August 3, 2012

Running With Your Dog -- Healthy and Safe Tips


Many of us like to exercise with our dogs. We dug up some timely Safety tips for running with your dog | Health & Fitness Blog | Projo.com from Pamela Reinsel Cotter (via Heidi Ganahl, CEO and founder of Camp Bow Wow).

It's always recommended to bring a water supply along when exercising or for any outing with your pets -- these Handi-Drink Portable Water Bottles work well. It is not our custom here at SCP to refer to dogs as "Fido", but that aside, a summary:

Start slow - If Fido has never been out for a run with you, don't expect him to be up for a marathon.

Be mindful of the weather - Dogs can overheat very quickly and cause heat stroke.

Wear proper accessories - If running in the dark, be sure that you and Fido accessorize with some reflective gear so that you are visible to traffic.

Watch out for Fido's feet - Pavement and asphalt gets incredibly hot on summer days and can quickly burn your pup's feet. Gravel can be dangerous as well.

Hydrate - Make sure Fido has had a chance to drink water and hydrate before you take him out on a run.

Keep a watchful eye
- Dogs are people pleasers and if you want to keep running, dogs will often work to keep up even if they may be in pain.

Lather up - Believe it or not, dogs are susceptible to sunburns. If you're running on a sunny day, be sure to apply sunscreen to both yourself and Fido if your dog has shorter hair or are a lighter color.

Eating before or after running - Make sure that your dog does not eat one hour before or after running. Some dogs are susceptible to bloat and eating too close to exercising can be extremely dangerous.

Read Safety tips for running with your dog | Health & Fitness Blog | Projo.com

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August 2, 2012

Poison Ivy or Oak Touched Your Pet's Coat? How to Clean It Off and Remain Rash-Free


Our dogs and cats are generally not allergic to poison ivy, sumac or oak like their human guardians, but they sure can transmit the toxic plant oil sticking to their fur to any humans who pat and hug them afterwards.

The offending urushiol oil on these plants is very hardy and persistent. Even if someone doesn't get anywhere near the plants, contact with the oil on any other surface can still cause the miserable blisters and rashes on human skin.

If you have ANY reason to suspect your pet's coat has touched poison ivy, sumac or oak, unless you want to scratch and suffer for a week or two, don't mess around. Tips from Getting Rid Of Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac on Pets| About.com Veterinary Medicine:

Getting Rid of Urushiol Oils on Your Pets
A bath is in order. Here are some tips to make the pet bathing as effective as possible for removing this stubborn plant oil.
  • Wear rubber gloves.
  • Use a barrier cream, such as a lotion containing bentoquatum, on your arms and skin not protected by gloves. Ref: CDC prevention tips
  • Use copious amounts of cool water, for a long period of time.
  • Use a "degreasing" soap, such as Dawn dishwashing detergent, to remove the oils from your pet's coat.


Any soap that effectively cuts oil such as Burt's Bees Poison Ivy Soap should be effective on your skin and their coat.

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July 26, 2012

Epi-Pet Sun Protector Sunscreen Spray Helps Protect Dogs from Sunburn



Now that we are in the dog days of summer, could your pet possibly get a sunburn? We all slather on the lotion, but many of our pets are also subjected to the strong sun.

Basically any dog with shaved, short and/or thin hair, white and light hair, white and pink skin should be protected with Epi-Pet Sun Protector Sunscreen Spray. It is the only F.D.A. compliant sunscreen for dogs and horses and is waterproof, but not greasy, with a nice vanilla scent.

It should also be considered for dogs who go boating, swimming and hanging out at the beach or pool, at the dog park, and other dogs who spent a lot of time in the sun.

If your pet has allergic and inflamed skin, please check with your veterinarian. This product should NOT be used on cats.

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July 13, 2012

Vet Recommends High Protein Food for Your Elderly Pet


If you have an elderly pet, you may have heard you should cut back on the protein. But feeding him or her more protein may be a good thing, according to Geriatric Pets Need More Protein:

It is commonly believed that feeding geriatric dogs and cats normal or high amounts of protein can cause kidney disease or make existing kidney disease worse. Food manufacturers prey on this belief by offering lower protein foods for geriatric dogs and cats, when in actuality, geriatric pets benefit from higher protein diets.

In fact, the prolonged feeding of special veterinary kidney diets to pets without clinical signs of kidney disease can actually cause unnecessary muscle loss, a compromised immune system, and osteoporosis.

So we are going to check out High Protein Dog Food and High Protein Cat Food. As always, this is not a medical blog, so for more info please confer with your vet and read Geriatric Pets Need More Protein.

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July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July! You CAN Keep Your Pets Calm and Relaxed


Happy 4th!

As much as we love summer, for some of us living with pets, Fourth of July fireworks and vicious storms create stressful times. To turn this around for your pets, there are many techniques to relax them--click link for dog ideas and cat ideas.


And for some tips, check out this quick slideshow 6 ways to ease your dog's fear of loud noises | Boston.com.

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June 28, 2012

Greenies Pill Pockets Successfully Disguise Bad-Tasting Pet Medication


We like DIY here at Super Cool Pets, but there are times we just have to wave the white flag. Our Golden has a jumbo pill organizer with her name on it, and recently she has been refusing her pills with a large shake and shudder no matter how cleverly they are disguised -- beef chunks, peanut butter, ham rolls, hot dog bites, banana, gravy.

When it got to the point that the *hidden* pills were even turning her off to her meals, we turned in desperation to Greenies Pill Pockets. These little gems contain a built-in pocket, perfect for hiding a pill or supplement, which are chewy and workable, so can be sealed shut. And she eats them!


These Greenies Pill Pockets treats are tailored to match your pill size--large fits most capsules and small fits most tablets. They come in different flavors. Well worth every penny to keep our pup healthy while keeping meal time fun.

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June 27, 2012

An Ounce of Flea Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure


Insects thrive in warm weather, especially the dreaded fleas. How do you tell if your pet is infested with fleas?

Generally the little varmits are visible both on your pet and in your rugs. Your pet will do a lot of intensive scratching.

Some will suffer from severe and prolonged itching from flea bites resulting in hair loss, redness and hot spots. Flea shampoos remove fleas currently feasting on your pet, but won't prevent future infestations.

As always the best treatment is preventive. Don't mix your cat and dog flea treatments. They are not interchangeable--the dog dose is too high, and it can kill your cat. The Frontline products handle fleas and ticks.

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June 26, 2012

Treat Pet Hot Spots, Skin Allergies, Infections with Douxo Chlorhexidine 3% PS Pads


These therapeutic Douxo Chlorhexidine 3% PS Pads (30 Count) carry an intimidating name, but they pack a wallop. Our vet recommended them to help soothe our Golden's irritated skin after she licked it raw.

These antiseptic and cleansing cotton pads contain Phytosphingosine, a key molecule in the natural defense mechanism of the skin. They are useful for cleaning skin folds, exterior ear surfaces, scrapes, ringworm spots, hot spots, etc. They control odor and relieve itching.

We are now using the pads daily to clean her chronically yucky ear, and it's doing wonders. As always, this is not a medical blog. Check with your vet first who most likely has them in stock, but Amazon is a better deal, pricing them 50% or more below what the office will likely charge ($24).

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June 22, 2012

Pet Scoop -- Pets Can Help Your Health


Dog and cat owners visit the doctor less frequently, according to an Australian national survey. And owning a pet may help children stave off colds and asthma.

Caring for a pet is a lot of work and there's no denying they "tie you down". But the benefits can be so enormous, as this 7 Ways Dogs Can Help Your Health | abc News describes, including one affliction that at one time or another affects us all:

For people with all forms of anxiety, having a dog may be an important coping mechanism. This is especially true in times of crisis. A study out of the Medical College of Virginia found that for hospitalized patients with mental health issues, therapy with animals significantly reduced anxiety levels more than conventional recreational therapy sessions.

Along with anxiety, pets help reduce loneliness, aid in rehab, improve heart health and increase our activity levels. For more on the subject, check out Dr Marty Becker's The Healing Power of Pets: Harnessing the Amazing Ability of Pets to Make and Keep People Happy and Healthy.

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June 20, 2012

Humane Pet Wound Care -- Skin Care for Cats and Dogs


The skin-related issues our pets endure seems limitless -- cuts, burns, surgery incisions, open abscesses, hot spots, road rash, foot pad injuries, embedded collars, snake bites, dermatitis and more.

These Humane Healing Wound Ointments and Sprays for cats and dogs facilitates the natural healing process of inflamed wounds. Non-steroidal, non-caustic, and antibiotic-free.

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