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Giving Pepcid to Your Cat

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Pepcid AC is a supplement used to cure several stomach related problems. Many pet owners have used Pepcid AC for their cats, giving them Pepcid AC for cases like vomiting and preventing ulcers in their stomachs and intestines. Pepcid is often referred to as Famotidine, which is its technical name. Famotidine is in the group of drugs known as histamine-2 blockers. It works by reducing the amount of stomach acid the stomach produces. This can prevent cats from vomiting, which is a common complaint of cat owners.

I give Atlantis 1/4 tablet of Pepcid everyday to help with stomach acid and vomiting. Since he has kidney and thyroid disease, Pepcid helps ease his stomach issues. Always check with your vet before administering any medication to your pet.

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Feeding a Newly Adopted Puppy

Monday, February 10, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

If you’ve just adopted a new puppy, you must feed him carefully to ensure his proper development and growth. I’ve put together some guidelines for you to follow:

  • When you purchase puppy food, the package should mention both AAFCO ( The Association of American Feeding Control Officials) and Animal feeding trials or tests. This should appear on the package or label. Most high-quality commercial dog foods provide the recommended amounts of nutrients.
  • Soften the food for your pup by adding warm water or a commercially prepared milk replacement.
  • Feed the pup three to four times a day until he is 5 to 6 months of age.
  • Consult with your Vet to find out the correct amount to feed your pup at each feeding. Sometimes the package will provide guidelines based on your puppy’ size but I would still check with your Vet.
  • Avoid overfeeding.
  • If your pup is a large breed, use dog food specifically designed for this type of dog. This will encourage slow growth. Feed him puppy food for 12 – 18 months.
  • Watch your pups weight gain. Puppies should gain between 2 and 4 grams per day during the first five months of life.
  • After the your dog is 6 months of age, feed him twice a day for the rest of his life.
  • Avoid feeding puppies cottage cheese, yogurt, commercial vitamins and minerals as they will not balance well with a commercial dog food diet.
  • Excess dietary supplements cause nutritional imbalance and medical disorders, and some vitamins and minerals are toxic in high dosages. Feeding puppies too much calcium can cause skeletal diseases.

If you have any questions, always consult with your Veterinarian.

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Stick to The Same Food For Your Pets

Saturday, February 8, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

t’s important for pet owners to realize that changes in your pets diet does affect their digestive system. The rule of thumb is that if you’re going to introduce a new food, do it very gradually. Begin by adding a small amount of the new food than slowly increase it every day.

My cat Atlantis is now eating normally but a few weeks ago, while he was ill, he didn’t eat anything. I did everything to get him to eat. Offering him everything from tuna fish to baby food plus a variety of different kinds of  cat food. My only goal was to get him to eat. Did it work? No it didn’t.  As Atlantis began to recover, I went back to his usual diet. The same food everyday with no deviation. It’s working as Atlantis is now eating normally.

Our instinct is to get our pet to eat anything when they are ill but changing their diet is not good for their digestive system.

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Status of Atlantis

Friday, February 7, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Atlantis, our cat has gone through some serious health issues over the past few weeks. He was diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism and kidney disease. He stopped eating, was listless and lost his bright personality. His latest issue was a bout with diarrhea. He’d been back and forth to the vet many times. Today, I am happy to report that Atlantis is much better and nearly back to his old self. He’s “talking” again, something that Siamese love to do, he’s also eating and drinking very well. He’s no longer listless and is part of our everyday lives again. The diarrhea seems to have resolved but we’re still watching this.

Atlantis is taking methimazole for his thyroid and an appetite stimulator. He has another appointment at the end of the month to re-check his thyroid. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that our little boy’s conditions can be well managed.

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Is Tuna Bad For Your Cat?

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Tuna fish probably seems like a tasty treat to feed your cat.  An occasional small amount like a bite or two probably won’t do any harm. Be careful not to feed her too much fish.  First, there is the risk of mercury which could build up in your cats system over time. A cat that eats too much tuna may also develop nutritional deficiencies.  Tuna alone can’t provide all of the vitamins and nutrients that your cat needs.  Tuna fish is especially lacking in vitamin E, an important anti oxidant. Without vitamin E, your cat can develop a disease called yellow fat disease.  Make your cat stick to a regular, balanced diet and only indulge his taste for tuna every once in awhile. Stick to cat treats instead.

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Pampering Your Pup

Monday, February 3, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

You use many different products on your hair, body and skin but what about when you groom your dog?  How many different treatments do you need to apply?  Shampoo is the only requirement. You can consider using a conditioner if your dog is itchy or bathes frequently.  Conditioner can keep longer fur from getting tangled and may help your dog’s skin retain moisture.  It can also make your dog cozier to cuddle with.  The key to caring for your dogs coat is to choose products that meet your dog’s specific needs. Check with your veterinarian to see what he or she recommends.  Remember that proper nutrition is the key to a healthy coat. Make sure to always feed your dog high quality, appropriate food.

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Side Effects of Methimazole in Cats

Sunday, February 2, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Methimazole is the choice drug used to treat hyperthyroidism is both humans and pets. Most tolerate the drug well but some have serious side effects. My cat Atlantis was recently diagnosed with hyperthyroid disease and kidney disease and has been put on Methimazole. He didn’t tolerate the pill too well so now he’s on the transdermal gel which I rub in his ears. Vetinfo.com has compiled a list of all side effects of Methimazole. Atlantis lost his appetite but is eating again. He is a little sluggish and may be depressed. This is another side effect of the drug.

The Side Effects of Methimazole for Cats

Methimazole for cats is the same as the drug used to treat humans with hyperthyroid disease. This is the same reason that veterinarians prescribe methimazole for their feline patients. Hyperthyroid disease is a common ailment of older cats. You can administer cat medication for hyperthyroid disease orally or topically. Methimazole is now the preferred course of treatment for hyperthyroid disease by most veterinarians because of its low incidence of side effects. There are a few side effects that you should be aware of, however.

The common side effects include:

Loss of Appetite

Methimazole pills are very bitter in taste. The bitter taste may lead cats to quit eating food. In most cases you can avoid the loss of appetite by disguising the pill in food to minimize the poor taste.

Vomiting

As with many medications, vomiting is often a side effect of methimazole when used to treat cat hyperthyroid disease. This is often due to the taste of the pill. Disguising the pill in food can help your cat avoid this side effect.

Depression

Methimazole treatment for cat thyroid issues can cause depression in some cats. This is a side effect you will have to watch for. If this side effect develops then you will need to have your veterinarian adjust your cat’s medication.

Disorders of the Blood

Approximately 15% of cats treated with methimazole for overactive cat hormones of the thyroid will develop some from of blood disorder. The most common is leucopenia, which is a low white blood cell count. Low white blood cell counts impact the cat’s immune system and leave them prone to other diseases.

Autoimmune Disease

Most cats treated for hyperthyroid disease with methimazole for six months or longer will develop an autoimmune disease. This happens in about 50% of cats.

Excessive Scratching is a Rare Side Effect

Some cats will self mutilate their neck and face because the methimazole will cause excessive itching. This will develop in the first two weeks if it is going to develop in your cat.

Bleeding is a Rare Side Effect

Some cats will also begin to bleed due to the methimazole. This side effect is rare and you will notice it quickly. Cats with this reaction should discontinue their use of methimazole to treat the hyperthyroid disease.

Side effects from methimazole use in cats are minimal. Most cats respond well to methimazole treatment. There is the possibility that treating the hyperthyroid disease will reveal other issues such as kidney failure or other disorders. Hyperthyroid disease can disguise disorders that only come to the surface after a few months of treatment and further blood testing.

If there are no further complications within the cat, stabilizing the thyroid hormones with the use of methimazole can make permanent treatment possible. Radiation treatment for cats with hyperthyroid disease is possible if a cat does not develop side effects from methimazole treatment and after the thyroid disease reaches a manageable level.

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Stressed Out Pups

Saturday, February 1, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Just like people, dogs can become stressed out. New people or animals in the household, travel, confinement, owner separation and fear of thunderstorms are all common causes of canine stress. Symptoms may range from mild whining or a loss of appetite to inappropriate eliminations and all out panic attacks.  Nervous dogs may tremble, bark and even show destructive behavior. If your dog appears to be stressed out, your veterinarian could rule out physical problems, and if necessary, prescribe anti-anxiety drugs and behavior modification techniques. Maintaining a regular schedule of feeding, long walks and playtime can also go a long way to keeping your  dog’s stress at bay.

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The Teeny Tiny Chihuahua

Friday, January 31, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

The Chihuahua is the smallest dog breed. I owned a Chihuahua that was a mix. It was slightly larger that the typical toy Chihuahua.  These dogs make great apartment pets. They are loyal and hearty. The can be very high strung. From the outside of my apartment, my Chihuahua sounded like a much larger dog by his bark. This was a good thing since his bark provided protection. Chihuahua’s are also very loyal and loving pets.  They are easy to keep. Sometimes it can be difficult to find a dog leash that fits properly if they are super small. Chihuahua’s live to about 15 years on average but since they are so small, they don’t have problems with arthritis that some of the larger breeds have.

You may be curious as to what is the smallest dog ever recorded. The answer is a Yorkshire Terrier that was approximately 3″ long and 1 1/5 inches tall at the shoulder. Now that’s a small dog!!

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Cranberries for a Dogs Urinary Tract Infection

Thursday, January 30, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

After years of research, scientists have found that certain compounds in cranberries can prevent  urinary tract infections in humans. The compounds don’t actually kill the bacteria, it would take an antibiotic to do that but the cranberry compounds can act as a preventative. Amy Howell who is an associate research scientist at Rutgers University says that the disease causing bacteria cannot stick to the bladder wall and lose their ability to multiply. The bacteria is then washed out of your system. She says that the same process works in dogs. Not all cranberry products are equal. Ask your veterinarian for cranberry products that have hard hitting bio active properties. So hold off on the pet medication until you try a cranberry product for your dog’s urinary tract.

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