Recognizing the Signs of Pet Pain

September 1st, 2015 by PetMed Staff

PetMedSpa_iStock_000022122025_LargeFor many pet owners, the thought of their much-loved pet experiencing any kind of pain is upsetting. Sadly, it is likely that, at some point, he will have an injury or illness that causes pain. The goal to quickly recognize the signs of pet pain and intervene with treatment.

But, what does pain look like in pets?

There are some universal signs, such as limping in the event of a fracture or other injury, but many signs are not so obvious. Read the rest of this entry »

Kids and Pets: Dealing with the Back-to-School Blues

August 21st, 2015 by PetMed Staff

 Enjoying SchoolThere’s no way to avoid it… The time of backpacks, books, and hectic schedules is upon us. For kids and pets, this can be one of the times of year that causes the most upheaval. And, after a few months of fun in the park, backyard, and hanging out together, many pets soon find themselves alone during the day, without their buddies. 

This time of year can be hard on pets, and especially those who suffer from separation anxiety or “only pet” syndrome. Without intervention, the change in schedule can lead to destructive behaviors or even depression. 

But, there are many ways you can help your fur family members cope with the stress of this transition. Let’s explore some of these. Read the rest of this entry »

Xylitol: What To Know And How To Keep Your Pet Safe

August 17th, 2015 by PetMed Staff

 

PetMed_iStock_000000467947_MediumFor many of us, slipping a scrumptious tidbit to our four-legged friends is an enjoyable part of pet ownership. Those wide eyes and wagging tails can tempt even the most stoic pet parent into sharing a bit of whatever we may be eating at the time.

It’s becoming common knowledge that chocolate and other types of people food can be toxic to pets, but there is a hidden danger found in a wide variety of products that many of us are unaware of: Xylitol. Read the rest of this entry »

Protecting Your Pet While Prohibiting the Spread of Kennel Cough

August 9th, 2015 by PetMed Staff

petmed-iStock_000040051884_Large (1)Bordetella, or kennel cough, as it is commonly known, is a highly infectious combination of viral and bacterial infections found among dogs and cats. These infections often include: parainfluenza virus, the bacteria, Bordetella bronchiseptica, and mycoplasma.

The infection affects the respiratory system and produces symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, loss of appetite, and other symptoms you might attribute to a cold or bronchial infection. Read the rest of this entry »

The Best and Most Unusual Cat and Dog Names of 2015

July 31st, 2015 by PetMed Staff

Dog Dressed In Chia Pet Costume For HalloweenRemember back in the day when common family names were the norm? John, Anne, William, and Elizabeth seemed to be top picks once upon a time, yet now we are moving away from the traditional and into the bizarre. In fact, we are also bucking those once standard pet names, such as Fluffy, Fido, and Spot, in lieu for unusual cat and dog names that take a linguist to spell. Read the rest of this entry »

Herding Enthusiasm For The Best – And Safest – Pet Party

July 24th, 2015 by PetMed Staff

PetMed_iStock_000003633007_LargeTo honor your pet’s birthday or adoption date, you may want to join the throngs of other enthusiastic pet owners out there and throw him or her a bash full of fun, games, and treats. While this is a wonderful opportunity to lavish your pet with special attention, hosting a pet party isn’t always a piece of cake. There’s a great deal to consider before those invitations hit the mailbox, and your pals at PetMed are here to help.

Getting Organized

Your pet’s party location should be closely scrutinized. Small affairs can easily be done at home or in the fenced backyard, but if you think you might have more than five pets present, a local park, dog park, or pet-friendly venue might be better, provided it is securely enclosed. Read the rest of this entry »

Party Animals: Petiquette for the social pet

July 15th, 2015 by PetMed Staff

Beautiful Alert Mixed Breed Dog on Front LawnAre you wondering if you should bring your pet to a friend’s BBQ or the neighborhood block party? These days, it’s common to see people and pets out and about together, but reactions from strangers can still vary from welcoming to tolerant to shock. While it is wonderful to share different social experiences with your pet, positive results are only possible with a healthy combination of preparation and extra vigilance. Read the rest of this entry »

Safety Tips for the Smushy: Surviving the Summer with Flat-Faced Pets

July 7th, 2015 by PetMed Staff

 

petmed-iStock_000061375462_LargeOwners of Pugs, Pekingese, and Persians, Bulldogs and Burmese, Shih Tzus and Himalayans should take note. These breeds have one thing in common: They are brachycephalic breeds, meaning that they have shortened noses. While this is a cute trait aesthetically, it prevents some health challenges for these adorable dogs and cats.

Summer with flat-faced pets can present very specific problems. If you are a brachycephalic pet owner, keep reading to find out how to keep your smushed-face friend safe. Read the rest of this entry »

Your All American Pet: Fourth Of July Pet Safety

June 24th, 2015 by PetMed Staff

 

So Cool!Last year, Music City hosted more than 280,000 people and boomed the flip-flops off everyone with a 27-minute firework show featuring 35,000 shells. On a serious entertainment roll, the city promises to deliver a multi-day event, culminating in the largest fireworks display in the nation (take that, New York and D.C.!).

This type of summer splendor and revelry is a terrific time for people of all ages, but many pets find the crowds, noises, and chaos too much to bear. Read more on Fourth of July pet safety here.

Liberty, Justice, and Quiet Time

You may think that your pet would be happier going with you on all of your Independence Day adventures, but, really, leaving him or her in the cool comforts of home is the best – and safest – bet. Even a socialized and well-trained pet can quickly become over-stimulated and unnerved in a crowded place, leaving you to worry or return home swiftly. Read the rest of this entry »

My Little Runaway: How To Handle A Pet Escape Artist

June 17th, 2015 by PetMed Staff

OVRS_iStock_000019191267_Large (1)Owning a dog is one of life’s richest experiences – a privilege often full of unexpected twists and turns. But for many folks, chasing that priviledge down the street, around the corner, and out of the neighbors pansies can wear pretty thin after awhile.

Are you unsure about what to do about your pet escape artist? The motivations behind your dog’s bolting can vary, but the ways to address his or her reasons are simple and effective. Learn more here. Read the rest of this entry »