PetMeds® Videos on How to Kill Fleas, Heartworm Prevention, and More

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Are you looking for pet product videos, or demonstration how-to’s to help maintain your pet’s health? Visit our PetMeds® YouTube channel! We have videos covering some of the most popular pet meds including Frontline Plus, Advantage, Revolution, and more. The PetMeds® channel also includes instructional videos on how to kill fleas, and why heartworm prevention is important. And we’ve recently added several videos for a few new products, including pet ramps, pet stairs, and pet strollers.

Check out our video for the Special Edition Pet Stroller below. It’s the perfect pet accessory for bringing your pet along with you to the vet, mall, or the park.

Is there a pet health topic you’d be interested in us covering in a video? Let us know in the comments!

PetMeds® Pet Poisoning Caused By Human Medications

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I recently came across an article in the March 2010 issue of Veterinary Practice News that listed the top 10 categories of human drugs that are most frequently ingested by pets. According to information supplied by Justine A. Lee, DVM, Dipl. ACVECC, associate director of veterinary services at the Pet Poison Helpline, animal poisonings “are unfortunately very, very common.”

The top 10 human medications most frequently ingested  by pets according to this article are:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Advil, Aleve and Motrin)
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Antidepressants (Effexor, Cymbalta, Prozac, Lexapro)
  • ADD and ADHD medications (Concerta, Adderall, Ritalin)
  • Benzodiazepines and sleep aids (Xanax, Klonopin, Ambien, Lunesta)
  • Birth-control pills (estrogen, estradiol, progesterone)
  • ACE inhibitors (Zestril, Altace)
  • Beta blockers (Tenormin, Toprol, Coreg)
  • Thyroid hormones (Armour dessicated thyroid, Synthroid)
  • Cholesterol lowering agents (Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor)

For their health and safety, let’s keep all medications where pets cannot get to them.

PetMeds® 1800PetMeds Becomes Vet-VIPPS Accredited

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I am pleased to announce that 1-800-PetMeds has achieved Vet-VIPPS accreditation by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).

To quote from the NABP website, “The Vet-VIPPS program accredits facilities that dispense prescription drugs and devices for companion and non-food producing animals over the Internet and assures animal care providers that they are purchasing drugs and devices from a facility that meets the licensing requirements of the state in which the facility is based and each state to which it dispenses pharmaceuticals.

Veterinarians and clients can be reassured, as a result of this accreditation, that 1-800-PetMeds meets the highest standards of pharmacy practice.

PetMeds® Pet Pharmacy Certified by LegitScript

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LegitScript is the leading internet pharmacy verification service in the United States. LegitScript is identified by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) as the only internet pharmacy verification service that adheres to the NABP’s standards.

I am very happy to announce that 1-800-PetMeds has been certified by LegitScript and we are proudly displaying the LegitScript seal on our online pet pharmacy homepage.

PetMeds® Your Pet’s Pharmacy Profile

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1-800-PetMeds is first and foremost a pharmacy. What makes us different from the pharmacy you use for your medications is that we specialize in dispensing medicines for your pet instead of for you.

Because we care about the health and welfare of your pets, we have recently made some important adjustments to the pet information we need from you.

When you look at our “Pet Medical History” page, you will see that we are asking for, and need,  some basic information regarding your pet(s). This includes (for each pet):

  • The name of the pet – this goes on the prescription label so you can be sure you’re giving the correct medication to the correct pet.
  • The type of pet – is it a dog or a cat. This allows us to catch species errors when medications are ordered. For example, was the order for a medication that can only be given to a dog but our records indicate you have a cat.
  • Breed – Some breeds are more susceptible to certain diseases.
  • Gender – Some pet medications are intended for use in females only. Some medications should be used cautiously if given to pregnant females, or not given to pregnant females at all.
  • Pet Age – Older pets that may have age related kidney or liver conditions may need to have their medication dosage adjusted.
  • Weight – We want to make sure the medication we send is correct for the weight of your pet.
  • Medical Conditions – These help us understand the medication your pet has been given and helps us prevent giving you a medication your pet should not have.
  • Allergies – Tell us what your pet is allergic to. For example, does he/she have flea bite allergies?
  • Medications my pet is allergic to – By asking for any drug allergies, we can prevent giving your pet a medication they should not be taking. You can chose up to 4 medications (if your pet is allergic to more than one medication).
  • Medications my pet is taking (not purchased through us) – This is important since the medication we are sending you may interact with the medication you’ve gotten somewhere else.

We are hopeful that you will see these questions, and your need to answer them, as a benefit to your pets health.

PetMeds®: Pain Relief for Cats

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yellow-tabby-cat The topic of pain relief in our dogs and cats is one of the hottest topics today in veterinary medicine. There is such a concern about easing pain and suffering in both dogs and cats, that many veterinary state practice acts are now including mandatory pain relief medications even for routine surgical procedures.

While there are numerous approved prescription nonsteroidal anti inflammatory pain relief medication for dogs such as Rimadyl, Deramaxx, and Previcox, because of the unique sensitivity and metabolism of domestic short hair cats, our choices are often much more limited in our feline companions. As cats age, they do indeed suffer many of the same painful aging conditions as dogs and people such as degenerative joint disease and arthritis, as well as spinal arthritis, disc problems, as well as the routine discomfort seen post surgery.  For decades we had few options to offer our feline friends, except for a few medications that were mostly injectable narcotic drugs available only in the veterinary hospital setting. However, with the approval and use of such drugs like the nonsteroidal anti inflammatory pain medication Metacam in cats, that has indeed changed. Because of our felines’ sensitivity to such drugs, however, it is important to make sure that predrug veterinary blood work and urine testing is done, as well as monitored during long term treatment if Metacam is indeed used. With newer prescription drugs such as the safe alternative Tramadol, we can also combine use of such medications with the nonsteroidal pain medication Tramadol.

For conditions like post operative feline declawing, as well as in painful conditions like feline urologic syndrome (known as FUS) such prescription medications can often offer dramatic symptomatic relief.  Recently individual case reports of using the prescription anticonvulsant Gabapentin has shown promise in relieving pain in domestic cats. We also don’t want to forget the wonderful array of supplements that have also been helpful, especially when combined with prescription medications in relieving pain and discomfort. Yucca Intensive by Azmira, as well as the antioxidant Proanthozone has been quite helpful in my practice and experience in those aging arthritic cats. Glucosamine derivatives such as Cosequin for Cats work best when used with some of the other supplements and medications listed here. Finally, we must not forget the use of complimentary medical modalities such as chiropractic and acupuncture in cats, which has offered both animals and humans dramatic pain relief as either a primary modality or as an adjunct to some of the above medications and supplements.

PetMeds®: Cyclosporine – Friend or Foe?

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When Cyclosporine first started being used in human transplant patients to prevent rejection of organ implants, as well as its expansion into being used in immune mediated illnesses and skin disorders of people, many veterinary dermatologists were very excited about this potential noncortisone-based alternative for similar treatment of autoimmune diseases and skin allergies in animals.

Pet meds and supplements can help relieve itch associated with atopic dermatitis However, after now being used in the veterinary profession for several years under different trade and generic names, I have not been personally impressed with the overall performance of this drug. Not only is the major form of this drug still very expensive for most clients to use long term, often making it cost prohibitive for many clients, as well as many vets reluctant to prescribe it for this reason.

When I started using this drug on some cases in my practice, I did not find the clinical results many veterinary internists and dermatologists were promising. Side effects included up to a 20% increase in vomiting or gastrointestinal signs in treated pets that only sometimes responded to antinausea medications, forcing me to stop the medication on that given pet.  I also found through my reading about the pharmacology of this drug of how powerful an immune suppressive drug it truly is, in my opinion bordering on a chemotherapy type drug, while I first thought it was supposed to be a safer alternative to long term cortisone for skin allergies and immune mediated diseases.

And while in some pets it has worked wonderfully, I find the expense, and potential short term and long term side effects not worth the risk for me to endorse this pet medication in my veterinary practice.  For skin allergies I will always exhaust the antihistamine route with combining antihistamines like Chlorphenirimine, Clemastine, or Diphenhydramine, along with a good Omega 3 fatty acid like Nordic Naturals Pet Cod Liver Oil or omega 3 fatty acid capsule as well as Super Pure Omega 3.  Antioxidants like Proanthozone and natural immune modulators like Vetri-DMG liquid also seem to help as part of a supplement team in helping manage many immune disorders.  And when used appropriately and judiciously,  and in tapering to the lowest effective dose,  hopefully (eventually) to every other to every third day, inexpensive prescription Prednisone or Prednisoloneperforms quite as well,  and when used in a cautious manner often does not have the awful side effects feared by many.

Proper shampooing on a regular basis to clear coats of contact allergens often can help dramatically with pet skin allergy management.  For many of the other immune mediated diseases where pets destroy their red blood cells (called autoimmune hemolytic anemia) or their platelets (called autoimmune thrombocytopenia), my clinical experience has not found Cyclosporine to have much of a positive impact, in my opinion, on the outcome of these cases than some of the older drugs like Prednisone and other even more natural alternatives.

Alternative modalities such as NAET therapy, as well as conventional allergy testing at a trained and certified veterinary dermatologist, in addition to sometimes prescription low allergy diets, are a better way to go in trying to manage chronic allergic dogs than Cyclosporine in my experience.   From this post, you can see that I am not a big fan of this now increasingly prescribed drug for the extensive reasons cited above.

PetMeds®: Veterinarian Dr. Dym’s Recommended Pet Products

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There are several products that I love in my everyday practice of veterinary medicine. With my interest in more preventative nutritional aspects of small animal care, there are indeed several products that I have used over the years that I have found tremendously helpful in a wide variety of conditions, both in terms of helping prevent disease as well as in helping manage disease.

One of the most versatile and economic products I have found quite useful in a wide variety of cases is Vetri-DMG liquid by Vetri-Science. This is one of the biggest secrets in both nutritional veterinary and human medicine. From boosting cellular energy to strengthening the immune system in both conditions of an under-active immune system, such as those pets with immune suppressive viruses like cats with Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) or dogs with Parvovirus or distemper, to those diseases with an overactive immune system called autoimmune diseases, this supplement indeed helps balance the immune system so that it functions optimally in both people and pets. It can help as an antibacterial and anti-fungal agent, as well as improving circulation in those pets with heart disease. It promotes antioxidant activity in the body by promoting glutathione and SAMEe synthesis, which is why I often use it with other antioxidants like Proanthozone, Denosyl, or Cell Advance 880. Antioxidants like these help reduce inflammation and free radical formation that are involved with a myriad of degenerative, inflammatory, and even cancerous diseases in the body.

Dr. Dym's Recommended Pet Products Some other additional uses of Vetri-DMG are in regulating sugar metabolism, not only in conditions of hypoglycemia, but also in helping production of hormones like insulin. I have also found it helpful as an adjunct in seizure management of our pets, often allowing us to use lower dosages of prescription drugs in controlling seizures in pets. Along with the other antioxidants listed here, Vetri-DMG can help protect DNA, and has anti-tumor properties. And the additional wonderful benefit I love is that pets often love the taste of this easy to administer palatable liquid.

In addition to many of the above products in helping reduce allergies in our pets, other supplements like Yucca Intensive and Super Pure Omega 3 have also been successful in my hands in helping reduce allergies, arthritis, and other inflammatory disorders in our pets. There is no better value for the dollar in joint supplementation than Super Joint Enhancer, whose combination of MSM and glucosamine can help better restore joint function in aging pets. Along with good multivitamins like VitaChews and Super VitaChews, combining several of these products listed here can help be a part of preventative nutritional programs in most pets.

I truly believe that through good nutritional protocols, regular exams, and checkups with your veterinarian, we can indeed go a long way in preventing many common and increasing immune mediated, cancerous, and degenerative organ and joint diseases in our animal companions.

PetMeds®: What are the Pros and Cons of Giving My Pet Pain Medications (Rimadyl, Deramaxx, Novox)?

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Boxer and cat lying down This is a question many guardians often ask, especially as veterinarians may increase the amount of prescription pain medications from short term use to more long term use. Many of these newer pet meds developed in recent years act similarly on our pets’ bodies as they do to similar drugs commonly prescribed to humans for pain, fever, headaches, etc. Although these pet medications can sometimes yield amazing results, it’s important for pet owners to be aware of some of the potential side effects in sensitive dogs, especially when used over a long period of time.

Although the newer NSAIDs are often deemed safer than some of the older ones, like buffered aspirin, individual responses and reactions can indeed vary. No matter if I’m using these drugs short or long term, a pet owner should always be offered premedication blood work to check a CBC, and liver/kidney function to insure there are no preexisting conditions that may increase chance at reactions. While reactions to newer drugs are rarer than the older ones, severe reactions can still occasionally occur. These reactions can include gastrointestinal bleeding, diarrhea, or vomiting and even liver/kidney complications. If these drugs are used long term, such blood work should be done every 3-6 months.

While it’s important for pet owners to be aware of the above possible reactions with NSAIDs, when they’re properly prescribed and adequately monitored, most pets do very well on such prescription pet meds, like Previcox, Rimadyl, Deramaxx, Metacam and  Zubrin. Plus, if a condition is chronic, I would always recommend that pet owners and veterinarians explore the use of adjunctive nutritional supplements such as Super Joint Enhancer and other pet supplements, including those previously mentioned in my post Supplements for Every Pet.

PetMeds®: Chronic Use Medications for Pets

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When a pet has a condition that either lasts for a long time, or for the life of the pet, this is called a chronic condition. Examples of life long chronic conditions include, but are not limited to diabetes, and hyper or hypothyroid. Other chronic conditions can include pets with joint problems or urinary tract infections.

These chronic conditions require continued use of medication in order to keep the underlying condition under control. If the medication is stopped, for whatever reason, the condition will worsen.

A study just released by CVS Caremark found that 50% of adults under the age of 45 who are prescribed a medication to treat high cholesterol are not taking their medication as prescribed. Troyen A. Brennan, EVP and chief medical officer for CVS Caremark stated, “This data illustrates that younger adults with high cholesterol are not taking their medication as prescribed, putting them at increased risk for developing heart disease, worsening their long term clinical outcomes and ultimately increasing the cost of their care”.

While the this study pertains to human medications, let’s keep in mind that this same issue can also pertain to our pets with chronic diseases. For example, a dog with diabetes that is not properly treated can develop cataracts, weight loss, muscle wasting, and kidney disease. What do I mean by not properly treated? I mean skipping doses of insulin, not having the pet’s glucose levels monitored regularly to make sure the dose of insulin is correct, or perish the thought, not treating the pet at all.

These are tough economic times and we all look for ways to cut our expenses. However, not giving ourselves, or our pets, the dose of medication when it’s due is only going to make things worse. This may result in our spending more money, not less.

To help our customers stay compliant with giving their pet the medication when it’s due, 1-800-PetMeds has an “Easy Refill” email reminder program that our customers can enroll in. This program will notify the customer when the next refill of medication is due. This program helps ensure that the pet has enough medication on hand to be treated with.