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Small Breeds For Small Children

Thursday, October 8, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

CHILDIf you’re looking for a dog and you have a toddler in the house, don’t think that smaller is best. It may seem logical to you at first but small dogs are very fragile and your child could easily injure or even kill a dog by dropping it, stepping on it, shutting the door on it etc.

The very large dog breeds pose another problem. Even though very large dogs are usually very gentle, sturdy and robust, their size could injure your child. A Mastiff could easily knock down your child while trying to say “hello.”

It’s very difficult trying to stop a young child from poking, pulling, prodding and smothering a small puppy with hugs and kisses. Mid size dog breeds that have a very clam, tolerant and confident temperament may be a great choice if you have a small child in the home. Here are some breeds that you should consider.

Boston Terrier
Cocker Spaniel
English Bulldog
English Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Wheaton Terrier
Always make sure that you’re in the room with the child and new puppy. Teach your child how to properly play with the puppy with his dog toys. Pay attention and make sure that your child and new puppy are bonding properly.

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Prepare Your Pet For Your New Arrival

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

Idogbabyf your dog or cat has been your only baby for years, and now you’re bringing home a new baby, you’ll have to prepare your pet. A few weeks before the baby arrives, start spending less time with your pet. Allow him to smell the lotions and powder in the baby’s nursery but don’t let him on the crib or blanket. You can also play recorded baby noises. When your baby comes home, first greet your pet empty handed, then sit in a chair with your baby and cover her head with your hand. Let your pet sniff, but not lick. Before you know it, they’ll be best buddies but never leave the two alone together. Remember to give your pet plenty of attention once your baby is home.

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Don’t Take The Hawks For Granted

Monday, October 5, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

HAWKSWOOPDuring the summer as I was casually sitting on my deck reading a book, my cat Mollie was also enjoying a leisurely day lying next to me taking in the sun. She loves to come out with me and lie on the deck. Since she is sixteen and really doesn’t wander, I usually set her come outside with me. One day as I was reading, I saw a hawk swoop down and try to snatch her up. I jumped up, waved my book and made lots of noise. The hawk flew away but this really rattled my nerves. I ushered Molly into the house. Now, I still let Molly outside with me but I’m very conscientious of what’s going on in the sky!

Never leave a small dog or pet alone in the yard as some of those “big birds” are looking for their next meal.

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Pay Attention To Your Cats MEOWS

Saturday, October 3, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

MEOWToday, my cat Millie is walking around meowing and meowing. I already fed her and there is really no reason for this “morning serenade.” Why is she doing this? Cats meow for various reasons. If you have several cats, you should be able to tell the difference between your cats meows. . I can also tell between the difference types of meows. I know when one of my cats are sick just by the way she is meowing. It’s almost like a yowl. I can also tell when a cat is angry. Frequently, before we leave to or from our home in Delaware, my younger cat Millie will hide under the bed. As I attempt to pull her out she lets out a kind of meow/growl. I know she’s not pleased. Today, I think that Millie just wants attention and I’ll give her lot of that.

Pay attention to they way your cat meows. Sometimes, you may have to tend to her quickly.

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petsfloodMuch of the eastern seaboard is under an unprecedented flood threat. In the event of major flooding, it’s important to have a plan to protect your pets. Here are some steps to take to ensure your pets safety.

  1. Make sure pets wear collars and tags with up-to-date identification. Your pet’s ID tag should contain name, telephone number and any urgent medical needs.
  2. Be sure to write your pet’s name, your name and contact information on your pet’s carrier.
  3. Your pet should be microchipped. This makes identification easy if necessary.
  4. Always bring pets indoors at the first sign or warning of a storm or disaster. Strange sounds such as thunder can cause  pets to become disoriented and wander away from home during a crisis.
  5. Keep a pet emergency supply kit, including the following: three-or-more-day supply of food and drinking water; bowls for food and water; current photos and physical description of your pets, including details on markings; medications, vaccination records (especially rabies records) and first aid pet supplies; comfort items such as a toy and blanket; small garbage bags; for dogs – a leash, harness and a sturdy carrier large enough to use as a sleeping area; and for cats – a litter box and litter as well as a sturdy carrier large enough for transport.
  6. Keep a list of pet friendly places, including phone numbers, with your disaster supplies close at hand  in case you need to evacuate. Many hotels or motels and facilities don’t allow pets, make sure you check before making any plans or reservations.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

HURRICAINEIt’s hurricane season and make sure that you remember your pets when making disaster emergency plans! If you have to evacuate because a hurricane threatens the area in which you live, don’t forget about your cat of dog. Keep his pet carrier in a convenient place in case you have to get out fast. The instincts of your pet cannot be counted on to survive a disaster. Pack at least one weeks supply of pet food and always remember your pets leash. Make sure that you have the proper ID tags clearly visible on your pet. If you must go to a hotel or shelter, ask if it’s OK to bring your pet. It is very important that you don’t wait until the last minute to evacuate. Rescue officials may not let you take your pet. Keep up to date on all of the weather conditions and evacuate sooner rather than later. If you have no choice but to leave your pet home, make sure that he has a current ID and a secure collar. Take a picture of your pet with you just in case he gets lost. I cannot emphasize it enough that your pets are a part of your family. Plan ahead and make sure they are included in your disaster plans.

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Choosing the Right Ingredients In Dog Food

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

DOGOWNERThere are so many brands and types of dog food on the market that you can get dizzy just walking down the pet aisle of your supermarket. When selecting a dog food, it’s important to check the ingredients. Here are some tips that may help you make a healthy selection for your pet.

A very simple rule is that MEAT should always be the first thing that you see in the ingredients.
Always look for the source of the meat. Is it lamb, beef etc.?
Fatty acids such as omega 3 and omega 6 should be included in the label as they are important for your dog’s skin and coat.
If you see ingredients such as vitamin C or E or citric acids, these are acceptable preservatives.
Avoid foods containing wheat, artificial flavoring, soy, corn, coloring or by products.
All good dog foods should contain a blend of fruits and vegetables. These are natural antioxidants.
Avoid preservatives such as BHA, BHT or Ethoxyquin.
A basic rule of thumb to follow is to avoid any dog food where GRAIN is the main ingredient and avoid any dog food that lists more than one source of grain in the first few ingredients. Dogs and cats must get their protein from meat not grain. Remember, never use dog treats for your dogs main diet. The necessary nutrition is just not there.


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Don’t Wait On Puppy Vaccinations

Sunday, September 27, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

PUPPY25As soon as you get your puppy, you should consider getting him vaccinated. He first vaccinations will help him build up immunity to disease. What shots should your puppy get? Most dogs receive the rabies shot as well as combination vaccine called DHLPP. It’s administered as a series of shots and will guard your pup against diseases like distemper, hepatitis, leptosporosis, parainfluenza, and parvo virus. In order to keep his immunity up, your dog will probably get these shots for the rest of his life. Always talk to your veterinarian about what is best for your pet. Your vet may recommend that your adult dog get vaccinated less frequently. Depending on where you live or when you are planning on going with your dog, he may also need to be vaccinated against kennel cough, corona, lyme disease or giardia.

In addition to his vaccinations, make sure your pup is given the proper food and lots of exercise and play time. He should have a dog crate, dog water bowl and lots of dog toys to play with.

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CRF – Feline Chronic Renal Failure

Saturday, September 26, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

CATVET3There  is a sad story from a friend here in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. She had to put her 17 year old cat down for CRF or Chronic Renal Failure. This disease is progressive and terminal but with patience, a good veterinarian, early diagnosis and the right pet medication, the condition could be managed effectively for some time. Life expectancy with this disease depends on how well the cat responds to treatment. Each cat is an individual and there are no set rules as to how long your cat will live with this condition. My friend’s cat lived quite a while, then suddenly developed seizures which worsened over just a day or two.

Early symptoms of this disease are increased water consumption and urination. If you notice this, take your cat to the vet for a blood test. The earlier the diagnosis, the better.


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Examine Your Dog For Fatty Lumps

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

dogownerMany middle ages and senior dogs, especially those that are overweight develop benign tumors under their skin. These growths are usually located on the belly or the upper legs and are generally harmless. If you notice a lump on your dog, have your veterinarian check it out. If it is a benign tumor and the dogs movement is not compromised, no treatment is necessary but it is still a good idea to keep an eye on the fatty deposit to make sure that it doesn’t grow. Your veterinarian can biopsy the growth every now and then to check for any cancerous changes. If your dog has one of these growths (lypoma), there is a chance that he will develop more. This doesn’t mean that you should dismiss any new growths or bumps. Have them checked out. Ask your vet to give each one a proper exam. Usually no pet medication is prescribed and nothing else has to be done.

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