Your Pets Count

pet information that caters to your special friend

Calendar

March 2019
M T W T F S S
« Feb    
 123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031

Most of the time, when we think of treats for pets, we think of dogs. There are many treats on the market for cats as well. My cat Millie loves her treats and sometimes I think she eats more treats than food!

Make sure that you carefully choose the right treat for your cat. Treats should never amount to more than 10% of the cats diet. Sometimes I think I give Millie more than that. I can’t resist her coming out and meowing for her treats about three times a night. I need to take my own advice!

Cat treats can also be very fatty and you want to make sure that his treats don’t spoil their appetite. Always check the ingredients on the label. Look for treats that are lower in calories. Another thing that you may want to check is the veterinarian-approved AAFCO certification.

The Association of American Feed Control Officials publishes a set of guidelines for cat food and treats, and if the ingredient definitions meet the regulations, you will see, “Formulated to meet the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profile for Kittens/Adults/Senior)” printed on the label of the treats. Watch out for companies that do not provide this information.  Always look for a treat that is nutritionally balanced yet also has flavor that will appeal to your cats. Treats usually come in beef, chicken or fish flavors. Choose a treat that you cat will like best. Millie likes them all.

Don’t ever feed your cat things like cookies or popcorn. Stick will nutritionally balanced store bought cat treats.

Remember, your pets count!

Turn on your favorite oldies! EDGEWATER GOLD RADIO! Ask Alexa to Play Edgewater Gold Radio! Listen from our website: Edgewater Gold Radio.com.

Join Amazon Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial

Comments Off on Cat Love Treats But Be Careful Not to Give Them To Many!

A Brief History of Kitty Litter

Saturday, March 9, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

There are lots of types of kitty litter,crystal, clumping, scented or unscented. There are so many choices that are available today, that it takes a little while to choose.  In the old days, cats used wooden boxes filled with sand, sawdust or ashes.  This was the case until 1947 when a man whose family sold industrial absorbents gave a batch of clay pellets to a woman in Michigan. The women was tired of her cat tracking her sooty paw prints around and wanted a cleaner alternative. She and her cat loved the clay pellets and kept coming back for more.  The man, Ed Low kept bagging the stuff and kept on selling it.  In 1964, Mr. Low founded the Tidy Cats brand. That’s the history of kitty litter. Now who invented litter liners and all of the other cat accessories? A story for another time.

Remember, your pets count!

Great oldies are playing all the time on Edgewater Gold Radio! Ask Alexa to “Play Edgewater Gold Radio” or listen from our website: Edgewater Gold Radio.com.

Join Amazon Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial

Comments Off on A Brief History of Kitty Litter

Pets Can Make YOU Live Longer!

Friday, March 8, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Statistics show that people who have pets have a tendency to live longer or at least, they have fewer health problems. Owning a pet naturally lowers their stress level and also make them feel better about themselves. The two go hand in hand. If you are stressed out, many times you don’t feel good about yourself but our beloved pets can really help in these areas

A recent study shows that adopting a dog can add ten years to your life! Life spans of dogs are also increasing thanks to improved veterinary care, nutrition, medical advances and due diligence in the way we care for our pets.

Remember, your pets count!

Have a great weekend with the oldies playing all the time! Edgewater Gold Radio plays the best oldies from the 50s through the 80s. Just Ask Alexa to “play Edgewater Gold Radio!” You may also listen on Tunein, Itunes, Live 365 and so many other places including our website: Edgewater Gold Radio.com.

Join Amazon Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial

Comments Off on Pets Can Make YOU Live Longer!

Signs of Hypothyroidism in Dogs

Thursday, March 7, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Sometimes a senior dog will sometimes seem to get old and sluggish.  Often the reason is not his advanced age but hypothyroidism. This is a condition where the thyroid gland stops producing enough hormones.  Hypothyroidism can cause hair loss and weight gain even in dogs with a diminished appetite.  Some researchers think that canine hypothyroidism has a genetic basis.  This makes it very different from feline thyroid problems.  Cats often develop hyperthyroidism. This is a condition where they produce too much thyroid hormone.  Veterinarians suspect that feline hyperthyroidism which causes weight loss not gain, is triggered by environmental factors.  There is pet medication than can help to control either hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. Of course all medications have to be prescribed by your veterinarian.

Remember, your pets count!

Keep great oldies playing all day long! It’s Edgewater Gold Radio playing your oldies now! Ask Alexa to “play Edgewater Gold Radio” or listen from our website: Edgewater Gold Radio.com.

Join Amazon Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial

Comments Off on Signs of Hypothyroidism in Dogs

After your dog has surgery such as being spayed, it’s important to keep her from licking the wound because she could remove her stitches or cause an infection. Unfortunately, dogs instinctively want to lick their wounds so you may need to take some precautions. If bandages and topical pet medication and products don’t do the trick, try an Elizabethan collar. This is cone shaped and fits onto your dogs collar wrapping around her head like an upside down lampshade.  Your dog may find this contraption bothersome but it will help keep her from licking and aggravating her incision site.  To make the situation less stressful, you can remove the collar when you are able to keep an eye on her.

Remember, your pets count!

Turn on your oldies today! Edgewater Gold Radio for the best oldies of all time! The 50s through the 80’s. Ask Alexa to “play Edgewater Gold Radio” or you may listen on our website: www.edgewatergoldradio.com.

Join Amazon Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial

Comments Off on How To Prevent your Dog From Licking After Surgery

How to Care For A Cat With Diabetes

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

There are two types of diabetes that cats get. Diabetes Mellitus occurs when a cats body cannot produce or use insulin correctly. Then there’s type 2 diabetes which usually doesn’t require insulin. Caring for a cat with diabetes is a joint effort and it’s very important that you do your part along with your veterinarian.  As soon as a cat is diagnosed with Diabetes Mettitus, she will probably require insulin injections. You have to administer these injections according to the schedule that your vet provides. The dosage will depend on needs and condition of the cat.  Types of insulin varies from cat to cat. You should have her blood tested regularly to determine if the amount of insulin is sufficient or  in some cases, it may be too much.  Your vet will show you how to give your cat her insulin shot.  One good place to give the injection is along the side of your cats’ body.  Insulin shots are usually given twice per day in either one or two units per shot.

Once your cat has been diagnosed with diabetes, you must always monitor her at home. Take note of any changes in her weight, eating habits or blood sugar levels. Notify your if vet  you do notice any changes.  Also consult your vet before administering any additional pet medications for other  conditions.

Turn on your greatest oldies today! Edgewater Gold Radio ! The best oldies anywhere. Ask Alexa to “Play Edgewater Gold Radio or listen from our website: Edgewater Gold Radio.com.

Join Amazon Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial

Comments Off on How to Care For A Cat With Diabetes

Best Companion Dogs For Seniors

Monday, March 4, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Smaller dogs are preferred for seniors because they are easier to handle and most only require moderate exercise and are lower maintenance.

Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier makes an excellent companion for seniors because they are easy to carry and don’t require much space. The are perfect for a small apartment. They are a breed with lots of personality and provides lots of love and companionship to it’s owner.

Care is needed if grandchildren come to visit, especially toddlers who could easily hurt the dainty Yorkie.

A Yorkie can live between 13 and 16 years and live lots longer.

Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is easy to train and also can do lots of tricks if trained properly. They do suffer from separation anxiety is left alone for longer periods of time.

The Bichon Frise has a fluffy white coat that needs to be groomed regularly. They are also double coated and do not shed.

They get along well with children. Due to their robust size, they are not likely to get injured. However, care must be taken with toddlers because bichons can snap at them.

The bichon lives between 12 to 15 years but is prone to several severe health conditions that you can discuss with your vet.

Remember, your pets count!

When you get to work today, turn on your oldies. The best memories are on EDGEWATER GOLD RADIO. Music from the 50s through the 80s play all the time. Join us for some great memories! Ask Alexa to “play Edgewater Gold Radio.” Listen from our website: Edgewater Gold Radio.com.



Join Amazon Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial

Comments Off on Best Companion Dogs For Seniors

How Much Exercise Does Your Dog Need?

Saturday, March 2, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

The answer to this question depends on the dog breed. Dogs that are bred for working such as Retrievers and Huskies require lots of exercise.  Walk these dog for at least 30 minutes each day. In addition to their normal daily walks, smaller dogs such as lap dogs or toy dogs only require an occasional walk for exercise. Two or three times a week in usually sufficient. They can also run around the house which also gives them lots of exercise.

The best way to determine how much exercise your dog needs is to look at his body and behavior. If he is fit and not overweight and behaves well in the house, then he’s probably getting enough exercise.  If after you walk your dog, you notice that he is getting into everything in the house and just not behaving well, try playing with him with is dog toys in the house. Play fetch or hide and seek. If he’s a swimmer and you have a pool, take a swim with him.

Remember, your pets count!

All oldies all the time on your station for oldies variety — EDGEWATER GOLD RADIO! Just ask Alexa to “play Edgewater Gold Radio.” You may also listen from our website: Edgewater Gold Radio.com.

Join Amazon Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial

Comments Off on How Much Exercise Does Your Dog Need?

Keeping That Litter Box Clean

Friday, March 1, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

In order to thoroughly clean your cats litter box, here are some steps that you should take.

Keep that litter box clean!
  1. Dump all of the used litter into a garbage bag and toss it out immediately.
  2. When cleaning the box, use very hot  soapy water . Do not use harsh chemicals. I use dish washing liquid.  Scrub the box with old rags that you keep just for this purpose.
  3. After scrubbing , rinse the box very well with hot water to remove all traces of  soap.
  4. Fill the box with hot water and add a cup of bleach.
  5. Rinse the box again very well with hot water to remove the bleach.
  6. You can either air dry the box, or wipe it with a clean rag.
  7. Fill the box with clean litter. You may want to line to box with kitty liners, or a plastic bag. This will make clean up next time easier.

Change the box a least one a week and scoop every day. Your cats does not like a dirty box and neither will you. Remember, your pets count!

The best music on the best station! Edgewater Gold Radio is playing your greatest memories right now! Oldies from the 50s, 60s 70s and 80’s all the time! We keep this great music flowing all the time! Ask Alexa to “play Edgewater Gold Radio.” Listen from our website: Edgewater Gold Radio.com.

Join Amazon Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial

Comments Off on Keeping That Litter Box Clean

Hiring A Dog Trainer? Check Their Credentials!

Thursday, February 28, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Many people will hire a dog trainer without checking any of their credentials. I read an article from Tennessean.com which I will pass on to you today. The article was written by John Bowman and it was written awhile ago but still holds true today.

Most dog trainers talk one heck of a ballgame. In fact the way some trainers brag, you’d think they invented dogs.

“People call themselves behaviorists and trainers, and it sounds very prestigious, but there really is no law that says they need to have a certain kind of education,” says Stephanie Shain, director of outreach for companion animals for the Humane Society of the United States.

So if there’s no licensing or testing required, how can you tell a real pro from some guy who just got tired of selling insurance and decided to call himself a dog trainer?

Kat Martin, owner of  DOGS & KAT Dog Training & Behavior Counseling in Nashville, says the key is watching the trainer in action.

“My advice would definitely be to call a trainer, ask them how long they’ve been training and what their background is. But if you really want to make sure this person is right for you, ask if you can attend a class and observe.”

Martin says it’s a red flag when a trainer is hesitant to let you sit in on a class.

“A good trainer would say, ‘Absolutely, come whenever you want. I’ll have a chair ready for you.’ Because if they’re a good trainer, then they’re proud of what they do, and they won’t have anything to hide.”

Let your dog decide

Shain advises owners to do an initial phone interview to find out a trainer’s background and training style. Owners may also want to ask for references. If the initial interview goes well, schedule a time to observe a class.

“The bottom line is to trust your gut,” Shain says. “If something makes you feel uncomfortable, it’s okay to say, ‘You’re not the right person to train my dog.’ “

Don’t forget that dogs are usually great judges of character. Shain believes if a dog is afraid of a trainer, then their owner probably should be, too.

“Training should be a fun, positive experience. It should never be scary, and it should never make you feel worried for your pet’s safety. There should be no yelling or hitting.”

Shain said group basic obedience courses are a great way for dogs to learn basic socialization and manners. She also encourages owners to actively participate in their dogs’ training.

“The classes are really as much for you as they are for your dog. Going to training together can really strengthen the bond between you and your pet.”

Most 4-week basic obedience courses cost between $50 and $70. Prices for private training sessions vary, but they’re generally between $40 and $75 per hour.

Do associations matter?

Just about all trainers belong to an association of some kind. Shain says the Association of Pet Dog Trainers is one of the more highly regarded groups, but she cautions that membership in a professional organization doesn’t guarantee a good trainer.

Nashville’s Martin says owners should take the time to learn about which association a trainer belongs to before signing up their dogs.

“There are so many organizations,” Martin says. “Some you just pay money to and you’re a member; others actually require some education and testing.”

Like Martin, Shain believes there’s just no substitute for watching someone in action.

“The real key for people is going for themselves to see how the trainer operates,” Shain says. “Ask to observe a group class. Certainly, asking if you can come and observe is a reasonable request that any trainer should feel comfortable with.”

Remember, your pets count!

Oldies all the time. The greatest oldies of all time! The 50s 60s 70s and 80s are playing right now on Edgewater Gold Radio! Turn us on and enjoy all of your favorites! Tell Alexa to “play Edgewater Gold Radio” listen from our website: Edgewater Gold Radio.com.

Join Amazon Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial

Comments Off on Hiring A Dog Trainer? Check Their Credentials!