There are a lot of dog dental care items available to choose from these days. Chew toys, dental bones or even a toothbrush & toothpaste. I’ve never been one to take the time to actually sit down and brush our dog’s teeth. However, knowing how important dental care is to our dogs, we have tried some of the other options. Since we have border collies and are away to work a good part of the day, we got some dental chew toys & bones thinking this would kill two birds with one stone…help keep the dogs entertained and clean their teeth at the same time. Turns out, Jess doesn’t care for rubber type chew toys and Jack can take them or leave them. We also found that they will only chew on a knotted rope IF you are using it to play fetch with them. So I tried Greenies, and they were a hit with both dogs! Jess gets the regular size, and Jack gets the large. Jess even recognizes the bag and will “sit pretty” without even being asked to! Now I just give them a Greenie 1-2 times a week and say “go brush your teeth”. Easy for me, and good for them! Jess is 12 1/2 yrs old and as you can see in the picture her teeth & gums look great…especially for a senior dog! She has fresh breath too….definitely a plus when she’s sharing doggie kisses!
Valley Vet Supply also offers a Greenies Senior Treat Pack though I have not switched to the “Senior” version yet for Jess. These have been specially formulated for delicate teeth and gums which is common for a lot of senior dogs but not necessary for Jess at this time.
What is your pet dental routine? If you haven’t tried Greenies yet with your dog, give them a try....I’m glad I did! Wendi
The wormer pack that's right for your horse depends upon the risk of exposure to tapeworms. Tapeworms are found throughout the United States, and are most prominent in warm, humid climates. Horses can come into contact with tapeworm eggs when they eat grass. Because tapeworm eggs are expelled in the horse's manure, the risk of exposure increases with multiple horses.
Here in our little corner of NE Kansas, we’ve been blessed with some very rare, and almost unheard of, mid-summer rains. The grass has gone from green to brown and back to green again right before our eyes. Add our endless supply of 100 degree days, and you have the perfectly steamy conditions favored by fleas, ticks, flies, mosquitoes and other summertime pests.
Fleas are resilient little critters. Staying one step ahead of fleas will help keep them off of your pet and out of your home. The most convenient and least time consuming option is a topical spot-on treatment for your pet. The once-per-month dosages are pre-measured according to the size of your dog or cat. Just snip one open each month, apply it to the backline, and you’re set. The key is to start early in the year and continue through the season, or even year ‘round. There are a variety of options when choosing a spot-on flea and tick control for your dog or cat. It’s beneficial to look for one that includes an insect growth regulator (IGR), so that flea eggs and larvae are killed along with the adult fleas. This stops the flea life cycle and helps prevent future outbreaks. Commonly used IGRs include s-Methoprene and pyriproxyfen (Nylar).
A new spot-on formulation, Certifect for Dogs, has just been released. It combines the ingredients in Frontline Plus with amitraz, an ingredient that kills ticks and causes them to detach from your dog. Amitraz is also the active ingredient found in the Preventic Tick Collar for Dogs. If you’ve ever used a Preventic collar, you’re familiar with amitraz and its outstanding tick-killing power. Certifect has been approved for dogs and puppies older than 8 weeks of age and at least 5 pounds. Trial results for Certifect have been impressive. We’re anxious to hear what you think! Lori H
I really regret that some city folks never have the enjoyment of participating in the world of 4H Fair experiences. I was a 4H leader for almost 10 years, and now I am taking it all in again with my Grands (my name for my Grandchildren). The excitement of gathering all your animals and washing, grooming, feeding them and cleaning those fragrant pens. This year will be especially eventful as the temperatures are to be in the high 90’s, and when you mix kids, animals and parents with showing events and hot weather, it gets a bit stressful. Not to worry, on the last day the kids have a water fight where they all get their buckets and start dousing every 4H leader and parent they can find. We are all stocked up this year with the grooming items from Valley Vet Supply and are very thankful to have a company so close we can depend on for our needs to make Fair fun and bring home those purple ribbons. County Fairs have been a tradition for many years and hopefully many more to come. They would not be successful without the hard work of the 4H families and leaders bringing together all the exhibits for people to come and see the talents of our future generation. Karen K
Our ponies, both about one year of age, had very different personalities, natures. Dot had a strong-willed disposition. In other words, stubborn. Bell had the attitude of “Do I trust you or not? And how fast can I get to the other end of the pen, away from you?” The breaking process began. We had to build that initial get to know each other, trust each other, between pony and girl.
Dad and grandpa’s theory on breaking was to get the pony to be your best friend. The leather halter and rope lead were introduced slowly with treats. The treats back then was a bucket of oats mainly, or an apple or carrots. Today, the current horse at home gets Apple Wafers or some other treat. The leather halters were left on them for about a week, in the corral. We played with them daily, tying them to the coral fence, brushing them, touching their face, legs, lifting their hooves. They became very settled with us doing this day after day routine with them. This got them acquainted with us, to be haltered and to be tied to stand quietly.
Next, we would teach them to walk with us on a lead rope. We attempted to make that first walk together. Wait we’re not moving, okay we had no forward motion. Guess who was stubborn now? Both ponies had it in park. Once again, the bucket of oats/treats were used to get them to follow. Day after day we would carry a small bucket of oats to coax them to walk with us. Each day less and less oats were placed in the bucket. We were ready for the next step. Lori G