SprayShield Animal Deterrent Spray Stops Aggressive Dogs

Responsible dog owners do whatever they can to make sure their canine companion isn’t involved in a scuffle with another dog. However, you never know when you might encounter an off-leash dog when out on a walk, which might lead to an unforeseen dangerous situation for your pooch. SprayShield animal deterrent spray is a great thing for pet parents to carry on walks to ward off an aggressive dog or stop an incident that’s escalating into a dog fight.

SprayShield available from online retailer vetdepot, contains a powerful citronella formula that is not harmful to the eyes, making it a safe and humane way to stop an attacking dog. Even when walking or jogging without your canine companion, SprayShield is a good thing to have on hand in case of an encounter with an aggressive dog on the loose.

SprayShield is easy to use- just shake for one to two seconds, slide the trigger to the right, aim at the animal’s nose and spray. The spray can reach up to 10 feet.

Popular and Unique Names for Pets

Are you looking for inspiration to name a dog, cat, or other new pet?  Check out VPI’s top 10 lists for the most popular pet names based on their records.

Dogs Cats Birds and Exotics
1. Bella 1. Bella 1. Charlie
2. Bailey 2. Max 2. Max
3. Max 3. Chloe 3. Baby
4. Lucy 4. Oliver 4. Sunny
5. Molly 5. Lucy 5. Buddy
6. Buddy 6. Shadow 6. Jack
7. Daisy 7. Smokey 7. Angel
8. Maggie 8. Tiger 8. Daisy
9. Charlie 9. Charlie 9. Bella
10. Sophie 10. Tigger 10. Coco


Want something a little more unusual?  VPI also puts together lists of the wackiest pet names, including notables such as Stinkie Mcstinkerson, Beagle Lugosi, Beanfart, Oxxy Pawsbourne, Mittens Ninja, and Bobblehead.

The hard work of pet ownership doesn’t stop once you have a name picked out.  You also have to make sure you have all the pet supplies and resources on hand that you will need to keep your pet happy and healthy in its new home.

How to Safely Switch your Dog’s Pain Medication

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) are a cornerstone in the treatment of canine pain. They can be used in cases of acute injury (i.e. trauma or post-operatively) and also for chronic conditions like osteoarthritis.  Many different prescription NSAIDs have been developed specifically for dogs.  These pet medications are much more effective and safer for canine use than are over-the-counter human medications like aspirin.

With so many choices, owners often wonder which NSAID is best for their dog. There is no one right answer to this question.  Some dogs respond better to one product versus another, but there is no way to determine which is best without trying several.  If your veterinarian prescribes a particular type of NSAID and your dog does well on it, there is no reason to make a change.  However, if you are not pleased with your dog’s response to one brand, you should try one or two more before coming to the conclusion that NSAIDs won’t work for your dog.

However, switching between types of canine NSAIDs can be dangerous when done incorrectly. To lower the risk of unwanted side-effects like gastrointestinal ulcers, the first drug needs to be eliminated from the body before the second drug is introduced.  This process can take around five days to be complete, so you should wait at least this long after stopping one type of NSAID before starting another and watch your dog closely for signs of gastrointestinal distress like vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and loss of appetite when starting the new drug.

If your dog requires pain-relief during the five day wash-out period, your veterinarian can prescribe an analgesic that is not an NSAID, like Tramadol.

New Survey Shows How Far Owners Will Go for Their Pets

A new survey done by the Kroger Company shows that about one in ten dog or cat owners would be willing to spend more than $3,000 on medical procedures if it meant that their pet’s life could be saved, and some pet owners would spend even more.  The majority of those polled (61%) said they would be willing to spend between $100 and $1,000 under the same circumstances.

The survey also asked owners what they fear most with regards to their pet’s well-being.  The top responses were:


1. Cancer (27%)

2. Hip/Knee/Leg Injury (17%)

3. Getting hit by a car (16%)


1. Kidney Disease (19%)

2.) Cancer (17%)

3.) Injuries sustained in fights with other animals (10%)

Owners were also polled about their interest in pet insurance, which can cover accidents, illnesses, routine care and pet medications.  61% of dog owners and 48% of cat owners said they would consider purchasing pet insurance if it costs under $20 a month, and at least half of pet owners said they would be interested in adding their pets to their own health insurance plans if such a thing were possible.

How to Properly Muzzle your Pet

A muzzle is an important restraining device for any pet that may be ill or injured.  Muzzles are designed to protect people from bite injuries when an ill or injured animal must be transported or examined.

Many types of muzzles are available and they can usually be purchased at your local pet store.  For dogs, there are basket/cage muzzles, cloth or nylon muzzles and leather muzzles.  Sometimes, a hard-sided Elizabethan collar with proper restraint can have the same effect as muzzling.  For cats, nylon face muzzles are available.

Materials around the house can be used as muzzles for most dogs with a medium to longer snout (these are typically difficult to use for cats or dogs with very short noses like pugs).   A leash, rolled gauze, sock or even shirt sleeve can be wrapped once around the mouth and tied behind the ears if a commercial muzzle is not available.

Any muzzle placed on an animal should not limit their breathing in any way.  It may prevent them from open-mouth panting for short periods of time, but should not restrict breathing.  A muzzle that completely closes the mouth should not be placed on an animal with nasal discharge of any kinds as it may restrict breathing.  If an animal appears to have difficulty breathing, the muzzle should be immediately removed.

Muzzles should also be used with caution for any pet that may be sick enough to vomit.  If abdominal contractions, retching or other sounds of vomiting begin, the muzzle should be removed immediately because if the animal vomits, and the material (vomitus) cannot pass out of the mouth easily, it’s possible the animal may choke on the material or aspirate vomitus into the lungs.

Cats can be a little more difficult to muzzle. Commercial cat muzzles cover the face, with a small hole in front for them to breathe through and velcro connections in the back.  With a little creativity, one can create a muzzle for a cat at home.  A small plastic cup can be used as a muzzle.  Two holes must be made just under the top rim, small enough for some gauze or string to pass through and tie.  The cup is placed (widest portion first) over the cat’s face and the string tied behind the head.  This will allow the cat to see.

Regardless of the type, you should be able to remove a muzzle quickly and easily.  When used properly, muzzles can be helpful restraining devices for protecting people from an animal that is ill, aggressive or in pain.