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July 2, 2013

Pets and Glow Sticks on July 4th -- Just Say No

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Fourth of July can be a lot of fun. Maybe not so much for our pets. It's easy to forget that our pets don't have a clue what all the noise and partying is about.

Revelers, especially children, have been known to dress up pets with the glow sticks or glow jewelry that they are playing with. Along with fireworks, these are toxic for our pets.

It may look adorable, but if those are chewed up and swallowed, plastics and glowing chemicals are not good for animal bodies, likely resulting in gastrointestinal irritation, as well as intestinal blockage. One more problem no one needs.

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June 19, 2013

Best Selling Pet Book -- The Dog Lived (and So Will I) by Teresa Rhyne

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Looking for something inspiring to read? The Dog Lived (and So Will I) by animal advocate and breast cancer survivor Teresa Rhyne is a #1 New York Times best seller, a #1 Wall Street Journal best seller and a USA Today best seller. Here's the scoop:

Teresa Rhyne vowed to get things right this time around: new boyfriend, new house, new dog, maybe even new job. But shortly after she adopted Seamus, a totally incorrigible beagle, vets told Teresa that he had a malignant tumor and less than a year to live. The diagnosis devastated her, but she decided to fight it, learning everything she could about the best treatment for Seamus. Teresa couldn't possibly have known then that she was preparing herself for life's next hurdle -- a cancer diagnosis of her own.

She forged ahead with survival, battling a deadly disease, fighting for doctors she needed, and baring her heart for a seemingly star-crossed relationship. The Dog Lived (and so Will I) is an uplifting and heartwarming story about how dogs steal our hearts, show us how to live, and teach us how to love.

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June 12, 2013

Make Swimming and Boating Safer for Dogs -- Premier Fido Float

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Make sure there's no need to worry on or off shore this summer. A Premier Fido Float pet helps make swimming and boating safer for dogs and more fun for you both. Its buoyancy collar holds the dog's head out of the water for added safety.

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The straps adjust for a snug fit with handles to make it easier to lift any size dog from the water. The Premier Fido Float swim aid comes in various sizes, with a reflective label and bright orange and yellow colors to aid visibility.

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May 30, 2013

Pedometer Dog Walking Stick -- Health Mark Alumilite Trekking Pole

trekkingpolemain.JPGWe all know it's a good thing to walk your dog. Why not track your fitness gains at the same time?

This Alumilite Trekking Pole is a lightweight, durable walking stick and high-end pedometer in one.

It has a digital read-out that boldly displays time, steps, calories and distance and packs up easily into 2 parts for ease of transport.

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Its non-skid rubber walking tip provides a cushion whether trekking indoors or outside on different terrains with a sensor housed inside to count your steps each time the trekking pole contacts the ground.

For low-light conditions, the Alumilite Trekking Pole features a detachable dual function light to either increase invisibility or to blink and signal distress.

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May 22, 2013

PetScoop -- Why Our Dogs and Cats Make Us Feel Good

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Our brains release oxytocin, "the feel-good" hormone in the brain, when we pet our dogs and cats, according to Pets are good for you. Our pets can have a wonderful effect on our mood, even possibly our goldfish. A study showed that having a fish tank at a nursing home improved appetites. Whether that was due to the fish or the water, the jury is still out. Read the full article at over at Psychology Today.

For more on this subject read Made for Each Other: The Biology of the Human-Animal Bond by Meg Daley Olmert who explains why the brain chemistry humans and animals trigger in each other has such a profound effect on our mental and physical well being.

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May 16, 2013

Pet Travel Water Dispensers -- Don't Leave Home Without Them

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Hot summer weather is upon us. Today while out and about, we met a beautiful young Golden Retriever who, but for an expensive trip to the emergency vet, almost died of heat stroke over the weekend. Bob had collapsed at the beach after 10 minutes.

Turns out Bob the Golden does not eat or drink when home alone--dogs can be so sensitive. That day, he was then whisked off for a romp on the beach apparently without refreshments.

His near-miss is a welcome reminder to be more tuned in to our pets, their body language and their needs, especially in hot humid summer conditions. A pet who seems happy on the surface may upon closer inspection actually be a bit frenzied.

The solution is to remember to bring along water for pets on outings, no matter how close by. There are travel water dispensers to carry your own water supply and dog travel bowls if you do have a source of water at your destination. A gadget such as this Handi-Drink Dog Water Bottle could make the difference between life and death at worst, not to mention the 3 or 4 figure vet bill.

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April 25, 2013

Hairball Remedies -- Furminator for Cats and Pet Naturals Hairball

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Hairballs are gross, no doubt about it. Want to reduce the frequency of hairballs in your cat? There are many hairball remedies available including grooming tools such as the FURminator deShedding Tool.

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These Pet Naturals Hairball chews are not a laxative or lubricant, so no worries about them disrupting normal digestion.

They contain psyllium, which you may recognize as a highly soluble fiber that many people incorporate into their diet. Psyllium acts like a sponge to support removal of toxins and undigested materials as they move through your cat's tract and colon, including ingested hair.

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April 22, 2013

Suffer from Seasonal Allergies? Wash Your Pet Regularly

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This year could be a doozie when it comes to allergies, if the green pollen "blanket" covering our Super Cool Pets mobile is any indication. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, a must-do remedy is to bathe your pet on a regular basis.

For a routine situation, a mild pet shampoo is most suitable to remove all the allergens that are trapped on your dog or cat's coat. As always, check with your vet for pet-specific recommendations and advice.

At Pet Shampoo

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April 15, 2013

Flea and Tick Center -- Maps, Meds and Tips for You and Your Pets

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It's spring and warmer weather means more pests. Check out ways to eliminate these disease-ridden, itchy varmits from your life over at the Flea & Tick Center.

Find out when flea and tick season is most intense in your part of the country on the Flea & Tick Prevalence Map with methods and meds to make your pet pest-free.

And for more help, head over to the super cool University of Rhode Island TickEncounter Resource Center. One tip: "De-tick with duct tape".

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April 12, 2013

Vet Wrap -- Self-Adhering Bandaging Tape

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Veterinarians and animal trainers have a tool in their arsenal that can benefit animal owners. Vet Wrap is a a strong elastic, self-adherent bandaging tape that provides controlled compression to stop your pet's bleeding. It protects dressings from dirt and moisture and non-slip support on paws to provide traction.

It sticks only to itself, not to hair or skin and eliminates pins, clips, and adhesive tape. Stays in place and gives firm support. It absorbs no moisture and is cool, lightweight and comfortable. Great for humans, too.

At Vet Wrap.

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