July 19, 2014
Here at Super Cool Pets we were surprised to hear the other day that pet birds such as parakeets, cockatiels, parrots are considered "exotic pets".
We understand that category for reptiles such as snakes and lizards, along with other normally wild animals such as rabbits, ferrets, mice, but birds and even fish?
So how about choosing an owl for a companion?
In The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar: Living with a Tawny Owl British military historian Martin Windrow tells the tale of his 15 year live-in relationship with a tawny owl he named "Mumble" who became his closest companion. Fascinating!
Read a good review here A Rare Bond | NYTimes.com, marred by spoiler at the very end.
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July 17, 2014
Who thinks this stuff up? These Cat Rubber Ducks make adorable gifts for the cat lover anytime, whether birthday, shower, stocking stuffer, or just because.
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July 15, 2014
We all are expected to put on a happy face here in America, but the reality is that life is fraught with suffering. Suffering and fear thereof can lead to depression, anxiety and mental illness.
If you live with an animal and are an observant sort, you likely know that non-humans suffer mentally as well as physically. Laurel Braitman noticed this in her anxiety-prone Bernese Mountain Dog. Extensive subsequent research brought her to the conclusion that animals can lose their minds just like we humans.
That's the premise of her Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves -- that nonhuman animals can suffer from mental illnesses that mirror those that humans endure. And they can recover, just like we can.
Fascinating stuff at Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves.
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July 12, 2014
Add a whole new decorative dimension to your aquarium. This RGB Slow Color Changing LED Aquarium Light Bar Bubble Strip & Airstone creates an impressive color air curtain for your tank.
All RGB colors fade out and fade in every 3-4 seconds with a gradual and smooth color fluctuation. Makes a great night light for beautiful nocturnal viewing. At RGB Slow Color Changing LED Aquarium Light Bar Bubble Strip & Airstone.
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July 10, 2014
Cats, dogs, birds, fish, bunnies, ferrets are standard household pets. If you want to shake things up a bit, how about a walrus, penguin, polar bear or maybe a pig, squirrel or cow?
These low-maintenance Fridgeezoo Fridge Pets live in the fridge and greet you when you open the door. And these cute critters let you know if you leave the door open too long, wasting energy!
At Fridgeezoo Fridge Pets.
h/t Book of Joe
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July 7, 2014
It's the dog days of summer here at Super Cool Pets HQ, and we are digging our pool to get all super cooled off. It is so fun to get all sopping wet and then go lie in the dirt. Seventh heaven.
This Guardian Gear Splash About Dog Pool is available in 3 sizes to fit all types of dogs. It's portable, easy to fill and to empty. It folds down completely, making it a snap to pack for summer vacations. Easy to store during the off-season.
More at Guardian Gear Splash About Dog Pool.
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July 3, 2014
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
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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July 1, 2014
Celebrate with friends and family this Fourth of July and enjoy great food. And don't forget to include your ever-ravenous pets!
This year, pet parents can bring out their pup's inner patriot with Merrick Grain-Free Merrick'An Pie Dog Food. It's cooked in small batches with all-natural ingredients like chicken, red apples, cranberries and blue berries.
For all breeds and all life stages at Merrick Grain-Free Merrick'An Pie Dog Food.
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June 28, 2014
Hummingbirds are attracted to the color red, so fans of these lovely birds often fill their yards with red flowering shrubs. The bright red color of this great looking Red Mason Jar Glass Hummingbird Feeder will eliminate the need to artificially color the nectar inside.
The large 32 oz. capacity glass bottle resembles vintage canning jars used in the 1800's. It will provide plenty of nectar for your hummers with 5 flower feeding ports, a base and a perch for the birds. The wide mouth makes for easy filling and cleaning.
At Amazon and Plow & Hearth
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June 27, 2014
Enjoy effortless stereo streaming outdoors this summer without wires. This "The Woofer" Wireless Outdoor Speaker is a unique dog statue with a high-quality stereo speaker inside that wirelessly connects to your mobile device. It doubles as a planter for a striking lawn accent.
At "The Woofer" Wireless Outdoor Speaker
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