A Pet Boarding Checklist for Pet Parents

May 22nd, 2015 by PetMed Staff

 

Sniffing dog chceking luggageBefore you know it, school will be out and summertime vacation planning will begin. Through the enthusiasm to make our own lodging plans and itineraries, we may wonder what to do with our pet (or pets) while we are away. After all, not everyone is lucky enough to have pet-loving Aunt Trudy to watch the Jack Russell or Maine Coon. So, we may find ourselves scouring the kennels online, trying to figure out the best fit.

Unfortunately, a delay in carefully planning your pet’s boarding experience can result in substandard care, crowded, scary kennel experiences, or poorly trained staff overseeing your best friend.

To make an informed decision takes time and consideration. Here are some of the questions to ask yourself when choosing a pet boarding facility that meets your expectations. Read the rest of this entry »

Keeping A Clear View On Your Cat’s Eyes

May 18th, 2015 by PetMed Staff

PetMed_iStock_000012135602_LargeYour good-natured, sweet, and loyal cat’s physical features may include a puffy tail, long whiskers, long hairs with exotic markings, and a pink kissable nose, but perhaps the most striking aspect of your cat is constantly looking right you: the eyes.

Cat’s eyes continue to make an impact on people around the globe, and it’s no wonder. Seemingly full of light and depth, a cat’s eyes also express love, aggression, or even submission. Beyond adding to your cat’s many attributes, the health of your cat’s eyes are critical to overall well being. Read the rest of this entry »

A Dirty Job: Removing Ticks from Pets

May 8th, 2015 by PetMed Staff

 

PetMed_iStock_000005418159_LargeSpring and fall are the height of tick season, and chances are that if your pet wanders off the beaten path this time of year he or she will encounter a tick or two.

So what is a pet owner to do if they find a hitchhiker on their pet?

Finding Ticks on Pets

Using a quality, veterinarian-recommended tick preventative is a great way to protect your pet from tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease. While many of these products are very effective, though, there is nothing currently on the market that entirely prevents a tick from latching onto your pet in the first place. Read the rest of this entry »

Expecting a Litter? Pregnant Cat Care Basics

May 1st, 2015 by PetMed Staff

PetMed_iStock_000002102250_LargeIt is finally spring, which means kitten “season” has arrived. This time of year we rejoice in seeing all of the little balls of fluff that come into the hospital as newborns.

Whether you failed to get your female cat spayed in time or are playing host to a neighborhood stray that has chosen your home as her nursery, it is important to know how to help your mama kitty be a successful mother. Take some time to acquaint yourself with some pregnant cat care basics before the big day arrives. Read the rest of this entry »

Parvo: What Is It and How To Protect Your Dog

April 24th, 2015 by PetMed Staff

PetMed_iStock_000029357958_XXXLargeCanine Parvovirus, or parvo, is a major threat to unvaccinated dogs and young puppies, whose immature immune systems don’t have enough (or any) antibodies to fight infections. Causing serious gastrointestinal problems, Parvo can live on seemingly innocuous surfaces for over a year, and infects its victims through contact with other dogs, people, and the environment.

Because the virus is so dangerous and it’s symptoms difficult to treat, let’s review the importance of preventing Parvo. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »