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DOG WATER BOWLYou feed your dog once or twice a day but you cannot limit his water supply. Make sure that his bowl is full with clean, fresh water at all times. You must remember that dogs are constantly losing water from urinating and panting. I may be a bit much with my animals but I always give my cats bottled water. I believe that I wouldn’t want my pets to drink water that I wouldn’t drink myself. Dogs can easily become dehydrated if they don’t have enough water in their bodies. Make sure that you keep that dog water bowl full at all times and clean the water bowl frequently. If your dog spends a lot of time outdoors, keep a bowl full of fresh water outside with him. Dogs, unlike cats can drink a bowl of water quickly so make sure that you check his water supply frequently. If you go out and leave your dog, it is a good idea to fill several bowls of fresh water for your friend.

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HAMSterSAND CHILDRENResearch has shown how animals can help autistic children. Australian researchers used blind ratings when comparing how children interact with animals as opposed to playing with toys which is another common tool to help them interact with their peers.

The research compared how well children ages 5 to 13 interacted with their peers and adults during free time. One groups was given toys to play with, the other group was placed in a room with two hamsters.

The experiment reveals that the autistic children who played with the hamsters showed more sociability by talking, smiling, laughing, looking at faces, and making physical contact with the other children.  The children with the hamsters were also less likely to frown, whine, cry, and express other negative behavior than those who played with toys.

The classroom can be a very stressful and overwhelming situation for children with autism. If an animal can help them interact better with other children and reduce some of their stress, then it may be worthwhile to look into this at some of our schools.

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Are Seat Belts Safe For Dogs?

Thursday, May 21, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

dog seatbeltWhen traveling, would you let your child ride with a seat belt?  If you answered “no,” then why would you put your dog at risk by not securing him in? It’s very distracting when you dog is fumbling around, licking your ear etc. If you stop short or get into an accident, your dog will be a projectile and cause harm to himself and to others.

Before  buying a seat belt for your dog, do your research. Some dog restraints are not safe. The following is an example.

Lindsey A. Wolko, Founder, Center for Pet Safety, had an  experience in 2004. She was driving with her English cocker spaniel, Maggie — secured in her harness attached to a seatbelt in the back seat — when she suddenly needed to break and swerve in order to avoid a collision. The accident was avoided but Maggie sustained injuries to her spine and hip. The harness, in essence, hog-tied the dog from the force of suddenly applying the brakes.

The following information was attained from Care 2.

Testing Results so Far

In 2011, the Center for Pet Safety tested four harnesses via an independent testing laboratory. The same motor vehicle safety standards were applied as are used in testing child safety car seats. A 55 pound test dog — NO live animals are used in testing — was developed because the average size dog in the U.S. is 55 pounds and up. The results were devastating.

Simulating a 30 mile per hour collision, all four harnesses failed! The first one provided too much slack and the test dog was sent crashing into the back of the front seat. The next two harnesses broke and turned the test dog into a projectile. But the fourth was the most surprising. The harness slid up to the test dog’s neck upon impact. “I don’t think that there’s any doubt that those dogs would have been severely injured, if not fatally injured” said Wolko

I believe that dogs secured in a strong carrier that is strapped in will be even more affective in the event of an accident. I always secure my cats in their carrier and fasten the seatbelt around the carrier.

So before purchasing a seat belt and harness for your dog make sure that you do your research!

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DOGCOLLEGEMany people are very proud of the college that they attended. Especially if they stuck it out for the full four years or longer, it’s very likely that they have all kinds of apparel that lets the world know exactly where they attended. Some of the most common college-related apparel items are sweaters, t-shirts, slippers, and more. But these kinds of items shouldn’t just be enjoyed by you.

Rather, they can also be proudly displayed on your pet. These college logo bearing dog sweaters are especially cute and meaningful if you had your dog throughout your college years. Although the dog clothing market is dominated by items for small dogs, they are often available in many different sizes. So whether you have a Chihuahua or a German Shepherd, you should be able to share your college pride with the entire family!

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The Playful Miniature Dachshund

Sunday, May 17, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

MINIDACHSHUNDA miniature Dachshund may be small but he has plenty of energy. Along with long walks, you can help train his energy with some lively games. There’s nothing more enjoyable for your mini dog than playing fetch. Retrieving balls and squeaky toys is his idea of nirvana. It is also a good opportunity for you to teach him the command “drop it.” He also likes to play “tug” but make sure it’s not too rough and you are the one who starts and ends the game. Playing hide and seek with him is also fun as long as he already knows how to sit. Try teaching him a few new tricks like “hi five” or “take a bow.” If you take the time to play with your mini Dachshund, he will have a fit mind and body. It will also keep him more relaxed and happier. He will really enjoy sleeping in his dog bed at the end of a long day of play!

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Cats Can Keep You Calm

Friday, May 15, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

WELCOMETRAFFICCATPURRLiving in north Jersey is very stressful. Everything seems to be getting more difficult. You can’t drive anywhere because there is so much traffic! Today, after work I wanted to go to the county park for my daily 2 mile walk. Well that didn’t happen. The main road was blocked off and traffic was grid locked up the side streets. Enough for that idea so I decided to head home.

Between the horrendous traffic here, the unkind people, and high taxes, I really need to de stress. When I come home and find my two cats comfortably in their favorite resting spot, I regain a sense of balance and peace. I shut the door and I’m away from chaotic north Jersey. At least in my mind. I sit down to read and have a cup of coffee and my older cat Molly immediately jumps up, lies on my stomach and begins to purr. All is right with the world once again. Her unconditional love restores peace and comfort. Cats provide peace, security and balance in an unbalanced world.

So if you live in north Jersey, the stress capital of the world or a similar place, take comfort in your furry little friends waiting for you at home without a care in the world.

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Nasty Parasites —-Whipworms

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

DOGVETPARAWhipworms are nasty parasites that can that can live in a dog’s large intestine and feed on his blood. Some dogs with whipworm show no symptoms at all but many have diaherrea and lose weight. In severe cases, the they may develop anemia. Because infected whipworm eggs are passed in an infected animal’s feces, they can contaminate water and soil. Healthy dogs then contract whipworm by ingesting the eggs. To prevent problems, keep your yard free of droppings and bring a fecal sample in when you take your dog for is routine examination. Your veterinarian will perform a fecal test to check for whipworm. He will prescribe a pet medication like a canine de-wormer if the test is positive.

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CATVETI recently took my older cat Molly to the vet for her annual checkup. I did notice slight weight loss before I took her. I wasn’t really concerned. After her examination, the vet said that the blood test for her thyroid  showed her  thyroid to be slightly overactive. She lost about one and a half pounds since her last visit which was two years ago. I have to take her back to be re-weighed in July. They’ll do another blood test for her thyroid and if she loses more weight and the test still shows a high reading, she will go on medication to slow the thyroid down.

Weight loss in cats could be caused by many things and should never be ignored.

Like owner, like pussy. I also have an overactive thyroid and my doctor said that my latest blood test showed a slightly high reading. I also have to go back to my own doctor in July for another blood test. Molly and I a alike…..in many ways!

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Vacation Safety For Your Pets

Sunday, May 10, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

DOGVACAYou’re about to leave on a much needed vacation. You are taking your dog along with you because you can’t think of leaving him in a strange kennel all by himself for a week or longer. You put him in his crate, fill his dog bowl with cool water and put him in the back of your SUV. When it comes to car travel, special precautions should be taken. Dogs do not do well in hot weather. You must be concerned with dehydration and stroke. I see this all the time – dogs in a car at a rest stop on a hot day with the windows basically closed. Last year, while coming back from my weekend place in Delaware, I stopped at a rest stop on the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey. In the car parked right next to me was a poor dog, crying. The windows were closed, it was a hot day and the owners were nowhere to be found. My heart was breaking for this poor animal. What were his selfish or stupid owners thinking?? After about ten minutes, I went back inside the rest stop and had the owners paged. I waited there until they came out. I could see that the dog was panting in the terrific heat. They seemed concerned but it could have been too late. That dog could have died. I stress – NEVER not for one second leave your dog in the car in the hot summer!!!!! That couple could have taken turns going into the rest stop. One could have stayed with the dog in the car with the air conditioner on.

Typically, owners may think it is ok to leave a dog in a parked car for a few seconds with the window slightly cracked open. They may not be aware that the car will become an oven! Temperatures will reach 120 degrees or higher in a few minutes. Bring lots of water and offer it to your dog at regular intervals. Dogs get distracted during trips and will forget to drink.

I would recommend to make sure that your car is air conditioned. Keep it running at all times while your are traveling with your dog. If possible, take along another person on the trip so that when you stop, have the other person sit with the dog in the car with the air conditioner on. Take turns going into the rest stop. This way your furry friend is cool and will not be frightened by being left alone. If it’s impossible to take someone else along, get the car real cool before you stop. Make sure that you park in the shade. If there is no shade, move on to another rest stop until you find shade! Crank the windows open and make your stop real quick. I mean no more than 3 minutes!!

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Don’t Forget About Exercise

Saturday, May 9, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

DOG EXERCISEMost pet owners would agree that cats and dogs require entirely different levels of human commitment. For one thing, dogs require much more attention than cats, and they need to be outdoors to get a regular dose of exercise. It’s unfortunate, then, that a busy owner’s work schedule can come into conflict with these doggie demands. The typical dog can grow bored while sitting in solitary indoor confinement.

On the other hand, the outside world presents dogs with plenty of unique sights and smells. By setting up a dog exercise pen in the backyard you can ensure that your four-legged friend gets plenty of stimulation. Just be sure to stock the pen with plenty of food and water. When you get home, your dog will be slightly less hyper and more willing to practice some patience before insisting on going for a walk.

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