Guide to caring for your pet – Part 4

Pets are a necessity for many of us. They provide exercise, mental healing, physical healing and many other things vital for our well being. Species plays a tiny part of what our animals do for us but it can be a major key in how we care for them. Every individual needs customized care, while some may do fine on ‘junk’ food and no medical treatment others will sap thousands of dollars a year in order to remain healthy and thrive in their environment. Researching your current or future companion plays the biggest role in providing exactly what that animal needs. Look into species, breed, bloodlines and then learn as much about that individual animal as possible.

Today there are many resources available at our fingertips. By using a search engine you can find links providing information about every conceivable pet, health care, holistic pet care and if your local stores don’t sell natural health products you can easily by them on-line. Many commercial feeds (anything advertised on TV) and general products contain chemicals, iffy ingredients and are loaded with toxins that the average citizen may not be aware of. Some animals have extreme allergies to common products and unlike people cannot tell us if they are not feeling well. By changing out toxic products for organic products you help to ensure that your companion has a long healthy life.

Equines and Bovidae: Theses families include cows, horses, sheep and goats(and several more). As Herbivores they subsist on plant material. They are hardy and can survive in amazingly bereft terrain. Most of these animals in the wild graze for most of the day so make sure you provide plenty of chewing for your domestic companion. A few of the basic ‘pet’ care supplies needed for members of these families are:

*Feed (grain, hay, alfalfa cubes)

*Vaccinations; Including West Nile (depending on area) Rhino, Strangles and those your vet recommends.

*Hoof Care products. Horses need their hooves cleaned fairly often. Thrush medication may be needed on occasion.

*Vet and Farrier visitations annually.

Felines: The domestic cat is actually a very difficult animal to provide for properly. They are True Carnivores (meaning they do their best on a raw prey model diet)needing meat and avoiding plants unless it’s absolutely necessary. Cats come in a wide variety of breeds and body types so their care requires quite a bit of pre-ownership research. Cats are adaptable and have survived with inadequate diet,

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