May 22, 2008

Get Your Pet in Shape on a Pet Treadmill

One good way to exercise your pet is to place him/her on a treadmill.


Aquacise for petss! The Ferno Aqua Paws Underwater Treadmill System creates a low-impact underwater treadmill workout that helps your pets to increase muscle strength and endurance. The warm water assists in pain reduction, and it is a gentle way for older or arthritic dogs to exercise. The water height is regulated to accommodate different sized animals.

Interested in a traditional treadmill for your pet? Try:

[via Born Rich]

And for a laugh, check out this clip of cats on a treadmill [Hat Tip motostudios]

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May 19, 2008

Health Concerns over Pet Sterilization


A serious downside to pet sterilization is cropping up. There may be future health consequences for your pet, as discussed in this article from MSNBC:

Studies have found that spayed or neutered dogs are at increased risks for problems including certain cancers, thyroid disorder, incontinence and some of the same behavior issues that the surgeries are said to prevent....

...Margaret V. Root Kustritz, a veterinary reproduction specialist at the University of Minnesota, reviewed 200 studies and found that while spay/neuter surgery has benefits, it is also linked to increases in the incidence of certain diseases and conditions such as bone cancer, heart tumors, hypothyroidism and canine cruciate ligament (CCL) injuries, as well as prostate cancer in male dogs and urinary incontinence in females. The extent of the risk can depend on the problem, as well as the size and sex of the dog, and the age the surgery is performed.

The risk of a type of cardiac tumor called hemangiosarcoma is five times higher in spayed female dogs than unspayed females, noted Kustritz. And neutered males have 2.4 times the risk of unneutered males. The risk was also higher for osteosarcoma (bone cancer): Dogs spayed or neutered before age 1 were up to two times as likely to develop the disease than those that hadn't been altered.

Cats seem to fare better:

The main risk they face from sterilization is that they can become sedentary and obese, according to Kustritz's review of studies. As a result, vets say sterilizing cats before 6 months of age is appropriate.

Read article.

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Kitchen Scraps for Your Pet -- What's Good & What's Not


When we are in the kitchen whomping up some vittles, it is so hard to resist those cute faces. No one ever feeds them and all they want is a little tidbit! But are you sure those scraps you throw to them won't be harmful?

Check out this MSNBC article, 'People foods that can kill your pet' where you can find a list of bad and good foods for your pet.

If you do make a mistake, or your pet does, here's what to do in case of emergency. Save or bookmark this info:

Despite all the precautions you take to keep your pet pals safe, accidents do happen. That's why the ASPCA, Humane Society and animal advocates advise pet owners to keep the telephone numbers of their local veterinarian and the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center -- (888) 426-4435 -- in a prominent location.

Common signs of poisoning include muscle tremors or seizures; vomiting and diarrhea; drooling; redness of skin, ears and eyes; and swelling and bleeding.

If you suspect your pet has consumed, inhaled or come in contact with a toxic substance, stay calm and call for help immediately. If you see your pet consuming anything you think might be toxic, seek emergency help immediately even if she or he is not exhibiting any symptoms.

And while we are on the subject, here are two articles that may help someday:

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May 7, 2008

Vet Blogs: Information and Advice


Norman Rockwell

First up:

Super Cool Pets suspects that if you are into "pet infantilization" you probably aren't spending a lot of time on this site. But if you are interested in pet trends and pet news, you might want to check out this brief post from the uber-informative Miami vet Dolittler: Infantilization in pet keeping...and its unintended consequences for animal health

And second:

An intriguing, interactive source of pet information has surfaced on the web, Ask the Vet:

You have questions. Veterinarian Eric Barchas (pronounced bark-us) has answers, plus stories from the vet's office, commentary on pet news and more. This blog is brought to you by Dogster, Inc., makers of the hydrant-famous Dogster and the unnecessarily feared Catster. You can ask Dr. Barchas a question. If he can answer it he will.

Via Eddies Blog @ Pets for the Environment, Creating a Healthy Environment for Pets and People.

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May 1, 2008

Eco Dog: Healthy Living for Your Pet--Nontoxic Tips for Pet Care


Wonder whether your pet's food is toxic? Pet toys, grooming products, accessories? A new paperback just out should give you some insight into this troubling problem. Eco Dog: Healthy Living for Your Pet is a comprehensive guide to nontoxic and planet-friendly dog care, including shopping tips, all natural alternatives and more.

Eco Dog: Healthy Living for Your Pet

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April 22, 2008

Pets Go Green

Find some healthy pet tips this Earth Day at Pets for the Environment, a site dedicated to creating an non-toxic environment for pets and people. There you can subscribe to Eddie's blog [authored by a dog on a mission], sign up for Eddie's email and action update list, tell your pet friends about Pets with an ecard, or make a donation to support this vital cause.

Didn't know there was a problem? Read Toxic Cats and Dogs:

At a time when people are fretting about toxins in baby bottles and prescription drugs in the water supply, a new report shows that our pets are teeming with chemicals as well.

The analysis, released by the Washington-based Environmental Working Group, used blood and urine samples from 35 dogs and 37 cats collected at Hanover Animal Hospital in Mechanicsville, Va. The study found high levels of numerous chemicals in dogs and cats, including chemicals used in the making of furniture, fabrics and electronics. Mercury was also detected at high levels, likely from fish used in pet food.

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April 17, 2008

VitaCaps Nutitional Supplements for Healthy, Happy Cats and Dogs

Are your pets on vitamins? Many experts recommend it, especially after the pet industry shenanigans exposed in last year's pet food recall. We have added vitamins and an occasional egg to our Golden Retrievers' morning meal and have noticed shinier coats and less tummy upset.

Vitacaps for Cats and Small Dogs with allergies, dry flaky patches, hot spots, excessive shedding, and other skin and coat problems.
Vitacaps for Large Dogs contain a premium fatty acid formula ideal for excessive dog shedding, control allergy itching and promote healthy skin.

In Caps or Liquid. Most effective when combined with Biotin Supplemental Powder.

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April 8, 2008

What Pet Websites Can You Trust?

There is a ton of information about pet care on the web. But how reliable is it? This video addresses the question and offers a few recommendations.

Pet Websites You Can Trust via Topix

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March 29, 2008

Oxygen Doghouses Provide Air Therapy


Have a sick dog? Now you can provide Oxygen Therapy for your dog. Let him or her relax in an Oxygen Doghouse that will deliver 100% pure oxygen to your ailing pooch. Not only that, you can join in too.

The oxygen bar is a trend that started in the late 1990s in Japan with claims to alleviate fatigue and/or stress, to enhance a feeling of well-being, and as a migraine and hangover cure.

[via Gizmodo via Dvice]

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March 27, 2008

How Far Would You Go to Help a Disabled Pet?

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Our pets are indeed members of our families. That means we love them in health...and in sickness. We are not so quick anymore to "put them out" when they become seriously ill or disabled. We stand by them.

Sometimes our pets develop a bone cancer in their paw or leg that results in an amputation. Or maybe they are hit by a vehicle. The end result is the same--you made the decision to keep your pet alive as a 3-legged animal.

If you are going that route with a disabled pet that you just cannot let go, here is a book to provide support: Without Regret: A Handbook for Owners of Canine Amputees It will mean a lot down the road to know you gave it your best shot, that you did as much as you could for your faithful buddy.

MSNBC addresses advancements in physical therapy for disabled pets in Custom wheelchairs keep disabled pets moving:

A growing number of pet owners are turning to custom-built wheelchairs to restore mobility to furry friends whose legs, hips or backs don't work. The owners' goals are simple: to reward their pets' unconditional love with whatever it takes for the animals to live normally....

Veterinarian Derek Fox, a University of Missouri professor specializing in orthopedic surgery for dogs, cats and other small animals, said pets that once would have been irreversibly crippled are benefiting from a variety of advancements: improved hip and joint replacements, better physical therapy and wheelchairs.

"Even if a treatment is expensive, these are people who say they'll do anything to keep their pet moving, to keep them happy, to keep their quality of life up," he said.

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