[Giveaway] Cuddle Carrier by Susan Lanci keeps small pets cozy and close

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Cuddle Carrier by Susan Lanci

It’s Saturday and you have a million things to do…pick up the dry cleaning, find a new pair of sling back heels for the wedding next week, and swing by the Art Festival downtown before it ends.

You know you’ll be gone for hours and you hate the thought of leaving your sweet little cuddle muffin home alone after working all week. She’s been lonely and misses her mama, but carrying her in one arm and your purse in the other will make for a long, clumsy day.

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What you should know about pet medications

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Cats love to play on the laptop!

The following article was written by Yee Ni Sung, pharmacy student at Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy:

As our rotation draws close to an end, Doris and I had the opportunity to shadow Dr. White, one of the many amazing PetMeds pharmacists. During my allotted time with Dr. White, I received a quick course on commonly used pet medications. The majority of the time, the incoming medication orders are for dogs and cats. I considered myself lucky when I encountered medication orders for a rabbit and a horse; these prescription orders left a lingering thought in my head this past weekend. While I wandered in the local store shopping for my dog Oscar’s new toy as a reward for finishing his obedience school, I found myself thinking about medications for pets other than dogs and cats. I stared into the reptilian cases and wondered what if I had a turtle? What medication would I use and how much should I use? When I returned home, I presented Oscar with his new toy and settled at my desk to do a bit of research on my laptop. Read More »

Daisy dispenses Halloween advice

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Since Halloween is just a few days away, I thought I would unveil my costume… Ta-Da! I’m the Great Pumpkin. Last week I explained the importance of getting a big enough treat bucket. Today, let’s talk about the importance of a good costume. First of all, if you do not enjoy dressing up, it is okay to skip the costume and just wear your furcoat. You can always accessorize with a festive kerchief or hair bow instead. If you do decide to wear a Halloween costume, make sure it’s comfy and easy to move around in. I like this Pumpkin Suit because it’s real puffy, and the color complements my fur.  Read More »

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 »