PetSmart - Dog

March 9, 2010

Amazon Hot New Pet Book Release -- Chow Hounds: Why Our Dogs Are Getting Fatter - A Vet's Plan to Save Their Lives


Think your pooch looks a little round? Over half of our pets are too heavy. Most of us are apparently overfeeding our dogs by 25 percent every day. A new book Chow Hounds: Why Our Dogs Are Getting Fatter - A Vet's Plan to Save Their Lives by Dr. Ernest Ward, DVM, founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, is filled with fascinating information and of course, weight-loss techniques and healthy tips. He tells us that many pet foods (like human ones) are chock full of addictive sugar and fat and are too high in carbs.

The slender author, affectionately known as "Dr. Ernie," is a practicing veterinarian who appears regularly on the Rachael Ray Show, and has been featured on Animal Planet, NBC Nightly News, the Today Show and CNN. He has authored and contributed to over fifty-five veterinary journal articles in North America, England, Canada, Japan, and China, and has published three books and three veterinary training videos. Sounds like an expert!

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March 3, 2010

Flaxy Dog Milled Flax -- Help Your Pet (and Yourself) Be Healthy


Flax--not just for people anymore. Our pets' diets, like ours, are way high in omega-6 and way low in the omega-3 fatty acids. Studies have found that omega-3 fatty acids increase immune function, brain health and help protect against certain prevalent cancers in ourselves and our pets. A diet high in omega-3 fatty acids promotes healthier joints, skin, and heart, as well as a shiny coat, increased energy, faster healing and allergy relief for both dogs and cats.

Flaxy Dog Milled Flax is 100% real cold milled flax (cold milling chops the seed without heating the mill blades, preserving the valuable fatty acids) and is an excellent source of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. Early every morning, all our super cool pets inhale a heaping tablespoon of milled flax in their meal along with Cosequin DS Double Strength Chewable Tablets for Dogs and Nutramax Cosequin Sprinkle Capsules for Cats.

Note: Whole flax seed must be ground to digest properly. Store the milled flax in a dry, cool spot and it should be good to go for 12 to 18 months. And as always, double-check with your vet and doctor as we do not have MD after our names in any form or fashion.

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February 25, 2010

New Simple Solution PawSafe Toilet Cleaner


Does your dog and/or child get confused between the water bowl and toilet bowl? Simple Solution PawSafe Toilet Cleanericon uses cleaning agents derived from plants and thus generally safe for your pet or children. It does the job without leaving a chemical residue, deodorizes and leaves a fresh clean scent.

Of course we always try to keep all cleaning products out of the reach of our pets and children, but just in case...

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February 24, 2010

Dog and Cat Dental Tool -- Tooth Scaler


February is pet dental health month. Actively brushing your pet's teeth should keep your pet's teeth in good shape. As you have probably figured out for yourself, it's smart to start early in life so your dog or cat gets used to it.

Other tips for pet dental care are feeding dry food and providing crunchy treats and dental chews such as Greenies.

We are admittedly, and probably not correctly, somewhat skeptical of the recent veterinary push towards professional dental work (anesthesia) to rid your pet's teeth of built-up tartar, as they reap a tidy sum for the procedure.

If you have a compliant pooch, a possible alternative is this Double End Pet Dental Tooth Scaler as a remedial measure. Use on dog's or cat's teeth to scrape off tartar, plaque, and bacteria-harboring calculus yourself.

Of course if your pet has red, swollen or bleeding gums, obvious gum erosion or foul breath, consult your veterinarian.

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February 18, 2010

Pet Ear Infections -- Easy Care Ear Kits


Ear infections are quite common in pets, as you probably know. They can be itchy or painful and may ultimately lead to deafness. Some of the signs are redness inside the ear, a black discharge and an odor. If your dog or cat is scratching the ear(s) a lot, won't let you touch them, holds the head to one side, and keeps shaking the head, a trip the the vet might be in order.

Help stave off ear problems with this Ear Care Kit for Dogs and Ear Care Kit for Cats in your pet medicine cabinet. They have antibacterial and antifungal ingredients. Clean out and rinse away infection-causing gunk with the Ear Cleanser, then apply the Ear Powder to keep your pet's ears dry. Use the Ear Miticide for pets with irritating ear mites.

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February 17, 2010

Physical Therapy - Warm Whiskers Unveils Innovative, Reversible Pet Therapy Jackets


Does your pet suffer from hip dysplasia, arthritis pain or maybe tendonitis, joint pain? Recovering from painful surgery? The easy-on Pet Therapy Jacket provides healing cold or heat therapy anywhere it's needed.

The Jacket heat pack can be warmed up to safely soothe those aching joints or muscles. Pet owners can also freeze the cold pack to cool an overheated pet down on a hot day or to treat swollen limbs.

Available soon nationwide at pet product retailers, veterinary offices, clinics and at the Warm Whiskers website. In five sizes XS to XL for pets ranging from 5 to 200 pounds. We'll keep you posted.

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January 15, 2010

Dogged Health -- Canine Health and Wellness


This morning we had an "eureka" moment over canine skin symptoms that have confounded us for over a year. We arrived at a pretty certain diagnosis over at Dogged Health, found via a newsletter from the American Kennel Club. We entered the bare minimum of information in their Diagnostic Dog - Symptom Selector and went from there. Nifty tool--check it out.

From the site: "DoggedHealth is the most comprehensive and authoritative canine health and wellness site on the Internet. We are both an information resource as well as community empowering users to make educated healthcare decisions for their dogs. Each and every piece of content is provided by a vet or, when appropriate, a certified trainer."

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January 13, 2010

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


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


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


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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