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August 2014
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Prevent Dangerous Heart Worm in Your Dog

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

DALMATIAN PUPPYHeartworm is found in pets all over the United States. It is a serious disease where spaghetti  like parasites begin to live in the blood vessels and the heart of a pet. No heart worm is treatable so you have to prevent it in the first place. John Rosh is a professor at the Tufts Coming School of Veterinary Medicine. He says that in certain parts of the country heart worm is a common cause for pulmonary hypertension as well as heart failure and other problems. This disease must be prevented especially in areas of the country where it is more common.  Your veterinary can provide you with information about the disease and give you preventative pet medication. Again, there is no cure for this disease so it must be prevented. Take the steps now to talk to your vet.

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WORLDS LARGEST CATSome dogs actually prey on cats and will hurt them if they decide to attack. A cats  size is  usually the issue but what if the opposite were true? There are large domestic cats but Ulric, a Norwegian Forest cat weighs a whopping 30 pounds and is twice the size of an average domestic cat.  He hit 17 pounds by the time he was 15 months old. His only problem is that he loves to eat. His owner is Jan Mitchell of Dorchester, UK. She also has another cat and if Ulric did not have enough to eat, he wonders over to his sisters bowl and continues his meal.  In order to get him in shape, Jan has enrolled him in a fitness program. Lets hope it works!  She also exercises him by putting him on a leash.  Ulric is now on a strict diet and exercise program. 

Make sure that you give your cat the proper portions. If you have a second cat, try feeding both of them separately. Place their bowls in different areas of the house and monitor the situation closely.

Remember, your pets count!

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Don’t Ignore Your Dogs Weight Loss

Sunday, August 24, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

SAD DOGIs your dog losing weight, almost like he’s on a diet?  You’ll need to take him to the veterinarian. There are a variety of possible reasons for weight loss. Diet, parasites, diabetes, cancer and heart disease are some causes just to name a few. To make a diagnosis, your veterinarian will ask you about other symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting. Take note of any changes in your dogs behavior.  You may want to consider bringing a stool sample to your veterinarian.  The veterinarian will examine your dog and run a series of tests such as x rays, blood tests or a urine analysis. Then he will make an official diagnosis. Some diet changes and pet medication is all you may need.

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A Pure Breed Could Be a Good Choice………But

Saturday, August 23, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

purbred dogsBefore deciding whether or not to get a pure breed dog or adopt a mixed breed from a shelter you really have to ask yourself these questions.

1. Pure breeds are expensive. Are you willing to pay hundreds of dollars for a dog of adopt one from a shelter?

2. Have you done your research? Do you know the characteristics that you want in a dog?

3. Do you know and are willing to accept behavior traits of the breed? Some breeds will howl, dig or preform other annoying acts.

4. Some pure breeds have genetic health problems. Are you willing to accept this?

5. Did you get your dog from someone who does all the right things to produce good-tempered, healthy family pets?

Ask yourself these questions, do your research and I’m sure that you will make the right decision.

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What Kind Of Music Do Dogs Like?

Friday, August 22, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

DOG CLASSICAL MUSICMusic is a big part of most of our lives and our dogs also enjoy music although it might not be the type of music that you think. Research conducted by Deborah Wells, an animal behaviorist, seems to confirm the fact that our dogs do like to listen to music. The study finds that certain types of classical music is relaxing and quieting to dogs. They are not interested in radio shows of pop music but our furry friends have their music preferences just as we do.

In addition, the researchers of The Animal Science found that playing classical music with a ambient sounds like human conversation, dog barking, and birds chirping incorporated in the melody is considered to be one of the most effective tunes to relax to our pets.

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What is The Most Friendly Pet City In America

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

DOG PARK COLORADOThere are places in America that are more suitable for pets than others. This includes establishments like hotels and restaurants that allow pets and places where dogs can run, play and enjoy their life. According to Forbes Magazine, Colorado Springs, Colorado tops the list of Americas most pet friendly city. The reasons for this are generous public space, ample veterinary care and wealth of pet-friendly retailers . All these things added up to heaven on earth for this small metropolis of just under 400,000 people and their estimated 61,000 dogs and 54,000 cats.

The following outlines how Forbes Magazine reached this conclusion:

To find out where pets and their owners are most welcome, we measured the country’s 50 largest cites to see which had the most public park acreage, including those parks tailored specifically for dogs (the second most common pet after cats and the ones that require the most outdoor facilities), the most pet supply and service businesses, and the most veterinary facilities. We also looked at which cities typically charge the least for veterinary care. We measured the statistics on both a per capita basis, or against each city’s human population, and on a “pet capita” basis–against the city’s estimated pet population. Those cities with the most vets, public parks, dog parks and pet businesses, both per person and per animal, shot to the top of the list.

Colorado Springs ranked in the top 20 in all the categories. The city has more than 10,000 acres of public park space, or almost a tenth of an acre for every pet. It also features seven dog parks and 113 veterinarians.

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Can a Cat and Bird Live Together?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

cat birdMillie loves to look at birds. When she sees them, she jumps and runs back and forth as if she wanted to catch something . So, can birds and cats live together in the same house?  The answer is “yes” if you take the proper precautions.  If your cat shows an interest in hunting your bird (which no doubt, he or she will at some point) spritz the cat with water. Most of the time, this will be enough to curb your cats predatory behavior after awhile. Birds are able to catch certain diseases from cats and direct contact to your cats fur through biting can increase the likelihood that your bird will catch something.  Always try to avoid physical contact between your bird and cat.  With consistent training the two should get along and not harm each other. Give your kitty lots of exercise by playing with her cat toys. This way she will not want to play with your bird!

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Your Outdoor Cat Brings You Home a Present

Sunday, August 17, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

CAT MOUSEYour outdoor cat wanders the neighborhood and occasionally will find a mouse of other small animal, kill it and present it to you. You probably are not pleased, so why does she do this?  Cats are natural born hunters Cats allegedly kill billions of small animals every year in the United States alone. This does not make them evil or dangerous. They are well adapted to a carnivorous life.  Many cats don’t eat their prey and sometimes they don’t even kill it.  In the wild a mother cat will teach their young how to eat their food by bringing home dead or injured prey. When a female cat places a dead animal of the steps or porch, she is showing her natural role as a mother and a teacher. You , the owner are her surrogate family and she is bringing you a”present” because she knows that you would not be able to catch that mouse on your own. So never scold her because she is acting out of instinct.

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CAT COLLEGEUntil recently, most cats were banned from college dorm rooms. My neice got a kitten over the summer and when it was time to leave for college, she put her cat in his cat carrier and hit the road. What a great thing to be able to have a pet on campus! Administrators at college have begun to realize that keeping a cat at college can help students under stress relax.  That’s why some colleges now allow cats into the dorms. There’s one main rule that must be followed. The cat must stay in the students room and not be allowed to roam in “cat free”  zones. This is to protect students that are have pet allergies.   The owners are responsible for any damaged caused by the cat.  It’s worth it. When kids are stressed and a cat helps calm their nerves, things don’t seem so bad anymore.  If your headed to college, always check with your schools administration to see if cats are allowed on campus before going to the animal shelter to adopt one.. Have a great semester!!

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Mastiff Surprise in Mississippi

Friday, August 15, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

KIMBERS PUPPIESMastiffs are one of the largest dog breeds. In Holly springs, Mississippi, Kimber a three year old Mastiff gave birth to a whopping 18 puppies!  The family’s vet told them that Kimber couldn’t have puppies but she sure surprised everyone. Kimber is a three-year-old English Mastiff and weighs 150 pounds.  Dr. Allen, the family’s vet said that Kimber’s belly was so big that she couldn’t fit on the X Ray machine. Initially, he only saw 11 puppies, the others weren’t visible.  Last Thursday, Kimber didn’t feel well, so the family took her to the vet, for a not so good surprise. The vet told the family that it was an emergency and he had to take her back right then to save Kimber and he puppies. Dr. Allen had to perform an emergency c-section and delivered devastating news: Kimber and the pups might not make it. Well everything went extremely well and Kimber and all of her puppies are alive and doing well. Members of the family take turns bottle feeding the pups because Kimber is still recovering from her c Section. A happy ending for a stressful event.

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