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How You Can Care For An Orphaned Kitten

Thursday, March 12, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

orphaned kittenTaking care of a baby kitten is no easy task. It will need to be bottle fed every two to three hours day and night for several weeks. You can find kitten milk replacement in special bottles at your local pet store. Hold the kitten gently and burp him after each feeding. Keep your kitten warm, clean and dry. Experts recommend placing a heating pad under one corner of the nesting box so the kitten can stay warm and can move away if it gets too warm. After each feeding ,gently stimulate the kitten’s bottom to encourage elimination. Kittens cannot do this on their own until they are about four weeks old. You can do this with a sterile cotton ball dipped in warm water. Hold off on any cat treats until your kitten is about eight weeks old.

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Multiple Cats, Multiple Litter boxes

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

CATS LITTERIf you have more than one cat and are wondering how many litter boxes you should have, here’s an equation recommended by Veterinarians and animal behaviorists. One litter box per cat plus one extra. Giving your cat choices increases the chances that your cat will use a litter box instead of a corner of a room. If one cat stakes out a particular box, the other cat still has a place to go.

Here’s another tip. Locate each litter box on each level of your house.  You want to make the boxes easily accessible to make sure that they are being used. Always place the litter boxes in a quiet area of your home so your cat can have privacy. Don’t place litter boxes in damp or dark places. Keep them in places that are comfortable for your cat. Would you want to go in a damp, dark place? Think of an out house. Who likes to go in them?

Remember, when it comes to litter boxes, think like a cat!

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The Bichon Frise

Sunday, March 8, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

BICJON FRISEThis is a small, happy dog that always has an inquisitive expression in it’s dark eyes.  It has a plumed tail and is often compared to a cotton ball because of it’s  curled double coat consisting of  a textured outer coat and a silky under coat. The coat is white but may have a creamed or apricot color around the ears or on the body.

According to information provided by the American Kennel Club, The Bichon Frise appeared in the 13th century as a descendent from the Water Spaniel. Traded by Spanish sailors and transported from continent to continent, the breed eventually became a favorite of those in the 16th century French royal courts. The breed was also favored by the painters of the Spanish school, who often included them in their works. Although the breed’s colorful past includes use as a circus dog, today the Bichon is enjoyed primarily as a companion animal.

The Bichon is a gentle dog . He’s also playful and loves exercise. He loves to fetch his dog toys and enjoys being played with often. They are also very good dogs for allergy sufferers because they don’t shed. Their hair keeps growing and must be groomed regularly.

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Is Your Dog’s Nose Running?

Saturday, March 7, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

DOG COLDHealthy dogs have cool, moist noses but a runny nose is out of the norm and not a good sign. It could mean that your dog has an illness such as kennel cough or distemper. He may have an allergy or a sinus infection, maybe even a polyp or tumor. Most of all a runny nose means that he got a foreign body such as an insect, a piece of string or a paper clip up his nose. He could have even jammed a stick up his nose. No matter what’s causing the runny nose, get him to a veterinarian right away. Only a professional can deal with any of these issues, even a wedged in foreign body. Don’t ever try to remove anything from your dog’s nose yourself as you could easily damage the inside of his nasal passages. Leave this job to your vet. He’ll do what’s necessary and give him pet medication to stop any infection.

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Petting with a Purpose

Thursday, March 5, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

CAT STROKEdOne of the best ways to communicate with your cat is through touch. My cats love to be stroked and petted. You’ll usually hear a relaxing purr while your stroking your cat. There are many therapeutic health benefits if you pet and stroke your pet properly.

One of the best ways of petting is through massage. Daily massages can help you detect fleas and can help you examine for any lumps or irregularities  on your cat. For an older cat like my Molly, stroking and petting reduces joint stiffness.

Massage also strengthens the bond between you and your pet. It can also help curb aggression and improves a cat’s sociability with people and other animals. Massage also helps your cat get used to being handled and it becomes associated with positive experiences. Cats will be less stressed with brushing, visits to the vet, nail trimming, etc.

Pet and stroke your cat on a regular basis. It’s good for both you and her.

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Keep Your Dog From Licking After Surgery

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

dogconeAfter your dog has surgery such as being spayed, it’s important to keep her from licking the wound because she could remove her stitches or cause an infection. Unfortunately, dogs instinctively want to lick their wounds so you may need to take some precautions. If bandages and topical pet medication and products don’t do the trick, try an Elizabethan collar. This is cone shaped and fits onto your dogs collar wrapping around her head like an upside down lampshade. Your dog may find this contraption bothersome but it will help keep her from licking and aggravating her incision site. To make the situation less stressful, you can remove the collar when you are able to keep an eye on her.

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Sleepless in Edgewater

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

CATBEDOn any given night, Bob Walker and Frances Mooney  of San Diego share their bed with at least eight cats. Walker mentioned that he usually sleeps on his stomach and a cat usually shares his pillow. He makes contortionist moves just to accommodate his cats.

The Mayo Clinic finds that pets can contribute to insomnia. Bob Walker can’t remember when he got a full nights sleep.

Last night, my cat Molly, sat on my nightstand and put her paw on my cheek about 2:00am. She wanted a can of her wet food. Of course, I accommodated her and got out of bed to feed her. Back to bed I went and within one hour, Molly was back, she once again pokes me with her paw. This time, she wanted me to get up and put the water on for her in the bathroom. This time, I did not accommodate her. I politely told her, to go to sleep and she’ll get the water turned on in the morning. Needless to say, this did not satisfy her. She continued to sit on my nightstand, poke me and meow. Finally, she got bored and went to sleep. Good for her because I was up the rest of the night! I guess you’re not a true cat lover if you sleep soundly!

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Choosing a Kennel to Prevent Kennel Cough

Sunday, March 1, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

DOGKENNELKids can catch colds at school or from other kids. Dogs are the same in that they can get sick from other animals boarded at the same kennel. Kennel cough is an infectious, respiratory disease that is caused by a combination of several viruses and bacteria. This disease affects a dogs upper airway causing laryngitis and a bad cough. Pet medication such as antibiotics will help but it will not cure this infection. It must run it’s course which is about three or four weeks. Puppies usually get vaccinated against kennel cough but it doesn’t always protect them against new versions of the disease. So if you’re going away and need to board your dog, choose a kennel carefully. Make sure that it has lots of ventilation and low moisture in the air. If you spend a little more time, you can prevent your dog from getting this disease.

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