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June 11, 2008

Join YouPet -- A Global Pet Community

Do you think of your pets as family? Do you like to make friends? We have the place for you! Join YouPet.com Free - A place where pets rule!

This is a free online social network for animal lovers--dogs, cats, birds, horses, fish, reptiles.

  • Create a profile for you and your pets
  • Make friends, watch videos, use forums
  • Get the scoop on celebrities and their pets

Someone wins a $100 Petco Gift Card every week!

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June 4, 2008

Dogs Are People Too -- Massachusetts considers ban on pet rentals

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At Super Cool Pets we are saddened to see pets viewed as commodities. Apparently some strides are being made in this department, where else but in the progressive state of Massachusetts, homebase of our parent Blogpire Productions.

From LA Times, Massachusetts considers a ban on pet rentals:

FlexPetz caused quite a stir last year after opening its dog renting business in New York, Los Angeles and London. Now animal welfare advocates in Boston are trying to stop the company for setting up shop in their state.

A hearing is scheduled Thursday on House Bill 4753, which would prevent commercial entities from leasing dogs or cats by the hour or day in Massachusetts. If passed, the bill would be the first such law in the country.

FlexPetz charges busy urbanites thousands of dollars in yearly fees for the ability to spend time with one of the dogs from their canine fleet of Afghan hounds, Labrador retrievers and Boston terriers....

The company plans to open rental agencies later this year in Boston, Washington, D.C., and Paris. That's got some animal welfare advocates growling.

"FlexPetz sends a contrary message to the public making it socially acceptable to treat dogs as disposal commodities that can be rented for pleasure at their leisure," wrote Bryn Conklin of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to Cervantes in November.

Read article.

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May 31, 2008

Judge Grants Initial Approval to Pet Food Settlement

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On Friday May 30 a judge gave initial approval to the pet food settlement:


CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) -- A judge granted initial approval Friday to a settlement in which companies that manufactured or sold contaminated pet food would compensate pet owners for all costs related to the death or illness of their dogs and cats.

Under the deal, granted initial approval by U.S. District Judge Noel Hillman, pet owners in the United States and Canada would be notified of the settlement by June 16 and would have until early December to submit claims. A final hearing on the $24 million settlement is scheduled for Oct. 14.

The settlement doesn't pay pet owners for pain and suffering from injuries to their pets.

And why aren't pain and suffering factors? Because--even though we may consider our pets to be members of our family, pets are only property in the eyes of the law.

Read article.

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May 26, 2008

Contaminated Pet Food Settlement

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A settlement has been reached in the dispute over contaminated pet food. This settlement between pet owners and Diamond Pet Foods has not been approved by a judge and will be heard May 30. We will keep you posted.


Companies that were sued over contaminated pet food linked to the deaths of perhaps thousands of dogs and cats have agreed to pay $24 million to pet owners in the United States and Canada.

The settlement is detailed in papers filed late Thursday in U.S. District Court in Camden. It still needs a judge's approval.

"The settlement attempts to reimburse pet owners for all of their economic damages," said Russell Paul, a lawyer for plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

The deal would affect people who incurred expenses directly related to the illness or death of a pet linked to the food, which was at the center of the biggest-ever U.S. pet food recall in 2007.

Under the terms of the deal announced Thursday, pet owners could be reimbursed for all reasonable expenditures, including veterinarian bills and burial or cremation costs.

Pet owners could also ask for the fair market value of their deceased pets, if that is higher than the costs incurred. Owners who do not have documentation of their expenses can get up to $900 each. All claims are subject to a review.

The settlement addresses economic issues, but to many of us, pets are more than property. What about pain and suffering?

Read entire article here.

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May 23, 2008

Make a Lasting Memorial to Your Pet

Memorial Day is coming up this Monday. If you have been unfortunate enough to have lost a pet, you can make a lasting memorial to him or her in a Buddhist-type altar, a Memoria Areca.

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Designed for your living room mantle or a dressing table, the box has compartments for an urn as well as a glass display case to display special mementos, such as a collar, leashes, toys, apparel. A picture frame is built into the lid for your favorite photograph. The pet altar comes in two contemporary designs.

Or...you can turn your pet's remains into a Synthetic Diamond, which you can have set into a ring or pendant.

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Other products in this vein are urns that look like perfume containers and flower arrangements that incorporate the pet's fur. These fit conveniently into the glass case of the memorial altar.

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May 22, 2008

Get Your Pet in Shape on a Pet Treadmill

One good way to exercise your pet is to place him/her on a treadmill.

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Aquacise for petss! The Ferno Aqua Paws Underwater Treadmill System creates a low-impact underwater treadmill workout that helps your pets to increase muscle strength and endurance. The warm water assists in pain reduction, and it is a gentle way for older or arthritic dogs to exercise. The water height is regulated to accommodate different sized animals.

Interested in a traditional treadmill for your pet? Try:


[via Born Rich]

And for a laugh, check out this clip of cats on a treadmill [Hat Tip motostudios]

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May 19, 2008

Health Concerns over Pet Sterilization

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A serious downside to pet sterilization is cropping up. There may be future health consequences for your pet, as discussed in this article from MSNBC:

Studies have found that spayed or neutered dogs are at increased risks for problems including certain cancers, thyroid disorder, incontinence and some of the same behavior issues that the surgeries are said to prevent....

...Margaret V. Root Kustritz, a veterinary reproduction specialist at the University of Minnesota, reviewed 200 studies and found that while spay/neuter surgery has benefits, it is also linked to increases in the incidence of certain diseases and conditions such as bone cancer, heart tumors, hypothyroidism and canine cruciate ligament (CCL) injuries, as well as prostate cancer in male dogs and urinary incontinence in females. The extent of the risk can depend on the problem, as well as the size and sex of the dog, and the age the surgery is performed.

The risk of a type of cardiac tumor called hemangiosarcoma is five times higher in spayed female dogs than unspayed females, noted Kustritz. And neutered males have 2.4 times the risk of unneutered males. The risk was also higher for osteosarcoma (bone cancer): Dogs spayed or neutered before age 1 were up to two times as likely to develop the disease than those that hadn't been altered.

Cats seem to fare better:

The main risk they face from sterilization is that they can become sedentary and obese, according to Kustritz's review of studies. As a result, vets say sterilizing cats before 6 months of age is appropriate.

Read article.

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Kitchen Scraps for Your Pet -- What's Good & What's Not

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When we are in the kitchen whomping up some vittles, it is so hard to resist those cute faces. No one ever feeds them and all they want is a little tidbit! But are you sure those scraps you throw to them won't be harmful?

Check out this MSNBC article, 'People foods that can kill your pet' where you can find a list of bad and good foods for your pet.

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If you do make a mistake, or your pet does, here's what to do in case of emergency. Save or bookmark this info:

Despite all the precautions you take to keep your pet pals safe, accidents do happen. That's why the ASPCA, Humane Society and animal advocates advise pet owners to keep the telephone numbers of their local veterinarian and the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center -- (888) 426-4435 -- in a prominent location.

Common signs of poisoning include muscle tremors or seizures; vomiting and diarrhea; drooling; redness of skin, ears and eyes; and swelling and bleeding.

If you suspect your pet has consumed, inhaled or come in contact with a toxic substance, stay calm and call for help immediately. If you see your pet consuming anything you think might be toxic, seek emergency help immediately even if she or he is not exhibiting any symptoms.

And while we are on the subject, here are two articles that may help someday:


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May 7, 2008

Vet Blogs: Information and Advice

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Norman Rockwell

First up:

Super Cool Pets suspects that if you are into "pet infantilization" you probably aren't spending a lot of time on this site. But if you are interested in pet trends and pet news, you might want to check out this brief post from the uber-informative Miami vet Dolittler: Infantilization in pet keeping...and its unintended consequences for animal health

And second:

An intriguing, interactive source of pet information has surfaced on the web, Ask the Vet:

You have questions. Veterinarian Eric Barchas (pronounced bark-us) has answers, plus stories from the vet's office, commentary on pet news and more. This blog is brought to you by Dogster, Inc., makers of the hydrant-famous Dogster and the unnecessarily feared Catster. You can ask Dr. Barchas a question. If he can answer it he will.

Via Eddies Blog @ Pets for the Environment, Creating a Healthy Environment for Pets and People.

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April 30, 2008

Luxury Pet Houses for Pampered Pets Everywhere

Writing this post, there is a Golden Retriever sleeping under my desk. If I move to another room, shortly I will hear the padding of golden paws behind me as she follows me there. Soon a furry head will nuzzle against my leg for a rubdown, or a nose jut into my side to tell me there is a "squirrel!" outside the window.

But it doesn't have to be this way. She could have her independence and live in her own luxury Dream Doghouse, complete with all those doggy delights such as climate control and wainscoting, plus all the flooring, electrical, roofing and interior options her sweet heart desires.

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If she perchance feels "isolated" because "Dogs always love their family's companionship", the owner "may want to consider having satellite or cable installed."

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Doggy Dream Houses via Dvice

And when she becomes queasy from eating too much discarded junk food on walkies in the evenings, no need to cuddle up with us for comfort. We can stow her away in her very own Luxury Pet House, with a solenoid valve for medical treatment. Check it out on display to the public, among other Korean novelties, at New York's Koreannovation show on May 14th and 15th.
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Features:

  • Temperature & humidity control, Anion function, High-density oxygen supply (option), Nebulizer (option)
  • Incubation process management with PC (option)
  • The best Temperature Setting Limit and Humidity Setting Limit:
  • Far infrared radiation and carbon heating element is included in wall inside
  • Antibiotic air filter included for removing inner dust
  • Carbon Filter for deodorizing and anion apparatus
  • Solenoid valve for medical treatment

Luxury Pet House via Gear Log.

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