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PetSmart - Dog

January 13, 2010

Air Press Oxygen Therapy for Your Pet in Tokyo's Wag Style Dog Salon

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Next time you travel to Japan with your dog, or if you are already there, check out the premium services offered at Tokyo's Wag Style dog salon.

Developed by Air Press, this steel and glass enclosed cylindrical chamber provides oxygen therapy to dogs. Oxygen therapy is a medical treatment which ups the percentage of oxygen in the air people breathe. We are not animal doctors, but conceivable uses would be for cats and dogs in respiratory distress or shock, with serious heart problems or allergic attacks.

Or maybe just to ease your pet's stress. This spa special will run you 2,000 yen, or about $21 for 30 minutes. As with all medical treatments, consult your vet prior.

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January 12, 2010

How to Pay Those Skyrocketing Pet Bills -- Pet Insurance Resources

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We don't begrudge anyone the right to make a living, but vet bills sure mount up very quickly these days. Office fees, lab fees, x-rays, dental care, surgery, vaccinations--we are talking hundreds if not thousands per visit.

And, sad to say, the line between medical care and salesmanship is starting to look a little blurry. Do you know how or even if you would cover your pet's veterinary bills if they become seriously ill or need surgery?

Currently, around a million U.S. pets are insured, according to the North American Pet Health Insurance Association. The Wall Street Journal recently ran an excellent overview of pet insurance, making the following points:

Consumers need to be careful, since many pet policies can be as confusing as coverage you buy for yourself.

Pet insurance often places strict limits on how much it will pay for particular procedures.

And policies can have tricky designs that can leave consumers with big out-of-pocket bills for their animals.

Premiums vary from around $10 a month to $75 a month, depending on factors including the richness of the plan, your location and your animal's breed and age.

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January 1, 2010

For the Sake of Our Pets, Lose the Fireworks

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Did you shoot off neighborhood fireworks last night to "celebrate" 2010? If so, this one's for you.

We believe in your right to be "you" as much as anybody -- vive la difference, life is a rich tapestry of colors, and variety is the spice of life. But...your right to be "you" also grants us the right to be "us". And we live with pets.

As pet owners we have to say: enough already, lose the fireworks, okay? After all, they are illegal, clearly dangerous and disturb the (midnight) peace. For those of us living in sub-tropical, drought-ridden tourist meccas, they present an unnecessary fire hazard as well.

Incessant loud booms, especially for hours on end, confuse and terrify pets, cause them emotional anguish, and worse, spook these sweet souls into running away and hurting themselves. Combustibles + parch-dry vegetation = fire engines screaming through the night.

That was our New Year's Eve 2009. How was yours?

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December 31, 2009

ProQuiet Calming Supplement for Cats and Dogs -- Happy New Year for Pets

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New Year's Eve celebrations can be fun for people, but many pets suffer from "noise phobia". Fireworks, shouting and loud music can be stressful for your pets and create anxiety. Some pets are fearful of traveling in vehicles.

ProQuiet Calming Supplement for Cats and Dogs is a safe and gentle L-tryptophan formula that is helpful for maintaining a healthy nervous system and mental attitude in dogs and cats. It's recommended for daily use or as needed in stressful situations such as travel, holidays.

Crating often provides security and protection against a pet spooking and running away.

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December 15, 2009

Pet Stages Warming Soother Helps Calm and Comfort Your Pet

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Do your pets get a little out-of sorts during the holiday bustle? Or maybe you have a new puppy or kitten or a pet who is afraid of the car or vet visits?

This Warming Soother will help focus and calm your pet during travel, illness, and commotion. It has a soft, cozy shape that can be cuddled or draped for comfort when sleeping or stressed

The Soother is filled with buckwheat and can be micro-waved to provide warmth. The rice packet is removable for washing the durable plush shell.


Thumbnail image for GingerDude.jpgNeed gift ideas? Browse our Super Cool Pets 2009 Holiday Gift Guide

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December 7, 2009

2 Pet Fitness Toys -- FroliCat Bolt Laser Cat Toy and Extra Tuff Frisbee Dog Bowl

Given that about half of our pets are at least slightly overweight, fun toys that encourage exercise are perfect holiday pet gifts.

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The FroliCat BOLT Automatic Laser Toy for Cats (see our June post) will endlessly entertain even our laziest kitty cats with automatically-generated red laser patterns. Operates in automatic and manual modes. Relieve your cat's boredom and provide some exercise!

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Bring along this clever new Extra Tuff Frisbee Dog Bowl when you are on-the-go. This durable frisbee fetch toy doubles as a water bowl. Dog trainers recommend the Frisbee Dog Bowl as a training tool for the shy or timid dog who is reluctant to play fetch.


Thumbnail image for GingerDude.jpgNeed gift ideas? Browse our Super Cool Pets 2009 Holiday Gift Guide

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November 16, 2009

PetScoop: WSJ Reviews Scents to De-Stress Your Pets -- Feliway and DAP

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Does your pet suffer from anxiety, whether from thunderstorms, vet visits, travel, or separation issues? Many loving pet owners wonder if calming animal pheromone products are effective. The Wall Street Journal examines these Scents to De-Stress Your Pets:

Veterinarians say that pheromones do work--but not all the time. "They work on some animals, and not others," says veterinarian Bonnie Beaver, executive director of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in College Station, Texas. "They work in some situations but not in others."...

Overall, pheromone therapy appears to be less effective than drug therapies, such as antidepressants, typically used on pets with behavior problems, Dr. Landsberg says. But he recommends trying pheromones first, since they are easier to administer and have no side effects.

Exactly the conclusion we came to in our own trials, in both senses of the word. Read our review last summer, Thunderstorms, Fireworks, Vet Visits -- 3 Remedies to Reduce Anxiety and Calm Your Pet. We achieved most success administering Behavior Modification Drugsicon with basically no nasty side effects. Cheaper than DAP and Feliway too.

According to the WSJ article, the most-studied cat product is the Feliway brand -- Feliway Plug-In Diffuser and Feliway Spray. For your dog, the DAP -- D.A.P. Dog Appeasing Pheromone Spray or in a relatively enclosed area plug in a D.A.P. Dog Appeasing Pheromone Electric Diffuser.

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November 5, 2009

New iPhone and iPod Application for Pet Owners -- FilaPet

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FilaPet ('file a pet') is a new iPhone / iPod Touch application created and developed by Luke Feldman in consultation with veterinarians. This easy-to-use app provides pet owners with a filing system for all their pet's needs.

The staff here at SCP gives this app the thumbs up. FilaPet highlights:

  • Pet I.D. - record date of birth, microchip number, rabies tag numbers
  • Contacts - store important info for. vet, pet sitter, groomer, boarding facilities
  • Medical Info - record medical information - heartworm, flea/tick, vaccinations (C5, F4 etc), blood tests (heartworm, Lyme)
  • Medical History - track all pet information
  • Automatic Reminders - Birthdays, medication, vaccinations, check ups
  • Monthly Treatment Reminders - automatically calculated
  • Home monitoring - Track weight, symptoms, behavior
  • Email your vet - send requests for repeat medication prescriptions (refills), send the medical history to a new vet or vaccination history to boarding facilities
  • Latest Pet News - from a vet via RSS. FilaPet on the web is an educational site run by veterinarians.

iPhone applications are available at iTunes.com.

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Sound Therapy for Pet Calming and Healing

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This time of year, routines change, company comes a-calling and our pets can be a little needier / grumpier than normal -- especially if they are injured, ill or getting older.

Soft, low music can create a pleasant, comfortable atmosphere for us all. Sound therapy is effective in calming jarred nerves and soothing health issues, both human and animal. Two great choices:

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Self-Healing with Sound and Music by Andrew Weil. On CD 1, Dr. Weil discusses the latest in medical research that demonstrates how music heals the body and mind. CD 2 gives listeners a complete "sound journey" into expanded states of consciousness optimized for healing.

healers way.jpgThe Healer's Way: Soothing Music for Those in Pain (Vol. 1) by Stella Benson. Medieval chant, ancient melodies and Celtic music create a serene and therapeutic audio-sensual experience. Non-metered, natural tones of the harp ebb and flow to bring about peace within. This music has helped those suffering from illness, injury and life's transitions.

H/T Peaceful Passings, a site that offers useful tips for caring for the older or sick pet.

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October 15, 2009

Pet Vet Records iPhone App

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None of us want our own medical records to be inaccurate, and same goes for those of our pets. Maintaining up-to-date, current pet records is an important part of keeping our pets healthy and we need to be their advocate.

The iPhone app Pet Vet Records gives you control of your own pet records. This is software for managing and sharing your pet's health records with vets and others--online and accessible by anyone, anywhere. In case several vets treat your pet, you can avoid any roadblocks sharing and transferring records from one vet to another.

iPhone applications are available on iTunes.com.

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