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July 2019

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Today, I was reading about a senior couple in the Las Vegas area who wanted to adopt a pet but were denied every dog that they wanted to adopt.  A volunteer at suggested that they consider adopting a senior dog. They took their advice and adopted a nine year old dog which they love and cherish. Puppies are like grandchildren. They are full of love, yet leave seniors exhausted! Senior dogs nap more in their dog beds and are more mellow than puppies. They are also usually housebroken.

Did you know that in most states, people can now create a trust for their pet? According to the Bergen Record, they can put funds into it and in this way, benefit their pet by naming a trustee and caretaker to assure that it will be taken care of until it passes away. In the trust they can state all of their wishes. Singer Dusty Springfield did this and stated that she wanted her dog fed only imported baby food and also wanted it’s bed lined with her nightgowns and her records played when it went to sleep.

Even though I don’t think that seniors should be denied to right to adopt a pet, this option makes sense and can solve the problem.

Remember, your pets count!

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Cat House Boundaries

Tuesday, July 30, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Is your cat  bothering your bird or other pets in the house?  Maybe you have a hamster or a small dog. The reason that your cat is bothering them is because it’s her instinct to do so.  Now,  teaching a cat to overcome these instincts can be  a bit difficult. Start by setting some other rules to help her.  Teach your cat to stay out of the room where your bird or hamster lives. You have to modify the environment to keep pets apart. For example, if you have a small dog, keep a baby gate up to keep them apart.  Don’t place the conflicting pets food, water or beds near each other.  If you do see your cat bothering another pet, spritz her face with cool water from a spray bottle.The sensation may be unpleasant enough for your cat to stop this behavior.   Do not reward her with cat treats right after you’ve spritzed her with water. She will get confused and think that by bothering the other pets, she’ll get more treats!  You may want to ask another cat owner or your veterinarian for more tips.

Remember, your pets count.

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Changing Cat Food

Monday, July 29, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

We’ve recently adopted a Siamese/Himalayan cat from a neighbor who could no longer care for him. I’ve been feeding both of my cats a mixture dry and wet food. For the past several years I’ve been using a higher grade Purina for both the wet and dry food. I’ve decided to give both of our feline friends a much higher quality food. I’ve chosen Wellness and Nuro which are considered some of the best food for cats.  I started yesterday by adding a small amount of the new food to the old food and will increase the portion of new food each day until I’m feeding them only the new food. This could take some time and I anticipate that both cats will be on the new food within two weeks.

Why is it necessary to to slowly add in the new food? The reason is that cats have sensitive digestive systems. A sudden transition may upset their stomach resulting in vomiting and/or diarrhea.

Make sure that when changing cat food, do it slowly.

Remember, your pets count.

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Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism in Cats

Saturday, July 27, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Hyperthyroidism in cats is common and is very treatable when detected. If your cat displays any of these systems, have them checked out as soon as possible.

. Cats that have hyperthyroidism display specific symptoms. Symptoms to look for are:

  1. Weight Loss – this is a typical sign in Hyperthyroidism.
  2. Increases appetite –  This increase in appetite can be dramatic, with some cats doubling the amount of food eaten and frequently begging for food. Hyperthyroid cats eat more in an attempt to compensate for their higher-than-normal metabolic rate by increasing the number of calories ingested.
  3. Increased energy or nervous behavior.
  4. Increased thirst and urination.
  5. Vomiting or regurgitation. Vomiting may result from a direct action of thyroid hormones on an area of the brain called the chemoreceptor trigger zone.
  6. Anxiety and night yowling.
  7. Diarrhea and soft stools.
  8. Fast respiratory rate, panting and difficulty breathing.
  9. Skin, hair and coat changes.Skin and hair coat changes often develop in hyperthyroid cats. The hair coat, especially in long-haired breeds, is often unkempt, dull, and may even be matted.

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Lovable Golden’s Need Lots of Exercise

Friday, July 26, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

The Golden Retriever is a big, beautiful dog with many appealing qualities. They were bred to be a hunting dog but make great family pets as well. It is a loving, intelligent, obedient breed with a trusting and gentle nature. Generally, Golden’s love people so don’t expect one to make a good guard dog. Their sweet personalities make Gold Retrievers popular pets. They’re not for everyone. For one thing, the shed a lot! If you’re a neat freak, don’t get a golden. The breed is also large and exuberant. One wag of that big tail can easily clear a coffee table.  They also have a tendency to get heavy if they don’t get enough exercise. Make sure you take them outside and toss some of their favorite dog toys around to keep them in shape.  Golden Retrievers  require a lot of room and a fairly clutter free environment.

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Your Cats Eyes

Thursday, July 25, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Your cats eyes can reveal a number of possible issues and they are subject to the same eye conditions that humans are.  Glaucoma, cataracts and chlamydia bacteria and not uncommon in our feline friends. If your cat’s eyes are running, they may have an allergy or infection and it’s important that you have a veterinarian check it out.

Since cats’ eyes are so important to their general welfare, it is crucial that you take your cat to a veterinarian at the first sign of trouble. Many conditions can be treated easily if caught in time but can lead to months of veterinary expense and possibly even blindness, if ignored.

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Stinky Poop in Cats

Wednesday, July 24, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Sometimes it seems that you need a gas mask to when you clean out your cats poop. Is this normal or can there be an unerlying cause?  The Pet Health has some answers.

What causes smelly stool in cats?
In kittens, foul fecal odors are often associated with the introduction of new foods or with inflammation from parasites. In most cases, any fecal abnormality in an adult cat—if not clearly attributable to a dietary problem—is likely to be directly associated with the gastrointestinal tract and will most often be the result of an inflammatory or infectious disease or even cancer2. Your veterinarian will help you find the cause so appropriate treatment can be undertaken.

  • Diet as a cause of smelly stool in cats: Since people often vary their cats’ diet, it is sometimes difficult to determine what food ingredient is the offending agent. Sometimes an elimination diet (avoiding one ingredient at a time for a week or so), may help you narrow down the cause. Some cats are hunters and their prey can also cause smelly stools. Imagine your cat eating bugs, rodents and small reptiles and the smell may not be such a mystery—yummy! Surprisingly, vitamin supplements can also produce smelly stools. There are very few reasons to use vitamin and mineral supplementation in cats and today’s cat foods are well balanced so pet parents are more likely to cause problems by supplementing cat food. [Editor’s Note: Never add any sort of vitamin supplement to your cat’s food without talking to your veterinarian.]  
  • Bacteria as a cause of smelly stool in cats: Infectious enteritis may allow bacteria like E.coli or Samlonella to set up housekeeping. These organisms, as well as some viruses, can cause inflammation and result in diarrhea and gas that can be very foul smelling
  • Parasites as a cause of smelly stool in cats: Some intestinal parasites of cats cause diarrhea and gas. In particular, Giardia can produce chronic, foul smelling feces with or without diarrhea. Coccidia and Trichomonas are also parasites that can cause intestinal inflammation, diarrhea and odor.
  • Digestive disorders as a cause of smelly stool in cats: Conditions like mal-digestion and mal-absorption often result in rancid smelling stools. This can be associated with undigested and unabsorbed fats and starches.

Thanks to the Pet Health for providing this important information.

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Dermal Cysts on our Funny Friends

Monday, July 22, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

In general, dogs are prone to various kinds of dermal cysts, growths and skin tumors as they age. Many of these growths are benign but some could be cancerous. Always check your dog for any unusual or new growths. If you find any growth on your dog, the best course of action to take is to have your veterinarian examine her. Some of these growths can be diagnosed based on physical exam and inspection. Your vet may want to perform a “fine needle aspiration” to get a sample for microscopic analysis. This is a fairly easy and quick test that can often help to differentiate between a cyst, infection, malignant growth and a benign growth. At this time, your vet will advise you on the best way to proceed. Never use any pet medication on your dog unless checking with your vet first.

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The Vocal Siamese

Sunday, July 21, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Did you know that cats will only “meow” to humans not other animals? There are various reasons for a cat’s “Meow.” It could be to tell their owner that it’s time to eat, time to get up, time to play or just to get some attention. We recently adopted a Himalayan/Siamese cat from a neighbor who can no longer care for him. Siamese cats are noted for their beauty and their very vocal personalities. Our cat will meow when he’s hungry but most of the time, he meow’s because he just wants to be stoked and loved. We always react and give him the attention that he craves. We also enjoy his little conversations with us. He adds personality to our household.  His vocal expression has now become part of our daily routine and we truly enjoy it!

It you adopt a Siamese cat, don’t get upset when he summons you! He just wants to be loved and be part of your family!

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Your Dog is Overheated, You Must Act Quickly!

Saturday, July 20, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

We are experiencing an extreme heat wave in the north East this weekend. Temperatures on Delmarva today will reach 100 degrees! In this extreme heat, your dog can get overheated easily. If you notice signs that your dog is overheated, take the follow steps right away:

  • Remove your dog from the heat. Take him to an air conditioned house.
  • Use a cool, damp cloth to moisten your dog’s face and paw pads.
  • Immerse your dog in cool water. Wet all of his coat. Do this as soon as possible.
  • Use a well regulated rectal thermometer and check your dog’s temperate every 5 minutes.
  • You can move your dog safely when his temperature is 103 degrees or below.
  • Towel dry him

Take him to the vet right away to check him further and make sure that he didn’t suffer from heat stroke.

Be careful with your pet in this hot weather.

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