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OLDER CAT.jpg3My cat Molly is going to be fifteen in August. She is in good health but recently I noticed that in certain areas, her coat seems to be thin. This can happen as your cat gets older. Molly is a black cat and does also have some gray hairs. Don’t panic if you see any of these signs in your senior cat. It is part of the aging process. Make sure your cat’s coat is still shiny and that she is eating properly and has not lost any weight. If you notice that she is not eating properly or has lost some weight, it’s a good idea to get her to the vet to rule out any serious illness. We change as we age so we must expect that our furry friends to as well. Fortunately, cats don’t show their age as much as we human do! Your Pets Count! Great music all the time on THE EDGEWATER INTERNET RADIO NETWORK!

Some Cat Toys Can Be Dangerous

Saturday, June 14, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

CAT TOYSIf you’re like me, you love your cat and are always looking to keep her occupied with new toys.  Keeping your cat occupied is important to her health. She’ll get more exercise which will keep her trim and fit.  Plenty of toys to occupy her time will help prevent bad behavior such as clawing on the furniture.  Certain toys could be harmful to your cat. Avoid string, rubber bands, thread, needles and twine.  These things are not safe. If any of these things get lodged in her intestines, surgery may be the only thing that will save her.  Items like buttons, small pieces of plastic, aluminum foil are also dangerous because they can get stuck in your cats intestines and cause blockages or preforation. Bottle or bottle caps that previously contained cleaners are toxic. Do not let your cat play with them.  Cats enjoys stuffed mice, balls fishing poles and other stuffed items. These are safe and encourage your cat to play. One last piece of advice, do not use your hand as a toy. Your cat will get in the habit of scratching and biting it.  This will cause aggessive behavior which you don’t want especially if you are having guests over. Cat toys are available everywhere. Choose the right ones. Your cat will love you for it.


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How Old Is Your Cat?….Really

Friday, June 13, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

SENIR CATCats experience aging in their own unique way. Many cats change physically between 7 and 10 years old and you will notice these changes by the time they are twelve. The common belief that every cat year is worth seven human years is not entirely accurate. In reality, a one-year-old cat is physiologically similar to a 16-year-old human, and a two-year-old cat is like a person of 21.  For every year after this, every cat year is worth about four human years. Using this calculation, a ten year old cat can be compared to a 53 year old human. A twelve year old cat is about 61 in human years  and a 15 year old cat is about 73. MY cat Molly will be 15 in August. So I guess I could breath a sigh of relief that she will be equivalent to 73 human years instead of 105!

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Safely Restrain Your Dog While in The Car

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

dog harnessAt one time, people didn’t really think of restraining their dog in the car. It is a good idea for the safety of the dog as well as the passengers. . A dog can distract or jostle the driver, causing an accident, as well as getting hurt himself. Crates are a great option if you have enough room. If your dog is used to being in a crate, then this is the best option. Dog barriers that go in the back of an SUV is another way to restrain your dog. I do believe that the crate is the better option because if the dog is small and the car stops short, the dog will still go flying and possibly injure himself.  Seat belts for dogs are a new idea but also another option. A harness that is secured to the human seat belt allows dogs to ride in the back seat without worrying about them getting in the driver’s way. And many dogs that are not crate-trained take to a harness much better than a crate. Dogs should never ride in the front seat, because of the airbags. The  effectiveness of the harness has recently been challenged but I still feel that it is functional and can secure your dog well enough when riding in the car.

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Safety First for Your Dog in Summer.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

SUMMER DOG 4Summer is almost here far away  and we are already starting to feel the heat.  During the summer, we love to take our dogs with us whether it’s to the park, beach or just for a drive. Remember that dogs don’t do well in hot weather. Even though sometimes they are better off at home in the cool air conditioning, sometimes this is not practical.

Here are a few things to remember. Dogs build up heat as a function of volume and lose it as a function of surface area. (What’s all this jibberish?) This means that larger dogs with rounder bodies have less surface area for their size and build up heat faster. Dogs lose heat through their nasal passages and their tongue. They don’t sweat. Dogs with flat faces are less able to lose heat. The bigger the dog and the flatter their face is, means that they are more prone to over heating. Overweight and older dogs are even at greater risk.

Fur coats does block the suns rays but it also prevents heat from escaping. Don’t shave your dog in an effort to keep him cooler. He will then be more vulnerable to sunburn which will cause more problems.

Don’t exercise your dog when it’s warm and never keep him in a parked car. We spoke about this many times. He could die in a matter of minutes. As the warmer weather approaches, keep these things in mind and have a great summer with your dog. Give him a few dog treats for me!

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Protect Your Dogs Paws in Summer

Sunday, June 8, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

DOG BEACH 3Often, dog owners neglect this basic dog care issue, protecting their paws in the summer. There are many times that you may want to take your dog for a walk on the beach but the hot sand can not only cause him pain but can burn and damage his paws. If you’re walking your dog in a rocky area, you should also protect your dogs paws by using a protective boot. Your dogs paws could suffer from cuts and abrasions . The pavement could become very hot.  There are dog boots that are available to use that are invisible. They will protect against bruises, blisters, cracking and abrasions. Take care of your dogs paw during the hot summer months!

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Finding a Pet Friendly Hotel

Saturday, June 7, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

DOG BEACH 3I’m in Rehoboth Beach this weekend and people are really ready for summer! The temperature will be warm today and people are heading to the beach and pools. Many people would like to have their pets with them while on vacation this year.The first thing that you have to do after choosing your destination is find a pet friendly hotel. There are many places to look for this information.  There  are several sites that publish world wide pet travel guides. Some of these sites include:

  1. – this site includes many dog friendly services for pet friendly hotels, ski resorts, camping and RV sites,  restaurants etc.

These are just a few of the many sites available. If you are thinking about taking your pet with you, it is really a good idea to determine where you can and cannot go with your dog or cat. Believe it or not more and more places are becoming pet friendly and it is becoming more common to bring your best friend with you. So pack that pet carrier and dog water bowl and have a  great time!

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Dog Goes for a Drive

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy
The dog that drive....into a pond!

The dog that drive….into a pond!

You hear stories about dogs doing crazy things but his story is one of the craziest that I’ve ever heard.  Rosie a German Shepherd puppy originally started her day by going for a walk but ended up driving her owners car into a pond!  The pup jumped into her owners car and managed to tangle her leash on the gear stick. This shifted the car into drive and the nervous pup then jumped on the gas pedal taking the car out for a “spin.”  She drove the car into Bolivar pond. As the car began to sink, the owner ran, jumped into the pond and pulled Rosie from the sinking car.  Both owner and pup fell back into the water. The police were called and the officer indicated that he’s seen everything but never seen a dog drive a car into a pond. The owner was not in the car. Rosie, the driver was not charged with any crime but after this, I’m sure she’s in the dog house!

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DOG CAT VETIf your dog or cat suddenly has any kind of seizure, it is very important that you get him to a vet right away. Seizures are one of the most frequently reported neurological conditions in dogs. A seizure is sometimes called a convulsion or a fit and it’s the temporary , involuntary disturbance of  normal brain function. There are many causes of seizures. In older pets, they may be caused by a brain tumor. In certain conditions of the liver and kidneys, toxins build up and can cause seizures.

If your pet has a seizure, try not to panic. Make sure that he is on the floor on a soft surface where he cannot injure himself.  Don’t try to open your pets mouth and put your fingers in it.  If your pet is having a seizure you may see muscle spasms and you may notice him extending and paddling his legs. They may even lose control of their bladder. Most seizures last less than a minute however if the seizure does not stop or re occurs again right away, this is an emergency and your pet requires emergency medical care.  Always let your vet diagnose any seizures. Your pet may have epilepsy. Make sure to provide your vet with a good history and it may take some time finding the proper diagnosis.  If the seizure occurs only once, or every once in awhile, no specific treatment may be needed but let your vet make this decision. Blood test will be run to determine any irregularities. Always take seizures seriously and get to your vet right away.

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Vaccinations for Kitty

Sunday, June 1, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

VERY CUTE KITTEN 2Occasionally we re-post this because it’s important to know when you are adopting a kitten.

As soon as you bring home your kitten, you must get him vaccinated. Your kitten should receive his first set of shots when he is between eight and ten weeks old. If your kitten has received some of their shots from another breeder, it is important that you get your veterinarians recommendation on how to proceed with his vaccinations.

Here is a guide to what the vaccinations are for.

Feline Leukemia – This is a viral disease that attacks the immune system and leaves it defenseless in fighting off infection. It is spread by saliva. Symptoms include recurring illness, weight loss, trouble breathing and a yellow color around the eyes and mouth.

Feline Pneumonitis (Chlamydia) – This is a bacterial disease that is highly contagious and causes upper respiratory infections. Symptoms includes watery eyes, sneezing and coughing.

Feline Calcivirus – This disease attacks the lungs are lower respiratory trac.  This causes most of the respiratory infections in cats. It is highly contagious and is spread by sneezing. It is often complicated by other infections.

Feline Rhinotracheitis (FVR) This disease attacks the upper respiratory trac and is highly contagious to cats of all ages. Symptoms include sneezing, inflammation of the eye and fever.

Feline Panleukopenia (Feline Distemper – This in my opinion is the worst of all diseases. It attacks fast and fierce. Once your cat has symptoms, you do not have much time left to save him.  It is the most widespread and contagious cat disease. It can be transmitted through blood, urine, feces and mucus. Symptoms include fever, diarrhea, vomiting and loss of appetite.

Get you kitten vaccinated right away and report any symptoms to your vet. Pet medication may be appropriate in some cases.

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