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Regular Cat Brushing Will Cut Down On Hairballs

Monday, February 20, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

catbrushedMy cat Millie constantly has hairballs. This morning when I woke up, I found one on the couch which didn’t make me too happy. I brush her nearly every day. Brushing is the most common way to groom your cat. It can also help cut down on hairballs if you do it regularly. You’ll save on hairball remedies. If your cat has long hair, she should be brushed everyday to prevent the hair from becoming matted. Brushing is also a good way to reduce the amount of fur on your clothes and furniture. When I stop brushing Millie, she will “meow” telling me that she wants more!

While brushing her, it’s a good idea to sometimes comb through her fur and check for fleas. Brushing is also a good way to check the general condition of your cat. Check to see that the fur is smooth and shiny and also check to see if your cat has any lumps or bumps on her. If you find one have your vet check it out right away. It could be nothing or something serious but treatable if detected early.

Remember, your pets count!

Oldies can lift your mood and make your day at work go faster. Read our blog and listen to our great oldies stations all day.

Edgewater Gold Radio – 50’s 60’s 70’s early 80’s and standards!

Rehoboth Radio 5060 – Great oldies from the 50’s and 60s!

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Is Your Dog Urinating More Than Usual?

Sunday, February 19, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

dogpeeIf you notice that your dog is urinating more than usual or having frequent “accidents” in the house, then there is a problem. Here are some possible reasons.

1.Canine Urinary tract infections or Canine Cystitis means that your dog’s bladder is inflamed because of infection. This causes the need for her to urinate more often.

2. Bladder stones in dogs are also a fairly common problem. The stones form when high mineral levels in the urine crystallize and form stones.

3. If your dog is older, your vet may suspect a hormonal imbalance which affects your dogs kidney function.

4.Canine Diabetes unfortunately is on the rise these days. As a result, your dog will drink more water and urinate more frequenctly.

5.Cushings Disease is a disease that usually affects older dogs. Along with hair loss and weight gain, you’ll notice your dog drinking more water and urinating more.

Don’t try to diagnose any of these diseases by yourself or administer any pet medication that is not prescribed by your vet. Contact your vet immediately and he’ll administer the necessary tests and make the final diagnosis.

Remember, your pets count!

Great music on our internet radio stations. The oldies never stop on Edgewater Gold Radio – the 50’s through the early 80’s plus standards. Rehoboth Radio 5060 – all 50’s and 60’s. Listen to Edgewater Gold Radio and Rehoboth Radio 5060 on our website – The Edgewater Internet Radio Network!

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When Training Your Pup, The Proper Tone is Key

Friday, February 17, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

pupgraduateWhen you’re trying to teach your puppy a simple command or you’re correcting bad behavior, an appropriate tone of voice will convey the message most clearly. Remember that you’re dog is not human and he doesn’t understand English. Give commands in a clear, firm voice with a tone that says that “I am your leader.” Never let sharp, edgy or frustrated tones creep into your voice. That will only confuse your little pup. He’ll know that you’re displeased but he won’t know why. Whenever your puppy responds well or behaves nicely, praise him with warm, encouraging, upbeat tones. He’ll know that you’re happy and he’ll repeat the behavior. It may take awhile but your pup will learn if you stay calm and consistent. When he does behave well, don’t forget to reward him with a dog treat!

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Keep the greatest variety of oldies playing all weekend. We have you covered with the 50s’ 60’s 70’s 80’s plus you’ll hear great pop standards!

Edgewater Gold Radio – 50’s 60’s 70’s 80’s pop standards!

Rehoboth Radio 5060 – Exclusively the 50’s and 60’s.

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Cranky Cat, Could Be A Sign on Aging

Thursday, February 16, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

cranky-catMy cat Molly is 17 1/2 years old. The other day, my neighbor stopped by for a short visit. My cat knows her and usually doesn’t mind a pet or two. Today when my neighbor went to pet her, she would have none of it. She showed her teeth and let out a big hiss! We all get a bit cranky as we get older and so do cats. So Ped MD tells us that when your cat reacts to being disturbed with irritation and crankiness, she could be feeling the physical effects of aging — stiffness, soreness (maybe from arthritis), muscular weakness, or diminished smell or hearing. She also could be feeling some confusion and sadness about her restricted activity and diminished ability to be part of family life. Find ways to include her, even if that means just holding her on your lap as she watches whats going on around her, and take care to leave her alone when she’s settled in comfortably. Molly loves to spend hours sitting on my lap as I read, watch television or work on my computer.

Remember, your pets count!

If your reading this blog at work, I want to let you know that in addition to a daily blog, I also run two online internet radio stations an invite you to listen as you work. I’m a baby boomer and have worked in radio for about 23 years. My online stations play a large variety of oldies from “our generation.” Today, if it’s over 5 years old, it doesn’t exist. So if you love the music of the 50’s , 60’s 70’s and early 80’s plus also love pop vocals and standards, I invite you to listen right here, bookmark this page and download our station app from your play store.

Edgewater Gold Radio – the 50’s through the early 80’s and standards.

Rehoboth Radio 5060 – Exlucsively 50’s and 60’s.

The Edgewater Internet Radio Network website – listen to both Edgewater Gold Radio and Rehoboth Radio from here. You can also download our free app from here!

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Are You Ready to Adopt a Pet?

Sunday, February 12, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

peopleadoptAre You Ready to Adopt? The ASPCA has put together these considerations before making  this very important decision.

When adopting, you are making a commitment to care for an animal for the rest of his life—that could mean 10 to 15 years for dogs and up to 20 years for cats. As you go through lifestyle changes such as moves, the birth of children and new jobs, your animal will remain a permanent part of your life. If circumstances change, will you still be able to care for your pet?
Owning a dog or cat costs more than the initial adoption fee. Food, veterinary care, spaying or neutering and proper identification—that means a collar with tags and a more permanent form of ID such as microchipping—can add up.
Time is also a factor. Dogs benefit from several hours of exercise and companionship every day. Cats are healthiest and happiest indoors and love to be treated to energetic play sessions. If your work demands that you travel often, or if you’re out of the house most days and evenings, this may not be the right time to adopt.
It is important to consider whether your children, along with your resident pets, are able to accommodate the addition of a cat or dog to your household.

Thanks to ASPCA.org for providing this valuable information!

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On tonight’s grammy awards, you’ll hear many great artists and talent of today but lets not forget the foundation where all of these artists came from. The oldies that are the staple of your life and that bring back the BEST memories. Edgewater Gold Radio plays them all! The 50’s 60’s 70’s and early 80’s plus great pop standards! Rehoboth Radio plays the best songs of the 50’s and 60’s. Edgewater Gold Radio and Rehoboth Radio can be heard on The Edgewater Internet Radio Network!

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House Training A Brand New Pup

Saturday, February 11, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

puppeeYou just brought home your adorable new puppy. Now comes the hard part, training him. Each puppy conquers housebreaking at a different rate. I would avoid paper training or using training pads. While this method has long been promoted as easy and acceptable, it also teaches your dog that going indoors is acceptable. I did this for my little Chihuahua and he would think it was fine to lift his leg in the house. Using a crate to train your new puppy is an excellent and a very effective method. This method is effective because your puppy will learn that he has to go outdoors. Puppies have very small bladders and it will take a few months for them to get through the night without going. You need to be patient just like you would with a new baby. Crate training encourages the right kind of behavior. Typically, a new puppy will need to go outside every two or three hours. This is why it is very important that you are there to spend time with him. Here’s a schedule that may be helpful to you.

7:00 am – take puppy outside

7:20 am – give food and water to the puppy in his crate.

7:45 -am – take puppy outside

11:30am – take puppy outside

12:0o pm – give food and water to the puppy in his crate.

12:45 pm- take puppy outside

2:30pm – take puppy outside

4:30pm – take puppy outside

5:00pm – give food and water to puppy in his crate.

5:30 pm take puppy outside

After about an hour, take puppy for a short walk and spend time playing. This is very important in a puppy’s development. It will also help the puppy with sleeping through the night.

7:30pm Remove any food and water for the night

8:30pm Take the puppy outside

9:30 pm Put the puppy in his crate to sleep.

Most likely for a few weeks your puppy will not be able to get through the night without going. Listen for any restlessness or whining in the night. If you hear him, get up and take him outside to go. You must be patient. Owning a dog is a big responsibility. Never ever punish your puppy if he has an accident!! Just get the pet odor removal products and clean it up.

Enjoy your weekend with the best oldies of all time.

Edgewater Gold Radio – great memories from the 50’s through the early 80’s plus great pop standards!

Rehoboth Radio – Great songs from the 50’s and 60’s!

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Is It Safe To Give You Cat Canned Tunafish?

Friday, February 10, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

cattunaSometimes I have to work to coax my 17 1/2 year old cat Molly to eat. She has some medical problems so I have to be observant all the time. A couple a days ago, she vomited and didn’t want to eat. This worries me because she had kidney and thyroid disease. Her recent visit to the vet went very well but you never know with an older cat. I tried to coax her with a few tablespoons of tuna fish. This did the trick. She did eat the tuna and now is slowly back to eating her regular food. Now don’t get me wrong. Tuna is a double edged sword. A small amount as a treat can be ok but two much can cause a cat serious health problems.

PedMeds.com explains why here!

Cats love seafood, and most cats are especially fond of canned tuna and tuna juice. While tuna is fine for cats in moderation or as a treat, too much canned tuna can be bad for your cat. Fish is a great source of protein, but there are a few reasons why a steady diet of human-grade canned tuna can cause health problems for your cat.

Tuna alone is not nutritionally complete, and many cats are allergic to fish. Most fish contain trace amounts of mercury, and the higher up on the food chain a fish is, the more mercury is accumulated in the fish. Tuna is relatively high on the food chain and therefore contains higher amounts of mercury than other fish, leading to an increased risk of mercury poisoning.

Tuna is also high in unsaturated fats. While it is healthy for humans to choose unsaturated fats in their diet, too much can be bad for cats. Consuming too much tuna can cause your cat to develop a Vitamin E deficiency, leading to an inflammation of the fatty tissue, a condition known as steatitis (“yellow fat disease”). Cats that consume large amounts of red tuna in particular are more prone to this painful condition.

Commercial canned “tuna” cat foods are not just straight tuna, but have other added ingredients, vitamins and minerals as well as the amino acid taurine, which is essential to cats. Just make sure to feed your cat a high-quality pet food formulated for cats, and if you choose to feed your cat human-grade canned tuna, limit it to an occasional treat.

Remember, your pets count!

Here comes the weekend and the oldies are playing! Turn them up and enjoy right here!

Edgewater Gold Radio – a great variety from the 50’s through the early 80’s plus great standards! Rehoboth Radio- the 50’s and 60’s live here!. Listen to both Edgewater Gold Radio and Rehoboth Radio from our website: The Edgewater Internet Radio Network.

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High Blood Pressure in Pets

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

vetdogcatDid you ever think that only humans can get high blood pressure? Cats and dogs can also suffer from hypertension. Most of the time, they will never show any obvious signs of the disease. The ability to recognize and to treat hypertension in dogs and cats is a relatively recent development in veterinary medicine. Treatment for a pet with high blood pressure may include a low salt diet and pet medication to lower their blood pressure. It has been found that in pets, hypertension is almost always secondary to some other disorder which may include diabetes, kidney disease or thyroid disease. The chance of treating the hypertension really increases if you are able to discover and eradicate the underlying disease.

Remember, your pets count!

If your at work today, don’t forget to turn on the oldies. The greatest variety of the best music of your life. Edgewater Gold Radio!  If you love the 50’s and 60’s, Rehoboth Radio 5060 is the place for you! You can listen to both Edgewater Gold Radio and Rehoboth Radio 5060 on our website The Edgewater Internet Radio Network!

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Good News For Molly

Sunday, February 5, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy
Good Report from the Doctor!

Good Report from the Doctor!

As you know, my 17 1/2 year old cat Molly has renal failure and hyperthyroidism. I’ve been working very hard to keep these diseases in check. I give her medicine for her thyroid. I use a high potency omega oil that I get from a Vet in Canada and mix it with her food. I also mix a prescription diet with a high quality, moist, lower protein cat food (Weruva). Molly also gets some fresh turkey everyday.

Yesterday I had to take her for her checkup. Here are her results.

Her T4 – (Thyroid) reading is 2.1 which is in the normal range.

Her BUN (Kidney)  – was slightly elevated at 51 but lower than her last visit.

Her CREA (Kidney) – is now 2.4  – high end of normal. Her last reading was 3.4 in the danger range.

I’m pleased with these readings. The steps that I’ve been taking to preserve the quality of her life are apparently  paying off. Never give up on your pets!baloons

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It’s Super Bowl Sunday – make sure you have some great oldies playing at your party.

We have them all right here:

Edgewater Gold Radio – Oldies from the 50’s through the early 80’s plus pop standards.

Rehoboth Radio – your place for the 50’s and 60’s!

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catoutdoorwinterKeeping cats outside during cold weather can be extremely dangerous. This is especially true if your cat is an indoor cat. Extreme cold can cause hypothermia in a very short period of time. If you do let your cat outdoors, remember that he will have to come in more quickly during the winter. Remember, never let your cat out in the cold if he is wet. If you do give your cat a bath, make sure that he is completely dry before letting him outside if the weather is cold. Also, make sure that he has a way of getting back inside quickly. Also make sure that your cat has no way of getting outside. If it’s very cold and your inside cat gets out, hypothermia can set in before your cat figures out how to get back inside. Don’t take any changes, always check on your cat. If you have a dog, you put on his coat or dog sweater before taking him out in the cold weather. Cats do not wear clothes and just rely on their fur to keep them warm. If your cat is a short hair, he is much more sensitive to the cold weather.

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How about some great oldies to wrap up the week? Edgewater Gold Radio play the greatest variety of oldies from the 50’s through the early 80’s plays great pop standards and Rehoboth Radio specializes in 50’s and 60’s! You can also  listen to both Edgewater Gold Radio and Rehoboth Radio from our website. The Edgewater Internet Radio Network.

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