October 6, 2010

Crush Pet Pills Up in an Automatic Pill Grinder


Giving our pets a pill is often a challenge. We have known a dog who meticulously eats around the pill and leaves it in the bowl. Even submerging in peanut butter sometimes doesn't work. And don't even think about giving a pill to the cat.

This handheld Automatic Pill Grinder is just the ticket if you live with a pet (or human) who can't or won't swallow pills. Just grind their tablet-type pills straight in to their food or beverage--problem solved!

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September 30, 2010

PetScoop: FDA Cautions Buyer Beware If Purchasing Pet Drugs Online


Many of us try to save on costs by skirting our veterinarians and buying discount pet drugs online without a prescription. Some of the internet sites that sell pet drugs represent legitimate, reputable pharmacies (see links below), but not all. Alas, we may be buying drugs for our best pals from unscrupulous businesses operating illegally.

Buying prescription pet meds online without a prescription and even OTC meds may be risky, according to a recent FDA warning. The FDA has found companies that sell unapproved pet drugs and counterfeit pet products, make fraudulent claims, dispense prescription drugs without requiring a prescription, and sell expired drugs.

Is it worth the savings to possibly damage your pet's health and even maybe a life? Here's our solution. Many vets do indeed charge more for drugs than on-line sites, as they are, after all, trying to make a living. But when asked, some will price-match to products at certain legitimate on-line pharmacies. At very least, they often are willing to fax in your prescription to a reputable site.

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If you do wish to shop online, try 1-800-PetMeds with free shipping over $39 and PetCareRx who ship free on your orders over $35. They will contact your veterinarian for you.

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September 8, 2010

Ceramic Slow-Down Pet Bowl For Pets Who Eat Too Fast


We have featured this Slow Down Pet Bowl in plastic in a prior post (see Brake-Fast Bowl). It helps slow the pace of eating for pets gobble their food too quickly for their own good. This Ceramic Slow Down Bowl is a more heavy-duty version. Ceramic bowls are more stable and durable than plastic, plus they don't absorb toxins and are easier to clean. And they don't slide across the floor as easily.

This bowl features a raised bone shape in the middle, plus raised semicircles to keep your pet from grabbing at his/her kibble, and therefore take in too much food too quickly. (Sound like anyone you know?) The bowl may help prevent some digestive problems and even the deadly bloat. The Ceramic Slow Down Bowl is dishwasher and microwave safe in Moss or Pewter.

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July 20, 2010

ThermoPet Non-Contact Dog Thermometer


It's such a helpless feeling to wonder if your dog is sick and not know whether you should rearrange your schedule and spring for a vet visit. Did you know a fever is often considered the first indicator for most diseases affecting dogs? And that you can find out all by yourself.

This ThermoPet Dog Thermometer is an incredibly easy and non-invasive way to take take your dog's temperature--without laying a hand on your pet. No struggling with invasive rectal thermometers!

It's a reliable and quick way to assess your dog's health. And if it saves just one vet visit, it's more than paid for!

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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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