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July 2020

The forth of July is not your dog’s favorite time of year, I will tell you that. Those loud fireworks can be very stressful for your canine friend. Most people don’t realize the affects these loud noises have on our furry friends. This year is unique in that almost all fireworks displays are cancelled due to the Coronavirus. Instead individuals bought their own fireworks so those loud explosions were heard throughout the evening at different hours on different days! . One night, I heard them going off about midnight. It is annoying to me but I could imagine how your dog feels. He is probably stressed out. Here are some signs of stress to look for.  This list was produced by Sirius Dog.

Stress Signs:

  • Backing away
  • Growling when approached to be handled
  • Crouching or slinking posture
  • Cowering
  • Loss of appetite
  • Yawning (Unless your dog is about to take a nap, yawning is fairly indicative of stress.)
  • Panting (Panting is normal for dogs who are hot, but the dog looks relaxed. If panting is related to stress, often the tongue will be cupped at the tip as opposed to laying limp and relaxed.)
  • Drooling
  • Pacing
  • Excessive shedding
  • Diarrhea/ bowel movements
  • Vomiting
  • Inappropriate or increased urination (when the body is stressed, fluids are forced from the body)
  • Licking the lips
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Dilated pupils and/or red around the eyes
  • Trembling or shivering (take in context – dog may be cold)
  • Shaking (as if the animal were shaking off water)
  • Whining, excessive vocalizing (barking)
  • Freezing in place
  • Nipping
  • Sweaty paws (leaving sweaty paw prints on the floor)
  • Increased activity (may look frantic or ‘hyperactive’)
  • Excessive scratching or licking repeatedly
  • “Spacing out” by turning away or avoiding eye contact
  • Hiding behind the handler
  • Hiding under furniture
  • Decreased activity
  • Refusing to interact with family; previously playful dog not wanting to play
  • Confusion (may also be a medical emergency such as seizure or diabetic problem)
  • Skin disorders (may need medical or dietary attention in addition to stress management)

If the stress persists, contact your vet. There could be other causes that you need to consider

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Summer is Tick Season

Saturday, July 4, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Ticks present a unique problem for people who make their home in a wooded area. The issue is further compounded for pet owners. By their very nature, dogs are curious animals that seek to explore the territory around their home. In some cases this can mean picking up a few unwanted passengers. The best way to circumvent this problem is to invest in plenty of flea and tick spray.

In the event that you forget to take precautionary measures, it may become necessary to remove a wood tick from your dog’s skin. Although the process is never pleasant, it’s relatively straightforward. Begin my donning a pair of rubber gloves and taking out a pair of tweezers. Wrap the tweezers around the tick’s head and pull firmly in a straight-out motion. Do not make a twisting motion, or the tick’s head may remain lodged in the skin.

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A Stress Free 4th For Your Feline Friend.

Friday, July 3, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Are your having  lots of people over for a cookout this 4th of July? You really should limit the amount of people this year due to the Coronavirus situation. Is your cat a bit high strung?  If so, you’ll want to follow a few simple rules for a stress free holiday. First of all, this is not the best time to introduce a new cat to the household.  Unfamiliar house quests can be a shock to your cat’s system and very few cats enjoy noise and parties. Find a safe, quiet retreat for your cat as far from all of the 4th of July festivities as possible. Leave her there until the last guests are gone.  Give her lots of attention. Pet her frequently because that reduces your stress as well as hers.. Have a safe and happy 4th!

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I’ve been promoting Astro’s Oil products for quite some time now and if it didn’t help, you wouldn’t hear about it. Actually administering these products have helped both of my furry friends very much. My cat Molly, had advanced kidney disease and I believe that Astro’s Oil gave me five more good years with her. Atlantis our current little friend is taking these products. He was diagnosed with beginning stages of kidney disease and has gained weight and seems to be doing so much better. He’s eating well, and has become is usual vocal, needy self. So how do Astro’s Oil products actually work?

Astro’s Oil Advanced Renal Care Formula, Nitrogen-Creatinine Scrub and Renal Care Protein work synergistically to give the most therapeutically potent treatment. The Advanced Renal Care Formula actively treats kidney pathology by interfering with the inflammatory mechanism that propagates the disease. The Nitrogen-Creatinine Scrub uses the digestive tract to help clear excess metabolic toxins (nitrogen + creatinine) from the system helping to take some of the burden off the kidneys. The Phosphate Free Renal Care Protein helps in a number of ways, it helps stave off metabolic acidosis by maintaining optimal amounts of essential amino acids in the serum as well as providing very low molecular weight amino acid building blocks for protein metabolism without introducing metabolic waste.

If your cat has kidney disease, I would still recommend a Vets care but I would also recommend adding these wonderful products to his daily regimen.

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Summer is here and we are not going out as much due to the Coronavirus. We’re spending lots of time in the air conditioning and in our pools. I’ve notices lot of dogs swimming around with their owners in backyard pools. There’s no doubt, our canine friends love it but there are some important things that you should consider when swimming with your pup.

The Spruce Pets .com has put together some great considerations that you should think about before letting Fido in the pool.

General Comments About Pets in Pools – Sanitation Issues

An average size dog is equal to three humans in terms of the stuff they will bring along with them into a pool. If you have more than one dog in the pool, multiply that number by three and you will soon learn why you are using more sanitizer or chlorine than normal. The fact is, a dog will introduce fecal matter to the pool pretty regularly, along with insects, body oils, dirt, and who knows what else. This is especially true if they are primarily outside dogs. Animals always have small particles of fecal matter stuck in their fur. This fecal matter will contaminate the pool’s water, potentially aiding in the transmission of Recreational Water Illnesses (RWI’s), such as E. coli, Giardia, Hepatitis A, and Cryptosporidium.
If you think that you and your kids never ingest any of that pool water, guess again. Those ‘external additives’ will raise pH more quickly and consume free available chlorine rapidly. Germs from other swimmers and unsafe water supplies can easily contaminate pool water, especially if it isn’t properly disinfected.

Contaminated recreational water can cause a variety of ailments and diseases, such as diarrhea, skin, ear, and upper respiratory infections, particularly if the swimmer’s head is submerged. Large outbreaks of disease are rare and they don’t typically happen in residential settings, but homeowners should be aware of just how contagious pathogens are when they are waterborne.

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Does Your Dog Seem to be Urinating Too Much?

Tuesday, June 30, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

If you notice that your dog is urinating more than usual or having frequent “accidents” in the house, then there is a problem. Here are some possible reasons.

1.Canine Urinary tract infections or Canine Cystitis means that your dog’s bladder is inflamed because of infection. This causes the need for her to urinate more often.

2. Bladder stones in dogs are also a fairly common problem. The stones form when high mineral levels in the urine crystallize and form stones.

3. If your dog is older, your vet may suspect a hormonal imbalance which affects your dogs kidney function.

4.Canine Diabetes  unfortunately is on the rise these days. As a result, your dog will drink more water and urinate more frequently.

5.Cushings Disease is a disease that usually affects older dogs. Along with hair loss and weight gain, you’ll notice your dog drinking more water and urinating more.

Don’t try to diagnose any of these diseases by yourself or administer any pet medication.

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Tips on Grooming Your Pup

Monday, June 29, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

In general, dogs don’t like being groomed but remember that it’s an important part of your dog’s health. Regular brushing and combing helps prevent matting, removes dead hair and removes dirt. It’s also a good way for your to bond with your dog. Start grooming him at an early age so that it becomes part of his regular routine.

  • Brush your dog regularly.
  • Bathe your dog about once a month under normal circumstances.
  • In warm weather take your dog outside to dry naturally. You could use a blow dryer for long haired breeds on a colder day. Be sure that you don’t put the dryer on high heat and keep it at a safe distance from your dog while drying.
  • When bathing your dog, wash him from the front to the back and don’t put any soap on his face.
  • While brushing, always feel for lumps or bumps. If you feel any, schedule a trip to your vet as soon as possible.
  • Clean your dog’s ears with a cotton ball and try not to get any water in them.
  • When clipping your dog’s nails, use a clipper designed for dogs and I would recommend that you just clip the tips.
  • In the summer months brush your dog with a flea brush and use it everyday.

After all of this grooming, make sure you have plenty of dog treats on hand!

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A Good Weight Report for Atlantis

Saturday, June 27, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Cats with kidney disease usually experience severe weight loss. It doesn’t matter how much the cat eats, the weight just keeps coming off. This was the case with my cat Mollie who passed away from kidney disease in 2018. My newest friend, Atlantis was diagnosed with kidney disease and hyperthyroidism in January. He lost a little weight each time I took him in to the Vet. After using Astro’s oil products and medication to control his hyperthyroidism I’m happy to report that he has gained weight. His talkative personality is back and right now, he seems to be doing fine.

Atlantis is taking Astro’s Oil, a high potency omega oil, Renal Care Protein and a Nitrogen/Creatinine scrub. Atlantis weight was


7.8 pounds when he was last taken to the vet. I am happy to report that today he weighs 8.5 pounds so we are on the right track thanks to Astro’s Oil’s great products and his hyperthyroid medication and don’t forget about me. I’m sure the love and care that I’ve been giving him is also making a difference.

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Going on vacation with a dog could be rough. It’s just as hard leaving your dog in the care of a pet sitter while you’re gone. There are things that you should do to find a reputable one. The first thing that I would recommend  is to check with your vet.  You may find that one to the staff members does siting on the side. It”s also a good idea to check with other pet owners. See if they could recommend someone to you. Pet sitting is a word of mouth business.  You may prefer to hire a professional pet sitter from a nationally recognized company. Try searching through the National Association of professional pet sitters  or  Pet sitters International you may find just what you are looking for. Always check references and have a great time wear masks and social distance or maybe just choose to be safe and stay home1

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The Importance of Your Cats Water Intake

Thursday, June 25, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

It’s essential that your cat get enough water to keep him from dehydrating and becoming ill. Cats are not like dogs who drink lots of water at one time. Cats like cold, fresh water. Lots of cats like to drink the running water from a faucet or a bathtub. I allow my cats to do this. Monitor your cat’s water intake. If your cat isn’t getting enough water, you should consider feeding him some wet canned food. I feed my cats on can of Fancy Feast per day along with their regular dry food. The canned food will cause you cat to take in larger amounts of water and more protein. The canned food generally contains a higher percentage of protein than dry food. You should always look at the labels of all the food that you would feed to your cat. Feeding your cat wet or moist food could prevent bladder issues later in life.

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