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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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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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