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September 30, 2010

PetScoop: FDA Cautions Buyer Beware If Purchasing Pet Drugs Online

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Many of us try to save on costs by skirting our veterinarians and buying discount pet drugs online without a prescription. Some of the internet sites that sell pet drugs represent legitimate, reputable pharmacies (see links below), but not all. Alas, we may be buying drugs for our best pals from unscrupulous businesses operating illegally.

Buying prescription pet meds online without a prescription and even OTC meds may be risky, according to a recent FDA warning. The FDA has found companies that sell unapproved pet drugs and counterfeit pet products, make fraudulent claims, dispense prescription drugs without requiring a prescription, and sell expired drugs.

Is it worth the savings to possibly damage your pet's health and even maybe a life? Here's our solution. Many vets do indeed charge more for drugs than on-line sites, as they are, after all, trying to make a living. But when asked, some will price-match to products at certain legitimate on-line pharmacies. At very least, they often are willing to fax in your prescription to a reputable site.

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If you do wish to shop online, try 1-800-PetMeds with free shipping over $39 and PetCareRx who ship free on your orders over $35. They will contact your veterinarian for you.

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September 29, 2010

Cast Iron Labrador Andiron Set

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As the days grow shorter, we are decorating our homes for fall and preparing to hunker down for the cold winter. This Cast Iron Labrador Andiron Seticon is the perfect hearth decoration for the dog lover. This heavy duty set holds your firewood up off the fireplace floor to help the fire burn hotter and to minimize smoke.

If your home does not have a wood-burning fireplace, the solid cast shanks can be removed to use this pair of pooches in front of an electric or gas fireplace or outside your hearth.

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September 28, 2010

Amazon Hot New Pet Book Release -- Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals

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We humans certainly are ambivalent about our relationships with animals. Ever wondered why dogs are food in some countries, but members of the family in others? Or why we happily wear leather shoes but condemn cruelty to animals? Most of us would say it's okay to feed a mouse to a pet snake, but not a kitten.

Hal Herzog, a professor of psychology at Western Carolina University, is regarded as a leading expert in the psychology of human-animal relations. He looks closely at the ethics and philosophy involved in our animal relationships in his new book, Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals.

Here's a quick take on the book from Super Cool Pets favorite Patricia McConnell, author of The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs:

The book combines stories and science in an accessible way. For example, researchers found that people really DO look like their dogs (at least, people can match which dog goes with which person, a fact I personally would argue is not quite the same thing) and that cat and dog lovers really do have slightly different personalities (dog people are more extroverted than cat people, but ironically, cat people are slightly more likely to be open to new experiences.)

But most of all, the book constantly reminds us that our interactions with animals are in part driven by genetics, in part by culture and experience, and as a result, are often irrational and contradictory. But if you're like me.... they are always fascinating.

Browse Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals.

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September 27, 2010

Kurgo Wander Bed -- Keep Your Dog Cozy When Away from Home

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Keep your pet from feeling homesick when spending nights in a strange place --just bring along his/her own bedroll. This travel-friendly Kurgo Wander Bed rolls up in seconds and is easy to tote with its built-in handle.
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Its has a waterproof Rufftex™ bottom to keep it from slipping around in the car with a cozy plush fleece top for comfort. And stash away a little toy or treat in the bedroll's hidden pocket to remind your dog of home!

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September 24, 2010

PetScoop: Remove Household Pet Odors with Charcoal Briquettes

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As we batten down the hatches this fall, we may start to notice a pervasive pet smell a little more than when balmy breezes were wafting through our rooms. To absorb pet odors (or any other kind) from the air in your home, Apartment Therapy recommends stashing a few charcoal briquettes around the house:

As for how to distribute them, you can simply lay a few out in a metal tray. Other options: sew pouches for them or use an old sock, then hang them in inconspicuous areas. Line a basket with foil or plastic and lay the briquettes inside. Or simply set them out on a tray on a shelf or side table: the black little pillows actually look kind of cool!

Be sure to stick with the natural briquettes such as Kingsford Original Charcoal Briquets and avoid the mesquite briquettes or ones with easy-light additives.

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September 22, 2010

Quilted Bolster Sleeping Dog Mat -- Reclaim Your Spot on the Bed

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Does your dog sleep on your bed? Lots of our dogs do, which is cozy, but sometimes gets a little crowded. This Quilted Bolster Sleeping Dog Mat helps you carve out a spot just for your pet. This Sleeping Mat has built-in bolsters to encourage him/her to stay put and lets you reclaim your legroom.

The washable Mat is made of a microsuede fabric to keep doggy dirt, fur and grime off your bedding, furniture and carpet. It's lightweight, so perfect for travel, as well as use at home.

Quilted Bolster Sleeping Dog Mat in Green Tea, Champagne and Latte.

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September 15, 2010

Pet Hair Removal -- Consumer Reports Tests Pledge Fabric Sweeper Against Adhesives

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Consumerist reports that their "test-happy kin at Consumer Reports" tested the Pledge Fabric Sweeper for Pet Hair against three different adhesive-based products to see how they stacked up against each other picking up pet fur. The result? All the products did a decent job of lifting up the pet hair.

The downside to the adhesive items is that they require the beleaguered pet owner to constantly remove the the fur-covered sheets, as you probably know yourself. The upside to the Pledge product is that it is easy to use and clean up.

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And here's a tip on how to save money on the Pledge. Read our post this past spring on how to reuse the Pledge Fabric Sweeper for Pet Hair rather than tossing it after every use.

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September 13, 2010

Super Cool Pets Giveaway -- Greenleaf Birdhouse Aroma Décor Diffuser

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We are offering a Greenleaf Birdhouse Aroma Decor Diffuser as a give-away to one of our super cool readers. This fragrance diffuser is perfect for bird lovers who need to "refresh" the air quality in their home from time to time, especially if they live with dogs and cats. It will help destroy odors, purify the air and provide long lasting fragrance while adding a touch of beauty to any room.

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You will receive 2 complimentary bottles of Greenleaf Classic Linen Aroma Decor Diffuser Oil along with the Diffuser.

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We are also giving away GreenLeaf Candle Cube Classic Linen that will freshen the air in your home for 15 hours.

These Greenleaf products are available at Amazon and at local retailers and make great gifts for yourself and others. Just send an email with the name of your pet(s) to us: news@supercoolpets.com.

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2010 NFL Jerseys For Your Dog

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We don't need to tell football fans that happy days are here again. But we are reminding you to let your best buddies show their team loyalty wearing their very own Dog Football Jersey while they watch the game with you.

NFL Jerseys for your dog at Amazon and JakesDogHouse where you can save 15% on any order Enter code FIRST15 at checkout.

Shop JakesDogHouse.com
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September 12, 2010

National Pet Memorial Day 2010

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The second Sunday of September is National Pet Memorial Day, a day to remember our special pet buddies who are no longer with us. In the spirit of National Pet Memorial Day, we recommend this brief post When A Beloved Pet Dies by Dr Alex Lickerman on his always enlightening Happiness in This World blog. Dr Lickerman provides valuable insight on exactly why we pet lovers do become so attached to our pets.

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