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Dog Crates Should Never be a Bad Experience!

Thursday, November 12, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

COOLCRATEA crate should always be a positive experience for your dog. Some people use the crate in the wrong way and create a negative experience for their dog. Bad crating occurs when the crate is over used or is misused. Some people want their dog out of the way so they “throw” then in their dog crate. These people should not own a dog. Crating a dog for eight hours while you’re at work or overnight is fine as long as the dog is given plenty or attention and exercise when you’re home. People who crate their dog for longer periods must question why they got a dog in the first place. It’s fine to send a child to his room if he has done something wrong. Dogs do not take to this kind of discipline in the same way. If your dog chews something that he is not supposed to and you “throw” him in his crate to punish him, you are not only punishing the dog but you are punishing yourself. The dog will NEVER want to go in his crate because you created such as bad experience for him. NEVER USE THE CRATE FOR PUNISHMENT!! You’ll be sorry if you do. Remember, dogs live in the moment, so you must catch in in the act of doing something wrong and correct him in the right way.

If you use your dog crate in the right way, it will become a safe, comfortable place for your dog.

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Scanning a Dog For A Microchip

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

DOGSCANIf you find a stray dog that is friendly and you decide to help (good decision!) , the first thing that you should do is to have it scanned for  a microchip. You can do this at a veterinarians office or at an animal shelter. They should all have universal scanners which can detect chips for all manufacturers.Also, the vet tech or shelter employee that does the scan should scan every part of the dog’s body, from the tips of the ears to the tip of the tail. Microchips can migrate within the body of a dog over time and can end up in unexpected places. Many times, when you do get a chip number, you call the microchip company and learn that the owners never registered the chip, or they didn’t update their information when they moved. If that’s the case, they can still tell you where the chip was implanted. Then you can call that shelter or vet and possibly learn who the owner is.

You will feel great after doing this knowing that you rescued this poor dog!

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Dogs Can Get Hepatitis

Sunday, November 8, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

cutpuppyHepatitis is an inflammation of the liver but its causes may differ. Dogs do get hepatitis but the cause and effect may be different than human hepatitis. There is what is called Infectious Canine Hepatitis. This disease is caused by a virus, and may prove to be a fatal disease in some dogs. Dogs usually will acquire hepatitis through contact with urine, eye secretions and nasal secretions of infected dogs. This type of virus dogs not affect humans or other animals, it only affects dogs. The virus attacks the liver, eye, kidney and blood vessels at the time in enters the dog’s system. Fortunately, not all of these infections are fatal. Here are the symptoms:

loss of appetite
low grade fever
In some cases, dogs won’t any symptoms. Some will develop blue eye. This is a bluish discoloration of the cornea of the eye.

Puppies become very ill from the disease and must be treated immediately. They will develop internal bleeding, liver disease, tonsillitis, and general inflammation of the eyes and mouth. If left untreated, the pup will quickly deteriorate to shock and death. Veterinarians can treat the disease by good supportive therapy, intravenous fluids, good diet, rest, medicines to lighten the liver’s workload, and good care all aimed to strengthen the dog’s ability to recuperate. They will also give antibiotics to treat secondary infections. There is a vaccine for this disease and the cases of canine hepatitis in the United States are low. Therefore, the best way to keep your dogs free from this disease is to keep him updated on his vaccinations and schedule periodic visits with your vet.

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When A Cat Sticks Their Butt In Your Face

Saturday, November 7, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

CATBUTTI’m sure that all of you cat owners remember an experience when your cat climbs up on you and sticks his butt in your face. You may not like it but your cat does. He is showing you affection by telling you that he trusts you. It’s sort of like when you hug your best friend. Cats communicate by scent so by climbing on you and sticking his butt in your face he’s sort of telling you what he’s been doing all day. Do get too  grossed out, your cat is very good at cleaning his butt after he does his business. Even though his butt is probably very clean , I can see how most people would not be too thrilled with this  act of affection. If this really bothers you, gently take your cat and place her in a more acceptable position.

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DANGEOUSThere are many foods, chemicals or medications that are not harmful to humans but can really harm our pets. Here’s some of them.

Milk – some people think that this is good for cats but actually it can cause them to have digestive problems and cause diarrhea.
Onions – Can destroy a dog’s red blood cells causing anemia.
Chocolate – is lethal for both dogs and cats. Baking chocolate is even more dangerous. Avoid it at all times.
Grapes and Raisins – Can lead to loss of appetite, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea and acute renal failure in dogs causing death.
Coffee – is dangerous to animals. Watch out for grounds that may spill. You don’t want you dog or cat to eat them.
Fatty foods – like chicken or turkey skins or gravy can cause pancreatitis and inflammation of the digestive gland which can be very painful and serious.
Nicotine – this can increase an animals heart rate leading to collapse or even death. Make sure that you do not leave tobacco lying around for your dog to get at!!
Alcoholic beverages – keep these away for animals at all times as they can be very dangerous. Never try to get your dog drunk for laughs. I’ve actually seen some stupid people try to do this!
Always feed you pets healthy foods, dog treats and cat treats. Check the labels for nutrition which we discussed in a previous post.

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Feeding Your Dog Properly

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

dogeatingWhen it comes to feeding your dog, the first step is to determine the correct quantity of food to give him in order to maintain a healthy weight. Next, it’s critical that you establish a routine. Offering your pet meals at the same time every day can promote digestive health and regular bowel movements. For dog owners, this can add up to predictable walk times. Your pet will also feel more secure knowing that meals come at regular intervals and this security can create a stronger bond. Knowing when your dog will be hungry can also be used to plan a training session. Part of your pets meal allotment can be offered as rewards instead of dog treats. Dietary changes should be made gradually to help reduce upsets and unpleasant surprises. Remember, your pets count!

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Puppy’s First Visit To The Vet

Monday, November 2, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

puppyvetWhen you first get a puppy, you’ll need to take him in to the veterinarian for a proper exam and vaccination. Some puppy shots are administered in a series. If it’s a new vet, you’ll probably get to know him/her quite well during the initial period. After the initial series of shots, most healthy dogs only need to visit the veterinarian only once a year for their annual vaccinations and a brief checkup. Older dogs may need to get more frequent exams. It’s a good idea to ask about special geriatric screenings. Most veterinarians will recommend a bi annual visit. No matter what your dogs age is, any sudden changes in his behavior or eating habits should be reported to a veterinarian. Your treatment options are always better when you catch a problem early on. Always refer to your vet for pet medications. Never try to administer anything yourself. This will keep your new pet healthy and happy.

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PETSSMOKEThere is more evidence now that links second hand smoke to some cancer in pets. Cats that live in a house with a smoker have shown an increase risk of developing  both lymphoma and cancer of the mouth. Regarding lymphoma, studies have shown that the risk becomes greater with increased exposure to the smoke.  Cats are at greater risk for cancer of the mouth because the smoke settles on their fur and it is then ingested as they groom themselves.  This results in ingestion of  carcinogens with high concentrations in the oral cavity.

There is some evidence in an increase of bladder cancer in dogs after exposure to herbicides and pesticides . Studies also show that dogs living in urban areas rather than rural areas show an increase of  lymphoma, cancer of  tonsils and cancer of the nasal passages.

Despite all of these reports there is still no conclusive evidence of possible environmental causes of cancer in pets.

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