Is It Safe to Order Pet Meds Online?

The answer is yes! It is safe to order your pet meds online. Not only is it safe, but ordering pet medications online is convenient and saves you money. Here are just a few reasons why it makes sense to order your pet’s medications online.

Cost & Selection

Some medications can be expensive, but they don’t have to break the bank. Licensed online pharmacies are able to give you prices that your vet can’t. Many sites are able to offer deep discounts on top selling brand name, over-the-counter pet medications including: Frontline Plus for Dogs and Frontline Plus for Cats, Heartgard heartworm treatment, or Cosequin joint supplements.

Not only will you save money on the top brands, but many online pharmacies have a much wider selection than your local vet. From nutritional supplements, flea treatments, or even homeopathic products, ordering pet meds online gives you more freedom and more selection.


Ordering pet meds from an online pharmacy is much more convenient than going through your vet’s office, especially since it helps you avoid the extra trip to the vet’s office to pick up your pet’s medications. When ordered online, they can be delivered right to your door. Many reputable sites will also contact your vet directly to get your prescriptions transferred over and verified.

Friendly Reminders

Prescription medications will require a prescription from a veterinarian, but many sites will contact your vet for you to get the written prescription, which only adds to the convenience of ordering your pet meds online.

Before ordering any new medications you should consult with your pet’s veterinarian. They will let you know exactly what medications or supplements your pet may need.

It’s important to know if the site you’re using is based in the U.S. and is properly licensed. Leading sites like VetDepot may also be certified by LegitScript or the NABP. They also only sell U.S. made EPA and FDA approved products. Beware of sites that say they don’t require written prescriptions. They can be risky because according to Martine Hartogensis, D.V.M., deputy director of the Office of Surveillance and Compliance in FDA’s( Center for Veterinary Medicine CVM), “There is a risk of the drugs not being FDA-approved.”

If you can confirm the site’s legitimacy, then ordering pet meds online is perfectly safe, convenient, and will save you money.

What Should be in your Pet’s First Aid Kit

We take care of our pets. We shower with them love and affection. We try to keep them safe no matter what, but sometimes accidents happen. Trips to the vet and pet emergencies can become quite expensive. However, with a properly stocked pet first aid kit, you’ll be more prepared to handle some emergencies at home. You can buy a complete pet first aid kit, or if you like, you can also mix and match and create your own.

Bandages: With all that fur, it’s a little tricky to try and stick a normal Band-Aid on your pet. That’s why it’s best to have gauze and bandages specifically designed for use with pets.

Latex-free gloves, hydrogen peroxide, and tweezers: Gloves will protect both you and your pets. Gloves will reduce the risk of spreading infection. Hydrogen Peroxide is useful as a disinfectant and in some cases to induce vomiting in dogs.

There are some great tweezers out there designed for use on pets. Some of them even have magnifying glasses on them so you can better see what’s stuck in your pet’s paw. They can make spotting and removing those pesky ticks a lot easier. However sometimes tweezers should not be used on ticks, so I suggest you read ASPCA’s guide to effective tick removal.

Digital thermometer: Instant ear thermometers can work, but according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), they recommend a rectal reading.

Benadryl: Benadryl is an over the counter antihistamine that’s handy in situations involving allergic reactions such as bug bites or bee stings.

Towels: Keep a stash of towels and a blanket with your first aid kit. They can be used to stop bleeding or cover a wound. Wrapping an injured pet in the blanket can make carrying it easier.

Emergency phone numbers: You should definitely have your vet’s number on hand. Another useful number is the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, 1-866-426-4435. If your pet has swallowed or eaten something potentially dangerous, they can advise you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Plus the ASPCA website has articles and information about common household products that are toxic to pets.

These are just a few things you should consider having in your pet first aid kit. Also there are several handy reference guides for dogs and cats that can help bring you up to speed on emergency care for your pets. While we never wish anything bad to happen to our pets, sometimes accidents happen. Being prepared can make handling a pet emergency a little more bearable.

Sweet Treats are No Good for Pets

Many people, even those who don’t own pets, know that chocolate is toxic to dogs. But what people don’t know is that there are many other common ingredients used in desserts and other sweet treats that are just as deadly to animals.

For those who don’t already know, chocolate, caffeine, and coffee are all toxic to pets because they contain methylxanthines, which are found in the cacao seeds used to make these products. Chocolate and related products can affect your pet’s gastrointestinal tract, kidneys and muscles, as well as their brains and hearts. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) clinical signs can include vomiting and diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death. The degree of toxicity depends on your pet’s weight and the amount and type of chocolate consumed. Baker’s and semi-sweet chocolate are more toxic than milk chocolate. However all types should be kept away from your pets.

But’s it’s not just the chocolate in that pack of cookies that can be potentially fatal to your pet. Xylitol, which is a sweetening agent used in many sugarless gums and treats for diabetics, is also dangerous for pet consumption. Xylitol can cause a dangerous drop in blood sugar and liver damage in dogs. Some signs to look for include: depression, loss of coordination, vomiting, and seizures.

But what about treats that don’t contain chocolate or xylitol? Yes even that package of oatmeal raisin cookies isn’t suitable for your pets. The same goes for the macadamia nuts you just received as a present.

Both raisins and macadamia nuts are toxic to pets. Dogs that have ingested macadamia nuts may show weakness in their hind legs and are often unable to get up. Signs usually appear within 12 hours of ingestion and last approximately 12 to 48 hours. And while the actual compound in grapes and raisins that causes their toxicity is unknown, even ingesting a small amount can damage your pet’s kidneys.

All these ingredients are common in several types of cookies, brownies, and other sweet treats. While they may be delicious for us, they can be deadly for your pets. If your pet has ingested any of the above substances, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.

Protect your pets by keeping those cookies safely out of reach in their jar!

Feline and Canine Diabetes on the Rise

Giving insulin shots to your pet twice daily may seem like a lot of work, but a recent report reveals that more pet owners than ever are being faced with taking care of a diabetic cat or dog.

According to data revealed in Banfield Pet Hospital’s 2011 “State of Pet Health” report, diabetes diagnoses are rising at an even faster rate for pets than they are for people.  Nationally, diabetes rates have risen by 16 percent among cats and nearly 30 percent among dogs in the past four years. By comparison, the rate of diagnoses for people has increased 10 percent over the same time span.

This spike in canine and feline diabetes is undoubtedly linked to the rise in obesity among pets. For this reason, the best thing we can do to prevent our furry companions from becoming another statistic is to keep them at a healthy weight. Plenty of exercise and healthy eating habits will decrease your pet’s likelihood of acquiring diabetes and other serious conditions.

Symptoms of diabetes include increased thirst, increased urination and weight loss despite having a healthy appetite.  As with any medical issue, it’s best to contact your pet’s veterinarian with any questions or concerns.