Easter Pet Safety

April 17th, 2014 by PetMed

Easter Dalmatain Puppy

For many of us, the Easter holiday is a joyous celebration filled with traditions that are fun for the whole family. But what about our four-legged family members? Many Easter traditions involve foods and decorations that are dangerous to pets, making Easter a day to watch out for when it comes to pet safety.

As you are making plans for your Easter activities, be sure to consider how accessible your celebrations are to your pets, and take the extra time to keep your furry family members safe.

Chocolate and Candies

One of the most common causes for pets to end up in the emergency veterinarian clinic over Easter is chocolate and Xylitol.

The theobromine in chocolate is highly toxic to most animals. Even a small amount can be fatal. The darker the chocolate, the more dangerous it is to pets. The effect of chocolate poisoning can range from an upset stomach to cardiac arrest. Read the rest of this entry »

Children and Pet Care: Lessons in Responsibility and Compassion

April 11th, 2014 by PetMed

KidsDog

For many children, owning a pet is a rite of passage. From goldfish to Golden Retrievers, caring for a pet helps children develop self-confidence, responsibility, empathy, and compassion. With the summer months around the corner, now is a great time to think about how you can involve your kids in the responsibility of daily pet care.

While every member of the family should be involved in the care of your family pet, it is important to make sure that the responsibilities your child takes on are age appropriate. Check out these general guidelines to give you some ideas regarding children and pet care, and don’t forget: never make the survival of your pet dependent on your child.

Toddlers and Pet Care

Even the youngest members of the family will benefit from helping to care for the family pet. For infants and young toddlers, interactions with family pets should be carefully supervised. The most important lesson for youngsters to learn is how to be gentle with pets. Read the rest of this entry »

Your Pet’s Summer Stay-cation: Pet Boarding

April 4th, 2014 by PetMed

Terrier Dog in Suitcase

With the summer holidays just a heartbeat away, chances are you’ve started dreaming about (if not planning) your summer vacation. Whether you’re considering hitting the road over Memorial Day Weekend, or sometime this summer, we hope that you’ve been considering what you will do with your pet while you’re away.

Planning for your pets while you travel is an important part of making your travel plans. Unfortunately it’s something that most folks forget to do, or put off, until the last minute. Here are a few things to consider when you head off into the wild blue yonder…

Pet Safety

While it may be tempting to take your dog (or even your cat) on the road with you, there are plenty of safety considerations to consider before Read the rest of this entry »

No Excuses: Why Year-Round Parasite Prevention Matters

March 28th, 2014 by PetMed

Preventative

Pet owners are often full of excuses when it comes to why they are not giving their pets the recommended parasite preventatives that are prescribed by their veterinarian. But the truth is, there is a reason that your veterinarian prescribes these products and directs you to administer them to your pet every month, year-round.

Learn why the following common excuses are just not good enough…

“My pet isn’t exposed to fleas (ticks, heartworms, intestinal worms).”

All pets are exposed to parasites at some point. A chance encounter with a squirrel in the yard, a mosquito in your home, or a visit to a friend’s home can easily expose your pet to unwanted visitors. Read the rest of this entry »

Parasite Prevention for Pets

March 21st, 2014 by PetMed

CuriousCat

While the thought of parasites and parasite prevention for pets is not a pleasant one, the fact is our cats and dogs are susceptible to a variety of pests, including fleas, ticks, and heartworms.

These parasites are not only uncomfortable for your pet, but they can also cause very serious health problems, which if left untreated, can ultimately result in the death of your pet.

It is important for pet owners to be aware of symptoms, treatment, and prevention strategies. The good news is that most common parasites can be prevented with an affordable, year-round medication.

Fleas: Symptoms and Prevention

Fleas are very small insects that feed on blood and travel by crawling or jumping. While there are more than 2,500 different species, about 90% of fleas that are found on dogs and cats(and humans) in North America are the cat flea. The flea has four stages of the life cycle and all need to be Read the rest of this entry »

Do You Have A Pet-Friendly Yard?

March 14th, 2014 by PetMed

Spotted cat on a window

 

For many pet owners, the beautiful spring weather has spurred our dreams of an ideal backyard. Gardens, patios, and BBQs are filling our Pinterest boards and daydreams, and maybe even getting our hands dirty, too.But while you start to spruce up your yard for your summertime fun, why not take the opportunity to make your yard a paradise for your pet as well? It doesn’t take much to make your yard an oasis that your four-legged friend will love.

Spring Cleaning

Before you let your pet out to frolic and frisk, make certain that your back and front yards are pet-friendly and escape proof.

Escape Routes – Walk your perimeter and double-check that there are no loose boards in your fence, and that there are no other escape routes. Even the most well behaved pets will tempt fate sometimes, especially if a taunting squirrel or cat enters the equation. Make sure your yard is secure before you leave your pet outdoors unattended. Read the rest of this entry »

Seasonal Allergies and Your Pet

March 6th, 2014 by PetMed

ScratchingDog
Spring is in the air, and most of us can’t wait to get outdoors with our pets. That is, unless, you have seasonal allergies.

But did you know that spring pollen can affect our pets, too? Few people realize that dogs and cats are just as susceptible to seasonal allergies as their two-legged companions, but they are.

So how do you know if your pet has seasonal allergies? You might be surprised to know, it doesn’t necessarily involve sneezing!

Humans with seasonal environmental allergies, such as pollen and mold, tend to show their symptoms by having an allergic reaction of the respiratory tract. We sneeze, sniffle, cough and have watery eyes when our seasonal allergies flare up.

But for our pets, allergic reactions are more commonly related to the skin through a condition known as allergic dermatitis. Read the rest of this entry »

Common Pet Eye Problems

February 26th, 2014 by PetMed

DogGlasses

Have noticed that your older dog’s eyes are looking a little cloudy recently, or that his or her eyes might seem to bulge a little more than they used to? As your pet begins to age, you may notice subtle changes in your pet’s eyes. And while some of these changes are nothing to worry about, others can be a sign of a serious problem.

So when should you be concerned? Knowing some of the more common pet eye problems can help you to feel a little more at ease.

Nuclear Sclerosis

If you notice your pet’s eyes becoming cloudy, though; it’s a good idea for your veterinarian to examine the eye to ensure that no other problem is present.In many dogs the lens of the eye becomes naturally cloudy with age. This is due to more and more fibers being laid down in the lens. This condition is called nuclear sclerosis, and it is entirely normal.

Cataracts

Cataracts are a disruption in the normal structure of the lens of the eye. They’re one of the most common eye problems in pets, and can be found in pets of all breeds and ages; but Cocker Spaniels, Poodles, Terriers and Miniature Schnauzers are at increased risk.

Cataracts partially or completely block a pet’s vision and are visible to the observer as a cloudy appearance to the eyes. Some animals are born with cataracts, while others may develop them due to old age or illnesses such as diabetes. Cataract formation is not painful, however vision loss can be stressful for some pets.

There is no medical treatment for cataracts. A veterinary ophthalmologist can perform a surgery in which the diseased lens is removed and a new lens is placed. The surgery can be very effective, however many pets do just fine without their vision.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a problem in which the pressure in the eye increases above normal. This condition can be very painful and often leads to blindness. It is more frequently seen in dogs than cats.

Glaucoma may be primary (genetic) or secondary (associated with inflammation, tumors, or cataracts). Any dog or cat may be affected, however Siamese and Burmese cats as well as Cocker Spaniels, Beagles, Basset Hounds, Akitas, Chows, Samoyeds, Bouvier de Flandres, Shih Tzus, and Shar Peis are at increased risk.

Pets that have glaucoma may have no signs at all, but often have a bloodshot eye, cloudy eye surface, an enlarged pupil, or will squint. More advance glaucoma may cause the eye to bulge.

Medical and sometimes surgical treatment is required to treat the issue, however; in pets where glaucoma cannot be controlled, sometimes removing the eye is the only option that will provide pain relief.

Eye problems can range from no big deal at all, to very serious. When in doubt it is best to have your pet checked out by a veterinarian. Eyes can change very quickly, and waiting too long can cost your pet his or her vision if there is a serious problem.

If you think your pet may have an eye issue, make an appointment as soon as possible to have the issue evaluated.

 

10 Reasons to Love Your Pet

February 20th, 2014 by beyond

Sheltie sleeping with her owner

If asked, it’s likely you could give a seemingly endless list of reasons as to why you love your pet. After all, what is there not to love? Their devotion, quirky personalities, and endless antics have led to us all gushing about our furry friends at some point or another.

Any pet owner can attest to the fact that that sharing your home with an animal has a wealth of emotional benefits, but owning a pet has numerous health benefits, too.

With February as the month of love, between Valentine’s Day and National Love Your Pet Day on February 20th, we figured we’d give you some more reasons to love your pet: Read the rest of this entry »

Keeping Your Pet Safe on Valentine’s Day

February 14th, 2014 by beyond

Kitten with rose petals

 

It seems as if once again love is in the air. Valentine’s Day has arrived and many of us will soon find ourselves overrun with conversation hearts, chocolates and maybe even an armful of flowers. But whether these offerings are coming from your sweetheart or your child’s classroom party, they must be kept away from your pets.

Chocolate, artificial sweeteners such as Xylitol, and even some flowers have toxic properties that can be harmful to both cats and dogs if ingested. These reactions can range from mild discomfort and upset to life-threatening or fatal.

If there is a pet in your life, know what risks your four-legged friend faces this Valentine’s Day. All it takes is a misplaced box of chocolates or a bouquet of lilies to end up having a night to remember with your veterinarian instead of your sweetheart.

Here’s what to know about keeping your pet safe on Valentine’s Day… Read the rest of this entry »