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February 2021

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How Often Should You Take Your Cat to the Vet?

Friday, February 26, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

The experts recommend that you take your cat to the vet twice per year for a physical exam and an evaluation of any special health needs that he may need. This of course is if he is in generally good health and has no underlying medical conditions. Twice a year may sound like a lot but cats have small bodies and they change faster than ours with age. Cats hide their symptoms until they pass through much of the onset of the problem. Some cats are obese and they can develop diabetes, some vomit excessively and some cats develop dental disease. All of these conditions are serious and your cat may not show any symptoms at first. This is the reason to make sure that your vet sees him at least two times per year. As a cat moves into their senior years, they will all develop renal failure and 30% will develop hyperthyroidism.

Keep your cat up to date on his checkups and you’ll have him around for a long time!

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Astro’s Oil is an excellent supplement to your cat’s daily regimen. It’s a high potency omega oil developed by a doctor in Canada for his cat who was diagnosed with kidney disease. Find out all of the wonderful benefits of Astro’s Oil and other Astro’s Oil products from their website, Astros

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Cats with Sensitive Stomachs

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

It sometimes could be difficult to determine whether or not your cat has a sensitive stomach. My cat Atlantis has an extremely sensitive stomach.  The first thing that you should do is to look at is his litter box. Is it more messy than usual? Does he have diarrhea? Is he vomiting? Did you recently change his diet? I would then get him checked out by a vet to rule out any serious health issues. If it’s determined that your cat has a dietary intolerance, then your vet will recommend a food that’s highly digestible. Your veterinarian might recommend a low-residue food.This which works by providing a special blend of fiber, protein and fat sources.

Make sure that you pay attention to your cats entire digestive system, not just his stomach. This includes intestines, mouth, esophagus, gums and teeth. Tooth decay, bad breath and gum disease could also contribute to this problem. Your vet will recommend that you take care of your cats teeth by brushing them regularly.

When you do find a diet that your cat will tolerate, make sure that you stick to it.

Remember, your pets count!

Omega 3 oil is good for cats. Astro’s Oil is a high potency Omega Oil that is an excellent supplement for cats with kidney disease. Read all about Astro’s Oil from their website, Astros

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My Way to Keep A Cat Hydrated

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

Cats often become dehydrated usually due to illness and some cats just don’t drink enough water. During my years of owning cats, I noticed that they are drawn to running water. Both of my cats would jump in the shower and drink the running water from the faucet. After two of my cats were diagnosed with kidney disease, I knew that proper hydration is a priority. I decided to buy a water fountain. The fountain keeps water running all the time and has been a lifesaver.

Today, both of my cats actually fight to get to the fountain first. They are always drinking and staying hydrated. I would always recommend a water fountain for your indoor cats. It should solve your cat hydration problem!

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Astros Oil is a wonderful product to add to your cats diet. It’s a powerful Omega 3 oil and can improve kidney function in cats with kidney disease. Read all about the benefits of  Astros Oil on their website, Astros

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How Do You Detect A Fever in Your Dog?

Monday, February 22, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

Detecting a fever in a dog can be difficult. Some signs to look for are lethargy and panting. If your dog does have a fever, he may also refuse his food.  A dogs normal temperature at rest is between 99.5 and 102.5 degrees. This number can climb higher when your dog has some kind of medical problem. Anything higher than 104 degrees requires an immediate call to your veterinarian.The most common cause for fever in dogs is infection, particularly from a wound or abscessed tooth. The most accurate way to detect a fever in your dog is to use a rectal thermometer.  Ask your veterinarian to show you how. Do not try to do it by yourself or never administer any pet medication with your vets advice.

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Add Astros Oil to your cats daily diet if he’s been diagnosed with feline kidney disease. Read all about the benefits of astros Oil from their website,

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When you think about hazards to your little pouch, you probably never think of dangers in your purse. Lots of people carry their small dogs around in their purse but there can be some hazards. For instance, the nicotine found in cigarettes is toxic, hand sanitizer has alcohol in it. Your sugarless gum carries chemicals dangerous to non-humans. So if you must keep your dog in your purse while out, make sure that everything harmless is taken out. At home, make sure that your purse is put on a shelf or in an area that is not accessible to your little dog. Be on the safe side, take precautions and you will enjoy your little pouch for many years to come.

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Astro’s Oil is a high potency omega oil and is a great addition for cats with kidney disease.  Find out all of the benefits from Astros Oil on their website, Astros

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Atlantis’s Visit to the Vet

Saturday, February 20, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

I took our cat Atlantis for his blood work yesterday. He has hyper-thyroid and kidney disease. We are monitoring both conditions closely and are striving to control them. His blood work revealed that his hyper-thyroid disease has worsened but his kidney readings are in the normal range. He did lose a little weight which can be attributed to the advance of his hyperthyroidism. The good news is that his thyroid condition can be controlled.

We have decided to increase his dosage of Methimazole and change the method of dosage. I’m using a trans dermal medication that I put in his ear but I will now switch to a liquid medication. My vet suggested that the trans dermal medication may not be absorbing into the skin properly. So we’ll monitor this situation closely.

Over all Atlantis is doing just fine. He’s vocal and being his normal needy self which we love. He is always with us either sitting on our lap or on the sofa. He’s the sweetest cat and we will do everything we can to keep him with us for as long as we can.

I attribute  his “normal” kidney readings to Astro’s Oil. Astro’s Oil is a high potency Omega oil that protects the kidneys and prolongs life as well as improves life quality. I’ve been using it for years and would highly recommend it! Find out all about Astros Oil from the website, Astro’s I am so pleased with the results that I have to spread the word!

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Technology has come a long way. Now we could do almost anything online even buy our pet’s medication but is it safe?  The FDA has warned about buying prescription medication online.  The truth is buying pet medication online is very safe. You get the same medication as the ones you get from the vets office but you must d0 your homework first.

To make sure that you get legitimate medications, make sure that you’re on a secure internet site. You should see a small gold padlock in the status bar of your browser (usually on the bottom). If the gold padlock is open the page is not encrypted. If the gold padlock is closed that means the sight has 128 bit encryption which means that it offers the highest level of protection offered for all your Internet communications, including credit card use and other financial transactions. It is important to note that the only place the locked padlock is important is on the page where you are entering your credit card or bank information. It does not have to appear on every page of the website. Make sure that you are ordering the exact medication that your vet prescribed. When in doubt, always verify with your vet. You must also know the dosage so before you attempt to order pet meds online, it is vital that you have this information correct!

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One pet supplement that’s safe to order is Astros Oil. Astro’s Oil helps cats that have been diagnosed with kidney disease. I’ve been using it for years with great results. Find out all about Astro’s Oil from their website, Astros

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Healthy Treats for Dogs

Thursday, February 18, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

Dogs love treats but are the treats that you’re feeding them healthy? It’s easy to go to the supermarket and throw some dog treats on the shelf into your basket.  The problem is that the treats you are choosing may be unhealthy for your best friend. Pet MD, a site that I trust very much has put together a some guidelines on healthy treats.

This article was written by  Elizabeth Xu of Pet MD.

There are many reasons people give their dog treats, from training rewards to something to keep them occupied for a bit. No matter the reason, your dog is likely to be happy to have something tasty to munch on. As fun as treats can be though, dog owners should be aware of how many treats they’re giving—and realize that the treats aren’t actually necessary, experts say.

“Due to obesity, I advocate feeding both dogs and cats high quality, nutrient rich balanced diets with appropriate calorie contents to support and maintain a healthy weight and do not advocate giving treats,” says Dr. Rachel Barrack, DVM, a veterinarian and veterinary acupuncturist at Animal Acupuncture.

Dr. Amy Farcas, DVM, a veterinary nutritionist with Veterinary Nutrition Care in California, agrees that treats are unnecessary but knows that dog owners don’t necessarily see it that way: “A lot of people think they’re important for bonding with their pet and they’re an important part of life and what they do with their pet together.”

Farcas recommends that people really think about the treats they’re giving and says they can be appropriate for activities like dog training or agility.

“I think it’s helpful to think about why you’re using treats and what message you intend and what behavior you want to reinforce,” she says. “If you give treats willy-nilly all over the place for no apparent reason, that can be detrimental because you may be giving too many treats and your pet may become overweight, but you also lose the opportunity to set up certain [behavioral] expectations.”

Here are six treat ideas for your pup:

Peanut butter popsicles

If warm months have your pup feeling a little overheated, this cool treat will probably help. The Humane Society recommends mixing one cup of peanut butter (unsalted and unsweetened, ideally) with half a mashed banana and some water. Freeze the mixture on wax paper or in a toy like a Kong and give to your dog when frozen.


Apples can provide vitamin C, fiber, and calcium, the AKC says. Just be careful to limit your dog’s intake, cut up the apple, and remove the seeds and core.

Farcas says there’s another plus side to treating dogs with fruits and vegetables: fewer calories. “Often giving fresh fruits and vegetables is fewer calories than providing cookie-type, commercial treats,” she says. “Since there’s a tendency to over-provide treats to our pets and there’s a trend of obesity in our pets, I think that is an important concern.”


Blueberries are the perfect treat size for any size dog. They offer healthy antioxidants and vitamin C, according to the AKC.


It makes sense that dogs might like fruits, thanks to their natural sweetness. But what about vegetables? The AKC says that carrots can be a good choice due to their vitamin A and fiber content. Most dogs will eat carrots raw or cooked, but be sure to cut raw carrots up so they’re not a choking hazard.

Sweet potato jerky

If you’re searching for a treat that’s a little more like what you’d find in stores, the Humane Society might have the answer with this sweet potato jerky recipe. Simply scrub the potatoes clean and cut into ½-to 2/3-inch strips and bake in an oven set to 225 F for three to four hours.

Commercial treats

If you don’t want to feed your pup people food, there’s not necessarily anything wrong with commercial treats. Farcas says that because treats aren’t necessary for a balanced diet, there’s nothing that necessarily constitutes a “healthy” treat.

Be sure not to over-treat

No matter what type of treat you choose, Farcas says to make sure treats don’t make up more than 5-10 percent of your dog’s diet. Though the foods on this list aren’t known to cause problems for dogs, keep in mind that you should discuss any dietary concerns with your veterinarian and know that they might have a different outlook on feeding certain foods to dogs.

“Although sometimes sharing whatever you’re eating with your dog and cat is tempting it isn’t really in their best interests,” Barrack says. “People food is often too rich and seasoned and can wreak havoc on the canine and feline digestive tracts.”

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Our Cats are Our Children

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

Since my partner and I have no children, we treat our two cats like our own kids. They complete our little family and we make sure that we provide a warm, safe, secure environment for them. I tend to our cat Atlantis who has been diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism and beginning stage kidney disease. Each morning he receives Astro’s oil, a high dose of omega oil as well as medication for his thyroid.

I recommend a high quality food. Low quality foods are bad for your cats kidneys, cardiovascular system and overall health. It’s worth spending a little extra for food and having your cat with you a little longer. I give them Weruva wet food and KD dry food.  Both of our cats never go outdoors except sometimes to sit on the porch with us.  Indoor cats are healthier, more content and live longer in most cases, much longer than feral cats.

Our cat Atlantis visits the vet regularly to have his blood checked. Our goal is to make sure both of his conditions are kept under control.

Both of our cats love being brushed, pet  and spending time with us each evening in our family room. Our goal is to keep them happy and healthy for as long as possible, after all they are our children!

Remember, your pets count!

Consider adding Astros Oil to your cats daily regimen especially if he’s been diagnosed with kidney disease. Astros Oil is a wonderful natural product that prolongs life and improved life quality. I’ve used it for years and have seen dramatic results. Read all about Astros Oil from their website, Astros

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Your Pet and Heart Problems

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

Heart problems are life threatening and should be detected and treated immediately. There’s no time to spare ! There are several clues to look for to determine if your pet has a heart problem. They seem to slow down and can’t play or exercise anymore. Dr. Andrew Lowell  is a Veterinarian at the Pender Veterinary Clinic in Fairfax, Virginia . He says that pets and humans have common heart symptoms. If humans feel lethargic,  tire frequently and can’t run anymore, this can be an indicator that there is  a heart problem.

Heavy breathing and continual fatigue are signals that your pet needs to go to the Vet and get checked out. Frequently, heart problems can be controlled with the proper pet medication.  My pet began coughing. At first I thought that he had something stuck in his throat so I looked and didn’t feel anything. The coughing stopped but started up again periodically. My pet also became less active than usual. When I took him to the Vet, it was determined that he had a serious heart problem. I had several prescription pet medications that I had to administer several times a day. This prolonged his life for almost a year.

Make sure that you understand your Vets instructions when it comes to administering your pets medication.  This is extremely important especially if you have several different medications to administer.

The bottom line is  do not hesitate to call your vet as soon as you notice any change in your pets normal behavior.

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