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Tricking Your Pet Intro Taking His Medication

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

dog pillWe are only as valuable as our health is good – a statement that’s true for both people and pets. And just like people, pets need certain medicines too to stay healthy. Heart worm pills and flee collars are just the beginning when it comes to keeping your pet safe form infection and disease. And to keep your pet out of the vet’s office, where the bills are usually high and the tails are tucked, you’ll have to make sure your loved one is receiving the proper care – and that means meds.

One of the oldest known tricks to get your animal to take their pet medication is to hide the pill in a glob of peanut butter. Your cat or dog is certain to lick every bit right up as they down what they believe to be a tasty treat. Or if you have the time and the proper tools – the back of a spoon works great – you can also crush the pill into a powder and mix it in with some yummy applesauce. I buy a hollow treat and put the pill inside. It works every time. Look for it at your local pet store. They’re call “Greenies”  Whichever method you choose, your pet will lead a happy and healthy life!

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Doggie Accidents

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

DOG GUILTYYour  dog is starting to have “accidents” in the house.  You deal with this as best as you can and keep stocking up on cleaning and pet odor removal products. Is there a better way?  If your dog is not that old, have your vet check to see if he has an infection. If an illness is not the problem, it could be hormones. Many unfixed males dogs with urinate to mark their territory.  If you have a spayed female, leakage may be a problem while she is napping. Your vet has medication that could stop this.  Whenever you are cleaning up a mess, make sure that you use a pet odor remover so that your pet won’t be attracted back to the spot by it’s smell.  Try to discipline your dog if you catch him in the act by startling him with loud noises.  If your pet does not have an underlying medical condition and you  persist with discipline, the problem will probably resolve itself.

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Some Facts About Dalmatians

Monday, July 28, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

DALMATIAN PUPPYThe Dalmatian stands between 19 and 24 inches high. They have short hair and are well muscled dogs.  They have been bred as working dogs and their owners should keep in mind that they need lots of exercise. Their spots range in size from about a dime to a half-dollar coin, and they may also overlap.  Grooming tools are necessary because Dalmatians shed constantly. They should be groomed everyday to keep their hair from getting on everything.  Dalmatians are prone to diseases like hip dysplasia. They are also prone to skin problems. bladder stones and deafness. Their temperament can vary. Some can be very shy, others can be aggressive while some can be awkward.  They are an intelligent breed but training takes patience and perseverance.

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Doggies Prostrate Problems

Saturday, July 26, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

healthy pupA dogs prostate can become enlarged just as humans can.  When a dogs prostate becomes enlarged,it becomes pre-exposed to cysts and infections.  How can you tell if your dog has a problem with his prostate?  Check to see if he strains to urinate and also check to see if there’s blood in his urine.  In severe cases, a dog may become ill or even collapse. Prostatic disease is most common in non-neutered dogs.  Mary McClouglin, a small animal surgeon at Ohio State University recommends that all male dogs get checked for prostate problems.  Your vet will determine whether or not the prostate is enlarged, in the right place and the right shape. If abnormalities are detected, pet medication, neutering or surgery may be recommended by your vet to protect your pet. Look for these signs.  If you find anything abnormal, have your dog checked out right away. You won’t be sorry! Remember, your pets count!

 

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Do Dogs Get Jealous?

Friday, July 25, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

DOG JEALOUSIf you pay attention to another dog, will your pouch get pissed? The answer is yes he will! Researchers at the University of California, San Diego asked the owners of 36 small dogs to pay attention to  an animated stuffed dog. They also were to give lots of attention to a plastic jack-o’-lantern bucket and read a children’s book aloud, all while ignoring their pet. More than three-quarters of the dogs pushed or touched their owners or the object when it appeared that their master was praising another dog. Some even snapped at the fake puppy the study said.

So when you’re in the dog park paying attention to another persons dog, be aware that your dog is feeling a little slighted. He may even give you the “evil eye.” So shower him with love and affection!

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Overgrooming…It Could Be Stress

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

CAT CLEANING 5If your cat constantly grooms himself and you have ruled any possible medical conditions, it could be stress. This is sometimes caused when you move to a new location, introduce a new pet or have company stay with you for an extended period of time. You can help with this condition by doing things that your cat enjoys like cuddling or petting him, playing with familiar toys or by giving him his favorite treat. If you’ve just moved, you can guarantee that this will cause your cat some stress and it may take time for him to adjust to his new surroundings. As soon as you move in, show your cat where his favorite things are like his bed, food and kitty litter. Give him as much attention as you can and before you know it, he will be well adjusted to his new surroundings.

Always have your vet check your cat out to rule out any medical conditions  that may cause him to clean himself all the time.

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The Ten Most Dangerous Products for Dogs

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

Dog and pills.We are always trying to protect our precious pets. Dogs can get into lots of things and seem to eat anything. Here’s a list of the ten most dangerous products for dogs.

  1. Foods – specifically chocolate, xylitol, and grapes/raisins.

  2.  Insecticides – including sprays, bait stations, and spot on flea/tick treatments.

  3. Mouse and rat poison – rodenticides.

  4. NSAIDS human drugs – such as ibuprofen, naproxen.

  5.  Household cleaners – sprays, detergents, polishes.

  6. Antidepressant human drugs – such as Prozac, Paxil, Celexa and Effexor.

  7. Fertilizers – including bone meal, blood meal and iron-based products.

  8. Acetaminophen human drugs – such as Tylenol and cough/cold medications.

  9.  Amphetamine human drugs – ADD/ADHD medications like Adderall and Concerta.

  10.  Veterinary pain relievers – specifically COX-2 inhibitors like Rimadyl, Dermaxx and Previcox.

Always keep these products out of reach of your dog. Remember, your pets count!

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Taking an Aggressive Dog to the Vet

Sunday, July 20, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

DOG DAMAGEIf your dogs behavior is so inappropriate, your veterinarian may refer you to an veterinary behaviorist. This is an expert who deals with dogs and cats behaving badly. Jerry Flanigan, a Behaviorist with Carolina Veterinary Specialists says that if your dog or cat suffers from separation anxiety or acts out in other destructive ways, a behaviorist will develop an action plan based on your pets history and issues. Then it’s up to you to do the majority of the work making the appropriate changes to encourage better pet behavior. A reminder never punish you pet by putting him in his pet carrier, you will defeat the purpose plus create lots of anxiety for your pet!

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Is it Safe For Your Cat to Eat Bugs?

Saturday, July 19, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

CAT BUGCats are natural predators so it is natural for him to eat bugs. When I let my cat Molly outside with me on our porch, she goes for all of the spiders that she can find. Don’t be alarmed if you see your kitty chowing down an insect. Most are harmless. If your cats eat a lot of them, he could wind up with a little gastrointestinal upset. Bugs with exoskeletons, like beetles can be rough on your cats gastrointestinal tract. He may vomit out the pieces instead of digesting them.

Some types of insects may be poisonous to your cat. He may experience severe intestinal problems after swallowing the bug or may have problems if they are bitten by the bug.  Figuring out which pests are safe and which ones are hazardous can be difficult. If you see a certain type of insect lurking around your basement, try to catch one and have an exterminator inspect it.

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Cat Territories

Friday, July 18, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

cat sprayingIn the wild, cats lay claim to their territory. They leave their scent by rubbing, scratching and sometimes even urinating.

Scent is the main way that cats communicate. Although they can’t be in two places at once to monitor their territory, they have many ways to leave their calling card.

For example, when one cat comes home from the vet, the other cats may treat him like a stranger at first. He looks the same, but that doesn’t matter to the cats at home. He smells different. He’ll have to get a good sniffing-over before he’s one of the gang again.

Cats have scent glands in their cheeks and flanks and when they rub against you, they are marking you with their own, personal scent. Cats also leave their scent by scratching because they have scent glands in the pads of their feet.

Another way a cat marks leaves his sent is by urinating or spraying. Spraying is when a cat backs up to a vertical surface with his tail erect and squirts urine. His tail often quivers while he’s spraying. Regular urinating is when he squats to pee on the furniture, This is by far the most unacceptable way for him to leave his scent.

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