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If you see a service dog follow you or approach you without his owner do not ignore him! He is coming to you for a reason.

A service dog, while wearing its vest or other markers, is on a mission to ensure his human stays safe. He is trained for any medical needs his human has, including navigation for the blind or various methods of therapy for anxiety. They are also trained to alert someone close by in case of emergency. Being approached by a service dog without their human is the only time it is okay to interact with the dog.

If you’re approached, this means his human is in danger. They may be in a medical emergency such as a seizure or diabetic coma. They may be injured and unable to seek help on their own. To aid the service dog in their attempt to seek help, look around for someone who may be in need. Ask the dog “What is it?” or “Show me!” and try to follow the direction they point. Once you locate the person in need of assistance, administer first aid if you are trained, or call 911.

If you are unable to locate the dog’s human, stay with the dog and contact medical authorities. You will be able to provide information regarding how long the dog has been away from his human and prevent him from running off further and putting himself at risk.

Thanks to gohappypuppy.com for providing much of this valuable information.

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Is Your Cat a Fussy Eater?

Saturday, January 18, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

It always amazes me. Sometimes my cats gobble down their food in a minute or so and other times, they turn their nose to anything I give them. It’s true cats are very fussy eaters and only slight changes can cause them to sniff, turn up their nose and walk away. Cat Behavior Associates .com has put together a comprehensive article about finicky eaters.

No matter what food you bring home from the store your cat just turns her nose up at it and gives you a look that says “is that the best you have to offer?” In reality though, finicky eaters are made and not born. Here are a few tips:

Visit the Veterinarian

If your cat has developed a change in her appetite, the first thing that should be done is to have her examined by the veterinarian to make sure there isn’t an underlying medical cause for the sudden change. If she has stopped eating altogether, a veterinary visit is of the utmost importance because if a cat goes more than a couple of days without eating she is at risk for developing hepatic lipidosis. This is a condition where fatty deposits accumulate in the liver and it’s a very serious problem .

Have You Changed Your Cat’s Food?

One of the most common reasons a cat develops finicky eating syndrome has to do with the cat parent making sudden changes in the food. While variety is very helpful in avoiding fixed food preferences, abrupt changes can be upsetting to the digestive system. It’s good to introduce different brands/flavors and rotate them but make sure you do a gradual transition each time you introduce an unfamiliar food. Gradually add a little of the new food into the current brand over the course of a few days. Once that food becomes familiar you can then include that in your meal rotation.

Feeding Your Cat Table Scraps

Another reason finicky eating can occur is due to the feeding of table scraps. Why in the world would a cat want to eat her bowl of boring cat food or dry kibble after sampling some fried chicken, grilled salmon or even a nibble of filet mignon? Supplementing your cat’s diet with rich foods with high taste appeal is a sure way to get her to turn her cute little nose up at her regular meal offering. What often happens at that point is the cat parent starts incorporating some table scraps into the cat’s regular food in an attempt to get her to eat. This upsets the nutritional balance. And, because your cat is very smart, she quickly learns to simply eat around the cat food to get at the tasty table scraps.

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Can Pets Suffer From Hypertension?

Thursday, January 16, 2020
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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Two Dog Breeds With Special Health Issues

Monday, January 13, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Every breed will face some health issues as they age.  If you are thinking of adopting a dog, you should look into some of the health issues that are associated with certain breeds.  A few of the breeds with health challenges are:

Shar-Pei – This wrinkle faced dog along with others of this type such as the English Bulldog are prone to skin infections. Their skin must be cleaned and checked regularly to prevent any problems. Various pet medications prescribed by your veterinarian could help cure these infections but prevention is always best.

Rhodesian Ridgeback  – This breed has a ridge of hair along the spine that grows backward. It looks beautiful but unfortunately, it frequently caused spine and back problems for the dog.

Inbreeding by puppy mills and irresponsible backyard breeders have created a whole new set of problems for otherwise healthy dog breeds. A couple of very popular breeds that now face health problems are the Labrador Retriever and German Shepherds. They are more prone to hip Dysplasia than lots of other breeds.

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Hyperthyroidism has to be Monitored

Sunday, January 12, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

I mentioned in earlier posts that my cat Atlantis was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. This mean that the thyroid is overactive and speeds up everything in the body. It affects all organs and can cause death if not caught and controlled. Atlantis is on Methimazole the drug used to control hyperthyroidsim. He is doing very well. He’s gaining weight, eating well and those digestive problems seem to be subsiding. He’s now a very happy boy. We can’t stop here, Atlantis needs to go back to the Vet in early February to check is thyroid levels. Many times, the medication has to be adjusted because hypothyroidism may occur. This means that the thyroid becomes under active. It’s like a gauge that needs to be adjusted.

Atlantis’s thyroid needs to be monitored every now and then throughout his life. Owners need to be very aware of any changes with may be an indicator that hyperthyroidism has returned. This disease never goes away, it just goes into remission. I’m speaking from experience. In 2005, I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, it was controlled with Methimazole. I was later taken off the drug and it appeared that the disease had gone into remission. I was symptom free for about four years but some symptoms returned such as fast heart rate and high blood pressure. I was put back on Methimazole. I’m now in remission but I have my Thyroid checked every time I get blood work.

Hyperthyroidism is controllable but symptoms should never be ignored.

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Tooth Resorption Disease

Saturday, January 11, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Tooth resorption is a dental condition in which an animal develops a lesion around the root of a tooth. It can appear to be a tooth fracture, or be hidden beneath the gum line. Tooth resorption occurs commonly in cats, about one in two cats have it. Feline dentists check for the condition routinely. Dogs can acquire the problem as well, but rarely do. If you notice a change in your pets eating habits and increased salivation, consider taking your pet to the veterinarian. He or she will take x rays to determine the affected teeth and stage of disease. Treatment may involve tooth extraction. To find out more, talk to your veterinarian or a veterinary dental specialist.

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Pet 24/7 Emergency Care is Extremely Important!

Friday, January 10, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

I’ve lived in north Jersey for most of my life and have had different pets throughout the years.  One thing that was very important to me was finding a good vet. I did that but one time, my cat Molly had difficulty walking. It was a Sunday and my Vet’s office was closed. I found an animal hospital open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week even on holiday’s. They accepted all animal emergencies. I rushed Molly there and thankfully it was nothing serious and she made a full recovery.

I now live in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  We moved here full time about 4 years ago and Molly had some serious medical issues like hyperthyroidism and kidney disease. I found an animal hospital that offers 24 hour emergency services seven days a week including holidays. The most recent member of our feline family is Atlantis. Just last week he was vomiting , not eating and had diarrhea. It was New Years Day and luckily I was able to utilize the emergency services of our animal hospital. I took him, they did blood work and discovered that he has hyperthyroidism. He was given medication and his home now doing just fine.

If you’re a new pet owner, I strongly suggest that you find a good vet and locate an animal hospital who accepts all pets at any time 24/7. You won’t regret it. This is extremely important if you have pets.

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Grooming a Short Haired Dog

Thursday, January 9, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Long haired dogs can be very high maintenance when it comes to grooming. If you have a short haired dog, it will need much less time and attention but to keep his skin and hair in good condition, you should groom him at least once a week. Start with a rubber brush to get dead skin , loosened hair and dirt off.  Then brush against the hair to look for fleas and ticks.  Follow up with a natural bristle brush to distribute his natural oils throughout his coat.  Then use a shammy cloth to shine him up. Now you’re done!  Now you may want to take a minute to check his ears, look inside his mouth, rub his paws and look for anything that seems unusual. When you check him out, he’ll feel like he’s getting a mini massage.

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Many middle ages and senior dogs, especially those that are overweight develop benign tumors under their skin. These growths are usually located on the belly or the upper legs and are generally harmless. If you notice a lump on your dog, have your veterinarian check it out. If it is a benign tumor and the dogs movement is not compromised, no treatment is necessary but it is still a good idea to keep an eye on the fatty deposit to make sure that it doesn’t grow. Your veterinarian can biopsy the growth every now and then to check for any cancerous changes. If your dog has one of these growths (lypoma), there is a chance that he will develop more. This doesn’t mean that you should dismiss any new growths or bumps. Have them checked out.  Ask your vet to give each one a proper exam. Usually no pet medication is prescribed and nothing else has to be done.

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Hyperthyroidism is a disease that affects all organs in the body one way or another. In cats, this disease comes on slowly and owners may not realize it right away. My cat Molly, exhibited vomiting,  constant hunger, weight loss and seizures. My current pet Atlantis only exhibited some weight loss, vomiting and diarrhea. Since we adopted him in July of last year, we really weren’t aware of any unusual symptoms right away. Now after being diagnosed and learning about all of the symptoms, we understand that Atlantis did exhibit some symptoms that we were unaware of. He has a big appetite and  always seems to want to eat. This is a symptom. He also made a howling sound in the night. We thought he was just lonely but I learned that cats with hyperthyroidism make strange sounds in the night. Since he’s on his medication, there have been no move “night howls.”

Animalwised.com has put together all of the symptoms to look for in Hyperthyroidism. Keep in mind that your cat probably will not exhibit all of these symptoms.

One of the most common red flags is that the cat’s food intake increases, but they do not appear to put on weight. In fact, they can often lose weight while still eating more than their normal amount of daily food. When the problem becomes alarming, you may observe the following symptoms of hyperthyroidism in cats:

  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Depression
  • Hyperactivity
  • Nervous or strange behavior
  • Frequent vomiting
  • Inability to jump
  • Loss of strength
  • Neglected and knotted coat
  • Arrhythmia
  • Dyspnoea (labored breathing)
  • Disorientation
  • Aggressiveness
  • Unusual nocturnal vocalizations

These symptoms do not appear suddenly or appear all together. Instead, rather they develop progressively. If we neglect our cat’s care, it is possible to overlook these symptoms. When the thyroid increases hormone production it can affect other organs in the body. Kidney function is particularly affected and, if not managed properly, can lead to fatal kidney failure.

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