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If you’re looking for a dog and you have a toddler in the house, don’t think that smaller is best. It may seem logical to you at first but small dogs are very fragile and your child could easily injure or even kill a dog by dropping it, stepping on it, shutting the door on it etc.

The very large dog breeds pose another problem. Even though very large dogs are usually very gentle, sturdy and robust, their size could injure your child. A Mastiff could easily knock down your child while trying to say “hello.”

It’s very difficult trying to stop a young child from poking, pulling, prodding and smothering a small puppy with hugs and kisses. Mid size dog breeds that have a very clam, tolerant and confident temperament may be a great choice if you have a small child in the home. Here are some breeds that you should consider.

Beagle
Boston Terrier
Cocker Spaniel
English Bulldog
English Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Wheaton Terrier
Always make sure that you’re in the room with the child and new puppy. Teach your child how to properly play with the puppy with his dog toys. Pay attention and make sure that your child and new puppy are bonding properly.

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Reiki Could Provide Comfort to Your Dog

Friday, July 30, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

Reiki is a Japanese holistic healing system that is safe, noninvasive and gentle. The results can be impressive. It’s a great system to use with dogs. It doesn’t cause them any stress, discomfort or pain and yet gets powerful results. Animals respond to the power of Reiki . It helps with emotional, behavioral and physical illness and injuries.

It is also good for healthy pets as it enhances relaxation and provides an emotional sense of peace and contentment. For pets that are ill, Reiki is a wonderful healing method as well as a safe compliment to western medicine.

For dying pets, Reiki is a gentle way to provide comfort, relief from pain, fear and anxiety to ease the transition to death.

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Foods That Are Harmful to Pets

Thursday, July 29, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

There are many foods, chemicals or medications that are not harmful to humans but can really harm our pets. Here’s some of them.

Milk – some people think that this is good for cats but actually it can cause them to have digestive problems and cause diarrhea.
Onions – Can destroy a dog’s red blood cells causing anemia.
Chocolate – is lethal for both dogs and cats. Baking chocolate is even more dangerous. Avoid it at all times.
Grapes and Raisins – Can lead to loss of appetite, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea and acute renal failure in dogs causing death.
Coffee – is dangerous to animals. Watch out for grounds that may spill. You don’t want you dog or cat to eat them.
Fatty foods – like chicken or turkey skins or gravy can cause pancreatitis and inflammation of the digestive gland which can be very painful and serious.
Nicotine – this can increase an animals heart rate leading to collapse or even death. Make sure that you do not leave tobacco lying around for your dog to get at!!
Alcoholic beverages – keep these away for animals at all times as they can be very dangerous. Never try to get your dog drunk for laughs. I’ve actually seen some stupid people try to do this!
Always feed you pets healthy foods, dog treats and cat treats. Check the labels for nutrition which we discussed in a previous post.

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Pets Donating Blood to Other Pets

Tuesday, July 27, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

You’ve just left on a trip and your dog is in the back of his dog crate. You stop in a parking lot and open the back hatch where your dog is. He gets out of his dog crate, jumps out of the car and gets hit by another car as he’s running across the street. You call your the nearest animal hospital who dispatches help immediately. Your dog is injured but is awake and seems to be alert. He is bleeding from his leg. At the animal hospital your vet says that your dog will be OK but he needs blood. Where does the new blood come from? Beth Davidow of the Animal Critical Care and Blood Bank in Seattle says that most of it comes from healthy pets whose owners get them involved as community blood donors. She says that many pet owners are committed to making sure that another animal in need has blood if they need it. To become a donor, a dog must be free of diseases, not on any medication and is willing to lie still for treats while it’s blood is drawn. Cats can donate to, but must be anesthetized. If you want your vet to extend a helping paw to another animal in need, you can ask your vet to help you find a program in your area.

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It’s hurricane season and we have to keep our pets in mind when it comes to evacuation procedures.  How do we prepare our pets for hurricanes?

Before the Hurricane:

  • Make sure that your pets are current on their vaccinations. Pet shelters may require proof of vaccines.
  • Have a current photograph of your pet.
  • Keep a collar with identification on your pet and have a leash on hand to control your pet.
  • Have a properly-sized pet carrier for each animal – carriers should be large enough for the animal to stand and turn around
  • Plan your evacuation strategy and don’t forget your pet! Specialized pet shelters, animal control shelters, veterinary clinics and friends and relatives out of harm’s way are ALL potential refuges for your pet during a disaster.

Pack a supply kit and have these items close at hand.

  • Proper identification including immunization records
    � Ample supply of food and water
    � A carrier or cage
    � Medications
    � Muzzle, collar and leash

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Nasty Parasites – Whipworms

Sunday, July 25, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

Whipworms are nasty parasites that can that can live in a dog’s large intestine and feed on his blood. Some dogs with whipworm show no symptoms at all but many have diarrhea and lose weight. In severe cases, the they may develop anemia. Because infected whipworm eggs are passed in an infected animal’s feces, they can contaminate water and soil. Healthy dogs then contract whipworm by ingesting the eggs. To prevent problems, keep your yard free of droppings and bring a fecal sample in when you take your dog for is routine examination. Your veterinarian will perform a fecal test to check for whipworm. He will prescribe a pet medication like a canine de-B if the test is positive.

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Recognizing Pregnancy in a Cat

Saturday, July 24, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

Pregnancy in cats lasts about nine weeks. Early signs are easy to miss. About three weeks after mating, an expectant  cats nipples will become enlarged and pinker. To find out for sure if your cat is pregnant, take her to your veterinarian.  Fetal heartbeats can be detected with ultrasound around day 24.  Around week five, a pregnant cats abdomen begins to swell noticeably.  Like pregnant humans, pregnant cats tend to eat more and sleep more.  Unlike humans, cat mouths may be eating for eight or more. Her personality may tend to change during this period. They may become more affectionate and seek more attention.  Give her the affection and attention that she needs. Start preparing that special place with a very comfortable cat bed for that special day!

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Is Pepcid Safe to Give to Your Cat?

Friday, July 23, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

Before giving any over the counter medication to your pet, ALWAYS check with your vet. This statement is the most important one that you’ll read in this post. There are many considerations when administering medication to a pet. Is it safe? What is the expected outcome? What’s the dosage? It’s way too complicated for pet owners to make their own decisions regarding pet medication. Always follow the guidance of your vet.

My cat Atlantis is up there in age and has multiple medical conditions including problems with his digestive system. Our vet occasionally recommends one quarter of a tablet of Pepcid when he is having stomach issues. Well today, he’s having stomach issues so I gave him one quarter of a tablet.The tablet was crushed and placed into a syringe then mixed with water.  It usually helps him an it’s is only administered occasionally.

Let your vet be your guide when it comes to any pet medications.

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Recognizing Heat Stroke in Dogs

Wednesday, July 21, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

It’s a fact, dogs can suffer heat stroke just as human’s can. We’ve gone over ways to keep your best friend cool during Summer but what are the signs that your dog may be suffering from heat stroke. Here’s what to look for.

  • Tacky gums
  • panting
  • drooling
  • weakness
  • muscle weakness
  • seizures

Very young and very old dogs have a higher risk of developing heat stroke than do dogs in the prime of their lives. Brachycephalic breeds, obese animals, long-haired dogs and dogs that are black or dark in color are also predisposed to developing heat stroke. Dogs with hyperthyroidism, heart disease, lung disease or thick hair coats have an increased risk as well. Owners who notice that their dog is restless, uneasy, having breathing problems or otherwise is just not doing right should take it to a veterinary clinic immediately.

Thanks to Petwave.com for providing some of this valuable information.

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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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