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Keeping Your Pets Safe From Coyotes

Saturday, April 25, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

COYOTEIt happens much to often, an unsuspecting pet owner, lets their pet outside to play and it gets attacked by a predator. It seems like these days, coyotes are the predator of choice. Coyotes have been seen roaming the streets of Manhattan. So how can you keep your pets safe?

Don’t leave your pets alone outside, especially at dawn or at dusk. Coyotes also come out a lot during breeding season which is usually January to March. Dogs should never be chained outside and should be on a leash in public areas. Never let your pet play or interact with a coyote. Never leave dog or cat food outside. The warning is especially important for people who feed stray cats. Coyotes will prey on feral cats that are coming to a feeding place. If you are feeding outside cats, do so during the day and for a set amount of time and elevate feeding stations. Also keep trash in high quality containers with tight fitting lids.
If your pet must be outside, use fencing and make sure it is at least 6-feet high and 6-inches deep to keep Coyotes from jumping over it or digging under it

Dr. Georgesen of the Blum Animal Hospital in Chicago offers these safety tips.

• Coyotes normally hunt small mammals, such as rabbits, but will attack and kill cats and small dogs.

• Never leave your pets outside unattended, especially small pets and cats. Only let them outside when you are with them. Be especially cautious at dusk, night and dawn.

• Never leave pet food and water outside. Coyotes will prey on feral cats that are coming to a feeding place. If you are feeding outside cats, do during the day and for a set amount of time. Elevate feeding stations. Keep trash in high quality containers with tight fitting lids.

• Dogs should never be chained outside and should be on a leash in public areas. If your pet must be outside, make sure your yard fence is 6-feet high and at least 6-inches deep. Never let your pet play or interact with a coyote.

• Attacks can occur on larger dogs during Coyote breeding season when coyotes feel their territory is threatened, which is usually January to March.

• If you encounter a coyote, never throw food at it. Don’t turn your back and run away. Yell or make a loud noise, clap or stomp. Make eye contact and make yourself look bigger. Coyotes get scared easily and will usually run away.

Information obtained from CBS News Chicago.

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How To Choose A Dog Groomer

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

dog groomerIf your dog has long hair and if you don’t have time to give him regular baths, you may want to take him to a groomer on a regular basis. When choosing a groomer, there are several steps that you have to take. First ask about their experience.

How long have they been in the dog grooming business?
What kind of training did they receive? Are they certified by NDGAA or another organization?
Do they specialize in any breed size or particular breed of dog? Are there any restrictions on the types of dogs they work with?
Ask about their level of service like cleaning your dog’s ears, checking his anal glands etc. Find out whether or not their fees are within your budget.
Safety is very important. I would ask the following questions.
Do they use a hand held dryer or a cage dryer? (I would prefer a hand held). If they do use a cage dryer, find out if someone always stays with the dogs. If they don’t, I would go elsewhere.
Do they sedate the dogs for grooming? If so, who does it and what type of training do they have?
Where do they keep the dogs when they’re not being groomed or waiting to be groomed?
What happens in an emergency or if your dog is injured? Is there a veterinarian on call or does someone have first aid training?
How is their record keeping? Do they keep complete records like medical, vaccinations and grooming history?
All of these things are important to consider when choosing a groomer.
After his first grooming session, give your dog a dog treat and lots of love! Remember, your pets count.


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Dogs That Make The Best Watch Dogs

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

watchdogsIn addition to being a great companion, dogs could be excellent protection to those living alone. Most dogs will bark when they here a strange sound or sense the presence of someone who doesn’t belong near their home. Some dogs make better watch dogs than others.

Here is a list of dog breeds that make the BEST watch dogs.

German Shepherd
Doberman Pinscher
Scottish Terrier
West Highland White Terrier
Miniature Schnauzer
Here is a list of dog breeds that make the WORST watch dogs.

Basset Hound
Norwegian Elkhound
We classify dogs that don’t make very good watch dogs as being the ones that don’t necessarily bark if they hear a strange sound.

Most dogs will bark at strangers when they are outside in the yard or on their dog leash.

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Electrical Fences For Dogs

Sunday, March 29, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

ELECTRICFENCEA good fence keeps dogs from roaming and improves the relationship with your neighbor. Many people install underground electric fences that will activate a dog’s collar when he gets too close. The dog will first hear a warning tone, then feel a mild shock. This sometimes makes dogs fear the yard which you don’t want. Put up flags to show him the yard’s boundaries, then walk your dog around the yard on his dog leash. Whenever he approaches the fence, tug on leash to return him to a safe area.  Do this for a few days then allow him to experience a small shock. Soon your dog will get used to the perimeter of the yard and not go to the edge where he could get a shock.  For the next steps, take your dog off his leash and play with him in the yard. Make sure he is always supervised at this point.  After a few days, try him in the yard by himself. Observe him from a nearby door or window. Before long, your yard will be a great and safe playground for your dog.

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Talking to Your Cat

Saturday, March 28, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

ownertakingCommunicating with your cat isn’t an easy trick you can do to impress your dinner guests.  It’s an important part of training your cat and reinforcing your bond with her. Teach her simple words like “no” or “down.” This will make her a better pet. Words like “Treats” and “dinner” will help her associate with something pleasurable. Did you know that cats rarely converse with other cats? They reserve their “meows” to humans. Feline language is a complex. It is a combination of f facial expressions, tail position, ear position and other forms of body language in addition to scent and sound. Cats learn to make demands of us by observing which of their sounds cause human responses. My cats do respond to certain words and even understand some sentences. When I say “time to go to work” to my cat Molly,  immediately gets up off the couch and follows me to the door. If I say “snack time” to my other cat Millie, she runs for her dish. Cats understand much more than we give them credit for.

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Some Signs To Look For In An Older Cat

Thursday, March 26, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

oldercatMy cat, Molly is almost sixteen years old. Recently, I noticed some weight loss and occasional spitting up some undigested food. She also has a ravenous appetite.

Some weight loss is normal in an older cat. The ravenous appetite can be several things. It can be a result of hyperthyroidism which usually affects older cats. Another reason is that when a cat gets older, the stomach lining doesn’t absorb as many nutrients which can cause an increase in appetite. It’s always good to take your older cat to the vet for a checkup.

If your cat eats too fast, she can spit up some undigested food as is the case with Molly. I plan to take Molly for her checkup but otherwise she appears very healthy.

If your cat loses lots of weight, vomits or has diarrhea, appears listless and has no appetite, get her to the vet right away as this could be something more serious.

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A Cat For An Older Relative

Monday, March 23, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

OLDERCATIf you have an older relative, why not ask her if she would like a cat?  Older people who own pets tend to live longer independently than a senior who does not have any pets.  Studies also show that a pet can lower our blood pressure and heart rate and even reduce the frequency of a serious illness.  Your older relative may like the idea of owning a cat. It would keep both her mind and body more active.  A cat is easier to care for than a dog. If your relative indicates that she would like one, you may suggest a short haired cat. There is less grooming and less cleaning up to do. Get some cat toys for her to play with the cat in the evening. This is the best way to make sure that both the cat and grandma get a good nights sleep.

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Detecting a Fever In Your Dog

Sunday, March 22, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

DOG FEVERDetecting a fever in a dog can be difficult. Some signs to look for are lethargy and panting. If your dog does have a fever, he may also refuse his food.  A dogs normal temperature at rest is between 99.5 and 102.5 degrees. This number can climb higher when your dog has some kind of medical problem. Anything higher than 104 degrees requires an immediate call to your veterinarian.The most common cause for fever in dogs is infection, particularly from a wound or abscessed tooth. The most accurate way to detect a fever in your dog is to use a rectal thermometer.  Ask your veterinarian to show you how. Do not try to do it by yourself or never administer any pet medication with your vets advice.

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Top Ten Cat Names

Friday, March 20, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

catnamesThere are many surveys done on cat names. Here is one that I’ve chosen on top cat names in the US. They are:

1. Lucy, 2. Molly, 3. Oreo, 4. Kittens, 5. Smokey, 6. Princess, 7. Shadow, 8. Tiger, 9. Angel, 10. Missy.

My cat Molly is number 2 on the list. Surprisingly, I found these names quite common. If you have some cool, unique cat names, please submit them. Cats become familiar with their names at a very early age. If you continually call your kitty by his name, you’ll be surprised at how quickly he’ll learn it. Cats can learn their name in as little as one week. Your cat will be much easier to train if it knows it’s name.

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Cats and Milk

Thursday, March 19, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

CATMILKIt’s natural to assume that cats love milk. Mice and cheese and cats and milk right?  Wrong! While cats may like milk, it’s not good for their digestive system. Veterinarians generally advise against treating your cat to a saucer of milk. Adult cats do not product enough of the enzyme lactase to properly digest the lactase found in milk. Even a few tablespoons of  milk can cause diarrhea and vomiting so why take the chance?

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