[Contest] Together, we can change a pet’s life!

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Enter the Change a Pet's Life Contest

Animal rescues and shelters do all they can to get adoptable pets ready for new homes. Sometimes though, there are problems that require expensive surgery or medical treatments that may be financially out of reach.

Imagine the difference it would make for a lonely, sick pet to receive much-needed medical care… AND a new, loving home!

With your help, PetMeds will change the lives of a few pets in need by contributing up to $2,000 towards the surgery and/or medical treatment needed to improve the life of one lucky winning adoptable pet. As well, PetMeds will cover the adoption fees of five other pets, and contribute $250 toward the third place winner’s medical or surgical needs.

So, where do you come in? Our Change a Pet’s Life contest is open to US animal rescues and shelters to change the life of an adoptable dog or cat by providing a needed surgery or medical treatment.

Not part of a shelter? You can still participate by sharing the contest with your favorite animal rescue group, and encourage them to enter one of their pets in need!

This is your chance to help make a huge difference to a pet in need while supporting the hard work and dedication of your favorite shelter. Participate in our Change a Pet’s Life contest and share it with other pet lovers so they, too, can help save an adoptable pet. Together, we can change the lives of pets that need our help.

How to Enter

To enter, just click on the button below and go to our contest page for full instructions. The submission period will run through 1/15/15, and we ask that all submissions are done through the rescue group to ensure correct information.

Following the submission period, the contest will be open to public voting! Encourage your supporters and communities to vote starting 1/16/15 to help change a pet’s life. Participants can vote once a day, and voting will close at 12 a.m. ET on 1/22/15. Good luck!

Enter the Change a Pet's Life Contest!

How misuse of antibiotics puts your pet at risk

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It's important to give antibiotics exactly as prescribed

My dog Duke is getting old. My children look at his face and see his graying hair and half jokingly remind me that he has changed quite a bit over the past couple of years. If it’s simply a cosmetic matter it wouldn’t be of much concern, but Duke has also been getting more illnesses than usual. A few months ago he developed a staph infection on his hind leg and last week he developed a respiratory tract infection. Both of these infections required antibiotics to clear them up. Although pets can get infections at any age, when they get older the immune system begins to weaken a little and their ability to fight bacteria is diminished.

The very word “infection” sounds scary, especially in relation to your pet’s health. But just what is an infection? An infection is caused by the presence and multiplication of an organism that causes disease. These disease-causing organisms are everywhere, and under most circumstances when these organisms invade our pets, the pet’s immune system is sufficiently strong to wipe them out. There are other times, however, when they are present in sufficient quantity or the pet’s immune system is not working optimally, that these organisms begin to cause illness. Basically, the body gets overwhelmed and these organisms begin producing toxins that cause symptoms in our pets. Read More »

The secret to successful New Year’s resolutions

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Happy New Year! I hope your new year is off to a great start. Most of us like to begin the year by making resolutions. Unfortunately, most of those good intentions are kicked to the curb because the resolutions are just too hard to keep. Do not worry, I have a solution! If you want to stick to your resolutions throughout the year, you just have to choose the right resolutions. You might be thinking, “Daisy, what are the correct resolutions?” I’m here to help! Read More »

Could you be giving your pet the wrong dose?

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Proper dosing of pet medications is important

It was my first job as a pharmacist in Central Florida, and my technician at the time was also newly registered when he was handed a prescription for amoxicillin liquid for a child. He looked carefully at the prescription and somehow misinterpreted “tsp.” as tablespoonful instead of teaspoonful. If this medication had gone out like that, the child would have received three times the dose that the doctor intended for him to have. Doctors are now encouraged not to abbreviate common words, but nothing replaces experience and understanding of how certain medications are given in the prevention of errors. Read More »

Daisy’s Boxing Day fiasco

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Even though I am a little bit sad when Christmas is over, there is one consolation. The day after Christmas is one of my favorite days of the year, Boxing Day! This is a special day designed just for cats who enjoy boxes, so we can have a good time with all the leftover boxes from Christmas. At least, I’m pretty sure that’s what Boxing Day means. Let me tell you my Boxing Day tale of woe. After carefully perusing all the leftover boxes last week, I selected this box. It’s just the right size!  Read More »

New Year’s resolutions for your pet

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New year's resolutions for your pet

The beginning of a new year is always a good time to readjust our habits and patterns, even those that involve our pets. We can each apply a little modification to our pets’ lives. A New Year Resolution simple means to “do” an act of self-improvement or something slightly nice for someone. Of course, being pet lovers, to us that “someone” is our pet! We can all be better, give more time to and pay more attention to our pets or even someone else’s!

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Urinary incontinence—there is a solution

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Proin is often prescribed for dogs with urinary incontinence

Incontinence, or the loss of the ability to control the bladder, is not only quite common in humans but is also very common in dogs. This condition is the cause of much stress to pet owners with the task of caring for a pet suffering from it. Inappropriate urination is one of the top reasons why many pet owners resort to the unthinkable solution of surrendering a beloved dog rather than attempting to deal with the problem. In some cases, families can become disrupted to the point of tension which often results in strained relations. Once identified, dog incontinence must be dealt with, and dealt with quickly. To begin, it’s important to understand what causes bladders to leak and not work as they are designed to. Read More »

Merry Christmas and a Harley New Year

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So, I put on my fanciest most sparkly holiday dress so I could make a beautiful holiday card for you. And because I am a Very Good Cat, I told Harley he could be in the card, too. This was a terrible mistake… Read More »

[Giveaway] Paw Print Ornament Kit

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Paw Print Ornament Kit

This Christmas, you can commemorate this joyful holiday season with your pet forever with the fun and festive Paw Print Ornament Kit.

Inside the kit, you’ll find everything you need to create a keepsake holiday decoration you can treasure for years to come. It’s the perfect holiday project and a great way to include your dog or cat in the festivities!

When you buy the Paw Print Ornament Kit, you’ll get:

  • One packet of air dry clay
  • One rolling pin tool
  • One plastic straw for making the ribbon hole
  • Two sizes of plastic shaping rings (3” and 4”)

A red satin ribbon is also included for hanging your precious paw print decoration on the holiday tree, fireplace mantle or anyplace you might like to be reminded of the special bond between you and your pet.

Create a Holiday Memory You’ll Treasure

Creation and clean-up for the Paw Print Ornament is amazingly quick and easy. The special impression clay requires no mixing or baking, and it’s also non-toxic so it’s gentle on paw pads, too! After making the impression, simply wipe your pet’s paw with a wet towel.

Make a Holiday Memory in 6 Easy Steps:

  • Knead the clay for a few seconds
  • Spread the clay out inside one of the plastic ring molds using the included rolling pin Place your pet’s paw firmly in the center
  • Create a hole at the top with the included straw
  • Allow the clay to dry

When the ornament feels solid and dry, simply remove the ring mold, insert the ribbon through the hole and tie in a bow.

Now you have the perfect ornament to immortalize your beloved pet for years to come!

Win the Paw Print Ornament Kit from 1-800-PetMeds

The Paw Print Ornament Kit is the perfect gift for the pet parent on your gift list, or to accompany a new puppy or kitten brought by Santa.

Making a new Paw Print Ornament for each stage of your pet’s growth is another fun way to give your pet a chance to participate in the holiday festivities. Anytime is a great time to create an heirloom of a beloved family pet!

Win Your Own Paw Print Ornament Kit!

We’re giving away one Paw Print Ornament Kit (as shown in picture above) to two lucky winners! To enter for your chance to win, leave a comment below and share a memory you have of your pet’s first Christmas with you! The winner will be chosen on 12/19/2014. Good luck!

Congratulations to Christina and Victoria, the winners of the ornament kit. Look for an email from us! Thanks to everyone for sharing your holiday memories.

Pet allergies—nothing to sneeze at

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Pets can suffer from allergies, too

Allergies affect people of all ages and can produce a variety of symptoms ranging from mild inconveniences such as red itchy eyes on one end of the scale all the way up to full blown anaphylactic reactions that can affect breathing and be life-threatening on the other end. Most of us pet owners know too well that some people are sometimes prevented from visiting us because they are allergic to our pets. My brother recently developed a cat allergy and he stopped coming over to visit until he found a temporary solution in the form of an antihistamine. After trying a variety of different medications he found one called loratadine, which is an antihistamine that works temporarily to suppress allergy symptoms.

The most common antihistamine that is used for allergies, however, is called diphenhydramine (Benadryl). This drug is extremely effective at suppressing the allergy symptoms, but it does have sedating properties. Most people who take diphenhydramine quickly find that their sneezing is replaced by yawning, neither of which is good to have while playing board games with the family. Loratadine (Claritin) on the other hand does a wonderful job at suppressing allergies but does not cause much drowsiness. Other antihistamines for humans include drugs such as cetirizine (Zyrtec), Chlorpheniramine, Desloratidine (Clarinex), and some others. Some of these have longer action, and some cause less drowsiness. Since product selection between these antihistamines could involve many factors including the potential of drug-drug interactions, it is extremely important to consult with a doctor or pharmacist before initiating therapy. Read More »