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A Very Serious Disease for Dogs

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

Canine Leishmaniasis is a potentially fatal disease that is caused by a parasite. Dogs can become infected when bitten by an infected sand fly. Sand flies become infected by biting an already infected animal. Some signs of Leishmaniasis include dry skin, dandruff, hair loss around the eyes and muzzle and skin sores, especially on the dogs head and legs. Severe weight loss is another symptom. This disease was recently discovered in hunting packs of fox hounds in the south eastern United States. In areas with infected sand flies, dogs should wear collars impregnated with insecticide. They should stay indoors when sand flies  are most active from just before sunset until sun up.

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There are times when we have to leave our pets with a sitter or family member. Cats are creatures of routine and it’s always best to keep them at home while you’re gone, with a sitter of course. Cats feeling the absence of their owners will need extra attention and  reassurance. It’s best to have someone that your cat is familiar with stay with her while you’re gone.  While you’re gone, try not to make any more changes to her routine. Make sure that the sitter, feeds her at the same time and in the same place each day. Make sure her litter is kept clean. It’s a good idea to leave some of your clothing around for her to lie on. She will feel more secure being near something with your scent on it. When you arrive back home, you will be re-assured that your cat was not stressed and kept calm and content the whole time that you were gone. Of course, she did miss you although your she might not be at the door waiting!

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Canine Bone Cancer

Monday, March 29, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

Large and giant breed dogs are most at risk for developing bone cancer, probably because their bones grow so rapidly.  It’s most common in middle aged to older dogs. The tumor usually forms on a limb causing a lot of pain and lameness.  Front legs are affected about twice as often as back legs.  Bone cancer spreads quickly, often to the lungs.  The sooner that you take your dog to the veterinarian, the better the chances that the treatment will be affective.  Veterinarians diagnose the cancer with X Rays and sometimes a bone biopsy.  Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation may be used to try to keep the cancer from spreading and to ease the dog’s pain. If your dog does develop any symptoms, don’t try to diagnose his problem by yourself and never give him any pet medication. Take him to your vet right away!

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Keeping Your Dog Safe in Dog Parks

Saturday, March 27, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

It’s that time of year and our best friends love to be outdoors. Dog parks are becoming very popular for exercise and socialization but there are some important things that you should remember when taking your dog to the dog park. has but together good guidelines to follow.

 Dog parks

On the surface, it’s hard to take issue with a dog park: It encourages dogs (and their owners) to go out and
get some exercise, fresh air, and sunshine, all the while strengthening the human-animal bond.

Vets in ER’s have seen a massive number of injured dogs coming to the emergency room directly
from a nearby dog parks.

Not everyone has a well-trained and well-behaved dog, and you need to learn how to look out for the other guy and protect your dog from injury.

Here are a few simple rules to keep people and pets safe while still enjoying the dog park:

  • Get to know your dog’s playmates. If you know the temperaments and dispositions of the dogs your dog plays with, you are much more likely to come away unscathed.
  • Know the park’s layout. Are there any areas where dogs could interact and possibly fight? Are they out of your line of sight? If a fight happens, is there an easy exit?
  • Keep watch. This might be the most important rule of all. Watch what your dog is doing and whom they’re doing it with. Be ready to swoop in and break up a fight if you have to. If you have a small dog who’s romping with a bigger dog, stay alert. Similarly, if you see a dog owner who’s not paying attention, that could be a recipe for disaster. Don’t just toss your dog in the park and wander off — you’re there to protect him from danger.
  • Protect both yourself and your dog. If something happens, are you ready? A can of pepper spray, dousing with cold water, or using a big stick to pry a dog away from its victim can save a life. Be ready for things to go wrong, and be ready to act if they do.

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Keeping the Peace in The Feline Household

Friday, March 26, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

The leading cause of feline behavior problems is other cats at home. Cat on cat aggression is not a pretty thing and neither is territorial spraying.  Cats are a non social species. Put cats together and you’ll see what experts call a domestic hierarchy develop.  It’s not exactly an alpha dog thing but  younger, submissive cats do need to find their place in the hierarchy.  Cats like to divide up the home territory.  So be sure to keep that in mind.  if your cats are all spayed and neutered, it will simplify things.  Try feline appeasement which comes in diffusers like a nightlight. It’s not a cure all but it could help in a multi-cat household.

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Keeping Our Atlantis Healthy

Thursday, March 25, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

Our Atlantis

Our cat Atlantis has been doing quite well these days. He’s an older cat that we adopted from our neighbor who passed away and over the past year and a half, he’s brought so much love to our household. He did come with a host of health issues including a thyroid and kidney condition. We’ve discovered that he also has digestive issues which causes many incidents of vomiting and diarrhea. After many attempts to stabilize his diet, I was struggling just to get him to eat. Some days he would eat well while others, he hardly ate at all. Several weeks ago I noticed that his vomit contained some blood. I immediately took him back to the vet and he was given some medicine to help settle his stomach. The vet also adjusted his thyroid medication. His kidney function is now in the normal range. The dose for his thyroid has been increased a bit and he’s now taking it in liquid form as opposed to a trans dermal method. I’m feeding him wet and dry food that helps with digestion. He’s also given Astro’s oil, a high dose of omega oil along with one drop of CBD oil each day.

Over the past several weeks he’s been doing quite well. He hasn’t been vomiting as much and he’s had no diarrhea. We will be having his thyroid checked again in a few weeks to make sure that it has returned to normal levels.

Our sweet boy is talkative and content and loves being with us and we want to keep him around as look as possible. Take care of your pets, they certainly deserve it!

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Stress Can Cause Overgrooming

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

If your cat constantly grooms himself and you have ruled any possible medical conditions, it could be stress. This is sometimes caused when you move to a new location, introduce a new pet or have company stay with you for an extended period of time. You can help with this condition by doing things that your cat enjoys like cuddling or petting him, playing with familiar toys or by giving him his favorite treat. If you’ve just moved, you can guarantee that this will cause your cat some stress and it may take time for him to adjust to his new surroundings. As soon as you move in, show your cat where his favorite things are like his bed, food and kitty litter. Give him as much attention as you can and before you know it, he will be well adjusted to his new surroundings.

Always have your vet check your cat out to rule out any medical conditions  that may cause him to clean himself all the time.

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Heart Worm is a disease that is spread by mosquitoes. Your dog could be at risk if you live in an infested area. If your veterinarian recommends a monthly preventative Heart Worm medication, make sure that you administer it regularly until your vet tells you that it’s safe to stop for the winter.  In some areas, dogs may need this medication year round. 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 realized that you missed it and then continue as normal next month. Don’t make this decision yourself, always consult your vet. Usually missing one dose is not a problem, but if you forget for two consecutive months, your dog may be susceptible to Heart Worm so ask your veterinarian to check him out.

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Feline Leukemia is Deadly and Contagious

Sunday, March 21, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

If you’re a cat owner, you would cringe if your pet was diagnosed with feline leukemia. This viral disease is often fatal. It could leave it’s victims in such a debilitated state that they die of secondary infections or related illnesses such as kidney diseases, blood disorders or cancer. Feline Leukemia is highly contagious and can be spread through saliva, nasal secretions, urine and feces.  Cats can become infected through bite wounds or social grooming. Currently, there’s no cure for feline leukemia. The best preventative measure that you could take is to have your cat tested and then vaccinated for the disease.  The other option is to keep him indoors where he could not become infected from other infected cats. Keep him safe and occupied with lots of cat toys and love.

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CBD Oil For Pets

Saturday, March 20, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

My partner works at one of the hotels here in Rehoboth Beach and the other day a guest gave him a sample of CBD Oil. She has started a business and sells these products. He told her about our cat Atlantis who has some medical issues one of which is arthritis. When he brought it home, I was a bit skeptical but after seeing Atlantis shaking is hind leg while he walks, I decided to give him a very tiny amount. I gave him one drop and within a few hours, the shaking was gone and he was walking normally and has been ever since. I will give him a drop every now and then because I’m convinced it works and it’s worth it if it relieves his pain. I was worried about whether or not it’s safe. The key is do not overdose. Administer a very small amount, one or two drops the most. had published an article on CBD Oil and it should ease your mind if you’re skeptical.

Pet owners use CBD to treat pets for many reasons including anxiety, arthritis, nausea, stress, seizures and pain relief from cancer and other diseases. There are various ways to treat pets including cannabis oil, capsules or edible treats. While CBD oil can be administered topically, it is more commonly administered orally and is often infused with coconut oil. CBD oil can also be mixed with your pet’s food.

Shopping for CBD pet products can be confusing due to the lack of regulation which means the labeling is not always consistent. Also, only veterinarians in California may legally initiate a conversation about CBD treatment for pets, but veterinarians in other states are allowed to answer questions when asked; so definitely start a conversation before using CBD for your pet. Look for products that follow Good Manufacturing Practices or have been approved by the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) to ensure high quality ingredients.

Giving Your Pet CBD

When giving CBD to your pets, start with a low dose and watch for side effects including nausea, upset tummy, vomiting, incontinence or lethargy. According to veterinarian Casara Andre, the founder of Veterinary Cannabis Education & Counseling, the limited research suggests that CBD does not pose significant risks to pets, and few risks have been identified.6 Significantly, while the lack of studies is a concern, overdosing is the most common ill effect of CBD use in pets. According to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, there has been an increase of calls regarding dogs eating more than recommended dosages of CBD treats. While mild cases can be treated at home, more serious cases will require medical treatment and can result in symptoms similar to an THC overdose.7 Because THC is toxic to pets, a large dose of THC can be very dangerous and can result in serious medical complications.

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