Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Did You Know Talking To Your Pet Is Good For Your Health?

Hands up if you talk to your pet?

And if you’re anything like us at VetShopMax, it’s each and every day, all day long.

We love telling them about our day, what we’ve been up to, and even how we feel.

Whilst this may sound a little strange to those without pets, talking to pets is actually very common.

But did you know talking to your pet is good for your health?

“The average dog can understand around 200 words”

Your Pet Knows How You’re Feeling

Here’s a fun fact, although we talk to people using words, 80% of our communication is actually via our body language. 

The average dog can understand up to 200 words, but won’t really understand spoken language.

They can however, pick up on our emotions, and are able to sense how we’re feeling. 

Kind of like a 6th sense.

Some dogs will lay their head on your lap when you’re upset for example, whilst your cat may often sit with you when you’re feeling lonely or unwell (even if they don’t sit with you normally).

So it doesn’t really matter what you say to them, but rather how you express it.

If you’re one to talk regularly to your pet, he or she is going to know you inside out, which is a really special bond to have with your fur friend.

“Your pet senses how much you love them by the way you talk to them”

Talking to Your Pet Is Good for BOTH of You

We see pets as family, and genuine friends that we can bare our souls to – secrets are always safe, and an animal will never judge us… or do they?

But did you know having a good old yarn with your fur friend is actually good for your mental health?

Taking to pet’s and interacting with them regularly can lower stress levels, increase productiveness and overall just make you feel good!

That’s why at VetShopMax, we bring our furry pals to work with us. For more information, click here.

Now as mentioned earlier, pets can sense how your feeling; and they can also sense how you feel towards them.

A lot of you and your pet’s communication is actually expressed through intonation.

For example, your dog may associate a high, happy voice with positivity and excitement, a neutral, calming voice with reassurance, and a low, deep voice with negativity or disapproval.

Next time you talk to your pet, think about your tone and body language and see how they respond.

“Your pet actually has a lot to say in return”

You Learn Your Pet’s Language Too

Although animals are good at picking up on much of what we say, they still have their own way of communication too.

Start paying greater attention, and you’ll notice that your pet has quite a lot to say in return when you talk to them.

Try immerse yourself in the body language of your cat, dog, bunny or any pet for that matter, and you’ll soon realise there’s a whole new form of communication to discover.

Overall, the more you work on understanding each other, the stronger your bond will be and the happier and healthy you both will feel!

Do you know how to break up a dog fight? Learn the skills and protect your pet here.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

How To Break Up A Dog Fight

As humans, breaking up a dog fight is something we hope to never have to do. Being a good pet owner, you may have the best behaved and trained pooch around, however not all dogs get along – even the good ones. Instinct is a very powerful thing in animals, so simply telling your dog to ‘stop’ or ‘come here’ nine times out of ten is not going to work. They no longer hear you as their loving loyal owner, but instead their only focus in that very moment is to attack – no matter who it might be at. 

It cannot be stressed enough that you should never, ever reach into the chaos and grab your dog away. This manoeuvre is rather going to leave you injured than breaking up the clash. Instead, there are a two effective techniques that will ensure everyone involved walks away serious-injury free. 

Technique 1: Two-person breakup

This technique will be effective if you have two people who are able to break the fight up together.
  1. At the same time each grab a dog’s back legs
  2. Raise them up, similar to how you would lift a wheelbarrow
  3. Back both dogs away slowly, continuing to hold their legs in the air (this will prevent them from reaching around and biting you)
  4. Once the dogs are safely separated, try hold them securely until they are calm and face them away from the other dog if possible

Technique 2: One-person breakup

This technique can be used if you are alone, however proceed with caution. 

  1. Grab a free leash or a piece of rope
  2. Slowly approach the more aggressive dog
  3. Once you are close enough, loop the leash around their middle section, you want to catch them just in front of their back legs
  4. Slip the free end of the leash through its looped handle and pull tight
  5. Once fastened, slowly pull the dog backward until you find something to fasten them to, such as a telephone pole or fence post
  6. Now shift your focus to the second dog and grab them from behind using the “wheelbarrow” technique described above
  7. Again, pull them away at least 5 metres and restrain until the dogs are calm or help arrives

Whether it’s big dogs or small dogs, these techniques will work the same. Try not to scream or yell unless it’s calling for help, and most importantly, be quick, stay mindfully aware, and remain calm and assertive.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Take Your Dog to Work Day - June 24th 2016

Here at VetShopMax, every day is bring your pet to work day. However, did you know there is an annual day recognized worldwide for bringing your pet to work? How cool!

VetShopMax Staffy Staff Members

Take Your Dog to Work Day will take place this Friday the 24th of June 2016 in America and all around the world.

A little history on how this day all came about, it was first celebrated in 1996 in the United Kingdom and became popular in the United States in 1999. Take Your Dog to Work Day not only lets pet owners celebrate the bond and companionship they share with their pets, but also brings greater awareness to adopting from local shelters and rescue groups.

Studies have proved that bringing your dog, or cat to work can provide a number of physical and mental health benefits, increase activity and staff productiveness, and overall create a positive and fun work environment. 

To ensure your Take Your Dog to Work Day runs smoothly this Friday, Dr Mark has given his Top 5 Tips for Bringing Pets to Work.

Tip One: Training

Ensure your pet is suitably trained and well socialised before bringing into work. Set aside time during the day for toilet breaks, however it’s recommended to also provide training pads to avoid accidents. Use positive reinforcement when your pet shows good behaviour, including whenever they do the toilet in the correct place. This will help reduce the likelihood of your pet playing up or toileting in the wrong area.  

Tip Two: Comfort

Allow your pet some free time when you arrive in the morning. This will give them time to get to know their surroundings and say hello to other co-workers. Bring along your pet’s favourite blanket, bed, and toys to help them feel comfortable in the new environment. Keep these items by your desk to encourage your pet to stay by your side and avoid causing disruption to other workers. 

Tip Three: Environment

Consider if your workplace is a safe environment before bringing your pet in. Is there any hazardous machinery, substances or open flames? If so maybe your workplace is not suitable for bringing in your pet. Also be aware of security and if your pet could escape easily, and if so is there a busy road outside. Above all, your pet’s safety is what matters most. 

Tip Four: Cleaning

If you or other staff members are regularly bringing your pets to work, ensure the office is equip with relevant cleaning products, such as paper towels and disinfectant. If your pet does toilet in the office, it’s always best to display no reaction. Clean the area thoroughly to remove any scent, as this will reduce the likelihood of the pet doing it in that spot again.

Tip Five: Vaccinated

Before bringing your pet to work, it’s important to ensure their vaccinations are up to date and that they are free from any diseases or illnesses that could spread to other animals. Also consider the risk of any hidden parasites that may be residing at your workplace and administer protection accordingly. This will allow for a happy and healthy environment for all.

Click here for MUST know hacks that will make every cat owners life easier.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Introducing Seresto - The Longest Lasting Protection From Fleas And Ticks

Seresto isn't like other flea collars. The innovative patented collar matrix in each easy to apply, non-greasy odour free collar, provides 8 months of effective protection against fleas (in cats and dogs) and 4 months protection against all ticks (in dogs only). 9/10 pet parents recommend Seresto as it's effective, fast and easy to use.

Seresto works for your pet:

Fleas don't have to bite to die. Seresto works through contact, killing fleas that can cause painful bites.

Protection against ticks (dogs only). Seresto kills and repels ticks.

Water resistant*. Bath time and swimming aren't off limits.

Seresto works for you:

Less hassle, no mess. Seresto is non-greasy and odor free and helps avoid the hassle of applying monthly topicals.

Easy-to-use. Application of collar is easy. The collar should be worn continuously for the full protection period.

Protection Plus. 8 months against fleas (cats and dogs), 4 months against ticks (dogs only).

Thursday, June 9, 2016 Review Achieves Highest in Class

We're delighted that leading review website TrustPilot has advised that has earned an amazing rating of 8.2/10. The highest rating of any of our competitors!

Trust Pilot independent reviews are considered particularly reputable because they take significant steps to ensure that all reviews posted are  real reviews posted by real customers.

TrustPilot also imposes a stringent set of rating standards, so it is very difficult to achieve a trust score over 8. For example, other leading online pet health retailers like 1800petmeds has a score of 6.2 and DrsFosterandSmith has a score of 7.7.

Here's what some of the VetShopMax Reviews on trust pilot say:

Saved heaps on Nexgard

Wow, I'm so happy I found this shop. A new friend told me about it because she has been buying her cat products from here for years and I just saved over $70 on Nexgard compared to the vets. Fast delivery as well.

Saved heaps of $$

I bought a mass order of Advocate from the deal 12 for the price of 9. So much cheaper to buy in bulk. Great shopping experience overall. Cheap and prompt shipping. 5/5 recommend!!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Five Places Pets Should Be More Welcome

The United States has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world. It is estimated that 65% of American households own pets, that's over 163.3 million pets! Although people with pets account for over half the American population, there are still many limitations pet owners face in their everyday lives. Here at VetShopMax, we believe pets are family and should be free to join us wherever we go, and in whatever we are doing. Have a read of our top five places we think pets should be more welcome.

1. Work

Here at VetShopMax our pets are not only our friends, but our co-workers too. We love having our pets at work with us, and believe bringing pets to work improves staff productiveness, reduces stress levels and creates a positive and fun atmosphere for all.

2. All Homes

We understand that people with investment properties have to put a lot of trust in their tenants to take care of their homes. But should it be so difficult for families with pets to find a rental? As long as the home is cared for, and there are no hidden surprises left when inspections come around, why can't our four-legged friends be given a set of keys too?

3. Aeroplanes

It is known that some pets can travel in the cabin area with us on a number of well know United States airlines including, American Airlines, Delta and JetBlue to name a few. This practice is commonly seen within the country, however if you are travelling far outside the U.S or Canadian boarder, say bye bye for now to your fur friend as they will have to be placed below deck in the cargo hold. Cargo holds can be dark, noisy and they are not as strictly temperature and pressure regulated as the passenger cabin. Your pet is not under constant supervision and there just seems like a lot of opportunity for something to go wrong. Perhaps some more thought could go into creating practices and new regulations that allow pets to travel by our side no matter the distance or destination.  

4. The Beach and Parks

Although there are the few allocated dog beaches and dog friendly parks across the country, these locations are not necessarily convenient or close by for all pet owners to consistently travel to on their routine morning and afternoon walks. It is understood that pet owners face criticism for apparently never picking up their dog's mess or letting their dogs run riot. However, beaches and parks can be covered in everything from general trash and disposable nappies, to discarded food and broken glass bottles. Walking a dog is a time where people can relax, take a break from their busy lives, and bond with their fur friend. We believe this simple task shouldn't be restricted and people should have the freedom to walk their dog wherever they please!

5. Vacations

The more pet-friendly vacations are, the better! Most pets spend every day at home or in a familiar surrounding. And just like us pets probably get sick of seeing the same house/life at times too. Surprisingly, there are more and more hotels and holiday apartments that will allow pets. Many hotel comparison websites now have a 'pet friendly' option to select. Hooray! Now our fur friends can join in on the vacation fun too!

If you’d like to know more about pets in the workplace, learn Dr Marks Top 5 Tips for Bring Pets to Work here.