I was about to go out the door to get the mail when I saw the baby wild rabbit digging in my front garden. I went back and got my camera. I slowly walk towards him and keep taking pictures.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Every single horse is different, so choosing a horse joint supplement can be difficult. Take your horse's age and situation into consideration. Horses with a heavy workload or who are often ridden will certainly need a stronger blend of micronutrients than those who do little work. Think about how diverse their diet is and whether they eat a variety of different foods.
Supplements for Prevention
If your horse is already healthy or has only minor joint problems, then you'll want to start them off with something that has around 5,000 mg of glucosamine and a mixture of other nutrients. Zinc, copper, vitamin C, methionine and manganese are all needed to help digest glucoasmine.
For Horses with Joint Pain
Even if your horse has experienced obvious joint pain, you'll still want to start them off on a basic supplement. If that doesn't help, then offer them something with the same mixture of different nutrients but a heavier blend of glucosamine. Some horse owners have had good results with hyaluronic acid supplements, which are easily digested by horses. These are great for senior horses.
To make your horse feel more comfortable, try a supplement that contains devil's claw, yucca extract or boswellia. These natural compounds can help to reduce the amount of pain that horses feel in their joints.
A Quick Word About MSM
Methylsulfonylmethane is often called MSM, and it's an extremely important nutrient for horses. Even humans require some intake of MSM. Very small quantities of this micronutrient can be found in corn as well as fruits that are safe for horses to eat. Amounts found in supplements are far higher than those found in foods.
While it's important that horses get enough of this compound, it's really easy to go overboard. If you're already giving your horse a diet that has enough of this compound, then supplementation of it could be dangerous. The reverse could be true too so dietary supplements can be a good idea if their intake is too low. MSM supplements are often good for horses who have suffered fairly severe joint problems.
Buying a Supplement
When you go to buy the supplement, make sure that the manufacturer is someone you trust. Well-known supplement manufacturers have a reputation to uphold. Don't be afraid to change out your supplement blend in the future if it doesn't work for your horse. Remember to always watch for any feedback that your four-legged friend is giving you.
Monday, May 23, 2016
We are torn on whether to put our fur babies for adoption or to keep them. We love our dogs and I can't imagine moving to our new home without them. The dilemma we are having is that, the new house does not have a fence and we just refinished the wood flooring. I told my husband that we can keep one but he said that if we are getting rid of one, we are getting rid of both of them, wahhh. So we haven't decided what to do yet although our Jack Russell has a taker already.
I think we are going to end up keeping them. The solution would be to put up a fence in the back yard so they won't run away.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Most breeds of dogs are energetic, bubbly creatures that can get tremendously happy to be with us. That’s part of why we love them so much. However, sometimes, they can get a little too energetic. When a dog gets hyperactive, it can be a hassle for all kinds of reasons. It’s easy to get concerned that something might be wrong with them, for one. They can also end up doing damage to our property and our home. A certain amount of trouble is expected with most dogs, but when it gets too much, you might want to find out why.
If your dog is a puppy, then you might find that they get really hyperactive in the evening. It might be after dinner or just before bed. It might not even be evening. But puppies are well known to have huge spurts of energy in the evening. It’s just part of growing up for them. It can also make them a racket at night. New puppies will suffer anxiety when left to sleep in a new place, but calming them down can at least make the night a bit quieter. As for the rest of the puppy madness, you will just have to wait for them to grow out of it.
Of course, it’s not necessarily just part of their nature. Dogs, especially young ones, are naturally playful, curious and energetic. That’s why if they’re not taken on or given some sort of stimulation, they will let you know about it! Make sure they have enough to keep them distracted and happy. This includes toys from http://www.IndestructibleDogToys.org and similar places that can keep them busy.
Not enough exercise
A vital part of the exercise and stimulation a dog needs is in their walks. Walks are hugely important to a dog’s health, as http://animalfoundation.com/ states. Without their walks, they will manifest behavioural problems. This include destructive behavior which includes tearing up just about everything you hold dear. It’s also a great bonding and training opportunity to establish the relationship between you two. If you just let a dog outside to walk themselves, that says something entirely different about the relationship they can expect.
If a dog just can’t sit still, it’s not always down to something behavioral. They may in fact be suffering from something causing them extreme discomfort. If it’s not just hyperactivity but pain, itchiness or inconvenience you sense in your dog, get them checked out. A lot of parasites can make dogs uncomfortable. Without treatment, they can lead to problems that are a lot worse.
Sometimes, a dog’s hyperactivity might be down to one factor: you. We love the idea of a dog that is excited to greet us. However, if they get too excited, it might be a sign of separation anxiety. This anxiety isn’t good for a dog as it’s also followed by bouts of extreme sadness when you’re gone. Keep meetings and greetings low key so your dog follows suit. Socialize them with other animals so they make other bonds, too.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
I love all animals, but I understand how some people can find more orthodox pets a little boring. Cats and dogs make great companions, true. However, some people prefer to own animals that are a little outside the box, and a challenge to care for. Keeping back-garden chickens is fairly popular these days, especially in the wake of the global recession. Here are some important tips for keeping your own.
First of all, make sure you sort out a coop long before you have your birds. I know that this may seem obvious, but you do hear about people neglecting to do it. This can lead to a lot of comical (but frustrating) running around your garden! Some people like to build their own coops in order to save money, but the easiest option is to buy your own. You should be able to find these online or at a local garden centre. You can even get mobile designs if you’d want to move your chickens frequently. Here are some mobile chicken coop ideas .
Secondly, find some chicken farmers or neighbours that keep chickens. They’ll have all kinds of valuable insight to offer you. I know that this is why you landed on this post, but it’s best to ask someone local. You may live in an area with a particularly hot climate, or a high fox population. Most people will be happy to show you their set-up, and tell you about mistakes they made in the past. You could read all the blogs on keeping chickens in the world. However, nothing beats seeing how it’s done.
Another tip is to keep your kids and chickens separate. In fact, if you have kids, I advise against getting chickens as a pet altogether. No, they’re not a particularly dangerous animal. However, you are going to come into the garden to find some pretty gory scenes on some mornings. Weasels, coyotes and foxes all love attacking chickens. Although you can get coops designed to stave off predators, some of them can be devious. Of course, the chickens are your animals, and you can interact with them however you like to. Just be prepared for the possibility of cleaning up chicken remains.
My final tip is to consider all of your duties before deciding on the amount of chickens you’ll get. Farm life may not be the image you have in mind. A lot of people mistakenly think that chickens are low-maintenance, and buy several for their garden. Make sure you do some research into caring for chickens, and factor this in when you buy them. While straw and diatomaceous earth can help with the smell, chickens produce a surprising amount of waste. They also have to be fed at regular intervals, and have their eggs collected. Unless you’ve had experience before, I recommend starting with only two chickens.
Owning chickens is not only fun, but very rewarding when you eat those home-raised eggs! Take these tips on board, and you’ll have a much better experience when you first bring them home.