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November 2014
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How A Traumatic Experience Affects Your Cat

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

SCARED CATMy cat Millie, was a kitten when she was abandoned during Hurricaine Katrina. Luckily, she has a good home and lots of love but she still shows signs of being traumatized. She’s very “skiddish” and runs away at the drop of a hat. She’ll jump to the ceiling if she hears a loud noise and she doesn’t like to be left alone for too long. If I’m not home at my usual time, I can be sure that Millie will be sitting on the window sill looking out for me.

First of all, keep people that don’t like cats away from your “skiddish” cat. They send off a vibe that cats can pick up. You don’t want these kind  of people around your cat anyway! The more positive things like people, places or things that you could expose your cat to, the better. Don’t expect miracles, take it one step at a time. To get her used to strange people, seek out a few friends that do like cats. Put your cat in the room first and close the door to keep her from dashing out. Have your friends sit in the room with her quietly and not seek out your cat’s attention. Put on a movie or some soft music. The goal is to have your cat see them and realize that they won’t hurt her. Have your guests offer your cat some treats. Put the treat next to them so she can approach without having to interact. It may take time, but if you keep doing this, she will eventually begin to trust your friends and who knows maybe will even try to rub against them for affection.

Remember, your pets count!

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Keep You Pet Safe During the Holidays

Monday, November 24, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

PET HOLIDAYSThe holidays are the most dangerous time for your pets. Just call any veterinary emergency clinic  to verify this. The number of pet injuries, poisonings, accidents and illness that are preventable rise dramatically from November to the beginning of January.  Here are some of the most dangerous.

1. The holiday food, pet owners seem to feed their pets very fatty leftovers and foods during the holidays. This causes a sharp rise in  pancreatitis in dogs.

2. The holiday plants like poinsettias are poisonous to dogs and cats. Don’t buy them and put them around your house.

3. Holiday tree ornaments such as tinsel and glass ornaments. Glass can break and injure your pet. I almost lost a cat because he ate the tinsel on the tree. DON’T USE IT IF YOU HAVE A PET!

4. Candles can cause burns if your cat accidentally  gets to close. If your dog knocks them over,they can cause a fire.

5. Dinner guests and holiday visitors that don’t know how to interact with your cat or dog can get scratched or bitten. It also provides an escape route for your pet if they leave the door open.

6. The holiday presents present a threat if they contain chocolate which is toxic to cats or dogs!

It’s a good idea to keep the ASPCA poison control number close just in case. 1-888-426-4435

If you play it safe, you won’t have to keep your pet in his pet or dog carrier or crate all the time during the holiday season.


Remember, your pets count!

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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.

Remember, your pets count.

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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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