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A Canine Health Care Assistant

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

CANDY STRIPER DOGDid you know that pets are quickly becoming an important part of modern patient care? Many hospitals are realizing that friendly dogs can help people heal significantly faster.  Dogs that are carefully chosen and well trained can act as physical therapists for the ailing patient.  Dogs encourage the patients to exercise their arms and legs by playing a game of fetch or grooming. These dogs are particularly helpful to patients that need physical therapy after a brain or spinal cord injury. Patients also benefit from the dogs unconditional love and acceptance. Pet therapy has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression.  We could all benefit from a little of this therapy. So at the end of a hard day at work, give your candystriper dog a nice comfortable place to sleep and a few snacks won’t hurt!


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Your Cats Skin

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

CAT SCRATCHINGYour cats skin is an indication of his general health. If there is a skin problem, your cat may respond by scratching, licking or chewing. A wide range of causes—from external parasites and allergies to seasonal changes and stress, or a combination of these—may be affecting your cat’s skin and should be investigated.  Some causes could be:

  • Ringworm
  • Fleas
  • External Parasites
  • Allergies to grooming products.
  • Seasonal changes, the winter could dry a cats skin out.
  • Environmental factors like contact with certain chemicals or fabrics can cause skin irritation.
  • Bacterial or yeast infections
  • Tumors

This is why it’s important to see your vet who will properly diagnose the problem.

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How Often Should You Bathe Your Dog?

Sunday, August 25, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

DOG BATHThe answer to this is a simple one. Unless your dog has skin problems or had a long roll in the mud, you really don’t have to bathe him at all. You may want to make him more pleasant to the smell, so in this case a few baths every now and then would be fine. Just like people, some dogs may smell worse than others. There are some dogs who never had a bath in their lives and yet don’t have any unpleasant odor. Then there are those dogs who do require a weekly bath so you don’t have to hold your nose every time he comes by you for some love and affection!

As a general guideline, bathe your dog, once a month and use dog shampoo or human baby shampoo. If you want to bathe more him more frequently, use a soap free or moisturizing  shampoo so his skin doesn’t get dried out.

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Is Catnip Dangerous for a Cat?

Saturday, August 24, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

CAT CATNIPAll cats react differently to cat nip. Cats have a special receptor for the natural ingredient in catnip called Nepetalactone. A cats receptor is located on the roof of his mouth.  Nepetalactone is not harmful or addictive to cats.  Cats response to catnip can be very amusing. Licking, jumping, rolling  and drooling are common. Some cats actually become very calm after their exposure to catnip.

Very young and older cats don’t respond as much as a middle aged cat. Feline response to catnip is genetic. 10 to 30% of the cat population does not respond to catnip at all. Some cats are genetically programmed to respond to catnip and some aren’t. My 14 year old cat Mollie actually responds more to cat nip then my 8 year old Millie.

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The Ideal Weight for your dog

Thursday, August 22, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

OVERWEIGHT DOGAn easy way to tell if your dog is overweight is to feel his ribs. Use your hand to feel your dogs ribs. If your dog is overweight, it will be hard to feel the bone under his flesh. On the other hand, if your dog is too thin, his ribs will be sharp to the touch and easily visible. You may be able to see an indentation of a healthy dog’s ribs but your should not be able to count each one. The proper diet and plenty of exercise is essential to maintain a healthy weight.

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The following chart is provided by PetcareRX. Find you dog’s breed and check his weight.




Affenpinscher 7-9 lb
Afghan Hound Male: 60 lb; Female: 50 lb
African Boerboels 154-200 lb
Airedale Terrier 55 lb
Akbash Male: 90-140 lb; Female: 75-105 lb
Akita Male: 85-115 lb; Female: 65-90 lb
Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs Male: 70-90 lb; Female: 55-75 lb
Alaskan Klee Kais 23 lb
Alaskan Malamute Male: 85 lb; Female: 75 lb
American Bulldog 28 pounds or less
American Eskimo Dog 20-40 lbs
American Foxhound 55-75 lbs
American Staffordshire Terrier 57-67 lbs
American Water Spaniel Male: 30-45 lb; Female: 25-40 lb
Anatolian Shepherd Dog 90-150 lb
Australian Cattle Dog 35-45 lb
Australian Kelpie 31-46 lb
Australian Shepherd Male: 50-65 lb; Female: 40-55 lb
Australian Silky Terrier 8-11 lb
Australian Terrier 12-14 lb
Basenji Male: 24 lb; Female: 22 lb
Basset Hound 40-60 lb
Beagle 18-30 lb
Bearded Collie 45-55 lb
Beauceron 65-85 lb
Bedlington Terrier 17-23 lbs
Belgian Malinois 60-65 lb
Belgian Shepherd Dog Male: 55-66 lb; Female: 44-55 lb
Belgian Tervuren Male: 55-65 lb; Female: 40-50 lb
Bernese Mountain Dog Male: 90-120 lb; Female: 70-100 lb
Bichon Frise Males: 11-16 lb; Females: 10-15 lb
Black and Tan Coonhound 55-75 lb
Black Russian Terrier 80-145 lb
Bloodhound Male 65-75 lb; Female: 55-65 lb
Border Collie 30-45 lb
Border Terrier 11.5-15.5 lb
Borzoi Male: 75-105 lb; Female: 60-85 lb
Boston Terrier 10-25 lb
Bouvier des Flandres 60-90 lb
Boxer Male: 65-80 lb; Female: 50-65 lb
Briard Male: 75-100 lb; Female 50-65 lb
Brittany 30-40 lb
Brussels Griffon 8-10 lb
Bull Terrier Male: 62-70 lb; Female: 50-60 lb
Bullmastiff Male: 110-130 lb; Female: 100-120 lb
Cairn Terrier Male: 14 lb; Female: 13lb
Canaan Dog Male: 45-55 lb; Female: 35-45 lb
Cane Corso 88-110 lb
Cardigan Welsh Corgi Male: 30-38 lb; Female: 25-34 lb
Carolina Dog 30-65 lb
Catahoula Leopard Dogs 40-90 lb
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 13-18 lb
Central Asian Ovtcharkas Male: 121-176 lb; Female: 88-143 lb
Cesky Terrier 16-22 lb
Chesapeake Bay Retriever Male: 65-80 lb; Female: 55-70 lb
Chihuahua Not to exceed 6 lb
Chinese Crested 5-12 lb
Chinese Foo Small: Under 20 lb; Medium: 21-50 lb; Large: 51 lb and up
Chinese Shar-Pei 45-60 lb
Chipoo 3-12 lb
Chow Chow 45-70 lb
Clumber Spaniel Male 70-85 lb; Female: 55-70 lb
Collie Male: 60-70 lb; Female 50-65 lb
Coton De Tulears Male: 9-13 lb; Female: 8-11 lb
Curly-Coated Retriever 60-70 lb
Dachshund Minature: 11 lb and under; Standard: over 11 lb (usually 16-32 lb)
Dalmatian 40-60 lb
Dandie Dinmont Terrier 18-24 lb
Doberman Pinscher 65-90 lb
Dogue de Bordeauxs Male: 110 lb; Female: 99 lb
English Bulldogs Male: 50 lb; Female: 40 lb
English Cocker Spaniels Male: 28-34 lb; Female: 26-32 lb
English Foxhound 55-75 lb
English Setter Male: 60-65 lb; Female: 50-55 lb
English Shepherd Male: 45-60 lb; Females: 40-50 lb
English Springer Spaniel Male: about 50 lb; Female: about 40 lb
English Toy Spaniel 8-14 lb
Estrela Mountain Dogs Male: 88-110 lb; Female: 66-88 lb
Field Spaniel 35-50 lb
Fila Brasileiros Male: 110 lb; Female: 90 lb
Finnish Spitz Male: 47-53 lb; Female: 40-47 lb
Flat-Coated Retriever 60-70 lb
Fox Terrier (Smooth) Male: 17-19 lb; Female: 15-17 lb
Fox Terrier (Wire) Male: 17-19 lb; Female: 15-17 lb
French Bulldog Not to exceed 28 lb
German Pinscher 25-35 lb
German Shepherd 75-95 lb
German Shorthaired Pointer Male: 55-70 lb; Female: 45-60 lb
German Wirehaired Pointer 45-75 lb
Giant Schnauzer Male: 60-105 lb; Female: 55-75 lb
Glen of Imaal Terrier Males: about 35 lb;  Female: less
Golden Retriever Male: 65-75 lb; Female: 55-65 lb
Goldendoodle Minature: 15-30 lb; Medium: 30-45 lb; Standard: 45 and over lb
Gordon Setter Male: 55-80 lb; Female: 45-70 lb
Great Dane Male: 130-180 lb; Female: 110-150 lb
Great Pyrenees Male: 115 lb; Female: 85-90 lb
Greater Swiss Mountain Dog 105-140 lb; Female: 85-110 lb
Greyhound Male: 65-70 lb; Female: 60-65 lb
Harrier Male: 45-60 lb; Female: 35-45 lb
Havanese 7-13 lb
Hungarian Vizsla Male: 45-66 lb; Female: 40-55 lb
Ibizan Hound Male: 50 lb; Female: 45 lb
Irish Setter Male: about 70 lb; Female: about 60 lb
Irish Terrier Male: around 27 lb; Female: around 25 lb
Irish Water Spaniel Male: 55-65 lb; Female: 45-58 lb
Irish Wolfhound Male: at least 120 lb; Female: at least 105 lb
Italian Greyhound 7-14 lb
Jack Russell Terrier 14-18 lb
Japanese Chin 4-7 lb
Keeshond Male: about 45 lb; Female: about 35 lb
Kerry Blue Terrier Male: 33-40 lb; Female: less
Komondor Male: average 80 lb; Female: average 70 lb
Kooikerhondjes 20-24 lb
Kuvasz Male: 100-115 lb; Female: 70-90 lb
Labradoodle Miniature: 26-40; Medium: 40-55 lb; Standard: 55-77 lb
Labrador Retriever Male: 65-80 lb; Female: 55-70 lb
Laekenois 55-65 lb
Lakeland Terrier About 16-17 lb
Lancashire Heeler 6-13 lb
Lhasa Apso 13-15 lb
Löwchen 8-18 lb
Maltese 4-7 lb
Maltipoo 5-20 lb
Manchester Terrier under 12 lb (usually 6-8 lb)
Maremma Sheepdogs 66-100 lb
Mastiff 175-190 lb
Miniature Bull Terrier 25-33 lb
Miniature Pinscher 8-10 lb
Miniature Poodle 4-8 lb
Miniature Schnauzer 13-15 lb
Neapolitan Mastiff Male: 150 lb; Female: 110 lb
Newfoundland Male: 130-150 lb; Female: 100-120 lb
Norfolk Terrier 11-12 lb
Norwegian Buhunds Male: 31-40 lb; Female: 26-35 lb
Norwegian Elkhound Male: 55 lb: Female: 48 lb
Norwich Terrier Around 12 lb
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Male: 45-52 lb; Female: 35-42 lb
Old English Sheepdog Male: 70-90 lb; Female 60-80 lb
Otterhound Male: 115 lb; Female: 80 lb
Papillon 4-9 lb
Parson Russell Terrier 13-17 lb
Peekapoo 4-20 lb
Pekingese Not to exceed 14 lb
Pembroke Welsh Corgi Male: 27 lb; Female: 25 lb
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen 25-35 lb
Pharaoh Hound 45-55 lb
Pit Bull 30-60 lb
Plott Male: 50-60 lb; Female: 40-55 lb
Pointer Male: 55-75 lb; Female: 45-65 lb
Polish Lowland Sheepdog 30-35 lb
Pomapoo 3-14 lb
Pomeranian 3-7 lb; preferably 4-5 lb
Poodle 4-8 lb
Portuguese Water Dog 42-60 lb; Female: 35-50 lb
Pug 14-18 lb
Puli 25-35 lb
Rat Terrier Toy: 4-6 lb; Mid-sized: 6-8 lb; Standard: 12-35 lb
Redbone Coonhounds 45-70 lb
Rhodesian Ridgeback Male: 85 lb; Female: 70 lb
Rottweiler Male: 85-135 lb; Female: 80-100 lb
Saint Bernard 120-200 lb
Saluki 35-65 lb
Samoyed Male: 45-65 lb; Female: 35-50 lb
Schipperke 12-16 lb; Female: 10-14 lb
Schnoodle Toy: 6-10 lb; Miniature: 13-20 lb; Standard: 20-75 lb
Scottish Deerhound Male: 85-110 lb; Female: 75-95 lb
Scottish Terrier Male: 19-22 lb; Female: 18-21 lb
Sealyham Terrier Male: 23-24 lb; Female: 18-22 lb
Shetland Sheepdog About 20 lb
Shiba Inu Male: average 23 lb; Female: average 17 lb
Shih Tzu 9-16 lb
Siberian Husky Male: 45-60 lb; Female: 35-50 lb
Silky Terrier 8-11 lb
Skye Terrier Male: 35-40 lb; Female: 25-30 lb
Snorkie 6-14 lb
Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier Male: 35-40 lb; Female: 30-35 lb
Spinone Italiano Male: 71-82 lb; Female: 62-71 lb
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Male: 35-40 lb; Female: 30-35 lb
Standard Schnauzer Male: 40-45 lb; Female: 35-40 lb
Sussex Spaniel 35-45 lb
Swedish Vallhund 19-30 lb
Thai Ridgeback Male: 40-60 lb; Female: 35-55 lb
Tibetan Mastiff Male: 90-150 lb or more; Female: 80-110 lb
Tibetan Spaniel 9-15 lbs
Tibetan Terrier 18-30 lb
Toy Fox Terrier 3.5-7 lb
Toy Manchester Terriers under 12 lb (usually 6-8 lb)
Toy Poodles 4-8 lb
Vizsla 45-65 lb
Weimaraner 55-90 lb
Welsh Springer Spaniel 35-50 lb
Welsh Terrier 20-22 lb
West Highland White Terrier 15-21 lb
Whippet 15-30 lb
Wirehaired Pointing Griffon 50-60 lb
Xoloitzcuintle Toy: 5-15 lb; Miniature: 15-30 lb; Standard: 25-40 lb
Yorkie-Poo 4-15 lb
Yorkshire Terrier Not to exceed 7 lb


How do Loud Noises Affect Your Cat?

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

FRIGHTENED CATSCats have a heightened sense of hearing which is useful in hunting and hearing the meows of their kittens.  Loud noises do affect your cat. Things like thunder and fireworks will cause her to stress out. Your cat may be afraid of storms and seek out a safe hiding place.  Sometimes they will run as fast as they can as soon as they hear that first clap of thunder. They may also get low and crawl. This is the time that you should pick her up and comfort her. Take her to a safe quiet place. Her claws may be out but be gentle and She won’t try to scratch you. I sometimes play music loud without realizing it. I find both cats on the bed in my bedroom, the quietest room in the house which reminds me that they don’t like loud noise and lower the stereo!

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Mollie, the Sneaky Cat

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy
Mollie, the sneaky cat

Mollie, the sneaky cat

Cats can be a bit sneaky. Yesterday, there was panic at my house because I thought that my older cat Mollie went missing. How can this happen since I live in a condo and I’m on the second floor? Usually in the evening, I relax and watch some television. It was about 10:45pm and I realized that I hadnt’ seen Mollie for quite some time. I figured that she was in one of her favorite resting spots like on the bed, or in her bed, or guarding the bathroom door so my younger cat Millie can’t get it. I looked for her and she was no where to be found. I began to worry. Where had she gone?? Then I remembered that I watered the plants on my terrace at about 7:00Pm. I opened the terrace door and there she was. I didn’t hear her tap or meow. I guess that she didn’t want to get stuck watching the crappy TV shows and snuck out while I was watering the plants. All is now well with “the old girl.” She’s sleeping contently in her bed. At least I think so!


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Achilles Tendon Rupture in Dogs

Sunday, August 18, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

Cute cat and dogThe following information regarding your dogs Achilles Tendon prepared by the Top Dog Library website. I was visiting friends yesterday and their dog is recovering from Achilles Tendon surgery. They have to be very careful that he does not injure it once again and they must exercise the dog leg everyday. Here’s some important information regarding the Achilles Tendon and the dogs that are prone to Achilles Tendon injury.

Who gets Achilles Tendon Rupture?

Dogs that are affected by an Achilles tendon rupture are primarily from the large sporting and working
breeds, and are usually 5 years of age and older. The Doberman pinscher and Labrador retrievers seem
to be overrepresented in this condition, but it can occur in any dog or cat, no matter what age or breed.

What are the Signs of Achilles Tendon Rupture?

With a partial rupture, the gastrocnemius tendon is torn, but the superficial digital flexor tendon is still
intact. Animals with a partial rupture will have a dropped hock, be lame in the affected leg, and will
stand with curled toes.

Dogs that have a complete rupture and all five tendons of the Achilles tendon are torn will have a
completely dropped hock, so that he is walking flat-footed rather than on his “tippy toes” like normal,
and will show signs of lameness. (show pictures of affected animals with dropped hock)

Pain and edema (swelling) will follow the injury. Eventually the gastrocnemius muscle will contract, and
the area between the bone and the tendon fills with fibrous tissue.

Thanks to Topdog for providing us with this valuable information!

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Cats – The Running Water Fascination

Saturday, August 17, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

SHOWER CATIt’s barely 6:30 am and my cat Millie climbs up on the nightstand and starts “meowing” incessantly.  I turn to her and quietly tell her that I’m getting up soon. She stops but only for a few seconds. When she sees  that I’m still not moving, she starts her “meowing” again. If I don’t get up now, she’ll climb on top of the headboard and meow in my ear and gently give me a poke. Millie wants me to get up, go to the shower and turn on the water for her. She goes through this routine several times per day and to tell you the truth, I’m the one that spoiled her. She’s in good health but why so much water and what’s the fascination with the shower? Many different people will have many answers. My theory is that most cats love fresh, running water. They love to play in it, drink it and clean themselves with it.  That’s what Millie does. Thank goodness I live in a condo and don’t have to pay for water. Sometimes I think that she uses more water than I do.

In most cases, there really isn’t a medical problem but if you notice more symptoms like weight loss , frequent urination, excessive water consumption and excessive appetite, I would get her checked for diabetes.

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SINGAPURA CATThere are some cats that are obviously friendlier than others. What makes a cat unfriendly? There are lots of factors to consider. Many say that the Singupura cat breed is one of the most unfriendly. The Singupura originated on the streets of Singapore and many Malaysians did not like them. They were considered “street cats” and were treated poorly by humans. If you treat a cat poorly, how can you expect it to be friendly? It probably would be frightened of humans.  This is the reason that the Singupura cat did not interact with humans. Would you after being treated that mean?  These cats are active,curious, playful and really want human attention, affection and interaction.  So are they the least friendly cat breed? I really doubt it. It’s the humans that are unfriendly!

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