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 »

Let The Countdown Begin! PetMed’s Top 10 Blogs of 2014

December 31st, 2014 by beyond

iStock_000024830615_SmallMost of us can’t get very far in our day without a list or two. And, in the spirit of the season, we’re employing the same tried and true list making to learn what pet care topics mattered most to you this past year. Enter our Top 10 blogs of 2014. These are the posts that were read by you, our clients, the most this past year..

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Have Yourself a Merry (and Pet-Safe) Holiday!

December 18th, 2014 by PetMed Staff

iStock_000031226378_LargeTis the season for joy and merriment. Our halls are decked with twinkling lights. Our tree is trimmed. And our pets, ready and waiting for us to leave them unattended in the living room!

That’s right; our pets seem to have a sixth sense when it comes to the shiny objects and family heirlooms we most certainly want to keep them away from. But, keeping your cherished crystal, favorite ornaments, and – most importantly – pets, safe from a downed tree, electrical cords, and the edible dangers waiting wrapped beneath the tree, is as simple as taking some precautions before disaster strikes. Read the rest of this entry »

Pets and Cold Weather: Winter Safety Reminders

December 8th, 2014 by PetMed Staff

iStock_000000876599_LargeIt seems to happen right after Thanksgiving – the relatively mild Tennessee temps start to drop into the twenties at night and the blankets start piling up on the bed. While our weather isn’t quite as severe as one might expect in, say, upstate New York, the nights are beginning to get cold enough to pose some weather and seasonal related risks to our pets.

In order to keep the chill at bay and your pet cozy and warm, remember to pay heed to a few simple reminders regarding winter and your pet’s well-being during the cold-weather months.

Protecting Your Pet from the Elements

As we’ve mentioned – yet it bears repeating – if the temperatures are too cold for you to be outside; they are too cold for your pet to be outside. When walking your dog, consider bundling him or her up in a winter coat and scarf (and boots, if your dog will wear them). If your pet is ill or older, or is more susceptible to exposure due to size and lack of thick fur, create a play zone in the house for exercise rather than heading outdoors. Read the rest of this entry »

Ways to Prevent a Thanksgiving Pet Emergency

November 25th, 2014 by PetMed Staff

iStock_000023729783_MediumAt the top of most people’s list of what to be grateful for, health is usually at the top. We know that devoted pet owners recognize and appreciate the health of their pets and preventing an emergency around the holidays is no small feat.

Your pet may be sensitive to changes in routine or the presence of strangers – both of which are a constant around the holidays, especially if you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner. Perhaps you have already made accommodations for your pet and, if so, we are delighted to board him or her over the holidays. Otherwise, making the right preparations now can help you and your pet safely get through the feast, the guests, and the unpredictability so you can focus on the real meaning behind Thanksgiving.

Green Light Foods

It can be hard to keep pets away from the kitchen as soon as you bring home the bird and all the fixings.

Your pet is right to assume that somewhere in all that glorious Thanksgiving abundance is something delectable just for them, right? Offering your pet the following morsels will not only help stave off their unending begging but can actually contribute to their health: Read the rest of this entry »

Investing Wisely: Planning Ahead for the Cost of Veterinary Care

November 9th, 2014 by PetMed Staff

iStock_000022610052_MediumFamilies or individuals considering pet adoption have a great deal to consider – whether the yard is large enough, potential allergies to their chosen companion, compatibility with other pets or family members, and the long commitment to the pet’s health and happiness (to name a few). But perhaps the largest concern for many people is the potential cost of treating their pet if or when costly veterinary services are required.

Certainly, no pet owner wants to be in a heartbreaking financial predicament if their pet is sick or injured. Pet accidents come up when we least expect them or hidden symptoms persist for months; pet owners can find themselves in despair trying to negotiate the cost of care in order to save or support their pet.

To sidestep this possible fate, PetMed is here to help you plan for your pet’s future health care. Read the rest of this entry »

Halloween Pet Safety Tips

October 27th, 2014 by PetMed Staff

iStock_000045939918_MediumAs you get pulled into the vortex of harvest and Halloween parties and parades, let your to-do list reflect your commitment to your pet’s safety and make conscientious arrangements that will protect him or her this fall.

It’s great if your pet is relaxed, comfortable, and tolerant amidst the unpredictable and unnerving sights and sounds of Halloween. Just like in previous years, you may be able to dress them up and confidently take them around the neighborhood or to a parade. However, you should always be on the lookout for the following ways your pet could get into trouble this Halloween: Read the rest of this entry »

Protecting Your Sporting Dogs (and Other Pets) During Hunting Season

October 23rd, 2014 by beyond

happy hunting dog in actionGenerally speaking, autumn is high season for hunting throughout the state of Tennessee. From white-tailed deer to grouse and quail, hunters can be seen with camouflage attire, pick-ups, and, oftentimes, their companion Bluetick Coonhounds (or other common hunting buddies) at their sides.

Whether you are an avid hunter who brings along sporting dogs, or a pet lover who just enjoys hiking the trails this colorful time of year, when it comes to our pets, the season can bring some dangers if we are not prepared. Read the rest of this entry »