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April 18, 2012

Douxo Micellar Solution -- Keep Your Dogs' Ears Clean

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Your dog's inner ears curve and twist around, an inviting spot for parasites, bacteria and yeast to set up housekeeping. Infections can and do result. Part of the pet grooming routine should include regular ear checks and cleaning.

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For regular hygiene, vet-recommended Douxo Micellar Solution is a non-irritating ear cleaning formula, particularly effective in removing greasy material from the ear duct. It's antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. It uber-easy to apply, has a pleasant green tea fragrance and dries fast.

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April 13, 2012

Adams Plus Yard Spray Helps Keep Your Pets Insect-Free

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Spring is a wonderful time of year, marred only by the arrival of ticks, fleas and other nasties. One weapon a homeowner can use against these nasties is yard spray, since both humans and pets pick them up outside and often carry them in the house.

If you are a DIY type, this Adams Plus Yard Spray can save you a bundle of money. It's for use around residential home areas only on your lawns, trees, shrubs, and flowers. The spray treats up to 5,000 square feet, killing and repelling fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, ants crickets, and more. Keep your pets, yourself and your yard bug-free this summer!

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April 12, 2012

PetAlive Allergy Itch Ease and Skin & Coat Tonic ComboPack

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Many of us suffer from allergy itches and rashes, this time of year and sometimes all year round. Our pets are no exception. The PetAlive Allergy Itch Ease and Skin & Coat Tonic ComboPack contains multiple remedies that work well together to provide therapeutic and cosmetic relief for your pets.

This ComboPack contains a homeopathic and an herbal to relieve skin itch and allergies while supporting healthy skin and coats. The Allergy Itch Ease temporarily relieves skin allergies and itch while the Skin & Coat Tonic promotes healthy skin and shiny, glossy coats.

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April 5, 2012

PetScoop: Dangers Lurk for Your Pets at Easter

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Many of us will be celebrating Easter this Sunday. For some reason, our American holidays tend to revolve around chocolate, and Easter is no exception. As an animal lover, you know that chocolate, especially the dark, is toxic to dogs.

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Easter is also associated with lilies. According to Why Veterinarians Hate Easter: How Lilies Kill Cats | petMD, all parts of the lovely lily plant are poisonous to cats, including the petals, the leaves, the stem, and the pollen. Even the water from the vase can cause kidney failure in your cat when ingested.

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And that's not all. You know that fake Easter grass the Easter bunny uses to pack the Easter baskets? That stringy grass can wreak havoc around a pet's tongue or intestines, getting caught up and resulting in severe damage to the intestinal tract.

At Easter Shop.

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March 24, 2012

Assorted Fruit Mineral Blocks for Your Birds

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Provide your bird with a healthy lifestyle. Assorted Fruit Mineral Blocks provide a convenient and easy way to provide essential minerals and vitamins found in a bird's natural surroundings for your caged parakeets, canaries, finches and cockatiels. A variety of flavors and shapes promote a trim and sharp beak and can be left in your bird's cage at all times.

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March 22, 2012

Pet Proof Your House -- Glues Can Be Hazardous

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Some types of everyday household glues, such as Gorilla Glue, can be hazardous to the health of our pets and expensive to treat if the container is accidentally punctured by a pet and ingested.

According to Pet Proofing Your House: Part 2 | petMD, swallowed glue expands quickly in the stomach and requires surgical removal. Just one ounce of glue may expand to the size of a basketball. Keep any glue out of reach from your pets and babies.

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March 20, 2012

PetScoop: Chicken Jerky Treats from China -- Cautionary Update

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Check your home for any dried chicken jerky products, intended for dogs, that are imported from China. They may also be sold as tenders, strips or treats and are on alert from the FDA as causing kidney and liver problems.

Our local vet here has one dog in the hospital now being treated after eating Waggin Train (WT) Chicken Kabobs. Signs of toxicity include vomiting, lethargy, and anorexia.

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February 28, 2012

Pet Food with Natural Ingredients -- Purina ONE® beyOnd™

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Purina ONE® beyOnd™ is an adult dog food that claims to "offer positively good, healthy pet food with no corn or wheat." Dogs are natural carnivores. They will eat almost anything (omnivores), but they want to eat meat and thrive on the high protein. Trouble is, meat is expensive, and apparently most consumers won't pay a lot to feed their dog meat.

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Many expensive commercial dry dog foods are grain-based, and often corn-based--in other words, high in carbs, not protein. Despite their health claims for dogs, the ingredients in the Purina ONE® beyOnd™ Chicken & Oat still include a lot of grains and vegetables, sounding more appropriate for the human diet than for dogs, but of course, we humans are the ones buying.

Chicken, chicken meal , whole oat meal, whole barley, soybean meal, whole brown rice, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), dried beet pulp, dried egg product, natural flavor, fish oil, caramel color, salt, dried carrots, dried tomatoes, dried apples, calcium phosphate, potassium chloride, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, niacin, calcium carbonate, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), sodium selenite.
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February 10, 2012

Dogs, Cats, Fish and Birds -- How Much Do They Cost Every Year?

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As you know cats can live 15 to 20 years and dogs 10 to 15 years. We love them dearly, but the cost does add up. According to How Much Does Owning A Pet Cost In A Year? | Bankrate.com here are the annual stats:

  • Average yearly cost for a dog: $580 to $875.
  • Average yearly cost for a cat: $670.
  • Average yearly cost for a bird: up to $200.
  • Average yearly cost for fish: $35.

So if you want a pet but are all about costs, fish are the best bet. But possibly not the most rewarding. And even though those vet visits are not cheap, preventive medicine is the way to go. Check-ups can catch problems early when they are likely less expensive and good care can ward off many illnesses.


Jeff Blyskal, senior editor of Consumer Reports magazine, says pet owners should think twice before buying health insurance for their pets. "They scare you with the worst-case scenario, and the worst-case scenario is very unlikely," he says.

He says it's better to "self-insure" by socking away money on your own for any medical costs and unexpected emergencies.

And no matter how much pet food companies market fancy ingredients and additives, Blyskal also recommends no-frills pet foods, which still have to meet industry standards. "Those extra things have not been proven to have any benefit," he says.

Also, avoid overfeeding pets or slipping them table scraps. "They'll get diseases like humans," such as diabetes and heart disease, he says.

Oh sure, just look at those big brown eyes. Maybe just a smidgin.

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February 9, 2012

Dog Dental Care -- Look for the Veterinary Oral Health Council Seal of Approval

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If your dog has dental problems you probably won't even be aware of it other than the tell-tale doggy breath. A majority of pet owners apparently don't pay as much attention to their dogs' oral health as veterinarians would like. This unlocked article Aches & Claims: A Bite as Healthy as Their Bark | WSJ.com provides a thorough discussion of different products to maintain pet dental hygiene.

If your dog is willing, you can brush with specially designed toothbrushes and toothpaste for dogs. But unless you get them used to it as a puppy, many dogs won't tolerate tooth brushing, so there are alternatives.

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Treats such as the popular Greenies Dental Chews help control harmful tartar and plaque buildup and are texturized to scrape off plaque and tartar. Other products include dental wipes to kill bacteria, plaque-reducing dental rinses, and water-bowl additives.

The problem is that many products haven't been adequately tested for pet-safety. To be on the safe side, look for the seal from the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC), a scientist-run group owned by the American Veterinary Dental College.

At Dog Dental Care

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