What does responsible pet parenting mean to you?

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What does responsible pet parenting mean to you?

February is Responsible Pet Owners Month, and in a recent 1800PetMeds Facebook survey, we asked pet parents what they believe responsible pet parenting is all about. Read More »

Your dog’s head shaking: a sign of trouble?

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Excessive head shaking can have a number of causes

Almost every pet owner is familiar with the shaking that occurs after liquids get on our pet’s head. That energetic shaking that splashes water everywhere makes it quite impossible to finish giving our dogs a bath without us also getting thoroughly soaked along with them. There is a secret that nobody talks about though—the secret is that, although we sometimes complain about getting wet with the dog, most owners secretly love it when this happens! Most people, including me, consider this part of the fun and excitement of owning a pet. It also provides particular amusement to family members who witness the event from far away, and usually much laughter ensues.

There are times however when head shaking is a cause for concern. When a pet continuously shakes his or her head without an apparent reason, it could be an indication of a possible ear infection, inflammation, or even the result of an uncontrolled allergy. Since allergies are among the most common causes and often even predispose the pet to infections and inflammation in the ears, we’ll start with that topic. Read More »

Groundhog, go back to your burrow!

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Happy Groundhog Day! On this day every year, a big rodent named Punxsutawney Phil crawls out of his burrow to predict the weather. If he sees his shadow, that means he predicts 6 more weeks of Winter. If he does not see his shadow, then Phil predicts an early Spring. This year, Phil predicted 6 more weeks of  Winter!Well, I have a big problem with this procedure… Read More »

Your cat can be a good cat, too!

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By now, I’m sure you have realized that I am a Very Good Cat, on account of I (almost) never misbehave. Even though I do enjoy a good scratch every day, I never scratch where I am not supposed to scratch. You might think this took a lot of training and willpower, but you would be wrong. What’s my secret? I’ll tell you! Read More »

[Contest Winner] Meet Gorilla, a pug being given a second chance

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Change a Pet’s Life Day is today, and to celebrate, PetMeds is helping one adoptable pet get the surgery he needs to live a happy, healthy life!

Gorilla is ready for his life to change!

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[Event] What does your cat secretly want to know?

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National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day

Does your cat often seem to be pondering the mysteries of life? Cats are famous for their instinctive need to know. Here’s your chance to give them a voice to ask the probing questions you’re certain they’d love to ask!

Join Daisy the Curly Cat, 1800PetMeds’ resident expert on being a cat for an enlightening question and answer session in celebration of National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day, this Thursday, January 22, 2015.
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Cats fighting? How to re-establish peace

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Cats are territorial

The neighborhood pet back when I was still living with my parents was a bicolor cat with beautiful black markings along the top of his back and around his tail. His long white hair always seemed well-brushed and he had a petite, fragile appearance that made him look adorable. His wonderful temperament and sweet look earned him the name “Mignon” from the patisserie owner, Mr. Martine. Mignon (which means “cute” in French) would run from neighbor to neighbor throughout the day to greet people and to collect as many snacks as he could. Who would think that Mignon could be anything but sweet and gentle? Read More »

Your cats have questions, Professor Daisy has answers

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Ohai! You might or might not know that January 22nd is National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day. Because I am a Smart Cat, there is hardly anything I do not know. The few questions I did have were already answered last year. (You can study those answers AND see me with my Mommeh, here.) However, I know that other cats probably have many, many questions. So, I have decided to put on my lab coat and help answer your questions! Read More »

Are these in your home? Prevent a pet poisoning

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Take your pet to the vet if you suspect ingestion of something toxic

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 started asking me if we carried something called vitamin K here at 1800PetMeds. Apparently Colin was concerned that his cat may have ingested some rat poison and wanted to treat the cat without proper veterinary guidance after doing some “internet research.” Since vitamin K is the clotting ingredient that gets disrupted when an animal has ingested an anticoagulant, he felt that simply giving this medication would be the answer. Since we don’t carry vitamin K and treating a cat poisoning at home is never recommended, I strongly suggested that he immediately take his cat to the veterinarian. When Colin noticed that his cat had stopped eating and drinking, became weak, had pale gums, and was having difficulty breathing he realized that ne needed to take the cat in for a checkup. It was lucky that he went in when he did, because the cat not only needed to get a vitamin K injection but he also needed intravenous fluids and a blood transfusion. Had he not taken the cat to receive the proper treatment, this poisoning would have most likely been fatal. Read More »

Help your pet sparkle on Dress Up Your Pet Day

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It’s almost that time, one of the most important days of the year: Dress Up Your Pet Day! This holiday is January 14th, so you still have time to get ready (if you begin your preparations now). This year I have selected a two-piece number with a flouncy skirt and polka-dotted trim. Now that I’m all dressed up, I wish there was a special parade or party I could attend. I’d look good atop a parade float!

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I know you will want your own dog or cat to look fabulous, too, so I recommend you begin by reading some of the tips I have compiled. I am certain these tips will help every cat and dog be best-dressed! And if you do not want to dress up your pet, you can still enjoy browsing through my fashion retrospective. Which outfit is your favorite?