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Does Your Dog Seem to be Urinating Too Much?

Tuesday, June 30, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

If you notice that your dog is urinating more than usual or having frequent “accidents” in the house, then there is a problem. Here are some possible reasons.

1.Canine Urinary tract infections or Canine Cystitis means that your dog’s bladder is inflamed because of infection. This causes the need for her to urinate more often.

2. Bladder stones in dogs are also a fairly common problem. The stones form when high mineral levels in the urine crystallize and form stones.

3. If your dog is older, your vet may suspect a hormonal imbalance which affects your dogs kidney function.

4.Canine Diabetes  unfortunately is on the rise these days. As a result, your dog will drink more water and urinate more frequently.

5.Cushings Disease is a disease that usually affects older dogs. Along with hair loss and weight gain, you’ll notice your dog drinking more water and urinating more.

Don’t try to diagnose any of these diseases by yourself or administer any pet medication.

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Tips on Grooming Your Pup

Monday, June 29, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

In general, dogs don’t like being groomed but remember that it’s an important part of your dog’s health. Regular brushing and combing helps prevent matting, removes dead hair and removes dirt. It’s also a good way for your to bond with your dog. Start grooming him at an early age so that it becomes part of his regular routine.

  • Brush your dog regularly.
  • Bathe your dog about once a month under normal circumstances.
  • In warm weather take your dog outside to dry naturally. You could use a blow dryer for long haired breeds on a colder day. Be sure that you don’t put the dryer on high heat and keep it at a safe distance from your dog while drying.
  • When bathing your dog, wash him from the front to the back and don’t put any soap on his face.
  • While brushing, always feel for lumps or bumps. If you feel any, schedule a trip to your vet as soon as possible.
  • Clean your dog’s ears with a cotton ball and try not to get any water in them.
  • When clipping your dog’s nails, use a clipper designed for dogs and I would recommend that you just clip the tips.
  • In the summer months brush your dog with a flea brush and use it everyday.

After all of this grooming, make sure you have plenty of dog treats on hand!

Remember, your pets count!

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A Good Weight Report for Atlantis

Saturday, June 27, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Cats with kidney disease usually experience severe weight loss. It doesn’t matter how much the cat eats, the weight just keeps coming off. This was the case with my cat Mollie who passed away from kidney disease in 2018. My newest friend, Atlantis was diagnosed with kidney disease and hyperthyroidism in January. He lost a little weight each time I took him in to the Vet. After using Astro’s oil products and medication to control his hyperthyroidism I’m happy to report that he has gained weight. His talkative personality is back and right now, he seems to be doing fine.

Atlantis is taking Astro’s Oil, a high potency omega oil, Renal Care Protein and a Nitrogen/Creatinine scrub. Atlantis weight was


7.8 pounds when he was last taken to the vet. I am happy to report that today he weighs 8.5 pounds so we are on the right track thanks to Astro’s Oil’s great products and his hyperthyroid medication and don’t forget about me. I’m sure the love and care that I’ve been giving him is also making a difference.

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Going on vacation with a dog could be rough. It’s just as hard leaving your dog in the care of a pet sitter while you’re gone. There are things that you should do to find a reputable one. The first thing that I would recommend  is to check with your vet.  You may find that one to the staff members does siting on the side. It”s also a good idea to check with other pet owners. See if they could recommend someone to you. Pet sitting is a word of mouth business.  You may prefer to hire a professional pet sitter from a nationally recognized company. Try searching through the National Association of professional pet sitters  or  Pet sitters International you may find just what you are looking for. Always check references and have a great time wear masks and social distance or maybe just choose to be safe and stay home1

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The Importance of Your Cats Water Intake

Thursday, June 25, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

It’s essential that your cat get enough water to keep him from dehydrating and becoming ill. Cats are not like dogs who drink lots of water at one time. Cats like cold, fresh water. Lots of cats like to drink the running water from a faucet or a bathtub. I allow my cats to do this. Monitor your cat’s water intake. If your cat isn’t getting enough water, you should consider feeding him some wet canned food. I feed my cats on can of Fancy Feast per day along with their regular dry food. The canned food will cause you cat to take in larger amounts of water and more protein. The canned food generally contains a higher percentage of protein than dry food. You should always look at the labels of all the food that you would feed to your cat. Feeding your cat wet or moist food could prevent bladder issues later in life.

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Taking a dog with you on a camping trip can be a fun and exciting experience both for you and your dog. He’ll love the new sights, sounds and smells. There are some important preparation tips that you should remember before you go.

  • Vaccinations and license should be current. A dog can encounter un-vaccincated animals while camping   Ask your vet about the areas where you will be camping/traveling, as some carry additional health risks for dogs and may warrant additional precautions.
  • Chip your dog – A microchip will help locate your dog should he get lost.
  • Know your dog – You must know how your dog deals with other people, what frightens him and puts him on guard? What makes him growl or whimper? How does he deal with children or other dogs? Know your dogs body language and know how to calm him down.
  • Start with short day trips – Dogs stress out with drastic changes in their environment, they could even get sick. Take your dog on a day trip every week for awhile. Take along a bowl and a bed, some of the things that you will take with you when you go camping.  Put up a tent in the back yard before the actual trip. Sit in it with your dog in the yard. Give your dog lots of attention if he joins you.
  • Make sure your dog is in shape – There may be more walking, hiking etc. so make sure that your dog is exercised regularly and is in good shape.
  • Leash your dog – Make sure you dog is kept on a leash. This will protect both your dog and other campers.
  • Notify a friend, ranger or relative This is a tip for camping in general, let a friend, ranger or relative know where you will be, how long you will be there and well you are returning. When you return, notify them right away. You are at risk for adverse encounters with wildlife, weather or people. Don’t rely on a cellular phone; coverage is not good in many areas and technology fails (batteries die, phones get dropped and break, you can’t get a signal, etc.). Make arrangements to check in with a friend upon your return, and let them know when that is supposed to happen; the check-in is essential because, if you often forget to check back with them when you get home, then when you’re really in trouble it may take an extra day for them to realize that there’s a problem and notify searchers.

Follow these simple tips and have a great time camping with your dog.

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Renal failure is the main killer of our feline friends and as cats age, the changes of developing this disease increases. In fact most cats will develop some form of kidney disease in their lifetime. There are two types of kidney disease, acute and chronic.

Acute kidney disease occurs when there is a sudden shutdown of the kidneys. This is usually due to ingesting a toxin such as anti freeze. Anti freeze has a sweet smell and is enticing to cats and dogs. If your pet has ingested anti-freeze, do not wait, get him to the vet immediately.  If treated immediately and aggressively, your can can make a full recovery.

Chronic kidney disease is a slowly progressive disease that usually affects cats as they age. It could be a result of genetics, infection or even environment. My 15 year old cat Millie has no signs of kidney disease while my cat Atlantis who’s the same age has kidney disease and does have some symptoms.  We’ve discussed various treatments in past posts but I will say, if you start treatment as quickly as possible, the disease will not disappear but could be slowed down significantly.

Atlantis is being treated with a homeopathic combinations of Astro’s Oil products and so far the results have been very good. He has a great appetite, is gaining weight and his overall health is better. We take it a day at a time and don’t take this disease for granted but any extra, quality time with your pet is precious!

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The temporomandibular joint or TMJ is a hinged joint that lets your jaw open and close. Problems with it can occur in pets as well as people. Inflammation, developmental structure and trauma are a few ways that your pet can end up with a TMJ that isn’t functioning properly.  As a result, your pet may be unable to eat without pain, or in a severe case may be unable to open his mouth at all. Problems with TMJ are generally diagnosed by a pet dentist through radiography or CT scan. It’s important to investigate possible TMJ problems promptly because many get worse over time and can cause discomfort for your pet until they are treated. For more information, talk to your veterinarian.

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A Raised Slanted Cat Bowl?

Saturday, June 20, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

I saw a product the other day that interests me. It was a cat bowl that is elevated and sits on a swivel and can be adjusted. The bowl can be tilted up or down to make it more convenient for your cat. The fact that caught my attention is that when a cat eats from this bowl, digestion is easier because the bowl is raised and when tilted, the food can be ingested easier. A cat has to stoop down and kind of scoop up their food when the bowl is flat on the floor. I have not tried this product but will look into it. Our cats are frequently vomiting and Atlantis has digestive issues. Here’s a description of this product.

Raised bowls are not necessarily slanted bowls. Raised bowls are simply taller, made to accommodate a pet’s height. Slanted bowls are titled forward, which makes it a lot easier for dogs and cats to reach their food.They are especially good for flat-faced pets like Pug dogs and Persian cats. A slanted bowl is characterized by:

  • Its tilt forward, usually about 15 to 20 degrees.
  • It is generally curved inside and has no inside corners where food tends to get stuck.
  • Its shape allows food to drop low in the bowl so it’s most accessible to your pet.
  • It works exceptionally well for dry food, like kibble, but wet food is more accessible with the stand-up bowl as well.
  • And it is wide enough to free your pets whiskers from rubbing against the side of the bowl, as cats, especially, can suffer whisker stress.

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Is Your Cat A Picky Eater?

Friday, June 19, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

My cat Millie is a very picky eater. She’s eats very small amounts at a time and will not eat when food is put in front of her. After 15 years, we’re used to her behavior. Our Atlantis is another story. He does have some medical problems and usually is crying by his bowl for food in the morning but sometimes like this morning he does not eat. I always become concerned that there is something wrong. He’s fussy and prefers wet food with a lot of moisture in it. I do leave their food out all day and spoil them with snacks at night. This could also have to do with reasons that he sometimes refuses food. has put  together some reasons for picky eaters.

If health problems are not an issue, you might need to consider that your cat has acquired some bad habits. Feeding your cat extra kitty treats during the day that are tastier and more interesting than his normal diet, for example, can cause a finicky appetite to develop over time. If there are many people in the household that like to give your cat extra treats or slip him some special foods during the day, it can lead to some serious issues, including obesity.

Some cats will hold out until they are given something that just tastes better than dry cat food. Here is where you need to make some changes and stop reinforcing the bad behavior. Human foods and excessive treats only cause weight gain and don’t provide balanced nutrition. Your cat needs to eat nutritionally balanced food in proper amounts every day to maintain health. So, in this case it’s time to make some changes.

Stop feeding extra foods and special treats and stick to a daily scheduled feeding routine. If possible, put down a small amount of food several times a day, as cats tend to be grazers. Put down the proper amount of food at a regular time each day and wait. If your cat won’t eat the offered food, try again later. If he just won’t eat, and as long as he’s in good health and not an obese animal (or diabetic), wait things out a day and hopefully hunger will take over. This will help encourage his appetite for his cat food and after a short time he should learn that this food is the only food he will be getting every day.

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