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The Comfort of Pet Carriers and Dog Crates!

Sunday, March 27, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

CATINCARRIERMy older cat Mollie, once feared and hated her pet carrier. As soon as I would take it out, she would hide. It was difficult getting her to go inside. She would resist and I would have to practically shove her inside! After awhile, I left the carrier out with the door open. After awhile, she started going inside herself. She would sleep in it for hours!  I would frequently give her a cat treat in the carrier. Now, she no longer fears her pet carrier and spends many hours inside when it’s open. If you just brought home a new puppy, you may want to keep the dog crate open. Before you know it, you’ll find your new pup sleeping inside.

If you bring home a new kitten or puppy, try to get her used to her cat carrier or dog crate right away. Keep the carrier or crate within your dog or cats sight with the door open, put in a soft blanket and some of her favorite toys. Feed her inside the carrier and before you know it, getting her inside will no longer be such a chore.

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Easter, Pets and Chocolate

Sunday, March 27, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

DOGCHOCHappy Easter! As a kid, I always remembered waking up to an big Easter Basket filled with a big solid chocolate bunny and lots of chocolate goodies inside. Chocolate, a favorite among adults and children alike, could be deadly to our pets. Pet has published an explanation as to why this favorite adult treat could really do harm to pets.

Some cats tolerate chocolate better than others. Although the toxic dosage varies from animal to animal, everyone agrees that chocolate contains a lethal ingredient, a methylxanthine called theobromine, and that baking chocolate contains 10 times more of this lethal ingredient than milk chocolate.

Theobromine acts on four areas of your cat’s body:

It increases the rate and force of contractions of the heart.
It acts as a diuretic, causing your pet to lose body fluids.
It affects the gastrointestinal system, causing vomiting and diarrhea and it may cause stomach ulcers.
It acts on the nervous system, causing convulsions, seizures and sometimes, death.

Get out those dog toys and take your dog outside for some exercise and keep those dog treats and cat treats on hand. Your best friends will be too full and pooped out to scout out any chocolate left around the house. Seriously, keep all chocolate away from your pet.

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