Pet Cancer Prevention: Reducing Risks and Encouraging Wellness

August 27th, 2014 by PetMed Staff

Cat at the vetCancer is not something we want to think about when it comes to our loved ones, including our cherished pets. Advancements in veterinary medicine and an understanding of disease prevention have helped us extend the lives of our pets, so that they (and we) might enjoy their golden years. Unfortunately, the risks associated with developing certain types of cancer increase with age.

Canine cancer is the leading killer of dogs today. However, there are a lot of things that we, as pet parents, can do to help minimize the chance of our pets developing cancer.

Wellness Exams

Just as we might attend to our own health or that of our family, regular physical examinations, lab work, and screenings are vital in encouraging health throughout all life stages. Read the rest of this entry »

Pooches at the Park: Dog Park Safety & Etiquette

July 28th, 2014 by PetMed Staff

iStock_000016017211_MediumAs more and more Americans move into urban areas, the resulting rise in dog park popularity is understandable. In the urban hub of Nashville and its surrounding communities, dog parks are becoming a common way of life as pet parents seek out ways to socialize their pups and allow them to play in a paw-friendly park setting. Dog parks are also a top choice for behavioral training classes and puppy play groups, with their open, dog-friendly green space and opportunity to interact with a wide variety dogs.

Even though dog parks have their own unique rules, they have recently come under some scrutiny with regard to how safe they really are.

Unfortunately, dog attacks and fighting can be common. Even when one pugilistic pooch is introduced, this dynamic can create an environment rife with aggression. Part of the problem is that aggression can be tough to define. And what’s worse, is even if the aggression is recognized by others, some pet owners simply refuse to acknowledge or address the problem. Read the rest of this entry »

Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Clinics: What You May be Compromising in Quality

July 25th, 2014 by PetMed Staff

cat and her kidThe lure of low-cost spay and neuter clinics is understandable when budgets are tight or several rescued strays need veterinary care. While there are certainly community and animal welfare benefits to the existence of such facilities, it is important to realize that the quality of care, particularly pre- and post-surgical care, may be compromised.

Of course, there are many good reasons to have your pet spayed or neutered. Each year, there are millions of unwanted animals that are euthanized, due to pet overpopulation. And your decision to help prevent this from occurring is commendable. By having your pet surgically sterilized so he or she cannot reproduce, you will do your part to prevent the birth of unwanted puppies and kittens and can enhance your pet’s health and quality of life.

However, not all spay and neuter procedures are created equal… Read the rest of this entry »

Quality Pet Food – You Get What You Pay For

July 24th, 2014 by PetMed Staff

Hungry dogThe prices on pet food can be shocking. It is hard to wrap your head around paying more than you already do, but as with many things in life – you often get what you pay for. While you probably don’t need to purchase the most expensive diet on the shelf, there are some important reasons to consider investing in a quality pet food.

A More Expensive Pet Food May Not Be More Expensive

Less expensive pet foods are often full of fillers that don’t provide any nutritional value. This means that you need to feed more of the food to get the same amount of calories as a higher quality diet. This means that a 10 pound bag of an inexpensive food may end up costing you the same or more as a 10 pound bag of a more expensive diet. Read the rest of this entry »

Traveling With Pets

July 18th, 2014 by PetMed Staff

Enjoying the ViewTaking your pet on that family vacation can be exciting and fun, and your pet will love the chance to experience new places with you. However, it is very important to make sure that your pet is prepared for travel. Whether you will be traveling by car or plane, keeping your pet safe and comfortable during your family vacation should be a priority when planning your trip.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when it comes to traveling with pets…

Safety First

As with any trip away from home, it is important that your pet is wearing his or her collar (a breakaway collar is best) with current ID tags, and is microchipped. Also, have a strong leash handy for pit stops, hikes, and all the fun you plan on having together along the way and once you arrive. Read the rest of this entry »

Pets and People Food: Choosing the Healthiest Ingredients for Your Pet

July 7th, 2014 by PetMed Staff

kitten smelling mushroomsAs we embrace healthier, organic food choices for ourselves and our family, many of us are also taking a critical look at the quality of food we are feeding our pets. No longer are we satisfied with ‘mystery ingredients’ that glop out of a can or additives that take a clever linguist to pronounce.

Yet, when it comes to pet snacks, making the right choices in ingredients can be confusing. There are many foods we eat regularly that have the potential to make our pet ill. There is also conflicting information as to whether or not it’s even safe to feed your pet human food.

The good news is: there are many healthful human food options for your dog, cat, or other companion. The trick is in understanding ingredients and using the best quality foods, either as supplements to a pet’s daily meal plan or as the basis of homemade pet treats.

Some simple guidelines for making your pet’s diet more delicious and nutritious are as follows. Read the rest of this entry »

Fourth of July Pet Safety

July 2nd, 2014 by PetMed Staff

The cat from bengal firesAccording to the Humane Society, the July 5th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters, nationwide. Why? Because the fireworks and festivities surrounding the Fourth of July can be terrifying and cause cats and dogs alike to run off, become disoriented, and have trouble finding their way home.

So what can you do to help your pet? Plan ahead for your pet’s safety and sanity by keeping these Fourth of July pet safety tips in mind –Not only will they help your pet survive the chaos, but they just might help you have a more enjoyable evening as well… Read the rest of this entry »

Camping and Water Safety for Pets

June 23rd, 2014 by beyond

iStock_000014038607_SmallSummer is a great time to go camping and swimming with your family and pets, and the Nashville area offers a variety of great outdoor vacation spots for your family to enjoy. Sites such as Long Hunter State Park on the shore of J. Percy Priest Lake, Cedars of Lebanon State Park, and Two Rivers Campground offer campsites, hiking trails, and swimming areas that the whole family can enjoy.

Once you have your campsite picked out, you can begin your preparations for camping and swimming with your pet. Your pet will enjoy the new smells, sights and sounds associated with camping, and will love the opportunity to spend that time outdoors with the family. Like your family, though, your pet will need supplies to keep him or her happy and safe during the vacation.

Camping Safety for Pets

Including your pet in your family camping trip will be fun, but you don’t want to risk your pet getting lost, injured, or sick; so be sure to include the necessary supplies that will help keep your dog healthy, happy and safe during that summer camping adventure. Here is a checklist of things to help your pet prepare for that trip: Read the rest of this entry »

Helping Pets Deal With Their Fears

June 13th, 2014 by PetMed Staff

Puppy on ottomanWhat are you afraid of? Spiders? Snakes? Flying? Heights? Whatever it might be, it’s likely that the very thought of it makes your stomach a little queasy and sets your pulse racing.

Pets have fears just like us. And, sometimes, these fears can cause such severe anxiety that your pet cannot help but feel threatened or become defensive and aggressive in the face of them. But if your pet suffers from anxiety, there is hope – especially if you offer kindness and patience in the face of their fear.

Some common pet fears include vacuum cleaners and other household appliances, lawn mowers, people wearing hats, fireworks, moving objects like bicycles and cars, being left alone, and slippery floors.

But for many pets, the biggest fear of all is thunderstorms.

Treating Fears

Pets that suffer from fears can show their anxiety in a number of ways. Excessive panting and pacing, destruction, incontinence, whining, hiding, and even uncharacteristic aggression toward loved ones are all on the menu when it comes to how pets react in the face of fear.

However, there are a number of techniques you can use when it comes to helping pets deal with their fears: Read the rest of this entry »

SUMMER SAFETY TIPS FOR PETS

May 29th, 2014 by PetMed Staff

iStock_000024830615_SmallSummer is finally here and it’s likely that you’re looking forward to having more outdoor time with your pet (and vice-versa!). Help ensure that your summertime is enjoyable by making sure that your four-legged friend is happy and healthy at all times, despite the hot weather. Consider the following summer safety tips for pets when it comes to keeping your pet cool and comfortable in the months ahead…

  • First and foremost, never leave your pet in a parked car unattended. As the temperature outside rises, so does the temperature inside your vehicle. If the heat outside registers 100°, the inside of your car can reach a sweltering 130° or more. Your pet doesn’t sweat, so the body heat that he or she has to release comes out either through the pads on his or her feet or through panting, and an incredibly hot car does not allow your pet’s body heat to go anywhere.

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