Managing your pet’s dry eyes

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Dry eyes are more common in dogs than cats

My cat is extremely selfish, yet he is very much loved. As far as I’m concerned, because Midnight isn’t always trying to be something he’s not, that makes him wholly good and wholly loveable. He always follows his nature and that’s honesty at a very pure level. I was reading a book recently that was based around Eastern teachings that suggested the way to enlightenment is to completely give up desires. Halfway through the book I began questioning the concept or its feasibility, since wanting to give up desires is a desire in itself. I kept reading to see if the author had a suggestion and the theme of meditation came up. He suggested that I stare at a spot on the wall for as long as it takes to “clear the mind.” Two hours later my mind was still whirling, and my only thought was that my eyes had become so dry from staring at one spot for so long without blinking. I’m not giving up just yet on the whole ‘desire to decrease desires’ concept, but I do still have many questions; for example: does Midnight have dry eyes? Does he have to keep staring at things to reach enlightenment? I don’t have all the answers, but I know that Midnight always seems content and he’s always loved. Read More »

Daisy reveals her secret to staying young

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Ohai! You might think that as a professional model, I am a hard-working cat. You would be correct to think this. However, I also have lots of time to relax and just lounge around. You might not realize it (on account of I look so young), but I’m actually a senior, and I don’t mean a senior in high school. I am TEN years old! Since November is National Senior Pet Month, I’ll let you in on one of my secrets for staying so spry… Read More »

[Contest] National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week Contest

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1-800-PetMeds Animal Shelter Appreciation Contest

1-800-PetMeds Helps Those Who Help Animals!

In celebration of National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week, 1-800-PetMeds would like to give your animal shelter or animal rescue operation a special gift to support your efforts on behalf of animals in need of help and homes.

To show our appreciation of your tireless work to feed, shelter and care for neglected, abused and abandoned animals, we’ll be giving away over $1,500.00 worth of PetMeds Bucks and prizes to participating shelters and rescue groups with the most votes.

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What’s keeping your dog awake at night?

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It's important to identify the cause of your dog's insomnia

A close friend recently recommended I watch videos about something called sleep whisper hypnosis to help me fall asleep. Apparently there is a phenomenon called Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) that is supposed to produce a pleasurable tingling sensation in the head, scalp, and back in response to hearing or seeing certain things. Watching a video of mundane things such as of someone getting a haircut or scalp massage, or hearing someone whispering a story are such examples. I did try watching a few of these videos and although I can’t claim to have felt any tingling sensations, the gentle whispering really did help me fall asleep more quickly. Now that we have “horse whisperers” and “people whisperers,” I just need to find a “dog whisperer” to help my elderly dog Duke, who has slight arthritis, fall asleep. Read More »

Who’s the dunce? Daisy prepares for National Dunce Day!

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As you can probably tell by my lab coat, I’m no dunce! But did you know there is actually a holiday that celebrates dunces? It’s called National Dunce Day, and it’s observed on November 8th.

What exactly is a dunce? I looked it up in the dictionary, which said that a dunce is defined as “a slow-witted or stupid person.” Hmmm, that’s not too nice! In olden days, when a student misbehaved or acted like a dunce, as a punishment he had to wear a pointed hat called a dunce cap. The conical hat was supposed to funnel knowledge straight into the wearer’s head. Read More »

[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.

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