With advances in care and nutrition, horses are living longer than ever. They are also maintaining active lifestyles into their late teens and early twenties, partnering with their owners to continue the activities they enjoy together. With this increased longevity comes a greater need to maintain a regular preventive exam schedule so issues can be caught early while they are easier and less expensive to treat.
As members of the family, pets freely roam many areas of the home and provide love and companionship. In return, they count on us to keep them happy and healthy. But keeping your pet safe takes more than a visit to the vet. It also requires a careful walkthrough of your home to guard against common household dangers that can harm your furry companion.
Most of us have heard the old adage about being "penny rich and pound foolish," and it's a fitting analogy for your pet's preventive care visits, too. It's easy for pet parents to get lackadaisical about routine visits, especially when everything appears to be going well with your furry friend. Why spend money on a veterinary visit when your pet is the picture of health, right? Well, not quite. Skipping routine preventive care visits is never a good idea.
It doesn't matter in what part of the globe you live; tornados happen year-round. From the icy white water spouts to the yearly ones that reinforce the Midwest's reputation as 'Tornado Alley,' these forces of nature can pose considerable risk to you and your pets. But with cognizance and a plan, you and your pets can make it through this natural disaster unscathed.
Cattle are subject to a myriad of parasites, all inflicting their own kind of damage, from external parasites causing skin irritation and sucking blood to internal parasites that steal nutrients from the host's intestinal tract or others that impact your herd fertility. Having a strategic deworming plan each year is a smart economic decision since it has been proven to be one of the higher return-on-investment (ROI) tasks producers can undertake.