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Look For Signs of Dehydration in You Pets

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

dogcatdrinkWhen cats and dogs are ill, they often stop eating their cat food or dog food and drinking. A reduced fluid intake, especially when it’s accompanied by a fever, vomiting or diarrhea can lead to severe dehydration. If your pet has a fast heart rate, sunken eyes and dry gums, he could be dehydrated. Another sign could be skin that has lost its elasticity. That’s why some veterinarians will pinch the skin on a cats back to check for dehydration. If the skin stays up in a ridge, your pet may need treatment. Long periods of dehydration can lead to kidney failure. If you suspect a problem with your pet, do not hesitate to call your veterinarian. He or she can make an accurate diagnosis and administer fluids if needed. Make sure that there is always water in the cat or dog water bowl. Watch carefully to make sure that your pet is drinking. Remember, they cannot tell you how they feel. Be observant and don’t waste any time getting them to a vet if necessary.

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GASGEEseLast week I wrote about the heinous and cruel act of gassing the wild geese in Edgewater, NJ. Since that time, animal activists have been protesting and doing everything they can to keep these animal alive. I am asking all of my readers today to sign the petition below. Just click on the link. We are doing everything we can to get the corrupt politicians in this overdeveloped, greedy town to stop this cruelty.

SIGN THIS PETITION TO STOP THE GASSING OF THE GEESE IN EDGEWATER,NJ

So as you put on your dogs leash, toss some dog toys around in the park, for give your pets a dog treat or cat treat, think of all of these poor, innocent animals that are being killed senselessly in this very cruel community!!EDGEWATERjpg

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Selecting the Right Cat Toys

Monday, May 30, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

catstoysIf you’re like me, you love your cat and are always looking to keep her occupied with new cat toys. Keeping your cat occupied is important to her health. She’ll get more exercise which will keep her trim and fit. Plenty of cat toys to occupy her time will help prevent bad behavior such as clawing on the furniture. Certain toys could be harmful to your cat. Avoid string, rubber bands, thread, needles and twine. These things are not safe. If any of these things get lodged in her intestines, surgery may be the only thing that will save her. Items like buttons, small pieces of plastic, aluminum foil are also dangerous because they can get stuck in your cats intestines and cause blockages or preforation. Bottle or bottle caps that previously contained cleaners are toxic. Do not let your cat play with them. Cats enjoys stuffed mice, balls fishing poles and other stuffed items. These are safe and encourage your cat to play. One last piece of advice, do not use your hand as a toy. Your cat will get in the habit of scratching and biting it. This will cause aggessive behavior which you don’t want especially if you are having guests over. Cat toys are available everywhere. Choose the right ones. Your cat will love you for it.

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BETAAQUABeta’s are often seen in small bowls in pet stores. Many people think that they can buy these beautiful fish and keep them in a bowl. This is not true. There are several reasons why you should set up an aquarium for your beta. The water needs filtration. You cannot conduct adequate filtration in a fish bowl. Toxins and waste need to be removed from the water in order to keep your beta healthy. A filter set up properly in an aquarium with do this job adequately. Beta’s are tropical fish and require water temperatures between 79 and 82 degrees. A heater placed in an aquarium with keep a stable water temperature . A healthy, well maintained aquarium is the best habitat for Beta’s.

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CATNOTLIKEWe want to feed our pet the healthiest food possible. While shopping for dog food or cat food, the first thing that you should look for is the first ingredient on the bag or can. It should be meat, chicken or fish not grains or byproducts. Most byproducts are considered unfit for human consumption. Why would you want to feed these to our pets? So what are by-products? Don’t get too grossed out but here they are:

Feet
Backs
Livers
Lungs
Heads
Brains
Spleen
Frames
Kidneys
Stomachs
Intestines
Undeveloped eggs
But there are exceptions…
Giblets (livers, hearts, gizzards and necks) as well as other organs can be sold as edible meats or used generically to make hot dogs, bologna and sausage. Think of this when you bite into that hot dog this holiday weekend.

What makes some by-products edible (and others not) isn’t just a matter of what they are but how they’re handled after slaughter. For example, giblets that are not refrigerated immediately after slaughter but stored for up to 24 hours cannot be sold for human consumption.
Yet they can still be legally used for making dog  food or cat food.
Likewise, dead-on-arrival animals or other condemned parts that have been declared inedible and unfit for human consumption can still be used for making pet food.  Thanks to DogFoodAdvisor for providing some of this information.

Read the labels carefully when selecting dog food or cat food. It’s worth it to spend a little more money for quality food for your pet.

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Cats and Birds —Like Oil and Water

Saturday, May 28, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

catbirdroseIf your cat chases songbirds, he probably learned very early in life that birds are appropriate prey. This comes from their mothers. They teach their kittens to stalk and kill prey. Unfortunately, this behavior is probably fixed in your cat for life. You can try putting bells on his collar to scare the birds away but cats tend to be very slow when they stalk so it’s unlikely the bells will make any sound at all. Don’t try to solve the problem by cutting your cats whiskers. Some people think that this will prevent their cat from chasing birds because it makes them misjudge where to bite their prey. Cutting a cat’s whiskers is not good for his well fare. So what’s the safest solution? Keep your cat indoors. If you’re bird lover and have birds as pets, make sure that the birds cage is sturdy, secure and in a place that your cat does not have access to. The bird cage stand should also be very sturdy and cannot be knocked over. Don’t let your bird out of the cage. Keep a good amount of cat toys around the house to divert his attention.

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Take A Hike With Your Dog

Saturday, May 28, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

doghikeHiking with your dog can be a lot of fun but you must make sure that your pet is properly conditioned. Take along your dogs water bowl and plenty of water and know the signs of heat stroke and dehydration. Here are a few additional tips to remember when taking your dog on a hike.

Spend time conditioning your dog. Take him a long walks and get him used to walking and running up and down hills. Do this slowly, eventually your dog will gain the strength required for a long hike.
Avoid hiking in the desert but rather pick forests and springs.
Take along maps and also a compass, know where the closest veterinarian is and it’s also a good idea to take along their phone number.
Take along plenty of water.
Bring along sunscreen for your self and your dog.
Allow time for frequent breaks in the shade.
Remember dogs cannot communicate physical distress like us. Be alert and check your dog frequently. If your dog is seeking shade or frequently plopping down, stop. Stay in the shade awhile and give him plenty of water.
Know the area. Keep your dog away from snakes and other animals which could pose danger to you and your dog.
Review canine first aid cautions and procedures. You could take a Humane Society or hiking safety course before setting out, and have a basic first aid kit with you at all times when hiking with your dog and don’t forget some dog treats and outside dog toys!
Have a great time and enjoy your hike!

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Pets At Work? Yes or No

Friday, May 27, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

dogofficeA researcher at Eastern Kentucky University did a study to see what people thought of pets in the workplace. She surveyed businesses that allowed dogs and cats in the office. She found that people who work with their pets believe that their pets help reduce stress and improve their mental health. Even people who didn’t bring their own pets were extremely positive about having pets in the workplace. They said that it made for a happier and more positive day. Of course kudos to those businesses that allow pets. They are a special breed in themselves and I believe that it says a lot about the company. So bring along dog treats or cat treats and have a great day at work with your pet!

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DOGMEMORIALWell, it’s here. The start of the summer season! Memorial day is one of the busiest weekends of the year. As you load up your car and prepare for the traffic jams or fire up the barbecue grill, lets not forget about the safety of our beloved pets. The ASPCA published a great checklist to follow to ensure your pets safety.

 

As the unofficial start to summer, Memorial Day is a great excuse to get outdoors. But whether you’re partying, barbequing, or just soaking up some rays, it’s important to keep your pet’s safety in mind at all times. To prevent any Memorial Day mishaps, we’ve put together some tips to help protect animals during the “Dog Days” of the season.

Party Smart
Barbequing is one of the best parts of Memorial Day, but remember that the food and drink you serve your guests may be poisonous to pets. Keep alcoholic beverages away from animals, and remind guests not to give them any table scraps or snacks. Raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate, and avocado are all common at barbeques—and they’re all especially toxic to animals. Take along some dog treats or cat treats to keep them satisfied.

Be Cool Near the Pool
Don’t leave pets unsupervised around a pool or lake—not all dogs are expert swimmers! Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats. Also, try to keep your dog from drinking pool water, which contains potentially dangerous chemicals like chlorine.

Skip the Spray
Unless specifically designed for animals, insect repellant and sunscreen can be toxic to pets. Signs of repellent toxicity include drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst, and lethargy. DEET, a common insecticide in products for humans, may cause neurological issues in dogs.

Made in the Shade
Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so if you’re spending time outside, give them plenty of fresh, clean water and make sure they have a shady place to get out of the sun. Don’t forget the dog water bowl while outside. Note that animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.

IDs, Please
Time spent outdoors comes with the added risk of pets escaping. Make sure that your pet is fitted with a microchip or ID tag on is collar with identifying information, or both. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Opt for a Humane Holiday
Everyone loves a Memorial Day barbecue, but for those who eat meat, eggs or dairy, avoiding the worst factory-farmed products can be tricky. For help making the most compassionate choices this holiday (and all year long!), be sure to reference our humane picnic tips.

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The Playful Oriental Cat

Thursday, May 26, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

orientacatThe Oriental is a breed of cat that has special unique characteristics. The Oriental is distantly related to the Siamese but its’ solid color coat does not have the dark points of the Siamese. They come in both short hair and long hair variety. The Oriental has a long, sleek body and is very intelligent. The typical Oriental can still develop intense relationships with humans. People who love their Oriental cats list four main characteristics.

  • active
  • playful – In additional to all the cat accessories like cat food, a cat bed, litter, buy a nice variety of cat toys to keep the active creature occupied!
  • affectionate
  • vocal
    Get out those cat toys because if your Oriental cat wants to play,or  you’ll be the first to hear about it!

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