pet medication DasuquinConvenience and competitive pricing – that’s why most consumers shop online for everything from music, to electronics, to clothes. But many pet owners wonder if it’s safe to take advantage of these same benefits when purchasing medications for their furry family members. We’re all looking for a good deal but not if that “deal”  also risks our pet’s health. The question is, “Can owners save money on pet meds without compromising their pet’s wellbeing?” The answer is definitely yes.

We’ve all heard the horror stories about companies selling counterfeit and expired drugs, but the truth of the matter is reputable online pharmacies like  do not engage in these practices. Here are five easy ways to make sure an online source for pet medications is worthy of your business.

  1. Is the company based in the United States? Offshore sites do sell products illegally in the U.S., but a domestic company is bound by all relevant local, state, and federal laws. The pharmacy’s website should prominently display its physical location and a toll-free or local telephone number.
  1. Can you talk to a pharmacist? Trustworthy businesses will have a pharmacist on staff and available to answer any questions that you might have.
  1. Is the internet pharmacy licensed by the appropriate State Board of Pharmacy? A simple way to check is to visit and run a search on the company’s URL (internet address). To earn the LegitScript seal of approval, a pharmacy must agree to adhere to the laws and regulations of State Boards of Pharmacy, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  1. Does the company have a good overall reputation? Visit the Better Business Bureau’s website and search for the name of the company. Is it accredited by the BBB? Does it have an A+ rating?
  1. Does the internet pharmacy require documentation of a valid prescription before it will ship a prescription medication? Obtaining a prescription from a veterinarian can be inconvenient, but a pharmacy that is willing to break the law in this regard does not have your pet’s best interest at heart.

Legitimate internet pharmacies offer pet owners the best of both worlds – the same products that are available from veterinarians combined with the low cost and convenience of online shopping.


When out on a dog walk, encountering an aggressive dog off its leash can be a scary situation. Luckily, pet parents can put a stop to a dangerous situation by simply carrying an animal deterrent spray like SprayShield with them on walks.

SprayShield is a safe and humane way of stopping a dog attack because it doesn’t cause any actual harm to the eyes. It has been proven to stop an attacking dog without increasing aggression. SprayShield is easy to use- just shake it for a couple of seconds, slide the trigger to the right, aim and spray. SprayShield should be aimed at the animal’s nose and can be sprayed at a distance of up to 10 feet.

SprayShield is not only a smart idea for dog walks, but also any time you’re out in the neighborhood walking or jogging without your canine companion. Give yourself peace of mind with SprayShield!


The sun is shining and the weather is sweet at your favorite dog park.  You’re chatting with a fellow dog owner while Fido’s playing with a mate.   All of a sudden the bully down the street decides to play not so nice and it’s starting to turn ugly, but the bully’s owner is not paying attention.  These are never fun moments so we thought we might take a moment to remind everyone of some basic dog park etiquette.

First things first, always watch your dog, and be attentive.  Most of the time your pup is friendly and easy going, but we all have our days and so does your dog.  If you notice Fido isn’t playing as nice as usual, try to intervene and if it continues; leave the park and come back at a later time.

Be sure to spay or neuter your pet before even stepping anywhere near a dog park.  Not only is this often required in dog parks, it’s just common sense.  Also, please take care of any parasites your pet may have.  Fleas and ticks spread so easily and a dog park is like heaven for them.  Give your pet year-round flea and tick preventative like Frontline Plus.

Last but not least, please pick up your pooch’s poop.  Don’t pretend you didn’t see it happen or you don’t have a baggy to pick it up with.  We all know what you’re doing and it’s rude.  It could even result in a hefty fine for you or even worse, get you banned from the park all together.  Dog parks are meant for fun, follow these simple rules and everyone will be none the happier!


Pet_PoisonsWe love our pets dearly and always have their best interest at heart.  While you do your best to protect them, there can be many known and unknown toxins lurking in your house or yard.  Take a moment to review the top pet poisons below so that you can take steps to keep them away from your furry friend.

Human medications can be extremely harmful to your pet if ingested and even veterinary medications if a pet consumes more than what is prescribed.  Whether it’s a prescription medication or over the counter, it’s easy to drop a pill on the floor and pets, especially dogs are infamous for finding them.  Human medications such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen can kill your pet, it is never recommended to give your pet any medication without consulting your vet first.

People food is at the top of the list as well.  As you may know, chocolate is guilty of being the number one people food that a pet ingests.  We love it, why wouldn’t your pet?  Maybe they’re a closet chocoholic too!  Too much of a good thing is seriously harmful to your pet and it can cause diarrhea, vomiting, high heart rate and even seizures.  Also, any food containing xylitol (sugar substitute) can cause seizures and liver failure in canines.

Insecticides and rodenticides don’t just kill those pesky ants or mice they can really hurt your pet.  We’re talking about the products that are used on the lawn or in the house and even the ones used on the pet.  Always, always read the label before using an insecticide and never apply a product labeled for dogs on cats.  Also, don’t underestimate the investigative skills Fido, a lot of bait is grain based which is enticing to your pup.

Lastly, household plants and flowers such as lilies can cause kidney failure and possibly death in felines.  Please review this list of toxic and non-toxic plants by the ACPCA to make sure your pet can’t get into them.  Fertilizers and other lawn and garden items can be attractive to your pet yet very harmful.  If you think your pet has ingested any of the items listed above please contact your veterinarian right away or the Animal Poison Control Center’s 24 hour hotline at (888) 426-3345.  Remember not to panic and that rapid response is key to saving your pets life if they’ve consumed a toxin.  It’s also a good idea to keep some healthcare and first aid supplies on hand.  Keep your four-legged friend happy and healthy and they’ll give you all the love in the world!


Even the time it takes to run a quick errand is too long to leave your pet in the car on a hot summer day.  Before you run to the store to get “just a couple of things,” you should probably drop Fluffy and Fido off at home. On a sweltering summer day, temperatures in your parked car can rise up to 10 degrees in just 10 minutes. This increase in temperature can quickly add up to 125 or even 150 degrees.  Even with the windows open, the temperature inside your car can still rise to dangerous levels.

Cats and dogs are especially vulnerable to heat. Cats and dogs have thick fur coats that trap heat and don’t allow them to cool. Dogs also lack sweat glands and can only cool themselves by panting. If your pet shows any of the following signs of heat stress this summer, make sure you get them to a lower temperature, provide them with fresh water and contact your veterinarian. Your dog or cat may pant heavily, appear weak, drool or vomit and their eyes may appear glazed if they are affected with heat stress.  This summer, remember to protect your pet from the heat!


The recent tornadoes in Alabama have left many families devastated.  Natural disasters are unpredictable and affect everyone.  Alabama animal rescuers have already started to pull together to help reunite the animals displaced by the storm to their rightful owners.   Please visit the following Facebook pages to help spread the word.  Our hearts go out to all of the victims of these horrible tornadoes.

Greater Birmingham Humane Society

Animals Lost & Found from the Tornadoes in Alabama on 4/27/11


Did you know that April is Animal Cruelty Prevention Month? You can show your support for our furry friends by sporting the color orange this month and supporting local animal rescue organizations. However, one of the best ways to prevent animal cruelty is to learn to recognize the signs. If you suspect that an animal is being abused, look for these signs and learn how to report animal abuse to your local authorities.

If you notice a pet that is tied up outside without supervision for long periods of time, especially if that pet is left without clean water, this is an indication that that pet may be abused. Animals that are left outside without shelter during storms and severe weather are also being mistreated. If you notice animals being kept in dirty areas littered with feces or kept in cages too small for them to exercise their full range of motion, those animals are living in unsafe and inhumane conditions.

Abused animals will also show physical signs of their abuse. Abused animals may be extremely thin and show signs of untreated medical conditions. Rashes, scaly skin, severe flea infestations may all be signs of abuse if the owner is not treating them. Additionally abused animals may limp or have injuries that are untreated. If you see someone strike an animal, this is definitely abuse and you should learn how to take action. Protect the pets in your life from abuse and you can be a hero in the fight against animal cruelty.


Getting some fresh air with your pooch can help keep the pounds off. A new study shows that dog owners are 34% more likely to meet the minimum recommended amount of exercise per week.  The study’s writer suggested that walking the dog may provide dog owners with motivation to get moving even when they might not feel like exercising themselves. Man’s best friend is helping many people maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.

In all, dog owners are 69% more likely to spend leisure time in doing physical activity. From the approximate one-third of dog owners who don’t walk their dog, a variety of excuses were given as to why they didn’t spend more time with leash in hand. Some felt that their outdoor dog didn’t need to be walked or that they or their dog was too old to go for long walks. However, these dog owners should keep in mind that walking is just as beneficial to their dog as it is to them. Regular exercise helps to prevent obesity, which can cause many more serious health problems. In America, obesity affects many people and pets too. Walking with your dog for just ten minutes a day can make a huge impact on your overall health and well-being, and you can bet it will make a difference for your dog too!


Pet-Proof Your Plants!

March 24, 2011

Spring is here! When you’re planting your garden, make sure you keep your pet’s health and safety in mind to ensure that this sunny season is fun for your whole family. Here are a few things to think about this spring to keep your dog or cat happy and healthy.

Research the plants you’re thinking about including in your yard to make sure they aren’t toxic to your pet. Some common plants that are poisonous to cats and dogs include azalea, rhododendron and sago palm.

If you choose to use pesticides in your yard, make sure you store them out of reach of prying paws and curious little noses. Some of the most toxic pesticides include rat poison, fly bait containing methomyl and snail bait with metaldehyde. When you’re using these products on your plants, take care to keep your pet away from areas in the yard where they might ingest or be exposed to poisons.

Your dog might want to play in the grass, but take care that Fido doesn’t get exposed to potentially toxic lawn products. Cocoa mulch, a byproduct of chocolate, can be particularly dangerous to your dog. The sweet, chocolaty smell attracts your dog but cocoa mulch can cause serious health problems if consumed in large quantities.

Finally, make sure your garden tools are stored in a safe place, such as a locked shed. Rakes, sharp shovels and other garden tools could seriously injure your cat or dog if you leave them lying around. Make safety your first priority and you and your pet will be sure to enjoy a beautiful Spring season together.


Watching your kitty frolic under the influence of catnip is quite an entertaining pastime. The effects of the herb often bring out the sillier side of your cat’s personality, making her chase after imaginary friends or roll around on the ground. Although not all cats are affected by the smell of catnip, it is estimated that anywhere from one half to two thirds of felines love the stuff. There are even accounts of big cats like lions and tigers going crazy for catnip. The catnip plant contains an aromatic oil called nepetalactone that has a mild hallucinogenic effect on cats.

You can use catnip for more than just the purpose of entertaining. If your cat is among the felines who are drawn to the scent of catnip, you can use their attraction to the smell to make a new scratching post more attractive. You can also use catnip to help a shy kitty relax around new people. Additionally, scenting your cat carrier with the herb can help distract a nervous feline from the terrors of riding in the car.  Be careful with catnip however if your cat displays aggressive behavior after inhaling the aroma. You certainly don’t want to encourage bad behavior in your feline friend!