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January 2018

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Eye Issues with Our Best Friends

Thursday, January 18, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

Do you suspect that your dog may be suffering from an eye problem? Here are some symptoms to look for.

  • Is he tending to avoid light?
  • Are his eyes bulging?
  • Are his eyes closed or filled with pus?
  • Are they cloudy?
  • Are they red?
  • Is your dog trying to rub them?
  • Is his putting his face to the ground and trying to rub?

If you notice any of these symptoms, take your dog to the vet for an examination. It could be anything from an allergy to an infection. If it is an infection, pet medication will be prescribed which will help cure the problem. If your dog is suffering from a variety of other problems, your vet can advise you of some over the counter products to consider. Always consult with your vet before giving your dog any medication.

Remember, your pets count!

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Liver Diseases is a Common Ailment

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

A healthy liver is essential for a healthy pet. Your pet’s liver is vital to maintain his metabolism and to get rid of toxins. Veterinarians find one of the most common pet ailments is liver disease and the symptoms can be vague or hard to spot.  Most often, liver problems make a pet lethargic and sluggish. Some people say that their cat or dog just isn’t acting like himself.  Pets with liver disease will also eat less than usual and his eyes and mouth may develop a yellowish tint.  If your pet has any of these symptoms, take him to a veterinarian.  Liver disease can occur at any age but there are good treatments and pet medication available. The sooner it’s diagnosed, the better.

Remember, your pets count!

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My 18 1/2 year old cat suddenly decided that she no longer wants to use the litter box to pee. She decided that she would rather pee on the rug in the bathroom. This was unacceptable and resulted in bad smells and washing the rugs everyday. I didn’t know what to do. One day I was in supermarket and saw puppy wee wee pads on the shelf. I decided that what can I lose if I tried using them with Molly? I took up the bathroom rug and replaced it with a wee wee pad. Voila! Molly peed on the pad almost immediately!  Since Molly has kidney disease and pees quite often, I replace the pads about three or four times a day. No mess, no smell.

Not the best situation but it’s certainly better that Molly peeing on the rug and smelling up the bathroom! If your cat decides that she doesn’t want to use the litter box, don’t scold her or punish her. Simply place a wee wee pad in the spot that she is peeing.

Remember, your pets count!

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Can You Train A Small Dog To Use A Litter Box?

Monday, January 15, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

It is actually possible to train a small dog to use a litter box. The advantages of this is that it could eliminate bathroom accidents. It’s great for people living in apartments. Your dog would be able to go at any time during the day. It also reduces the number of trips outside. This really helps in bad weather when lots of dogs don’t like going outside. Small dogs have small bladders and having a litter box will make it easier to have them go more frequently.

First of all, you’ll need a litter box especially made for dogs. There are some companies like Purina who make them. They’re also available through most pet retailers. You can use a large cat litter box. Put the box on a surface that’s easy to clean like a tiled floor.

To train your dog, you can shift your puppy from using newspaper to the litter box. Instead of taking your dog from the crate to the yard, take him from the crate to the litter box. Always reward him with a dog treat when appropriate. Correct him if he goes somewhere else and praise him when he is successful.

Remember, your pets count!

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Update on Molly

Saturday, January 13, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

Molly continues to battle advanced kidney, thyroid and intestinal disease. Over the past couple of weeks her morning vomiting has increased. I’ve added Pepcid to her medicine regime. I give her a quarter to a half pill per day but so far, it doesn’t seem to be helping her much.

She is drinking lots of water which is keeping her hydrated but getting her to eat and taking the medicine that I mix in her food is becoming more and more difficult. Food that she likes on day, she turns her nose to the next. I am spending a lot of time selecting food that I think she’ll eat including some table food like turkey or chicken.

Molly is still social and lies on my lap for hours. She likes her quiet times but still spends time with us in the living room. Clearly the disease is slowly getting worse and my stress levels are slowly rising. We are still taking one day at a time but I’m dreading the day that there is no more time left.

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A Commuter Dog!

Friday, January 12, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

Our pets are truly amazing. This is a story recently published in USA Today. You may have read it already but if not, enjoy! As I always say “Ya gotta do whatcha gotta do.”

SEATTLE (AP) — A black Labrador named Eclipse just wants to get to the dog park.

So if her owner takes too long finishing his cigarette, and their bus arrives, she climbs aboard solo and rides to her stop — to the delight of fellow Seattle bus passengers.

KOMO-TV reports that local radio host Miles Montgomery was amazed to see the pooch get off the bus, without an owner, at a dog park last week.

The dog and her owner, Jeff Young, live right near a bus stop.

In Young’s words, “She’s a bus-riding, sidewalk-walking dog.” Young says his dog sometimes gets on the bus without him, and he catches up with her at the dog park three or four stops away.

Bus riders report she hops onto seats next to strangers, and watches out the window for her stop. Says commuter Tiona Rainwater, “All the bus drivers know her … she makes everybody happy.”

A Metro Transit spokesman said the agency loves that a dog appreciates public transit.

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Steps for Walking Your Dog in Winter Weather

Thursday, January 11, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

Our furry friends love to be taken out in the snow and cold weather. They love to run, roll and frolic in the white stuff. The cold and snow can have various affects on canines. Here are some basic steps to take to make sure that your dog stays safe in winter weather.

  1. First of all make sure that you have the proper clothes and shoes on. Wear gloves, scarfs and boots that will help you with traction in the snow.
  2. Put an insulated jacket on your dog. This is especially necessary for puppies, small dogs and senior dogs.
  3. Protect your dogs paws with dog booties or pet safe gels like Mushers Secret.
  4. Walk your dog with a solid leash. Do not use a retractable leash. Consider using a joggers leash which stays hooked if you fall or lose your grip.
  5. Use a secure, front clip harness to prevent pulling.
  6. Make sure that your dog’s clothing stays dry.
  7. Avoid hazards like frozen ponds. A dog can slip through and suffer hypothermia or even drown.
  8. When you return, wash your dogs paws to remove toxins from the pavement.

If you notice your dog, shaking, cowering or pulling you home, it may be too cold for him. Take him home and find ways to exercise him indoors like a game of tug of war. Be careful watch for signs from your dog that he may not be having such a good time out in the snow.

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Fatty Lumps on Your Dog

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

Many middle ages and senior dogs, especially those that are overweight develop benign tumors under their skin. These growths are usually located on the belly or the upper legs and are generally harmless. If you notice a lump on your dog, have your veterinarian check it out. If it is a benign tumor and the dogs movement is not compromised, no treatment is necessary but it is still a good idea to keep an eye on the fatty deposit to make sure that it doesn’t grow. Your veterinarian can biopsy the growth every now and then to check for any cancerous changes. If your dog has one of these growths (lypoma), there is a chance that he will develop more. This doesn’t mean that you should dismiss any new growths or bumps. Have them checked out.  Ask your vet to give each one a proper exam. Usually no pet medication is prescribed and nothing else has to be done.

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Choosing The Best Dog To Adopt

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

When you’re at the shelter trying to choose the right dog for you and your family, keep in mind that many animals will be stressed out. Many times you won’t be able to see a dog’s true colors until he is away from the other animals and the shelter. Some if you walk past several dogs who aren’t vying for your attention, don’t rule them out, they may be stressed, scared or lonely.

A counselor can help you choose a dog that is best suited for you and your family. While choosing a dog, consider the following questions.

  1. How old is the dog? You may want a young dog but keep in mind that they may require lots of training and supervision. If you don’t have the time or the patience to train a younger dog and don’t want to come home to find your cushions or pillows chewed, you may want to consider an older dog.
  2. How shy or sensitive is the dog? Although an active, bouncy dog can catch your eye at first, if you’re a couch potato, you may want to consider a calmer dog who likes sitting with you while you watch TV.
  3.  Is the dog good with kids? Consult with your counselor on this one but generally if a dog likes to be touched, doesn’t mind loud noises and shows no sensitivity to people or kids, then this may be a good choice if you have kids.If you get a puppy for your kids, remember that baby animals can be fragile and that, regardless of the dog’s age or breed, you’ll want to supervise their interactions with kids.

All shelter pets deserve loving homes.  Go to the shelter pet projects website they may be able to help you with your search. Remember, you are choosing a family member that’s likely to be with you for 10 to 15 years. Make the right decision.

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Destructive Dogs Need Special Counseling

Sunday, January 7, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

If your dogs behavior is so inappropriate, your veterinarian may refer you to an veterinary behaviorist. This is an expert who deals with dogs and cats behaving badly.  Jerry Flanigan, a Behaviorist  with Carolina Veterinary Specialists says that if your dog or cat suffers from separation anxiety or acts out in other destructive ways, a behaviorist will develop an action plan based on your pets history and issues.  Then it’s up to you to do the majority of the work making the appropriate changes to encourage better pet behavior. A reminder never punish you pet by putting him in his pet carrier or locked up in another room you will make the problem much worst!

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