Labor Day Holiday and Shipping Schedule 2020

VetRxDirect will be closed Monday, September 7th, 2020 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 3rd: Last day to ship temperature-sensitive orders this week.*
Friday, September 4th: No temperature sensitive orders will ship.
Saturday, September 5th: No orders will ship.
Sunday, September 6th: CLOSED.
Monday, September 7th: CLOSED.
Tuesday, September 3rd: 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 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.

Intesto-Guard: A Natural GI Support for Dog and Cats

What is Intesto-Guard?

Intesto–Guard™ is a nutritional supplement with a unique combination of natural ingredients that helps naturally support your pet’s digestive and immune systems. Intesto–Guard may help in reducing occasional loose stools and stomach upsets due to traveling, stress, boarding, drug therapy, dietary changes, or changes in routine. It may help reduce the potential for digestive disturbances, flatulence, and may help soothe the gastrointestinal tract. Intesto-Guard can also be used as a daily probiotic supplement to optimize your dog or cat’s digestive health. The human-grade ingredients in Intesto-Guard work together to help encourage nutrient absorption‚ and may help support more energy and overall health.

Intesto Guard at VetRxDirect    Intesto-Guard at VetRx Direct

Intesto-Guard is available in an oral paste or powder which can be conveniently sprinkled on food. Both formulas are highly palatable with a great taste.

What are the Ingredients?

Intesto–Guard provides pets with powerful triple protection using 3 main natural ingredients:

  • Prebiotics derived from hydrolyzed yeast. These include Mannan-oligosaccharides (MOS), D-mannose, and Beta glucans.
  • Specialized, live probiotic bacteria. These include Lactobacillus acidophilus‚ Lactobacillus casei‚ Enterococcus faecium, Bacillus subtilis.
  • IGY antibodies‚ Natural Egg Immunoglobulins

How Does Intesto-Guard Work?

Intesto-Guard uses live probiotics to help restore and maintain the natural balance of beneficial bacteria, flora, in the gut. The paste contains 1 billion cfu (colony forming unit)  per mL and 1.5 billion cfu per scoop in the powder. The prebiotics in Intesto Guard are extracted from yeast with a special enzymatic hydrolyzation process. Prebiotics feed the beneficial bacteria in the intestine and help support immune response. Intesto-Guard also utilizes a natural antibody IgY, which is produced from egg immunoglobulins using a unique patented process. IgY antibodies may boost the immune system to help fight off pathogens and foreign organisms in the body. Learn more about how Intesto-Guard works.

Have you used Intesto Guard for your pet? Leave us a comment below!

 

2020 Independence Day Holiday Hours

VetRxDirect will be closed Saturday, July 4th, 2020 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.

  • Wednesday, July 1st: Last day to ship temperature-sensitive orders until Monday.
  • Thursday, July 2nd: Regular hours. No temperature orders will ship.
  • Friday, July 3rd: Regular hours. No temperature sensitive orders will ship.
  • Saturday, July 4th: CLOSED. 
  • Sunday, July 5th: CLOSED.
  • Monday, 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!

Purina Hydra Care Helps Cats Drink More Water

What is Hydra Care Hydration Supplement for Cats?

Purina Hydra Care at VetRxDirect

Hydra Care is now available at VetRxDirect!

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. Hydra Care has a tempting liver flavor and helps encourage cats to consume more liquid. Hydra Care was shown to increase total liquid intake and decrease urine specific gravity when compared to cats consuming only water and dry food. This makes it ideal for cats that don’t consume enough water on their own. And, it may support cats with urinary and kidney problems. Purina Hydra Care is easy to feed, simply offer it in a third bowl, alongside your cat’s food and water.

Why is Hydration Important?

Water is vital to all living things. It affects every process in the body from organ function to circulation and digestion. There are many articles describing the health benefits of humans maintaining water consumption and the same goes for our furry friends. At the bottom line, keeping your cat hydrated is important to keeping them healthy. It also helps decrease the likelihood of urinary stones and helps the kidneys flush out toxins.

What Causes Dehydration in Cats?

As it turns out, cats may not be the most efficient drinkers. Deborah Greco, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Purina senior research scientist, said when cats drink, they bring up the water from the bowl with their tongue and they form a column of water which they bite off. They’re not getting a lot of water all at once — only about three one-hundredths of a teaspoon per lap.

Dehydration in cats can be caused by multiple things. When a cat has reduced water intake or increased fluid loss, they are prone to dehydration. Overheating in hot weather, a lack of clean drinking water or a period of vomiting or diarrhea can cause fluid loss in cats. It can also be caused by another underlying health issue.

Cats can be prone to kidney disease which can progress to kidney failure. In these cases, the kidneys no longer function properly. In order to prevent dehydration, cats may require injectable fluids. Jessica Quimby, DVM, PhD, DACVIM stated that “Hydration is particularly important because when you have chronic kidney disease you can no longer hydrate or rehydrate yourself once you become dehydrated.”

Signs of Dehydration in Cats

The signs of dehydration are not always obvious. Only a veterinarian can provide proper diagnosis and treatment. Here’s what to look for:

  • Dry gums or dry mouth
  • Lethargy or depression
  • Loss of appetite
  • A decrease in skin elasticity
  • Elevated heart rate

You may be able to detect dehydration at home by gently pinching and lifting the skin over your 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.

Keep a good eye on your cat’s drinking habits. If your pet has any sudden changes including a decrease or increase in drinking water, you should contact your veterinarian.

How Can I Get My Cat to Drink More Water?

The first step is: Make fresh water available at all times. Giving your cat good quality water can turn to an effort-wasted if it isn’t replenished daily. Refreshing their water daily encourages them to drink it. Many owners find their cats are finicky drinkers and prefer certain types of bowls, and even prefer to drink in certain locations. Some cats prefer to drink moving water from a pet water fountain bowl or a dripping kitchen faucet. Offering wet food in your cat’s diet can help provide a source of hydration. More Creative ways to encourage your cat to drink more water. Sometimes, despite effort and creativity, cats still don’t drink enough water on their own.

How does Hydra Care Work?

Purina reported that cats offered Hydra Care during testing consumed on average 28% more liquid each day than cats consuming water only in addition to dry feeding. And it was shown to decrease urine specific gravity and osmolality when compared to cats consuming only water alone. Watch their video below to learn more about the science behind Hydra Care.

Is Hydra Care the new answer for cats that don’t drink enough water? Leave us a comment below!

 

Memorial Day Holiday and Shipping Schedule

VetRxDirect will be closed Monday, May 25th, 2020 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.

  • Friday, May 22: No temperature sensitive orders will ship.
  • Saturday, May 23: No orders will ship.
  • Sunday, May 24: CLOSED.
  • Monday, May 25: CLOSED.
  • Tuesday, May 26: 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 return your call or send replies during our next business hours after your message.

Churu Vet Appetite Motivator and Flavor Enticer for Cats

Churu Vet at VetRxDirectChuru is a flavor enticing, appetite motivating puree designed exclusively for cats. Churu is an all-natural, liquid-based puree that comes in an easy to feed, lickable tube. It has a variety of beneficial uses for you and your cat whether at home or while at the vet. It can help stimulate cats with poor appetite, give a tasty distraction, help with giving medications, or be used It can be used with training and socialization.

 

  • Medication Delivery- Mix medicine in with the puree or hide pills inside the tube to give medication to your cat.
  • Distraction- Provides a tasty distraction while giving medications, injections, topicals, grooming, or nail trimming. Take with you on trips to the vet for less stress during exams and vaccinations.
  • Appetite Motivator- Encourages cats with a poor appetite because of illness, surgery, stress, medication, or treatments.
  • Positive Reinforcement- Use as a training aid or when socializing cats to a new home or environment

Because Churu has a high moisture content, it also gives cats a quick and easy source of hydration. It comes in two flavors that are made with 100% all-natural animal proteins from wild tuna and farm-raised chicken. It does not contain grains, artificial preservatives, or artificial colors. Churu Veterinarian Formula comes in two different selections: Diet and Nourish. Both the Diet and Nourish jars contain packets in separate tuna and chicken flavors.

Churu Diet for Cats at VetRxDirectChuru Diet

  • Diet has an ultra-low calorie content for cats with dietary restrictions and to help maintain healthy body weight.

 

 

Churu Nourish for Cats at VetRxDirectChuru Nourish

  • Nourish is highly palatable to help stimulate appetite and provides additional dietary nourishment to cats.

 

 

Has your cat tried Churu Vet? Leave us a comment below!

Reviews for Cobalequin Vitamin B12

Cobalequin vitamin B12 at VetrxDirect

Every day at VetRxDirect we hear from customers about their favorite products for their pets. We’ve been hearing a lot about the Cobalequin Vitamin B12 supplement.

Cobalequin is a chewable vitamin B12 supplement for dogs and cats. It is commonly used to help increase and maintain levels of vitamin B12 in animals with deficiency, anemia, pancreatic insufficiency, and other medical conditions. Cobalequin also helps replace nutrients missing from your dog or cat’s regular diet. Learn more about Vitamin B12 on our other blog.

The Cobalequin vitamin B12 formula is a recent favorite among cat and dog owners. Check out what other pet parents are saying about it. We’ve included some reviews for Cobalequin straight from our website.

Reviews for Cobalequin Vitamin B12

⭐⭐⭐⭐Good to help with IBD in cats
Submitted By Anthony ✅Verified Buyer

Our cat loves it and it helps with his inflammatory bowel disease. Helps him to absorb nutrients from food, apparently, and he loves the taste.

⭐⭐⭐⭐Healthy & Yummy too!
By Catherine ✅Verified Buyer

Our dog Cricket has PLE as well as Stage 3 Lymphoma. She takes Cobalequin each and every day. Cobalequin is great! First of all, now that she has been taking it, Cricket hasn’t had to have vitamin injections at the veterinarian any more, but also – she just loves taking her tasty and chewable Cobalequin pill. It’s a treat for her that she gets with her breakfast each morning!

⭐⭐⭐⭐I will buy this product again!
Submitted By Susie ✅Verified Buyer

My vet recommended this product for my 15 year old shih tzu with anemia and chronic kidney disease. She seems to be doing well taking it. I crush the pills and sprinkle on her food. I would recommend this product!

⭐⭐⭐⭐The best B12 supplement
Submitted By Debbie ✅Verified BuyerThis pill is easy to crush and sprinkle over my cat’s food. I highly recommend if your pet needs a B12 supplement. I had the choice between B12 pills or B12 injections. Given my cat is FIV+ I didn’t want to subject him to needle pokes and I didn’t want to “pill him”. The vet said it could be crushed and it works perfectly! I sprinkle it over his dry food and he eats it right up. It also has a beefy smell to it my cat seems to love!

New VetraDent and AquaDent Dental Health Solutions

Dental Health for Every Month

February marks National Pet Dental Health Month but good oral hygiene should continue all year long. Periodontal disease is the most common dental condition in dogs and cats. Also, this is known as the most common condition that goes unnoticed by us, pet owners. Caused by poor oral hygiene, this disease causes more than bad breath. Periodontal disease is very preventable with regular dental exams from your veterinarian. Providing a regular dental routine for your dog or cat is essential, and there are a lot of products to help. Learn how to recognize the warning signs of dental disease, how to brush your pet’s teeth, and test your own knowledge on our other blog.

New VetraDent and AquaDent Products for 2020

Here at VetRxDirect, we carry a large variety of dental health solutions. We would like to mention a couple of new and noteworthy products that will help keep those mouths clean, fresh, and healthy. There are 2 new additions to the Vetradent dental health line, and C.E.T. Aquadent is now back with a new formula.

 

Vetradent Chews at VetRxDirectVetradent Rawhide Dental Chews use the natural abrasive texture of beef rawhide and your dog’s chewing action to help fight against plaque and tartar. Ventradent uses Biotrate technology to break through biofilm in the mouth, and help reduce bacteria. They are coated with zinc chloride to help reduce bad breath and citric acid to maintain the pH balance in the mouth.

 

Vetradent Toothpaste at VetRxDirectVetradent Toothpaste brushes away plaque and tartar. Vetradent uses Biotrate technology to break through biofilm in the mouth. It helps reduce bad breath and maintain the pH balance in the mouth. This chicken-flavored toothpaste does not require rinsing and comes with a double-headed toothbrush appropriate for cats and dogs of all sizes.

 

 

Aquadent at VetRxDirectC.E.T. AquaDent FR3SH Dental Solution freshens your dog or cat’s breath each day by simply adding it to their drinking water. It helps encourage healthy teeth and gums by controlling plaque. FR3SH Technology combines 3 natural ingredients that freshen the mouth, help control bad breath from digestion, and provide antioxidant benefits.

 

Do you have a favorite dental routine or product for your dog or cat? Leave us a comment below!

Glyde Mobility Chews Green Lipped Mussel for Dogs

What are Glyde Mobility Chews?Glyde Mobility Chews at VetRxDirect

Glyde Mobility Chews For Dogs promotes joint health, cartilage development, and reduces discomfort. This all-natural, gluten-free supplement combines 3 potent nutraceuticals to keep your dog moving with ease. Glyde Mobility Chews may reduce aches caused by osteoarthritis, encourage cartilage health, and support joint flexibility.  Glyde contains proven levels of three key components that work to relieve the painful signs of arthritis for dogs:

  • New Zealand Green Lipped Mussel: A powerful anti-inflammatory
  • Glucosamine: Reduces cartilage degradation
  • Chondroitin Sulfate: Helps rebuild cartilage

New Zealand Green Lipped Mussel is a natural anti-inflammatory that helps relieve joint swelling and pain. the Green Lipped Mussel in Glyde is also the natural source of ETA, a potent Omega-3 fatty acid that relieves stiffness and encourages mobility. Glyde contains glucosamine to reduce cartilage destruction and increase joint fluid, and chondroitin to restore cartilage tissue for dogs. The heart-shaped Glyde Mobility soft chews are easy to break in half and have a hydrolyzed, plant-based chicken liver flavor.

Arthritis

Arthritis is a degenerative joint condition where the cartilage breaks down, space between the joint narrows, and the amount of joint fluid (synovial fluid) is reduced causing less cushioning. As a result, it causes inflammation, pain, stiffness, reduced mobility and range of motion. Certain breeds of dogs are more at risk for developing arthritis, especially large breeds. Working and active dogs tend to put more stress on their joints. In addition, dogs with previous injuries or joint surgery are also more at risk. Could your dog have arthritis? Take the quiz to find out if our dog is at risk.

Especially as your dog ages, it’s important to pay close attention to their movements – or lack of them. Both young and older cats can experience arthritic changes. Keep in mind that arthritis may be difficult to recognize. If your dog demonstrates a lowered activity level, stiffness, or reluctance to play, they may be suffering from arthritis. It may be time to talk with your veterinarian. If diagnosed and caught in the early stages, your veterinarian may help ease some of their symptoms. Learn how to tell if your dog is in pain.

 

Emeraid Critical Care Nutrition for Exotic Animals

The EmerAid Critical Care diets were developed by a panel of critical care veterinarians, exotic animal veterinarians, emergency clinicians, and nutritionists to meet the important nutritional needs of ill and recovering animals. Each formula is composed of basic building blocks of nutrition, allowing animals to digest and absorb the nutrients faster and easier. They contain high-quality ingredients with balanced sources of vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, nucleotides, and other dietary nutrients. EmerAid is a powder that mixes with warm water for syringe feeding and tube feeding.

The EmerAid diets are separated into 2 different formulas.

  • EmerAid Intensive Care diets are designed for critically ill and debilitated animals, and to replenish depleted energy, fat, and protein stores. All Intensive Care diets contain hydrolyzed proteins, highly digestible fats, and simple carbohydrates.
  • EmerAid Sustain diets are designed for recovering animals, supporting chronic or acute health conditions, transitioning from a critical care diet to normal feeding, or for long term feeding.

Types of Diets

EmerAid Exotic Animal diets are available in formulas for Carnivore, Herbivore, and Omnivore to support a wide variety of mammals, birds, rodents, reptiles, and amphibians. Exotic EmerAid products can also be fed in combination to accompany the needs of special species that have varied diets. Including box turtles, bearded dragons, chameleons, skinks, aquatic turtles, hedgehogs, as well as mice, rats, gerbils, and hamsters. Learn more.

Emeraid Sustain Herbivore at VetRxDirectEmeraid Sustain Herbivore is designed for herbivorous mammals including rabbits, guinea pigs, and chinchillas, and herbivorous reptiles such as iguanas, tortoises, and turtles. It provides complete nutrition for animals recovering from surgery, and conditions like dental disease, or deficiencies. With eight sources of dietary fiber, it promotes hindgut health and normal gastrointestinal motility.

 

Emeraid Intensive Care Herbivore Emeraid Intensive Care Herbivore is designed for herbivorous mammals including rabbits, guinea pigs, and chinchillas, and herbivorous reptiles such as iguanas, tortoises, and some turtles. This diet provides nutritional support for animals with critical health conditions. These may include severe dental disease, infections, nutritional deficiencies, malabsorption, anorexia, or surgery recovery.

 

Emeraid Omnivore at VetRxDirectEmeraid Intensive Care Omnivore is designed for companion birds such as parrots, doves, chickens, finches, and canaries. It may also be used for types of lizards, small mammals, and rodents like sugar gliders, squirrels, mice, and rats.  Emeraid Intensive Care is formulated with highly digestible and easily absorbable ingredients.

 

 

Emeraid Carnivore at VetRxDirectEmeraid Intensive Care Carnivore is designed for raptors or birds of prey, ferrets, frogs, toads, snakes, lizards, and other animals with carnivorous and insectivorous diets. This high protein and high energy diet is for animals recovering from injury, disease, surgery or medical operations, anemia, and other critical illness.

 

Is a Prescription Required?

EmerAid diets require a prescription because your vet must monitor your pet’s condition and dietary needs. These diets have altered levels of vitamins, minerals, and other ingredients that benefit animals with specific health conditions. The diets are also intended for supplemental or intermittent feeding only. It is important to discuss your pet’s health with your vet to see if a therapeutic diet is appropriate.