Pulse: A New Way to View Dogster on Your Apple or Android Device

Just in case you can’t get enough of the dogcentric news, tips, cuteness, and opinion we have in spades here at Dogster Magazine, here’s one more way to get your fix. Pulse, a free app you can download onto your iPhone, iPad, Kindle, or Android, has recently started featuring headlines from Dogster and Catster. 

We love the elegant way our stories are laid out in this news app. It’s no surprise it was listed among Time‘s Top 50 iPhone Apps last year.

Here’s what we’ll look like on your iPad:

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Not bad, huh? Download the app (again, it's free!) here.


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Latest Topical News

You can't rush topical humor, even in an election year
There's something funny going on in America: there will be a presidential election in 5 1/2 weeks. A local theater company, 1812 Productions, has launched its annual current-events comedy show based on current events. This time, it's an election special.
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Topical Products for Muscle, Joint Pain May Cause Burns: FDA
FRIDAY, Sept. 14 (HealthDay News) — Over-the-counter pain relievers designed to be rubbed into the skin — such as Bengay and Icy Hot — could cause skin injuries in rare cases, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning. If you experience
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5 Ways to Celebrate National Dog Week

Well what do you know, it’s National Dog Week. I know August 26th is National Dog Day, that little factoid is emblazoned in my memory, but I didn’t realize that the fourth week of September is Dog Week and has been for 84 years. In a funny little coincidence, the mother is born on Dog Day and the daughter is born during Dog Week. Clearly this is in our blood. :)

I am so pleased that I will be spending the next two days in the company of animal lovers from around the world at the ACES International Conference in San Diego. I hope I bring back some fantastic stories. And in honor of the occasion, here’s 5 awesome ways you can celebrate this most auspicious of weeks.

1. Teach Your Dog a New Trick

No, it doesn’t have to be THIS fancy. Brody still doesn’t know ‘shake’.

2. Take some toys/blankets/food to your local shelter

They always need them! Happy pups are more adoptable, and giving them appropriate stimulation is a big part of that.

3. Foster a pup in need

This is a great way to help a pet without making the lifelong commitment to taking them into the fold (although many people do!) Many dogs that do poorly in a shelter environment blossom under the one on one advantages of living in a home, and foster parents can proudly know they have helped make a special pet that much more adoptable. Petfinder has a great article about fostering pets.

4. Make your dog a special treat

I made EIGHT special treats yesterday, not because I suddenly felt the need to spend seven hours in the kitchen but because I was filming a series of Pawcurious favorites for Pet World Insider. Brody and Koa reaped the benefits and will for the rest of the week. Bronuts and cupcakes and jerky and turbacons and oh, how they were happy.

Dr. V and Robert Semrow from Pet World Insider whip up a Dog Week Celebration Buffet.

5. Take your dog for a walk.

Isn’t it great that this one simple act is enough for your dog to be happy? But if you want to go extra fancy, you can celebrate National Dog Week and National Rollerskating Week (it’s that too!) at the same time and go rollerjoring. Oh, yeah. Seriously, you need to watch this person fly:

On second thought, helmetless = closed head injury waiting to happen. Maybe canicross would be a better choice.

What’s your favorite way to celebrate canines?

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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Mediflow Waterbase Pillow Review & #Giveaway

Mediflow Waterbase Pillow Review & Giveaway
Brought to you by: The Fibro Frog

I’m so excited to bring you this review and giveaway compliments of Mediflow!  If you’re plagued by any type of neck or shoulder pain, then this is the pillow for YOU!  Mediflow actually refers to the waterbase pillow as a sleep system, rather then “just” a pillow.
The way the Mediflow Waterbase Pillow works, is that under the plump, soft, polyester fill it has a waterbase on the bottom.  The fill in the pillow, has a special finish on it to keep it plump and cloud-like and makes the pillow long-lasting and washable!  The waterbase of the bottom of the pillow, gives your neck continuous support that you can’t get with a traditional pillow.  The great thing is, the user can adjust the amount of water for the unique support that their own body needs. After you get the amount of water adjusted, the system will support your neck and spine while you sleep, even as you’re turning over or switching sides!
Now, if you’re anything like me, you’re probably wondering if trying to fill the pillow is a big hassle or not.  The day my Mediflow Waterbase Pillow arrived I was so excited to try it out that night, but I was also a nervous wreck that I wouldn’t be able to fill it and that I’d make a big mess trying to fill it.  You can see in the photo above, that the pillow comes with a little funnel type thing.  You stand the pillow upright on a chair, insert the funnel, and then poor in the amount of water that you’ve decided to try.  Once you have the water in it, you run your hands down the pillow until you hit the water area, to push excess air out, then insert the cap to seal it shut.  By doing this step, it keeps the pillow from making a “sloshing” sound when you turn over.  If you hear the water, then you don’t have all of the air out of it!  That’s it!  Super easy!  I studied the water chart and measured out the amount of water I thought I’d need, and then tried the pillow.  It felt amazing to me, but I still needed just a bit more support.  I just added a little bit more, and it was perfect!
You don’t have to take my word for it though, nor do you have to just take Mediflow’s word.  John Hopkins Hospital conducted a neck pain and quality of sleep study, and the Mediflow Waterbase Pillow ranked the best out of all pillows tested!  The Mediflow pillow helped to reduce pain patients felt upon waking, it increased their pain relief, and it also improved their quality of sleep!  As a person who suffers from a severe case of Fibromyalgia, I can attest how hard it is to get quality sleep when you do sleep.  Insomnia is a horrible beast of Fibromyalgia that plagues me.  It’s also been proven that people with Fibromyalgia never get into a good sleep cycle.  In my honest opinion this pillow is worth it’s weight in gold!  I’ll never ever own another pillow again.  After just one night of sleeping on the Mediflow Waterbase Pillow, I knew that they’d convinced me!  Therefore, I’m excited to bring a giveaway to you all, so that you’ll have a chance to win your own Mediflow Waterbase Pillow!
Giveaway will run from 12:01am September 27, 2012 – 11:59pm October 11, 2012.  Giveaway open to US residents.  This blog is not responsible for shipping the prize.  Prize will be shipped directly from Mediflow.  Winner will be listed on the Raffle Copter form when contest ends, and I will email the winner.  Winner will then have 48 hours to respond to me with their shipping info, or a new winner will be selected.
*I did not receive any cash compensation for hosting this review and giveaway, but I did receive one of the pillows to try out, and give my honest opinion of.  All opinions expressed are my own without any influence from Mediflow.

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Vomiting and Diarrhea is Often Due to New Food or Treat

Everyday a client brings a pet into the clinic for stomach or bowel trouble. The cause of  vomiting and diarrhea can be due to a virus, giardia, coccidia, bacteria, or new food  or treat. If the vomiting or diarrhea is severe and your pet looks ill,they may need a veterinary exam and tests to treat serious illnesses like parvo,pancreatitis, or obstructions. For example if your pet has a soft stool and is happy, some practical home remedies may work just fine. However if  your pet is ill and resembles a brown rainbird when it goes potty, a vet visit is in order. 

Puppies are especially prone to infections with parvovirus, giardia, and coccidia. A fresh stool sample will often help diagnose the infection. Puppies also chew anything and everything. A piece of a toy, plastic, foil, fabric, plant, cat poop, or something dead can upset the bowel or give a pup food poisoning (infection with bacteria). An unvaccinated puppy may suddenly become sick with a parvovirus infection and suffer from vomiting and bloody diarrhea. Puppies with suspected parvovirus infection should be checked out. A positive parvo test on  a swab of the poop means the puppy may need fluids under the skin and oral medication to take home or IV fluids and medications in the hospital. Puppies with mild symptoms may improve with over the counter pepcid, oral fluids like gator-aid , and chicken baby food many times daily. (Dosages in Dr Greg’s 11 Practical Home Remedies to the right of this blog or on http://dogdishdiet.com)

Mild diarrhea in dogs may respond to a 12-24 hour fast, then small amounts of white rice and chicken baby food(75/25) or just baby food alone over a day or two. You can also add a pinch  of ground pumpkin seeds, half a tsp of non-spiced canned pumpkin, or a yogurt with probiotic to help the gut. Remember to feed smaller  amounts 3 times per day to let the inflamed gut adjust to food again. After a couple days, you can reintroduce your dog to its normal diet.

Diarrhea in kittens can be due to giardia, coccidia, or food that didin’t agree with them. Fresh poop may show an infection or a recent change of food may be the culprit. Some cats are so sensitive to changes in food and will have occasional to constant bouts of vomiting  or diarrhea. It may be helpful to switch to  a canned or dry diet free of grains or  a canned food for those with a touchy stomach or bowel. Remember that cats are carnivores and that our commercial diets are filled with grains and processing chemicals that may wreak havoc with the stomach and bowels of some sensitive cats. I have switched my cats to canned food, raw or cooked meat, and home cooked food. In fact I write about better choices for feeding cats in my new eBook “Feed Your Pet to Avoid the Vet.”    http://mcompublishing.flyingcart.com/?p=detail&pid=9&cat_id=0. If your cat has chronic diarrhea problems, try feeding a limited ingredient canned food or just cooked chicken for a week. If the diarrhea improves, y0u know that poultry is a good choice. If chicken doesn’t work try a few days of shrimp or tuna. These types of  trials are called elimination diets to find out which ingredients are the best for your pet!

Many dogs suffer from allergies to grains or other ingredients in their food or treats. Wheat, corn, or beef are common allergens that can cause itchy skin, ear infections, anal gland pain and swelling, hotspots, and even seizures. ”Dog Dish Diet” is a book I wrote about helping dog owners decide the best type of food to feed their dogs. http://dogdishdiet.com/order-now .

Both books are about easy, practical, ways to feed your dog and “Feed Your Pet” has important advice for the cat owner. I have been a vet for thirty years and now realize that if owners fed differently, 20-30% of medical problems would disappear. My advice may help your dog or cat recover from health problems or avoid future ones.

Download the free PDF, “11 Practical Home Remedies ” to the right of this blog or at http://dogdishdiet.com for other tips to treat minor medical problems.

  

Dr. Greg’s Dog Dish Diet

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Tick Removal: Blister & Straw and Knot Methods

Method of removing wood ticks, developed by Dr. Murakami, involves a subdermal injection at the bite site of a solution of Xylocaine and adrenalin. Successful in forcing the tick to retract its mouthparts and pull head out of skin, without emptying stomach contents into host (which would result in transmission of borellia bergdorferi spirochaete responsible for Lyme Disease) * Please Note: This procedure should only be done by a physician. Straw and knot method is another method used by Dr. Murakami. The success of this method lies in the subtle but constant upward pressure on the string once the tick is “caught” with the knot.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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Life’s Abundance Receives 2012 Florida Companies to Watch Award!

Life’s Abundance has been recognized as a recipient of the 2012 Florida Companies to Watch(SM) award, an honor presented by the Florida Economic Gardening Institute (GrowFL) at the University of Central Florida.

Florida Companies to Watch is an awards program that celebrates privately held second-stage companies headquartered in the state. To be eligible, applicants must employ between six and 99 full-time equivalent employees and have between $ 750,000 and $ 50 million in annual revenue or working capital in place. Awardees are selected for demonstrating the intent and capacity to grow based on employee or sales growth, exceptional entrepreneurial leadership, sustainable competitive advantage, outstanding corporate culture, inspired community giving and other notable strengths.

In its second year, Florida Companies to Watch is presented by SunTrust Banks and the University of Central Florida in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation and with special support from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Fifty companies from across the state of Florida will receive their recognition at an awards gala on Friday, October 19th in Orlando, Florida.

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WARNING: I have highjacked Jan’s blog today! –Taki the Cat

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Update: Doubling my sister’s sales

Dang, I forgot to note the total sales at the end of the month!!

But those evite Christmas cards definitely worked because three of Val’s customers who haven’t ordered since 2007 got online within a day of opening the card and ordered.

And then I’m helping another one of my friends and HER customers did the same thing, got online and ordered after getting their cards.

And somewhere, we’ve picked up four new customers for her and one new customer for me in the week since Christmas. That’s five customers in a week, that’s excellent! I would say these come from the articles that I wrote between Christmas and New Year’s. Need to definitely write some more!

A day in the life of a HealthyPetNet Rep

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Not featured in the Martha Stewart Home Fragrance Collection: eau de Koa butt

As you may or may not recall, we’ve had our house on the market for a while. It has been a horrible experience, if I’m being honest, and it’s turning me into an unpleasant person. The last five months of constant chasing around after two kids and two dogs, keeping an immaculate house for strangers to paw through at whim before dismissively walking away, has taken its toll. We’ve decided that this is the last week, and after that we’re taking a break and pulling the place off the market until after the new year.

The first couple of months were ok. I kept the place at high levels of show readiness. I’d whisk the dogs away to Grandma’s, the house would be swept bare of every hint of a pet, and I’d carefully scour the backyard, every last inch, for wayward dog piles. Now, though, I’m kind of over it. I leave the dogs at the house for the realtor to deal with if I have somewhere else to be, the counters may have some papers on it, and I stopped carefully rotating my Caldrea diffusers and setting the radio to just the right level of smooth jazz.

Now, no music for you! Smell my burnt toast from this morning! If the toilet seat isn’t down, oh well! And if someone isn’t watching themselves and tromps through the grass without paying attention, I can’t be held responsible for what they might find. I’m D-O-N-E.

I do have some reservations about leaving the dogs in the house, but after this many months, sometimes it just can’t be helped. I live in constant fear of the realtor walking in with an interested party to find a shredded bag of kale chips ground into the entryway, or a steaming pile of vomit on the area rug, or Koa standing on the couch with all the cushions on the floor, howling plaintively at the window as she tends to do when her separation anxiety gets bad. As far as I know, it hasn’t happened yet, but those things all did happen to ME, all approximately 10 minutes before people were scheduled to arrive, and it makes me stabby.

This weekend, as we announced that this was the last week we’d let the house be shown, I had to prepare once again for someone to stroll though and not have anything come of it, a perpetual Open House for people “just wondering what the market was like in our area but not actively looking right now.” I walked back in the house after they left, annoyed that the people didn’t share this tidbit until after they wasted my time doing things I hate, like vacuuming- only to be greeted by the horrible and unmistakable scent of anal glands in the front hallway. Now, if you don’t know this smell, consider yourself lucky. It’s kind of like putrescent broccoli mixed with a pork chop left out in the sun for two days, then soaked in yogurt and left to mold in a dungheap.

We left our own aromatherapy oils out in the foyer, Mom! You're welcome!

Ugh, I thought, looking around. The dogs were sitting there, looking happy as can be. Nothing was shredded. But someone, somewhere in the last 45 minutes, had let loose. I hoped against hope that perhaps this happened after the people left, a reaction of sadness to saying goodbye to the realtor they have gotten to know so very well this past 150 days of inertia. I knelt down to the floor and looked for telltale signs of the offending substance.

I saw a small smear of liquid on the floor, a tiny glistening streak of what might be drool, might be water, might be anal gland goo. I grabbed a paper towel and went to dab it up. Yup. Anal glands on the hardwood. Then, as Koa stood there wagging her tail proudly, I saw it- a smelly footprint, men’s size 10 or so, outlined on the floor in the same offensive substance. Perhaps it is unkind of me that I laughed a little when I saw it, but like I said, they didn’t even show up with any intention of making an offer, and I wasted 45 minutes of my day so they could come in and disrupt my life. Serves them right that they now have a long and inexorable reminder of our happy little abode.

The thought of them going back to the car and stepping onto their car mats with their fouled shoe on this, a 98 degree weekend, was enough to make the cleanup process in the aftermath totally worth it.

 

Pawcurious: With Pet Lifestyle Expert and Veterinarian Dr. V.

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