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June 19, 2012

Victor M230 Ultimate Flea Trap -- Fights Flea Infestations

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Fleas are a year-round problem in many areas, but can run amuck when it's warm. If you are unlucky enough to be afflicted with a flea infestation, no need to spray your house or pet with harmful chemicals. One weapon in your arsenal against them is this Ultimate Flea Trap.

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The Ultimate Flea Trap uses color, heat, light, and a sweet odor to attract fleas from up to 30 feet away in every direction. Then the varmits are trapped on the sticky glue disc. Ultimate Flea Trap Refills are also available so you can reuse the trap if necessary.

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June 15, 2012

Senior Pets -- Is It Sickness or Old Age?

The years truly fly by when you live with a pet. Before you know it, that tireless youngster driving you to distraction spends most of the day asleep. That's fine, but what else to expect as a pet gets older?

About.com Veterinary Medicine | Is my pet acting this way due to old age or is he sick? lists some common age-related changes:

  • less active overall
  • sleeps more (especially cats)
  • reduced sense of hearing
  • reduced sense of sight
  • less able to handle temperature extremes
  • reduced muscle mass

But, these changes below *may* be symptoms of a disease process. If you notice any of these symptoms, a call/visit to your veterinarian should be in your immediate future:

  • weight loss or gain
  • loss of appetite
  • foul breath/dental disease
  • lethargy
  • drinking and/or urinating more than usual

Disclaimer: This is not a medical blog. Certainly any time that you notice a symptom in a pet of any age, please consult your veterinarian.

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June 14, 2012

NaturVet Aller-911 Skin Care Shampoo for Pets with Seasonal Allergies

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Many of our pets have seasonal allergies. No worries -- help is on the way. This soothing NaturVet Aller-911 Skin Care Shampoo is formulated just for them.

This shampoo can clean the dirtiest of pets and will banish those stinky smells that our pets hold so dear. It's mild enough for frequent use without stripping the coat of essential natural oils.

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June 6, 2012

Summer is Here -- Don't Leave Your Pet in the Car Ever

Summer is here. Pet lovers will be out and about, often with their pets aboard. Sadly, sometimes people don't realize how quickly a car can heat up and just leave their pets in the car while they shop or grab a bite to eat.

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Even on relatively cool summer days in the low 70's, a car's internal temperature can rise to a scorching 116 degrees in just an hour. And keeping the windows open a crack barely makes a difference. Hot cars are death traps.

MyDogIsCool.com explains how you can help to protect dogs from the dangers of hot cars--how quickly cars heat up in warm weather, whether it's too hot to take your dog along today, and ways to educate our fellow pet owners about the hazards of leaving a pet in a hot car, even for a little while.

If you see a parked car with animals inside, you can have some of their "Don't Leave Me in Here -- It's Hot!" fliers on hand and place the flier under the windshield wiper. If an animal seems to be in imminent danger or a child is left unattended inside a car, call 911 for assistance.

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June 4, 2012

Go-Go Dog Pal -- Remote Control Interactive Exercise Toy for Dogs

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We all know our dogs need exercise, but sometimes walking them just isn't feasible, whether due to limited time, owner disability or other factors. And sometimes our dogs need even more exercise than just a walk.

This remote-controlled Go-Go Dog Pal is outfitted with an advanced system that allows for long range operation, allowing you to take a rest while your dog exercises. As long as you have access to a field, park, yard, or safe open space, you can use the Go-Go Dog Pal to give their dog a fun, challenging exercise session.

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With Pal accessories, you can make your remote control dog toy look like just about any creature you can think of --squirrels, rabbits, turtles, and porcupines. There are a variety of Pals to change the shape, size, color, and overall look of your toy for the lifetime of the product.

via Robot Snob

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May 29, 2012

Silver Tails Dog Infrared Massager with Two Heated Heads

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Many of our senior pets suffer from stiffness and pain associated with arthritis. Massaging your pet with this Silver Tails Dog Infrared Massager with 2-Heated Heads can help to increase blood flow and cell generation.

It has a three-function switch with two heated massage heads for separate heat and massage control. Massaging can also help to soothe aching joints and muscles and relieve the tension from hip dysplasia and other age related discomforts.

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May 9, 2012

PetScoop: Kmart Begins New Market Program Selling Prescription Pet Meds

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Now pet owners can buy for the whole family at Kmart Pharmacy. Kmart is introducing prescription pet medications at its stores and online at CPI, url: http://pets.kmart.com/.

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Sounds easy and convenient, but where is proof of the Veterinary-Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites Accreditation? The customer needs to know they are purchasing drugs and devices from an online pharmacy that is properly licensed and complying with state and federal laws and regulations. We couldn't find the above seal on their site.

Two sites that do have the accreditation are PetCareRx and 1-800-PetMeds where you can save $5 off your order using code WEBC5 and save 5% on your order using code W5PER.

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May 8, 2012

Veterinary Oral Health Council Seal of Approval for Pet Dental Products

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In our wild-west, deregulated economy, it is no surprise these days when products and services don't perform as advertised.

Pet owners are advised, and even harassed, to brush their pet's teeth, but who is to know what tools do an effective job?

Meaningless Plaque Promises | NewsforJax.com says consumers have to rely on themselves.

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They recommend checking the package or container for the Veterinary Oral Health Council Seal (VOHC).

The VOHC authorizes the use of the VOHC Registered Seal on products intended to help retard plaque and tartar on the teeth of animals.

Click the link for the approved dental products. No surprise that Greenies are on the list.

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April 25, 2012

Pet Scoop: Overweight Pets -- People Don't Always Realize the Health Consequences

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Many of us struggle with our weight, any why not? It's so fun to eat and there's always plenty of food around. And it's no different for our pets. The Costs of Having a Fat Dog or Cat | NYTimes.com cites a recent study by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention that found about half of all dogs and cats in American homes are overweight or obese, a slight increase from 2010.

Why be concerned? People likely realize their pet is overweight but won't always grasp the consequences. Seeing animals suffering from health conditions secondary to their obesity is a common situation according to vets. This means animal suffering, higher vet costs, increased pet insurance premiums, inability to walk or self-groom, and sometimes even putting the beloved pet to sleep.

But before you subject your pet to a drastic diet or start an exercise regimen, check with your vet. That too can have negative health consequences.

But getting a portly pet back into shape can carry risks of its own. Hammering the pavement with an overweight lab or boxer that also happens to be arthritic can worsen the condition and cause cruciate ligament tears, akin to an A.C.L. injury in humans, which can happen all too easily in dogs, said Dr. Carol McConnell, chief veterinary medical officer for VPI Pet Insurance.

Pet owners should consult with a veterinarian before putting a pet on a diet. Putting a cat on a strict diet without medical supervision is risky, because cats' metabolism cannot handle calorie restriction. Unlike dogs, which evolved to hunt as packs and can go days without eating, "cats are usually single predators," Dr. McConnell said. "They nibble, they eat whatever they can find. They don't do too well with starvation."

In cats, severe calorie restriction can signal the body to send stores of fat to the liver, where they can be converted to glucose. But over time, the liver is deluged with fat deposits, crowding out the normal cells of the liver and causing hepatitis.

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April 20, 2012

Early Season for Ticks -- Is Your Pet Protected?

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Due to the exceptionally warm winter in many locations, ticks are thriving. So our vets are already seeing some doggies with tick-borne illnesses, such as Lyme disease.

Is your pet protected? If you haven't already, stock up on preventive products, such as Frontline (prescription only), Revolution, Advantix, or the Preventic collar.

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For high-risk dogs and cats who spend a lot of time in fields and woods, back it up with Ovitrol, which quickly kills and repels fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, lice and flies.

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If you do find a tick or two, remove them safely and hygienically with this Tick Key Tick Remover.

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