Thursday, February 13, 2014

Probiotics for pets: What you didn't know

Probiotics are linked to digestive health, and just like for humans, probiotics can also be very beneficial to both cats and dogs. Supporting your pet's gastrointestinal health is a key factor in helping to make sure your pet is living the best life possible. But traditional vets have long taken a very condescending view of probiotics. Mainstream vets claimed that pet probiotics were "ineffective," a "waste of money," and that if taken "they don't even pass through the gastric acids in your pet's stomach." You might not think of nutritionally managing health problems with strains of healthy bacteria, but it's actually quite natural once you understand the science behind it. We'll help you gain a better understanding - and see if they might be right for your pet. 

WHAT ARE PROBIOTICS?
Probiotics are live microorganisms similar to those found naturally in the intestines, which help maintain balance in the digestive tract. After being consumed, they help to inhibit harmful pathogens from colonizing the GI tract. Probiotics can be beneficial to health, leading to many products that help humans achieve healthy digestion, like infant formulas, nutritional drinks for children and yogurt for adults, and now research for its benefits for pets has allowed pet friendly probiotics to be created!

WHEN MIGHT A PET NEED PROBIOTICS?
If you've noticed your pet has had gastrointestinal incidents, like:
  •   Vomiting
  •   Diarrhea 
  •   Excessive gas


These GI conditions are often associated with an imbalance in intestinal microflora (bacteria), which can be triggered by stress (related to boarding or changes in the home environment), dietary problems or food change. Since antibiotics work by killing bacteria, antibiotic therapy can also leave a pet in need of a probiotic boost.
How can you give them to pets?
Some supplements are oral pastes, some are powders, some are pills or capsules.

FORTIFLORA® MAY BE RIGHT FOR YOUR PET
If you think probiotics might be right for your pet, you should ask your veterinarian about Purina Veterinary Diets® FortiFlora® ProbioticSupplements. Available only by prescription, they are safe and effective for cats and dogs. Here's why:
  •  FortiFlora Probiotic Supplements are made with a proprietary micro encapsulation process that stabilizes the microorganisms and creates multilayer protection against moisture. This helps make sure that when the probiotics get where they need to be in your pet's GI tract, they'll still be alive and effective at doing what they need to do. 
  • Unlike traditional supplements, FortiFlora comes in a packet that you can sprinkle right on your pet's food. We've made it so tasty to pets that it's actually been shown to increase their desire to eat. 
  • FortiFlora contains antioxidant Vitamins A, E and C, which can help support a strong immune system. 


Find FortiFlora at www.allivet.com at a low price!!! Save on all of your pet meds on www.allivet.com


Who's Your Valentine? - Share the Love with Your Pets | Save on pet meds at Allivet.com

Share the Love with your Pets on Valentine’s Day: 3 Types of Products Pet Parents love.


A few items pet parents love are:

1. Nutramax's Cosequin! Why do Allivet customers love Cosequin?

Healthy joint cartilage is crucial to your pet’s mobility and quality of life. Cosequin plays an important role in maintaining your cat, dog, or horse's joint function steady and well. Cosequin  also helps support cartilage matrix production and protect existing cartilage from breakdown. Cosequin is made by Nutramax Labroatories , Cosequin is one of many special products formulated  for the unique health needs of pets. Cosequin is the only glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate supplement that has been shown safe and effective. Cosequin also comes in many forms, such as Cosequin Powder for HorsesCosequin Capsules, and Cosequin Soft Chews. Save on your pet's joint care at Allivet.com. Best Prices on Cosequin.

2. Many pet parents love to spoil their pets with the best nutrition and a great taste pets enjoy.

Nothing brings greater joy than seeing our pets happy.  Purina offers many products for pet digestive care and special needs. Purina pet food and pet supplements are manufactured with proper nutrition essential to dog and cat health. Purina Veterinary Diets provide specialized nutrition for pets. Popular Purina items among pet parents include FortiFlora Canine, a unique supplement contains live active cultures and is recommended for the dietary management of dogs with diarrhea. Also, Purina carries a great variety of Veterinary Diets food which provides your pet with specialized nutrition to help manage their health condition. Some include Purina JM, which is used to management canine arthritis and to provide a proper balance of total nutrients while meeting the special dietary needs of the patient, and Purina Canine DRM Formula, which is designed for the dietary management of dogs with allergic dermatitis. Save on all Purina products, shop best prices at Allivet.com

3. It breaks our heart to see our pets in pain.


Horses, dogs and cats suffering from arthritis, joint pain, ulcer pain or post- surgical pain can benefit from the variety or pet pain management options available at Allivet. Pain management ranges from prescription pet meds to pet supplements. Many pet parent use a combination of Prescription pet meds like Rimadyl for dogs or cats in combination with a supplement such as Dasuquin. Horse owners also benefit from using Proviable paste after intestinal surgery, after the horse is ill and after antibiotic use. Proviable paste is also beneficial if used during other events that disrupt the natural microfloral balance of the intestines of horses. The paste also helps protect against more long-term imbalances caused by events such as starting a new diet or using antibiotics for extended periods of time. Pet parents can save on pain relief for their pets at Allivet.com. Allivet also shows their customers appreciation. Shop best price prescription pet meds and earn loyalty points each time you order at allivet.com 



  

Friday, December 20, 2013

Holiday Safety Tips for Pets

Lights, decorations and toys are a wonderful part of the holidays. But if you have pets, you need to take special precautions to make sure they're safe. Keeping your furry family members safe during the holidays can be a difficult task. There are the ornaments, plants, presents, and lights. Let's take a look at some simple steps that will allow your pets to join in the holiday fun this year, while avoiding any trips to the animal emergency room and to ensure that your family's holiday season is happy, healthy and hazard-free:
  • Fasten all decorations securely, with the more fragile ones at the top and far from your pets reach. Dogs who chew these can suffer cuts in their mouth from broken ornaments and decorations.
  • Place holiday plants out of reach and vacuum often. Poinsettias can cause drooling, oral pain, and vomiting. Mistletoe causes vomiting, labored breathing, shock, and death from cardiovascular collapse. When animals eat the needles from real or fake trees, they can also get intestinal blockage.
  • Display candles on high shelves to avoid painful burns and singed whiskers. Also, make sure that all electrical cords are tucked out of reach. Electrocution can put a huge damper on Holiday festivities.
  • For those buying a live Christmas trees this year, keep the area free and clear of pine needles. While they may not seem dangerous, the needles can puncture your pet's intestines if ingested.
  • When gift wrapping, be sure to keep your pet away. Wrapping paper, string, plastic, or cloth could cause intestinal blockages. Scissors are another hazard, and they should be kept off floors or low tables.
  • Reduce your dog's stress by maintaining its regular feeding and exercise routine. Develop a routine for your dog during holiday parties. A special treat in a special room of your house works well. Pet calming medications, like Adaptil D.A.P Dog Appeasing Pheromone Diffuser and HomeoPet Anxiety Relief can come in handy when guests are coming over, as well as for Holiday travels!
  • Stow chocolate candy or baking ingredients out of reach. Chocolate is the most common toxicity treat during the holidays. Small amounts cause problems. Larger amounts can cause above normal heart rhythms, nervous system malfunctions, and even death. Secure your garbage in bins with tight lids. (This is a good habit to get into all year!) A dog can chew up holiday garbage, which can result in intestinal problems.
  • Tell guests not to share indulgences with your pet. Poultry skin, fat trimmings, rich gravies, and buttery sauces can cause severe vomiting, diarrhea, or even worse, a life threatening inflammation of the pancreas. Also, remember that an ounce of alcoholic beverage can put a small dog into a coma.

Keeping your pet safe these holidays will ensure a happy and festive celebration with each and every member of your family! Happy Holidays from Allivet!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Protect your pet: Flea Protection in the Winter

Fleas can cause medical problems in pets including flea allergy dermatitis (FAD), tapeworms, hair loss due to scratching, and secondary skin irritations. In large numbers, fleas can cause anemia from blood loss, especially in puppies and kittens. Some pets have been known to die if the anemia is severe. Ticks can also transmit serious diseases, including Lyme Disease, Ehrlichiosis, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Because fleas can cause so many serious health issues to pets, pet owners should be aware of all flea treatments and flea prevention, even in the winter time.
Flea protection in the Winter

Thinking that fleas "disappear" in the winter is bit far-fetched, especially since there are four different stages of the flea in the environment. While adult fleas, flea larvae, and flea eggs don't do well in colder temperatures, flea pupae, like cocoons, can survive up to a year in cold weather conditions. Also, while it's cold outside, it's usually warm indoors and pet owners tend to keep their pets indoors. So, if you have dogs and cats that bring fleas and all of their offspring indoors to reside in your carpet and bedding, you have a year-round flea problem. That's another very good reason to keep your pets on flea meds 12 months out of the year. Another reason to keep pets on flea prevention is to help keep tapeworm infections low as well which a majority of heartworm preventions do not control.

Luckily, there are many topical and oral flea meds that help to remove and control the adult flea population, and they are generally very safe:
Frontline Products, like Frontline Plus and Frontline Top Spot, are great flea prevention products. Frontline Plus is a monthly topical treatment provides fast, effective and convenient treatment and control of fleas, ticks and chewing lice for dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens. Frontline Top Spot is a once a month convenient spot treatment for fast-acting, long-lasting control of fleas, ticks and chewing lice.
COMFORTIS chewable tablets offer the same formula for cats and dogs kills, and fleas and controls flea infestations (Ctenocephalides felis) for one month. This product is easy to administer tablet kills fleas within 30 minutes and provides protection against fleas for 30 days

Remember that cold weather does not kill ticks. In fact, spring and fall are when the deer tick numbers are at their peak. As a general rule, we recommend using flea and tick products until after extreme winter conditions persist. In warmer climates, flea and tick protection should be provided year round. Visit www.allivet.com for great prices and savings on all of your flea prevention and treatment medications, as well as on all of your pet care needs!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Allivet Awarded Google Trusted Store Badge

Hialeah, FL, December 12, 2013  --Allivet.com, a leading online retailer which offers prescription pet medication and supplements, was recently selected to join the Google Trusted Stores program. To help shoppers identify online merchants that offer a great shopping experience, the Google Trusted Store badge is awarded to ecommerce sites that demonstrate a track record of on time shipping and excellent customer service.

When visiting the Allivet website, shoppers can hover over the Google Trusted Store badge and see metrics on the store’s shipping and customer service performance. Allivet has 99.9% issue-free orders and fast issue resolutions and a 91% on-time shipping average.

"The Google Trusted Store badge is a symbol of what matters most to our company - providing an excellent service to our customers and building a long term relationship built on trust," said Kal Abdalla, CEO of Allivet. As an added benefit, when a shopper makes a purchase at a Google Trusted Store, they have the option to select free purchase protection from Google. Then in the unlikely event of an issue with their purchase, they can request Google’s help, and 

Google will work with Allivet and the customer to address the issue. As part of this, Google
offers up to $1,000 lifetime purchase protection for eligible purchases.
Google Trusted Stores is entirely free, both for shoppers and for online stores. The program helps online stores like Allivet attract new customers, increase sales and differentiate themselves by showing off their excellent service via the badge on their websites.

Allivet pet pharmacy is a national online retailer of prescription pet medication, pet supplements, horse care products, and veterinary supplies for more than 20 years. Allivet carries over 5,000 pet products including, pet medications, vaccines and pet supplements for joint care, dental care and more. Allivet carries popular items such as Fronline Plus, Hartgard, Comfortis and Trifexis and also supplies hard to find medications at the lowest prices.  Allivet is known for its value offering coupled with an award winning customer service, and for its generous loyalty program offering rewards points, coupons and free shipping on most orders.

For more information visit Allivet.com


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving from Allivet!

Thanksgiving is a day in which you give thanks for everything that you appreciate in life. It's tradition for many families to share what they're most thankful for as they sit around the dinner table before digging into a delicious homemade Thanksgiving meal. Many people say they are thankful for their families, health, love, and many other things. We asked some pet owners and Allivet customers to tell us why they are thankful for their furry friends and this is what they told us:


Momo Trang (Atlanta, Georgia) - This is my cat! Her name is Ziva and I absolutely adore her. I guess I'd say I'm thankful for her because she's my mini me and just that keeps me smiling. I couldn't imagine not cuddling with her after sports practices. She was the only one who would deal with my sweaty self.


Jaclyn Drogin (Harrison, NY) - I love my doggies for many reasons. I have always grown up with pets and I have come to learn that they will love you no matter what. When I'm down, they are always there to make me feel instantly better. Being in college can have its ups and downs but coming home and having them be the first two to greet me at the door is beyond special. I am thankful for my doggies and always will be!

Nellie Rose Spencer (San Antonio, Texas) - This is my baby Asia! She is the best because she is so clumsy and she makes me laugh all of the time! I'm not sure what kind of dog she is, but the vet thinks part Dalmatian and part terrier. She doesn't have her spots in this picture because she is a little puppy in this picture. She has spots now!


Kim Zayhowski (Pepprell, Massachussetts)- This is my cat, her name is Butch. She is fat as can be, and the best! I'm thankful for her because she is always down to cuddle with me.



Romee Swaab (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) – Here is my beautiful cat! Her name is William (something went terribly wrong when she was born) and she is the love of my life! She has helped me through all of the bad times at high school with her love and clumsiness. Now that I am away for college, we Skype biweekly! What can I say? I'm a real cat freak!


So, this thanksgiving, when going around the table to share what you are thankful for, make sure you take time to thank your loyal pets who are sure thankful for you! Take some time to think about why YOU are thankful for your little one and share with us!