Health and Safety
June 19, 2013
Looking for something inspiring to read? The Dog Lived (and So Will I) by animal advocate and breast cancer survivor Teresa Rhyne is a #1 New York Times best seller, a #1 Wall Street Journal best seller and a USA Today best seller. Here's the scoop:
Teresa Rhyne vowed to get things right this time around: new boyfriend, new house, new dog, maybe even new job. But shortly after she adopted Seamus, a totally incorrigible beagle, vets told Teresa that he had a malignant tumor and less than a year to live. The diagnosis devastated her, but she decided to fight it, learning everything she could about the best treatment for Seamus. Teresa couldn't possibly have known then that she was preparing herself for life's next hurdle -- a cancer diagnosis of her own.
She forged ahead with survival, battling a deadly disease, fighting for doctors she needed, and baring her heart for a seemingly star-crossed relationship. The Dog Lived (and so Will I) is an uplifting and heartwarming story about how dogs steal our hearts, show us how to live, and teach us how to love.
June 12, 2013
Make sure there's no need to worry on or off shore this summer. A Premier Fido Float pet helps make swimming and boating safer for dogs and more fun for you both. Its buoyancy collar holds the dog's head out of the water for added safety.
The straps adjust for a snug fit with handles to make it easier to lift any size dog from the water. The Premier Fido Float swim aid comes in various sizes, with a reflective label and bright orange and yellow colors to aid visibility.
May 30, 2013
We all know it's a good thing to walk your dog. Why not track your fitness gains at the same time?
This Alumilite Trekking Pole is a lightweight, durable walking stick and high-end pedometer in one.
It has a digital read-out that boldly displays time, steps, calories and distance and packs up easily into 2 parts for ease of transport.
Its non-skid rubber walking tip provides a cushion whether trekking indoors or outside on different terrains with a sensor housed inside to count your steps each time the trekking pole contacts the ground.
For low-light conditions, the Alumilite Trekking Pole features a detachable dual function light to either increase invisibility or to blink and signal distress.
May 22, 2013
Our brains release oxytocin, "the feel-good" hormone in the brain, when we pet our dogs and cats, according to Pets are good for you. Our pets can have a wonderful effect on our mood, even possibly our goldfish. A study showed that having a fish tank at a nursing home improved appetites. Whether that was due to the fish or the water, the jury is still out. Read the full article at over at Psychology Today.
For more on this subject read Made for Each Other: The Biology of the Human-Animal Bond by Meg Daley Olmert who explains why the brain chemistry humans and animals trigger in each other has such a profound effect on our mental and physical well being.
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.
April 25, 2013
Hairballs are gross, no doubt about it. Want to reduce the frequency of hairballs in your cat? There are many hairball remedies available including grooming tools such as the FURminator deShedding Tool.
These Pet Naturals Hairball chews are not a laxative or lubricant, so no worries about them disrupting normal digestion.
They contain psyllium, which you may recognize as a highly soluble fiber that many people incorporate into their diet. Psyllium acts like a sponge to support removal of toxins and undigested materials as they move through your cat's tract and colon, including ingested hair.
April 22, 2013
This year could be a doozie when it comes to allergies, if the green pollen "blanket" covering our Super Cool Pets mobile is any indication. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, a must-do remedy is to bathe your pet on a regular basis.
For a routine situation, a mild pet shampoo is most suitable to remove all the allergens that are trapped on your dog or cat's coat. As always, check with your vet for pet-specific recommendations and advice.
At Pet Shampoo
April 15, 2013
It's spring and warmer weather means more pests. Check out ways to eliminate these disease-ridden, itchy varmits from your life over at the Flea & Tick Center.
Find out when flea and tick season is most intense in your part of the country on the Flea & Tick Prevalence Map with methods and meds to make your pet pest-free.
And for more help, head over to the super cool University of Rhode Island TickEncounter Resource Center. One tip: "De-tick with duct tape".
April 12, 2013
Veterinarians and animal trainers have a tool in their arsenal that can benefit animal owners. Vet Wrap is a a strong elastic, self-adherent bandaging tape that provides controlled compression to stop your pet's bleeding. It protects dressings from dirt and moisture and non-slip support on paws to provide traction.
It sticks only to itself, not to hair or skin and eliminates pins, clips, and adhesive tape. Stays in place and gives firm support. It absorbs no moisture and is cool, lightweight and comfortable. Great for humans, too.
At Vet Wrap.
April 3, 2013
Many of us freeze up when confronted with a medical emergency, especially one involving blood. That's why it's smart to be prepared so you will have peace of mind if an accident or unforeseen confrontation happens to your best buddy.
Pet Clot stops the bleeding quickly and effectively without introducing any powders or agents into the wound. It is a blood-clotting agent in a convenient gauze bandage. A must for your first aid kit!
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 19, 2013
For people, it's Chapstick. For our doggies, it's Snoutstik, a nose balm in stick form. It sounds funny, but dogs' noses are very sensitive!
Whether due to the cold, allergies, sunburn or who knows what, when a dog's snout dries out, it can crack and that's painful. Snoutstik looks like a tube of Chapstick that you apply to the dog's nose.
Available in rosemary, lavender and pumpkin scents.
February 27, 2013
The Emma Zen Foundation of Orange County, CA estimates that 40,000 family pets die annually due to fire and fire-related issues, according to Ventura County fire engines, rescue squads to carry oxygen masks for pets | KABC-TV Los Angeles, CA.
Due to their generous donations, each fire engine and rescue squad there will carry an assortment of masks and accessories that are shaped to fit muzzles and snouts of dogs, cats and other household pets.
These masks fit with human oxygen systems the trucks already have on board as standard equipment. What a great idea! Be prepared, we always say. Get your very own kit here.
February 11, 2013
Cats seem to be fascinated with anything long and thin, and many of us give them string and twine to play with. But according to Cats and Linear Foreign Bodies - String, Thread, Ribbon, and the Like | Pet MD | Dr. Lorie Huston an unsupervised cat can actually swallow these "linear foreign bodies" which are particularly hazardous.
As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is certainly true when it comes to cats and linear foreign bodies.
If you use toys containing string, yarn, twine or fishing wire (such as cat wands) to entertain your cat, supervise your cat during play and lock the toys securely away when you are unavailable to supervise.
Be sure to keep sewing boxes, craft kits and other items that contain string, twine, yarn, fishing wire, rubber bands, and similar objects locked away from your cat also.
If you do find your cat with string hanging from your pet's mouth or anus, the vet cautions to not pull on the string or otherwise attempt to remove it, as it may be attached somewhere along the intestinal tract.
To be on the safe side, best to keep an eye on your cat when he/she is playing with toys.