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June 19, 2008

3 Ways to Protect Your Super Cool Pets from the Hot Sun

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Why protect your pets from the sun? Reasons:

  • To prevent sunburn and the associated pain
  • Protect against the development of malignant skin tumors
  • Prevent skin inflammation that can lead to dermatitis and aggravate pre-existing skin disease

Sun protection is recommended for the following pets:

  • Short and thin haired pets
  • White and light haired pets
  • White and pink skinned pets
  • Hairless dog breeds
  • Breeds predisposed to skin tumors (i.e. boxers, dobermans, bull dogs, pit bull terriers, bull terriers, bichons, poodles, schnauzers and others)
  • Outside living pets
  • Shaved down pets
  • Pets with allergic and inflamed skin
  • Working dogs
  • All pets subjected to excessive sun exposure as during activities such as boating, hiking, visits to the dog park, walking and visits to the beach.

For the outdoor pet, 3 ways to protect:

1- Shade and Cool Water

Available all day long. Seems obvious, but must be said.

2- Sunscreen

Epi-Pet Sun Protector Sunscreen Spray for Pets is the only pet sunscreen that meets the FDA guidelines for ingredient stability. Features:

  • Waterproof
  • Quick Dry Formulation
  • Non-Greasy, it doesn't leave an oily film like human sunscreens
  • Includes sunscreen ingredients that rate equivalent to 30-40 SPF in human sunscreens
  • Effective in blocking both UVA and UVB sun rays
  • Spray can is environmentally friendly and it provides a constant spray from all angles
  • Contains vitamin E and other ingredients that act as antioxidants and enrich skin
  • Leaves a pleasant vanilla fragrance

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At Super Cool Pets we also like Doggles Sunscreen, available at Amazon along with Uvet Sunscreen Spray

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Another method of pet sun protection is the UV Protective Rashguard for Dogs. Features:

  • UPF 50+ Rated/UV protective shirt
  • High Quality UV protective fabric and construction
  • Fast drying and keeps the coat nice and clean

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UV Protective Rashguard for Dogs is available in sizes Small to XX Large at Muttropolis -- $5 flat rate shipping for a limited time!

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June 16, 2008

Safety Turtle Swimming Pool Alarm System - Alerts You If Your Pet Falls in the Water

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This Safety Turtle Pet Immersion Alarm alerts you if your pet falls in the water, say into the pool or off the boat. Your dog or cat may be able to swim, but can drown in no time if not trained to how get out of the pool or floundering in the pond or ocean. The Safety Turtle can be used in all fresh water as well as salt. The Safety Turtle Alarm system consists of:



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The Safety Turtle Swimming Pool Alarm Base Station is placed inside the house, boat or anywhere within 100 feet of the pool or body of water. The Safety Turtle Wireless Pet Adaptor is attached to your pet's collar or Life Vest.

If your pet enters into the water, a loud alarm will sound at the Base Station (when the Turtle is immersed in water). The alarm continues to sound until it is reset. Rain, light spray or ground moisture won't trigger the alarm. The Turtle is small and light enough to be worn by the tiniest dog or cat.

Also available are Turtle Wristbands sold separately for children. Any number of Turtle Wristbands of the same color can be used with one Base Station.

As an extra precaution, Safety Turtle Wireless Gate Alarm can be installed on any wood or metal gate. It never needs to be disabled--it has an adult bypass feature, so pets and children will set the alarm off while adults will not. The Safety Turtle Gate Alarm is sold separately and must be used in conjunction with the Safety Turtle Swimming Pool Alarm Base Station.

Visit the website for detailed information.

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June 13, 2008

5 Tips to Keep Pets Cool in Summer

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This is probably *preaching to the choir* ....

From Sit Stay Speak some tips to keep our pets safe from the summer's scorching heat. The rule of thumb: if you would be uncomfortable in the environment, same (or worse) for animals.

Never leave your pet alone in a parked car. Parked cars are potential death traps for pets during the warm months. Even on a mild day, the temperature inside a car can quickly climb to more than 120°.

Provide adequate shelter for protection from the heat if your pet lives outdoors. Outdoor kennels should be well ventilated and in a shaded area. There should always be an area where your pet can go to get out of the sun.

Make sure that there is plenty of fresh drinking water available. The bowl should ideally be placed in a shaded area. Utilize a spill proof dish or provide a few bowls in case your pet tips one over.

Avoid excessive exercise during hot days.
Exercise is important, but over-exertion during hot weather can result in heat stress.

Keep your pet well groomed. Overgrown and matted hair prevents good air circulation with your pet's skin, making it more difficult to maintain a comfortable body temperature.

Be aware of symptoms of heatstroke. Heatstroke is a life-threatening condition that results when pets cannot maintain a normal body temperature. The warning signs of heatstroke include panting, staring or anxious expressions, a refusal to obey commands, warm and dry skin, high body temperature, rapid heartbeat and possibly vomiting. Call your veterinarian immediately if your pet exhibits any of these signs.


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June 10, 2008

Bone Pet Medication Dispenser -- Organizes Your Pet's Pills (and Helps You Remember to Give Them!)

Ever wonder if you already gave your pet their pill? Organize your pet's meds in this handy Pet Medication Dispenser. Convenient for your pet's caretaker when you are away, too.

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Need an easy way to administer pills to your pet? Try Pill Pockets!

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June 6, 2008

Keep Your Dog Afloat with a Fido Float Jacket Preserver

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Keep your pet safe while swimming and boating. Yes, dogs instinctively swim, but don't take their water skills for granted. They tire easily, but won't let you know. Fido Float Jacket Preservers for Dogs will keep his or her head above water.

  • Dog life vest with U-shaped neck support for head buoyancy
  • Specially placed handles simplify lifting pet out of water
  • Fits your dog's body contours to prevent twisting or swimming out of vest
  • Signature collar-to-tail back zipper closure ensures easy on and off.
  • Reflective label and brigh color aid visibility
  • Easy care nylon

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In all sizes at Amazon.

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June 5, 2008

Make Pill Taking Easy with Pill Pockets

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Your wrestling days are over! Pill Pockets for Cats and Pill Pockets for Dogs:

  • Makes pill taking easy
  • Designed to carry your pet's pill medication inside
  • Yummy beef, chicken and salmon flavors
  • No more forcing a pill down your pet's throat
  • Veterinarian designed and recommended

Also available in convenient Pill Pockets 6-Pack.
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June 4, 2008

Missing Pet? Track Your Pet with a Retrieva GPS Pet Tracking Collar

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We have featured GPS Pet Tracking Systems periodically at Super Cool Pets: the Zoombak Advanced GPS Dog Locator, the Garmin Astro, as well as the PetCell™. A stolen or lost pet is one of life's agonies, but these GPS systems can save the day and make that misery a distant memory. Here is an update on another state-of-the-art GPS Tracker.

The Retrieva GPS Pet Tracking Collar system has a lockable collar, made from anti-cut material with automatic interference alert to discourage pet theft. Owners can log on to the system's website and zero in on the exact location of their pet on the site's panel. If your pet leaves a pre-determined area, an alert will be triggered and a text will be sent to the owner's phone.

It uses three tracking technologies, satellite, mobile and radio transmitters, so your pet can be found virtually anywhere--inside buildings, underground, in cars or in dense vegetation.

One feature for the owner we particularly like--if you feel endangered while walking your pet, you can hit the Retrieva's panic button to call for help.

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More features from the site:


Tracking Technology

* Contains 3 different tracking technologies (satellite, telecom and radio frequency) to enable location in virtually every environment
* Has 'sky-view' GPS antenna to optimise performance
* User-programmable for changing operational performance and reporting frequency
* Global coverage with appropriate SIM card

Anti-Theft (Security) Features

* Has locking buckle with automatic interference alert (via SMS text) if the buckle is tampered with whilst locked
* Made of anti-cut material with automatic interference alert (via SMS text) if any attempt is made to cut it
* Can alert the owner (via SMS text) if the dog roams out of any pre-defined safe area or enters a forbidden area

Design and Convenience

* Programmed and delivered so that it is 'ready to use'
* Comfortable, stylish and integrated collar design, with reinforced webbing strap
* Waterproof and dustproof to IP67
* Adjustable for size to ensure comfort and security
* Suitable for virtually all dogs - small, medium and large
* Harness version available (late 2008) with the same features for very small dogs
* Self-diagnostic button on the buckle to allow user to assess performance
* Create virtual fences wherever you go
* Communicates directly with your mobile phone, the internet and/or a hand-held receiver
* Automatically alerts you of many events by SMS text, including low battery alert and dog leaving a safe area
* Optional 'easy release buckle insert' available for use in environments where you would not normally put a collar on your dog but may still wish to track it. Useful for all types of working dogs. If the collar does break free you will receive an automatic alert of this event by SMS text. (Nb. Insert cannot be used with a lead. It is bright yellow and tagged with a clip to the D-ring to remind you to remove it if necessary).

Retrieva GPS Dog Tracking Collar via Chip Chick

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May 29, 2008

Love Massages? Your Pets Do Too!

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Have you ever given your pet a massage? Ours love it.

If your hands and arms get tired doing massages, try a
Pet Massager. It is healthy for your pet--relieves sore muscles, relaxes tension, and stimulates oil glands for a healthier skin and coat.

Has a quiet motor in case your pet is skittish. For more information: Pet Massager

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Not sure what to do or want to learn more about pet massage? The Healing Touch For Dogs: The Proven Massage Program for Dogs and The Healing Touch For Cats: The Proven Massage Program for Cats both by Dr. Michael W. Fox will quickly educate you:

  • basic dog and/or cat psychology
  • how massage can help your pet
  • how to create the best massage routine
  • how to diagnose illnesses
  • how to keep your dog and/or cat in shape.

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Pets Get Sunburned Too--Use Doggles Pet Sunscreen in the Hot Sun

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We love the Doggles products here at Super Cool Pets. Make sure your pup has a pair of Doggles™ Sunglasses or Doggles Sunglasses ILS Interchangeable Lens System. For hiking, Doggles Backpacks give your dog a job to do and lighten your load.

We all slather on the sunscreen when we go out in the hot sun. Don't forget the dog! Doggles Sunscreen is specially formulated for use on dogs' skin. Short-haired dogs and light-skinned ones with pink noses can get a burn in the strong sun. Doggles Sunscreen can also condition their coat and help prevent sun bleaching in dark haired animals.

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Taking your dog to the beach? Here are some Beach Tips for Dogs.

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May 26, 2008

Contaminated Pet Food Settlement

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A settlement has been reached in the dispute over contaminated pet food. This settlement between pet owners and Diamond Pet Foods has not been approved by a judge and will be heard May 30. We will keep you posted.


Companies that were sued over contaminated pet food linked to the deaths of perhaps thousands of dogs and cats have agreed to pay $24 million to pet owners in the United States and Canada.

The settlement is detailed in papers filed late Thursday in U.S. District Court in Camden. It still needs a judge's approval.

"The settlement attempts to reimburse pet owners for all of their economic damages," said Russell Paul, a lawyer for plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

The deal would affect people who incurred expenses directly related to the illness or death of a pet linked to the food, which was at the center of the biggest-ever U.S. pet food recall in 2007.

Under the terms of the deal announced Thursday, pet owners could be reimbursed for all reasonable expenditures, including veterinarian bills and burial or cremation costs.

Pet owners could also ask for the fair market value of their deceased pets, if that is higher than the costs incurred. Owners who do not have documentation of their expenses can get up to $900 each. All claims are subject to a review.

The settlement addresses economic issues, but to many of us, pets are more than property. What about pain and suffering?

Read entire article here.

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