Find Deals & Steals on Pet Meds & Supplies at new Super Site, AffordableVet.net

Posted on July 28th, 2015 in Cats, Dogs, Pet Care, Pet Supplies

Launched in early 2015 by a small group of veterinarians, pet owners and entrepreneurs who refer to themselves humbly as “regular people” who want to “help take care of your pets,” AffordableVet.net is an excellent pet supply and pet medicine website that offers amazing deals along with a convenient, well thought-out user interface. The site, you’ll find, is not only easy-to-use and easier to navigate, but it’s “clean;” that is, compared to the mumbo-jumbo of ads/pop-ups you’ll see on similar pet med sites.

AVet.netAccording to the founders of AffordableVet.net, “Most pet medication websites are burdened by images and text you don’t need to read, and are full of phony sales meant to make you feel like you’re getting a deal. We created the opposite – a clean, easy to search website without sales or confusion. Come here, get what you need, and get it shipped to your door. It’s affordable, and it’s so easy.”

AffordableVet.net is still a veterinarian-owned and -operated company, soon to be a fully licensed pharmacy with on-staff pharmacists that can fulfill Rx orders nationally. It currently offers an array vitamins, supplements, treats, toys and supplies for dogs and cats alike. In the very near future, it will be a fully functioning pet med site as well. (The process is slow!)

AffordableVet.net also has a pretty active blog that has topics of interest, plus an engaging social media presence.

“Despite being a new store, we’re competing with the big boys like PetMeds and Fosters & Smith. We offer a low price guarantee on everything we sell. 100% of our products also sold by PetMeds are cheaper than PetMeds. We also offer free shipping on all medication products, regardless of order total. To our knowledge, we’re the only store doing that,” said one of the founders.

We were able to experience the simplicity of the website when we ordered a few products last month, including some vitamins, coat-cleaning spray solution and cat treats. The process was a cinch! We enjoyed that we could easily move from the shopping cart to the “same place on previous page” (i.e. middle of the page instead of starting at top again) with ease – and no site or programming hiccups. (I personally, as a digital marketer and SEO nerd, found this functionality to be near miraculous as most e-commerce sites, in this industry and others, do the SEO and the UI wrong.) Anyhoo- I also enjoyed the wide range of product on the site. I must have spent a good 30 minutes deliberating between this kind of new cat treat for skin/coat and that new dog allergen spray to keep Cricket from itching. In the end, I was all-around pleased with my not-complicated or ridden with site errors shopping experience! AffordableVet.net did it right! And they’ve earned my business!

For more information or to engage with this awesome new brand, head over to their Facebook page or Tweet them at @affordvet_net or check out their Pinterest page!

DISCLOSURE: All opinions herein are those of the Administrator, JL Smith. This post was written in conjunction with AffordableVet.net and the Administrator, and the Administrator received a trial product for review. ThoughtsFurPaws.com never publishes dishonest, distorted or distended reviews, nor does it perpetuate the spread of misinformation. Please email the Administrator with questions or concerns.

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Plato Pet Treats Launches “Plato Wags Back” Program to Support Homeless Dogs & Veterans

Program Provides Treats & Financial Assistance to Rescues & Adoption Centers Throughout U.S.

As part of its mission to provide health and safety for dogs through nutrition, California-based wholesome dog treat maker Plato Pet Treats announced its first-ever Plato Wags Back program recently.

Now this is cool…Plato Wags Back

With the purchase of a bag of Plato Pet Treats, Plato will provide meaningful financial and product donations to rescues and shelters across the U.S. to help ensure that dogs are treated with love until they find their forever home. Additionally, throughout 2015, Plato Wags Back will directly aid three California rescue-based organizations – Shelter to Soldier, Fresno Bully Rescue and Labsandfriends.org – that either feed and care for homeless dogs or help enhance the lives of veterans who need assistance animals.

Plato Wags Back’s mission is to champion the love and bond between dogs and people by treating every dog with kindness while enabling them to live a safe and healthy life. To make a difference in the lives of homeless dogs, supporters can participate in the program in the following ways:

-With the purchase of Plato Pet Treats, a donation will be made to animal rescues.

-Through Dec. 31, 2015, for every new Like on the Plato Pet Treats Facebook page, $1 will be donated to support veterans post deployment. Follow the page to learn about other ways to help homeless animals.

There are close to 7 million homeless pets in the U.S., with nearly 2.7 million animals likely to be euthanized this year alone. Compelled by these staggering statistics, Plato Pet Treats formalized Plato Wags Back to encourage Americans to help homeless pets and consider adoption.

Aaron Merrill, co-founder of Plato, with a female employee and canine friend!

Aaron Merrill, co-founder of Plato, with a female employee and canine friend!

“Dogs give us so much love and we want to return that love to dogs who need it most,” said Aaron Merrell, co-founder and co-owner of Plato Pet Treats. “From sponsoring dog runs to adopting our first “Plato” canine to be trained as a service companion for a U.S. veteran, we are ecstatic to provide a voice to homeless animals through Plato Wags Back. Our goal is to continue to grow our program year over year to make a significant impact on the pet homelessness epidemic in our country.”

Plato Wags Back Partner Organizations

Shelter to Solider – A non-profit organization that rescues shelter dogs and trains them to be psychiatric service companions for wounded combat veterans. Every 63 minutes a U.S. veteran commits suicide and every 11 seconds an animal is euthanized. Shelter to Soldier works to aid and partner together two- and four-legged friends. Through the Wags Back program, Plato will fund the complete training of one dog (named Plato) at the San Diego-based training school. In addition, every Shelter to Soldier dog adopted will go home with wholesome, all natural Plato treats.

Fresno Bully Rescue (FBR) – A volunteer-based, non-profit, no-kill shelter dedicated to rescuing Bully breed dogs in the Central Valley of Calif. Because of foreclosures in the state, an overwhelming amount of dogs are being surrendered and Bully breeds are typically the first to be euthanized if no one adopts or rescues them. Plato Wags Back will support FBR’s spay and neuter program.

Labsandfriends.org – An organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of Labrador retrievers and their “friends” in the greater Los Angeles area. The group’s goal is to find the right family for every animal they rescue by providing education and compassion. Labsandfriends.org is run completely by volunteers, so all donations go toward helping animals in need. Plato Wags Back will be sponsoring one of the Lab runs located at Best Friends Animal Society’s NKLA Pet Adoption Center in Los Angeles.

For more information on Plato Wags Back, visit PlatoPetTreats.com or Facebook.com/PlatoPetTreats.

About Plato Pet Treats

To meet the need for a truly healthy and safe treat alternative for dogs, Plato Pet Treats formulated a series of all-natural treats and supplements, including Plato Pet Treats Small Bites®, Plato Pet Treats Real Strips®, Plato Pet Treats Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil® and Plato Pet Treats Thinker Sticks®. Family-owned and -operated, all Plato Pet Treats are slow-roasted in-house in Fresno, Calif. Unlike most pet treats, each ingredient can be traced back to its original source. Only fresh vegetables and meat ingredients are baked in the organic-certified facility – the Plato Way.

More information on the entire Plato Pet Treat product line can be found at PlatoPetTreats.com or Facebook.com/PlatoPetTreats.

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Summer Pet Dangers Infographic

With the hot weather setting in, the ASPCA and I want to remind everyone that amidst the fun and games, pet health should be kept a priority to guarantee a safe summer season for all family members, furry four-leggers included!

To keep dogs and cats out of harm’s way, the ASPCA has created a helpful infographic: 5 Summer Dangers for Pets. (I would simply insert the graphic but my sidebar is entirely too wide to accommodate infographics, sorry.)

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Fireworks & Thunderstorms: Loud noises like firework booms and pops/bangs are one of the top reasons pets go missing, so secure your pet in an escape-proof place, as we all know that July 4th firework celebrations last way longer than Independence Day… If your pet does go missing, download the ASPCA app for a free step-by-step digital toolkit to help find your pet: www.ASPCAapp.org. It’s also a forward-thinking idea to get a PetHub Signal Tag – it’s basically like GPS for your dog and allows you to know where he is at all times through the built-in GPS collar technology. If you have a runner, this is the #1 tool in your toolkit. You can set perimeters for walks, etc. Very cool.

Sun & Heat: High summer temperatures can mean dehydration, overheating and scorched paws. Know the signs of overheating (excessive panting, increased heart rate and weakness) and bring your pup indoors or to a cool, shady place.

Toxic Chemicals: Insecticides, citronella products and glow sticks are toxic to pets. Keep your pet away from areas where chemicals have been sprayed and ensure dangerous products are out of reach.

Parties & Barbeques: If your pet is joining the party, make sure the guests don’t feed Fido human food, particularly grapes, onions, chocolate and avocado.

Hot Cars: Even with the windows open an inch, a car’s temperature can reach over 100° in 10 minutes on an 85° day. Leave your pet safely at home in the air conditioning!

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The Hallmark Channel Brings One-of-a-Kind “Paw Star Game” to TV on Heels of Kitten Bowl Success

Most of my feline-fancying readers have heard of the “Kitten Bowl,” which has become somewhat of a cultural phenomenon in its own right in recent times…But now, get this, Hallmark is really outdoing itself. Think the most adorable kittens. Think adoptable kittens (more importantly). Think bats and bases and balls… Yep!Paw Star

The Hallmark Channel’s first-ever ‘Paw Star Game,’ a Hallmark Channel Original Special is premiering tomorrow, Sunday, July 12 at 5pm EST. TV personality, author and animal advocate Beth Stern will host baseball’s newest tradition along with play-by-play announcers John Sterling (iconic radio voice of the New York Yankees) and Mary Carillo (award-winning reporter, sports analyst and commentator). As the kittens take the field to swat balls and catch line drives, they will be cheered on by celebrities including Ed Asner, Maria Menounos, Mario Lopez, Al Roker, Heather McDonald, Deidre Hall and more! 

Get ready for America’s newest tradition as the kittens of summer, kittens like Derek Cheetah, Siamese Sosa and Mike Troutbreath, go up to bat in the biggest baseball game of the year, all presented by Temptations Tumblers (#timetoplayball)!

Remember, the Hallmark Channel is opening its stadium doors for “Paw Star Game” – for the nation’s most agile CATletes – to pounce on the diamond tomorrow evening at 5pm EST. Check your local listings so you don’t miss it!

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Purina Pets at Work Program Aims to Set Record for Most Pets in the Workplace in a Day

Company Celebrates National “Take Your Dog to Work Day” by Raising Awareness of the Benefits of Pets in the Workplace, Highlighting the Effects on Employee Wellness

PURINA logoA leader in the pet care and pet nutrition industries, Nestle Purina PetCare recently rang in National Take Your Pet to Work Day by inviting associates to bring their pets in to work on June 26, known as “National Take Your Dog to Work Day” across the U.S. An impressive 281 Purina peeps did just that! It seems Purina is aiming to not only set a record for most pets in the workplace in a day, but more importantly, highlight the benefits of doing so.

More than 17 years ago, Purina started encouraging associates to bring their pets to work and the program has provided many benefits for employees and their pets through the years. Now, the company is celebrating national Take Your Dog to Work Day by encouraging other companies to join them in this movement and start their own “pets at work” policies.

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As pet owners, and pet lovers, Purina associates are passionate about the Pets at Work movement and are encouraged to bring their pets to work every day so they can experience the benefits, including exercise at lunchtime or having a calming companion on-hand during duress or stress. This is why associates see hundreds of pets on the St. Louis Purina campus each and every week. In fact, when I visited the company a few years ago, I saw many, many happy dogs and cats in that workplace, and thus, many happy and relaxed employees in the workplace, too. (I mean, seriously, if I could bring my Maxwell to work with me – life would be a breeze… except for the days where he walked across the keyboard, ‘butt-in’ on my Skype call or stole my lunch a la Garfield! MOL)Pets at Work logo

Anyhoo, recent studies show that employees who bring pets to work have fewer signs of stress… I know cool, right? It’s like proof of what we’ve all known forevs… I mean, I participated in Take Your Dog to Work Day back in 2008 and it was absolutely wonderful. We all pleaded with the company to allow pets permanently but got denied. Boo hiss. I also blogged about the positives of pets in the workplace in 2009…As such, I digress. Sorry.

So, to get a better understanding of how people felt about pets in the workplace, Purina partnered with the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine to conduct a national survey last summer. Among 750 respondents, which included pet owners and non-pet owners, as well as people who can take their pets to work and those who cannot, check out what Purina discovered:

– Almost two out of three employees agreed that pets should be allowed in the workplace if there is a general consensus among employees

– A whopping 85% of employees of companies that currently allow pets in the office say that pets at work policies are beneficial

– Sadly, 72% of employees said that their jobs currently do not allow pets in the workplace

– More than half of those who want pets allowed in the office are willing to spearhead efforts to make their workplaces pet friendly

“The relationship humans and animals share is dynamic and over the years it has been shown that the bond can be beneficial to the well-being of both,” said Dr. Sharon Fooshee Grace, clinical professor at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. “Through this survey, we now have a real opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the human-animal bond and how to maximize the potential of the special relationships shared between people and pets.”

A World Record Attempt and a Friendly Invitation to Join other Pet-Loving Folks in the #PetsatWork Movement

Photo Courtesy Purina

Photo Courtesy Purina

Purina reveled in national Take Your Dog to Work Day this year with fun-filled activities for associates at headquarters, highlighted by an attempt to set a RecordSetter.com World Record for ‘Most Pets in a Workplace in One Day.’ The day-long event included pet health check-ups, pet photos by a professional pet photographer, performances by the Pro Plan Incredible Dog Team, and a “Yappy Hour” with ice cream/Frosty Paws for associates and their fur-babies.

Purina is now calling for other employers to join Pets at Work; they’re hoping to spread the professional puppy-love by getting companies to implement their own pets at work programs. The company has developed resources to help other companies become more pet-friendly, including an Employer Toolkit with tips and documents to help employers implement a pets at work program. The toolkit includes an etiquette guide, office checklist and an authorization and release form, among other helpful resources.

Purina has also provided pet lovers with their own Employee Toolkit to help encourage facility managers and employers to embrace pets in the workplace and recognize the positive impacts it can have on employees and the overall business. Employees can get access to tips, articles, printable guidelines and a petition to help make their workplace pet friendly.

The toolkits are available for download here.

“At Purina, we believe that pets and people are better together – whether at home or at work. Having pets walking through our offices every day makes for a warmer, friendlier environment at Purina, and we believe it helps with our productivity,” said Dr. Kurt Venator, a Purina veterinarian. “We realize it won’t work for every company and every pet owner, but we encourage other companies to try it and see for themselves how bringing pets to work can be a real benefit – for pets and their owners.”

Photo Courtesy Purina

Photo Courtesy Purina

For more information about Purina’s Pets at Work campaign, visit www.purina.com/petsatwork.

Interested employers and employees can also show support and join the fun by using the hashtag #PetsatWork on their favorite social media sites.

About Nestlé Purina PetCare

Nestlé Purina PetCare promotes responsible pet care, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. A premier global manufacturer of pet products, Nestlé Purina PetCare is part of Swiss-based Nestlé S.A., a global leader in nutrition, health and wellness.

 

*All opinions herein are those of the Administrator, JL Smith. This post was written in conjunction with Nestle Purina Pet Care and the Administrator; the Administrator received compensation. ThoughtsFurPaws.com never publishes dishonest, distorted or distended reviews, nor does it perpetuate the spread of misinformation. Please email the Administrator with questions or concerns.

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