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This time of year you are virtually guaranteed to have bought or at least seen a place decorated with lots of pumpkins. But these orange gourds can be more than just decorations. If you find yourself with some extra un-carved pumpkins, consider offering them to your pet as a seasonal treat.

Although pumpkins are not packed with nutrients they are about 90 percent water and do have a sweet flavor to them. Some horses have even developed a taste for them, but stick to feeding this fruit as a treat rather than a significant part of their diet. In fact it is wise to limit how much pumpkin you feed your pet. Too much pumpkin, depending on your pet, can lead to loose bowl movements.

As summer comes to a close and we start moving into fall, that means spider season is coming. Spiders are everywhere and often depicted as creepy crawly biting nuances, but they are in fact a useful critter because of their role in controlling your home from flies, aphids, wasps, mosquitoes and lots of other insidious beasties. It’s difficult to protect your pet from them 100% of the time since pets naturally have an inquisitive nature, but there are steps you can take to prevent this from happening.

Cat’s Are Vegetarians! Just Kidding.

Cats may not be vegetarians, but everyone knows they love catnip, along with many other herb plants as well. Expert opinions are mixed when it comes to deciding the benefit of plants for cats. Some say there are no benefits whatsoever and that they chew on it because they are bored or like the way it feels. While others say it is a great source of fiber, can help improve digestion and remove any indigestible materials such as fur from grooming or feathers. Whatever your cats desire, there may be many benefits to having an indoor garden for your feline companion.

We’re in the heat of summer and even though you may enjoy those hot days hanging out at the beach or trolling the mall, it doesn’t mean your cat needs a little enrichment in their lives. Enriching your cats indoor environment can help reduce their destructive behavior, by implementing a Visually Enriching Environment.

In a lather over choosing the right horse shampoo? Knowing a little something about the ingredients will help you in selecting the right product. There are many shampoos on the market today have the same cosmetic and health benefits that shampoos formulated for dogs and people do. There are all natural, coat enhancing and hypoallergenic shampoos as well as some that heal skin problems, incorporate insecticides and liniments. So how do you choose from such a diverse selection?

Horses have sensitive skin and like us some are more susceptible to irritation than others. If your horse has ever broken out in hives, you’ll want to be particularly careful when choosing their shampoo. A hypoallergenic, olive oil or aloe-based product is a good choice and less likely to irritate the skin. Olive oil and aloe have natural anti-inflammatory properties and not likely to cause an allergic reaction. 

Natural treatments and repellents for fleas can be found by using essential oils and ingredients are a natural insecticide and deterrent that can either kill or deter fleas. Cats are too sensitive to essential oils, making natural flea repellents for cats a little different than dogs.

Do you ever notice that some pets seem to get fleas more than others? The reason for this may be the general health of your pet. If your dog or cat has a severe flea problem, it is sometimes a signal that their health is not as good as it should be. Many pet foods that contain by-products and harmful additives are nutritionally inadequate for our pets. By feeding your pet a high-quality, natural diet, you improve their health and dramatically increase their protection from fleas. A healthy animal does not taste or smell as good to fleas.

If you live east of the Mississippi, you’ve probably never heard of this danger. But those west of the river, especially on the west coast and in the southwest are quite aware of the word FOXTAILS.

Foxtail barley, Hordeum jubatum, is a perennial grass found west of the Mississippi river. From early spring to early summer, this beautiful dark green grass produces a seed head that looks like a bushy foxtail. However, come late summer, they begin to dry out and become foes of our pets. Once dry, the seeds detach easily from the main plant and their barbed awns attach to most anything, especially fur. The awn has a very sharp point with side barbs that help propel it forward and stop it from backing or falling out.

 

 

Spring is here and that means longer and warmer days, flowers blooming and FLEAS! In our three-part newsletter, we will tell you more about fleas, ticks & lice and how to treat them naturally. My pets make up a huge part of my life, and since I regularly foster too, I naturally wanted to learn how to treat my pets with natural products and methods to keep fleas away. There are many flea preventatives out there, but many of them are full of chemicals that could have harmful side effects.

Dental care is an important part of your pet’s well-being. Regular at home examinations could help keep your pet pain free and catch any signs of dental disease before they become a problem. An at home dental exam should only take a few minutes and should be done at least once a month.

First, make sure your pet is comfortable with you handling his or her face and with placing your fingers around their mouth. For some pets, this may not be comfortable for them and may take a little patience. Start slowly, by working with them a little bit everyday so that they begin to get use to you having your hands around their head and mouth.


   

 

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