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What To Do If Your Dog Goes Missing

Tuesday, August 8, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

lostdogIf a beloved dog is missing we’re left with a dreaded, sinking feeling.Our brain gets so tangled up with emotion and confusion that we can’t think clearly. These first few moments are critical to finding your best friend. Here are some tips to help you.

  1. Form a plan – Take a moment and get whoever is available to begin searching for your dog.
  2. Contact your local animal shelters, animal control and nearby vets. Make sure to have an accurate description and recent photo of your dog. Look for veterinarians within a few miles of your zip code, SPCA, Humane Society, animal shelters, and Animal Control.
  3. Walk the neighborhood. Search high and low in your neighborhood. Bring a flashlight and a whistle. Ask everyone if they have seen your pet. Show them a recent photo. When you’re out searching, make sure someone stays home should your pup return.
  4. Report your lost dog –Post a Lost Dog alert in the BarkHappy Lost & Found section. This is a free service to help users report lost and found dogs. You can upload a photo of your dog, a description, where the dog was last seen on the map, and your contact information. It’s like an amber alert for dog owners, and will send a notification to users in the you’re your dog was last seen.
  5. Post fliers. Include a current photo and thorough description- breed, name, weight, sex, color and distinct markings. Leave out one defining characteristic so you can ask the person who finds your pet to describe it (especially if you are offering a reward). Also list your contact information. Make sure the text on the flier is large enough to read from a distance.
  6. Post on Facebook and get help from your friends and family. Ask people in your community to share your post. Lots of cities also have Lost and Found pets pages and neighborhood group pages that can help.
    Don’t give up! Pets can find their way home long after going missing. Keep on searching! Make sure your dog has a collar with an ID tag that contains your current phone number. Also talk to your vet about microchipping.

Thanks to Bark Happy for providing this valuable information!

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Dog Leash Phobia

Monday, August 7, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

dogleashpullYou have a dog who is friendly all of the time. You clip his dog leash on and he suddenly becomes a monster! There are lots of explanations for this kind of behavior but it could be a sign of frustration. Your dog is used to expressing himself by the freedom that he is given. When on a leash, his movement is limited and he no longer has the freedom that he enjoys so he gets frustrated. Proper socialization as a puppy is a key to preventing leash aggression. Don’t worry, even learned behavior can be changed. Pulling on the leash and speaking to your dog will only re-enforce the unwanted behavior. You have to teach alternative behavior and utilize the help of a professional. A professional will give you the proper training tips on how to improve his behavior. If the pulling is really bad, you should consider a harness or a halter. This is much better for you and your dog. Pulling on a leash hurts your dogs neck and can cause serious problems down the road. A halter will give you more control and your dog will not pull as much. A collar chokes the dog and causes him to pull more. A harness will make things much easier for you. Good luck, this could be a tough one if your dog wasn’t trained as a puppy on how to behave when his leash is on.

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Why I Prefer Weruva Cat Food

Sunday, August 6, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

weruvaThe problem with cats with kidney disease is finding a high quality, lower protein, lower phosphorous food that they will eat. Vets always recommend a prescription diet but if your cat doesn’t eat it, what good is it? After so many trial and errors, I think I finally found the best food to feed my cat Molly.

Weruva cat food cannot be found in supermarkets, it’s more expensive (about $1.40 – $1.60 for a small can) and they don’t make any dry food.

Here are some things that you should look for in a high quality cat food.

  • Protein is listed as the first ingredient on the label, and the meat/poultry used is fit for human consumption. Organic meat is even better.
  • The food is grain-free (no rice, barley, or any other grains. Even though these are considered healthy in human nutrition, cats’ digestive tracts are not designed to digest the unnecessary carbs).
  • The food does not contain by-products, corn, soy, or any other fillers.

Weruva contains all of these ingredients and even more. When you open the can, you can see what kind of food is in it. It contains chunks of real chicken, real fish and real beef. You can even see a few vegetables in the can.

Weruva also makes moist small packets. There’s a lot of moisture in this food which is essential for a cat with kidney disease’s health. The best part is that Molly loves it. It’s healthy, and seems to be helping her.

Believe it or not, my other cat, Millie actually likes it too. Millie is the fussiest cat and usually does not eat anything but her dried food and dry snacks. I am now feeding Millie a small amount of Weruva each day to to get her used to it. Eventually, I would like to switch her over to it permanently.

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Are White Cats Deaf?

Friday, August 4, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

whitecat2It’s a common belief that all white cats are born deaf and that blue eyed white cats are prone to blindness and deafness. Blue eyed white cats are no more prone to blindness than any other cat. They are more likely to be deaf. White cats make up about five percent of all cats. Of these, fever than half have one or two blue eyes. Most white cats with orange or green eyes have normal hearing. Up to 80% of all white cats are born deaf in at least one ear. If your cat falls in this category, don’t worry. A deaf cat can be a perfectly sweet and attractive companion. If he is deaf, don’t ever let him outdoors. Keep him safe indoors with all of his cat toys and lots of love from you.

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Our Pets Suffer from Human Substance Abuse

Thursday, August 3, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

drunkAll kinds of substance abuse is very prevalent in our country. We all know how it destroys the lives of the abuse victim and all of the people around them including their pets. Our pets rely on us for love, companionship, exercise, and nutrition. I strongly believe that we have to be of sound mind to properly care for our pets.

Picture a hungry or thirsty dog sitting their waiting for his food or waiting to go for a walk and his owner is too inebriated to even realize that his best friend has needs that need to be fulfilled. So the dog sits there in silence suffering. I am more intolerant than most when it comes to substance abuse because I feel that the cause of it is the result of some very bad HUMAN choices.

I always aim to be in control and of sound mind to make competent decisions when in comes to my life and my pets. Our pets suffer in silence so if you need to seek help—-get rid of the substance abuse and get the help you need! It’s so much better to lead a clean life and be of full control of your emotions and decisions.dog-corner

Be of sound mind, make the RIGHT choices!

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The Poorest Watch Dogs

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

bloodhoundsSome dogs make great watch dogs. They will sound their alarm at the right time if he detects anything unusual. A good watch dog will bark if something out of the ordinary occurs in and around your house or apartment not at every car that passes.

Indicated below are breeds that don’t bark at things that they should be barking at.

 

  • Bloodhood
  • Newfoundland
  • Basset Hound
  • Vizsla
  • Norwegian Elkhound

There are many other breeds that are good watch dogs but these breeds are simply not the best at their job.This list is according to Benjamin and Lynette Hart who wrote a great book called The Perfect Puppy: How to Choose Your Dog by Its Behavior (1988). Unfortunately, the work is currently out of print.

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Treating a Dog with A Broken Leg

Sunday, July 30, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

dogbrokenlegJust like humans, dogs are prone to broken bones. Leg fractures are the most common. One thing that you should remember is that dogs have a high pain tolerance. You may notice their leg dangling but see that they aren’t really in pain. Look to see if the leg is swollen. Also look for signs of shock such as pale or white gums, rapid breathing or a rapid heartbeat. If you notice any of these signs, get the dog to the vet right away.

Here are some tips in caring for a dogs broken leg:

If necessary, restrain the dog.
Be soft spoken and approach the dog slowly.
If it does not have a leash, place a leash around its neck and attach the leash to a secure object.
Pull the dog against the object and try to tie the dog so that it can’t move it’s head.
Look closely at the break. See if there is an open wound, or a bone protruding or if it’s closed meaning that there is no break in the skin.
If the limb is grossly misshapen, or the dog is in great pain, hold a towel underneath him and transport him to the animal hospital.
If the wound is open, flush with warm water, put a towel under the dog and get him to the hospital. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO PUT A SPLINT ON HIM.
If the wound is not open and the leg is not out of shape and the dog does not appear to be in too much pain, use any splint material such as newspapers, cardboard, magazines to immobilize the limb, NOT RESET IT.
Attach the splints to the dogs leg and wrap gauze or torn strips of cloth around it.
Tape or tie the strips firmly but not too tight as to inhibit circulation.
Transport the dog to the vet.
Reassure the dog on the way to the vet and maybe give him a dog treat or two to calm him down.

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Molly’s Little Accident at The Vet

Saturday, July 29, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

catpeeYesterday, I took Molly for a checkup following an elevation of her phosphorus levels and dehydration. Molly improved throughout the week after taking medication called Epakitin and another renal medication to ease the burden on her kidneys. Epakitn is a phosphorus binder which keeps it from entering the blood, causing listlessness, vomiting and dehydration.

When Molly went in for emergency treatment last week, she was poked and prodded with needles, hands and other equipment. Believe me, she didn’t like it at all. She had a followup appointment yesterday just to check her overall condition, specifically hydration. Dehydration occurs very quickly in cats with kidney disease. It is essential that cats with this condition stay week hydrated at all times.

Although, this was a quick, non-invasive exam, Molly’s last experience at the vet was not a good one. Yesterday,while being placed on the scale, Molly accidentally peed all over the doctor! She was very gracious and said that she gets “peed” on a lot. After the incident, the vet said that she was pleased with Molly’s progress(not the peeing of course.)

Kidney disease is a progressive, dangerous disease that takes the lives of many cats. I am determined to do everything I can to delay the progress of the disease and keep Molly with me for some time to come.

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Dogs and Grilling

Thursday, July 27, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

doggrillI’m sure that there are many family barbeque’s going on this summer. Many owners allow their dogs to roam free while they are cooking on the grill. The barbeque can be hazardous to your dog. Grills get very hot and your dog doesn’t realize that it’s hot and before you know it, he can really burn himself if he goes for that burger or hot dog. If your dog is a lively one, he may accidentally bump into the grill and knock it over and cause himself injury as well as others. Always keep your dog away from the grill. Keep him on his dog leash while you’re grilling.

Dogs love burgers and hot dogs and may even try to steel a dog or two during your family get together. This food is not good for your dog. You may have to tell your guests not to sneak burgers or hot dogs to Buster. Instead, offer your dog some of his favorite food during this time so he doesn’t feel “left out.”

Remember, water is one of the core components of an animal’s diet. Always keep the dog water bowl filled if he’s spending the day with you outside in the sunshine. If you are traveling with your dog during the summer, always take water with you and offer it to him frequently during the trip.

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Phosphorus Count and Feline Kidney Disease

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

kidney-diseasejpgKidney disease in cats is very complicated. It’s very difficult to balance all of the components that compromise the kidneys to sustain life and maintain quality. One component is Phosphorus. High phosphorus levels can make the disease progress more quickly. Boyd LM, Langston C, Thompson K, Zivin K & Imanishi M Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine 22(5) pp1111-7, found that there was an 11.8% increase in the risk of death for every one mg/dl increase in phosphorus in the cat’s blood. It is vital that phosphorus levels are kept low in cats with kidney disease. The reason why my cat Molly, got so sick and dehydrated last week was because her phosphorus levels jumped up. Most cat foods don’t give the phosphorus level in the active ingredients. Phosphorus should be no more that 0.5% in cats with kidney disease.

If your cat has kidney disease and won’t eat a prescription diet that has lower protein and phosphorus levels, you must do some research and select foods that are low in phosphorus. I use Weruva with along with a phosphorus binder which removes phosphorus from the blood. I was including some other high quality food but they didn’t indicate the phosphorus levels. This may have cause Molly’s phosphorus levels to jump. She is now doing much better after this adjustment in her diet.

Renal failure is a catch 22, your have to be very careful to monitor your cat, check his blood regularly and feed him a high quality ,low phosphorus, low protein diet.

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