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June 11, 2007

Above Ground Pool Eye Alarm

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Ensure your pet and children's safety at the pool! We posted here at Super Cool Pets about the Skamper Ramp Pet Pool Ramp. We told the tale of my brother's dog, who fell in their pool and couldn't climb out. Makes sense to consider a Pool Eye Alarm to notify pool owners of any pool intrusions. Cost: relatively low, peace of mind: priceless.

The poolside unit uses one 9V battery (not included). The indoor receiver plugs into an AC outlet, and uses a 9V battery in the event of a power outage. This underwater wave sensor mounts to the edge of your pool and detects disturbances caused by kids or animals as light as 15 pounds, while remaining immune to disturbances caused by wind and rain. Sensitivity is adjustable so you can minimize false alarms or maximize protection. When it detects a fall, it alerts you with a blaring 120dB siren at the pool's edge and a 100dB siren at an indoor receiver placed within 100 feet of the poolside unit. Because the poolside unit is battery operated there's absolutely no shock hazard. It even continues to provide protection during power outages!

Pool Eye Alarm monitors round pools up to 24 feet in diameter, or oval pools up to 16 feet x 32 feet. At Amazon and Smarthome..

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June 9, 2007

Acetominophen in Pet Food

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Super Cool Pets is not a pet health blog, nor an advice column, but we would be remiss not to bring your attention to the latest pet food crisis. We all are busy and if you missed this, please read Tylenol Toxicity via Pet Foods--Say It Ain't So! from one of our fascinating reads Dolittler, a blog written by a kindly Miami vet. Great spot, by the way, to learn "how vets think."

Now that acetominophen has shown up in pet foods (in whopping doses), you should know what this common household toxin can do to your pets. Most of you keep this drug around—it’s the ubiquitous Tylenol we trust so well to relieve our fevers and headaches with a minimum of side effects. But it’s not so safe for pets.

Cats are especially susceptible to the dangers of Tylenol. Because they lack the enzymes required to break it down, it has a way of binding to their hemoglobin (that near and dear protein that we all rely on to carry oxygen around our body), thereby limiting it’s ability to do its job properly. So cats die—quickly.

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May 30, 2007

Breath & Dental Care Treats

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Does your cat's breath smell like tuna? Noticing some unsightly tartar build-up? Perhaps these Delicious Breath & Dental-Care Treats are a remedy for your cat's oral hygiene. These treats have a gentle-yet-abrasive cereal shell which helps scrape off debris while the eucalyptus/parsley/cinnamon center freshens breath. Then a creamy center breaks down the plaque that can lead to tartar and gum disease. Each treat is approximately 7/8" long with about 140 treats total per 2 pack.

Delicious Breath & Dental-Care Treats for cats and kittens. Dosage: For kittens (under 12 months), 1-2 treats daily; for cats (over 12 months), 2-4 treats daily.

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May 25, 2007

Sporting Dog First Aid Kit

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Memorial Day Weekend traditionally heralds the start of the summer season. Are you having a cookout? Along with summer comes vacations and travel. A lot of us bring along our pets because of course we can't leave them behind. Even at home, this Sporting Dog First Aid Kit is a good thing to have around.

The First Aid Kit comes stored in a rugged, water-resistant wide-mouth canvas bag. Kit Contains:

Carrying case, first aid book, hydrogen peroxide (4 oz), thermometer, 3-ply towels (2), iodine prep pads, saline solution, surgical scrub brush with iodophor solution, tourniquet, 15cc syringe, 6 x 9 cold pack, 2\ Co-Flex (1), eye wash (7 ml), scissors (1), forceps (1), iodine solution (4 oz), skin stapler gun, 4\" x 4\" gauze (2), alcohol prep pads (2), styptic pencil, hydrocortisone cream (2), triple antibiotic ointment (2), 3\" cotton swabs (4), cotton balls (4), pill gun, vinyl gloves (4) and a pet passport.

Sporting Dog First Aid Kit

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May 12, 2007

Pet Stress Patch

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Is your pet stressed? Our Golden Retriever, Molly, is a bold huntress (of geckos) and generally a happy girl, but is easily spooked. Pretty easy to tell--her curved-under tail is a sure giveaway of a thunderstorm or a pending grooming session. But some dogs don't have much of a tail. Here is a potential way to be certain how your pet is really feeling.

According to a write-up in WTOPnews.com of a Nikkei Weekly Sunday report Japanese Patch Measures Stress, a patch has been developed by a Japanese company, Medical Life Care Giken, to measure the stress level of dogs and cats by detecting the amount sweat secretion. A round, pin-sized patch is applied to the center pad of the animal's paw and changes color depending on how sweaty the pet is.

Remember mood rings?

To read article. Via Endgadget

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May 2, 2007

Dog Agility Obstacle Course Starter Kit

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Throughout history dogs have been faithful companions, but they also were "employed" as hunters & fishers, sled-dogs, guide dogs or rescue workers. In other words, they kept busy and got a lot more exercise than most of our modern doggies ever do. (At this writing, one of our dogs is snoring in the shower.) A lot of trainers and dog-owners are convinced that many dog "behavior" problems are the unhappy result of too much pent-up energy.

The Dog Agility Obstacle Course Starter Kit will give your dog something to do. Easily set up in your back yard, this is a fun beginner's activity you and your dog can do together. Set includes: Weave Poles, High Jump, Open Tunnel, Pause Box, Start/Finish Line, Stop Watch, Award Ribbons, Set-up & Usage Instructions, Game Rules, Training Tips Booklet and more!

Dog Agility Obstacle Course Starter Kit

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April 27, 2007

More Pet Food Recalled

Latest recall on pet food involves Chenango Valley Pet Foods, according to MSNBC:

The company, working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, was informed by Wilbur-Ellis that rice protein concentrate shipped to Chenango Valley Pet Foods may be contaminated with melamine. Melamine, an industrial chemical used to make plastics and fertilizers, may lead to illness or fatalities in animals if consumed.

The pet foods were sold to customers in Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, who in turn sold the products to their customers through catalog mail orders or retail outlets.

The following dry pet foods are involved in the recall:

* Doctors Foster & Smith Chicken & Brown Rice Formula Adult Lite Dog Food. It was sold in containers with net weights of 5, 12.5 and 25 lbs. with code dates best used by Jan. 24, 2009, Feb. 8, 2009, Feb. 26, 2009, April 10, 2009, and April 17, 2009.
* Doctors Foster & Smith Chicken & Brown Rice Formula Adult Lite Cat Food. It was sold in containers with net weights of 3 and 7 lbs. with a code date of best used by March 13, 2009.
* Lick Your Chops Lamb Meal, Rice & Egg Cat Food in packages with a net weight of 4 lbs. and a code date best used by April 29, 2008.
* Bulk Chicken & Brown Rice Formula Adult Lite Dog Food sold to one consignee, SmartPak, in a 2,000-pound tote with a ship date of Feb. 9, 2007.

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Meanwhile, China refuses to take responsibility:

China said Thursday it has banned melamine from food products after the chemical was found in exports of vegetable protein shipped to the United States, but rejected it as the cause of dozens of pet deaths in North America.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials say they suspect the substance, which is a chemical found in plastics and pesticides, is to blame.

China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement there was no evidence to support the FDA’s claim but that it would cooperate with the United States to find out what actually killed the animals.

The comments in a statement released by the Chinese Foreign Ministry were the first detailed response from Beijing to concerns that emerged a month ago about the country’s wheat and rice gluten exports.

To read entire article.

Update: Voluntary recall from Natural Balance:

Our canned food manufacturer, American Nutrition, from Ogden Utah, just informed us that they are recalling all canned products made in their plant that contain rice protein concentrate. American Nutrition continued by telling us that they added this ingredient to four of our canned products without our knowledge or consent. The four products involved are:

Chicken Formula Canned Dog Food 13 oz
Lamb Formula Canned Dog Food 13 oz
Beef Formula Canned Dog Food 13 oz
Ocean Fish Formula Canned Cat Food 3 oz & 6 oz

Read entire statement, as well as see a list of their food not involved, at their website.

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April 24, 2007

Pet Food Recall Keeps Stretching

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We just received a letter from BJ's informing us that the Berkeley & Jensen Pigs Ears we buy have been recalled due to a threat of salmonella. March 9 and we received the letter 4/23!

Here is an updated list in pdf from the Pet Food Tracker via Pet Connection.

I have read that FDA is "slow" (are we surprised?), but the best defense in this shameful situation is to check them all. How sad this is!

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April 19, 2007

Pet Food Recall Widens

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The news of the most recent pet food recall has been a bit eclipsed by the media coverage of the tragedy at Virginia Tech. The recall now includes Natural Life. For complete (we hope) information visit the FDA website.

Here's the current list (as of 4/17/07) of recalled pet foods: cats and dogs.

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April 13, 2007

Anxiety Wraps

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A very serious problem in the life of many dogs is thunderstorm anxiety. Our Molly spends many hours in the closet when there is thunder out there. Since Molly lives in an area of the country that sees lots of thunderstorms, this is an issue. We are reluctant to "drug" her, especially since any medication would kick in after the fact.

This Anxiety Wrap may be worth a try, especially since our dog calms when we hug her. It fits like a snug T-shirt. It also purportedly helps calm "aggression, shyness, nervousness, releasing stress & tension, end jumping, stop destructive chewing, fear biting, car sickness, unnecessary barking, fear of loud noises, thunderstorm fear, sensitivity to touch, sensitive to sound, aloofness, emotional upset, hyperactivity, grooming issues and other anxieties."

Anxiety Wrap in Small to Large.

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