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Struvite Crystals in Pets

November 16, 2015 // Canine, Feline
struvite out of a dog
Struvite stones are bladder stones that develop in both dogs and cats. The condition accounts for over a third of all urinary tract stones in dogs and about half of all urinary stones in cats. The problem is seen most often in female pets at middle age.
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Egg Bound Chicken

July 17, 2015 // Poultry
not laying
So you’re out with your chickens and one of your best producers hasn’t moved for a few days, and you’ve noticed she hasn’t layed any eggs either. She’s not acting brewdy cause there’s no eggs under her, so what gives?
She could be egg bound. Yep, an egg- or maybe a couple- are stuck up inside her.
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Impacted Crop in Chickens

July 17, 2015 // Poultry
If your chicken gets a "clog" in it's crop it cannot digest food and will eventually die if you don't help break it up. This sounds daunting, but it's not. It's pretty common actually. The important thing is to identify what did it, and then avoid exposure to that again. It's usually long stringy grasses. 
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MATH: As Fed to Dry Matter (DM) Calculation

June 14, 2015 // Canine, Equine, Feline
It's important to make sure you're comparing apples to apples when looking at the guaranteed analysis (GA) of different forms of pet foods i.e: canned food to dry kibble.
What looks like a low protein or fat for example , could actually be quite high when you take away all of the other variable of the food -like moisture and starches.
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Switching A Puppy to Raw

May 21, 2015 // Canine
pups eating raw meal
Puppies will generally have healthier digestive systems than older dogs or those with health issues,
and therefore will tolerate a more rapid switch (i.e., 1 or 2 days) with no trouble.
Start by substituting ¼ raw for your dog’s current food in each meal,
gradually increasing raw dog food while proportionately decreasing the kibble until the transition is complete.
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