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Making Sacrifices For Our Pets

Thursday, September 21, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

If our beloved pet is sick or requires special medical care, sometimes we have to make sacrifices and not always think about ourselves. My cat Molly, who is 18 has renal disease and thyroid disease. She requires a special diet and medication given at special times. She also must be fed small amounts of food many times throughout the day. It is vital that she is kept well hydrated all the time.

In order to make sure that Molly is getting everything she needs, I need to be with her almost all the time. She is only used to me and even listens to what I tell her. So over the past year, outside of day trips, I have not travelled. Early next year, my nephew is getting married and we need to go to north Jersey for the wedding. My partner and I have been discussing this because if Molly is still with us and is responding to well to her treatments, we will take her with us along with all of her medications. We have already chosen a pet friendly hotel where we will stay for one night.

We do what we need to do for our beloved pets. This is how I roll, many people would not even consider making any sacrifices for their pets. A pet is like a child and over the years, Molly has given me so much unconditional love so I owe this to her. I just wish there were more people in the world that would feel the way I do about their pets.

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Tips When Buying Pet Insurance

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

Pet medical care can get very expensive. Ask me, I know from what I’m experiencing with my cat Molly. She has regular visits and tests done to monitor her renal and thyroid disease. Her medication is also very expensive. We usually don’t budget for our pet medical care. It’s just a given, we do what we have to do for our beloved pet.

You may consider purchasing pet insurance but you have to be careful and clearly understand what is covered and what’s not covered. Here are some tips when considering pet insurance.

  • Always consider lifetime coverage. According to the Guardian, lifetime coverage is designed to pay for any chronic or recurring condition during the pet’s entire lifetime, compared to other policies which might refuse cover once they reach a certain age, or because of pre-existing medical conditions. Trouble is, it is expensive: for a labrador it can cost four times as much as basic accident-only cover.
  • Always read the small print. Look for the best coverage rather than the best price.
  • Don’t pay for unnecessary coverage. If you’re never going to take your pet abroad, you don’t need European coverage.If you don’t live on your own you won’t need emergency boarding coverage. A couple of these things can lower the cost.

Do your research and compare coverage. Make sure you are getting the proper coverage for what you’re paying for.

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Poisoning, a danger for our pets

Monday, September 18, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

Recently in our community, someone found a dog treat with a tac inside. Remember there are really some sick people out there.

You may wonder why I always emphasize the fact that if you own a cat, its better to keep him indoors. One of the main reasons is that when I was a boy, I had a cat that I loved. My parents did not allow me to keep him indoors so I was forced to let him roam the neighborhood outdoors. He had a small house that my dad built in the back yard. I always wished that I could keep him indoors but the answer was always “no.”

He always came when I called him especially if I put out a fresh bowl of food.. One day, I called and called and my cat never came running like he usually did. As I searched all around, I stopped and peered into my neighbors yard, and there he was lying dead in front of my eyes. He’d been poisoned by the grouchy old next door neighbor. This guy had a garden and didn’t want my cat walking through it so he took it upon himself to solve the problem and poison him. The sight of my poor cat lying there never left me. Some people really hate cats and dogs and in my opinion, these people are sick. Nothing ever happened to the old crotchedy neighbor because my parents did not want to cause any trouble in the neighborhood. My dad just took the cat and buried it.

I always insist, that if you’re a cat lover, please keep you cat indoors and safely away for those screwball neighbors who may do him harm!

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Some Feeding Tips for Your Best Friend

Sunday, September 17, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

When it comes to feeding your dog, the first step is to determine the correct quantity of food to give him in order to maintain a healthy weight. Next, it’s critical that you establish a routine. Offering your pet meals at the same time every day can promote digestive health and regular bowel movements. For dog owners, this can add up to predictable walk times.  Your pet will also feel more secure knowing that meals come at regular intervals and this security can create a stronger bond.  Knowing when your dog will be hungry can also be used to plan a training session.  Part of your pets meal allotment can be offered as rewards instead of dog treats. Dietary changes should be made gradually to help reduce upsets and unpleasant surprises. Remember, your pets count!

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Nailing Down the Adoption Process

Friday, September 15, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

Ok, you’ve made a decision to add a new member to your family, now it’s time to determine a pet that would be the best fit for your family. Here is the adoption process in the state of Delaware but it is very similar everywhere else.

Step 1 – Starts with a visit to your local shelter. The staff at the shelter  can give you all the guidance you need and provide you with an adoption questionnaire. The questionnaire will help them learn more about you so that they can help match you with the perfect pet.

Step 2 –If you find a pet you’d love to adopt, the staff at the shelter will review your adoption application  and make sure the situation is best for the animal and you.

Step 3 – If you’re adopting a dog and have other dogs in your home, you will be asked to do a meet and greet at the shelter before taking the animal home. They’ll need proof of rabies vaccinations for your current pets. The primary caregiver must be at the meet and greet.  Children age 10 and under that live in the home must also meet the pet before adoption.

Step 4 –  Once the adoption has been approved, you pay the adoption fee and take your new friend home for a lifetime of love!

The shelter should take care of everything you need to get started, including:

  • Spaying or neutering
  • Canine DHPP and Bordetella vaccinations and feline DRTC vaccinationsCanine DHPP and Bordetella vaccinations and feline DRTC vaccinations
  • Microchipping
  • Rabies vaccination
  • De-worming
  • Feline leukemia/ FIV test
  • Heartworm testing

***Thanks to the Delaware SPCA for providing some of this information.

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Pet Stress with Home Remodeling

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

Home remodeling can cause stress on both you and your pets. There’s always the mess, work and upheaval.  What an inconvenience! Imagine how our pets feel during this unsettling time.  They don’t know that all of the strangers in the house are actually being paid for this disruption. There are some ways that you could minimize the stress. If the construction is major, see if a friend or kennel can board your pet during the construction period. If not, keep pets confined to an area far away from the noise. Provide a cozy crate along with favorite dog or cat toys, blankets and clothes with your scent. When the workers go away, your pets may come out but keep them away from paints, solvents, nails or anything that could injure them. Try to maintain your normal routines during remodeling. Feed, walk and play with your pet as usual. This will help you both stay calm until the dust clears and the workers are gone! Remember, your pets count!

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add comment    Comments Off on Pet Stress with Home Remodeling reported the following story on how many pets were abandoned during hurricane Irma. It is inconceivable to me that people would just leave their pets behind. Luckily many of these pets were rescued and will be given better homes. If you own a pet and abandoned it, you don’t deserve to get that pet back. That pet deserves a better, more loving home with someone else. Here’s the story published by

As Hurricane Irma bore down on the Florida Keys with 130-miles-per-hour winds Sunday morning, Florida animal control officers were scrambling to rescue dozens of pets that had been abandoned by their owners before the Category 4 hurricane raked up Florida’s west coast. Palm Beach County Animal Care reported animal control had found – and rescued – more than 50 dogs and cats abandoned outside ahead of Hurricane Irma. Given the danger of the approaching hurricane, many have characterized the pet owners’ abandonment as animal cruelty.

In the last 48 hours, Palm Beach Country Animal Care rescued 48 dogs and two cats left to brave the incoming hurricane outside by neglectful owners. According to local news broadcaster NBC 12, the animals were abandoned outside, trapped in yards and crates or tied to trees and cars, by owners who’d appeared to have evacuated ahead of Hurricane Irma. Given Hurricane Irma’s violent winds, heavy rains, and life-threatening storm surge, the animals would have likely had a slim chance of surviving the storm outside.

Palm Beach County Animal Care Director Diane Sauve told local ABC affiliate WFTS, it appeared that the animals had been consciously abandoned outside. “They are left in a yard [or] in a pen they cannot escape from or tethered to trees or poles,” Sauve said, emphasizing how at risk pets abandoned outside during storms as potentially deadly as Hurricane Irma stands to be were. “Even a tiny bit of sand can hurt an animal when it’s traveling through 100-plus mile per hour winds.”


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But pet owners who left their animals in harms way may find there are severe consequences to their decision. While Palm Beach County has a law against leaving a dog unattended while it is chained or tethered, Florida officials have said the crime becomes felony animal cruelty when done under such potentially dangerous conditions. “This is a prime example of animal cruelty,” Florida State Attorney Dave Aronberg told CNN affiliate WPTV. “We will find you, and we will prosecute you.”

Sauve also claimed that local authorities would determine who’d abandoned their pets to the elements. “It’s unconscionable,” she told WPT of owners who left their pets outside ahead of the hurricane. “We will not stand for it here in Palm Beach County.”

I am glad that the local authorities are going to determine who abandoned their pets. Hopefully there will be a hefty price to pay!

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Always walk your dog on his dog leash. In doing so, you re being a kind and considerate neighbor. I know that your neighbors would not appreciate your dog digging holes in their yard, stepping on their newly planted flowers or relieving himself on their front steps.  Not having a dog on a leash poses a threat to everyone. Your dog could  jump on a little child and injured him, he could attack another pet or another pet could attack and injure him. If he is running free, he could be hit by a car, eat grass containing fresh pesticides that could harm or even kill him. There are too may things to mention. Yet, I still see dogs off of their leash. Be a responsible pet owner and be considerate of others. Keep your pet out of danger and always walk him on his dog leash. There is no reason to keep him off his leash unless you are in a dog run area.

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Checking Your Pet Evacuation Checklist

Friday, September 8, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

As the hours get closer for landfall of Hurricane Irma in Florida, stress is building. You have most of today to make the final preparations for yourself and your pet. Dr. Sandra Truli Springer of VMD Truly Holistic Veterinary Services has put together a detailed list and some items you may not have thought of.

Hydrogen peroxide 3%                                                    Pharmacy or medical supply
Turkey baster or needle-less 12 cc syringe                  Supermarket or vet’s
Saline Eye Wash
Artificial tear ointment
Mild grease-cutting detergent (Dawn)
Forceps (tweezers)
Bandages/guaze/Medical tape
Triple antibiotic ointment (Neosporin)

Pet carrier
Collar, leash for dogs
Collapsible Water and Food dishes
3-4 days of canned food (keeps, and can’t get wet and spoil in a flood, etc)

A few weeks of your pet’s medication.

Unlike pharmacy law for people, there is no emergency pharmacy law for pets. If your pet runs out of an essential medicine, especially one which causes withdrawal symptoms if stopped suddenly like high-dose prednisone, phenobarbital, prozac, etc., the pharmacist cannot legally give you a few pills to tide you over. I know this sounds inhumane, but there is a gap in the law which has not been remedied as of this time! Make sure you call your family veterinarian ahead of a storm or other dire prediction. Well ahead, everyone else will call, too!

Thank you Dr. Springer for this valuable information!

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Hurricane Irma with it’s 185 mile an hour winds devastated the Leeward Islands. 90% of all of the structures on the small island of Barbuda were destroyed. The system is now headed toward the Turks and Caico’s and Bahama’s before it strikes Florida and heads up to Georgia or South Carolina. There are millions of people and pets in the destructive hurricanes path. Now is the time to complete your emergency plans.

Please include a plan for your pets. Click on the link below for a detailed plan on how to protect your precious pets now. Read it and make sure that your kit includes all of the  important items.


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