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High quality dog food is key to a dog’s health and well being. Most dog owners go for the cheaper food but are we doing our furry friends a service doing this? It’s best to look at the ingredients in the products we buy.

Dog Food Insider has published key things to look for when choosing a high quality food for your pets.

After determining that the product carries an AAFCO statement, your next place to look is the ingredients list. Assuming you have already looked into the brand, you should have a good idea whether or not the company uses high-quality ingredients – it is still important to check the list for each formula, however. Ideally, the first one or two items on the list should be a high-quality source of animal protein. Look for a fresh meat like chicken, turkey, or salmon or some kind of meat meal. Meat meals are simply fresh meats that have already been cooked down to a moisture content around 10% – this means that they are a much more highly concentrated source of protein than fresh meats. Next, there should be a source of digestible carbohydrate on the list. For dog food brands that use grains, you want to see whole grains listed like whole-grain oats or brown rice. For dog food brands that do not use grains, look for other digestible sources of carbohydrate like sweet potato, peas, and tapioca.

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Keep Feeding Time Consistent

Sunday, May 5, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

When it comes to feeding your dog, the first step is to determine the correct quantity of food to give him in order to maintain a healthy weight. Next, it’s critical that you establish a routine. Offering your pet meals at the same time every day can promote digestive health and regular bowel movements. For dog owners, this can add up to predictable walk times.  Your pet will also feel more secure knowing that meals come at regular intervals and this security can create a stronger bond.  Knowing when your dog will be hungry can also be used to plan a training session.  Part of your pets meal allotment can be offered as rewards instead of dog treats. Dietary changes should be made gradually to help reduce upsets and unpleasant surprises.

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When An Owner Can’t Care For their Pets

Saturday, May 4, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

This is a situation that we don’t hear much about yet it is extremely important. Sometimes there comes a time when a pet owner can not care for their pets properly due to illness or other unforeseen situations. Many pets suffer from owners neglect and this falls into the category of neglect. Our pets don’t deserve this as they are completely helpless. has put together some guide lines on this subject.

Dr. Jones who is a veterinarian in Atlanta, Georgia encourages all pet owners to devise a succession plan for their animals as early as possible. Having a “plan b” in place before the pet owner becomes too ill, needs to move to a care facility or passes away will offer invaluable peace of mind for the owner and added security for their pet. He offers the following tips for creating a contingency plan for a loving animal:

  • Consider adoption. Ask friends and family who are familiar with the pet if they are willing and able to offer the animal a new home. Those who interact with the pet regularly will be better equipped to determine if the animal’s size, personality, routine, etc. would fit well with their schedule and lifestyle.
  • Talk to a vet. Veterinarians have many resources at their disposal and can often help rehome a pet. No-kill shelters can also be a useful option, and there are many non-profit rescue organizations around the U.S. that will also assist older adults in finding new homes for their animals.
  • Get the owner’s input. Be sure to let the pet owner have a say in the decision. Ask them who they would like to look after their pet. “In some cases, older people don’t have a lot of family around and their friends are going through similar transitions, so they worry what will happen to their pets,” explains Dr. Jones. “Animal owners are visibly relieved when we tell them we’ve found their pets a new home. It’s not uncommon for them to cry.”
  • Allow for a smooth transition. Ideally, the current owner will be able to help the pet transition to its new home. The goal is to help the animal and new owner build trust and become familiar with one another incrementally. Try having the new owner come for extended visits with the pet, take the animal for walks and care for it in the new home for short periods before full-time ownership begins. Small steps are easier on everyone involved compared to an abrupt change.
  • Rehomed pets aren’t gone forever. While evaluating prospective adopters, discuss the possibility of allowing the original owner to continue visiting with the animal. Even a monthly visit with a cherished furry friend can brighten up a senior’s day.

Dr. Jones says euthanizing a pet should be the last resort. “Some older people think that putting a pet down is best because the animal is so bonded to their owner,” he says. “We usually try to talk them out of it, explain that there are so many other options and then we work with the owner to rehome their pet(s).”

When Is It Time to Rehome a Senior’s Pet?

With so much research touting the physical and mental benefits that animals provide to humans, Dr. Jones advises that older people keep their pets for as long as possible. Unfortunately, though, circumstances do change. If either the pet or their elderly owner is living in a neglectful situation or experiencing a reduced quality of life, then it is time to explore alternative options. It can be difficult to balance the health, safety and happiness of both the senior and their pet, but it must be done.

Dr. Jones sympathizes with family members who don’t know what to do about their aging loved ones and their furry friends. “For caregivers, the thought of taking care of a person and their pet can be overwhelming,” he notes. “Sometimes older people haven’t trained their pets well, which can amount to behavioral problems and unsanitary conditions. But what people don’t see is that these animals mean so much to their owners. Separation often causes physical and emotional decline in both parties.”

Thanks to aging for providing this valuable information.

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It’s that time of year again. We had a high of 87 yesterday on Delmarva and the hear and humidity is at our door step. Once again, I’m publishing guidelines to keep your pet safe during the hot Summer months.

  • Provide cool and clean water for your pet at all times for your pet, especially when he’s out doors.
  • Never leave your pet in a parked car in warm weather. The temperature can reach 120 degrees and over in just a few minutes.
  • Limit exercise to the morning or evening and make sure that the exercise is light.
  • If your dog is at home on a hot day, always leave  the air conditioner on for him when you’re out.
  • Make sure that your pet is vaccinated against infectious disease and is on a monthly heartworm, flea and tick control program.
  • Keep your pets kennel cage clean and well ventilated. If he’s in it outside, always make sure that it’s in the shade.
  • Herbicides and pesticides can kill your pet. Keep your dog out of the yard for at least three days after your lawn is treated.

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If you have two cats and one is stalking the other in the middle of the living room, the two jump on each other and look like a ferocious ball of fur. Are they playing or fighting?  Cat play is quieter. You won’t hear the loud wailing of a serious fight. During play, the offensive and defensive roles shift back and forth. Cats usually don’t get injured in the fake battles and afterward, neither seems afraid of the other. They will also display friendly behavior between these “fake battles.”  Remember, if your cat’s tiff  involves howling, flattened ears, dilated pupils, arched backs and puffy hair, make a loud noise or spray them with water because you have a real fight on your hands. Play with them with their cat toys to keep them occupied and away from each other for awhile. Remember, your pets count!

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Holistic Healing for Pets

Monday, April 29, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Reiki is a Japanese holistic healing system that is safe, noninvasive and gentle. The results can be impressive. It’s a great system to use with dogs. It doesn’t cause them any stress, discomfort or pain and yet gets powerful results. Animals respond to the power of Reiki . It helps with emotional, behavioral and physical illness and injuries.

It is also good for healthy pets as it enhances relaxation and provides an emotional sense of peace and contentment. For pets that are ill, Reiki is a wonderful healing method as well as a safe compliment to western medicine.

For dying pets, Reiki is a gentle way to provide comfort, relief from pain, fear and anxiety to ease the transition to death.

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Giving Your Cat Insulin

Sunday, April 28, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Diabetes is common among cats and your feline friend can live a long life with this disease as long as you are dedicated to caring for her. It may seem a little scary administering insulin to your cat at the beginning but with some time and practice it will become part of a normal routine.

Cat Problems Advice .com has put together some steps to take when administering insulin to your cat.

Giving a Cat Insulin:

With your diabetic cat, it will be your responsibility to ensure that she receives the correct dosage of her insulin – two times per day. The amount of insulin that she will require will depend upon your diabetic cat’s individual condition. Most feline diabetes cats will need to receive between 3 and 5 units of insulin twice a day. It is very important that you establish a regular routine for giving your cat her insulin. When caring for a diabetic cat, she needs to receive insulin at twelve hour intervals. Most people that have diabetic cats will give their cat the insulin injection at the same time every morning and at the same time every evening, this helps to make sure you don’t forget. Set a routine and stick with it.

It isn’t at all difficult to learn about giving a cat insulin. The vet will help to walk you through the whole process, and supervise you to make sure you can manage.

You can use an orange for practicing on at first, until you feel comfortable about your technique. Normally the vet recommends the cat receives her injections between her shoulder blades, where you can “tent” up the skin to insert the needle.

Take your time always, and with patience and practice, your cat will hardly feel her insulin injections. And as a matter of fact, most feline diabetes cats know when it is getting close to insulin injection time and might actually remind you by meowing for it.

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Skills The Seeing Eye Dogs Must Learn

Saturday, April 27, 2019
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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Our best friends love the beach . This years Doodle Romp taking is place in Dewey Beach, De. this weekend and all sorts of Doodles will take over the beach all for a great cause.

Here’s the full article by the Cape Gazette.

The 14th Annual Dewey Beach Doodle Romp is set for Friday to Sunday, April 26 to 28.

Funds raised benefit Food & Friends, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that delivers homemade food in the metropolitan area to those suffering from life-threatening illnesses.

The romp will start with a yappy hour at 4 p.m., Friday at Bluecoast Seafood Grill and Raw Bar in Rehoboth Beach.

Registration for the main event starts at 10 a.m., Saturday, on the beach off Saulsbury Street. A costume parade is set for 11 a.m. Hundreds of doodles will run off-leash on the beach. 

Yoga will be offered at 8 a.m., Sunday, on the beach with certified yoga teacher and fitness trainer Pattie Cinelli.

For more information or to register, go to Hotels are listed that are dog friendly and have reduced rates for participants.

The first romp, held in 2005, raised $200, with only a few folks in attendance. Last year, the romp hosted more than 1,000 people and their dogs, and raised $15,000 for Food & Friends.

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Good Nutrition Can Prevent Osteoarthritis

Thursday, April 25, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

As our pets age, they can develop osteoarthritis.  It’s also know as degenerative joint disease. Osteoarthritis occurs when  cartilage wears away leaving bones to rub against each other creating lots of pain. Larger dogs with a pre-disposition for hip dysplasia, may be more prone to this condition.  The good news is that this condition can be prevented by giving your dog good nutrition starting while he is still a puppy.  Omega 3 fatty acids in the diet can benefit the immune system and inflammatory response. Portion control is also very important.  Feeding too much calcium and calories are known risk factors. Keeping your dog lean can minimize the development of this condition and alleviate stress on the joints if osteoarthritis is already present.

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