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How Cold Does It Have to Get for Fleas to Die?

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 12:59:37 PM EST5EDT

 

If you have stopped applying your flea preventative to your cat or dog, you may want to reconsider that. Your dog or cat can still get fleas now and throughout the winter months. Yes, it’s true that cold temperatures kill fleas. If the temperature falls below 37 degrees for ten days consecutively or longer, this should be enough to kill mature fleas and their offspring.

The problem, though, is that fleas are very smart and will do everything possible to stay warm and survive. They may cling to a wild animal and lay more eggs to ensure the flea population survives and can potentially thrive later on when the temperatures get warmer. They can also search for warmer spots around them, like a garage or shed, and hide there for a while.

What Should You Do If You Do Notice Fleas in Your Home?

 

Whether you bring in fleas that are clinging to your clothes and shoes, or your dog or cat accidentally goes into an area where the fleas are hiding, a flea infestation is no easy problem to solve. The first step, of course, is to keep your cat or dog medicated with a vet-approved preventative. At Vet Supply Source, we carry Frontline and other flea treatments for dogs and cats. You can even setup an automated delivery schedule, so you never run out.

If you forget to apply the medication one month or the treatment proves to be ineffective for whatever reason, you should act as quickly as possible. For example, you should vacuum all floors and furniture as soon as you notice the fleas to capture as many of them as you can. We would also remind you to empty the vacuum bag in a sealed plastic bag, so they can’t escape the trash. Did we mention that fleas are very smart? You should also wash any clothing, bedding, and drapes that could be potentially infested.

Regarding your cat or dog, there are a number flea and tick supplies out there including sprays, shampoos, and collars that may eliminate the problem. However, if your pet is still affected after a few days, you should consider taking him or her to the vet to receive treatment. Fleas can cause a number of adverse health effects, so it is important to take every precaution necessary.

 

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How to Get Rid of Your Dog’s Matted Fur

Thursday, September 20, 2018 10:51:00 AM EST5EDT

 

Matted fur just doesn’t look bad; it can be incredibly painful for your dog as well. That’s because matted fur prevents much-needed oxygen and moisture from reaching the skin, putting pressure on and weakening it, which could potentially cause inflammation and other issues. Additionally, fleas and other parasites love matted fur and gather there when present.

 

Dogs are notoriously stoic, and they will often not tell their owners if they are in pain. It is up to you, the owner, to make sure your dog is groomed and does not have matted fur anywhere on their body. Your dog will show their appreciation with kisses and a wagging tail.

 

First, let’s take a second and talk about how fur gets matted in the first place. The most common reason is due to the presence of old, loose fur that hasn’t been completely removed through brushing or combing. The new fur that is growing to replace the old fur can get caught up with the old fur, causing fur mats. If the issue isn’t addressed, the fur mats will continue to grow and damage the skin. Areas where there is a lot of movement or rubbing are more prone to fur mats.  The easiest way to prevent fur mats is through regular brushing of the dog’s coat.

 

If you notice fur mats on your four-legged best friend, you have a decision on your hands. If the fur mat is small, you can try to untangle it yourself using your fingers and grooming supplies for dogs, like detangling spray and a comb and/or slick brush. Experts recommend using short strokes on the fur mat, so there is less risk of damaging the skin. Also, never use scissors as you run the risk of cutting your dog and potentially causing an infection.

 

However, if the fur mats are large and complex, your best bet is to go to the professionals. A professional groomer or veterinarian may need to shave the dog’s fur off completely to address the fur mats if the situation is bad enough. Whatever the determination, professional groomers and veterinarians will provide the best hope to minimize your pup’s suffering and ensure they can enjoy a healthy, untangled coat now and into the future.

 

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What Should You Do if Your Dog Gets Sprayed by a Skunk?

Monday, August 13, 2018 4:53:49 PM EST5EDT

 

If you own a dog, you know that skunks are a nightly threat that could potentially cause you a lot of headaches. Training your dog to stay at least fifteen away from skunks at all times is ideal, but it is not always possible. Getting a dog with a high prey drive to stay when he or she senses a skunk is probably not going to happen, so the best thing you can do is keep a close eye on your dog and keep a look out for skunks at night before you let him or her out.

 

In Defense of the Skunk

 

Before you get too mad at skunks, you should know that skunk spray is really their only defense system against predators. They are small, mostly blind, and not very fast. The spray that is produced by their anal glands is their equalizer. The spray contains sulfurous chemicals called thiols, and a skunk can spray up to 15 feet away if it feels threatened.

 

What Should You Do If a Skunk Sprays Your Dog?

 

Chances are, if your dog gets sprayed, he or she is going to freak out, especially if the pup was hit in the face. He or she will likely start rolling on the ground and may make a run for the house. Do not let your dog into the house if at all possible. Otherwise, that smell is going to linger in the house as well.

 

The first thing you should do is check your dog’s eyes to make sure the spray didn’t get in them. If they’re red or appear irritated, you should wash them out immediately with cool water. Once, you do this, it’s time to give the dog a bath.

 

There are a number of bath time remedies out there, including a tomato juice bath, but many don’t always work. Instead, many veterinarians recommend a mixture of 3% hydrogen peroxide solution, baking soda, and Dawn dishwashing soap. If you are in an area where skunks are prevalent, you should have these ingredients on-hand at all times. Vets do caution, though, that you should only leave the mixture on for a short period as the peroxide could bleach the dog’s fur if left on for too long. As you apply and rinse the mixture, you should wear rubber gloves for your own safety as well.

 

The mixture should mitigate most of the smell and rid the coat of the skunk’s spray, but you will likely need dog grooming supplies to completely remove the lingering smell. At Vet Supply Source, we carry affordable dog grooming supplies, including dog shampoo, which can help to completely eradicate the pungent odor.  While a skunk spraying can be a traumatic experience for you and your dog, it is one that can easily be overcome with the proper response and supplies.

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Warning Signs Your Dog May Be Dehydrated

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 11:19:06 AM EST5EDT

 

There’s nothing more fun for your pup than a good game of fetch outside. However, as the temperatures rise, keeping your dog hydrated is a must. Just like you or I, a dog is a mammal that needs water in order to survive. Water is responsible for a large number of different body functions, so it is important to make sure your dog is taking in enough fluids.

 

Throughout the day, your dog will lose water through panting, breathing, urinating, and evaporation. As long as your dog is replacing that water by drinking and eating, though, this isn’t an issue. However, summertime heat will cause your dog to lose water more quickly, and he or she may experience dehydration. Dehydration can be very serious, leading to organ failure and even death if the dog isn’t treated.

 

How Do I Know If My Dog Is Dehydrated?

 

Yes, dogs are stoic, and it’s not like they can tell us when they’re feeling not well. It is up to you, the owner, to determine when your dog is dehydrated. Luckily, there will be clues to help you. The American Kennel Club lists the following symptoms as signs your dog is likely dehydrated:

 

  • Loss of appetite
  • Reduced energy levels and/or lethargy
  • Panting
  • Sunken, dry-looking eyes
  • Dry nose and gums
  • Loss of skin elasticity

 

In some cases when the dehydration is mild and there are no underlying medical conditions, providing your dog with fresh, clean drinking water may be enough. However, if the symptoms do not subside, you will likely need to go to the vet as soon as possible so your dog can receive fluids to help balance his or her systems. Your vet can also determine if there is an underlying medical condition that is contributing to the dehydration.

 

The most important thing to remember is that prevention is paramount. Make sure your dog has access to fresh, clean drinking water at all times. If the weather is hot, limit his or her time outside and make sure your pup has a cool spot to retreat. Also, a healthy dog is less likely to be dehydrated, so be sure to look at our vitamins and supplements for dogs and other dog supplies. By following a good prevention strategy and recognizing the symptoms of dehydration, you can make sure your dog has a fun and safe summer!

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A Short Guide to Flea and Tick Prevention

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 1:27:31 PM EST5EDT

 

If you are a pet owner, you likely already know the importance of having a sound flea and tick strategy to prevent infestations from occurring in your home. Fleas and ticks not only can cause minor skin irritations to your pets; they carry parasites and diseases that can significantly impact your pets’ health. Worms and Lyme disease are two of the most common conditions caused by flea and tick bites.

 

There are several ways fleas and ticks can jump onto your pets’ coats, lay eggs, and begin feeding on their blood. If your dog or cat goes outside, fleas and ticks will likely try to attach themselves to your pets’ fur. They may then come back inside and the parasites will spread themselves to furniture, carpeting, and other parts of your home.

 

You could be the culprit as well. Even if your pets never go outside, you can unknowingly bring fleas and ticks attached to your clothing into the home. From there, you may end up with an infestation, which isn’t fun for anyone.

 

So, in order to stop an infestation, the first word you should know is prevention. It is much easier (and likely far less expensive) to prevent an infestation than to fight one after the fact. Here are a few things to keep in mind to prevent fleas and ticks from disrupting yours and your pets’ lives.

 

Invest in Quality Flea and Tick Medications: Schedule an appointment with your vet and discuss with them which preventative flea and tick medications would be most effective for your pets. Some do better with oral medications while many others would benefit from topical medications. Monthly topical medications tend to be less expensive than oral medications so that’s something to keep in mind as well. If you are concerned about budget, please know that we carry flea and tick medications for cats as well as flea and tick medications for dogs at the lowest prices possible. We also carry shampoos, sprays, and more.

 

Avoid Spots Where Fleas and Ticks Hang Out: Fleas and ticks like high grass, shrubbery, and shaded areas, so this is something to keep in mind if you take your pets outside. You can do yourself a favor by avoiding high grass and keeping the grass mowed low, so fleas and ticks have nowhere to hide. When you do go outside with your pets, be sure to check them with a flea comb to make sure no parasites have snuck onto them. You should check yourself as well.

 

Act as Quickly as Possible if Fleas Are Present: If you apply flea and tick medication, regularly bathe your pet, and keep the home clean, you are doing everything right. However, an infestation is still possible, which is why you should act as quickly as possible if you do find fleas. This may include applying additional medication, using a fogger (be sure to closely follow safety precautions if you do), or even hiring an exterminator. It shouldn’t come to that if you practice prevention, but it’s important to be mindful of the possibility just in case.

 

 

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Three Signs Your Dog Has Allergies

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 12:29:25 PM EST5EDT

 

 

For many of us, spring is an amazing time of year. The weather begins to warm up, squirrels and other furry friends return from their winter hibernation, and baseball is back. It is also a beautiful time of year as trees and flowers begin to bloom, but this can be problematic for those of us who suffer from seasonal allergies. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies every year. If you are experiencing a runny nose, wheezing, a cough, or a headache right now, you might be one of those 50 million.

 

However, you should also know that humans are not the only species who suffer from allergies. Your canine pal may be struggling alongside with you right now and you might not even know it. However, even if your pup tries to remain stoic, your pup will likely give some signs that he or she is suffering. Luckily, there are ways to treat allergies for dogs, so it’s important to look out for these and other symptoms so you can get your pup the care he or she needs.

 

Symptoms Your Dog Might Show If He or She Has Allergies

 

Your Dog Is Scratching a lot or You Notice a Rash: If you are allergic to pollen, mold, or some sort of food, you know that itchiness is a very common with allergies. Your dog will experience itchiness too if he or she is allergic to something and has come in contact with it. If you see that your dog is scratching all of the time or his or her skin has a rash, this could be a sign of allergies as well.

 

Your Dog Is Sneezing a lot or Has a Runny Nose: Another common symptom of canine allergies is sneezing and/or a runny nose. If you notice that your pup sneezes a lot after a walk or is coughing more than usual, he or she might be allergic to the pollen, dust, or other particles in the air.

 

Your Dog Is Losing His or Her Fur: Flea allergies are very common, and they can cause your dog to scratch to the point that there are bald spots. Symptoms of a flea allergy can occur from just one flea bite, and hair loss is typically present on the hind legs or area around the tail.

 

What Should You Do If These Symptoms Are Present?

 

If you suspect that your pup has allergies, the most important thing to do is make an appointment with the vet. Your vet can do various tests to determine the cause of the symptoms and recommend the best type of treatment for your pet. It could be some as simple as getting shampoo for dogs to use after a walk or dog flea and tick treatment. In some cases, you might have to get your dog canine allergy shots or change your dog’s diet if a food allergy is believed to be the culprit.

 

Whatever the case, it’s important to know that canine allergies are treatable, and your pup will be a much happier pup when you get the treatment needed to alleviate the annoying symptoms associated with canine allergies.

 

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Things to Consider Before You Take Your Dog on a Hike

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 4:44:33 PM EST5EDT

 

Your dog most likely loves the outdoors as much as you do. Now that the days are longer and the early days of spring are here, you may be considering going hiking with your four-legged friend. Before you do, though, we would encourage you to keep a few things in mind to make sure you and your pup enjoy your time together safely.

Are You and Your Pup in Good Enough of Shape?

While you don’t have to be marathon-ready, you should both be in good enough shape to walk several hours on uneven terrain. If you live in a northern climate where the weather gets cold in winter, you may have spent the last few months mostly indoors. Your pup may be a little out of shape as well. Sprains are some of the common injuries dogs incur, and they often occur after a dog has been sedentary for an extended period of time and has experienced muscle loss. Go on a few shorter trial runs before you decide to go on a longer hike to make sure you’re both up for the activity.

Pack for Injuries for Your Dog Too

Just like you, your dog can experience abrasions and scratches as well. In addition to putting your dog’s ID collar on and packing food and water for the both of you, you should pack wound care supplies for dogs as well just in case if your dog gets injured on the hike. If you know the area can be treacherous, you may even want to consider putting booties on your dog as well. In the event that your dog does get injured, you should clean and cover the wound with your dog wound supplies as best you can and get to the vet as soon as possible.

Is Your Dog Trained Well Enough to Go Outdoors

If you take your dog on a hike, he or she needs to know the “Come” command among others. The last thing you would want is for your dog to chase after a rabbit or squirrel and get lost in the wilderness. If you haven’t already, take your dog to a professional trainer who can work with you on these basic commands and then practice at home. If you find that your dog is a quick learner and has passed all the command tests in various situations, he or she might be ready for some fresh air in the great outdoors.

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Ways to Prevent and Treat Your Pet for Wintertime Illnesses

Friday, February 2, 2018 4:46:37 PM EST5EDT

 

Do you have a case of the sniffles right now? You are certainly not alone. With the flu going around among other viruses, it is very easy to get sick this time of year. And the cold weather and widespread viruses don’t just affect you. They could cause your dog and cat to get sick as well. Obviously, we want our pets to be healthy all year round, and there are ways you can care for and prevent your pet from getting sick this winter. Let’s take a second and talk about the most common wintertime illnesses your pet may be susceptible to and how to prevent and care for them

 

The Most Common Ways My Pet Can Get Sick in Winter

 

According to Healthy Paws Pet Insurance and Foundation, a website that compares and reviews different pet insurance, the cold weather itself is the biggest risk factor for pets. If you feel that it is too cold outside, your dog or cat will feel so as well. There is only so much a fur coat can guard against the snow/ice and frigid temperatures. Bring your pet indoors if you know the weather is going to be freezing or snow and ice are a possibility.

 

For potty breaks and walks, be sure to keep the time outside limited. In addition to that, some dogs might benefit from booties and/or a sweater to keep their body temperature up. Unfortunately, hypothermia and frostbite are the two most common wintertime illnesses and both can cause significant damage or even death in certain circumstances.

 

In addition to the cold weather and winter conditions, it’s not uncommon for your dog or cat to catch a cold – just like you. In most cases, a cold is relatively minor and can be treated at home. Put a humidifier in your pet’s favorite room and feed your pet warm foods and broth to soothe their throat. However, you may have to take young/old pets or pets with weakened immune systems to the vet just to be on the safe side. There, you may be prescribed medications for dogs or cats to alleviate the symptoms of the cold.

 

You should also know that dogs are susceptible to a condition called canine infectious tracheobronchitis, which is also known by its more common name, kennel cough. In addition to being boarded up, inhaling smoke and the cold weather can cause kennel cough. You can tell its kennel cough because it will have a honking sound to it. Kennel cough is often treatable at home but should be treated by a vet if the condition doesn’t improve in a few weeks or if the dog is young, old, or has a weakened immune system.

 

 

 

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What Are Some of Our Favorite Gift Ideas for Your Pets?

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 11:11:51 AM EST5EDT

 

 

The holiday season is the time of year when we give gifts to those we know and love to show how much we take care about them. Although your pets might not have an idea of what Christmas or Hanukah is, they will certainly appreciate a gift as well. Your pets give you unconditional love, so why not give them a token of your love and appreciation as well?

 

There are many types of gifts out there you can provide your cat or dog. From a cat tower to a stack of dog biscuits, you have no shortage of pet gift ideas to consider. As a vet supply company, we would encourage you to consider the wellness of your pet and choose pet supplies that will keep them feeling their best.

 

Here are a few of our favorite products currently available in our e-commerce store:

 

Daily Care Skin and Coat Spray: While your cat does do a good job of cleaning him/her self, there are wellness sprays out there that will ensure they have the healthiest skin and fur coat possible. This spray is made with all natural ingredients like aloe and oatmeal, and it is designed to cleanse and moisturize your cat’s skin and coat. It is safe to use with your topical flea and tick treatment, and it perfect for in-between washes.

 

Herbal Worm Powder for Your Dog: Worms are no fun for you nor your dog. This supplement is available to help your dog fight against potential worms and other parasites to ensure your dog enjoys his/her time this holiday season. This deworming formula allows your dog to have a healthy bowel and, when combined with preventative medicine, will create a better intestinal environment to fight against parasites.

 

Dog Power Dust to Prevent Against Wounds: Your dog already has a miraculous internal system to protect against wounds. This product will provide the added support in the case of an emergency. It is made with comfrey, capsicum, flax seed, boneset, lobelia, marshmallow, plantain, slippery elm, yarrow, shepherds purse, goldenseal, and all other natural ingredients. In the event that your pup gets hurt, this product is sure to help as you seek emergency veterinary care.

 

We hope you find these and other products we offer an amazing source of gifts this holiday season to ensure your pet remains safe and healthy. Visit our store today to explore these and other products. 

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Could Adopting a Dog or Cat Save Your Life?

Monday, November 20, 2017 4:24:31 PM EST5EDT

 

At Vet Supply Source, we believe that adopting a dog or cat is one of the best decisions you can make. You not only will save a life, but you may save your own life as well. A new Swedish study confirmed something that most of us already know. Owning a dog provides so many benefits to the owner that the time and financial investments are more than worth it. We just didn’t know the extent to which dog ownership could reduce the risk of death.

 

According to the study published this month in Scientific Reports, the biggest benefits seen were in households where adults lived alone. Dog ownership decreased the risk of death by any cause by 33% and the risk of cardiovascular death by 36%. In addition to that, a person living alone reduced their risk of having a heart attack by 11%.

 

While households with multiple adults experienced benefits as well, they were to a lesser extent than in the households where there was just an adult living alone. The Swedish study looked at more than three million Swedes between the ages of 40 and 80 over a 12-year period. And it’s not just dogs; there have been numerous studies that have shown how cats can help reduce anxiety levels and provide many other health benefits.

 

Adopting a Senior Pet

 

As November is the ASPCA’s Adopt a Senior Month, we wanted to take a second and talk about why you should think about adopting a senior dog or cat. Here are a few of the many reasons you may want to go to a shelter this month:

 

Adoption Costs: Many shelters offer discounts on senior dogs and cats. For example, some adoption shelters have programs like “Seniors for Seniors” where older adults can adopt older pets for a significant discount or even for free.

 

Exercise: This mainly applies to dogs, but you’re more than welcome to chase your cats around for exercise as well. In the Swedish study, researchers believed the reason why single adult households benefited so well was because the one person was responsible for walking the dog. Regular walking is linked with overall wellbeing.  

 

Save a Life: Older dogs and cats are more likely to be euthanized if they aren’t adopted in a timely manner. If you want to save a dog or cat in an animal shelter, adopting a senior is the way to go.

 

At Vet Supply Source, we are proud to carry all of the vet supplies you’ll need to keep your pet in the best of health. We carry vitamins for cats, flea and tick supplies, various medicines for dogs, and much more. We encourage you to check out our complete supply when you make the decision to adopt a pet of any age. 

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