Recent Blog Posts

  • Separating the Bunny from the Rabbit

    January 1, 2015
    Eventually the time comes when every bunny has to be weaned, or taken away, from its mother. This change is one of the most stressful times of a rabbit’s life, but there are certain tricks of the trade that will smooth the transition from the doe’s milk to regular feed.
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  • Basic Showlamb Nutrition

    January 1, 2015
    Feeding lambs for show involves some basic principles of nutrition. Whether lambs are fed commercially for market, or diets intended to produce specific physical responses, we must remember that lambs are ruminants. It is of upmost importance that we maintain rumen health and function.
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  • Tips for Making it a Better Winter for Wildlife

    December 1, 2014
    Winter is just around the corner, and that means deer, elk, game birds, squirrels, chipmunks and wild birds are shifting into survival mode. Because it’s a time of particular stress for wildlife, it also happens to be a time when your actions can have a tremendous impact.
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  • Tips for Preparing your Rabbit for the Cold Winter Weather

    December 1, 2014
    Can you believe it? Once again, winter is just around the bend. Take advantage of these beautiful autumn days to make preparations so that when Jack Frost makes an appearance, you’ll know your rabbits have everything they need to stay healthy and happy.
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  • That’s Not Hay! Three Ways To Stop A Horse From Chewing Tails

    October 1, 2014
    If you have one horse with a nice tail, and all the rest of your herd’s tails are mangled, you might have a tail-chewer on your hands. Seeing these tips in a few places including from Dr. Karen Hayes on Equisearch.
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  • Tips to Make Autumn a Happy and Healthy Time for You and Your Pet

    October 1, 2014
    Realize that the nights are getting colder and make sure your outdoor pet has a warm, dry shelter that is elevated off the ground, insulated for warmth, and draft free. Add some soft, thick bedding for comfort.
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  • Pet-proofing a Room for Small Animals

    September 1, 2014
    Your small pets such as ferrets, guinea pigs and hamsters like to stretch their legs every once and a while. However, before you let your little fuzzy buddy go, you need to make sure that the room is safe for him to roam around.
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  • Dog Tricks: Three Steps For Teaching A Dog To High Five

    August 1, 2014
    When you’re happy about something you may find yourself high-fiving one of your buddies. It’s time to get your dog in on the action too. Here is the way to train your dog how to high five:1) Shake firstThe saying goes that before you can run you have to walk.
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  • Calming Your Dog During A Thunderstorm

    July 1, 2014
    I once had a dog named Lightning that was so afraid of thunder he would dart behind our couch for cover. Ironic, I know. Dogs are often afraid of the booming noise and will sometimes be so nervous that they shake.
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  • Cool Pet Tips for the Dog Days of Summer

    July 1, 2014
    Just like their human companions, dogs and cats enjoy the carefree and playful summer months. During the days when the temperature and humidity soar, you need to take special care to keep your pets safe and comfortable. Due to their limited ability to keep cool, pets can become overheated quickly.
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  • How to Solve Trailer Loading Issues with Your Horse

    June 1, 2014
    Any equine enthusiast is well aware with the struggles associated with loading a horse into a trailer. It’s natural for your horse to experience nervousness and anxiety when being loaded into a trailer whether it ‘s the first or fifteenth time.
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  • Minimizing Stress When Weaning Foals

    June 1, 2014
    Weaning a foal naturally induces high stress and can lead to illness, loss of weight, or injury. That means an unhappy foal that is costly of your time, money, and resources.
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  • Effectively Creep Feeding Your Foals

    May 1, 2014
    Creep feeding foals is one of the best ways to help with the weaning process away from dependence on the mare.
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  • Treatment and Symptoms of Grass Tetany in Cattle

    May 1, 2014
    Pastures of succulent new grass look inviting to cattle in the springtime, but they can pose the threat of grass tetany (also called grass staggers, hypomagnesemia or wheat pasture poisoning).
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  • Stop Your Dog From Chewing Things Up

    April 1, 2014
    Did your dog just chew up your favorite pair of sneakers or that great book you were just about to finish? I would probably bet that you’re pretty angry and want that behavior to stop.
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  • The Best Practices for Cleaning Your Horse’s Hoof

    April 1, 2014
    Routine hoof care is best when provided by a professional Ferrier. As a horse owner, knowing the anatomy of the hoof will present you with a methodical understanding of thorough cleaning practices.
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  • Beware of Quick Fixes When Fighting High Feed Costs

    February 1, 2014
    While feed costs may present 50 to 70 percent of your beef cattle production expenses, cost isn’t all you need to consider in these times of volatile feed prices. In an effort to reduce feed costs, a “quick fix” could negatively affect the performance and health of your herd.
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  • Keeping your Pet Healthy During the Winter

    January 1, 2014
    As it gets cold outside, the potential for harsh weather conditions requires some extra care for your canine and feline friends. Here are some tips to help your pet remain safe and comfortable during the winter months ahead. Provide fresh, clean water at all times.
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  • Tips for Keeping your Goats Healthy during Winter

    January 1, 2014
    Winter is just around the corner. Taking a few simple steps this month to prepare can save you from having to improvise when the thermometer dips in coming weeks. • Shelter.
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  • Winter Care Tips for Wild Birds

    January 1, 2014
    Winter time can present a battle for survival for wild birds. Their endless quest for food begins at dawn and continues until dusk. They spend their days searching for enough sustenance to store enough energy to endure cold winter nights.
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  • Pay close attention to winter nutrition for your cattle

    January 1, 2014
    Taking shortcuts on your cattle nutrition during the winter months could be risk next year’s calf crop, this year’s weaning weights and the long-term viability of your herd.
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  • How to Preserve Your Christmas Tree

    December 1, 2013
    Some people believe that Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a real Christmas tree. In any case, there are some steps you can take to make sure your tree stays healthy and well-preserved throughout the holiday season.
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  • Winterizing Your Flock

    November 1, 2013
    Chickens need 14 to 16 hours of “daylight. ” One of the best ways to keep up egg production is to continue providing supplemental lighting to extend the “daylight” hours until the sun can take over full time. A single 60 to 100 watt bulb set on a timer will suffice.
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  • Winter WildBird Feeding 101

    November 1, 2013
    Late fall and winter provide a new set of challenges for our feathered friends. Most of the lush vegetation, full of berries and seeds, has withered away. In addition, most insects are either dead or dormant and the heavy snows will soon bury most natural sources of wild bird food.
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  • Winter Care for Horses

    October 1, 2013
    Cold weather presents horses with some specific nutritional and management demands. As winter approaches it is a good idea to evaluate your horses housing and feeding programs to insure that they get through the cold weather in good shape. All warm-blooded animals have a critical temperature.
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