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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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June 14, 2011

Water Soaking Hydro Bone Chew Toy for Dogs

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Entertain your dog for hours this summer, plus keep him/her cool and hydrated at the same time. This refreshing Hugs Pet Products Hydro Bone will quench your dog's thirst in warm weather. Simply soak and freeze.

The rubber Hydro Bone releases the cold water through little holes as your pet chews. It also massages and cools irritated gums, perfect for teething puppies.

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June 13, 2011

Tips for Moving or Traveling with Your Pet

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Many of us will be on the go with our pets now that summer is here--taking vacations and trips out of town. Families like move house this time of year since their children are out of school. Cesar Millan, known as The Dog Whisper, recommends the following tips when moving or traveling with your pet. Cesar of course is all about dogs, but many of these suggestions apply to cats and birds as well.

1.) Prepare. Don't make it a last minute "pack-and-let's-go." Your dog will sense your anxiety and tension. Be ready days in advance, so that your dog has a normal experience before he has to get in the car or on the plane.

2.) Don't feed your dog for at least 6 hours before plane travel. Some people recommend 8 or even a full 24 hours. However, make sure your dog has access to water - enough to keep hydrated but not full.

3.) Bring your dog's blankie. Or his favorite stuffed animal, toy, bone--any item which is familiar to your dog and will comfort and relax him.

4.) Use a soothing scent. Instead of using drugs, try reaching your dog through his nose! Lavender is a great scent that can relax the brain. Drugs can make a dog drowsy and may leave him feeling disoriented and uncertain how to establish himself in a new environment.

5.) Go on a long walk. A recently exercised dog will be in a more relaxed state during any long trip.

6.) Take a break. On a long car ride, stop every four hours during the day for your dogs to relieve themselves, move their organs, and learn that they're going to another environment. It is important for a dog to experience the different temperatures, smells, and feelings that come with a new environment. This will help make them feel that they are part of the process of moving to a new area. Once the sun goes down, you can go eight hours non-stop.

7.) Don't leave your dog in the car. Summer temperatures can make a car heat up fast. Add an over-excited dog, and dehydration could be the result.

8.) Go on another walk. Once you arrive at the hotel, ask the staff where there is a nice, safe place to walk around. Then take your dog there for a walk to relax him.

9.) Claim your new space. Now you are ready to go to your hotel room. Enter first. Get the dog to stay where he is. Don't let him wander around or he'll assume control of the situation. While you are unpacking, showering, or making phone calls, he is waiting. The only one who should move in the environment is you--until you are ready, then you initiate activity. It's important that your scent is everywhere before the dog settles in.

10.) Balanced dogs make better travel companions. There is no specific breed or size of dog that naturally travels better than another, but an unstable dog will not make a good travel companion. Always nurture a balanced state of mind in your dog, and you will create a more pleasant traveling experience for both of you!


Our pets thrive on routine. It's not easy when traveling or after a move, but at minimum pets are happiest (and a happy pet means a happy owner!) when we can maintain regular feeding times and walking schedules.

[via Cesar Millan]

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June 10, 2011

PETCO Dog Flotation Vest -- Keep Your Swimmer Safe and Sound

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Any time your pooch is out on deep water away from shore, whether ocean, river or lake, a flotation vest is a must. Dogs are good swimmers, but exhaust quickly, especially in rough waters.

Visibility is a serious issue as well--dogs are notoriously hard to spot in choppy, murky water. This affordable PETCO Dog Flotation Vest comes in neon pink or yellow with reflective strips to make sure you or anyone else, including speeding boaters, can see your dog in the water.

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This vest secures easily with wide velcro closures and the snap of locking plastic buckles. The safety grab handle on the back enables you to get a good hold on your dog on land or in the water and help pull your dog out of the water as needed.

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June 8, 2011

Ruff Dawg Peanut Rubber Dog Toys Smell Like Peanuts

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We've never met a dog who didn't LOVE peanut butter. They must be out there, but for those doggies who would like to snack on peanut butter ALL the time, these Ruff Dawg Peanut Rubber Dog Toys are an acceptable alternative since they smell like fresh roasted peanuts. You can fill these durable, solid rubber dog toys with treats for hours (minutes?) of fun. They are gentle on teeth and gums and what's more, they float.

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June 3, 2011

Free Shipping on Dyson Animal Vacuums

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Many of our pets shed fur this time of year and in the fall as well. Most vacuums have relatively weak suction, so they leave pet hair behind in your home. Dyson Animal Vacuums don't lose suction as you use them. Why?

Dyson Vacuums have what they call their Root Cycloneâ„¢ technology which removes cat, dog and other pet hair from your home using centrifugal forces up to 150,000 times the force of gravity.

Dyson Animal uprights are certified asthma & allergy friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Get Free Shipping on all Dyson vacuums at Dyson.com and at Amazon. Remanfactured Dyson Vacuums are available too.

Purchase the Animal Series Vacuum Today!
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