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How To Calm An Overactive Dog

Sunday, November 23, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

DOG fridgeIf your dog is hyperactive, it’s probably due to boredom.

Here are some simple techniques you can try at home to calm your hyperactive dog. I know this is difficult to hear but you should ignore the hyperactivity behavior. If you constantly pay attention to this behavior pattern, you will be reinforcing this behavior. The next time you walk through the door, and your dog jumps, nips and goes crazy on you, ignore him. No touching, no talking to him and no eye contact until he calms down.  You might me surprised on how quickly your dog settles down.

You can redirect his energy by taking him for a walk. It’s great exercise for you and your pet. This will tire him out and calm him down.  Give him a job to do so he doesn’t dash toward a squirrel or bird. Let him carry a small backpack with items like a water bottle or some other small items in it. He will concentrate on carrying this and spend less time worrying about catching that squirrel.  In this case, you are redirecting his hyperactive energy elsewhere.

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Protecting Your Dogs Feet In Winter

Saturday, November 22, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

Dog bootsWe protect our feet and keep them dry and warm in the cold, snowy winter months. It’s essential that we do the same for our dogs. If you let your pet walk or hike with you on snowy trails in winter, ice balls can form between their paw pads. The hair on his paw gets caught with the snow and form ice that is as hard as rock. It not only makes walking painful, but it’s hard for our pets to walk.

You can help by trimming the hair on your dogs paws and applying some petroleum  jelly just prior to your walk. Be sure to use an edible ointment as dogs frequently lick their paws. Another effective option are boots for pets.  There are many sizes and styles. Make sure that you get a thick boot. This may not work for all pet personalities, but for dogs that will tolerate a boot, this offers the ultimate protection from the elements.

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Thanksgiving Tips For Your Pet

Thursday, November 20, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

Pet thanksgiving

All of those delicious smells coming from the kitchen no Thanksgiving day will entice your dog but there are some things that you should be aware of.

  • It’s a bad idea to let your dog have all the food that you and your guests are having. This includes mash potatoes, gravy etc. A little turkey would be fine but don’t over do it. Fatty foods can lead to an upset stomach and keep in mind that turkey skin can wreak havoc with a dog’s digestive system, so make sure she gets skinless, boneless turkey.
  • Give your dog lots of exercise before the Thanksgiving feast. It she’s pooped, she may stay away from the table.
  • Keep all turkey bones away from your dog. Make sure that the garbage is covered tightly. Put plates in an unreachable area if you can’t dispose of everything properly right away.
  • Sage and some other herbs have essential oils that can cause tummy upset and central nervous system depression if a dog eats them in large quantities. Keep them away from your dog to be on the safe side.
  • Keep raw dough away from your dog.  Heat causes raw dough to rise. If your dog eats enough of it, the heat in her stomach will cause the dough to rise causing pain, vomiting, and bloating and maybe even a trip to the doggy E.R.
  • Keep all alcoholic beverages away from your pet.

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving .

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The Top Ten Gifts For Your Dog

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

DOG PRESENTSHere come the holidays again and of course you must include mans best friend. The problem is that you always wind up getting him the same thing. A new squeeze toy or that same rawhide bone that you got him last year and the year before. Here are some ideas. The top gifts for your best friend.

  1. Brad’s Big Bully Dog Leads: These heavy duty leather leads are beautifully crafted and will truly stand up to the heaviest of use!
  2. Big Shrimpy Dog Beds: Big Shrimpy dog beds are water resistant and come in a huge variety of colors, shapes and sizes! These beds are filled with 100% recycled fibers and are extremely washable!
  3. MannersMinder Remote Reward Dog Training System: The “Treat and Train” was a device manufactured by The Sharper Image a few years ago that has now been discontinued. The MannersMinder is Premier’s version of this device and has been receiving rave reviews much like its predecessor. This little machine allows you to give your dog a treat via remote control from up to 100 feet away.
  4. Kong Time: Another fancy toy for the pup that has everything! The Kong Time is a battery powered machine that dispenses 4 treat stuffed Kongs at various rates that are set with a few simple pushes of buttons! As the website touts, it is “Doggie daycare in a box!”
  5.   RuffWear Cloud Chaser Soft Shell Jacket – RuffWear is made for dogs who really love the outdoors! This stylish jacket is not only warm, but it’s waterproof and windproof as well! It is machine washable and comes in an assortment of sizes ranging from 12” to 48”
  6. .RuffRider Roadie LX Dog Safety Harness: RuffRider Dog Safety Harnesses are the best canine seat belts out there! The LX is lined with soft sheepskin for your dogs’ comfort and it attaches to any standard vehicle seat belt system. Make sure your pup stays safe this holiday season while traveling!
  7. A Weekend at a Kimpton Hotel: If you and your pooch really want to live it up, make a weekend getaway to one of the many exceptionally pet friendly Kimpton hotels! Not only do they tolerate pooches of all sizes, they love them! The group of Kimpton hotels provides dog walking services, pet food, chew toys and even grooming and pet massage! Some of the hotels list “pet packages” with special amenities so you and your pup can make the most out of your time away from home.

Thanks to The Dog Guide for providing this useful information.

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Too Many Cats!!!

Monday, November 17, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

TOO MANY CATSYou know that I am an animal lover. I once saw a special on 20/20 . They did a story about people with too many cats. One woman had over 100 in her house!!  I just want you to know that this is only my opinion. I always try to live a balanced life. I mean spending quality time for work, friends, family and my two cats. I also believe that when you adopt a pet, you should strive to give them a clean, healthy, happy and peaceful life. People who go to extremes and by “extremes” I mean having so many cats living indoors are not doing themselves or the animals any good. They create an imbalance in their lives. Caring for over many cats requires lots of time, money  and cleaning. Think of all of the food, litter, cat toys, not to mention the expense incurred if they get sick.

You should also try to bond with your pets and having all of these cats limits the time you can spend with each of them. Now, please keep in mind, if you have cats that you keep outdoors and care for and feed them, then I guess it doesn’t matter how many but still there should be limits. If you are spending an enormous amount of time caring for your cats, then, you aren’t spending enough time on other things in your life. This creates an imbalance. Things could easily go awry if your life is not properly balanced with work, hobbies, play, pets and other loved ones. The  lady with over 100 cats lived in filth. The cats looked unhealthy. They were on top of one another is an extremely unsanitary environment. They were certainly not living, happy, healthy lives. The person who owned these cats became so obsessed with caring for them that she neglected her own needs. The house was a filthy mess. I feel that everything in moderation is OK. My message here is that balance is important and this even applies to your pets. They need love and attention and going overboard and having so many is not doing the animals or yourself any good.

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Detecting Dementia is Dogs

Sunday, November 16, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

OLDER DOGAs our dogs get older, they can develop a type of dementia with has many similarities to Alzheimer’s  disease in people. This condition is called canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome and it often goes undiagnosed and untreated. Some signs of this disease include:

  • Disorientation such as getting stuck and not know how to free themselves.
  • Changes in interactions with people and other pets.
  • Changes in sleep patterns and well as sleep cycles and restlessness or pacing at night.
  • Urinary or fecal accidents in the house.
  • Altered activity level.
  • An increase in anxiety
  • A decrease in appetite.

These things can put a strain between the animal and their owner. The good news is that there are treatment options that can improve cognitive function in some dogs. Medications along with dietary therapy can help. See your vet who can guide you to the most effective treatment options.

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Getting Your Pet to Take Their Medication

Friday, November 14, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

dog medicineWe 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. There are also soft treat where your can put the pill inside. This works very well with my cats. Whichever method you choose, your pet will lead a happy and healthy life!

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Protecting Your Pet From Winter’s Fury

Thursday, November 13, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

COLD DOGWell it’s that time of year. The leaves are about done falling and the weather is getting colder. There’s nothing like sitting in front of the fireplace with you kitty purring on your lap. Winter can be a tough time for our pets, especially dogs who must go outside everyday!  Sometimes we forget that our pets suffer from the cold just as we do. Some owners will leave their pets outside in the cold for long periods of time thinking that they’re accustomed to the cold well……..they’re not and could freeze to death.  You should take your pets for a check up before winter begins.Your veterinarian can check to make sure they don’t have any medical problems that will make them more vulnerable to the cold. Keep your pets indoors as much as you can when the mercury plummets.  When you have to take them outside, stay with them. When you are cold enough to go inside, so are they. If you absolutely must leave them outside for a significant length of time, make sure they have a warm, solid shelter against the wind, thick bedding, and plenty of non-frozen water. Try leaving out a hot water bottle, wrapped in a towel so it won’t burn your pet’s skin. There really shouldn’t be any reason why you have to leave them outdoors in the biting cold of winter for any extended period of time. Don’t neglect your pet during the winter months.

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Yuck! Could You Stop Your Dog From Eating His Stool?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy
Don't worry, I didn't eat any poop today!

Don’t worry, I didn’t eat any poop today!

This is an unpleasant topic but if you have a dog, you can relate. Dogs will eat just about anything including their own feces or the feces of other animals. I know that this sounds disgusting but it’s common enough to be given a medical name: Coprophagy. This is a natural act. Newborn puppies haven’t learned to urinate or defecate on their own so their mother licks them to stimulate elimination. When an adult dog eats it’s own stool, it is usually a sign of loneliness or boredom. This is not usually a problem for the dog but poses an aesthetic problem for the dog owner. You know what I mean when you’ve witnessed this and then your sweet dog tries to lick you face!!

You can try to break the habit but relieving your dogs boredom. Take him for longer walks, give him plenty of exercise and make sure that he has a wide variety of dog toys to play with. Feed him more than once a day and give him treats every now and then so he has something to look forward to.

To prevent this problem, make sure that you pick up after your dog right away or if he is in a public place, you may want to consider a muzzle. If you own a cat, keep him away from the cat litter. Good luck!

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Drinking Water For Cats

Sunday, November 9, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

cat drinkingCats are descendents from dessert animals but they still need a sufficient supply of water to obtain optimum kidney health.While cats that eat only raw prepared diets or canned food may get moisture from their diets, cats on primarily dry foods MUST drink fresh, clean water to survive. I recommend a constant source of fresh water for your cats. Leave their bowl out with their food and make sure that it is changed a couple of times per day. If you’re worried about whether your  water is safe for your cats to drink, I would recommend using bottled or filtered water to be on the safe side. I always give my cats filtered water and I make sure that their bowl is always full. If you leave you cats for a night or two, fill several large bowls of water. It’s better to overdo it rather than risk your cat not having enough water and getting dehydrated.

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