Are these in your home? Prevent a pet poisoning

Are these in your home? Prevent a pet poisoning

Last Wednesday, while on my lunch break, I noticed that I had missed several calls from my friend Colin. He had left messages about the urgency of his situation and that I needed to get in touch with him immediately. When I called him back he asked me if we carried something called vitamin K here at 1800PetMeds. Apparently Colin was concerned that his cat may have ingested some rat […]






Top 10 dangerous medications found around the house

Top 10 dangerous medications found around the house

Almost anything in the right (or wrong) dose can become extremely dangerous or even deadly. Even something as seemingly harmless as water, given in a high enough quantity, can cause blood cells to become unstable and may lead to serious health consequences. Luckily for us, however, our pets seem smarter than many people and it’s not likely your cat is going to drink eight gallons of water to show off […]






Holiday dangers for pets, part 2

Holiday dangers for pets, part 2

[Note: If you missed the first post, click to read Holiday dangers for pets, Part 1] Mr. Armand was the owner of the pastry shop on Springfield Boulevard, right next door to the pharmacy where I worked at the time. Like clockwork every morning Mr. Armand pulled the big metal gates up over the shop windows, making a sound similar to a freight train. The staff at the French bakery […]






Holiday dangers for pets, part 1

Holiday dangers for pets, part 1

This┬átime of year, when I hear the Christmas music and see all the festive lights, decorations and happy people, it reminds me of a magical time in my own childhood. This brief period of time in my life didn’t last that long but has left me with a positive long-lasting impression. It was a time when I didn’t have a care in the world–no job, very few responsibilities, no health […]






Could one small tick put your dog in big danger?

Could one small tick put your dog in big danger?

Generally it’s easy for me to separate my emotions from a particular pet disease I’m studying or teaching about. For example, if your pet has a skin infection, your vet may prescribe an antibiotic which your pet must take until completion–I can go on to advise the pet owner how to draw up the medication, how much to give, how long to store the medication, and what signs to watch […]






How to make sure your pet has a healthy, happy Thanksgiving

How to make sure your pet has a healthy, happy Thanksgiving

It’s easy to underestimate the intelligence of our furry friends because they don’t use language the way we do, and when it comes to current events, they keep their opinions to themselves. What I have found after much observation and study of both people and pets is that while being quiet and reserved, listening more rather than voicing opinions may seem to indicate a potential lack of intelligence, often just […]






Could your pet have a surprising “secret” life?

Could your pet have a surprising “secret” life?

Kelly has been a pharmacist here at 1800PetMeds for about ten years. Throughout the years we have shared many stories, as is typical with a colleague you have worked with for a long time. I have heard about her children, her husband, her immediate family, her in-laws, and how much she loves each one of them. One year Kelly and I even did some Christmas shopping together and I got […]