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22 11, 2017

Adopting a Senior Pet from the Shelter

2018-08-09T20:06:10+00:00

senior-dog-adoption-tips

For one reason or another, senior pets are often overlooked by prospective adopters. But, as supporters of animal welfare and, since November is designated as Adopt a Senior Pet Month, we’re here to tell you – senior pets make GREAT companion animals. And the truth is, unless more people are willing to give them a chance – they might stay at the shelter forever! On the plus side, this means that if you are looking for

Adopting a Senior Pet from the Shelter 2018-08-09T20:06:10+00:00
13 11, 2017

What is Feline Stomatitis?

2018-08-09T20:10:11+00:00

feline-stomatitis

Feline stomatitis is a common, painful and very serious oral inflammation that can affect cats of all breeds and ages, although some breeds such as Himalayans, Persians, and Somalis are more prone to developing symptoms than others. There is no single specific cause associated with stomatitis (also known as chronic gingivostomatitis or CGS), though the buildup of plaque triggers the initial inflammation. With some cases, it is thought there is an autoimmune component to this disease,

What is Feline Stomatitis? 2018-08-09T20:10:11+00:00
6 11, 2017

Why is My Pet Peeing Indoors?

2018-08-09T20:22:34+00:00

dog-urination-health

It’s a pretty unpleasant occurrence, but peeing inside the house is an issue most pet owners have to deal with at some point in time. While it’s a common problem with puppies and kittens, the issue should subside once they’re properly trained. If your adult pet has suddenly begun passing urine indoors, however, there’s usually a basic behavioral snag or an underlying medical issue that’s causing the problem. In this blog we’ll take a look at

Why is My Pet Peeing Indoors? 2018-08-09T20:22:34+00:00
30 10, 2017

Why Are Black Cats Considered Bad Luck?

2018-08-09T20:33:19+00:00

black-cat-unlucky

It’s no secret that black cats are considered bad luck. And, sadly, they’re among the least popular pets at animal shelters throughout the US – with their colorful counterparts seen as more desirable. Being an organization committed to animal welfare and adoption (and with Halloween coming up), Activ4Pets decided it’s time to bust the myth. These beautiful creatures deserve forever homes just as much as any other shelter pet!

Why Are Black Cats Considered Bad Luck? 2018-08-09T20:33:19+00:00
24 10, 2017

University of Miami Offers Activ4Pets as New Employee Benefit

2018-08-07T18:59:33+00:00

University of Miami pet owner employees have a new way to save time and money with the Activ4Pets animal health app

university-of-miami-benefits
MIAMI, FL, October 23, 2017 – Open enrollment has kicked off for many healthcare organizations and corporations across the US. Among the insurance copays and pension plans, several companies are standing out by providing pet-friendly benefits for the very first time. With over 14,000 employees, the University of Miami (UM) has long been

University of Miami Offers Activ4Pets as New Employee Benefit 2018-08-07T18:59:33+00:00
10 10, 2017

5 Defamed Dog Breeds

2018-08-09T20:47:58+00:00

american-staffordshire-terrier

Dogs are wonderful pets but some breeds have earned terrible reputations due to their stern appearance and occasional behavior issues. It’s important to note, however, that any dog can attack or bite, emphasizing the need to train and socialize your pup properly during those crucial early months. Every dog owner has been in a situation where another canine has become aggressive. And, if we’re honest, this usually has very little to do with specific breeds –

5 Defamed Dog Breeds 2018-08-09T20:47:58+00:00
3 10, 2017

Benefits of Exercising with your Dog

2018-08-09T20:52:21+00:00

benefits-of-dog-walking

It’s easy to arrive home from a long day at work and curl up on the couch for the rest of the night with your dog. Though, if you’re being honest with yourself, you really should get outside and play with your dog before you settle in for the night. If you’ve been at a desk all day and your dog has been in a crate, there’s tremendous value in taking the time to exercise with

Benefits of Exercising with your Dog 2018-08-09T20:52:21+00:00
25 09, 2017

Top 5 Family-Friendly Dog Breeds

2018-08-09T20:57:16+00:00

family-friendly-dog-breeds

So you’re thinking about getting a new dog, huh? Congratulations! A new pup is bound to bring you and your family closer together and provide some extra companionship for everyone. Question is: which breed are you thinking about getting? Do you know which qualities you’re looking for, or do you want a dog to please everyone?

Top 5 Family-Friendly Dog Breeds 2018-08-09T20:57:16+00:00
19 09, 2017

6 Common Canine Respiratory Infections

2018-08-09T21:06:31+00:00

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Infections of the upper respiratory tract (URT) are quite common in dogs and usually affect young pups, unvaccinated dogs and those with poor immune mechanisms. Unlike cats, dogs rarely develop asthma or allergic respiratory disease. In cases of respiratory tract infections, two signs are most commonly noticed – labored breathing (dyspnoea) and increased breathing rate (tachypnea).

6 Common Canine Respiratory Infections 2018-08-09T21:06:31+00:00
11 09, 2017

5 Common Zoonotic Diseases

2018-08-13T05:22:26+00:00

zoonotic-diseases-pets

Diseases which can be transferred from animals to humans are known as zoonotic diseases. Humans can acquire these infections through a variety of means including airborne pathogens or through bites and saliva.

5 Common Zoonotic Diseases 2018-08-13T05:22:26+00:00
5 09, 2017

5 Socialization Tips for Shelter Dog Adopters

2018-08-08T20:19:31+00:00

shelter-dog-socialization

Many of our members adopt adult shelter dogs having never owned a pet before. And, while we commend them for their good deed, it is important to point out there will be a period of transition and it’s likely there will be a few challenges along the way. Understandably, some shelter dogs will experience stress when they move to a new home and consequently might be apprehensive or fearful about social interactions with people and other animals. Don’t be put off. It’s your job to show them a loving environment in which

5 Socialization Tips for Shelter Dog Adopters 2018-08-08T20:19:31+00:00
31 08, 2017

Is Your Dog Suffering with Urinary Stones?

2018-08-13T05:31:29+00:00

dog-urinary-stones

The condition where urinary calculi (uroliths) or stones form in the urinary tract is called urolithiasis. Just like in humans, the disease can cause extreme discomfort during urination and other associated symptoms. Uroliths can form anywhere in the dog’s urinary system (kidneys, ureters, bladder or urethra) but in 85% of cases the stones occur in the bladder. Stones are made up of minerals, commonly calcium oxalate, struvite, urate and cystine in dogs.

Is Your Dog Suffering with Urinary Stones? 2018-08-13T05:31:29+00:00
22 08, 2017

5 Signs Your Cat Needs to Visit the Vet

2018-08-13T05:36:29+00:00

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Most pet owners recognize emergency circumstances when they absolutely must take their pet to the vet – difficulty breathing, vomiting or consuming toxic substances, for instance. But there are less obvious indications that your pet might have underlying medical issues that need to be dealt with.

Cats in particular are masters at hiding ill health so it becomes even more challenging for pet parents. Throw in their aversion to car travel and it’s too easy to avoid

5 Signs Your Cat Needs to Visit the Vet 2018-08-13T05:36:29+00:00
9 08, 2017

Understanding Feline Idiopathic Cystitis

2018-08-13T05:41:56+00:00

feline-cystitis

Feline Idiopathic Cystitis (FIC) is an inflammatory condition of the bladder. And, as the term “idiopathic” implies, it isn’t exactly known what causes the disease. FIC is one of many medical issues that fall under the banner of feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) and some veterinarians may use the two terms interchangeably. Generally speaking, cats between the ages of 2 – 6 years are at risk and both genders can be affected. Cats suffering with

Understanding Feline Idiopathic Cystitis 2018-08-13T05:41:56+00:00
2 08, 2017

What is Leptospirosis?

2018-08-13T05:49:05+00:00

dog-leptospirosis-water

Leptospirosis is a zoonotic infectious disease caused by leptospira bacteria which affect domestic pets and wild animals including rats, raccoons, opossums, deer, skunks, cattle, pigs and foxes. Wild animals often function as asymptomatic reservoir hosts for leptospirosis, and as dogs and people gain greater exposure to wildlife, their risk of getting leptospirosis increases. The disease is somewhat rare in cats, but felines do produce antibodies against leptospirosis serovars (bacteria).

What is Leptospirosis? 2018-08-13T05:49:05+00:00
24 07, 2017

Activ4Pets Finalists in First Ever National "Pet Project" Pitch Competition For Innovations In Pet Industry

2018-08-09T05:12:35+00:00

pet-project-2017

SAN DIEGO and SAN FRANCISCO, July 19, 2017
Pet tech brands, PetCoach and Whistle, today announced the finalists for Pet Project 2017, the first national pitch event dedicated to innovations in the pet industry announced on June 6, 2017.

The inaugural venture program invites entrepreneurs to pitch a new service or product in a private forum for the chance to win a $25,000 “no strings attached” cash prize, and get feedback from industry experts within Mars Petcare and Petco. The 2017 finalists are:

  • Activ4Pets (
Activ4Pets Finalists in First Ever National "Pet Project" Pitch Competition For Innovations In Pet Industry 2018-08-09T05:12:35+00:00
19 07, 2017

How do we Tackle Pet Obesity?

2018-08-13T05:57:20+00:00

pug-obese-pets

Over the past 20 years, obesity has increased in dogs and cats, despite myriad efforts by veterinarians, veterinary societies, academicians, technicians, drug companies, and entire organizations devoted to the problem (e.g. the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention). The question is: Why? In my experience it is usually down to perceptions of the issue and willingness to change behaviors.

How do we Tackle Pet Obesity? 2018-08-13T05:57:20+00:00
10 07, 2017

Hypothyroidism in Dogs

2018-08-13T06:04:18+00:00

Hypothyroidism refers to the insufficient production of T3 and T4 hormones from the thyroid gland, a butterfly-shaped organ located in the neck. This can lead to a decreased metabolic rate in pets – meaning they don’t burn calories as quickly.

overweight-dog-hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism in Dogs 2018-08-13T06:04:18+00:00
30 06, 2017

The Potential Dangers of Raw Food Diets

2018-08-13T06:20:36+00:00

dog-raw-diet

Raw food diets have gained huge popularity among dog owners in recent years. Supposedly because they are more in line with what a canine’s ancestors (wolves) consume. But haven’t dogs’ digestive systems adapted since they first became domesticated? And, if this is true, wouldn’t feeding them foods they’re no longer used to eating be harmful? Let me be clear: raw diets are a fad, and they may be endangering your pet.

The Potential Dangers of Raw Food Diets 2018-08-13T06:20:36+00:00
20 06, 2017

Adopting a Shelter Pet: Are You Ready For it?

2018-08-13T06:26:46+00:00

shelter-dog-adoption

The idea of pet adoption is appealing for most people. And with good reason – there are many fine shelter animals out there just waiting for a new home. And who wouldn’t want a cute new dog/cat/bunny/parrot in their life? But before you jump head first into adoption, there’s a few important things to consider. First and foremost – are you and your family ready for the responsibility of adding a family member – a new

Adopting a Shelter Pet: Are You Ready For it? 2018-08-13T06:26:46+00:00
9 06, 2017

Activ4Pets Launches Corporate Partnership Program to Help Employers Offer Pet Friendly Benefits

2018-08-09T05:17:08+00:00

Activ4Pets, providers of online and mobile platforms that give pet parents easy access to their pet’s health information along with web-based veterinary consultations, today announced the launch of its corporate partnership program. The program allows companies to provide employees with access to a suite of veterinary and pet health management tools, including low cost e-consults with licensed veterinarians.

veterinary-telemedicine-at-work

Activ4Pets Launches Corporate Partnership Program to Help Employers Offer Pet Friendly Benefits 2018-08-09T05:17:08+00:00
11 05, 2017

5 Amusing Reasons Why Pets Make the Best Children

2018-08-15T06:08:52+00:00

pets-make-great-children

There are plenty of good reasons to love your pets. They’re always so happy to see you, want endless cuddles and obey your every command. Well, mostly. With Mother’s Day fast approaching, we thought we take a look at all those silly but amusing reasons why pets make great ‘children’. Now, this isn’t a competition between human and animal children, just a bit of fun.

5 Amusing Reasons Why Pets Make the Best Children 2018-08-15T06:08:52+00:00
5 05, 2017

Activ4Pets Appoints New Chief Veterinary Officer

2018-08-09T05:15:43+00:00

kevin-kimber-chief-vet-officer
New Appointee brings wealth of veterinary knowledge, experience, and expertise to help advance veterinary telemedicine platform, helping pet parents engage proactively with pet health
LOS ANGELES, CA. May 5th, 2017 – Activ4Pets, provider of online and mobile platforms that give pet parents easy access to their pet’s health information along with web-based veterinary consultations, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Kevin Ross Kimber, M.S., D.V.M. as its new Chief Veterinary Medical Officer. Dr.

Activ4Pets Appoints New Chief Veterinary Officer 2018-08-09T05:15:43+00:00
28 04, 2017

Follow-Up Virtual Vet Visits Help Save Pet Parents Time

2018-08-15T06:14:27+00:00

Between work, school, kids and of course, those dreaded errands, taking time to go see the vet can seem like a luxury for many of us pet parents. It’s not that we don’t want to go, just that finding time can be tricky.

talk-to-a-vet-online

Follow-Up Virtual Vet Visits Help Save Pet Parents Time 2018-08-15T06:14:27+00:00
13 03, 2017

Understanding Feline Diabetes

2018-08-15T06:34:56+00:00

feline-health-record

Diabetes has risen sharply in our feline friends over the past decade or so – attributed to more cats being overweight. It can be a very serious and sometimes life-threatening disease. But, if caught and treated early, remission is possible. Though, your cat can become insulin-dependent for the rest of their life should diagnosis and treatment be delayed.

So what is feline diabetes? The most simple way to describe diabetes is with two words – Sugar and

Understanding Feline Diabetes 2018-08-15T06:34:56+00:00
7 03, 2017

Activ4Pets and Activ Doctors Online Sponsor Business of Health Care Conference 2017

2018-08-09T05:18:42+00:00

florent-monssoh-um-business-of-healthcare
Activ Doctors Online was once again proud sponsor of the 2017 Business of Health Care Conference, hosted by the University of Miami School of Business Administration this past Friday.
The theme for this year’s conference was the ‘Post Election’ evolution of the healthcare industry and attracted more than 800 attendees. The event was organized and hosted by Prof. Steve Ullman, Director of the Center for Health Sector Management and Policy in the School of Business

Activ4Pets and Activ Doctors Online Sponsor Business of Health Care Conference 2017 2018-08-09T05:18:42+00:00
6 03, 2017

Activ4Vets, sister company to Activ4Pets, LLC Launches Veterinarian Relief Staffing Service and Platform to Assist Vet Practices and Veterinarians Expand their Business and Provide Better Care

2018-08-09T05:21:47+00:00

activ4vets-relief-staffing-services
New Relief staffing service offers traditional and virtual veterinary staffing services to maximize clinic time, service, and revenue.
LOS ANGELES, CA. March 1, 2017 – Activ4Vets, providers of veterinary relief staffing services, introduces three comprehensive solutions for veterinary staffing and consultation needs; Traditional Relief Vet Staffing, Online Relief Vet Solutions and Peer-to-Peer Specialty Consults. With the number of pet owners growing yearly, and pet parents becoming increasingly engaged with their pet’s ongoing health and wellbeing,

Activ4Vets, sister company to Activ4Pets, LLC Launches Veterinarian Relief Staffing Service and Platform to Assist Vet Practices and Veterinarians Expand their Business and Provide Better Care 2018-08-09T05:21:47+00:00
23 02, 2017

Activ4Pets Mobile Health App Partners with Shelters to Save and Improve Lives of Pets

2018-08-09T05:26:07+00:00

shelter-buddy-announcement
Favorite pet health tool offers reduced cost services to adopters to help them engage and manage the health of their new pet
LOS ANGELES, CA. February 22, 2017Activ4Pets, providers of online and mobile platforms that give pet parents easy access to their pet’s health information along with web-based veterinary consultations, today announced its new shelter partnership program to provide their platform to pet adopters and shelters across the nation. Shelters that

Activ4Pets Mobile Health App Partners with Shelters to Save and Improve Lives of Pets 2018-08-09T05:26:07+00:00
14 02, 2017

Dog Flu: The Importance of Vaccinating Your Pets

2018-08-15T16:13:22+00:00

vet-vaccination

Did you know dogs can get the flu, too? Yes, just like their owners, dogs can contract influenza causing similar symptoms. Canine influenza is a relatively new virus, having only developed in the last 12 years. But it’s becoming a growing concern.

These days most pet diseases are prevented with vaccination and it’s easy to take the wonder of immunity for granted. Basically, immunity can be summed up with one word: “prevention”. From a veterinarian’s perspective, it is always easier to prevent a disease rather than treat it. Vaccines stimulate your pet’s own

Dog Flu: The Importance of Vaccinating Your Pets 2018-08-15T16:13:22+00:00
9 02, 2017

Identifying Feline Hyperthyroidism

2018-08-15T16:20:48+00:00

Our Feline friends are generally healthy and well fed in their indoor living environment. However, there are a few internal diseases that are common among middle aged and older cats.

indoor-cat

Identifying Feline Hyperthyroidism 2018-08-15T16:20:48+00:00
27 01, 2017

The Importance of Pet Insurance, it’s better to have it!

2018-08-15T16:34:16+00:00

“Why do I need Pet Insurance?” Is something I hear a lot. But, yes, pet insurance is very important! Policies stuffed with confusing jargon (co-pays, deductibles and caps) alone can be enough to put some pet parents off from signing up. Then there’s the costs involved. But our beloved furry family members deserve the very best. After all, they frequently do unexpected things, putting their own health – and sometimes your wallet – on the line.

dog-veterinarian

The Importance of Pet Insurance, it’s better to have it! 2018-08-15T16:34:16+00:00
19 12, 2016

Improving Your Pet’s Health in 2017

2018-08-15T16:46:14+00:00

dog-cat-health-tips

The year is moving fast and, like it or not, 2017 will be upon us very soon. Pets bring so much joy to our lives so it’s important we take their general wellbeing seriously. If you’re a pet owner, you’re in the unique position to improve your furry companion’s health with a few simple steps!

Maybe your pet’s a little overweight and you keep meaning to do something about it. Why not use the new year as

Improving Your Pet’s Health in 2017 2018-08-15T16:46:14+00:00
5 12, 2016

Holiday Pet Care Guide

2018-08-16T17:28:50+00:00

winter-pet-care

With Hanukkah, Christmas and the New Year fast approaching, isn’t it time you started prepping for the Holidays with your pets? You don’t want them feeling left out now, do you? From diet to dropping temperatures, there’s a lot of considerations to make for your furry family members. After all, you can never be too prepared when your pets are concerned!

Holiday Pet Care Guide 2018-08-16T17:28:50+00:00
23 11, 2016

Traveling With Pets: A Thanksgiving Guide

2018-08-16T17:35:04+00:00

So you’re heading back home to spend Thanksgiving with relatives. But, this being a family holiday, you don’t want to leave your fur babies behind! Maybe you’re taking a short drive, or perhaps you’re flying. How ever you’re getting to your destination of choice, Activ4Pets wants to provide the very best pet travel advice.

thanksgiving-road-trip-with-pets

Traveling With Pets: A Thanksgiving Guide 2018-08-16T17:35:04+00:00
19 11, 2016

Telemedicine at Work – A Veterinarian’s Perspective

2018-08-16T17:52:37+00:00

veterinary-telemedicine

Have you ever needed to be in two places at once? Like at work and the veterinarian’s office? What if I told you that it’s actually possible to do both…

Pets are our beloved family members and we want the absolute best for them. Maybe they have an immediate health issue – like a limp or loss of appetite – one you might not necessarily class as an emergency. While you want to resolve the issue as quickly as possible, it might not always be practical to visit the vet right away.

Of course,

Telemedicine at Work – A Veterinarian’s Perspective 2018-08-16T17:52:37+00:00
11 11, 2016

We Vote for Supporting and Appreciating Animal Shelters and Rescue Organizations!

2018-08-16T18:04:21+00:00

a4p-shelter-partner

November 6 -12 marks Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. And, as an organization dedicated to making life better for all pets we work closely with many major shelters and humane societies around the world and we appreciate and support them throughout the year.

We Vote for Supporting and Appreciating Animal Shelters and Rescue Organizations! 2018-08-16T18:04:21+00:00
4 11, 2016

Activ4Pets Partners with The Cat Network, Inc

2018-08-09T05:28:50+00:00

cat-network-miami-a4p-news
We are delighted to be partnering with our Miami neighbors The Cat Network, Inc. Through their humane practice of sterilization, vaccination, and release The Cat Network is committed to reducing the overpopulation of stray and feral cats in South Florida. Thanks to their commendable work, thousands of cats and kittens have been spared a life of neglect, cruelty, or euthanization. As well as their education program, TCN offers low-cost spay and neuter services and a community of support to assist cats and their human counterparts.
The new partnership will provide

Activ4Pets Partners with The Cat Network, Inc 2018-08-09T05:28:50+00:00
28 10, 2016

5 Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

2018-08-16T18:09:00+00:00

halloween-health-tips

I love Halloween! The kids have a great time and so do the parents and neighbors. It’s always fun to see the local Trick-or-Treaters dressed in their spooky costumes, hunting for candy.

Now let us focus on the other family members, our beloved pets. There are some health and wellbeing tips to note during Halloween.

5 Halloween Safety Tips for Pets 2018-08-16T18:09:00+00:00
21 10, 2016

What’s that Gunk in My Pet’s Eyes?

2018-08-16T18:15:22+00:00

From time to time you may notice ‘gunk’ accumulating in your beloved pet’s eyes. But what causes it and is it serious?

dog-eye-gunk-discharge

What’s that Gunk in My Pet’s Eyes? 2018-08-16T18:15:22+00:00
30 09, 2016

Talking Pet Obesity with Dr. Clayton Jones

2018-08-16T18:44:22+00:00

Is your dog or cat a little on the chunky side? Just kidding! Even though I’m a licensed veterinarian, I must admit my Labrador Retriever, Bridger, was once very overweight. I mean huge. Obese. And yes indeed, chunky!

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It was not his fault at all, although he does love to eat. He would pounce on the food bowl and be done in a jiffy. But who was it that overfed him? Me, of course! Pet owners really enjoy watching their furry family members eat ravenously. But what about their health? Obesity is a

Talking Pet Obesity with Dr. Clayton Jones 2018-08-16T18:44:22+00:00
5 08, 2016

Health Benefits of Pets

2018-08-16T19:21:15+00:00

We all know how adorable and loving our pets are. But did you know by owning a pet you’re already leading a healthier lifestyle than those who don’t?

health-benefits-of-pets

Well, it’s true. These benefits include improvements to both your mental and physical health. So now you have a new reason to be thankful for your pets!

Health Benefits of Pets 2018-08-16T19:21:15+00:00
27 07, 2016

Local Pet Adoption and Animal Shelter Fundraising Events Help Save Lives!

2018-08-17T04:23:26+00:00

This past weekend was a HUGE one for animal welfare initiatives. As well as the many Clear the Shelter pet adoption events happening around the country, our partner, the Humane Society for Tacoma-Pierce County held its annual Dog-A-Thon on Saturday, July 23rd! And it was a great success!

tacoma-dogathon

Local Pet Adoption and Animal Shelter Fundraising Events Help Save Lives! 2018-08-17T04:23:26+00:00
8 07, 2016

The Secret Life of Your Pets

2018-08-17T04:32:52+00:00

Exciting news: The Secret Life of Pets is released in theaters this weekend. And it’s probably got you wondering: “What does my pet get up to after I leave the house?”

naughty-dog

The Secret Life of Your Pets 2018-08-17T04:32:52+00:00
1 07, 2016

Activities to do with your Dog

2018-08-17T04:40:31+00:00

The best kind of days are the ones you can dedicate to the love of your life, your pup. And, when it comes to spending quality time with your best friend, the options are endless.

activities-with-your-dog

Activities to do with your Dog 2018-08-17T04:40:31+00:00
23 06, 2016

The Benefits of a Pet-Friendly Workplace

2018-08-17T04:58:55+00:00

Friday, June 24 is going to be one of the happiest weekdays of the year because it’s Take Your Dog to Work Day! But will all those excitable canines be too disruptive for your non-pet owner colleagues, or are there benefits to a pet-friendly workplace?

benefits-of-pets-at-work

The Benefits of a Pet-Friendly Workplace 2018-08-17T04:58:55+00:00
16 06, 2016

The Dangers of Smoking Around Your Pets

2018-08-08T20:12:25+00:00

The dangers of secondhand smoke are well documented in people – but have you ever stopped to think what it might be doing to your pets?
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The Dangers of Smoking Around Your Pets 2018-08-08T20:12:25+00:00
27 05, 2016

Activ4Pets Helps Pet Owners and Veterinarians Prevent Medical Errors

2018-08-08T21:05:40+00:00

Medical errors are, unfortunately, part of life. But thankfully new technology systems are coming to the rescue, with electronic medical records and telemedicine platforms to help Doctors and Veterinarians limit potential errors and track health information more accurately.
sickcatA4P

Activ4Pets Helps Pet Owners and Veterinarians Prevent Medical Errors 2018-08-08T21:05:40+00:00
12 10, 2015

Halloween Costume Contest

2018-08-09T04:02:49+00:00

cartoon drawing of 3 pugs in different halloween cosutmes
We had so much fun doing our National Dog Day Photo Contest, that we just had to do another! Not that anyone needs an excuse to take pictures for their pet… but dress them up in silly/scary/fun costumes and then take pictures? BRILLIANT!

Halloween Costume Contest 2018-08-09T04:02:49+00:00
1 10, 2015

Cat Health Tips You Need to Learn Now

2018-08-09T04:07:15+00:00

Being a cat owner has benefits. Serious benefits. Science-backed benefits:

Knowing this, you want to keep your feline purring for years to come.
cat-preventative-care

Cat Health Tips You Need to Learn Now 2018-08-09T04:07:15+00:00
25 08, 2015

National Dog Day Photo Contest

2018-08-09T04:15:15+00:00

dog-photo-contest
Hey, pet parents! We’re so excited about National Dog Day, we are going to celebrate all week long with a photo contest!

The Rules

It’s super simple!

  • 1. Take a picture of your dog
  • 2. Post your pic in the comments section on Facebook
  • 3. Vote!

How We’ll Pick the Winner

The winner will be determined on Friday, August 28th at 4pm EDT.

  • 1. The picture with the most votes (one like = one vote) wins.
  • 2. If there is a tie, there will be a drawing to pick the winner.

What Can You

National Dog Day Photo Contest 2018-08-09T04:15:15+00:00
13 08, 2015

Managing the Cost of Veterinary Care

2018-08-09T04:18:50+00:00

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In the past few generations, pets have moved from the backyard to the bedroom (and in some cases, the bed). An estimated 56% of American households own some kind of pet. Whether it is a dog, cat, bird or something more exotic, animals are now part of the family, which means that people are sometimes willing to do – and spend – almost anything to take care of them. For 2015, the

Managing the Cost of Veterinary Care 2018-08-09T04:18:50+00:00
4 08, 2015

Ranked: Top 10 Disney Pets

2018-08-09T17:30:31+00:00

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We’ve all been there – Saturday night, PJ’s on watching Disney movies with the kids (or the dog, or Ben and Jerry) and the thought pops into your head:

“Wouldn’t it be cool to have [insert character name] as a pet?”

The answer is yes, it would be cool. Very cool. But just how cool would it be? And what happens when it stops being cool? We decided to rank Disney characters on their suitability as pets, and

Ranked: Top 10 Disney Pets 2018-08-09T17:30:31+00:00
15 07, 2015

9 Common Pet Behaviors Explained

2018-08-09T04:28:06+00:00

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Let’s face it – at some point, we’ve all wondered why our pets behave a certain way. So, in this blog, we’ll provide explanations and insights for some of the most common pet behaviors, observed in cats, dogs and birds.

9 Common Pet Behaviors Explained 2018-08-09T04:28:06+00:00
2 07, 2015

Holiday Safety Tips for Pets

2018-08-09T04:29:51+00:00

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The holidays give you a great opportunity to relax and enjoy festivities with friends and family members. Unfortunately, they can also pose some fairly serious health and safety hazards for your pets. In this blog, we’ll provide some tips on how to keep your pets happy and healthy during holiday celebrations.

Holiday Safety Tips for Pets 2018-08-09T04:29:51+00:00
2 07, 2015

Why You Need a Mobile Pet Health Record

2018-08-08T16:11:04+00:00

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A mobile Pet Health Record (PHR) is, conceivably, one of the most useful resources for pet parents. Think of it like a baby book for your pet, storing every piece of health information – from first to most recent vaccination, surgeries, allergies and more – in a cloud for ease of access. PHRs are easy to use, accessible via mobile phone, completely secure and, best of all, Activ4Pets collects all the data on your behalf.

In this blog we walk you through the main benefits of a PHR. We’ve also brought in our Chief

Why You Need a Mobile Pet Health Record 2018-08-08T16:11:04+00:00
15 06, 2015

4 Pet Safe Plants That Repel Ticks and Fleas

2018-08-09T04:32:38+00:00

An army of ticks and fleas just waiting for your pets to brush up against them! At least, that’s the image in my head when I let my pets out in the backyard. But what if there were plants that could actually repel ticks and fleas, like naturally? Well, here are 4 pet-safe plants that do exactly that!
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4 Pet Safe Plants That Repel Ticks and Fleas 2018-08-09T04:32:38+00:00
9 06, 2015

Activ4Pets Attends SAWA Conference

2015-06-09T15:13:59+00:00

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We’re excited to announce that Activ4Pets’ VP of Operations Kimberly Heeney will be attending the upcoming SAWA (Society of Animal Welfare Administrators) Management Conference in Denver, CO this week.

Activ4Pets Attends SAWA Conference 2015-06-09T15:13:59+00:00
8 06, 2015

Lucky 13 Casino Night – Event Recap

2018-08-09T04:35:27+00:00

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The Activ4Pets team was thrilled to attend the Lucky 13 Casino Night on Saturday 6/6/15. The event, set up in aid of Pets’ Trust Miami, brought together some of the region’s foremost animal activists and was hosted by Mercedes Benz, Cutler Bay.

Lucky 13 Casino Night – Event Recap 2018-08-09T04:35:27+00:00
1 06, 2015

Keeping Your Dog’s Coat Healthy

2015-06-01T17:27:27+00:00

Nothing shows off a healthy looking dog quite like nice shiny coat and healthy skin. But let’s face it, dogs are messy and it can be hard to keep that coat looking good. Providing you aren’t letting your dog roll around in puddles o’ mud each day here’s what you can do to maintain a health coat for your dog:
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Keeping Your Dog’s Coat Healthy 2015-06-01T17:27:27+00:00
22 05, 2015

Traveling With Pets: Ideas and Tips

2018-08-09T04:38:56+00:00

Going somewhere? What about the pets?
There’s only one logical answer to that question – bring them with you of course! More and more people, and businesses, are embracing the idea that pets should be able to enjoy the family vacation too! In the spirit of this we thought we’d throw together a bunch of pet friendly stuff to help you plan your next, pets included, vacation.
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Traveling With Pets: Ideas and Tips 2018-08-09T04:38:56+00:00
19 05, 2015

Dog Bite Prevention Week: 5 Ways to Prevent Dog Bites

2018-08-09T04:40:43+00:00

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Any dog can bite, even the cute and fluffy ones! Regardless of size, dog bites can cause serious injury particularly to small children, who are also the most common victims. The dogs are also the victims, often getting euthanized after a biting incident. However, it’s good news that the majority of dog bites are totally preventable.

Dog Bite Prevention Week: 5 Ways to Prevent Dog Bites 2018-08-09T04:40:43+00:00
30 04, 2015

National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day: Skip the pet store and adopt a pet today!

2018-08-09T14:05:12+00:00

Below are some hard facts about animal shelters right here in the U.S. (Source, ASPCA)

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If you are thinking about adding a four-legged member to your family, what better day than today to do it – National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day. Today is all about generating awareness of the millions of animals in the U.S. that are abandoned, lost or given up each year that need a home. The majority of these animals are healthy, full of love and ready to bring their new forever family endless happiness and

National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day: Skip the pet store and adopt a pet today! 2018-08-09T14:05:12+00:00