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PetSmart - Dog

Health and Safety

July 3, 2014

Melatonin for Dog Anxiety Caused by Fireworks, Thunder

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Fireworks are part of the July 4th celebration, and neighborhoods across the US are booming well into the night(s). As fun as this can be for people, the unexpected and erratic loud noises can terrify our pets.

Some "experts" discourage loving care and attention, suggesting the pet owner somehow reinforces this "behavior". Fear is an emotion, not a behavior, and your pets need your support during this difficult time just as a fellow human would.

If your pet is terrified, like ours are here at Supercool Pets HQ, dole out the hugs and try Melatonin available as an over-the-counter product.

According to Melatonin Supplements for Dogs are a safe and drug-free supplement for pets to relieve anxiety from loud noises such as fireworks and thunder:

Effectiveness of Melatonin for Dogs:

  • Melatonin helps regulate the sleeping pattern (circadian rhythm) of dogs. However it doesn't induce drowsiness.

  • It's used medically for the re-growth of hair in dogs with pattern baldness.

  • It acts as a sedative and calms your pet, and is used to treat stress issues such as accident trauma and anxiety.

  • It's also used to alleviate the fear of loud booming noises such as thunder or fireworks and in the treatment of conditions such as epilepsy. In the case of epileptic dogs, melatonin should be administered at night as it effectively reduces the risk of epileptic seizures at night.

  • Puppies have very sharp hearing and generally panic when they hear loud sounds. They tremble and hide under chairs or beds. It's advisable to use melatonin rather than tranquillizers or sedatives to combat this condition.

  • It has been known to help dogs overcome their fear of loud noises permanently.

  • Some dogs suffer from Canine Cognitive Dysfunction which is very similar to Alzheimer's disease in humans. Administration of melatonin helps them sleep better and become less restless
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General Dosage Guidelines:

  • 1 mg for dogs weighing less than 10 lbs

  • 1.5 mg for dogs weighing between 10 to 25 lbs

  • 3 mg for dogs weighing between 26 to 100 lbs

  • 3 to 6 mg for dogs weighing over 100 lbs

As with all medications, please check with your vet before staring any treatment as your pet may have a pre-existing condition. At Melatonin.

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May 24, 2014

Hot Vehicle Pet Safety

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May 19, 2014

Stressed Out Pet? Over-the-Counter Anxitane Pet Relaxant

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Nervous or stressed out pets? Some pets are just high-strung, and there are so many scary things out there -- vet visits, fireworks, thunder.

Check with your vet about Virbac Anxitane Chewable Tablets for dogs and cats to promote relaxation in pets exhibiting nervousness, anxiety or responding to environmentally-induced stress.

Product description indicates there are no known side effects and that it does not cause drowsiness. There are no known interactions with other therapeutics. Anxitane S for cats and small dogs and Anxitane M-L for medium to large dogs.

Note: As always, check with your pet care provider before . We are not veterinarians.

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April 26, 2014

Kwik Stop Styptic Powder

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It's easy to do and so stressful -- accidentally drawing blood while trimming a pet's claw or clipping a bird's wings. Guilt and even panic may ensue.

Calm your nerves and the blood flow quickly by applying a dab or three of Kwik Stop Styptic Powder. It should cut the bleeding from minor cuts. Use Kwik Stop Styptic Powder with cats, dogs, birds.

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March 8, 2014

First Aid Kit for Birds

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The medical needs of dogs and cats are pretty familiar, but would you know what to do if you had an emergency with your pet bird?

For instance, a while back here at Super Cool Pets HQ our cockatiel flew right up into a swirling ceiling fan and broke a wing.

To get a leg up on a bird medical emergency, we now keep a First Aid Kit for Birds close by to easily handle minor injuries and stabilize serious wounds.

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March 7, 2014

Hot New Pet Book Release--DIY Dog Grooming, From Puppy Cuts to Best in Show

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Our dogs love to look beautiful--it's just that their idea of beauty (covered in mud) and ours can be miles apart. Grooming a dog regularly helps keep him/her in good health. Their family can keep an eye out potential physical issues and stop the spread of dirt, fleas, and germs that crop up all too often.

However, professional grooming is one more household expense. So how about DIY? If you want to try doggy grooming in the privacy of your own home, Jorge Bendersky, a celebrity dog groomer in New York City, has just released a how-to DIY Dog Grooming, From Puppy Cuts to Best in Show: Everything You Need to Know, Step by Step. He grooms Manhattan area dogs and consults on dog grooming, having appeared on Animal Planet, The Today Show, ABC Nightline, CW11, and E! News, and in the New York Post, the New York Daily News, the Chicago Tribune, and more.

DIY Dog Grooming has practical step-by-step tips and photos to teach you how to bathe and trim your dog, plus care for his/her nails, ears, teeth, and more. Included are solutions to common problems like fleas and ticks, dirt and mud. Dog too tense for grooming? You can learn how to train your dog to relax and enjoy grooming.

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February 7, 2014

Nutri-Vet Hide'ems Dog and Cat Treats -- Makes Pet Pill Giving a Treat

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Here at Super Cool Pets HQ, we can spot a pill a mile away. We don't like them, and we will spit them out. There's no fooling us, that's for sure.

For the super-discriminating pet, who NEEDS to take his or her meds, especially on a regular basis, these Hide'ems Dog Treats and Hide'ems Cat Treats are sure worth their weight in gold. They're perfect for any pet that doesn't like to take pills or capsules.

You just shape them around any size capsule, and the flavor hides any medicinal odors or taste. No bitter aftertaste either.

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February 6, 2014

Stay Rite Inflatable Recovery Dog Collar

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Often our pets have to wear a recovery collar following surgery or an injury to keep them from aggravating a healing wound. Certainly this is very stressful and adds to the misery of already having to deal with the pain of a wound.

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This Stay Rite Xtra Strong Inflatable Recovery Dog Collar from Cardinal Laboratories should help your pet feel less stressed and more comfortable with having to wear a foreign object around his/her neck.

For starters, it is light blue -- a color that dogs can actually see, but it doesn't block your pet's vision. The collar's unique notches keep it round so that your dog can't wiggle out. It's easy to attach to your dog's collar and is puncture resistant.

More at Stay Rite Xtra Strong Inflatable Recovery Dog Collar.

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February 5, 2014

PetScoop -- New Pet Dental Product: Milk-Bone Brushing Chews

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Do you brush your dog's teeth? Will your dog even LET you brush his/her teeth? Even though we all love our dogs to pieces and know we are supposed to, few of us actually do, doggie breath and all. Even our vets. But take heart, relief is on the way.

Milk-Bone will be launching Milk-Bone Brushing Chews this coming March. Research shows that the Chews are as effective as twice-per-week brushing when given daily, reducing tartar and halitosis.

The new Brushing Chew is, of course, shaped like a bone, with a 75 degree twist, plus nubs and ridges designed to clean down to the gum line as would the bristles on a toothbrush. But...are they fattening? Chews for small dogs tally up to less than 65 calories per treat and the chews for large dogs will be less than 100 calories.

Read more at Veterinary News.

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January 17, 2014

Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Pet for Dog and Cat Immune System Health

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Over the course of a lifetime we all struggle with illness, including our pets. Cats and dogs suffer from itchy skin allergies like many of us, along with heart issues and joint pain that can afflict us as we age.

For pets with these conditions our vet recommends Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Pet, derived exclusively from wild anchovies and sardines, to supplement the diet with the important Omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. A daily dose will help support healthy skin, coat, joints, heart, and the development and maintenance of the brain and eyes.

You should always check with your veterinarian prior to choosing supplements for your pet. Ask your vet about Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Pet.

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November 8, 2013

Cat Grass Bowl Helps Stimulate Your Cat's Digestion

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Snacking on wheatgrass can be beneficial to your kitty cat's health. It helps flush out toxins and swallowed pet hair, along with plenty of fiber to stimulate your kitty's digestion.

This Cat Grass Bowl is an all-in-one kit to provide everything you need to grow your cat a green feast of wheat grass. Your cat can either nibble on the grass, or you can cut it up and sprinkle on food. Comes packaged in a reusable steel cat bowl.

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October 31, 2013

Halloween Safety for Pets 2013

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Happy Halloween! While focusing on Halloween festivities, it's easy to overlook the effect the hustle and bustle can have on our pets, especially if you have children in the house to take care of.

10 Halloween Safety Tips for Pets | PetMD is a one-minute read with 10 good, common sense tips to help you negotiate a healthy and happy Halloween for your pets.

Stick with pet treats. A lot of trick or treat candy is chocolate can be lethal for cats and dogs. Also, pets left outside on Halloween during late afternoon and evening may be scared, harassed or even stolen.

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At 10 Halloween Safety Tips for Pets | PetMD.

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October 24, 2013

Drool Fuel Canine Sports Drink

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Avoid deadly overheating in your dog. Some of our dogs are athletic and always on the go. During intense exercise and also in hot climates, dogs lose a lot of water and nutrients they need to function, just like we do.

Drool Fuel is a sports drink for dogs designed to help your dog remain properly hydrated and enhance muscle recovery from physical exercise. You can also pre-hydrate by giving it to your dog 30 minutes or less prior to physical activity or prolonged exposure to heat.

At Drool Fuel.

h/t The Daily Kibble

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August 26, 2013

PetScoop: Dog Safety Harnessess -- How Effective Is Yours?

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Many of us load our pets into the car when we are out and about because we just like to have them around 24/7. But few amongst us restrain them while they ride along in our vehicle.

This brief Sleepypod infographic on Pet Driver's Education, How to determine the effectiveness of dog safety harnesses, illustrates the consequences of no-restraint, one-point restraint, two- and three-point restraint in the back seat of a vehicle. At Vehicle Harnesses.

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