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 »

It’s Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week!

October 15th, 2014 by PetMed Staff

Copy of iStock_000018801259_Medium (1)October 12–18 is National Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week, meaning that the time has come to let the vet tech in your (and your pet’s) life know just how much you appreciate his or her efforts in the care and treatment of your pet’s health and wellbeing.

Vet techs provide important services every day that help to ensure that your pet is given exceptional care when he or she comes in for wellness care or treatment. As part of our veterinary team, veterinary technicians directly support our veterinarians and other clinical staff in helping to keep your furry family member happy and healthy.

Veterinary technicians work hard everyday to help ensure your pet receives the best care possible by performing such essential duties as: Read the rest of this entry »

Making the Most of Pet Wellness Exams

October 5th, 2014 by PetMed Staff

iStock_000036607386_MediumWhen your pet’s annual wellness exam approaches, you may be wondering: Has an entire year gone by since your pet’s last wellness examination? You may even be wondering if a wellness check is even necessary, if everything is the same as last year… Your pet is eating well and exercising regularly, is happy as can be, and doesn’t display any red flags in the behavior department. So what could be wrong?

Even if you think that your pet is healthy and content, our annual wellness examinations are the perfect opportunity to ensure that his or her wellbeing and longevity are on track, and that there aren’t any latent issues brewing internally. Just because your pet may seem fine, doesn’t mean that he or she is… Plus, your pet’s wellness exam is a great opportunity to have a one-on-one conversation with your vet about any questions you might have. In short, this exam shouldn’t be put off.

As you prepare your pet for her annual wellness exam we recommend brainstorming a list of questions to guarantee your pet’s annual visit pays off. Read the rest of this entry »

Exercise for Pets With Limited Mobility

September 28th, 2014 by PetMed Staff

Under the tableWe all know how important staying active is, especially as we get older. Our pets are no different. Unfortunately, though, many pets begin to exercise less and less as they age due to limits in their mobility and stamina. Fortunately, there are ways to overcome these types of obstacles.

Why Pets Experience Limited Mobility

There are many reasons your pet may experience a decrease in mobility as he or she ages. Understanding the reasons behind this decline in ability can help you to better help your pet. Read the rest of this entry »

Pancreatitis in Pets

September 22nd, 2014 by PetMed Staff

iStock_000020257269_MediumEvery veterinarian is familiar with pancreatitis. This all-too-common disease can be everything from a nuisance to life-threatening for our pet patients, as it affects dogs and cats alike. However, not many pet owners are as familiar with this condition.

We believe that every pet owner should have a thorough understanding of pancreatitis so that they can help their pet avoid it when possible, and recognize it when needed.

What is Pancreatitis in Pets?

Pancreatitis is the medical term for inflammation of the pancreas. We are not always able to identify what causes pancreatitis in pets. What we do know, is that the pancreas is an organ that is very involved with digestive function, particularly of fats. Overeating, particularly richer foods, does seem to trigger episodes in some animals. Read the rest of this entry »