Author Archives: Vanessa Penagos

Vanessa Penagos

Vanessa is the Content & Inbound Marketing Director at 1-800-PetMeds. She is a SEO and social media enthusiast and loves pets, crafts and street art. She is a pet parent to two beagles named Riley and Ender. You can also find Vanessa on Google+.

#PetMedsMutt photo entries = Chance to win $100 PetMeds gift certificate

Filed under social

Upload your #PetMedsMutt photos for a chance to win $100 towards a future PetMeds purchase

Did you know next Thursday, July 31st is National Mutt Day? This special pet holiday was created to raise awareness concerning mixed breeds available for adoption, but to also celebrate these lovable pets!

In celebration of the holiday, we’re giving away five $100 PetMeds gift certificates for pet photos uploaded to Instagram with the hashtag #PetMedsMutt.

To enter:

  1. Upload a new photo of your pet to Instagram
  2. Include the hashtag #PetMedsMutt in the photo caption/description field

Please note, tagging old photos with the hashtag will not be eligible. The photo with the hashtag must be a new uploaded photo. Winners will be randomly selected and announced on the PetMeds Facebook page on August 1st. Take a peek at some of our current #PetMedsMutt entries available on our Facebook page.

Don’t worry if you’re pet isn’t a mixed breed – this giveaway is open to all dogs and cats regardless of breed! Take a look below at some of the current entries we’ve received.

Interested in ways you can help mixed breeds? Contact your local shelter to make a financial donation or to inquire about products needed. Some shelters and rescues may also need volunteers so it would be a good way to also get help from them in that area.

Tuggo adds tug-of-war fun to your pet’s summer

Filed under New Pet Products at PetMeds

Enjoy more outdoor time this summer with the Tuggo Dog Toy

As pet parents we’re always on the lookout for new toys we feel our pets can get excited about. If your pet tends to take their toys apart it’s certainly a benefit when the toy lasts longer than a few minutes of bringing it home.

This summer consider giving your pet a Tuggo Dog Toy. Whether you’re at the beach, dog park or your own backyard this durable tug-of-war style dog toy has adjustable resistance up to 20 lbs making it a great toy for dogs of all sizes and breeds.

Tuggo dog toy

Curious how the Tuggo Dog Toy works? Its unique design includes a tug rope which passes through a hollow plastic ball. Simply use as is (weighing 1 lb), or you can adjust the resistance of a Tuggo Dog Toy to give your pet more of a workout during playtime. Simply unscrew the cap on the ball and fill with water, sand or gravel to the desired weight. Place the cap back on and give to your pet for playtime!

What do you think of the Tuggo Dog Toy? Is this a toy your pet would enjoy?

Looking for more toys and supplies to make the most of summer with your pet? Read our pet supplies checklist.

Soggy Doggy Doormat & Super Shammy Giveaway

Filed under New Pet Products at PetMeds

Summertime means water activities and fun for our pets

We’re six days into summer and the fun is just beginning! If you plan on bringing your dog with you to the beach, pool, or lake this summer, fact is there are wet pups and paw prints close behind. With the Soggy Doggy Doormat and Soggy Doggy Super Shammy you can prevent wet floors and ensure clean-up is a snap!

Read More »

Win: Kitty A GoGo – a stylish cat litter box alternative

Filed under New Pet Products at PetMeds

Give your cat a stylish home and some privacy with a Kitty A GoGo

If you’re a cat owner, you know the topic of your cat’s litter box isn’t exactly an exciting one. Traditional cat litter boxes can be quite an eyesore which often designates them to less frequented rooms in the home. But what if you’re cat’s litter box could be both functional and dare we say…stylish?


With the Kitty A GoGo cat litter box you can have the best of both! Available in 6 design covers, this attractive cat litter box arrives preassembled to save you time. Simply add your favorite cat litter and the Kitty A GoGo is ready to use. Cleaning the litter box is easy too. Use the pull-out tray and included metal sifter rake to remove clumps in a single comb through motion. Need to throw out old litter? No problem! A removable plastic liner is included to dispose of old litter in one step.

The Kitty A GoGo is ideal for all cats and kittens with the opening measures 12″ wide and 8″ high. Its overall design measures 16″ high, 18″ wide, 21″ long, making it a perfect fit for small spaces and apartment homes. Not only will your cat love his or her new litter box, but you’ll love the stylish design!

Win a Kitty A GoGo!

To enter to win the Kitty A GoGo cat litter box, leave a comment below sharing a fun fact about your cat.

Congratulations to Audrey Macie, the winner of the Kitty A GoGo!

Win an Outward Hound Life Jacket for your dog!

Filed under New Pet Products at PetMeds, social

Safety for pets is just as important when engaging in water activities

If spending time on the water is in your (and your dog’s) plans this coming summer, safety is a must. For the same reason you wear a life jacket, so should your dog. Whether you’re boating, kayaking, or even paddle-boarding with your pup, the Outward Hound Life Jackets from Kyjen help make water sport activities safe!

Outward Hound Life Jacket for Pets by Kyjen

Each life jacket is fully adjustable with clips and a comfortable belly band to keep your dog safe and secure. secures your dog and available in 2 bright colors (orange and pink). Should your dog need to be rescued, the top handle can easily be grabbed by hand or boat hook to safely bring your dog back to you. And for dogs who aren’t skillful swimmers, the front float helps to always keep his or her head above water. For optimal safety, purchasing the right size life jacket is important, and each life jacket size depends on the girth of the dog (the area around the widest part of your dog’s rib cage).

Keeping your dog safe during water activities means one less thing for you to worry about — and more time having fun!

Win an Outward Hound Life Jacket for your dog!

To enter to win an Outward Hound Life Jacket:

  1. Leave a comment below telling us the fun Memorial Day weekend plans you and your pet have planned
  2. In your comment please include your pet’s weight and the life jacket size that would best suit your dog. (Click the How to Use Tab here for correct sizing)

Congratulations to our winners, Erika Kiel and Stephanie Mcglothlin. We’ll send you an email about how to claim your prize.

ps: We still have one extra-small life jacket to give away if anyone has a dog that weighs 11 to 18 pounds with a girth of 15″ – 19″, leave a note in the comments for your chance to win that one!

Win 1 of 5 Advantage flea & tick bundles for your pet & home

Filed under New Pet Products at PetMeds

Advantage Yard & Premise Spray offer peace of mind when you're enjoying time outdoors with your family and pet

Are you ready for flea and tick season? If not, now is the time to think about preparing your pet, home and yard against such parasites. With a new product offering from Bayer (makers of Advantage flea control products) protecting your pet and home is safe and easy.

Advantage Treatment Spray

You may already know killing adult fleas is important, but in order to eliminate the flea life cycle that means tackling their offspring (flea eggs and larvae). Advantage Treatment Spray for dogs and cats does exactly that. Spraying the solution directly on your pet can protect against fleas, ticks and lice for up to 100 days!

When it comes to killing fleas in your home and yard, the Advantage Household Spot & Crevice Spray helps to kill parasites in the tiniest spaces. This convenient spray eliminates pesky fleas, ticks, spiders and bed bugs. For homes with upholstery and carpeting, the Advantage Carpet and Upholstery Spray is your go-to product which kills fleas for 2 weeks. Best of all, there’s no staining!

Last but not least, it’s important to not forget the damp outdoor areas of a yard and patio! These are where fleas and ticks thrive the most! With the Advantage Yard & Premise Spray you can create a barrier against fleas and ticks (up to 16,000 square feet). When it comes to flea and tick season, don’t compromise your pet’s and family’s health. Act now and have a true Advantage against these harmful parasites.

Win a bundle of Advantage’s new flea & tick products!

Leave a comment indicating your pet type (dog or cat) and we’ll randomly select 5 comments as winners for an Advantage product bundle.

Each bundle will include (1) Advantage Treatment Spray, (1) Carpet and Upholstery Spray and (1) Household Spot & Crevice Spray.

Congratulations to our winners:  Heather, Patrice, Rebecca Limchua, Arelen Walton and Ronald DeMoulin.  We’ll send you an email about how to claim your prize.

Attention pet moms! Enter our Instagram giveaway

Filed under social

Mother’s Day is around the corner and yes, that includes pet moms! To celebrate all pet moms do for their furry “kids” we’re giving away a chic prize bundle on our Instagram profile tomorrow. See below for a sneak peek.

Follow 1800PetMeds on Instagram for a chance to win a prize for pet moms!

Interested in winning? It’s easy to enter!

Read More »

WIN a prize bundle for National Pet Month

Filed under social

Celebrate National Pet Month by winning a prize bundle for your pet!

As a pet parent you know there’s an unlimited list of items you need to keep your dog or cat healthy and happy. Whether it’s food, treats, new toys or medications these items can quickly add up.

Starting today and throughout the month of May, you can sign up for a chance to win our latest prize bundle which includes several pet products that’ll make both you and your pet happy. Plus we’re also throwing in a $100 PetMeds gift certificate so you can purchase anything else you may need (flea and tick medication, perhaps?). We’ll select two lucky pet owners  at the end of the month for the grand prize.

Read More »

Instantly control dog barking with the Bark Genie + GIVEAWAY

Filed under New Pet Products at PetMeds

Control barking indoors and outdoors with the Bark Genie

Springtime means outdoor time! While pet owners and their pets are out walking, playing and enjoying the change of season, this time of year could also create additional distractions for your dog causing him or her to be on alert.

It’s no secret that barking is your dog’s way of alerting and protecting your family from potential dangers, but in some cases this natural alarm system can become frustrating not only for you but for your neighbors as well. Controlling excessive barking may be achieved with hours of discipline and training, although it may not work 100% of the time.

First Alert Bark Genie available at 1800PetMeds

That’s why the Bark Genie is your silent solution to instantly stop annoying barking. With its ultrasonic technology, the Bark Genie immediately detects barking within a 50 feet radius and emits an ultrasonic sound only dogs can hear to instantly stop their barking behavior. Not only is the Bark Genie safe and effective for indoor or outdoor use, it also works on dogs of all breeds and sizes!

Whether it’s the noisy dog next door causing you restless nights, or your own dog incessantly barking when the doorbell rings, the Bark Genie can eliminate all of your dog barking problems with the touch of a single button – at the price less than most training sessions.

Comment to win your own Bark Genie!

Leave a comment below sharing your barking frustrations. We’ll randomly select one comment on Friday, April 25th as the winner of his or her own Bark Genie. Good luck!

Congratulations to Janet Venable! You won our random drawing for the Bark Genie.

PetMeds’ Pets Share Their Thanks

Filed under 1800petmeds

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at PetMeds!

A wise fortune cookie message once read “Value your present moments”, and the Thanksgiving holiday allows us a special time to do this as well as reflect on all the things we’re thankful for.  But what about our pets? If they could talk, what would our pets be thankful for? So naturally, we asked a few of our employees to share their pet’s messages of gratitude.

Harley: “I am thankful for TOYS! My toybox is overflowing with toys and I love digging through it every day to find my favorites to play with. I especially love playing with fishing-pole toys. Once I catch the lure I will never let go! I also like to run and jump and chase Daisy all around the house. Wanna play?”

Read More »