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What Do You Do If Your Pet Is Bitten?

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

DOG SNAKEEven though your pet enjoys the outdoors, he may tread on dangerous ground. You decide to take your dog camping with you. He loves being out in the woods or field but poisonous snakes can go with the territory. Dr. Fred Omi, a Veternarian at Kansas State University says that not all snake bites are alike. He says that only half of the bites given to dogs or cats by snakes are injections of venum. The rest are called “dry” bites where the snake bites but does not inject the venum into the dog or cat. Don’t overreact but never ignore your pets snakebite. Don’t attempt to administer pet medication yourself. See your veternarian right away, he will determine whether the bite needs further treatment.

Remember, your pets count! Happy Thanksgiving!

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OLDEHOLLYLocal animal shelters are filled with cats and dogs abandoned due to the economic crisis. It really bothers me how many people got rid of their pets for financial reasons yet maintain an unlimited cellphone plan and mindlessly text all day! The fact is that many people will not adopt an older cat or dog for fear that it only has a few years to live. Remember cats can live as long as 20 years, so if you adopt a twelve year old cat and if it’s in good health, you can have eight good years with it. Giving a second chance to an abandoned older cat or dog is a very rewarding experience. Perhaps this holiday season, some can really help the animal shelters and adopt a needy animal. If you cannot adopt a pet due to allergies or financial reasons, animal shelters could use old blankets, food or anything else that you can donate. Spend your money on cat toys or a pet carrier instead of paying for minutes to mindlessly text all day!

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Dog Diggers

Sunday, November 22, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

dogdigYou let your dog outside in your yard for some good wholesome fun and exercise but when it’s time for him to come back inside, the yard looks like the surface of the moon! There are mini “craters” all over the place. I’m sure that this activity is something that you could do without. Dogs often dig out of loneliness, boredom, and the stress of being confined. Because dogs are pack animals, dogs may dig at a fence or gate to try to join other dogs. Dogs that are not neutered may be trying to find a mate. In Summer, dogs may dig to cool off because the ground is cooler than the air. Dogs like Terriers dig instinctively for prey. Some dogs just dig to explore. By taking your dog for a long walk, tossing a dog toy like a frisbie in the park, and just more human interaction may help satisfy your dog’s needs in a less destructive way. Remember, your pets count!

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CATFOUNTAINMany owners don’t realize how important it is for their cats to be kept well hydrated. Many times house cats don’t get enough water. I always left lots of water for my cats but rarely saw them drinking. I solved the problem by getting a running water fountain. Now I know my cats are drinking enough. Cats love cool, running water. That’s how they get it in the wild.

How can you tell if your cats getting enough water?

There are a few simple signs that will give you a pretty good indication of your cat is staying hydrated:

  • Skin elasticity. Gently pull the skin at the base of your cat’s neck (scruff). The skin should spring back when you release it. If it does not, your cat might not be getting enough water.
  • A shiny coat without dry flakes is a sign of hydration
  • Your cat should exhibit normal physical activity and not be overly lethargic
  • Is your cat urinating 2-3 times per day? You can tell if this is happening by checking your cat’s litter box for medium-sized clumps.

Thanks to “Catster” for providing this information.

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Sudden Dog Fights

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

DOGFIGHTIf your dogs suddenly start fighting with one another, the reasons can vary. Have any of your dogs not been neutered? Has one become sexually mature? Is there plenty of space for both of them to share? Have you let them get away with bad behavior in the past? Do they get little exercise or have too few dog toys? Any or all of these things can cause fighting.

To correct the problem, exert your authority and feed the more aggressive dog last. Make him walk behind you and your other dog. If he does show aggression, give him an immediate correction such as a loud noise. This tells him that fighting will not be tolerated. Always reward him for peaceful behavior. This will motivate him to repeat the good behavior. If the problem continues, consult your veterinarian.

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The Best Dog Breeds for Seniors

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

seniordogStudies have shown that having a pet in your senior years, can ease loneliness and alleviate  anxiety and boredom. Pets provide seniors with lots of love and affection.  When you select a dog for a senior, you must consider size and temperament. Typically smaller dogs are better. If the pet becomes ill, they are easier to transport than a larger dog. Also remember that even small dogs can have an aggressive personality. Listed below are dog breeds that are best suited for seniors.

  1. Pug
  2. Schnauzer
  3. Scottish Terrier
  4. Shih Tzu
  5. Yorkshire Terrier
  6. Cocker Spaniel
  7. Welsh Corgi
  8. American Eskimo
  9. Boston Terrier
  10. Chihuahua

Dogs are rated on their size and temperament.

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Do You Walk Your Dog or Does He Walk You?

Sunday, November 15, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

DOGWALKHere are some tips on how you become leader of the pack rather than your dog.

1. When walking your dog, you should be the first one out the door and the first one back in. Your dog should walk either beside or behind you.

2. Use a short dog leash because this allows you to have more control. If you attach the leash to the top of your dogs neck, you can communicate, guide and correct your dog easier. When you are correcting him, always keep his safety in mind. Never yank or pull him.

3. Make sure that you set enough time aside for the walk. You should set aside 30 minutes to a full hour. Morning walks are ideal. Keep a close eye on your dog while you are walking him.

4. After your dog has behaved and maintained the proper state of mind, reward him by letting him relieve himself and sniff around. You now have to decide when the reward time is over. It should always be less than the time spent focused on the walk.

5. When you get home, don’t stop leading. Have your dog wait patiently while you put away his dog leash or take off your shoes.

6. Give your dog a meal after the walk and make sure that you pick up after him.

This information was according to Cesar Millan’s tips on how to become leader of the pack. Remember, your pets count!

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Why Must Cats Claw?

Saturday, November 14, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

catscratchThis morning as I was having my coffee, I heard the dreaded scratching on my furniture. I was my 16 year old cat Molly. She goes for the bottom of my living room chair. I shouted at her to stop and she did listen.  Why do they do this?  To your cat, it’s natural behavior. They follow a need to keep their claws in top shape and to leave visual and scent markings on the object. In the wild, they communicate  territory boundaries to other cats and animals. Scratching also provide a form a exercise for cats.

The solution is that you need to made some effort to stop the behavior. Make sure you have several places for your cat to scratch. When he scratches on the furniture, take him to his scratching post. I buy a product that I spray on the furniture. This usually keeps my cats away from the furniture.  Today, unfortunately, I ran out of the spray. So I will stop by my local pet supply store and pick up a few more cans. There are several brands to choose from. I use Boundary. It works for 24 hours.boundary

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Dog Crates Should Never be a Bad Experience!

Thursday, November 12, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

COOLCRATEA crate should always be a positive experience for your dog. Some people use the crate in the wrong way and create a negative experience for their dog. Bad crating occurs when the crate is over used or is misused. Some people want their dog out of the way so they “throw” then in their dog crate. These people should not own a dog. Crating a dog for eight hours while you’re at work or overnight is fine as long as the dog is given plenty or attention and exercise when you’re home. People who crate their dog for longer periods must question why they got a dog in the first place. It’s fine to send a child to his room if he has done something wrong. Dogs do not take to this kind of discipline in the same way. If your dog chews something that he is not supposed to and you “throw” him in his crate to punish him, you are not only punishing the dog but you are punishing yourself. The dog will NEVER want to go in his crate because you created such as bad experience for him. NEVER USE THE CRATE FOR PUNISHMENT!! You’ll be sorry if you do. Remember, dogs live in the moment, so you must catch in in the act of doing something wrong and correct him in the right way.

If you use your dog crate in the right way, it will become a safe, comfortable place for your dog.

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Scanning a Dog For A Microchip

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

DOGSCANIf you find a stray dog that is friendly and you decide to help (good decision!) , the first thing that you should do is to have it scanned for  a microchip. You can do this at a veterinarians office or at an animal shelter. They should all have universal scanners which can detect chips for all manufacturers.Also, the vet tech or shelter employee that does the scan should scan every part of the dog’s body, from the tips of the ears to the tip of the tail. Microchips can migrate within the body of a dog over time and can end up in unexpected places. Many times, when you do get a chip number, you call the microchip company and learn that the owners never registered the chip, or they didn’t update their information when they moved. If that’s the case, they can still tell you where the chip was implanted. Then you can call that shelter or vet and possibly learn who the owner is.

You will feel great after doing this knowing that you rescued this poor dog!

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