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Choosing a Good Vet

Saturday, August 15, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

vetpetA veterinarian is your pets second best friend. Remember, the worst time to look for a vet is when you really need one. A veterinarian should also have good people skills. Usually a veterinarian works with a team of professionals so you would want to evaluate the teams competence and caring. You also must make sure that their fees are within your budget. The best way to find a good veterinarian is by starting with a recommendation from a friend, neighbor, groomer or animal shelter worker. Check the yellow pages under “veterinarians” or “Animal Hospitals,” you may be able to find important information about the hours, services and staff. Some veterinarian hospitals are members of the American Animal Hospital Association which signifies that the hospital has pursued and met the AAHA’s standards in areas such as quality care, facilities and equipment. Before choosing a vet, ask yourself these important questions:

1. Is the facility clean and comfortable?

2. Are there technicians and other staff members on hand?

3. How many veterinarians are in the practice?

4. Are appointments required?

5. Do they provided emergency round the clock service?

6. Is the staff caring, calm, competent and courteous?

7. Do they communicate effectively?

8. Do the veterinarians have special interests such as geriatrics?

9. Are X Rays, endoscopy, ultrasound and other tests done in house?

Choose a vet early on in your pets life. Make sure you are comfortable that you’ve made the right decision.

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Spoiled Kitty

Friday, August 14, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

FANCY FEASTMy cats have me wrapped around their little paws. Cats do get spoiled and I can say that I’m guilty of spoiling both of my cats. My cat Molly is sixteen and recently I  gave her Fancy Feast appetizers. They come in small containers and the moist food comes in a broth. I started with one container per day along with her regular food. I now have to give her three containers a day. She lets me know that it’s time for another one when she sits in front of the kitchen counter and meows very loudly. I always give in and let her have another one because the food is completely balanced for cats and contains a significant amount of protein.

The only problem is that it’s expensive at $1.39 for one container. She’s eating three per day plus her regular food so do the math and you’ll see that this is a drain on my pocket book but what the heck anything for my Molly!

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Molly the spoiled cat!

Molly the spoiled cat!

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Parasites in Woodland Areas

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

PUPPY KITTEN WOODSTicks present a unique problem for people who make their home in a wooded area. The issue is further compounded for pet owners. By their very nature, dogs are curious animals that seek to explore the territory around their home. In some cases this can mean picking up a few unwanted passengers. The best way to circumvent this problem is to invest in plenty of flea and tick spray.

In the event that you forget to take precautionary measures, it may become necessary to remove a wood tick from your dog’s skin. Although the process is never pleasant, it’s relatively straightforward. Begin my donning a pair of rubber gloves and taking out a pair of tweezers. Wrap the tweezers around the tick’s head and pull firmly in a straight-out motion. Do not make a twisting motion, or the tick’s head may remain lodged in the skin.

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Feline Sleep Cycles

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

kittens sleepingYour cat can sleep up to 16 hours each day but there are different cycles of sleep that you cat experiences throughout the day.

  1. The catnap – This is a brief, light snooze. During the catnap, your cat’s body is not completely at rest. He can jump up and run around in seconds. Cat naps last about 30 minutes or so.
  2. Night Sleep – Cats have two measurable sleep periods throughout the night. How soundly he sleeps depends on his diet, environment and age. Fat cats sleep more than skinny cats and older cats sleep more than younger cats.
  3. Deep Sleep – Cats can go into a deep sleep day or night. Their body is completely relaxed and they are usually lying flat or curled up. His paws, legs, and facial muscles may move and twitch, which leads us to assume  that the cat is dreaming. The experts say that cats do dream . Another sign of a deep sleep is REM (rapid eye movement)  You can see your cats eyeballs moving under her closed eyelids.

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What is an Athroscopy?

Sunday, August 9, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

COLLIEDoes your pet have a bad shoulder, knee or elbow? If this is the case your vet may refer you to an Arthroscopic Surgeon. Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive way to diagnose and treat a variety of joint conditions. It involves making very tiny incisions into your pets joint. One incision allows a surgeon to insert surgical instruments and another will allow an arthroscope to be inserted. This is a tiny telescope with a light. Dr. John Payne of the Pittsburgh Veterinary and Emergency Center says that the arthroscope allows the surgeon to view the joint and see everything that’s going on. He also says that the incisions are so small that infections after surgery are very rare. After surgery,you should see an improvement in your pets condition. Your vet will prescribe any pet medication that may be necessary.

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The Rag Doll Cat – You’ll Love Them!

Saturday, August 8, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

ragdollIf you’ve always been content owning a dog but for some reason right now you would also like to own a feline friend, consider the rag doll cat. They’re sometimes called the “dog” of the cat world. Rag dolls are bred to be relaxed and affectionate. They’re interested in your daily activities and won’t hide away in a corner like some cats do. They can follow you around the house, greet you at the door and even play fetch with one of their cat toys! The rag doll is a larger breed with luxurious fur and striking blue eyes. Rag dolls are pointed with their bodies colored lighter than their ears, face and tail. Their name comes from a tendency to go limp when picked up. They’re a great choice for a family pet and guaranteed not to bark.

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Housebreaking Your Puppy

Friday, August 7, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

PuppyaccidentYou just brought home your adorable new puppy. Now comes the hard part, training him. Each puppy conquers housebreaking at a different rate. I would avoid paper training or using training pads. While this method has long been promoted as easy and acceptable, it also teaches your dog that going indoors is acceptable. I did this for my little Chihuahua and he would think it was fine to lift his leg in the house. Using a crate to train your new puppy is an excellent and a very effective method. This method is effective because your puppy will learn that he has to go outdoors. Puppies have very small bladders and it will take a few months for them to get through the night without going. You need to be patient just like you would with a new baby. Crate training encourages the right kind of behavior. Typically, a new puppy will need to go outside every two or three hours. This is why it is very important that you are there to spend time with him. Here’s a schedule that may be helpful to you.

7:00 am – take puppy outside

7:20 am – give food and water to the puppy in his crate.

7:45 -am – take puppy outside

11:30am – take puppy outside

12:0o pm – give food and water to the puppy in his crate.

12:45 pm- take puppy outside

2:30pm – take puppy outside

4:30pm – take puppy outside

5:00pm – give food and water to puppy in his crate.

5:30 pm take puppy outside

After about an hour, take puppy for a short walk and spend time playing. This is very important in a puppy’s development. It will also help the puppy with sleeping through the night.

7:30pm Remove any food and water for the night

8:30pm Take the puppy outside

9:30 pm Put the puppy in his crate to sleep.

Most likely for a few weeks your puppy will not be able to get through the night without going. Listen for any restlessness or whining in the night. If you hear him, get up and take him outside to go. You must be patient. Owning a dog is a big responsibility. Never ever punish your puppy if he has an accident!! Just get the pet odor removal products and clean it up.

 

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TRAFFICNormally, my trip to Delaware takes about 4 hours. My cats are always in their crates in the back seat. Since they have been traveling for many years, they are usually pretty calm. Yesterday, was a traffic day that I will never forget. Let me say, the traffic in the New York metropolitan area is among the worst in the world! North Jersey has gotten almost impossible and is constantly full of traffic delays and problems. At 1:00pm, I left my home with my two cats and headed to the New Jersey Turnpike (for those of you who know me, you know that I despise that road). I figured that 1:00pm on a Tuesday was a good time to leave. There are so many surprises as far as the traffic is concerned in north Jersey that you never know what to expect. As I was traveling south, I immediately knew that there was trouble. Traffic came to a complete standstill. Signs were flashing saying that the turnpike (ENTIRE TURNPIKE) was closed south at exit 14. I could not get off. So we sat for three and a half hours in stopped traffic. I began to get really concerned because my cats were in their crates and we had no way out of this disaster!! Finally after three and a half hours, we crept and crept to the exit. We crept onto route 78, we crept onto the Garden State Parkway southbound. We crept southbound to join the turnpike at exit 11. The nightmare was over but we had another three and a half hours to get to my home in Delaware. It turned out that a dump truck caught fire around Linden, New Jersey. It was a bad accident and someone lost their life. The thing that I cannot comprehend is that the infrastructure in the New York area is so poor, it cannot handle situations like this. The whole area was literally paralyzed!!CATCAR

The cats did fine and I was much more stressed than them. We got to our home in Delaware fine. My advice to you is to make sure that your cats have are secure in their carriers when traveling. Make sure there is plenty of ventilation! Could you imagine what would have happen if the car did not have air conditioning?? Cats unlike dogs go into a “sleep” mode and usually will not accept food or water while on the road.

Now it’s time to forget this awful day and enjoy the rest of my summer!

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Your Pet Ingests Poison, What Do You Do?

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

PETSPOISONWhat can you do to be prepared in the event that your dog or cat eats something poisonous? If you fear that your pet has ingested something that is poisonous, call your veternarian or poison control center immediately. It’s a good idea to keep hydrogen peroxide in the house in case your vet advises you to induce vomiting. Don’t administer this or any other pet medication on your own. Wait until you vet tells you how to procede or call the National Animal Poison Center at 1-888-426-4435. They charge $50.00 per case. The Center will do as many follow up calls that are necessary in critical cases. They will also contact your veternarian at your request. The center will also provide any treatment protocols via fax when needed. Don’t wait! If you suspect that your pet may have ingested something that is poisonous, you have no time to lose!

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Car Travel Safety Tips For Your Pet

Sunday, August 2, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

PET CARSummer is in full swing and I’m sure that you’re planning car trips with your pet. Here are some safety tips to remember.

  1. Never let your dog ride in the back of an open truck.
  2. Never leave your dog or cat unattended in a closed vehicle. We’ve discussed this many times. Temperatures could rise to a deadly level very quick!
  3. Stop frequently for potty breaks and exercise. It’s a good idea to give your dog fresh water at this point.
  4. Even though he may love it, don’t let your dog ride with his head out of an open window.
  5. Keep your car well ventilated. I really can’t stand to see cars full of luggage, a pet crate with a pet inside usually cramped, crooked among a bunch of blankets and luggage  riding in 90 degree heat with no air conditioning. I see this many times. Use your head while packing your car.!!!!
  6. Bring extra collars, leashes, water bowls and food for your pet.
  7. You can avoid car sickness by letting your dog ride on an empty stomach but make sure that he has plenty of fresh water.

Have a great car trip with you pet. Make sure that you keep him safe.

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