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Many of us feed our pets higher quality foods. Most of these foods cannot be found in a typical supermarket  and some  of it can’t even be found in pet store chains like Petco or Petsmart.  Delaware as well as many other states are under health emergency and stay at home order. This order mandates that non essential businesses close. I get my cats food at a local pet store that sells high quality food. One of the first things that concerned my when I heard that the Governor has issued a “stay at home order” was whether or not my pet store would close. Since the food I buy is quite expensive, I couldn’t afford to purchase a very large quantity of it. I was pleased to find out that pet stores are actually essential businesses and can stay open. I was reassured by the manager of the store that they would remain open. AHHHH what a relief!

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Sleeping with Our Pets

Saturday, March 21, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Even though there are warnings of disease transmission by sleeping with our pets, 56 % of dog owners let their pets share their bed and 62% of cat owners let their cats sleep with them, this writer included. I read about one woman who shares her bed with six Rhodesian Ridgebacks!

Two prominent California veterinarians concluded that even though sleeping with our pets is a common practice, there is still a risk for transmission of zoonotic agents by close contact between pets and their owners. Life threatening infections have occurred through bed sharing, kissing or licking. There is still a debate whether the study that was done is exaggerated. What is clear is that our pets are bedfellows in many American households. Maybe it would be better to just get your dog or cat a nice, comfortable dog or cat bed!

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These days we are full of questions and try to cope with all of the unknown associated with the Coronavirus. I did some research and found a very good article regarding how to protect your dog during this outbreak. It offers some great tips and maybe some things that we haven’t thought of. The article was published by This Dogs

The news is flooded with information about coronavirus and how to prevent further transmission. By now, we’ve all heard about the 20-second handwashing rule — singing “Happy Birthday” twice while washing your hands does the trick —  and don’t forget to wash between the fingers and the backs of the hands.

But the information about pets is unclear.  The consensus is that dogs (and cats) cannot get COVID-19; the dog who tested positive in China was probably around a person who was “shedding large quantities of the virus,” according to the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois. (The dog later tested negative.)

Related: Can Dogs Get the Coronavirus?

Scientists and veterinarians have stated that pets cannot get sick with COVID-19 and infect humans; no animal of any kind in the United States has been reported as carrying the disease.

However, dogs may carry germs on their fur from humans, so it’s advised to wash your hands after petting your dog (or any dog), especially if other people have stopped to touch your pup.

Despite the need to “socially isolate” or even self-quarantine, we still need to take care of our dogs.

Here are some tips to best take care of everyone in your household.

Stock Up on Food

While you’re stocking up on TP and Ramen noodles, don’t forget your dog’s food and medicine. If you can, buy enough food for at least two weeks (or more). Get the highest quality food you can afford to keep your dog’s immune system in tip-top shape. If you cook your dog’s food, make a large batch and freeze in portions.

Stock Up on Medicine and Supplies

Fill or refill any prescription drugs your dog needs, as well as stocking up any supplements, vitamins, as well as any heartworm and/or flea and tick preventative. For small-dog people (or people with large bathtubs), replenish dog shampoo, as keeping the fur clean will help keep everyone healthy.

Related: When Disaster Strikes, Here Is What Should Be On Your Dog Emergency Checklist

Connect with a Dog Sitter and Walker

Make sure your emergency plan is in place in case you get sick. If you’re hospitalized or stranded during traveling, you need to be able to reliably contact a dog sitter. If you are sick and “self-quarantining” at home, your dog will still need to be walked. Find someone who you can trust with your dog’s life, and ask them about their last-minute availability. Write up a list of essential information, and store it in an accessible place. 

Get Updated Records and Identification

Now’s a good time to get veterinarian records of your dogs’ vaccination history and make sure they have wearable identification, such as an ID tag or identification collars. You will need these records for services like boarding, daycare and dog walking services. Identification will be critical in the event that your dog slips her collar. If you haven’t already microchipped your dog, do so on the next vet visit.

If You Get Sick

People who are sick with COVID-19 can contaminate their dog by sneezing or coughing — and if someone else touches that dog, the virus can be transmitted. So, if you come down with the virus, you must quarantine yourself and your dogs. However, the CDC recommends that you restrict contact with your dogs. This includes “petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food.” If this is impossible, wear a face mask and wash your hands thoroughly before and after contact.

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Curbing Obesity in our Kitties

Thursday, March 19, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Too many treats, begging and free choice feeding could lead to an overweight pet. In addition to health concerns, an obese cat cannot lead an active, comfortable life. An affect could be a worsening cardio- pulmonary function, increased incidents of arthritis and the pain associated with this., They don’t like to get up and move around as much because it’s harder on their body. In addition, an overweight cat may be grouchy from being too hot or may have trouble self grooming. So make sure you keep an eye on the amount of snacks and food that you feed her. My problem is that I tend to give both of my kitties too many snacks. I am now trying to cut back on the amount. You should monitor all aspects of your cats health along with the help of your veterinarian.

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Transdermal Pet Medications

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Giving a pill to a dog or cat can sometimes be a daunting task. In the morning, when you’re rushing around, the last thing you need is a finicky cat refusing to take his medication. My cat Atlantis will sometimes take a pill slipped inside of a pill pocket but sometimes, he flatly refuses. It also seems that the pills were upsetting his stomach. This can be the case for some pets.

My vet recommended a transdermal medication. It comes in metered doses from a plastic tube. I just give the bottom of the tube two clicks and the correct dosage is dispensed from the tube. I then rub it in one of Atlantis’s ears. I have to make sure his ears are clean or the dose will not absorb properly so regular ear cleaning is necessary. I use a baby wipe and swap the inside of his ears everyday. The medication does leave some residue inside the ear which is the reason why regular cleaning is necessary. This method ensures that Atlantis gets his medication but there is one downside. Transdermal medications are much more expensive as the pharmacist has to make the preparation. The dispenser also adds to the cost.

Transdermal medications are worth it just for the convenience.

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Heart worm is a disease spread by mosquitoes. Your dog could be at risk if you live in an infested area. Your veterinarian may recommend a monthly preventative heart worm medication, administered regularly until your vet tells you that it’s safe to stop for the winter. If you forget to give your dog his heart worm medication one month, call your vet.  He’ll likely recommend that you give your dog his pill as soon as you’ve recognized that you’ve missed it and then continue as normal next month. Usually missing one dose is not a problem.  If you forget for two consecutive months, your dog may be susceptible to heart worm. As ask your veterinarian to check him out.

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Look At The Bright Side

Monday, March 16, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

The spread of the Coronavirus is changing the lives of millions throughout the world. Parents have to make major adjustments because schools are closed, many shelves are bare in Supermarkets,many have to work from home and even restaurants are closing their indoor dining areas. This is becoming the “new normal.” So what’s the bright side? Well our little furry friends get to spend more time with us so of course they’re very happy. They get some extra attention and maybe even some extra walks and exercise. Enjoy your furry friends during this stressful time. Remember just being around a pet, automatically reduces your stress. So this is a two way street, you help them and they help you as we self isolate and get used to this new routine!

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Here’s a quick tip. This time of year our cats shed and develop hairballs. Both of my cats frequently throw up hairballs. If you don’t have any hairball medication, there is one thing that you may have in your home that could work just fine. It’s olive oil. You can put some on their nose or paws and they will lick it off and the oil will lubricate and hopefully help control their hairballs. Give it a try if you don’t have any medication on hand. There’s lots of good uses for olive oil!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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How To Handle Cataracts in Dogs

Saturday, March 14, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Almost every diabetic dog will develop cataracts due to the elevated blood sugar even if the diabetes is under control. Cataracts can be surgically removed the same way a cataract is removed from a human eye. The procedure is called phacoemulsification. An ultrasound energy is used to remove the cataract from the eye. The surgery for a dog requires a general anesthesia. Your vet will make the determination whether or not your dog is healthy enough and the diabetes is controlled well enough to warrant surgery. As with any surgery, there are some risks which depend on your pets overall health, how well the diabetes is regulated and eye health. Rapid onset of a cataract can lead to severe eye inflammation. This could be controlled by topical eye drops. Your dogs age should not make a difference in cataract removal. Your vet will speak to you about your pets overall health and whether or not the surgery can be done successfully.

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Can Pets Pass on the Coronavirus?

Friday, March 13, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

I’m going to pass along an article that was written by, Olivia Petter of  The Independent regarding pets passing on the Coronavirus.  This article should answer any questions that you may be concerned with regarding Coronavirus transmission and your pet. Some important links are also provided in this article.

Last month a pet dog in Hong Kong tested ‘weak positive‘ for coronavirus and was placed into quarantine.

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) in Hong Kong confirmed that repeated tests suggested the dog had a “low-level” of the virus and that it is likely to be the case of human-to-animal transmission.

The dog, a Pomeranian, had not shown any symptoms for the illness but its owner was confirmed as being infected with Covid-19.

Now pet owners are becoming increasingly concerned they could catch the deadly disease from their animals – but is that scientifically possible?

Can I catch coronavirus from my pet?

The World Health Organization issued updated information on Thursday 13 March saying “at present there is no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus.

Several global health organizations have issued advisories saying there is no any evidence that pet animals can spread coronavirus or indeed be infected with it in the same way as humans.

“Therefore, there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals which may compromise their welfare,” the World Organization for Animal Health has said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concurred that “there is no reason to think that any animals including pets in the United States might be a source of infection with this new coronavirus”.

Raymond R.R. Rowland, a veterinarian who specialises in swine viruses at Kansas State University, said that “weak positives” frequently show up in testing pigs, where a farmer’s livelihood can be at stake.

“I’ll tell you what I tell them,” he told The New York Times. “Wait and see.”

Even if the Pomeranian has a low-level infection, he said: “that doesn’t say the animal is sufficiently infected that it can spread the virus.”

The dog could simply be a host for the illness that neither becomes unwell or infects other people or animals.

Should I change my behavior with my pet?

The World Health Organiszation says: “It is always a good idea to wash your hands with soap and water after contact with pets.

“This protects you against various common bacteria such as E.coli and Salmonella that can pass between pets and humans.”

To protect yourself from catching coronavirus, the WHO advises the following:

  • Cover your mouth and nose while sneezing, with a tissue or your elbow
  • Put the tissue straight into a closed bin
  • Wash your hands afterwards, and then frequently, with soap or sanitiser
  • Keep your distance from people who are coughing and sneezing (at least one metre)

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