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January 2013

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The answer to this question depends on the research that you do. There are some great 55 and over communities that accept dogs and some even have play areas and special activities for our furry friends. If you have a dog, it’s very important that you do your research if your are considering on over 55 community. You will need to check online first and locate the communities in your area that cater to specific needs of people looking at retirement. When you are looking for quotes online – make sure you specify that you are looking for pet friendly senior homes.  Pets are wonderful for seniors as they grow older and it’s this authors opinion that all 55 and over facilities should allow pets! It’s really ashamed that a lot of them don’t. Your pets are part of your family, you wouldn’t give up a child if you were moving so why should you give up your pets? The heck with the facilities that don’t accept them, you don’t want to live there anyway!!

Remember, your pets count!


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Keeping your pets kidneys healthy

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

Kidney disease is a serious health problem for cats and dogs. Giving your pet supplements may help ward off real problems.  Omega 3 fatty acids are the best for protecting your pets against kidney disease.  They are found in capsule form over the counter.  Omega 3 reduces kidney inflammation. Some veterinarians also recommend vitamin E which works together with Omega 3, vitamin B, Vitamin C and potassium. Before starting any new supplement regiment, talk to your veterinarian and ask about the proper dosage for your pet. Remember that no supplement will make up for poor quality nutrition. Feed your pet a high quality, age appropriate diet.

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Protein for cats

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

A cat needs twice as much protein as a dog. Cats also require about 20 different kinds of amino acids to make their own body protein and those amino acids come from protein in food. What ‘s the best source of protein for your cat ,chicken, beef or fish? The truth is that any and all sources of protein are good for your cat. Commercial pet foods contain at least 30% protein from a variety of sources to more than meet your cats needs. If your cat is a eats quality foods,  you can give him beef one day, chicken the next and fish the next. All are great sources of  protein.

Remember, your pets count.


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A happy ending for an abused dog

Sunday, January 27, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

There’s really nothing worse than abusing a poor innocent animal. In fact, I can’t even stand to see commercials for it on TV.  Here’s a heart warming story.

Fiona, a blind dog was found sleeping in the trash by a rescue worker from Hope for Paws. She was blind in both eyes. The rescue worker picked her up, took her home and cleaned her up. He then took her to the vet. The vet implanted a new lens in her eye and she can now see. She went from being completely blind with no reaction to being able to see. After Fiona recovered from her surgery, she was adopted by a wonderful couple and who couldn’t imagine their lives without her.

You could also make a difference. If you’re thinking of adopting, consider a rescue dog!

Remember, your pets count!


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Things we do that cats hate

Saturday, January 26, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

Do you ever notice that your cat looks grumpy sometimes?  His body language will show you that he’s a little peeved about something.  What are the things that will make your cat upset? First of all, cats hate dirty, stinky litter boxes.  They may even look for other places to go outside the box. If you think about it, how disgusting is it to use a portable, outside potty? Your cat feels the same way.

Cats also hate taking medicine. It can be difficult getting a cat to swallow a pill. It’s even worse if you expect them to swallow pills dry. Sick cats need medicine and there are several ways to make taking pills not so bad for him.

Spoiled food not only smells bad, but it’s unhealthy for  cats to eat. Cats d0n’t like it. In the summer, if your not in an air conditioned environment, only leave wet for out for 30 minutes.

Your cat may be on your lap, sharing a tender moment as you are petting her, but after awhile may suddenly bite or scratch you and jump down. This is called feline hyperesthesia.

Be sensitive to to your cats emotions and try to make life easier for him by trying to eliminate the things that make him upset.

Remember, your pets count!


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Playing with your cat

Friday, January 25, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

Dogs aren’t the only pets who require exercise. Cats should get regular exercise especially if they are neutered or spayed. Buy some cat toys that you can roll across the floor. Your cat with not only enjoy chasing it but it will give him the exercise that he needs. Indoor cats frequently become too content and spend up to 18 hours sleeping or lying around. They can also become overweight which can lead to some medical problems. My younger cat, Millie loves to chase her stick toy. Every night while I’m watching TV, Mille goes near her toy and starts meowing. She’s telling me that “it’s time to play.” I always spend a few minutes  swinging her toy around the room and she loves to dive, jump and chase it. My older cat, Mollie on the other hand, does not like to play. I still try to entice her with a toy that has some catnip in it. Don’t let your cats succumb to boredom, keep them entertained with some toys. This will also give them the exercise that they need and prevent them from getting a little plump!

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Dogs with bad breath

Thursday, January 24, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

If your dog always has bad breath, most likely it’s caused by dental or gum disease. Small dogs are more prone to plaque and tartar. Persistent bad breath can indicate larger medical problems in the mouth, respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, or organs. The best person to pinpoint the cause is your veterinarian. Your vet will perform a physical examination that includes laboratory work.  Take your dog in for an examination if your dog’s breath suddenly has an unusual smell. The following conditions can signal immediate treatment.  The information was obtained from Web MD.

  •    Unusually sweet or fruity breath could indicate diabetes , particularly if your dog has been drinking and urinating more frequently than usual.
  •     Breath that smells like urine can be a sign of kidney disease.
  •     An unusually foul odor accompanied by vomiting, lack of appetite, and yellow-tinged corneas or gums could signal a liver problem.
If only plaque is the culprit, your dog may require a professional cleaning.   If it’s an issue of diet, you might have to change your dog’s regular food. If the cause is gastrointestinal or an abnormality in your dog’s liver, kidneys, or lungs, please consult your vet about steps you should take.

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Things to know to keep pets safe in cold weather

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

In this frigid weather, it’s important that we follow a few simple steps to keep our pets safe.

  • Completely dry off your dog after a bath before you take him for a walk in the cold weather.
  • Keep your dog on a leash, especially when it snows.
  • Never shave your dog down to the skin in the winter.
  • Never leave your pet alone in the car in cold (and obviously) hot conditions.
  • Make sure your pet has a warm place to sleep that is off the floor and out of drafts.
  • Increase his supply in food, especially protein. This will help protect him and keep his fur in great shape.
  • Keep anti freeze away from your pet, it is highly toxic.

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Keeping your pets warm

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

In this severely cold weather, no pet should be kept outside.  Make sure indoor pets have their sleeping quarters in a draft free, warm area . Their bed or pillow should be elevated slightly off the floor.

Animals can get frostbite too. You can see if your pet has frostbite, their skin will be red or gray.  Apply a warm, moist towel to thaw out the frostbitten areas. Do this until the skin appears flushed. Contact your veterinarian right away. Your pet should be checked out as soon as possible.

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Adopting a rescue dog

Sunday, January 20, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

A rescue dog is a dog that is rescued from possible euthanasia, after being found as a stray.  It could also be a dog that was saved from an abusive or neglectful home by an animal rescue organization.  Another reason is that sometimes, for some crazy reason, a dog owner doesn’t want the dog anymore. Sometimes it could be a result of the owner passing away and there is no one in the family willing to care for the dog.

The majority of dogs end up in rescue between 6 months and 3 years of age. A study conducted by the United States National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), 1998, found that the main reasons for pets being relinquished are: family moving, landlord will not allow pets, too many animals in household, cost of keeping the pet, owner is having personal problems, inadequate facilities, and no homes available for puppies. The study also indicated that 47% of the dogs rescued were not spayed or neutered.

This is why, if you’re thinking of adopting a dog, a rescue would be a wonderful choice. You will being doing the animal a great service an he will reward you with lots of love and affection. Please give serious consideration to this option.

Remember, your pets count!


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