We’ve been busy here at VetRxDirect adding in new products to our inventory by year’s end. Many of these items were requested by our customers. We’ve found these requested products and they are now available to purchase at VetRxDirect.com. If you’ve been looking for prescription or over-the-counter pet products, please let us know! We’ll do our best for find the items and add them to our inventory as soon as possible.
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New Prescription Pet Products for December 2013:
Gentizol Ointment: Gentizol (Gentamicin Sulfate, Betamethasone Valerate, and Clotrimazole) ointment is indicated for the treatment of dog ear infections associated with yeast and/or bacteria susceptible to gentamicin. Available by prescription from your dog’s veterinarian.
Terbutaline Tablets: May be prescribed for cats that suffer asthma attacks and may improve response to steroids and aid in controlling inflammation. Available by prescription from your cat’s veterinarian.
Dermalone Ointment: Dermalone (Nystatin, Neomycin Sulfate, Thiostrepton and Triamcinolone Acetonide) Ointment is indicated as useful for ear infections, cysts located between the toes in cats and dogs, and in anal gland infections in dogs. Available by prescription from your pet’s veterinarian.
New OTC Pet Products for December 2013:
Grizzly Oils: The ultimate omega-3 source for dogs and cats comes from Grizzly Salmon Oil. For a more economical omega-3 source, look for Grizzly Pollock Oil. Both products are produced using sustainable wild Alaskan fish.
Lubrisyn HA: The HA stands for Hyaluronan, a naturally occurring part of normal joint fluid. Lubrisyn has the potential to be a very popular joint supplement for dogs and cats in 2014 and beyond.
Zylkene Capsules: All natural, non-sedating nutritional supplement that naturally helps restore balance and harmony in your pet’s life.
Yuk Ointment: YukForte is the most potent anti-lick formula available. Yuk2e is better than ever with the addition of two more bitterants. Both Yuk formulas help prevent further destruction by the pet.
Our pharmacy continues to evolve with the introduction of product ratings and reviews. This exciting new feature allows you to share your valuable experiences with other pet parents, helping them make the best decisions for the health and wellbeing of their dogs and cats.
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We value your opinions and knowledge, and now you have the chance to share. Your product reviews will help us improve our product selection, bring in more of the brands you trust and remove the products that just don’t seem to meet the VetRxDirect standards.
We seek your honest opinion
While we are offering a coupon to celebrate this new addition, anyone can use the discount independent of their wishes to share with the product rating and reviews feature. Good, bad or otherwise, there are no better reviews of products than by those who are actively giving the pet medications or using the pet supplies. But, we want to keep the reviews honest, so use the coupon code now and leave a review later, after you have a chance to give the product.
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While VetRxDirect.com is available 24 hours a day for order placement and to find answers to many of your questions, our pharmacy will have an abbreviated schedule over the next week. Our holiday customer service hours are as follows:
Tuesday, December 24: 9:00am – 1:00pm CST
Wednesday, December 25: Closed
Tuesday, December 31: 9:00am – 1:00pm CST
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America is the most medicated nation on Earth. According to data from the Department of Health and Human Service (HHS), at least half of the country’s citizens are on prescription pills. But this article isn’t about the drugs we take and why we take them; it’s about the effects these pills are having on our pets.
Around forty percent of the poison control calls the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) receives involve pets that ingested pills for people. That’s more than 25,000 cases on an annual basis! Since they obviously can’t open pill bottles themselves, most cases of pet exposure are the result of human error.
What goes wrong?
Many animals will get into anything we leave out. Most will lap up dropped pills, especially when they’re sugar-coated, as well as tablets left on low-lying tables. Some dogs can even chew through plastic pill bottles in a matter of minutes. On occasion, pet owners make the mistake of giving their dog or cat the wrong medication, or too much of the right one. Either can result in poisoning or overdose, both of which may be fatal.
How to respond when your pet takes your pills.
Don’t panic! Before you call anyone or go anywhere, make sure you know exactly what your animal ingested. Take a few seconds to collect the pills or materials involved. That way, the veterinarian or toxicologist that treats your furry friend will know exactly what (s)he’s dealing with.
If your animal consumes a substance you suspect might be toxic, do not hesitate to seek immediate emergency assistance. Many pet owners wait until they observe adverse effects, which is always a mistake. Why? Contrary to popular belief, some poisons can take hours, even days to affect your pet’s health. Therefore, it is always best to seek treatment as soon as possible after an incident.
Emergency assistance options
When their pets swallow something they weren’t supposed to, most owners rush them to their local veterinarian. In many cases, that is an intelligent move. However, when an animal has ingested a particularly powerful poison, time is of the essence. It is for this reason that the ASPCA created the Animal Poison Control Center so you can personally take action on the spot. After you dial (888) 426-4435, a trained professional at the Control Center will ask you a series of questions in order to determine your best course of action. Therefore, you must be ready with the following information:
The species, breed, age, sex, and weight of the pet involved.
The animal’s symptoms.
The substance, material, or agent involved, as well as the amount that was ingested.
The time that has elapsed since first exposure.
Have the product, bottle, or packaging on hand for reference.
There are certain circumstances when calling the APCC may not be the best option. If your animal is having seizures, has lost consciousness, or is having trouble breathing, he needs immediate medical assistance. Make sure you call ahead and bring your pet to a local veterinary clinic or emergency veterinary clinic as soon as possible.
Prevention is Key
As careful as you may be, there’s a good chance your pet will ingest something that isn’t good for him in his lifetime. When this occurs, it is important to be prepared. In addition to having the APCC phone number on speed dial, veterinarians also recommend that you purchase an emergency first-aid kit for your animal. This kit should contain the following items:
A small bottle of hydrogen peroxide (to use as an emetic)
A medicine syringe, bulb syringe, or a turkey baster (to administer the hydrogen peroxide and induce vomiting)
Dishwashing liquid (for bathing your pet’s coat after exposure to a poisonous substance or gas)
Forceps (to remove bee or wasp stingers)
A muzzle (to protect against biting caused by anxiety or fear)
A pull-tab can of your pet’s favorite wet food
A pet carrier (for storage of the actual kit or your animal, if needed)
Last but not least, we wanted to take a moment to talk about common medications that may be dangerous to pets.
Here are the top five most dangerous medications for pets:
Ibuprofen: Found in most households, handfuls of them can cause stomach ulcers and kidney failure.
Tramadol: A popular pain reliever even for pets, Tramadol has a laundry list of side effects, including sedation, agitation, disorientation, vomiting, tremors, and potentially deadly seizures. If your pet is on tramadol, follow your veterinarian’s instructions closely.
Xanax: The most prescribed anti-anxiety pill on the planet, Xanax can cause weakness and collapse when ingested by our pets.
Ambient: A drug that helps tens of millions of us get a restful night’s sleep, Ambient makes most pets anxious and agitated.
Acetaminophen: The popular painkiller can cause liver damage in furry friends.
Human beings use the term “bloating” to describe the general feeling of satiety they experience after a large meal or a heavy drinking session. The actual medical condition is caused when the stomach is overfilled with fluid, air or food. Thanksgiving dinner and Oktoberfest are probably the two most common causes of human bloating. But for our furry friends, the condition is far more serious.
For domesticated dogs and cats, bloating is a potentially deadly disorder; stuffed with too much stuff, a distended stomach puts undue pressure on nearby organs and can cause a medical emergency. In fact, between 25 to 40 percent of dogs with the condition die from it, and cats are not far behind. With this in mind, let us take a moment to discuss the disorder.
General Symptoms of Bloating in Dogs and Cats:
An enlarged stomach puts pressure on other organs, causing a decrease in blood supply to vital organs; it can also make it much harder for your pet to breath. Animal doctors refer to the condition as gastric dilation-volvulus (GDV) or gastric torsion, which is commonly referred to as “twisted stomach”. In extreme cases, it can result in death in only a few hours. But even if it is treated as soon as possible, the condition should be considered a medical emergency.
How to spot Bloating in Pets? Look for these common symptoms:
The cause of canine and feline bloating is currently unknown. Veterinarians are aware of the fact that the condition is generally the result of overindulgence in food, drink or air, but they do know why the disorder is so deadly for our pets. The common consensus has always been that early detection is not possible because dogs and cats cannot alert us of a serious problem; in fact, they often to try to hide their ailments from us until it’s too late. As a result, a poor pouch or pussycat often suffers from a serious bout of bloating for several hours before we notice unmistakable symptoms.
How is bloating in pets treated?
Because they know how serious it can be, veterinarians generally take X-rays of the abdomen when they believe bloating is involved. In most cases, they may be able to decompress a distended stomach, which can relieve gas or fluid pressure. However, when GDV is the diagnosis, the stomach has rotated and most be corrected immediately.
The only way to address torsion is with emergency surgery, which is both dangerous and fraught with potential post-surgical complications. Infection, shock, and heart damage kill most of the dogs and cats that are operated on for GDV.
At-Risk Breeds of Bloating:
Dogs and cats are opportunistic eaters, hence their tendency to overeat. Certain breeds, however, are more likely to engorge themselves whenever food is on hand. Dogs, in particular, are susceptible to this behavior, since they evolved as wild pack animals that ate whenever food was available. Canines with smaller or skinnier stomachs are more likely to suffer from both bloating and GDV than others. Chihuahuas and Greyhounds are the two breeds that are most likely to be struck with a bout of bloating; in other words, dogs that do not have deep and/or large body cavities are more likely to bloat.
Prevention of Bloating in Pets:
As with most veterinary issues, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The following tips should help you reduce the risk of bloating in your dog or cat.
Instead of two or three large meals, feed your pet several smaller ones throughout the day. This will prevent them from eating too much food too fast.
Keep a close eye on their waistlines. Overeating will stretch your pet’s stomach, allowing them to eat a lot more and increasing the odds of bloating.
Presoak meals before serving. This will prevent them from having to chew too much, which can cause them to swallow too much air.
Don’t put out too much water. Because they do not have nearly as many sweat glands as human beings, dogs will drink more than necessary if given the opportunity. This can cause bloating in short order. Therefore, you should always be mindful of the amount of H20 you serve your animal throughout the day.
Limit exercise or activity after large meals. When a dog or cat eats heartily, they may not take the time they need to properly digest their food. This can cause bloating or GDV in a matter of minutes, which is why you should not play with or walk your animal soon after mealtime.
Do you have any experiences with bloating in pets or GDV in dogs? Let us know by sharing in the comments section below. Thank you.
Let’s face it; dogs can stink from time to time. It can be caused by a pleasant dunk in the water, rolling around in a funky pile of leaves or a medical condition known as seborrhea. Caused by an overproduction of sebum, the oily exudation emits a scent every dog owner dreads. In other words, it is responsible for that rancid dog smell that sends people running for the hills.
Both forms of the disease, primary and secondary, produce flakes of dead skin as their most common symptom. These dandruff-like flakes can be either unctuous or dry, depending on the sebaceous glands. Shed from the hair follicles and the epidermis, the scales tend to stick to the hair or fur.
What causes seborrhea in dogs?
In most cases, an underlying medical issue is to blame. Common culprits include allergies, hormonal imbalances, parasites (fleas, ticks, and mites), infections (especially yeast infections), thyroid disease, Cushing’s disease, dietary deficiencies, environmental factors, obesity, and fungal infections. In rare cases, testing may not reveal any underlying medical problem.
Because they have different types of fur and hair, some breeds are more likely to suffer from the disease than others. Irish Setters, English Springer Spaniels, German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, Basset Hounds, Chinese Shar-Pei, and West Highland White Terriers are just a few of the breeds that are at an elevated risk of primary seborrhea. Most affected animals develop dry or greasy skin flakes that get caught in the coat. For obvious reasons, oily flakes are more likely to stick to the hair or fur, making them harder to remove, and much smellier to boot.
Problem areas for all affected breeds include the hocks, elbows, front of the neck and chest, and the hair that borders the ears. Seborrhea that is oilier can also accumulate in the ear canals, which can cause a painful condition called ceruminous otitis.
Treatment of Seborrhea in Dogs
Although incurable, primary seborrhea is treatable. Rinses and shampoos for dogs are used to control scale formation, which varies based on the specific problem. For example, if a pooch has mild dry flaking, he will require a moisturizing shampoo or rinse that rehydrates the skins and keeps scaling in check. For more severe flaking, however, he may need a shampoo that contains salicylic acid or sulfur; the same ingredients that are in most dandruff shampoos for human beings.
For oily seborrhea, moisturizing is obviously not the intention. The shampoos and rinses that are used to treat the condition contain ingredients that dry out the hair follicles, such as benzoyl peroxide and coal tar. Both have proven remarkably effective at removing the greasy flakes that stick to hair shafts like glue.
One alternative to shampoo that is meant to specifically address seborrhea is DOUXO Seborrhea Spot-on. It is intended to be focused on troubled areas rather than be applied from head to tail, and can limit inflammation and infection.
Secondary seborrhea in dogs.
As the name implies, the secondary version of the disease is triggered by another disorder. Diseases that are frequently linked to secondary seborrhea include demodectic mange, hypothyroidism, scabies, canine atopy, dermatitis, flea allergies, hormone disorders, and others.
Because the symptoms are similar, secondary seborrhea is treated the same way as primary seborrhea. The only difference is the symptoms usually disappear as soon as the underlying disorder is identified and treated. It is for this reason that veterinarians always look for the primary cause when they encounter a case of seborrhea. Every now and then, they are faced with a case of secondary seborrhea that does not have a primary cause. These patients suffer from idiopathic seborrhea, which means that the cause is unknown. When this occurs, the dog’s doctor must simply manage the symptoms of the disease.
Complications of Seborrhea in Dogs
The most common symptom of both secondary and primary seborrhea is severe itching, which can result in subsequent medical conditions that are more serious than the disease itself. In particular, skin infections and folliculitis can be caused by excessive scratching. The former might be treated with a course of antibiotics, while the later can often be managed with anti-inflammatory drugs and corticosteroids; both of which control itching and swelling. Dietary supplements that contain omega-3 essential fatty acids from fish oil may also have salubrious effects on the skin and may help alleviate some of the more serious secondary symptoms of seborrhea, such as skin infections and folliculitis.
When to seek veterinary care for seborrhea in dogs.
Dogs scratch themselves for lots of reasons. They might have fleas, ticks, mites, or skin, environmental, or food allergies. This makes diagnosing the disease difficult for pet parents who trust home remedies. It is for this reason that dog lovers be acutely aware of the more specific symptoms of the disease. What are they?
Unlike fleas and ticks and any other irritants that cause your animal to scratch at his skin, seborrhea produces flaky, dandruff-like skin that is either oily or dry and often has an offensive odor. So, if your dog smells and he has itchy, flaky, red skin, odds are seborrhea is to blame.
It should go without saying that every pet parent wants the best for his or her furry friend….and it would, if only veterinary visits weren’t on the decline. This startling new trend has harmed our pets, especially when it comes to preventive care. Avoidable illnesses in both cats and dogs are on the rise, as are chronic diseases that require regular treatment.
Why it’s happening
One obvious explanation is that most new pet parents don’t understand the importance of preventative care. In fact, a recent study from Bayer Animal Health found that one-quarter of them had no idea what veterinarians do during regular checkups. It is no surprise then the percentage of pet parents who make no annual trips to the vet is on the rise.
An ounce of prevention
The decline in veterinary visits has coincided with an equivalent increase in preventable illnesses, the two most prevalent of which are flea infestation and heartworm disease. Both of these medical issues are far more expensive to treat than to prevent, not to mention the unnecessary pain and suffering they cause our pets. It seems patently clearly then that ignorance, not apathy, is to blame for this distressing trend. How can we address it? Let’s start with a few simple questions all pet parents should ask their veterinarians.
1. What does a routine exam entail?
As we mentioned, many pet owners have no idea what goes into a regular checkup. The answer is as simple as it is familiar. Just like a physical exam for human beings, those for dogs and cats are designed to prevent future illnesses by assessing present health. The veterinarian will check for common diseases and conditions like heartworms, flea infestation, and arthritis. Depending on the age of your pet, neurological and bloods tests may also be ordered during regular checkups.
2. Can I take care of my animal at home?
Pet owners who are also parents sometimes make the mistake of thinking they can use home remedies to treat most sicknesses. But what they may not appreciate is our pets can’t tell us where or how much it hurts. As a result, it is often impossible to tell just how sick an animal is by observing symptoms alone. It takes a trained veterinarian to diagnose most illnesses and then to properly treat them.
3. What should I be feeding my pet?
Food allergies are quite common in domesticated dogs and cats, so don’t ignore any decrease in their appetites. In most cases, the negative reactions are caused by filler ingredients in commercial pet foods. Diarrhea, dermatitis, vomiting, weight loss, poor appetite, and lethargy are the most common symptoms of food allergies. If you observe any of the aforementioned, take your furry friend to a veterinarian as soon as possible. Your vet will most likely put his patient on a special diet until the most serious symptoms subside. Also come prepared to discuss what you are specifically feeding your dog or cat so the staff can me a more informed decision; measure out the amounts you would normally serve, as saying you provide “a bowl of . . .” provides minimal insights.
4. Can I order prescription medications online?
One of the most common misconceptions pet parents have about veterinarians is that they make most of their money selling overpriced prescription pills. The fact is that most veterinarians encourage their customers to explore more affordable options whenever possible. As long as these medications are safe, veterinarians have no compunction about writing prescriptions for pills that will be purchased elsewhere. This includes preventable medications for heartworms, flea infestation, and other common conditions that can be quite pricey over the lifetime of an animal.
Pet parents who want the best prices on prescriptions pills really should ask their vets for advice. Trust us, veterinarians know exactly where to go for affordable, high-quality medications. As long as you ask them directly, most veterinarians will gladly recommend a few reputable online pharmacies like VetRXDirect.
5. What steps should I take to help prevent heartworms in my pet?
Most pet parents have at least heard of heartworms, but few know how common, deadly and preventable they actually are. The disease is transmitted through mosquito bites, which means that all cats and dogs are vulnerable to it. These parasites live and grow in the pulmonary artery between the heart and lungs. In its incipient stages, heartworm infestation rarely has observable symptoms. But as the heartworms grow, the host may and often does experience bouts of coughing and fatigue. Unfortunately, the treatments for heartworms can be just as deadly as the disease.
The good news is heartworms are nearly one hundred percent preventable. Available as flavored treats, heartworm preventatives like Tri-Heart-Plus are oral tablets that are safe and easy to administer. But because they must be taken over an entire lifetime, the cost of these prescriptions pills can add up. Ordering online can help loving pet parents save beaucoup bucks year after year.
6. How do I help my cat or dog maintain a healthy weight?
Just like Americans are increasingly battling obesity, so are our pets. More and more cats and dogs are overweight, which makes them more susceptible to related health problems. Your vet should give you an “ideal weight range” you should try to have your companion maintain and, even if your pet isn’t currently exceeding the margins, inquire about what preventative measures are recommended. Exercise is key, and many bags of food record the recommended amount for various sizes; measure out what goes into the bowl so you don’t accidentally overfeed your furry friend. Treats are absolutely acceptable, but get your dog or cat in motion and use it as a reward.
7. What should I do in case of an emergency?
Your veterinarian should be able to provide you with a phone number of one of the staff members to use in the scenario that your four-footed friend is experiencing an emergency. Many communities now have emergency clinics for pets. Your veterinarian may utilize an emergency clinic for after hour needs. Additionally, make sure you have a list of numbers like “poison control” displayed readily on the fridge so you can pull this out at a moment’s notice.
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