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Some Causes of Diarrhea in Cats

Friday, July 20, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy
Yesterday, I noticed that my cat Millie’s stool was a little loose, today it was diarrhea. She is eating, drinking and doesn’t appear to be sick but I have to keep a close eye on her. If this doesn’t improve over the next two day, I will take her to the vet for a checkup. WebMD and ASCAP has compiled a list of possible causes of diarrhea in cats.Diarrhea is characterized by frequent loose or liquid bowel movements. It can be caused by something as simple as a change in diet or a more serious illness or infection. Diarrhea may be sudden in onset and short in duration. It can also last for weeks to months or occur off and on. A single bout of diarrhea is generally not a cause for concern in cats-but if it persists for more than a day or two, it can lead to dehydration.

What Causes Diarrhea?

  • Change in diet
  • Dairy or other food intolerance
  • Ingestion of spoiled food
  • Allergic reaction
  • Bacterial or viral infection
  • Internal parasites, such as roundworms, coccidia and Giardia
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Kidney or liver disease
  • Cancer or other tumors of the digestive tract
  • Certain medications
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Colitis

What Are the General Symptoms of Diarrhea?

Loose, frequent stools are the most common symptoms of diarrhea. Other signs include flatulence, the passage of blood in mucus or stool and straining to defecate. Lethargy, dehydration, fever, vomiting, decreased appetite, weight loss and an increased urgency to defecate may also accompany diarrhea.

If your cat’s diarrhea is accompanied by bloody or black stools, he could be experiencing internal bleeding of the stomach or small intestine and should be examined by a vet immediately.

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Kids Can Cause Harm to Pets

Thursday, July 19, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

There was a very heartbreaking story about a dog that was harmed by a child. It was about a dog named Layla who sustained very serious injuries because the owner’s  son’s friend tried  to ride on the dog’s back! The owner questioned whether he should inform his son’s friends parents and hold the boy responsible for his dog’s injuries. The fact of the matter that this owner is totally responsible for this poor dog’s injuries. Dog owners are responsible for supervising their pets when children are present. Some dogs are not fond of children and some children don’t understand that they could injure a dog if they play too rough. Injuries could also occur if the children are playing with the dog’s toys. The dog can get too excited and accidentally  jump on the child causing injuries.  If you have children, never leave them alone with the dog .  Owners are responsible for protecting their pets as well as the children that are in the room with them. Parents must also watch their kids when they are in the presence of someone who has pets. Make your pet the priority when people are visiting!

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Introducing Your Dog to a Sitter or New People

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

Every dog has a different personality. Some dogs will easily adapt to new people and different situations while others are very shy, some dogs can even get aggressive. has put together a set of 11 tips on how to ease into this situation. The key is patience!

  1. Confine Your Dog to a Separate Room Until Everyone Has Settled In
    If you’re having a new person come over to your home, you should keep your dog confined until everyone is settled in and sitting down, says Dr. Jessica Gramlich, a veterinarian.
  2. Let Your Dog Make the First Move
    You should never allow the new person to approach, speak to or touch your dog until your pet makes the first move to signal that this type of contact is acceptable, says Whitney.
  3. Ask the New Person to Offer Treats to Your Dog
    Without making eye contact with your dog, the new person should hold out treats or drop them on the floor nearby. During this process, the new person should stand sideways or in a crouching position.
  4. Do Not Reward Your Dog if He Continues to Show Fear or Shyness
    As Whitney points out, if you reward your dog for continuing to show fear or shyness, you will only delay his progress and increase the likelihood that he will continue to engage in this unwanted behavior.
  5. Be Patient
    If your dog finds the offered treats to be desirable, he will eventually feel confident enough to approach the new person, but it may take a while. You should never rush this process because that may only worsen your dog’s feelings of fear or shyness.

How Should You Introduce Your Dog to Other Dogs?
You can help your dog feel comfortable with meeting other animals by starting out with “positive reinforcement, counter-conditioning and training with a known friendly, calm dog,” says Dr. Gramlich. Here are six tips on how to introduce your dog to a potential canine friend.

  1. Start in a Calm, Neutral Environment
    Make sure that you begin this process in a controlled environment that has little to stimulate or distract your dog.
  2. Use a Familiar, Well-behaved Dog
    According to Whitney and Dr. Gramlich, you should start by introducing your pet to a confident, well-socialized dog, as this will help you learn how to handle these types of introductions.
  3. Go Slowly at First
    When making this initial introduction, make sure that both dogs are properly leashed. Keep your distance from the other dog and his handler at first, and reward your dog for calm behavior. Then, approach the new dog slowly. When the dogs eventually meet up, you can allow them to sniff and circle around each other. Afterward, you should walk away with your dog.
  4. Use Plenty of Positive Reinforcement
    Throughout this introduction process, you should reward your dog when he displays confident behavior, as this will encourage a positive association with meeting new dogs.
  5. Never Use Tight Leashes or Pull the Dogs Apart
    According to Whitney, using tight leashes or pulling dogs apart can cause a negative reaction in your pet.
  6. Repeat the Process As Many Times As Necessary
    Depending on just how shy or fearful your dog is, you may have to repeat this process several times for him to feel truly confident around other dogs. Once he is able to build up this confidence, you both will feel more comfortable and relaxed on your outings.

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When introducing a new pup to his crate, you want to make it a pleasant experience for him. Food is always pleasant to a dog.  Begin to feed him his regular meals near his dog crate.  He will begin to associate a pleasant experience with the crate.  If your dog is going in his crate regularly, then put his food in the back of the crate.  If your dog is still a little reluctant to go into his crate, put the food in the crate only as far as he will go before becoming nervous or anxious.  Each time you feed him, place his food a little further back. This way he will start to feel comfortable with the crate knowing that there is a pleasant experience waiting for him inside.

Once you notice that your dog is not nervous and is standing comfortably eating his food, you could then close the door to the crate.  At the beginning, open the door as soon as he is finished eating then gradually leave the door closed a little longer after each feeding.  If your dog begins to whine or cry, then decrease the time that the door is closed. Do not let him out until he stops whining.  Otherwise, he will learn that the way to get out of his crate is to whine.  After he gets comfortable eating in his crate, you can keep him inside for short periods of time while you’re home. Crate training is a gradual process. Never try to force your dog inside or leave him in his crate and leave before he has gotten used to it. If you do this, your dog will never get used to his crate and will associate it with something that is unpleasant. We will have more on crate training in upcoming blog posts. Patience is the key.

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A Great Way to Keep Your Cat Hydrated

Sunday, July 15, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

Cats are very fussy creatures. Hydration is key in their well being but unfortunately our feline friends sometimes don’t drink enough water. Standing water isn’t that tempting for cats. They will drink from a water bowl but running water entices them much more. Most cats love to sip cool running water and they used to jump into the bathtub as I ran a stream of cool water for them to drink.

My cat Millie now drinks from an automatic water fountain that sits next to her food bowls. Clean, refreshing water flows all the time and she spends lots more time drinking then she would from a traditional water bowl. I still have a water bowl filled with clean water available to her everyday as well. You can never offer enough water to your feline friend.

I would recommend an automatic water fountain to you pet well hydrated all the time!

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Regular dog food does not provide the high level of nutrients that puppy food does. This is the reason why we feed our puppies puppy chow and puppy foods. Puppies have special nutrient needs.  Your puppy should receive puppy food for the first year. If you own a large breed, then I would keep him on puppy food for 18 months.  Most dog food manufacturers offer a special formula for puppies that is higher in protein.  This food also has the necessary fats, vitamins and minerals to meet your puppy’s growing needs.

Feed your puppy three times a day if he is six months or younger. After six months, feed him twice a day. Don’t leave the food out. Feed him at specific times and make sure you are there during the feedings. You want to make sure that he stays on a certain schedule.

It a good idea to have your puppy relax for about one hour after his feedings.  This will help him digest his food. Then take him out for a walk.

Provide dog treats for good behavior but don’t over do it or your dog will expect them all the time.

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Tips on Walking Your Dog At Night

Friday, July 13, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

If you walk your dog at night, you’ve probably realized that there are certain risks involved.  One of the biggest risks is not being visible to oncoming vehicles and not being able to see your dog if you’re in a very dark area without street lights. There are products that light up in the dark, such as lighted collars or blinkers which hook on to your dogs collar to light the way. Here are some additional tips that will help keep you and your dog safe.

  1. Always wear light or bright clothing.
  2. Always carry a flashlight.
  3. Purchase sneakers with reflectors or LED lights on the sides.
  4. Purchase reflective tape and attach it to your clothing and even to your dog’s collar.
  5. If possible, avoid walking along the road. If you have no other choice, walk against the traffic so you’ll see the cars and hopefully they’ll see you and your dog. Keep your dog farthest from the road.
  6. Always keep your dog on a leash and keep him as close as possible to you.

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No matter what our religious beliefs are, a loss of a family member or precious pet triggers lots of emotions. We wonder where they are, are the safe?, are they happy? or even  are anywhere at all? I strongly believe that our pets are in heaven waiting patiently for our arrival. I also believe that God knows how much we miss them and sometimes sends they back to remind us that they’re ok.  The moments are very brief but also very real.

My cat Molly would always jump on the bed from the opposite side climb across my feet and snuggle next to me. I would feel her little paws gently walking over my feet as she came for her nightly snuggle. Last night, I awakened to soft little paws climbing over my feet just like Molly has done for many years. I initially thought that it was our other cat Millie who usually sleeps in the sun room on the other side of the house. Millie never climbs in bed to snuggle but I sprung up anyway. Nothing was there –no Millie. So I went back to sleep only to feel those same paws climbing over my feet once again. I sprung up a second time and once again….nothing.

I was missing Molly in recent days and I believe that God sent her into my room last night to remind me that she is OK and she is happily waiting for my arrival. This is very comforting for individuals who lost a loved one or a pet. The visits are not frequent and they are very unexpected. So if a pet or person who has passed gives you a little sign every now and then, rejoice! They are in a better place and are patiently waiting your arrival.

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What To Do If Your Dog Breaks His Leg

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

Just like humans, dogs are prone to broken bones. Leg fractures are the most common. One thing that you should remember is that dogs have a high pain tolerance. You may notice their leg dangling but see that they aren’t really in pain.  Look to see if  the leg is swollen. Also look for signs of shock such as pale or white gums, rapid breathing or a rapid heartbeat. If you notice any of these signs, get the dog to the vet right away.

Here are some tips in caring for a dogs broken leg:

  • If necessary, restrain the dog.
  • Be soft spoken and approach the dog slowly.
  • If it does not have a leash, place a leash around its neck and attach the leash to a secure object.
  • Pull the dog against the object and try to tie the dog so that it can’t move it’s head.
  • Look closely at the break.  See if there is an open wound, or a bone protruding or if it’s closed meaning that there is no break in the skin.
  • If the limb is grossly misshapen, or the dog is in great pain, hold a towel underneath him and transport him to the animal hospital.
  • If the wound is open, flush with warm water, put a towel under the dog and get him to the hospital. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO PUT A SPLINT ON HIM.
  • If the wound is not open and the leg is not out of shape and the dog does not appear to be in too much pain, use any splint material such as newspapers, cardboard, magazines to immobilize the limb, NOT RESET IT.
  • Attach the splints to the dogs leg and wrap gauze or torn strips of cloth around it.
  • Tape or tie the strips firmly but not too tight as to inhibit circulation.
  • Transport the dog to the vet.

Reassure the dog on the way to the vet and maybe give him a dog treat or two to calm him down.

Remember, your pets count!

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Pets and Unconditional Love

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

My cat Molly was the definition of unconditional love. From the moment I plucked her from under a car  at five weeks old on a damp cold October night to the moment she passed 19 years later I was blessed with her unconditional love through life’s good and bad times. Unconditional love is something that our pets give us and it should be treasured. Humans are only capable of giving unconditional love to their children or pets. Indicated below is the Wikipedia definition of unconditional love and what a blessing that this  truly is!

Unconditional love is known as affection without any limitations, or love without conditions. This term is sometimes associated with other terms such as true altruism or complete love. Each area of expertise has a certain way of describing unconditional love, but most will agree that it is that type of love which has no bounds and is unchanging. It is a concept comparable to true love, a term which is generally used to describe love between lovers. Unconditional love is also used to describe love between family members, comrades in arms and between others in highly committed relationships. An example of this is a parent’s love for their child; no matter a test score, a life changing decision, an argument, or a strong belief, the amount of love that remains between this bond is seen as unchanging and unconditional.

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