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Indoor Cat, Fleas?? How Can This Happen?

Saturday, June 16, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

It’s not uncommon for indoor cats to become infested with fleas. How does this happen? Flea pupae or cocoons  are able to do something called “over-wintering.” This means that the can go dormant and survive  in the cracks in your floor or in your carpet for long periods of  time. When the conditions are right, they’ll come out.  They are stimulated by heat and vibration. You can actually carry the fleas into your home. You can pick up fleas where other animals have been such as your yard sidewalk or in the park.  Stray cats that roam through your  yard can carry fleas. Adult fleas like to stick to clothing and travel into your home with you. Other pets brought into your home by family or friends could also be another way for fleas to get into your home.

When treating  a house for fleas, it’s recommended that you wash all the bedding, vacuum all carpets and consider throwing away cat bedding that may be infested. You can treat areas that are infested with a spray available from your vet or you can call a professionallExterminator. Make sure that you follow the Exterminators recommendations about where to keep your cat during the extermination period.

Remember, your pets count!

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Miracles Can Happen

Friday, June 15, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

Sometimes miracles do happen. This is a heartwarming story about a dog that went missing for two and a half years being returned to the original owners.

This story is out of Conecticut from WFSB News

EAST HAVEN, CT (WFSB) –

A lost dog has reunited with his family after two-and-a-half years.

For this family in East Haven, Pepper the dog is more than just a pet. He represents a piece of someone who can’t be replaced.

After two-and-a-half years, Marie Matta-Isona thought she’d never see Pepper, the family’s black and white Papillon ever again.

“We went everywhere looking for him, we thought the worst,” Matta-Isona said.

Pepper ran off on busy Route 80 back in October of 2015.

Animal control officers say a woman stopped in on Wednesday with Pepper, and signed the dog over saying she found it a year and half ago near the New Haven town line, but could no longer take care of it.

“I asked her why she didn’t come into the shelter a year and a half ago and she said I didn’t think anybody owned the dog because there were no collars, no tags on the dog,” said East Haven Animal Control Officer Sean Godejohn.

On Wednesday, the animal shelter took to Facebook. Volunteers started networking, and this all came together rather quickly, finding the old lost dog flier and eventually figuring out who pepper belonged to.

“I said oh my god, I think that’s him and I said you have no idea what’s going on. I said my brother passed away last year in the airplane accident at Tweed and just finding his dog, is like having a little piece of my brother back. That’s how I feel,” Matta-Isona said.

Pepper’s original owner is Marie’s brother, Pablo Campos Isona.

She said he first took Pepper in when he was working in Puerto Rico, and then brought him with him when he moved to Connecticut.

Tragically, Pablo, whose dream it was to become a pilot, was killed when the single engine plane he was flying last February crashed.

“It’s like having a piece of my brother back. I feel like he looked until we found him, and brought him back home,” Matta-Isona said.

Remember, your pets count!

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The Importance of Fatty Acids for Your Dog

Thursday, June 14, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

Fatty 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.

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Confusing Dog Play with Aggression

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

It’s great to see your dog romping around in a dog park and interacting with other dogs but some of that interaction could signal aggression. We humans miss some of the signs that indicate aggression rather than play. Play can look aggressive, but it’s generally enjoyable to both dogs if you see these signs:

  • Front legs outstretched and hind quarter up
  • A bark or high pitched growl
  • An equal balance of being on top and being on bottom
  • Mouth open when biting
  • For most breeds, hackles aren’t up.
  • The dogs will start and stop again.
  • There’s more side to side than forward movement.
  • Bodies are relaxed and loose.

Growling, snapping and biting are common during play but the following signs can indicate aggression.

These behaviors can be a warning sign of trouble:

  • Staring at the other dog
  • One dog standing with his head and neck over the other dog’s neck or shoulders in a “t” position
  • Walking around the other dog with
    • Legs stiff
    • Neck arched
    • Tail held high

Keep a close eye on your dog while at the dog park. There may be some times when play turns to aggression.

Thanks to yourdogsfriend.org for providing some of the information for this article.

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Food Snatching

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

Do you have several pets? Do they ever try to eat each others food?  If so, it’s not a good idea to let the dog eat the cats food or the cat eat the dogs food.  A little dog food every now and then probable won’t hurt your cat but a steady diet of dog food can make a cat ill.  Cats are  strickly meat eaters so they need more protein that’s not found in dog’s kibble. Cats also need specific B complex vitamins and amino acids that aren’t found in dog food. On the other hand, a dog’s occasional nibble out of a cat’s bowl probably won’t hurt him but cat foods are high in calories.  A dog that eats lots of cat food could become obese.  Obesity is a serious health risk for your dog.  If your pets try to snatch food from one another, keep them separate when they eat. It’s a good idea to keep your dog’s water bowl and food bowl in a separate room.

Remember, your pets count!

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Do Pets Get Hypertension?

Sunday, June 10, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

Did you ever think that only humans can get high blood pressure?  Cats and dogs can also suffer from hypertension.  Most of the time, they will never show any obvious signs of the disease.  The ability to recognize and to treat hypertension in dogs and cats is a relatively recent development in veterinary medicine.  Treatment for a pet with high blood pressure may include a low salt diet and pet medication to lower their blood pressure.  It has been found that in pets, hypertension is almost always secondary to some other disorder which may include diabetes, kidney disease or thyroid disease.  The chance of treating the hypertension really increases if you are able to discover and eradicate the underlying disease.

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Keeping Your Pets Safe From Predators

Saturday, June 9, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

The following article was published by Keeppetsafe.com. It provides very useful information on how to protect your pets from predators especially if you live in a suburban or rural area.  The Summer season is upon us which means more pets go outside as predators roam the area looking for their prey. Make sure their prey isn’t your pet.

For people living in rural and even some suburban areas, foxes, coyotes, bears and wolves are a genuine concern. If you’re not careful, your dog, cat or other pet could fall victim to an attack by one or more of these wild animals, many of which are less wary of being around humans and populated areas than in the past. While they may simply be curious or searching for any leftovers that might be lying behind, that might not necessarily be the case.

With this in mind, it’s a good idea to prepare for the worst by considering certain measures:

  1. Keep them indoors. The best way to protect your little ones from predatory attacks is to avoid leaving them outside. However, this is not ideal for everyone. For some, the answer is to install a “pet door,” which allows their dog, cat or other member of the family to go out or come in whenever they like. Bear in mind, though, that they will still be exposed to threats during those times when they are outside. And while the risk is small, a pet door might also be a way for animals such as foxes or coyotes to gain access to your home.
  2. Protect yourself. Experience suggests that coyotes and other smaller predators will not engage with a dog when a human is present. In contrast, most encounters with larger animals, such as a bears, tend to occur when owners are out and about with their pets. If you are hiking or simply walking around in a neighborhood or locale where potentially aggressive animals have been known to be present, you’ll want to take some precautions, including the following:
    • Carry bear mace, an air horn and/or a firearm. Sine there is no one-size-fits-all method of defense, you’ll probably want to speak with local wildlife experts or engage in research online to determine what strategy is the most appropriate for the area you live in. Regardless, if you live in “bear country,” you should certainly keep up-to-date with current recommendations, like those found here, for keeping you and your pet safe in the event of an encounter.
    • Keep your pet leashed. Some people believe it is a good idea to allow their dogs to run free while they are moving around in bear country. Canines, even small ones, will often succeed in chasing these predators away from their owners. Sometimes, however, when they are running around out of sight, they can startle a mother who is looking after her cubs, causing her to chase the dog right back to its owners! Under the circumstances, you’ll want to keep your little one close by, whether unleashed or not.
  3. Make your property safe and secure. It goes without saying that a properly fenced-in yard can help keep many pesky predators away. But a tall wooden or chain-link fence is not an infallible solution; some animals might be able to climb over it or dig under it if they try hard enough. Regardless, it’s not just the threat of predators entering your property that you should be concerned about about. Cats are notorious for scaling virtually any barrier, leaving them exposed to a potential attack beyond your borders.

Among the other steps you can take to bolster your defenses against natural predators in the wild are:

  • Keep food and rubbish indoors. Bears and other animals are naturally drawn to the scent of food, no matter what shape it is in. To minimize the risk that you will be visited by an unwelcome guest, avoid leaving garbage cans in your backyard or out in the open, and don’t feed your pets while they are outdoors. Keep in mind as well that even bird feeders can serve as the wrong sort of invitation. Because they appeal to songbirds, they may also attract avian predators such as hawks and owls.
  • Install motion-activated outdoor lighting. Bright lights can help keep potential intruders – whether animals or people – away from your property and your pets. They can also alert you about whether you need to take immediate action to protect those you care about from threats to their safety and security. Although wild animals may represent the biggest threat, this kind of safety feature can also help reduce the risk of your dog, cat or other pet being stolen, an issue we discussed in “4 Ways to Protect Your Pet from Thieves.”
  • Keep kennels, “catios,” and outdoor runs protected. If you house dogs in an outdoor enclosure, ensure that the area is sufficiently fortified and padlocked. After you feed them, remove bowls and leftovers as soon as possible, giving bears and other potential predators fewer reasons to drop by. Otherwise, if you keep your your cat, rabbit or other small pet in a “cat patio,” or “catio,” so they can enjoy the fresh air and sunshine in a more secure setting, make it is enclosed in wire to prevent owls, hawks and coyotes from breaking and entering.

Even if you are extra careful, it would be difficult to protect your pet against every kind of predator. However, through greater awareness of the things you could be doing differently or better, you will go some way toward reducing the odds that something bad will happen. Knowing that your little one is less at risk should also make your life as a pet parent that much less stressful.

Remember, your pets count and thanks to keeppetsafe.com for providing this very useful information!

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Your New Kitty’s Bedroom

Thursday, June 7, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

If you just got a new kitten, you probably know that cats are nocturnal animals. Their night time antics can keep you up at night. In the interest of your own sanity as well as your kittens health and safety, set the ground rules early on.  If you allow your kitten to sleep in your bed overnight, you may be setting a precedent that you may later regret. Make his own cat bed instead.  Place it somewhere quiet, warm and cozy. If kitty continues to climb out of his bed and into yours, you may want to keep him in a separate room at night.It may not be easy at first. You hear meowing and scratching but eventually your new kitty should get used to it. Another idea is an enclosed cage with a cozy bed. Place it next to your bed so kitty doesn’t feel alone.  Remember, your pets count!

Remember, your pets count!

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Therapy Cats Deserve Special Recognition

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

Many different kinds of animals are used as partners in animal assisted therapy. These can range from birds to rabbits to lamas and horses.  Of course dogs and cats are at the top of the list.  Interacting with pets has a wonderful, calming affect on people that are ill or injured. This can help them feel better both physically and emotionally. Therapy cats can be any size and breed. All that’s required is a calm, gentle personality and interest in people. To prepare to work with a therapist, each cat must go through a training program. It’s taught to sit quietly, tolerate frequent handling by strangers and stay calm in the face of sudden loud noises and distractions.  These cats deserve special recognition for their wonderful abilities to help people that are ill.  Give them an extra cat toy or snack for all of their hard work!

Remember, your pets count!

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Cat on Cat Aggression

Monday, June 4, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

The leading cause of feline behavior problems is other cats at home. Cat on cat aggression is not a pretty thing and neither is territorial spraying.  Cats are a non social species. Put cats together and you’ll see what experts call a domestic hierarchy develop.  It’s not exactly an alpha dog thing but  younger, submissive cats do need to find their place in the hierarchy.  Cats like to divide up the home territory.  So be sure to keep that in mind.  if your cats are all spayed and neutered, it will simplify things.  Try feline appeasement which comes in diffusers like a nightlight. It’s not a cure all but it could help in a multi-cat household.

Remember, your pets count!

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