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PetSmart - Dog

Health and Safety

November 19, 2014

Stressed-Out Cat? Bottled Blessings for Fraidy Cats

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Some of our cats are shy and timid around other cats and people. Plus the frenetic holiday season can be especially stressful. Bring your kitty out from under the bed, or deep in your closet, and improve their quality of life with this Frady Cat Formula.

This Formula is designed to reduce fear and shyness and to increase sociability. Feeling more secure, Frady Cat can help increase their sense of security and therefore be more receptive to humans and other animals.

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November 10, 2014

Comfort Zone Calming Products for Your Cat -- Save 20%

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The holiday season is upon us! It's that time of year to save wherever we can to free up money for our gifts and celebrations. Things generally get a little frenetic for everyone, and that includes our pets.

Save 20% on select Comfort Zone Calming Products through November 22. Soothe your stressed out cats during the holidays and year-round!

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October 1, 2014

Flash & Glow Flashing LED Safety Light for Pets and People

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As the days grow shorter and darkness descends, we are now confronted with reduced visibility during our morning and evening walks. Keep yourself, your children and your pets safe attaching a Wrap-Around Flashing LED Safety Light to collars, leashes and clothes.

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Just wrap the durable, silicone Safety Light around your dog's collar or leash. Place it on your own shoe laces, belt loop, backpack, bag, or purse. Your kids will love the fun, flashing neon colors too! At Wrap-Around Flashing LED Safety Light.

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September 15, 2014

Kong Safestix Dog Toys -- Safer Than Wooden Sticks

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It's common practice for dog owners to throw sticks for their dogs to chase, but that doesn't mean it's such a great idea. Sadly, according to expert applied animal behaviorist Patricia B. McConnell, our dogs can injure themselves badly on sticks. Vets would rather we find other fetch toys. (See Ouch: The dangers of sticks as dog toys | The Other End of the Leash).

For throwing and fetching, she recommends these KONG Safestix Dog Toys instead for both indoor or outdoor use. They are fun interactive dog toys, made of durable plastic, and are floatable, bendable and flexible.

In assorted colors for small, medium and large dogs at Kong Safestix Dog Toys.

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September 8, 2014

Adaptil Spray to Help Calm Your Jittery Pet

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With the kids back in school, many of our pets are finding themselves home alone and nervous about it. Busy holidays, visiting the vet, or new babies can rattle their nerves, along with scary noises like thunder and fireworks. Puppies are often homesick and wary of their new surroundings.

To help calm your pet Adaptil Spray by DAP can be applied directly to your pet's bedding, inside crates, indoor kennels, and in your car. Adaptil is a synthetic copy of the natural comforting pheromone released by a mother dog to reassure her puppies.

Be sure to apply Adaptil Spray away from your dog, particularly inside the carrier or crate. Never spray directly spray on your pet or near his/her face.

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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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