According to Dr. Juliet Getty, Equine Nutritionist, the bacteria that live in the hind gut need consistency. That’s why new feeds need to be introduced very slowly, taking a few weeks to completely switch over.

A bran mash, or any feed for that matter, is unfamiliar to the hindgut microbial population and exposing them to it suddenly can trigger a dangerous colic attack. But there’s more to be concerned about, when it comes to feeding bran mashes.  Continue reading

Be thankful for pets but celebrate wisely

Thanksgiving is a holiday for feasts, family and friends. But put the family pet into the middle of that mix, and you may just be asking for trouble. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) offers the following tips to pet owners to keep this American holiday safe for four-legged guests: Continue reading

Bad to the Bowl…

Sweet Pea here, reporting in for my canine friends! I know, normally I like to cover my horse related topics, but puppies are important too! So follow along, learn a bit, and then sign up to WIN!

Have you ever considered your dog’s bowl? Chances are if you are like my owner, you grabbed the first cute one off the shelf at Target someday and never looked back. However, it is important to note that a bowl is really not just a bowl. Different dog bowls offer different features, and some are better than others. Here’s the lowdown on the main types of dog bowls available. Continue reading

It’s time to be cautious, but don’t panic!

Can pets get sick from Ebola? Can they pass the virus to us? What should happen to the pets of infected people?

These questions came to the forefront this week when concerns were raised about what to do with the dog of an Ebola-infected nurse in Texas. While the dog has shown no signs of being infected, it is currently in quarantine as officials monitor its health. Earlier in the month, officials in Spain opted to euthanize a dog that may have been exposed to Ebola from an infected owner. Continue reading

No-Shave November


Traditionally, No-Shave November is a unique way to raise cancer awareness. It’s about embracing hair any way, shape, and form, in a tribute to all those that have lost their hair in the fight against cancer. But don’t think thats all… participants are encouraged to donate the money that they usually spend on shaving supplies (razors, shaving gel, etc.) on cancer research. Continue reading

Crazy for Catnip

cat-and-catnip-250x187While our cats are often models of grace and composure, some of them can achieve altered states of drooling relaxation or fits of frantic energy just by getting a whiff of a little bit of catnip. But what exactly is catnip, why does it have such a strong effect on some cats and not others, and is it in any way harmful to our cats? Continue reading

What Comes First?

The Chicken or the Egg? No, just kidding… really. I mean, what comes first, hay or grain? I know, when they’re banging on their grain buckets in the morning all you want to do is fill them up and toss them hay later… but that’s the wrong choice. 0511-Eating-Hay

While it may seem like a minor thing, its actually extremely important to your horses’ health. Continue reading

Some “bunny” Must Love Bunnies!

We’ve all heard that everything is bigger in Texas, and that’s certainly the case this week in Fort Worth! The American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA) 91st Annual Convention is going on, and in a BIG way! With over 23,000 rabbits (yes, you read that right, 23 THOUSAND), there are a lot of cute fuzzy ears and a lot of ammonia.

Bunnies, bunnies everywhere!

Bunnies, bunnies everywhere!

Luckily for them, the nice people at Sweet PDZ decided to help the cause (and the noses of the exhibitors and spectators), donating a pallet of their awesome product to the event to keep things smelling great. Continue reading

Dogone Bad Breath

Most people brush their teeth every day, but far fewer of us remember to do the same for our pets. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is reminding pet owners that bad breath can be a sign of serious health problems.cute-dog-tongue-Favim.com-185259

“Periodontal disease is the most common health problem that veterinarians find in pets,” explains Dr. René Carlson, president of the AVMA. “It’s estimated that by the age of two, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have some form of periodontal disease.” Continue reading