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Pets and Home Remodeling

Wednesday, July 20, 2022
posted by Jim Murphy

I hate remodeling the house. There’s always the mess, work and upheaval.  What an inconvenience! Imagine how our pets feel during this unsettling time.  They don’t know that all of the strangers in the house are actually being paid for this disruption. There are some ways that you could minimize the stress. If the construction is major, see if a friend or kennel can board your pet during the construction period. If not, keep pets confined to an area far away from the noise. Provide a cozy crate along with favorite dog or cat toys, blankets and clothes with your scent. When the workers go away, your pets may come out but keep them away from paints, solvents, nails or anything that could injure them. Try to maintain your normal routines during remodeling. Feed, walk and play with your pet as usual. This will help you both stay calm until the dust clears and the workers are gone!

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Keep Your Dog Away from Garbage

Tuesday, July 19, 2022
posted by Jim Murphy

Does your dog always go for the dumpster when he sees one? Dogs that eat trash are living dangerously!  Not only are bone parts and other pieces of garbage hazardous to your dog’s digestive system but moist food can become toxic quickly.  Did you know that disgarded food scraps grow fungus in a couple of days? This poses a great risk to your dog. Moldy cheese product like old pizza are exceptionally dangerous because they contain toxins that can give your dog muscle tremors and seizures. Keep you dog on his dog leash and away from the trash while walking him. If he does manage to get into the garbage, watch him very closely. If he has a loss of appetite, shivering or yellow eyes or lips, there’s  a major problem. Make sure that you call your vet immediately.

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Adopting a Kitten or a Full Grown Cat

Monday, July 18, 2022
posted by Jim Murphy

Most people go to an animal shelter and see the cute little kittens that are up for adoption. The kittens always go first. One of the saddest things you’ll see in an animal shelter is the older cats waiting for adoption.  Most of these poor cats came from a loving home where someone fed and cared for them. Maybe the owner passed away or for some other reason they had to be put up for adoption. This is heartbreaking. Many people who adopt kittens, adopt them because they are cute and cuddly. Kittens lose their playfulness as they get older and with it sometimes the love of their owners!  Here are some things to remember if you do adopt a kitten. Do you have small children in the house? A child that is 2 or 3 may inadvertently kill a small kitten. Do you have any other pets? Make sure that you acclimate your new kitten to the others pets in the house. Is your house safe? If you’re not home during the day, make sure that your kitten is in a safe place.  Has the kitten been vaccinated?  It is imperative to have your kitten vaccinated right away.

One final note. They say a true cat lover is one that will adopt a full grown cat. Are you a true cat lover? Before you go out and get the new cat bed, cat toys etc. decide if your are going to adopt a kitten or full grown cat. Keep in mind that the older cat once was loved and now is stuck in a cage all alone. Maybe you can make him feel loved again!

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Cats, the best Groomers

Saturday, July 16, 2022
posted by Jim Murphy

You may wonder why your cat is always cleaning himself. The fact is that within a 24 hour period, your cat will spend 1/3 of his time grooming himself and this is perfectly normal. When cats are not sleeping or grooming themselves, they are thinking about eating. (I’m always thinking about eating!)  The rest of your cats time is spent under comfy blankets, playing with toys or occasionally racing around the house for no particular reason.  There are some instances when a cat grooms himself all the time because of a medical condition or even due to stress. If all he does is groom himself,  it’s always a good idea to have a vet check him out.

Don’t worry about normal grooming habits. After all, did  you ever hear someone say “get that smelly cat away from me?”

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Searching for a Pet Online

Friday, July 15, 2022
posted by Jim Murphy

If you want to search for a new pet online, you have many options depending on what you’re looking for. There are rescue groups for almost any breed of dog or cat. There are shelters in almost every town and there are cyber shelters such as petfinder.com. I would advise you not to fall in love with a pet just by looking at a photo. We discussed in previous postings the characteristics of particular breeds of pets. Research the breeds temperament and background. Consider the breeds, size, general behavior and any other characteristics that may be important to you. Any pet that you bring into your home should match well with your family and your lifestyle. Check out the rescue group as well. Find out about its procedure, its follow up policies and its adoption fees. Before you go out and buy that dog leash or that cat bed make sure you do your homework.

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Skate Boarding with Your Dog

Thursday, July 14, 2022
posted by Jim Murphy

The other day I saw a man skate boarding across one of the main highways in Delaware. In the middle of the road he lost his balance and was thrown off of his board and flew into the middle of the role. Luckily he was not hurt and the traffic was stopped at a red light. If he had a dog with him, this situation would have turned out differently. The dog would have been out in oncoming traffic and subject to great danger. Skate boarding is a great activity to do with a high energy dog but it’s important to follow some safety guidelines.  If it’s hot outside, don’t skate board midday.  Head out in the cool morning and be sure to bring along some fresh water for both you and your pet. Wear protective gear such as a helmet and knee pads and keep your dog on a short leash to keep him from crossing in front and tripping you up.  Go at a comfortable speed, one that the dog can comfortably maintain and work up to longer distances slowly. Try to find a paved path with a dirt or grassy edge for the dog to run on.  This will be easier on his joints and paw pads.  Remember, give him lots of praise as he’s trotting along and stop when he’s had enough.

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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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Pet Sitter Qualifications

Tuesday, July 12, 2022
posted by Jim Murphy

If you are going away or if your job requires long hours, it could be a good idea to consider hiring a pet sitter for your dog or cat. Cats do well during the day by themselves but if you are going away for an extended period of time, I would consider a pet sitter. Pet owners should look at the following list before hiring a pet sitter.

  • The pet sitter visits the client’s home before the first pet sitting assignment to meet the pets and get detailed information about their care.
  • The pet sitter presents himself or herself in a professional manner. He or she should give you his or her undivided attention, be courteous, interested and well informed.
  • Pet sitter conducts business with honesty and integrity and observes all federal, state and local laws pertaining to business operations and animal care.
  • Your pet sitter should have liability insurance, and if the pet sitting company employs pet sitters, bonding may be necessary as well.
  • Does the pet sitter have a business license, if it’s required? Please note there is no occupational license for pet sitters, however, a business license may be required to own and operate a business in your locale. The pet sitter provides a service contract, and goes over specific services and their associated fees.

The pet sitter should always seem interested in learning as much as they can about your pet. They should also have an emergency list of veterinarians in case of an emergency and in case your veterinarian is not available. They should also have a back up plan in case they become ill. The pet sitter should also have a knowledge of first aid as well as be aware of any pet food recalls. Your pet sitter must return all of your phone calls and advise you of any change of schedule a few days in advance.

Always do your homework when selected a sitter for your pet. Take you time and you’ll have peace of mind.

Some of the information on today’s blog was provided by petsit USA.

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Is it possible for someone who has never been allergic to cats before to suddenly become allergic?  The answer is yes. Sensitivity to cats or dogs and increase or decrease during our lifetime. Just as one can outgrow sensitivity to pollen or penicillin, we can also outgrow our sensitivity to a cat or dog. Our immune systems change with changes in the environment.

It is quite possible that you have a gene which makes your sensitivity to cat saliva fluctuate  during periods of say, stress, or hyperactivity. It is possible you’re on a medication, the side effects of which include cat sensitivity. In general, many conditions can increase or decrease our sensitivity to our pets. I’m sensitive to my older cat,Mollie while I have no reaction at all to my younger cat Millie. When I pet Mollie and touch my eyes, I begin sneezing and my eyes because itchy and teary. When I pet Millie and touch my eyes, nothing at all happens. It could be the kind of skin or the amount of dander produced by Mollie. So, there are many conditions that can trigger an allergic reaction. You can own a pet if you have allergies, just see your doctor for the proper medication.

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Pet Pink Eye, What to Look For

Sunday, July 10, 2022
posted by Jim Murphy

Does your pet have red, teary, weepy eyes or puffy eyelids?  Do her eyes have a greenish or yellowish discharge?  If so, she is probably feeling the pain of an infection or inflammation of the tissue that lines the eyelid and coats the eye.  This is called conjunctivitis or “pink eye.”  Symptoms of this infection can vary.  From Allergens, chemicals and grasses to bacteria, viruses and fungi.  Once the causative agent is identified, pet medications such as antibiotics or anti-inflammatory drugs are used to dispatch it.  In most cases, these medications work and the result is bright, clear and healthy eyes.  Treatment is a must as conjunctivitis that is left untreated can lead to other more serious problems.

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