National Hug Your Cat Day– please approach carefully!

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Cat bites can easily become infected

Today is National Hug Your Cat day. Go ahead and hug your cat, pick your cat up, put the cat on your lap–caressing a cat has actually been known to lower stress markers and maybe even prolong life for both the human and the cat. Now who wouldn’t want a longer, happier life? It seems like a fail-proof method of achieving health and long life, unless the cat doesn’t agree or care about those medical findings and doesn’t wish to be handled. Approaching a cat that wants to be left alone is the fastest way to increase stress for both you and the cat. Cats have extremely sharp nails and sharp, powerful teeth that can cause severe harm. Getting scratched or bitten by a cat is not only painful but it is potentially dangerous. If a cat puts on a display that shows he wants to be left alone, it is best to leave him alone. Read More »

Professor Daisy on urinary tract infections

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Ohai! You caught me about to use the litter box. So much for privacy! Just give me a moment to take care of some business… Read More »

Do pets have the capacity to truly love?

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Many times in an extremely close relationship between two humans there develops a feeling of “oneness.” I have even encountered several people who have developed such a strong feeling of connection that it seems to include the whole of creation. Sometimes the question arises as to whether our pets have the ability to truly love and if they have a soul similar to that of humans. Most people who have felt or heard a cat purring when touched or a dog wagging his tail when near a certain family member would argue that animals do have the ability to love unconditionally. That being said, there are many people in the scientific community who would argue that pets only seem to love others in their “pack” simply as a survival instinct. Read More »

Daisy’s Memorial Day plans

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Happy Memorial Day! I hope you get to have today off from work. Before we get to the usual Memorial Day activities (like eating some delicious hamburgers fresh off the grill), I want to take a few minutes today and remember the brave men and women who gave their lives serving our country. I would be too scared to do that myself! Read More »

Win an Outward Hound Life Jacket for your dog!

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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!

Childproof containers…for pet medications?

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It's important for even pet medication to be in childproof containers

Several times a month we get a request in the pharmacy from one of our customers to “Please place my dog’s heartworm preventative or other medication in non-childproof containers.” The main reason for this request usually stems from the human caretaker having a difficult time opening the container that holds the pet medication. Many times a client may have arthritis or other joint disease and, in at least one case that I’m aware of, the pet owner had lost the use of one of his hands in an overseas operation. Generally the pharmacist taking the call will have no problem honoring that request.

There are other times however when the caller begins the conversation with a general question about our safety enclosure policy: “Why do you put this medication in a bottle with safety caps? I can assure you that my dog is not going to get into the bottle and the days of us having young children around the house are long behind us.” This week I decided to address this topic so that I can hopefully shed a little light on the subject so that people can better understand the reason behind the use of safety enclosures. Read More »

Celebrate International Museum Day with Daisy!

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Daisy wants to visit a museum for International Museum Day

Daisy knows how to visit a museum for free! Read More »

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

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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.

What you should know about corticosteroids and your pet

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Corticosteroids can cause a number of side-effects in your pet

My Lab mix Duke is 11 years old and he has Addison’s disease, which is a condition that requires him to be regularly medicated with corticosteroids such as prednisone, dexamethasone, or Percorten. When he was diagnosed about a year ago we thought we were going to lose him, but as soon as he started on this regimen of steroids he seemed to immediately get better: his energy increased, his coat was shinier, and I thought to myself that he has never looked or acted better even when he was younger. As a pharmacist I know that corticosteroids used long-term could potentially have some very troubling side effects and since it’s been a year since Duke started his first dose of prednisone, I decided to write this blog to describe how he’s doing on the medication. Read More »

A lesson on Lyme Disease from Professor Daisy

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Students, today we are going to talk about a serious subject: Lyme disease. Please listen carefully, because Lyme disease is no joke. It can cause symptoms like swollen, painful joints, lameness in the legs, loss of appetite, fever, and can even lead to kidney disease! Read More »