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September 24, 2010

PetScoop: Remove Household Pet Odors with Charcoal Briquettes

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As we batten down the hatches this fall, we may start to notice a pervasive pet smell a little more than when balmy breezes were wafting through our rooms. To absorb pet odors (or any other kind) from the air in your home, Apartment Therapy recommends stashing a few charcoal briquettes around the house:

As for how to distribute them, you can simply lay a few out in a metal tray. Other options: sew pouches for them or use an old sock, then hang them in inconspicuous areas. Line a basket with foil or plastic and lay the briquettes inside. Or simply set them out on a tray on a shelf or side table: the black little pillows actually look kind of cool!

Be sure to stick with the natural briquettes such as Kingsford Original Charcoal Briquets and avoid the mesquite briquettes or ones with easy-light additives.

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September 16, 2010

PetScoop -- Vet Study Concludes All Cats Should Wear Collars

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Here's a good excuse to start shopping! The New York Times reports the scary stat that "less than 2 percent of cats in animal shelters make it back to their owners, whereas about 15 to 19 percent of dogs are returned, and one reason is that more dogs wear collars."

Does your kitty wear a cat collar? If you answer no, it may be time to rethink that decision, according to the findings of a new study published in The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Cats were randomly assigned to wear 1 of 3 types of collars: plastic buckle, breakaway plastic buckle safety, and elastic stretch safety. Each cat was fitted with the assigned collar, and a microchip was inserted SC between the scapulae.

The result was that 391 of the 538 (72.7%) cats successfully wore their collars for the entire 6-month study period:

Most cats successfully wore their collars. Because even house cats can become lost, veterinarians should recommend that all cats wear identification collars since they are the most obvious means of identifying an owned pet.

For some cats, collars may frequently come off and become lost; therefore, microchips are an important form of backup identification.

Owners should select a collar that their cat will tolerate and should check it often to ensure a proper fit.

So time to get cracking! There's nice-looking cat collar selections at Amazon, Muttropolis, and if you are into bling, CatsPlay.

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September 9, 2010

PetScoop: Phone Booth Aquarium

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Phone booths have become dinosaurs in the 21st century since pretty much all of us have a cell phone. For the Lyon Light Festival in France, artists Benoit Deseille and Benedetto Bufalino breathed new life into an ordinary phone booth, converting it into a street-side aquarium with exotic fish and plant life.

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Super cool find via DVICE / pirata

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September 3, 2010

PetScoop: New Fisher-Price Pet Toy Collection at Petsmart.com

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Our pets are part of the family these days, so it comes as no surprise that children's toy maker Fisher-Price Inc. has now expanded into pet products with their September launch of a line of dog toys.

The new pet toy collectionicon is based on the classic Fisher-Price children's toys and will be offered exclusively in all U.S. and Canadian Petsmart stores and online at www.petsmart.comicon. It features nine dog toys, a dog toy/treat dispenser and a toy storage bin all in a range of sizes and textures for both large and small dogs.

Fisher-Price has redesigned classics such as the Xylophone, the Chatter Telephone, and the Rock-a-Stack into pet toys for dogs--the Xylobone, Chatter Pup Telebone and Ruff-a-Stack. The pet collectionicon will retail for approximately $7.99 to $12.99.

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August 17, 2010

PetScoop: Is It Legal to Turn Your Pet into Dinner?

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Honestly, sometimes we wonder who we share the planet with. If you love cats, you have undoubtedly read about the very scary Gary Korkuc who was marinating his black-and-white cat, Navarro, in a cage in his trunk with the intention of turning him into dinner, when the police (luckily) picked him up on a routine traffic violation.

Is this even legal in the good old USA, where we all have rights, including our pets? Very possibly, depending upon where you do your cooking. Brian Palmer @ Slate Magazine has the scoop:

In most of the country, the legality of pet-eating would come down to the specific language of the general animal cruelty statute and how a judge interpreted it. Some states, such as Virginia, bar the unnecessary killing of an animal, with a specific exemption for "farming activities." In those places, it's very likely that killing a cat for dinner would get you in trouble, because the killing wouldn't be necessary, and cats aren't commonly associated with farming.

On the other end of the spectrum are states like Missouri, where very few restrictions are placed on when, why, and how an owner can kill his pet. In these areas, it would be difficult to lock up a cat-eater, unless his chosen means of slaughter were particularly inhumane.

But really, who would know?

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August 4, 2010

PetScoop: Salmonella Threat Triggers Proctor & Gamble Expanded Recall of Specialized Dry Pet Foods

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We certainly don't enjoy passing along this type of pet product news. Corporate America needs to develop a conscience. Proctor and Gamble have expanded their recall of certain popular brands of dry pet foods under the Eukanuba and IAMS labels.

No canned food, biscuits/treats or supplements are affected at this time. All the "Best-By" dates are July 1, 2010 through December 1, 2010. A full listing of UPC codes can be found at www.iams.com.

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The company issues the following warning on their site:

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July 8, 2010

Consumer Reports Tests Mosquito and Tick repellents

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Every silver lining has a cloud and in summer it's mosquitoes and ticks. Not only are they annoying, but they can be hazardous to human and pet health. They definitely can interfere with the fun of playing with our pets outdoors and taking them for walks.

A recent Consumer Reports test found "six repellents protected against deer ticks and two common types of mosquitoes for 7 hours or more. Four of those contain deet in varying levels. The Environmental Protection Agency judges deet safe when used as directed."

The effective products include two types of "Off" and two deet-free:

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Another possibility is the battery-powered Off! Clip On Mosquito Protection with the claim of "head to toe protection up to 12 hours" on the package. Disappointingly, the folks at Consumer Reports abandoned testing their beleaguered subjects after two hours because of bites.

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July 7, 2010

PetScoop: United Pet Group Voluntarily Expands Recall of Nutritional Supplements For Dogs and Cats Due to Salmonella Risk

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United Pet Group, out of Cincinnati OH, is voluntarily expanding its recent recall of its Pro-Pet Adult Daily Vitamin Supplement Tablets for Dogs to include additional pet nutritional supplement products for dogs and cats due to possible Salmonella contamination. These products are sold nationally at various retailers.

Included are various United Pet Group Pro-Pet and Excel branded products for dogs and cats, and certain other private label brands of the same products, such as Doctors Foster and Smith, Nature's Miracle, PETCO. All of the affected products are in tablet and powdered form.

The list of recalled products is provided on the FDA site with the following important information for you and your pets regarding salmonella:

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July 6, 2010

Martha Stewart Pets Now at PetSmart -- New Line of Pet Products

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If you are a Martha Steward devotee, happy days are here. Martha Stewart Pets, her new line of pet products, is now available exclusively at PetSmart stores and PetSmart.com. Most pet lovers are aware of Martha's lifelong commitment to pets and to high quality living, so this should be a good thing.

The line includes more than 100 pet products -- apparel, collars, leashes, bedding, feeding, grooming and bathing supplies, toys -- each designed, tested and approved by Martha, her pets and her team of experts.

Introducing Martha Stewart Pets Exclusively to PetSmart!

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July 5, 2010

PetScoop: Costs of Owning a Pet

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How much is that doggy or kitty in the window? Ultimately, a lot more than the sticker price, that's for sure. Bankrate.com does us a dubious favor and breaks down one year's cost of owning a dog and cat into seven categories:

  1. Food and treats
  2. Veterinary care
  3. Boarding and petsitting
  4. Grooming
  5. Accessories, toys and pest
  6. Training
  7. Fencing

And you know what? They're worth it!

Adding up 7 costs of owning a pet

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