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August 2020

Needy Felines

Monday, August 10, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Cats are usually independent creatures that are fairly easy to care for that is if they don’t have any medical conditions or are not spoiled like mine. Let me clarify, our two cats Millie and Atlantis are like our babies. My partner and I have no children and no family living near us. Our two cats receive basically all of our attention. The Coronavirus pandemic has increased their need for us to be around. Each of them has carved out the structure of their little lives. I get up at the same time to feed them. I must give Millie the same food as Atlantis but I have to put the small bowl of wet food on top of her cat scratching post because Atlantis will quickly devour it.

Millie also wants to be brushed daily at a certain time each day when I get finished with my shower. She there waiting by the door for me each day. Atlantis has hyperthyroidism and kidney disease so he requires different medications several times a day. In addition to prescribed medications, I give him  natural products called Astro’s oil which is a combination of a powder mixed in with his food and a pipette distributing a liquid omega oil. His prescribed medications are transdermal that are applied inside his ears.

Each evening both cats expect snacks not just once but several times. They stand by their bowls and meow for more and because we’ve spoiled them so much, we usually comply. Atlantis loves to snuggle with us at night. He goes back and forth between my partner and myself to get his share of love and affection.

We feel that leaving them alone will really have an affect on them. We are basically home bodies who stay close to care for them.

Check out the wonderful natural  Astros Oil products for kidney disease, I’ve been using them for years and swear by them.

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Working with Pets

Sunday, August 9, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

If you love pets and would like to work with them, realize that Veterinarians and Vet. Technicians aren’t the only ones who work with pets. If you want a career working with animals, consider dog walking, dog sitting or doggie day care.  You may want to look into grooming or animal rescue. You could also learn how to train and handle dogs used for human therapy.  If you’re interested in wild animals, consider becoming a Park Ranger. Working in a zoo, marine park or wildlife center could also give you opportunities as a Keeper, Rehabilitator, or Outreach Educator. Talk to a working professional to learn more about a potential career path with animals. Internships can also help you find the career path that’s right for you.

Caring for pets is a rewarding experience whether it’s selling pet products like leashes, collars and dog clothing or rescuing pets and finding them a good home. Remember, your pets count!

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The Beautiful Chausie Cat

Saturday, August 8, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

If you’ve never heard of a Chausie, don’t worry, many people have not. These beautiful cats are a result of careful breeding between wild “jungle” cats and domestic cats. They were first bred in the 60’s as a safer alternative than to keep jungle cats in the home. It has the looks, grace and style of a jungle cats but the gentle disposition of  a domestic cat. Today, the most common breed used to product a Chausie is the Abyssinian because it looks like a jungle cat but is much smaller. Adult males can reach 25 pounds so Chausies require lots of activity and lots of space. Chausies are heavy boned with long, slender legs and a muscular body. They have piercing oval gold or yellow eyes and a triangular shaped face with three round corners. They are loyal to their owners and have a high energy level.They love playing with their cat toys. Some are champion jumpers and they made an ideal companion for young children.

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Some foods that are healthy for us can be dangerous for your cat or dog. has put together this article that really does a great job breaking down the foods to avoid.

dangerous foods for cats & dogs

Although chocolate is the most well-known of the banned foods, few realize it’s toxic for both cats and dogs. Chocolate naturally contains theobromine and caffeine, two chemicals that our pets simply cannot handle. These compounds can cause severe heart, liver, and digestion problems. As a general rule: the darker the chocolate, the greater the risk. White chocolate is the least dangerous, followed by milk chocolate; dark chocolate and baker’s chocolate are by-far the most deadly.
While many fruits are completely safe for pets, the vast majority of the pits and leaves are not. Interestingly, many fruit stems and seeds contain highly toxic compounds (such as cyanide) that our pet partners metabolize more quickly. Make sure to only give the flesh of any fruit and remove all seeds, stems, leaves, pits, and cores. This includes parts from apples, apricots, cherries, peach pits, tomato leaves/stems, rhubarb leaves, and even potato leaves/stems.
When it comes to celebrating, it can be tempting to want to include everyone in the festivities, even your party pupper or crazy kitty. No matter how tempting, giving your furry pal an alcoholic drink is a bad idea. Alcohol is highly toxic to dogs and cats, causing issues with vomiting, diarrhea, tremors and trouble breathing.

According to the ASPCA, nearly all species of garlic and onions are toxic for cats and dogs; including onion/garlic powder and chives. Due to a toxin called N-propyl Disulfide, (the same compound that causes your eyes to water), these foods can lead to serious complications in four-footed creatures. This includes vomiting, bloody urine, acute weakness, irregular heart rate, and severe breakdown of red blood cells. Pay close attention to these foods during barbeques – and speaking of barbeques, don’t forget that the common condiment, mustard, is also dangerous for pets.
Though it seems obvious not to feed your pet Sweet’N Low, you would be surprised how many products have xylitol. Xylitol is a common artificial sweetener found in countless candies and gums that causes subtle releases of insulin in many species. Cats and dogs suffering from insulin imbalance are vulnerable to liver failure. Avoid giving pets candy and remember to be cautious of discarded gum on the ground or other surfaces while out on walks.
Nuts are often a go-to snack for humans. Nutrient-rich and low-carb, nuts are a common weight-loss food that boosts energy while providing a good source of fiber. Unfortunately, this isn’t true for our canine and feline friends. These high-fat treats can cause upset stomach and severe toxicity, depending on the type of nut. Macadamia nuts can cause temporary paralysis!
Amazingly, grapes and raisins contain a mystery compound that causes kidney failure in dogs and sometimes cats. Despite knowing almost nothing about the toxin, veterinarians agree that raisins and grapes should be avoided at all costs. Be extra cautious of foods that like to sneak in raisins, such as trail mix, granola, and baked goods.

undecided / use with caution

Cheese is one of the most common treats for tail-wagers, many even use slices to help give medicine. Strictly speaking, dairy foods aren’t necessarily toxic to pets…they’re just unhealthy. While your dog or cat probably loses their mind over a slice of cheese, their little digestive tracts can’t produce enough lactase, an enzyme needed to break down lactose for digestion. Much like a lactose-intolerant human, your little friend may struggle with indigestion or diarrhea after having dairy, so avoid if this is the case.

Thank you for providing this excellent information!

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Prolonging Cats with Kidney Disease Life

Thursday, August 6, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Kidney disease is not a good diagnosis when it comes to our feline friends. It a disease that has no cure but there is some light at the end of the tunnel. Two of my cats were diagnosed with kidney disease over the past 8 years. Acute renal failure can be reversed if treated early. Discovering chronic kidney disease early on can prolong a cats life. With the proper lifestyle and treatment, cats can live as long as decade with the disease. You have to be very positive and proactive. If you notice, any change in your cats health,  get him to the vet right away.  My cat Atlantis has early stage kidney disease and I always monitor his weight, appetite, hydration and overall health. Is he alone in a corner not wanting to be bothered? Is he not eating? drinking? listless?  These things should be on your everyday checklist.

I also have Atlantis’s blood monitored every six months. I’ve added all of the Astro’s Oil products to his daily regimen. These are natural products that help keep the kidneys functioning for a longer period of time. They are working for Atlantis and have worked for my cat Molly who had the disease for about 7 years. She lived a good quality life for at least five years after diagnosis.

If your cat is diagnosed with kidney disease, don’t give up, you still may have many years to spend with your loving feline friend!

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When you first get a puppy, you’ll need to take him in to the veterinarian for a proper exam and vaccination. Some puppy shots are administered in a series.  If it’s  a new vet, you’ll probably get to know him/her quite well during the initial period.  After the initial series of shots, most healthy dogs only need to visit the veterinarian only once a year for their annual vaccinations and a brief checkup.  Older dogs may need to get more frequent exams.  It’s a good idea to ask about special geriatric screenings. Most veterinarians will recommend a bi annual visit.  No matter what your dogs age is, any sudden changes in his behavior or eating habits should be reported to a veterinarian. Your treatment options are always better when you catch a problem early on. Always refer to your vet for pet medications. Never try to administer anything yourself. This will keep your new pet healthy and happy.

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Etiquette for Your Best Friend

Monday, August 3, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Remember, not all people are dog lovers. If you live in a heavily populated area or a big city there are some things that you should remember with regards to your dog’s behavior. It’s up to you to present a dog who is well socialized and under control. If you’re in the elevator, keep you dog in the far corner so he doesn’t try to dash out every time the door opens. Never let your dog jump on the other people in the elevator. If your dog is not well socialized, make it a point to train him. In the meantime check with management to see if you could take a freight elevator or the stairs if you’re not on a high floor. Never allow your dog to soil in front of the building’s entrance. If you have a young pup or dog-in-training who can’t control himself, be sure to carry paper towels and odor neutralizer.

If you are planning on visiting friends and you want to take your dog, always check to make sure that it’s ok to bring the dog. Make sure that your dog will not run through your friends home and possible destroy some valuable possessions . Make sure that your dog is trained and does not jump. Never just assume that taking your dog is “OK.” and never surprise your friends with your dog  without checking first.  Be considerate of others who may not be dog lovers or who may even be afraid of dogs. Always reward your dog with a dog treat for good behavior.

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Including Your Pet In Your Hurricane Plan

Saturday, August 1, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Hurricane Isaias is speeding up the US coast. We are having an over active hurricane season and that means that we need to have a Hurricane plan in place. Our pets must be an important part of that plan. Wellness Pet has put together a comprehensive list of things to include in your hurricane preparation plan. Please keep this plan handy and don’t wait till the last minute to use it!

Have emergency supplies and travel kits ready:

  • Have leashes, harnesses and/or carriers ready to transport pets safely and ensure that they cannot escape.
  • Make sure to have enough supply of food, drinking water, bowls, and cat litter. Don’t forget a can opener if you pet eats canned food.
  • Remember all medications and keep copies of medical records stored in a waterproof container.
  • Make a hurricane first aid kit which includes the following:
    • Identification (current color photo of your pet, ID tag including owners name, current address, contact phone number).
    • Keep medical records and information of any medical conditions, or behavior problems handy.
    • Keep information on feeding schedules, and the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to foster or board your pets.
    • Always keep a list of veterinarians and 24-hour emergency animal hospitals that are close to your destination if you need to evacuate.
    • Make sure to include pet beds and toys, or something that provides your pet with comfort during what can be a difficult time.

Be prepared to Travel with Your Pets:

  • Make sure that your pet’s vaccinations are current and that they are wearing collars with up-to-date identification (many pet shelters require proof of current vaccinations).
  • Stock up on any medications your pet requires, along with a copy of their medical records.
  • Many pets get lost or displaced during natural disasters. Make sure your pet is micro chipped and that their microchip is registered and current.
  • If your pet exhibits anxiety and stress during storms or travel, have your veterinarian prescribe a sedative if needed. Always consult with your veterinarian before giving your pet any medications.

Rescue Sticker Alert

  • The ASPCA recommends this sticker be displayed so that people know there are pets inside your home.
  • Make sure your sticker is visible and includes the number of and type of pets in your household.

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Include Your Pet In Your Estate Planning

Friday, July 31, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Most of us don’t like to think about planning a will and sometimes neglect to do so. Our pets should not be left out and they should be provided for. There are several ways that you could do this. The first is to leave your pet in the care of a friend or family member, then leave that person a specific sum of money to care for your pet.  You must be certain that the person that you’ve chosen to take care of your pet will honor your wishes and use the money specifically for that purpose.  You can also establish a trust for the care of your pet after you’re gone. You name a caregiver who will be responsible for the care of your pet, you also name a trustee that will be in charge of your pet’s money.The money will be used for food, dog or cat accessories and anything else that your pet may need.  You then fund the trust with enough money or property to meet your pets needs during it’s lifetime.  Leave written instructions as to how the pet should be taken care of. This way, the obligations of the caregiver and trustee are legally enforced.

Speak to your estate planning attorney for the best way to make sure that your pets are included in your will. This will give you peace of mind that your pet will not be abandoned or sent to a shelter.

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Update on Atlantis

Thursday, July 30, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

It’s been about six months that we thought that we may lose our precious cat Atlantis. He was listless vomiting, not eating and losing weight. He was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and kidney disease and since he was adopted from our neighbor, we didn’t have any medical history on him. Well I am happy to report that our little boy is alive, thriving and enjoying his life here with us. I’ve been giving him his hyperthyroid medicine twice a day, I’ve added 1/4 pill of Pepcid since he has digestive issues. I’m feeding him a high quality cat food but the greatest improvement is due to the Astro’s Oil products I’ve been using.

I’ve been giving him Astro’s Omega Oil, renal care protein and nitrogen-creatinine scrub everyday.  The results have been very positive. Atlantis has gained over a pound, has a very robust appetite, is very attached to both of us and spends most of his time enjoying life in our family room. He is no longer hiding in a corner. He is also more vocal than ever and we know that means he’s happy and doing well.

Since Atlantis is an older cat, we always keep our fingers crossed but right now, we are very thankful that he is living a happy healthy life!

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