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July 8, 2010

Consumer Reports Tests Mosquito and Tick repellents


Every silver lining has a cloud and in summer it's mosquitoes and ticks. Not only are they annoying, but they can be hazardous to human and pet health. They definitely can interfere with the fun of playing with our pets outdoors and taking them for walks.

A recent Consumer Reports test found "six repellents protected against deer ticks and two common types of mosquitoes for 7 hours or more. Four of those contain deet in varying levels. The Environmental Protection Agency judges deet safe when used as directed."

The effective products include two types of "Off" and two deet-free:


Another possibility is the battery-powered Off! Clip On Mosquito Protection with the claim of "head to toe protection up to 12 hours" on the package. Disappointingly, the folks at Consumer Reports abandoned testing their beleaguered subjects after two hours because of bites.

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July 7, 2010

PetScoop: United Pet Group Voluntarily Expands Recall of Nutritional Supplements For Dogs and Cats Due to Salmonella Risk


United Pet Group, out of Cincinnati OH, is voluntarily expanding its recent recall of its Pro-Pet Adult Daily Vitamin Supplement Tablets for Dogs to include additional pet nutritional supplement products for dogs and cats due to possible Salmonella contamination. These products are sold nationally at various retailers.

Included are various United Pet Group Pro-Pet and Excel branded products for dogs and cats, and certain other private label brands of the same products, such as Doctors Foster and Smith, Nature's Miracle, PETCO. All of the affected products are in tablet and powdered form.

The list of recalled products is provided on the FDA site with the following important information for you and your pets regarding salmonella:

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June 14, 2010

Relieve Pet Thunderstorm Anxiety this Summer

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Many pets live in areas that experience strong summer storms along with the steamy summer weather. And next thing you know, your pet has slinked away to a dark closet, under the bed or table, panting heavily and trembling. Pet reactions range from mild to phobic and can definitely keep the household awake in the early morning hours.

Our hearts go out to our panicked pets -- what to do? There are many approaches to anxiety relief and effectiveness generally depends upon your individual pet.

Here at Super Cool Pets we have never bought into the advice that comforting a frightened pet actually intensifies their phobia. Glad to see that the well-respected, kindly dog trainer, veterinarian and author Patricia McConnell agrees in her excellent article on the subject over at The Bark:

On the contrary, it's just not possible that petting your dog is going to make her more fearful the next time there's a storm. Warnings that you'll ruin your dog by comforting her are reminiscent of the advice from the 1930s and '40s to avoid comforting frightened children by picking them up. That perspective was tossed out long ago by psychologists, when research made it clear that having parents they can count on when life gets scary creates bold, stable children, not dependent or fearful ones.

She suggests "classical counter-conditioning (CCC). CCC can be a profoundly effective way to change behavior, because it changes the emotions that drive the behavior in the first place. A typical example in applied animal behavior is having visitors throw treats to a dog who is afraid of strangers."

More ideas and effective product links can be found in previous Super Cool Pets posts -- June 3, 2009 and August 6, 2007 among others.

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May 27, 2010

PetScoop -- FDA and NIH Launch Electronic Safety Reporting Portal for Reporting Pet Food Issues


The Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health this week launched a new web site with the catchy name Safety Reporting Portal, enabling the food industry to report safety problems related to foods, including animal feed and animal drugs. Consumers can also use the site to report problems with pet foods and pet treats.

The new Web portal includes different features for different types of reporting:

* Reportable Food Registry: Industry will have a more user-friendly electronic portal for submitting reportable food reports that are required by law. This electronic portal collects reports from the food industry and public health officials regarding problems with articles of food, including animal feed, that present a reasonable probability of causing serious adverse health consequences or death to humans or animals.
* Pets: Pet owners and veterinarians will be able to use the portal to report product problems with pet foods and pet treats.
* Animal drugs: Animal drug manufacturers can report adverse drug events associated with animal drugs.
* Clinical Trials: Biomedical researchers involved in human gene transfer clinical trials can report an adverse event, indicating whether it might be an unanticipated consequence of the product being tested. Trial sponsors can use the portal to prepare a report, print it and send it to the agency to satisfy reporting requirements for investigational new drugs.


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May 18, 2010

Pet Flea & Tick Products Steals and Deals at PetSmart

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Save $25 on over-the-counter Advantage and K9 Advantix Flea & Tick Products at PetSmart when you protect your pet for 1 year. Plus free shipping!

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May 12, 2010

Green Pet Fleaze-Off


We love this time of year when the weather is warmer, but the mosquitoes, ticks and bugs have not yet arrived in force to make life miserable for ourselves and our pets. But we know that won't last long.

Get ready for the summer onslaught! Green Pet Fleaze-Off is a natural pest-repellent for your pets that does not use synthetic chemicals or drugs, but protects naturally.

Green Pet Fleaze-Off uses a special blend of natural oils to create a barrier that helps protect your pets from fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and flies. This formula does not kill the pests, but makes the environment inhospitable. For use on dogs and cats only.

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April 22, 2010

PetScoop: FDA Says Bones are Unsafe for Your Dog


What could be more "natural" than giving your dog a bone? For a brief while we gave our Golden Retrievers large bones to gnaw on during that pesky and seemingly eternal chewing stage. A few bouts with middle-of-the-night tummy upsets quickly led us to abandon bones in favor of safer chewy toys.

Apparently the FDA agrees. In No Bones About It: Bones are Unsafe for Your Dog they list 10 reasons why it's a "bad idea to give your dog a bone". You probably will agree it isn't worth it.

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April 21, 2010

PetScoop: Through a Dog's Eyes on PBS Tonight Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET


An enlightening documentary for dog lovers, Through a Dog's Eyes will air on PBS tonight Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET, based on the book of the same name by Jennifer Arnold, founder of Canine Assistants.

The documentary will provide insights into the ways canine assistants improve people's lives and will change the way you look at your own pet. Click to view the trailer.

Through a Dog's Eyes
will be out this June in DVD and the book will be released this September 2010. Both are currently available for pre-order.

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April 20, 2010

Help Your Pet Lose Weight -- Pet Obesity Specialist Ernie Ward MD Q & A at the Washington Post


Last month we posted on author/veterinarian Dr. Ernest Ward's new book Chow Hounds: Why Our Dogs Are Getting Fatter - A Vet's Plan to Save Their Lives. For those concerned about maintaining a healthy weight for their pet, the Washington Post has an informative Q&A with Dr. Ernie Ward who writes:

As many of you know, pet obesity is a growing problem in the U.S., now affecting 45 percent of all adult dogs and 58 percent of cats. That equals approximately 34 million dogs and 54 million cats that are overweight and at risk for diseases such as diabetes/insulin resistance, arthritis, high blood pressure, kidney disease, cancer and more.

In the end, we all get it that pet obesity is the result of too much food intake. Resources such as this book can teach us all to create new behavior patterns for ourselves and the pets we love.

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April 19, 2010

Amazon Hot New Pet Book Release -- Home-Prepared Dog and Cat Diets


American consumers are paying top dollar for corn meal-based dry pet food. It's one thing for cheap brands, but another matter entirely that the packaging of many high-end foods list corn meal as the primary ingredient.

Feeding carnivores corn meal + additives can't be healthy. Whatever money is saved in the supermarket will ultimately be spent several times over at the vet's office.

Home-Prepared Dog and Cat Diets by Patricia Schenck is a second edition that has been completely rewritten to present the latest nutritional recommendations for your healthy dog and cat based on current research. It also contains an extensive discussion of medical disorders that can be managed in part through diet. You will love the simple recipes that can easily be prepared in your own kitchen at home. Sounds like a keeper!

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