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How Do You Know If Your Dog Has Cataracts?

Sunday, September 15, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

DOG EYE CHARTCataracts are common is certain dog breeds at any age. A cataract is a partial or complete clouding of the lens in the eye that can cause blindness.  Most cataracts are genetic but some diseases and medications may cause them. Lenticular scelrosis is a normal clouding of the lens, generally a light blue or white tint as the dog ages but this  generally does not effect vision. This condition is common and what is known as “old dog cataracts” or “false cataracts.” Your vet may be able to see the cataract on the eye exam depending on its size. 

The good news is that often smaller cataracts go unnoticed but do not cause any major visual problems.  If you are concerned that your dog has cataracts, discuss this with your vet or you may want to have an Opthomologist do an exam.

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A Scared Kitten

Friday, September 13, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

KITTEN PRAYINGEven though cats are predators , they can be high strung.  They are always on their guard. Things like sudden movements, loud noises, thunder, even music can frighten them. Some cats can be more high strung than others. Watch how this adorable kitten reacts when he encounter a couple of iguanas.

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That Crazy Kitten!

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Does Your Cat Use His Scratching Post?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

cat scratchingWe all go through it with our healthy cats. Healthy cats have healthy claws which means furniture destruction. All cats need to scratch and if you do not provide them with their own place, they will choose places on their own. Places you don’t want them to ruin. I have a cat who decided to scratch on one of my oriental rugs. The solution is to buy a good cat scratching post and train your cat to use it.  Unfortunately many people buy a scratching post that their cat never touches. Do not buy a flimsy, light scratching post with thin soft carpeting. They will never use it and continue ruining your furniture.

The best posts are covered with a hemp product called “sisal.” It looks like thick twine wrapped around the pole. Cats love to dig their claws into this!  The post should have a large, heavy post. Make sure is tall enough for your cat and make sure that it is study enough as not to tip over. Make sure that the scratching post is in a pleasant, accessable location. It’s a good idea to place the post in your cats sleeping area. Also place it where there are people. Don’t put it in a corner in the basement. Your cat will not use it.  It’s a good idea to have several posts in different rooms of your home. A good scratching post will save you the headache of replacing your furniture.

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How Often Should You Take Your Cat to the Vet

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

CAT VET 3The 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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Do Dogs Get Prostate Problems Like Humans?

Sunday, September 8, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

VET PETA dogs prostate can become enlarged just as humans can.  When a dogs prostate becomes enlarged,it becomes pre-exposed to cysts and infections.  How can you tell if your dog has a problem with his prostate?  Check to see if he strains to urinate and also check to see if there’s blood in his urine.  In severe cases, a dog may become ill or even collapse. Prostatic disease is most common in non-neutered dogs.  Mary McClouglin, a small animal surgeon at Ohio State University recommends that all male dogs get checked for prostate problems.  Your vet will determine whether or not the prostate is enlarged, in the right place and the right shape. If abnormalities are detected,pet medication, neutering or surgery may be recommended by your vet to protect your pet. Look for these signs.  If you find anything abnormal, have your dog checked out right away. You won’t be sorry!

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Nutrition and Good Bacteria in Pets

Saturday, September 7, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

COCKER SPANIELFor years antibiotics have been used to destroy bad bacteria in a pets body.  Today lots of veterinarians are looking for ways to promote the growth of good bacteria in a pets body using nutrition. Sherry Sanderson, an associate professor at the University of Georgia says that prebiotics are non-digestible ingredients that are added to the pets diet. When they reach the large intestines, they act as a source of nutrition for those large intestinal bacteria and promote good bacteria to thrive in the large intestine. The good bacteria produce energy for the cells that line the intestines and help with the production of nutrients. One of the most common prebiotics found in pet food is fiber. This is listed on the label as  crude fiber or b pulp. Feeding your pet foods that will maintain his health will help you cut back on the cost of pet medication down the road!


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