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Finally, the time has come for you and your new puppy to go on his first walk. You spend lots of time choosing his new,”trendy” looking dog leash, now it’s time to show him off. Unfortunately, your puppy does not care about how he looks in that really “cool” dog leash but rather cares about trying to get out of it! Here are a few tips that may help you out.

1. Encourage your puppy to follow you instead of heading for everything that is around him.

2. Take some treats with you and always keep a few in your hand. When you call your puppy and he comes to you, reward him with a treat.

3. Always praise your puppy when you give a treat. Continue walking and praising as you go. Make sure you walk slow, encouraging your puppy to follow you along the way.

4. Stand still if your puppy pulls the wrong way on the leash. Do not pull you force him to walk. Just stop and wait for him to realize that he is going the wrong way. Call him and when he comes, reward him with another treat.

5. Keep the dog leash loose when walking your puppy. Do this only if he is walking beside you not sitting down or pulling you. It ‘s a good idea to take a squeeky toy with you to get his attention every now and then.

Remember be patient. Dog training is a process requiring lots of repetition and praise. Never yell or hit your dog for not obeying. This is not only cruel but will prevent your dog from learning to walk on a leash properly.

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Owners Stupidity Almost Cost Dog His Life

Saturday, April 3, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

Do you ever notice after a light changes to green that car in front of you doesn’t budge. This infuriates me because I know that the person in that car is too busy looking at his phone to realize that the light has changed. I usually react with a long horn honk!  Horrible things happen when people are on their phones while driving.

One day, a few months ago, a man was driving with his pet dog in the car. He had his iPad turned on and was looking at it while he was driving. He glanced down and the next thing he new was that he hit the car in front of him. The airbags engaged and hit the man and his Golden Retriever who was in the front seat. The dog freaked out and jumped out the window into oncoming traffic. The owner tried to chase him but lost the dog as he darted through traffic on the busy streets.

Fortunately, a couple found the dog and brought him to a vet who scanned his chip. The owner got the dog back but he was severely injured. The dog made a full recovery. The owner can’t forgive himself and now puts all of his devices in the trunk.  This is a little too late since he caused his beloved pet so much injury.

Don’t be stupid! I see so many people driving and talking on the phone, texting etc. You are not only putting yourself at risk but are risking the life of others including our pets! Is it worth it?? Be safe, not stupid!!

 

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Do you sometimes find your cat throwing up his food shortly after eating it? The other day, I almost stepped in the mess in my hallway. It looked like a pile of undigested dry food and usually is tied to your cat eating too fast. My cat Atlantis will gobble down a bunch of dry food at one time while our other little feline friend, Millie, takes her time a grazes throughout the day.

So is there anything we could do to slow out cats eating habits down? Actually there is. Your pet store may sell a special cat bowl that is designed to slow your cat down while eating. The bowl can contain a design to stop your cat from gobbling down  food too quickly.  Your cat will thank you and you won’t find those little “surprises” scattered around your house.

Monitor your cat’s eating for a few days to make sure he’s using the new bowl.

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When Your Dog Gets Bitten

Thursday, April 1, 2021
posted by Jim Murphy

Even though your pet enjoys the outdoors, he may tread on dangerous ground. You decide to take your dog camping with you. He loves being out in the woods or field but poisonous snakes can go with the territory. Dr. Fred Omi, a Veterinarian at Kansas State University says that not all snake bites are alike. He says that only half of the bites given to dogs or cats by snakes are injections of venum. The rest are called “dry” bites where the snake bites but does not inject the venim into the dog or cat. Don’t overreact but never ignore your pets snakebite. Don’t attempt to administer pet medication yourself. See your veternarian right away, he will determine whether the bite needs further treatment.

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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. Dogster.com 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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