Friday, July 30, 2010

Mutt's Day Is July 31!


At MEDNET Direct we love dogs, and we are very excited to recognize mutts by celebrating Mutt's Day. This annual event was created to celebrate lovable, loyal, and one of a kind mutts. Mutts are often called halfbreeds, Heinz 57's, and more recently "designer" dogs (designed just for you).

Mutt's can be a wonderful addition to your family, and don't carry the expensive price tag that purebreds do. Mutts are usually more tame animals and don't have undesirable personality traits or attitudes that some purebred dogs do. It has also been said that mutts are often healthier than purebred dogs, because purebred dogs often have physical issues caused by inbreeding and selective breeding.

Your Mutt is just as unique as it's owner, often possessing the best physical and personality traits of it's parents. If you have been considering getting a new pet for your family, consider adopting one of the many one of a kind, mutts at your local animal shelter.

We'd love to see photos of your Mutts!

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Automatic Waterers Keep Pets Hydrated


Even the most responsible pet owner can forget something once and a while, and this summer MEDNET Direct would like to remind everyone that pets are people too.

Pets need to be kept cool and hydrated in the summer heat, just as people do. If your pet is outside for long periods of time, make sure there is a shady area for them to rest and be sure to leave out plenty of water. Even if your pet is inside enjoying the A/C this summer, ample amounts of water should still be accessible to prevent dehydration.

The easiest way to keep your pet hydrated this summer is with an automatic waterer. Automatic waterers help keep water fresh by circulating it, and only releasing water as your pet drinks is. You'll no longer have a slimy dog bowl, or warm water by the end of the day. Automatic waterers can hold up to 1.5 gallons of water ensuring your pet's thirst is met all day.

This summer make sure you and your pet stay cool and hydrated by drinking lots of water.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Take Your Dog To Work Day


Every year workers across America have had the opportunity to take their children to work, but now many workplaces are embracing Take Your Dog To Work Day, which falls on June 25!

If you are lucky enough to be able to take your pet to work with you this summer, remember these few tips to make sure your dog doesn’t become an office distraction. Bring a leash to restrain your pet is necessary and to take it outside for bathroom breaks. It’s also important to only bring your pet if it is well trained and gets along well with other animals, otherwise it most likely won’t be invited back.

Bring along a few treats and dog toys to occupy your pet while you work. It may also be helpful to bring along some puppy pads in case of an accident. You should also send an email to co-workers to let them know in advance in case some people are allergic to your pet.

With these tips, we’re sure Take Your Dog To Work Day will be a fun experience for you, your dog and your co-workers! If you are able to take your pet to work, send us a photo- we’d love to see you and your pets at work.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

June Is Adopt A Shelter Cat Month


Many of the television ads that promote pet adoption only feature dogs. While we really do want dogs to be adopted into loving homes, we want cats to find great homes too!

According to the American Humane Society about 4 million cats end up in shelters every year, including thousands born every spring and summer during “kitten season.” This summer we want to help make sure they all go to loving homes, so if you plan to adopt a cat, try to adopt a shelter cat.

Due to kitten season, summer is the perfect (and very important) time to adopt a new cat, because June Is Adopt A Shelter Car Month! At your local pet shelter, you will find many cats who would love to go home with you from baby kittens to mature cats.

Before you bring your cat home, be sure you stock up on all your essential cat products to properly care for your newest family addition. MEDNET has everything you need for a cat from beds, litter boxes, carriers, toys and even catnip, so you cat will feel right at home.

Did you adopt a cat this month? Send us a photo of your new friend and you might be featured on our blog!

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Dog Walking Is Great Spring Exercise


This spring, walk off the winter blues with your dog. Many of us are hitting the gym and looking for ways to shed the winter pounds and get a fresh start this spring.

Walking is one of the best exercises anyone can do to improve their health. Dogs also need to get walked frequently, and we bet they are just as anxious as you to get out in the fresh spring air. Get the exercise you and your dog need by taking some long walks, or jogs this spring.

While walking you'll probably find many pet owners who are doing the same, so you and your pet will have a chance to meet the neighborhood dogs. There are also many outdoor malls that allow dogs, so take your dog for a mall walk if your housing complex doesn't have sidewalks or walking trails. Another great place to walk is at the local park where there are many walking, biking and skating trails. Your dog will love all the foreign smells and the abundance of squirrels and birds to chase at the park too!

To prepare for your walk, you'll need a reliable dog collar and leash to walk your pet. If you are training your pet, a choke chain would also be helpful. You'll also want to put a couple dog treats in your pocket to reward your pet for not pulling the leash and listening to other commands. Be sure to pack some dog waste bags as well to clean up after your pet if he or she stops for a bathroom break.

Dog walking is great spring exercise, so get out in the fresh air with your dog today.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

May Flowers Cause Pet Allergies


Every May is Allergy Awareness Month. What most people do not know is that allergies are not just limited to humans, pets can develop allergies as well. Unfortunately pets cannot tell you that they have allergies and will rely on their owners to notice the symptoms.

This Spring, as May Flowers littered with pollen and other allergens are in full bloom be sure to watch your pet for signs of irritations. If your dog seems to be sneezing or itching more than often, he or she may have seasonal allergies. This can be confirmed by a vet and medication can be prescribed.

You can also help your pet if they suffer from seasonal allergies by keeping grass and other plants trimmed and even stop plating certain plants if they bother your pet. Putting up garden fencing or blocking pets from certain plants can also be helpful. You can also be sure to give your pets baths regularly to remove any allergens trapped in their fur. Washing their bedding and even outdoor toys often is another great allergen prevention method.

Indoor allergies can also develop, so it's important to dust, vacuum and clean your air vents regularly. You'll also want to refrain from using latex toys, as this is a common allergen, and use detergent and cleaners that are hypo-allergenic.

With these simple tips you and your pet can enjoy the fresh spring air and May Flowers!

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

April Showers Cause Muddy Pet Paws


We all know the age old slogan, April Showers Bring May Flowers, however, April Showers also cause pet's paws to be muddy.

When pets paws get muddy there are several solutions to help keep your floors and carpets from inheriting the mess also. One easy solution is to keep a towel or washable puppy pad by the door. Use this as a doggie door mat, or just wipe your pet paws before they come inside. Many pet owners find other uses for their washable puppy pads in addition to training. Some pet owners have even trained their pets to wipe their paws before entering.

In addition to keeping your pet's laws clean and dry, it's important to keep the rest of your pet clean from mud splatters and spring skunk encounters. If your pet simply has rolled in the mud a bit too much, check out our selection of dog shampoo and conditioner. This dog shampoo is specially made for dogs and is safe to use on their skin and will help keep their coat looking healthy. You can give your pet a bath in the tub or outside with the hose. Then dry him off with that washable puppy pad, just one more use for the pads.

If your pet encounters a skunk, you'll need to give he or she a tomato juice bath. Most pet owners know this and keep a few bottles on hand in case of this emergency. After the tomato juice bath, you may want to give your dog a bath using regular dog shampoo to eliminate the tomato smell, and help condition their dried out skin.

With these tips, hopefully those April Showers will only bring May Flowers, and not muddy pets!

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