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February 10, 2010

Calorie Content on Low Calorie Pet Food Labels May Be Unreliable

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Apparently nearly 50% of domesticated animals are overweight or obese. But how to cut down? Are you confused about the amount of calories in pet food, even the low-calorie pet food? If so you are not alone.

A study by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, recently published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, examined nearly 100 commercially available diets with weight management claims. From study co-author Dr. Lisa Freeman, Professor of Nutrition at the School:

There is so much information--and misinformation--about pet foods, it's understandable that people are confused about what to feed their dogs and cats. To counteract these myths, people are accustomed to turning to the labels on food--but, as this study shows, packaging might not always be a reliable source of information.

The results of the study were:

  • Dry dog foods range in calorie density from 217 to 440 kilocalories per cup (kcal/cup). The recommended intake ranged from 0.73 to 1.47 times the dog's "resting energy requirement".
  • The numbers for wet dog food (189-398 kcal/can) and cat food (235-480 kcal/cup) marketed for weight control were similar.
  • The diets also varied markedly in price--from 4 cents to more than $1.10 per kilocalorie.

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February 5, 2010

Sweetheart Heart-Shaped Raised Dog Bowl Feeder

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This heart-shaped Sweetheart Raised Dog Bowl is the perfect Valentine's Day present for your dog. This feeder helps dogs with muscle and arthritis problems by raising the level of their bowl. It comes with a one-half pint sized stainless steel bowl.

Get 10% off any size order. Use coupon code AFF10PC during checkout.

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February 1, 2010

Smartcat Tiger Diner Portion Control Cat Food Dish

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Do you live with a fat cat? Maybe slowing down our kitties' eating pace will help reduce the gorging and thus the weight gain.

This foraging-style Smartcat Tiger Diner Portion Control Food Dish forces the cat to work to get at the kibble, resulting in slower eating. This stimulates the cat's natural instinctive hunting behavior. The dish is easy to fill and has rubber feet to keep it in one spot.

Check out the Super Fat Cat Picture Gallery

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January 26, 2010

Customize a Milk Bone Box with Your Dog's Photo and Name

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Put your favorite dog on an actual Milk-Bone Box. Customize the treat box with your dog's picture, name and any other personal information you would like to see. Makes a great gift!

via Paw Nation

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January 22, 2010

Flying Saucer Stainless Steel Puppy Dish

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Puppies? Cut down on the typical puppy feeding mess. All your pups can feed around this specially-designed Stainless Steel Puppy Dish. The center hub helps keep the food near the outside of the bowl for better accessibility, so your pups won't end up standing inside the bowl to feed.

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January 20, 2010

Automatic Dog and Cat Fountains: Bridgeport Onyx Waterer and Dog It Fresh and Clear Large Dog Fountain

Are your pets drinking from gucky, warm water? Is the bowl always empty? These two attractive automatic waterers are suitable for households with one or more pets.

Both have an elevated drinking basin to help keep guzzlers from guzzling, while smaller dogs and cats can drink from below. The re-circulating flow eliminates stale, stagnant water filled with dirt and hair.

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This ceramic Bridgeport Onyx Waterer Fountain above is stylish and will keep your pets' water cool. The water cascades over the middle dome and spills into the asymmetric bowl. The fountain has gently sloping sides to allow your dog or cat easy access.
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The Dog It Fresh and Clear Large Pet Fountain is, despite its name, also suitable for cats and dogs. The integrated splashguard reduces water slobber on the floor as your pet drinks from the basin.

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January 14, 2010

Caged Birds Sure-Lock Food and Water Dish Helps Prevent Tipping

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Our cockatiel occasionally (intentionally?) tips her food dish. Seed cascades everywhere. Our dogs love it, but we don't particularly relish the cleanup.

If you have a mischievous bird like this, these Sure-Lock Food and Water Dishesicon have a crisscross base grip that installs on most any cage. These oval, heavy-duty polymer dishes twist off their base for easy filling and washing.

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January 6, 2010

Flydog Spill Proof Pet Travel Bowl

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Mount this Flydog Spill Proof Pet Travel Bowl on the back of your car seat or on a pet divider. Your dog will always have fresh water and your car will stay dry.The spill-proof design keeps the water in the bowl instead of on the seat or floor.

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December 22, 2009

Merrick Holistic Cat and Dog Food -- Amazing Customer Service

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In an era of corporate ruthlessness towards consumers, some companies still care. Consumerist reports that Monica received a bad can of cat food from Merrick Pet Food. She shares her positive story:

Just wanted to let you know of a good experience I had with Merrick Pet Food. I include this brand of cat food in the variety that I buy my cats. They have good products overall, good ingredients, quality, etc.

Well a few weeks ago I had the horrible experience of opening a rancid can. Definitely one of the worst smells I've ever encountered, and it sprayed on my hands when I opened it which left a great lingering stench. So I contacted the company and provided lot information of the can. They replied with the usual apologies and asked for my address so they could send a coupon. I was honestly expecting a coupon to get a free can of cat food.

Well, today I received a package from them with a bag of dry food and a coupon for a case of 24 cans of cat food, so about $45 worth of products. This was definitely above and beyond what I expected, they won me back. Good company and they'll keep getting my business.

Merrick Pet Care is family-owned and offers holistic cat and dog food and treats. See them on the web at http://www.merrickpetcare.com. Their products are available at Amazon.

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December 18, 2009

One Quart Heated Pet Water Bowl

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Outdoor water bowl freezing up? This 1-quart Heated Pet Water Bowl is thermostatically controlled to operate only when necessary. Comes with an heavy-duty "anti-chew" cord protector. Perfect for small animals.

It goes without saying that our pets should be not be outside for a prolonged time period in cold weather. That said, many of us like to keep a water bowl in the back yard or pen for the times the pets are outdoors, but it freezes up overnight. Some pets love to play in relatively cool weather and are fine as long as someone keeps an eye on them.


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