Consider these 5 points before jumping into Labrador Parenting

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If you’re considering buying your first puppy, learning as much as you can about the breed can be extremely helpful. Labs are outgoing and friendly dogs who will always try to please their owners. They can be a great addition to your family and a beloved companion for your field trips, or even as a show dog. Labs are also known to be intelligent, easy to train and full of enthusiasm. However, owning a lab isn’t just about fun and games, as it comes with many other responsibilities. Consider these 5 points before you look for Labrador puppies for sale:

  1. Time – Puppies need a lot more time and attention than older dogs and therefore, you must consider your schedule before you buy a Labrador puppy. They are highly energetic and need lots of exercise and daily walks and training, so make sure you can save up ample time to raise a happy and obedient dog.

  2. Space – Dogs need a lot of space, both inside and outside your homes. Labradors are fairly large and lively breeds and they will need open spaces to stretch their legs and run. Also, make sure you remove all fragile decorations from lower shelves inside your homes as they tend to knock over items with their thick and long tails.

  3. Affordability – Apart from the initial cost of buying Labrador puppies for sale, you must also consider the cost of raising the dog in your home. As Labs are relatively larger breeds, they will need more food compared to the smaller dogs. They also need regular vet check-ups to ensure their good health and vigor. Other costs include their toys, kennel or dog house, crate, dishes, training devices, etc. Consider the overall costing for at least 10 years before you make your decision.

  4. Family – Labradors tend to grow quickly and what might seem like a small puppy initially will soon grow into a big dog. Make sure your family can adjust with the new member, especially if you have children below the age of 5. Though many parents have enjoyed giving their toddlers a pet buddy right from the beginning!

  5. Health – When you choose a puppy, make sure to ask about its health and its parents to know its health history. Also, check the puppy and see if it looks happy and healthy. A weak looking pup may have a bad case of worms or some other physical ailment. Though Labs aren’t susceptible to much diseases, it is better to do a thorough health screening and regular check-ups later to be sure.

Last but not the least, is the consideration of whether you should get a male or a female puppy. If looks are important for you, you might want to go with a male dog as they are muscular and larger. It is also easier to neuter males than spaying females. Female dogs have 2 heat cycles in a year when they behave differently and tend to shed more. Based on your exact requirements and your family’s needs, you can choose the perfect Labrador puppy to join your family! Read more…

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Antibiotic abuse in livestock

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Antibiotics are increasingly used in farming systems in Kenya as famers give them to animals and chicken to prevent them from getting sick.

The law requires that the drugs are only given to the farmer after prescription from a registered veterinary surgeon but they end up in famers hands from shops that sell them to farmers illegally.

Dr Tuimur blamed this on the veterinarians.

“The fate of microbial resistance is as much in your hands as animal owners, as it is in the hands of the professionals who serve you, and the people who supply antibiotics to you illegally,” said the Livestock PS in his speech.

Prof Kariuki said veterinarians also fall prey to the pressure from farmers who demand that they are given antibiotics.

He said: “The farmer tells the vet that the last time the animals showed those signs they were given a certain drug and they got well and so they demand for that particular drug.”

Dr Indraph Ragwa, from KVB said prescriptions for anti-biotics are usually accompanied with directions on how to use them.

“Using antibiotics on animals comes with instructions such as not to take milk or meat from that animal for a certain period of time, and only a qualified person would know that,” he said.

However, Dr Ragwa said, science has not directly linked cancer to the consumption of meat and milk from animals that have been exposed to antibiotics.

Dr Ragwa added that farmers lose their animals in the hands of quacks, especially when performing complex procedures such as Caesarian section on cows.

“They want money, and when the animal dies, the famer loses a livelihood as well as the money,” he said.

Livestock play a huge role in food security and thus more exposure to people.

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Investing Lessons You Can Learn From Your Cat

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In 2012, The Observer, a British newspaper, ran a contest that allowed three separate groups of participants to invest an imaginary 5,000 British pounds, which is the equivalent of about $6,080 based on today’s U.S. dollar-British pound exchange rate. The three “groups” were as follows:

  • A trio of professional money managers (Justin Urquhart Stewart of Seven Investment Management, Paul Kavanagh of Killick & Co., and Andy Brough of Schroders).
  • A group of schoolchildren between the ages of 11 and 18 at John Warner School in Hoddesdon, England.
  • A domestic house cat named Orlando.

Clearly the seasoned stock pickers who get paid a pretty penny to offer their advice to their clients should win, right? At the end of the one-year contest, the stock pickers had indeed generated a gain of 3.5% from where they’d begun. The schoolchildren didn’t fare nearly as well, with their portfolio down 3.2% from the beginning. However, Orlando, who chose his stocks by throwing his favorite toy mouse on a number grid that was associated with popular companies, left everyone in the dust with a year-end gain of 10.8%.

Allow that to sink in for a moment: a cat beat three professional stock pickers.

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I wanted to come home and start farming

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Veteran retires to raise cattle

Growing up on a dairy and beef farm, Pete Berscheit of Grey Eagle knew from a young age that he wanted to have his own beef herd one day.
“I just really liked beef cows,” he said.
He joined the Army when he was 17. About the same time, his dad, Lester, bought a farm south of Grey Eagle for $1,000 an acre.
Berscheit said the plan was to save up enough money during his Army years to buy his own farm. When he departed from the Army, he asked his dad to help him find a farm.
“I wanted to come home and start farming,” he said.
The two found a 160-acre farm and since it was during the 1980s farm crisis, the asking price was only $250 an acre.

“Even though it was a good price, it didn’t seem like a good time to go into farming. Guys who had been farming for 30 years were going broke,” Berscheit said.
He tried to figure out how the farm would pay for itself, but through research discovered it didn’t matter what he would grow. Because of the farm crisis, there was not a single buck to be made.
“Everything was just so tough, so I decided not to buy it even though as cheap as it was,” he said.
Berscheit returned to what he knew — the Army. When he was stationed at Fort Carson near Colorado Springs, Colo., he helped a ranch owner tend to his herd of antelopes on the weekends.
“I found it when I was looking for a place to hunt antelopes,” he said.
Even though helping out on a ranch wasn’t the same as owning his own farm and herd, it was a way to be closer to his dream. However, that too ended when he received orders to leave Fort Carson to serve at Fort Hood in Texas.
It was in Texas Bersheit met his wife, Rosemary. She was teaching a first grade class. read more…

Keep Horses Safe from Toxic Plants

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Keeping your pet—large or small—safe from harmful food or plants is an important part in every owner’s routine. That’s why Leslie Easterwood, MA, DVM, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, recommended all horse owners keep their fields clear of plants that can be toxic to horses.

Some of the most toxic plants that grow in Texas and can be dangerous for horses include oleander, hemlock, bracken fern, johnsongrass, and locoweed. Although having no poisonous plants in the pasture is ideal for horse owners, Easterwood said horses typically do not eat toxic plants because they are not as appealing as forage.

“Toxic plants are generally not eaten by horses if there is other forage available,” she said. “There are some toxic plants that can seem particularly appealing to horses, but generally they will avoid toxic plants.”

This might be good news for horse owners, but it does not necessarily mean unkempt pastures are safe. “Generally, it is never good to allow toxic plants to be where horses have access to them,” Easterwood said. “There are always a few plants out there that could cause a problem if eaten by a horse.” read more…

It’s National Cat Day

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It just happens. Somehow, through no fault of your own and despite a mountain of work, you tap into Instagram and find yourself lost in a sea of never-ending cat photos. For this National Cat Day, we spoke to the “moms” and “dads” of some of our favorite cats to learn what’s behind that addictive adorableness. read more…

 

We are spending more on pampering our pets

imagesThe American Pet Products Association, a trade organization that, among other things, tracks spending on pet products, estimates that Americans will spend $62.75 billion on their pets in 2016.

In 2015, Americans spent $60.28 billion, according to the association. That’s up sharply from the $17 billion that households spent on pets in 1994, the earliest year for which figures were available. The dollar amounts include food, supplies, medicine, vet care, animals, grooming, and boarding.

Boarding has become increasingly popular as families work more and are home less.

“We can’t keep up because we work such long hours,” said Brenda Langley, owner of Lucky Puppy, a doggy daycare in Maybee, Mich. “We’re such a busy society.”

On any given day at Lucky Puppy, Mrs. Langley and her employees have about 50 dogs in their care. The dogs spend their days outside running, digging, jumping, and doing other dog things on the facility’s 13 acres. There’s a bone-shaped pool and pond for swimming, a supervised playground, and nature trails to explore. For the dogs who board at the daycare, they get to camp out in the Langley’s basement, in a custom-built Western-style town.

The daycare, which has been open for 10 years, will soon be featured on a show on Animal Planet, Mrs. Langley said. She suspected the daycare was found and courted for the show after videos of their dogs swimming in the bone-shaped pool went viral.

Daycare for pups is $24 per day or $60 for three days, Mrs. Langley said.

“They get to be like family,” she said.

“We get to know them and all of their unique personalities. It’s really fun.” read more…read more…