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 »

Bringing Home Baby: Helping Pets Adjust

January 28th, 2015 by PetMed Staff

Newborn baby and puppyIf your four-legged family member has been a part of your life during pregnancy, chances are good that Fluffy or Fido is already aware of what’s been cooking beneath that ever-growing shirt you’ve been living in the past few months.

Indeed, for many parents it may seem like there is already a bond between your pets and baby-to-be, even before he or she arrives. Maybe your little bellyfish floats up to settle into the purring cat, sleeping on your belly; or gets a little rambunctious when he or she hears your dog bark and race around the house during the 11 p.m. crazies. Whatever it is, it’s safe to say that both your pets and your bundle of joy are ready to be fast friends… eventually.

While many family pets adjust to the addition of a new family member just fine, there are certainly some precautions you should be both aware of and prepared for prior to bringing home baby. While every family dynamic is different, here are some pro tips when it comes to helping pets adjust to your new baby. Read the rest of this entry »

Thinking Outside the Box: Preventing and Addressing Litter Box Issues

January 22nd, 2015 by PetMed Staff

Cat Walking Away From LitterboxCat owners usually consider themselves pretty lucky (or super clever) to share space with an animal that has its own bathroom. Ah, the litter box…a true marvel of waste containment that even speaks to a feline’s natural urge to dig and bury.

But what happens when cats refuse to enter a litter box? This unpredictable pattern can be maddening for all cat parents, but especially for existing owners of a feline that previously demonstrated success in the art of eliminating quietly and out of sight. Indeed, it’s a moment of sheer panic when a cat begins to spray the drapes or toy chest and we are here to help with following tips and tricks. Read the rest of this entry »

Tipping the Scales: Pet Nutrition and the Dangers of Obesity

January 20th, 2015 by PetMed Staff

iStock_000020653022_LargeCommunication is vital between pet owners and vets, and we always encourage full disclosure when it comes to your pet’s nutrition. By providing the highest quality food and staying informed of your pet’s nutritional needs, you can help prevent certain types of diseases, such as obesity and all of the accompanying maladies.

Did you know that over 50% of all cats and dogs across the U.S. are overweight or obese? Of course, this percentage corresponds to our own increasing girth, but that is certainly no excuse for dropping the ball when it comes to your pet’s health and longevity.

Working closely with you, we do our best to keep your pet at his or her healthiest, ideal weight. In addition to preventative practices, there are ways to address and mitigate the signs and symptoms related to pet obesity. Read the rest of this entry »