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Natural Ways To Relieve Seasonal Allergies In Dogs

Dog allergies can break havoc on your pet’s health and their lifestyle. While conventional medications are useful and they work, here are some natural remedies you can try before considering a traditional medication. Remember to always consult your vet before tying a new remedy even if it’s natural. 

Most seasonal allergies can cause a host of symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, runny eyes, yeast infections, sinus inflammations, rashes and hot spots. Keep in mind that these are only a few symptoms. Your pet might display other less known symptoms you might have to address with your vet. 

Natural remedies for dog allergies are a good way to start since most of these ingredients are usually available at home and are easy to administer. 

Let’s dive into them:

Oat Baths 

Oat baths are great to ease itching caused by seasonal allergies especially if your pet displays rashes and hot spots. All you need to do is boil oat straw in water and mix it in with your dog’s bath. Remember to avoid using this if your dog has a yeast infection since oats are a form of carbohydrate and it will only make yeast thrive more. 

A lot of the time allergens can get caught on your dog’s skin and coat. An oat bath ensures that these allergens are easily removed. 

Aloe Vera

You’ve probably used aloe vera for sunburns and digestive support in the past. Which is great! Aloe vera is a multi-purpose plant that also works to soothe dog allergies. 

When you are administering aloe vera, it’s important to only use the gel part. The leaf itself can be toxic to dogs and make your dog feel bad. We recommend buying the gel from a store. If you have a plant, you can still use it to make your own gel. Just make sure you store it in the fridge after. Aloe vera is great because it has antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that make burns and itching that much better. Remember to just apply the gel to the skin or hot spots. Application may vary depending on your dog’s allergies but normally you can apply this gel twice a day. 

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has multiple benefits for both humans and dogs. If you find your dog chewing or licking his paws, apply apple cider vinegar to rinse off allergens that might be causing the discomfort. You can use apple cider vinegar to rinse your dog’s ears and clean affected areas. This natural remedy also works great on yeast infections your dog may be experiencing. One easy way to administer this is by creating your own spray. 

Coconut Oil 

Coconut oil contains lauric acid which diminishes yeast production. If your dog is suffering from allergic reactions due to fleas, coconut oil is a great natural remedy to soothe symptoms and keep skin healthy. You can also use coconut oil in combination with fish oil in your dog’s diet. Coconut is known to decrease inflammatory responses due to allergies. 

Coconut oil is also a great way to boost your dog’s immune systems which ultimately deals with allergic responses to environmental and internal allergies. 

It’s important to remember that while these natural remedies can be effective if alleviating symptoms due to allergies, it’s more important to always treat the cause of the allergies. For instance, if your dog has flea allergies, make sure to invest in a high quality flea and tick monthly treatment. 

If your dog’s allergies are out of control and require medical treatment, here are our best-selling prescription medications that have worked for many other pets. 

It’s important to always weigh the pros and cons of using a prescription medication. This is a conversation you can always have with your vet to choose what is right for your pet. 

Other popular and natural allergy supplements we recommend include Zesty Paws Aller-Immune Bites. You can also checkout the full line of allergy-relief and prevention from Zesty Paws here. This line includes advanced supplement support all made from natural ingredients. You can also find more natural allergy prevention supplements at allivet.com.

Q&A: Our Pharmacy Technician Manager Gives Us The 411 On Fleas and Ticks

Summer is in full swing which means fleas and ticks are thriving out and about waiting to find their new home. That’s usually your beloved pet.

We asked our Pharmacy Technician Manager, Ani,  some important questions about fleas and ticks that can help you decide how to protect your pet this Summer and all year around.

Before we get into it, here are some fun facts about fleas and ticks to brighten up your day!

We spent a quiet afternoon interviewing Allivet’s Pharmacy Technician Manager, Ani. She’s been working for Allivet Pet Pharmacy for over a decade and has vast knowledge on all things fleas and ticks. This is what she had to say:

Q: What exactly are fleas and ticks?

Ani: Fleas and ticks are two of the most pet care concerns in the United States. Fleas are parasites that normally plague pets all over. They are wingless insects that feed on blood, and have the ability to jump two feet high. They are incredibly resilient and can live up to a year without feeding. Talk about waiting for the perfect meal!

 

 “Fleas and ticks are incredibly resilient and can live up to a year without feeding”

 

Much like fleas, ticks are parasites that feed on the blood of our beloved pets. Like mites and spiders, ticks are arachnids. The issue arises when ticks transmit diseases through their bites. That’s when your pet may develop tick-borne illnesses and other infections.

Q: How do pets get fleas and ticks?

Ani: Dogs usually get fleas and ticks during walks near areas with high grass or abundant nature. For example, walking through the woods, rolling in grass and so on. It’s important to keep in mind that ticks undergo what is called questing. This means that ticks usually crawl on low shrubs or grass and they hang out waiting for your pet to pass by so they can get onto them. It’s sort of an ambush strategy. Ticks can also go a long time without feeding which makes them extra desperate when they see the potential of a new home.

Q: What are some of the signs and symptoms of fleas and tick infestation or Illnesses?

Ani: Signs of flea and tick infestation can be hard to pinpoint. With that said you should always watch out for:

  • Flea droppings (dark specks) in the fur
  • Flea eggs (white specks) in the fur
  • Excessive licking or scratching
  • Scabs or hot spots on the skin

You can feel ticks when you pet your cat or dog, and you can see them. They most often attach near the head, neck, ears, or paws. On cats, they’re usually found around the ears and eyes.

Q: Can humans get fleas and ticks from their pets?

Ani: Yes, humans can definitely get fleas and ticks from their pets. There are thousands of species of fleas, and most animals have a specific flea species that will always gravitate to an animal as its main host. While the flea that dogs typically carry can (and do) jump over to humans and bite us, the dog flea cannot survive in human skin.

Q: Can flea and tick illnesses be dangerous to pets?

Ani: Yes, they can be. Flea infestations can quickly get out of control because fleas lay eggs in such large numbers. At a rate of 40 to 50 per day for around 50 days, a single female flea can produce 2,000 eggs in her lifetime. Some pets develop severe allergies called Flea Allergy Dermatitis, and develop signs, such as itching, that may last long after the fleas have gone. Fleas are also responsible for transmitting tapeworm to dogs, cats and even humans. Fleas can spread bacterial diseases, too. It’s important to have a monthly preventative treatment for your pet when it comes to fleas and ticks. It’s the best and safest way to avoid any complications.

Q: What are some of the most common treatments of fleas and ticks in dogs and cats?

Ani: There are many flea and tick treatments that are safe for your pet. It’s always best practice to discuss with your vet before you buy anything. Not all pets will respond the same to these treatments and your pet’s health history must always be considered before choosing a medication.

In general, you have oral and topical treatments. Oral treatments include Nexgard, Bravecto, Sentinel, Trifexis, Comfortis, Simparica and others. All are effective in treating and preventing fleas and ticks. For topical options, you can choose from Seresto, Frontline, K9 Advantix II among other treatments. For a full list of treatment, head to allivet.com

Q: Why should I get my pet on a flea and tick treatment?

Ani: When the weather turns warmer, fleas and ticks emerge in greater numbers. Untreated, they can lead to serious illness and make your home a breeding ground.

Fleas and ticks  are dangerous to the health of people as well as pets. For that reason, flea and tick protection is essential for all dogs and cats that live with you.

Q: Where can I purchase these treatments?

Ani: Allivet.com offers a wide range of flea and tick treatments ranging from oral to topical. They offer the same medications you find at your local vet, but for much lower prices and shipped directly to you. You can choose a one time shipment or an auto ship option for your convenience. Our team of experts takes care of your order from beginning to end, including contacting your vet for a prescription and updating you every step of the way. You can save hundreds of dollars every year by simply opting for an online pet pharmacy like Allivet.

Q: Does Allivet offer the same medications I would find at the vet? If so, what’s the difference between buying them there?

Ani: By choosing a fully registered online pet pharmacy like Allivet, you are guaranteed to pay the lowest prices for pet medications every month. Best part, you can avoid long lines or  the inconvenience of heading to your vet’s office since the medications are shipped directly to your doorstep in a timely manner.

 

“Our mission is to take care of your pet and your pocket”

 

About Allivet Pet Pharmacy:

Allivet Pet Pharmacy has been around since 1992 catering to pet parents all over the US. We are a certified and accredited online pet pharmacy with a goal to help pets feel better and live longer. We carry thousands of medications, supplements, vitamins, supplies and more. All at the lowest prices and delivered to your doorstep.

 

We Have New Pawsome Products From Zesty Paws

From probiotic to digestive and joint support, we’ve added new products from best-selling brand, Zesty Paws, on our website. Zesty Paws provides real and effective support the natural way. With their proven technology and blend of natural  and premium ingredients these products are designed to give your pup added support for a healthy and long life.

Zesty Paws Calming Bites

Zesty Paws Calming Bites come in two yummy flavors: Peanut Butter and Turkey. Calming bites will help your dog feel at ease during stressful situations. These chews are made with a blend of natural ingredients that include Thiamine, L-Tryptophan, Chamomile, Valerian Root, Hemp and other natural components to help your pup minimize aggressive behavior and hyperactivity. These chews are 100% pure and non-GMO. Say goodbye to thunder fear, separation anxiety and other common puppy ailments.

Zesty Paws Probiotic Bites 

Zesty Paws Probiotic Bites come in two yummy flavors: Chicken and Pumpkin. This formula is fully grain-free and it’s made up of 3 billion CFU of probiotics helping your pup digest food easier as well as minimize gastrointestinal discomfort. Made with natural probiotics ingredients like Papaya, these chews will help regulate potty habits, stomach cramps or pain as well as help your dog with digestive mobility issues.

Zesty Paws 5-in-1 Multivitamin Bites

Zesty Paws 5-in-1 Multivitamin Bites come in two yummy flavors: Peanut Butter and Chicken. These vitamins are guaranteed to support your pup’s vitality with their blend of natural ingredients that support coat health, hip and joint function, skin as well as digestive health. Additionally, your dog can also expect and added immune system boost and well as better cardiovascular health. It’s a not-brainer for those pet parents looking to add wellness to their dog’s life through a natural supplement.

Zesty Paws Advanced Vision Bites

This Zesty Paws antioxidant blend of natural ingredients including Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, Cod Liver Oil, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Beta-Carotene and much more will help your dog improve eye health and function. The idea is to prevent oxidation of the eyes the natural way and increasing tear fluid production for those dogs suffering from dry eyes.

Zesty Paws Hemp Elements Aller-Immune NutraStix 

Does your dog suffer from seasonal allergies? Zesty Paws Hemp Elements Aller-Immune might be just what he needs. These dental sticks are amazing to help your dog feel his best when seasonal, environmental or skin factors are affecting his health. Made with all-natural Cod Liver Oil, Turmeric and Hemp will provide amazing immune and histamine support. Best part, they will give your fur-bestie a boost in their oral hygiene.

Zesty Paws Cranberry Bladder Bites

Does your pups suffer from bladder issues including infections? Cranberry is a natural bladder support supplement proven to work on dogs. This chewable uses patented BioShield technology to improve absorption as it reaches the lower gastrointestinal tract. With a rich blend of antioxidants including Organic Marshmallow Root, D-Mannose, Organic Astragalus and Organic Licorice, Cran-Max can significantly improve and support the bladder health of your pet.

Zesty Paws Mobility Bites Hip & Joint

Want to see your dog run like a puppy again? This effective blend of natural components is proven to help cushion your dog’s joints as well as provide overall support for healthy cartilage and hip function. Each duck-flavored chewable has 400 mg of OptiMSM which is a GRAS-designed for of MSM that is essential in providing joint cushioning support.

Zesty Paws Hemp Elements Omega Bites Skin & Coat 

Help your dog’s skin and coat stay healthy with this natural blend of Organic Hemp and AlaskOmega Fish Oil which is a rich source of EPA and DHA. Additionally these yummy chews contain Vitamin C and E as well as essential fatty acids to support the skin and coat of your dog.

Zesty Paws provides the utmost quality of ingredients and natural products. Whether your fur-bestie is suffering from bladder issues, joint problems or simply needs a bit of help calming down, Zesty Paws is proven to work the natural way. Find all of our new Zesty Paws products here. Remember to consult with your vet before starting your dog on any supplements.

 

How To Keep Your Dog Calm During 4th of July Fireworks

The 4th of July is almost here and for many pet parents, this can be a bitter sweet holiday. Most dogs fear the sound of fireworks, and as they try to find a place to hide and feel at ease, you might be left wondering what you can do to help them feel better.

First, let’s take a minute to understand why dogs fear the sound of fireworks. Dogs have an acute sense of hearing and the loud “thump” of a firework can make dogs perceive them as a threat. As a result, your pup may experience a sense of fear or a sense that he/she needs to protect you and the home. Signs of this includes, hiding under beds or closets, barking at the fireworks, panting or looking restless. Keep in mind that not all dogs will fear fireworks or act in an anxious way.

Here are some tips on how to keep your dog calm from the firework scaries:

Act Normal and Avoid The “Baby Voice”

For some of us this might be hard since most of us immediately retrieve to our “baby voice” when we see our dog mildly uncomfortable. Remember that your pup can sense your emotions and will mirror them any chance they get. This means that if you’re fearful or anxious, chances are your pup will be too.

Instead, take deep breaths and calm yourself down before addressing your dog. If you’re in control, so will your dog. Act as you would any other day and speak in a firm but calm voice.

This tactic will help your dog feel at ease just like in any other day

Use Distractions

Distract your dog from the fireworks by turning on the TV or putting music on. You can also use this time to play with your dog especially with a squeaky toy. If your pup is on the really anxious side, play relaxing music for dogs 1 hour before the firework display starts. This will ensure that your dog is calm.

Create a Safe Space

Some dogs prefer to retrieve to a safe space when they are scared. Dogs will usually rest under the bed, hide in the closet or any confined spot where they feel safe. Let them do this. Do not try to get your dog to face his/her fears or pull them out of their safe place. This will only agitate them more and create more anxiety.

Create a comfortable space for them. For instance, place soft pillows and a blanket with a toy on their favorite spot. It can be a closet, under the bed, their crate or bed. Make sure your dog has water handy since anxious dogs tend to get more thirsty. A pro tip is to include a clothing item that smells like you. It’s a great way to get your dog to feel that extra familiar comfort.

Reward Calm Behavior

As soon as you notice your dog with a cool and calm demeanor, make sure to reward him. This will enforce this behavior during stressful times. You can either make your own dog treats or simply administer their favorite chewable. Chewable treats are great because they help your dog release stress. Remember to use words of affirmation like “good boy” or “good girl”.

If your pup gets extra anxious, make sure to feed him 1 or 2 hours before the firework display. Some dogs will avoid food and even treats when they are stressed out.

Exercise, Exercise, Exercise

Yep. Just like in humans dogs need plenty of exercise. A good way to ensure your pup will feel better during the firework scaries is to get them to exercise quite a bit before the “stressful” event. Go for a long walk or play with your dog. Those zumies will pay off later!

Invest in a Calm Aid

If you’ve tried everything, and nothing has worked to keep your dog calm, you may need to invest in a calm aid or anti-anxiety medication. Calm aids include oral solutions, topical solutions or even a thundershirt which can make a dog feel safe through the use of gentle pressure.

Check out the top rated calm aids which include chewables, natural options, calming devices and much more!

Finding the right calm aid for your dog is essential to helping him feel better during the 4th of July fireworks or any other stressful event. Chances are that if your dog fears fireworks, he will also be uneasy when there is thunder or any loud noises. These calm aids can help add another layer of comfort.

The bottom line is that your dog doesn’t have to suffer through the 4th of July fireworks. These techniques are designed to help your pup feel better and are guaranteed to work.

What other calming techniques have you used? We’d love to know!

Head to allivet.com for more discounted dog medications, supplements and supplies.

Flea and Tick Common Questions and Solutions

When it comes to our pets, we always want the best for them. That includes keeping them healthy with exercise, good nutrition and monthly treatments to prevent common illnesses. Flea and Ticks are one of the main concerns for most pet parents especially during the Summer months where these little bugs are bound to thrive on your pet’s fur. Before you invest in a Flea and Tick treatment, we tackled common questions pet parents have. Here’s the 411:

What are Flea and Ticks?

Preventing Flea and Ticks is the best defense against a potentially tick-borne illness. Fleas are wingless insects that can feed on your dog’s blood, jump nearly 2 feet high and can thrive in warm environments.

Ticks are parasites that can also feed on dog’s and cat’s blood. Ticks can actually transmit a host of diseases through their bite. Your pet’s fur is the perfect environment  for ticks to live and reproduce making them a great host.

How do pets get Flea and Ticks?

Dogs usually contract fleas outside during playtime or walks especially in areas prominent with grass. Ticks can actually live for a year without feeding which means they are always waiting for the perfect time to find a new host.

What are some of the signs and symptoms of Flea and Tick infestation or Illnesses?

Common signs of Flea and Tick infestation in pets include:

  • Flea droppings (dark specks) in the fur
  • Flea eggs (white specks) in the fur
  • Excessive licking or scratching
  • Scabs or hot spots on the skin

You can feel ticks when you pet your cat or dog, and you can see them. They most often attach near the head, neck, ears, or paws. On cats, they’re usually found around the ears and eyes.

Can humans get Flea and Ticks from their pets?

Yes. It’s possible for humans to contract Flea and Ticks from their pets. There are so many types of fleas our pet’s can become infested with. What you should know is that while Flea and Ticks can bite humans, they can’t really live on humans.

Can Flea and Tick illnesses be dangerous for pets?

Tick borne illnesses can potentially be dangerous. The one thing to watch out for is allergies. Some dogs can develop Flea Allergy Dermatitis which can quickly become uncontrollable. Signs of this illness include itching that usually lasts long after the fleas have gone. Fleas can also transmit dog tapeworm illnesses in pets as well as bacterial diseases which also need medical attention.

What are some of the most common treatments of Flea and Ticks in dogs and cats?

There are many flea and tick treatments that are safe for your pet. It’s always best practice to discuss with your vet before you buy anything. Not all pets will respond the same to these treatments and your pet’s health history must always be considered before choosing a medication.

In general, you have oral and topical treatments. Oral treatments include Nexgard, Bravecto, Sentinel, Trifexis, Comfortis. All are effective in treating and preventing Flea and Ticks. For topical options, you can choose Seresto, Frontline, K9 Advantix II among other treatments. For a full list of treatment, head to allivet.com

Why should I get my pet on a Flea and Tick treatment?

When the weather turns warmer, fleas and ticks emerge in greater numbers. And these pests are more than an annoyance to pets. Untreated, they can lead to serious illness and make your house all but uninhabitable.

Ticks and Fleas are dangerous to the health of people as well as pets. For that reason, protection is essential for all dogs and cats that live with you.

Where can I purchase these treatments?

Allivet.com offers a wide range of Flea and Tick treatments ranging from oral to topical. We offer the same medications you find at your local vet, but for much lower prices and shipped directly to you. You can choose a one time shipment or an auto ship option for your convenience. Our team of experts takes care of your order from beginning to end, including contacting your vet for a prescription and updating you every step of the way. You can save hundreds of dollars every year by simply opting for an online pet pharmacy like allivet.

Does Allivet offer the same medications I would find at the vet? If so, what’s the difference between buying them there?

By choosing a fully registered online pet pharmacy like allivet, you are guaranteed to pay the lowest prices for pet medications every month. Best part, you can avoid long lines and the inconvenience of heading to your vet’s office since the medications are shipped directly to your doorstep in a timely manner.

Bottom line, it’s best practice to check with your vet if you are looking to purchase or change your pet’s Flea and Tick treatment. At Allivet, your pet is our number one priority and our team of experts is here to answer all your questions and concerns.

 

3 Easy Steps To Finding a Trusted Online Pet Pharmacy

Best online pet pharmacy

Making sure your pet is healthy is a  huge priority for all pet parents. Most pets need monthly treatments to stay healthy and prevent common illnesses like Flea and Ticks as well as Heartworm related ones. Other pets require a stock of meds to fight diseases and keep them healthy. Pet medications can add up and for some, they can break the bank.

Many pet parents turn to online pharmacies for several reasons including: significantly lower prices on medications, quick online payment, convenient free auto-shipping services and in general, for a hassle-free experience.

While these pose a great alternative to purchasing your pet’s medications through a Vet’s office or pet store, it’s important to choose a trusted online pharmacy that can deliver on their word. Most importantly, it’s important to make sure these pharmacies carry the right medications, are accredited and have a location in the country you live in.

Here are 3 easy steps to find the right pet pharmacy for you and your pet:

Step 1:

Make sure you check for .pharmacy certification accreditation. Most reputable pharmacies will have this somewhere on their website. This accreditation basically tells consumers that the pharmacy is following the strict rules enforced by the NABP. These include rules on how to store, sell and dispose of pet medications. Here is what it looks like.

Step 2:

Be weary if they don’t ask for a prescription. Most pet medications require a prescription from a vet. For instance, at checkout, Allivet Pet Pharmacy will ask you to share the name of your Vet and their contact info. They will take care of reaching out to the Vet to obtain this prescription. Alternatively, you can also provide a digital copy. It’s a huge red flag if an online pharmacy doesn’t require or ask for a prescription.

Step 3

Make sure the online pharmacy you are planning on using is based out of the United States. It’s important that any business operating from another part of the world has different accreditations and review processes. You and your pet are safer choosing a pharmacy with a physical location in the United States.

Finally, make sure you are paying attention to reviews and overall ratings for the online pharmacy you are planning to use. An added bonus is to make sure the pharmacy has longevity in the industry and that they have been around for a while.

Once you’re set on a pharmacy, purchasing your pet’s medication is a very easy process. You will simply choose the med/s you need, add it to your cart, fill out the contact info, shipping info, Vet’s info and simply check out.  At Allivet, we will always keep you posted via email or text and will let you know when your Vet sends in the prescription. You will also be notified when the order ships and reminded when you are up for another shipment.

Benefits of switching to an online pet pharmacy include:

  • Fast, free shipping and delivery
  • Lower prices on medications
  • 24/7 customer service
  • Wider selection of medications. Best part, Allivet will pre-order medications that are hard to find just for you.
  • Hassle-free prescription. You simply have to let your Vet know and we’ll take it from there.
  • Easy checkout process

It’s important to choose a pet pharmacy that not only delivers great service, but that also provides the lowest prices in the market. Head to allivet.com for the best prices and service on pet meds.