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A Deadly Bacterial Disease in Dogs

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

thecutestLeptospirosis is a potentially deadly bacterial disease. It’s spread by the urine of infected animals. This disease damages a dogs liver and kidney. It will give him soreness, lethargy and fever. Some other symptoms are vomiting and bloody urine. The good news is that there is a vaccine available. At this point, the vaccine does not protect against all strains of Leptospirosis.

Some ways to protect your dog is to keep him away from stagnant water and rodents. Watch for flu like symptoms. If your dog does become infected, your veterinarian will like administer pet medication such as penicillin to clear up the bloodstream and then after the kidney has recovered, give your dog a course of drugs called tetracycline. The dog may become dehydrated so intravenous fluids may also be needed. If you do notice any symptoms, don hesitate. Get your dog to the vet right away.

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Detecting A Stroke in A Dog

Saturday, June 10, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

dogsstrokeTime is always key when it comes to treating a stroke and this is true for both humans and dogs. The effects of a stroke are caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain. Dogs suffer two kinds of strokes,ischemic strokes and hemorrhagic strokes. Ischemic strokes occur when the blood supply to the brain is compromised and oxygen is deprived. A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel to the brain bursts. Both of these situations is a life threatening situation.

Symptoms come on very suddenly so I stress, do not delay treatment. My cat Molly suddenly had difficulty walking about 7 years ago. It was late and I was about to go to bed. I immediately rushed her to the 24 hour animal clinic. Fortunately, it did not turn out to be anything serious an she regained her balance very quickly but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Here are the symptoms that you should look for:

**Head tilt
**Difficulty walking
**Loss of balance
**Lack of coordination (ataxia)
**Uncontrollable circling
**Paralysis (usually on one side of the body)
**Vision impairment or loss (sudden onset)
**Loss of bowel control
**Inappropriate urination
**Other abrupt behavioral

Immediate treatment can save your pet!

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Pica, an Unusual Condition in Cats

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

cat-chewingMost of the time a cat, unlike a dog, a cat won’t chew on anything other than their food. Sometimes you will encounter a cat with a very strange behavior problem. They will chew on wool, plastic or other materials. There is a term for this behavior. It’s called Pica and it’s an eating disorder. It means that a cat will crave to eat other items besides their food. Siamese cats and other oriental breeds are the most frequent offenders. Almost any mixed breed cat can have this problem. Cats with Pica, will bite telephone cords, plastic items or even pantie hose. Veterinarians aren’t really sure why cats do this but Pica seems like a obsessive compulsive disorder. An interesting fact is that some cats respond to the same drugs that are used to treat obsessive compulsive disorders in humans. These cats may also crave ruffage so maybe it would be a good idea to plant a garden just for the cat suffering from Pica. Your cat will play with their cat toys but usually craves to eat the other items described earlier. If you suspect that your cat may have this disorder, it’s worth talking to your vet about it!

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dogsunbathingBelieve it or not, dogs can suffer burns and skin conditions just like humans. Most of the time, we don’t think about too much sun exposure for our best friends. Here are some things that you should be aware of.

  1. Don’t shave your dog in the summer if he has a long coat. When you shave your dog, his skin is exposed to sunburn and damage.
  2. If your dog is a sunbather, that is he turns on his back and soaks in the sun, he exposes the area where the belly and hind legs meet. Too much sun can cause him to develop tumors in this area. So when you notice your dog panting, it’s time to get him out of the sun.
  3. Dogs that are experiencing hair loss due to allergies or some other conditions are more prone to sunburn. Keep your dog from the suns harmful rays by limiting his time in the sun.
  4. If your pet did sustain a sunburn, give him a soothing bath with cool water and a gentle, soap-free product such as TheraNeem Pet Shampoo. Before lathering up, add 5 drops of Neem Oil to the shampoo in your palm, then work the mixture through your dog’s fur, down to the skin. Wait a few minutes before rinsing with cool water. Non-toxic Neem works quickly and safely to heal heat as well as chemical burns. (Information obtained from Dogster.)
  5. Never use a sunscreen on your dog that contains Zinc Oxide as this is toxic to pets.
  6. For an ounce of prevention, use sunscreen on Spot. “Select a sunscreen that’s safe for human babies,” Dr. Peikes advises. Two excellent brands are Aubrey Organics Green Tea Sunblock for Children with SPF 25 and Jason Kids’ Block with SPF 46. There’s also an all-natural balm designed to prevent and soothe doggie sunburn. (Info obtained from Dogster.)
  7. Consider light protective clothing  for dogs that have been shaved or are losing their hair.

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Need a Watchdog? Try a Doberman

Sunday, June 4, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

doberman2A Doberman Pinscher is a medium sized dog that has sort of a square shape. Doberman’s are very keen, energetic dogs with a tremendous about of strength and stamina. These dogs are “people” dogs and do not like being in kennels or left alone in the back yard in a dog pen or on a dog leash. They need human interaction and leadership. They are loyal, tolerant and affectionate with family members. They are also very assertive and bold and very adaptable. Doberman’s are easy to train and make terrific watch dogs.

This breed is not for everyone. They need an owner who is willing and able to display a natural authority over him. All family members must be firm and consistent when it comes to the rules. You set the rules for your dog and then stick to them. You must also learn how to handle this kind of dog as they can become very stubborn and willful if they are allowed to have their own way. Remember you’re the leader. They make good family dogs if they are trained well, exercised regularly and socialized. Doberman’s have a reputation of being an aggressive dog. This is not the case. Doberman’s make very good therapy dogs. They are sweet and gentle with nursing home patients. Issues arise when the owners do not stick to the rules and do not provide the proper leadership.

As far as living conditions are concerned, Doberman’s do well in an average size apartment but they must get lots of exercise. They are very cold sensitive and not an outside dog. This is the reason why police in a cold area are not able to use them.

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Compare Me to A Jack In The Box!

Saturday, June 3, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

jackinthe-boxAs you know, I am the worst culprit when it comes to spoiling my two kitties. Whatever Molly wants, Molly gets and that includes the best cat food available. Molly is almost 18 now and has been with me ever since she was 5 weeks old. So as you can see, we hold a special bond.

About a year and a half ago, she was diagnosed with advanced kidney disease and thyroid disease. So I pamper her even more. I am thankful as of this writing that she is doing very well but she eats like a horse! I feed her a high quality diet consisting of Instinct grain free, moist food and Weruva grain free packets. She likes the food when it’s moist, so if I give her too much, she’ll eat some and leave the rest because it gets too dry. So I feed her small portions that she can finish in one sitting. The problem is that it seems like she goes from bowl to bowl every few minutes and sits there and waits for her small portion of food. I am up and down like a jack in the box catering to her every whim. The funny thing is that she does this when I’m home. If I’m working, she will force herself to eat the remaining food even though it dried out.

This goes to show you that Molly has me wrapped around her little paws. Animal lovers will go through almost anything for their beloved pets!

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catdiabeticWhen your cat has diabetes, she’s prone to large peaks and valleys in her blood glucose level. This is a situation that you need to monitor carefully. Steven Carone, who is a Veterinarian with Nestle, Purina Pet Care Company says that in recent years nutritionists have discovered that the right diet can help to regular a diabetic cat’s blood glucose levels. Reducing the amount of carbohydrates and increasing their protein intake will help to manage diabetes. Reducing the amount of carbohydrates can help to blunt the cats glucose curve and can have a positive effect on a cat’s long term health. Some cats actually go off insulin when they are put on a high protein, carb. restrictive kind of diet. Even cats that still need insulin, often require less. Always check the carb and protein levels of your cats food and cat treats.

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