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.
Equine colic is more than just an upset stomach. Ten percent of all horses suffer from colic at least once in their lifetime, and the sickness is still a leading cause of death in horses. While the word colic refers to abdominal pain, it encompasses a multitude of abdominal and intestinal problems, from simple excess gas in the intestines to severe intestinal twisting. Though the causes of colic are numerous, they are generally related to the anatomy and microflora of your horse's gastrointestinal tract. Common causes of colic include
- Fifteen human years by the end of the first year
- An additional nine human years for the second year
- An additional five human years for each year thereafter