Food, Feeders and Waterers
May 18, 2013
This handmade, recycled Metal Frog And Lotus Hanging Bird Feeder or Bath is dished in the center to hold seeds or water, attaching to a copper-colored metal chain and hook. Crafted by artisans in Bali, this all-weather, painted metal bird bath/feeder makes a unique gift.
The lotus is a symbol of rebirth and an object of meditation. This Bird Feeder/Bath is decorated with a pretty green lotus leaf with pink flowers and a little frog peeking over the side.
May 16, 2013
Hot summer weather is upon us. Today while out and about, we met a beautiful young Golden Retriever who, but for an expensive trip to the emergency vet, almost died of heat stroke over the weekend. Bob had collapsed at the beach after 10 minutes.
Turns out Bob the Golden does not eat or drink when home alone--dogs can be so sensitive. That day, he was then whisked off for a romp on the beach apparently without refreshments.
His near-miss is a welcome reminder to be more tuned in to our pets, their body language and their needs, especially in hot humid summer conditions. A pet who seems happy on the surface may upon closer inspection actually be a bit frenzied.
The solution is to remember to bring along water for pets on outings, no matter how close by. There are travel water dispensers to carry your own water supply and dog travel bowls if you do have a source of water at your destination. A gadget such as this Handi-Drink Dog Water Bottle could make the difference between life and death at worst, not to mention the 3 or 4 figure vet bill.
May 15, 2013
Have a puppy? If you do, or plan to down the road, stock up on food targeted for puppies, especially if you choose a large or giant breed puppy. Pet lovers tend to have strong opinions on pet care so it's easy for us to reflexively pooh-pooh feeding advice, especially when we are counting our pennies and have lived with many dogs.
However, new guidelines help us avoid debilitating bone diseases that cause suffering and even cut precious years off our pets' lives. Large and giant breed puppies should be fed a quality puppy formula until the end of their growth period when you transition to adult formula.
Get the scoop at Feeding the Large and Giant Breed Puppy | Dr. Ken Tudor | PetMD and as always, check with your vet.
May 11, 2013
Place a work of art in your yard and feed the hummers at the same time. This hanging Hobnail Blue Glass Hummingbird Feeder was first popular in Victorian times with its distinctive, raised hobnail patterning in translucent, cerulean blue glass.
What a delight to see out your window each day! Makes a lovely gift for the bird-lover. At Hobnail Blue Glass Hummingbird Feeder.
May 6, 2013
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April 23, 2013
You may have observed your cat engaging in less-than-desirable behaviors around your home due to everyday boredom. Our cats are experts at seeking and finding food, but as domesticated animals, the challenge is merely to roll over and amble up to their food dish.
While sparing them the need to go hunting and foraging for their meals, you still can help your cat to exercise his/her problem-solving instincts with the popular Stimulo Cat Feeding Station and Activity Center. Food is hidden inside the bowl's many tubes, which your cat can access by using their paws.
April 19, 2013
If you are like us here at Super Cool Pets HQ, it's very hard to resist those beautiful brown (blue? green?) eyes begging for a treat. And pet treats are effective as positive reinforcement for good behavior. What's not to love?
Well, too many yummy treats and they contribute to unhealthy weight gain. Veterinarians advise limiting the daily allotment to 10% of our pet's overall caloric intake. Check out more tips about treats at Pet Treats Dos and Don'ts Slideshow | WebMD.
At Dog Treats and Cat Treats.
March 30, 2013
Many of our house birds originally hail from the tropics, and they like tropical flavored foods. This Dried Papaya Bird Treat provides a natural treat option for caged birds. They are chewy and diced in a morsel just the right size. Mix with other favorite foods for yummy snacks!
March 29, 2013
Here at Super Cool Pets HQ everyone knows exactly what time it is. Our pets will reliably snuggle up to us 5 to 10 minutes before meal-time. But occasionally we just can't be around on time to feed them.
This sharp-looking Crown Majestic Automatic Pet Feeder is a smart solution that keeps everyone happy. The Feeder combines a dry food and water dispenser into one unit suitable for both dogs and cats.
It automatically dispenses a selection of 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 1, or 2 cups of dry food. The pet owner can record a personal 12-second voice message that alerts the pet when food is dispensed.
March 26, 2013
Many of us will be celebrating Easter this Sunday. Despite their religious origins, many of our American holidays tend to revolve around chocolate, and Easter is no exception. A reminder that chocolate, especially the dark, is toxic to dogs.
Easter is also associated with lilies. All parts of the lovely lily plant are poisonous to cats, including the petals, the leaves, the stem, and the pollen. Even the water from the vase can cause kidney failure in your cat when ingested.
Finally, the fake Easter grass the Easter bunny uses to pack the baskets can be a a hazard. That stringy grass can become a linear foreign body, tying around a pet's tongue or intestines, resulting in severe damage to the intestinal tract.
At Easter Shop.
March 25, 2013
A good way to train and bond with your dog is to reward them with treats. But occasionally they may not be healthy and safe. The latest recall involves certain batches of Iams Shakeables turkey and lamb treats.
Recalls and alerts regarding pet foods, treats and animal feeds are readily available at Pet Food Safety Recalls and Alerts | AVMA. This information is based on reports and alerts received from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and/or the manufacturers. Spread the word and keep our pets safe!
March 9, 2013
Our wild birds need water year-round for drinking and freshening up. This Hummingbird Sundial Birdbath is a sundial and birdbath in one. It makes a handsome accent to the back yard of any bird lover and hopefully will attract its namesake!
March 4, 2013
Many of our pets suffer from food allergies which manifest themselves as skin or digestive issues. Corn and wheat are the most common causes of food allergies and naturally the most common ingredients found in our pet food supply.
If you suspect your pet is allergic to the ingredients in his or her food, try out one of these grain-free and nutritionally dense foods. At Grain-Free Pet Foods.
February 28, 2013
The U.S. economy may still be in a recession, but as a country we don't scrimp when it comes to our pets. In 2012 Americans spent around $53 billion on pet food, veterinary care, kennels and other pet services, according to Puppy love: Over $53 billion spent on pets in U.S. last year | Detroit Free Press. Most of that money went to necessities:
At about $34.3 billion, food and vet care represented about two-thirds of total spending, with money spent on supplies and over-the-counter medications rising by more than 7%. Spending on the growing market of alternative vet care, such as acupuncture, totaled about $12.5 billion.
This year another 4% gain in spending on pet supplies is predicted.