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Why Do Cats Love Boxes?

Thursday, October 15, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

CATBOXAnytime I buy something new, I leave the box around the house for a few days. My cats love boxes. They sit in them, play in them and claim them by rubbing their scent on them. Why do cats love boxes so much? There are a few reasons.

  1. They like the security of an enclosed space. A box resembles a cave and may make your cat feel secure knowing they are protected and, theoretically, cannot be attacked from behind.
  2. Boxes are fun! Lots of cats seem especially playful in and around boxes. Cats enjoy jumping in and out of a box, pouncing, stalking and climbing atop boxes.
  3. Boxes are cozy. Try putting a soft blanket in the bottom of your cat’s favorite box. The sides help retain the cat’s body heat making him nice and cozy. Careful though, he may not want you to throw his new bed away!
  4. It’s instinctive.  Cats seem to instinctively prefer smaller, more confined spaces.

So hang onto that box for a few more days and keep your feline friend happy!

Remember, your pets count!

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Pet Anxiety Disorder

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

DOGANXIETYThere are so many ways that pets are just like people. One thing is their health conditions. Generalized anxiety disorder can make our pets shaky and skiddish. They can become stressed for anything from thunderstorms to separation. Their chemistry prepares them for fight or flight even when it’s not necessary. Gary Landsberg, an Ontario based Animal Behaviorist says that pets who didn’t have enough exposure to the best influences when they were younger can have stress problems at an older age. They could have been deprived in some way or even have had nutritional problems when they were young which is the reason for this disorder. If your pet needs help coping, seek the advice of your veterinarian. He will do a complete evaluation and recommend some pet medication that could possible help.

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Pets and Liver Disease

Monday, October 12, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

DOGCA healthy liver is essential for a healthy pet. Your pet’s liver is vital to maintain his metabolism and to get rid of toxins. Veterinarians find one of the most common pet ailments is liver disease and the symptoms can be vague or hard to spot. Most often, liver problems make a pet lethargic and sluggish. Some people say that their cat or dog just isn’t acting like himself. Pets with liver disease will also eat less than usual and his eyes and mouth may develop a yellowish tint. If your pet has any of these symptoms, take him to a veterinarian. Liver disease can occur at any age but there are good treatments and pet medication available. The sooner it’s diagnosed, the better.

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Check Your Dogs Teeth

Sunday, October 11, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

dogteethcheckYour dog is carefree and happy and probably the last thing you think about is that he may have dental problems.Vets say 85 percent of canines over age 4 have some form of gum disease. Other frequent problems include crooked, cracked or loose teeth, an infection or an abscess. You probably won’t even know when your dog has oral discomfort.

All dogs are susceptible to periodontal disease, but contributing factors include the reaction of the dog’s immune system, age, diet and chewing habits. In any dog, the best way to protect your dog is routine dental care — a combination of at-home tooth brushing, good quality chews and periodic dental exams by a professional.Ask your vet which kind of chews is best for your dogs teeth.

If you dog is leaving telltale spots of blood, has brown tartar on her teeth or if her gums look inflamed and sore, check with your vet. A professional tooth cleaning, done early, can remove the tartar and hinder the progression of gum disease.

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How To Clean Your Dogs Ears

Saturday, October 10, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

DOGEARSDogs need to have their ears cleaned just like humans do. Usually a groomer will do this. However, you could do this yourself. Here are some easy instructions. First of all you’ll need:

  • Cotton swabs
  • Pet ear cleaners

1. Use an ear wash that is formulated for cleaning. Here’s something very important to remember. Never use undiluted peroxide on your dogs ears as it will cause burning.

2. Soak a cotton ball thoroughly in the ear wash and squeeze out excess liquid.

3. Place the cotton ball in your dogs ear and gently rub up and down.

4. Allow your dog to shake off excess moisture. This is important in preventing ear infections.

5. Soak the tip of the cotton swab in the ear wash solution and run it along the nooks and crannies of your dog’s ears.

6. Avoid putting the cotton swab down your dog’s ear canal. Leave this for your veterinarian.

7. Never put any other pet medication in your dog’s ears.

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Small Breeds For Small Children

Thursday, October 8, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

CHILDIf you’re looking for a dog and you have a toddler in the house, don’t think that smaller is best. It may seem logical to you at first but small dogs are very fragile and your child could easily injure or even kill a dog by dropping it, stepping on it, shutting the door on it etc.

The very large dog breeds pose another problem. Even though very large dogs are usually very gentle, sturdy and robust, their size could injure your child. A Mastiff could easily knock down your child while trying to say “hello.”

It’s very difficult trying to stop a young child from poking, pulling, prodding and smothering a small puppy with hugs and kisses. Mid size dog breeds that have a very clam, tolerant and confident temperament may be a great choice if you have a small child in the home. Here are some breeds that you should consider.

Beagle
Boston Terrier
Cocker Spaniel
English Bulldog
English Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Wheaton Terrier
Always make sure that you’re in the room with the child and new puppy. Teach your child how to properly play with the puppy with his dog toys. Pay attention and make sure that your child and new puppy are bonding properly.

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Prepare Your Pet For Your New Arrival

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

Idogbabyf your dog or cat has been your only baby for years, and now you’re bringing home a new baby, you’ll have to prepare your pet. A few weeks before the baby arrives, start spending less time with your pet. Allow him to smell the lotions and powder in the baby’s nursery but don’t let him on the crib or blanket. You can also play recorded baby noises. When your baby comes home, first greet your pet empty handed, then sit in a chair with your baby and cover her head with your hand. Let your pet sniff, but not lick. Before you know it, they’ll be best buddies but never leave the two alone together. Remember to give your pet plenty of attention once your baby is home.

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Don’t Take The Hawks For Granted

Monday, October 5, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

HAWKSWOOPDuring the summer as I was casually sitting on my deck reading a book, my cat Mollie was also enjoying a leisurely day lying next to me taking in the sun. She loves to come out with me and lie on the deck. Since she is sixteen and really doesn’t wander, I usually set her come outside with me. One day as I was reading, I saw a hawk swoop down and try to snatch her up. I jumped up, waved my book and made lots of noise. The hawk flew away but this really rattled my nerves. I ushered Molly into the house. Now, I still let Molly outside with me but I’m very conscientious of what’s going on in the sky!

Never leave a small dog or pet alone in the yard as some of those “big birds” are looking for their next meal.

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Pay Attention To Your Cats MEOWS

Saturday, October 3, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

MEOWToday, my cat Millie is walking around meowing and meowing. I already fed her and there is really no reason for this “morning serenade.” Why is she doing this? Cats meow for various reasons. If you have several cats, you should be able to tell the difference between your cats meows. . I can also tell between the difference types of meows. I know when one of my cats are sick just by the way she is meowing. It’s almost like a yowl. I can also tell when a cat is angry. Frequently, before we leave to or from our home in Delaware, my younger cat Millie will hide under the bed. As I attempt to pull her out she lets out a kind of meow/growl. I know she’s not pleased. Today, I think that Millie just wants attention and I’ll give her lot of that.

Pay attention to they way your cat meows. Sometimes, you may have to tend to her quickly.

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petsfloodMuch of the eastern seaboard is under an unprecedented flood threat. In the event of major flooding, it’s important to have a plan to protect your pets. Here are some steps to take to ensure your pets safety.

  1. Make sure pets wear collars and tags with up-to-date identification. Your pet’s ID tag should contain name, telephone number and any urgent medical needs.
  2. Be sure to write your pet’s name, your name and contact information on your pet’s carrier.
  3. Your pet should be microchipped. This makes identification easy if necessary.
  4. Always bring pets indoors at the first sign or warning of a storm or disaster. Strange sounds such as thunder can cause  pets to become disoriented and wander away from home during a crisis.
  5. Keep a pet emergency supply kit, including the following: three-or-more-day supply of food and drinking water; bowls for food and water; current photos and physical description of your pets, including details on markings; medications, vaccination records (especially rabies records) and first aid pet supplies; comfort items such as a toy and blanket; small garbage bags; for dogs – a leash, harness and a sturdy carrier large enough to use as a sleeping area; and for cats – a litter box and litter as well as a sturdy carrier large enough for transport.
  6. Keep a list of pet friendly places, including phone numbers, with your disaster supplies close at hand  in case you need to evacuate. Many hotels or motels and facilities don’t allow pets, make sure you check before making any plans or reservations.

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