Fleas and ticks are something that no dog and cat owner wants to find living on their pet, as they can be difficult to get rid of and can cause discomfort and distress if they are not dealt with quickly. For every one flea you find on your cat, it is thought there are another 99 lurking nearby, and with a mature flea capable of laying up to 50 eggs each day, you can soon have an epidemic on your hands. Ticks, more usually associated with dogs after a run in the long grass, are less prolific but equally capable of causing your pet distress.
Identifying Fleas and Ticks on Your Pet
Fleas are very difficult to spot but they can cause your pet to scratch and bite its own skin to try to alleviate itching and to groom excessively. If left undetected, they can lead to allergies and hair loss, so if your pet is showing abnormal behavior, you should look out for the telltale signs that fleas leave behind, and that is little black specks which when crushed leave a red stain – flea faeces.
It is very unusual for you to be able to see a tick. It is more likely you will find a lump on your pet’s skin when you are stroking it. If you part the fur, you will find a tick busy sucking your pet’s blood, engorging itself. They can vary in color and size, from pale to dark green and from a fingernail size down to a pinhead.
Treating Fleas and Ticks
If your pet does have fleas or ticks, it is very important to get the right treatment straight away, and there are three main courses of action that you can take.
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When you make that oh so wonderful decision to expand your family by adopting a pet you’ll want to make sure that you have all the right supplies. Just like you wouldn’t want to have a baby without making sure to have a car seat to bring them home in, you don’t want to bring home your new family member only to realize that you’re going to have to leave them at home in order to get the needed supplies. You might think that the best place to start would be a pet store and for sure they can give you a lot of knowledge but a whole store dedicated to pet supplies could be a little overwhelming to a new pet owner. Make sure you have everything on this list of must-haves and you should be all set to bring home the new family member!
Just like a human, one of a pet’s most basic needs is food! You want to make sure that you have the right kind of food for the pet you have. If you are bringing home a puppy it is important that you buy puppy food and not regular dog food. Food made for very young pets has all the nutrients needed for their developing bodies. Certain breeds of dogs tend to have sensitivities to grains so research and find out if you’ll be needing to buy a grain free food for your pet. If you’re bringing home a rodent, reptile, or fish it should be pretty easy to find the food that you need.
- Place to Sleep
If you’re bringing home a dog or cat don’t expect your new friend to just sleep on the floor. They are going to be missing the comforts of their previous home and they will
To call horses high-maintenance animals would be an understatement. Not only can horses live up to thrice as long as most domesticated animals, they can also cost a small fortune to feed and maintain. Still, if you have the time, energy and financial resources to take care of a horse, horse ownership can be fun and highly rewarding. If you’ve never taken care of a horse, you’re liable to go through an adjustment period – especially when it comes to feeding. As you’ll find, feeding a horse is very different from feeding traditional pets and farm animals. However, provided you take the following pointers to heart, you should have an easy time of the feeding process.
1. Serve Your Horse Multiple Meals throughout the Day
Giving your horse a large serving of food once each day will lead to boredom and restlessness in the animal. After the horse quickly finishes its food, it will be left with nothing to do, resulting in lethargy and, in some cases, destructive behavior. Since horses are grazing animals, it’s important that they consistently have food at their disposal. As such, it’s strongly recommended that you split your horse’s daily meal into two or three smaller meals.
2. Avoid Feeding Immediately Before or After Strenuous Physical Activity
After your horse has finished a meal, you should wait one to three hours before riding it or having it engage in strenuous physical activity. Additionally, you should avoid feeding it immediately after it’s exercised or been ridden. When a horse’s digestive system is full, its lungs have less room to work, which can make physical activity very painful. Coupled with purchasing comprehensive horse insurance, putting this feeding tip to good use can go a long way in ensuring the physical well being of your horse.