April 22, 2008

Pets Go Green

Find some healthy pet tips this Earth Day at Pets for the Environment, a site dedicated to creating an non-toxic environment for pets and people. There you can subscribe to Eddie's blog [authored by a dog on a mission], sign up for Eddie's email and action update list, tell your pet friends about Pets with an ecard, or make a donation to support this vital cause.

Didn't know there was a problem? Read Toxic Cats and Dogs:

At a time when people are fretting about toxins in baby bottles and prescription drugs in the water supply, a new report shows that our pets are teeming with chemicals as well.

The analysis, released by the Washington-based Environmental Working Group, used blood and urine samples from 35 dogs and 37 cats collected at Hanover Animal Hospital in Mechanicsville, Va. The study found high levels of numerous chemicals in dogs and cats, including chemicals used in the making of furniture, fabrics and electronics. Mercury was also detected at high levels, likely from fish used in pet food.

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April 8, 2008

What Pet Websites Can You Trust?

There is a ton of information about pet care on the web. But how reliable is it? This video addresses the question and offers a few recommendations.

Pet Websites You Can Trust via Topix

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April 4, 2008

Pet Scoop--Animals Gain Legal Status as a New Field of Animal Law Arises

In step with our pets' new status as family members, they are gaining in legal status as well. From USA Today's Fido, Fluffy become more high profile part of law :

Fido is getting a new name -- several, in fact: "plaintiff," "trustee," "beneficiary" and even "defendant."

Dogs, cats and creatures of all sorts are being redefined in an emerging area of legal practice known as animal law. Once considered mere property, animals are being invested with legal standing as they're increasingly being named as partial beneficiaries of estates, subjects of lawsuits and victims of abuse.

As animals rise in the law, so does the profile of animal lawyers, or lawyers who practice animal law.

Ninety-two of the 196 law schools in the country approved by the American Bar Association now offer courses on animal law, up from the nine that offered classes in 2000, according to the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

We humans are ever-expanding our classification of beings to whom we grant "rights". However, all you soon-to-be law school grads, don't quit your day job yet. Read entire article

And, word to the wise, check your state and local laws--your dog may have more legal rights than your cat. Check out this short video via Clip Syndicate:

Moral of the story, microchip your pet, or place an ID tag on their collar.

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April 3, 2008

Pet Scoop -- Top Pet Names


Trying to think of a great name for your new pet? After all, it will define your pet, and you will use it for years. Check out the comprehensive The Big Book of Pet Names: More Than 10,000 Pet Names (Includes Celebrity Pet Names): the Most Complete Guide to Pet Names & Meanings.

If you are wondering how popular your pet's name is, here is a list of the top pet names from Veterinary Pet Insurance. People are noticing how many of the names are human names, a trend perhaps validating the contention that our pets have become really truly "members of our families".


You can view the most popular names by categories--Canine, Feline, Avian, Reptile, Exotic and search by either sex.

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April 1, 2008


Several years ago this woman found a sick, malnourished lion cub in the jungle. She took the cub home and fed him and brought him up until he was too big to keep anymore. Then she made arrangements with a zoo in Colombia to take the lion. Here's a video of what happened when she went to visit him in the zoo for the first time.

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March 29, 2008

Oxygen Doghouses Provide Air Therapy


Have a sick dog? Now you can provide Oxygen Therapy for your dog. Let him or her relax in an Oxygen Doghouse that will deliver 100% pure oxygen to your ailing pooch. Not only that, you can join in too.

The oxygen bar is a trend that started in the late 1990s in Japan with claims to alleviate fatigue and/or stress, to enhance a feeling of well-being, and as a migraine and hangover cure.

[via Gizmodo via Dvice]

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March 27, 2008

How Your Pet Affects Your Homeowner's Insurance Rates

If your pampered pooch gets a little overprotective and bites a visitor to your property, you probably expect a visit from the local dog officer. But it may also affect your next homeowner's insurance bill.

Did you know that dog bites are the largest single cause of home policy claims? According to Bankrate.com, that impetuous "nip" may result in higher homeowner's insurance rates for you:

Many insurance companies keep a list of dog breeds most likely to attack, based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics. If the homeowner owns that breed, it may be difficult to obtain insurance.

A single attack is often likely to result in higher premiums. However, homeowners may be able to keep their rates from escalating by remedying the situation to the insurance company's satisfaction.

This may involve getting rid of the dog, or taking the dog to a "psychologist" or animal trainer. Sometimes, the homeowner's rates will then depend upon passing a probationary period, such as six months without an attack.

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March 25, 2008

Pet Scoop -- Blogging is Going to the Dogs

Our pet-loving readers probably think that Super Cool Pets is written by a "humin"...but perhaps it is "the world according to twin Golden Retrievers" living somewhere in Florida. Don't believe us? Dogs are bloggers, too. Read Even Your Dog Has a Blog and check out Max's Blog.

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March 14, 2008

Pet Scoop on Pet Insurance Policies--To Insure or Not to Insure?

To insure or not to insure? This can easily be a $1,000 question.

On a recent Saturday evening, our Golden Retriever Jesse bounded out of the back of our SUV onto the ramp before it was secured to the bumper. Both she and the ramp fell to the ground, with our Jess nursing an injured paw. Not only were we momentarily chagrined about her sprain and possible break, we were envisioning the cavernous hole a trip to the Vet Emergency Clinic on a weekend night would make in our bank account.

Since our pets are cherished members of our families, we want to provide them with the best medical care we can afford and keep them healthy for as long as we possibly can. As a result, our veterinary care is growing more expensive. Miami-Dade vet blogger Doolittler has started a series of timely articles Doolitter's vetcentric take on pet insurance, which may help you make up your mind whether to purchase a Pet Insurance Policy.

When the care vets can provide begins to outstrip your ability to pay for it, something's gotta give. In this case it's the insurance companies...giving you the ability to pay for care you might never have considered twenty years ago--for a fee.

The purpose of insurance in this setting is to help you pay for the growing expense involved in pet illness and injury. If your pet lives a healthy life, the monthly premiums you pay for pet insurance is overkill--you'll lose money in the long run. When she surprises you with a midnight snack of antifreeze, however, pet insurance might just make the difference between high-tech treatment and instant euthanasia.

Peace of mind and tragedy aversion is the name of the game when it comes to pet health insurance. Those of us with substantial expendable savings? Statistically, we're better off without it. After all, the insurance companies are in the biz to make a profit. But how many of us can boast a lotto-size stash under the mattress?

If you would like to research pet insurance policies, try PETCO Insure your Pets Today and QuickCare Pet Insurance.

Read entire Doolitter's article Part 1.

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March 3, 2008

Tekno the Robotic Puppy Provides Companionship


Would you like the benefits of a pet dog without the mess and stress? Maybe you have had dogs all your life, but now, due to illness or age, don't feel quite up to caring for one? Or do your children hound you for a pet? If any of these apply, consider adding a Robotic Puppy to your household. Wait--before you click away, we're not nuts!

According to Study finds dogs, robots cheer elderly By Cheryl Wittenauer, AP this may not be such a crazy idea.

ST. LOUIS - Dogs may have a hard time wrapping their paws around this one: Robotic competition is nipping at their heels in the man's-best-friend department. A study by Saint Louis University found that a lovable pooch named Sparky and a robotic dog, AIBO, were about equally effective at relieving the loneliness of nursing home residents and fostering attachments.

The study, which appears in the March issue of the Journal of The American Medical Directors Association, builds on previous findings by the researchers that frequent dog visits decreased loneliness of nursing home residents.

Andrew Ng, who leads Stanford University's team in building a home-assistance robot and was not involved in the study, said the strength of the research is very encouraging.

Tekno the Robotic Puppy--Dalmatian, featured in the photo above, acts just like a real puppy.

  • Tekno walks forward, backward, right and left - His tail, ears and head move as well!
  • Tekno expresses emotions through his color-changing eyes and puppy sounds - He barks and whines just like a real puppy
  • Tekno comes with a bone and a ball to play fetch - Tekno loves to chomp on his bone!
  • Wireless Tekno Translator included-- makes Tekno dance, speak, walk and more!

Also available for "adoption" are Tekno the Robotic Puppy--Beagle , Tekno the Robotic Puppy--Silver, and Tekno the Robotic Puppy--Black. Click on any of these links and you can watch a demo video.

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