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Ultra Sound For Your Pets

Sunday, February 14, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

ultrasoundUltra sound is one of the most useful tools in veterinary medicine. It provides a three dimensional image of an animals entire abdomen. With this low stress, non invasive procedure a veterinarian gets a clear picture of every organ. Thomas Baker of the UC Davis Veterinary Teaching Hospital and a Veterinarian specializing in Ultra Sound technology says that the signs of an illness available in digital images can help a veterinarian pinpoint the problem early on. He says that the ultra sound enhances the clinical thought of the veterinarian. Using the information provided with ultrasound, your veterinarian can customize treatment to meet your pets specific needs. Diagnosis can be made early increasing your pets life and reducing the cost of pet medication that may not be treating the specific problem.

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Dangerous Cold and Your Pets

Saturday, February 13, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

DOGCOLDDogs and cats should be kept indoors during the very cold weather. It’s a common belief that because of their fur, dogs and cats are more resistant to the cold than humans. This is just not true!Like people, cats and dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and should be kept inside. Dog sweaters and dog coats are necessary on these cold winter days.   Long haired breeds and thick-coated dog breeds, such as huskies and other dogs bred for colder climates, are more tolerant of cold weather; but no pet should be left outside for long periods of time in below-freezing weather. A warm car can be great to transport pets in frigid temperatures but it can be deadly if a cat gets under to hood to keep warm. It’s a good idea to bang on the hood before starting your car in cold temperatures. Always check your pets paws frequently to see whether they are cracked or bleeding. This can happen in extreme cold. The salt on the sidewalks and roads are great for melting ice but are very painful and wreak havoc on your dog’s paws.

Use your common sense. Dogs must go for walks but make sure they are bundled up and only are outside for very short periods of time during these frigid winter days.

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Bad Raps For Doberman’s

Friday, February 12, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

DOBERThe Doberman Pinscher is a unique dog. They have a beautiful, athletic body and a strong intelligent mind. They are loyal, watchful, and smart dogs. People say a lot of things that are not true of a Doberman’s temperament. Some say that they are stubborn and can be vicious. The fact is any dog not properly cared for can become dangerous. All dogs need to be respected. The Doberman as with other dog breeds must be properly trained. You can’t expect to go out and adopt a Doberman like your would go out and buy a leather jacket. It takes knowledge of the breed, patience and consistent training. This is true will all dog breeds.

We need to understand that viciousness is a behavior and all behavior is a result of instinct and conditioning. If a dog becomes vicious, it feels threatened. We would display that same behavior whether it be verbal or physical if we were put in a threatening situation. A Doberman is bred to have a confident temperament. They don’t usually feel threatened unless they really have a good reason. They are less likely to over react with viciousness or biting.

The Doberman is bred to be at the side of man assisting him in some of the most intense and dangerous jobs. The Doberman must be strong in all areas. Don’t believe some of the things that you hear. The Doberman is a wonderful pet and companion. Give him lots of love and dog treats!

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Watch Out For the Crankies Who Don’t Like Pets!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

CRANKYMENWe are all pet lovers. I know that because you wouldn’t be reading this if you weren’t. Unfortunately, there are lots of people who do not like pets. Yesterday, I went to the county park for my daily walk. There are always lots of dogs having a great time with their owners and the park is a perfect place for your dog to get exercise. As I was walking, I noticed a bunch of people with their dogs, all on their dog leashes. They seemed to be in a group talking. I also saw a man screaming at them to get their dogs out of the park. The dogs had a perfect right to be in the park. They were with their owners and were not causing any harm. As I went to tell this cranky old man off, the group went up to him in unison and shouted at him to get out of the park. They also used lots of obsenities which prompted him to hurry off. I said “good for them.” The park is a public place and our furry friends have the perfect right to be there! So it turns out that I didn’t have to intervene on their behalf after all. If you take your dog to the park, no one can say anything to you if your dog is on a leash and you pick up after him. There are also special dog runs where your dog could be taken off his leash for exercise and to social with other canine friends. Have fun with your dog in the park and beware of cranky old men!!

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Stopping Dog Separation Anxiety

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

dogwindowI’m sure that you’ve had this experience if you own a dog and don’t keep him in is dog carrier or dog crate while you’re gone. You come home to find your dog at the window barking up a storm! When your dog is home alone and starts barking, he could be barking a things outside or he may be just upset because you’re gone. Victoria Voight,an Animal Behavorist in Pomona, California suggests that you turn on a thirty minute tape when you leave the house and then listen to the tape when you get back. She says that if you hear the dog start walking around and whining and barking or knocking things over, he probably has separation anxiety. Dogs have to be acclimated slowly to being alone. Start by leaving for only a minute or two then gradually work your way toward longer intervals. If the problem doesn’t get better seek professional help.

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Kidney Disease and Lower Protein Cat Foods

Sunday, February 7, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

cateatCats need protein but if your cat has kidney disease, too much protein is very hard on the kidneys and could accelerate the advancement of the disease. In addition to Hills prescription low protein cat foods, there are other foods that are lower in protein. In addition to Hills, I’ve been using Purina Pro Plan for Urinary tract health, , Wellness Signature selects which is 6% protein, Blue Healthy Gourmet with 8% Protein, Neo Feline Formula with is 8% protein. Compare these to most other cat foods which are about 34% protein, these foods are much better for cats with kidney disease. I mix several of these foods together, to give my Mollie some variety and to ensure that she eats like she should. Do your homework and ask your vet about feline kidney disease. It’s a very delicate balance to control it.

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How Many Cats Are Too Many?

Saturday, February 6, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

lotscatsYou know that I am an animal lover. I saw a special on 20/20 . They did a story about people with too many cats. One woman had over 100 in her house!! I just want you to know that this is only my opinion. I always try to live a balanced life. I mean spending quality time for work, friends, family and my two cats. I also believe that when you adopt a pet, you should strive to give them a clean, healthy, happy and peaceful life. People who go to extremes and by “extremes” I mean having so many cats living indoors are not doing themselves or the animals any good. They create an imbalance in their lives. Caring for over many cats requires lots of time, money and cleaning. Think of all of the food, litter, cat toys, not to mention the expense incurred if they get sick.

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dogcatErica Freeman, a professor at the University of Maryland School of nursing says that studies have shown that animals are good for our health. This is true whether we own our own pet or just spending some time with one. According to Dr. Freeman, pet owners have better health in general, fewer doctor visits, higher self esteem and tend to be more independent that non pet owners. She says that dogs can also motive people to exercise. People who won’t take a walk by themselves would be more motivated if they knew that they had to get up to walk their dog. People who walk with a dog walk longer and faster then people who walk alone. You don’t have a pet yet? I would think about adopting one! They offer more than just good health. They offer unconditional love that is very difficult to find these days. So head on out to get a pet carrier for your new pet!

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dogkissSometimes we get so involved with our new puppy, buying new dog toys, choosing dog food etc. we sometimes forget about his visits to the vet. How many times a year should you take your dog to the vet? Even though a new puppy may be up to date on his shots and may even be spayed or neutered, it’s a good idea to take him to the vet a few days after you take him home. All healthy dogs should visit the vet at least once a year, twice is advisable. Older dogs should visit the vet every six months or even more frequently.  This gives the vet an opportunity to examine your dog and make sure that he’s healthy.

Before selecting a vet, ask about emergency services. It’s important that your vet be accessible in an emergency. There are many animal hospitals that offer 24/7 care and emergency service for your pet. Don’t neglect taking your pet in for checkups even if you suspect that something may be wrong. You’ll regret it if you wait and find out that it’s too late. Also don’t let money hold you back. I know vets are expensive but would you neglect a family members health because of money? Absolutely not!  Your pet is your family and should not be neglected either.

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What Happens If Your Dog Breaks A Tooth?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

dogteethIt’s not unusual for a dog to break a tooth chewing on a hard bone or dog toy. Jerry Ann Holsman, a certified veterinary technician at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine says that the important thing to remember is that a fractured tooth is likely very painful so it needs to be taken care of right away. The sooner that you can get your dog to a veterinarian, the sooner his tooth can be saved with a root canal or another procedure. If the tooth is beyond repair, your veterinarian will likely remove it. Don’t worry if there is a whole in his “smile” because dogs can get along fine without a few teeth. I’m sure that your dog prefers comfort and well being over vanity. Watch out for those rawhide bones, they can do damage and break your dogs teeth!

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