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July 3, 2014

Melatonin for Dog Anxiety Caused by Fireworks, Thunder

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Fireworks are part of the July 4th celebration, and neighborhoods across the US are booming well into the night(s). As fun as this can be for people, the unexpected and erratic loud noises can terrify our pets.

Some "experts" discourage loving care and attention, suggesting the pet owner somehow reinforces this "behavior". Fear is an emotion, not a behavior, and your pets need your support during this difficult time just as a fellow human would.

If your pet is terrified, like ours are here at Supercool Pets HQ, dole out the hugs and try Melatonin available as an over-the-counter product.

According to Melatonin Supplements for Dogs are a safe and drug-free supplement for pets to relieve anxiety from loud noises such as fireworks and thunder:

Effectiveness of Melatonin for Dogs:

  • Melatonin helps regulate the sleeping pattern (circadian rhythm) of dogs. However it doesn't induce drowsiness.

  • It's used medically for the re-growth of hair in dogs with pattern baldness.

  • It acts as a sedative and calms your pet, and is used to treat stress issues such as accident trauma and anxiety.

  • It's also used to alleviate the fear of loud booming noises such as thunder or fireworks and in the treatment of conditions such as epilepsy. In the case of epileptic dogs, melatonin should be administered at night as it effectively reduces the risk of epileptic seizures at night.

  • Puppies have very sharp hearing and generally panic when they hear loud sounds. They tremble and hide under chairs or beds. It's advisable to use melatonin rather than tranquillizers or sedatives to combat this condition.

  • It has been known to help dogs overcome their fear of loud noises permanently.

  • Some dogs suffer from Canine Cognitive Dysfunction which is very similar to Alzheimer's disease in humans. Administration of melatonin helps them sleep better and become less restless
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General Dosage Guidelines:

  • 1 mg for dogs weighing less than 10 lbs

  • 1.5 mg for dogs weighing between 10 to 25 lbs

  • 3 mg for dogs weighing between 26 to 100 lbs

  • 3 to 6 mg for dogs weighing over 100 lbs

As with all medications, please check with your vet before staring any treatment as your pet may have a pre-existing condition. At Melatonin.

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June 21, 2014

Mesh Seed Guard for Bird Cages

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We love our sweet pet birds, but the mess they make is a downer. A Mesh Seed Guard will cut back on cleanup time and keep seeds, hulls and debris inside the bird cage to create a cleaner, healthier environment for all. In various sizes to fit your cage at Mesh Seed Guard.

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June 11, 2014

Push Pushi Rainbow Collection Dog Raincoat

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Our dogs love their walks, but sometimes in the rain, not so much. Protect your pet outside in rainy weather.

This Push Pushi Rainbow Collection Dog Raincoat has an umbrella-like, detachable hood is designed to protect your dog's head from the rain without covering the ears or slipping over the eyes. The hood removes easily via the snap-buttons or folds back.

The Push Pushi Dog Raincoat has size adjustable chest and belly straps with a D-ring to connect your leash.

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June 9, 2014

Ruffhides Refillable Dog Chew Toys -- Keep Your Pet Busy for Hours

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Do you ever have a restless pet in the house who keeps hounding you for treats? Keep your best buddy busy for hours!

These durable rubber Ruffhides Refillable Dog Chew Toys are filled with an irresistible treat free of chemicals and preservatives, with a textured surface good for teeth and gums.

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The holes on the ends of the Ruffhides allow the chew treat inside to be smelled but not chewed, which captures your dog's attention and encourages play.

Refill with Himalayan Chew treats made from all-natural yak and cow milk. In Pink, Green, Blue.

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May 19, 2014

Stressed Out Pet? Over-the-Counter Anxitane Pet Relaxant

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Nervous or stressed out pets? Some pets are just high-strung, and there are so many scary things out there -- vet visits, fireworks, thunder.

Check with your vet about Virbac Anxitane Chewable Tablets for dogs and cats to promote relaxation in pets exhibiting nervousness, anxiety or responding to environmentally-induced stress.

Product description indicates there are no known side effects and that it does not cause drowsiness. There are no known interactions with other therapeutics. Anxitane S for cats and small dogs and Anxitane M-L for medium to large dogs.

Note: As always, check with your pet care provider before . We are not veterinarians.

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May 7, 2014

Solvit PupSTEP Plus Pet Stairs

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Sometimes whether due to illness or age, our pets need a little help from their friends. These affordable Solvit PupSTEP Plus Pet Stairs are an attractive way to help them reach their favorite places -- couches, beds or even into our vehicles. The modern styling of these stairs blends well in any d├ęcor.

These Pet Stairs are easily manageable for all weighing only 5 lbs., and they support over 120 lbs. Safety side rails are built into the design so your pet can climb up and down with confidence. There is no assembly required, and they fold down for easy storage.

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April 28, 2014

Be Forever Furless Brush -- Quickly Cleans Up Shedded Pet Fur

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This time of year our pets are shedding their winter coats as the temperature rises. But too much pet hair all over our clothes and furniture is really a year-round problem for a lot of us. Lugging out the vac or ripping off page after page of adhesive can get old really fast.

The Be Forever Furless Brush picks up pet hair and household lint in seconds with just a few quick sweeps. Use it on your home furniture, bedding, car upholstery, clothing, rugs and carpets. It can even dust muddy paw prints off of your furniture. The Be Forever Furless Brush cleans easily with a quick rinse in the sink.

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April 26, 2014

Kwik Stop Styptic Powder

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It's easy to do and so stressful -- accidentally drawing blood while trimming a pet's claw or clipping a bird's wings. Guilt and even panic may ensue.

Calm your nerves and the blood flow quickly by applying a dab or three of Kwik Stop Styptic Powder. It should cut the bleeding from minor cuts. Use Kwik Stop Styptic Powder with cats, dogs, birds.

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April 25, 2014

Washable Doggie Dungarees for Dogs and Cats

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You may have pets who are incontinent or who experience excitable urination--stressful for all parties. Washable Dungarees are designed for these male or female dogs and cats. They are also great for housebreaking our puppies or for our female dogs in heat.

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These stylish Washable Dungarees are pet diapers made of a durable, soft cotton denim, similar to your jeans, and lined with a soft plaid flannel fabric for added comfort. They are equipped with an absorbent mesh liner that can also hold an absorbent diaper liner for protection against a heavier flow of liquid or waste.

At Washable Dungarees.

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April 11, 2014

KONG Anxiety Reducing Pet Shirt

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Anxiety makes so many of our dogs miserable, along with their owners who are desperately looking for a solution to this problem. This KONG Anxiety Reducing Pet Shirt is designed specifically for those high-strung over-anxious dogs.

This snug-fitting wrap includes a lavender sachet to help soothe distressed dogs. Use the KONG Shirt to soothe your pet during long car rides, thunderstorms, during continual loud noises such as mowing or vacuuming, or those times they feel separation anxiety.

In various sizes at KONG Anxiety Reducing Pet Shirt.

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April 9, 2014

Mote Waterless Ant-Free Pet Food and Water Bowls

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In warmer weather we like to feed our pets outdoors here at Super Cool Pets HQ. This encourages the animals to stay outside for awhile and enjoy some fresh air.

If you do this too, you know that within nanoseconds of the end of the meal, the nearest ant colony invades the bowl to scarf up the leftovers.

This Ant Free Pet Bowl is designed to trick or confuse the ants with a water moat. It does not use water, but instead has a lip that prevents ants from climbing up. Ant Free Pet Bowl is suitable for cats and dogs.

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March 10, 2014

WonderBowl Pet Feeder Station -- Bowl Opens Only For Pet Wearing Tag

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Our pets love to eat. And for those households with more than one pet, keeping dogs out of cats' food, and vice-versa, is a necessity. That goes double if a pet is on a special diet, as you really want to be sure they are eating the (usually expensive) food they need and that their housemate is not gobbling it up.

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This ingenious WonderBowl opens only for the pet wearing the unique water-resistant tag (included), which attaches to your pet's collar. Along with preventing children and other pets from eating from the food bowl, its sturdy design prevents slipping and sliding on floors.

At WonderBowl.

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February 28, 2014

Chase 'n Chomp Suction Cup Surprise Pet Toy

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Keep your puppies and playful dogs busy for hours. These Chase 'n Chomp Suction Cup Surprise Pet Toys are foraging and tug toys in one.

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Just fill with cookies or peanut butter and attach to any flat surface--floor, walls, doors. These non-toxic toys satisfy that urge to chew and massage your dog's gums.

At Chase 'n Chomp Suction Cup Surprise Pet Toys.

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February 20, 2014

No Stink Dog Collar -- Waterproof, Wipes Clean

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Dogs love to roll around in the grossest things and then think they smell wonderful. And the smell sticks to their collar as well as their fur because it will harbor the odor-producing bacteria.

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You can't really eliminate the behavior but you can eliminate dog collar odor with this 100% waterproof No Stink Dog Collar. This rugged collar is sold in many designs and colors and looks great. Easy to clean with warm water.

At No Stink Dog Collar.

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