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Preparing Your Pet For Disaster

Sunday, September 21, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

pet evacuationWhen Sandy hit several years ago, many people who owned pets were not properly prepared. You should always provide for the safety and well being of your pets as you would with other members of your family. Pets can become disoriented, frightened, or be injured during a time of a disaster and being ready can avoid a tragedy. Be aware that the way your pet reacts in time of disaster is based on instinct and fear.  Loud noises, moving ground if you live in an earthquake prone area , flashes of lightning and thunder,rising water levels, etc., can cause your pets to  abandon their usual places of safety to find new ones. For this reason, it is important to increase the chances of your pet being located and returned to you as the disaster event eases:

Here are some things that your should start doing right now!

  • Ensure that your pets are tagged or microchipped to make ownership clear.
  • Always keep your pets’ ID tags current with their name, your phone number, and your current address, including your email. Add both a landline and a mobile phone number.
  • Take digital photos of each of your pets. Print a copy for each pet; this will help you to ask others if they’ve seen your pet if you’re separated. It is also recommended to include a photo of yourself with your pet, in case you’re separated and people need to match you to your pet.
  • You can purchase a flashing collar or id tag. This can help locate your pet at night.
  • Always be aware of your pets hiding places. These should be checked first. You may find that your pet is in one of his common hiding areas.
  • Keep your pets immunization up to date. This is essential for protection of disease during an emergency situation.
  • Make a list of your pets’ medications. Write down the exact names of the medications.
  • Prepare a pet first aid survival kit.  It should be ready to grad at any time. The kit should include any medication, at least three days of food, water. When planning for emergencies, always include the amount of water for your pet as well as your family.
  • Harnesses and safety leashes.
  • Travel bowls for food and water.
  • A can opener for canned foods.
  • Photos of you and your pet in a plastic bag.
  • Emergency contact numbers.
  • Litter trays or bags for your dog.

Disasters are stressful for both us and our pets. Some come on without warning such as a fire. Be prepared. It could save your pets life.

Remember, your pets count!

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Distemper is Deadly

Saturday, September 20, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

KITTENVACCINATIONFeline Panleukopenia virus (FPV), also commonly referred to as feline distemper, is a highly contagious and life-threatening viral disease in the cat population. Many years ago, I adopted a young kitten from one of the animal shelters in North Jersey. I was very young and didn’t think to ask if the kitten had been vaccinated. Being so young, I never thought that anything could be wrong with the kitten. I took him home and the next day noticed that he was listless. He then began vomiting  and developed severe diarrhea. That night, the kitten died. I was devastated!  All shelters should provide the proper vaccinations for all animals but you must always check before adopting any pet. Distemper is deadly as I learned with my little kitten. It doesn’t waste any time. the disease moves very quickly and can kill your kitten in a matter of a few days.T his causative virus is very resilient and can survive for years in contaminated environments, so vaccination is the best preventative available. Kittens between the ages of two to six months are at highest risk for developing this severe disease.

Here are all the symptoms to watch out for. This information was provided by Pet Md.

Symptoms and Types

 

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea/bloody diarrhea
  • Dehydration
  • Weight loss
  • High fever
  • Anemia (due to lowered red blood cells)
  • Rough hair coat
  • Depression
  • Complete loss of interest in food
  • Some cats may hide themselves for a day or two
  • Hanging head over water bowl or food dish but does not drink or eat
  • Feet tucked under body for long periods
  • Chin resting on floor for long periods
  • Neurological symptoms in those cats in which virus attacks brain (e.g., lack of coordination)

Remember, take care of your pets because your pets count!

 

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The Halloween Pose

Friday, September 19, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

SCARED CATYour cat is arching his back, puffing out his hair and bouncing all over the room. What’s happening? If your cat perceives that he is in a fearful situation, his biochemicals begin to go to work. Adrenaline is flowing through his body causing his hair to stand up on edge, his back begins to arch and his tail puffs up. You could snap a picture and put him on a Halloween card. Cats pose like to this to look bigger and menacing to an approaching threat. Your cat will turn sideways toward the proposed attacker to further magnify his appearance. He may look tough on the outside but on the inside, he hopes the attacker will turn and go away. This position may look strange to us but it’s very real to your cat. Maybe that’s where the phrase “Scaredy Cat” came from.

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Figuring Out Your Cats Age

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

CAT KITTENSDo you believe that one cat year equals seven human years? If you do, you are incorrect. It can be a frustrating experience trying to figure out your cats age in human years. Here’s a chart that may help out.

 

 

 

 

 

Cat Age     Comparable human age           Age of cat                   Comparable human age

1                                   15                                                    12                                             64

2                                   24                                                   13                                             68

3                                   28                                                   14                                             72

4                                   32                                                   15                                              76

5                                   36                                                   16                                              80

6                                   40                                                   17                                              84

7                                    44                                                   18                                             88

8                                    48                                                   19                                             92

9                                    52                                                    20                                            96

10                                   56                                                    21                                             100

11                                   60

 

 

Your cat may not be as old as you think!

Remember, your pets count.

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When To Spay Your Dog

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

CUTE PUPPYIf you are not planning on breeding you female dog, you are likely to have her spayed.  This involves having her ovaries and uterus removed. The procedure requires anesthesia but spays are routinely performed and the risks are low. In the long run, there are many potential health benefits. Spaying a dog before her first heat is a good way to reduce her risk of mammary tumors and uterine infections. So how early can you have it done?  Most veterinarians recommend spaying after a dog is five or six months old. Some new research has supported the concept of early spays, when a dog is only two months of age.  Talk to your veterinarian to determine what time is best and don’t worry, you dog will recover quickly and before you know it will be back to his old self!

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Beware of Those That Are Unkind to Pets

Sunday, September 14, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

dogs parkWe are all pet lovers. I know that because you wouldn’t be reading this if you weren’t. Unfortunately, there are lots of people who do not like pets. One day I went to the county park for my daily walk. There are always lots of dogs having a great time with their owners and the park is a perfect place for your dog to get exercise. As I was walking, I noticed a bunch of people with their dogs, all on their dog leashes. They seemed to be in a group talking. I also saw a man screaming at them to get their dogs out of the park. The dogs had a perfect right to be in the park. They were with their owners and were not causing any harm. As I went to tell this cranky old man off, the group went up to him in unison and shouted at him to get out of the park. They also used lots of obsenities which prompted him to hurry off. I said “good for them.” The park is a public place and our furry friends have the perfect right to be there! So it turns out that I didn’t have to intervene on their behalf after all. If you take your dog to the park, no one can say anything to you if your dog is on a leash and you pick up after him. There are also special dog runs where your dog could be taken off his leash for exercise and to social with other canine friends. Have fun with your dog in the park and beware of cranky old men!!

 

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Inappropriate Dog Behavior

Saturday, September 13, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

DOG DESTRUCTIONIf 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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TWO DOGSMore often than not, several dogs can co-exist harmoniously in a single home. They may even get along better than the human family members. Dogs are naturally pack animals. They determine among themselves who will be the dominant dog and usually never have problems getting along. Animal behaviorists say that multiple dogs in a household can be peaceful all day long. Sometimes, for some reason a fight may break out when the humans come home. What happened? Did the humans upset the multiple dog dynamic?  It is difficult to figure this out.  Dogs always lived in packs long before we tried to live with them. Veterinary behavior specialists have some of the answers and there’s no shame in asking for help. Several dogs will get along fine just  don’t expect them to share all of their things! You should feed them separately and have separate beds for them. Most don’t like to cuddle.

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How Fast Can Cats Run

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

CAT RUNNINGIndoor cats seem very sedentary.  My cats lie around all day long and seem not to move around at all except to eat and use their litter box. I always try to play with my younger cat Millie every evening. She is nine years old and loves to chase a hanging toy on a stick. She jumps and dashes all over the house. My cat Molly is fifteen years old and she will not play with any toy. In fact, if I try to play with her she will his, get angry and run away! Even tough indoor cats are basically sedentary, the can run really fast if they have to. Household cats are capable of reaching speeds of 30 miles per hour. Their wild cousin, the cheetah can zoom up to 70 miles per hour. Cats can outrun most dogs so don’t let all that lying around fool you. They will disappear in a second if they have to.

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Help Save The Animals by Donating Your Car

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

PET TRANSPORTThere are many ways that you can make a difference in an animals life. If could be by adopting a rescue dog or cat, making a donation or even by donating your car to safely transport abandoned pets two and from rescue shelters. If you own a Chevy,  GMC Cargo Van or pickup truck you can donate it to the Bergen County Animal Shelter. It’s Bergen County’s only no kill animal shelter. They are looking for Chevy or GMC Vans series 2500 or 3500 as well as truck series 250 and 350. All vehicles that are donated must be 2005 or newer and contain fully functioning air conditioning for the safe transport of the animals. By making your donation, these future pets will be brought to veterinarians and adoption events throughout the county. Your donated vehicle can contain your company name as a reminder of your generous donation.  If you are interested in making a donation, you may contact the Bergen County Animal Shelter at 201-945-0649 or visit their website at www.bcrescues.org. Your donation will make a big difference in these wonderful animals lives.

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