Parasite Control in Dogs

Did you know 34% of dogs across the country are infected with gastrointestinal parasites? With summer just around the corner, your dog will be spending more and more time outside, which is why it’s so vital to make parasite protection and prevention a priority.

What to Look For
Being able to recognize the signs of a parasite infestation is crucial to addressing the issue and preserving your canine’s health.
Fleas, the most common type of external parasite, are known to cause irritation of the skin, hair loss and constant itching and chewing. Ingestion of fleas by dogs and cats can lead to tapeworms.

Internal parasites can cause severe issues within the stomach, including diarrhea and vomiting. Dogs that are internally infected may show signs of weight loss, “scooting” across the carpet or grass, as well as the presence of larvae near the anus.

Be proactive in decreasing your pet’s exposure to parasites by taking the following veterinarian recommended steps:

Deworming – Make sure to purchase and give a pet dewormer on a regular basis
Take in a Stool Sample – It is recommended your veterinarian performs a fecal examination for your pet once or twice a year, or seasonally if under the age of 1 year.
Maintain a Close Eye on Diet – Never allow your dog to eat raw meat or food that has had prolonged exposure to the sun, or drink water from possibly contaminated sources, like rivers and ponds.
Flea Prevention – Make sure your pet is on a flea medication to prevent ingestion of fleas

Keep your dog protected today by checking out some of the most popular parasite control and prevention medications ON SALE NOW at our store.

Popular Parasite Control Medications

Affordable flavored tablets treat and control the most common types of round, hook and tapeworms.

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Panacur C
A broad-spectrum de-worming solution used to treat a wide-range of intestinal parasites.

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Tape Worm Tabs
Used to treat worms infections and other kinds of parasites.



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Recent E-mailed Receipt Changes

Our customer service pharmacy technicians reported some confusing language in our e-mailed receipt we send out to customers after orders are placed. The main area needing clarification was the designation of products as prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) and how our pharmacy handles each type of pet med.

To back up a moment, we want to share how to tell if a specific product on our website is a prescription drug. This is an easy one. Simply look for the orange Rx symbol next to the product name on any of our product pages. See the example below:


You will also know you’ve ordered a prescription pet med for your pet when you are asked for your pet and veterinarian’s information during checkout.

Back to our e-mailed receipt, we have separated our e-mail into two distinctive messages. One for OTC only orders and one for any order including a prescription drug. Both of the new receipts include information regarding items on your order as well as shipping information. That’s about it for the OTC version, while the prescription version includes information how VetRxDirect obtains prescription authorization from your pet’s veterinarian.

Here is a recap on some important facts to consider when VetRxDirect needs to obtain prescription authorization:

  • We must obtain authorization before shipping prescription pet meds
  • We do everything quickly at VetRxDirect. As soon as we have authorization on file, we’ll ship your order
  • If we have trouble obtaining an authorization, we’ll e-mail you right away.
  • If your order combines Rx and OTC items, we wait until we have authorization for the Rx item and ship the entire order.
  • If we have valid refills on file, we’ll ship your order right away.
  • Prescriptions do expire requiring us to obtain new authorizations.
  • If you have a written prescription from your pet’s veterinarian, you’ll probably end up needing to send us the original by mail. That’s why we all prefer faxed authorizations.
  • Sorry, but pharmacies are unable to accept faxed prescriptions from customers.
  • Faxed authorizations from veterinarians are the most common, reliable, and secure method of getting your pet’s prescription authorization on file. This is were we’ll start unless we get other information from you.

We apologize for all the rules, but your pet’s safety and health is our first concern. Our second concern is getting you your pet’s medications as quickly as possible.

We hope this clarifies issues interpreting our communications with you, our loyal customers. If you have any questions or you think we need to include more information, please leave us a comment below.

Have a great day,



How to Remove Pet Tear Stains

Getting Rid of Tear Stains
Imaging walking around day and night with dark goo streaked down your cheeks serving as a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast. As unpleasant as this may sound to us humans, our canine friends commonly experience rheum, otherwise known as “tear stains”.Tear stains are a reddish-brown discharge causing unsightly discoloration around the eyes and is often extremely irritating for both dogs and cats. This excessive tearing condition is frequent amongst smaller breeds with short snouts and shallow eye sockets, and especially noticeable on dog breeds with light-colored fur. Poodle, Chihuahua, and Maltese breeds in particular are notably prone to this affliction, particularly when they are puppies undergoing their teething stage.

Thankfully though, it is fairly easy to remove these unsightly and irritating marks at home.

Home Remedies for Tear Stains
To prevent discolored marking of your pet’s hair, wipe away at newly formed muck using cotton swabs dipped in warm water two times a day. Try softening up your pet’s fur beforehand using baby wipes, which should make brushing out the crust a little easier. It also helps to keep the hairs around your pet’s eyes trimmed to keep tangles and unnecessary eye-irritation at a minimum. Be extra careful working around your pet’s eyes, as they are extremely sensitive.

It is also advisable to consider scheduling an appointment with your veterinarian if the problem continues to persist over time. While tearing occurs naturally, it can also be a symptom of greater problems, including ear infections, clogged tear ducts, allergies, and/or gum disease.

For stronger tear stain relief and protection for your pet, VetRxDirect currently offers the following popular medications on sale now!

Popular Tear Stain Medications Available at VetRxDirect

Tear Stain
Removes tear stains near the eyes as well as prevents new stains from forming.

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Diamond Eye
Helps to prevent tear stains and safely cleans the area beneath and around the eyes. Works for all breeds of dogs and cats.

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Angels’ Eyes Natural
All natural solution for dogs and cats that removes tear stains near the eye region and helps prevent new stains from forming.

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Vetsulin Pet Insulin Availability

Vetsulin is Back In Stock at VetRxDirect!

Vetsulin, the popular pet insulin, is once again available at VetRxDirect, a veterinarian trusted online pet meds pharmacy.

vetsulinVetsulin (Porcine Insulin Zinc Suspension) is a hormone prescribed by your pet’s veterinarian to help your pet’s body turn food into energy. Insulin is prescribed when a pet has diabetes.

Ask your pet’s veterinarian if it is best to switch from your pet’s current insulin to Vetsulin. There are a few insulin suspensions available and your veterinarian is the best source of advice on which diabetes medication to give to your pet.

Remember, Vetsulin is a temperature sensitive pet medication and special precautions should be taken when ordering this product if you live in extreme hot or cold. Insulin is always shipped next-day with a cold pack from VetRxDirect. Extra shipping and handling charges apply.

Be sure to sign up for our newsletter and check our blog regularly to receive updates on the availability of hard to find pet drugs and pet supplies.

Live Nesting Duck Cam!

Our local library, just a block away, has an interesting tenant renting out a window box this spring. Check out the Library Duck Cam! and watch one of our feathered friends become a mother duck.

The Library Duck Cam! comes on the heels of the most viewed live cam of all time, the DecorahEagles from Decorah, Iowa. While the Decorah Eagles Cam is still live, it’s not much to watch any longer since the eagles of nested elsewhere. Still, the audio is pleasant as you can hear a stream and songbirds.

Let us know what you see after you visit either of these Ustream sites.

Have a beautiful spring day,


Guidelines for Ordering Temperature Sensitive Items in the Heat

Warmer TempsAs hot weather settles into parts of the U.S., now is the time to review your preferred shipping address to make sure deliveries are made away from the heat. This is not only important for insulin for pets and any other cold packed pet meds, but any medication for your pet if you live in a hot environment.

In our experience, the best place to have packages delivered is the location where you spend your days, or if you are unable to have packages delivered to this location, have them delivered to a trusted friend or family member who is able to sign for the packages during the day. Leave instructions with this individual to have the contents stored appropriately. Most items require room temperatures out of sunlight, but temperature sensitive drugs should be placed in refrigeration as soon as possible. Ask your pet’s pharmacist if you have any questions on how to appropriately store your pet’s medication.

Remember to follow your pet’s order by clicking on the tracking number provided in the tracking e-mail sent to you after we ship your order. Every order at VetRxDirect gets a tracking number for your convenience. When you track your pet’s package, an expected delivery date will be provided to help you make plans.

We apologize, but we are unable to leave special handling instructions in most cases. Even if we are able to leave instructions, there is no guarantee the courier will follow your desires. That’s why it is best to have orders delivered to controlled environments where a person can take possession of the package and follow your wishes.

If you live in a warm environment, please take a moment to read VetRxDirect’s shipping information page. The information provided on this page may provide answers to your basic shipping questions. If you have any other questions, we are available by e-mail or phone to provide answers. Just drop us a line and a VetRxDirect pharmacy technician or pharmacist will get back to you right away.

Thank you and stay cool,







Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs

Congestive heart failure is a silent killer of adult dogs. The condition almost always arises in the aftermath of a damaged or weakened heart muscle. While there is no current cure for canine congestive heart failure, the condition can be managed effectively via treatment so your dog can continue to lead a happy and productive life.

Almost 1 out of every 10 dogs will develop congestive heart failure.

Canine congestive heart failure occurs when the heart is unable to effectively circulate blood with adequate oxygen to supply the entire body. Without proper levels of oxygen, cells and organs cannot function as they normally should, disrupting the body’s internal systems.The scary thing about a weakened heart is it can go undetected in your pet for many months.

Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs – Symptoms:

During the early stages of heart disease, it may be difficult to tell if your pet is sick as many afflicted dogs show no outward signs of being unhealthy. As time passes and the disease starts to advance into the heart failure stage, owners will often see a noticeably deterioration in their pet’s health.

Symptoms of Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs

  • Shortness of Breath
  • Rapid Breathing
  • Decreased Energy and Stamina
  • Decreased Appetite
  • Abdominal Swelling
  • Intermittent Coughing
  • Fainting
  • Excessive Panting
  • Restlessness

Keep in mind these symptoms are nonspecific and can also indicate a whole range of other health problems outside of heart failure, some of which may even be considered normal depending on a dog’s age.

Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs – Treatments:

Thanks to advancements in veterinary science, treating this form of heart disease is now easier and more effective than ever. There are several prescription medications available on the market that work to increase the force and contraction of the heart as well as help to decrease the muscle’s overall workload. Remember to always administer heart medication to your pet exactly as directed by your pet’s veterinarian. Even if you feel your dog is doing better, do not stop giving the medicine without first consulting with your veterinarian.

VetRxDirect offers many of the most popular congestive heart failure medication at great prices.

Salix for Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs

A diuretic used to treat high blood pressure and reduce the workload on the heart and surrounding arteries.

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Vetmedin for Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs

This Chewable tablet helps strengthen the muscular contractions of the heart and dilates blood vessels.

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Benazepril for Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs

Treats heart failure, high blood pressure, and chronic kidney failure. Enalapril is also an ACE inhibitor.

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Spironolactone for Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs

A diuretic prescribed to increase the amount of urine produced and excreted from the body.

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Generic Baytril Tablets: Ready to Ship

Generic Baytril (enrofloxacin) flavored tablets now available.

Ready to ship from VetRxDirect Pet Pharmacy:

If your dog or cat is taking the prescription antibiotic enrofloxacin, we have great news for you. VetRxDirect now has generic Enrofloxacin Flavored Tablets at 30% off brand name prices.

Generic Baytril is Ready to Ship from VetRxDirectEnrofloxacin Flavored Tablets are indicated for use in dogs and cats as directed by your pet’s veterinarian. Enrofloxacin is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic and your pet’s veterinarian may prescribe this medicine to treat your pet’s bacterial infection. Enrofloxacin may also be prescribed to treat urinary tract, skin, or respiratory tract infections in dogs and cats.

Order today and VetRxDirect will contact your pet’s veterinarian for prescription approval right away. After authorization, you can expect to receive your pet’s generic Baytril for dogs and cats within two to five days.

Many other inexpensive generic drugs are ready to ship from VetRxDirect, a veterinarian trusted and highly rated online pet meds pharmacy. Our website is available for you to place orders 24/7 and our pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are available by phone and e-mail during regular business hours. VetRxDirect processes orders quickly and delivers your pet’s medications even faster.

Is your pet on enrofloxacin? Would you consider a move to generics? Let us know in the comments section below.

Have a great day,





Learn How to Find a Reputable Online Pet Pharmacy.

We’ve talked in the past about the importance for you, your veterinarian and your pet to work with a reputable, licensed, and accredited pet pharmacy. Recently, ’60 Minutes’ aired a segment revealing how fake drugs are spreading around the world.

How can you be certain your pet’s drugs are the real thing? Watch this ’60 Minutes’ Web Extra and learn as an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent explains how to find a legitimate online pharmacy.

Not only do counterfeit drugs not work, they may be dangerous and even deadly. Protect yourself and your pet by looking for and clicking on the Vet-VIPPS ‘Click to Verify’ logo from the pharmacy’s website to confirm your pet’s pharmacy is accredited by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP).