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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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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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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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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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Three Things You Should Know before Adopting a Puppy

Thursday, March 23, 2017 10:49:55 AM EST5EDT

Did you know that March 23rd is National Puppy Day? This year marks the tenth anniversary of the event, which aims to educate the public on adoption and issues with puppy store and backyard breeders. If you do decide to buy a puppy from a purebred breeder, be sure to research beforehand to make sure the breeder is licensed and has a good reputation in the breeding community.

But there are millions of puppies in shelters right now waiting to go to their furever home, so why not just adopt instead? That is the main message the organizers of National Puppy Day wanted to show, and we encourage you to check out their official website to learn more about adoption. If you are considering adopting a puppy, we would also like you to consider the following to make sure now is the best time to bring a new puppy into your home:

Are You Allowed to Have a Pet? If you own a single family home, you probably have more options here. But many people rent, and leases may have specific rules in place regarding pet ownership. If you live with your parents, roommates, or siblings, you should consult with them as well as they will be affected by a new puppy living with them too. You may have to negotiate with your landlord or roommates to make it work for everyone involved.

Can You Afford to Own a Puppy? Owning a pet requires a significant financial commitment for fifteen years or even more. There is the adoption fee, but this is only the beginning. Your pup will need to go to the vet for shots, wellness visits, and when he or she gets sick. Your pup will need food, toys, and treats as well as potentially professional training and dog walking and grooming services. While there are ways to find savings online for dog supplies, you should budget beforehand to make sure you are able to afford the costs of puppy/dog ownership.

Do You Really Want a Puppy? Owning a puppy and later a dog requires more than just a financial commitment. It requires significant time and availability as well. Your pup will need to be walked several times a day, will need to be trained on basic good behavior, and will require house training unless you want to cover your home in plastic. Puppies are very cute, but they need your time, attention, and energy. For those who can provide these things, puppy ownership is truly wonderful, but make sure you can before you make a trip out to the shelter. 

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Mark Your Calendars For Adopt A Shelter Pet Day

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 8:55:41 AM EST5EDT

Are you thinking about getting a pet? If so, April 30th is the perfect day  - you can participate in National Adopt-A-Shelter-Pet Day! Millions of companion animals are looking for forever homes in shelters all across the country. Adopting a furry friend from your local animal shelter will give you all the joy and happiness you've been looking for!

While you could certainly adopt a companion animal any time of the year, the special day aims to raise awareness of the number of pets currently in need of pet parents to avoid euthanasia. The unfortunate reality is that local animal shelters have a limited amount of resources to cover expenses and foster pet parents just don't have the space to save every animal.

With that in mind, adopting a companion animal from a shelter gives the pet a chance to be happy and live a long, healthy life. Plus, there are few relationships that are as unconditional and strong than that of the bond between an owner and pet. Pet parents know that their devoted furry friends will be there for them if they are sad, happy, sick, healthy or moody – pets are a great source of long-term companionship. Since there are a few weeks until the annually celebrated day arrives, you have plenty of time to prepare for an adoption. Below are some tips to get everything you need ready if you decide to adopt!

What Kind Of Pet Do You Want?

Animal shelters are typically full of both cats and dogs, so it really comes down to what type of pet you would like to join your family. But, you need to consider which animal will best fit your lifestyle and schedule. You need to keep in mind that cats and dogs require different types of care and attention. For instance, dogs need to be taken outside for potty breaks, whereas cats typically use the litterbox. These are the types of considerations that prospective pet parents need to factor in when choosing between a cat and a dog.

Purchase Pet Supplies

As a general rule of thumb, you want to make sure you purchase pet supplies online before you bring your pet home from the shelter. These essentials include grooming supplies like brushes, pet shampoo, vitamins, and supplements, as well as flea and tick medication. Additionally, you will need food and water bowls, toys, a pet bed, a collar, a leash, a litterbox and other necessities for your new pet.

Spend Time With Your New Pet

When you first arrive home with your new cat or dog, it may take some time for them to get assimilated to their new surroundings, so your pet may be shy in the very beginning. With that said, spend ample time with your new addition so they can feel comfortable and loved, and before you know it, you'll see their full personality! If you've adopted an older shelter pet, they may already be eager to play, so be prepared to provide endless entertainment.

Are you ready to adopt a shelter pet?

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