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Cat Stomach Issues

Monday, November 28, 2022
posted by Jim Murphy

kittenvetIt’s called inflammatory bowel disease, or irritable bowel syndrome but it’s just plain stomach trouble. This is not a happy time for a cat with a sensitive stomach or for the people who care for the cat. Chronic vomiting and diarrhea can have a lot of different causes. Sometimes changing cat food too quickly can cause these symptoms.

If any of these symptoms are occurring, get your cat to the vet for a diagnosis. Your vet might recommend a change of diet or administer pet medication to alleviate some of the symptoms.  If your cat is overly sensitive to any kind of protein, many pet companies are aware of this and offer specially formulated diets that contain easy to digest rice and egg protein in their cat food. Sensitive stomach is not at all uncommon with cats, and fortunately, it’s almost always manageable.

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Effusion, Serious Medical Condition in Pets

Saturday, November 26, 2022
posted by Jim Murphy

dogcheckPleural Effusion is a condition where fluid or pus accumulates in an animals chest cavity compressing the lungs and heart. Leah Cohn, Professor of Veterinary Internal Medicine at the University of Missouri says that animals with pleural effusion have to breathe very rapidly because they can’t expand their lungs. They take short, shallow, rapid breaths. She says the pleural effusion has many potential causes such as infection and congestive heart failure. Treatment will vary. If a pet is struggling to breath, most veterinarians will remove the fluid with a needle and syringe. This is a process that may need to be repeated until the underlying cause of the fluid buildup can be cured. In this case pet medication alone will not cure this kind of problem. If you notice your pet breathing very rapidly, take him to your vet right away.

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Cats Love their Snacks

Friday, November 25, 2022
posted by Jim Murphy

My cat Millie looks forward to her snacks every evening. Giving snacks add some variety to your cat’s diet but they should not be substituted for regular cat food. Some snacks don’t contain the nutrients that are necessary in your cat’s diet. Here’s my recommendation on giving snacks. Make sure that your cat is eating his regular food during the day. I give my cat 1/2 can of wet food and a handful of dry cat food every morning. Since cats are “nibblers,” I leave her food out all day. About 5:00pm every evening, I give her a wet food snack and later a few dry snacks.Millie is spoiled and goes by her snack bowl several times each night. I do get up and satisfy her request by giving her a few more. Personally, I don’t recommend this. Give your cat snack once per day. Make sure that you don’t give them too many snacks as I sometimes do. .  A few snack pieces are a fine each evening. Don’t worry if you forget, your cat will remind you that it’s snack time!

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Signs that Cats Do Care When We’re Away

Thursday, November 24, 2022
posted by Jim Murphy

A few years ago,I had to go to New Jersey for Thanksgiving day. We didn’t stay overnight but since we live 238 miles away from our destination, it was a long day. We were gone for about 14 hours.  When I got home there was no sign of my cat Millie . She’s usually in the hallway waiting for her treats. She finally strolled out about five minutes later. It seemed that she was a little “miffed” that we left her for awhile.  Unlike, children, cats cannot give their owners verbal feedback on how they coped in your absence.

Cats can also miss you if you’re leaving them with a sitter. There are signs to look for if you’re leaving your cat with a sitter.  The sitter may notice that the cat is not eating as much as usual. They may not want to play with their cat toys. If there is no medical condition, it’s safe to assume that your cat is simply missing you and has decided not to eat for awhile.  They probably don’t feel as secure or content as they are when you’re there. The best thing that the sitter can do is encourage the cat to eat by placing fresh food and water in your cat’s bowl everyday. He should start eating again after he adjusts to the fact that you’re not around.

Cats could also act differently when you’re gone. A docile cat may starting picking fights with his companion for no apparent reason.  This could be a sign that the cat owner’s absence is causing anxiety and even insecurity. The sitter should not intervene unless the fight is vicious. As soon as you return home, your cat will behave as if you were never gone.

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Keeping Your Pets Safe This Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 23, 2022
posted by Jim Murphy

Pet thanksgiving

All of those delicious smells coming from the kitchen no Thanksgiving day will entice your dog but there are some things that you should be aware of.

  • It’s a bad idea to let your dog have all the food that you and your guests are having. This includes mash potatoes, gravy etc. A little turkey would be fine but don’t over do it. Fatty foods can lead to an upset stomach and keep in mind that turkey skin can wreak havoc with a dog’s digestive system, so make sure she gets skinless, boneless turkey.
  • Give your dog lots of exercise before the Thanksgiving feast. It she’s pooped, she may stay away from the table.
  • Keep all turkey bones away from your dog. Make sure that the garbage is covered tightly. Put plates in an unreachable area if you can’t dispose of everything properly right away.
  • Sage and some other herbs have essential oils that can cause tummy upset and central nervous system depression if a dog eats them in large quantities. Keep them away from your dog to be on the safe side.
  • Keep raw dough away from your dog.  Heat causes raw dough to rise. If your dog eats enough of it, the heat in her stomach will cause the dough to rise causing pain, vomiting, and bloating and maybe even a trip to the doggy E.R.
  • Keep all alcoholic beverages away from your pet.

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving .
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The Kindness of Fostering Animals

Sunday, November 20, 2022
posted by Jim Murphy

DOGFOSTERSometimes instead of fostering a child,foster parents choose to foster an animal. These foster parents take in shelter dog and cats that are ill, not socialized or not yet weaned and turn them into healthy, loving, adoptable pets. By providing temporary homes, foster parents enable shelters to take in more animals than they would otherwise have room for. So if you have the time, space and love to share with a foster pet, contact your local shelter or rescue group. If your application is approved, you’ll attend training sessions to learn how to socialize, house train and maybe even bottle feed your foster pet. The hardest part of fostering is giving up your foster pet. After you buy the cat bed or dog crate, they are hard to let go of but you are doing a wonderful service by providing shelter and care for a sheltered pet!

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How Long Do You Keep Your Puppy on Puppy Food?

Saturday, November 19, 2022
posted by Jim Murphy

PUPPIES EATINGA puppy needs a higher level of nutrients than what’s available in regular dog food.  Because of these special needs, your puppy should be on a high quality puppy food for the first year and up to 18 months for the giant breeds. Most dog food manufacturers offer a special formula for puppies that is higher in protein. (Protein should be between 28 and 30%)  and enriched with the fat soluble and water soluble vitamins, minerals, fats, and other essentials for your growing puppy needs.  Always check with your vet for the best type of food and check the back of the bag for the proper quantity. Remove uneaten food after about 15 or 20 minutes and make sure that you feed your pup at least three times a day if he’s under six months, two times from six to twelve months and then once after a year.

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The Best Tick Repellent for Dogs

Friday, November 18, 2022
posted by Jim Murphy

We have written several articles on ticks and tick repellent over the years but today I would like to keep our readers up to date on this very important topic. There is one source that recently published a comprehensive guide on protecting your dog from these dangerous creatures not only in the Summer months but all the time. Yourdogadvisor.com has provided everything you need to know on ticks and how to control them. Today I’m providing you with a link to that article for you to review.

Here’s the link to yourdogadvisor. Click to read a comprehensive analysis and solution to this problem.

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Again thank you to yourdogadvisor.com for providing this most valuable information. Please keep this information handy and keep your pet safe from these pesky creatures.

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Infections that Can Be Spread by Pets

Thursday, November 17, 2022
posted by Jim Murphy

I always worry that I can give my cat Millie on infection or virus but what infections can pets spread to us. Kidhealth.org answers this question,

The following information was obtained from KidsHealth.org

How Do Pets Spread Infections?

Also like us, animals carry germs. But illnesses common among house pets — such as distemper, canine parvovirus, and heartworms — can’t spread to people.

But some types of bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi that pets can carry can make people sick though a bite or scratch, or if someone has contact with an animal’s waste, saliva, or dander. Infants, kids younger than 5 years old, pregnant women, and people with weak immune systems have a greater chance of getting sick from these.
Pet Precautions

Consider the type of pet and the health and age of your kids before you get a pet. For example, children whose immune systems are weak (from HIV, chemotherapy treatment for cancer, or steroid medicines) shouldn’t be around cats and dogs with ringworm infections. Kids with eczema should avoid aquariums. Reptiles and amphibians as pets are not a good idea for families with infants, young children, or an immunocompromised family member.
Dogs and Cats

Dogs and cats can carry infections such as:

Campylobacter infection: In people, this bacterial infection causes diarrhea, belly pain, and fever.
Cat scratch disease: Signs of this bacterial infection include swollen and tender lymph nodes , fever, headaches, and tiredness.
Rabies: This serious illness is rare thanks to widespread immunization of dogs and cats in the United States.
Diseases carried by ticks: Tick-borne diseases can happen when ticks attach to pets outdoors. Use tick prevention products on pets and safely remove and dispose of ticks as soon as possible.
Ringworm: Kids can get ringworm from touching infected dogs and cats. This can cause a dry, scaly round area with a raised red bumpy border and a clear center.
Toxocariasis: The eggs of a parasitic roundworm in the intestines of dogs and cats can pass from their poop into soil where kids play. An infected child can have a fever, cough or wheezing, enlarged liver, rash, or swollen lymph nodes.
Toxoplasmosis: An infection from a parasite found in cat poop usually causes no symptoms in healthy people but can cause serious problems for pregnant women and their unborn babies. So pregnant women and people with weak immune systems should not clean litter boxes.

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Getting Rid of Cat Urine Smell

Wednesday, November 16, 2022
posted by Jim Murphy

CUTE KITTYThe smell of cat urine tends to linger on for an eternity. If your cat urinates on your carpet, he’s probably make this his new toilet. He will be attracted to the smell and go back to the same area again and again. How to get him to stop doing it is another topic but today, we’re going to give you some tips on how to get rid of the urine smell.

HOMEMADE SOLUTION:

 

Get some white vinegar (the old, plain kind will do), hydrogen peroxide, liquid hand soap, and baking soda.
If the spot is dry, proceed to step 3. Otherwise, blot the area (don’t rub!) with a paper towel to absorb as much moisture as you can.
Mix equal parts water to vinegar and pour the mixture over the affected area to saturate and let it dry.
Liberally sprinkle the baking soda over the spot.
Then stir up a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and dish liquid (four parts hydrogen peroxide to one part detergent) and lightly rub the mixture onto the area. Use a brush (old toothbrushes work wonders), gloved fingers, or whatever else you have on hand to get the job done.
After it dries, vacuum the area. If the smell remains, repeat the process.
Thank you to Arm and Hammer for providing us with this useful tip!

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