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PetSmart - Dog

June 22, 2011

Relax and Entertain Your Cat -- Grow Plants Your Kitty Will Love

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Keep your kitty relaxed and entertained with his or her very own house plants. You can grow them yourself. Dr. Kidd's Guide to Herbal Cat Care provides at-a-glance information on more than 40 versatile herbs that will help you keep your favorite feline healthy and happy. Here are a few to get you started:

catgrass.jpg Cat Grass -- Good for cat digestion.

lemongrass.jpgLemongrass -- Appealing smell.

catnip615.jpgCatnip -- Legendary, but does not affect approx 30% of cats, and generally the very young and old.

catmint.jpgCatmint -- Strong scent, much loved by cats.

peppermint.jpgPeppermint -- Similar effect as catnip, repels mice.

valerian.jpgValerian -- Similar to catnip

[via Re-Nest]

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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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May 31, 2011

PetScoop: Primal Pet Foods Issues Nationwide Voluntary Recall On Feline Chicken & Salmon Formula

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The FDA reports that Primal Pet Foods has initiated a voluntary recall of their Feline Chicken & Salmon Formula (Primal Pet Foods Raw Cat Food Chicken & Salmon Nuggets) with a "Best By" date code of 043112-17 because this product may be contaminated with salmonella. This is the only product targeted by the recall--no other Primal Pet Foods products are affected. The bacteria is harmful to both people and pets.

Read FDA release.

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May 24, 2011

Crazy Cat Lady Ceramic Travel Mug for Cat Lovers

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Okay--you know who you are! But everyone else might not. If you are a Cat Lady, crazy or not, be proud and sip your favorite hot brew on the road from this Crazy CAT Lady Ceramic Travel Mug. It holds up to 18 ounces, has a snug plastic lid with two openings for sipping. Dishwasher and microwave safe.

[Super cool find via Single Serve Coffee]

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May 4, 2011

Pet Scoop: Senior Pet Foods Not All the Same

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We often buy our pets age-specific food in accordance with package labeling. Most of us accept the conventional wisdom that senior dogs have different nutritional requirements as they age.

But truth be told, according to Wide Variety in Nutritional Content Found in 'Senior' Dog Foods -- Science Daily, there are no official dietary requirements for aging dogs. Pet foods marketed for "longevity" and "maturity" or "senior," "old" or "mature" dogs are not legally required to adhere to a standard nutrition profile beyond the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) nutrient profile minimums for all adult dogs.

Iams Premium Protection Senior Dry Dog Food (5.5 lbs.; Chicken)Blue Buffalo Chicken & Brown Rice Senior Dog Food (30 lbs.)

Furthermore dogs, like people, have individual dietary needs. Not all older dogs require a senior diet. Because these pet foods targeting seniors are not all the same, you will want to feed your senior pet a diet that is right for your specific animal.

Read Wide Variety in Nutritional Content Found in 'Senior' Dog Foods -- Science Daily.

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May 3, 2011

Chomp Pit'r Pat Tasty Treats for Cats

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These Pit'r Pat Liver Flavored Cat Breath Fresheners are fun fish-shaped treats that your kitty will find irresistible. They help freshen breath too.

Get Chomp Pit'r PatTasty Treats for Cats in liver, chicken and fish flavors.

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April 26, 2011

Petmate Cat Infinity Elite

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Keep your cat healthy and safe with fresh clean drinking water. This PetmateĀ® Cat Infinity Eliteicon uses advanced filtration to remove impurities and odors from your water. Its UV Germicidal Light destroys harmful bacteria and viruses. The unit comes with a plunger cap to reduce spillage.

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April 25, 2011

Simplehuman Brushed Stainless Steel Pet Food Storage Can

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This sharp-looking Simplehuman Brushed Stainless Steel Pet Food Storage Can is made of durable, fingerprint-proof stainless steel. It holds up to 32 pounds of pet food for your dogs, cats and birds with an airtight seal to keep food fresh.

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The large, ergonomic handle locks the lid shut to help prevent your pets from opening it. A convenient scoop attaches neatly under the lid for easy access with a removable, easy-to-clean inner bucket. Just roll on the built-in rear wheels for easy storage anywhere in your home.

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April 7, 2011

Super Pet My First Home Complete Rabbit Kit

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If you plan to add a bunny rabbit to your family this Easter, this Super Pet My First Home Complete Rabbit Kit is the the ultimate starter kit containing everything you need to bring your pet home successfully.

Each cage is constructed from chew-proof coated wire and stain-resistant plastic parts. You also get bedding, food, treat, toy, water bottle, food dish, and pet care guide. The deep scatterless base removes easily for quick cleaning.

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