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 »

Bella returns to television in a new 1800PetMeds commercial

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Hi everypawdy! It’s me– Bella. I have something super exciting to share with you all! After two and a half years since my first PetMeds commercial, with a few others in between, something really PAWESOME is about to happen!

About two weeks ago I got a call from my peeps at PetMeds.  *pretend phone ringing…RING RING RING* “Hello? ….Yes, this is Bella….”

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Attention pet moms! Enter our Instagram giveaway

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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!

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Daisy shares her Cinco de Mayo celebration ideas

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Daisy dons a sombrero to celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo! This is one of my favorite holidays, on account of I get to wear this fancy sombrero and colorful serape. But Cinco de Mayo is about more than just dressing up. I looked it up and found out that this is a day that commemorates the Mexican army’s victory in the Battle of Puebla in 1862, because this was a turning point in the Franco – Mexican war. Even though that was before I was born, it is still a day we can celebrate Mexican heritage and culture. Plus, I look cute in this hat!

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WIN a prize bundle for National Pet Month

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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.

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Urinating outside the litter box? What your cat could be trying to tell you

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It's important that your cat always has access to fresh water

Sophia is not only very spiritual but she is also extremely creative; she’s involved in the local poetry organization and has become quite a star in the South Florida poetry reading events. As an employee who usually volunteers to work late each day when asked, I was surprised when she suddenly began running out the door at the end of her shift without even saying goodbye. Sophia also seemed a bit distracted and not behaving like the lively and happy employee that I had come to know over the past several years. Out of concern, I decided to ask her if there was anything wrong or if there was anything I could do to help her. As she began speaking her eyes filled up with tears and she became visibly upset.

I have come to realize after years of being around musicians and artists that creative people tend to be extremely sensitive and emotional. Through her tears she was able to describe the situation at her home involving her cat who had turned the family’s beautiful rug into her large personal litter box. Each day Sophia had to run home and clean up after the cat before other members of her family came home and smelled or stepped in the urine. Her biggest fear was that she would be forced to give up her cat. After suggesting to her that it is possible that this condition may actually have a cure, Sophia called her veterinarian. The doctor did diagnose the cat with a urinary tract infection and prescribed a week-long course of antibiotics. Apparently the infection was causing all these problems and after a week, what seemed like vindictive peeing was totally cleared up after the infection was cured. Read More »