Monthly Archives: February 2015

3 Essential Tips on Selecting the Best Horse Feed for Your Equine Pet

If horses live in the wild, they will feed on pastures only. Similarly, owners are typically recommended to offer their equine pets only forage including pasture and hay. However, this diet may not give your pet all the energy, nutrients, vitamins and minerals which it requires. This is where horse feed comes into play.

There are many products to pick from so shopping can be overwhelming. You will certainly benefit from the following advice. It will help you to make the best choice.

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Define your requirements precisely.

There are four major factors which you have to consider when selecting horse feed. The first one is the age of your equine pet. If it is younger than two years of age, you will need a specially formulated product which contains around 15% protein. If you have a senior horse, it will require special feed as well.

You have to take into account the activity level of your pet as well. More active equines require more carbohydrates for energy and extra protein which will keep their muscles, tendons and joints in optimal condition. These animals often require special vitamin and mineral supplementation as well.

If your horse has any medical conditions, you should get recommendations on its diet from your vet. The more precise these are the better. The final factor is the forage which you give to your pet. The feed must complement it nutritionally. Furthermore, if your pet cannot get forage for some reason, you need to look for a product which will replace it completely.

Check the ingredients and make.

You would want to get horse feed which contains only small amounts of sugar and molasses. The amount of oats should be moderate. The same applies to starchy ingredients as well. Some of the healthiest ingredients to look for include soybean meal, beet pulp and alfalfa meal.

It is best to go for a product which has a fixed formula and does not use any ingredients in proprietary amounts. Additionally, you should check the source of the ingredients. This is important because the ingredients sourced from different areas can have slight nutritional differences.

Go over the nutrition table carefully.

You have to check the concentration of crude protein, fibre and fat plus the levels of calcium, phosphorous and salt. Pay attention to the concentrations of any other nutrients listed on the label. You have to ensure that these match the diet requirements which your equine pet has.

You are now ready to go shopping for horse feed.

Goldfish Care – What a Wonderful Way to Teach Children

Life is fast paced. It is nice to actually stop and ‘smell the roses’ as the old saying goes. So busy rushing the children off to school, off to work, after school activities, soccer, dancing, piano lessons homework, dinner, bath, bed. Does that routine sound familiar?

Many of us are living a whirlwind with no time to just stop for a moment, take stock and look at what is really wonderful in this world. I’ve found a little time spent relaxing, sitting together with the children, just watching our goldfish each day rewarding.

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I want the children to grow up understanding commitment. Trends and fads can easily take over every part of our lives, from the groceries we buy, the clothes we wear to the home we live in. The term ‘disposable society’ creeps into our vocabulary all too frequently.

Our young children have the job of feeding our goldfish. The feeding ritual itself is a lesson for children. Not only the commitment to feeding the fish daily, but they learn that variety is important to the health of the fish. Even goldfish need their fruit and vegetables. A little zucchini and peas helps to keep their bodies healthy, just like ours. Reinforcing the message of the importance of good nutrition.

They help with the weekly task of cleaning the fish tank. Being diligent with aquarium care and keeping the tank clean is vitally important to the health of the fish.

I love the deeper lessons our children are learning from taking care of their fish. Unlike cats & dogs these pets can’t go to the door when they need to go outside or want to go for a walk. Goldfish are completely reliant on our diligence for their needs. If we let them down we possibly cut their lives short. Their lives are completely dependent on our care.

The great thing about goldfish is that they are relatively hardy, particularly the comet breed. These fish are very lively and add great color to the tank. The tails of the comet are ¾ the length of the body of the fish and so look magnificent when added to an aquarium.

Overcoming society’s ‘disposable’ attitude can be difficult. Children are conditioned from a very early age to ‘throw away’ things that are used, or imperfect.

All too often a goldfish meets an untimely end and is disposed of down the toilet. With diligence, attention and a little knowledge this can often be avoided.

With care we can nurse our pet back to health. A small hospital tank can be set up to isolate and treat the sick fish. It’s a rewarding experience to see the fish recover and go back to his home with the other fish.

We go to the computer and research together. Setting up a breeding tank, learning and watching the cycle of life is another important lesson in caring and nurturing.

Keeping goldfish is a way of instilling a caring attitude to nature. The lessons for our children are invaluable: commitment, responsibility, nature’s live cycle and the importance of caring for life.

Apart from providing a wonderful addition to our home, these fish give our family so much more than the meagre attention and care needed for their survival.

Four Things To Keep In Mind When Buying A Dog From A Breeder

Finding that perfect puppy or dog for your family can be a lot of fun and with a little knowledge you can make the experience a good one with a happy ending for everyone involved.

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This article is intended to give you some things to think about when you go out on the dog finding quest.

1. Puppies should be no younger than 8 weeks when leaving their litter. If your breeder wants you to take the pup at 5 -6 weeks go find another breeder. Responsible, caring breeders will not let you have a pup any younger.

2. Be careful when being offered the last pup in the litter. Why is it the last pup? Why did all those new dog owners pass on this one dog? Is it too shy? Is it stand offish or maybe it appears fearful. There is a reason that it has not been selected. You may be better off waiting for the next litter or looking elsewhere.

3. Beware of older pups. Breeders sell puppies at 8 weeks of age they do not want to keep the dogs any longer. That is not the business that they are in. When a breeder has that 16 week old or even a worse a 6 – 8 month old the problem always appears to be the lack of socialization. Plainly put MOST breeders do not properly socialize that left over puppy and that is where the problem develops. Puppies need to be socialized really well before they are 20 weeks old and usually it just does not happen.

4. What are mom and dad like? I always want to see the Sire and the Dam. Or they friendly and social or does the breeder say well mom is a bit aggressive so we don’t bring her out for display. That is another sign to pass on this litter. Aggression and fear can be passed on to the litter genetically so why take a chance. There are just so many pups out there why should you gamble with this breeding. Remember this dog will be with you for many years so make a good decision on which pup to choose.

Unsocialized dogs are very likely (almost always) going to start showing fear or aggression sometime between 12 and 24 months of age. Living with an aggressive dog is no fun and certainly can create a huge liability for your family. On the other hand a dog that has been socialized properly will almost always be a joy to own and can be active with many of your family outings and adventures.