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February 17, 2011

GLC 1000 Arthritis and Joint Care for Dogs

glc1000.jpgOne of the Super Cool Pets family Golden Retrievers has arthritis and painful hip dysplasia, among other issues. Her vet has recommended GLC 1000. The formula contains USDA approved and certified pure chondrotin sulfate of US origin and pharmaceutical grade glucosamine.

After a few weeks, it appears to be reducing her pain. It's relatively inexpensive and over-the-counter, so if you cope with a pet in pain, give it a try.

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February 10, 2011

Flavor-Doh for Dogs and Cats Hides Pills

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Low-calorie Flavor-Doh is a fun, healthy pet treat for safe and effective pill delivery. Store at room temperature in easy use resealable containers. In various flavors for both dogs and cats.

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February 8, 2011

Amazon Hot New Pet Book Release -- Good Old Dog: Expert Advice for Keeping Your Aging Dog Happy, Healthy, and Comfortable

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The good news is that more and more of our pets are living to a ripe old age these days, but the bad news is that caring for an elderly pet presents its own set of challenges.

The faculty of the Cummings Veterinary School at Tufts treats more than 8,000 older dogs annually and have collaborated on a book on senior doggy patient care for those of us less knowledgeable. Good Old Dog, subtitle Expert Advice for Keeping Your Aging Dog Happy, Healthy, and Comfortable, covers the following important topics and more:

• Nutritional advice--not every senior diet is right for every senior dog
• Emphasis on treating conditions common to older dogs so they live longer
• How to evaluate complicated procedures and decide what's right for your dog
• The cost of caring for an older dog and how to shoulder the burden
• How to identify cognitive decline and how to manage it
• Advice on creating a healthy and comfortable environment
• How to determine when "it's time" and how to cope with the loss

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January 24, 2011

Dog and Cat Digestive Issues -- Honest Kitchen Perfect Form Supplement

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A pet with ongoing intestinal issues is miserable with gas pains, cramps and belly distention. We suffer along too, getting up with the dog for nightly airings, surprised by accidents on the rugs or in far-flung corners of the house, not to mention the concern we feel.

Honest Kitchen Perfect Form Dog and Cat Supplement is ideal for pets with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), colitis or occasional digestive upset. This yummy concoction combats gas, facilitates regularity, firms up loose stools, soothes and protects your pet's GI tract. Qualifies for FREE shipping!

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As always, this information is not intended to be a substitute for visits to your local veterinarian to rule out illness.

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January 18, 2011

PetScoop: Sleeping With Pets Linked to Disease

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It's comforting to cuddle up at night with your pet. It's even kind of endearing to wake up to a cat standing on your ribs and staring at your face as though you are his/her next meal.

But we've read the news, and the news isn't good. Web MD is asking, Pets in Bed: More Dangerous Than Bedbugs? U.S. surveys indicate that up to 56% of dog owners and 62% of cat lovers regularly fall asleep with their pets in their bed, as do our fellow humans in the U.K., Netherlands, France, and Japan. Little doubt throughout our history as well.

So what's the problem? Bubonic Plague, Chagas Disease, Cat-Scratch Disease, MRSA, parasites and other bacterial infections. Ditto for kissing your dog or cat. Not good.

Read Pets in Bed: More Dangerous Than Bedbugs? to decide if the risk is worth it or if a cozy Pet Bed on the floor of your bedroom is the safest choice.

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January 6, 2011

PetScoop: Animal-Assisted Therapy, A Growing Trend

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There's something comforting about meeting up with a tranquil resident dog or a cat in an institutional setting where we don't expect to see them. We are all familiar with the phenomenon of library cats--generally homeless cats who call a library their home. In the best-seller Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World Myron, a small-town library director, tells of the remarkable impact a cat, named DeweyReadmore Books, had on the library and its patrons.

The Wall Street Journal recently ran an intriguing piece on animal-assisted therapy, a field still in its infancy. The Doctor's Dog Will See You Now describes ways therapists use 'canine assistants' to comfort and cheer up their patients . One therapist calls the dogs "seeing heart dogs--because they can see into people's hearts".

A small but growing number of psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and other therapists are bringing their dogs to work in their private practices, where they help calm patients down, cheer them up and offer a happy distraction with a wagging tail. The job is similar to what therapy dogs do when they visit at hospitals or nursing homes, but these "canine therapy-assistants" often work full days and get to know the patients just as well as the doctors.

No surprise to any dog lover, some research shows that a few minutes of stroking a pet dog decreases cortisol, the stress hormone, in both the human and the dog. Sunny veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker explores this phenomenon in his popular The Healing Power of Pets: Harnessing the Amazing Ability of Pets to Make and Keep People Happy and Healthy.

But not all agree. In a New York Times Opinion article Fido's No Doctor. Neither Is Whiskers. Hal Herzog, professor of psychology and author of Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals argues that, while "pretty to think so", the research on the healing power of animals is incomplete.

Unfortunately, however, I also have another stack of articles, almost as high, showing that pets have either no long-term effects or have even adverse effects on physical and mental health.

A 2006 survey of Americans by the Pew Research Center, for instance, reported that living with a pet did not make people any happier. Similarly, a 2000 Australian study of mortality rates found no evidence that pet owners lived any longer than anyone else. And last year Dutch researchers concluded that companion animals had no effect on their owners' physical or mental well-being. Worse, in 2006, epidemiologists in Finland reported that pet owners were more likely than non-pet owners to suffer from sciatica, kidney disease, arthritis, migraines, panic attacks, high blood pressure and depression.

Professor Herzog cautions that in order to separate fact from wishful thinking regarding the benefits of animal companionship we must employ "the same rigorous methods that scientists use to test the effectiveness of drugs and medical procedures".

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December 29, 2010

Why Pet Ownership Can Be So Expensive

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We have read a couple of articles recently regarding the (high) cost of animal ownership. It's more than worth it for most of us--after all, money is for spending on necessities, and pets are a necessity in a lot of our homes. Get the scoop at the Animal Lovers, Beware of Ownership Costs -- NY Times and the follow-up article Why the animal ER is so expensive (Pet economics 101) -- Fully Vetted/Pet MD

ArrowContinue reading: "Why Pet Ownership Can Be So Expensive "

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December 12, 2010

The Cold Outside is Frightening -- Protect Your Pets

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Remember, if it's too cold for you, it's too cold for your pets. Don't leave dogs and cats outdoors.

Thumbnail image for waitingsanta.jpgFor holiday gift ideas, browse our Super Cool Pets 2010 Holiday Gift Guide!

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October 27, 2010

Walk the Dog -- Americans Walking Less Than Those in Other Countries

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Apparently Americans are more sedentary than adults in other countries. Are we surprised? According to a study named in a recent NY Times health column Well, men and women living in the United States took fewer steps per day than those living in Switzerland, Australia, and Japan:

The fitness gap detected by the pedometer studies is equal to about 30 to 40 minutes of walking each day. One mile of walking covers about 2,000 steps, researchers say. The health community typically urges people to take at least 10,000 steps a day to maintain good health, which is equal to about five miles of walking.

Another reason to keep on keeping on with the dog walks or starting a new regimen. Our dogs love the stimulation, and the fresh air is good for everyone.

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If you want to measure your daily steps, simple pedometers are affordable. The article recommends the ACCUSPLIT AE120XL Pedometer and the Fit Solutions SW-200 Yamax Digiwalker Pedometer, both widely used in pedometer research and tested for reliability.
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October 20, 2010

Manage Canine Intestinal Distress -- Iams Veterinary Formula Prostora

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We feel so badly for our dogs when they have intestinal distress...and also for ourselves if they don't make it to the door! No one wants to go off to work and leave their sick pet indoors all day. A solution -- keep some Iams Veterinary Formula Prostora Max handy for sudden illness and accidents.

Prostora is administered as a convenient, tasty treat that will go down the hatch easily. It is made with Bifidalis, a clinically-proven strain of a live and active culture, to help maintain your dog's digestive balance. Apparently, it also helps reduce cosmetic tear stains, preferred by one vet over the ever-popular Angels' Eyes.

From Patty Khuly, VMD, blogging at Fully Vetted:

These vanilla-flavored chews are easily tolerated by dogs. I use Iams' Prostora to keep diarrhea episodes to a minimum of days, but did you know they also help with reducing tear stains in dogs? Please don't use those antibiotic-based Angel Eyes! If you must use something to reduce the [purely cosmetic] tear stains, use this!
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