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July is Hydration Awareness Month

Keeping Your Pets Hydrated

Keeping your pets hydrated is just as important as keeping your self hydrated. Like us, dog & cat bodies are made of mostly water and staying hydrated is crucial to their health.

In general dogs should consume 1 oz of water for every pound of body weight. For cats, the general guideline is just under that – 3.5-4.5 oz per 5 lbs of body weight. However, the environment and weather (hello, Texas summer) can play a role in how much water they need to consume. Obviously providing fresh, clean water to your pets is the first step in keeping them hydrated, but there are some other things you can do to increase their water intake:  

  • adding liquid toppers to their food like bone broth or goat milk;
  • including raw food in their diet – most frozen varieties have quite a bit of moisture
  • adding some canned food to their diet.

Hydration Is Key To Keeping Chickens Cool

For our backyard chickens, the practice should be similar to other animals: Clean, cool water is essential. Follow the general rule of providing 500 millilitres of fresh water per bird per day. This equates to one gallon for every seven adult birds. 
Drinking water helps cool a chicken’s body temperature. In high temperatures, chickens will drink up to twice as much water as during temperate conditions. If birds do not have quality water, they are less likely to eat or lay eggs.  read more


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Has Your Horse Put On The Covid-19?

Ration Balancers for Horses: Feeding Horses for a Healthy Weight 

Hay, pasture and unfortified grains may be able to maintain a horse in adequate body condition but will be deficient in nutrients needed to support optimal muscle, hoof growth, skin, hair and overall health.  Help your horses achieve the nutritional balance they once derived naturally with a ration balancer.

A concentrated, pelleted ration balancing horse feed such as Purina® Enrich Plus® ($2 off in June) can help offer ration consistency and provide the proper balance of protein, vitamins and minerals without unnecessary calories. It is designed to be fed along with hay or pasture and gives them all the nutrients they need.  Think of it like taking your daily multi-vitamin (that also includes amino acids). keep reading


It All Starts With The Gut, Right?

It’s estimated that approximately 14% of all veterinary visits are related to some sort of gastrointestinal distress. A healthy gut and a happy digestive system can absorb more nutrients into your pet’s body, meaning more energy and more of the macronutrients and micronutrients they need to live their best and happiest life! 

If your dog is showing signs of gastrointestinal distress there are some things you can do in addition getting your veterinarian involved.  Primal’s Winter Squash Puree Edible Elixir (part of our June Promo) is a whole food supplement that adds prebiotics and probiotics to your pet’s diet. You can combine it with Primal’s Raw Goat milk, a recipe they call Gut Goop, for added benefits.  read more

D&L hosts Dachshund Derby at Celina Oktoberfest


Join us for the Dachshund Derby during Celina’s Oktoberfest on October 12, 2019!

Tap into the fun at Celina Oktoberfest 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, October 12, 2019 on The Square

Join us for this second-annual event and celebrate German culture in true Texas style.

Enjoy authentic food, a bountiful selection of imported and locally brewed craft beers, music, dancing, contests, football viewing on the big screen, appearances by pro-football legends and other special activities.

The Dachshund Derby will take place in the Kids’ Zone at 4 pm!  You can enter your Dachshund using the form below.

Visit the Oktoberfest Website

July is Hydration Awareness Month

Keeping your pets hydrated is just as important as keeping your self hydrated. Like us, dog & cat bodies are made of mostly water and staying hydrated is crucial to their health. In general dogs should consume 1 oz of water for every pound of body weight. For cats, the general guideline is just under that – 3.5-4.5 oz per 5 lbs of body weight. However, the environment and weather (hello, Texas summer) can play a role in how much water they need to consume. Obviously providing fresh, clean water to your pets is the first step in keeping them hydrated, but there are some other things you can do to increase their water intake:

*Adding liquid toppers to their food like bone broth and/or goat milk

*Including raw food in their diet (most frozen varieties have quite a bit of moisture)

*Adding some canned food to their diet

Keeping horses hydrated in our crazy Texas summer heat can sometimes be difficult. An idle, 1,100-pound horse requires about 6.5 gallons of water a day, during normal conditions.  Increased heat and/or exercise will increase their requirement.  Signs of dehydration in horses include an elevated heart rate, change in gum color and feel, and decreased skin elasticity (when you pinch the skin on their neck it should snap back to normal in less than 2 seconds).  To avoid dehydration, first and foremost, we need to be offering free-choice access to fresh, clean water (unless there is a specific medical issue dictating otherwise).  Horses should also always have access to plain white salt.  Make sure your buckets and troughs are clean and full, scrubbing and refilling them as needed.  During extreme heat and intense exercise adding electrolytes to their water can help encourage them to drink and will help replenish electrolytes lost in sweat.  When adding electrolytes, it is especially important to also offer clean water at the same time so they can maintain their sodium balance .  Soaked products, like Hydration Hay, can also be helpful to encourage water intake, especially when traveling or offering water that may taste different than your horse is used to.  Side note: Hydration Hay can also be used with over livestock.

When we talk about hydration for our lawns and gardens the focus is typically shifted toward ways to conserve water.  This becomes especially important in years of drought, which we experience!  You can begin your water conservation efforts in the design of your landscape.  Planting native and adapted plants is a good place to start, as well as using a landscape designer or tool to help create a space that maximizes the use of water.  Texas AgriLife Extension has a cool tool available on their Water University website.  When it comes to maintaining your landscape efficient irrigation is important.  It is also important to make sure you water at the right time of day (after 6 pm and before 10 am) and only when needed, not just because it’s your day to water.  Drip irrigation systems and soaker hoses are more efficient than spray irrigation.  Mulch can also be a great way to increase the water efficiency of your landscape by helping prevent evaporation.  For more tips and information visit the Water University website.

 

Providing water sources for wild birds may not always be top of mind, but in addition to it being essential for their health water sources are good way to attract them to your yard.  Natural water sources, especially in the summer, can be hard for birds to find.  Providing water can also attract some birds that don’t eat seeds, so you probably wouldn’t see them otherwise.  The best water sources for birds are shallow with a sloped edge and possibly some sand in the bottom to provide footing.  Place the water feature in the shade (to slow evaporation) and near some trees or cover to provide protection for the birds.  Adding some motion to the water with a water wiggler will not only help attract the birds but help keep it from turning into a mosquito breeding ground.

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