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Happy New Year From The Pet Product Guru!

Sunday, December 31, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

As 2017 comes to a close, I would like to wish all of our committed readers a very happy, healthy new year! Our pets are part of our family and I strive to provide helpful stories and tips on how to care for our beloved friends. This year has been a good and not so good year for my cat Molly, as her age and kidney disease advances, caring for her becomes progressively more difficult. I’m so thankful that she is still with us this year and that she is still drinking, eating and taking her medication although I spend much more time coaxing her to eat and take her medication. Part of this is my fault as I tend to spoil her and cater to all of her whims. If she doesn’t eat, I will offer many different things to entice her like, tuna, cheese, fresh turkey etc.  Molly has also had several emergency room visits for excessive vomiting and dehydration. Just this morning I woke up to her gagging and vomiting in the hallway. This really breaks my heart as I feel helpless. She since as bounced back has eaten and is now sitting on my lap as I write this.

I will continue to do my best to keep my little friend around as long as I can and as long as she maintains a decent quality of life.In 2018, I’ll take one day at a time and keep you informed all the way.

So enjoy you new year and continue to love, appreciate and provide the best for your pets in 2018.

Happy New Year!

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Does Your Dog Mount Other Dogs and People Too much?

Saturday, December 30, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

A dog mounting another dog, object or even another person is normal whether they are neutered or not. This behavior could become bothersome if your dog does it very frequently or even worse does it to another person who’s a guest in your home. This is natural behavior for a dog but what can we do to curb this instinct when other people are around.

There are some things you can try to curb this behavior. First, discourage your dog from humping by pushing him off, turning away, sitting down or somehow finding a position that will prevent him from humping. If your dog won’t stop, say “Nope!” and immediately take him to a quiet, safe room for a short time-out. (Make sure that there aren’t any fun toys for him to play with in the time-out area.) Leave your dog alone for one to three minutes. When the time-out is over, let your dog out and behave as if nothing happened. There’s no need to act like you’re angry. If your dog tries to mount again, repeat the sequence above and give your dog another time-out. If you have to give your dog a time-out more than a couple of times, you may start to have trouble catching him to take him to his “time out” after you say”Nope.” He will out smart you and run away! If that’s the case, it will help to clip a lightweight two- to four-foot leash onto your dog’s collar and let him drag it around at home when you’re there to supervise him. Then you can pick up the leash when you need to take your dog to his time-out area. Be sure to remove the leash when you can’t supervise your dog so that it doesn’t accidentally get caught on furniture or get wrapped around your dog’s legs. Hopefully after a period of time this behavior will be curbed at bit.

Thanks to Web MD for providing some of this valuable information.

Remember, your pets count!

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Watch Out! Ankle Attack!

Thursday, December 28, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

If  your cat is pouncing on your ankles as you pass by,  he’s probably trying to act on his instinct to hunt prey.  Try to anticipate this and redirect his frenzy to a cat toy on a stick or even a rolling toy. When your cat goes for your ankles, clap your hands or stomp your foot to cut it short.  Indoor cats need lots of active and interactive play. If you offer him some indoor exercise and play on a daily basis this problem may be cured.  The assault on your ankles usually takes place when your cat is a kitten and stops as soon as he gets older. If your cat launches a serious attack that breaks your skin, take him to the veterinarian. The aggression might be caused by pain, a hormonal change or a nervous system problem.

Remember, your pets count!

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Cat Hair Loss

Wednesday, December 27, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

There are many diseases that can cause a cat to lose it’s hair. Some conditions would be considered normal but some could indicate a serious condition. . If your cat is suffering from hair loss, it could result from anything from an allergic reaction to hyperthyroidism. It’s important to have your cat checked by a vet as soon as possible.  Some conditions require pet medication prescribed by your vet. Here are a few possible causes.

  • Allergic and irritant contact dermatitis – An allergic reaction following exposure to antibiotics applied to the skin; metals such as nickel; materials such as rubber, wool, and plastic; chemicals such as dyes and carpet deodorizers; or inflammation caused by irritating substances such as poison ivy. Generally requires multiple exposures. Symptoms include red skin and small bumps or blisters on the areas of skin that are sparsely haired and directly exposed to the offending substance; itching; hair loss in chronic conditions.
  • Alopecia areata – Thought to be an autoimmune disorder. Symptoms include Patches of hair loss especially on head, neck, and body; no itching.
  • Bacterial infection  – Often occurs as a result of another condition such as a parasitic, allergic, or hormonal condition.
  • Chemotherapy – Loss of hair due to chemotherapy is a concern for cat owners. Cats lose guard hairs so coat becomes soft and fuzzy; may lose whiskers
  • Drug or injection reaction – Rare skin reaction to a drug which is inhaled, given orally, or applied topically; more common with penicillins, sulfonamides, and cephalosporins; usually occurs within 2 weeks of giving the drug.
  • Food Allergies – Allergic reaction to something in the diet. Symptoms include Licking of feet, inflamed ears, itching, redness, and hair loss; sometimes development of infection or hot spots.
  • Hyperthyroidism – Approximately 1/3 of cats with this disease will have skin lesions; caused by excess secretion of thyroid hormone. Symptoms include Hair loss; hair easily pulled out; seborrhea; cats may overgroom and cause ‘hot spots’.
  • Ringworm – Infection with several types of fungus. Symptoms include Hair loss, scaly and crusty areas; some itching.

There are many more conditions. Always check with your vet if your cat has any unexplained hair loss. The information above was provided by Pet Education.Com.

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A Peaceful, Happy Christmas

Tuesday, December 26, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

So thankful that Molly is still with us this holiday!

I hope everyone had a very good Christmas Day and our pets received lots of toys and treats. I was especially thankful this year. My 18 1/2 year old cat Molly was still with us this year as we celebrated Christmas. As you know, she is suffering from advanced kidney disease, thyroid disease and intestinal inflammation. After two emergency visits to the 24 hour animal hospital and numerous consultations with her doctors in 2017, she is now stable, taking her medication and eating well although she needs lots of coaxing at times. The reason is not because she’s not hungry but because she know that “daddy” is home and if she refuses her food, he will place a variety of additional food to entice her to eat. Yes she is very spoiled.

Molly and Millie received some cat nip toys and soft comfy blankets. Jim and I were happy not to travel and stay here where we belong. We had a very relaxing day spending time with neighbors and friends. I got a break from cooking because we enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner buffet at the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel in Rehoboth Beach. When we weren’t visiting neighbors and friends or having Christmas dinner, we were relaxing at home. I comfortably sat next to our tree with the fire place on and Molly sitting contently on my lap. That’s just the way I wanted it to be!

Be thankful for your pets, they are little, loving spirits who provide love, peace and comfort to us all the time!

Remember, your pets count!

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The Huffington Post has published a heartwarming story of the rescue of a senior dog. It is a wonderful story especially around the holidays when there are so many homeless pets stuck in shelters not knowing their fate. Click here and view the video which I’ve posted:

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Before his rescue, this poor dog had been living at a water treatment plant in Los Angeles. He was alone, sick and was surrounded by very dangerous chemicals. Fortunately a man by tbe name of Eldad Hagar, the founder of the animal rescue organization Hope for Paws, learned of the dogs plight from an employee at the facility and quickly rushed to the dog’s aid.

When Hagar and some others got to the scene the dog was frightened and very reluctant to get near any of the rescuers. There was danger that he could fall into one of the pools  that were close by if he decided to run from rescuers. He was eventually rescued and was treated for parasites and an ear infection. The dog was given the name Mufasa. Mufasa, whom a veterinarian estimated is between 8 and 10 years old  is now alive and well and living with a foster family. They are looking for a forever home. Lets hope he finds one soon!

Thanks to the Huffington Post for providing this heartwarming story and video!

Remember, your pets count!

Our online oldies station is playing great holiday music plus great oldies and standards. Edgewater Gold Radio the place to be if you love oldies. Download the free Edgewater Gold Radio app and listen from our website The Edgewater Internet Radio Network!

 

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Happy Holidays From The Pet Product Guru!

Friday, December 22, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

It’s been a pleasure writing about “our little friends” and we intend to keep the information coming to you in 2018. Have a great holiday and make sure that you keep your pets safe during this time. Make sure that they don’t get into any holiday treats that they shouldn’t have. You don’t have to lock them up just make sure that they are supervised closely during the holiday festivities. After all they are also a part of your family.

There are also thousands of unwanted dogs and cats spending their holiday in shelters. They are anxiously waiting to be adopted into a loving household. If it’s in your heart to give one of these little guys a second chance, please do so. It return, they will provide you with many years of unconditional love and affection.

Enjoy your holiday and thank you so much for your support throughout the year.

A great way to spend the holiday is to listen to our online radio station EDGEWATER GOLD RADIO —listen to the 48 hours of Christmas beginning at mid nite Dec.24th and going right through Christmas day. Back to back holiday favorites  from multiple genres, pop, traditional, country and classical! Make Edgewater Gold Radio a part of your holiday! Listen from our website, The Edgewater Radio Network!

 

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Have Pets? Watch Out For Houseplants

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

Your pet may have a passion for houseplants. One of my cats does and loves to nibble on the leaves every now and then.  Some common varieties of house plants can make your pet sick.  A few may even be deadly.  More than 240 types of house plants are considered to be a hazard to pets.  It all depends on what part of the plant that the pet eats. For example, the poisonous part of the Amaryllis is the bulb which can cause nausea, vomiting and even paralysis in pets. Other plants such as Crown of Thorn and Cacti only cause skin reactions. Poinsettias also irritate pets although the effects are not as bad as they are rumored to be. If your pet does ingest something that you think is poisonous, do not try to administer any pet medication but call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-4 ANIHELP charges may apply.

Remember, your pets count!

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Training Your Puppy using Wee Wee Pads

Tuesday, December 19, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

There are several things that you need to remember when training your pup to use a wee wee pad.  First lay the pad in a specific area of a single room.  You should contain them to a certain room. Giving them free run of the house will make it difficult to monitor their behavior. Only use one wee wee pad at a time.  Keep the pads in the same place all the time. If you move them, your pup may  become confused and pee in the spot where the pad was originally.

Place your pup on the wee wee pad at key times throughout the day like right after he eats and drinks or right after he wakes up. Carry him to the pad and place him in the center. Don’t put him right besides the pad or he will pee on the floor. Praise him and give him some treats every time he pees on the pad.

Watch for warning signs that your pup wants to pee like sniffing around the floor and circling while sniffing. Place him in the center of the pad immediately. Again praise him and give him treats after he pees. After awhile he should go to the pad to pee by himself.

Remember, your pets count!

Keep your spirits up today and turn on your holiday station on Delmarva – EDGEWATER GOLD RADIO–lots and lots of holiday music plus the best oldies and standards of your life! Download the free Edgewater GOLD Radio app and listen from our website: The Edgewater Internet Radio Network!

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Pets and Holiday Parties

Sunday, December 17, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

We’re having a holiday Christmas party today, and I need to make sure that my older cat Molly who has kidney and thyroid disease doesn’t get stressed out. She is usually pretty good around strangers but today, there will be more people than she’s used to.  I’ve noticed that she likes to sit by the heat vent in the bathroom off of the master bedroom. I’ve placed a comfortable blanket down next to the vent and she’s been lying on that several times throughout the day. My plan is to make sure she has her food and water back there so that she could go there to get away from the noise. I won’t lock her in the room as this can stress her out more. I’d rather let her decide if she wants to go back there to “chill out.” My younger cat Millie always spends her day in the back bedroom anyway so I’m not really concerned.

Lately Molly likes to eat table food so I have to make sure that she’s not partaking in any of the party food that could make her sick.

If we have a pet, we owe it to them to provide for their safety and security. During the holidays, make sure that your dog or cat is safe.  You may have to make some plans to keep him from being stressed out during a holiday dinner or party. Make sure he doesn’t eat anything that he’s not supposed to and ensure that all of your doors remain closed during the party to prevent him from taking a little stroll around the neighborhood! If your dog must be kept in a separate room or in his crate, don’t hesitate or feel guilty about doing this. You are protecting him. You know your pet and I’m sure that you’ll know what to do!

Have a great holiday party and holiday season!

Remember, your pets count!

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