arcBARKS is proud to support and carry the arcBARKS® products.

arcBARKS® Dog Treat Co.  based out of Greensboro,NC creates special dog treats are made by special hands.  These unique treats are handmade with love and care by special individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, called Special Bakers.

arcBARKS® dog biscuits treats are intended as to be used as a loving treat for your pet, not your pet’s main diet. You can reward your dog with up to 4 treats per day. arcBARKS®  are made from all natural ingredients with the special arcBARKS® recipe: fresh peanut butter, flour, oatmeal, vegetable oil, and water. This is good news for pets with food dyes allergies. arcBARKS®  should not be given to dogs with peanut butter allergies (15% of dogs). 

Your dog is guaranteed to love these delicious, healthy treats. You will love being a part of making a difference in someone else’s life.

Happy National Pet Obesity Awareness Day!

What is obesity?

Obesity is a nutritional disease that can have a detrimental impact on your pet’s health. It can take up to two years off your pet’s life. Obesity is defined by an excess of body fat. When pets are overfed, lack exercise or have a tendency to retain weight, they are at most risk of being obese. Obesity can affect multiple areas of the body, including bones and joints, the digestive organs, and the organs responsible for breathing. Obesity occurs most often in middle-aged, neutered and indoors pets.


Obesity is normally caused by an imbalance between energy intake and its usage. However, you should always consult your veterinarian before beginning a new diet. Other causes can include hypothyroidism, insulinoma, hyperadrenocorticism, and neutering.


Use this chart to check if your pet is overweight. You can also check your pet by feeling their ribs. You should be able to feel them easily. There should be a bit of fat over them, but each rib should be distinct. If you can see the ribs, your pet is too thin. If you cannot feel them at all, your pet is overweight. Second, check the area near the base of the tail. There should be a slight fat covering over this area and it should feel smooth. If the bones protrude, the pet is too thin; if you cannot feel any bones at all, your pet is very overweight. Third, feel other bony prominences on the pet's body such as the spine, shoulders, and hips. Again, you should be able to feel a small amount of fat over these areas.

Fourth, look at your pet from above. Your pet should have a definite waist behind the ribs. If the waist is extreme, or bony prominences are visible, the animal is too thin. If there is no waist, or worse yet, the area between the ribs and hips is wider than the hips or ribs, the dog or cat is grossly overweight. Finally, look at the pet from the side. Dogs and cats should have an abdominal tuck, i.e., the area behind the ribs should be smaller in diameter than the chest. Pets that are too thin will have a very severe abdominal tuck. Overweight pets will have no abdominal tuck.

Tools and Treatment

Try special food such as Purina Overweight Management or Prescription Diet Weight Loss to help your pet lose weight. Remember to exercise and play as much as possible, your pet needs it! 

Happy World Animal Day!

World Animal Day is an international celebration on October 4, the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. World Animal Day is a day to celebrate all animals and the people who love and respect them. World Animal Day started in Florence, Italy in 1931 at a convention of ecologists.

The goals of World Animal Day are:
·         To celebrate animal life in all its forms
·         To celebrate humankind’s relationship with the animal kingdom
·         To acknowledge the diverse roles that animals play in our lives – from being our companions, supporting and helping us, to bringing a sense of wonder into our lives
·         To acknowledge and be thankful for the way in which animals enrich our lives

If you’re an animal lover, World Animal Day is the perfect opportunity to bring attention to the issues that matter most to you. Through awareness and education on animal welfare issues, we can make the world a better and fairer place for all living creatures.

Here are some of the things you can do to celebrate World Animal Day:
1.       Listen to the song I PROMISE YOU for inspiration
2.       Meet new animal friends
3.       Spend time with your favorite animal
4.       Hear about different animal stories
5.       Help out and volunteer at your local shelter for a day
6.       Learn about fostering an animal in need
7.       Bring awareness to animal welfare issues that matter to you the most
8.       Share your day on social media to inspire others to celebrate

Wishing you a very happy World Animal Day, from your friends at Allivet!

Allivet's Horse Vaccine Guide

Core vaccines are those that protect your horse against diseases that are endemic to a region, are virulent/highly contagious, pose a risk of severe disease, those having potential public health significance, and/or are required by law. Core horse vaccines have clearly demonstrable efficacy and safety, with a high enough level of patient benefit and low enough level of risk to justify their use in all horses. These include Tetanus, Eastern/Western/Venezuelan Equine Encephalomyelitis (EEE, WEE, VEE), West Nile Virus (WNV), and Rabies.


Tetanus bacteria are anaerobic and produce a potent neurotoxin (tetanus toxin) that attacks nerves controlling the muscles of the body. Tetanus bacteria multiply rapidly in the damaged tissue. This causes progressively worsening muscular stiffness and spasm. The affected horse will become stiff and have difficulty moving and eating. In advanced cases the horse will collapse with spasms, convulsions, and death from respiratory failure.

The Tetanus Toxoid vaccine is the best way to prevent tetanus in horses. It exposes your horse to a small dose of the bacteria, causing your horse’s body to develop immunity to the disease. However, this vaccine cannot be used to treat an active infection.

Eastern/Western/Venezuelan Equine Encephalomyelitis

The encephalitis viruses are alpha viruses and are spread to horses by mosquitoes from wild birds and rodents.  Both viruses are known to occur in North America, with EEE being more prevalent east of the Mississippi and WEE west of the Mississippi.  Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis (VEE) occurs in mostly South America and is considered a reportable foreign animal disease in the United States.  There is some evidence the EEE/WEE vaccines may provide cross protection against VEE.

EEE and WEE are serious and frequently fatal in horses.  Symptoms include fever, depression and neurologic signs which can include altered mentation and vision, wandering, head pressing, circling, ataxia (stumbling) leading to paresis, paralysis, convulsions and often death.  Vetera VEWT + WNV protects healthy horses against VEE, EEE, WEE as well as Tetanus and West Nile Virus.

West Nile Virus (WNV)

Like the viruses above, West Nile virus is a mosquito-transmitted disease transferred from infected birds to mosquitos, then horses or other animals. In horses, WNV causes encephalitis, the swelling of the brain and spinal cord. The most common signs of WNV infection in horses include stumbling, uncoordination, weak limbs, partial paralysis, muscle twitching, and in some cases, death.

West Nile Virus can be prevented with West Nile Innovator vaccine. This vaccine protects horses from the WNV and aids in the prevention of viremia caused by West Nile Virus. It is the only WNV vaccine adjuvanted with MetaStim for improved immune response.


Rabies is caused by a virus from the rhabdovirus family. Rabies is a zoonotic disease, which means that there is the possibility of transmission from animals to humans. Rabies is typically passed in the saliva from a bite wound and it affects the nervous system. Affected horses might go off feed or exhibit depression, excessive salivation, difficulty swallowing, lack of coordination, aggressive behavior, hyper excitability, colic, convulsions or paralysis.

Although rabies is rare in horses, it is very important to prevent it. There is no effective treatment once the horse is infected, and the disease is one hundred percent fatal to all infected animals. Rabvac is a killed virus vaccine that can help prevent rabies in horses. 

Risk-based vaccines are those selected for use based on risk assessment performed by, or in consultation with, a licensed veterinarian. Risk-based hose vaccines include Botulism, Equine Herpesvirus (EHV), Potomac Horse Fever (PHF), Rotavirus, and Strangles (Streptococcus equi).


Botulism is a high-mortality neurologic disease caused by neurotoxins. These neurotoxins are produced by anaerobic bacteria Clostridium botulinum. The botulinum toxin enters through the bloodstream and affects motor nerve cells. Some of the symptoms include drooling, dropping food, dysphagia (inability to swallow, and inappetence/anorexia.

If left untreated, botulism can be fatal. The BotVax vaccine can help you prevent botulism in healthy horses. It can be used on pregnant mares and helps unborn foals to develop antibodies to protect them when they are first born.

Equine Herpesvirus (EHV)

Equine Herpesvirus is a virus that causes abortion (between 7 an 11 months of gestation), respiratory disease (coughing, depression, fever, inappetence, and nasal discharge), neurological symptoms (incoordination, hindlimb paralysis, recumbency, loss of bladder and tail function, and loss of sensation to the skin around tail and hindlimbs) and neonatal mortality in horses.

Vaccination may reduce the severity and duration of disease. Prodigy with Havlogen protects healthy horses 6 months of age or older from rhinopneumonitis and protects pregnant mares against abortion caused by rhinopneumonitis. 

Potomac Horse Fever (PHF)

Potomac Horse Fever is a potentially fatal disease caused by the bacteria Neorickettsia risticii. This bacteria comes from a parasite living in freshwater snails and aquatic insects such as caddisflies, mayflies, damselflies, dragonflies and stoneflies that a horse can likely ingest while grazing. Typical signs include fever, anorexia, colic depression, ileus, diarrhea, and laminitis.

Equine Potomavac protects healthy horses from Potomac Horse Fever. It has shown to be 100% effective in protecting against mortality. The vaccine is a liquid suspension of inactivated bacteria.  


Rotavirus is a concern for foal owners. The AAEP estimates that 70% of foals will have at least one bout of diarrhea that will be caused by rotavirus. Horses five months or older are not really susceptible to the virus. Rotavirus damages the villi in the intestines making it difficult for the intestines to absorb nutrients from food. The damage to the intestinal lining makes the foal unable to digest the mare’s milk. This causes diarrhea that can lead to severe dehydration, a situation that can lead to death. The virus is carried in the manure.

Equine Rotavirus is a killed virus vaccine. It is designed for pregnant mares to provide passive transfer of antibodies to foals against equine rotavirus.

Strangles (Streptococcus equi)

Strangles is a contagious upper respiratory tract infection in horses. It is called by the bacteria Streptococcus equi var equi. The disease is manifested in a mild form in older horses, characterized by nasal discharge, small abscesses, and rapid resolution of disease. Younger horses are more likely to develop severe lymph node bascessation that subsequently opens and drains.

You can protect your horse with Pinnacle I.N. Pinnacle I.N. is the first intranasal equine strangles vaccine available to US horse owners.

A Flea FREE Summer

As most pet parents know, summertime means gearing up for more than road trips and dips in the pool. Fleas and ticks are rampant during the summer months, thriving in temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees, with humidity in the 75 to 85 percent range. Now is the perfect time to review our battle plan to seek out and destroy these pesky parasites that torment our pets.

Cleanliness is a must. Studies show that fleas live their entire lifecycle on our pets and when they reproduce, the eggs roll off the animal onto couches, beds, and other areas where pets spend most of their time. Bathe your pet regularly with shampoos like Adams Plus Flea & Tick Shampoo with Insect Growth Regulator 12oz or ECTO-SOOTHE 3X by Virbac as they fight infestation while containing skin conditioners that soothe irritated skin.

Flea combing is also one of the best methods for removing adult fleas from your pet. Placing your pet on a light colored towel while coming through the hair will allow you to see and contain what is falling off your animal. Collect the combings in a container of soapy water and flush it down the toilet. This will prevent any survivors from infesting other areas of your home.

A regular pill program offers additional protection from the inside out. Products like Capstar Flea Tablets for Dogs and Cats work immediately to kill adult fleas and can be administered as often as once a day if infestation reoccurs. Prescription strength oral treatments like Comfortis Chewable Tablets for Dogs and Cats is administered once a month and fights heartworm and intestinal worms in addition to fleas and ticks.

Spot treatments are also effective in the flea and tick fight. K9 AdvantixII for Dogs or Frontline Plus For Dogs are excellent topical treatments that kill adult fleas within the first 12 hours and continues protecting against fleas, ticks and mosquitos for up to four weeks. These topicals treat not only adult fleas but prevents all flea stages (eggs, larvae, pupae) from developing.

Pets-and their parents love to be outdoors during the warm summer months but if you live where these little blood sucking pests thrive, you know controlling infestations often feels like a full-time job. In order to successfully keep these parasites away from your yard, home and family members you have to attack the problem on several fronts. With the right products and a little diligence, this flea season should be easier than the last. The battle is ongoing but we will win the war this summer! 

5 Ways to Keep Your Pets Safe & Calm on 4th of July

4th of July Celebration is fun and enjoyable for humans but the loud noise of fireworks can really pose a threat to the health and safety of our pets.  Allivet pet pharmacy sees a rise in pets requiring medication for stress and anxiety during July. We also see a flood of missing pet reports of pets who ran away to escape the fear of loud fireworks.  There are ways to make July 4th safer and less stressful for pets.

1. Avoid the Noise: Take your dog out for a walk early in the day and not at night during fireworks. During the night close the door, turn on the tv and try to drown out the loud noise.

2. Keep them in doors: Keep your pet in doors during fireworks.  Create a calm environment for your pet to relax.  If possible keep your pet in one secure room and plug in Adaptil D.A.P Dog Appeasing Pheromone Diffuser.  D.A.P reduces fear and stress related behavior. This product has been formulated to mimic pheromones to calm dogs of all ages and reduce or even completely stop undesirable stress-related behavior.

3. Make them Feel Safe: Environment stress is related to any change that occurs where your pet lives or spends most of his time. Vetri-Science chews are made for dogs or cats suffering from anxiety and environmental stress.  These Composure chews have an advanced formula that can be used in immediate cases or for on-going stress support.

4. Act Normal: Talk to your pet in a comforting and upbeat tone. Your pet takes cues from you, if they sense that you’re confident and unafraid, they will be more likely to respond in a similar manner.

5. Accurate Identification: Make sure your pet is wearing an up to date identity tag. This will make it easier to find him in case he does run away.

If your pet is lost during the holiday, immediately check with your local animal control agency first. Put up flyers with a photo and detailed description.  Check around the neighborhood carefully. Lost cats have been found days later hiding under a bush in front of their owners’ homes. For dogs, expand the search area further than expected as a precaution.

Happy Memorial Day

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