The Real Risk: The Truth About Heartworm In Cats

April 16th, 2015 by PetMed Staff

PetMed_iStock_000016382961_resizePeople commonly mistake heartworm disease as a canine-only problem, but heartworm in cats occurs nationwide, causing painful symptoms and early mortality. While cats aren’t the ideal host for heartworms, an alarming rate of cats are diagnosed with heartworm each year. As a result, we advise routine screening and monthly preventive medication to protect your cat. Read the rest of this entry »

Establishing A Pet Health Baseline

April 11th, 2015 by PetMed Staff

Cat at veterinarianGetting to know your pet is a pleasure unlike any other. All animals have unique personality traits, patterns, behaviors, and even quirks that dictate their actions. As a pet owner, you are privileged to witness, learn about, and understand what drives your pet, but when it comes to his or her health, you may not always have the inside scoop.

Wellness exams serve many purposes, but for us, spending some time with your pet once or twice a year can shed tremendous light on future visits. We refer to this as establishing a pet health baseline, and we hope to work closely with you and your pet throughout all the years to come. Read the rest of this entry »

Spring Cleaning and Pet-Safe Household Cleaners

April 2nd, 2015 by PetMed Staff

Dog Making Mess Of Newly Mopped FloorAs we learn more about the harmful effects of household chemicals on the environment, our families, and pets, many of us are electing to use safer, biodegradable products and pet-safe household cleaners. Unfortunately, many of the top selling chemical based products are still on the market and in many homes, despite the growing evidence of their toxicity.

While the brands and names change, there are certain chemicals that are especially noxious when it comes to pets (as well as small children and those with compromised immune systems). These ingredients include:

  • Chlorine
  • Ammonia
  • Formaldehyde
  • Glycol Ethers
  • All of these products have been linked to certain cancers, anemia, and lung, liver, and kidney damage in studies conducted by the University of California Berkeley, the EPA, and many other health and the environment based institutions. Read the rest of this entry »

    Getting Schooled: Learning about Adopting a Pet in College

    March 21st, 2015 by PetMed Staff

    PetMed_iStock_000007798029_LargeThe years spent in college generally inspire a nostalgic mist in most adults, as they were full of independence, new relationships, and fresh experiences. But those years spent away from family and friends can be lonely and isolating for many young students yearning for a new best friend.

    While adopting a pet in college may seem like a wonderful solution, there are serious considerations to make for your pet’s safety, comfort, and health. Read the rest of this entry »

    Recognizing and Responding to a Pet Emergency

    March 16th, 2015 by PetMed Staff

    XtraCat2_iStock_000040717462_LargePet emergencies can happen at any time and involve anything from a pet poisoning to an automobile accident. In some cases, the emergency and its symptoms are obvious, such as in the case of a trauma. But, what about those harder to detect emergencies or signs of an illness or injury? Would you know how to recognize the more subtle signs of a pet emergency? Read the rest of this entry »

    Best Practices To Prevent Pet Poisonings

    March 11th, 2015 by PetMed Staff

    Puppy on ottomanYour PetMed team spends a lot of time advocating for pet safety throughout the year, but during the entire month of March, we join the national effort to honor the importance of preventing pet poisonings.

    Because of the unfortunate prevalence of pet poisonings, the week of March 15-21 receives distinction, and we aim to encourage all pet owners to manage their pet’s environments and limit any exposure to dangerous items or ingredients. How, you ask? By preventive measures, of course! Read the rest of this entry »

    The Canine Conundrum: Choosing the Right Dog for Your Family

    February 27th, 2015 by PetMed Staff

    PetMed_iStock_000020863550_FullWith the sheer number of dog breeds to choose from, it’s hard to know which breed is right for you. The temptation to choose that furry, cute puppy or friendly but massive mastiff is strong, especially when you’re at a shelter and faced with the idea that someone else may swoop in and adopt him (or worse, that he or she may not find a home at all).

    Ideally, choosing the right dog is not an impulsive process, but one that involves an understanding of your motivation to adopt, your lifestyle, and what you are seeking in a canine companion. Read the rest of this entry »

    Stem Cell Treatments for Pets: The Basics

    February 15th, 2015 by PetMed Staff

    Veterinarian giving injection insulin to a cat‘Stem cell’ is a popular buzzword that most people have had some exposure to in the last few years. When we think of stem cell therapy, we often think of experimental procedures and controversial topics.

    While this treatment is certainly cutting edge; stem cell treatments for pets are far from experimental or controversial. Learn what pet owners need to know about how animals may benefit from stem cell treatments. Read the rest of this entry »

    Why Chocolate is Bad for Pets

    February 6th, 2015 by PetMed Staff

    PetMed_iStock_000018985469_LargeWith Valentine’s Day on the horizon, love is in the air and those brightly packaged hearts full of chocolaty goodness are lined up on the store shelves. We do love our chocolate, but as pet owners we also take heed of the inherent dangers of pets and chocolate. And, while most of us understand that chocolate is bad for pets, there is some confusion as to why.

    Before we start to celebrate Valentine’s Day, in all of its sugary, confectionary goodness, your friends at PetMed thought it would be a good time to cover why chocolate and other common candy treats present health dangers to your pet. Read the rest of this entry »

    Pet Dental Health: It Matters.

    February 2nd, 2015 by PetMed Staff

    PetMed_iStock_000018600201_LargeWhile some pet parents still scoff at the idea, the truth (or tooth) of the matter is, that good health includes, and may even begin at, your pet’s mouth. After meeting nutrition and exercise needs, your pet’s dental health should be a top priority – and for good reason.

    With numerous negative health conditions resulting from poor dental hygiene, it’s staggering that more than two-thirds of all pets we see have some form of dental disease.

    The good news? By recognizing the importance of dental care, brushing your pet’s teeth daily, and keeping annual wellness exams your pet’s life can be extended.

    Acknowledging the importance of pet dental care led us to create a special upcoming promotion: all dental services scheduled in February will be discounted 20%!

    Let’s review what your pet may experience during a dental examination. Read the rest of this entry »