Is it a mistake to “humanize” our pets?

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Play Time

In our society today, fewer people actually interact face-to-face with each other and are now more likely to communicate online. Because our social connections are becoming more impersonal, perhaps it’s only natural that people may look to their pets to fill this void, often treating them more like little people. The truth is, I’m not totally sure how I feel about this. There is a part of me that really enjoys seeing a dog dressed in a sweater or raincoat, or a cat with her own weekly blog. PetMeds employee, Abby, writes a blog for her Devon Rex cat, Daisy, which has many readers that get pleasure each week from reading about Daisy’s interactions with her troublemaker roommate, Harley (“the maniac.”) Our pets are part of the family, and there is nothing more entertaining than a beloved pet exhibiting human-like traits that we can ourselves identify with. Counting, reading, dressing up, obeying complex commands, flushing the toilet, and so many other human traits that we get our pets to “perform” do bring us great joy because it taps into something in our soul that finds humor when an animal acts like a human. There are times, however, when it’s important for a pet to be treated like the animal he or she truly is. Read More »

Reduce feline stress with one simple gadget

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Daisy thinks of ways to keep peace

Well, my earlier idea to keep Harley occupied with the catnip sardines did not work out exactly the way I had planned, but I have not given up my quest for some peace and tranquility. After all, I am no longer a spring chicken and  Harley is getting on my last nerve. But I have hatched a new plan that I think will work! Read More »

Don’t expose your pet to this hidden danger

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You could unknowingly expose your pet to dangerous medications

I was surprised to wake up a few days ago to an FDA Alert that a human medication called Flurbiprofen has caused serious illness in some pets. I’ve heard of this medication being used in human eye drops and some doctors prescribe a topical formulation to apply on the skin, but I have not heard of this non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication being ever prescribed for dogs and cats. Upon further reading, it became clear that this drug had in fact been prescribed to humans to be used on the skin but somehow it ended up getting on the family cat, almost causing kidney failure. This didn’t just happen once, but enough times to warrant this urgent FDA warning.

This FDA warning should alert us to the dangers of human medication becoming somehow dangerous to pets who live in the same household. The FDA Alert goes on to advise healthcare providers and pet owners to become alert to the dangers of this drug, and other topical drugs, to our pets. Even though the medication is being applied topically on the shoulder or the neck of the human, pets can get enough exposure to cause harm and possible death. Human medication can be extremely dangerous to pets even in very small doses. Pets do not metabolize all medication in a similar fashion as humans do, and a drug that is relieving your shoulder pain can be toxic to your dog or cat. Let’s look at just a few specific examples of the dangers of pets getting into human medication, keeping in mind that this list is nowhere near a complete listing of all the potential dangers.  Read More »

One simple way you can help for Earth Day 2015

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Earth Day 2015a

Oh, you caught me watching Cat TV! I enjoy looking out the windows and observing the world around me from my home on the edge of the Florida Everglades. But sometimes I worry about the earth… what if something happens to it? Since Earth Day is coming up in just a couple of days, this is a perfect time for each of us to think about ways we can help the earth. Read More »

[Contest] Your pet could be a TV Star!

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1800PetMeds Calling All Pets Sweepstakes and Contest

Rin-tin-tin. Morris. Lassie. Grumpy Cat. And…. Who will be the next beloved pet celebrity?
It could be your pet! The 1800PetMeds Calling All Pets Sweepstakes & Contest is in full swing and open to pets nationwide. Enter your pet now for the chance to become America’s next pet TV star, and a chance to win other valuable prizes!

How the 1800PetMeds Calling All Pets Sweepstakes & Contest Works

Submission Phase

The Calling All Pets Submission Phase is open now and extends through May 12th, 2015. This is the time to upload a picture of your pet and tell us why he or she should be the star of our next TV commercial.

You can enter one pet each week until the Submission Phase ends. Each week during the Submission Phase, 4 random winners (2 dogs and 2 cats) are chosen to receive a Pet Care Prize Pack. The Pet Care Prize Pack includes important products to help care for your furry friend, including a 3-pack Flea and Tick Supply, a Pet First Aid Kit and $50 in merchandise credit for the purchase of any of our high-quality 1800PetMeds Private Label products. Approximate Retail Value of $145!

That’s a total of 24 random Pet Care Prize Pack winners by the end of the 6-week Submission Phase! But the fun doesn’t stop there…

Calling All Pets Open Voting Phase

Following the Submission Phase, the Open Voting Phase begins! From May 20th-June 3rd, 2015 all 24 random winners from the Submission Phase will be posted for public voting. Limit one vote per person per day.

To help encourage voting, 1800PetMeds is entering all voters in a random drawing to win a Sony 55″ LED 2160p Smart 3D Ultra HD TV with an Approximate Retail Value of $2,999.99! The winner of the voting prize will be notified on or around June 5, 2015.

It’s at this point that the Top 10 Finalists (5 dogs and 5 cats) will be determined and then move on to the final phase of the contest.

Top 10 Finalists Judging Phase

This is when the real excitement happens! Our judging panel will score the 5 Finalists in each category (dog and cat) in each of the following categories:

  • Appropriateness to Theme (50% of total score)
  • Originality/Creativity (30% of total score)
  • Clarity of Expression (20% of total score)

Two Grand Prize Winners will be chosen, one dog and one cat.
Winners of the Calling All Pets Sweepstakes & Contest will star in a 1800PetMeds TV commercial, filmed in his or her own home!

What’s more, the winning pet’s parents will receive a Sony 55″ LED 2160p Smart 3D 4K Ultra HD TV, Approximate Retail Value (”ARV.”) $2,999.99 each! So, you could get your pet on TV and a brand new TV to watch it on!

Remember to submit an entry each week to increase your chances of winning and be sure to share this with friends so they can vote and get their own chances to win a Sony 55″ LED 2160p Smart 3D 4K Ultra HD TV! Enter today and show America why your pet is the superstar of your home.

Enter Calling All Pets

Have a dog and a cat? Don’t make this mistake!

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Cats and dogs have many physiological differences

Cats and dogs often live in the same household like brother and sister. One is usually big and the other one small, one barks and the other meows. Many times we use the same veterinarian for both, and in certain instances, the same medication may be prescribed for both. This makes some of us sometimes incorrectly assume that cats are just little versions of dogs. Although there are some superficial similarities, cats and dogs are very different physiologically and from a medical treatment point of view. Read More »

How to restore peace between cats

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Sardine Catnip Toy3

Lately my maniac brother Harley has been getting on my last nerve! Whenever I am having fun, he always has to ruin my Good Times. So I have hatched a brilliant plan to keep him occupied and out of my fur. Read More »

[NEW PRODUCT] Keeping pets calm just got easier!

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Adaptil and Feliway

Even the most well-mannered pets can experience anxiety and stress, resulting in some unsavory behavior. When we go through times of change, excitement or upheaval, so do they! Of course, we have the luxury of understanding our circumstances (and the reasons behind them) better. As pet parents, we must help our pets get through tumultuous times.

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What you need to know about your pet’s medication dosage

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Medication dosages can vary in surprising ways between humans and animals

Humans and dogs have been friends for at least fifteen thousand years. It may be possible that living so close to each other for so long has caused similarities in certain traits and even in certain diseases. Obesity, hypothyroidism, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorders, and even certain cancers have been seen in both dogs and humans at a higher rate than those seen in the wolf that runs wild and has no human contact. Although some of these similar conditions may also have similar solutions in pets and humans, it is important to note that the doses of medication used in humans and in dogs could vary greatly. This week Melissa Selinger, our pharmacist student from Nova Southeastern University, will give an example of the difference in dosing for one of the most popular medications used in both human and veterinary medicine. Read More »

The one thing every cat should do after Easter

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Did you all have a happy Easter? I wore my best Easter bonnet so the Easter bunny would know to bring me lots of presents and treats. But what I really look forward to each year at this time is…. Read More »