This impressive stone is called an entherolith. They can form in the colon of horses over a period of time. Their shape, size, colour and their number can vary. How do they develop? Entheroliths usually start by the ingestion of a foreign object. This could be sand, a piece of cloth, a bit of metal… Continue reading Fact 41: This stone comes from a horse’s intestines!
1 out of 5 "Easter bunnies" die or are abandoned within a year. Rabbits aren't decoration or toys. They are animals with needs who can live over 10 years. The majority of people buying rabbits for Easter don't realise the responsibilities that come with a new pet. Many bunnies will end up in shelters that… Continue reading Fact 40: 1 out of 5 “Easter bunnies” die or are abandoned within a year.
With any pet come some responsibilities. We need to prevent any harm to our furry companions within our capacities. To do so, being aware of daily hazards is essential! Some of those dangers are fairly obvious but others might come to a surprise, they can nonetheless be fatal. Here is a non exhaustive list of… Continue reading Fact 39: There are simple steps to take to protect your pet from harm.
In 2014, I wrote this article about obesity and how it affects our pets. In that article I brush the subject of reduced mobility and overloading the joints with excessive weight. Weight management takes a big part in health maintenance. Our pets depend on us to make the right decisions for them, their diet and… Continue reading Fact 38: Fatty tissue is pro-inflammatory.
Whether your are novice or advanced at horse riding you should always use a mounting block to get on your horse. It isn't lazy or uncool to use one, it's being responsible! Your horse needs you to make the right decisions to avoid developing health problems. When you get on a horse from the ground,… Continue reading Fact 37: It isn’t lazy to use a mounting block to get on a horse.
Everyone has heard about nail trimming for pets. Your dog groomer does it, your vet sometimes does it, even you might do it! Why is it so important to keep those nails trimmed? It is not for a simple aesthetic reason, nails that are too long can cause a lot of discomfort, pain and even… Continue reading Fact 36: You should always check the trim of your pet’s nails.
Humans cannot hydrate on seawater which would actually have the opposite effect and dehydrate the body. Indeed, excess salt in the diet is evacuated in the urine which is made by the kidneys. However the salt concentration in urine has a maximum that is lower than the salt content of seawater. This means that our… Continue reading Fact 35: Gulls can hydrate on seawater!
What is arthritis? Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints which can over time damage the cartilage. The inflammation will often cause swelling and pain. Arthritis can result from a combination of factors like injuries, diet or lifestyle. What can you do at home to help your pet deal with this painful condition? - Control… Continue reading Fact 34: A few modifications will help your pet deal with arthritis.
When pets get injured it is always easy to know how to help with the healing process. The following information will help you make the right decision. An injury can happen following an incident (slip, fall...) or can be the result of a dysfunction that slowly weakened an area of the body until it couldn't… Continue reading Fact 33: You can help your pet heal!
Cuckoos are what is called brood parasites. This means that they rely on other animals to raise their offspring. This has great advantages as cuckoos don't need to built a nest and can use the time and energy that they would need to raise chicks to go foraging instead. In order to trick other birds… Continue reading Fact 32: Cuckoos are raised by smaller adoptive parents.