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Brewers yeast in your pets diet

Thursday, February 14, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

When you think of  brewers yeast, it would not be  associated  with your pets nutrition. Brewers yeast is a one cell fungus that is used to make beer. The pet industry offers it as a dietary supplement. Brewers yeast contains B vitamins, zinc, proteins and amino acids.  It’s known for boosting the immune system and promoting healthy skin and a shiny coat. It is also been sold as a flea remedy. Some animals are allergic to yeast and diabetic pets must avoid it altogether.  Yeast can interfere with the insulin cycle. Before trying a new supplement, talk to your veterinarian. He will determine whether the brewers yeast could be a beneficial component for your pet.

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Cats being poisoned

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

You may wonder why I always emphasize the fact that if you own a cat, its better to keep him indoors. One of the main reasons is that when I was a boy, I had a cat that I loved. My parents did not allow me to keep him indoors so I was forced to let him roam the neighborhood outdoors. He had a small house that my dad built in the back yard. I always wished that I could keep him indoors but the answer was always “no.”

He always came when I called him especially if I put out a fresh bowl of food.. One day, I called and called and my cat never came running like he usually did. As I searched all around, I stopped and peered into my neighbors yard, and there he was lying dead in front of my eyes. He’d been poisoned by the grouchy old next door neighbor. This guy had a garden and didn’t want my cat walking through it so he took it upon himself to solve the problem and poison him. The sight of my poor cat lying there never left me. Some people really hate cats and dogs and in my opinion, these people are sick. Nothing ever happened to the old crotchedy neighbor because my parents did not want to cause any trouble in the neighborhood. My dad just took the cat and buried it.

I always insist, that if you’re a cat lover, please keep you cat indoors and safely away for those screwball neighbors who may do him harm!

 

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Feeding a kitten

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

If you’re thinking of adopting a kitten, it’s important that you know how to feed him properly. Kittens require proper nutrition. Feeding kittens is more complex than feeding a full grown cat. If the mother cat refuses to feed her kittens, you’ll have to feed them with a bottle. One brand of kitten milk is KMR which can be found at major pet stores. Your vet may also suggest a formula that you may use. It’s very important for the kittens to nurse for at least the first few days.

When the kitten is four to eight weeks old, give him a mixture of dry kitten food (0ne part) mixed with cat milk replacement (three parts). You can also feed him one part wet kitten food mixed with two parts of milk replacement. You can gradually reduce the liquid.

From two to three months old, feed the kitten only kitten food until he is at least 10 weeks old.  You can leave the dry food out but mix it with a little water.Feed at least four times a day for this period.

Kittens three to six months ,  feed 1/3 to one cup of kitten food three times a day. You can gradually introduce adult cat food at six months.

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Your crazy cat

Sunday, February 10, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

My cats run to the bathroom every time they gear me turn on the shower or flush the toilet. Cats love cold, running water and my cats race to get to the source first. There is a true story about a cat who would drink the water out of the toilet then, flush the toilet. The owner heard the toilet flushing . This cat was mesmerised by the toilet flush, and somehow discovered for herself how to operate the lever. Apparently, this cat figured out that if the level was pressed, fresh cold water would flow into the bowl so she now flushes the toilet herself every time she wants a drink of cold water. It a cute trick but I wouldn’t want to receive the water bill!

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Heroic dog stories

Saturday, February 9, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

Here are a couple of stories of the love and dedication of man’s best friend.

A four year old Golden Retriever was credited of saving a wheel chair victim who got his wheel chair stuck in the middle of a muddy field. The man found himself unable to move. The man threw a rope to the dog and the dog pulled the wheelchair out of the mud and the man to safety.  The dog did not let go of the rope until the man’s wheel chair was completely out of the mud.

Ginny was a dog who had a soft heart for cats. She saved more than 300 cats from peril by throwing herself against a vertical pipe at a construction site so it could topple and the stranded cats inside could escape.  Another time, Ginny suffered severe cuts on her paws to find an injured cat inside a box of broken glass.

There are so many wonderful stories about mans best friend. It’s sometimes difficult to believe how intelligent they are.

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Anti Freeze and Rock salt can kill dogs

Friday, February 8, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

We are having a blizzard in the northeast and lots of people are stocking up on rock salt and anti-freeze for their cars. Yesterday, animal charities warned that hundreds of dogs get seriously ill and even die because they are exposed to rock salt during a cold or snowy snap. Dogs and cats are walking through the substances left by plows trying to clear roads and car drivers defrosting their windshields and then licking them off their paws.
Consuming rock salt can cause dehydration, liver failure and pancreatitis, while antifreeze contains the chemical ethylene glycol, which can be lethal when ingested. It is very important that you protect your pet. Put boots on him to protect his feet during snowy or icy weather. Keep Anti freeze out of your pets reach. Keep it tightly sealed and stored in a secure cabinet.

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Dog Leashes

Thursday, February 7, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

The best leash allows you to communicate with with dog and keep him under control. A six foot leather or nylon lead is the standard for taking walks and basic obedience training. Nylon can be rough on your hands but more durable than leather. Avoid chain leashes as these can injure both you and your dog.  Also avoid leashes with decorations that could come off and choke your dog. Retractable leads can come in links up to 26 feet. These are great for giving your dog more room to run and teaching him to come when called. Look for one with non slip handles, a sturdy lock with quick release, a smooth rewind and reflective tape to keep you both visible at night. Bigger dogs need wider leashes so know your dog’s weight.

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Dog Carrier Cleanliness

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

In order to prevent disease or infection, it is very important that you keep your dog carrier clean. Clean your dog’s crate on a regular basis. You can use mild soap and water or an eco-friendly product that won’t linger. Dog health problems can arise if they lick or inhale chemicals.

Never share your dogs crate with other pets.  He can pick up kennel cough, an infection, or parasites.  One sick dog can spread germs quickly and a dog crate is the perfect breeding ground. Also, never let your dog share water with other pets. Always keep your dog clean and safe.

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Paw Care

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

Keeping your dog well groomed has many benefits. It’s also a great time to check for any health issues that should be addressed by a veterinarian. You should always keep an eye on her paws. When you groom your dog, carefully check the pads on her feet. Sometimes they could become injured or inflamed, especially if your dog is walking on rough ground or stepped into some kind of irritating chemical. Keep an eye out for painful, broken nails that can become infected. Brittle nails should also prompt you to call a professional because they may indicate a fungal infection of a nutritional deficiency.  If you notice anything unusual, have it checked by a veterinarian.

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Your Dogs Joints

Sunday, February 3, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

If you have a small dog, he may jump up into your lap. Letting him jump on the furniture is a bad idea.  Not only does it make house keeping difficult, but it could be tough on your pets joints and cause an unexpected injury, especially in puppies or older dogs. If you want to cuddle with your dog, pick him up and place him gently in your lap. You can also buy a set of pet stairs to help him climb to high places. Scaling stairs too often can cause stress too so make sure to buy a set of stairs that’s not too high or wide for your dog.  Remember to keep an eye on your dog when he’s up high. You don’t want him to fall and hurt himself.

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