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Include Your Pet In Your Estate Planning

Friday, July 31, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Most of us don’t like to think about planning a will and sometimes neglect to do so. Our pets should not be left out and they should be provided for. There are several ways that you could do this. The first is to leave your pet in the care of a friend or family member, then leave that person a specific sum of money to care for your pet.  You must be certain that the person that you’ve chosen to take care of your pet will honor your wishes and use the money specifically for that purpose.  You can also establish a trust for the care of your pet after you’re gone. You name a caregiver who will be responsible for the care of your pet, you also name a trustee that will be in charge of your pet’s money.The money will be used for food, dog or cat accessories and anything else that your pet may need.  You then fund the trust with enough money or property to meet your pets needs during it’s lifetime.  Leave written instructions as to how the pet should be taken care of. This way, the obligations of the caregiver and trustee are legally enforced.

Speak to your estate planning attorney for the best way to make sure that your pets are included in your will. This will give you peace of mind that your pet will not be abandoned or sent to a shelter.

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Update on Atlantis

Thursday, July 30, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

It’s been about six months that we thought that we may lose our precious cat Atlantis. He was listless vomiting, not eating and losing weight. He was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and kidney disease and since he was adopted from our neighbor, we didn’t have any medical history on him. Well I am happy to report that our little boy is alive, thriving and enjoying his life here with us. I’ve been giving him his hyperthyroid medicine twice a day, I’ve added 1/4 pill of Pepcid since he has digestive issues. I’m feeding him a high quality cat food but the greatest improvement is due to the Astro’s Oil products I’ve been using.

I’ve been giving him Astro’s Omega Oil, renal care protein and nitrogen-creatinine scrub everyday.  The results have been very positive. Atlantis has gained over a pound, has a very robust appetite, is very attached to both of us and spends most of his time enjoying life in our family room. He is no longer hiding in a corner. He is also more vocal than ever and we know that means he’s happy and doing well.

Since Atlantis is an older cat, we always keep our fingers crossed but right now, we are very thankful that he is living a happy healthy life!

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The Importance of Fatty Acid For Your Dog

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Fatty acids are specific poly unsaturated fats that keep your dog’s coat and skin shiny and healthy. One class, the omega 6 fatty acid are especially important to an animal’s health because they help support the immune system and help regulate the blood flow. Fatty acids are not automatically produced by your dog’s body, so they must be provided in their diet. They’re naturally found in animal fats and vegetable oils and most commercial dog foods contain the proper types and ratios. Some dogs with skin problems and certain health conditions may benefit from fatty acid supplements so ask your vet for a recommendation. He or she may suggest adding sunflower oil to your pets food.

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A New Baby and A Dog

Tuesday, July 28, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

If your dog or cat has been your only baby for years, and now you’re bringing home a new baby, you’ll have to prepare your pet.  A few weeks before the baby arrives, start spending less time with your pet. Allow him to smell the lotions and powder in the baby’s nursery but don’t let him on the crib or blanket. You can also play recorded baby noises. When your baby comes home, first greet your pet empty handed, then sit in a chair with your baby and cover her head with your hand. Let your pet sniff, but not lick. Before you know it, they’ll be best buddies but never leave the two alone together. Remember to give your pet plenty of attention once your baby is home.

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Some dogs have trouble gaining weight due to health problems. For these dogs, only a veterinarian-approved diet for that dog should be considered. However, if your dog is healthy, there are some foods that can help with weight gain.



  • Dogs who need to gain weight should be fed dog food that contains real meat and is  a premium dog food. The first five ingredients should list chicken, beef, venison, lamb or turkey without the words “meal” or “byproducts” after the meat name.


  • Brown rice, millet and whole-wheat pasta are good sources of carbohydrates for a dog’s diet. However, when trying to get your dog to gain weight, these items should account for no more than 20 percent of its total diet.

Natural Proteins

  • Chicken, eggs, rabbit, fish, beef and tripe are good sources of protein that are easily digested by dogs. If you opt to feed your dog chicken, make sure that you take the bones out before mixing it with the other food.

Canned Food

  • Canned dog food, when coupled with dry kibble, can help a dog to gain weight. Canned food usually contains more meat and water than dry kibble. It’s also easier for your dog to digest which is necessary for weight gain.


  • Peas, zucchini and green beans are ideal vegetables to serve to your dog. Onions, garlic, broccoli and cauliflower should be avoided, since these can negatively affect the dog’s health and are common allergens.

Thanks to e how for providing this information.


Always check with your vet when it comes to your dogs overall health. You must first get to the bottom as to why your dog doesn’t gain weight before changing his diet. Don’t try to do this on your own.

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Should You Adopt a Beagle?

Sunday, July 26, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

If you’re thinking of adopting a Beagle, there are some things that you need to know. These dogs are playful can live a pretty long life. Their average life span is about 14 years. Beagles are easy to care for and are known for their loud bark and howl.  If you have grandchildren, Beagles are a great choice. They are energetic and love to play. The usual beagle reaches a maximum weight around 30 pounds.  Beagles make great companions and love attention. So a Beagle would be a great choice for senors and family’s with children. They have a great disposition but must be trained properly.

Before making any choice for adoption, make sure you do your homework and both you and your new best friend will enjoy a very happy life together.

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Cat Vomiting When to Worry

Saturday, July 25, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

There are many reasons why cats vomit that ranges from something serious to eating something that disagreed with them. An occasional, isolated episode of vomiting is usually normal.

Here’s a general rule of thumb.  If your cat vomits once or twice or infrequently and then goes on to eat normally, play normally, pee and poop normally and shows no signs of ill health then there probably is no reason for concern.

If your cat suddenly develops chronic vomiting, becomes listless and is not eating, take him to a vet right away.

Keep in mind, one of the most common reasons for a cat to vomit is hairballs.Hairball medication will help with this problem.  Sometimes a cat eats too quickly which causes him to vomit. Parasites could be another reason for the vomiting. Don’t guess and try to treat your cat by yourself. If the vomiting is persistent and he appears ill, take him to your vet for testing. Chances are, the problem may be taken care of  with some medication from your Vet.

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Choose Healthy Treats for Your Cat

Friday, July 24, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

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 cats love their treats every night after dinner. Make sure that you carefully choose the right treat for your cat. Treats should never amount to more than 10% of the cats diet.  Cat treats can also be very fatty and you want to make sure that his treats don’t spoil his 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. My cats like them all.

Don’t ever feed your cat things like cookies or popcorn. Stick will nutritionally balanced store bought cat treats and make sure you give them just a few. Don’t be like me who spoils my cats and has them crying for treats all night long!

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Do All Dogs Love Water and Swimming?

Wednesday, July 22, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Well, we know all dogs can bark, they can chew, dig and also can sense an eerie presence but could they all swim? The answer is yes. All dogs can swim and some breed have excellent aquatic abilities. Some of these breeds are Retrievers, Spanish Water Dogs, Irish Water Spaniel, Irish Setter, Portuguese Water Dogs and the Newfoundland. All of these breeds have outstanding swimming abilities. Some of these breeds are even web footed. These breeds don’t need any swimming lessons. If you are a person that loves the water, then one of these breeds are for you. They love diving and chasing after their dog toys in the water.

Not all dogs love the water but like humans, they have an instinctive ability to start paddling. There are a few dogs who get very nervous in the water. If you see a dog slapping the water and trying to use his front legs to get out, then always put  a flotation device on him if he has to be near water.  Dogs can swim but not all dogs are good at it. Don’t assume that your dog will be a great swimmer and love the water. Carefully observe him around water at a young age to determine his aquatic abilities.

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An important thing that cat owners should know is that way too many cats are affected by it. Actually 1 in 3 cats will develop kidney disease sometime in their life. There are many reasons why cats get kidney disease but the most disturbing thing is that it’s very difficult to recognize.  Most cats don’t show any signs of kidney disease until it’s advanced. One sign can be subtle weight loss that most owners will not even recognize. More signs include peeing more and drinking more water. This was actually the first thing I noticed with my cat Mollie. She began drinking more and I later noticed that she was peeing more.  The urine seemed to not appear as clumps in the litter box but rather spread in large areas soaking the  box.

If you notice the signs, get your cat checked out. Fortunately even at advanced stages, if treated properly, your cat can have years of quality life left. There are also natural products to add to the treatment regimen including hi potency omega oils. I highly recommend Astro’s Oil. I’ve been using it for years and have had very positive results. I’m now giving it to my cat Atlantis and the results once again are very positive!

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