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

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Insects thrive in warm weather, especially the dreaded fleas. How do you tell if your pet is infested with fleas?

Generally the little varmits are visible both on your pet and in your rugs. Your pet will do a lot of intensive scratching.

Some will suffer from severe and prolonged itching from flea bites resulting in hair loss, redness and hot spots. Flea shampoos remove fleas currently feasting on your pet, but won't prevent future infestations.

As always the best treatment is preventive. Don't mix your cat and dog flea treatments. They are not interchangeable--the dog dose is too high, and it can kill your cat. The Frontline products handle fleas and ticks.

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June 26, 2012

Treat Pet Hot Spots, Skin Allergies, Infections with Douxo Chlorhexidine 3% PS Pads

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These therapeutic Douxo Chlorhexidine 3% PS Pads (30 Count) carry an intimidating name, but they pack a wallop. Our vet recommended them to help soothe our Golden's irritated skin after she licked it raw.

These antiseptic and cleansing cotton pads contain Phytosphingosine, a key molecule in the natural defense mechanism of the skin. They are useful for cleaning skin folds, exterior ear surfaces, scrapes, ringworm spots, hot spots, etc. They control odor and relieve itching.

We are now using the pads daily to clean her chronically yucky ear, and it's doing wonders. As always, this is not a medical blog. Check with your vet first who most likely has them in stock, but Amazon is a better deal, pricing them 50% or more below what the office will likely charge ($24).

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June 25, 2012

Pet Books -- 101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog

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Trick training is a terrific way to bond with your dog and help him or her feel like one of the family. It's an activity that keeps your pet mentally and physically challenged, which we know they all need. If you are interested, trick training prepares your dog for common dog sports, dog dancing, and dog therapy work.

101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog requires no special tools (such as clickers) or knowledge of specific training methods. The author Kyra Sundance is a world-acclaimed stunt dog show performer, dog trainer, and internationally best-selling author.

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The book's step-by-step approach, difficulty rating, and prerequisites allow readers to start training immediately. Tips and trouble-shooting boxes cover common problems, while "build-on" ideas suggest more complicated tricks which build on each new skill.

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June 22, 2012

Pet Scoop -- Pets Can Help Your Health

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Dog and cat owners visit the doctor less frequently, according to an Australian national survey. And owning a pet may help children stave off colds and asthma.

Caring for a pet is a lot of work and there's no denying they "tie you down". But the benefits can be so enormous, as this 7 Ways Dogs Can Help Your Health | abc News describes, including one affliction that at one time or another affects us all:

For people with all forms of anxiety, having a dog may be an important coping mechanism. This is especially true in times of crisis. A study out of the Medical College of Virginia found that for hospitalized patients with mental health issues, therapy with animals significantly reduced anxiety levels more than conventional recreational therapy sessions.

Along with anxiety, pets help reduce loneliness, aid in rehab, improve heart health and increase our activity levels. For more on the subject, check out Dr Marty Becker's The Healing Power of Pets: Harnessing the Amazing Ability of Pets to Make and Keep People Happy and Healthy.

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