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“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 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

Nine Lives and Counting

There’s no denying that aging should come with a set of privileges not afforded the young and naïve. 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

November Contest Winner

Linda Yoak sent us this winning photo of Herman the “Caterpillar” from 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

November Photo Contest

Win a Prize for your Pet’s Hallowe’en Costume!

Do you have a cute photo of your pet dressed up for Hallowe’en? Send it to us! If we choose your photo as our November winner, you win a set of EatBetter and DrinkBetter bowls!

Contest ends November 30, 2009. Photos will be chosen based on suitability and quality. Contech retains the right to use photos for future advertising or promotions.

November 6, 2009 at 11:46 pm Leave a comment

August Photo Contest Winner

Kim Fish is the winner of the August WaterDog Photo Contest! “Buck” loves his WaterDog. Buck has won a set of EatBetter and DrinkBetter bowls for his photo! Thank you to everyone who entered the WaterDog photo contest.
Runners Up!
It was a tough decision with such cute photos. Here are our 4 runners up:

runner-up-2Newfie, Tara, will go outside just to drink from her WaterDog. runner-up-1Photo sent in by Nancy.
runner-up-3Jake grabbing a cold one after a long walk. runner-up-4Jake once again, sent in by Jason.

September 2, 2009 at 5:34 pm Leave a comment

Will Purr For Food

My cat is more of a ‘meower’ when he wants to eat…Or, maybe he tried the ‘purring’ approach for awhile and we never listened.

July 15, 2009 at 4:11 pm Leave a comment

The Girls

I grew up in East Vancouver in a ‘male’ household. My world was all about hockey, baseball, fishing, hunting and Labrador Retrievers. For the last 30 years, I have been living in a ‘female’ household…which comes complete with cats.
Our current inventory consists of two Himalayan Persian Blue Points—sisters…princesses In their world, I am an employee, a person to be tolerated. In order to have the honor of these two lovelies live with us, the breeder allowed me to make monthly payments.  We also signed an agreement stating that we would not breed the ‘girls’ and thus offset some of their room and board. It has been 14 long years now since they came to live with us; 14 years of vet bills that would almost equal the price of that boat I have always wanted.

It was discovered early on that the ‘girls’ do not tolerate the normal cat food that one can purchase in the supermarket.  Oh, no…Like everything else in their pampered, temperamental lives, they will only eat one brand of food–sold only by their favorite vet at a much-inflated price Not only am I putting my last daughter through university, but I am sure the vet’s kids are enjoying a good education courtesy of the ‘girls’.

When I make my monthly trek to the vet’s office to purchase their special food, the staff always asks Shanni and Chloe how they are doing.  The only question they ever ask me is “How do ya wanna to pay for this?”

– Bruce Thomson

March 18, 2009 at 10:32 pm Leave a comment

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