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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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Tips for Training a Rescue Dog

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 10:40:42 AM EST5EDT


Did you know that in addition to being the scariest month of the year, October is also National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month? We love our rescues, and we think you will too if you decide to adopt one of your own. You won’t find a more loving dog than one that you rescue. Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of dogs are euthanized each year in shelters all across the country. While some dogs might be unadoptable, the truth is that many dogs are euthanized simply because there isn’t enough room in the shelter.


So, if you are thinking about getting a dog this month, we would highly encourage you to adopt a shelter dog. You will be giving a dog a whole new life. However, if you do decide that you want to adopt a shelter dog, please know that you will need to take the time to train the dog. Investing in a qualified trainer or obedience classes is of the utmost importance. Training is a big part of you and your new dog’s relationship, but you shouldn’t rely solely on the trainer. Much of the learning and training reinforcement will be done at home. Purchasing various dog supplies can aid in the transition from shelter dog to forever home and allow it to go much more smoothly. Here are a few things you’ll want to consider:


You Should Expect an Adjustment Period: When you adopt a shelter dog, you’re adopting a mystery. While the shelter may provide some information on the dog’s background, you can’t control what your new dog’s life was like before you went to the shelter. Plus, the shelter experience itself can be stress-inducing as well. You can expect your dog to be a little cautious at first until he or she gets more confident with the surroundings.


Learn the Basic Commands: You should assume that your pup has never been trained before. Even if he or she has, a refresher course is never a bad idea. This is where purchasing professional dog training classes come in. You and your dog can build a rapport with one another in a positive, low-stress environment. Your trainer will teach the basic commands and show how to use positive reinforcement to encourage the dog. However, keep in mind that the training isn’t over when class is done. You will need to practice at home as well. We highly encourage investing in delicious dog treats for these exercises.


Set up a Routine and Some Boundaries: We know it’s tough, but you are going to have to say no to your dog once in a while. Your dog might be a little wild in the beginning so the best thing you can do is discourage some bad habits right from the start. That way they don’t become an ongoing problem. In addition to that, please know that you should set up a schedule that will work for your family as well as your dog. Dogs like routine and a schedule can be comforting for a new dog trying to settle in.


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Preparing a Pet for Evacuation

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 3:12:58 PM EST5EDT

No surprise here, but September is National Disaster Preparedness Month. This seems pretty fitting for the month that sits right in the heart of hurricane season, especially this year with Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma causing devastation in the Gulf Coast and Florida over the last few weeks.

But with the many stories surrounding the despair of some and heroics of others in Houston, Miami, Tampa Bay, etc., what has seemingly fallen through the cracks is the effort that was made by many to save their beloved family pets during mandatory evacuations.

Proper preparation for pets requires more than just the basics like buying pet supplies such as flea and tick prevention for dogs or cat medicine for your feline friend.

A truly prepared pet owner develops a contingency plan that will ensure their pet’s safety during a natural disaster and/or a subsequent evacuation.

To help those who haven’t already prepared their pets for evacuation, here are some tips from Vet Supply Source to get you started.

Get Informed

It’s first important to know what natural disasters could affect your area. This will give you a better idea of what pet supplies you might need, how much you’ll need, and how to formulate your plan. Have a radio handy so that you can tune into your NOAA Weather local emergency station. Also monitor TV and other forms of media if there are indications that a natural disaster is approaching. It is also a good idea to sign up for mobile alerts and mobile warnings about severe weather in your area. You can download the FEMA app to receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five different locations in the United States.

Have a Plan

Leaving a pet behind during an evacuation would be not only emotionally taxing, but it also could result in the animal being lost, injured or worse. Make a plan that helps your pet be as prepared to evacuate as you are. A good first step to your plan could be checking in with a neighbor or friend who lives nearby to see if they’d be willing to check on your pets or take care of your animals in the event that you are unable to get to them yourself.

Next, look up pet-friendly shelters in your area that will accommodate you and your pet(s). This is easier said than done because many emergency shelters cannot accept pets because of public health reasons. If you cannot find a pet-friendly shelter near you, look into pet hotels, animal hospitals or boarding facilities that could possibly watch your pet until you’re able to reconnect with them. Keep in mind that most boarding kennels, veterinarians and animal shelters will require your pet’s medical records to make sure all of their vaccinations are up to date. Worse comes to worst, consider an out-of-town friend or relative to send your pet to for the time being.

Another, more advanced measure that pet owners can take is having their pet microchipped. Doing so can make looking up your address and phone number easy if your pet is lost.

Build a Kit

Putting together a kit for your pet will also go a long way in helping them survive, as well as keep them happy and comfortable during a stressful time. Your kit should include: food (at least a three-day supply in an airtight, waterproof container); water (at least three days’ worth and specifically for your pets); medicine and medical records; microchipping documents; first-aid kit; collar and leash; pet carrier; sanitation supplies; and some familiar items such as toys, treats and bedding.

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Three Reasons Why You Should Take Your Cat to the Vet Regularly

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 2:36:36 PM EST5EDT


If you haven’t taken your cat to the vet in a while, next week is a good time to start. August 22nd is National Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day, so we encourage you to take your furry family member to the vet if you can. Just as people should get an annual checkup, cats need to go to the vet regularly to make sure they are healthy and no problems are on the horizon. Even if your cat appears to be fine, you should know that cats are very stoic. There could be something wrong, but they tend to not show signs of illness sometimes until the medical issue has progressed.


If you need more motivation to take your cat to the vet, here are a few more reasons to consider:


Your Cat Ages Much Faster Than You: The average cat will live up 20 years, depending on the breed, his or her diet, and many other factors. A human being can expect to live into his or her 70s and beyond if he or she lives a healthy life. So, doing the math, one year in a human’s life could mean up to four in a cat’s life. Would you wait four years to see your doctor? Your cat shouldn’t either. Cats, especially older ones, can develop diseases very quickly, and it’s much easier to treat a disease in its earlier stages before it progresses.


You Will Develop a Relationship with Your Vet: The relationship between a veterinarian and a pet owner is very important. By working together, you can ensure your cat gets the best care possible and enjoys a healthy life. Yearly visits allow your vet to get to know your cat, so he or she may be able to identify issues quicker. Your vet will also be able to review past records from previous visits to get a better idea of what may be going on with your cat. On the flip side, regular visits and providing your cat with age-appropriate vaccinations on a yearly basis show your vet that you can be trusted as a caring pet owner.


It’s Much Less Expensive to Pay for Preventative Services than Treatment: As we indicated above, prevention through regular vet visits and other means can help your cat live a healthier life. It can also allow your vet to catch something early when there are more treatments, and less invasive treatment options, available. If you’re worried about costs, you should know that preventative care is much cheaper than treatment later on after a condition has advanced. In addition to that, you can find cat medicine online and vet supplies for cats that are often much cheaper than you might find in stores. In most cases, it won’t cost you a lot of money to make sure your cat enjoys the best health possible.






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Five Reasons Why We Love Mutts

Thursday, July 27, 2017 4:58:42 PM EST5EDT


July 31st is National Mutt Day, but we think that mutts deserve our love every day. Unfortunately, medium and large-sized mutts represent the largest percentage of dogs that are euthanized, which is a shame as mutts are great dogs to own. If you own a mutt, you already know how awesome these dogs can be, but we wanted to take a second and let everyone else in on the secret.


What Is a Mutt?


A mutt is a mixed breed dog. Mutts come in all shapes and size. They make up 75% of all dogs in shelters, and they are more likely to go un-adopted or become homeless than purebreds. National Mutt Day takes place on two dates, July 31st and December 2nd, to raise awareness about mutts and encourage the general public to adopt them at local shelters.


Why Should You Adopt a Mutt?


There are many more reasons to adopt a mutt than five, but we know you’re busy. If you’re thinking about adopting a dog, here are some great reasons why you should adopt a mutt:


You will have a dog like no other: No two mutts are the same. Mutts have unique fur colors and patterns, and their features will vary. If you want a dog that will turn heads and get compliments on walks or at the dog park, adopting a mutt is the way to go.


Mutts are generally healthier: Mutts are made up from a diverse gene pool, so they are less prone to specific diseases that affect certain breeds. This means they are generally healthier and live longer.


Your mutt will be more flexible: Some purebreds have strong programming to be in a specific environment, have a well-defined temperament, and perform certain tasks. Mutts don’t have such strong programming, so they are more likely to be cool with a variety of different environments, making them the perfect housemate.


You will pay less to adopt a mutt: If costs are a concern, mutts are the way to go. You can adopt a mutt at a shelter for a few hundred dollars. A purebred could cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars more.


You will be saving a life: As we mentioned mutts make up the majority of dogs in animal shelters. When you adopt a mutt, you are saving a life, so we can think of no stronger reason to bring a mutt into your home.


At Vet Supply Source, we have dog grooming supplies and more to keep your dog looking his or her best. We also carry flea and tick prevention for dogs to ensure your dog stays healthy. We guarantee that your mutt will appreciate it, and he or she will give you back so much more in kisses. We encourage you to learn more about National Mutt Day here.


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Five Things You Need before You Adopt a Shelter Cat

Monday, June 19, 2017 3:46:35 PM EST5EDT


So you decided that now is the time to adopt a shelter cat? We commend you on your decision – especially since June is National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month. Unfortunately, far too many cats do not get adopted, and shelters across the country are full. National Adopt a Shelter Cat is an awareness campaign where the public can get educated on adoption and the many benefits that come with it. 


However, before you go to the shelter to pick up your furry friend, we just wanted to take a second and talk about a few of the things you will need. The first few days of cat ownership can be difficult for both you and the cat. Oftentimes, cats will need some time to get used to their surroundings. They may find a hiding spot and stay there for a while until they’re ready to come out and introduce themselves formally. By preparing in advance, you can make the transition much easier. But what cat supplies should you buy beforehand? Here are a few musts that your cat will appreciate.


A Litter Box or Two: The rule of thumb is to have a litter box for every cat you own plus an extra one. So, if this is your first cat, you will need two. You will need cat litter too. Clumping litter is preferable as it will neutralize any odors. In addition to that, non-clumping cat litter often contains silica, which is a big no-no for you and your cat.


A Scratching Post: Cats need to scratch. If they don’t have a scratching post, they will use your furniture or carpet. It is much cheaper to just buy a post rather than all new furniture.


A Cat Carrier: You will need a carrier to take your cat to the vet, which is something you should do in the first week you adopt a cat. Also, a cat carrier often serves as a good resting spot for your cat; cats love small spaces.


Cat Toys: Cats are predators, which means they are always on the hunt. Since they are now indoors, they will need something to do. Cat toys satisfy their instinctual hunting drive, and they are also a way for your cat to get some exercise and mental stimulation.


Food: The long-term health of your cat will largely be determined by what you feed him or her. Cats are carnivores, which means they have different dietary needs than humans or even dogs. Your cat, unfortunately, can’t become a vegan. Ask your vet what food he or she would recommend and be sure to keep your cat on a regular feeding schedule. And don’t get scared if your cat doesn’t want to eat for the first day or two. It’s all part of the adjustment period. 

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Why Preventing Fleas Is So Much Easier than Treating an Infestation

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 10:50:48 AM EST5EDT


The weather is getting warm, which means flea prevention is all the more important if you own a dog. If you haven’t treated your dog for fleas over the winter and have been lucky so far, consider yourself just that –lucky!  Fleas enjoy this time of year as it’s not too warm yet but it is warm enough where there won’t be a freeze. They typically fare best in moist, cool places like your shrubs, trees, and leaf piles. And guess where dogs like to sniff around and do their business?


Why It’s So Hard to Treat an Infestation


Fleas can jump onto your dog anytime your dog goes outside. Even if your dog only goes out for a minute to use the bathroom, this is plenty of time for fleas to hop on board. You can also bring fleas into the home, as fleas can get on your socks or clothing if you head outdoors.


Once they come into your house, fleas make themselves at home. The typical flea can lay up to 40 eggs per day, and those eggs may hatch in days, weeks, or months. In fact, 57% of the fleas in any given home are in the larval stage and may remain so for months. If there is an infestation, it is imperative that it is treated as quickly as possible as fleas can spread diseases to both pets and humans. In many cases, the household will have to call pest control to completely get rid of the problem, which could be prohibitively expensive as well as frustrating.


This is why we think it’s best that you pay attention to prevention so you don’t have to worry about treating an infestation. First and foremost, get flea treatment for your dogs so they are protected if fleas try to attach to them. If you are unsure of which medication would work best, you should consult your veterinarian to see what he or she thinks.


In addition, you should try to vacuum as much as possible. As fleas are in cocoons in our carpeting, bedding, couches, and linens, vacuuming and cleaning these and other parts of your household could significantly reduce the amount of fleas in your home. Don’t forget to clean up the areas where your dog likes to hang out and sleep; clean these spots often as fleas will tend to be found here in numbers as well. 

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Five Reasons to Adopt a Pet on National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 12:30:22 PM EST5EDT


On April 30th, shelters across the country will hopefully see lines out the door as it will be National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day. At Vet Supply Source, we love our adopted furry friends, and we hope many more find homes in the upcoming weeks. Obviously, owning a pet comes with many responsibilities, but if you have thought about it and think you’re ready, you may want to consider adopting a pet. Here are a few reasons why we think it’s a great idea to adopt.


You’ll Save a Life: One of the main reasons why National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day was established was to create awareness about how overcrowded our shelters currently are. Did you know that more than 2.7 million cats and dogs are unfortunately euthanized every year due to overcrowded shelters? This number could be reduced dramatically if more people decided to adopt.


You’ll Save Money: Speaking of saving, the cost of adopting a pet is usually much less than buying one from a store or breeder. The adoption price will often cover many upfront costs, including spaying/neutering, initial vaccines, microchipping, and more.


You’ll Feel Better: You won’t just feel better about saving a life; you may feel better physically and emotionally too. All pets, but especially adopted pets, give their new family unconditional love, which in turn can lower stress levels and provide owners with a greater sense of purpose. Plus, those walks every day will help you get off the couch more as well.


You’ll Be Saved the Troubles of Housetraining: This will depend on a number of factors, but, in many cases, adoptable cats and dogs are already housetrained, which will save you and your household the trouble.


You’ll Help More than One Animal: Remember when we said that our shelters are overcrowded? When you adopt a cat or a dog from a shelter, you won’t just save the immediate life of the pet you decide to adopt. You will also make room so another cat or dog can potentially get adopted too.


What to Do before You Adopt


Before you adopt, it might be a good idea to plan ahead of time. You will need dog grooming supplies, toys, food, and/or cat supplies, a place your pet can call its own to eat and sleep, a vet whom you like, and more. If you have other pets, they will need to be introduced slowly to the new furry member of the household as well. While it sometimes can some take time for the new dog or cat to get adjusted, we’re sure he or she will get acclimated before you know it.


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