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Curbing Obesity in our Kitties

Thursday, March 19, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Too many treats, begging and free choice feeding could lead to an overweight pet. In addition to health concerns, an obese cat cannot lead an active, comfortable life. An affect could be a worsening cardio- pulmonary function, increased incidents of arthritis and the pain associated with this., They don’t like to get up and move around as much because it’s harder on their body. In addition, an overweight cat may be grouchy from being too hot or may have trouble self grooming. So make sure you keep an eye on the amount of snacks and food that you feed her. My problem is that I tend to give both of my kitties too many snacks. I am now trying to cut back on the amount. You should monitor all aspects of your cats health along with the help of your veterinarian.

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Transdermal Pet Medications

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Giving a pill to a dog or cat can sometimes be a daunting task. In the morning, when you’re rushing around, the last thing you need is a finicky cat refusing to take his medication. My cat Atlantis will sometimes take a pill slipped inside of a pill pocket but sometimes, he flatly refuses. It also seems that the pills were upsetting his stomach. This can be the case for some pets.

My vet recommended a transdermal medication. It comes in metered doses from a plastic tube. I just give the bottom of the tube two clicks and the correct dosage is dispensed from the tube. I then rub it in one of Atlantis’s ears. I have to make sure his ears are clean or the dose will not absorb properly so regular ear cleaning is necessary. I use a baby wipe and swap the inside of his ears everyday. The medication does leave some residue inside the ear which is the reason why regular cleaning is necessary. This method ensures that Atlantis gets his medication but there is one downside. Transdermal medications are much more expensive as the pharmacist has to make the preparation. The dispenser also adds to the cost.

Transdermal medications are worth it just for the convenience.

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Heart worm is a disease spread by mosquitoes. Your dog could be at risk if you live in an infested area. Your veterinarian may recommend a monthly preventative heart worm medication, administered regularly until your vet tells you that it’s safe to stop for the winter. If you forget to give your dog his heart worm medication one month, call your vet.  He’ll likely recommend that you give your dog his pill as soon as you’ve recognized that you’ve missed it and then continue as normal next month. Usually missing one dose is not a problem.  If you forget for two consecutive months, your dog may be susceptible to heart worm. As ask your veterinarian to check him out.

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Look At The Bright Side

Monday, March 16, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

The spread of the Coronavirus is changing the lives of millions throughout the world. Parents have to make major adjustments because schools are closed, many shelves are bare in Supermarkets,many have to work from home and even restaurants are closing their indoor dining areas. This is becoming the “new normal.” So what’s the bright side? Well our little furry friends get to spend more time with us so of course they’re very happy. They get some extra attention and maybe even some extra walks and exercise. Enjoy your furry friends during this stressful time. Remember just being around a pet, automatically reduces your stress. So this is a two way street, you help them and they help you as we self isolate and get used to this new routine!

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Here’s a quick tip. This time of year our cats shed and develop hairballs. Both of my cats frequently throw up hairballs. If you don’t have any hairball medication, there is one thing that you may have in your home that could work just fine. It’s olive oil. You can put some on their nose or paws and they will lick it off and the oil will lubricate and hopefully help control their hairballs. Give it a try if you don’t have any medication on hand. There’s lots of good uses for olive oil!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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How To Handle Cataracts in Dogs

Saturday, March 14, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Almost every diabetic dog will develop cataracts due to the elevated blood sugar even if the diabetes is under control. Cataracts can be surgically removed the same way a cataract is removed from a human eye. The procedure is called phacoemulsification. An ultrasound energy is used to remove the cataract from the eye. The surgery for a dog requires a general anesthesia. Your vet will make the determination whether or not your dog is healthy enough and the diabetes is controlled well enough to warrant surgery. As with any surgery, there are some risks which depend on your pets overall health, how well the diabetes is regulated and eye health. Rapid onset of a cataract can lead to severe eye inflammation. This could be controlled by topical eye drops. Your dogs age should not make a difference in cataract removal. Your vet will speak to you about your pets overall health and whether or not the surgery can be done successfully.

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Can Pets Pass on the Coronavirus?

Friday, March 13, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

I’m going to pass along an article that was written by, Olivia Petter of  The Independent regarding pets passing on the Coronavirus.  This article should answer any questions that you may be concerned with regarding Coronavirus transmission and your pet. Some important links are also provided in this article.

Last month a pet dog in Hong Kong tested ‘weak positive‘ for coronavirus and was placed into quarantine.

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) in Hong Kong confirmed that repeated tests suggested the dog had a “low-level” of the virus and that it is likely to be the case of human-to-animal transmission.

The dog, a Pomeranian, had not shown any symptoms for the illness but its owner was confirmed as being infected with Covid-19.

Now pet owners are becoming increasingly concerned they could catch the deadly disease from their animals – but is that scientifically possible?

Can I catch coronavirus from my pet?

The World Health Organization issued updated information on Thursday 13 March saying “at present there is no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus.

Several global health organizations have issued advisories saying there is no any evidence that pet animals can spread coronavirus or indeed be infected with it in the same way as humans.

“Therefore, there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals which may compromise their welfare,” the World Organization for Animal Health has said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concurred that “there is no reason to think that any animals including pets in the United States might be a source of infection with this new coronavirus”.

Raymond R.R. Rowland, a veterinarian who specialises in swine viruses at Kansas State University, said that “weak positives” frequently show up in testing pigs, where a farmer’s livelihood can be at stake.

“I’ll tell you what I tell them,” he told The New York Times. “Wait and see.”

Even if the Pomeranian has a low-level infection, he said: “that doesn’t say the animal is sufficiently infected that it can spread the virus.”

The dog could simply be a host for the illness that neither becomes unwell or infects other people or animals.

Should I change my behavior with my pet?

The World Health Organiszation says: “It is always a good idea to wash your hands with soap and water after contact with pets.

“This protects you against various common bacteria such as E.coli and Salmonella that can pass between pets and humans.”

To protect yourself from catching coronavirus, the WHO advises the following:

  • Cover your mouth and nose while sneezing, with a tissue or your elbow
  • Put the tissue straight into a closed bin
  • Wash your hands afterwards, and then frequently, with soap or sanitiser
  • Keep your distance from people who are coughing and sneezing (at least one metre)

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Better Food For Our Best Friends

Thursday, March 12, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

You’re in the supermarket and heading down the pet food aisle. It’s very easy to look at what’s on sale and which brands are the cheapest but is that the best choice for your pet? It isn’t  and to keep your pet healthy, it’s best to spend a little more and give him higher quality food. Would you be healthy eating only fast food? Here is a guideline outlining healthy ingredients in dog food.

Overall, there are some key ingredients to look for when choosing healthy dog foods for your pet.

  • Real Meat Options. Finding dog food with real meat is ideal. Canines are carnivores and require meat to satisfy not only their hunger, but also their natural instincts. The label should not simply state that it contains meat or poultry, and should instead verify what type of animal the meat is coming from, such as lamb, chicken, or beef.
  • No Fillers. Fillers include things like cereal by-products, corn bran, and peanut hulls, among others. These fillers may fill a dog up quickly, but they add very limited nutritional value.
  • No Artificial Preservatives. Artificial preservatives are chemicals put in dog food to make it last longer. It is unhealthy to consume, and plays a major role in many health problems for pets.
  • Vegetables. Dogs need vegetables just as humans do. It is best to look for a dog food that lists some type of vegetable within the first few ingredients. The only one that should be avoided is corn, as this is difficult for dogs to digest and typically used as a filler.

The best brands of dog food offer key ingredients, and do not possess the typical filler options that many popular brands on the market have.

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It’s almost Easter and you are at the mall with your child. Many pet stores have those cute, furry bunnies in the window. Your child begs you to buy one. Before you make one of the worst decisions, there are some things that you should know about rabbits. Too many people will buy an animal and have no idea how to care for it. It’s just “cute” that’s all. As a former rabbit owner, I’m very familiar with the misconceptions and ridiculous, untrue theories about these wonderful creatures. Lots of pet stores don’t even offer rabbits because most people don’t know how to care for them. A large number of rabbits are found dead, abandoned in the streets or dumped off at a shelter because selfish, inhumane people bought them just because their child wanted one. Humans are dangerous!! These  creatures deserve owners who will love and respect them and know how to properly care for them.

If you are serious about adopting a rabbit, here are some things that you must know.

  • Are you willing to make a seven to ten year commitment? That’s the average life span of a rabbit.
  • What will happen if your child gets bored with the bunny after six months? Will you abandon him or dump him off at a shelter?
  • Is there a place in the house for a rabbit cage? Rabbits should not be kept outdoors despite what you may be thinking. They are social creatures and like to interact with people. Keeping him outside in a cold damp environment and throwing some hay in the cage everyday just doesn’t cut it.
  • Are you willing to pay to get it spayed or neutered and provide pet care. Rabbits get sick and require immediate care. Your vet will administer the proper pet medication for it.
  • Do you know that most rabbits hate to be held? Will you child accept this?
  • Are you willing to ensure that a child under 7 will not pick up the rabbit? Rabbits have very fragile bones that can be broken easily. Their legs or spine will break if accidentally dropped.
  • Can you provide three hours of exercise in an enclosed area outside it’s cage everyday?
  • Do the adults in the family want the rabbits too? A rabbit should be a family pet.

Rabbits are a lot of work. There cage must be kept clean and they must be fed a balanced diet of fiber and grains. They must always have water and hay. They cannot vomit like other animals.  Food could get stuck in their intestines. If a rabbit stopped pooping and eating, he is sick and must be taken to a vet right away. A sick rabbit will die very fast.

I had my rabbit for seven years and a did everything I could have to keep her alive at the end. It was very painful to let her go. I know that this sounds a bit severe and it’s meant to be. These creatures deserve a chance and we should never react on the actions of a child. Do your homework and know what kind of commitment you are willing to make.

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Removing Cat Urine

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Owning a cat comes with regular clean up but the one item that is the most difficult to get out is cat urine

Cat urine can be difficult to remove from a carpet but it isn’t impossible. It’s really the smell that’s difficult to remove. There are many products on the market and sold on e-bay but there a simple solution that you could try on your own. This method should get the urine and odor out without leaving a stain.  Here are the ingredients that you’ll need.


  • 16 oz of Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
Mix the ingredients together and soak the area.  Leave on until it’s completely dry. Vacuum the area if a residue appears. That’s it!  Good luck.
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