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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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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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June 17, 2011

Pain Management for Pets -- Tramodol for Dogs and Cats

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Here at Super Cool Pets headquarters, one of the staff Golden Retrievers has been showing tell-tale signs of pain and suffering--not getting up off the floor to greet other staff members as they come through the door and walking slowly and stiffly. Not even bothering to charge out the back door upon notification of "squirrel" was the last straw.

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The go-to med for pain relief for dogs is generally Rimadyl which many pet owners are familiar with. Trouble is, Rimadyl is not compatible with prednisone therapy, which this particular Golden Retriever is already on for treatment of masticatory muscle myositis (MMM), an inflammatory disease in dogs affecting the muscles of mastication. What to do?

Pets on prednisone therapy who also need pain relief--post-surgery or for chronic conditions such as arthritis, cancer or hip dysplasia--can take Tramadol, available through prescription from a vet, who can sell the pills or write a script to order through a reputable online site. Tramadol is most commonly used in dogs for moderate to moderately severe pain, and may be used in cats.

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June 15, 2011

Deadly Bloat -- "Mother of All Emergencies" for Dogs

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Bloat is a very real health concern for more than two dozen breeds of dogs (to see if your dog is vulnerable check this USA Today chart). The brother and father of a Super Cool Pets staff member have both lost dogs to bloat--a Gordon Setter at age 10 and a Poodle who had repeated bouts ages 5 to 6.

Based on our experiences, this article in USA Today is spot on regarding this dreaded affliction. "At 6 p.m., the dog is perfectly happy and healthy. At 8, he's dead, killed by his own body."

Causes. Generally the victims are deep-chested large dogs over 90 lbs who guzzle their food.(Is there a dog alive who doesn't *guzzle* food?) Gas or food then stretches the stomach to well beyond its normal size. The stomach is "pinched off" on both sides placing the poor animal in enormous pain. In 75% of cases, the stomach rotates, twisting off its own blood supply and blocking the route through which the rapidly accumulating gas could leave.

Signs. "The earliest signs of bloat are repeated unsuccessful efforts to vomit, restlessness and pacing, and increasing anxiety as the dog is unable to get relief from the excruciating pain. The abdomen is often swollen and drum-like; the dog usually drools in panic because it can't belch or vomit the mounting pressure away."

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Prevention. The article suggests that using elevated dog bowls may contribute to the risk of bloat and to avoid feeding dry food that contains citric acid as a preservative, although the jury is still out on those. Some recommend an Omega Paw Portion Pacer Ball or the Brake-Fast Bowl.

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