Whew! Now that we’re all settled in, we’re ready to talk about our fantastic week at BlogPaws in Nashville. Not only did we have amazing conversations with people who truly love all pets and sharing their own pet stories with the world, but we also took home a boatload of knowledge about how we can offer even better support for all pets’ health needs.
We started the week with a BlogPaws Twitter chat and were able to answer a lot of common questions about our supplements and about healthy summer activities for your pets. We also had the opportunity to meet many new friends as we were gleefully bombarded with photographs of beloved pets. The next day saw our team waiting for a delayed flight, but we made it into Nashville just in time to set up for the event. Our living room was a big hit with animals and humans:
The first day of BlogPaws was chock full of the sweetest and most well-behaved dogs and cats. We were thrilled the animals all seemed to get along. (We brought along plenty of samples of Composure Chews for those animals experiencing slightly more stress than their friends, just in case!)
We’re thrilled to be sponsoring and attending Blog Paws in Nashville, TN this week. If you can’t make it to the conference this year, but still want to connect and discuss animal health, please join us tonight on Twitter for a start time of 8 pm EDT. (You can jump in any time – we’ll be chatting until 10!)
We’ll be using #BlogPawsChat to talk about how to keep your pets healthy and active all summer long. The Blog Paws team will also be asking quiz questions – so you can win awesome prizes from VetriScience. Follow us @VetriScience and follow our friends @BlogPaws. We’re looking forward to chatting with you!
By Tracy Mackey-Burlingame
It’s Dockdogs season here in the Rockies and Team Splashdown can’t wait for our first event of the year! It’s been a long, cold winter and we are ready for some splashing fun in the sun! As I hauled out the trusty dog’s sport-equipment tote from the dark corner of the garage for its annual overhaul, I started thinking back to our years of competing and how much our dogs and this crazy sport have changed our lives.
We adopted our dogs Harley and Kasey back in 2003 and 2004. We were first-time dog owners and really didn’t know much about anything except that we had to feed them, scoop a lot of poop and vacuum a lot of fur.
But we learned.
I joined a few online dog forums (yes, forums are those things we did way back in the stone age before Facebook and Twitter) and asked questions and shared my experiences and pictures (lots and LOTS of pictures) only other dog people would appreciate.
Between 6 and 8 million pets land in shelters each year.
But did you know that about 25% of all pets in shelters are purebred? It’s true!
And breed-specific rescues have important roles to play in placing many of these animals in their forever homes.
Last September, we shared the news of a parvovirus outbreak in New Jersey. We just caught wind that several dogs in Virginia Beach have tested positive for the acute virus, which is shed in dog feces for a few weeks after infection.
When we talked about parvovirus last time, we mentioned that it can be a concern all year round, but it’s more often spread in the warmer months. Officials in Virginia Beach are saying that it’s spreading especially early this year.
Read on to see our previous post, find out about symptoms and learn how you can protect your dog from parvovirus.
Are you into March Madness? It’s OK if not. We’ve got our own version designed to get pet lovers into the bracket scene, and to support rescue pups across the nation. That’s right: it’s time for Bark MADNESS!
Pet Naturals® of Vermont and VetriScience® L aboratories are joining forces for the 2nd annual Bark Madness Breed Challenge. The round of 32 will begin at 10:00 AM EST on Monday March 23rd, and will end whenever the 2015 Bark Madness winner is finally crowned.
This year’s focus is on large breed dogs and the shelters that help them find forever homes. The Final Four of the bracket will each receive a master case of Daily Best XL from Pet Naturals® of Vermont!
That’s almost $4000 dollars worth of product for each of the top four winners.
The Bark Madness winner will also get to choose a case of any VetriScience® product, which shelters can use to help support their dogs’ health as they head toward adoption, as raffle prizes to raise money, or as a gift for dogs who are off to their forever homes.
Want to get in on the fun? Here’s all you have to do to play: Matchups will be found here each day. Pet Naturals® will also post those matchups on Facebook.To vote, comment below the matchup with your choice of breed. You can vote on each matchup until 11:59pm the day it is posted.
To earn extra points: “Like” the VetriScience® page and comment with the name of a shelter you love. As long as it isn’t already one of our final four in the bracket, that shelter will become eligible for the honorable mention prize.
The bracket will be updated each day. You can follow along here.
Let us know what you think of Bark Madness by playing starting this Monday!
Because animals are curious creatures and humans are creatures that celebrate beauty, striking a balance in the household can be difficult, especially when it comes to balancing dogs, cats and toxic household plants.
Toxic plants are a serious problem for the animal world. Just as you might unknowingly grab a red berry off a vine only to end up in the hospital hours later, your cats and dogs may sneak a nibble of your favorite leafy green only to end up—where else? The vet’s office.
So what can you do to protect your pets?
In light of the fact that a beautiful beagle, Miss P, won the Westminster Kennel Club top prize just this week, we’re taking a look at some of our favorite fun facts about the much-loved breed.
It’s now been almost a week since our team came back from sharing some amazing moments with the vet world at NAVC in Florida – and we already can’t wait to go back in 2016.
This year, the VetriScience® booth featured exclusive, vet-developed Pro-Line products and some new information about patented ingredients that had attendees buzzing.
It also featured our incredible team of representatives who got some excellent feedback from vet student attendees. They noted that taking the time to explain and teach about the ingredients was a deciding factor in VetriScience’s ability to make a difference at the show.
For our part, we noticed quite a bit of interest in some specific health categories at the show, including digestive (probiotics) and dental.
(We also couldn’t help but notice the extreme popularity of our slap bracelet USBs that include the new Pro-Line materials.)
If you’re interested in learning more about how you can get Pro-Line products for your pet exclusively from your veterinarian, click here.
Did you attend NAVC 2015? What information did you find valuable? We’d love to hear from you in a comment.
Heading into February, we tend to pay special attention to pet dental health—because it’s Pet Dental Health Awareness Month.
Realistically, though, dental health is important all year round, and a clean mouth, or a dirty one, can affect many of your pet’s organs.
In fact, periodontal disease can cause serious long-term health concerns if left untreated. And it’s surprisingly common.
That’s why it’s valuable to know these facts—today and always – about periodontal disease. If nothing else, this knowledge will motivate you to follow up with regular cleanings – an important part of the dental health equation.