Halloween pet safety tips

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Keep Halloween safe and fun with these pet safety tips

Emma Zen relaxing with some pumpkins.

Did you know Halloween is the second most popular day for pets to be reported missing, following July 4th? Due to our tradition of trick-or-treating, our doors are opening and closing all night, giving our pets more opportunities to get out that front door! While we like to show off our pets, and many times in their holiday wear, the truth is Fido may be safer behind a closed door in the bedroom.

I know, but you want to show everyone your pet’s costume! Well, consider doing what we did. Get your pet dressed up in their costume and take a great photo. You can then post it to your door so everyone can see! Should your neighbors ask where your pet is, simply say something such as, “Emma is all partied out and already fast asleep,” which is probably exactly what they are doing.

Emma Zen and Baby Banks are dressed for Halloween!

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[Giveaway] Treat your pet to a Halloween goodie bag from 1-800-PetMeds

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Dog Halloween CostumeCelebrating Halloween can be fun for everyone, even your pet! Few things delight friends and neighbors quite like an adorable pet in a silly or spooky Halloween costume.

Unfortunately, the treats you collect while trick or treating aren’t healthy to share with your dog or cat. Halloween candy and cookies are high on the list of foods toxic to dogs and cats. In fact, giving your pet candy can even be fatal.

Chocolate, caffeine, Xylitol (an artificial sweetener found in gum, candy, mints and toothpaste), grapes, raisins and macadamia nuts are all dangerous foods for dogs and cats.

Even candies and cookies that do not contain any of these substances can be dangerous to your pet’s health. Large amounts of sugar can disrupt your pet’s metabolism and even bring on diabetes.

Since it’s not likely anyone will take the time to read the ingredients list on candy wrappers in the midst of all the Halloween fun, it’s best to make it a rule to not share any Halloween candy with your cat or dog.

Keep the festivities safe by making sure you have pet safe treats on hand so you can address those sad, begging eyes while everybody is enjoying the Halloween sweets.

Enter to win a free Halloween goodie bag for your pet!

Pet Halloween Treats

Let us at 1-800-PetMeds help you and your pet celebrate with a special Halloween goodie bag full of treats, toys and more for your furry little goblin! Every bag will contain a variety of treats and toys valued at over $50 each.

Submit your entry October 20th through October 24, 2014.

We’ll be giving away one personalized treat-filled package each day of Halloween week (Mon – Fri).

Instructions on how to enter to win are below.

Win a Halloween Goodie Bag!

All you need to do is submit an entry by uploading your pet’s photo on our Facebook contest page, or share and tag your pet’s photo with #TreatYourPet on Twitter or Instagram October 20th through October 24, 2014.

Enter once every 24 hours and increase your chances of winning! Winners will be chosen at random. Costumes are optional, but welcome! We’d love to see how you and your pet enjoy the Halloween fun together! Good Luck!

Managing hypertension in your dog or cat

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The following was written by Doris Garcia, pharmacy student at Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy:

Most of my adult life, I’ve spent being the bad cop towards my hypertensive father.
“Dad, I don’t think it’s a good idea for you to have pumpkin pie for lunch”
“Don’t you think water would be better for you than a shot of espresso?”
“Those crackers are very high in sodium; why not try these unsalted whole grain crackers instead?”
It is truly tiresome, and sometimes you must pick your battles…

Growing up in a family with very little consumption of vegetables and a long history of heart disease, I too am at high risk for developing hypertension. As a pharmacy student who faces long hours of studying, I would frequently sip on espresso and energy drinks in order to cram. In my third year of pharmacy school, signs of pre-hypertension forced me into taking my own advice, the advice my father still neglects to take. I cut out all caffeinated beverages and lowered my sodium intake. Luckily my blood pressure readings stabilized. Read More »

Daisy’s tips for maximizing your Halloween treats

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A small Halloween bag is a mistake

Besides choosing your costume, one of the most important parts of getting ready for Halloween is selecting your Halloween treat bag. I hope you have not already gotten your bag, because I have some important advice to keep you from making a dreadful mistake. See this bag? It is NO GOOD, on account of it is way too small! This candy corn bag is cute, but the goal on Halloween is to get as many treats as possible, so you obviously need a much bigger bag.  Read More »

[Giveaway] Litter Genie Solves the Problem of Litter Box Odor

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Litter Genie Plus - available at 1-800-PetMeds
Worst case scenario: Your guests are about to arrive for the dinner party you’ve been planning for weeks. The table is set. The food is almost ready, and the whole house smells like Grandma’s delicious 6-cheese lasagna. Wait! What’s that odor competing with the delightful aroma of the dinner you’ve slaved over for 3 hours? No, not now! Beloved Mitzi has just used the facilities…and there’s no time to empty the cat box before your boss and co-workers arrive. You certainly don’t want to pass them on their way in your door while carrying a smelly garbage bag of cat litter to the trash!

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What you need to know about seizures in pets

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“Don’t talk to strangers!” is one of the first lessons we teach our young children. Then we send them off to school and teach them about competition for grades, competition for attention, and then by sometimes setting the examples for them, we teach the many reasons why it’s important to be wary of each other.

Pharmacy school education is geared towards educating the future pharmacists about physiology and how drugs act and interact in the body. By the time a student gets their doctorate in pharmacy, they know just about everything there is to know about medication. Some of these pharmacy students who wish  to also learn more about veterinary pharmacy come to spend one of their rotations here at 1800PetMeds where they learn about what we do, and how drugs can behave differently in pets. Read More »

Daisy takes a spin in the Cat Crinkle Tunnel

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I got this Crinkle Cat Tunnel to test out.  I will admit, at first it did not look like a very fun toy, on account of it was only a few inches long–I could run through this tunnel in less than a second. But then I realized that if you untie the sides, it expands real BIG! Read More »

[Contest] Share your pet’s adoption story – win $100 PetMeds Bucks

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October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

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Facts and tips about Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Every October, dog lovers and rescuers celebrate Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. This month was started by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to raise public awareness of the millions of dogs awaiting homes in shelters.

The ASPCA commissioned a poll* in 2012 which revealed that pet owners who adopted their dogs from shelters are more likely to be happy with their experience than those owners who purchased their dogs from pet stores. In addition, shelter dog adopters are twice as likely** as pet store dog buyers to recommend the organization in which they got their pet compared to others.

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Pet medications and your nursing or pregnant pet

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October is American Pharmacists Month. During this time, we are supposed to remind the American public of the value of their “neighborhood” pharmacist, and how beneficial it is for your overall health to get to know your pharmacist. However, there is little mention of the long road and hard work it takes to actually become a pharmacist. Pharmacy students have to spend thousands of hours learning about the body, how drugs affect the body, how drugs interact with each other, and how to prevent having these same drugs that are supposed to do good from causing harm. Read More »

Cat afraid of the vacuum? How to keep the vacuum-monster away!

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If you are like many cats (and some dogs, too!) you might be a little bit scared of the vacuum cleaner. As your friend, I would like to reassure you that even though this thing roars loudly and rolls across the carpet like it’s gonna get you, it is NOT actually a monster. Read More »