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Pets Calm Us in Stressful Times

Saturday, March 28, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Atlantis my stress reliever!We all have re-adjusted our lives due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Stress levels are up but in different ways. We used to worry about that project due at work or in my case  the kids in the class I’m subbing for. Will they drive me nuts?  That’s all changed in that things like the little tickle in your throat. Is it the start of Covid 19? Did I do enough sanitizing around the house today?  The sanitizing wipes are dwindling and I wonder if I’ll every see another pack again!

Today, I got up at the crack of dawn and ventured out in the pouring rain to see if I can get the things I need at our nearby Giant Supermarket. The first thing that pushes the stress button is that as I walk in I notice that there are no hand wipes. I new that this wasn’t going to be a fun shopping trip at all. I immediately go to the paper aisle only to find it completely empty—-nothing—- absolutely nothing!  I start talking out loud to myself spewing out some very choice words. The stress level is rising. I continue my journey and have difficultly finding almost everything. Every single sale item was gone! I’m about to explode!!  I’m forced to buy unhealthy items like chips, chop meat and hot dogs! At least they had some of those!  As I made my way to the self check out, I watched as the total amount kept climbing and climbing and climbing. I spent $55 more than I usually do and didn’t get much of anything that I really need. I’ve proved a new theory, no matter how early you go to the supermarket, they still have nothing! How long will this last? I can’t even imagine as the hoarding continues.

I made my way through the rain, took the bags out of the car and wiped, wiped wiped everything, counter tops, door knobs, sinks etc. I even wiped down some of the packages containing the food before I put it away. I then took a shower and washed the clothes I was wearing!  Crazy? maybe but in this uncertain world, we just don’t know.

Now I’m writing this blog and my little friend Atlantis is sitting with me as I write. I can feel the stress melt away. Thank goodness for my little friends Atlantis and Millie, they play a major role in reducing the stress in my life. I hope yours do the same for you!

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The Golden Retriever is a big, beautiful dog with many appealing qualities. They were bred to be a hunting dog but make great family pets as well. It is a loving, intelligent, obedient breed with a trusting and gentle nature. Generally, Golden’s love people so don’t expect one to make a good guard dog. Their sweet personalities make Gold Retrievers popular pets. They’re not for everyone. For one thing, the shed a lot! If you’re a neat freak, don’t get a golden. The breed is also large and exuberant. One wag of that big tail can easily clear a coffee table.  They also have a tendency to get heavy if they don’t get enough exercise. Make sure you take them outside and toss some of their favorite dog toys around to keep them in shape.  Golden Retrievers  require a lot of room and a fairly clutter free environment.

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Get a Little Exercise with Your Dog

Thursday, March 26, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Social isolation can be a daunting experience but we can get outside and go for a walk or a hike with our  best friend.  Avoid walking in groups, take along wipes or hand sanitizer ( if we could find some) and stay at least  six feet away from anyone. If you walk for one hour, both you and your pet will benefit. You will get the physical exercise that you need and you’ll also refresh your brain. Constant isolation can cause depression and depression can weaken the immune system. Make a plan to get out for an hour at least four times a week but listen to the scientists and the doctors. Let them guide you not the politicians in the White House who have their own agenda and their agenda is not yours believe me.

Keeping active will keep you and your pet healthy in many ways!

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Kitty Tummy Trouble

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

It’s called inflammatory bowel disease, or irritable bowel syndrome but it’s just plain stomach trouble.  This is not a happy time for a cat with a sensitive stomach or for the people who care for the cat. Chronic vomiting and diarrhea  can have a lot of different causes.  If any of these symptoms are occurring, get your cat to the vet for a diagnosis. Your vet might recommend a change of diet. If your cat is overly sensitive to any kind of protein, many pet companies are aware of this and offer specially formulated diets that contain easy to digest rice and egg protein. Sensitive stomach is not at all uncommon with cats, and fortunately, it’s almost always manageable.

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Many of us feed our pets higher quality foods. Most of these foods cannot be found in a typical supermarket  and some  of it can’t even be found in pet store chains like Petco or Petsmart.  Delaware as well as many other states are under health emergency and stay at home order. This order mandates that non essential businesses close. I get my cats food at a local pet store that sells high quality food. One of the first things that concerned my when I heard that the Governor has issued a “stay at home order” was whether or not my pet store would close. Since the food I buy is quite expensive, I couldn’t afford to purchase a very large quantity of it. I was pleased to find out that pet stores are actually essential businesses and can stay open. I was reassured by the manager of the store that they would remain open. AHHHH what a relief!

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Sleeping with Our Pets

Saturday, March 21, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Even though there are warnings of disease transmission by sleeping with our pets, 56 % of dog owners let their pets share their bed and 62% of cat owners let their cats sleep with them, this writer included. I read about one woman who shares her bed with six Rhodesian Ridgebacks!

Two prominent California veterinarians concluded that even though sleeping with our pets is a common practice, there is still a risk for transmission of zoonotic agents by close contact between pets and their owners. Life threatening infections have occurred through bed sharing, kissing or licking. There is still a debate whether the study that was done is exaggerated. What is clear is that our pets are bedfellows in many American households. Maybe it would be better to just get your dog or cat a nice, comfortable dog or cat bed!

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These days we are full of questions and try to cope with all of the unknown associated with the Coronavirus. I did some research and found a very good article regarding how to protect your dog during this outbreak. It offers some great tips and maybe some things that we haven’t thought of. The article was published by This Dogs

The news is flooded with information about coronavirus and how to prevent further transmission. By now, we’ve all heard about the 20-second handwashing rule — singing “Happy Birthday” twice while washing your hands does the trick —  and don’t forget to wash between the fingers and the backs of the hands.

But the information about pets is unclear.  The consensus is that dogs (and cats) cannot get COVID-19; the dog who tested positive in China was probably around a person who was “shedding large quantities of the virus,” according to the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois. (The dog later tested negative.)

Related: Can Dogs Get the Coronavirus?

Scientists and veterinarians have stated that pets cannot get sick with COVID-19 and infect humans; no animal of any kind in the United States has been reported as carrying the disease.

However, dogs may carry germs on their fur from humans, so it’s advised to wash your hands after petting your dog (or any dog), especially if other people have stopped to touch your pup.

Despite the need to “socially isolate” or even self-quarantine, we still need to take care of our dogs.

Here are some tips to best take care of everyone in your household.

Stock Up on Food

While you’re stocking up on TP and Ramen noodles, don’t forget your dog’s food and medicine. If you can, buy enough food for at least two weeks (or more). Get the highest quality food you can afford to keep your dog’s immune system in tip-top shape. If you cook your dog’s food, make a large batch and freeze in portions.

Stock Up on Medicine and Supplies

Fill or refill any prescription drugs your dog needs, as well as stocking up any supplements, vitamins, as well as any heartworm and/or flea and tick preventative. For small-dog people (or people with large bathtubs), replenish dog shampoo, as keeping the fur clean will help keep everyone healthy.

Related: When Disaster Strikes, Here Is What Should Be On Your Dog Emergency Checklist

Connect with a Dog Sitter and Walker

Make sure your emergency plan is in place in case you get sick. If you’re hospitalized or stranded during traveling, you need to be able to reliably contact a dog sitter. If you are sick and “self-quarantining” at home, your dog will still need to be walked. Find someone who you can trust with your dog’s life, and ask them about their last-minute availability. Write up a list of essential information, and store it in an accessible place. 

Get Updated Records and Identification

Now’s a good time to get veterinarian records of your dogs’ vaccination history and make sure they have wearable identification, such as an ID tag or identification collars. You will need these records for services like boarding, daycare and dog walking services. Identification will be critical in the event that your dog slips her collar. If you haven’t already microchipped your dog, do so on the next vet visit.

If You Get Sick

People who are sick with COVID-19 can contaminate their dog by sneezing or coughing — and if someone else touches that dog, the virus can be transmitted. So, if you come down with the virus, you must quarantine yourself and your dogs. However, the CDC recommends that you restrict contact with your dogs. This includes “petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food.” If this is impossible, wear a face mask and wash your hands thoroughly before and after contact.

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Curbing Obesity in our Kitties

Thursday, March 19, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Too many treats, begging and free choice feeding could lead to an overweight pet. In addition to health concerns, an obese cat cannot lead an active, comfortable life. An affect could be a worsening cardio- pulmonary function, increased incidents of arthritis and the pain associated with this., They don’t like to get up and move around as much because it’s harder on their body. In addition, an overweight cat may be grouchy from being too hot or may have trouble self grooming. So make sure you keep an eye on the amount of snacks and food that you feed her. My problem is that I tend to give both of my kitties too many snacks. I am now trying to cut back on the amount. You should monitor all aspects of your cats health along with the help of your veterinarian.

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Transdermal Pet Medications

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Giving a pill to a dog or cat can sometimes be a daunting task. In the morning, when you’re rushing around, the last thing you need is a finicky cat refusing to take his medication. My cat Atlantis will sometimes take a pill slipped inside of a pill pocket but sometimes, he flatly refuses. It also seems that the pills were upsetting his stomach. This can be the case for some pets.

My vet recommended a transdermal medication. It comes in metered doses from a plastic tube. I just give the bottom of the tube two clicks and the correct dosage is dispensed from the tube. I then rub it in one of Atlantis’s ears. I have to make sure his ears are clean or the dose will not absorb properly so regular ear cleaning is necessary. I use a baby wipe and swap the inside of his ears everyday. The medication does leave some residue inside the ear which is the reason why regular cleaning is necessary. This method ensures that Atlantis gets his medication but there is one downside. Transdermal medications are much more expensive as the pharmacist has to make the preparation. The dispenser also adds to the cost.

Transdermal medications are worth it just for the convenience.

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Heart worm is a disease spread by mosquitoes. Your dog could be at risk if you live in an infested area. Your veterinarian may recommend a monthly preventative heart worm medication, administered regularly until your vet tells you that it’s safe to stop for the winter. If you forget to give your dog his heart worm medication one month, call your vet.  He’ll likely recommend that you give your dog his pill as soon as you’ve recognized that you’ve missed it and then continue as normal next month. Usually missing one dose is not a problem.  If you forget for two consecutive months, your dog may be susceptible to heart worm. As ask your veterinarian to check him out.

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