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How To Take Care of A Very Young Kitten

Thursday, August 17, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

babykittenbottleTaking care of a baby kitten is no easy task. It will need to be bottle fed every two to three hours day and night for several weeks. You can find kitten milk replacement in special bottles at your local pet store. Hold the kitten gently and burp him after each feeding. Keep your kitten warm, clean and dry. Experts recommend placing a heating pad under one corner of the nesting box so the kitten can stay warm and can move away if it gets too warm. After each feeding ,gently stimulate the kitten’s bottom to encourage elimination. Kittens cannot do this on their own until they are about four weeks old. You can do this with a sterile cotton ball dipped in warm water. Hold off on any cat treats until your kitten is about eight weeks old.

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Dogs that lick and chew at their paws.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

dog-licking-pawIf your dog continuously chews, licks or picks at his paws, it may not be something physical. He could have obsessive compulsive disorder. Many times it’s called lick granuloma. This is a  form of self-trauma where the dog continuously licks a small area, most commonly the paw  becomes raw and inflamed. This behavior is related to stress, boredom or compulsiveness.

This excessive licking can cause tissue damage and delay healing. If you notice that your dog is licking or biting his paws, check them to make sure there’s no damage. If you notice that your dog has a minor cut or abrasion on his paw, wash the foot with an antiseptic soap and apply a topical antibiotic cream. If the laceration seems deeper, it can cause limping and you could see that your dog is actually in pain when he walks. Have him examined by a vet. If you dogs paw is just dry, apply vitamin E cream.

Obsessive compulsive disorder may be difficult to diagnose in a dog. I would recommend talking to your vet who may be able to direct you to the proper person to help with the diagnosis.

Remember, your pets count!

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The Important Omega 6 Fatty Acid

Monday, August 14, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

brownpupFatty acids are specific poly unsaturated fats that keep your dog’s coat and skin shiny and healthy. One class, the omega 6 fatty acid are especially important to an animal’s health because they help support the immune system and help regulate the blood flow. Fatty acids are not automatically produced by your dog’s body, so they must be provided in their diet. They’re naturally found in animal fats and vegetable oils and most commercial dog foods contain the proper types and ratios. Some dogs with skin problems and certain health conditions may benefit from fatty acid supplements so ask your vet for a recommendation. He or she may suggest adding sunflower oil to your pets food.

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Should You Feed a Stray Cat?

Sunday, August 13, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

straycatAs you know, I have two cats that have been with me for many years. Lately there’s a gray cat that is lame in one leg that’s been coming around and sitting on our porch. Being an animal lover, I felt the need to give this poor cat some food. For the past several weeks, I’ve been leaving a bowl of dry food on the porch for him. Sure enough, he comes the same time every day for is daily dinner.

Should we feed stray cats? Here’s my take on this. My answer is yes, of course you should feed a stray if he’s been around your house, porch or yard. Cats have become domesticated  and really can’t fend for themselves too well outside. They need some human intervention.

You’ll usually find strays eating from garbage cans. Once and awhile, they may find and eat a mouse. In general, most stray cats are starving, especially in winter.

Some people won’t feed a stray cat because they feel that they will breed out of control. Wrong! The truth is that cats will breed whether they are fed or not. Millions of cats have been abandoned by their owners. Many of these strays once had comfortable homes and were fed regular meals.

So when my new little friend comes by everyday, I make sure that he has plenty of food and water plus my cat Millie loves him. She waits by the sliders every night  for him to come and have his dinner!

Remember, your pets count!

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How To Feed A Dog With Diabetes

Saturday, August 12, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

cutestpupIf your dog has diabetes, how you feed him could be critical to managing the disease. For dogs taking insulin, food must be given in the same amount and at the same time everyday to keep blood sugar levels constant. The key to maintaining good heath is balancing food and insulin with exercise. Your veterinarian may prescribe a specially formulated dog food, usually with higher fiber and lower fat than regular dog rations. Treats between meals should not be given. Homemade diets are not good for a diabetic dog because they are too variable. Diabetic dogs do best when they are at their ideal weight. Your veterinarian will recommend a diet to keep a dog that is heavy or too thin at his ideal weight.

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Don’t Start The Car!

Thursday, August 10, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy
Our loved ones are watching and guiding us in this life and the next!

Our loved ones are watching and guiding us in this life and the next!

Our blog usually covers tips and information about how to care for our pets but today, I’m taking a look at ourselves and our pets from a spiritual perspective. I’m a strong believer that our pets and loved ones guide and protect us when they enter the next life. They following is a true story that happened to me several years ago. This occurred prior to moving to Rehoboth Beach, permanently.

My partner and I were spending our usual two week vacation at our home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. One night I suddenly sprung up from a sound sleep. I heard the voice of my father, who had passed away back in 2004. It was as if he was right next to me and it was so real that it caused me quickly wake up and sit up in bed. My father said “don’t start the car.” That was it. I wanted so bad to hear more but that’s all he said to me.

When I was a kid, my father always wanted me to learn about how a car worked. He wanted me there when he worked on his own car. I would sit there and hand him the tools he asked for. How boring! I didn’t want to learn anything about cars, I just wanted them to go when I started the engine. He always said to me, “son, someday when you are stuck on some lonely road, you’ll wish you knew what caused the problem. It would make fixing it a lot easier!”

That morning at breakfast, I mentioned this strange encounter with my partner. We figured that it was just a very real dream but didn’t have any significant meaning.

Later that day, I dropped my partner off in downtown Rehoboth to do some shopping. It was a picture perfect day so I decided to take a drive down the coast. The coastline in southern Delaware is beautiful with sweeping views of the bay on one side and the ocean and natural coastline on the other. As I made my way down the coast enjoying the gorgeous views, , I realized that I needed gas. In Delaware, we pump our own gas as is the case in most other states except of course, New Jersey where I lived at the time. I pulled up to the pump, turned the car off, took the gas cap off and placed the gas pump in the slot. I noticed that it was a snug fit which was odd since usually, I never had to almost force the pump into the slot before. I began to pump the gas when suddenly I saw a sign that said “DIESEL.” Oh no, I just put diesel fuel into my car! I quickly jumped in the car with the intention of taking to a service center. As I went to turn the key, I suddenly thought of the advice that dad gave me in my dream the night before! DON’T START THE CAR! I ran inside and told the women behind the counter. Guess what was the first thing she said to me………………DON’T START THE CAR! Starting the car with diesel fuel in it would destroy the engine costing thousands in repair and probably totaling the car!

It all came together now! Dad was trying to protect me knowing his son was still a “dummy” when it came to cars. He gave me the strong message “DON’T START THE CAR!” before the event actually happened!

I actually felt comforted by this event because even after death, our loved ones and pets still guide and protect us in this complicated, sometimes dangerous world! We just have to clear the “static from our attic” to hear them!

Remember, your pets count!

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Calcium, Vitamin D and Bones

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

calciumtabletsCalcium and vitamin D are essential for building your dogs bones and teeth. These nutrients are especially important for growing puppies and for pregnant and lactating dogs. Dairy products, legumes and bones themselves contain lots of calcium. Most grains and meat contain little. Veterinarians do not like it when owners feed their dog a calcium deficient diet consisting of meat and grain alone. Their dogs may develop Osteoporosis, broken bones, loose teeth and arthritis. Calcium deficiency is rare, thanks to commercial pet foods that are easily prepared and properly balanced. If you suspect a problem, your veterinarian can use X rays to check your dog’s bone density, and detect hairline fractures.

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What To Do If Your Dog Goes Missing

Tuesday, August 8, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

lostdogIf a beloved dog is missing we’re left with a dreaded, sinking feeling.Our brain gets so tangled up with emotion and confusion that we can’t think clearly. These first few moments are critical to finding your best friend. Here are some tips to help you.

  1. Form a plan – Take a moment and get whoever is available to begin searching for your dog.
  2. Contact your local animal shelters, animal control and nearby vets. Make sure to have an accurate description and recent photo of your dog. Look for veterinarians within a few miles of your zip code, SPCA, Humane Society, animal shelters, and Animal Control.
  3. Walk the neighborhood. Search high and low in your neighborhood. Bring a flashlight and a whistle. Ask everyone if they have seen your pet. Show them a recent photo. When you’re out searching, make sure someone stays home should your pup return.
  4. Report your lost dog –Post a Lost Dog alert in the BarkHappy Lost & Found section. This is a free service to help users report lost and found dogs. You can upload a photo of your dog, a description, where the dog was last seen on the map, and your contact information. It’s like an amber alert for dog owners, and will send a notification to users in the you’re your dog was last seen.
  5. Post fliers. Include a current photo and thorough description- breed, name, weight, sex, color and distinct markings. Leave out one defining characteristic so you can ask the person who finds your pet to describe it (especially if you are offering a reward). Also list your contact information. Make sure the text on the flier is large enough to read from a distance.
  6. Post on Facebook and get help from your friends and family. Ask people in your community to share your post. Lots of cities also have Lost and Found pets pages and neighborhood group pages that can help.
    Don’t give up! Pets can find their way home long after going missing. Keep on searching! Make sure your dog has a collar with an ID tag that contains your current phone number. Also talk to your vet about microchipping.

Thanks to Bark Happy for providing this valuable information!

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Dog Leash Phobia

Monday, August 7, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

dogleashpullYou have a dog who is friendly all of the time. You clip his dog leash on and he suddenly becomes a monster! There are lots of explanations for this kind of behavior but it could be a sign of frustration. Your dog is used to expressing himself by the freedom that he is given. When on a leash, his movement is limited and he no longer has the freedom that he enjoys so he gets frustrated. Proper socialization as a puppy is a key to preventing leash aggression. Don’t worry, even learned behavior can be changed. Pulling on the leash and speaking to your dog will only re-enforce the unwanted behavior. You have to teach alternative behavior and utilize the help of a professional. A professional will give you the proper training tips on how to improve his behavior. If the pulling is really bad, you should consider a harness or a halter. This is much better for you and your dog. Pulling on a leash hurts your dogs neck and can cause serious problems down the road. A halter will give you more control and your dog will not pull as much. A collar chokes the dog and causes him to pull more. A harness will make things much easier for you. Good luck, this could be a tough one if your dog wasn’t trained as a puppy on how to behave when his leash is on.

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Why I Prefer Weruva Cat Food

Sunday, August 6, 2017
posted by Jim Murphy

weruvaThe problem with cats with kidney disease is finding a high quality, lower protein, lower phosphorous food that they will eat. Vets always recommend a prescription diet but if your cat doesn’t eat it, what good is it? After so many trial and errors, I think I finally found the best food to feed my cat Molly.

Weruva cat food cannot be found in supermarkets, it’s more expensive (about $1.40 – $1.60 for a small can) and they don’t make any dry food.

Here are some things that you should look for in a high quality cat food.

  • Protein is listed as the first ingredient on the label, and the meat/poultry used is fit for human consumption. Organic meat is even better.
  • The food is grain-free (no rice, barley, or any other grains. Even though these are considered healthy in human nutrition, cats’ digestive tracts are not designed to digest the unnecessary carbs).
  • The food does not contain by-products, corn, soy, or any other fillers.

Weruva contains all of these ingredients and even more. When you open the can, you can see what kind of food is in it. It contains chunks of real chicken, real fish and real beef. You can even see a few vegetables in the can.

Weruva also makes moist small packets. There’s a lot of moisture in this food which is essential for a cat with kidney disease’s health. The best part is that Molly loves it. It’s healthy, and seems to be helping her.

Believe it or not, my other cat, Millie actually likes it too. Millie is the fussiest cat and usually does not eat anything but her dried food and dry snacks. I am now feeding Millie a small amount of Weruva each day to to get her used to it. Eventually, I would like to switch her over to it permanently.

Remember, your pets count!

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