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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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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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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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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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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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Four Tips for Keeping Your Pet's Breath Smelling Fresh

Monday, April 17, 2017 10:46:22 AM EST5EDT

If you don't brush your teeth and floss, you're going to hear it from your dentist. Regular brushing and flossing as well as avoiding added sugars and acidic foods is the best prescription for healthy teeth and gums. When you skip maintenance or regular dentist visits, this is when you run into trouble.

The same holds true for your pets. If you notice that your pet's breath is getting a little funkier of late, you shouldn't ignore it. Bad breath isn't just an annoyance; it could be a sign of a greater health condition. In addition to that, plaque and tartar buildup could potentially cause periodontal disease, which is painful for your pet and can spread to other organs in your pet's body.

So it's time to get serious about your pet's dental health. And now is a perfect time. February is National Pet Dental Health Month and what better way to celebrate than getting your pet's breath under control? If you're wondering where to start, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Start Slowly with the Introduction to Brushing: Unless you are the luckiest pet owner in the world, your cat or dog is not going to welcome the toothbrush with open paws. It's going to be a slow process that will probably involve a lot of treats. Let them smell the brush and touch it and then reward them with a treat. Slowly get them comfortable to the point where you can brush their teeth for about thirty seconds on each side. If they get scared or bite or claw you, you might have to start again or try a different route.

Purchase Dental Treats, Toys, and Food: Although these are not as effective as brushing, they can help. Just be sure they are designed for oral health and have been certified by the Veterinary Oral Health Council.

Use a Dental Rinse: Dental rinses are becoming increasingly popular for pets that have no interest in having their teeth brushed. Ask your veterinarian if this is an option. Speaking of that…

Take You Pet to the Vet for a Dental Exam: Your vet will review your pet's history and examine the pet for any issues. Your vet will look for inflamed gums, chipped teeth, plaque and tartar, and more.  Your vet will also check your pet for lumps and other symptoms to rule out cancer and other harmful conditions that could be affecting dental health. He or she may also recommend a cleaning, which, although will require sedation, may help your pet significantly in the long run.

Are you looking for affordable pet supplies online for your pet's dental health? Vet Supply Source has you covered. Find pet oral health toothbrushes and other supplies at the best prices in our online store.

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Brush Up On Your Pets' Dental Health

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 8:58:26 AM EST5EDT

Most of us recognize the month of February for Valentine's Day, but did you know it is also Pet Dental Care Awareness Month? With that said, mark your calendars because it is time to brush up on some information about your pets' dental health! Many pet parents sometimes overlook their pets' oral care when it really is a very important aspect of their health. In fact, the American Veterinary Medical Association found that approximately 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show some signs of oral disease by the time they reach the age of three! They also mention that oral disease can contribute to serious health risks like dangerous infections of the vital organs.

With that in mind, the oral health of your pet is important to maintain and it is easier than you might think! Check out the following information about some simple steps to care for your pet and learn the signs and symptoms of dental disease!

Dental Care Tips

Brushing - Just as you would brush your own teeth on a daily basis, you should do the same for your pet! You can start an in-home regimen by brushing their teeth using pet toothbrushes and toothpastes that are safe for dogs and cats. It may take some time for your pet to get used to it, but, if you praise and reward them, it will become an easy to-do task. Plus, regular brushing helps reduce plaque and tartar build up.

Dental Exam – You should schedule a dental exam for your pet at least once a year; a veterinarian can provide your pet with a full dental examination to inspect their teeth and gums.

Oral Chews – You can help your pet remove plaque and food debris from their teeth with oral chews that are specifically designed to be nutritious and promote good oral health. Be sure to add oral chews to your list of dog or cat supplies so you can give them a treat that serves two purposes!

Toys & Rawhide Chews – Some other ways that you can help your pet maintain good oral health is through the use of chew toys and rawhide chews that have mild abrasive action to help wipe away thin layers of buildup on their teeth.

Signs of Dental Disease

In order to prevent dental disease, you have to make sure you apply the above care tips to your pet's health routine. You also need to know the signs and symptoms of dental disease to act quickly if you suspect a dental health issue.

Here are some common indicators of an oral health problem:

  • Bad breath
  • Discolored teeth, loose teeth or teeth covered in tartar
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Loss of appetite
  • Your pet isn't comfortable when you touch around their mouth area
  • Excessive drooling or the dropping of food from their mouth

If your pet has any of these dental disease indicators, you should schedule a veterinary exam right away.

You are now ready to maintain your pet’s oral health to help them enjoy a long and happy life! 

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The 411 On November's National Pet Diabetes Month

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 11:35:19 AM EST5EDT

The month of November is here and many of us have the holidays on our minds! While we begin to prepare for the upcoming festivities, pet parents may need to put their plans on hold and take some time to educate themselves on a rising concern – pet diabetes. While diabetes affects over 30 million children and adults, it can also be a problem for our furry friends. November marks National Diabetes Month, which focuses on the awareness of the endocrine disease found in humans. However, it is becoming increasingly prevalent in animals, and November is also National Pet Diabetes Month!

Just how common is pet diabetes? According to Merck Animal Health, 1 in 200 cats and 1 in 500 dogs can have the disease. Certain breeds are more susceptible to the condition such as Burmese cats, Toy Poodles, Samoyeds and Schnauzers just to name a few. But, regardless of breed or species, both types of pets can be at risk and the rate of diabetes among animals is on the rise.

Basics of Diabetes

In a nutshell, there are two forms of diabetes mellitus in pets, type 1 DM and type 2 DM. Both types of diabetes result in problems concerning the production or usage of insulin. Insulin is produced naturally in the pancreas and its job is to move sugars/glucose into cells, which then convert and metabolize the glucose for energy. However, when an animal (or person) has diabetes, the process is different and makes it challenging to provide the cells with energy/nutrients.

  • Type 1 DM: your pets' body is not producing any or enough insulin
  • Type 2 DM: you pets' body has sufficient insulin production but the cells are not receiving the nutrients properly

 

In both forms, the cells are being starved for nutrients and blood sugar levels are erratic since the glucose is not doing what it is supposed to do. If the condition is untreated, it can be fatal! Type 2 DM is the more common of the two forms, but both can be managed with proper care.

Signs & Symptoms

Determining if your pet has diabetes can be a little difficult to do, but in most cases, it's developed in the later years of their life. For cats, it's anywhere between the ages of 8 to 13 years old and for dogs, it's between the ages of 7 to 9 years old. Some signs and symptoms of pet diabetes include:

  • Excessive thirst, hunger and urination
  • Lethargy, weakness and lack of energy
  • Blindness or visible increase in whiteness in the lens of the eye
  • Poor skin conditions like dandruff or oily coat
  • Sudden weight loss

 

If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, it's advised to immediately take them to the veterinarian for a checkup as they could have diabetes. Your vet will be able to propose a treatment and care plan to help you manage their condition. It may consist of cat or dog medications, daily insulin injections, special diet restrictions and an exercise plan.

There is a significant risk for the development of pet diabetes if your cat or dog is overweight or obese. So, pet parents need to keep a watchful eye on how much they are eating and how much exercise their pets are getting. For the rest of November, keep this information about National Pet Diabetes Month in mind and share it with other pet parents – they'll be thankful you did!

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