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My Talkative Siamese

Saturday, August 17, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Our Atlantis

You may not know  that Siamese cats are very talkative. They will meow to interact with humans and that meow will continue until their need is fulfilled. Our cat Atlantis, meows as soon as we come home. He comes over to greet us like a dog would and either whats something to eat or to be pet. The meow continues in various tones for awhile. Siamese cats are more talkative than most other breeds. We love this interaction. It shows that he is happy and enjoys human interaction. We also have another cat Millie who is not Siamese and she doesn’t meow much but when we pet her, she will let out some soft meows as a sign of pleasure.

Enjoy the interaction with your feline friends. Remember cats will only meow to humans because  they know that we are special and can provide for their every need.

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Hurricane Season is Here, Are You Prepared?

Friday, August 16, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

It’s hurricane season and make sure that you remember your pets when making disaster emergency plans!  If you have to evacuate because a hurricane threatens the area in which you live, don’t forget about your cat or dog. Keep his pet carrier in a convenient place in case you have to get out fast.  The instincts of your pet cannot be counted on to survive a disaster.  Pack at least one weeks supply of pet food and always remember your pets leash. Make sure that you have the proper ID tags clearly visible on your pet.  If you must go to a hotel or shelter, ask if it’s OK to bring your pet.  It is very important that you don’t wait until the last minute to evacuate. Rescue officials may not let you take your pet. Keep up to date on all of the weather conditions and evacuate sooner rather than later. If you have no choice but to leave your pet home, make sure that he has a  current ID and a secure collar. Take a picture of your pet with you just in case he gets lost. I cannot emphasize it enough that your pets are a part of your family. Plan ahead and make sure they are included in your disaster plans.

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Pay Attention to Your Cat’s Teeth

Thursday, August 15, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy
It is important to pay attention to your cat’s mouth and symptoms of possible issues.  Wagwalking.com has composed a list of things to watch out for when it comes to your cat’s teeth.
  • Bad breath
  • A lot of saliva
  • Bleeding gums or gums that are red and swollen
  • Receding gums
  • Plaque on his teeth (plaque is white and soft and able to be removed from his tooth)
  • Tartar on his teeth (this is where plaque has become harder and will need to be removed by your veterinarian)
  • A cracked tooth or teeth diminished
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of weight
  • Pawing at his mouth (this may point to pain in his mouth)

If you notice any of these signs and/or your cat loses a tooth, you will want to schedule an examination with your veterinarian. Your veterinarian will conduct a physical examination, paying close attention to your cat’s mouth and teeth. Should there be plaque present, your veterinarian can clean your cat’s teeth to avoid problems in the future. If your veterinarian determines that there is an infection present, he may prescribe an antibiotic. Depending upon the examination, your veterinarian may consider radiography in order to see if any teeth need to be extracted. This may be necessary if the infection has spread so that your cat can avoid developing a generalized infection. Filings may be an option for teeth that have cracked. All dental treatments will be conducted under anesthesia. It is important for your cat to receive treatment as any bacteria involved in dental disease can make its way through his bloodstream and infect his heart, kidneys and liver.

Thanks to Wagwalking.com for providing this valuable information.

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Dog Treats How Many, How Often?

Wednesday, August 14, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

You should give your dog treats every now and then.  Dog treats reinforce that special bond between you and your dog.  They help with training and reinforcing positive behavior. When you select a treat for your dog, consider how many treats that you’ll give him, his age, health, allergies and overall preferences.  Treats should consume no more than 10% of your dog’s diet.  Puppies prefer smaller treats and senior dogs with chewing problems would prefer softer treats.

Treats should not affect your dog’s eating habits. They should be given when the dog does something good or between meals. This will prevent him from  begging for table scraps which could cause him to gain weight.  Table scraps can also cause picky eating habits and contribute to digestive problems.

If you’re using the treat for training purposes, choose a small treat that your dog could consume  quickly.   Natural treats are high in protein and may be a good choice for health purposes. Rawhide is good for the teeth but can cause choking in some cases. Ask your vet which treats would be best for your type of dog.

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A Cat Food Guide For Kidney Disease

Tuesday, August 13, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

If your cat is diagnosed with Kidney disease, a change of diet is usually required. That can be a daunting task since cats can be very fussy eaters. Low phosphorus is key in foods for Kidney disease. Unfortunately, many brands don’t list phosphorus levels. Royal Canaan and Hills are a couple of the main brands that vets prescribe for cats with kidney disease. The problem is many cats don’t like this food. Are there any alternatives? I fed my cat Weruva which does contain lower phosphorus levels.

I always used Tanya’s Comprehensive guide. It’s very detailed and contains lots of information about Feline Kidney disease. Indicated below is an excerpt listing various cat foods and nutritional information.

 

  1. Hi-Tor Neo
  2. Dave’s Pet Food Restricted Diet Protein Phosphorus This food contains alfalfa, presumably because it is thought that alfalfa may support the kidneys. However, alfalfa contains a natural anticoagulant which may increase the risk of bleeding. The Veterinary Support Personnel Network states that alfalfa is toxic to cats. This food also contains parsley and dandelion, which are diuretics and thus not recommended for CKD cats. It is also not clear if this food has increased amounts of essential fatty acids, which are recommended for CKD cats.
  3. Forza10 Renal Active Contains some questionable ingredients such as dandelion (diuretic) and cranberries, neither of which is recommended for CKD cats.

Here are lists of the composition of the various diets available on a dry matter analysis basis (the calories are as fed):

 

US Canned Therapeutic Kidney Foods
  Phos Prot Sod Fat Carbs Cals per oz Obtained
Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets NF Kidney Function Advanced Care 0.39 27.77 0.34 22.00 37.20 30.00 10 Jun-18
Dave’s Pet Food Restricted Diet Protein-Phosphorus Chicken Lickin’ Good For Cats 0.39 29.00 na 27.00 na 30.55 01-Dec-16
Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets NF Kidney Function Early Care 0.43 38.67 0.39 19.10 31.24 29.45 10 Jun 18
Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Renal Support Diet 0.44 34.21 0.49 34.21 22.24 32.33 01-Dec-16
Hill’s Prescription Diet k/d with Tuna 0.45 29.00 0.24 22.10 41.70 30.91 09-Jan-17
CliniCare RF Feline Liquid Diet 0.46 27.94 0.27 29.77 27.57 29.63 15-Oct-15
Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Renal Support E (pâté) 0.46 33.59 0.25 29.59 27.32 29.48 01-Dec-16
Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Renal LP Modified (pâté) 0.47 32.75 0.30 41.83 27.53 35.33 24 -Feb-15
Hill’s Prescription Diet k/d + Mobility Chicken & Vegetable Stew 0.48 29.60 0.24 24.90 37.90 23.45 22 Apr 17
Hill’s Prescription Diet k/d with Chicken 0.49 30.00 0.24 23.00 38.90 32.18 09-Jan-17
Hill’s Prescription Diet k/d Chicken & Vegetable Stew 0.49 30.00 0.23 24.60 38.00 26.90 09-Jan-17
Hill’s Prescription Diet k/d Vegetable & Tuna Stew 0.49 30.00 0.24 24.80 34.76 26.55 09-Jan-17
Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets NF KidneyFunction Advanced Care 0.39 27.77 0.34 22.00 37.20 30.00 10 Jun-18
Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Renal Support T 0.51 31.64 0.51 28.81 30.23 27.33 01-Dec-16
Rayne Clinical Nutrition Adult Health RSS 0.51 53.59 0.74 21.34 20.13 26.57 12-Jan-17
Iams Veterinary Formula Renal Plus¹ 0.58 32.70 0.37 22.96 na na 16-May-14
Hill’s Prescription Diet k/d Early Support Chicken, Vegetable & Rice Stew 0.59 39.10 0.27 24.10 34.50 27.24 03 May 18
Hill’s Prescription Diet g/d Aging Care 0.60 34.60 0.24 20.00 39.10 30.36 09-Jan-17
Hi-Tor Veterinary Select Neo 0.72 36.54 0.43 43.18 na na 24-July-14
Blue Natural Veterinary Diet KM Kidney + Mobility Support 0.77 28.57 0.38 19.78 na na 02-Nov-16
Darwins Intelligent Design Kidney Support Raw² 0.50 48.00 na 38.00 7.00 na 14-Jan-17
¹ Discontinued with effect from 1 January 2017
² Levels are minimums. Unable to provide any DMA figures or numbers I can crunch

 

THERAPEUTIC KIDNEY DIETS: DRY
  Phos Prot Sod Fat Carb Cals per kg Obtained
Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets NF KidneyFunction Advanced Care 0.38 30.42 0.31 18.29 41.77  4085 10-Jun-18
Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets NF Early Stage 0.41 38.91 0.31 15.24 36.38 4041 10 Jun 18
Iams Veterinary Formula Renal Plus¹ 0.42 32.01 0.39 25.48   na na 16-Jun-14
Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Renal Support S 0.44 25.78 0.44 22.60 41.36 4061 1-Dec-16
Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Renal Support A 0.45 24.14 0.37 17.84 46.18 3790 1-Dec-16
Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Renal Support F 0.46 27.13 0.41 17.73 43.41 3811 1-Dec-16
Hill’s Prescription Diet k/d + Mobility 0.51 28.80 0.27 22.10 42.70 4162 22 Apr 17
Hill’s Prescription Diet k/d 0.51 30.10 0.25 23.10 40.50 4329 14-Jan-17
Hill’s Prescription Diet k/d with Ocean Fish 0.52 29.90 0.25 23.30 40.20 4235 14-Jan-17
Forza 10 Renal Active 0.54 30.11 0.16 21.43     na  na 5-Nov-16
Hill’s Prescription Diet k/d Early Support Chicken 0.56 34.00 0.25 21.00 38.40 4203 03 May 18
Hill’s Prescription Diet g/d Early Cardiac-Healthy Aging 0.60 33.30 0.30 19.10 41.00 3916 14-Jan-17
Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Multifunction Renal Support + Hydrolyzed Proteinᵌ 0.70 29.35   na 19.57    na  3958 5-Nov-16
¹ Discontinued with effect from 1 January 2017
The fat level is a minimum

 

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How To Handle a Crushing Lap Dog

Sunday, August 11, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

When your dog was a little puppy, you probably  enjoyed  having him sit on your lap. Your dog is now grown and still jumps up and wants to sit on your lap. Of course, your lap is not the perfect place for an adult dog. You must stop this behavior in its tracks before lap sitting  becomes a regular, life long habit. You probably want to treat your lap like any other piece of furniture where dogs are not allowed.  Hopefully, your puppy is learning the “off” command.  As many times as it takes, firmly say “off” and give your pup a little help getting down.  The floor is perfectly fine for dogs.  When he gets off your lap, and lies on the floor, praise him and give him a dog treat.This will quickly change his mind and he will quickly watch TV with you on the floor instead of on your lap.

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The Best Way to Apply Hairball Medicine

Saturday, August 10, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

We’ve been talking about the new member of my family and his problem with hairballs. Atlantis, our long haired cat has been vomiting up hairballs recently. I administered hairball medicine which is a fish flavored gel. At first I was trying to get him to lick it off of my finger but that didn’t work so I smeared it on his mouth. Well, that went over very badly. Atlantis clearly was very displeased and retreated to a corner. I felt so bad  but I needed to take care of his hairball problem.

The next day I applied the medication to his paw and voila, this solved the problem. He licked it off and didn’t get upset at all. So far, he has not had another hairball. I will administer the medication for another day or two then give it to him once a week for maintenance. I would recommend putting a gel based hairball medicine on your cats paw. This way you’ll stay on his good side!

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When a dog’s prostate becomes enlarged, it becomes a target for cysts and infections. You can tell whether or not your dog has a problem with his prostate. He will strain to urinate or he could have blood in his urine.  If his case is severe, he could become very ill or even collapse. Prostate disease is most common in non neutered dogs.  Even so,  all male dogs should be examined annually for prostate disease especially if the dog is a little older. Your vet will determine whether the prostate is the appropriate size and in the right position and whether it’s irregular or smooth. If your vet finds any abnormalities, pet medication, surgery or neutering may be recommended to correct the problem.

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Some Hairball Remedy Tips to Consider

Thursday, August 8, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Yesterday, my long haired Siamese/Himalayan cat Atlantis had a hairball. Long haired cats are especially prone to hairballs. Owners must pay attention if their cat has many hairballs. Owners must also make sure that frequent hairballs don’t cause an obstruction in your cats digestive system. I gave Atlantis some hairball medicine but I tried to get him to lick it when I smeared it on his mouth. No no! He did not like that at all. In fact he got mad at me and went into a corner to show his anger! I realized that forcing it into his mouth wasn’t the best way to administer the hairball remedy. Here are some tips to control hairballs. Thanks to petcarex.com for providing this information.

Long haired breeds and heavy shedders are most susceptible to troublesome hairballs. If you are looking for hairball treatments and remedies, then take a look at these tips on how to get rid of hairballs, reduce their frequency, and treat symptoms like retching.

Trick #1: Brush!

Brushing you cat daily will not only provide great bonding time, but it will also reduce the amount of fur your cat swallows during self-grooming. There are many brush and comb styles to choose from, and you may also find that your cat enjoys soft plastic brushes more than metal prongs or that one works more efficiently on your cat’s fur texture. If your cat is a heavy shedder or prone to hairballs, consider using a deshedder tool, which can reduce shedding up to 90% by thinning the undercoat.

Extra Tip:

After a brushing session, particularly a static-filled one, run a slightly damp paper towel or cloth over your cat’s fur to pick up any remaining loose hair.

Trick #2: Tabs, Treats, and Pastes

Many products that are marketed as hairball alleviators are mild laxatives that help your cat pass the hair through his or her system. These can be kept in your pet medicine chest as multi-purpose, for treating both hairballs and mild constipation. Laxatives are usually best employed to help clear up an existing hairball problem and not as a long term solution.

Fortunately, there are many everyday ways you can give your cat the minerals, vitamins, and oils that can prevent hairballs by encouraging coat health. Flavored gels that you apply to your cat’s paw—he or she will be immediately compelled to lick it off—are one option. You can also buy flavored treats that contain fiber and mineral oil for hairball prevention. Even chewable tablets are available in enticing meat flavors and can be found in all-natural, petroleum free formulas.

Extra Tip:

The old household remedy of using Vaseline on a paw to prevent hairballs from coming up does work. However, long-term usage of this remedy can result in vitamin deficiencies. You also don’t want to give your cat plain mineral oil, even though it is a common ingredient in other hairball remedies. The unscented oil can easily be accidentally inhaled, which can cause very serious health problems.

Trick #3: Change Cat Food

Many pet food brands have lines specifically designed to help prevent hairball formation. Switching to a hairball-reducing food is one of the lowest maintenance ways to prevent them, but some cats may also need occasional pastes or laxatives. Hairball reducing food formulas employ a two-pronged approach: fiber for digestion and supplements for coat health. The fiber from things like brown rice or beet root will help keep your cat’s digestion active to pass the fur he or she swallows through the system. And the vitamins and oils will help keep your cat’s skin and coat healthy, reducing both shedding and grooming.

Extra Tip:

Try growing indoor pet grass for an all-natural way to control hairballs.

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If you suspect that your dog is pregnant, the best way to find out for sure is to take her to the veterinarian. There are some possible clues that you may look for at home.  For example, you may notice that your dog seeks your attention more often.  Pregnant dogs can also have ravenous appetites.  Finally, you might observe large mammary glands and a clear vaginal discharge that appears about a month into the pregnancy.  These signs may indicate that your dog is pregnant but they are by no means a diagnosis.  If you do suspect that your dog may be expecting, take her in for an exam.  The veterinarian will palpate the uterus or perform an ultrasound to confirm the pregnancy. If she is pregnant, make sure that she’s comfortable and eating a high quality dog food.

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