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Sunday, August 30, 2009

How to Buy Pet Meds From Australia

By Jack H Chen

No matter if you're a dog lover or a cat lover, there is no reason why you can't get top quality pet meds and save money at the same time. This is particularly pertinent given the current global economic condition.

Saving money on genuine pet medicines can be achieved by looking beyond your local market and assessing prices in different regions and countries. The manufacturer/distributor will price their products differently depending on the regional market they are selling in. They will typically price to maximise their profit, rather than the associated costs in research & development, mass-production and marketing.

Based on extensive investigation and comparisons of hundreds of online pet meds stores, I have been able to conclude that Australian prices for pet medications are amongst the lowest in the developed English-speaking world. This is taking into consideration the major countries such as USA, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. Factor in the cost of shipping from Australia to your door (typically around $5) and you're very likely to be still pocketing a significant saving.

But you might ask...what are the associated risks or areas of concern when buying pet medications abroad from countries like Australia?

One:  What is the risk of fraud or receiving counterfeit pet meds?

There is no value in risking your pet's health to potentially fake or counterfeit pet medications. If you want to save money, generally speaking, Australian websites can sell much for much cheaper without some of the associated risks of buying from unknown or questionable countries.

Australia is an advanced economy, so the economic penalties of conducting fraud or selling counterfeit pet meds are high. Australian-based vendors simply wouldn't risk it. You should be able to buy with confidence that you'll get genuine pet medications from Australia.

Two: Are there any notable differences between Australian-based pet meds and those sold in my home country?

The petmeds themselves that are sold throughout the world are typically manufactured in the same factory. As the petmeds roll off the production line they are stamped and packaged with the appropriate regulatory information depending on the regional market it will be sold in. For instance, Australian pet meds will not have the FDA and EPA regulatory information printed on the packaging. Additionally, Australian uses the metric system so the boxes will be labelled in kilograms and grams as opposed to pounds and ounces.

Other than packaging and labelling, there are no other differences in the pet medicine. The pet medications will be equally as effective, with the same mode of application (e.g. topical solution on the back of the neck in-between the shoulder blades), etc.

To wrap up the following are the key advantages in buying Pet Meds Online, from stores based in Australia.

The Pet Meds (i.e. the tablets and vials) are typically manufactured off the same global production line and then boxed up for each country for sale. Based on my own personal research Australia Pet Meds are amongst the cheapest available. Therefore, if you buy Pet Meds from Australia, you can rest assured that your pet will be treated with genuine petmeds without compromising on quality.

Additionally, for the same petmed, different countries will have different regulatory laws determining whether it can be only sold with a prescription or OTC (over the counter). Experience has shown that OTC pet meds end up being typically more cost effective than those requiring a prescription. There is quite a significant range of pet meds that do not require a prescription for sale in Australia and therefore there are quite significant savings that can potentially be passed onto the buyer.

However, it is always strongly advised that you consult your vet before purchasing any pet medications online.

Want to find out more on how to save money on pet meds by buying discount pet medications online from a store in Australia? Visit the Pet Meds Store Blog.

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Staging a Home With Pets - Getting Rid of Fleas

By Andy Asbury

Staging your home can sometimes be a lot of work but one of the worst issues encountered when you're planning to sell your house when you have pets, particularly cats and dogs is when they bring fleas to live in your house.

The first thing that you should do is to help prevent your pet from being appealing to fleas in the first place. Even if you already have fleas in your home, this will help them from finding your pet so tasty and as a result, miserable. If you're concerned about giving your pets chemicals, feed them a clove of garlic a day or a brewers yeast tablet once a day to make the fleas not attracted to them. These both will make your pets' skin smell bad to fleas and keep them away from them. If you're alright with drug-type remedies, then ask your vet about using Advantage or other such products.

To get rid of fleas in your home there are a number of things that you can do. Sprinkle borax on your carpets and then vacuum it up to help kill fleas. Mop up uncarpeted areas with hot soapy water. Put any textiles that you can into the washing machine on hot. Take care to take your vacuum cleaner bag outside right away when you're done as well. Do this regularly to keep the fleas out.

The more extreme method of flea extermination is using a professional. You can hire an exterminator to use a flea fogger in your house but that is a lot of chemical residue to leave in your living space. It is recommended that foggers only be used in extreme cases for that reason.

To get rid of fleas on your pet once they've already got them take the time to give them a bath, though they might not be happy about it. Use a pet-friendly soap which won't irritate their skin. You may be able to find a teatree oil soap to use on them which will keep the fleas away with its distinctive smell. A few cups of fresh rosemary steeped in hot water, like tea, for a half hour or so makes a good rinse as fleas apparently hate the smell of that too.

Remember that the last thing that anyone wants to have to deal with in a new home purchase is a pre-existing condition like a flea infestation so be sure to be thorough when you take care of it. Also, the quicker that you can solve the problem, the less of a job that it'll be.

For information about Minneapolis condos, go to MinnesotaLoftsAndCondos.com. There you'll find Minneapolis MLS listings including homes for sale in St. Paul, Minneapolis, and surrounding areas.

 

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Pets and Water Conservation - The Common Thread?

It has been difficult to escape hearing about the looming water crisis that is threatening Southern California, but a dog can brighten anyone's day. So that aside, how does owning a pet relate to water conservation? The answer is simple: synthetic grass.

Over the past few years, synthetic lawns have begun showing up in yards across Southern California, often because homeowners have dogs that dig up their lawn and leave unsightly dry patches. Since water conservation has been featured heavily on the news recently, many people are now realizing synthetic turf is not only great for pets, but also water conservation.

"Over 80% of our customers are pet owners," said David Hartman, President of EasyTurf. "They install our product because it is hard to have a dog and maintain natural grass, but more and more, our customer's are now discovering that synthetic lawns also save a tremendous amount of water."

Pet owners across Southern California are now beginning to realize that installing synthetic grass not only prevents their pets from destroying their yards, but also greatly reduces their water use. With water bills rising 40% from 2007 levels, many are also installing synthetic grass to save on water bills and landscaping costs.

Installing a synthetic lawn can reduce residential water use up to 70% and doesn't require harmful pesticides or fertilizers that can contaminate California's natural water supply. Watering and maintaining natural grass uses as much as 325,900 gallons of water annually for every 10,000 square feet, so installing synthetic grass has a huge impact on the environment and prevents muddy paw prints all over your home.

The current drought is now very close to being the worst in California history according to Lester Snow, Director of the California Department of Water Resources and many experts now believe water rationing is imminent. All of these issues have led the Metropolitan Water District and other local water authorities to offer water conservation rebates to promote the purchase of synthetic grass.

For pet owners, owning a synthetic lawn provides a unique opportunity to not only have a pet and a beautiful lawn, but also reduce water bills and help the environment. With no water and virtually no maintenance required, a synthetic lawn can not only help you spend more time with your family and pets, but also increase California's water supply.

Joshua Nunn is the marketing manager for EasyTurf, an industry leading synthetic grass company based in Southern California. He is a proponent of synthetic turf due to its environmental benefits and inherent advantages over natural grass.

 

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Do You Need Pet Loss Counseling?

By Jean Wright
 
So you've been devastated by the loss of a family member... your beloved pet! And you feel like you might just need pet loss counseling.
 
You may be bewildered at the depth of your sadness over losing a pet. After all, it's "just an animal... right?" You and I both know it was much more than that. First and foremost, you need to understand that you have the right (and need) to mourn deeply and fully over the loss of your animal companion.
 
Right now, your sadness and distress over your loss has caused you to reach out for help (or you wouldn't be here). But first we will discuss some basic truths about pet loss grief that might help you understand and feel a little better.
 
One of the best things you can do to help yourself is realize that although most outsiders don't understand, you are perfectly justified in your deep feelings of grief and loss. The loss of a beloved family pet can be devastating. In general, our society does not recognize the significance of pet loss or allow for a proper bereavement. You may even be embarrassed or uneasy about expressing your grief to others, and may end up feeling isolated and alone in your grief. When a pet dies, there are no formal and public rituals, like a funeral, where sorrow can be openly expressed and emotional support freely given. Since we don't know how to properly deal with pet loss grief, we usually suffer in silence.
 
Now how do you deal with people who don't understand what you're going through?
 
These are three biggies you are sure to hear:
 
"It was just an animal"
 
"just get over it," OR
 
"You can always get another pet".
 
These only-too-often-heard statements by well-meaning friends show a profound lack of understanding and empathy for your pain.
 
They just don't understand, and have probably never suffered the pain of losing a beloved animal themselves. The best thing you can do is simply to forgive them for their ignorance. They really do mean well. Let insensitive comments roll off your back, and don't let them make you feel like you don't have a legitimate right to grieve. Avoid these "well meaning" folks and contact that someone you have found who does care, and will listen to your tale of grief without trying to "fix everything".
 
If you have found your way to this article, you are looking for some major help in dealing with your pain and grief, perhaps even pet loss counseling. And in extreme cases, we very much recommend professional help. But before you progress to this major (and probably expensive) intervention, we think you should try to find the support you need from among your friends and family members.
 
First, arm yourself with some knowledge and understanding about the normal grief process. Learn what reactions you can expect in grief, and find out how to make grief more bearable. Visit your public library, bookstore or pet supply center and ask for information and literature on pet loss and bereavement.
 
It is important to find an understanding, nonjudgmental listener who will listen to your story, and let you work through your pain without offering "quick fixes". It takes time to come to terms with your loss, and it will be easier if you can find a supportive friend to help.
 
If you feel like you need some pet loss counseling to overcome your grief, by all means make an appointment with a grief counselor. You may even find one experienced in pet loss grief. Pull out the yellow pages and start calling veterinarians in your area, or call the local pet shelter. Ask if they know of any experienced pet bereavement counselors. Or call your family physician and ask for a referral to a grief counselor.
 
Follow the Pet Loss link below for more information and support from folks who do "get it".
 
Jennie Wright is a Registered Nurse and Certified Grief Counselor who has worked for many years with critically ill and dying patients and their traumatized families. Grief has also touched her life personally, from both beloved human and pet losses. visit our Pet Loss page to access practical resources and gentle place to meet with others who have lost beloved pets.   

Friday, August 14, 2009

Pet Rent Vs Rent a Pet What's the Difference?

Pets, and especially dogs and cats are widely popular and common in many households across the country. Some interesting trends have surfaced over the past few years as a result of economic times. Pet rent, is a phrase becoming more commonplace in apartment and single family lease terms. This new trend allows the landlord to charge an additional fee from Dog and cat owners who wish to live in the building. These tenants are required to provide a monthly fee in addition to their rental payment as well as the upfront security deposit.

In effect, this puts a bit more responsibility on the tenant to keep their pet from destructive or inappropriate behavior. If they don't at least the landlord is being compensated for the trouble. There are many pet friendly apartments that do not charge more than the up-front security deposit, but the trend is noticeably rising as landlords look for ways to bring more income into their business in difficult times.

Having a dog is great for young and old and will even add years to your life by reducing stress and providing an outlet for you to feel wanted and needed at the same time. Over the years, you will have a companion that will ride with you in the back of the truck, or be tucked away in the backseat with the kids going to Grandma's house.

Whether you bring home a puppy or adopt an adult dog from the local shelter, it is a relationship that will transcend beyond dog and master. But before you do, be mindful of any additional monthly fees as part of the lease agreement.

If you think you are interested in getting a dog but are not sure it is the right move, most dog lovers would ask you to wait until you are sure you can commit to the time and effort involved in becoming a dog owner. A dog can be very different than a cat or hamster, as they thrive on attention and will certainly return the friendship many times over. Unlike a cat, a dog needs outdoor space to run, play and exercise. This alone should deter most people who want a large dog, but only live in a small condo or apartment. The situation can become unbearable for both of you if the space you live in does not accommodate a large animal.

If you are unsure whether or not you want to make the long term commitment a relatively new service may have the answer. Rent a Pet agencies are now available in some areas that will deliver a pet that is waiting to be adopted to your home for a weekend, or longer, to help you through the decision process. This has been a controversial subject for obvious reasons, but there are certain aspects that may be worth pursuing.

If you are constantly away from home for work or play, having a dog is not recommended. Clearly, the reason that most people want to own a dog is for companionship.  If you are unable to fulfill your part of the commitment, you both would be better off if you waited until your residence and/or lifestyle situation was able to support the relationship. However, if you feel that you need to do additional research by adding a pet temporarily to your household, this may be one such approach.

There are definite pros and cons to the ethical part of this a rent a pet arrangement , but in some case it may be an alternative to some would be dog owners who just need to make sure they can accommodate a pet under a rental arrangement before taking the plunge.

Millions of people who own dogs know the benefits of having a happy dog as part of the family. Dogs have been domesticated for a very long time and whether they are working dogs, or the family pet who snoozes by the fire on snowy days, they are welcome additions to the family.

If you do decide to become a dog owner, there are many things to be aware of when you bring home your new friend and we can help answer some of those questions at Happy dog! They are well worth the effort...

See more information at Happy Dog Wanted to see more info about dog ownership!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Tapeworms in Pets

By Frank Will

Tapeworms in pets can spark immediate fear in most pet owners as there are numerous horror stories about how big these worms can actually grow. There are nine major species of tapeworms found in the United States, and seven of them will select either your dog or your cat as the host body to infect.

If this infection is left untreated, because of their enormous size, they can block off your pets intestines.

The horror stories about the size of these tapeworms are not stories, as there have been several reported cases that they can grow as large as six feet inside of your pet. And during that time they are not only infecting your pet, they are also competing for and taking from your pet several critical nutrients that their bodies need to survive.

Tapeworms themselves have no digestive system, but they absorb the nutrients that they are stealing from your pet through their skin. These types are worms are different than other worms, in that they are segmented. Their body has a head, a neck, and than several other segments. The head portion has muscular grooves that enable them to attach to your pets intestines.

These parasites are also different in that each segment has its own reproductive organs and these segments are constantly forming and reproducing in the neck portion as the end of the tapeworm is being cast off as they mature. The mature portions that are cast off can usually be found in your cat or dogs anus, and when passed by your pet, if still alive, you can see them move.

If they are not alive and have dried up, they will resemble small grains of uncooked rice. If you see either of these signs, your pet has been infected by tapeworms.

Life cycle:

Tapeworms in pets have two types of hosts that they infect; the intermediate and the definitive host. Depending on the species of the tapeworm, the intermediate host can be fleas, fish, sheep, goats, rodents, pigs, deer, or rabbits. The definitive host in two of the nine species is man, but the other seven will be either your dog or cat.

The intermediate host will ingest the eggs of the tapeworm, and once ingested, they are immediately infected. They than travel directly to the small intestine and this immature form of this parasite starts to migrate throughout this hosts body. Each of the seven worms has different areas that they will attack.

As the life cycle continues, the immature form will develop a small sac that is filled with fluid which surrounds it and nourishes it. When this sac, also called a bladder, is ingested by the definitive host either by direct contact with the eggs or the feces, the head segment of the tapeworm is released and attaches itself by their muscular groves.

Once in the definitive hosts intestinal wall, it segments, and grows. If left untreated, it can become incredibly large.

Symptoms:

Tapeworms in pet's symptoms are not as severe as other type of worm infections, but your dog or cat will still develop several mild infections. The largest concern with this type of worm is its ability to drain out huge amounts of nutrients from your pet's body to themselves.

Your dog or cat may experience upset stomachs, poor hair or skin coats, and a possible loss of hair as well as very red skin on their anus as well as their feet. They may also show signs of abdominal discomfort. However, the telling sign of this worm infection will be either a complete loss of an appetite, or the complete opposite, an excessive appetite; it will all depend on how bad your pet is infected.

But there is one more symptom that you can watch for. Human nature for most pet owners is to help off on treating your pet for several types of diseases and conditions. But once an owner sees a quarter inch size white worm moving in their stool, it is not when, but how fast you can get into your veterinarian. That one symptom is usually enough.

Treatment:

Treatment for tapeworms is very easy and usually very effective. However, it will be important to remember that as effective as treatment is, if preventive measures are not taken to eliminate the problem, your pet could become infected again within a couple of weeks and the process starts all over again.

The most common form of treatment is by a single injection or oral dosage of tapeworm medication called Praziquantel. There are two different types, one formulated for cats and one for dogs. There have been recent studies conducted at Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine that has shown that the oral form is actually more effective than the inject able form.

There are other forms of treatment, but most of them have to be given over a period of two weeks. This particular treatment will kill all tapeworm segments 100 percent in your pet within 48 hours.

Prevention and Protection:

While there are several ways your pet can become infected, by far and away the most common infection will be by fleas. Eliminating fleas from your dog or cats environment is critical to preventing it. Completely cleaning and disinfecting their bedding as well as protecting your pet from fleas will stop in from reoccurring.

The other preventive measure that you will need to take with your pet is building back their nutritional health. These parasites can live and thrive for over a year in your pet, and the entire time they are taking nutrients out of their body.

Multi-Vitamin supplements either in liquid or liquid capsule forms are the most effective, as you will have to build back all forms of nutrients. However, Vitamin B12 will be especially important to protect your pet from anemia, as B-12 deficiency anemia can cause serious health issues including the death of your pet.

B-12 deficiency anemia is usually starts in the intestines, which is exactly where this parasite has lived, thrived, and sucked the nutrients from.

Summary:

Tapeworms in pets can be an alarming and frightening event and it can deplete your pet of the nourishment they would normally get from food and supplements very quickly. Watching for the symptoms and reacting quickly will help to prevent future attacks from this enormous parasite.

I am an avid lover of pets and my wife and I have had several pets throughout our years. We are especially fond of dogs, and we have a 12 year old Dalmatian (our 3rd) and a "mutt" that we rescued when someone threw him away to die in a vacant field. He found us, nearly starved to death, and weighed about 2 pounds. After severe bouts of mange and severe dehydration, and over 1,000.00 in veterinarian bills, we saved the little guys life, and he is one of the best, if not the best, dogs we have ever had and today is a muscular, fit, and firm 70 pound best friend.

After finishing my MBA, which at middle age was not easy, I decided to keep the research work ethics that I acquired, and devote about two hours each night in understanding the health benefits of supplementation for both humans and pets and how they might strengthen our, as well as our pets, immune system in a pre-emptive approach to health rather than a reactionary approach.

Both of my daughters are avid cat lovers, and asked me to help them with health concerns and challenges with their cats.

I am not a veterinarian nor claim to be, just a lover of pets that loves to research and pass on some knowledge that might be helpful, or at least stimulating to the thought process.

Several of the articles that I have written can be found on my website: Liquid Vitamins & Minerals for Humans & Pets: http://www.liquid-vitamins-minerals-humans-pets.com/.

Monday, August 3, 2009

How to Buy Cheap Heartworm Medicine

By Dave Tee
 
There are a few ways to save money on heartworm medicines. Once learnt then it means that you can always buy heartworm medications at lower prices than you normally pay. There is also the added benefit of making the purchases easier.
 
The problem is that normally heartworm pills need a prescription before you buy them. This really makes the whole purchase a lot more inconvenient and puts many people off. The trouble of going to the vets, getting a prescription and then sending it to an online store means that many people simply don't bother.
 
Either that or they buy them from the vets at high prices. Luckily there are a few online resources that are able to sell heartworm treatments without the need for a prescription. By doing this there are savings in the costs of the vet consultation as well as all the associated costs with a vets visit, not to mention the inconvenience.
 
A prescription free heartworm medication source means that we are much more inclined to purchase them whenever we need them. It is as simple as purchasing anything else online. A few minutes and the pills will be ordered and you will receive them in a few days wherever you are in the world. This is a very easy way to save money on the pills or treatment and they can be purchased at very low prices as well making it the best way to prevent pets from getting heart worms in a simple and direct manner.
 
This is certainly the best way to buy cheap heartworm medicine.
 
Heartworm medicine can be purchased cheaply and without a prescription. Please see the heartworm medicine site for more information on heartworms medications without prescriptions.