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Hot Sand Can Do Damage to Your Dog’s Paws

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

When you take a walk on the sand in your bare feet, and feel like you’re walking in a frying pan, you’ll do anything to stop the sting. You probably jog into the cool water. Often, dog owners neglect this basic dog care issue, protecting their paws in the summer. There are many times that you may want to take your dog for a walk on the beach but the hot sand can not only cause him pain but can burn and damage his paws. If you’re walking your dog in a rocky area, you should also protect your dogs paws by using a protective boot. Your dogs paws could suffer from cuts and abrasions . The pavement could become very hot.  There are dog boots that are available to use that are invisible. They will protect against bruises, blisters, cracking and abrasions. Take care of your dogs paw during the hot summer months!

Remember, your pets count!

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Toxic Tylenol

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Tylenol is extremely toxic to cats and can kill them quickly even if it’s given in small doses. You should never give your pets any medication without the advice of your vet. Acetaminophen  is the active ingredient in Tylenol. It’s an over the counter fever reducer and pain reliever. Cats lack an enzyme in their body that a metabolizes acetaminophen. Therefore this leads to severe damage to your cats red blood cells, liver and kidneys. Dogs also do not metabolize this drug as well as people and only your vet can recommend the dosage to give a dog. Never do it yourself!  Dogs can die of an overdose as well. The side effects of Tylenol in a cat can range from vomiting and diarrhea to severe anemia and liver failure.  A muddy brown color to your cat or dogs gums can indicate the effect of Tylenol. Poor oxygen-carrying capacity of the red blood cells can cause this. Liver damage can result in jaundice and a yellowish tinge to the mucus membranes of the skin.

Never leave Tylenol in a pets reach. A little precaution is worth a lot.

Remember, your pets count!

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If you’re considering taking your pet to doggie day care, it’s important to ask questions before making a commitment. Intermountain Pet Hospital has put together some questions that you should ask.

7 Questions You Should Ask a Doggy Day Care Center

You’ll want to know that the facility you choose keeps your pup healthy, monitors their guests’ behavior, and interacts with your dog. Of course, as with any situation, there’s no guarantee that even the best case scenario won’t have some drawbacks, such as picking up a bug like kennel cough or a mild GI issue. However, the best places will require vaccinations and proof of updated vet care for all dogs, minimizing your risk and ensuring the worst you’ll come home with is the equivalent of a doggy head cold.

Before you put your dog in daycare, here’s what you should ask.

  1. Are dogs grouped based on size or age? If you have a particularly young, small, or elderly dog, you may be concerned about their safety with more active dogs. On the other hand, you could be the owner who knows your puppy loves everyone and will jump and wrestle with anyone. Ask about how dogs are grouped and make sure to voice your concerns and see how they can accommodate your dog.
  2. How many staff members are there? How many dogs? You’ll want to be sure that your dog isn’t neglected in a facility that doesn’t have enough employees to keep up with demand.
  3. Will my dog be able to play outside as well as have access to indoor shelter? Many owners prefer a facility that lets their furry friend get some fresh air during the day. At the same time, cold temperatures and inclement weather mean that your dog should also have access to warm indoor shelter.
  4. Do you have a temperament test for admittance? Some pet owners want to be sure that every dog admitted to the daycare has basic temperament and training requirements.
  5. What vaccinations do you require? This question can help you eliminate day care centers that don’t require vaccinations, which could put your dog at risk for dangerous illnesses that can be avoided, or at the very least minimized.
  6. What training do staff members complete? The right training and certifications can ensure that daycare employees can de-escalate dog tiffs, keep your dog safe, and even teach your pup valuable lessons.
  7. Can I take a tour? A tour of the dog care center can give you a clear picture of whether it’s a good fit for you or not.

When in doubt, choose a different facility. You want to be sure that your dog is in responsible hands. A trial run can help you decide between top contenders, and it’s worth your time to observe dogs and staff together for a period of time before making your final choice.

Remember, your pets count!

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The First Puppy Walk

Saturday, June 22, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

The time has come when you have to put the dog leash you have hanging in the closet on your little pup.  Your puppy should have gotten used to wearing his collar at this point.  Before attempting to take your pup for a walk, he should be familiar with his leash. The leash should be lightweight. Clip the leash to his collar and let him walk around the house with it.  After your puppy is comfortable dragging the leash around the house, it’s time to pick it up.  Make these training periods are fast and fun for your pup. He must learn that pulling the leash gets him nowhere. If he wants to continue walking, then he must be on your side and on a loose leash. If your puppy sits down while your are walking, don’t yank him forward toward you, gently call him over and reward him when he gets to you. A dog treat would be fine. Start walking again with the puppy at your side. You can train a very young pup to walk on a leash. There should be no pulling by you or the pup. The leash should always be loose and your pup should always be at your side not in the back or front of you.  I think you’re ready to take the little guy for his first walk.

Good luck and remember, your pets count!

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You love to fish and so does your dog. He goes with you on every trip. You’re just getting back to the dock with a good catch of salmon and trout. To reward your dog for being such a good companion, you throw him a fish.  Did you know that you may be killing him with your kindness?  Salmon poisoning disease found primarily in the northern pacific area of the U.S., and the pacific coast of Canada is often fatal for dogs.  The disease is caused when the dog eats raw salmon or trout contaminated with a parasite that contains the infecting organism.  Symptoms usually appear five to seven days later. Look for lack of appetite, fever, vomiting and diarrhea if you suspect that your dog may be infected.  Salmon poisoning disease is curable if caught early and the dog is treated with fluids, antibiotics and anti vomiting medication.  So instead of throwing him a raw fish, buy him a dog toy instead!

Remember, your pets count!

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Pet Rescue –Some Rules to Know About

Thursday, June 20, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

If you would like to adopt a pet, most pet rescue organizations have required to ensure the safety and well being of the pet. This makes sense, they want to make sure that the pet is adopted into a forever home where it thrives. has put together some of the rules and requirements when adopting a pet.

  • If you live in an apartment and work long hours, a rescue will probably balk at giving you a young, active dog but might recommend an older dog or a pair of dogs who won’t mind lazing around all day, provided they have a place to potty.
  • If you live in the city or the suburbs and allow your cats to roam outside, a rescue will probably reject you — it has grown increasingly dangerous to allow cats to live outdoors, and the rescue won’t want to take any chances.
  • If you have infants or toddlers living with you, a rescue will not let you adopt a dog or cat who responds poorly to roughhousing.
  • If you live in a house, the rescue will want to know about the security and height of your fence.
  • If you plan to or have a history of performing “cosmetic” surgery on your animals — cropping ears, docking tails, declawing cats — the rescue will reject you outright, just as they will if you have intact animals (except those who are too old or ill to have surgery). If you want a declawed cat, discuss the decision with the rescue or shelter staff. Be open and honest. There may be an already-declawed cat available for adoption.

Remember, your pets count!

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Senior Cat Care

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

More cats are living longer than their nine lives because of  better veterinary care. These cats may need a little extra assistance as they age.  To make life easier for a senior cat, provide a comfortable cat bed and a warm spot because older cats feel a chill more often.  If your house has multiple levels, keep a litter box on each level.  Arrange furniture in such as way that it will help your cat reach his favorite place above the floor.  Play with your cat often to keep his mind and body active.  Take your senior cat to the vet a little more often to detect any problems before they develop into something serious.  Make sure that your cat drinks plenty of water. To encourage him, use a shallow bowl and fill it often. Or do what I did for my cat Millie, get a filtered water fountain. She loves it and the running water encourages her to drink often.

You will have many good years caring for your senior cat!

Remember, your pets count!

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Dogs with Mucus in Their Stool

Tuesday, June 18, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

If you notice mucus in your dogs stool, don’t panic. Pet MD describes the condition and what you can do about it.

If your dog has mucus in the stool, this is what you can expect to happen next:

Medication: A small amount of mucus in the stool of a dog who is otherwise feeling fine (eating well, happy, active, no diarrhea, etc.) does not require treatment with medications, but a probiotic supplement may help. More severe cases will require medical therapy that varies with the underlying cause.

Diet: Sometimes switching to a highly digestible diet or adding additional fiber to the diet will help dogs with mucus in the stool. Boiled white meat chicken (no skin or bones), white rice, and a teaspoon to a tablespoon (depending on the size of the dog) of canned pumpkin is a good, homemade option that can be safely fed for a few days.

Remember, your pets count!

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Cleaning Doggie’s Ears

Monday, June 17, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Cleaning your dogs ears should only be done if your dog does not have an infection in them. If he does, wait for it to heal before attempting to clean them. Some things you will need is an ear cleaner for dogs. Most pet suppliers will carry herbal ear cleaners if you are more comfortable using this type of product. You’ll also need cotton pads. The circular kind used for removing makeup are the best.  Now, you will need patience. Make sure that you do this at a time when you are not rushing somewhere. If your dog is not used to getting his ears cleaned, I would recommend that you give him an ear massage first. Gently squirt some ear cleaning in his ear before massaging. Now, you must be patient. Some dogs hate this and will run away when you squirt the cleaner in their ears for the first time.   Gently use the pad of your fingertips around the edge of his ear until he relaxes for you. Your dog can now associate touching his ears with a relaxing experience.  As he relaxes, you can go further into the ear. Look at the curves and grooves in the ears to see how dirty his ears are. Just keep your fingers on the areas that you can see.

Take the pad and soak it with the ear cleaning solution. Once the pad is ready, gently slide it in your dogs ear until it stops. Once the pad is in the ear canal, fold the ear down and gently massage the area surrounding the pad. Rub the ear back and forth as best you can. If you do this right, your dog will probably love you for it!

Take the pad out and use it to swab the rest of the ear.

Remember, your pets count!

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The Martingale Collar

Saturday, June 15, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Some dogs such as Greyhounds and Whippets require a Martingale collar because of their thin necks and tapered heads. Regular buckle collars will slip right over their heads. A Martingale collar is a limited slip collar. It has two loops. One large loop which slips over the dog’s head and one smaller loop.  The dog leash is attached to a ring on the smaller loop.  The collar can tighten the amount of the smaller loop. It can partially tighten but it has a limit. This is why it was given the name, limited slip collar.  You can adjust the collar so it slips over your dog’s head. When the collar tightens, the dog cannot slip out of it.  The main advantages of this type of collar is that it fits on the dog’s neck and he can’t slip out of it.  Once the collar is adjusted, you don’t have to loosen or tighten it every time you put in on your dog.

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