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Does Your Dog Have A Runny Nose?

Sunday, September 13, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

DOGRUNNYNOSEHealthy 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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Five Easy Steps to Take Your Dogs Stool To The Vet

Saturday, September 12, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

DOGSTOOLThere are times when your vet is going to request a sample of your dog or cats stool to the vet. A proper stool sample is important for a correct diagnosis. Here are five easy steps to follow when taking your pets stool to the vet for analysis.

  1. Take a fresh sample to the vet. Don’t scoop poop that has been sitting in the backyard for several days.
  2. Correct storage is important.If your pet has an appointment in the afternoon but only poops in the morning, that’s o.k. You can store it in your fridge, or in cooler weather, store it outside. Do not store it in the freezer or leave it baking in the hot sun, this will make for a bad sample.
  3. You don’t need to take a large stool sample to your vet. A stool about the size of two sugar cubes should be fine.
  4. Make sure that the sample is in  a secure storage container. Your vet should give you a container to use. If not, a pill box,or small plastic container should be fine. Plastic bags are ok but they do have a tendency to leak.
  5. Make sure you’re bringing a true stool sample. This is especially true of you’re taking a sample of your cats stool to be analyzed. A clump of urine can be confused with a stool.

This is an easy and necessary procedure. Make sure that you always follow your vets instructions.

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How To Prevent Puppy Chewing

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

PUPPYTOILETI brought home my new puppy back in 1982 at a time when crates were not used as frequently as they are today. Needless to say, I came home from work and found my plants chewed to shreds, pillows ripped and toilet paper rolled down the steps from the second floor! Puppies seem to want to put everything in their mouths. If this is not taken care of early, this chewing could destroy a lot of your belongings. Your shoes, belts and bags could fall victim to your puppy’s very active little jaws. The problem doesn’t end there. Your puppy could end up swallowing something he shouldn’t and endangering his own health. To avoid inappropriate chewing, direct your puppy’s attention to something that he can play with. Give him plenty of dog chew toys both in and out of his crate. Make sure to keep your own belongings off of the floor. The tendency to chew could also be motivated by stress or boredom. Make sure that your puppy is getting plenty of exercise. If chewing is still a problem, talk to your veterinarian.

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Dogs Love The Beach and Fall Is a Perfect Time

Sunday, September 6, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

dogbeachWe all know that dogs need plenty of exercise. They love to run, jump fetch and even swim. During the summer months, many beaches don’t allow dogs because of the many tourists who crowd our beaches during these months. The 2015 summer  season is now coming to a close and the fall is a perfect time to get your dog to the beach for some fresh air and exercise. Running on the sand is great cardio exercise for both you and your pet. The weather is still great and beaches are empty for the most part. So if you live near the beach, get in the habit of giving your dog some fun and exercise at a nearby beach!

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Changing You Cats Diet Can Be Tricky!

Saturday, September 5, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

kitteneatingThe key to changing your cats diet is to do it gradually. Cats usually don’t like change. If you have to change your cat’s diet for any reason such as a medical condition, you may be in for a tricky situation. When you give her the new food, she may look up at you like she’s saying “are you kidding? Do you think I’ll really eat this?” Whatever food you feed your cat, it must be well balanced. When changing your cat’s diet, you must do it slowly. A sudden change could upset digestion and it could even make your cat sick. If this happens, she will never eat the “new” food. When changing her diet, mix a small amount of the new food in with the old food. Feed the mixture for about two or three days. After this period, start increasing the new food and decreasing the old food. Do this for about 3 weeks until she’s eating all of the new food normally. Now, if she decides not to eat the new food, go back to the mixture again. Cats like their food at room temperature or warmer. Try warming the food a little to stimulate her smell.

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One Beautiful Cat…….The Chausie

Thursday, September 3, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

chausieIf you’ve never heard of a Chausie, don’t worry, many people have not. These beautiful cats are a result of careful breeding between wild “jungle” cats and domestic cats. They were first bred in the 60’s as a safer alternative than to keep jungle cats in the home. It has the looks, grace and style of a jungle cats but the gentle disposition of a domestic cat. Today, the most common breed used to product a Chausie is the Abyssinian because it looks like a jungle cat but is much smaller. Adult males can reach 25 pounds so Chausies require lots of activity and lots of space. Chausies are heavy boned with long, slender legs and a muscular body. They have piercing oval gold or yellow eyes and a triangular shaped face with three round corners. They are loyal to their owners and have a high energy level.They love playing with their cat toys. Some are champion jumpers and they made an ideal companion for young children.

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A Newspaper……..For Your Cat?

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

CATSNEWSIt happens all the time, as soon as I start reading the newspaper, my cat, Mollie will jump up and sit right on top of the section that I’m reading. When I encourage her to move, she gets angry, meows and gives me a swat! I guess she doesn’t like the fact that I’m paying attention to the newspaper and not to her. Unless of course, I’m reading the section that she wanted to read! There’s really no answer to this question. Maybe it just feels good but I think it’s because that she wants to get into the act. Cats also like the way paper sounds. Put a paper bag on the floor and your cat will love going inside of it and making noise. So before you go out and spend lots of money on cat toys, consider a paper bag and don’t forget to let your cat read the “kitty” section of the newspaper or you may just get swatted!

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