Halloween Pet Safety Tips

October 27th, 2014 by PetMed Staff

iStock_000045939918_MediumAs you get pulled into the vortex of harvest and Halloween parties and parades, let your to-do list reflect your commitment to your pet’s safety and make conscientious arrangements that will protect him or her this fall.

It’s great if your pet is relaxed, comfortable, and tolerant amidst the unpredictable and unnerving sights and sounds of Halloween. Just like in previous years, you may be able to dress them up and confidently take them around the neighborhood or to a parade. However, you should always be on the lookout for the following ways your pet could get into trouble this Halloween: Read the rest of this entry »

Protecting Your Sporting Dogs (and Other Pets) During Hunting Season

October 23rd, 2014 by beyond

happy hunting dog in actionGenerally speaking, autumn is high season for hunting throughout the state of Tennessee. From white-tailed deer to grouse and quail, hunters can be seen with camouflage attire, pick-ups, and, oftentimes, their companion Bluetick Coonhounds (or other common hunting buddies) at their sides.

Whether you are an avid hunter who brings along sporting dogs, or a pet lover who just enjoys hiking the trails this colorful time of year, when it comes to our pets, the season can bring some dangers if we are not prepared. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week!

October 15th, 2014 by PetMed Staff

Copy of iStock_000018801259_Medium (1)October 12–18 is National Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week, meaning that the time has come to let the vet tech in your (and your pet’s) life know just how much you appreciate his or her efforts in the care and treatment of your pet’s health and wellbeing.

Vet techs provide important services every day that help to ensure that your pet is given exceptional care when he or she comes in for wellness care or treatment. As part of our veterinary team, veterinary technicians directly support our veterinarians and other clinical staff in helping to keep your furry family member happy and healthy.

Veterinary technicians work hard everyday to help ensure your pet receives the best care possible by performing such essential duties as: Read the rest of this entry »

Making the Most of Pet Wellness Exams

October 5th, 2014 by PetMed Staff

iStock_000036607386_MediumWhen your pet’s annual wellness exam approaches, you may be wondering: Has an entire year gone by since your pet’s last wellness examination? You may even be wondering if a wellness check is even necessary, if everything is the same as last year… Your pet is eating well and exercising regularly, is happy as can be, and doesn’t display any red flags in the behavior department. So what could be wrong?

Even if you think that your pet is healthy and content, our annual wellness examinations are the perfect opportunity to ensure that his or her wellbeing and longevity are on track, and that there aren’t any latent issues brewing internally. Just because your pet may seem fine, doesn’t mean that he or she is… Plus, your pet’s wellness exam is a great opportunity to have a one-on-one conversation with your vet about any questions you might have. In short, this exam shouldn’t be put off.

As you prepare your pet for her annual wellness exam we recommend brainstorming a list of questions to guarantee your pet’s annual visit pays off. Read the rest of this entry »

Exercise for Pets With Limited Mobility

September 28th, 2014 by PetMed Staff

Under the tableWe all know how important staying active is, especially as we get older. Our pets are no different. Unfortunately, though, many pets begin to exercise less and less as they age due to limits in their mobility and stamina. Fortunately, there are ways to overcome these types of obstacles.

Why Pets Experience Limited Mobility

There are many reasons your pet may experience a decrease in mobility as he or she ages. Understanding the reasons behind this decline in ability can help you to better help your pet. Read the rest of this entry »

Pancreatitis in Pets

September 22nd, 2014 by PetMed Staff

iStock_000020257269_MediumEvery veterinarian is familiar with pancreatitis. This all-too-common disease can be everything from a nuisance to life-threatening for our pet patients, as it affects dogs and cats alike. However, not many pet owners are as familiar with this condition.

We believe that every pet owner should have a thorough understanding of pancreatitis so that they can help their pet avoid it when possible, and recognize it when needed.

What is Pancreatitis in Pets?

Pancreatitis is the medical term for inflammation of the pancreas. We are not always able to identify what causes pancreatitis in pets. What we do know, is that the pancreas is an organ that is very involved with digestive function, particularly of fats. Overeating, particularly richer foods, does seem to trigger episodes in some animals. Read the rest of this entry »

Leptospirosis – Know the Risks to your Pet and Your Family

September 12th, 2014 by PetMed Staff

Old sad dogLeptospirosis … the name even sounds ominous, doesn’t it? And ominous it is; Leptospirosis is a virulent bacterial infection in that it has the potential of causing life-threatening kidney and liver damage. Leptospirosis, or sometimes commonly called field fever, is a serious infection caused by contact with a form of the more than 250 bacteria strains that comprise the genus Leptospira.

While it may sound exotic, Leptospirosis  is actually becoming more common in the United States and is being considered with greater seriousness as it. Like rabies,Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease, meaning it can be transmitted between animals and humans.

Leptospirosis is most frequently contracted by pets through soil and water which has been contaminated by the urine of infected animals. Read the rest of this entry »

The Fantastic Flea

September 9th, 2014 by PetMed Staff

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The flea is the arch-nemesis of many a pet-owner, and nothing is so helpful as to understand you enemy to the fullest extent. Despite the problems they cause and the chaos that they can bring to a household, fleas are really pretty amazing creatures.  Get to know more about this pet-owner pest.

The Common Flea

The flea we all know and love is properly called Ctenocephalides felis. That’s right, the cat flea. Despite the name, dogs and cats (and many other mammals) are both hosts for this parasite. Fleas have been around for a long time, and flea fossils date all the way back to the Lower Cretaceous period.

Fleas are small, only about 1-2 mm in length. They are usually a reddish brown color and are narrow, making it difficult to find them.

Fleas can make our pets itchy and uncomfortable, and some pets have an actual allergy to flea saliva. Besides causing itching, fleas can carry diseases including Bartonella and parasites like tapeworms. Severe flea infestations can also result in enough blood loss to cause anemia.

People can also suffer from flea-related diseases, which makes even a flea or two in your environment a problem. And, with one flea laying up to 2,000 eggs in her lifetime, an infestation can get out of control very quickly. Read the rest of this entry »

Protecting Your Pet: Why Year-Round Heartworm and Parasite Preventatives Matter

September 5th, 2014 by PetMed Staff

iStock_000026101899_MediumFleas, ticks, and heartworm-carrying mosquitoes are year-round threats to your pet in Tennessee. The diseases these parasites carry can cause your pet serious discomfort and illness, and even prove to be fatal.

As a pet owner, it is your responsibility to help keep your pet healthy and parasite-free throughout his or her lifetime. The single best way to accomplish this is by providing your pet with monthly parasite preventatives, year-round.

In Tennessee, especially, regular preventatives are crucial for pets, due to the warmer weather that persists throughout the year. Fleas, ticks, and even mosquitoes can rear their heads all year long if the weather is right, making continuous coverage a must. Be proactive with your pet’s health by starting a parasite preventative treatment plan that will help protect your pet against illnesses like heartworm disease and Lyme disease. Read the rest of this entry »

Pet Ownership 101: 10 Things Every First-Time Pet Owner Should Know

August 31st, 2014 by beyond

PetMeowSo, you’ve decided to take the plunge and adopt your first pet… Congratulations!

We hope that you’ve prepared yourself for the journey ahead. Adopting a pet is a huge responsibility. You’re making a lifelong commitment to your new furry friend; and, as with any relationships, there will be ups and downs. But the good times and the struggles will be worth it.

Most first-time pet owners know the basics: have your pet spayed or neutered, plenty of food and water, a shiny new tennis ball or catnip mouse, a soft place to sleep, and (of course) lots of love.

But there is a bit more to pet ownership than just that.   Read the rest of this entry »