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The Best Time To Adopt a Puppy

Wednesday, September 28, 2022
posted by Jim Murphy

The best time to adopt a puppy is when they are between eight and sixteen  weeks old. It’s a great time to introduce him to new places and people. If you have small children, I would wait until the puppy is five months old. You may ask why not adopt sooner? When a puppy is part of a litter, he learns all sorts of valuable lessons. This is the time to learn important life skills from his mother, such as eating and grooming. It’s important that he spends this time with his mother. Being with other pups will help him learn how to socialize. If he’s taken from his mother too soon, he may not thrive or socialize well with people or other dogs. Also, the first month he will be on a milk-only diet. At 3 to 4 weeks, he starts to be weaned from his mother and by 8 weeks he will be completely weaned, eating just puppy food. You don’t want a young, un -weaned puppy as he’s harder to feed and care for.

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Cats With Sensitive Stomachs

Sunday, June 14, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

It sometimes could be difficult to determine whether or not your cat has a 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.

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A Healthy Cat Should Have A Healthy Appetite

Thursday, October 25, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

A healthy cat usually has a healthy appetite. If your cat suddenly stops eating, these are the things that you should look for. Is he still drinking water?  Is he lethargic? Is he vomiting or have diarrhea? If he appears fine and is drinking, he may be having a couple of “off” days. Try moving his food to a quiet place, or adding some wet food to his diet. Try giving his some cat treats. If  he does not start eating normally in two days, contact your vet. There could be an underlying cause that needs treatment right away. If he is vomiting, or has diarrhea, get him to the vet immediately! If you wait too long, it may be too late.  Cat illnesses come on very fast and can really take it’s toll on your cat.

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Pet Community Blood Donors

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

DOGDONORYou’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 injuried but is awake and seems to be alert. He is bleeding from his leg. At the animal hosiptal 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 anestitized. 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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A Daily Dose of Exercise

Friday, August 7, 2009
posted by PetsRule


Most pet owners would agree that cats and dogs require entirely different levels of human commitment. For one thing, dogs require much more attention than cats, and they need to be outdoors to get a regular dose of exercise. It’s unfortunate, then, that a busy owner’s work schedule can come into conflict with these doggie demands. The typical dog can grow bored while sitting in solitary indoor confinement.

On the other hand, the outside world presents dogs with plenty of unique sights and smells. By setting up a dog exercise pen in the backyard you can ensure that your four-legged friend gets plenty of stimulation. Just be sure to stock the pen with plenty of food and water. When you get home, your dog will be slightly less hyper and more willing to practice some patience before insisting on going for a walk.