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Halloween Pet Dangers

Halloween Pet Dangers

Halloween is a season when it’s fun to be scared, but there is nothing fun about the serious dangers Halloween can present to pets. Being aware of Halloween pet dangers is essential to safeguard your furry, feathered, and scaled family members so everyone can enjoy the holiday safely and comfortably. Top Halloween Dangers for Pets Despite the fun, treats, and excitement associated with the holiday, there are surprising threats and hazards toward pets at Halloween. The most dangerous Halloween pet dangers include… Poison – Accidental poisonings are one of the top pet risks at Halloween. Most Halloween candies, including anything...

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Giving Your Chickens a Dust Bath

Giving Your Chickens a Dust Bath

A dust bath is more than a fun game or occasional entertainment for your chickens – it is an essential part of grooming to keep the birds' skin and feathers in peak condition and free of mites, fleas, lice and other parasites. Fortunately, it is not difficult to give your chickens a dust bath to help keep your flock clean and healthy. Defining Dust The dust your chickens will appreciate most is far different from the lightweight, omnipresent household dust you may always be cleaning. For chickens, the very best dust is fine, dry, powdery dirt that will absorb oil...

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Why Is My Dog Not Eating?

Why Is My Dog Not Eating?

There can be many reasons why a dog’s appetite may change, but if your dog is not eating at all, a closer look at the animal’s diet and health may be necessary. By understanding why a dog may stop eating, you can be sure your canine companion is healthy and well-nourished with the proper diet for its needs. How a Dog’s Appetite Changes A dog’s appetite and eating habits will change throughout its life. Dogs eat differently based on their age, activity level, and overall health, and those changes are natural and no cause for concern. A hyperactive puppy, for...

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Feeding a Rescue Horse: Rehabilitating the Rescue Horse

Feeding a Rescue Horse: Rehabilitating the Rescue Horse

Often I am sent the good news that a fellow horse enthusiast has recently obtained a rescue horse and needs help to rehabilitate. Or the ASPCA asked their barn to rehabilitate a horse. The following post is written to help you understand managing the rescue horse or re-feeding the malnourished horse. Since 2007, horses arriving at rescue or humane shelters have been increasing in numbers. The amount of horse rescues have also been increasing, not only for the malnourished, but also the unwanted or traumatized horse. Horses arriving at rescues with low body condition (scores of 1 to 3 on...

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Coop Odors: The Stinky Truth and How Nutrition can Help

Coop Odors: The Stinky Truth and How Nutrition can Help

Sometimes your coop can get a little smelly, which can be a little embarrassing. What’s the scoop on coop odors, and how can you help your hens live their best lives by reducing odors in their home? Causes of Coop Odors Although chicken poop can be stinky, the most likely culprit for coop odors is the colorless gas ammonia. A combination of hydrogen and nitrogen, ammonia has a sharp, pungent smell, similar to vinegar. Chickens that are exposed to this gas can develop permanent damage to lungs and eyes and will avoid the coop if levels are too high. Ammonia...

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