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Dogs Size and Life Expectancy

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

It is true if you have a Chihuahua and he is healthy you can expect him to live between 16 to 18 years.  Great Danes rarely live more than 8 years. Why such a big gap?  The answer to this is simple. There is much less strain on the organs (Heart, Lungs and Liver) of a small dog than there is on a large dog.  When we bring our cute little puppies home for the first time, we rarely think about how long they will live. As a general rule of thumb, the larger the dog, the shorter the life span.

The time passes by so fast. We want our little friends to be with us forever and losing a pet is one of the most stressful things in life.  Keep your dog well exercised, well fed and well loved and he’ll give you many wonderful years. Don’t forget to throw in some dog treats every once in awhile.

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Our pets are amazing! They have such great instinct as well as so much unconditional love and affection for us. This is an incredible story about the survival of the family dog after the California fire destroyed their home.

This story is taken from The Daily Mail.

A woman who was forced to leave her dog behind when she evacuated as a wildfire tore through her neighborhood in Northern California last month returned home this week to find the beloved pet waiting in the ashes where her house used to stand.

Volunteer organization K9 Paw Print Rescue shared a photo of the dog named Madison waiting patiently on the property when her owner Andrea Gaylord returned.

The caption explained that Madison’s ‘parents’ were unable to get home to him after the Camp Fire broke out and rapidly expanded across thousands of acres.

‘They hoped and prayed he would be OK. When they finally got clearance to go back to the lot where their house once stood….Madison was waiting there for them as if he were protecting his former home. Never give up!!’ the post read.

A happy ending to a very sad tragedy!

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The Purpose of a Dog Exercise Pen

Sunday, December 9, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

A dog exercise pen is not really used for exercise because they are usually not big enough.  It is used more as a containment area that will keep your dog safe and in a protected environment. You should always exercise your dog regularly and use not this pen as a substitute for exercise. The pen links together to form an enclosure where your dog can play and relieve themselves without you having to worry about them escaping or coming to harm.

The main use of a dog exercise pen is for training your puppy and if you can’t be with him outside, it’s a place where he could get fresh air and remain in a contained environment.

Dog exercise pens come in all sizes. Don’t worry if you have a small yard, I’m sure that you will find one that will meet your needs. If you have a large yard, you may want to join two pens together to create a great space for your dog.

When purchasing a dog exercise pen, make sure that they fold away and that they don’t contain any exposed screws to harm your dog.  You should have separate access panel. You want to be able to have easy access to your dog and not have to climb over any panels. The door panel should have a good locking mechanism to prevent your pet from escaping. Do not leave your dog in his pen unattended or where you can’t see him.

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Helping Feral Cats Survive the Cold Winter

Saturday, December 8, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

We have lots of feral cats that live in our community. I feed several of them each day but on cold winter nights, how do they survive. You can make a cat shelter. A homemade shelter can be as simple as a styro foam cooler inside a plastic tub with spray insulation in between and elevated on bricks.

Lifeandcats.com published some guidelines on how to make your own shelter.

Alley Cat Allies recommends the feral cat shelter be at least 2-3 feet long and 18 inches high.  Bigger is not better. If the shelter is too big, the body heat will dissipate and it will feel as cold as it does outside. Choose the size of your shelter based on how many cats will use it.  The opening should let cats in but keep larger animals, and the wind and snow, out. Build your winter cat shelter in a safe spot concealed from predators where your feral cats can feel safe. Provide a buffer from wind and snow. Bushes, or a covering of fir branches, hide shelters well. Bales of straw are great insulation and a good windbreak.

Lifeandcats.com also recommends not to use anything folded on the floor of a shelter. It will absorb body heat and leave the cats cold. Stuff the shelter with straw or pillowcases stuffed with shredded newspaper or bags of packing peanuts. These allow the cats to burrow. Don’t use hay, it gets moist and moldy. Replace the bedding material if it gets dirty or wet.

There are also some high tech products that can help keep feral cats warm inside their shelter. The Snuggle Safe company makes a hard plastic disc you can microwave and put in a shelter to provide warmth.  They will stay warm for 8-10 hours depending on the outdoor temperature. Hot Hands products used by outdoor sport participants are less durable, and not reusable, but can serve the same purpose.

Thanks to Lifeandcats.com for providing the valuable information.

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It’s not uncommon for a cat to have a reaction after receiving a shot. As you keep an eye on your pets condition and behavior, you may observe symptoms such as pain, redness or swelling at the injection site, a low fever or a reduced appetite.  These are generally mild reactions and rarely a cause for alarm. Serious reactions are unusual but not unheard of. If your recently vaccinated cat suddenly has a seizure, exhibits serious vomiting or diarrhea, or show signs of acute distress, there’s no time to waste. Don’t ever try to administer any pet medication on your own. Rush the animal to an animal hospital immediately. Your cat could be having a very serious reaction called anaphylactic shock. Quick action on your part could save you cats life.

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Cats lick themselves to keep themselves clean.  They will lick to rid themselves of fleas and parasites. They will also lick to cool themselves, absorb vitamin D and to relieve stress.

There are several medical reasons for excessive licking. If it’s a neuropathy problem, a nerve is receiving a signal telling the cat to lick. If the cat  licks odd things like window sills or walls, it could be a sign of that he is anemic which could also be a sign of feline leukemia.  Excessive licking could also be caused by an allergic reaction. If you do suspect a medical problem, see your vet immediately.

If your cat has fleas, regular combing with a flea comb will help the problem. An occasional bath with a flea shampoo will help kill the fleas and remove dander that causes human allergies.

If is estimated that 35% of all cats suffer from food allergies which can result in excessive licking.  If you suspect that the cats diet is causing the problem, try one of the commercially prepared non allergy cat foods.

Another problem could be stress. My cat Millie used to lick herself constantly and had lots of hairballs. I believe that she was intimidated by my older cat Molly.

If your cat is licking you, that’s a sign that he likes you. They could also start urgently licking. This is done because of embarrassment such as falling off a window sill or chair.

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There Goes That Scratchy Meow Again!

Sunday, December 2, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

Cats are creatures of habit. They expect to be fed the same time each day, given treats the same time each day, sleep the same time each day etc. etc..  Some cats don’t express their feelings if something doesn’t get done at the expected time but my cat Millie is not your “typical cat.” She will let us know when we don’t meet her expectations! In the morning, Millie likes the bed made by 8:00am so she could take her morning nap. If we oversleep, we will hear her scratchy meow in the hallway. In the afternoon, while I’m in my home studio recording the next days broadcast for Edgewater Gold Radio. At precisely 5:00pm, I will hear that scratchy meow again outside the door prompting me to stop recording and get Millie her snacks. After I take my shower as I open the bathroom door, there’s Millie sitting there with that scratchy meow again telling me that it’s time for her to be brushed. I count as I brush her. She gets 450 strokes —“What a life!” If I have to cut the brushing short, she will sit there and there goes that scratchy meow again!  On Sunday’s I clean and change her water fountain (Yes Millie has a private fountain.). I have to take the fountain out of the laundry room, empty it, clean it and refill. Millie is on the scene and there goes…..you guessed it, that scratchy meow again!

Cats are smarter that you think and are wonderful time keepers!

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Dogs Sharing Water Bowls

Saturday, December 1, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

Dogs like to have their own dog food bowls but do you need more than one water bowl for more than one dog?  What about the germs in each dog’s mouth?  Just like humans, dogs have lots of bacteria in their saliva. We shouldn’t call them all germs because some bacteria serve a useful purpose. The bad bacteria gets zapped by acid in the dog’s stomach when it swallows.  Some diseases that dog’s pass along  are respiratory and some are transmitted by fecal contamination. If your dog has a compromised immune system, I wouldn’t let him share a water bowl or drink the water from any bowls that thoughtful store owners may keep outside their store for our canine friends.

Dogs with healthy immune systems can safely share one water bowl. Always keep plenty of water around. Adult dogs are 60% water so they need lots of hydration.

Remember, your pets count! Have a great weekend!

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This question has been asked for such a long time. Nextgendog.com provides an answer for us.

 

According to hundreds of dog greetings videos, it certainly seems like dogs can understand when their human owners return home from a long absence.

Recently, countless dog videos have gone viral of soldiers returning home and their pets reacting by crying, fainting, and even seeming to laugh. But do dogs really understand what it means to miss someone?

Do dogs truly feel the excitement and overwhelming joy of experiencing an owner’s return after months or years of them being gone as we believe they do?

Science has proven that similar to humans, dogs remember things the clearest when there are strong emotional ties to the memories. The average dog has approximately the same emotional competency of a three year old child.

They can feel basic emotions like happiness, love, and anger. Dogs can even be surprised or scared.

However, they do not have the ability to feel the more complex social emotions that humans can, like guilt, shame, or a sense of pride.

It is then quite plausible that dogs really do understand what it is like to genuinely miss someone when they are gone; they just probably don’t understand the full extent of the absence.

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That Frustrating Doggie Christmas Picture

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

It can be very frustrating to get your dog in the perfect position for that Christmas picture. What’s even more frustrating is getting him to sit still.  Before we go any further, your dog must be trained to sit and stay.  Let your dog get used to the camera. Let him take a good long sniff then start taking some shots to get him used to the clicking sound. The idea is to keep things natural and relaxed. Don’t grab a bunch of treats and shove them in your dogs face. Once he’s still and in the right position, take lots of pictures. Turn the flash off if outdoors or in an area that’s well lit. Your picture will look better in natural sunlight. Too much light will cause that “washed out” look. Get down to your dog’s level. Don’t stand over him. Pay attention to the background. A simple background like a beach or some trees are fine and will make your dog stand out better. A friend with a dog toy will come in handy if you want a head-on shot or a regal profile. However, keep your dog’s personality in mind, some dogs will get very excited when they see toys. Be creative, the best shots are often the spontaneous ones. Good luck, we’ll look for you and your best friend on that Christmas card!

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