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September 12, 2007

Pet-Temp Ear Thermometer

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At Super Cool Pets we like to monitor our pets' health ourselves (see Pet Checkup Kit), as well as relying upon our vet. Today our Golden Retriever, Jessie, is definitely under the weather. Instead of wondering and worrying, taking her body temp is a good way to know for sure if she should make a visit to her doctor.

The Pet-Temp Ear Thermometer takes a pet's temp in their ear, rather than their unsanitary derriere. The thermometer is designed especially for their deep, horizontal ear canal. An accurate reading is displayed digitally in one second. It has an ergonomic shaped sensor probe for taking the temperature of our companion animals and is accurate on cats, dogs, kittens and puppies, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, and chinchillas.

The thermometer is not particularly cheap, but still cheaper than an unnecessary visit to the vet's office. Definitely an item to have in our pet's medicine chest.

At Amazon and Drs. Foster & Smith.

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September 11, 2007

Update on Micro-chip/Cancer Link

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Update in the New York Times today, Report of Cancer Hurts Maker of Chip Implants. Although the article focuses somewhat on the Wall Street fortunes of manufacturer VeriChip (as Calvin Coolidge said: "The business of America is business.") here is the latest:

VeriChip said that it had not been aware of the studies cited in the report, according to the article, but both the company and federal regulators said yesterday that animal data had been considered in the review of the application to implant the chips in humans. They said that there were no controlled scientific studies linking the chips to cancer in dogs or cats and that lab rodents were more prone than humans or other animals to developing tumors from all types of injections.

“At this time there appears to be no credible cause for concern,” said Karen Riley, a spokeswoman for the Food and Drug Administration.....

...In addition to driving down the two companies’ shares, the report created concern among veterinarians and operators of animal shelters that pet owners would resist the practice, now widespread, of putting similar chips in pets to make it easier to return lost animals to their owners. Most animals who are not reclaimed by owners are euthanized.

“If there are any cancers from the chips, they are so rare that losing pets is far more serious,” said Dr. Lawrence D. McGill, a veterinary pathologist at Animal Reference Pathology, a veterinary laboratory in Salt Lake City.


At Super Cool Pets we are not particularly reassured by a statement from the FDA, given recent events. But the embedded chips remain in our two precious Golden Retrievers for the time being. We know first hand the pain and anxiety of searching long hours for a lost pet.

We have posted other pet options than the embedded chips, such as the e-Tag and the PDA for Pets, and will be reviewing more in the future, so stay tuned!

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Halloween Costumes for Dogs

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Let your pup join in the fun on Halloween! Adorable Halloween costumes for your pets at Drs. Foster & Smith are sure to get a laugh from the tricker-treaters who come to your door.

Costume wraps around your dog's back and includes leg holes and Velcro® closures for easy on/off. Matching caps have ear holes and close under chin (Dinosaur cap is attached). Hand wash and line dry to save for next year!

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Safety Tips: Pet costumes should be comfortable for your pet. Things to remember:

  • Overheating--If the dog is inside a heated house, watch out for excessive panting which may indicate your pooch is too hot. Remember he/she already is wearing a fur coat.
  • Costumes should not constrict your pet's ability to breathe easily or relieve themselves.
  • If your pet is going trick or treating with you, he or she should have a reflector on the collar, lead or costume.

For helpful tips, read Get Your Dog to Love His Costume.

Promotion: Halloween Costumes for your Dogs at Drs. Foster & Smith.

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September 10, 2007

Micro-chip Implants May Be a Health Concern for Your Pet

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Another health scare pitting corporate greed vs human and pet safety has reared its ugly head, this time over the Veri-Chip implantable micro-chip. We read this article in the Miami Herald early Saturday morning and immediately called our vet, who was unaware and predictably skeptical. After all, he was out early working while we were reading the morning paper online. For the record, to remove the chip from our two golden retrievers, he charges $75 per dog. From the Herald:

When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved implanting microchips in humans, the manufacturer said it would save lives, letting doctors scan the tiny transponders to access patients' medical records almost instantly. The FDA found "reasonable assurance" the device was safe, and a sub-agency even called it one of 2005's top "innovative technologies."

But neither the company nor the regulators publicly mentioned this: A series of veterinary and toxicology studies, dating to the mid-1990s, stated that chip implants had "induced" malignant tumors in some lab mice and rats.

"The transponders were the cause of the tumors," said Keith Johnson, a retired toxicologic pathologist, explaining in a phone interview the findings of a 1996 study he led at the Dow Chemical Co. in Midland, Mich.

Leading cancer specialists reviewed the research for The Associated Press and, while cautioning that animal test results do not necessarily apply to humans, said the findings troubled them. Some said they would not allow family members to receive implants, and all urged further research before the glass-encased transponders are widely implanted in people.

Read entire article.

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Of course, society's immediate and upfront concern is the protection of the humans who have implanted microchips. If your pet has an embedded chip, as do ours, and you are concerned about the potential cancer risk, chip removal seems like the next logical step.

An option to chipping is putting your pet's contact information on a flash drive and securing it to the collar. One type is the Top Tag Pet ID.

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Features:

* Top Tag Pet ID is the first complete-care pet ID tag!
* The Top Pet Tag ID will help friends, Vets, kennels and pet sitters quickly understand your pet's needs
* The advanced ID and care technology gives you instant access to vital and life saving care information.
* Friends, vets, kennels, pet sitters and rescuers who may be responsible for your pet's welfare and special needs will find this effective and useful.


Product website for further information.

Another version (via Shiny Shiny) is available at PETCO, PetSafe Micro I.D. Rescue Collar for Dogs and PetSafe Micro I.D. Rescue Collar for Cats.

PetSafe Micro I.D. Rescue Collar for Cats (Fits Necks Up To 12

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September 8, 2007

Beware of Pet Scams

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As if we all don't have enough to "beware of" these days, watch out for internet pet scammers. According to the article Pet Scams at bankrate.com, there are three types of pet scams:

  • Overpayment pet scam How it works: This is a variation on a popular fraud scheme. An animal owner publishes an online ad offering a pet for sale. The fraudster contacts this person, negotiates a price and sends payment for the animal in the form of a cashier's check.

    The trick is that the check is for an amount much larger than the agreed upon price of the pet. The scammer then asks the potential victim to return the overpayment, usually through wire transfer, back to the fraudster or a third party.

    The victim eventually learns the cashier's check is counterfeit and loses the money he or she was supposed to get for the dog, plus any funds wired to the scammer. If the victim actually sent the dog, he or she won't get it back.


  • Nigerian pet scam
    How it works: Scammers either run online classified ads or create breeder Web sites offering purebred puppies -- typically English bulldogs or Yorkshire terriers -- either free or at a discounted price.

    The scammer will then ask interested buyers to pay for the dog's shipment, down payment, inoculations and any number of other miscellaneous fees. The victims wire money for the dogs but generally only get excuses for the delay. Instead, they're repeatedly asked for more money to cover additional "fees" invented by the scammer.

    Greedy scammers will concoct even more fees that the victim needs to pay after the dog has been supposedly shipped.

    Unfortunately, once you wire the money, it's gone, says Preszler.


  • The bait and switch
    How it works: Scammers are selling purebreds, "designer dogs," mutts and even made-up breeds through online classified ads and breeder Web sites. Often what people get are different dogs than the ones requested or puppies that are sickly. Sometimes they don't get anything.

Bottom line: If you want a pet, don't buy one online. Read entire article at bankrate.com.

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September 6, 2007

Pet Checkup Home Health Screening Kit

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At Super Cool Pets, when it comes to our animals' good health, we believe knowledge is power. That's why this PetCheckup Kit caught our eye. This kit enables you to monitor your pets' well-being on a routine basis and stave off a potentially serious problem early.

Each PetCheckup Kit contains:

* 6 complete tests
* Simple instruction guide
* Easy to read results
* 2 free bonus tests giving you 8 tests total!

ThePetCheckup can indicate imbalances that lead to many of the most common illnesses that affect your animal including:

* kidney infection
* kidney disease
* urinary tract infections
* bacterial infections
* diabetes
* bladder infections
* autoimmune diseases
* Cushing’s Disease
* hepatitis
* other liver conditions

Avaialbe in 6, 12 and 24 month refills. At Only Natural Pet Store.

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August 30, 2007

Fauna Sauna™ Pet Heater

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TLC for our pets! We want a Fauna Sauna for ourselves.

The deep, penetrating far infrared heat of Fauna Sauna helps pets in many ways:

* Reduces pain and stiffness of arthritis, joint or other injuries;
* Helps clear skin irritations, hot spots, and speeds wound healing;
* Reduces stress and anxiety;
* Provides gentle warmth for puppies and kittens;
* Reduces or eliminates the need for expensive drugs


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At Fauna Sauna

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August 21, 2007

Bottom's Up Leash™

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It is a blue day for us and our pets when they just can't hop into the back seat of the car anymore. If your dog suffers from hip dysplasia, arthritis or just plain old age the Bottom's Up Leash™ will help getting up those stairs or into the car. Everyone's happy!
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At Entirely Pets and Amazon.
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August 18, 2007

PETS 911

PETS 911 is a free, public service network that is consolidating resources nation-wide for pet owners. Their mission is to promote animal welfare.

Simply plug in your zip code to find adoption, fostering, lost and found, volunteer, shelter/clinic, health and training information/resources in your area. Vets, pet-sitters, community activities, even pet-friendly renting. PETS 911 consists of not only a Web site, but also a toll-free phone hotline (1-888-PETS-911) that allows everyone to access the important information they provide.

Check it out!

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August 17, 2007

Easy Brush Chews Away Pet Plaque and Tartar

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I don't know about you, but our dogs are not too keen on having their teeth brushed. If you did not brush your dogs teeth as a puppy, you may be in the same boat. Let them brush their own teeth with Easy Brush. Comes with toothpaste that you apply and then let them chew away plaque and tartar to their heart's content. Dishwasher safe. All chew toys should be given to pets under supervision.



Available in Small, Medium and Large at Amazon, Entirely Pets and Drs Foster and Smith. Click for summer special: Red Tag Summer Sale at Drs. Foster & Smith! Save up to 50% off! Sale valid through 9.4.07

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