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Do A Great Thing…Adopt A Pet!

Monday, August 20, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

Your local animal shelter could use all of the help and support that it can get.  According to the ASPCA,  there are over 5,000 animal shelters across the country. These shelters play an important roll for millions of animals. The role that they play will help determine whether an animal will live or die. You can help by adopting a pet, volunteering your time or by making a donation. So many pets need you. If you are thinking of adopting a pet, don’t turn you back, visit you local animal shelter now. The result could be one of the most rewarding things that you’ll ever do. Adopting a cat or dog will not only enhance the animals life but it will surely bring lots of love into your home. Do a great thing today, adopt a pet!

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Preparing Your Pet For A New Baby

Sunday, August 19, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

If your dog or cat has been your only baby for years, and now you’re bringing home a new baby, you’ll have to prepare your pet.  A few weeks before the baby arrives, start spending less time with your pet. Allow him to smell the lotions and powder in the baby’s nursery but don’t let him on the crib or blanket. You can also play recorded baby noises. When your baby comes home, first greet your pet empty handed, then sit in a chair with your baby and cover her head with your hand. Let your pet sniff, but not lick. Before you know it, they’ll be best buddies but never leave the two alone together. Remember to give your pet plenty of attention once your baby is home.

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My Cat Millie Eats Like A Bird

Saturday, August 18, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

Cats unlike dogs are nibblers. They eat a small amount of food several times throughout the day. Usually they will leave some food at the end of the day. That’s why I always advise readers to always leave fresh food and water out for your cat and change it once or twice a day.

My cat Millie is 13 years old now and she has never been a great eater. Sometimes, I would worry that she doesn’t eat that much but otherwise seems very healthy and dashes all around the house. She is also a very fussy eater. I usually give her a bowl of dry food and have added a bowl of wet food. She was never a fan of wet food but is beginning to eat a small amount of it everyday. Wet food is better for hydration and cats have a tendency to get dehydrated very quickly.

Every morning I have to empty Millie’s food bowls and refill them. There is always lots of food left. I feel like I’m wasting it but fresh food should be given everyday. I’m trying to reduce the amount that I’m giving her. Unlike my other cat Molly who passed away in February, Millie eats like a bird. Molly would eat everything in site and meow for more!

If your cat eats like a bird but otherwise  appears healthy, is drinking, urinating and pooping normally, I wouldn’t worry. Each cat’s system is different. I would mention it to your Vet when your cat goes for a checkup.

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After losing a beloved pet sometimes we wonder when it’s the best time to adopt another one. Thesprucepets.com has put together a comprehensive checklist to help you get through the process.

Grieve for Your Dog

First of all, take the time to experience your grief. It’s normal to be sad, angry, or lonely for a while. It’s also okay to feel relieved and sad at the same time, especially in cases when your recently deceased dog suffered from a long or serious illness. Avoid trying to immediately fill the void with a new dog when you have not processed your feelings over the loss of your last dog. You might end up projecting negative feelings onto your new dog or having unreasonable expectations. Instead, wait until you feel a sense of peace about your previous dog’s death. Yes, you may still be grieving. However, it’s best to be at a place where you are processing your grief and it does not dominate your life.

Consider Your Household

Consider the other people living in your home. Your spouse, partner, significant other, children, roommates, and other family members should have a voice. Are they ready to welcome a new dog into the home? Are they still grieving? The decision to get a new dog should be one you make as a group. Have household meetings to discuss what is on the minds of everyone in the home. Once you can all agree to get a new dog, you can then discuss details like what kind of dog to get and where to get the new dog. Choosing your new dog should also be a group process.

Consider Your Other Pets

If you have any remaining pets, consider them before you add another dog to your home. Remember, that dogs grieve too (and so do other pets). Your dog (or other pet) may feel sad and lonely without his companion, but that doesn’t mean a new dog will help. In some cases, bringing a new dog in the home before your dog is ready can cause quite a disruption. Watch your remaining pets closely for the days to weeks following your previous dog’s death. Look for subtle changes in personality, activity level and appetite. Make sure they are not showing any signs of illness. Once you are confident they are back to their normal selves, only then should you consider adding a new dog to your home. Once you get your new dog, be sure to introduce all pets gradually and carefully.

Think About Your Needs

Try to get an idea of what your life is now like without your dog. Are there goals or plans that you put off because of the care your previous dog needed? Maybe now is the time to take that long vacation or sabbatical. Does your home need repairs or renovations? Perhaps it’s a good time to revisit previous plans for going back to school, changing jobs, or relocating. It’s better to make any lifestyle changes before adding a new dog to your life. Then, if and when the time is right, you can find a dog that is right for your new lifestyle.

Think About Your Responsibilities

Consider the new set of responsibilities that will come with a new dog. It will take time to help your new dog adjust to a new environment. You will likely need to work on some training as well. Your new dog may need more exercise than you are used to, especially if your previous dog was a senior. Because you likely had many years with your previous dog, his care may have become a matter of routine for you. A new dog will have a whole new set of needs, many of which may be unexpected. Therefore, you should make sure you are prepared to make lifestyle adjustments if necessary. It may even be a good idea to approach this as if you were getting a dog for the first time.

Getting Your Next Dog

Once you feel that the time is right, you can begin the process of choosing the right dog. Avoid running out and getting the first dog you meet and like. Before you look for a new dog, determine the age, personality, energy level and size of your ideal dog. Decide what factors are the most and least important to you. ​Adopting a dog can be a wonderful idea. Many dogs in rescue groups have been living in foster homes. The foster owners can usually give you a pretty good idea of what to expect from each dog.

Your beloved dog can never be replaced, but a new dog can be a beautiful way to share the love in your heart. Some people find that the heartbreak of losing a dog was too difficult to ever go through again. Sadly, they may choose to no longer have pets. However, most people realize that they want to continue sharing their lives with dogs. By opening your life up to a new dog in need of a home, you are honoring your dog’s memory. The human-canine bond is a beautiful thing. Enjoy your new canine companion.

Thanks to thesprucepets.com for providing this valuable information.

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Young Kitten Care

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

If you find a very young kitten, there are some important things that you should know in order to take care of it properly.  First of all you should try to determine the age of the kitten. Here are some guidelines that may help. This will also help determine whether of not the kitten needs to be bottle fed.

  • Eyes closed, ears folded over – kitten is 1 – 14 days old
  • Eyes are open, kitten moves around but is wobbly – 2 – 3 weeks old
  • Eyes are open, ears up, can walk around – 3 – 4 weeks old
  • Running around and is difficult or impossible to catch – 4 – 8 weeks old or older.
  • 1 – 3 weeks old – will need to be bottle fed.
  • 3 weeks and older – can be offered soft food, but may need to be bottle-fed.

If you find that the kitten is cold, warm her very slowly and gently by holding her against your bare skin. This will allow her to absorb your body heat. Being cold is very dangerous to kittens. Do not submerge her in warm water or use any method that would heat her too quickly.Wrapping her in a blanket or towel is not sufficient. She must get her heat from your body. Do not try to feed a cold kitten. Wait until her body temperature is at least 90 degrees.

Make a kitten box and put a heating pad in the box and also leave some area not covered by the pad so that the kitten could crawl toward the heating pad when she needs to. If they do not have an area away from the pad, they could become dehydrated and die. Turn the heating pad on low and cover it with a towel. Never put the kitten directly on the heating pad. Place the box in a clean, dry area.

Here are some supplies that you’ll need for a neonatal kitten:

  • Heating pad
  • Kitten Milk formula or replacement
  • Hot water bottle (must be wrapped in towel)
  • Feeding bottle and several nipples
  • Eye dropper or syringe (without needle)
  • Several bath towels for bedding and cleaning kittens
  • Scale for weighing kittens (optional)
  • Rectal thermometer (kittens normal temperature is between 100 and 102 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Have Emergency Vet Clinic number handy.(Ask if they have experience with orphaned kittens)

To feed the kitten, never give them cows milk. They should be fed kitten milk formula found at most pet stores. Warm the formula in a nursing bottle or medicine dropper by sub merging it in hot water. Test the formula as you would do for a child by pouring it onto your wrist. Place the kitten on her stomach at a 45 degree angle.  Let her drink until she turns her head. Do not hold the kittens head back. Avoid getting air in her stomach by holding the bottle at an angle.

Important – after the kitten is finished eating ,you’ll need to stimulate her in order for her to eliminate. Kittens digestive systems are not that developed at this age. Get a lukewarm towel and or wash cloth and gently massage her anal area with a small, circular or back and forth motion. This needs to be done until the kitten is at least three weeks old.

Follow the feeding schedule below:

Age in Weeks/Feedings per day

  • 1 week old – needs 6 feedings per day
  • 2 weeks old – needs 6 feedings per day
  • 3 weeks old – needs 4 feedings per day
  • 4 weeks old – needs 3 feedings per day

Never over feed the kitten.

Later on you’ll need a litter pan and other cat accessories but make sure that you’ve gotten through this initial period first. Much of this information was provided by Home at Last animal rescue.

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Introducing a Pet Parrot to a Cat

Tuesday, August 14, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

If birds are prey for our feline friends then if we wanted a parrot as a pet what would happen when the bird was introduced to the cat? Can the two co -exist? The fact is they can and here are some steps to introduce the two.

  1. Preferably, introduce the cat and the animal(s) who will be living together. Don’t just throw them in a room and assume that they’ll get along.
  2. Exercise caution during the first encounter. Hold the animal tightly when it is meeting the cat. Ask a friend to restrain the feline as well.
  3. Let them sniff each other. If hissing ensues, use common sense and wait a while before another close contact.
  4. After about a week of introductions, determine whether or not it’s safe to let them frolic freely in an enclosed area. Constant supervision is required.
  5. In the case where the two animals do not get along, progress with another week’s worth of introductions, then try again.
  6. If all goes well, you will be able to have no worries about your cat killing your bird or any other delicate animals.

Exercise caution and have patience. This process can take awhile!

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Veterinary Technician, Virginia Rudde of the Minnesota School of business says that when it comes to protecting a pet in an emergency, you must plan ahead. She says that you have to make sure that the whole family is in on the plan and that all members know what their part is. This will make things go much smoother in an emergency. The means keeping a collar and dog leash, food and water and your pets medical records on hand in case you need to evacuate.  Rudde also recommends microchips or another type of permanent identification that won’t be affected if your pet is lost or is injured. During a disaster, emergency personnel such as a policeman or fireman may ask your neighbors if there is a pet inside your home.  It’s a good idea to give emergency personnel a list of contacts who will be able to answer questions about your pet in your absence. Plan ahead and make sure you have a plan to protect your pet in the event of an emergency.

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What Does Health Insurance For Pets Cover?

Sunday, August 12, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

We’ve discussed health insurance for pets in the past. The primary purpose of health insurance is to cover the unexpected like accidents and illnesses.  Pet owners can also opt to extend their coverage to include annual exams, vaccinations and neutering.  These are procedures that are meant to prevent rather than cure problems down the road.  Keep in mind that preventable diseases are only covered if you follow your vet’s advice. For example, if you follow your vets advice and vaccinate your dog against  Lyme disease  and he develops this disease anyway, it would be covered under the pets health insurance policy. In such cases, prevention can save you lots of money.  It can be a bit expensive but may be really worth it in some cases.

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You probably know my thoughts on this subject. I’ve emphasized many times to do your homework before adopting a pet. This is a critical step in the process. There will always be situations where you have no choice but to give up your pet, although this would never be an option for me. Always remember  YOU are the only source of love that your pet receives. Before I get into the emotional part of  this subject, let see what the experts say. The following is an article published by Pet Finder.

Giving Up Your Pet

Sue Sternberg

It is a huge decision to give away your pet, no matter how long or brief the period of time of ownership. Remember, for whatever reason you no longer are choosing to keep this pet, YOU are the person in this world who loves your pet more than anyone else and YOU no longer want your pet! First ask yourself if there is anything about your pet behaviorally or personality-wise that could be worked on in order for you to keep him. It is exceedingly difficult to find good, permanent homes for adolescent or adult animals (as you are finding out first-hand). There are a few things you need to do to be responsible and caring until the last possible moment:

  • Take your pet to the veterinarian for a check-up, vaccinations, and, most importantly spaying/neutering! If you were thinking that your pet might make a good breeding animal, STOP! Why breed from an animal that no-one wants anymore? Why make more unwanted animals in a world where even great pets dont remain very long in their first homes? You want someone to adopt your pet as a COMPANION, not because it might make a good or profitable breeding animal. You are much more apt to find a responsible, permanent home by placing an already sterilized pet. Get it done: its the least you can do, and the best thing you can do.
  • Spaying and neutering also reduces the risk your pet will run away from its next home, and helps to insure that your pet won’t urine mark his new home and thus become quickly unwanted again!
  • If your pet is already spayed or neutered, and has not bitten anyone,try to find a new home for your pet through advertising. Place a classified ad in your local newspaper, and screen any callers carefully. Be completely honest about all your pet’s behaviors, good and bad. No pet is perfect, and people are more likely to adopt a pet they know about, for better or worse. When screening callers, tell every caller that someone has already come to look at your pet, but you are still taking names and telephone numbers and references, in case, so you can call them back. This gives you an instant out if you think the caller is not right for your pet, and hurts no ones feelings.
  • Take a few good, color photos and make some posters. Include your pet’s name (it personalizes him…) and include his best traits, his most endearing qualities, and some guidelines for the best possible home: i.e., no small kids, someone whos home a lot, no other pets, good for experienced dog owner, etc.
  • Be careful in choosing an animal shelter. Visit the kennels, meet the staff, familiarize yourself with the shelter’s policies. A No Kill policy might look good at first, but not if your dog will end up living out his life in the kennels. Dogs can deteriorate emotionally and mentally very quickly in a shelter, even a good shelter, and no dog should suffer that kind of stress endlessly, month after month, living in a concrete kennel run, hoping for that magical, perfect home.
  • If your pet is aggressive, or has nipped or bitten someone, EVER, then please get a professional behavioral evaluation before giving away your pet. Check with state and local laws, too, about liability in re-homing a pet with prior knowledge of aggression. Do not try to find a new home for an aggressive animal without professional help.
  • If your pet has a behavior problem, he’ll take it with him to the next home. Many problems are workable, or at least manageable. Contact a trainer or behavior counselor and see if its not possible to work things out so you can keep your pet.

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Comfy Beds For an Aging Dog

Friday, August 10, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

We all suffer aches and pains as we age and unfortunately our beloved pets suffer much the same as we do.  When we are looking for a dog bed for our aging dog, always look for a thick padding of at least 3 inches. I would prefer a 5 inch pad. The thicker the padding, the better.  The standard orthopedic foam is not as dense as memory foam or gel therefore gel or memory foam do not have to be as thick. If a bed is too soft, it will lack the necessary support that arthritic dogs need. The bed should always provide even weight distribution. Before purchasing a bed, consider the size and weight of your dog.  Make sure that the bed provides enough room for him to stretch out. Figure out where the bed will be placed. Consider a heated orthopedic bed or a thermo pet mat.  If your dog is incontinent, consider a waterproof bed.

Gel filled orthopedic beds are  great for the aging pet or any dog that has arthritis or Hip-Dysplasia. They provide maximum support, comfort and great distribution of weight  This will allow your dog a much better sleep. As an added bonus, many of these beds can be thrown in the washer and dryer just as they are.

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