Keep Pets Hydrated This Summer

As it gets warmer, it’s important to remember that adequate hydration is critical to the health and well-being of our pets. Stress, activity, and air temperature can all contribute to excess fluid loss in dogs and could lead to fatigue, weakness, tremors, heat stroke, or even death.

Water that sits outdoors can become contaminated from debris, evaporate, or the bowl can get flipped over, leaving the dog with nothing to drink. The WaterDog automatic outdoor pet drinking fountain is activated when pets come within one meter of the unit and turns off within seconds of the pet’s departure. Perfect for multiple dog households!

May 30, 2011 at 4:27 pm Leave a comment

You give, we give…A gift from Contech

The fearless (and insane) leaders of our organization braved the frigid waters off Victoria's Fisherman's Wharf to raise money the local food bank. This year, our Victoria office (15 people) raised a record $5,400 for the cause. Photo credit: Darren Stone, Times Colonist

Over the past three years, one thing has come to represent the best of the season for our team at Contech. It’s not the lunch room table full of cookies or the martini bar at our holiday party, it’s our annual “Harbor Hop” – the culmination of a month’s worth of fundraising for our local food bank.

This event brings us together as a group and connects us to our community in the true spirit of the holidays.

And because we think that giving really is the best gift, we would like to make you a holiday offer that does not involve getting soaked…

Support your community without the hypothermia…
From now until the end of January 2011, make a contribution of $25 or more to a food bank in your community, send us a copy of the receipt, and we will send you a Wasp Trap, Waspinator, Fruit Fly Trap, Window Fly Trap, or Flour & Pantry Moth Trap for FREE and we’ll even pay for the shipping!

To cash in on this offer:
1. E-mail a copy of your receipt, product choice, and shipping address to info@contech-inc.com. Use “holiday offer” in the subject line. Or…
2. Fax a copy of your receipt, product choice, and shipping information to 1.250.383.3163, attention: “holiday offer”. Or…
3. Mail a copy of your receipt, product choice, and shipping information to:
Contech Enterprises
Attention: Holiday offer
115-19 Dallas Road
Victoria, BC V8V 5A6
Canada

Our best wishes for a happy, healthy holiday season and a new year filled with good fortune!

The Team at Contech

December 17, 2010 at 9:01 pm Leave a comment

“There’s Nothing Funny about Flatulence”

If I had a dollar for every time I said that in my household of six men…well, I’d be rich enough to hide away in a hotel for awhile. And while I may truly be the only one in my house who doesn’t “get” the joke, excess gas really can be an issue – particularly when it comes to the canine members of our family.

Gas, vomiting, and abdominal pain can be signs of gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) or canine bloat. GDV is the number two killer of dogs and a serious problem for pet owners who often underestimate the issue.

To help promote healthier eating habits, the EatBetter bowl incorporates a raised wishbone-shaped partition that provides easy access to food, but prevents dogs from gulping their meal too quickly. The bowl’s innovative design encourages dogs to eat slower, take smaller mouthfuls, chew more, and avoid overeating.

The DrinkBetter bowl uses a floating obstacle to control the flow of water, encouraging dogs to drink slower and take only as much as they need, without soaking their ears and muzzles or slopping water around the feeding area.

And because we think this issue is no laughing matter, we are offering a seriously great deal on our EatBetter and DrinkBetter Bowls.

Purchase a medium EatBetter Bowl and DrinkBetter Bowl from www.contech-inc.com before November 30th, 2010 and we will give you $10 off your purchase. Just enter coupon code: EBDBNOV as you check out!

November 4, 2010 at 7:05 pm 2 comments

Press * For a Real, Live Person

Several years ago, we made the strategic decision to focus our limited resources on building a reputation without traditional advertising. A superior customer service team, made up of accessible and knowledgeable people, was a big part of the plan. Daily, we hear from customers who are amazed by our service and the real people on our team.

“I would like to commend you on your excellent customer service. I was really pleased that I dealt with a real person who was pleasant and polite. Please keep up the great service. It is rare to find nowadays!” – Roselind Seats

“Glad to see a company that takes its customer service seriously. They are the ones that succeed in the marketplace.” – Sue

“I have come to believe over the years that customer service is a term from the past – what a pleasure to find that at least in Canada, that is not the case!” – Ellis Gesten

“Thank you for your technical support and the way you responded to my concerns. It was beyond belief how you and your firm support your customers. I wish all companies responded to their customers like you did.” – Alan Hughes

Thank you Sandra, Alaina, Quin and Jessica. We are so lucky to have you!

September 29, 2010 at 4:59 pm Leave a comment

Nine Lives and Counting

There’s no denying that aging should come with a set of privileges not afforded the young and na├»ve. It’s a notion that we become more attached to as the years go by and one that my eldest cat has recently embraced whole-heartedly.

While he has always been a good-natured and compliant feline, he is now 85 (in cat years) and has taken to all manner of behaviors that are quite uncharacteristic. He sleeps on the dining room table when we’re not in the room, eats off our plates if we turn our backs for a second and, yesterday, I found him using my clinging-to-life fig tree as a litter box. It’s as though, nearing the end of his ninth life, he has decided to throw all caution to the wind and whoop it up. And, because he’s endured countless moves, the birth of two loud children, and the introduction of three dogs, we’re inclined to let him.

If, however, you need to curtail the untoward behavior of your cats, the StayAway is the perfect solution. The StayAway detects motion from up to three feet and emits a harmless blast of compressed air and a warning sound that keeps cats away from protected areas.

September 14, 2010 at 6:27 pm 1 comment

December Photo Contest Winner

Judi B sent us this winning photo of Guido. As the winner of the December “What Makes Your Holidays Happy” contest, Judi has won a Contech product of her choice!

“My holidays are meowvalously happy because my cat Guido and I regularly visit a senior center for persons with Down Syndrome and Autism. It warms my heart and makes Guido purr to mingle and jingle with the endearing people who are maybe not as agile as both Guido and I. But basically we’re all the same creatures and love sharing our Holiday cheer.”

January 5, 2010 at 7:14 pm Leave a comment

November Contest Winner

Linda Yoak sent us this winning photo of Herman the “Caterpillar” from pleasesaveacat.com. As the winner of the November Pet Hallowe’en Costume contest, Linda has won a set of EatBetter and DrinkBetter Bowls!

December 2, 2009 at 10:46 pm Leave a comment

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