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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April 5, 2010

PetAirapy Air Purifier -- Portable Protection for Pet Allergies


Pet allergies are becoming more and more common. Germs, allergens, viruses and bacteria are brought into our homes on our pet's fur, our hair, clothes, shoes, or just by opening a door or window. The micro-organisms and allergens then multiply and circulate throughout the air we and our pets breathe inside our home.

We all know that helpless feeling when we see our pets suffering. We make a trip to the vet and treat the scratching and itching symptoms with expensive medications, steroids and ointments. But there is another way. The affordable PetAirapy PA-777 Air Purifier goes right to the source of the problem.


It's a portable air purifier with six layers of purifying power, including four different filters, to trap allergens such as pollens, ragweed, dust, dust mites and dander from spreading throughout your home. The UVC germicidal lights kill a variety of bacteria, mold, viruses and other micro-organisms that can trigger allergic reactions, respiratory illnesses and infections.

With a flick of a switch, you can cover up to 1,000 sq feet. Smokers, asthma? Great for humans as well!

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March 18, 2010

PetScoop: EPA To Tighten Standards on Flea and Tick Meds for Cats and Dogs

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Some of our dogs and cats have been suffering adverse reactions from pet spot-on pesticide products for flea and tick control -- skin irritation, redness, gastrointestinal problems (vomiting or diarrhea), or effects to the nervous system, such as trembling, appearing depressed, seizures. The majority of the problems apparently involved overdosing small dogs in the 10 to 20 lb range and cats who took meds intended for dogs.

Beginning immediately, the EPA will increase scrutiny of these spot-on pesticide products to ensure their safety. The EPA will begin reviewing labels for clarity and will develop more stringent testing and evaluation requirements for both existing and new products. From the press release:

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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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