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PetSmart - Dog

June 3, 2013

Shaving Dogs and Cats for Summer -- Right or Wrong?

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We all want our pets to be super cool, but shaving your dog or cat this summer may not be such a great idea. Generally, experts recommend against shaving most pets, according to Should You Shave Your Pet for Summer? | WebMD:

A pet's coat is designed by nature to keep it cool during the summer and warm in the winter. By shaving your pet you usually interfere with this built-in temperature regulation....

Cats. Cats, in particular, are very good at regulating body temperature and "really get no benefit from being shaved," says Mark J. Stickney, DVM....Cats are also almost always more mobile than dogs, so they can simply move to a shadier spot when temperatures rise.

Dogs. If you have a dog that has been bred for very cold climates, think breeds like Great Pyrenees, St. Bernards, Malamutes, or Huskies, consider shaving them when the mercury rises, the pros suggest. Resist shaving other breeds because not only will dogs like labs and retrievers simply get no benefit from it, they run the risk of sunburn once shaved.

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If you do decide to shave your pet, consider having it done by a professional. If not, remember to keep those clippers cool, so the animal's skin doesn't get burned! Details at Pet Grooming.

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May 31, 2013

How to NOT Show Love to Your Pets -- Are We Doing It Wrong?

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Conventional wisdom is that our pets love to be cuddled as we gaze adoringly into their eyes, stuffing them full of leftovers from our dinner table. Right? Isn't that what we learned to do from day one? Maybe not so much, according to 5 Ways You Didn't Realize You're Making Your Pet Hate You | Cracked.com.

The article cites the popular children's book, Smooch Your Pooch by Teddy Slater and Arthur Howard, which describes to young children how to show love to a favorite four-legged friend. It's all wrong. Hugging, staring, food-sharing, supporting PETA and even shopping at brick-and-mortar retail pet stores might not always be the best idea.

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May 30, 2013

Pedometer Dog Walking Stick -- Health Mark Alumilite Trekking Pole

trekkingpolemain.JPGWe all know it's a good thing to walk your dog. Why not track your fitness gains at the same time?

This Alumilite Trekking Pole is a lightweight, durable walking stick and high-end pedometer in one.

It has a digital read-out that boldly displays time, steps, calories and distance and packs up easily into 2 parts for ease of transport.

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Its non-skid rubber walking tip provides a cushion whether trekking indoors or outside on different terrains with a sensor housed inside to count your steps each time the trekking pole contacts the ground.

For low-light conditions, the Alumilite Trekking Pole features a detachable dual function light to either increase invisibility or to blink and signal distress.

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May 29, 2013

Gobble Stopper -- Turns Any Pet Bowl Into a Slow Feeder

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Discourage your dog from gulping food and avoid vomiting, choking and the dreaded bloating. This Gobble Stopper bowl insert turns any pet bowl into a slow feeder.

Just put the Gobble Stopper in the bottom of any bowl. The strong suction cup keeps it in place with an easy-lift tab for quick removal.

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May 27, 2013

Happy Memorial Day -- Pet Memorial Stones

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Today on Memorial Day we remember the brave, selfless men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military service. Memorial Day also typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, although Mother Nature does not always cooperate.

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On Memorial Day, while honoring our past military heroes, we also extend that remembrance to our selfless pets. To express how we feel about them, we can place a Pet Memorial Stone at their burial site.

It's a nice touch to decorate burial sites with a patriotic stick American flag, useful for July 4th celebrations as well.

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May 25, 2013

PetSmart.com Memorial Day Sale -- Save Up to 50 Percent

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Time to kick off summer! When you are taking a break from the sun and fun this long weekend and browsing on the internet, save up to 50% at the PetSmart.com Memorial Day Sale. Offer valid May 23 thru 28.

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May 21, 2013

PetScoop -- Boomers and Childless Spend Most on Their Pets

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According to Americans spend more on pets than beer or movies | Quartz, here in the U.S. we spend an average of about $500 annually on our pets, equating to 1% of their annual budget.

Overall Americans spent $61.4 billion on their charges, almost twice as much as global spending on movie tickets last year, with heavier outlay in our rural areas.

The most pampered American pets live with Baby Boomers and childless couples, and single pet owners and single parents are more likely to skimp on kitty and doggy spending.

Owners most likely to buy for dogs (say, little booties on Buddy) are ages 55 to 64, and couples without children, a new analysis by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows. They spend hundreds of dollars more than those in their 20s and 30s.

At Pet Supplies

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May 20, 2013

How Not to Greet a Dog -- And Possibily Avoid a Bite

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Many moons ago away from home at a summer evening party, we received a panicked call from our baby sitter that our English Setter had bitten our toddler on the face. (It ended well.)

Roughly half of all children are at some point bitten by a dog, since they don't read the danger signals. Misconceptions abound when it comes to doggy body language even among adults.

This graphic How Not to Greet a Dog shows common body language mistakes people make around dogs, as well as showing the "correct" way to greet an animal.

For more on this fascinating subject, check out How to Greet a Dog and What to Avoid by veterinarian/animal behaviorist Sophia A Yin.

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May 16, 2013

Pet Travel Water Dispensers -- Don't Leave Home Without Them

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Hot summer weather is upon us. Today while out and about, we met a beautiful young Golden Retriever who, but for an expensive trip to the emergency vet, almost died of heat stroke over the weekend. Bob had collapsed at the beach after 10 minutes.

Turns out Bob the Golden does not eat or drink when home alone--dogs can be so sensitive. That day, he was then whisked off for a romp on the beach apparently without refreshments.

His near-miss is a welcome reminder to be more tuned in to our pets, their body language and their needs, especially in hot humid summer conditions. A pet who seems happy on the surface may upon closer inspection actually be a bit frenzied.

The solution is to remember to bring along water for pets on outings, no matter how close by. There are travel water dispensers to carry your own water supply and dog travel bowls if you do have a source of water at your destination. A gadget such as this Handi-Drink Dog Water Bottle could make the difference between life and death at worst, not to mention the 3 or 4 figure vet bill.

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May 15, 2013

PetScoop: New Puppy? For Optimum Bone Development, Choose the Right Diet

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Have a puppy? If you do, or plan to down the road, stock up on food targeted for puppies, especially if you choose a large or giant breed puppy. Pet lovers tend to have strong opinions on pet care so it's easy for us to reflexively pooh-pooh feeding advice, especially when we are counting our pennies and have lived with many dogs.

However, new guidelines help us avoid debilitating bone diseases that cause suffering and even cut precious years off our pets' lives. Large and giant breed puppies should be fed a quality puppy formula until the end of their growth period when you transition to adult formula.

Get the scoop at Feeding the Large and Giant Breed Puppy | Dr. Ken Tudor | PetMD and as always, check with your vet.

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