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Introducing a Dog to a New Baby

Monday, March 27, 2023
posted by Jim Murphy

A father sitting on the sofa holding his baby over his shoulder while using his mobile phone. His French Bulldog pet is sat next to him on the arm of the sofa.

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 lots of dog treats, maybe some new dog toys or a long walk will keep him from feeling neglected!

Remember, pets are family!

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Cats Can Learn Commands

Saturday, March 25, 2023
posted by Jim Murphy

British cat staring, isolated shot

Some cats are very independent creatures and need to be taught how to come when called. Some do it by nature. Here are some tips that may help.

1. I always recommend talking to your cat a lot. Call her name in a very calm tone and say kind soothing phrases. Encourage her to come to you. Pet her and brush her frequently.

2. Pick a word such as “snack’ or “dessert.”  As soon as I say “snack” both my cats come running.

3. Choose a special dry snack that she likes. I give my cats a snack every evening. (sometimes too much of a snack!).

4. Say the word again when she eats the first piece. Then place another couple of pieces in her dish and say the word once again.

5. Walk away and if she meows again, give her another couple of pieces and say the word again.

6. Repeat the process in about 5 minutes. You will be surprised how quickly cats learn.

Do this with her name as well. Reward with a snack when she comes after saying her name. Before you know it, she’ll be at your feet. You don’t even need to use cat toys or treats to lure her.

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Gross Incompetence That Resulted in a Lost Cat

Thursday, March 23, 2023
posted by Jim Murphy

Frightened wild cat hid under the tiles of the road

Yesterday my niece’s beloved cat Angelica was scheduled to be spayed. This is a normal procedure done millions of times per day. The organization responsible for this procedure picked her up, put her in a van and took her to the facility where the procedure was to take place. The driver of the van apparently left a window open, didn’t check the carrier and Angelica got loose and jumped out of the window. She is currently lost in an area that she is not familiar with. This is heartbreaking and my niece of course is devastated. I’ve devastated by the neglect and inefficiency of this organization.

There are flyers out everywhere and lots of kind people looking all over for the cat but as of this writing, she has not been found.

This can be compared to losing a child. Pets are part of our families and this organization needs to be held accountable for the gross neglect of my niece’s beloved pet.

In my opinion, the youth of today are distracted, not focused, non-communicative and have a horrible work ethic. They are too involved in responding to that next text or watching the next Tic Tok video to pay attention to anything else. No excuses! I’m hoping that Angelica is found and the lazy, incompetent staff handling the procedure is held accountable!

Remember, pets are family!

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Guidelines for Dog Crates

Tuesday, March 21, 2023
posted by Jim Murphy

Crate Training Puppy. Sheltie sleeping on fluffy and warm bed. Winter Concept

You’ve just adopted a new puppy and the first thing that you want to purchase is a dog crate.Make sure that you choose a crate size that will be large enough to accommodate him as an adult. He should be able to stand, lie down or sit in any position that he chooses. You may want to consider purchasing a crate that is sectioned off to allow for growth. Consider the kind of wire used. Make sure that your puppies paws do not fit through the wire. A crate made of plastic is easier to clean than a wire crate.

It is much safer to keep your dog in his crate while your are traveling. Remember his dog crate is his castle! Never use the crate for punishment or your dog will always associate his crate with something bad. Always keep the crate visable and let him go in it everyday. Always remove his collar before putting him in his crate. Finally give him a bowl of water, some of his favorite toys and don’t forget the dog crate pad. Now you’re all set to enjoy your new puppy!

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A Quick Teaching Guideline for Dogs

Saturday, March 18, 2023
posted by Jim Murphy

Happy man training with his dog in the nature

Teaching a new dog can be a challenging experience. Here are a few tips that may help.

  • Try to find out what your dog is good at. If he likes to jump or fetch, try to incorporate that into his training.
  • Teach your dog basic obedience first. Don’t try anything too complicated. Keep it as simple as possible.
  • Find a good, healthy treat that your dog enjoys.
  • Make the training sessions fairly short. Five to ten minutes should be fine. You can do a lot of repetitions is a short amount of time.
  • Don’t work on only one trick. Mix it up and do four to eight tricks at once.
  • Keep the training fun. Don’t make it a chore. May sure that both you and your dog enjoy it.

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abandoned dog receiving affection after being rescued

If you’re thinking of adopting a dog, consider a rescue dog. There are many dog rescue organizations across the country. Some focus on rescuing certain breeds such as Greyhounds that are usually put down after their racing career is over. Rescue organizations also focus on other breeds that have been abandoned. You would be doing a good thing by considering a rescue dog. The first thing that you need to do is go to a rescue website. If you are looking for a specific breed, there will be a link for rescued dogs. Petfinder is also a good choice for all breeds. Select the breed, size, age and enter your zip code. A list of dogs will come up in your surrounding area. You can also check out Petfinder if you are not looking for a specific breed. Pick out a dog and learn more about. You will be asked to fill out an application with details about you, your home, your family and your knowledge of dogs. You must also give the name of a veterinarian who could vouch for you. You will then be contacted and asked more questions. The rescue organization just wants to make sure that the dog is going to a good home and is not left alone the majority of the time.

Be prepared for the foster parents to bring the dog to your home for a first visit. If the dog is at a kennel, you will be asked to go to the kennel. They will see how the dog interacts with you and how you interact with the dog. Make sure you have the supplies necessary like a dog crate, dog bed etc.

If all goes well, your cost will be about $150 to cover shots, spaying/neutering and any other veterinarian costs. Some of the money will be allocated to rescue another dog. Most rescue organizations are non profit and the foster parents are all volunteers.

Remember, pets are family!

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Rules for Dogs in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Tuesday, March 14, 2023
posted by Jim Murphy

jack russell dog surfing on a wave , on ocean sea on summer vacation holidays, with cool sunglasses and flower chain

As the Spring and Summer approaches and the crowds return to Rehoboth Beach, we have to be aware of the rules regarding our best friends here at the beach.

Here are the rules for the beach areas.

It is illegal for dogs to run at large at any time. The City has both a leash law and a pooper scooper law which are enforced. Dogs are prohibited from the beach and boardwalk from May 1 through September 30, but are allowed on the beach in Dewey Beach (just south of the RB Boardwalk) before 9:30am and after 5:30pm. They must still be on a leash and have a Dewey Beach Dog License. Dogs are allowed in the state parks. You may want to visit Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes or Delaware Seashore State Park south of Dewey Beach.

As the weather gets warmer, enjoy the time with your best friends just be sure to obey the rules!
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The Proper Way To Remove a Tick From Your Pet

Thursday, March 9, 2023
posted by Jim Murphy

Female hand cleaning ear of dog from earwax with cotton swab., Closeup of human hands remove dog adult tick from the ears dog., Dog health care concept.

Usually, pet owners who find a tick on their pet try to remove it very quickly. Removing the tick too quickly can hurt the pet and even it’s owner.

  • Be prepared to keep the tick. If your pets gets ill shortly afterward, it can provide some valuable information for your veterinarian. Put the tick in a screw top jar containing some rubbing alcohol.
  • Protect yourself. Ticks, even after they’ve bitten your pet can carry infectious agents that can enter your bloodstream through your ears, eyes or breaks in your skin. When removing a tick make sure that you wear rubber or latex gloves.
  • Your pet may try to squirm his way away while you’re removing the tip. Get someone else to hold the pet down if necessary.
  • Treat the area with rubbing alcohol after the tick is removed. Examine the area after the tick is removed to make sure that you removed all of it.

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The Safe Way to Travel with Your Cat in a Car

Wednesday, March 8, 2023
posted by Jim Murphy

If you are going on a trip and are taking your cat with you, here are some things to remember if you’re going by car. It can be dangerous to leave your cat loose in the car. They can cause an accident by getting under the drivers feet or escape and become lost if a window or door is open. You will need to invest in a sturdy cat carrier which will be much safer for you and your cat.  Make sure that the carrier is easy to clean in the event that your cat urinates during the trip. Avoid cardboard or very cheap carriers. There’s nothing worse than a frightened cat getting loose while you’re behind the wheel!  Make sure that the carrier has good air flow. Keep your cat in the back seat if possible. My younger cat, Millie doesn’t like to be left in the back seat. I’ll be travelling with her and my older cat, Mollie tomorrow. I’ll place Millie’s carrier in the front seat (not my preference, but hers) and strap the seat belt around it.

Never leave your cat in the car alone in the hot sun. We spoke of how fast the temperature rises in previous posts. Be careful and pay attention.  Don’t leave doors open even if the cat is in her carrier!

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Veterinary caring of a cute cat, close up

About a year ago, my cat Millie had what appeared to be an abscess on her left cheek. Her face appeared swollen and she seemed bothered by it. When it began to bleed, I decided that I needed to take her to the vet. Since we moved to Delaware, Millie had no medical problems (She’s 18 now). We decided not to use the vet that we used for our other cats because we had bad experiences. We needed to find Millie a vet fast. It was a difficult process since it seems that all of the vets down here are not accepting new patients. We finally found a vet in Georgetown, Delaware and decided to take Millie there.

Our experience was not a good one. The vet insisted that the abscess was due to tooth decay and wanted to remove her teeth. He also told us she had advanced kidney disease and a heart murmur. All of these things proved to be not true. We had two cats who passed from kidney disease and we know the symptoms of this disease very well. Millie exhibits none of these symptoms. Her abscess was cured with antibiotics and it has not returned contrary to what that vet told us.

So it’s been over a year now and our Millie is doing fine. She’s now eighteen and a half and still can bolt across a room at lightning speed. She is eating well and looks well. Needless to say we will never take her back to that vet. My advice to you is that if you have a bad experience with a vet, don’t stay in that situation, change vets.

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