2021 Winter Holiday Hours and Shipping Schedule

With the Christmas and New Year’s holidays approaching, our pharmacy will have abbreviated hours and shipping schedules. While VetRxDirect.com is available 24 hours a day for online order placement, please pay particular attention to pharmacy hours and shipping schedule, especially if you rely on our pharmacy for insulin or other temperature-sensitive products. While we always ship every package as soon as possible at VetRxDirect, please allow extra time for delivery on orders placed in the upcoming weeks. This season our pharmacy will be closed with no shipping or receiving on December 24th, 25th, 31st, and January 1st.

VetRxDirect’s 2021 Holiday Customer Service Hours are:

  • Friday, December 24: CLOSED
  • Saturday, December 25: CLOSED
  • Monday, December 27: Resume normal business hours.
  • Friday, December 31: CLOSED
  • Saturday, January 1: CLOSED
  • Monday, January 3: Resume normal business hours.

VetRxDirect’s 2021 Holiday Shipping Schedule is:

  • Tuesday, December 21: Last day to ship Next or 2nd Day refrigerated orders.
  • December 22-23: No temperature sensitive orders shipped.
  • Friday, December 24: CLOSED
  • Saturday, December 25: CLOSED
  • Tuesday, December 28: Last day to ship Next or 2nd Day refrigerated orders.
  • December 29-30: No temperature sensitive orders shipped.
  • Friday, December 31: CLOSED
  • Saturday, January 1: CLOSED
  • Monday, January 3: Resume normal shipping policies.

*Prescription orders, including temperature-sensitive drugs, can only ship after approval from your veterinarian. Visit our website for more information.

Please feel free to leave us a chat message or send us an email at info@vetrxdirect.com. We’ll do our best to return your call or send replies during our next business hours after your message.

We wish you and your pets a safe and happy holiday season!

The VetRxDirect Pharmacy Team

2021 Thanksgiving Hours and Shipping Schedule

VetRxDirect will be closed Thursday, November 25th for Thanksgiving Day.

Our pharmacy will have abbreviated hours and shipping schedules. While VetRxDirect.com is available 24 hours a day for online order placement, please pay particular attention to our hours and shipping schedule, especially if you rely on our pharmacy for insulin or other temperature-sensitive products.

2021 Thanksgiving Pharmacy Hours:

  • Thursday, November 25: CLOSED.
  • Friday, November 26: Open regular business hours 9:00 am – 5:00 pm CST.

2021 Thanksgiving Shipping Schedule:

  • Monday, November 22: Last day to ship temperature-sensitive orders this week*
  • Wednesday, November 24: No temperature-sensitive orders will ship.
  • Thursday, November 25: CLOSED.
  • Friday, November 26: No temperature-sensitive orders shipped, except for Saturday Delivery service.**
  • Monday, November 29: Resume normal shipping policies.

*Prescription orders, including temperature-sensitive drugs, can only ship after approval from your veterinarian. Prescription authorization must be obtained before 3 PM CST to be shipped the same day. 

**Next Day with Saturday Delivery is an available shipping option that you may select at your order checkout. Please visit our website for more information.

Please feel free to leave us a chat message or send us an email at info@vetrxdirect.com anytime. We’ll return your message during our next business hours.

On behalf of the VetRxDirect pharmacy team,

Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Bener ProRed Supports Recovery & Iron Deficiency

Bener™ ProRed by VetNova Animal Health LLC is a new high-strength iron, copper, and multi-vitamin nutritional complex for dogs and cats. Bener ProRed supports intensive recovery care for normal red blood cell, hemoglobin, and iron levels.

Iron is a mineral that our bodies need for many functions. One of the most important roles that iron plays is in the blood. Iron is a part of hemoglobin, a protein in blood that helps carry oxygen from the lungs in the blood through the entire body. Iron is also an essential element for blood production. Usually, dogs and cats obtain enough iron from their diet but they may become low or deficient due to illness, blood loss, poor diet, or an inability to absorb enough iron from foods.

Common Causes of Iron Deficiency Anemia:

  • Blood loss from surgery, injury, or disease
  • Severe intestinal parasite infections
  • Chronic kidney conditions
  • Intestinal conditions or bleeding ulcers
  • Newborns with poor diet

Dogs and cats who are recovering from diseases, surgery, injury, or, physical stress, may benefit from iron-containing supplements. Also pregnant, nursing and active senior animals may also benefit from additional iron support. 

Bener™ ProRed is described as an intensive recovery care supplement to support normal red blood cell, hemoglobin, and iron levels in dogs and cats. It provides multiple, essential vitamins and minerals, including a high concentration of iron enhanced by significant levels of Vitamin C. In Bener ProRed, Vitamin C is added to increase the absorption of oral iron. This supplement is ideal for blood donors and helpful for pregnant, nursing, and senior animals. It also adjusts nutritional needs caused by appetite loss and complements homemade diets.Bener ProRed at VetRxDirect

Bener ProRed is a highly palatable, liver-flavored soft chew that comes in two sizes: ProRed-10 and ProRed-30 to complement a wide range of weights. It is usually administered during or after your pet’s meal.

Characteristics of Bener™ ProRed:

  • Complete and balanced formula with 11 nutrients to favor overall health.
  • Rich in iron, copper, and vitamin B complex to support normal red blood cell, hemoglobin, and iron levels.
  • Contains Vitamin C for ideal iron absorption.
  • Contains moderate phosphate levels that do not compromise renal function.

Like other nutritional supplements, it is always important to speak with your veterinarian first to determine if the product is appropriate for your dog or cat’s needs.


This information is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease and is purely educational. Please seek advice from your pet’s veterinarian with any questions regarding the health of your pet. 

Ozloo Veterinary Probiotic Formula for Dogs

Ozloo is a range of veterinarian formulated probiotic supplements exclusively for dogs. Ozloo supplements help support a healthy gut and maintain intestinal health and balance. They are specially formulated to contain a specific amount of live microorganisms, as well as prebiotics to help support digestive health, including normal flatulence. They also contain Vitamin D to help support bone and skin health.

What makes Ozloo Different from others?Ozloo at VetRxDirect

  • Ozloo believes that no “one size fits all”. That’s why they’ve formulated two different products, one for large breed dogs, and the other for small and medium-breed dogs. Learn more. 
  • Bio-tract Technology: Ozloo also uses proprietary Bio-tract® technology to ensure that your dog gets a steady, even supply of probiotics over 24hrs period to ensure efficacy.

What are the Ingredients?

L. Plantarum and L.Casei are the two strains (species) of probiotics used in Ozloo’s supplements. The product also contains the Prebiotic FOS (Fructooligosaccharides) along with Vitamin D3 which helps support strong bones and support growth & development. Each chewable, sphere-shaped tablet also contains a great tasting, natural pork flavor.

  • Wheat-free
  • Dairy-free
  • Wheat free
  • Gluten-free
  • Non-GMO
  • No artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives

What are Probiotics?

Both people and animals alike have natural microbes or “flora” that naturally live on the lining of their intestines. These are beneficial types of bacterias and yeasts that help digest and absorb nutrients from food. Keeping a healthy balance of good bacteria in the gut is not only important for proper digestion but also for the immune system.

Sometimes beneficial bacteria are damaged or destroyed or diminished. Common reasons include medications, poor diet, disease, or stress. This can also cause your dog’s stomach upset and a general decline in digestive health.

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that help support gut health and may benefit dogs with gastrointestinal disturbances. Like all dietary supplements, it is best to consult with your veterinarian first to determine if the product best suits your dog’s needs.


 This information is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease and is purely educational. Please seek advice from your pet’s veterinarian with any questions regarding the health of your pet. 

Porus One Kidney Support for Cats

What is Porus One?

Porus One is a nutritional supplement used to support kidney health in your cat. It contains Renaltec, a selective carbon that adsorbs protein byproducts. Digestion and metabolism of proteins leads to waste products, which are typically excreted by the kidneys. Porus One binds protein digestion by-products in the intestines so they can be excreted in the feces. This binding process helps to prevent the byproducts from being converted into uremic toxins, which supports kidney health.

How Does Porus One Help with Uremic Toxins?

Cats eat proteins in their diet on a daily basis. When proteins are metabolized in the body, waste products called uremic toxins naturally form. These toxins are then filtered out by the kidneys and excreted in the urine.

When a cat’s kidneys no longer function as well as before, they filter out fewer uremic toxins. As a result, the toxins may accumulate in the body and cause damage to the kidneys and other organs.

Porus One adorbs toxins while they are still in the intestine and passes them out of the body in the feces. As a result, the toxins do not enter the kidneys and cannot accumulate in the body. This also helps reduce the workload on the kidneys.

What is it made of?Porus One at VetRx Direct

Porus One contains Renaltec®, a pure carbon that is shaped into tiny spheres in a patented production process. Renaltec absorbs protein byproducts (uremic toxins) in the gut so they can be excreted in feces instead of the kidneys.

How To Use Porus One

Porus® One is easily mixed in with your cat’s wet or dry food. It is tasteless and odorless and generally well tolerated by cats.

 

This supplement may be used for cats with reduced kidney function or types of kidney disease or disorders. Like any supplement, it is always best to consult with your veterinarian to determine if the product best suit’s your cat’s needs. Your veterinarian is the best source of medical information for your cat.


This information is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease and is purely educational. Please seek advice from your pet’s veterinarian with any questions regarding the health of your pet. 

Labor Day Holiday and Shipping Schedule 2021

VetRxDirect will be closed Monday, September 6th, 2021 in observance of Labor Day.

Our pharmacy will have abbreviated hours and shipping schedules. While VetRxDirect.com is available 24 hours a day for online order placement, please pay particular attention to our hours and shipping schedule, especially if you rely on our pharmacy for insulin or other temperature-sensitive products.

Thursday, September 2nd: Last day to ship temperature-sensitive orders this week.*
Friday, September 3rd: No temperature sensitive orders will ship.
Saturday, September 4th: No orders will ship.
Sunday, September 5th: CLOSED.
Monday, September 6th: CLOSED.
Tuesday, September 7th: Resume normal hours and shipping policies.

*Prescription orders, including temperature-sensitive drugs, can only ship after approval from your veterinarian. Prescription authorization must be obtained before 3 PM CST in order to be shipped out on the same dayVisit our website for more information.

Please feel free to leave a message or send us an email at info@vetrxdirect.com anytime. We’ll return your message during our next business hours.

Itchy Pet Awareness and Solutions

The month of August is known as Itchy Pet Awareness Month, which aims to promote dog and cat skin health and your pet’s health and happiness. While commonly overlooked, itching is a medical condition that requires a proper diagnosis to effectively treat the true cause of the itch.

Why is My Pet Itching?

Dogs and cats usually come in contact with irritants by inhaling from the air or by direct contact with the skin. They may also develop allergies or sensitivities to food or treats in their diet. Some common outdoor allergens include parasites like fleas, ticks, lice or mites, insects, pollens, or even chemicals on lawns. Common indoor allergens include dust mites, molds, mildew, as well as household cleaners, detergents, and other products. Some pets may develop allergies that come and go with the seasons. Learn more about Seasonal Allergies in Dogs and Cats on our other blog.

Look Out for the Common Signs of Itch In Dogs and Cats:

  • Scratching is the most obvious sign of itch
  • Biting
  • Chewing
  • Frequent licking
  • Excessive rolling
  • Recurrent ear problems
  • Hair loss
  • Body odor
  • Skin changes

If the scratching becomes intense, your dog or cat may damage their skin while trying to relieve the sensation. As a result, this can leave the skin with open wounds, and vulnerable to infections and the potential for hotspots. You may also notice hair loss, scabbing, and crusting due to excessive scratching, chewing, or rubbing. Because the symptoms of allergies are similar to other disorders, it’s important to speak with your veterinarian if you notice these behaviors.

How Do I Relieve My Pet’s Itching?

Consulting your veterinarian is important to determine the true cause of the itch and what treatment can best help your pet. Your veterinarian may prescribe an antihistamine or anti-inflammatory medication to help relieve your pet’s symptoms. They may also recommend bathing with a medicated shampoo to wash allergens away from the skin and reduce irritation.


This information is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease and is purely educational. Please seek advice from your pet’s veterinarian with any questions regarding the health of your pet. 

How to Prevent Dehydration in Dogs and Cats

At the peak of summer, the month of July has been established as National Pet Hydration Month. While keeping water available to indoor and outdoor pets may seem like common sense, the summer heat can increase risks for dehydration. Providing clean, fresh water for your dog or cat is the single best way to prevent dehydration. However, there are some other factors to consider when it comes to hydration and your pets.

Dehydration occurs when the body loses more fluid than it’s taking in. Water is vital to all living things. It affects every process in the body from organ function to circulation and digestion. Many articles describe the health benefits of humans maintaining water consumption, and the same goes for our furry friends. At the bottom line, keeping your pet hydrated is important to keeping them healthy.

How to Know if Your Pet is Dehydrated?

Common Signs of Dehydration:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Reduced energy levels
  • Lethargy or depression
  • Panting
  • Sunken, dry-looking eyes
  • Dry nose and gums
  • Loss of skin elasticity

You may be able to detect dehydration at home by gently pinching and lifting the skin over your dog or cat’s shoulder blades. Normally, the skin should quickly return back to its regular position. If the skin stays gathered when you release it, you may have a dehydrated cat on your hands. This is known as “skin tenting” and is a common sign of dehydration. However, this technique does not work as well in cats that are very overweight or very thin.

How to Check Your Pet’s Hydration

What Causes Dehydration?

Dehydration in dogs and cats can be caused by multiple things. When a pet has reduced water intake or increased fluid loss, they are prone to dehydration. This may also cause a loss of electrolytes, such as sodium and potassium which have important functions in the body.

  • Overheating in hot weather
  • Heavy work or exercise
  • A lack of clean drinking water
  • Acute illness or period of vomiting or diarrhea
  • An underlying health condition such as diabetes or kidney disease

How is Dehydration Treated?

Since dehydration is typically a symptom of a larger problem, your veterinarian will need to examine your dog or cat to identify and treat any underlying condition. Severe cases of dehydration require emergency veterinary attention. Without intervention, severe dehydration can lead to organ failure and death.

Prevention: How to Keep Your Pet Hydrated

The best way to keep your pet hydrated is to make fresh water available at all times and replace their water daily to encourage them to drink. Some pets, particularly cats, are finicky drinkers, prefer certain bowls, and even prefer to drink in certain locations. Some dogs and cats prefer to drink moving water from a pet water fountain bowl or a dripping kitchen faucet.

  • Keep their water bowls clean and wash them regularly to prevent bacteria growth.
  • Use a portable or collapsible bowl if you are traveling or on the go.
  • Experiment with different water bowls, and consider trying a pet water fountain.
  • Make sure you offer enough water sources if you have a multi-pet household
  • Try offering wet food in your dog or cat’s diet can help provide a source of hydration.
  • Ask your veterinarian about a hydration supplement or electrolyte fluid.

Keep a good eye on your dog or cat’s drinking habits. If your pet has any sudden changes including a decrease or increase in drinking water, you should contact your veterinarian. Speak with your veterinarian about a liquid hydration supplement to help boost your pet’s fluid intake, or incorporating wet food into their diet.

 


Hydration and Electrolyte Supplements for Dogs and Cats

VetRxDirect carries a variety of hydration supplements, and we’ve highlighted some of them below!

Oralade at VetRxDirectOralade

  • Oralade is a ready-to-use, liquid formula for cats and dogs that includes balanced electrolytes, nutrients, amino acids, and glucose in purified water.
  • Oralade supports dogs and cats with critical nutritional and hydration needs.

 

Purina Hydra Care at VetRxDirectPurina Hydra Care

  • Purina Hydra Care is a nutrient-enriched water supplement that promotes healthy hydration in cats.
  • It contains nutritional osmolytes to help cells absorb water and combat dehydration.
  • Encourages cats to consume more liquid than with just water alone. Learn more

 

Hydrade at VetRxDirectThomas Pet Hydrade 

  • HydrADE is an electrolyte replacement supplement for dogs and cats that helps support normal hydration and encourages water consumption.
  • Helps maintain positive fluid levels during episodes of dehydration in dogs and cats. 

 

Pet-A-Lyte at VetRxDirectPet-A-Lyte

  • Pet-A-Lyte is a liquid electrolyte solution for dogs and cats.
  • Helps provide nutrients, electrolytes, and oral hydration.
  • Aids in recovery from illness or surgery.
  • Helps with mild fluid loss and dehydration.
  • Tasty chicken flavor.

 


This information is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease and is purely educational. Please seek advice from your pet’s veterinarian with any questions regarding the health of your pet. 

2021 Independence Day Holiday Schedule

VetRxDirect will be closed Saturday, July 3rd, 2021 in observance of Independence Day.

Our pharmacy will have abbreviated hours and shipping schedules. While VetRxDirect.com is available 24 hours a day for online order placement, please pay particular attention to our hours and shipping schedule, especially if you rely on our pharmacy for insulin or other temperature-sensitive products.

  • Thursday, July 1st: Last day to ship temperature-sensitive orders until Tuesday.
  • Friday, July 2nd: Regular hours. No temperature-sensitive orders will ship. (*Except for Saturday Delivery Service)
  • Saturday, July 3rd: CLOSED.
  • Sunday, July 4th: CLOSED.
  • Monday, July 5th: Regular Hours. No orders will ship.
  • Tuesday, July 6th: Resume normal hours shipping policies.

*Prescription orders, including temperature-sensitive drugs, can only ship after approval from your veterinarian. Prescription authorization must be obtained before 3 PM CST in order to be shipped out on the same day. Visit our website for more information.

Please feel free to leave a message or send us an email at info@vetrxdirect.com anytime. We’ll return your call or send replies during our next business hours after your message.

Have a safe and happy Independence Day!

Elura Approved for Weight Loss in Cats

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Elura (capromorelin oral solution) as the first drug for the management of weight loss in cats with chronic kidney disease.

Chronic kidney disease, also known as CKD, is the persistent loss of kidney function over time. Cats with chronic kidney disease may begin to lose weight before getting diagnosed by a veterinarian and typically continue to lose weight as the disease progresses.Elura at VetRxDirect

Capromorelin, the active ingredient in Elura, provides a novel mechanism of action to address weight loss in cats with CKD. It stimulates appetite and the secretion of growth hormone. Weight gain in cats taking Elura is thought to be due to a combination of increased food intake and metabolic changes.

Capromorelin is also approved as Entyce for appetite stimulation in dogs. Elura is the second product that the FDA has approved for the management of unintended weight loss in cats. The first product, Mirataz, is an appetite stimulant applied topically to the skin. Learn more about the approval of Elura.

Signs of Weight Loss in Cats

It is important to keep an eye on your cat’s eating habits and observe any changes in their body condition while holding or petting them. Report these changes to your veterinarian.

  •  Reduced interest in food
  • Changes in the amount eaten
  • An increased amount of time taken to eat
  • Bony protrusions or ribs
  • Tender spots
  • Lumps or bumps

If you are concerned about your cat’s weight loss, speak with your veterinarian about treatment options.


This information is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease and is purely educational. Please seek advice from your pet’s veterinarian with any questions regarding the health of your pet.