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June 3, 2013

Shaving Dogs and Cats for Summer -- Right or Wrong?

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We all want our pets to be super cool, but shaving your dog or cat this summer may not be such a great idea. Generally, experts recommend against shaving most pets, according to Should You Shave Your Pet for Summer? | WebMD:

A pet's coat is designed by nature to keep it cool during the summer and warm in the winter. By shaving your pet you usually interfere with this built-in temperature regulation....

Cats. Cats, in particular, are very good at regulating body temperature and "really get no benefit from being shaved," says Mark J. Stickney, DVM....Cats are also almost always more mobile than dogs, so they can simply move to a shadier spot when temperatures rise.

Dogs. If you have a dog that has been bred for very cold climates, think breeds like Great Pyrenees, St. Bernards, Malamutes, or Huskies, consider shaving them when the mercury rises, the pros suggest. Resist shaving other breeds because not only will dogs like labs and retrievers simply get no benefit from it, they run the risk of sunburn once shaved.

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If you do decide to shave your pet, consider having it done by a professional. If not, remember to keep those clippers cool, so the animal's skin doesn't get burned! Details at Pet Grooming.

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May 27, 2013

Happy Memorial Day -- Pet Memorial Stones

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Today on Memorial Day we remember the brave, selfless men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military service. Memorial Day also typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, although Mother Nature does not always cooperate.

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On Memorial Day, while honoring our past military heroes, we also extend that remembrance to our selfless pets. To express how we feel about them, we can place a Pet Memorial Stone at their burial site.

It's a nice touch to decorate burial sites with a patriotic stick American flag, useful for July 4th celebrations as well.

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May 18, 2013

Handmade Recycled Metal Frog And Lotus Hanging Bird Feeder or Bath

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This handmade, recycled Metal Frog And Lotus Hanging Bird Feeder or Bathicon is dished in the center to hold seeds or water, attaching to a copper-colored metal chain and hook. Crafted by artisans in Bali, this all-weather, painted metal bird bath/feeder makes a unique gift.

The lotus is a symbol of rebirth and an object of meditation. This Bird Feeder/Bathicon is decorated with a pretty green lotus leaf with pink flowers and a little frog peeking over the side.

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May 17, 2013

Cat-Themed Garden Flags

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Now that warmer weather has arrived and the breezes are balmy, many of us like to hang a garden flag outside. Super cute styles for cat lovers are available, such as this Cat Nap Garden Flag.

See more at Cat Garden Flags.

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May 11, 2013

Hobnail Blue Glass Hummingbird Feeder

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Place a work of art in your yard and feed the hummers at the same time. This hanging Hobnail Blue Glass Hummingbird Feeder was first popular in Victorian times with its distinctive, raised hobnail patterning in translucent, cerulean blue glass.

What a delight to see out your window each day! Makes a lovely gift for the bird-lover. At Hobnail Blue Glass Hummingbird Feeder.

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May 10, 2013

Tommy Bahama Pets Collection at PetSmart -- Clothes, Pet Beds and Toys

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Enjoy the island lifestyle with your dogs this summer! Tommy Bahama Petsicon is a new collection of apparel and toys now available exclusively at PetSmartthrough August.

The collection features Tommy Bahama's well-known hibiscus flowers, palm trees and camp shirts including tees, dresses, beds and toys. Click hereicon to browse the collection.

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May 9, 2013

Pet Cooler Carrier Keeps Your Pet Super Cool

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Keep your pet super cool this summer when you are out and about. The Pet Cooler Carrier provides a temperate and controllable environment to cool animals and provide fresh, cool water while being transported.

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Just fill the chest with ice, and the cold air will descend into the Carrier. The water from the ice melt runs to the drain/water valve, providing water to your pets that they can drink the through the valve. The chest can also be filled with water, not ice. It is available in four sizes: small, medium, large and x-large.

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August 16, 2012

Hot Dog? Life-Saving Collar Sends a Text Alert to Owner

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We know it's always a bad idea to leave a dog alone in a car, especially one with no ventilation. Humans being what they are, however, these things happen. So even if you just dash into a shop for a second, soon a new internet-connected dog collar can notify you if your pet is overheated.

The Dog Caller will use a coded chip, a SIM card and a thermistor to send an alert to the owner's mobile phone when the temperature reaches around 26 degrees Celsius/78.8 degrees Fahrenheit around the dog. Rethink Toronto says the "Dog Caller" should be available next year for around $20.

Source: Dog Collar Sends Text Alert When Your Pooch is Too Hot

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August 3, 2012

Running With Your Dog -- Healthy and Safe Tips

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Many of us like to exercise with our dogs. We dug up some timely Safety tips for running with your dog | Health & Fitness Blog | Projo.com from Pamela Reinsel Cotter (via Heidi Ganahl, CEO and founder of Camp Bow Wow).

It's always recommended to bring a water supply along when exercising or for any outing with your pets -- these Handi-Drink Portable Water Bottles work well. It is not our custom here at SCP to refer to dogs as "Fido", but that aside, a summary:


Start slow - If Fido has never been out for a run with you, don't expect him to be up for a marathon.

Be mindful of the weather - Dogs can overheat very quickly and cause heat stroke.

Wear proper accessories - If running in the dark, be sure that you and Fido accessorize with some reflective gear so that you are visible to traffic.

Watch out for Fido's feet - Pavement and asphalt gets incredibly hot on summer days and can quickly burn your pup's feet. Gravel can be dangerous as well.

Hydrate - Make sure Fido has had a chance to drink water and hydrate before you take him out on a run.

Keep a watchful eye
- Dogs are people pleasers and if you want to keep running, dogs will often work to keep up even if they may be in pain.

Lather up - Believe it or not, dogs are susceptible to sunburns. If you're running on a sunny day, be sure to apply sunscreen to both yourself and Fido if your dog has shorter hair or are a lighter color.

Eating before or after running - Make sure that your dog does not eat one hour before or after running. Some dogs are susceptible to bloat and eating too close to exercising can be extremely dangerous.

Read Safety tips for running with your dog | Health & Fitness Blog | Projo.com

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July 26, 2012

Epi-Pet Sun Protector Sunscreen Spray Helps Protect Dogs from Sunburn

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Now that we are in the dog days of summer, could your pet possibly get a sunburn? We all slather on the lotion, but many of our pets are also subjected to the strong sun.

Basically any dog with shaved, short and/or thin hair, white and light hair, white and pink skin should be protected with Epi-Pet Sun Protector Sunscreen Spray. It is the only F.D.A. compliant sunscreen for dogs and horses and is waterproof, but not greasy, with a nice vanilla scent.

It should also be considered for dogs who go boating, swimming and hanging out at the beach or pool, at the dog park, and other dogs who spent a lot of time in the sun.

If your pet has allergic and inflamed skin, please check with your veterinarian. This product should NOT be used on cats.


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