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PetSmart - Dog

February 10, 2012

Dogs, Cats, Fish and Birds -- How Much Do They Cost Every Year?

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As you know cats can live 15 to 20 years and dogs 10 to 15 years. We love them dearly, but the cost does add up. According to How Much Does Owning A Pet Cost In A Year? | Bankrate.com here are the annual stats:

  • Average yearly cost for a dog: $580 to $875.
  • Average yearly cost for a cat: $670.
  • Average yearly cost for a bird: up to $200.
  • Average yearly cost for fish: $35.

So if you want a pet but are all about costs, fish are the best bet. But possibly not the most rewarding. And even though those vet visits are not cheap, preventive medicine is the way to go. Check-ups can catch problems early when they are likely less expensive and good care can ward off many illnesses.


Jeff Blyskal, senior editor of Consumer Reports magazine, says pet owners should think twice before buying health insurance for their pets. "They scare you with the worst-case scenario, and the worst-case scenario is very unlikely," he says.

He says it's better to "self-insure" by socking away money on your own for any medical costs and unexpected emergencies.

And no matter how much pet food companies market fancy ingredients and additives, Blyskal also recommends no-frills pet foods, which still have to meet industry standards. "Those extra things have not been proven to have any benefit," he says.

Also, avoid overfeeding pets or slipping them table scraps. "They'll get diseases like humans," such as diabetes and heart disease, he says.

Oh sure, just look at those big brown eyes. Maybe just a smidgin.

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February 9, 2012

Dog Dental Care -- Look for the Veterinary Oral Health Council Seal of Approval

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If your dog has dental problems you probably won't even be aware of it other than the tell-tale doggy breath. A majority of pet owners apparently don't pay as much attention to their dogs' oral health as veterinarians would like. This unlocked article Aches & Claims: A Bite as Healthy as Their Bark | WSJ.com provides a thorough discussion of different products to maintain pet dental hygiene.

If your dog is willing, you can brush with specially designed toothbrushes and toothpaste for dogs. But unless you get them used to it as a puppy, many dogs won't tolerate tooth brushing, so there are alternatives.

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Treats such as the popular Greenies Dental Chews help control harmful tartar and plaque buildup and are texturized to scrape off plaque and tartar. Other products include dental wipes to kill bacteria, plaque-reducing dental rinses, and water-bowl additives.

The problem is that many products haven't been adequately tested for pet-safety. To be on the safe side, look for the seal from the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC), a scientist-run group owned by the American Veterinary Dental College.

At Dog Dental Care

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February 8, 2012

Daydreaming Dog -- Hanging Garden Décor

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We are looking forward to spring! Won't be long now, so we are already thinking about moving our activities outdoors a bit.

Most of us who live with pets love dog or cat paraphenalia around the house. This sweet hanging decoration of a Daydreaming Dogicon is made of resin for indoor or outdoor use.

And use code LNKPH15 to save 15% off your purchase of $75 or more .

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February 7, 2012

Find the Right Bed for Your Dog or Make Your Own

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Most dogs thrive on routine and like to curl up on their own comfy bed. The Orvis Dog Beds are our favorite, if you do want to treat yourself right, since we love their high-quality and the personalized Dog Bed Selector on their site.

We have noticed, writing a pet product blog, that some retail dog beds are affordable, but some can be ridiculously expensive, although they do last years so generally are a smart investment.

In these lean times, many of us are learning to be more frugal and becoming DIY'ers. Back to the past. Over at How to Make a Dog Bed | Kraken Corgi you'll find an organized, easy-to-follow tutorial with various ideas for covers and fillers.

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February 3, 2012

Order Pet Food Home Delivery Online -- WSJ Compares Services

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Buying dog food is no longer as simple as grabbing a bag at the grocery store. There are scores, if not hundreds, of different brands available claiming to address every conceivable need a doggy may have.

Many of us make a separate trip to our neighborhood PetSmart or Petco for the special brand we prefer. But maybe you find yourself tired of lugging 35-pound bags of kibble in from the car? Or live in a city apartment?

Perhaps home delivery would suit your lifestyle. We all know the good people at the Wall Street Journal insist on getting a bang for their buck. A Dog's New Best Friend: The Delivery Man | WSJ.com tested four services that ship pet food to the home: PetFlow, Mr. Chewy, Wag.com and Pet Food Direct.

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Interested? Give it a try!

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February 1, 2012

January 31, 2012

Valentine's Elephant Dog Toys

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These heart elephants are the perfect toys for your best friend this Valentine's Day and year round. These adorable Valentine's Elephant with Heart Dog Toys pictured above have a plush heart on their trunks with a squeaker for added entertainment.

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These darling Valentine's Elephant Dog Toys also have a squeaker along with crinkle material inside.

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January 30, 2012

DOOG Dog Walking Belt

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On walks with the dogs, it is easier and a lot more fun to have both hands free. That usually means stuffing your pockets with bags, keys, money, cell phone, and other essentials. The all-weather Doog Walkie Belt has a zippered pocket in front and a separate rear pocket that easily holds everything you need for a relaxing walk with your best buddy.

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It also includes a clip to hold your iPod for convenient listening plus a metal D-clip to attach your water bottle or dog's leash. The Walkie Belt also includes 20 pickup bags and 20 scented antibacterial hand wipes, as well as a special holder for that all-important tennis ball. Available in various colors.

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January 28, 2012

Droll Yankees Seed Scoop

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Chores are work enough and having the right tools makes all the difference in making your day go smoothly. For feeding the backyard wild birds, this transparent Droll Yankees Seed Scoop has a large 2-pound capacity and fills most feeders with just one scoopful.

It's made of a textured, translucent blue, so the seed is visible. Its flat bottom means no spillage! Also can be used to scoop dry dog food, animal grain, ice-melt.

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January 26, 2012

Cats, Dogs, Men, Women, Ninnies & Clowns: The Lost Art of William Steig, New Yorker Magazine Cartoonist

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William Steig is the cartoonist and award-winning children's book author whose work has appeared on the covers and pages of the New Yorker for more than 70 years. In Cats, Dogs, Men, Women, Ninnies & Clowns: The Lost Art of William Steig, his wife Jeanne Steig treats us to more than 450 never-before-published cartoons by her husband and provides personal insight and anecdotes about his work and their relationship.

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