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PetSmart - Dog

February 23, 2012

Heatable Pet Bed Comforts Small and Ailing Dogs and Cat

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Treat your little friends to a warm and snuggly spot to cozy up. These cute Heatable Dog Beds and Heatable Cat Beds are perfect for puppies and kittens, aging or ailing pets.

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Just heat the herbal insert briefly in the microwave. The moist heat comforts the babies, the sick, and soothes elderly arthritic joints and sore muscles. Suitable for small pets with a removable outer cover for machine wash.

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February 22, 2012

Pet Scoop -- Pet Parents Choose Upscale Pet Foods

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Now that our pets are more members of the family than mere possessions, many pet parents aren't just settling for any old pet food. Pet Foods Go Gourmet | NYTimes.com reports that the giant pet-food companies like Nestlé Purina Pet Care have added luxury lines. The thinking is that these companies are capitalizing on the notorious pet-food recall of 2007, when contaminated gluten and rice protein from China caused fatal kidney failure in thousands of cats and dogs around the world.

Overnight, thousands of concerned pet owners shifted their allegiance to small companies with a brand identity built on using pure ingredients, often marketed as "human grade" and manufactured in plants that also produce canned food for humans. In some cases ingredients are packed by hand, with chunks and shreds layered for maximum eye appeal.

Purina controls about a third of the pet-food market, but boutique companies such as Fromm, Evanger's, Merrick, Blue Buffalo have made steady gains the past few years.

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February 20, 2012

PetScoop -- Pet Airways Purportedly in Trouble

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Pet Airways, the pet air transport service which once held so much promise, is having financial difficulties. The airline is reportedly still taking reservations, but no longer offering flights. Since their service began, Pet Airways claims to have flown more than 7,000 cats and dogs, and one potbellied pig. The NY Times has the story.

Now, Pet Airways has fallen on tough times. The carrier -- which based on its recent schedule typically offers two eastbound routes a month and two westbound ones -- did not have any flights between Dec. 16 and Jan. 16, according to a regulatory filing, and it is unclear if it has had any flights since then. A New York Times reporter looking into the airline had reservations canceled twice, once in January and another last week. Her credit card company canceled the charge.
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February 17, 2012

Kinderkitchen Dog Knife with Teeth for Kids in the Kitchen

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It's fun for children to help out in the kitchen, and both sexes need to learn cooking skills these days. However, they can seriously hurt themselves using some of the utensils.

The Kinderkitchen Dog Knife has serrated "teeth" sharp enough to cut sandwiches and fruit peels, but not little fingers. It's safe and easy for children to use. The ears are designed to serve as a hand guard, and the tail is made of soft plastic. Dishwasher-safe.

via Book of Joe

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February 16, 2012

Amazon Hot New Pet Book Realease -- Show Dog: The Charmed Life and Trying Times of a Near-Perfect Purebred

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In honor of The Westminster Kennel Club 136th Annual Dog Show 2012 which is taking place this week on Monday and Tuesday, February 13-14 at Madison Square Garden, we are reading a book that takes a close look at the fascinating world of breeders and dog show lovers.

The book Show Dog: The Charmed Life and Trying Times of a Near-Perfect Purebred by Josh Dean follows Jack, a champion Australian shepherd, over the course of a year from an inexperienced adolescent to seasoned adult show dog. The book features his owner, his handler, his breeder so we can learn what it's like to own a show dog and to train one.

The book also explores the history and science of purebred dog breeding and the dog show culture--judging, training, naming, promoting, hairstyling, kennel-owning, RV-driving, hotel-finding, treat-selecting, and more.

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February 14, 2012

Mascot Hugs & Kisses in Red and Pink

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You can never have enough hugs and kisses, especially during this Valentine's week. Mascot Hugs & Kisses is a safe chewing rope toy that's made using 100 percent cotton fabric. This high quality durable toy is comfortable and gentle for the pets to chew on.

At Amazon. And use code WAG15 tosave 15% off your first order at Wag.com

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February 13, 2012

Wooden Dog Toy Chest

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This solid-wood cinnamon Wooden Dog Toy Chest is a good-looking solution to organizing all your dog's toys that he/she receives on Valentine's Day. We love the cute bone-shaped cut-out.

The convenient u-shaped dip in the front makes it easy for your dog to grab a toy anytime. It's constructed out of solid Honduran pine which is a wood similar in hardness to American red oak.

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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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