Product Review: Flexi Vario Retractable Leash

October 21st, 2014

 Now that Fall is here I anticipate much longer walks with the pups. As mentioned before I watch my sisters Eskijack, Jake, during the day so daily walks with both oftentime cut into my work time. I was happy to learn that Flexi offered a variation of their retractable dog leash to suit my needs, the Vario, to which I was sent a sample.

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If you’re looking for a stylish, durable, and heavy-duty retractable dog leash I’d say the Flexi is a great option. The best part for my needs is the duo belt that allows both dogs to be walked comfortably at the same time. Initially I was worried about them becoming tangled but the product design ensures a seamless walking experience for both dogs.

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The heavy duty retractable dog leash also has reflective components for nighttime walks.

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 I was surprised how easily they adjusted. I never had issues with rectractable leashes before despite warnings against them recently. Am I the minority or what? To ensure your pets are safe keep them on a shorter leash around other dogs at parks to avoid them ‘running out the leash.’ 

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Available in an array of stylish colors ( not shown: black, red, gray)

Other models of Flexi Retractable Leashes available here, here, and here.

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The Flexi Vario Retractable Leash can easily be adjusted to your needs via add-ons such as a multi-purpose box for treats or waste bags and an LED lighting system, all available at pet-specialty retailers nationwide.


  * Be sure to read Flexi’s safety pamphlets before use.


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Incredible Underwater Photos of Puppies

October 20th, 2014

Photographer and New York Times bestselling author, Seth Casteel, just make your Monday that much more bearable. Notable for this first book, Underwater Dogs, he just released a much-anticipated sequel, Underwater Puppies. Working with over 1,500 rescue dogs, Casteel snapped each pooch’s pic as he or she dove into the water and produced a set of images guaranteed to delight. The following are some pics from the book!


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 seth casteel underwater puppies

seth casteel underwater puppies

seth casteel underwater puppies

seth casteel underwater puppies

seth casteel underwater puppies

seth casteel underwater puppies

Purchase Underwater Puppies for more cute pics! Also available as a 2015 Wall Calendar
and Mini Calendar – perfect for gift giving for the upcoming holidays.


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Pet Industry News for October 17th, 2014

October 17th, 2014

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Symptoms of Illness in Your Pet

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3 Easy Bone Broth Recipes for Dogs.

Celebrate Adopt a Shelter Dog Month with Reduced Dog Adoption Fees at the ASPCA.

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Symptoms of Illness In Your Pet

October 15th, 2014

Jordan Walker is a devoted pet lover whose passion for animals has powered him through to spread the word about animal loving and care. This is exactly what he’s doing while writing for  Coops And Cages. This article is all about detecting the symptoms of illness in cats or dogs.

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The pet’s health should always be a priority for pet owners. Since they can’t talk, it is the human owner’s responsibility to be attuned to what the pets are feeling. It is important that they know how to spot a sick pet, hence the need to recognize the symptoms of an illness in a dog or cat. The quicker the owner can detect their illness, the better it will be for them and the faster the right care for the sick pet will be provided.


Symptoms in Ill Cats

Sick cats show behavior changes and physical symptoms. The most common symptoms among ill cats include the following:

  • Diarrhea or vomiting. Cats do vomit on occasion, even without being sick. This usually happens when they eat junk, leaves and other foreign items while they play outside. But it’s a different story when the cat vomits several times in a day, does not eat much, and acts lethargic. Experts recommend bringing them to the vet immediately.


  • It is important to check the pet’s vomit too. When cats vomit digested blood that appears like coffee ground or pure blood, it can be a serious problem. This could happen when they eat a foreign object or have gastric ulcers.


  • A bloody stool is another symptom of a cat illness that should be checked by the vet.
  • Feeling down without appetite. If cats suddenly stop eating and look listless for 24 hours, they must be brought to the vet. The lack of appetite among cats is more serious than among dogs, especially among overweight cats that might get a fatty liver after failing to eat for days. This should be treated right away.


  • A cat that is lethargic without any obvious reason may need to go to the vet. It’s even more alarming if their lethargy comes with other symptoms, such as weakness, tolerance, loss of consciousness, and collapse.
  • Coughing. Consistent coughing should be checked. It could be related to lung diseases, heartworms or heart disease.


  • Frequent urinating. Increased urination might make housebroken pets start urinating inside the house. This could be due to kidney disease, liver disease, or adrenal gland disease.


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On the other hand, too little urination or difficulty in urination might be due to bladder stones or urinary tract problems. These are urgent cases that should be checked by the vet.

Cats with bladder stones may have blood in their urine. Male cats with this condition may not be able to urinate at all, a condition that can be lethal within 24 hours.

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      • Lameness, stiffness, or difficulty with getting up. These are possible symptoms of spine arthritis, hip arthritis, ruptured ligaments, disc disease, or hip dysplasia.


      • Itchy skin or hair loss. These are often caused by mange mites, ticks, fleas, and ear mites. In some cases, itchy skin or hair loss may also be caused by endocrine problems, yeast or fungal infection, staph infections, and many other causes.


      • Sudden weight loss or weight gain. This is often seen among cats with hyperthyroidism or diabetes.


      • Bad breath. Cats with bad breath may be suffering from a digestive disorder or kidney disease.


      • Changes in vocalization. Quiet cats that suddenly start howling overnight may be suffering from hypertension, anxiety or hyperthyroidism.


      • Changes in grooming habits. Cats that keep waking up at night or keep taking catnaps may be in pain, especially when they are growing old.


Symptoms in Ill Dogs


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Detecting illness in dogs may not be the easiest thing to do, so pet owners must be more observant to notice the subtle signs of potential illnesses. Their symptoms often include:

      • Diarrhea or constipation. Dogs suffering from diarrhea or constipation for more than 48 hours must be taken to the vet right away. A stool sample might be taken.


      • Frequent coughing, sneezing, vomiting, or gagging. When dogs choke or vomit after eating, it could be a sign of an allergy or a serious infection, especially among older dogs. They could be suffering from kennel cough, an infectious condition, may lead to breathing difficulties and a serious condition among dogs with pushed-in faces, such as Boston terriers, pugs, boxers, or bulldogs. Pneumonia may also become a complication once the dogs develop a fever, loss of appetite, nasal discharge, or lethargy.



      • Difficulty urinating. Notice when your dog yelps when urinating, has blood in the urine, or urinates with a hunched back.


      • Red, swollen gums. These often surface with bad breath, possibly indicating gum disease. In severe cases, dogs may lose their teeth, experience sudden weight loss, or cannot hold their food in their mouths.


      • Refusal to eat for more than 24 hours. While dogs may sometimes become picky eaters, it’s best to get them to your vet if they flat out refuse to eat for more than a day.


      • Runny nose or eyes. Runny nose and eyes, panting, sneezing, and other flu-like symptoms may indicate respiratory problems. Other symptoms may include shortness of breath or gasping.


      • Flaking, itchy skin. A healthy dog’s skin is smooth and black or pink, but an ill one exhibit signs of dermatitis and itching, which could be linked to an allergic reaction.


      • Tiredness. If the dog isn’t his active self, it’s a good enough reason to have him checked.


      • Smelly ears. This could indicate ear infection.


      • Scratching. This is a common symptom of skin allergies or infections and parasitic infestation.


      • Panting. Dogs pant when they are suffering from dehydration, overheating, heartworm infestation, respiratory infection,


      • Pot belly. This may indicate canine obesity or worm infestation.

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How to Care for a Sick Pet

Pet owners should know emergency situations when they see one, which include a bloated hard tummy, inability to urinate, excessive diarrhea or vomiting, inability to rise, and seizures.

After seeing the vet, pet owners should continue to care for the sick pet at home. Follow their medication, give them physical care, and feed them special foods, as prescribed by the vet. It might be the right time to shift to healthier foods for the pets. If you want to prevent future illnesses, you may want to be more proactive. Natural remedies for pets may help.

It’s also important to keep the sick pet in a calm, peaceful environment where they can rest and recuperate. Young kids and other pets should be kept away from the recovering pet.

Be more observant of the sick cat or dog to report to the vet if the symptoms have worsened or if new symptoms have developed. A re-examination might be necessary in some cases.

Assure your pet dog or cat that you are always there for them. Make them feel loved and cared for to help them recover quickly.

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Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops And Cages as well as a couple of other pet related blogs. His passion for animals is only matched by his love for ‘attempting’ to play the guitar. If you would like to catch him, you can via Google+ or Twitter: @CoopsAndCages

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October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month

October 14th, 2014

Now more than ever there are shelter dogs waiting to be adopted. Here are some little steps I (and everyone really) can take to get the word out and get these pets into loving forever homes. If you’re ready to take the leap I’ve included more resources so you can be better informed before adopting.

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• Donate your Facebook status. Just paste this message into the box at the top of your page: “October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month. Save a life: Adopt a dog!

• Contact your local shelter or rescue group (you can search for groups near you here) and ask if they have a donation wish list or other flyer they’d like to you to post around your office or neighborhood. They may be holding special events for Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month which you can help promote.

• Visit The Daily Dog Tag for a roster of available dogs in shelters around the U.S. The amazing photos on the site will have you re-thinking what ‘shelter dog’ means.

• Take the Rescue Pledge – By pledging, you help take a stand against commercial pet distribution in favor of spreading awareness of the good that comes with shelter adoption.

• In covering all bases, review 7 Important Questions to Ask When Adopting a Rescue Dog.

• Extend the window of opportunity for a dog to be adopted by becoming a foster pet parent.

With your help, these pups are one step closer to happiness in their new homes. Here are a series of photos depicting that feeling!


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