EQUIPET BLOG

  • Jul 13Rabbit Awareness Week July 17th - 21st

    Posted By Anne Clarke

      The Rabbit's Digestive System   The rabbit's digestive tract is adapted to digest a large amount of fibre. They need two kinds of fibre in their diet; digestible and indigestible, together we call this ‘beneficial fibre’. The first gives them essential nutrients and the second keeps their digestive system moving effectively. Indigestible fibre passes through their digestive system and is excreted as separate, round, hard droppings. This process keeps the digestive system moving and stimulates their appetite.   Digestible fibre is moved up into an organ called the caecum - this is like a giant appendix. Good bacteria in the caecum ferments the fibre which then emerges in the form of clumps of sticky droppings called caecotrophs.   Rabbits then re-ingest the caecotrophs directly from their bottoms and their systems extract essential nutrition as the digestible fibre passes through the stomach and intestines for the second time. Rabbits will eat the caecotrophs direc ... Read More

  • Jun 27Anxious Dogs–Combating Separation Anxiety in Dogs

    Posted By Anne Clarke

      As we approach the Summer, our calendar begins to fill with days out, trips and Summer holidays, these plans will not always include our pets and you may notice that these periods of absence can trigger separation anxiety in your normally well-behaved dog.   What is separation anxiety in dogs? Separation anxiety is disruptive or destructive behaviour when your dog is left alone. It is important not to mistake these actions as behavioural problems. The main indication that your dog is suffering from separation anxiety is physically displaying signs of anxiety as you prepare to leave him. Separation anxiety is triggered when your dog is separated from the people they are attached to (you and your family) for a period of time.   Separation Anxiety can cause your dog to display negative behaviours           Changes in owner or circumstances can induce anxiety in a dog so if you recently fostered or adopted a dog he may display these symptoms. Some dogs ma ... Read More

  • May 19Dublin Zoo welcome a new arrival!

    Posted By Anne Clarke

    This week Dublin Zoo proudly announced the birth of a male Asian elephant calf. Proud mum Yasmin gave birth to the healthy calf on Monday afternoon (15th May) and the calf is estimated to be 1 metre tall and weighs approximately 130kg.     Speaking about the birth, Gerry Creighton, Operations Manager at Dublin Zoo said, “The birth of an Asian elephant is an amazing spectacle and this was no exception. The arrival of the calf was greeted with celebratory trumpeting and each member of the herd, from the oldest to youngest, played a role in assisting with the birth.   “We’ve been on an incredible journey over the past three years, overseeing the birth of six elephant calves, placing Dublin Zoo as one the most successful Asian elephant breeding programmes in the world. The recent births are of huge significance for the future of the endangered Asian elephant.   “We’re very proud of the expanding herd and seeing the eleven elephants together will be a wonderful si ... Read More

  • Apr 27How Your Dog’s Nutritional Needs Change

    Posted By Anne Clarke

      Have you noticed how people change their diet over their lifespan?   Parents fret about getting enough vegetables into their children, and then those children grow up. In our 20s, many of us can eat all sorts of junk food and still have tons of energy and feel great. But then in our 30s, we tend to get more sensible about eating. We might be setting a good example eating our veggies for our children. In middle age, our metabolism slows and those pints and pizzas move straight to our waistlines. Often with age, we develop a list of things we can’t eat regularly anymore and things we try to work into our diets to stave off whichever age-related symptoms we fear. But we tend to think our dogs only change diets once in their lives – when they hit their first birthday.   Our best friends are very much like us. Their dietary needs change with age. An active two-year-old Lab and a sedate 12-year-old Yorkie have very different nutritional needs, so it makes no sense t ... Read More

  • 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

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