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One day on a bike ride, I noticed a young man on a bike coming down the road. He wasn’t alone but had not one but two small dogs on a leash running along side the bike. Not only was he going too fast for the dogs to keep up but there was a car coming and he had to veer over to the side of the road. When he did this, one dog got tangled and almost got stuck in the tire spokes. Does this make sense?? I don’t understand people sometimes. What makes them do the crazy things that they do?? What occurred that day was a form of animal abuse. It not only puts the poor dogs in danger, but it put the driver of the car and bike rider in danger as well.

Use common sense when it comes to your pets. Keep them safe. They don’t deserve your abuse!

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In previous blogs we talked about feline kidney disease and how this is common in older cats and is usually fatal. I received this grim new twice with my cat Molly and now with Atlantis. The good news and yes there is some good news is that with proper care we can sustain our cats life and life quality for years. We talked about Astro’s Oil which is a high potency omega oil that yielded great results. Controlling kidney disease is tricky. Cats need protein yet too much can advance the disease. Phosphorus levels must be kept low and most cat foods contain too much phosphorus and protein.Vets recommend a renal diet but my feelings are that most cats don’t like it and it’s lower in protein which is something a cat needs.

The makers of Astros Oil also have created two additional products.

Astro’s Oil™ Nitrogen-Creatinine Scrub

This is a supplement that enhances the pet’s gut microbiome flora. As the bacteria proliferate they take up nitrogen and creatinine and are then excreted in the stool. It also reduces serum phosphorous level.

Astro’s Oil™ Renal Care Protein

Astro’s Oil™ Renal Care Protein is a supplement designed to help pets with kidney disease gain and maintain lean muscle mass. It also helps stave off metabolic acidosis.

I am giving these two products to Atlantis. It’s only been a couple of weeks but already I’ve noticed some weight gain which is very encouraging.

I believe that a combination of these three Astro’s Oil products will stabilize Atlantis and possible slow the progress of his disease. More to come on the progress of my little friend Atlantis.

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Dogs will get into everything and usually they will eat anything. Some people leave pill bottles on their counters or even on their dining room tables. Never leave pills within reach of your best friend because when you least expect it, he will find a way to get into them. If you suspect that your pup ingested pills or any foreign material, contact your vet immediately!

All medication should be sealed tightly and kept in a cabinet out of reach of your pet.

For questions contact:

Animal Poison Control | (888) 426-4435 | ASPCA

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number: (888) 426-4435. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) is your best resource for any animal poison-related emergency, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you think your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call (888) 426-4435.

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Chihuahua’s dogs have lots of personality. They are loving, emotional and smart! One of their most endearing habits is to snuggle under blankets or clothing to sleep.We really don’t know why they do this but there are several theories.One is that it may be a natural instinct.  It’s behavior encoded in their genes.  Their wild ancestor’s probably slept and raised their young in burrows. It’s also possible that snuggling under blankets will make these little dogs feel safe and secure. Perhaps it’s just warm and cozy. Chihuahua’s especially the smooth coated variety don’t have mush hair and get cold easily. Whatever the reason, Chihuahua owners have to be careful not to sit on a dog hidden beneath a throw or  comforter.  Get a comfortable dog bed and maybe your Chihuahua will sleep there instead of  hiding in unsafe places.

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Pet Therapy

Saturday, May 23, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Pets are now becoming a very important part of modern patient care.  Many hospitals now realize that friendly dogs can help a person heal a lot faster and better.  Carefully chosen and well trained dogs can act as physical therapists.  The dogs encourage patients to exercise their arms and legs by playing a game of fetch with a dog toy or by grooming.  These pet therapists are particularly helpful to people who need rehabilitation after a brain or spinal cord injury.  Patients also benefit by a dog’s unconditional love and acceptance. Pet therapy has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression.  We could probably all use a session or two.

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When kidney disease strikes your feline friend, their owners are faced with fear and dread. Since kidney disease is usually fatal, there are some things that could prolong life and improve the quality of life for your kitty. So what does your vet recommend?

Depending upon your cat’s individual needs, your veterinarian may recommend electrolyte supplements, a low-protein kidney diet, anti-nausea medications, steroid treatments or appetite stimulants. The goal of treatment for cats in Stage III kidney disease is to prolong life while maintaining quality of life.

The problem with low-protein kidneys is cats don’t usually like the food and cats also need their protein. So being that my cat Molly had kidney disease and now Atlantis has beginning stages of the disease what did I do?  With Atlantis I still give him an appetite stimulant although his appetite seems to be fine now. When he was first diagnosed, I gave him anti nausea medication but since he’s improved, I no longer need to administer this to him.  He’s fed a high quality food and I will not resort to a renal diet.

Astro at Diagnosis

The most important step that I took is getting him on a high quality omega oil. I mentioned this in a previous blog. It’s called Astro’s oil and Atlantis gets 1.5 ml per day. A few days after I started administering this,  I noticed a real return to normalcy. I swear by this and Astro’s Oil will be part of his daily regiment for the rest of his life. Astro’s oil was named after a Doctors cat who had kidney disease. A picture is worth a thousand words. Here are three picture of Astro. The first when he as first diagnosed, the second after three months on Astro’s oil and the third 16 months after starting Astro’s oil. Take a look and judge for yourself.

 

Astro 3 months after diagnosis

 

 

 

 

 

Astro 16 months after diagnosis

 

 

Next we’ll discuss some of the other products by the makers of Astro’s oil.

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We’ve been self isolating for almost nine weeks now. Most people are listening to the experts, the doctors and scientists and are staying safe. Going out requires more preparation than it did nine weeks ago. We need to wear masks, take along wipes and hand sanitizer. Unfortunately this will be our new normal for awhile. There is a bright side in all of this. I’ve noticed many people taking their furry friends for walks probably more than usual. This benefits your best friend as well as provides some  much needed exercise for both pet and pet owner.

I’m sure our best friends are glad that we are spending so much time with them during this crisis. They are happy to get out into the fresh air and enjoy the smells of Spring.

If we could take away one positive thing from these unprecedented times,  we can now enjoy nature and notice things that maybe we took for granted and that we can do it with our best friends.

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A Common Condition in Dogs

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

It’s not uncommon for our pets to get sick every now and then. One of the more common conditions in dogs is an infection of the urinary tract. If left untreated, urinary tract infections can lead to even more serious bladder and kidney issues. This could put your dog at great risk. A healthy bladder is always free of bacteria. Symptoms of a urinary tract infection include:

  • Frequent urination in small quantities.
  • Accidents in the home because of the inability to hold urine.
  • Foul smelling urine.
  • Blood in the urine.

It’s important to take your dog to the vet immediately as that the appropriate tests will be run and the proper diagnosis made. Urinary tract infections are treated with pet medication such as antibiotics. Typically, your dog will be placed on a two week cycle to ensure that all of the bacteria is eradicated. Don’t delay treatment for your dog. Take him to the vet as soon as you notice any symptoms.

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A Guide for Cleaning Your Cats Ear

Monday, May 18, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

My cat Atlantis takes a transdermal medication for his hyperthyroidism. This means that his ears can get crusty so ear cleaning has been a daily ritual in our household. Usually, I’ll take a baby wipe and gently clean both of his ears each day. If your cat needs a thorough cleaning, the professionals recommend an effective specific method. VCA Hospitals.com have provided a detailed breakdown of the correct way to clean your cats ears.

Step-by-Step Guide for Ear Cleaning

  1. Sitting in a comfortable position, hold your cat in your lap. Wrapping or swaddling your cat in a towel may help keep her calm if she is resistant to having her ears cleaned.
  2. Grasp the tip of the ear flap (pinna) pulling back slightly to expose the ear canal and to help straighten the ear canal out.
  3. While holding your cat’s ear flap, gently but firmly with one hand, hold the ear cleaning solution in your other hand.
  4. Squeeze some ear cleaning solution into your cat’s ear. Use enough cleaner to completely fill the ear canal. It is fine if some of the cleaner spills out of the canal. DO NOT put the tip of the bottle into the ear. If the tip of the bottle touches your cat’s ear, wipe the tip off with a clean cotton ball soaked in alcohol to prevent the spread of bacteria or yeast.
  5. Continue to hold the ear flap with one hand and gently massage the base of the ear below the ear opening for about 30 seconds with the other hand. This allows the cleaning solution to break up the debris that is in the ear canal. You should hear a ‘squishing’ sound as the cleaning solution moves around in the horizontal part of the canal.
  6. While still holding the ear flap, wipe away debris from the inner part of the ear flap and the upper ear canal using a cotton ball or gauze.
  7. Allow your cat to shake her head. This allows the remaining ear cleaning solution and debris from the ear canal to move out of the canal to the outer opening of the ear.
  8. Once again, hold the ear flap, and remove the loosened debris and cleaning solution from the outer opening of the ear canal using a cotton ball or gauze.
  9.  Remove any debris and remaining cleaning solution from the ear canal with a cotton ball or gauze – only go into the canal as far as your finger will reach.
  10. NEVER use a cotton-tipped applicator (Q-tip) to remove the solution from the ear canal. Doing so can damage the ear canal and/or ear drum or push debris further into the canal.
  11. Provide treats to your cat.
  12. Repeat the same process with the other ear.
  13. If your cat appears to be in pain during the cleaning process, stop and consult your veterinarian.
  14. Repeat the cleaning procedure as often as is recommended by your veterinarian.

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Some Myths About Dobermans

Sunday, May 17, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Some people will say that Doberman’s have the reputation of being overly aggressive even vicious in some cases. This is simply not true in most cases. Any dog that is not properly cared for may become aggressive.   Given a good home and proper training, they are sweet, loving animals that are very good with the elderly as well as children. Because of their strong, large bodies, it is not recommended that they be left unsupervised around children. They may be overprotective. If your child is playing with other children and the dog detects that your child may be in harm, he may misunderstand the situation and become aggressive in order to protect the child even though the children were only playing.

Doberman’s are active dogs and should be trained and well exercised to become a good pet.  They do best with an experienced owner. So if you are not experienced with this breed, before you take your doberman off of his dog leash and let him run in the park, learn all you can about him. There are many books available, so do your research before adopting a Doberman.

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