Dog Whisperer by Cesar Millan Microtec Gel Fill Orthopedic Napper

THE BASICS:

This gel-filled dog bed designed by Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan features:

  • Breathable Microtec sleep surface
  • Super soft, microfiber material
  • 3 layers of comfort -  an orthopedic pad, gel topper fill pad and a layer of “comfort fill”
  • Non-skid bottom helps keep these orthopedic dog beds in place
  • Removable machine washable zippered cover

 

ABOUT THE BED:

Size: 29 x 39 x 4 inches

Weight: 5.9 pounds

Color: Soft Blue

 

WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT

  • The grip bumps on the bottom keep the bed in place, even on hardwood floors
  • The removable cover makes for easy clean-up
  • The combination firm support and contouring foam reduces the strain on dogs with joint problems
  • Dogs with arthritis seem less painful after a good night’s sleep on this bed

 

WHY PEOPLE HATED IT

  • Tends to go “flat” after prolonged use
  • Some users reported zipper failure
  • Soft, comfy fabric isn’t sturdy enough to withstand “nesting” behavior

 

THE BOTTOM LINE

This bed seems to be one of those products that people either really love or really hate. It is one of the top selling beds and has gotten rave reviews by most dog owners. However, it does seem to have its share of problems.

 

Finding the right orthopedic bed for a dog with hip or other joint problems is important and may take some trial and error as each dog is a little different. Older and large breed dogs especially need a superior bed for joint support and quality sleep. Orthopedic dog beds are made up of layers to provide support for your dog’s entire body. This can ease muscle and joint pain, adding to his quality of life. Many vets believe that the lack of proper bed support as a youngster, may add to the chances of his developing arthritis later in life.

 

The Cesar Millan Microtec Gel Fill Orthopedic Napper has all the right makings for a perfect bed; firm support, contouring memory foam layer and a soft, comfortable cover. It just might not be sturdy enough to withstand prolonged use.

Omega Paw Roll ‘n Clean Litter Box

THE BASICS:

A simple self-cleaning litter box at an affordable price

  • Unique “rolling mechanism that is easy to use
  • Covered for privacy
  • Waste collects in the pullout tray for quick, easy disposal
  • Works with clumping cat litter
  • Large enough for multi-cat homes

ABOUT THE LITTER BOX:

Size: 19-1/2 x 22x 20 inches

Doorway: 9×9 inches

Weight: 6.4 pounds

Color: Available in beige, green or blue

 

WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT

  • No electricity or expensive filters needed
  • Effectively controls dust and contains odors
  • Simple self-cleaning mechanism
  • Saves money by saving on clean litter

 

WHY PEOPLE HATED IT

  • Several design flaws lead to sand leakage
  • The lock-tabs are fragile and break easily
  • The grate that separates the clean from the dirty has been known to break
  • Litter and waste tend to stick to the sides

 

THE BOTTOM LINE

A clean litter box is imperative if you want your cat to actually use it; most cats won’t have anything to do with their litter box if there are even a few piles inside. Can you blame them really? There is nothing worse than the only restroom available is a seldom, if ever, cleaned gas station facility! There are many self-cleaning types of litter boxes on the market ranging in price from about $30 to over $300, depending on the type of sifting mechanism involved.

 

The simple rolling sifting mechanism of the Omega Paw Roll ‘n Clean Litter Box seems like a good idea in theory; instead of an expensive electric sifter, you provide the sifting power by manually rolling the entire box to separate the good from the bad. However, many cat owners have had trouble with litter leakage because the box doesn’t seem to seal as well as it needs to in order to the job effectively. There also seems to be a lack of durability in both the external locking tabs and some of the internal plastic features.

The bottom line is, this litter box might not be worth the trouble. If having a reliable self-cleaning litter box is important to you, spend a few more dollars on a system that is made a little sturdier.

Andis Professional Easy Clip Heavy Duty Clippers

THE BASICS:

This professional-quality clipper set includes:

  • 2 blade heads
  • Quick-release button for easy switch-outs
  •  4 safeguard combs
  • Instruction DVD included
  • Stainless-steel shears in their own zippered storage case
  • Heavy-duty plastic storage case
  • One year manufacturer’s limited warranty

ABOUT THE CLIPPER:

  • Motor Type: Permanent Magnet Rotary
  • Strokes Per Minute: 3600
  • Clipper Weight: 2 lbs
  • Clipper Length: 5 3/4″

PROS

  • Easy blade change – great if you have several pets with different coat types
  • Clipping goes much faster
  • Quiet, so pet is less stressed
  • Works on many coat types

CONS

  • A slightly higher than average cost
  • May get hot if used on very thick or dirty coats

THE BOTTOM LINE

Andis is considered one of the leading manufacturers of electric clippers in the world and have been making clippers since the early 1920’s. Their products are designed to last and to help you get the job done. They also have great customer service and tend to stand by their products.

Andis Professional Easy Clip Heavy Duty Clippers would be a great choice for light professional work or for the home groomer who wants a quality clipper. Most customers have given this clipper set a very high rating, sighting that it’s quiet, easy to use, and well worth the price ( ). While most reviewers said the clippers ran cool, a few people did say theirs got extremely hot during use; maybe theirs were made on a Monday! One way to ensure you get the best out of any clipper and keep them working longer is to be sure that your pet’s hair is clean. Dirt and oil can cause friction which causes the blades to dull faster and the motor to have to work harder.

By the way, with their extra-quiet motor and light weight, these clippers also work great for horses! The blades are too small to do a full body clip, but they are perfect for muzzle and ear trims, and horse show touch ups!