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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.

Remember, your pet count!

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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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Teaching Your Dog To Sit…..Simple Steps!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

dog campingThe sit command is simple to teach your dog. It’s an important trick as well since it can save those guests of yours from muddy paws and save your dog from running out into traffic. The best was to teach the sit command is to simple wait for your dog to sit. Then you say “sit” and give a reward. The second method involves luring your dogs nose to the sky with a treat till his behind hits the ground. As soon as it does, say “sit” and give him a treat. A third method uses a little more intervention. Hold his dog leash up, push his backside down and say “sit.” All of these methods will help your dog associate the word with the action. This will work as long as your are consistent, practice a lot and give lots of praise and rewards.

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Dogs Can Help Us Meet New Friends

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

neighbors walking dogsDogs can be a great way to meet new people.  Usually, we need a reason to talk to people that we don’t know. While we are out walking our dog, strangers will often stop to pet or compliment our pet. These short encounters can often lead to a new friendships. I’ve met many neighbors here at my new place in Delaware as they were walking past my house with their dog.  Dogs can make it easier to meet people because they are a great way to start a conversation on neutral ground. We also get our exercise while walking and playing with our dogs. Besides their unconditional love, dogs can make socializing easier and even keep us healthier. More countless reason for you to adopt a dog! Do it today!

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Keeping Your Cats Away from The Furniture

Sunday, July 13, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

CRAZY CATI bought a new living room set for my home in Delaware and my two cats Millie and Molly think that they have a new place to sharpen their claws. They already started on one chair and I’m determined to stop them in their tracks. If your cat is not de-clawed, they will use your furniture as a scratching post. If you’re like me and don’t believe in de-clawing your cat, you must have a plan to protect your furniture. I bought a product called Boundary which is a spray. You spray it on the places where you don’t want your cat to go. I spray it all over the chairs in the living room. So far, so good. It’s keeping my cats away from the furniture. It must be sprayed everyday until your cat has no interest in going near your furniture. You can also try clear plastic strips which are sold at some pet stores. If you start right away and are persistent, you can protect your furniture against the wrath of your cat.

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Using Ultra Sound in Veterinary Medicine

Saturday, July 12, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

cute cute catsUltra sound is one of the most useful tools in veterinary medicine. It provides a three dimensional image of an animals entire abdomen. With this low stress, non invasive procedure a veterinarian gets a clear picture of every organ. Thomas Baker of the UC Davis Veterinary Teaching Hospital and a Veterinarian specializing in Ultra Sound technology says that the signs of an illness available in digital images can help a veterinarian pinpoint the problem early on. He says that the ultra sound enhances the clinical thought of the veterinarian. Using the information provided with ultrasound, your veterinarian can customize treatment to meet your pets specific needs.  Diagnosis can be made early increasing your pets life and reducing the cost of pet medication that may not be treating the specific problem.

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Treating Your Dogs Shallow Wounds

Friday, July 11, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

DOG WOUNDDuring the course of your  dogs life, he may get injured or  cut himself.Wounds fall into two main categories: shallow and deep. Shallow wounds involve just the skin; deep wounds penetrate to the muscles and other tissues below the skin. To treat a shallow wound make sure that you wash your hands thoroughly. Use cotton pads and a mild antibacterial soap to clean the wound. Clean it thoroughly and gently.  Rinse the wound with a sterile saline solution. Apply anti-bacterial ointment to the wound. Cover the wound with gauze then wrap it with a bandage but make sure that it isn’t wrapped too tightly as to cut off circulation. Periodically feel your dogs toes. If they become swollen or cool to the touch, remove the bandage. Leave the bandage off until the swelling goes down. Gently re-apply the bandage.

If the wound is deep and there is a lot of bleeding, take your dog to the vet because he probably requires stitches.

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