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Seat Belts for Dogs , Are they Safe?

Monday, November 30, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

When traveling, would you let your child ride with a seat belt?  If you answered “no,” then why would you put your dog at risk by not securing him in? It’s very distracting when you dog is fumbling around, licking your ear etc. If you stop short or get into an accident, your dog will be a projectile and cause harm to himself and to others.

Before  buying a seat belt for your dog, do your research. Some dog restraints are not safe. The following is an example.

Lindsey A. Wolko, Founder, Center for Pet Safety, had an  experience in 2004. She was driving with her English cocker spaniel, Maggie — secured in her harness attached to a seatbelt in the back seat — when she suddenly needed to break and swerve in order to avoid a collision. The accident was avoided but Maggie sustained injuries to her spine and hip. The harness, in essence, hog-tied the dog from the force of suddenly applying the brakes.

The following information was attained from Care 2.

Testing Results so Far

In 2011, the Center for Pet Safety tested four harnesses via an independent testing laboratory. The same motor vehicle safety standards were applied as are used in testing child safety car seats. A 55 pound test dog — NO live animals are used in testing — was developed because the average size dog in the U.S. is 55 pounds and up. The results were devastating.

Simulating a 30 mile per hour collision, all four harnesses failed! The first one provided too much slack and the test dog was sent crashing into the back of the front seat. The next two harnesses broke and turned the test dog into a projectile. But the fourth was the most surprising. The harness slid up to the test dog’s neck upon impact. “I don’t think that there’s any doubt that those dogs would have been severely injured, if not fatally injured” said Wolko

I believe that dogs secured in a strong carrier that is strapped in will be even more effective in the event of an accident. I always secure my cats in their carrier and fasten the seat belt around the carrier.

So before purchasing a seat belt and harness for your dog make sure that you do your research!

Remember, your pets count!

 Astros Oil is a natural products that can help cats with feline kidney disease. Check out their website and find out the wonderful story behind Astros Oil.

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Some Facts About Animal Shelters

Sunday, November 29, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Animal Shelters are staffed by caring professionals who love animals and want to protect them and make sure that they get a good home. At these facilities, frightened animals are reassured and given food and shelter. They shelters are a kept clean and dry.

Animal Shelters receive pets from:

* stray animals
* relatives when an owner has passed away
* humane organizations and animal control agencies
* owners who can no longer care for their pets
When animals are taken in, they rarely have a medical history. If there is one available that indicates medical aid or veterinary care has been given; this information is passed on to the new owner. The Animal Shelter cannot guarantee the health or temperament of an animal adopted from the Shelter.

If you would like to adopt from an animal shelter, you must be at least 18 years of age, present a valid drivers license and a photo ID. There are so many pets that are waiting for a good home. Please adopt from a shelter.

Remember, your pets count!

Astro’s Oil is a great product, natural product for feline Kidney disease. I use it and always have great results. Check out their website:

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Maybe a Cat for an Older Relative?

Saturday, November 28, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

If you have an older relative, why not ask her if she would like a cat?  Older people who own pets tend to live longer independently than a senior who does not have any pets.  Studies also show that a pet can lower our blood pressure and heart rate and even reduce the frequency of a serious illness.  Your older relative may like the idea of owning a cat. It would keep both her mind and body more active.  A cat is easier to care for than a dog. If your relative indicates that she would like one, you may suggest a short haired cat. There is less grooming and less cleaning up to do. Get some cat toys for her to play with the cat in the evening. This is the best way to make sure that both the cat and grandma get a good nights sleep.

Remember, your pets count!

Astro’s Oil products for your cat with Kidney disease. Chronic Kidney disease is not curable but you can help you cat life a longer and higher quality of life. Read all about the benefits of Astro’s Oil products from this website:

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Older Dogs are Great For Truck Drivers

Friday, November 27, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Many trucking companies allow their drivers to take their dogs along with them to keep them company while they’re on the road. Dogs love cars and make great companions to truck drivers as well. Many small breeds like pugs and Pomeranians  are an excellent choice for a truck drivers. Older dogs also make great companions on the road.

Old dogs can learn new tricks! When picking a trucker dog, older dogs are a great choice. You’ll never have to worry about puppy energy and many are already housebroken, so there’s no need to stop as frequently to avoid any accidents. Since older dogs are more complacent, they won’t require a lot of exercise, but will always be up to go for a walk at rest stops. Plus, older shelter dogs would love to be adopted to hit the road with you!

Once you pick the perfect breed, make sure you take the time to get your dog familiarized with your truck and get used to the noises that come with life on the road. After a few drives, your dog will be well adapted to the trucking lifestyle, and you’ll be happy to have a loyal driving buddy.

Thanks to Factor Finders for providing some of this information.

Consider adding Astro’s Oil products to your cat’s daily regimen if he’s been diagnosed with feline kidney disease.

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Enjoy Your Pets This Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 25, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

This holiday season is set to be very different than previous ones. The Coronavirus has changed almost everything in our lives including the way we celebrate the holidays. The CDC has recommended that we don’t travel or have large gatherings in out homes. Instead we should just spend the holiday with those we live with.  So many people will not be at the table this Thanksgiving and table settings will be much smaller. Some will have to spend the holiday alone.

Even though this year will consist of smaller gatherings, zoom calls with loved ones and maybe a smaller turkey, we can still give thanks to the things we have. One of those precious gifts are our pets. Each night when while my partner and I are watching TV while the fire place is on and our two cats are with us on our laps or sleeping next to us in our chairs, I’m thankful for the small family that we have. Our pets give us comfort, love and grounding.

So this Thanksgiving take heart that things will get better and enjoy the cozy time with our beloved pets who radiate love all the time! Happy Thanksgiving!

If your cat has been diagnosed with kidney disease, include Astros Oil in his diet each day. I’ve had great results with both of my cats. Find out all about Astro’s oil from this website:

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Tips on Keep Your Tree Safe from Kitty

Tuesday, November 24, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Do you dread putting up your Christmas tree only to have your feline friend knock off your favorite ornaments ,tinsel and garland off? S he may even knock the tree down!

First of all, consider the type of tree. Real trees can be potentially dangerous to cats. Their needles are very sharp and can puncture your cat’s skin. Make sure that you select a strong tree with a strong base.

Consider the size of the tree. A small tree will be safer than a larger tree because there is less of it to crash down if things go horribly wrong. For a kitten, a tabletop tree might be a suitable choice until it grows up and stops being so playful.
If you do choose a real tree, also choose a water container for the tree that is completely inaccessible to the cat. If she tries to drink from it, she risks poisoning.
For small kittens, wrap tinfoil around the trunk. They don’t like putting their nails into it and it will keep them from climbing the tree.

Choose a safe location for the tree. There should be plenty of room around the tree so your cat is not tempted to climb on a table of sofa to reach your favorite ornaments. Consider a spot that would enable you to shut the door at night or when you’re not at home.

Consider not decorating it immediately. Give your cat a little time to get used to the tree. Keep a spray bottle handy. If your cat lunges at the tree, give her a squirt of water to deter her.

Decorate your tree with your cat out of the way. Put the best ornaments toward the top of the tree out of reach from your curious cat. I put the  plastic ornaments toward the bottom of the tree.

Attach the ornaments to the tree securely. I bend the hook around the branches so it’s difficult for my cats to knock the ornaments off. Be care for electrical wiring. Try to keep it out of reach of your cat. I usually don’t have any problem with this. Make sure that the tree is unplugged when you’re not at home.

Have a wonderful holiday season!

Remember, your pets count!

If your feline friend has been diagnosed with Kidney disease, add Astro’s Oil products to his regimen.  They are all natural and can prolong life and life quality. Order from their website: I’ve been using it for years on my cats.

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Can a Small Dog Be Trained to Use a Litter Box?

Monday, November 23, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

It is actually possible to train a small dog to use a litter box. The advantages of this is that it could eliminate bathroom accidents. It’s great for people living in apartments. Your dog would be able to go at any time during the day. It also reduces the number of trips outside. This really helps in bad weather when lots of dogs don’t like going outside. Small dogs have small bladders and having a litter box will make it easier to have them go more frequently.

First of all, you’ll need a litter box especially made for dogs. There are some companies like Purina who make them. They’re also available through most pet retailers. You can use a large cat litter box. Put the box on a surface that’s easy to clean like a tiled floor.

To train your dog, you can shift your puppy from using newspaper to the litter box. Instead of taking your dog from the dog crate to the yardd, take him from the crate to the litter box. Aways reward him with a dog treat when appropriate. Correct him if he goes somewhere else and praise him when he is successful.

You’ll be glad when he’s watching the rain or the snow through the window in a nice, warm apartment rather than struggling with him in the cold, damp weather.

Remember, your pets count!

Remember if you have a cat with Feline Kidney disease, Astro’s Oil Products can improve life quality and extend life. Order from their website. I can attest to the fact that this is a great, safe, effective product for your pet.

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Safety For Your Pets At Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 22, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Thursday is Thanksgiving day and there will be lots of food. It’s important that you remember to remind your guests not to give the begging pooch any table scraps. Dogs could choke on bones and cats can get very sick if they are given any chocolate. If your dog is a “jumper,” it will be a good idea to keep him in a separate room while the guests are arriving. Make sure to keep your dog away from the door. He may dart out in all of the excitement. Keep these simple things in mind and you’re sure to have a great day. Happy Thanksgiving! Remember, your pets count!

If your cat has been diagnosed with Feline Kidney disease, add Astros Oil to his daily regimen. Astros oil is a natural product that improves longevity and life quality.

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Finding a Stray Dog

Saturday, November 21, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

You’re in your car and you notice a stray dog on the side of the road. You will be able to tell because he’ll appear dejected and confused. Your heart stops. You know that you should do something. The first thing , don’t get into an accident. Pull over to the side of the road out of traffic. Consider the safety of the animal. A strange, frightened, and possibly sick or injured animal can behave unpredictably. A sudden move on your part, even opening your car door, can spook her and cause her to dash maybe even onto the highway into oncoming traffic. If possible, restrain the animal. If you have a carrier, try to lure her in. If not, use a  leash, piece of cloth, or length of rope to keep the animal from leaving the area.  Make sure that you signal approaching vehicles to slow down.  Use caution when approaching the animal. If she is afraid or injured, she may try to bite or scratch you.  If you’re sure that you can call someone to come and help you, try to lure the animal into your car with food. Close the door and wait for help.  It’s not a good idea to try to drive somewhere if the animal is in your car unrestrained. They may get frightened and freak out causing you to have an accident.  If you have the animal secure in a crate, then drive to your nearest animal shelter.  If you’re not able to safely restrain the animal, call the local animal control agency (in rural areas, call the police or sheriff). Do so whether or not the animal is injured, and whether or not she is wearing an identification tag. Leave your phone number with the dispatcher, and try to get an estimate of how long it may take someone to respond. If possible, stay on the scene to keep an eye on the dog or cat until help arrives. Make sure you report to authorities precisely where the animal is by using road names, mile markers or landmarks.

You may decide to take her home and try to find the owner yourself. Make sure that you call your local animal shelter or animal control office first. The owner may have already contacted them. Rest assured that you have done a wonderful thing and hopefully this lost pet will be reunited with it’s owner soon.

I would like to thank the Humane Society for providing some of this very helpful information.

Remember , your pets count!

If your cat has been diagnosed with Kidney disease, consider adding Astro’s oil to his daily regimen. Astro’s Oil products are all natural and can extend your cat’s life and improve live quality. Check out their website:

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Getting Your Cat to Eat Wet Food

Thursday, November 19, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

I always recommend that you feed your cat a variety of foods and include both wet and dry food. If your cat has been eating dry food, how do you get him to also enjoy some wet food in his diet especially if he’s a finicky feline? My cat Millie only wanted to eat dry food. My cat Atlantis basically only eats wet foods. I started to experiment giving Millie a little bit of wet food each day. She would nibble. Now she waits for her portion of wet food every time I give Atlantis his.

Here are some tips that may help with the transition.

  1. Look for the flavors of dry food that your cat likes. If he likes the flavor of salmon dry food, buy some cans of salmon flavored wet food.
  2. Mix some wet food with dry food. Include flavors that your cat enjoys.
  3. Mix up the flavors. I always get  many different flavors for my cats. Cats do get bored eating the same flavor over and over.
  4. When starting the wet food, take the dry food away for awhile. If your cat is used to dry food and sees both, they may just go over to the bowl with the dry food in it.
  5. Use a shallow bowl when feeding wet food.
  6. Heat the wet food up for just a few seconds. The smell may entice kitty to try it.

Remember, your pets count!

Use Astro’s Oil if your cat has Kidney disease. Read all about the benefits of Astros Oil from their website:

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