Daily Archives: January 15, 2016

Fly Spray for Huacaya Alpacas

Did you know that there is fly spray for Huacaya alpacas? Flies and gnats can be a pest no matter what time of the year if you are living in a warmer temperature. It’s important to keep yourself and your animals protected from flies and other insects especially during the warmer weather months. Contact your vet staff for a list of suggested fly sprays and preventatives for your Huacaya alpaca. Some Huacaya owners prefer to use an all natural spray instead of sprays that are made up of a variety of chemicals. Your local livestock store should carry both. When shopping for a fly spray, make sure to find one that is designed specifically for alpacas and/or llamas. Some equine and cattle spray can be used on a variety of livestock. If you’re not sure what to buy, consult your veterinarian Philadelphia, MS. You may also want to look online for ways to make your own.

Fly Spray for Huacaya Alpacas


Akita Snow Storm Preparations

Akita Snow Storm Preparations
It’s the time of year again when the weather grows colder and the winter storms start to increase. If you live in an area prone to snow storms then you are most likely familiar with the routine snow storm preparations. It’s generally a good idea to stock on up necessities well ahead of a storm. Items like flashlights, batteries, candles, matches, water, non perishable food items, blankets, etc. are just some of the things you should keep on hand. There are also a number of items to have stored away for your Akita too. When stocking up on water, remember to include your Akita in the head count. Make sure to keep an extra bag of your Akita’s food on hand as well as any canned food. Keep a few toys in the emergency kit along with medical supplies for your pup and yourself. Your veterinarian Lakeville, MN can give you additional storm prep suggestions.

Denier and its relation to Boxer Dog Blankets

Denier and its relation to Boxer Dog Blankets
Winter months most likely mean colder weather for you and your Boxer. You might even need to buy a blanket to throw on your Boxer to keep him warm when outdoors. When you go shopping for a dog blanket, make sure you know your dog’s size, the weight or fill you are looking for, and the denier. The denier describes the durability of the blanket. For instance, the denier is the measure of the nylon fiber density in the blanket. A blanket with a 600D means a 600 denier and indicates the blanket is more durable than a blanket with a 200D. If your Boxer likes to play rough then you may want to consider a stronger denier. This will ensure the weave of the blanket is tight and durable. For older, less active dogs, you may do well with a lower denier. Contact with your veterinary clinic Lakeville, MN for more details.

Barred Rock Chickens and Fatty Liver

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Fatty liver disease can affect a variety of animals including chickens. If you own Barred Rock chicken then you may find it helpful to learn about fatty liver disease. Fatty liver disease usually affects young and young adult birds. It is most often caused by nutritional and metabolic issues such as a lack of biotin (or a water soluble B vitamin). A type of fatty liver disease is the Fatty Liver Hemorrhagic Syndrome (FLHS), which is caused by many related factors including hormonal, nutritional and toxicological causes. This disease can affect a single Barred Rock or multiple Barred Rocks in a flock at any age. It occurs when large amounts of fat are deposited into the liver. The liver cannot break down such large amounts and may become enlarged and quit functioning. When this happens the Barred Rock can hemorrhage from the swollen liver and even die. Talk with your vet Mattoon, IL for more details.

How to Fit Your Landrace Sheep for a Blanket

If you own a Landrace sheep then you may already know that most sheep do not really need any type of blanketing. However, those who show Landrace sheep in 4H clubs and other juvenile and adult armature shows will need a blanket to place on their sheep in order to keep the sheep clean and presentable. Your local tack shop associate can help. Sheep are measured for their blanket size in a similar way to horses. First, have your sheep stand squarely on level ground. Next, use a fabric tape measure to measure from the center of your sheep’s chest over the point of the shoulder to the point where you want the blanket to end at the top of the tail. The inch measurement you obtain at the other end of your tape should be your sheep’s blanket size. Ask your veterinarian Philadelphia, MS for more details.

How to Fit Your Landrace Sheep for a Blanket

Caring for a puppy

Your puppy is a wonderful part of your family, and you enjoy looking after him. However, you want to make sure you are covering all your bases. What should you make a point to do when caring for a puppy?

 Caring for a puppy is a lot like caring for an older dog, but there are some differences due to age. A puppy will likely be lacking in training that is essential to live harmoniously within a household, so you will need to find a way to offer this. Also, because a puppy is much younger and has a lot less life experience, he will need additional supervision to help keep him safe. He is still learning about the world and how to function within it, and he will need your help in order to do so. For additional information, please contact your local Temecula, CA vet.

Gingivitis in Siamese Cats

Gingivitis in Siamese Cats
Does your Siamese cat have bad breath? If so then she may be suffering from gingivitis or some other type of dental problem. Call your vet to set up an exam right away. Gingivitis is a type of gum disease that causes inflammation and irritation to the gums. It is said to be one of the first stages of periodontal disease or infections related to areas around the teeth including the gums. Gingivitis occurs when plaque or food and debris builds up on the gums. Advanced gingivitis occurs when plaque plus a calculus build up is present on the gums causing severe redness, irritation, and inflammation. The first sign of gingivitis in Siamese cats is usually inflammation or redness of the gums, which is also a signal of beginning stages of infection. If caught in time, gingivitis can be treated and even reversed. Ask your vet Lakeville, MN for more details.

Arabian Horses and Stress

Arabian Horses and Stress

Arabian horses can get upset, anxious, worried, scared, and even stressed just like people. If your Arabian is not behaving like his usual self, give your vet a call and schedule a check-up. Your Arabian may be coming down with an illness or he may just be experiencing a little stress. Stress is a typical way animals cope with changes in their routines or environments. Some horses may show signs of stress in the form of an increased heart rate, sweating, showing alarm or alertness, or even running.  Other horses may act out their stress by refusing to work. Other signs include depression or a decrease in appetite. Long term symptoms may include a steady increase in depression and a change in appetite to no appetite at all. It’s important to tell your veterinarian Mattoon, IL about any changes in routine, environment, feeding, etc. in order to identify and treat your horse’s stress.

Snake Bites in Huacaya Alpacas

Snakes can attack just about any type of livestock including your Huacaya alpacas. If your Huacaya alpaca has been bitten by a snake, call your vet immediately. Snake bites can be serious and even life threatening if not discovered and treated right away. Symptoms of a snake bite may include the alpaca lying flat, convulsing or seizing, arching his neck and back, legs shaking, labored breathing, and dilated pupils. Some Huacaya alpaca owners have reported seeing their alpaca standing with the herd perfectly fine one minute and then all of the sudden flat out on the ground the next. In these instance, a call to the vet was made followed by an applied home remedy of vitamin C. Studies show that vitamin C can help fight against the poisonous venom of a snake bite. Check with your veterinarian Philadelphia, MS first before using vitamin C.

Snake Bites in Huacaya Alpacas

Do Cows Need a Blanket?

Do Cows Need a Blanket

If you own a cow or two or even if you have a herd, you may be wondering if your cows will need some type of blanket during the cold winter months. If you are showing your cow, you may want to blanket him simply because you want to keep his coat a certain length for showing conditions. However, in general, cows do not need blankets. As the weather turns cooler, a cow’s body will adjust accordingly. For instance, most cows prefer a cool temperature of around 55 or 60 degrees. If they start to get cold, their coats will thicken up on its own. Cows will also start to put more weight on during the winter months to help keep them warm as well. It may be helpful to provide some sort of shelter for them such as a barn or run-in shed. For more helpful tips and information, contact your animal hospital Mattoon, IL.