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Hurricane Irma with it’s 185 mile an hour winds devastated the Leeward Islands. 90% of all of the structures on the small island of Barbuda were destroyed. The system is now headed toward the Turks and Caico’s and Bahama’s before it strikes Florida and heads up to Georgia or South Carolina. There are millions of people and pets in the destructive hurricanes path. Now is the time to complete your emergency plans.

Please include a plan for your pets. Click on the link below for a detailed plan on how to protect your precious pets now. Read it and make sure that your kit includes all of the  important items.


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Prepare Your Pets For Hurricane Irma

Tuesday, September 5, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

This is a very active hurricane season for the US. Already, we’ve had devastating hurricane Harvey in Texas and now hurricane Irma, a category 5 hurricane is churning in the Atlantic ready to bare down on the Leeward Island, Puerto Rico and Florida. It is vital that you prepare now and make sure that you include your pets.

The ASPCA has put together a list of things to include for your pet. As you prepare yourselves, make sure you include your furry friends in that preparation.

Prepare Emergency Supplies and Traveling Kits

If you must evacuate your home in a crisis, plan for the worst-case scenario. Even if you think you may be gone for only a day, assume that you may not be allowed to return for several weeks. When recommendations for evacuation have been announced, follow the instructions of local and state officials. To minimize evacuation time, take these simple steps:

  • Make sure all pets wear collars and tags with up-to-date identification information. Your pet’s ID tag should contain his name, telephone number and any urgent medical needs.
  • Be sure to also write your pet’s name, your name and contact information on your pet’s carrier.
  • The ASPCA recommends microchipping your pet as a more permanent form of identification. A microchip is implanted under the skin in the animal’s shoulder area, and can be read by a scanner at most animal shelters.
  • Always bring pets indoors at the first sign or warning of a storm or disaster. Pets can become disoriented and wander away from home in a crisis.
  • Store an emergency kit and leashes as close to an exit as possible. Make sure that everyone in the family knows where it is, and that it clearly labeled and easy to carry. Items to consider keeping in or near your “Evac-Pack” include:
  • Pet first-aid kit and guide book (ask your vet what to include:
    3-7 days’ worth of canned (pop-top) or dry (be sure to rotate every two months) food.
  • Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans are perfect)
  • Litter or paper toweling
  • Liquid dish soap disinfectant
  • Disposable garbage bags for clean-up
  • Pet feeding dishes and water bowls
  • Extra collar or harness as well as an extra leash
  • Photocopies and/or USB of medical records and a waterproof container with a two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires (Remember, food and medications need to be rotated out of your emergency kit—otherwise they may go bad or become useless)
  • At least seven days’ worth of bottled water for each person and pet (store in a cool, dry place and replace every two months)
  • A traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier, ideally one for each pet
  • Flashlight
  • Blanket
  • Recent photos of your pets (in case you are separated and need to make “Lost” posters)
  • Especially for cats: Pillowcase, toys, scoop-able litter
  • Especially for dogs: Extra leash, toys and chew toys, a week’s worth of cage liner
  • You should also have an emergency kit for the human members of the family. Items to include: Batteries, duct tape, flashlight, radio, multi-tool, tarp, rope, permanent marker, spray paint, baby wipes, protective clothing and footwear, extra cash, rescue whistle, important phone numbers, extra medication and copies of medical and insurance information.

You should start finalizing your plans now.

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Dogs and Worms

Monday, September 4, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

Worms are the most common health problem for a dog.  This problem is very treatable with the large variety of dog wormer products on the market.  First of all, it’s important to know if you are diagnosing the correct problem. Here are some symptoms that it is a worm problem.

  1. You see visible feces or worms on your dog.
  2. You see worms around you dogs rear. Tapeworm may appear as small moving segments which later dry out to resemble grains of rice.
  3. Your dog is scratching or rubbing himself  against the furniture. Signs of itchiness could be a sign of a gland problem rather than worms.
  4. Vomiting with visible worms.
  5. Weakness, increased appetite with weight loss can indicate that your dogs have worms. The worms steal your dogs nutrition causing these symptoms.
  6. Bloated stomach or belly.
  7. Diarrhea with blood in it.

Always check with your vet who will put you on the right track in treating your dog.

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Millie’s New Friend

Saturday, September 2, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

Recently, we have been feeding a stray cat in our neighborhood. The cat as far as we know does not belong to anyone in our community. Since we already have two cats, and my older cat Molly has medical issues, we decided to feed him on our porch and not take him inside. Most of the time a feral cat is frightened of people. This is because they were always used to avoiding prey and have never been around any humans.

I would not recommend trying to acclimate a feral cat immediately to a completely new environment. If the cat seems friendly and lets you pet him and doesn’t seem to mind being around people, then I would first, let a Veterinarian examine him. I would then gradually introduce him to his new environment. Keep him in a separate room for while. If you have other cats, let them see each other but not have contact just yet. Gradually give the new addition more freedom until you feel confident that he will fit in fine with both your human and pet family.

In the meantime, I’m going to let Millie enjoy her new friend from behind closed doors. She enjoys waiting for him to arrive for his food each morning. When she sees him, she begins to jump up and purr. I believe that she would probably bond well with this cat but we have to keep him behind closed doors for now.

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Bonding with Dog Tricks

Friday, September 1, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

Your dog knows the basics. He’ll sit on command, hold his paw out when you say “shake,” and lie down when you tell him to. Now, you need him to get to the next level. Teaching a dog tricks could be a fun way to bond. So if you want to go beyond the basic commands with your dog, Try teaching him to stand on two legs or bow.  Start by giving your dog a verbal cue then reward him with a dog treat when he actually performs the action. For example, dogs often bow when they want to play or when they wake up from a nap. Then, using the dog treat and a verbal command, guide the dog to perform the action again. Remember, keep practicing, be patient and use positive reinforcement.  Before long you and your dog will be able to impress all of your friends!

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Helping Hurricane Harvey Pet Victims

Thursday, August 31, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

Our radio station, Edgewater Gold Radio  is dedicating todays programming to the victims of hurricane Harvey. So many have been uprooted, and lost everything including our furry friends. We will be providing information of where and how to donate all day long. You can send a donation that will go to providing food and shelter to an abandoned pet. The SPCA of Texas is evacuating thousands of pets. Here are two organizations where you could make a donation specifically for displaced pets.

Click below and help these desperate animals today and listen to Edgewater Gold Radio all day long for the best oldies and information on how to donate to the victims of Hurricane Harvey!

SPCA of Texas


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Humans aren’t the only ones weathering the storm as Hurricane Harvey ravages Texas with “epic and catastrophic” flooding that has left thousands of people stranded.

Rescue efforts are also underway for pets and animals across the state, with many shelters and good Samaritans helping animals that are scared, hungry and alone.

‘Epic and catastrophic’ flooding devastates Houston as more rainfall is forecast.

SPCA of Texas provides help and shelter for abandoned pets rescued. The following is information explains how you can donate to help save our pet victims of the horrible disaster.

The SPCA of Texas is putting every available resource behind assisting pets and people who have evacuated the Gulf Coast to the North Texas area. We are deploying staff, volunteers and supplies to support evacuees housed at the mega shelter opening today in Dallas, working with city and county disaster officials to care for the pets of evacuees.

We also took in 123 cats from The Cattery cat shelter in Corpus Christi on Friday in advance of the storm. These cats were un-owned, and we cleared their shelter to ensure the cats’ safety.

People can help us help the hundreds, possibly even thousands, of evacuees’ pets coming to North Texas by donating to the SPCA of Texas at

You can help the thousands of pets that are abandoned, alone and frightened by making a donation today.

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Your pets immune system is working 24/7 to ward off viruses, bacteria and other foreign invaders that could make your pet sick. When any of these disease causing agents try to invade, a cellular fighting force is deployed to destroy them. Your pet cat or dog need a vigorous immune system to survive. What they eat plays an important role in maintaining a healthy immune system. That’s why your pets diets needs to be balanced in terms as major nutrients such as proteins and fats. Vitamins Zinc, Selenium, and vitamin E are also very important.Too much of one element could be just as damaging to the immune system as too little. Ask your veterinarian for a recommendation.

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Live Alone? Always Have A Plan For Your Pets

Sunday, August 27, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

Yesterday, one of our elderly neighbors had to be taken to the hospital. She lives alone and doesn’t have any relatives that live nearby. She owns a little dog whom she adores. Luckily another kind neighbor took the dog until my neighbor returns from the hospital.

It is very important for anyone living alone, to have a plan for your pets in case of an emergency. A hospital stay can be many days so pets need to be looked after during this time. If you live alone and don’t have any relatives living nearby, make a plan with a neighbor or friend to care for your pets while you’re gone. Make sure they have access to your home, know you pets routines. If your pet is on medication, make sure that the person caring for your pet knows how and when to administer the medication. Also it’s vital that the care taker know where all food and medication are located. You may also talk to your vet. They may offer advice on how to have your pet cared for in an emergency.

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Make a plan for your best little friend or friends now, you’ll be glad you did!

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Hurricane Harvey is pummeling the coast of Texas. It came in last nice as a powerful Category 4 storm which has catastrophic results!

Obviously, it’s hurricane season and make sure that you remember your pets when making disaster emergency plans! If you have to evacuate because a hurricane threatens the area in which you live, don’t forget about your cat of dog. Keep his pet carrier in a convenient place in case you have to get out fast. The instincts of your pet cannot be counted on to survive a disaster. Pack at least one weeks supply of pet food and always remember your pets leash. Make sure that you have the proper ID tags clearly visible on your pet. If you must go to a hotel or shelter, ask if it’s OK to bring your pet. It is very important that you don’t wait until the last minute to evacuate. Rescue officials may not let you take your pet. Keep up to date on all of the weather conditions and evacuate sooner rather than later. If you have no choice but to leave your pet home, make sure that he has a current ID and a secure collar. Take a picture of your pet with you just in case he gets lost. I cannot emphasize it enough that your pets are a part of your family. Plan ahead and make sure they are included in your disaster plans.

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