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Dangerous Disease Caused by Parasites

Saturday, September 29, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

Leishmaniasis is potentially fatal disease caused by a parasite. Dogs can become infected when bitten by an infected sand fly. Sand flies become infected by biting an already infected animal. Signs of canine leishmaniasis include dry skin, dandruff, hair loss around the eyes and muzzle and skin sores especially on the dogs head and legs. Weight loss can be severe. Canine leishmaniansis was recently discovered in hunting packs of fox hounds in the southeastern United States. In areas with infected sand flies, dogs should wear collars with impregnated insecticide.  They should also stay indoors when sand flies are most active from just before sunset until sun up.

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Everything Has to Be Perfect With Millie

Friday, September 28, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

I always say that cats have their own internal clocks and since cats are habitual creatures, their internal clocks tell them when something will happen. My cat Millie expects certain things at certain times. For instance, at about 6pm each evening, she expects her snacks. If she doesn’t get them, she will sit by her bowl and meow. She loves to be brushed and gets brushed every day after my shower. As soon as I come out of the bathroom, she is sitting by the bed ready to be brushed. She loves to be pet but we have to go back to the bedroom where she jumps on the bed and waits for a little love by her owners. She won’t come to us, we have to go to her place to pet her. When she wants to be pet, she will sit in the hallway and meow and we get up and follow her back to the bedroom. She then jumps on the bed and stretches out.

Millie also expects things to be in their place. Today I am washing the bedding. She is not pleased because the bed is unmade until the wash is completed.  She lets you know that something is “out of place” by walking around the bed and meowing!

I have to admit that we spoiled her and always gave in to her expectations but wouldn’t you? After all they are like little kids.

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Brittle Nails on Dogs Could Signal A Problem

Thursday, September 27, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

When you groom your dog, pause and take a good look at his paws. Check your dogs’ nails and make sure that they’re not too long and that they are healthy.  If his nails are brittle or break frequently for no reason, it’s a good idea to get this checked out by your veterinarian.  The problem could be mange,  a fungal disease that may be  contagious. It could also indicate a nutritional disorder. Some dog breeds such as Rottweilers and Greyhounds are susceptible to an auto immune disease which can cause brittle nails. If left unattended, brittle nails can break and become painful. Take your dog in for a good physical. If necessary, your veterinarian my draw blood or may prescribe some pet medication or supplements.

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Sometimes Adopting A New Pet Isn’t Always a Good Fit

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

We all have good intentions when adopting a new pet. We think that it will be a perfect fit but sometimes you will be surprised to find out that the new pet isn’t wasn’t the best fit after all. So what do you do? Sometimes we have no other choice but to give the pet up. My only concern is that this pet be placed in the best home possible. Here’s some information prepared by Vetstreet.com regarding new pets that really don’t work out as planned

 

After two of Alexandra’s four cats died, she decided to add to her feline family. But it wasn’t as easy as she expected.Her surviving two cats were rather aloof, and she wanted more of a companion. First, she brought home Rufus, a 12-year-old orange tabby. Although Alexandra* liked him right away, he would growl and hiss any time her two other 12-year-old cats came near him. Her veterinarian thought Rufus was afraid the other cats would hurt him if they jumped on him.

She took him back to the rescue, and it found a home for him in a big duplex. “He got to be the only cat, and I think that was very much what he wanted,” Alexandra says. “I’m glad it worked out for him.”

Then she adopted Homer, a little black kitten who’d been sick and was nursed back to health by her vet. “As he started getting better, he got bouncier and bouncier and bouncier and had never been socialized with older cats. He hadn’t learned any cat manners,” she says. With her older cats terrified of Homer and her small apartment in chaos, Alexandra called the rescue, and a foster was found.

“I just had this huge feeling of relief and guilt,” she says. “I wanted to give this cat a home, and I failed him.”

Sorting Out the Options

Like Alexandra, most people have the best intentions when they bring new pets into their homes. But for a number of reasons, the new residents might not be good matches for those homes. If you decide things aren’t going to work out with a pet you intended to adopt, what can you do?

Some surrenders can be avoided if potential adopters understand the amount of work they’re taking on, understand the emotional and financial commitment a pet deserves, and make sure it’s the right time in their own lives to take care of a new pet. Adopters of canines can educate themselves about the dog’s breed so (although breed doesn’t tell you everything about a pet) they have some idea what to expect. Potential adopters should also consider their existing pets. How have they responded to other dogs or cats in the past? Could getting a new pet negatively affect quality of life for current pets? Your veterinarian can probably help with some of these questions, but a bit of soul searching can go a long way when deciding whether getting a new pet is the right move.

Still, even if you do all your homework, there can be unforeseen circumstances.

About 6 percent of adopted dogs are returned to shelters, but that number doesn’t include people who decide to re home animals themselves, says Emily Weiss, vice president of shelter research and development for the ASPCA. Fewer cats are returned than dogs, possibly because it can be easier to find new homes for them.

“People relinquish their pets to shelters for a variety of reasons — someone in the home is allergic, the pet sheds more than expected… One potential reason tends to be that it’s simply not the right match,” Weiss says. “Depending on the facility, the information about a particular pet before he goes home may be pretty limited.”

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A Few Basic Commands Make All The Difference!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

Nothing will make your dog’s life calmer, happier and even safer than learning a few basic commands. You could start with “sit.”  It’s one of the easiest to learn and it’s also lets your dog know that you’re in charge and that he should obey you.  Teaching him to come is a little more of a challenge but it’s worth the effort.  You could imagine that this is important if he slips out of his dog leash and runs into the street.  “Stay” could be equally useful for keeping him out of harms way.  Another command that often comes in handy is “drop it.”  Time and again, you’ll be glad that he knows that one.  By teaching him these commands, you’ll lay the ground work for a happier and safer relationship with your best friend!

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TMJ Jaw Problems in Dogs

Saturday, September 22, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

The TMJ Joint is a hinged jaw that lets your jaw open and close. Problems with it can occur in pets as well as people.  Inflammation, developmental structure and trauma are a few ways that your pet can end up with a TMJ that isn’t functioning properly. As a result, your pet may be unable to eat without pain or in a severe case, may be unable to open his  mouth at all. If you notice that your do is having trouble eating or opening and closing his mouth, see your vet right away.  Problems with TMJ are generally diagnosed by a pet dentist through radiography or CT scans. It’s important to investigate TMJ problems promptly because many get worse over time and can cause discomfort for your pet until they are treated. For more information, talk to your veterinarian.

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A Bacterial Infection Affecting Cats

Friday, September 21, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

Chlamydiosis is a bacterial infection that affects cats. It causes the inside of the eyelid and the white part of the eye to become inflamed. Though it’s often relatively mild at first, affecting only one eye, this disease can progress to both eyes, leading to heavy discharge and such painful swelling that infected cats keeps their eyes half closed. The bacterium that causes Chlanydiosis is spread directly through cat to cat contact. The cats that are most susceptible are kittens and older cats that live in close proximity to lots of other felines. Pet medication such as antibiotics are very effective against this infection and a vaccine may also be useful in minimizing its affects. Left untreated, Chlanydiosis can become a chronic problem.

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Help Your Local Animal Shelter

Thursday, September 20, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

Your local animal shelter could use all of the help and support that it can get.  According to the ASPCA,  there are over 5,000 animal shelters across the country. These shelters play an important roll for millions of animals. The role that they play will help determine whether an animal will live or die. You can help by adopting a pet, volunteering your time or by making a donation. So many pets need you. If you are thinking of adopting a pet, don’t turn you back, visit you local animal shelter now. The result could be one of the most rewarding things that you’ll ever do. Adopting a cat or dog will not only enhance the animals life but it will surely bring lots of love into your home. Get some dog or cat toys and even do some exercise yourself while playing with you new pet!

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The following story is from US Magazine regarding a real hero. A truck driver rescued 64 dogs and cats from the floodwaters of Hurricane Florence.  Some people are truly heroes and here’s a story about one of them!

Tony Alsup is being hailed as a modern-day Noah, saving hordes of animals from floodwaters. Instead of an arc, though, the 51-year-old has a hollowed-out school bus he uses to rescue dozens of pets from hurricanes.

As of Sunday, September 16, the truck driver from Greenback, Tennessee, had already driven 64 cats and dogs away from the path of Hurricane Florence.

“I’m like, look, these are lives too,” Alsup told The Washington Post Opens a New Window. that night. “Animals — especially shelter pets — they always have to take the back seat of the bus. But I’ll give them their own bus. If I have to I’ll pay for all the fuel, or even a boat, to get these dogs out of there.”

Alsup started rescuing pets from deadly storms last year — when he headed to Texas in the face of Hurricane Harvey. But he knew he couldn’t put dogs and cats in the back of his semitrailer. “I thought, well what can I do?” he told The Post. “I’ll just go buy a bus.”

Since then, Alsup has also come to the rescue of pets endangered by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Ahead of Florence’s arrival last week, the trucker stopped at shelters in the South Carolina towns of North Myrtle Beach, Orangeburg and Georgetown. He asked social media followers to alert him to pets in need in other locations. “NO ONE LEFT BEHIND,” he wrote in one Facebook post.

“It’s all true,” Georgetown’s Saint Frances Animal Center wrote on Facebook. “Tony swooped in at 4am Wednesday morning to pick up our ‘leftovers’ — the dogs with blocky heads, the ones with heartworm. The ones no one else will ever take. And he got them to safety. Not the most conventional evacuation, but surely the one with the most heart.”

Alsup drove the dogs and cats to Foley, Alabama, where he and a friend found shelters and foster homes for all 64 animals. As of Sunday night, he was planning to head to Wilmington, North Carolina, hoping to assist another shelter in need.

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Pay Attention If Your Cat Stops Cleaning Himself

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

Cats sometimes look like contortionists when they clean themselves with their tongue, teeth, paws and claws. Grooming takes lots of energy. If you notice that your cat has stopped grooming herself, this could indicate that she is sick or in pain. If she is drooling or eating less, she could have diseased teeth and gums, something stuck in her mouth or even an oral tumor. If your cat is older and has arthritis, this could make all of the twisting and turning with grooming too painful. Overweight cats can also have a hard time grooming those hard to reach spots.  Sometimes they will stop grooming themselves if there’s an emotional problem.  Take her to the vet to determine why you cat has stopped cleaning herself. Your veterinarian will give her a thorough examination and maybe even give her some pet medication if necessary.

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