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July 6, 2011

How to Choose Between Brand Name Pet Products and Generics -- Frontline Flea Treatment Court Battle

Frontline Plus for Dogs 6 Mths 45-88 Lbs.

Recently we saw a generic flea product at a department store that claimed to have the same active ingredients as FRONTLINE Plus. It is called PetArmor Plus and is only $28 for 3 months. Naturally first we wonder: Is it as effective? Then we think, Is the price difference worth testing a new, strange product on our best buddies?

Actually it's too late for now, since a U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia has ruled that sales of PetArmor Plus by Cipla Ltd. and Velcera Inc. infringes on Merial's patents covering its flea-and-tick product FRONTLINE Plus. The court barred the two companies from further sales of PetArmor Plus in the United States and ordered the seizure of existing inventory starting in the next 60 days.

In the meantime, we had found this answer online from veterinarian Dr Michael Watts in Star Exponent | How to choose between generic and a brand name product:

A: The short answer is I don't know. The active ingredient in Frontline is fipronil. There are now generic pet parasite products with the same active ingredient. However, that does not mean it is will work as well or be as safe as Frontline. At this point, these products have not been out long enough for me to make a personal determination.

My general rule of thumb is to wait for a year after a new product has been released before I will make a recommendation for my clients. I want someone else's pets to be the guinea pigs. Several times in my career this cautionary approach has kept me from recommending something that was later pulled from the market for safety reasons. If these generics prove to be just as safe and effective as Frontline over a year or more, then I will feel more comfortable with them.

The active ingredient is only one factor in the effectiveness of a topical flea and tick preventive. There are ant and roach baits at your local hardware store that use fipronil as their active ingredients. I would never suggest it would be alright to cut one open and put it onto your dog.

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July 5, 2011

All Weather WaterShed Classic Outdoor Dog Bed

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Now that the weather is cooperating, your dog could use a spot to curl up outside. This new washable WaterShed Classic Outdoor Dog Bed will easily handle whatever the elements and your pet can dish out.

The durable polyester bed cover is specially treated to resist moisture and is removable and washable. Its non-clump liner allows water to drain right through. This bed's simple design enables you to place it just about anywhere and it's attractive enough to be used indoors as well.

In Brick Stripe, Gray/Blue Stripe, Blue/Green Stripe, Peach Multi, Gold Multi, Blue Multi. Sizes Medium and Large.

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July 1, 2011

Super Cool Pets Monthly Round Up -- June 2011

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We trust you are enjoying your summer. Here's a look back at the super cool gear we dug up this past June for our pets and the people they love. We are looking forward to more outdoors fun with our pets this coming July.

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Apparel for Pets

Artwork

Bedding

Behavior

Birds

Books & Media

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June 29, 2011

Canine Cooler Thermoregulating Pet Bed for Dogs

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Is the hot weather stressing out your dog? Treat your favorite pooch to a Canine Cooler Thermoregulating Pet Bed for Dogs. This bed will give your dog a constant cool spot this summer, plus cushiony support. And it's toasty warm in cooler weather too for year-round comfort.

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June 28, 2011

Amazon Hot New Pet Book Release: Love Has No Age Limit by Dog Trainer Patricia B. McConnell

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We remember vividly driving down the highway back to headquarters the morning we adopted our two puffball 10-week old clone twin girl puppies. We were so excited, and so nervous. On one hand, we love sharing our life with our doggies, but then at the same time we also wondered what have we done? Are we up to the task?

Our favorite dog trainer Patricia B. McConnell Ph.D. and Karen B. London Ph.D. tackle these ambivalent feelings of anticipation and "buyer's remorse" upon adopting a dog of any age in their just-released puppy handbook Love Has No Age Limit-Welcoming an Adopted Dog into Your Home. As the authors point out, this is a new dog, and neither of you know each other. The book guides you through the transition, with advice on surviving the chaotic first few days, training techniques as well as solving and avoiding common behavior problems.

To visit the author's blog, click The Other End of the Leash.

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June 27, 2011

Flying the Friendly Skies With Your Pets? Preparation is Key

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Are you taking a vacation this summer with the family? All the members of the family? If so, you may be wondering about the dos and don'ts of flying with your pet--getting through security, taking your pet aboard in the cabin and more. It probably won't be the easiest trip of your life.

To ease your stress, the folks over at Mainstreet.com compiled 8 Tips for Flying With Pets for folks just like you. We only could find 7 and summed up, they are the following:

  1. Know the rules.
  2. Follow the rules, even on layovers.
  3. Plan every detail.
  4. Bring food and water, but don't feed pets as usual.
  5. Walk them before entering the terminal.
  6. Pass the security test.
  7. Be a good seatmate.

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Airlines require that pets be in Airline Approved Pet Carriers that fit under the seat in front of you.

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June 26, 2011

Road Trip!

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Photo: to the mountain, to the mountain!

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June 24, 2011

Take Your Super Cool Dog to Work Today June 24, 2011

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Today is Take Your Dog to Work Day. Here at Super Cool Pets, we work from a home office and therefore get to spend the day with our pets, who like us more than most people, anyway. We think there should be more of it. Sure, you have to get up every now and then to let them out to bark at whoever has the temerity to walk by their house, but it's a good excuse for a break. So if your employer is game, and that is a crucial "if", here are some tips:

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dogsatwork.jpgSeems like we are not alone in supporting dog-friendly workplaces. Dog trainer Liz Palika and Jennifer Fearing, chief economist for The Humane Society of the US, have written Dogs at Work: A Practical Guide to Creating Dog-Friendly Workplaces, explaining how to create a business environment where employees' dogs are welcome. The benefits are improved employee morale, staff retention, and increased human-animal bonding.

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June 23, 2011

Decorative Indoor/Outdoor Metal Dog Sculptures

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Decorate your den, patio or yard with your favorite pooch in 3-D metal art. A Pennsylvania metal artisan creates these freestanding Metal Dog Sculpturesicon from precision-cut steel. They have natural-rust surfaces that deepen with exposure to weather.

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June 21, 2011

Neuticles -- Prosthetic Testicles for the Neutered Male Dog

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Likely you plan to neuter your male dog to help control population growth and reduce his aggression. But if you don't want him to look "altered" and have him to keep the same appearance, your problems are now solved.

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Fit him with a pair of Neuticles to maintain his masculinity. Neuticles are prosthetic testicles that are implanted during the neutering procedure. In Original, Natural and Ultra Plus. Only the vet will know for sure!

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