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August 2020

Should You Adopt a Beagle?

Sunday, July 26, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

If you’re thinking of adopting a Beagle, there are some things that you need to know. These dogs are playful can live a pretty long life. Their average life span is about 14 years. Beagles are easy to care for and are known for their loud bark and howl.  If you have grandchildren, Beagles are a great choice. They are energetic and love to play. The usual beagle reaches a maximum weight around 30 pounds.  Beagles make great companions and love attention. So a Beagle would be a great choice for senors and family’s with children. They have a great disposition but must be trained properly.

Before making any choice for adoption, make sure you do your homework and both you and your new best friend will enjoy a very happy life together.

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Cat Vomiting When to Worry

Saturday, July 25, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

There are many reasons why cats vomit that ranges from something serious to eating something that disagreed with them. An occasional, isolated episode of vomiting is usually normal.

Here’s a general rule of thumb.  If your cat vomits once or twice or infrequently and then goes on to eat normally, play normally, pee and poop normally and shows no signs of ill health then there probably is no reason for concern.

If your cat suddenly develops chronic vomiting, becomes listless and is not eating, take him to a vet right away.

Keep in mind, one of the most common reasons for a cat to vomit is hairballs.Hairball medication will help with this problem.  Sometimes a cat eats too quickly which causes him to vomit. Parasites could be another reason for the vomiting. Don’t guess and try to treat your cat by yourself. If the vomiting is persistent and he appears ill, take him to your vet for testing. Chances are, the problem may be taken care of  with some medication from your Vet.

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Choose Healthy Treats for Your Cat

Friday, July 24, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Most of the time, when we think of treats for pets, we think of dogs. There are many treats on the market for cats as well. My cats love their treats every night after dinner. Make sure that you carefully choose the right treat for your cat. Treats should never amount to more than 10% of the cats diet.  Cat treats can also be very fatty and you want to make sure that his treats don’t spoil his appetite. Always check the ingredients on the label. Look for treats that are lower in calories. Another thing that you may want to check is the veterinarian-approved AAFCO certification.

The Association of American Feed Control Officials publishes a set of guidelines for cat food and treats, and if the ingredient definitions meet the regulations, you will see, “Formulated to meet the AAFCO Cat Food Nutrient Profile for Kittens/Adults/Senior)” printed on the label of the treats. Watch out for companies that do not provide this information.  Always look for a treat that is nutritionally balanced yet also has flavor that will appeal to your cats. Treats usually come in beef, chicken or fish flavors. Choose a treat that you cat will like best. My cats like them all.

Don’t ever feed your cat things like cookies or popcorn. Stick will nutritionally balanced store bought cat treats and make sure you give them just a few. Don’t be like me who spoils my cats and has them crying for treats all night long!

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Do All Dogs Love Water and Swimming?

Wednesday, July 22, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Well, we know all dogs can bark, they can chew, dig and also can sense an eerie presence but could they all swim? The answer is yes. All dogs can swim and some breed have excellent aquatic abilities. Some of these breeds are Retrievers, Spanish Water Dogs, Irish Water Spaniel, Irish Setter, Portuguese Water Dogs and the Newfoundland. All of these breeds have outstanding swimming abilities. Some of these breeds are even web footed. These breeds don’t need any swimming lessons. If you are a person that loves the water, then one of these breeds are for you. They love diving and chasing after their dog toys in the water.

Not all dogs love the water but like humans, they have an instinctive ability to start paddling. There are a few dogs who get very nervous in the water. If you see a dog slapping the water and trying to use his front legs to get out, then always put  a flotation device on him if he has to be near water.  Dogs can swim but not all dogs are good at it. Don’t assume that your dog will be a great swimmer and love the water. Carefully observe him around water at a young age to determine his aquatic abilities.

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An important thing that cat owners should know is that way too many cats are affected by it. Actually 1 in 3 cats will develop kidney disease sometime in their life. There are many reasons why cats get kidney disease but the most disturbing thing is that it’s very difficult to recognize.  Most cats don’t show any signs of kidney disease until it’s advanced. One sign can be subtle weight loss that most owners will not even recognize. More signs include peeing more and drinking more water. This was actually the first thing I noticed with my cat Mollie. She began drinking more and I later noticed that she was peeing more.  The urine seemed to not appear as clumps in the litter box but rather spread in large areas soaking the  box.

If you notice the signs, get your cat checked out. Fortunately even at advanced stages, if treated properly, your cat can have years of quality life left. There are also natural products to add to the treatment regimen including hi potency omega oils. I highly recommend Astro’s Oil. I’ve been using it for years and have had very positive results. I’m now giving it to my cat Atlantis and the results once again are very positive!

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Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate!

Monday, July 20, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Much of the country is experiencing an excessive heat warning. This morning when I woke up, and the temperature was already 82 degrees with the dew point at 79. The high is expected to reach the mid to upper 90’s. This is oppressive heat and pet owners should take heed to the fact that their pets could be in big trouble if they don’t stay hydrated. Luckily we have two cats who are always indoors so we don’t have an issue but for those who own dogs, I wouldn’t recommend much time outdoors at all today. Take a break from exercise and only take your dog out for a brief walks. It’s always a good idea to take along some water with you. Our canine friends can get dehydrated very fast. I would not recommend taking your dog in the car today. If you park for even a few moments, your car will become like a furnace!  If you must take your dog in the car, make the ride brief, take along plenty of water and do not for any reason leave him in the car unattended. Not even for a minute! Use common sense!!  Water is key and have it available to your best friend at all times!

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Reducing Cat Anxiety

Sunday, July 19, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

I’m sure you’ve heard your cat hiss and have seen him puff up his tail.  This means that he feels threatened. If you watch closely, when your cat gets startled, the pupils of his eyes will quickly become smaller.  Your cat may show several different signs that he is frightened. He may also run, hide, growl and arch his back. To help reduce your cat’s anxiety, it is much better to slowly introduce anything that is new or different such as new cat toy, object, person and even another animal. Slowly, over time he will become used to the new addition to his environment. If your cat runs off and hides because he his frightened, don’t run after him and try to pull him out from under the sofa or bed. You’ll just make things worse.  Be patient and let him come out when he is ready. One of my cats runs and hides when one of my friends comes over. My friend does not like cats and one time startled her. Since that time, she’s in her cozy little hiding place when my friend is over.

One important thing to remember with cats is that you should keep their routine as consistent as possible.  This includes feeding, playing and cuddling.

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Well my friends, it happened again. During the years I’ve been stressing how important it is to make sure you NEVER leave your dog in a hot car. Yesterday, I had to stop at the Fresh Market here in Rehoboth Beach. Someone with two dogs in their car parked in the sun in 90 degree weather and left her car. The windows were down but even so, how insane can she be?? She was even too lazy to find a shady spot and there were many. She ran in the store so fast that I couldn’t locate her but I did report the incident to store management. Lately I’ve been really losing faith in humankind. The reckless behavior I’m seeing lately is really making me sick. Between refusing to wear masks to animal abuse, I’m beginning to think we are entering a pre apocalyptic era. There are so many people who have lost their sense of self and humanity!

Here are things you can do to protect your dog from this oppressive heat.

1. Keep a water bowl near your dog and filled at all times.

2. Give your dog somewhere to get wet like a wading pool.

3. Bring water along on walks.

4. Keep your dog indoors as much as possible. Make sure you house in air conditioned.

5. Provide plenty of shade for your dog.

6. Give your dog a cooling pad. There are many different pad you can buy that are designed to keep dogs cool. Most of them   are filled with a gel that draws the heat out from your dog’s body.

  • You can also just lay a damp towel on the kitchen floor. If your dog will lay on the towel, this will help it cool down.

7. Avoid Midday walks.

8. Have a groomer clip your dogs fur.

9. NEVER leave your dog in a parked car.

10. Check on your dog often. On very warm days, watch your dog’s condition closely. If anything seems odd, such as your dog panting excessively, contact your vet.

  • If your dog begins to show any signs of being too hot, get it well away from the sun, get it water, and cool it down.
  • If you believe your dog has heatstroke, see How to treat heatstroke in dogs for more information.

It’s really not that difficult, follow these simple steps and keep your dog safe and healthy during these very hot Summer months.

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Children and Small Dogs

Friday, July 17, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

You may think that the perfect dog for children is a small cute one right? Not necessarily. Contrary to popular belief, tiny dogs usually do not like to be held or cuddled . Dr. Alice Finelly, an Animal Behaviorist at Tufts University says that you need to look for a dog that not only has a solid temperament and is relaxed but is physically sturdy and will be able to withstand interacting with children. If you still want to choose a small dog, Dr. Finelly says that Pugs, Boston or Norfolk Terriers may be the best choices. So if you have a small child and are thinking of adopting a dog, start thinking of a larger dog and of course when you’re shopping for dog beds, choose a larger one.

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Brushing Vs. Bathing

Thursday, July 16, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Dogs are like kids, most of them don’t like to take baths but even short haired dogs need proper grooming and a bath occasionally.  Bathing too often can take away the natural oils that keep a dogs skin smooth and healthy.  How much washing is too much depends on the humidity and the type of shampoo used. A general rule of thumb is that a good brushing is usually enough to keep your dog freshened up.  In addition to removing dirt, a regular brushing will remove hair and make your dog more comfortable.  Bathing is appropriate when a dog has body odor especially if he’s rolled in something that he shouldn’t have.  A good rule to remember is that a dirty dog needs a brush and a smelly dog needs a bath. After his bath, give him some dog treats to keep him happy!

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