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Feline Infectious Peritonitis or (FIP)  can be a deadly viral disease in young cats. An infected kitten may be lethargic, have a fever and refuse to eat. The symptoms of this disease are very similar to feline distemper.  One form of FIP can cause fluid buildup in the cat’s chest and abdomen and you will be able to see a distended belly.  Unfortunately, there’s no easy way to test for FIP.  This disease is caused by exposure to specific strains of the feline Corona virus.  Your vet will be able to test for this virus.  There’s another problem however, no blood test can tell for sure if your cat was exposed to a disease causing strain of the Corona virus.  A positive lab result doesn’t necessarily mean your cat’s at risk.  Your vet will not only look at your cats test results but will consider his history,  symptoms and general health when diagnosing F.I.P.  If your cat has symptoms, don’t try to diagnose him yourself or administer pet medication. This is a job for your vet.

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Can Stress or Anxiety Cause a Dog to Lose His Fur?

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

Believe me, stress is the cause for so many conditions in humans and animals. For me, it causes, my blood pressure to rise, my sugar level to rise, my hyperthyroidism to act up. It also causes itching, poor sleep etc .etc etc.

Dogs are very sensitive animals. Excessive anxiety or stress can cause a dog to lose his hair. According to The Daily Puppy,sometimes hair loss is a bodily physical manifestation of stress, but other times anxious dogs will partake in compulsive licking that leads to hair loss in areas they lick too much. Dogs may get stressed or anxious due to a number of reasons, including confinement, bullying from other pets in the house, separation anxiety and past trauma or abuse. If you can identify what’s triggering the stress, eliminating it can be as simple as removing the trigger. However, there’s a possibility you may have to see a dog psychologist or behaviorist if things don’t improve.

My neighbor and friend recently adopted an Irish Setter who has only 10% of his hair. She is working hard to correct the problem and is investigating the cause. It’s a wonderful thing that this pet now has a great home, probably a lot less stress and the care that he needs to get back to normal.

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The Important of Calcium in Canines

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

Dogs, like people require certain vitamins and minerals in their diet in order to maintain good health. Calcium is one of those minerals. Calcium plays several important roles in your dog’s body. It ensures that bones and teeth remain strong, helps keep the nerve impulses traveling smoothly, and keeps your dog’s metabolism functioning properly. When dog’s don’t get enough calcium, they can develop a serious condition called rickets. This causes the bones to become soft and they can bend or break easily. Growing puppies, mother dogs who are nursing pups, and dogs who can’t metabolize calcium properly may need an extra calcium supplement to stay healthy.  Your veterinarian can recommend the best way to provide it.

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What Are Normal Blood Sugar Levels In Cats?

Sunday, October 1, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

Blood sugar levels in cats are similar to that of humans. Cats are prone to diabetes and owner should look for the following symptoms indicating hyperglycemia.

  • Increased thirst
  • More frequent urination
  • Restlessness
  • Increased appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Oily or dry skin and poor coat condition

The normal glucose levels in cats are between 80 and 120 mg/dL or 4.4 to 6.6. These levels may vary according to the age and the breed of the cat. The results immediately after a meal may be higher and they may drop if the cat hasn’t eaten for a long time, so the test should be performed two to four hours after a meal.
A cat that is over excited (due to the car ride or the trip to the vet) may also have high glucose levels, but this is only a temporary condition. Consequently, the cat should get two tests for more conclusive results.

Luckily my  cat Molly doesn’t have diabetes at this time. We are treating her for Hyperthyroidism and Kidney disease.

This data was provided by Vetinfo.

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Fantastic Diabetic Assist Dogs

Saturday, September 30, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

People with Type 1 Diabetes can monitor their blood sugar levels during the day but at night, while sleeping, their blood sugar levels could drop dangerously low and could cause coma or even death. That’s where our best friends come in. There are dogs that could be trained to sniff out a specific scent in the human breath that can indicate rapidly dropping blood sugar or low blood sugar levels. These dogs are trained to touch or nudge the person so that they wake up and take care of the problem. It also informs them that they should get something to eat to prevent hypoglycemia, or their blood sugars getting to a dangerous level. The canine partner can also be trained to retrieve juice or glucose tabs, get an emergency phone, or get help from another person in the house.

Dogs are evaluated when they are puppies to determine whether or not they could be trained to be a Diabetic Assist dog. Once it’s determined that the pup can be trained to assist patients with type 1 Diabetes, they begin scent training.

A person experiencing hypoglycemia produces a particular scent, found on the breath, due to chemical changes in their body. All people produce the same scent when they have low blood sugar. These incredible animals not only provide love and companionship  but they can be vital to survival for persons with Type one diabetes!

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Dogs in an Urban Environment

Friday, September 29, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

Before you hit the streets with your city dog, make sure that you teach him a few basic commands. “Sit” and “stay” always works when you’re waiting for a traffic light to change. “Heel” keeps in close to you when you need control on crowded city streets. “Leave it” is helpful if he picks up something that he shouldn’t eat. “Come” can be a life saver if he slips through his leash. As a city dog owner, it’s really up to you to keep your dog out of harms way. Make sure that you are respectful of other people you may meet. Not everyone is a dog lover even some dogs can be wary of your dog.  Always ask before you let your dog approaches someone or another dog. Most important, you should learn you citys’ leash, license and pooper scooper laws. They are written to protect you, your dog and the entire community.  City etiquette is not just for those “shi shi” dogs with the fancy clothing and diamond studded leashes but it’s for all dog owners who live in a city environment.

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The Miniature Schnauzer, a Great Family Pet

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

The last weekend of Oct. here in Rehoboth Beach is the annual Sea Witch Festival. One tradition is that many people dress their dogs  in all sorts of great costumes. There lots of Miniature Schnauzer’s dressed as everything from princesses to Donald Trump.  I thought that I would provide some information about the Miniature Schnauzer today.  The Miniature Schnauzer is a small sturdy dog with a square head. They are very intelligent, active and happy dogs. They get along great with children and really enjoy being around “their” people.  The are loving, affectionate and docile animals. The Schnauzer makes a very good family pet.  They cannot sense that they’re stronger minded than their owners or they won’t  listen. So you must be firm with them.  These dogs are easy to travel with as they love to go on trips with you.  Don’t  overfeed them because they tend to gain weight easily.

The Miniature Schnauzer makes a good apartment dog. They will be calm indoors as long as they get plenty of exercise.  Take them for long walks on their leasg but be sure that you’re the leader and that they get enough exercise.

Their life expectancy is about 15 years and they usually don’t show signs of old age until late in life.

Their wiry coat  isn’t hard to groom. Comb and brush them daily with a short wire brush to prevent matting.

The Miniature Schnauzer is a German breed. During the turn of the century both smooth German Pinscher’s and coarse hair Schnauzer pups appeared in the same litter.

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Greyhounds Reach The Beach

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

Every year, proud greyhound owners get together in Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach for a series of fun dog-themed events. This year it takes place Thursday, Oct. 5 through Sunday, Oct 8th. The event celebrates our greyhounds. It also creates awareness of the need for foster and adoptive homes for these wonderful animals  One of it’s purposes is to raise some funds to support greyhound adoption.

The events brings Greyhound owners and their best friends together to celebrates their lives together. The event features top speakers from the greyhound and sighthound world, including behaviorists, veterinarians, counselors, adoption professionals, and international breed experts. According to, the event will feature over fifty vendors in many locations in the Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach area along with food, special events, an ice cream social for the hounds, and more.

There are many events around the US that celebrate our Greyhounds. These dogs are gentle and loyal and make wonderful pets. The need for adoption into great homes really exists for these wonderful companions.

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What Are The Best Dogs For Your Astrological Sign?

Sunday, September 24, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

If you’re going to adopt a new best friend, one of the biggest challenges is determining which dog is right for you. Wishing Moon has put together a list of dogs that are associated with astrological signs. So here’s a list which may help you make that all important decision.

Aries – Corgi – They are good tempered, easy to please and don’t let those little legs fool you. They can run for miles!

Taurus – The Greyhound -A chilled out little Greyhound is perfect for a Taurus who loves a cuddle on the sofa. A laid-back Taurus may not want a dog that is an absolute rocket when it comes to their temperament. Instead, they want a dog that is going to want to chill out with them whenever they can.

Gemini – Jack Russell  – Juck Russells are friendly, playful and clever. Perfect for a Gemini!

Cancer – Golden Retriever or Lab  – This sign loves to cuddle and enjoys lots of loving attention whenever they can, plus they often look after the people around them. A dogs such as Golden Retrievers are known to be guide dogs and other service pets for people will health problems, which means they match perfectly for Cancer’s affectionate, caring nature.

Leo – Bernese Mountain Dog – The are loyal, hardworking and energetic. just like a Leo.

Virgo – Springer Spaniel -Virgo’s are the natural helpers, so hard working Springer’s with cute little faces will make yours heart melt! This breed is excellent because of their attentive and alert nature, which is similar to a Virgo. This means they always know what’s going on and also have a good eye for detail, always on a roll!

Libra – Irish Setters – They are laid back and have a relaxed natured. (This is my sign, unfortunately, I don’t fit all of the characteristics!)

Scorpio – Doberman  – A Doberman is a dog breed that can often be misunderstood. Some see it as an aggressive breed. This often puts many people off. . In reality, these dogs are actually sensitive, who are extremely loyal to their owners. Dobermans are fearless yet very caring, making them and Scorpios work great together! Both will protect each other which establishes a loving bond!

Sagittarius – German Shepherd – The are confident, Intelligent and assertive.

Capricorn – Siberian Husky -Very friendly and gentle with an easy going social personality, a Siberian Husky and a Capricorn would be perfect for each other!

Aquarius – Beagle – The are unique, hard working and like to stand out.

Pisces – Pug -They are both sensitive and caring. Pisces is a sign that will be devoted to their loved ones, always offering support and attention. Pugs are affectionate and love receiving plenty of fuss! People born under the sign of Pisces are often seen as very charming individuals, often drawing people towards you. This is the same with the Pug, because they are a very popular dog that people love to be around. Together, a Pisces and a Pug will enjoy a cute bond together that will always be very affectionate.

Again, thank you to Wishing Moon for providing this interesting information.

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Basic Training for a Seeing Eye Dog

Saturday, September 23, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

A future seeing eye dog spends 18 months to  two years of it’s life with a puppy raiser. He teaches the pup basic obedience. Following this period, he’s introduced to a certified trainer. The trainer first reviews the dogs basic skills, then goes on to teach the three important commands a seeing eye dog must know.

  • forward
  • left
  • right

In the formal training phase, the dog learns other important skills such as how to manage curbs, how to maneuver around objects and how to deal with street noise and traffic. Once he’s master these skills, the dog is paired up with someone who’s blind. With the help of the trainer, the seeing eye dog and his new blind friend learn to navigate the world together.

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