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Watch Out for Foxes

Saturday, June 25, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

foxdogIn our neighborhood, every now and then you’ll see a fox. Since there are many pets in our community, we must be aware of some of the dangers that foxes can cause. The one major problem that foxes present is the danger of disease. They may carry rabies and one bite can cause an infection. Foxes also defecate where people live and the bacteria can spread to humans and as well as pets if your dog or cat gets too close. It’s always a good idea to keep your dog on his dog leash whenever possible. I always recommend keeping cats indoors. It’s safer for you and them.  Check your garden and clean any feces that you may notice. Dogs go everywhere so don’t take any chances. One important fact that your should remember is that you may not be infected in diseases that foxes carry but your pet will be. Mange, for example can affect dogs but the disease is easily treated and will not kill the dog once the treatment with pet medication begins. The worst case scenario is hair loss by your pet if it’s not treated.

Always be on the safe side. Keep your dog contained or when walking him, keep him on his dog leash so he doesn’t wonder too far.

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Go Beyond The Basics

Saturday, June 25, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

dogstandingYour dog knows the basics. He’ll sit on command, hold his paw out when you say “shake,” and lie down when you tell him to. Now, you need him to get to the next level. Teaching a dog tricks could be a fun way to bond. So if you want to go beyond the basic commands with your dog, Try teaching him to stand on two legs or bow. Start by giving your dog a verbal cue then reward him with a dog treat when he actually performs the action. For example, dogs often bow when they want to play or when they wake up from a nap. Then, using the dog treat and a verbal command, guide the dog to perform the action again. Remember, keep practicing, be patient and use positive reinforcement. Before long you and your dog will be able to impress all of your friends! Now it’s time to teach him some tricks with a flying disc dog toy!

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Controlling Cat Treats

Friday, June 24, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

CATTREATI must admit, my cats are spoiled and I should really abide by my own rules regarding giving them snacks. If you give them too many treats, they can develop weight problems. Are cat treats good for your cat? Well as with anything we eat, moderation is key. Cat treats should be a very small part of your cat’s diet. Many experts recommend cat treats make up no more than 10% of the total calories a cat eats. Most treats don’t add anything but calories to a cat’s diet. The remaining 90% of your cat’s calories should come from a high-quality, nutritionally complete cat food. My cat Molly, has chronic kidney failure and is on a prescription diet. My vet told me that she could still have cat treats but just a couple per day. I usually put Millie’s treats in a little plastic mouse which she has to toss around to get the treat. A little exercise will never hurt! You should also look at the labels and make sure that the treat is approved by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). This group sets pet food manufacturing standards . Now I have to abide by my own rules and cut down on the amount of treats that I feed my cats!

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Ouch! Another Bee Sting!

Friday, June 24, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

dog bee stingYou’re throwing around dog toys in the grass and your pet is having a great time. As he goes to fetch his toy, you notice him flinch. It appears that he was stung by a bee. His face swells up and he may have difficulty breathing.

Dogs are constantly sniffing the ground. Sometimes they’ll stir up some angry bees. It’s not unusual for your dog to get stung on his face. Many dogs will also swat or dig at an irritating insect, so bug bites and stings occur on the paws as well. You’ll know if your pet was stung because the affected area will swell. Most stings and bites are not serious but if your dog’s reaction is particularly severe or he develops breathing difficulty, call you veterinarian immediately. Your pet may be having an allergic reaction. For mild allergic reactions, your vet will likely prescribe pet medication such as an antihistamine or topical creme. In severe cases, a shot of epinephrine and emergency fluids may be needed.

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pinkeyedog.jogDoes your pet have red, teary, weepy eyes or puffy eyelids? Do her eyes have a greenish or yellowish discharge? If so, she is probably feeling the pain of an infection or inflammation of the tissue that lines the eyelid and coats the eye. This is called conjunctivitis or “pink eye.” Symptoms of this infection can vary. From Allergens, chemicals and grasses to bacteria, viruses and fungi. Once the causative agent is identified, pet medications such as antibiotics or anti-inflammatory drugs are used to dispatch it. In most cases, these medications work and the result is bright, clear and healthy eyes. Treatment is a must as conjunctivitis that is left untreated can lead to other more serious problems.

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A Puppy Surprise

Thursday, June 23, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

pupboxSurprising somebody with a puppy can be a very exciting and spontaneous gift. It can also be rewarding, but only if you’ve given the gift a lot of thought. If you buy a puppy on a whim, it’s a dangerous endeavor. You must make sure you have the time, energy, and money necessary to give a puppy a loving home. If you haven’t thought about the purchase beforehand, you run the risk of the recipient losing interest or simply being unable to provide what that young puppy deserves.

With that in mind, before you give anybody a puppy as a surprise, make sure you also consider purchasing the immediately necessary dog products. With the puppy itself, provide the lucky recipient with a supply of dog food, a ceramic dog dish, a comfy dog bed, and a couple of dog collars. The most important thing to consider is that the puppy needs love and attention right away. Put the new dog owner in a position to start feeding and walking the puppy right away. Just provide enough to get through the first week or so. This gives them enough time to make all the secondary purchases for their new best friend.

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Why Do Dogs Eat Poop?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

dogpoopThe thought of it disgusts us. Our best friends put their mouths everywhere and they smother us with kisses and we let them. We share our homes with them and love them like family but some things they do makes us cringe! They eat poop and it even has a name. It’s called Coprophagia. Eating poop is a natural behavior for dogs. Remember that they’re carnivores.It was the role of the mother to protect her litter of pups, and that included ridding their scent from the area – you guessed it – by eating her puppies’ poop. There are other reasons. May he’s just plain hungry. Some dogs just love the smell and taste. I’m sure that if you also have a cat, you’ve seen your dog munching in the cat litter box. You feed him quality dog food, give him lots of dog treats and yet he chooses poop!

If poop-eating is excessive, talk to your veterinarian to rule out any health issues.

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Watch Out For Those Fleas and Ticks

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

FLEASANDTICKSNows the time to protect your pet against fleas and ticks. Fleas are difficult to get rid of if they get in your house. Todays flea collars use sustained release technology which means that the active ingredients are slowly and continuously released over  months. They kill fleas and continue to prevent re-infestations for months. Todays flea collars are very light and won’t be uncomfortable for your pet to wear.

Another very affective method for getting rid of ticks and fleas is to have your vet treat your pet for fleas by using a product that lasts a very long period of time. I will say this, a while back, I had Molly treated for fleas and ticks and the vet used a product that was placed in the back of her neck. Later on I noticed a small bald spot on the place where the product was applied. I never questioned this but suspect that it could have been caused my Molly’s reaction to the flea and tick product.

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Check Your Pets Water Dish Frequently

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

dog cat waterSummer is here and pets can easily get dehydrated especially if they go outdoors. I have indoor cats but let them out on the porch or deck while I’m out there. Molly has kidney disease and it’s critical that she stay hydrated. She loves to lie in the sun. After I let her back in the house, I check her water bowl to make sure that she has fresh clean water. If you’re a dog owner, you should be checking and filling those dog water bowls more frequently. Keep some fresh water outside. If you’re traveling with you pet, make sure he has access to water at all times. Prevent problems this summer and keep your pet hydrated.

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Do Birds Like Music?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

parrot cageThe other day, I was sitting on my porch here in southern Delaware reading a book. I had the radio on and was watching a few finches who were eating from the bird feeder. The song “The Entertainer” by Marvin Hamlisch came on the radio. (Most of you probably have never heard of that song but it’s an instrumental from the movie “The Sting”) The song has some high notes in it. All of a sudden, many birds began chirping in unison after hearing the high notes in the song. I found this quite amusing. It sounded as if they were actually singing to the music. Do birds like music?  Researcher have discovered that parrots, who mimic many words and sounds actually have music taste and prefer certain types of music. It was found that they do not like dance or disco music. Some parrots prefer soothing middle of the road music while others prefer upbeat pop music. So playing Sinatra may be preferable to your parrot sitting in his bird cage.

Dr Franck Péron, from the University of Lincoln, said: “The birds clearly showed preferences. One preferred the rhythmic and one preferred the classical.
“There is no trend for the birds. Even if they are in the same place hearing the same things, they do not prefer the same music.” So when you select music to listen to, make sure you go over to your bird cages and check with your parrots to see which type of music they prefer to listen to!

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