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The Dog That is a Kid’s Best Friend

Sunday, December 15, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

GOLDEN RETRIEVER WITH CHILDRENThere are many dog breeds that  are great around children but the number one rated breed for children is The Golden Retriever. He is not as big as a Lab.  The Golden Retriever is confident, smart, kind and loyal. He is not aggressive, not timid and very patient which makes him the perfect pet for kids. The Golden Retriever does need lots of exercise put loves to play, so this is easy to achieve. Not that you’ve heard about the best dog for the kids, your choice of a wonderful pet is now a little easier.  Remember, high strung, small dogs are not the best choice for children. Also, keep in mind that mixed breeds from the pound are a fantastic option, as they are often more docile and well-tempered. Good luck!

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What Not to Do When Your Dog Jumps

Saturday, December 14, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

DOG JUMPINGWe have a tendency to react quickly when our dog jumps on us or someone else. There are training exercises that you can do to get your dog to stop jumping but today,we are going to concentrate on what not to do.

  • Don’t become overly excited when you greet your dog. The calmer that you are, the calmer your dog will be.
  • Don’t shout at your dog when she jumps on you or someone else. Shouting will only make your dog jump more.
  • Don’t try to grab your dog of push her away. This can also cause more jumping.
  • Never knee your dog in the chest, step on her toes, grab or pinch her. This will cause pain and scare her.

Most of all be patient and try to train her in a gentle way not to jump. We will cover training tips in the future.

Remember, your pets count!

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Trick Your Pet Into Taking His Medicine

Thursday, December 12, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

DOG MEDSWe are only as valuable as our health is good – a statement that’s true for both people and pets. And just like people, pets need certain medicines too to stay healthy. Heart worm pills and flee collars are just the beginning when it comes to keeping your pet safe form infection and disease. And to keep your pet out of the vet’s office, where the bills are usually high and the tails are tucked, you’ll have to make sure your loved one is receiving the proper care – and that means meds.

One of the oldest known tricks to get your animal to take their pet medication is to hide the pill in a glob of peanut butter. Your cat or dog is certain to lick every bit right up as they down what they believe to be a tasty treat. Or if you have the time and the proper tools – the back of a spoon works great – you can also crush the pill into a powder and mix it in with some yummy applesauce. Whichever method you choose, your pet will lead a happy and healthy life!

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Can’t Find Your Cat? He will Outsmart You!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

CAT HIDINGEvery time I prepare to leave for Delaware, I could rest assure that my cat Millie will find a new hiding place. She doesn’t like the ride and will do anything to try to outsmart me. She’s hidden under beds, in closets, and even in the drawers of my night stand. How she got in there, I’ll never know. Sometimes it takes me up to one hour to find her.

Cats love small, dark, enclosed places. That’s why you find them inside paper bags, cardboard boxes, drawers, closets, and plenty of other strange places. It gives them a sense of security and an opportunity to take a long snooze. Your cat will do anything to become invisible anytime something scares her. In Millies case, she will become invisible anytime there is a trip involved. Last week, she hid in the shower. Remember one thing, they will never stop trying to outsmart you. You have to be one step ahead of them. When I’m about to leave for Delaware, I limit the places where she can hide out. I shut doors to the bedrooms and make sure that all closets are closed. She will still try to hide but at least she has fewer choices.

Remember, your pets count!

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Attached Cat

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

Cat shoulderAs I mentioned in many previous blogs, I have two cats, Molly and Millie.  I love both of them but they are both so different from one another. Molly who is now 14 years old never lets me out of her site. She will follow me around the house, jump on me when I’m at the computer and get angry if I continue typing and not stop to pet her and give her attention. She sleeps in my bed, sits with me while I’m reading or watching TV and even joins me in the bathroom when I’m taking a shower. My younger cat Millie does not do any of these things. She does require her own kind of attention. She needs to drink the water from the faucet everyday, have her snacks at night and play with her fishing pole toy about 9:00 pm each evening.  Each cat is unique in their own way. Some are more independent than others. It doesn’t matter, they are wonderful pets who will give you lots of love and affection for a very long time.

Remember, your pets count!

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Protecting Your Pets In the Event of a Fire

Sunday, December 8, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

DOG FIREI read a disturbing article in the newspaper this morning. There was a house fire in a neighboring town and many residents were scrambling to save and locate their pets. One of the worse things to imagine is that you have a fire in your home, you and the rest of your family got out safely but your dog or cat is stuck inside. What do you do? One women at the fire yesterday tried to run back in the burning building to try to rescue her cat. She was stopped by a firefighter. Never try to run back into a burning building. The Red Cross as documented some safety measures that you can take in the event of a house fire.

The American Kennel Club and ADT Security Services have joined forces to provide the following tips:

  •  Extinguish open flames – Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your home.
  • Remove stove knobs – Be sure to remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house – a stove or cook top is the number one piece of equipment involved in your pet starting a fire.
  • Invest in flameless candles. These candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your pet knocking over a candle. Cats are notorious for starting fires when their tails turn over lit candles.
  • Secure young pets; keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home such as in crates or behind baby gates in secure areas.

Help Firefighters Help Your Pets

  • Keep pets near entrances when away from home. Keep collars on pets and leashes at the ready in case firefighters need to rescue your pet. When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them.
  • Affix a pet alert window cling and write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets. Make sure to keep the number of pets listed on them updated.

Luckily all the pets in the house fire were rescued safely but don’t take chances, develop an escape plan that includes your pets. Keep pet carriers very close to the exits or keep them in a spot that is readily available.

Remember, your pets count!

 

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DOG CAT CHRISTMASThe holidays are the most dangerous time for your pets. Just call any veterinary emergency clinic  to verify this. The number of pet injuries, poisonings, accidents and illness that are preventable rise dramatically from November to the beginning of January.  Here are some of the most dangerous.

1. The holiday food, pet owners seem to feed their pets very fatty leftovers and foods during the holidays. This causes a sharp rise in  pancreatitis in dogs.

2. The holiday plants like poinsettias are poisonous to dogs and cats. Don’t buy them and put them around your house.

3. Holiday tree ornaments such as tinsel and glass ornaments. Glass can break and injure your pet. I almost lost a cat because he ate the tinsel on the tree. DON’T USE IT IF YOU HAVE A PET!

4. Candles can cause burns if your cat accidentally  gets to close. If your dog knocks them over,they can cause a fire.

5. Dinner guests and holiday visitors that don’t know how to interact with your cat or dog can get scratched or bitten. It also provides an escape route for your pet if they leave the door open.

6. The holiday presents present a threat if they contain chocolate which is toxic to cats or dogs!

It’s a good idea to keep the ASPCA poison control number close just in case. 1-888-426-4435

If you play it safe, you won’t have to keep your pet in his pet or dog carrier or crate all the time during the holiday season.

 

Remember, your pets count!

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The Largest Domestic Cats

Friday, December 6, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

LARGEST CATThe Maine Coon cat is one of the largest domestic breeds. They are known for their thick coat and raccoon type tail. A full grown Maine Coon cat can weight between 15 and 20 pounds. Another very large domestic cat is the Savannah, a cross between a domestic cat  and a small wild cat.  A breeding program for the Savannah cat is still in its’ infancy as male Savannahs’ tend to be sterile to the four and fifth generation. This is a sleek elegant cat with an exotic look.  The Rag Doll cat is also large and muscular. Males can weight 20 pounds or more!  This cat is quiet and very friendly and is often called the “dog of cats.”  If you are lucky enough to own any of these cats, you will know how gentle they can be. You will also know that you may have to buy extra large cat accessories such as cat beds!

 

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Quick Teaching Tips for Dogs

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

DOG TRAINEDTeaching a new dog can be a challenging experience. Here are a few tips that may help.

  • Try to find out what your dog is good at. If he likes to jump or fetch, try to incorporate that into his training.
  • Teach your dog basic obedience first. Don’t try anything too complicated. Keep it as simple as possible.
  • Find a good, healthy treat that your dog enjoys.
  • Make the training sessions fairly short. Five to ten minutes should be fine. You can do a lot of repetitions is a short amount of time.
  • Don’t work on only one trick. Mix it up and do four to eight tricks at once.
  • Keep the training fun. Don’t make it a chore. May sure that both you and your dog enjoy it.

Remember, your pets count!

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Protecting Your Dogs Paws in Winter

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

DOG ICE 3It’s that time of year again when we really need to think about our dogs paws when taking him for a walk in the cold, snowy and icy weather. Web MD has provided 10 tips for protecting your dogs paws in winter.

To help prevent cold weather dangers from affecting your pet’s paws and skin, please heed the following advice from our experts:

  • Repeatedly coming out of the cold into the dry heat can cause itchy, flaking skin. Keep your home humidified and towel dry your pet as soon as he comes inside, paying special attention to his feet and in between the toes.
  • Trim long-haired dogs to minimize the clinging of ice balls, salt crystals and de-icing chemicals that can dry on the skin. (Don’t neglect the hair between the toes!)
  • Bring a towel on long walks to clean off stinging, irritated paws. After each walk, wash and dry your pet’s feet to remove ice, salt and chemicals-and check for cracks in paw pads or redness between the toes.
  • Bathe your pets as little as possible during cold spells. Washing too often can remove essential oils and increase the chance of developing dry, flaky skin. If your pooch must be bathed, ask your vet to recommend a moisturizing shampoo and/or rinse.
  • Dressing your pet in a sweater or coat will help to retain body heat and prevent skin from getting dry.
  • Booties help minimize contact with painful salt crystals, poisonous anti-freeze and chemical ice-melting agents. They can also help prevent sand and salt from getting lodged in between bare toes, causing irritation.
  • Massaging petroleum jelly into paw pads before going outside helps to protect from salt and chemical agents. And moisturizing after a good toweling off helps to heal chapped paws.
  • Brushing your pet regularly not only gets rid of dead hair, but also stimulates blood circulation, improving the skin’s overall condition.
  • Pets burn extra energy by trying to stay warm in wintertime, sometimes causing dehydration. Feeding your pet a little bit more during the cold weather and making sure she has plenty of water to drink will help to keep her well-hydrated, and her skin less dry.
  • Remember, if the weather’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet. Animal companions should remain indoors as much as possible during the winter months and never be left alone in vehicles when the mercury drops.

Thanks to Web MD for providing this helpful information.

Remember, your pets count!

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