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Keeping Your Pets Safe During the Eclipse

Monday, August 21, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

dogeclpiseWell, the highly anticipated moment is soon to be here… We’re counting down the hours to first total solar eclipse to cross the country in nearly 100 years. It will start around 1:22pm EST and continue for about 2 hours.

I highly recommend that pets stay indoors as their eyes can be damaged by looking directly at the sun during this total solar eclipse. . It’s better to be safe than sorry. This may sound silly but if your dog must be outdoors during this time, make sure he’s wearing his protective glasses as well.

Have a safe day and enjoy this once in 99 year event!

Remember, your pets count!

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Are Older Dogs the Best For Seniors?

Sunday, August 20, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

senior-and-dogSeniors need and appreciate the company of a dog probably more than any other age group but if a senior citizen wishes to adopt a puppy at age 65 or older, there’s a lot to consider. When the dog reaches fourteen or fifteen, the senior will be 76 or 77 years old. The question is will that senior still be able to care for the dog at that age. Sure many will but a lot could happen in that time to limit the mobility of a senior citizen. This is why an older, shelter dog may be a better choice . If there was ever a time to own a dog, it would be around the time that you hit 70. For an older couple, a dog could make a hugh difference in their lives. The kids are grown and the rooms are empty. Never get a dog for someone without consulting with them first.

Smaller dogs are generally better for senior citizens. They are easier to manage and pick up after. Senior citizens are more into walking and jogging now than ever before for health reasons so having an active companion like a dog seems like a good idea. My first choice would be a mix breed from the local SPCA. They have some of the best dogs and a knowledgeable staff that can help you find what you need and at an affordable price. They screen all of the dogs and let you know the ones that you would be happy with. A few good breeds for seniors are:

The Yorkshire Terrier
Boston Terrier
Miniature Poodle
Pug
Miniature Schnauzer
Shih Tzu
It a great thing to a senior to adopt a dog. There’s much love and affection to be had here.

Remember, your pets count!

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Administering Pet Medication

Saturday, August 19, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

dogpillsMy older cat Molly requires several medications to help control her thyroid and kidney disease. Twice a day I line up Molly’s medications on the counter and become what seems like a mad scientist, mixing the proper doses into her food.

It’s imperative that you distribute the medication as prescribed by your vet. Never over or underdose and make sure that you administer the medication at the prescribed times.  Sometimes, it becomes necessary to change the time that the medication is administered. If this occurs, don’t skip the medication but rather administer it as close to the prescribed time as possible.

Make sure that your pet is taking their medication. Our little friends can be sneaky when it comes to taking their meds. I would place Molly’s thyroid pill into a pill pocket and give it to her. I would see that she was eating the pill pocket so I walked away only later to find the pill pocket gone and her little pink pill lying on the floor.

I had to develop a strategy. So I now give Molly, her pill before I feed her. I encourage her to eat her “greenie”(the tasty pill pocket containing the pill) and stay there to make sure that she swallows it. I tell  her that she’s good girl and then feed her. This seems to be working fine until Molly comes up with another way to trick me!

Monitor the medication carefully and if you notice anything such as lethargy, lack of appetite etc., always consult your vet immediately.

Remember, your pets count!

 

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How To Take Care of A Very Young Kitten

Thursday, August 17, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

babykittenbottleTaking care of a baby kitten is no easy task. It will need to be bottle fed every two to three hours day and night for several weeks. You can find kitten milk replacement in special bottles at your local pet store. Hold the kitten gently and burp him after each feeding. Keep your kitten warm, clean and dry. Experts recommend placing a heating pad under one corner of the nesting box so the kitten can stay warm and can move away if it gets too warm. After each feeding ,gently stimulate the kitten’s bottom to encourage elimination. Kittens cannot do this on their own until they are about four weeks old. You can do this with a sterile cotton ball dipped in warm water. Hold off on any cat treats until your kitten is about eight weeks old.

Remember, your pets count!

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Dogs that lick and chew at their paws.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

dog-licking-pawIf your dog continuously chews, licks or picks at his paws, it may not be something physical. He could have obsessive compulsive disorder. Many times it’s called lick granuloma. This is a  form of self-trauma where the dog continuously licks a small area, most commonly the paw  becomes raw and inflamed. This behavior is related to stress, boredom or compulsiveness.

This excessive licking can cause tissue damage and delay healing. If you notice that your dog is licking or biting his paws, check them to make sure there’s no damage. If you notice that your dog has a minor cut or abrasion on his paw, wash the foot with an antiseptic soap and apply a topical antibiotic cream. If the laceration seems deeper, it can cause limping and you could see that your dog is actually in pain when he walks. Have him examined by a vet. If you dogs paw is just dry, apply vitamin E cream.

Obsessive compulsive disorder may be difficult to diagnose in a dog. I would recommend talking to your vet who may be able to direct you to the proper person to help with the diagnosis.

Remember, your pets count!

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The Important Omega 6 Fatty Acid

Monday, August 14, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

brownpupFatty acids are specific poly unsaturated fats that keep your dog’s coat and skin shiny and healthy. One class, the omega 6 fatty acid are especially important to an animal’s health because they help support the immune system and help regulate the blood flow. Fatty acids are not automatically produced by your dog’s body, so they must be provided in their diet. They’re naturally found in animal fats and vegetable oils and most commercial dog foods contain the proper types and ratios. Some dogs with skin problems and certain health conditions may benefit from fatty acid supplements so ask your vet for a recommendation. He or she may suggest adding sunflower oil to your pets food.

Remember, your pets count!

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Should You Feed a Stray Cat?

Sunday, August 13, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

straycatAs you know, I have two cats that have been with me for many years. Lately there’s a gray cat that is lame in one leg that’s been coming around and sitting on our porch. Being an animal lover, I felt the need to give this poor cat some food. For the past several weeks, I’ve been leaving a bowl of dry food on the porch for him. Sure enough, he comes the same time every day for is daily dinner.

Should we feed stray cats? Here’s my take on this. My answer is yes, of course you should feed a stray if he’s been around your house, porch or yard. Cats have become domesticated  and really can’t fend for themselves too well outside. They need some human intervention.

You’ll usually find strays eating from garbage cans. Once and awhile, they may find and eat a mouse. In general, most stray cats are starving, especially in winter.

Some people won’t feed a stray cat because they feel that they will breed out of control. Wrong! The truth is that cats will breed whether they are fed or not. Millions of cats have been abandoned by their owners. Many of these strays once had comfortable homes and were fed regular meals.

So when my new little friend comes by everyday, I make sure that he has plenty of food and water plus my cat Millie loves him. She waits by the sliders every night  for him to come and have his dinner!

Remember, your pets count!

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How To Feed A Dog With Diabetes

Saturday, August 12, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

cutestpupIf your dog has diabetes, how you feed him could be critical to managing the disease. For dogs taking insulin, food must be given in the same amount and at the same time everyday to keep blood sugar levels constant. The key to maintaining good heath is balancing food and insulin with exercise. Your veterinarian may prescribe a specially formulated dog food, usually with higher fiber and lower fat than regular dog rations. Treats between meals should not be given. Homemade diets are not good for a diabetic dog because they are too variable. Diabetic dogs do best when they are at their ideal weight. Your veterinarian will recommend a diet to keep a dog that is heavy or too thin at his ideal weight.

Remember, your pets count!

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Don’t Start The Car!

Thursday, August 10, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy
Our loved ones are watching and guiding us in this life and the next!

Our loved ones are watching and guiding us in this life and the next!

Our blog usually covers tips and information about how to care for our pets but today, I’m taking a look at ourselves and our pets from a spiritual perspective. I’m a strong believer that our pets and loved ones guide and protect us when they enter the next life. They following is a true story that happened to me several years ago. This occurred prior to moving to Rehoboth Beach, permanently.

My partner and I were spending our usual two week vacation at our home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. One night I suddenly sprung up from a sound sleep. I heard the voice of my father, who had passed away back in 2004. It was as if he was right next to me and it was so real that it caused me quickly wake up and sit up in bed. My father said “don’t start the car.” That was it. I wanted so bad to hear more but that’s all he said to me.

When I was a kid, my father always wanted me to learn about how a car worked. He wanted me there when he worked on his own car. I would sit there and hand him the tools he asked for. How boring! I didn’t want to learn anything about cars, I just wanted them to go when I started the engine. He always said to me, “son, someday when you are stuck on some lonely road, you’ll wish you knew what caused the problem. It would make fixing it a lot easier!”

That morning at breakfast, I mentioned this strange encounter with my partner. We figured that it was just a very real dream but didn’t have any significant meaning.

Later that day, I dropped my partner off in downtown Rehoboth to do some shopping. It was a picture perfect day so I decided to take a drive down the coast. The coastline in southern Delaware is beautiful with sweeping views of the bay on one side and the ocean and natural coastline on the other. As I made my way down the coast enjoying the gorgeous views, , I realized that I needed gas. In Delaware, we pump our own gas as is the case in most other states except of course, New Jersey where I lived at the time. I pulled up to the pump, turned the car off, took the gas cap off and placed the gas pump in the slot. I noticed that it was a snug fit which was odd since usually, I never had to almost force the pump into the slot before. I began to pump the gas when suddenly I saw a sign that said “DIESEL.” Oh no, I just put diesel fuel into my car! I quickly jumped in the car with the intention of taking to a service center. As I went to turn the key, I suddenly thought of the advice that dad gave me in my dream the night before! DON’T START THE CAR! I ran inside and told the women behind the counter. Guess what was the first thing she said to me………………DON’T START THE CAR! Starting the car with diesel fuel in it would destroy the engine costing thousands in repair and probably totaling the car!

It all came together now! Dad was trying to protect me knowing his son was still a “dummy” when it came to cars. He gave me the strong message “DON’T START THE CAR!” before the event actually happened!

I actually felt comforted by this event because even after death, our loved ones and pets still guide and protect us in this complicated, sometimes dangerous world! We just have to clear the “static from our attic” to hear them!

Remember, your pets count!

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Calcium, Vitamin D and Bones

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

calciumtabletsCalcium and vitamin D are essential for building your dogs bones and teeth. These nutrients are especially important for growing puppies and for pregnant and lactating dogs. Dairy products, legumes and bones themselves contain lots of calcium. Most grains and meat contain little. Veterinarians do not like it when owners feed their dog a calcium deficient diet consisting of meat and grain alone. Their dogs may develop Osteoporosis, broken bones, loose teeth and arthritis. Calcium deficiency is rare, thanks to commercial pet foods that are easily prepared and properly balanced. If you suspect a problem, your veterinarian can use X rays to check your dog’s bone density, and detect hairline fractures.

Remember, your pets count!

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