July News

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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Back To School Savings – September

Relieving Gastric Discomfort in Horses

Just as back to school season can be stressful for parents and kids alike, changing seasons and many environmental factors can be very stressful to horses.  And, when horses are stressed they’re significantly more likely to develop gastric discomfort which can lead to ulcers. Some of these stressors include hard work, trailering, stall rest, inadequate forage quality and quantity, and more.  The horse’s stomach is designed to be acidic and it can withstand those pH levels. But during times of stress the pH can drop and lead to gastric discomfort. You may notice a reduced appetite or picky eating, weight loss, chronic diarrhea, behavior changes or poor performance.  Luckily for your horse’s belly (and you) Purina Animal Nutrition has developed Outlast – which is designed, and research proven, to reduce the acidity of the horse’s stomach. When fed a serving of Outlast it will buffer the contents of the stomach quickly and it will last for several hours. This buffering action helps treat gastric discomfort and can help prevent ulcers from forming.  Outlast can be fed as a top dress to any feeding program and can also be fed alone just before stressful situations (think: showing, trailering, hard work). There are also several feeds from Purina that have Outlast included in their formula.

Relieving Gastric Discomfort in Horses

Stop Weeds Before They Start

Using pre-emergent weed control products is an effective way to stop weeds before they start.  When applied at the right time these products will keep the weed seeds from germinating. There are a couple of things to keep in mind.  One, different weeds have different growing seasons. There are some weeds that thrive in the cooler winter temperatures and then die before the heat loving weeds come up for summer.  Two, weeds can be classified as either grassy or broad-leaf. Different products are made for each type. September is the ideal time to apply pre-emergent control to keep the cool season weeds at bay.  Dimension (Hi-Yield Weed & Grass Stopper with Dimension) is the product most widely used and will control grassy weeds. Fertilome Weed Preventer with Gallery will help control the broad-leaf weeds. Both products can be applied easily with a broadcast spreader and watered in.  You’ll want to re-apply in late spring to help control the warm season weeds.


Summer Survival Strategy – August

Hot spots are moist, painful, red, irritated, and—you guessed it—hot lesions that can develop on a dog’s skin, usually on the chest, hip, or head. They can grow rather quickly, especially if your dog ends up chewing, scratching, or licking them, causing further irritation.

 

A hot spot could be caused by anything that ends up irritating your pet’s skin, forcing them to lick or scratch themselves. Some of the common causes include insects and mites, fleas, underlying skin infections, allergies, and poor grooming. If your dog is bored or stressed and constantly chewing or licking their skin, a hot spot could develop in that case as well. Hot spots are also more common during humid, warm weather, so you might notice your dog dealing with this irritation during the summer, which is also when insects and fleas are prevalent.  Vetericyn Hot Spot Spray is non-irritating and cleans, soothes and relieves itchy, irritated skin. It’s fast acting and provides quick relief for your pet to help speed the healing process.

As stewards of the land we have the ability to implement management practices to help increase the water holding capacity of the soil.  This leads to healthier soil (and therefore plants) and reduces the amount of added water needed for plants to thrive. This is important on an ongoing basis, but especially in times of drought.  Adding compost to your soil incorporates nutrient rich, broken down organic material into the soil to improve drainage while maintaining the water holding capacity of the soil. There are a variety of types of compost available on the market if you don’t want to make your own (more info: https://wateruniversity.tamu.edu/soil/composting/). One of the best commercially available is MicroLife Humates Plus, it’s like concentrated compost in a bag.  It quickly opens the soil and the nutrients (over 70 vitamins and minerals) drop into the root zone so bigger root systems can be built.  Water infiltration and oxygen flow to the plants is also increased.
In August-September hummingbirds will be moving back South for the winter.  They tend to feed in the morning and afternoon, travelling during the day. During migration a hummingbird’s heart beats up to 1,260 times a minute and flaps its wings up to 80 times a second, wow!  They tend to fly low so they can easily see nectar sources and stop when needed, to refuel. Nectar found in nature is typically in the range of 12-25% sugar. Keep this in mind when mixing nectar for your feeders, or pick up some Moore Wild Birds Nectar which is formulated with 3 plant sugars and designed to mimic nectar found in nature. There’s no need to dye your nectar red, but have you ever wondered why people do?  Or, why many hummingbird feeders are red?  It’s not necessarily that hummingbirds are more attracted to red, but they have evolved over time to know that red flowers typically have more nectar in them because bees, wasps and butterflies are better at locating pale-colored flowers than red flowers.

If your feeders are prone to bees and ants you can try a non-gravity fed feeder like the MWB So Real feeder (pictured here). The nectar is not forced to the hole by gravity so bees and ants can’t get to it – but a hummingbird can easily reach the nectar even if it’s not totally full.

In ideal conditions chickens will lay an egg once every 24-26 hours after they’ve reached egg-laying age (approximately 18-20 weeks).  Sometimes, though, chickens might take a little break from laying. One of the more common reasons they may take a break is environmental stress, including the heat of our Texas summers.  If you’re flock’s egg production has noticeably slowed this might be part of the reason. After confirming that the eggs aren’t hidden or disappearing you can try a few things to make their coop a little more comfortable during the heat of summer.  Most importantly it is essential to provide plenty of cool, fresh water and make sure your coop is well ventilated. Chickens can drink twice as much water as normal during hot conditions. Make sure you have enough waterers so each chicken has access and put them in the shade to help keep them cooler.  You can also put ice cubes in the waterers and offer cold frozen fruits & vegetables (limit to 10% of their diet).

 

In addition, it’s important to make sure your chickens are meeting their nutritional requirements.  Sometimes this can be difficult if they’re free ranging a lot, or not eating a full portion of a complete diet.  Purina Animal Nutrition’s new Farm To Flock Hen Treats are a great option to supplement their diet. In contrast to treating your chickens with scratch or mealworms, Purina’s treats are fully fortified with essential vitamins and amino acids to provide a healthy, balanced treat.  They are available in two protein levels – Wholesome Hen Treats for daily maintenance and High Protein Hen Treats for birds that need a little nutritional boost.

August Specials

Vetericyn FoamCare Shampoo

Product Profile: Vetericyn FoamCare Shampoo

Introducing Vetericyn FoamCare Shampoo —the easy on and easy off conditioning shampoo that saves you time while leaving them with a fresh clean scent. Offered in coat-specific and medicated formulas for dogs and horses, FoamCare delivers nutrients that are vital for optimal skin health.

You don’t have to choose between dealing with odors or the stress of bath time. Vetericyn FoamCare conditioning pet shampoos make it easy to deliver a fresh clean scent while administering the nutrients that are vital for optimal skin health. Available in three everyday coat-specific formulas or a medicated shampoo that helps heal common skin problems, FoamCare is the easy choice for a better bath.

Simply spray, foam, and rinse for a stress-free experience for you and your pet.

 

Save $4 per bottle during our August 2018 Hot Buys Promotion!

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See the FoamCare Shampoo in action

Traeger Grills Father’s Day Special

This Father's Day, Give Dad The Gift That Keeps On Smokin'

$100 off Traeger Pro Series Grills June 6-17 at D&L Farm and Home in Gainesville, Celina, Sanger & McKinney

SET IT & FORGET IT, TRAEGER MAKES COOKING SIMPLE

The auger at the bottom of the hopper pulls the hardwood pellets into the fire pot where they contact the hot rod and ignite the grill. Set the temperature on your pellet smoker to the desired setting and begin cooking, convection-style heat cooks food evenly and encircles food with delicious and flavorful smoke.

 

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Purina Bucks are Back for Buckstravaganza 2017!

Earn your Purina Bucks Oct. 1-Nov. 30, 2017 when you buy Purina Horse Feed. New this year – earn DOUBLE BUCKS when you buy Purina Impact Horse Feeds.

During Buckstravaganza 2017 you can use your Purina Bucks to enter drawings throughout the entire promotional period. This means no keeping up with your Bucks for 2 months, and you have a chance to win many great prizes! Some drawings will have 1 winner company-wide and many will have 1 winner per store (Aubrey, Celina, McKinney, Gainesville & Sanger).

Also, plan to join us in-store on December 2 for our annual celebration with door prizes & lunch! Whether you’ve earned Purina Bucks or not, it will be a great day with lots of fun and prizes!

1 Winner Company Wide

Tarter Hay/Grain Feeder
Traeger Pro 22 Pellet Grill
YETI Tundra 50
PortaCool
The Star Gift Package
American Airlines Gift Card
Trip to Purina Research Farm

1 Winner Drawn From Each Store

Ton of Purina Horse Feed
20 3-String Alfalfa (Delivered)
1 Pallet of Shavings
Feed Cart
Hay Chix Free Up Feeder
Farnam Gift Pack
1 Year’s Free Delivery (max 12)
Local Restaurant Gift Card (10 winners)

1 Winner Drawn in Aubrey

Full Detail at The Wash Raak
Land O Lakes Gift Basket

1 Winner Drawn in Celina

Wild Bird Gift Pack
Purina Prize Pack

1 Winner Drawn in McKinney

1 Year’s Worth of Dog Washes
Purina Prize Pack

1 Winner Drawn in Gainesville

Lawn Mower Tune Up
Purina Prize Pack

1 Winner Drawn in Sanger

Full Detail at The Wash Raak
Purina Prize Pack

If you choose not to enter your Bucks in the drawings you can save them to redeem for a voucher to be used in the store. Voucher redemption will take place Dec. 2-9. Please see the Voucher Menu for a list of available vouchers.

Spring Price Break – Purina Horse Feed

Purina Spring Price Break

March 13-18, 2017

Save $3 per bag on select Purina Horse Feed this Spring Break. Products included are:

  • Strategy, Strategy Healthy Edge
  • Impact (all formulas)
  • Omolene (all formulas, except Race Track)
  • Equine Senior, Senior Active, Junior, Adult

Sale price is valid March 13-18 only at D&L Farm and Home in Aubrey, Celina, McKinney, Gainesville & Sanger.

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4th Is On Us Horse Feed Promotion – 2016

Buy 3, get the 4th FREE on horse feeds from Purina Animal Nutrition, Thomas Moore Feed, Texas Animal Nutrition and Muenster Milling during D&L Farm and Home’s 2016 a 4th Is On Us promotion, July 1-15, 2016.  Celebrate and save!

Products included:

  • Strategy
  • Strategy Healthy Edge
  • All Muenster Milestone Feeds
  • All TMF Horse Feeds
  • All TAN Horse Feeds

See store for details and rules.  Valid in Aubrey, Celina, McKinney, Gainesville & Sanger.

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April Showers of Savings on Purina Horse Feed at D&L

April brings Showers of Savings on Purina Horse Feed at D&L Farm and Home.  ShowersofSavings-April2016

From April 15-30 customers can take advantage of the Buy 5, Get 1 Free promotion on select premium Purina Horse Feed products.

The promotion is valid on:

  • Strategy
  • Strategy Healthy Edge
  • Equine Senior
  • Equine Senior Active
  • Omolene 100
  • Omolene 200
  • Omolene 300
  • Omolene 400
  • Omolene 500
  • Impact (entire line)

 

Please see store for details.