Companion Animal

Caring for Animals During Winter

During winter, I get asked frequently about when animals need to be brought inside and what kind of care they need to handle the cold weather. Obviously the answer to those questions depends on the animal, but there are a few rules of thumb you can follow to ensure your animals are comfy even on the coldest days. And as I type those to semi-professional sounding sentences, all I can think of is how I left my dogs outside one morning, in the cold, for longer than usual and the chaos that followed that choice. They both started barking and howling and I was currently dealing with two screaming children and feeling overwhelmed so I did what any saint of a mother would do: I screamed too. 

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Vaccinating Barn Cats

Last month we vaccinated our barn cats, and I thought I’d write you a post on how easy it is to do yourself. I started vaccinating my animals myself when we moved to this property, I realized that taking them all to the vet was going to add up very quickly! It’s not hard, but I do always recommend having someone who has more experience than you show you how the first time. I always do that, even though I should theoretically know how to do all of this from my education. Hands-on-tips are always awesome! Vaccinating barn cats is really easy, here is what we did. 

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Poppy the Bull Terrier {and a bit of Her Story}.

Memorial Day weekend is always fun. Usually it’s consistently warm by the time it rolls around and this year was no exception. We had plans to just hang out, grill, and go explore some camping sites. Well it turned out to be a rough weekend for Poppy and I. I came down with a nasty cold and Poppy’s nose ended up getting so swollen she looked like a bull terrier. We were quite the pair. Lucky for her, she wasn’t in any pain or discomfort. 

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Your Kids are Going to Get Worms.

Today’s topic is brought to you by the letter W and the number 1 million-trillion-bazillion {more on this number choice later}. And today’s topic is…..WORMS! Yum. If you haven’t eaten yet today, go do that and then come back and read this. I’ve spoken with a fair number of people lately who are having all sorts of varied issues with all sorts of varied species – chickens, horses, dogs, goats, etc. – and I have all given them the EXACT same advice for their issue. What? Really? All different species and all different issues? Yes. And all the same advice. Here it is:

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Water Dog?

We have had some nice Sunday’s here in the past little while, which means we love to take a picnic after church! Our new favorite spot is just up a canyon not too far from us. There is a little lunch area with a river that runs through it and it’s great fun for everyone – and a great training experience for the dogs! 

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