Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Holiday Gift Giving Tips for Happy Pets and People

The Holiday season is upon us! Our days are full of baking, cooking and family get-togethers. By now we hope you’ve completed all your shopping and all that’s left is the wrapping but if you’re anything like me, you’re gearing up to battle the last-minute mall shoppers.

Let’s not forget the ones who bring us so much joy and love throughout the year, our pets! Sure they may not send Santa their list but they sure appreciate a gift just like anyone else! In this post we’ll highlight some tips and gift giving ideas for safe and fun pet presents.

Delicious & Healthy Treats

Promote healthy pet mouths with dog and cat dental treats. We carry oral health chews that prevent plaque and tartar buildup, all while freshening their breath. Don’t get a smelly kiss on under the mistletoe! If your pet likes a challenge wrap the treat in wrapping paper and let them unwrap it!

Wag the Tail for Santa
There’s a good chance local malls and pet shelters in your area have events where your pet can get their picture taken with the jolly fat man. Put on that ugly sweater and Santa hat and smile for the camera.

Visit a Favorite Park or Hiking Spot
If it’s not too cold outside, give a gift of adventure and exercise. If you own an active dog, you love the look your pet gives when they figure out they are going to their favorite park. Burn off the extra holiday calories and give the gift of quality time spent with your pet this Holiday season.

No Pet Surprises Please
This pet present tip is for the person who plans on gifting a surprise animal. It is NOT a good idea to surprise someone with a pet. Owning a pet takes a lot of resources and responsibility and how do you know they have the time, energy, money or interest in having a pet?  Maybe they’re even allergic! Instead, go to your local animal shelter and pay the adoption fee in their name. That way if they want a pet they can pick their own and if not, a helpful donation has been made in their name!

Happy Holidays from Pet Health Market

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

November is Pet Cancer Awareness Month

The month of November is recognized as Pet Cancer Awareness Month and Pet Health Market would like to take some time to share a few important facts about the disease with our readers.

The truth is, our beloved dogs and cats contract the disease around the same rate as humans do, and just like humans, pet cancer can occur in any part of the body. The sad fact is that pet cancer awareneness is still quite limited.

Did you know?
  • Over half of all dogs over age 10 will get cancer
  • 1-in-4 dogs will die of cancer
  • Pet cancer is the #1 disease-related killer of dogs and cats
  • Malnutrition increases risk of cancer and shortens life span
The good news is there are specific steps you can take to help reduce the chance of your pet developing cancer in their lifetime. You may recognize some of these tips also helping reduce the risk of cancer in humans.
  • Feed your pet healthy, fresh & unprocessed food 
  • Exercise your pet daily
  • Have routine vet visits
  • Pay attention to pain
  • Reduce exposure to carsinogens (tobacco smoke)
  • Increase low vitamin levels with supplements
It is our dream that your pet will not have to experience cancer treatments but be on the lookout for the following pet cancer symptoms and visit the vet immediently if these occur:
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Vomiting/diarrhea
  • Unexplained bleeding
  • Dry coughing
  • Unxeplained lameness
  • Oral odor

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Calming Dog Behavior Aid: NurtureCALM 24/7 Pheromone Collar

All too often a dog that displays aggressive, destructive and restless behavior will be cast as an unstable dog and will lose the trust of his owners or owner’s friends. This is a sad scenario because the behavior a dog displays is a direct result of their enviroment and external stimuli. Just like fearful and stressful situations can effect our human behavior, a dog’s behavior is influenced by situations but they do not have the ability to understand what causes the drastic change in their enviroment.

Fortunately, there are natural chemicals or pheromones that are proven to trigger a calming behavorial response for dogs in stressful and unfamilair situations. The NurtureCALM 24/7 Pheromone Collar for dogs is one example of a behavior aid that stays with the pet and releases sustained pheromones wherever the dog goes for 30 days. This is a clear advantage versus some pheromone diffusers that are to be operated in one area of the home.

The pheromone behavior aid has been especially successful for dogs dealing with the following situations:
  • Separation anxiety
  • Unfamiliar visitors
  • Other dogs
  • Loud noises (fireworks)
  • A new baby
  • Visit to the vet
  • Car travel
If your furry friend is frequently stressed by any of the above scenarios it may be time to try NurtureCALM’s collar. The collar works by mimicking the calming pheromone a mother releases to calm and reassure her puppies. The natural dog chemical is familiar to the dog and may help the pet stop excessive barking, anxiety, destructive acts, urine marking and fear biting. The collar may be worn by dogs of all ages and breeds, just be careful not to allow children to handle the collar. For more information and to purchase the product click the link above.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Tips to Help Your Pet Maintain a Healthy Weight

In an effort to raise awareness for National Pet Obesity Awareness Day, recognized on October 8, we want to share with you a few tips so your furry friend has the opportunity to lead a long, happy, and healthy life! Just like humans, pets carrying extra body weight causes stress to their vital organs and joints, and when those organs are overworked, it leads to disease and death. As you may know, an abundance of extra pounds can cause a number of adverse health effects, including:
  • Stress on the heart
  • Various skin disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Shortened lifespan
If you have concern that your pet may be overweight and in need of some slimming down, there are things you can do to make the process easier and more natural; in addition to a strict diet and exercise program try these tips to help maintaining your pet’s weight: 
  • Schedule specific mealtimes, and stick to them as opposed to leaving food out all day.
  • Never feed your pet table scraps containing fat and/or processed foods.
  • Feed low calorie snacks as between-meal treats.
  • Don’t feed your pet simply because he seems bored, sad, or finicky. We tend to eat when we’re bored, so does your pet. Instead, try play time (exercise) or snuggles and hugs.
  • Find a toy that your pet loves to stimulate activity. For cats, often a cat nip toy will do the trick, where dogs typically respond well to playing a game of fetch or tossing their favorite toy around.
  • Nutritional supplements can offer additional support when working to eliminate extra weight and curb hunger. There are weight management supplements for your cat, as well as the one found here for dogs. Both are known to boost metabolism and promote proper weight and good health, through supporting appetite control and the burning of fat.

These adjustments to diet and exercise, coupled with the appropriate nutritional supplements, will have your pet feeling fit and fabulous in no time! No better time than the present to get started- order your supplements today, and start taking the necessary measures immediately to ensure your pet lives a long and healthy life.

Product Spotlight: Biotene Oratene Veterinarian Maintenance Gel

Biotene Oratene Veterinarian Maintenance Gel was created for cats and dogs to treat severe oral infections such as stomatitis, gingivitis and periodontal disease; and has also been show effective as part of a daily oral care regimen for prevention and maintenance. Containing a potent enzyme formula, Oratene Veterinarian Maintenance Gel is the original “brushless” toothpaste, keeping your pet’s gums and teeth healthy for years to come.

Gum disease in pets has been linked to the occurrence of heart disease, so you can see why proper dental hygiene is important for whole body health. Bacteria can travel through the gums into the bloodstream leading to infections in the liver, kidneys, and heart, potentially causing life-threatening sickness. It is vital to examine your pet’s teeth and gums regularly to watch for yellow or brown tartar buildup, red inflamed gums, bad breath, and loose or broken teeth, as these are a sign of poor dental health and require attentive maintenance. This high quality enzymatic formula works to remove plaque biofilm and inhibit odor causing bacteria, while soothing, moisturizing and protecting your pet’s oral tissue against dryness, irritation, inflammation and redness.

Methods of Application
For use in treating severe oral infections such as stomatitis, gingivitis and periodontal disease, apply a 1/2" strip to upper and lower gums twice daily for 5-7 days or until infection subsides.

For use in a daily care regimen, apply a 1/2” strip to upper and lower gums daily. Best if used in the morning, at night and after meals.  For optimal oral care, use in conjunction with Oratene Veterinarian Drinking Water Additive, Oratene Veterinarian Breath Freshener and Oratene Veterinarian Antiseptic Gel to maintain healthy mouth and gums.

You’ll find the prices here at Pet Health Market are significantly more affordable than those elsewhere. Order today! Free shipping on orders of $79+.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

National Deaf Dog Awareness Week September 21-27

The week of September 21-27 is recognized as National Deaf Dog Awareness Week and Pet Health Market is joining in to help raise awareness for these pets and correct myths about ownership of deaf dogs. Just like humans, the loss of a dog’s sense of hearing can be attributed to many different causes. Some examples are that they were born deaf, experienced a bad ear infection, an injury to the ear or a dog may experience hearing loss due to old age.

The truth is, deaf dogs live long, happy lives and fulfill the lives of their human owners just as much as hearing dogs. They don’t get afraid of thunderstorms or fireworks, and since they can’t hear, you are free to listen to your rock music as loud as you want while running the vacuum cleaner!

One of the deaf dog myths we need to debunk first is that they become startled easier, thus making them become aggressive over time. This has long been a myth of deaf dogs and maybe no other myth has caused more damage to them. Truthfully, a deaf dog adapts to their hearing loss and is comfortable with their surroundings. Deaf dog owners recommend desensitizing pets to the startle effect by touching them then immediately giving a treat. This way they associate an unexpected touch with a positive experience and treats. When waking up on a sleeping, deaf dog, it’s recommended you put your hand in front of the nose allowing them to smell you, then slowly touch and pat the dog awake.

The “more likely to be hit by a car” myth states that because a dog with hearing loss cannot hear an approaching car, they are more likely to be hit and killed than a hearing dog. The problem we have with this myth is that it implies all dog owners allow their dog to run around without a leash and that all dogs will bolt first chance they get. The truth is that no dog should ever be allowed to run free without a leash and that no dog is born with the association that an approaching car and horn means danger.

The final myth we’d like to debunk is that “deaf dogs are incredibly hard to train” due to the fact they’re unable to respond to verbal commands. Fact is, dogs are incredibly in-tune with an owner’s body language, making visual signals more effective than voice commands. Unfortunately, a deaf dog has a harder time getting adopted because of this myth but all it takes are different training methods that focus on visual cues. There are plenty of resources online on how to train a deaf dog. 

We hope by reading this blog post you had some of your deaf dog myths debunked! If you or anyone you know has some extra love to give to a disabled pet, please pass on these adoption sites:


Monday, August 18, 2014

Product Spotlight: Dechra TrizULTRA + Keto Flush

So many customers have sung their praises regarding the effectiveness of Dechra TrizULTRA + Keto Flush that it's hard to imagine a pet owner wanting to use anything else for their dogs or cats having ear problems. It works well on horses too!

Whether the problem is allergies, dirty, sensitive ears, yeast infections in the ears, fungus, hard crust, ear wax, etc., this ear flush treats them all like nothing else. Some have called it a "miracle ear cleaner" and the "best ear cleaner ever!"

If you've tried prescription gels that come in a tube and learned that they just don't seem to penetrate the ear canal deeply enough or coat the infected area well enough to get rid of the problem, you'll be pleased with how easy this product is to apply thoroughly to problem areas and how well the application is tolerated by pets. Simply apply the liquid liberally and gently massage in. The combination of TrizULTRA plus Ketoconazole (0.15%) works wonders dissolving ear wax and hard, crusty buildup and, as a topical antibacterial and antifungal, not only solves existing fungus and infections but, when used regularly, prevents these problems from returning.

Many pet owners apply the product once or twice weekly as preventative maintenance for pets prone to suffering from ear problems. The presence of Edetate (EDTA) Disodium Dihydrate and Tromethamine serve as an antibacterial and Ketoconazole lends its antifungal properties. These ingredients are buffered to a pH8 level with the addition of de-ionized water and carbopol aqua.

Methods of Application

As the only USP-patented TrizEDTA antibacterial on the market, TrizULTRA is a multi-use treatment and acts as a cleanser or as a pre-treatment for use with vet-prescribed antibiotics. It's easily soluble and has a low viscosity, allowing it to get to exactly where you need it to be. When used as an ear flush, simply shake well, apply to the ear canal and then gently/firmly massage the ear at its base. For application to skin, it should be squeezed out onto the affected areas and then patted with cotton to soak up any excess. These procedures should be repeated as often as needed or as directed by your veterinarian professional.

Dechra TrizULTRA + Keto Flush is manufactured in the United States using only the highest-quality, purest ingredients available and utilizing GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices). It's available in two sizes – 4-oz and 12-oz. It should be recapped tightly when not in use and also kept out of the reach of children. Although available through many veterinarians and veterinarian hospitals, you'll find the prices here at Pet Health Market significantly lower than those elsewhere.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Benefits of Micro-Chipping Pets

When strapping on a brand new collar with a shiny name tag, you’d never think your dog or cat could get lost. However, collars can break, slip off or even be removed by other people. You need a more permanent way to identify your pet if they do become lost. Microchipping is the process of injecting a tiny electronic component under the pet's skin. Typically located between the shoulders, the chip remains in place for years. As an inexpensive identification strategy, nearly all pet owners should consider this process for their pet. Even have it scanned on National Check the Chip day on August 15 to make sure it works well.

Instant Identification

There's no need to worry about the chip at any point after installation. It has instant ID information, whether it's one or 10 years old. The chip doesn't have a power source, but actually responds through radio waves when a scanner is placed near it. Most veterinarians and animal shelters have these scanners, making it easy for authorities to match a pet with their owner.

Your Information

Because the microchips are incredibly small, they don't hold all your information for anyone to read off a scanner. In fact, the scanner simply sees a number. This number must be inputted into the registration website to pull up your contact information. Your address and phone number are protected from just anyone reading the information off the chip. Update this information periodically for a fast response in case of a lost pet.

Installation is Quick and Almost Painless

When you think of a microchip, thoughts of computer boards come to mind. Placing one of those components inside your pet's skin may sound painful, but modern technology has made the process nearly painless. The chip is incredibly small, fitting easily into a needle. The chip is actually injected into your pet. They'll simply feel a little prick as the chip slides into place. They'll be ready to play in no time.

Modern Technology

Regardless of the chip's age, it should remain in the same area as its injection. Microchip inventors made sure to create a product that cannot break down inside the body. Even if the pet lives to 20 years old, the chip will last as long. It also won't move around in your pet's body. Scanners pick up the chip between the shoulders at any time.

Its Limitations

As the chip is a simplistic ID technology, you have limitations to its use. A scanner only determines contact information. The technology isn't a GPS where your pet's location is accurately pinpointed. Manufacturers kept the chip simple to make it long-lasting and free from any failures. When your pet is lost, you want that chip to work immediately.

If the thought of losing your furry friend is too difficult to bear, microchip them during their next veterinarian visit. The installation is quick and holds all your pertinent information. If you move or change your contact information at some point, make sure to update the chip's information as well. A phone number no longer in service can't help you reunite with your pet.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

FortiFlora Feline & Canine Nutritional Supplement

If you’re looking to improve your dog or cat’s intestinal health, the FortiFlora feline or canine nutritional supplement might be the perfect option for your animal.  The FortiFlora nutritional supplement works to improve your dog or cat’s intestinal health by promoting a healthy immune system and providing high levels of antioxidant vitamins like A, E, and C. Used in dietary management, this supplement is formulated to help your dog or cat’s diarrhea situations. 

How does it work?

If your dog or cat has been involved in stressful situations, like an environment change, a diet change, or antibiotic therapy, you may have noticed a change in your dog’s stool. If so, FortiFlora is the recommended nutritional supplement to change this issue. Not only does it contain a specific strain of probiotics to promote intestinal balance, it also contains a high amount of live active cultures. As our top selling product for the past few months, the FortiFlora supplement works quickly and is easy to use.

How do you use it? 

Simply sprinkle one bag of the supplement on top of your dog or cat’s food daily. If you buy from Pet Health Market, you will get a package of 30 one gram bags. The FortiFlora nutritional supplement comes in two different types, one supplement formulated for cats and one formulated for dogs. Make sure to consult your veterinarian about using the FortiFlora canine or feline supplement before feeding it to your pet. If your vet gives you the go ahead, read our detailed product description and change your dog or cat’s health today. Not only does it taste great to your pet, it will steadily improve their immune system and promote a healthy intestinal balance. What’s not to love? 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer Grooming Tips for Dogs

Grooming your dog in the summer is different from grooming in any other season. In fact, the summer season may warrant more baths, more brushing, and more flea and tick checking. With trips to the park and the beach, you may be wondering how to keep your dog cool and clean. Here at Pet Health Market, we’ve compiled some tips on just how to do so during these hot summer days.

1.    Trimming

Pet health specialists say to resist the urge to shave off your dog’s coat – especially if they come from cold weather climates. For example, if you give a husky a buzz cut, it may damage the coat and prevent it from growing back properly. Most dogs have a coat that already acts to keep the dog cool by “lofting” as it moves. If you’d rather not be responsible for coat trimming, locate a responsible dog groomer that has good reviews and get his advice on how much to trim for the summer season.

2.    Brushing

Brush your pet daily to prevent their hair from tangling or matting. With a matte of hair, it may be difficult to see cuts, scratches, and infections. Tangles in the dogs coat also may be painful for the animal. Make sure to choose a grooming tool that matches his coat type, so that you will be able to remove loose hair from the coat. It’s important to brush your dog thoroughly every day in order to prevent those pesky mattes and keep the air circulating in the coat.

3.    Bathing

There’s plenty of detailed instructions online about how to properly bathe your dog during the summer months, but we will summarize it. Fill the bath, and completely wet the dog’s coat before adding shampoo. Add shampoo (preferably an oatmeal or flea and tick shampoo) but make sure not to get any near the dog’s ears, eyes or nose. While you’re bathing your pup, you might as well brush their teeth so their chompers are pearly white – the perfect accent for their freshly washed coat. Rinse thoroughly, towel him off, give him a treat, and let him carry on with his day.

4.    Check for Fleas and Ticks

During the summer months, it is especially important to constantly check your dog for flea and tick infestations – don’t forget to check between their paws, toes, ears, and other hiding places for ticks or any other debris.

The summer months are a time of fun for your animals – just make sure to be conscious of your animal’s health and cleanliness. For more dog grooming products and information, check out Pet Health Market.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Tylan Soluble Powder, 100 Grams

Typically used as an antibiotic for turkeys, chickens, swine, and honey bees, Tylan Soluble Powder aids in the treatment of chronic respiratory disease and swine dysentery. It can also be used to prevent tear staining in dogs and cats. By adding a small amount of powder to each pet's meal, the appearance of dog/cat tear stains from wetness is diminished. The powder has a different effect on each class of animal. Tylan Soluble Powder for chickens helps control chronic respiratory disease. For turkeys, the powder helps maintain weight gains and feed efficiency. For swine, Tylan Soluble Powder helps treat and control swine dysentery. It also helps control American Foulbrood for honey bees. 

To use Tylan, follow the directions carefully and wear protective clothing and gloves. Depending on the severity of infection, treat chickens for one to five days and treat turkeys for two to five days. Directions for swine are a bit more complicated and require you to medicate swine with 250 mg tylosin per gallon of drinking water and 40-100 g tylosin per ton of complete feed for 3 to 10 days. Honey Bee Colonies should receive three treatments, applying the 200mg dose once a week for 3 weeks. 

Tylan Soluble Powder at Pet Health Market is 1/3 of the price charged at the typical vet'’s office. For a complete list of mixing directions and directions of use, make sure to visit the Tylan Soluble Powder product description. Save yourself time and money by buying Tylan 100 at Pet Health Market. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Medicated Dog Shampoos –Why to Use Them

The pet shampoo aisle can cause some dog owners a great deal of confusion and frustration. Luckily, Pet Health Market is here to help! We’ve put together a list of different types of medicated dog shampoos and why you should use them. Like humans, each dog can have a different skin type. To figure out which type of skin your canine friend has, visit your vet or ask your pet groomer. This will help you choose the best shampoo for their respective skin type. If your dog has a serious skin issue, it might be best to go with a medicated dog shampoo. Below is a list of recommendations that will help aid you in the medicated dog shampoo selection process. 


When you’re dealing with your dog’s dry, itchy skin, it’s important to have a shampoo that is full of vitamins and moisture. To promote skin healing, choose a shampoo with oatmeal or aloe vera to help soothe irritated skin. Some anti-itch shampoos can help reduce redness and inflammation from insect bites and can also be used in conjunction with flea shampoos. If you’re looking for a product that will help revitalize your dog’s skin and coat, check out Simply Pure Oatmeal & Aloe Shampoo


Tired of the wet dog smell? Cue deodorizing dog shampoos. Deodorizing shampoos can help leave you with a fresh smelling dog. If your dog was recently sprayed by a skunk, there are plenty of great shampoos on the market that will stop the skunk odor quickly. Using a deodorizing shampoo and a deodorizing dog cologne simultaneously can help your dog smell fresh all the time. 

Flea & tick

You may have had a run in with fleas and ticks before – especially if your dog loves to hang out outside. When shopping for flea and tick shampoos, it is important to take into account your dog’s age. If your dog is still a puppy, you will want to buy a medicated shampoo that is safe for puppies. Choose a shampoo that will both control and kill fleas to ensure that you are getting the best protection possible out of your flea and tick shampoo. (* Also take into account past skin conditions and types. If your dog has extremely itchy skin, you might want to choose a soothing product with oatmeal in it.)  


If your dog has a problem with yeast, bacteria, or fungus, your best bet is an anti-bacterial shampoo. These little organisms can often be a cause of bad odor. A veterinary strength shampoo can help kill and control the bacterial infestation, all while battling your dog’s smelly odors. Choose a scented and soothing anti-bacterial dog shampoo to get the safest bacteria control for your dog. 

Shopping for medicated dog shampoos doesn’t always have to be hard. Keep your pet healthy and happy with our dog shampoo cheat sheet. For all of these products and more, check out Pet Health Market. 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Relieve Cat Constipation with a Pet Enema

Cleaning out the litter box is one of those pet chores that most people tolerate because they love their cats. However, this daily chore is actually a smart way to observe your cat's health. Diarrhea, normal stools or no feces at all speaks volumes about your cat’s digestive health. If you notice no stools over several days, the cat is probably constipated. There is a simple way to induce bowel movements by using Feline Pet-Ema Enema treatments.

Perfect Patients

Constipation occurs in both healthy and sickly cats, making Feline Pet-Ema Enema perfect for almost any household to have on standby. Typically used on adult cats, this enema stops constipation from common causes, like dehydration, hair balls and post-operative issues. If your cat doesn't defecate for two or three days, try an enema to relieve their pain. Hard stools are difficult to pass, encouraging the cat to hold it in.

With consistent enema use, their bowel movements should be more frequent. However, only use the enema when necessary. It's best to allow nature to move the bowels. Enemas can only lubricate and smooth out the process - but only if needed.

How It's Administered

Feline Pet-Ema Enema must be administered rectally. The medication needs to reach the intestines directly to work effectively. It's best to have two people administering the enema. The cat's owner should hold the cat firmly, stroking their fur to relieve stress. Another person should gently press the nozzle into the rectum and push the plunger all the way down. Feline Pet-Ema Enema has a smooth action, allowing the medication to flow quickly through the nozzle and into the rectum. There's no bothersome sensation with the medication. The cat can go about their business until they feel the need to defecate.

The Magic Formula

The main ingredient, called dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate, encourages water into the fecal matter to make it a softer and more normal texture. This enema is highly successful with even the most stubborn constipation. Aside from a preservative, the dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate takes up most of the syringe's volume.

Allowing the cat to remain constipated is painful and can harm internal bowels. This cat enema treatment stimulates cats back into a normal bowel movement schedule. Keep your kitty happy with a regular digestive system.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Fun Vacation Ideas for You and Your Dog

This is the time of year when many families begin planning their summer vacations. Visions of sunbathing in a tropical setting or exploring a new city are always popular ideas that make the brainstorming list. But have you ever considered a vacation that would include the entire family; even your dog? It’s no secret that dogs love adventure, seeing new things and smelling new smells. While it’s not possible to bring your pet on every vacation, we’ve put together a list of trip ideas that will keep both you and your dog entertained!

Set Up Camp

Pack up the SUV or mini-van and get ready for a fun-filled weekend of camping! Camping is a great way to unplug from our daily lives and reconnect with loved ones. Whether you decide to rough it with a tent camping setup or you rent a pet friendly cabin, both you and your dog will enjoy the great outdoors together. Most state parks and private campgrounds are pet friendly; just make sure you check before for any rules you need to follow.

Hiking Adventure

If you are looking for things to do during a camping trip or just want to take a day trip with your furry friend, consider taking a hike! Hiking is excellent exercise for both you and your dog and allows your pet to explore new territory. Remember to bring a leash and water for you and your pet!

Hit the Beach

We love the sun, sand and waves at the beach, so chances are so will your pup. Online resources like bringfido.com make it simple to locate and plan a beach vacation where you and your dog will be welcome. Don’t forget to pack dog toys, water and a beach umbrella so your pup has shade when they are ready to relax. If the beach is a long car ride away, consider a pet-friendly hotel to break up the drive.

Fish On!

If you or your dog is getting up there in age and the previously mentioned pet vacations are a little ambitious, have you thought about taking a fishing trip? Find a tranquil lake or river, pack an afternoon lunch for both you and the pup and enjoy an afternoon on the water. Between the excitement of watching you catch fish after fish and being on the open water, this vacation’s memories are sure to last a lifetime!

For your pet to have an enjoyable and safe trip we recommend you also read our post on pet travel tips or travelling with anxious or arthritic dogs.  We hope you have a safe and enjoyable summer with your pets!

Monday, April 21, 2014

April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

If you’re anything like us here at the Pet Health Market, you love your pet and accept them as a regular member of the family. In fact, your favorite pet may be in better standing than some of your own biological family members! Whether you grew up with a family pet or discovered your love of four-legged friends as an adult, it’s impossible to say how much your pet means to you and how much you need one another.

Unfortunately, too many pet owners do not care for the basic needs of their animal or treat them cruelly. To help raise awareness and prevent cruelty to animals, the ASPCA has recognized April as Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. Every April, the ASPCA asks for animal lovers to “Go Orange for Animals”, which includes a number of fundraising and awareness ideas you can do to help end animal cruelty. The ASPCA has suggested you partake in the following to bring attention to the issue of animal cruelty:
  • Ask local businesses and offices to light up their buildings with orange light bulbs. Local news may even do a story, which should get the building owner’s attention!
  • Orange ribbons and bows look great on homes, trees and even your clothes! A dollar per ribbon is a perfect way to raise some extra money for your local ASPCA or shelter.
  • Ready, set, bake! Everyone loves bake sales featuring delicious treats. Organize a bake sale at a school, library, club or office and donate the proceeds to a local animal shelter.
  • Put your money where your heart is! Show your support for the ASPCA with a monetary donation and follow them on Facebook.
Since its founding almost 150 years ago, the ASPCA has worked to rescue animals from neglect and abuse, provide resources for local animal shelters and pet owners, as well as pass laws that protect the animals we love from abuse. While the ASPCA may be the largest and most well-known advocacy group in the country, there are countless local animal organizations that are doing just as much good.  In our own backyard of Covington, LA, we are proud to have St. Tammany Humane Society. St. Tammany’s is one of Louisiana’s biggest not-for-profit animal organizations that offers vet care and adoption services for unwanted or abused pets.

There are also breed specific advocacy groups that specialize in helping breeds of dogs that are too often abused. The PAWS Great Dane rescue out of Austin, TX, delivers refuge to stray and unwanted Great Danes. By promoting the public awareness of animal welfare issues and finding loving and permanent homes for Great Danes, PAWS of Austin has made a huge difference in the lives of many pets and their new families. But they can’t do it alone! Please help the PAWS rescue any way you can; either with a monetary donation, fostering a dog or attending an event!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Soft Chews for Canine Joint Health

Your dog's paws and legs take the full brunt of running impacts throughout their life. As they grow older, joints may not be as resilient as before, requiring the dog to slow down and decrease their activity level. However, your dog needs to stay active for a long and healthy life. To improve their overall joint health, Butler Schein has created soft chew supplements that add critical nutrients to your dog's diet. You'll see the difference it makes in a matter of weeks.

Soft chews support the joints with essential nutrients that bolster cartilage strength and resiliency. Vitamins, including Vitamin C and E, are key components of the supplement, along with minerals and antioxidants that keep your dog’s body balanced.

One of the major benefits these soft chews offer is fatty acids. DHA and EPA Omega-3 fatty acids contribute to joint health by reducing inflammation. When joints are inflamed, they are more painful and force your dog to limp or stay still. Reduced inflammation gives them a chance to be active and exercise key muscle groups.

These joint support soft chews also have several other active ingredients, including MSM, glucosamine and Creatine. When you combine these nutrients together, you form a strong support for both muscles and joints. Muscles keep joints aligned, especially during strenuous runs. Your dog's muscle tone adds to joint health for many years of play and fun.

If you believe your dog could use some joint support, follow some basic steps to make these soft chews part of your dog's daily diet. Butler Schein suggests an initial 4- to 6-week period of daily chews administration to jump-start joint health. If your dog weighs between 16 and 30 pounds, for example, they should take one chew each day. Once the 4- to 6-week period elapses, only one-half of a chew is necessary each day for joint health maintenance.

You may be wary about your dog eating the chew at all, especially if they are picky eaters. The chews are best taken with a meal to prevent any digestive distress. Hide the chew in a treat or within their breakfast or dinner. You'll find that they'll eat the chew without even noticing. Make sure to check the daily chew amounts based on your dog's weight. Without a calculated intake, the chews won't be as effective over time.

Get your dog up and running around the yard again with Butler Schein soft chews. You'll feel like you have a puppy again with comfortable joints all day long. Your dog will notice the difference with a happier demeanor and increased vigor.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Help Your Senior Dog's Joints Become More Agile

Your grandmother or grandfather may be battling arthritis in their fingers or knees, but your dog can also suffer from the same ailment. A dog that appears to limp or walk stiffly, or even refuse to get up at times may have arthritis. As a trusted partner in pet care, TriCOX has created a comprehensive joint support supplement that is designed for a dog's body chemistry. Consider your dog's needs to see if this supplement is right for your best friend.

What Causes Joint Problems in Dogs?

As a dog ages, their body starts to wear down. Although you may provide excellent exercise and nutrition for your dog, their bodies do not harness the nutrients as well as they did in the past. Hardworking joints begin to deteriorate. Protective cartilage in the joint breaks down over time, forcing bone on bone joint grinding. The area becomes inflamed, causing pain and onset of osteoarthritis. The leg joints are the most common area to be affected because of the dog's weight and running habits.

Using Collagen as Main Support
TriCOX created their joint supplement on the basis of undentured collagen benefits. Also referred to as patented UC-II, collagen is a basic protein typically found in the dog's body. Connective tissue uses collagen as a strong, yet flexible, substance to bind bones and other body parts together. TriCOX's supplements offer valuable UC-II to the dog's body, effectively reducing inflammation at joints for osteoarthritis relief. In essence, the supplement calms the dog's immune system from overreacting to the joint's deterioration.

Results Can Be Startling
Along with reduced immune system inflammation at the joints, these soft chews provide critical antioxidants to encourage normal cartilage and muscle growth. Strong cartilage at the joint reduces osteoarthritis occurrences, making your dog run and walk normally without pain. Increased muscle growth also helps the joints by supporting them through stressful movements, from bending the legs to running down a hill. Your dog will feel and act years younger than normal with successful soft chew treatments.

Keep It Consistent

TriCOX recommends each dog consumes between one-half to three chews each day, based on pet weight. Regular supplements working inside the dog's body allows the joints to remain healthy and supported. Luckily, TriCOX makes the supplements palatable so you can hide them in the dog's food. However, you must also keep the dog on a healthy diet with plenty of exercise. Combining supplements, exercise and good food contributes to a healthy best friend.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Managing Your Pet’s Plaque & Oral Health with ProDen PlaqueOff

Proper oral hygiene has been a point of emphasis for both human dentists and veterinarians for years now. Not only does consistent oral care improve the look and smell of your pet’s mouth but will reduce the risk associated with more serious health issues later on in life. It’s estimated by veterinarians that 85% of dogs over the age of 5 are afflicted with periodontal disease, which advances over time as food particles and bacteria harden into tartar then inflaming the gums. If the tartar is not removed the bacteria will continue to thrive and your pet may be at risk of losing teeth, forming mouth abscesses or contracting a bacterial blood infection that may spread to a pet’s vital organs.

The best way to protect your pet from gum disease is routine oral hygiene maintenance with a pet toothbrush and pet toothpaste. Brushing your pet’s teeth once a day washes food particles and cleans bacteria from the mouth. It is recommended you begin teeth brushing when your dog or cat is younger so they become accustomed with the feeling. Investing time and staying on top of teeth brushing will save you hundreds of dollars and your pet the unnecessary stress that comes with a teeth scaling procedure.

If you are unable to commit to a daily teeth brushing schedule or your furry friend already has plaque and tartar buildup, ProDen PlaqueOff natural supplement for dogs and cats may be the answer. ProDen PlaqueOff Animal is formulated with specially selected seaweed to improve pet teeth and gums when added to wet or dry food. The natural granules are the only pet oral care product that works through the pet’s bloodstream to disrupt biofile, effectively reducing plaque levels and improving your dog or cat’s breath. This pet oral health product has no known side effects, contains no artificial colors, preservatives, gluten or sugar making it the perfect answer for pets with allergic reactions.

Improvement in your pet’s breath, teeth and gum appearance will not be seen immediately as the PlaqueOff supplement takes anywhere from 3-8 weeks to take effect. Remember that your pet’s oral health will not be drastically improved or worsened within a day or two; it takes routine brushing, regular visits to the vet and sometimes an extra supplement like ProDen PlaqueOff to manage pet gum and periodontal disease.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Bag Balm: The Uses Are Endless

Bag Balm was originally created as a salve for chapped dairy cow teats. Whether the cow was milked by hand or with a machine, the teats' skin goes through a lot of friction each day. Chapped skin leads to cracks and cuts, allowing possible bacteria into the cow's body. Contaminated milk, and possible cow disease, could render the animal useless on the farm. With Bag Balm's moisturizing nourishment, cows are ready for milking every day. See where else you can use this salve in your life. You don't need to be on a farm to enjoy Bag Balm. In fact, dogs and cats are prime candidates for this soothing ointment.

What's In This Stuff?

Bag Balm uses three main ingredients, including 8-hydroxyquinoline sulphate, petrolatum and lanolin. Although it has a long, scientific name, 8-hydroxyquinoline sulphate is simply an antiseptic, clearing the way for safe moisturizing without harmful germs nearby. Petrolatum contributes some moisture to Bag Balm, but acts more like a trap to keep moisture in the skin. Lastly, lanolin provides most of the moisture, making the skin feel silky and smooth.

Can I Use It on All My Pets?

Because Bag Balm is tested and designed for animal use, you can use it on your dogs and cats. Use Bag Balm to soothe sore nipples during nursing, or even use it on their paws. Hot summer days often chap dog and cat paw skin. With moisture comes natural skin healing, whether the salve is applied on the nipples or paws. Any chapped or cracked skin can easily recover with Bag Balm use.

Thinking Of Using It on Your Skin?

You know you've thought about using Bag Balm on your skin. Have no fear, this salve is perfect for chapped hands and feet. Wear it at night with socks and gloves to truly rejuvenate the skin. For people with certain skin ailments, including psoriasis, you can use Bag Balm to treat irritated skin. With its harmonious ingredients, they absorb quickly into the skin, leaving a protective film across the skin to keep moisture trapped. Because your skin is your largest organ, you need to care for it constantly with Bag Balm use. Buy a container for yourself, and your four-legged friend, for skin irritation relief every day.

Good Application Practices

If you are going to apply Bag Balm to your cat or dog, make sure to rinse the application area thoroughly. Avoid cross-contamination between treated sites by applying the lotion separately to each area. For example, apply product to the nipples separately from the paws.

For application on your body, simply wash the area and dry it. Apply the ointment, and allow it to remain, such as overnight. You'll notice the difference almost immediately. Because there is no alcohol in Bag Balm, the product has a full moisturizing effect on the skin.

Look for the green canister when you purchase Bag Balm. With many competitors, no one can match this brand's quality salve for ailing skin.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

World Spay Day 2014

Owning a dog or cat brings joy and excitement to both the owner and pet’s lives every day they spend together.  Caring for a furry companion not only requires a pet owner to give the pet exercise, manage their diet and provide toys. A responsible pet owner understands the important role spaying or neutering plays in controlling the pet population and improving the lives of all animals.

The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society International is proud to sponsor the 20th annual World Spay Day on February 25, 2014.  The mission of World Spay Day is to raise awareness of spay/neutering with the goal of ending euthanasia and suffering of homeless pets. Communities around the country will be hosting events throughout the month of February that raise awareness to the issue by raising money, distributing information and even offering spay/neuter surgeries or vouchers.

Every year between 6 and 8 million dogs and cats are brought to overcrowded animal shelters around the country with the hope of finding a loving home. Unfortunately only half of these pets will be adopted leaving millions of animals to be euthanized. World Spay Day events provide a platform to inform owners of the benefits and importance of this pet birth control procedure.

Spay/Neuter Facts:
  • The procedure is the only 100% effective way to prevent your pet from getting pregnant
  • Decreases the number of potential homeless pets that are euthanized each year in animal shelters
  • Surgical procedures are performed by licensed veterinarians with most pets returning home the same day
  • Shelters and local SPCAs often provide low cost procedures for pet owner’s not able to afford the surgery
  • Over half of all pets are from unplanned litters and have trouble finding long term homes
  • Spaying/neutering may eliminate behaviors like roaming, spraying and fighting
Pet Health Market’s hope for World Spay Day is that owners understand spaying/neutering is a safe and easy way to control the pet population and improves the lives of pets in need of a home. Want to get involved in your community? Check out the US event locator or help internationally.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Your Pet's Liver: A Vital Organ

You may be more concerned about your pet's weight and cardiovascular health than worrying about their liver, but this vital organ plays a role in almost all of your pet's daily activities. If you have noticed a marked change in your dog or cat, from lethargy to vomiting, you may want to look into a liver supplement that supports this organ with key nutrients.

Liver Basics

Acting as a checkpoint for all incoming nutrients, your pet's liver performs several jobs. It filters blood and distributes nutrients to different body areas. The liver secretes bile, contributing to proper digestion processes. Metabolism is also controlled and altered in the liver, along with removing harmful toxins from the body. A poorly functioning pet liver reflects a number of different symptoms, including reduced appetite and yellowing of the skin. Providing your pet with a liver supporting supplement is key to changing their health outlook.

Vetri-Science Vetri-SAMe 90 Liver Support Formula

Using a mixture of SAMe with glutathione, Vetri-SAMe 90 supports liver function by supplementing nutrients that may be deficient in your pet. Chronic diseases or aging can contribute to poor liver functions. The manufacturer has created Vetri-SAMe to dissolve solely in the small intestine. Here, the nutrients flow from the intestine's bloodstream to the liver directly. This short trip allows the nutrients to remain intact, and ready for absorption within the liver. The tablet should not dissolve in the stomach because of the supplement's strong outer layer. This supplement, however, is approved for dogs only.

Nutramax Denosyl

Denosyl consists of the active ingredient, S-Adenosylmethionine. This molecule helps the liver by protecting it against cellular death and toxin exposure. Approved for both dogs and cats, this supplement is available in several dosage levels. From small to large pets, Denosyl supports liver functions by providing antioxidants at the liver level. After administration, pets can have possible liver cell regeneration and increased bile production. Each tablet is extremely sensitive to moisture, so only pull the tablet out when you are ready to give it to your pet.

Vetri-Science Vetri-Liver Feline Chews

This feline-only supplement uses over one dozen ingredients to support the liver in metabolism, filtering and detoxifying. Cats are relatively finicky when it comes to eating supplements. Vetri-Liver offers a tantalizing chicken flavor and a bone shape to entice the most stubborn cats. The amino acids within the supplement allow the liver to work properly, with antioxidant protection.

Proper liver health is crucial for a happy and strong pet. Always evaluate your pet for any unusual behavior. Contact your veterinarian if you have any concerns about behavior or eating habits. Administering any of these three supplements allows your pet to recover and thrive after a mild to moderate liver issue.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

5 Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

Basenji Breed
You dream of the day when you can bring a dog home to your family, but persistent allergies have made that dream almost impossible. From congestion to itchy eyes, dog allergies are uncomfortable and frustrating. There is some hope for allergy-sufferers, however. Several dog breeds are actually considered hypoallergenic. If you look for some of the top breeds, you'll find a cuddly companion that keeps your allergies at bay.

1. Basenji
With short fur that barely grows off of the skin, basenji dogs are hypoallergenic because of their personal grooming habits and natural cleanliness. In fact, they do not have that typical dog odor that makes a weekly bath a necessity. Basenjis enjoy grooming themselves, keeping their coat clean and debris-free. They have very little dander, and even have the benefit of not barking. Although they do make sounds, barking is not part of their genetics, making this dog perfect for allergy-sufferers in an apartment complex.

2. Poodle
Known for their outrageous hairdos, poodles are often seen as smug animals, but their natural coat provides a hypoallergenic environment for even the most sensitive people. The coat is a tight configuration of fur, keeping both dander and shedding to a minimum. Allergy-sufferers can fluff the coat with a comb, reducing any allergens from entering the surrounding air. With this breed available in toy, miniature and standard sizes, you can easily find a dog that fits your lifestyle.

3. Chinese Crested
If you have children with allergies, select a Chinese crested breed to complete your family unit. These dogs are essentially hairless, with some fur on the head, tail and paws. Because of the lack of fur, dander and shedding are almost eliminated, leaving you with a loving dog. Full of energy, Chinese crested dogs can play for hours with the kids, and cuddle comfortably at night when bedtime arrives.

4. Samoyed
Because many allergies are caused by dander, rather than fur, the Samoyed breed offers a fluffy dog for your family. Be aware that shedding is normal for Samoyeds. They produce almost no dander, however, making them perfect additions to the home. Their coat will need to be brushed periodically to keep it lush and clean, but allergy-sufferers should have no problem being near the dog even during grooming. You would never know that the dog is hypoallergenic by looking at him.

5. Bedlington Terrier
This graceful dog has a coat that is both wiry and slightly fluffy, reminiscent of a poodle coat. These dogs do not shed, but must have their coats groomed periodically to avoid a tangled and messy appearance. Bedlington terriers are perfect for homes with children or older people desiring a mild-mannered companion. You can trim the coat yourself, but a professional groomer may be required to keep the short coat styled correctly. This breed typically has more fur on the head and legs compared to the rest of the body.

Choosing a new companion for dog allergy-sufferers takes time to research desired breeds. Once you select a breed, try to spend time with him/her before committing to a pet. Every person has a slightly different reaction to dog breeds. Coats that shed persistently may bother some allergy-sufferers, whereas others react poorly to the dander itself. Keep an open mind and be truthful about your reaction to a particular dog. You do not want to be miserable with the wrong dog choice.