Announcing the Winners of our 2014 Shelter Appreciation Contest!

Allivet Pet Pharmacy is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 Shelter Appreciation Contest. This contest aims to raise awareness and reward shelters for their hard work and the countless animal lives they save. After asking customers to nominate their favorite shelter, the staff at Allivet carefully reviewed each entry and selected the winners. Allivet will award a $100 gift card to each of the following shelters:

Schnauzer Love Rescue, Inc. nominated by Dolores Lauricella- Schnauzer Love Rescue is commited to rescuing Miniature Schnauzers and finding them safe and loving home. This year they have already rescued over 155 Miniature Schnauzers. They provide veterinary services as well as foster homes to bring rescued schnauzers love, trust, safety, and health. To ensure their safety, Schnauzer Love Rescue conducts a home visit with the adopting family before placing their schnauzers, to ensure they find them the very best forever home.

Bow Wow Revolution nominated by Sakeena Barrett- Bow Wow Revolution Animal Rescue is a non-profit that is 100% volunteer and foster based. They support all breeds with a mission to rescue, foster, nurture, and place homeless animals from high kill shelters into loving homes. Bow Wow Revolution is a network of foster homes that provides animals a safe and nurturing environment until they are adopted.

Animal Rescue Inc nominated by Laura Gery- Animal Rescue provides a sanctuary to homeless pets. They pair good families looking for a new companion with one of their cats or dogs. If they are not adopted, the pets will always have a forever home at the Animal rescue. At any given time, Animal Rescue has approximately one hundred dogs and several hundred cats, providing a safe haven for stray and abandoned animals. They also provide a low cost spay/neuter program and believe each animal should be allowed to live out their natural lives. No animal is put to death because of medical expenses or the inconvenience of care.

Greyhound Friends, Inc. nominated by Hannah Eckman- Greyhound Friends is a non-profit dedicated to saving racetrack greyhounds by placing them in responsible and loving homes. While they are predominantly focused on rescuing greyhounds, they also help some non-greyhounds who are in kill shelters or other high-risk situations. Since 1983, Greyhound Friends has found homes for more than 9000 dogs. They maintain a kennel with 20 dogs, and as soon as a dog is adopted, another one comes in from a racing kennel. The dogs are groomed, treated medically, fed and cared for.

Allivet wants to thank all who participated and dedicate their lives to helping animals. Thank you for making the world a better place!

Types of Pet Diabetes and Warning Signs

November is National Pet Diabetes Month. We wanted to share with our pet parents ways to increase awareness about this disease that is growing among pets.
Here’s some information about the two different types of Pet Diabetes followed by 10 warning signs to look out for with your pet.
In veterinary medicine, there are two types of diabetes mellitus: Type I DM and Type II DM.
Type I DM is when the body doesn’t make enough insulin (which is a hormone that is normally produced from the pancreas), and requires life-long insulin therapy (delivered via a syringe twice a day). This is most commonly seen in dogs - in other words, once a dog becomes a diabetic, he or she is diabetic for life.
Type II DM is when the body has some insulin being produced from the pancreas, but it is an inadequate amount or something is interfering with its ability to be used by the body. This is most commonly seen in cats and can be transient. In other words, if your cat has recently been diagnosed with Type II DM, he or she may only need insulin injections (via a syringe twice a day) for a few months to years, not necessarily for life. 

Here are 10 diabetes warning signs to look out for with your pet ::

#1 Increased Thirst

Drinking more water than usual (known as polydipsia) is an early sign of diabetes.
#2 Increased Urination
Urinating more than usual throughout the day, or having accidents in the house may be another tell tale sign of diabetes called polyuria, which goes hand in hand with polydipsia.

#3 Increased Hunger
If your cat or dog suddenly acts as if it is always starving, despite eating the usual amount (known as polyphagia), and maintains or loses weight despite the increased food intake, can also be a sign of diabetes.

#4 Sudden Weight Loss
Though a diabetic pet may show signs of being hungrier than ever, sudden weight loss is a common occurrence because diabetes can cause an increased metabolism.

#5 Obesity
Obesity can actually cause diabetes to develop; therefore if your pet is obese you should keep an eye on them to determine if they are developing any symptoms of the disease.

#6 Weakness or Fatigue
Diabetes can cause wasting of back muscles or weakness in the back legs of cats. With dogs there may be a general sense of lethargy, less activity, or sleeping more than usual.

#7 Thinning or Dull Hair
Thinning, dry, or dull hair, particularly along the back. Thinning hair is generally a symptom of some illness, diabetes included. So it is best to visit your veterinarian to determine the cause.

#8 Cloudy Eyes
A common complication of diabetes in dogs is cataracts, or cloudy eyes. This should be closely monitored as cataracts can lead to blindness if not taken care of.

#9 Depression
A later sign of diabetes in dogs and cats is ketoacidosis, metabolic acidosis caused by the breakdown of fat and proteins in the liver in response to insulin deficiency. Ketones in the body in high amounts are toxic, and this imbalance in your pet’s body can cause depression.

#10 Vomiting
Another side effect of ketoacidosis (if your pet’s diabetes has escalated to this point before it’s been recognized) is vomiting. Ketoacidosis is more commonly found in older pets and in females. Dachshunds and Miniature Poodles are also predisposed to it.

10 Tips to Keep Your Pet Healthy

        1.     Keep your pet at a healthy weight. Maintaining a healthy weight will help your pets a live a longer life. If you notice that your pet has been gaining a little weight, help them lose it slowly. Reduce their caloric intake and help them lead a more active life. Spend a bit more time playing with them or take them on a long walk. 

2.     Exercise your pet. Make it fun for them! Use toys, take them out on long walks, make them jump and run when you play with them. Exercise has many benefits for pets as well as humans, and our pets can tend to get lazy sitting around at home all day. Remind them of how fun it is to have a good chase!

3.     Feed your pet a balanced, nutritious diet. Find food that is rich in protein and does not contain grains. Make sure you are purchasing the correct food for each stage of their life, as puppies have different nutritional needs than senior dogs. Also make sure that you are feeding the right portions, we tend to overfeed our pets in an attempt to spoil them, without realizing this can harm their health. 

4.     Keep their water clean and within reach at all times. Proper hydration is key to good health. Also make sure that your pet is kept in an environment that does not have temperature extremes. Heat can affect their small bodies much more quickly than ours, and the same goes for cold! Never leave your pet inside a hot car!

5.     Have your veterinarian examine your pet at least once a year. Even if your pet seems healthy, do not skip your vet's annual exam. Their trained eyes can see something that you might have missed, and the sooner a disease is diagnosed, the better. Try to make the experience more pleasant for your pet by comforting them, praising them or giving them a treat. This will make their annual visit easier. 

6.     Vaccinate your pet against potentially deadly diseases such as distemper or rabies. Vaccination is very important for your pets. Nobody likes getting them, but they can save your pets from potentially lethal diseases. Make sure to comfort your pet afterwards! After all, nobody likes getting shots.

7.     Keep your pet free of parasites (fleas, ticks, heartworm, etc.). You can find many products that will help your pet combat these nasty buggers. With so many options available, there is no excuse for your pet to have to suffer with fleas and ticks. Apart from discomfort, these parasites can bring more serious illnesses to your beloved pets. 

8.     Brush and groom them regularly. Long haired pets need to be brushed regularly to prevent knots and excess shedding. Use a tool like the Furminator to avoid finding all that pet hair on your furniture. Your pets will appreciate you keeping them fresh and clean, and this will also keep them healthy too! A healthy pet should look their best. You can also find supplements for skin and coat that will help them shine!

9.     Pet proof their environment so they don’t get hurt. Particularly when you are away and they get restless. Make sure they don't chew on wires or are exposed to sharp objects. If your pet does get accidentally injured, make sure to have a first aid kit handy. Remember the best way to treat small emergencies is by preventing them!

10.   Most importantly give them lots of love and attention. Just like everyone, our furry friends need to feel loved and appreciated in order to be happy. Show them your love by petting them, playing with them, or giving them a special treat. After all they are your best buds!

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.