• Apr 18Equine Nutrition: Feeding your Horse

    Posted By Anne Clarke

    The technical bit   Horses are non-ruminant herbivores that use hindgut fermentation as an aid to digestion, this means that unlike cows horses cannot regurgitate their food to help in the digestion process. This also means that if horses eat anything poisonous or overeat, they cannot bring it back up. Horses lack a gall bladder which makes it harder for them to digest and utilise diets with a high-fat content. What’s more is equines have a very small stomach capacity for their size (approx. 8-15 litres) and it is not designed to be empty for very long. Horse’s are trickle feeders and would naturally graze for around 16 hours a day. This is to stop the excess production of acid in the stomach that can lead to gastric ulcers, which is a particular problem in the racehorse’s high concentrate, low forage diet. As we all know the main reason anyone eats is to gain energy to do whatever it is we need to do that day. Horses are no different to us in that respect. A horse with a die ... Read More

  • Apr 13Thunders Bootcamp - Week Two

    Posted By Anne Clarke

    So Thunder and I are a little over three weeks into boot camp! Yes I include myself as those of you that have ever taken four months off horse riding will feel my pain!   I just want to stress how much I love this horse, anyone who knows myself and Thunder know he is not only a animal to me he is my best friend and I would never do anything to hurt him, four months ago I made the decision to retire him due to a few factors that he was getting on in age, he has achieved so much with me over the last ten years and I thought it was time. However Thunder loves work. Well he loves to jump and pull me around the place!   Thunder was so depressed being out in the field with no purpose and now he is acting like a four year old still deciding where we are going and how fast we will get there!! Anyone who has ridden him will know this feeling too well!!     This past week Thunder got a visit from the dentist. I have used Niamh Martin for years and find her brilliant with the ... Read More

  • Apr 07Thunder's Bootcamp - Week One

    Posted By Anne Clarke

      Thunder is a 21 year old horse that does a bit of everything. The lovely Niamh and Thunder are sponsored by Equipet and last Summer they made it to the National Eventing championship in Tattersals and came 5th out of 70! (yay, we are so proud)   After that Thunder went on a break as he was feeling a little sore.   So now that Niamh has made the decision to bring Thunder back in she has kindly offered to keep a diary of Thunder's progress over the next few weeks and share it with us all here on the blog.       Preparation for show season last year       So Thunder is back in and his current supplements are Arthri Aid which is unreal and really helps Thunder who has ringbone, side bone and arthritis in his hip (he is a elderly gentleman) he also gets Apple Cider Vinegar and now Comfort Gut.   Comfort gut: First impressions are good, it is palatable to the horse and he is fussy! (but wear gloves!!) I learned the hard way after looking l ... Read More

  • Mar 23Healthy Pet Treats - Choosing the right treats.

    Posted By Anne Clarke

    As we become more aware of the importance of choosing the correct food for our pets and the impact their feeding habits have on their general health and wellbeing are we guilty of overlooking a main area of our pet’s nutrition, when it comes to feeding healthy pet treats?   Do you feed a calorie controlled diet but then provide endless sugary or fatty goodies for them to snack on?   Have you chosen a holistic, natural or grain free food to help provide relief for sensitive tummies or itchy skin, only to hand over goodies full of cereals, colourings and additives?   With the variety of treats available it can be easy to choose treats that don't complement our pet’s carefully selected diet.   How to choose healthy pet treats?   One of the easiest ways to identify what ingredients a treat contains is to check out the packaging. This is the same practice that we would recommend when choosing a pet food. When reading nutritional information on pet products there ... Read More

  • Feb 21Healthy Pet Programme

    Posted By Anne Clarke

    Equipet and Red Mills Leader have teamed up to lead your pet to a healthier lifestyle and are launching their Healthy Pet Programme instore and online. The healthy pet programme is a 10 week health and nutrition programme, the main focus of which is to improve your pet’s diet and teach good food practices. We are what we eat! As a nation we are extremely conscious of the food choices we make and are very aware of the impact the food we eat has on our body, mind and waistline. Can we say the same for the food we feed our pets? Feeding a poor quality diet can cause serious health problems for your pet and while your pet will happily eat the food offered it doesn’t mean that they are thriving. A healthy pet requires a tailored diet for healthy development. Poor quality, supermarket pet foods are made from cheap protein sources and contain carbohydrate fillers. They bulk up the feed but have no contribution to your dog’s nutritional needs and are passed as waste. These fillers are pu ... Read More

  • Jan 05How to care for your pet rabbit

    Posted By Anne Clarke

    We all know that rabbits make great pets and that they are especially good for kids to teach them about the joys of pet ownership. But with pet ownership comes responsibility and we want to ensure all rabbits who have recently moved into a new home are properly cared for. Read below to find out how you can become a responsible rabbit owner. Rabbit Food and Nutrition Rabbits have very different nutritional requirements to humans, they are essentially ‘fibrevores’ as fibre is the key part of your rabbits diet above all other nutrients Rabbits require a high quality food which provides them with two types of fibre: inigestible fibre and digestible fibre. Indigestible fibres help maintain the digestive system and keep your rabbits teeth to a healthy length. Digestible fibres provide your rabbit with essential nutrients. Your rabbit may not get all of the nutrients on first eating a fibre as this passes through his system as ‘caecotophs’- sticky droppings that he ingests to get more ... Read More

  • Dec 05Equipet’s Christmas Charity Drive

    Posted By Anne Clarke

    This Christmas we need your support to help give the animals in the care of our partner charities a brighter Christmas and a better future. The mission of Equipet’s Christmas Charity Drive is to raise vital funds for the pets in care of shelters at Christmas time, your donations can help purchase much needed food, treats and blankets.   Throughout the year we work closely with our partner charities to find forever homes for these pets and our ultimate goal would be to have these shelters empty for Christmas but if this isn’t possible our aim is to provide the best Christmas Gift we can for the charities.   Who are our charity partners?   Drogheda Animal Rescue   Drogheda Animal Rescue provides shelter and care to abandoned, strayed, neglected, abused, and injured dogs and cats. All of the animals in the care of DAR are neutered before being rehomed as they support neutering as a means to control unwanted litters of puppies and kittens. All potential new homes & ... Read More

  • Oct 14Flea Treatment and Protection

    Posted By Anne Clarke

    The best cared for and cleanest dogs (and homes!) are open to a flea infestation so this is not an issue to be embarrassed about, the important thing to do is minimise the spread and use a flea treatment on your pet and home immediatly once you become aware of the fleas.   Many would assume that scratching is the main symptom of fleas in your pet but there are some other tell-tale signs that will help you to identify a flea attack.   Red bumps or pimples are common in areas like his belly, under the legs, at the base of his tail and rump. Another sign that your pet has fleas is unexplained bites on your own skin.   You can regularly check your pet for fleas by using a flea comb, you will notice when the coat is divided fleas will quickly try and hide and can be seen jumping on the skin. The flea comb will also work to remove any dead fleas from your pet’s coat. When bathing your pet pop in the plug to catch the water coming off your pet, if you notice little black spot ... Read More

  • Oct 03Family are desperately searching for information on missing dog

    Posted By Anne Clarke

      The family of Michael McCoy have launched a desperate appeal for information regarding the whereabouts of their beloved Boxer Fia, who has been missing since Thursday last.   It is understood that another family dog who was with Michael McCoy at the time of the tragic attack has safely returned home.   Unusually for a boxer, Fia has a long tail with a white tip, she is microchipped and should be wearing a collar and lead.   A cash reward has been offered for any information on where Fia could be.   We really hope Fia makes it home to her family soon.   If you have any information relating to Fia then please contact Tallaght Garda Station on 01-6666000 or get in touch with the DSPCA.      ... Read More

  • Sep 21Horse Boredom: How to spot it and how to manage this common condition?

    Posted By Anne Clarke

        What is Horse Boredom?   As we move into the colder months, many horse owners will start to consider moving their horse into stables. Horses are kept stabled for many reasons, one being that the horse is clipped for exercise, so needs the shelter and protection of the stable to keep him warm during the winter. Other times stable rest is necessary due to medical reasons.   This change of environment can lead to boredom in some horses which if not managed and treated can become an ongoing behavioral problem.   How to spot Horse Boredom   Should your horse be experiencing boredom in the stable he will usually display certain behaviors.   Look out for these signs of boredom in your horse;   You may notice your horse “Weaving”, shifting his weight from one foot to the other and swaying his head and from side to side. Over short periods of time weaving will have no negative impact on your horse however constant weavers may have abnormal hoof wear and o ... Read More

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