Products to Help Your Pet Endure the Winter Extremes

 

 

Recently, across the United States, winter weather systems brought large amounts of snowfall, sleet, ice, and extreme cold, impacting many of our travel plans and daily lives. This is no exception for our furry friends. At VetRxDirect, we carry products to help protect and ensure your pets are happy and healthy throughout the year, including the harsh winter. 

One common thing we forget about our pets during the cold winter months is the health of their paws. Wearing dog boots or paw protectors works well to keep their paws safe from possible abrasions from walking on ice or stepping on sand on sidewalks. However, if you have a dog like mine who does not care for boots, cleaning their feet is essential. During the winter, deicing substances are often littered throughout city streets and sidewalks including sodium chloride and other toxic chemicals, which can irritate the paws of your pets. ASCPA recommends cleaning your dog’s feet with a damp towel and towel dry after including the legs and stomach, which are places where these chemicals and substances may linger. Similar to us, dogs may also benefit from the use of petroleum jelly or balm for their paws or a moisturizer for dry skin.

One balm product that we carry at VetRxDirect is Demoscent Bio Balm. This is a fragrance-free product that moisturizes dry, cracked skin and protects exposed skin areas, including paw pads, nose, and elbows, from the harsh effects of winter. Furthermore, Dermoscent produces an Essential Mousse, which is a no-rinse cleansing foam for dogs and cats that deodorizes and gently cleans, which makes it ideal for removing the deicing material and harsh chemicals found on streets and sidewalks. This product is made from all-natural ingredients that include fatty acids from hemp oil to hydrate the skin and help support the natural skin barrier. Lastly, to protect your pet’s skin and coat during the winter, Dermoscent Essential 6 Spot On. This all-natural topical treatment consists of a hydrating blend of fatty acids and 10 essential oils to hydrate irritated skin and help the coat shine on dogs and cats while leaving a great scent. Dermoscent skin care products are great for everyday pets, including those who enjoy some time in the snow. Learn more about winter skincare with Dermoscent. If you have a dog that enjoys substantial time outside in the winter, Pad-Tough is a topical spray that provides a protective covering and works to toughen the skin of the foot pads and elbows on your dog. 

VetRxDirect has a wide selection of prescription and over-the-counter products for pets.  Continue to follow our blog for more helpful tips and tricks to care for your furry friends and help them live their best lives!

About the Author

Tibbers in the snow
Tibbers playing in the snow!

My dog’s name is Tibbers. He is a three year old Pomsky who enjoys nibbling on snowballs and sleeping anywhere that is cold. His favorite spot to sleep during the winter is near our sliding doors since it is extra chilly.” 

Tin Tran, B.A. PharmD Candidate 2024, University of Iowa College of Pharmacy

 

 


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 your pet’s health. 

 

2023 Winter Holiday Hours and SHipping Schedule

With the Christmas and New Year 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 schedules, 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 consider ordering early to avoid the holiday shipping rush, and 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 23rd, 25th, 30th, and January 1st.

VetRxDirect’s Winter Holiday Pharmacy Hours:

  • Saturday, December 23: CLOSED
  • Monday, December 25: CLOSED
  • Tuesday, December 26: Resume normal business hours.
  • Saturday, December 30: CLOSED
  • Monday, January 1: CLOSED
  • Tuesday, January 2: Resume normal business hours.

VetRxDirect’s Winter Holiday Shipping Schedule:

  • Wednesday, December 20: Last day to ship refrigerated orders.
  • December 21-22: No temperature-sensitive orders shipped.
  • Saturday, December 23: CLOSED
  • Monday, December 25: CLOSED
  • Wednesday, December 27: Last day to ship refrigerated orders.
  • December 28-39: No temperature-sensitive orders shipped.
  • Saturday, December 30: CLOSED
  • Monday, January 1: CLOSED
  • Tuesday, January 2: 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 text 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

2023 Thanksgiving Hours and Shipping Schedule

VetRxDirect will be closed Thursday, November 23rd, 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. Займ без процентов на карту мгновенно. Due to the holiday shipping rush, please consider ordering early to allow extra time for any postal delays.

2023 Thanksgiving Pharmacy Hours:

  • Thursday, November 23: CLOSED.
  • Friday, November 24: Open regular business hours 9:00 am – 5:00 pm CST.

2023 Thanksgiving Shipping Schedule:

  • Monday, November 20: Last day to ship temperature-sensitive orders this week*
  • Wednesday, November 22: No temperature-sensitive orders will ship.
  • Thursday, November 23: CLOSED.
  • Friday, November 24: No temperature-sensitive orders shipped.
  • Monday, November 27: 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.

You may leave us a text 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!

2023 Labor Day Holiday Shipping Schedule

VetRxDirect will be closed Monday, September 4th, 2023 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, August 31: Last day to ship temperature-sensitive orders this week.
  • Friday, September 1: No temperature-sensitive orders will ship.
  • Saturday, September 2: Regular pharmacy hours. No orders will ship.
  • Sunday, September 3: CLOSED.
  • Monday, September 4: CLOSED.
  • Tuesday, September 5: 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 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 do our best to return your call or send replies during our next business hours after your message.

Have a safe and Happy Labor Day!

-The VetRxDirect Pharmacy Team

2023 Independence Day Holiday Shipping Schedule

VetRxDirect will be closed Tuesday, July 4th, 2023 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, June 29: Last day to ship temperature-sensitive orders this week.
  • Friday, June 30: No temperature-sensitive orders will ship.
  • Saturday, July 1: Regular pharmacy hours. No orders will ship.
  • Sunday, July 2: CLOSED.
  • Monday, July 3: Regular pharmacy hours. No temperature-sensitive orders will ship.
  • Tuesday, July 4: CLOSED.
  • Wednesday, July 5th: 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 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 do our best to return your call or send replies during our next business hours after your message.

Have a safe and Happy Fourth of July!

-The VetRxDirect Pharmacy Team

2023 Memorial Day Holiday and Shipping Schedule

VetRxDirect will be closed Monday, May 29th, 2023 in observance of Memorial 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, May 25: Last day to ship temperature-sensitive orders this week.
  • Friday, May 26: No temperature-sensitive orders will ship.
  • Saturday, May 27: Regular pharmacy hours. No orders will ship.
  • Sunday, May 28: CLOSED.
  • Monday, May 29: CLOSED.
  • Tuesday, May 30: 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 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 do our best to return your call or send replies during our next business hours after your message.

Have a safe and Happy Memorial Day!

-The VetRxDirect Pharmacy Team

Why Heartworm Preventatives Need a Prescription

Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition that can affect dogs and cats. The disease is caused by a parasitic worm transmitted through mosquito bites. Heartworm preventatives are medications designed to prevent this disease by killing the heartworm larvae before they can mature into adult worms.

One thing that may surprise pet owners is that all heartworm prevention for dogs and cats requires a prescription from a veterinarian. Many people wonder why this is the case $500 payday loan online, and there are several good reasons.

  • Heartworm preventatives are medications designed to be given to dogs and cats for a certain period, usually monthly. Like all medications, they can have side effects and interactions with other medications. By requiring a prescription, veterinarians can ensure that the medication is safe for your dog or cat and that it will not interact with any other medications they may be taking.
  • Heartworm-preventative medications are designed to be effective at specific dosages based on the animal’s weight. Overdosing or underdosing can result in the medication not being effective or causing harm to your dog or cat. By requiring a prescription, veterinarians can ensure the correct dosage is given to each pet.
  •  Heartworm preventatives are prescription medications because they are regulated by the FDA. The FDA regulates all medications, including those for pets, to ensure they are safe and effective. By requiring a prescription, the FDA is able to ensure that heartworm medications are being used in a safe and effective manner.

Why Does my Dog or Cat Need a Heartworm Test?

The American Heartworm Society and most veterinarians recommend an annual heartworm test before prescribing a heartworm preventative. Blood testing ensures that the medication is effective, the pet is not already infected with heartworms, and there are no adverse effects of the medication. Heartworm-preventative medications kill immature heartworm larvae and prevent them from maturing into adults, which causes illness. These medications do not kill adult heartworms.

  • A dog or cat that is infected with heartworms will require a different treatment plan. Starting medication without testing can put the pet at risk of serious complications.
  • Preventatives are highly effective, but your dog or cat can still become infected with heartworms even while taking the medication. Blood testing detects any new infection and allows for prompt treatment.

If you have any questions or concerns about heartworm prevention for your dog or, talk to your veterinarian. They can recommend the best medication for your dog or cat so they receive the best protection from heartworm disease. Learn more about heartworm disease in dogs and cats on our blogs.


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 your pet’s health. 

2022 Winter Holiday Hours and Shipping Schedule

With the Christmas and New Year 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 schedules, 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 consider ordering early to avoid the holiday shipping rush, and 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, 26th, 31st, and January 2nd.

VetRxDirect’s Winter Holiday Pharmacy Hours:

  • Saturday, December 24: CLOSED
  • Monday, December 26: CLOSED
  • Tuesday, December 27: Resume normal business hours.
  • Saturday, December 31: CLOSED
  • Monday, January 2: CLOSED
  • Tuesday, January 3: Resume normal business hours.

VetRxDirect’s Winter Holiday Shipping Schedule:

  • Wednesday, December 21: Last day to ship refrigerated orders.
  • December 22-23: No temperature-sensitive orders shipped.
  • Saturday, December 24: CLOSED
  • Monday, December 26: CLOSED
  • Wednesday, December 28: Last day to ship refrigerated orders.
  • December 29-30: No temperature-sensitive orders shipped.
  • Saturday, December 31: CLOSED
  • Monday, January 2: CLOSED
  • Tuesday, 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 text 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

2022 Thanksgiving Hours and Shipping Schedule

VetRxDirect will be closed Thursday, November 24th 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. Due to the holiday shipping rush, please consider ordering early to allow extra time for any postal delays.

2022 Thanksgiving Pharmacy Hours:

  • Thursday, November 24: CLOSED.
  • Friday, November 25: Open regular business hours 9:00 am – 5:00 pm CST.

2022 Thanksgiving Shipping Schedule:

  • Monday, November 21: Last day to ship temperature-sensitive orders this week*
  • Wednesday, November 23: No temperature-sensitive orders will ship.
  • Thursday, November 24: CLOSED.
  • Friday, November 25: No temperature-sensitive orders shipped, except for Saturday Delivery service.**
  • Monday, November 28: 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.

You may leave us a text 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!

2022 Labor Day Holiday and Shipping Schedule

VetRxDirect will be closed Monday, September 5th, 2022 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 1: Last day to ship temperature-sensitive orders this week.
  • Friday, September 2: No temperature-sensitive orders will ship.
  • Saturday, September 3: Regular pharmacy hours. No orders will ship.
  • Sunday, September 4: CLOSED.
  • Monday, September 5: CLOSED.
  • Tuesday, September 6: 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 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 do our best to return your call or send replies during our next business hours after your message.

Have a safe and Happy Labor Day!

-The VetRxDirect Pharmacy Team