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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.

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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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Things to Do With Your Dog at The Beach

Monday, July 19, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

What to Do at the Beach

It’s always fun to take your best friend to the beach.  The American Kennel Club has put together a list of safe things that you can do with your dog at the beach!

You can do many of your favorite at-home activities at the beach as well. For example, you can play tug-of-war or provide your dog with their favorite puzzle toy. But don’t miss out on all the opportunities for beach-related excitement. Here are some activities to try on your next beach outing:

  • Go for a walk. Explore the shore and let your dog soak in the new experiences like sniffing seaweed, watching scuttling crabs, or chasing seagulls.
  • Play fetch on the beach with a ball or flying disc. Just be sure to choose a quiet spot so your dog’s enthusiasm for the game doesn’t disturb other beachgoers.
  • Play fetch in the water. Choose a brightly colored floating toy so your dog can spot it on top of the waves. Be sure to play this game in relatively shallow water as a bad throw can send your dog too far out from the shoreline.
  • Frolic together in the water. Splashing through the waves is a fun game, but your dog can easily overtire. So, stay close to shore and don’t leave your dog’s side.
  • Go swimming. If they are new to the water, teach your dog to swim. Let them go at their own pace and fit them with a life jacket to provide extra confidence. But even experienced dogs need constant supervision to ensure they don’t overtire or swim too far from shore.
  • Teach your dog to surf or boogie board. If your dog is a confident swimmer, see if they might enjoy balancing on a board and surfing the waves. Learning to balance is also great for dog sports like agility or feeling comfortable in a canoe or kayak.
  • Play in the sand. This is great for dogs who love to dig. Alternatively, you can build sandcastles and then let your dog destroy them.
  • Go boating together. If the water is calm enough, get your dog’s life jacket and try a canoe or kayak ride together.

Whatever activities you decide to pursue, always supervise your dog. It’s important for your dog’s safety, but it’s also part of responsible dog ownership. Don’t let your dog disturb wildlife, damage vegetation, or become a nuisance to other people or dogs on the beach.


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Common Problems with Senior Cats

Sunday, July 18, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

Our cat Atlantis is nearing 18 years old and is showing real signs of aging. Although we are over pampering him and giving him all of the love and care possible, there are still signs that his age is taking over.  Hillspet,com has put together some problems that can develop with  senior cats. How many boxes are checked off for you?

Aging cat issues are often similar to those faced by humans. Older cats are susceptible to such problems as arthritis, obesity, vision and hearing problems and dementia, as well as a host of diseases such as diabetes, cancer, kidney or liver disease and thyroid problems. Aging cats are susceptible to dental issues like gum disease and feline tooth resorption, a disease in which teeth dissolve at the roots. Here are some signs that your cat might be experiencing one of these common senior cat problems:


  • Difficulty or reluctance to try jumping or climbing
  • Changes in weight
  • Strange lumps or bumps
  • Failing to use the litter box
  • Appetite loss
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Incontinence or lack of urination
  • Lethargy or listlessness
  • Forgetfulness
  • Excessive meowing, yowling, or other vocalizations
  • Runny nose or eyes
  • Cloudy eyes
  • Bumping into objects
  • Pawing at her eyes
  • Excessive blinking

Be there for your senior cat, he really needs you!

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Knee Injuries Don’t Only Affect Humans

Saturday, July 17, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

The most common knee injury in dogs is when they tear one of the two knee ligaments that stabilize the knee joint. Called an ACL injury, it can happen when a dog is running and inadvertently steps in a hole, slips in the mud or is hit by a car, any action that puts tremendous stress on a dog’s knee. Large breed dogs which makes the knee more vulnerable, are especially prone to ACL injuries. St Bernard’s and Newfoundlands for example as well as poor physical condition in obese and elderly dogs makes them vulnerable as well. If the knee ligament is simply ripped, a period of rest may be enough to get the dog back in action but a torn ligament requires surgery to recreate the damaged tissue. Never try to diagnose this problem or administer pet medication on your own. The is a job for a vet. Remember, your pets count!

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Whether you have a cat or a kitten or whether your cat is big or small, they must be fed a nutritious diet. Work with your vet to determine, the correct weight for your cat. Then make sure that the cat food you’re giving him is nutritious. We’ve discussed how to examine the ingredients in cat food but the first product should not be grains, it should be meat, chicken or fish. Look at the package to determine how much cat food you should feed your cat. Keep this in mind. Cat food manufacturers often list the high range of a serving size on the package because it means your cat will eat more, which means you’ll buy more. You must also consider your cat’s activity level. If your cat is running around chasing cat toys all day, they will probably eat the amount of food that the package recommends. If your cat is older and sleeps most of the day, they will eat less. I would show your vet the food that you’re feeding your cat and let him read the label to determine the amount that your cat should be eating.

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You love to fish and so does your dog. He goes with you on every trip. You’re just getting back to the dock with a good catch of salmon and trout. To reward your dog for being such a good companion, you throw him a fish. Did you know that you may be killing him with your kindness? Salmon poisoning disease found primarily in the northern pacific area of the U.S., and the pacific coast of Canada is often fatal for dogs. The disease is caused when the dog eats raw salmon or trout contaminated with a parasite that contains the infecting organism. Symptoms usually appear five to seven days later. Look for lack of appetite, fever, vomiting and diarrhea if you suspect that your dog may be infected. Salmon poisoning disease is curable if caught early and the dog is treated with fluids, antibiotics and anti vomiting medication. So instead of throwing him a raw fish, buy him a dog toy instead!

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Train your Pup the Right Way from the Start!

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

In the 1980’s, I  had a Chihuahua and I have to admit, I didn’t socialize or train him properly. While he was I puppy, I didn’t crate him. I held my breath every night wondering what I would find when I got home and every night I found a mess! Plants over turned, toilet paper all over, pillows ripped apart and foam all over the place. As you can imagine, my frustration level was at it’s peak.

Today, we live in a different world. We train our pups better and use their crates as a method of training. We also have technology where we could monitor our pups every move while we’re away.Take advantage of it but don’t panic if you see a little unacceptable behavior!

Happy monitoring! Remember, your pets count!


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Protecting Your Dog from Fox

Tuesday, July 13, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

In our neighborhood, every now and then you’ll see a fox. Since there are many pets in our community, we must be aware of some of the dangers that foxes can cause. The one major problem that foxes present is the danger of disease. They may carry rabies and one bite can cause an infection. Foxes also defecate where people live and the bacteria can spread to humans and as well as pets if your dog or cat gets too close. It’s always a good idea to keep your dog on his dog leash whenever possible. I always recommend keeping cats indoors. It’s safer for you and them.  Check your garden and clean any feces that you may notice. Dogs go everywhere so don’t take any chances. One important fact that your should remember is that you may not be infected in diseases that foxes carry but your pet will be. Mange, for example can affect dogs but the disease is easily treated and will not kill the dog once the treatment with pet medication begins. The worst case scenario is hair loss by your pet if it’s not treated.

Always be on the safe side. Keep your dog contained or when walking him, keep him on his dog leash so he doesn’t wonder too far.

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