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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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Joint Disease in Dogs: prevention

April 14, 2015 // Canine
Joint Disease
As dogs age, many of them start to suffer from joint disease (like hip dysplasia). You may see your older dog moving around stiffly, struggling to get up, or not able to zoom upstairs or jump in the car like she used to.
And it’s not just the seniors either. Younger and younger dogs are getting diseases like hip dysplasia or elbow dysplasia and knee problems like luxating patellas or cruciate ligament tears.
And you probably think there’s not much you can do to prevent these problems from happening.
Sure, you can give your dog supplements that might slow down joint degeneration. And you can ease any pain or discomfort with herbal or homeopathic remedies …
… but if she’s destined for joint problems, you probably assume nothing you can do is going to stop them from happening.
But what if that’s wrong? What if you could help your dog avoid joint disease?
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