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Does Your Dog Scoot?

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

dogscootYou’re in the process of making dinner and your guests are about to arrive. You just gave him his dog food and he brings you his dog leash and lets you know it’s time for a walk. Before you even put on dogs leash, she  comes into the kitchen and goes for a “scoot.” She sits on her behind and drags her rear across the floor. What does this mean? It means that she’s probably itchy. One of two things may be going on. The most common cause of itchy bottoms in dogs is clogged anal glands. When you dog defecates, her anal glands deposit secretions on the stool. These secretions will help other dogs recognize who your dog is, her age and her gender. Sometimes these glands get clogged and need to be treated by a veterinarian. There is another possible reason for bottom scooting. It could be tape worm. If you notice worm segments that look like long grains of rice in your dog’s feces, bring a stool sample to your veterinarian for testing. There is some pet medication that could help. So don’t ignore that scoot.

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Easy Steps to Set Up Your First Bird Cage

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

birdscageSo you’ve decided to get a Parakeet or maybe it’s a Finch or a Cockatoo.  Since you’re new at this, here are some tips to get you started.

  1. Finding a bird cage – Find a place in your home for the  stand and bird  cage. Make sure that the cage is large enough so that your bird is not cramped and make sure that the bars are not too far apart. You don’t want you bird’s head to get stuck between the bars.
  2. Consider how the cage is made – A stainless steel bird cage is your best bet. It will last for years also, birds with very strong beaks won’t be able to mess it up.
  3. Place food and water in the cage – I recommend food and water bowls that hand on the side of the cage. These are made for your bird to perch on. These allow for easy refills and may be more convenient than placing a bowl on the bottom of the cage.
  4. Add a bathing dish – Most birds like to bath. Add a third dish for bathing.
  5. Include accessories for your bird cage. Birds need perches and toys. Birds spend a lot of their time on perches. Place them at different heights within the cage. Get some  toys like your mirrors, ladders, and bells. These keep your bird from becoming bored.
  6. Line the bottom of your cage – Line to bottom of your  bird cage with something like paper towels. This will catch the droppings and make for easier cleanup.
  7. Add the finishing touches – Fill up all of the dishes with bird food and water, hang up the toys and mirror and finally, add the bird.

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