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How to Manage Gastric Ulcers in Horses with These 4 Feed Options

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Manage Gastric Ulcers in Horses with These 4 Feed Options

Equine gastric ulcer syndrome can be a painful, debilitating and even dangerous condition for any horse to suffer through. So if your horse is suffering from gastric ulcers it’s important to do whatever you can to help them recover quickly and fully. Modifying a suffering horse’s diet is one of the easiest and most effective ways to promote healing, so you should consider implementing at least some of the following modifications into your horse’s feeding regimen for the duration of their illness. Free feeding In the wild, horses graze slowly, providing a slow but near-constant influx of food into the stomach. As such, the horse’s stomach has evolved to secrete small but constant amounts of digestive acids to effective digest food taken in this way. Prolonged periods without food, such as time during close stabling or transport, can provoke or exacerbate gastric ulcers, as the lack of food matter to absorb and neutralise the constantly secreted digestive acids can cause large concentrations of acid to attack the stomach lining itself. To counteract this, you should make sure that a mixture of foods are available to your horse at all times, preferable a mixture of fresh grass and hay. If possible, you should keep your horse on the paddock for the duration of their illness, to allow grazing whenever necessary.  Feed before exercise During exercise the blood flow to a horses stomach is markedly decreased, weakening the stomach lining’s natural defences against the acids it secretes, and reducing the flow of harmful chemicals and by-products carried away from the digestive tract through the bloodstream. Gastric ulcer syndrome can be a prolonged illness, so eliminating all exercise until the horse is well again is usually impractical. Instead, you should make sure that your horse never exercises on an empty stomach. Moist feed Another way you can speed healing of ulcers is by introducing moist feed into your horse’s diet. The digestive acids of horses are strong and highly concentrated, and during a bout of gastric ulcer syndrome you should attempt to increase your horse’s water intake to dilute these acids and allow the ulcers to heal more quickly. However, horses do not drink while they eat, and since they graze for prolong periods of time, a horse’s stomach may go a long time without significant water intake, even if more water is offered. Moist feeds, such as wet mashes designed for horses undergoing dental treatment, are an effective solution to this problem, allowing your horse to hydrate itself and dilute the stomach acids while it feeds. Nutritional supplements There are also a number of ways you can increase the levels of beneficial nutrients into your horse’s diet: Pectin—When pectin comes into contact with stomach acid, it transforms into a mucus-like substance that, in sufficient quantities, coats the ulcerated stomach lining in a protective, acid-resistant layer. Consider supplementing your horse’s diet with feed containing foods high in pectin, such as beets or soy bean hulls. Surfactants—Surfactants are essentially naturally occurring soaps, and when consumed alongside pectin then can drastically enhance the pectin’s protective effects. Oats and alfalfa are good sources of surfactants, and can be easily included in a sick horse’s diet. Micronised feed—A diet high in complex starches can exacerbate gastric ulcers in horses, as the bacteria which cause ulcers will...

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A Mite Annoying: Removing Pet Ear Mites From Your Soft Furnishings After An Infection

Posted by on Oct 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Mite Annoying: Removing Pet Ear Mites From Your Soft Furnishings After An Infection

Ear mite infestations are a nightmare for any cat or dog owner to deal with, without even mentioning the distress the poor afflicted animal goes through. However, in our rush to have the pet’s ears treated and disinfected, we often overlook the potential for reinfection from ear mites that have been shaken off into your home’s carpets or furniture. Ear mites can only live for a relatively short period when not attached to a living host, but they can reinfect a recently-treated pet alarmingly quickly. They can also be spread very rapidly to any previously unaffected cats or dogs you may have – needless to say, it’s important to remove these fugitive ear mites, wherever they may reside. Disinfecting your carpets Because ear mites and their eggs are microscopic, a simple vacuuming will not have much luck dislodging mites from their tiny hiding places. As such, it’s best to apply more rigorous cleaning techniques. These can include the following: Shampoo: A simple carpet shampooing is generally effective enough to scrub away the remaining active mites in a carpet, but for added safety you should ditch the cheap at-home kits and rent a carpet shampooing machine. Alternatively, you can call in professional carpet cleaners from a pest control company that uses powerful anti-septic shampoos to thoroughly cleanse your carpets. Diatomaceous earth: Diatomaceous is an incredibly fine powder, consisting mainly of the fossils of ancient algae, that has a wide range of applications. When used against mites living in your carpets, a light, even coating of the powder will quickly sink into the fibres of your carpet. Once there, the microscopic grains of earth kill passing mites by lacerating their exoskeletons with their minuscule, jagged edges. Diatomaceous earth is available for home use or can be applied by pest management professionals but needs to be thoroughly cleaned away once the mite infestation has been eliminated. Make sure that the earth used is always food-grade, as less refined grades can cause serious lung damage to humans and animals. Removing mites from pet beds, couches, cushions and other soft furniture Any mites lucky enough to find themselves in the shelter of an armchair or bed can survive longer than those shed onto the carpets, so it’s important to take thorough measures to eliminate them quickly. Naturally, this is even more important when it comes to disinfecting your pet’s own bed, where the largest concentrations of surviving mites are likely to be hiding.  Selamectin-based treatments: Selamectin is a safe and effective chemical used in pesticidal treatments, and most reputable anti-mite treatments contain selamectin or selamectin derivatives. These treatments can be applied topically for small areas, but larger pieces of furniture or fabric will need to be washed in pesticidal solution, or professionally cleaned. Suffocation: Some larger pieces of soft furniture, such as couches and mattresses, are obviously impractical to clean. Having them professionally cleaned and disinfected is one option, but you can also kill off sheltering ear mites yourself by covering the piece of furniture in an airtight material, such as a latex mattress cover, or even ordinary trash bags. Once the oxygen supplies within the enclosure are depleted, the mites will rapidly die off – make sure to leave the furniture covered for at least three or four days, and clean it thoroughly to remove dead or...

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Why Do You Need A Pet Taxi Service?

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Do You Need A Pet Taxi Service?

Do you need to take your favourite pet for an appointment with a veterinarian or groomer? Or perhaps, you want to enjoy some quality playtime in the local park with your bubbly puppy, and you need it dropped off and picked up. Regardless of your pet transportation needs, many specialised providers of pet taxi services can ensure that your pets are taken wherever they have to be and provide the following essential benefits to you. Allows you time needed to concentrate in other important engagements As a pet owner, you can’t always take time off from work or school so that you can be available whenever your pet needs to go for an appointment at the veterinary clinic, grooming parlor, etc. It is under these type of circumstances that you’ll need pet taxi service! Professional pet taxi service companies will not only deliver your pet in good time for a scheduled appointment but can even represent you during the appointment, if necessary. However, you should be ready to pay extra for the waiting time since it usually isn’t included in the base price. Safe transportation for your pets As regards to ensuring the safety of your family, you’re not ready to take any chances, and your pets are most probably part of the family by now.  By seeking expert pet taxi services, you can rest easy knowing that your beloved pets will be transported to and from the grooming parlor, veterinarian’s office or boarding facilities in the safest way possible. When transporting a pet dog by car, for example, pet taxi companies will ensure that it is locked up in a spacious crate so that it can stay comfortable throughout the trip. More so, seatbelts may be used to fasten and secure the crate to the car. The crates will help to prevent your dog from wandering around the car and thus reduce the likelihood of distracting the driver when they’re being transported. Your own car stays clean Many pet owners usually find themselves at cross-roads when it comes to the transportation of their pets. On one hand, they adore their pets and want them transported safely and comfortably. On the other hand, these pet owners cherish to keep their cars clean and devoid of mud, fur, hair, and many other things that pets can leave behind in the car. Regular taxi drivers too can be very hesitant to transport pets in their vehicles. Professional pet taxi companies will transport your pet using a well-maintained and properly air-conditioned vehicle so that you don’t have to worry about getting your own car dirty. They will use pet transportation accessories such as dog seat covers to prevent pet dirt and hair from collecting in their...

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Yes, Your Dog Can Suffer From Hay Fever Too

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Yes, Your Dog Can Suffer From Hay Fever Too

If you suffer from hay fever, you can attest to how difficult the spring and summer months with a high pollen count can be. This is a very common allergic condition, and when you have contact with pollen (which is hard to escape because the pollen atoms float through the air) you can develop sore eyes, a dripping nose, and excessive sneezing. This allergic condition doesn’t only affect humans; it can also affect your pet dogs, causing them discomfort throughout the summer. If you are worried that your pet might be suffering from hay fever, here are the symptoms that you should be looking out for: A rash. Noticing a rash on a dog can be a little difficult because of the amount of hair that some dogs have, but be sure to check the face and the feet because this is where a red rash is most likely to occur. If you can’t actually see a rash, thinned out hair in these areas (as a result of excessive scratching or gnawing) could also be an indication of skin irritation. Other common hay fever symptoms. Your dog can experience all of the same hay fever problems that you experience, namely watery eyes, a runny nose, and even sneezing. While these symptoms are actually more common in humans, they can also affect dogs, but it’s likely to be a rash and itchiness that will cause the most discomfort for your pet dog. Is there anything you can do to help your dog? Of course, hay fever is a seasonal condition so you can at least derive some comfort from knowing that these symptoms should die down as the summer ends. Until then, these are some ways you can help your dog. Visit your vet. There is no cure for hay fever, not for humans nor for dogs, but there are certain veterinary services that can relieve the symptoms. Your vet should be able to prescribe oral medications such as antihistamines, which work by blocking histamines, chemicals that the body releases after pollen exposure. If you don’t know of a vet clinic near you, consider one like Belmont Avenue Veterinary Hospital. Keeping your home pollen free. On days with high pollen counts, it’s in your dog’s interest to keep him inside the home and to keep the air conditioning on so that exposure to pollen is limited. Oatmeal baths. You can help out with your dog’s itchy skin by giving him regular oatmeal baths. Simply grind up oatmeal to a powder, fill a bath with warm water, add the oatmeal, and let your dog wallow in the bath for ten minutes while you spoon the relaxing oatmeal and water mixture on to the areas of dry and irritable skin....

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