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When you determine the appropriate food portions for your dog, you should be able to keep him at approximately the right weight for his size. If you’re concerned that your dog may be  too thin, look at him from above. He should have an hourglass shape from his shoulders to his behind. He should also be well proportioned with muscle covering his hips and shoulder bones. There shouldn’t be any bones protruding from his shoulders, hips and spine.  His ribs should be just barely visible.  Anything more than that may indicate that your dog is under nourished.  If your dog has trouble maintaining it’s weight even though he gets the proper food portions and exercise, talk to your veterinarian because weight loss can indicate a serious health concern.

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If you own a cat that doesn’t go outside, you really don’t have to do much to protect yourself from contracting Covid 19. Since pets cannot transmit the virus to humans, we cannot get the virus from pets licking or breathing on us. However, even if you have an indoor cat, always wash your hands as soon as you get home before you pet your feline friend.

Dogs, on the other hand require a little more care for protection.

First, try to stay at home with your pets, reduce the time and frequency for walks. For active pets like dogs, if you need to walk them, be sure to wear your face mask and do not go to public places like parks. When you are out, keep your dog away from trash and stray animals in case they might carry virus.

Second, clean your pet using 75 percent isopropyl alcohol after going home. Remember to wipe their feet and belly, and spray their fur. After cleaning pets, wash your hands carefully.
Pets can provide us much comfort during this crisis. Lets all make sure we are safe and take the proper precautions to protect ourselves and our pets.
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The Beautiful Persian

Thursday, April 2, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

According to the Cat Fanciers Association, the Persian is the most popular pedigreed cat breed in the United States. It could be it’s long, beautiful coat that makes everyone love it or maybe it the Persian’s playful personality. It’s also quite and easy going and most Persians readily adapt to new households and accept other pets. This makes the breed relatively easy to care for. Persians do require extra grooming.  Their large eyes are prone to tearing and infection so a Persians eyes and face should be kept clean. The breeds long fur can also become matted so they should be brushed daily. Persians are a pleasure to own and all the extra care is worth it!

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As We Self Isolate, Our Pets Get More Spoiled

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Our two cats love the fact that we are home almost all of the time now. They get more hugs and even treats. As the days pass, they seem to know what to expect and the time something has to be done. Our cat Atlantis gets his medication every morning about the same time. It’s a complicated process. I put him on the counter, five him a hairball control product which he licks off of my finger. I then give him about 1.5 ML of a high potency omega oil. Then comes the ear cleaning. I swab his ears with baby wipes This is necessary to remove the buildup from medicine that goes into his ears everyday. The last part of the process is to apply medication for his thyroid inside his ear. This is a cream that goes in very easily.

At first, Atlantis would do anything to hide from this “dreaded” process but now he actually waits in the kitchen for me to lift him up, put him on the counter and administer his meds. It’s funny how they can get used to a steady routine even if it’s not a pleasant one.

Millie expects to be brushed as soon as I get out of the shower. She is sitting by the bathroom door waiting for me to get her brush out. She then jumps on the bed and waits for her daily brush.

One thing that is not so good is now they both expect more treats. Millie will wait by her bowl and meow for treats and as soon as I put some treats in the bowl, Atlantis who doesn’t miss a trick jumps up and starts meowing for his treats. This cycle goes on for several hours throughout the evening. I always give in to their habit and feel like a ” jumping jack” from getting up all the time.

Our pets provide us with lots of love and affection especially during this very difficult time.

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Protecting Your Dogs Teeth

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Brushing your dogs teeth does more than just whiten them. Healthy bodies and healthy teeth are linked. The same bacteria that causes stinky dog breath could also lead to gingivitis and periodontal disease and may increase your dog’s risk of heart, liver and kidney problems.  So by providing your dog with good dental care, you could also improve his overall health. Unfortunately, most dogs don’t get the dental care they should.  Many end up needing a costly, professional tooth cleaning. To minimize such bills and to minimize your dog’s risk of developing disease, brush his teeth regularly and give him plenty of dental toys to promote chewing. Dry food and dental treats may also be helpful.

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Safety for Pet Product Deliveries

Monday, March 30, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Many people receive pet products from ordering online. So how can we ensure that we stay safe and practice social distancing when the delivery person delivers your package? The first thing to do is to instruct the delivery company to drop the package on the deck, porch or at the front door. Remove the products from the package and get rid of the packaging. If you want to take extra precaution, wipe each product down with a sanitizing wipe before putting them away. Then the most important part of the process, wipe down the counter and WASH YOUR HANDS.

Stay safe with our best friends during these troubling times!

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The Importance of Keeping Your Pet Hydrated

Sunday, March 29, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

When cats and dogs are ill, they often stop eating and drinking. A reduced fluid intake, especially when it’s accompanied by a fever, vomiting or diarrhea can lead to severe dehydration. If your pet has a fast heart rate, sunken eyes and dry gums, he could be dehydrated. Another sign could be skin that has lost its elasticity. That’s why some veterinarians will pinch the skin on a cats back to check for dehydration. If the skin stays up in a ridge, your pet may need treatment.  Long periods of dehydration can lead to kidney failure. If you suspect a problem with your pet, do not hesitate to call your veterinarian.  He or she can make an accurate diagnosis and administer fluids if needed. Make sure that there is always water in the cat or dog water bowl. Watch carefully to make sure that your pet is drinking. Remember, they cannot tell you how they feel. Be observant and don’t waste any time getting them to a vet if necessary.

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Pets Calm Us in Stressful Times

Saturday, March 28, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Atlantis my stress reliever!We all have re-adjusted our lives due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Stress levels are up but in different ways. We used to worry about that project due at work or in my case  the kids in the class I’m subbing for. Will they drive me nuts?  That’s all changed in that things like the little tickle in your throat. Is it the start of Covid 19? Did I do enough sanitizing around the house today?  The sanitizing wipes are dwindling and I wonder if I’ll every see another pack again!

Today, I got up at the crack of dawn and ventured out in the pouring rain to see if I can get the things I need at our nearby Giant Supermarket. The first thing that pushes the stress button is that as I walk in I notice that there are no hand wipes. I new that this wasn’t going to be a fun shopping trip at all. I immediately go to the paper aisle only to find it completely empty—-nothing—- absolutely nothing!  I start talking out loud to myself spewing out some very choice words. The stress level is rising. I continue my journey and have difficultly finding almost everything. Every single sale item was gone! I’m about to explode!!  I’m forced to buy unhealthy items like chips, chop meat and hot dogs! At least they had some of those!  As I made my way to the self check out, I watched as the total amount kept climbing and climbing and climbing. I spent $55 more than I usually do and didn’t get much of anything that I really need. I’ve proved a new theory, no matter how early you go to the supermarket, they still have nothing! How long will this last? I can’t even imagine as the hoarding continues.

I made my way through the rain, took the bags out of the car and wiped, wiped wiped everything, counter tops, door knobs, sinks etc. I even wiped down some of the packages containing the food before I put it away. I then took a shower and washed the clothes I was wearing!  Crazy? maybe but in this uncertain world, we just don’t know.

Now I’m writing this blog and my little friend Atlantis is sitting with me as I write. I can feel the stress melt away. Thank goodness for my little friends Atlantis and Millie, they play a major role in reducing the stress in my life. I hope yours do the same for you!

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The Golden Retriever is a big, beautiful dog with many appealing qualities. They were bred to be a hunting dog but make great family pets as well. It is a loving, intelligent, obedient breed with a trusting and gentle nature. Generally, Golden’s love people so don’t expect one to make a good guard dog. Their sweet personalities make Gold Retrievers popular pets. They’re not for everyone. For one thing, the shed a lot! If you’re a neat freak, don’t get a golden. The breed is also large and exuberant. One wag of that big tail can easily clear a coffee table.  They also have a tendency to get heavy if they don’t get enough exercise. Make sure you take them outside and toss some of their favorite dog toys around to keep them in shape.  Golden Retrievers  require a lot of room and a fairly clutter free environment.

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