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Frustration Can Make A Dog Aggressive

Sunday, March 17, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

There are many reasons why a dog may become aggressive ranging from illness to possessiveness. Today we are going to focus on frustration.

Aggression that’s caused by frustration is often referred to as redirected aggression or barrier frustration. It occurs when a dog is frustrated at not being able to get to something and takes its frustration out in another way. This type of aggression is often seen in dogs that spend a lot of time tied up, restrained on a leash, or behind a chain-link fence.

For example, a dog that’s chained in a yard may spend the day straining to get to a dog that lives across the street or in an adjacent yard. The restrained dog usually barks and growls more fiercely as the frustration grows. When the owner approaches, the dog may redirect its frustration and bite the owner. Thanks to The Spruce Pets for providing this information.

Proper training is key to help avoid frustration and aggression. We will cover this topic in a future post.

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Do Cats Mind Being Kept Indoors?

Saturday, March 16, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Does keeping your cat in your house or apartment mean that he is cooped up or he is being kept from harm?  You may hear some people say that keeping a cat indoors all day is cruel but indoor cats are much better off.  If you ask your veterinarian, you would probably be told that your cat will be healthier and have a longer life.  That’s because an indoor cat is less likely to be exposed to bacterial or viral infections.

Last year while bike riding, I came across a dead kitten in the middle of the road. I thought that if that little kitten had a good home and was kept indoors, this wouldn’t have happened. Keeping a cat indoors prevents it from being hit by a car or being attacked by wild animals.  Chances are, an indoor cat won’t pick up any fleas or ticks.

The biggest problem for an indoor cat is boredom. So the solution would be to provide your cat with plenty of cat toys and posts to scratch on and make sure that you play with him often. Give your cat things to look forward to and she will live a very healthy, happy, longer life.

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Benefits of an Organic Diet for Your Dog

Thursday, March 14, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

We all want a healthy diet for our pets but should be go organic? Organic Authority .com has put today some great benefits to your dog by feeding him an organic diet. Read the article below and discover some of the great benefits from feeding organic.

1. Reduction of skin ailments and allergies.If your dog suffers from allergies or an irritating skin condition, you’ve probably tried “everything” hoping to provide your pet some relief.Special dips, sprays, shampoos, creams and medications may or may not help.Premium brands of dog food recommended by vets still leave some dogs scratching or bald.Why doesn’t anything work, and why should organic food be any different?

Organic dog food may provide your pet with the best chance combating skin infections and allergies long term.It is free of artificial colors and flavor enhancers, chemical additives and toxic pesticides that could be the source of your dog’s allergies.Organic dog food contains quality protein and grain sources of exceptional nutritional value.This supports your dog’s immune system to help build resistance to skin infections. 3. Fewer digestive disorders. Superior sources of grains and proteins and a lack of chemicals and artificial substances makes organic dog food more digestible.If your dog vomits occasionally after meals or commonly experiences gas, bloating or diarrhea, check with your veterinarian for underlying illness.In the absence of another cause, feed your dog and organic diet and you’ll both enjoy the improvements!Once again, it is the superior nutritional value of organic dog food that can make a difference.Since it is naturally more nutritious, many owners report their dogs eat less organic dog food than other commercial varieties.Organic food doesn’t contain bulk-fillers, so your dog consumes only what it needs to maintain healthy energy levels and life functions.It probably tastes better to your dog, too!Dogs feel more satiated eating smaller amounts of tasty, nutrient-dense foods.An organic diet can help your dog lose weight and exercise more. Easily digestible oats, barley or other natural whole grains and human-grade turkey, lamb or chicken make a tremendous difference to your dog’s digestive system.Rather than consuming corn or other bulk fillers and chemical additives, your dog will ingest only what it needs for healthy metabolic functioning.Dogs eat and eliminate less when they are on an organic diet.They tend to have more predictable bowel movements with firm, less smelly stools. 4. Better overall health and stronger immunity.Even if you dog doesn’t suffer from skin ailments, obesity or digestive problems, an organic diet can still be of benefit. Although nearly every brand of dog food claims to be “nutritionally complete,” most veterinarians still recommend “premium” brands of dog food over “grocery store” varieties.At the heart of the matter is and always has been the better nutritional value of the premium brands. Organic dog food provides better quality sources of nutritional substances than even the non-organic, premium brands.It is more digestible for dogs.One final, key factor is that because it is more digestible, dogs are likely to absorb rather than eliminate more of the nutrients they require to maintain a healthy immune system. Boosting your dog’s immunity may help prevent costly infections and illnesses that require veterinarian care. 5. Quality of Life and Longevity.Just as the quality of your diet affects the quality of your life, what you feed your dog will have a direct impact on how he or she looks, feels, and acts.By feeding organic food you can help ensure your dog lives a long, happy and healthy life.It is one ingredient in an overall healthy lifestyle you can help your dog enjoy.A luxurious, shiny coat, energy to run and play, a healthy weight and a strong immune system can maximize your dog’s life expectancy and quality of life into old age.

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A Good Dog Just A Phone Call Away

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Adopting a new family member is an exciting experience but once you get your new best friend home, there is an adjustment process that has to take place. Some dogs had some training before they went to their new forever home but many did not. You should first do your own assessment. Discover the commands that your dog responds to and the ones that he doesn’t.

The AKC GoodDog!SM Helpline offers live telephone support from their team of knowledgeable trainers. Whether you need help training your puppy, introducing an adult dog to your home, or improving their manners, AKC can assist you.

You can use their helpline by following this link and filling out a short form.


It;s comforting to to know that if you need some advice with dog training there is someplace you can go.

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Most of the time, when we think of treats for pets, we think of dogs. There are many treats on the market for cats as well. My cat Millie loves her treats and sometimes I think she eats more treats than food!

Make sure that you carefully choose the right treat for your cat. Treats should never amount to more than 10% of the cats diet. Sometimes I think I give Millie more than that. I can’t resist her coming out and meowing for her treats about three times a night. I need to take my own advice!

Cat treats can also be very fatty and you want to make sure that his treats don’t spoil their appetite. Always check the ingredients on the label. Look for treats that are lower in calories. Another thing that you may want to check is the veterinarian-approved AAFCO certification.

The Association of American Feed Control Officials publishes a set of guidelines for cat food and treats, and if the ingredient definitions meet the regulations, you will see, “Formulated to meet the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profile for Kittens/Adults/Senior)” printed on the label of the treats. Watch out for companies that do not provide this information.  Always look for a treat that is nutritionally balanced yet also has flavor that will appeal to your cats. Treats usually come in beef, chicken or fish flavors. Choose a treat that you cat will like best. Millie likes them all.

Don’t ever feed your cat things like cookies or popcorn. Stick will nutritionally balanced store bought cat treats.

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A Brief History of Kitty Litter

Saturday, March 9, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

There are lots of types of kitty litter,crystal, clumping, scented or unscented. There are so many choices that are available today, that it takes a little while to choose.  In the old days, cats used wooden boxes filled with sand, sawdust or ashes.  This was the case until 1947 when a man whose family sold industrial absorbents gave a batch of clay pellets to a woman in Michigan. The women was tired of her cat tracking her sooty paw prints around and wanted a cleaner alternative. She and her cat loved the clay pellets and kept coming back for more.  The man, Ed Low kept bagging the stuff and kept on selling it.  In 1964, Mr. Low founded the Tidy Cats brand. That’s the history of kitty litter. Now who invented litter liners and all of the other cat accessories? A story for another time.

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Pets Can Make YOU Live Longer!

Friday, March 8, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Statistics show that people who have pets have a tendency to live longer or at least, they have fewer health problems. Owning a pet naturally lowers their stress level and also make them feel better about themselves. The two go hand in hand. If you are stressed out, many times you don’t feel good about yourself but our beloved pets can really help in these areas

A recent study shows that adopting a dog can add ten years to your life! Life spans of dogs are also increasing thanks to improved veterinary care, nutrition, medical advances and due diligence in the way we care for our pets.

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Signs of Hypothyroidism in Dogs

Thursday, March 7, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Sometimes a senior dog will sometimes seem to get old and sluggish.  Often the reason is not his advanced age but hypothyroidism. This is a condition where the thyroid gland stops producing enough hormones.  Hypothyroidism can cause hair loss and weight gain even in dogs with a diminished appetite.  Some researchers think that canine hypothyroidism has a genetic basis.  This makes it very different from feline thyroid problems.  Cats often develop hyperthyroidism. This is a condition where they produce too much thyroid hormone.  Veterinarians suspect that feline hyperthyroidism which causes weight loss not gain, is triggered by environmental factors.  There is pet medication than can help to control either hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. Of course all medications have to be prescribed by your veterinarian.

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After your dog has surgery such as being spayed, it’s important to keep her from licking the wound because she could remove her stitches or cause an infection. Unfortunately, dogs instinctively want to lick their wounds so you may need to take some precautions. If bandages and topical pet medication and products don’t do the trick, try an Elizabethan collar. This is cone shaped and fits onto your dogs collar wrapping around her head like an upside down lampshade.  Your dog may find this contraption bothersome but it will help keep her from licking and aggravating her incision site.  To make the situation less stressful, you can remove the collar when you are able to keep an eye on her.

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How to Care For A Cat With Diabetes

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

There are two types of diabetes that cats get. Diabetes Mellitus occurs when a cats body cannot produce or use insulin correctly. Then there’s type 2 diabetes which usually doesn’t require insulin. Caring for a cat with diabetes is a joint effort and it’s very important that you do your part along with your veterinarian.  As soon as a cat is diagnosed with Diabetes Mettitus, she will probably require insulin injections. You have to administer these injections according to the schedule that your vet provides. The dosage will depend on needs and condition of the cat.  Types of insulin varies from cat to cat. You should have her blood tested regularly to determine if the amount of insulin is sufficient or  in some cases, it may be too much.  Your vet will show you how to give your cat her insulin shot.  One good place to give the injection is along the side of your cats’ body.  Insulin shots are usually given twice per day in either one or two units per shot.

Once your cat has been diagnosed with diabetes, you must always monitor her at home. Take note of any changes in her weight, eating habits or blood sugar levels. Notify your if vet  you do notice any changes.  Also consult your vet before administering any additional pet medications for other  conditions.

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