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We Age With our Pets!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

catowneroldTime really flies for both ourselves and our cat companions. Look up one day and your feline friend is not as spry as a kitten and spending more time in her cat bed.We also are not as spry as we used to and find ourselves a bit less active.  Around eight or nine years, cats become prone to the ills of old age. They can develop chronic kidney or liver disease and maybe even diabetes or tumors. Their senses of site, smell, hearing and taste may begin to diminish. As their metabolism changes, a dietary adjustment may be necessary. The later years in humans and cats is no time to carry around too much weight. My older cat Mollie is almost seventeen years old  and also has some medical issues like kidney disease and hyperthyroidism. Cats don’t get Alzheimer’ s but they get forgetful as they get older. Through it all, with modern veterinary medicine and your loving care, your cats nine lives can extend into the teens and even early twenties. Just keep giving her the best cat food and don’t forget about those cat treats once and awhile. She may even surprise you a chase around one of her cat toys or two!

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Dog Collars – How Tight?

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

dogfitcollarIf you’re looking for a dog collar, nylon and leather collars with either a buckled or snapped together closures are the best choices. Make sure that you test the snap closure to make sure that the hold is strong. Depending on the size of your dog, you may have to select one that can adjusts easily as your dog grows. It’s a good idea to get your pets name and contact number woven on the collar. Here are some basic tips when selecting a dog collar.

The ideal fit should allow between one and three fingers between your dogs neck and the collar depending on the size of your dog.
If you have a small dog, lets say under 20 pounds, leave 1 finger between your dogs neck and the collar.
If you have a medium size dog, allow 2 fingers between your dogs neck and collar.
If your dog is very large, 3 finger separation between the dogs neck and collar is the best.
Slip or choke dog collars consist of a length of leather , nylon or chain link with rings at each end. These collars are used as training collars to control your dog . I recommend a reward system to train your dog. You should never use this kind of collar permanently. They should never be used on toy or small dogs under 20 pounds. Now get a strong dog leash to do along with the collar.

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