Equipet Blog

  1. House Breaking a New Puppy

    House Breaking a New Puppy
    Happy belated New Year Pet-Pals! We’re already halfway through January and it only seems to be getting colder! With the New Year comes new opportunities, new choices and new friends! In regards to the latter, many of you may have received a new furry family member (with teeny-tiny paws!), either for Christmas or as a personal undertaking. Well fear not... read more
  2. The Equipet Christmas Gift Guide!

    The Equipet Christmas Gift Guide!
    Michael Bublé is on the radio, your neighbour’s decorations are up and visible from the ISS in orbit over Earth, and your kids have gone stark raving mad for something called Fortnite... Christmas has officially arrived. While many of us will be busy acquiring gifts for our family members, friends and loved ones, please don’t forget about the ones that... read more
  3. Winter Visibility and Safety: Walking Your Dog

    Winter Visibility and Safety: Walking Your Dog
      It's Winter and I’m sure we’ve all noticed by now that the evenings are getting darker, especially those of us who work nine to five, are in college or in school. At 5:30 p.m it might as well be the middle of the night! This can make walking your dog even more of a challenge than it may already... read more
  4. Halloween: Protecting our Animal Companions

    Halloween: Protecting our Animal Companions
    Crimson is the moon that hangs low in the sky. Black are the leaves which fall in the rising wind. Green is the froth that boils over in the Witch’s pot.   Halloween is upon us, once again.   Halloween is normally a fun and exciting time of year. Though for pets, it can be very frightening, least we not... read more
  5. October 1st - 7th: National Walk Your Dog Week!

    October 1st - 7th: National Walk Your Dog Week!
    Long time no see, Pet-Pals! Have you seen our new snazzy website yet? If you're reading this then I assume you have. One of my favourite changes to our new home page is the amount of room my (used-to-be) little blog gets! Three whole tiles of our most recent posts, available to be read at your leisure. Hm? Oh right... read more
  6. Colouring Competition Winners!

    I'm pleased to report that our judges have vanished, off on their annual leave after having to arbitrate the hardest colouring competition we've ever held! The level of quality from all entrants was astounding and it came as no surprise to us when our judges were left unable to decide! But alas, as famously spoken in Highlander, there can be only... read more
  7. International Helmet Awareness: August 18th and 19th

    We are proud to once again support International Helmet Awareness Day, which takes place on August 18th & 19th this year.   Organised and hosted by Riders4Helmets, the aim of International Helmet Awareness Day is to educate equestrians on the basic facts of wearing a helmet, to promote helmet wearing on an International level and to provide important links and resources... read more
  8. Celebrating 10 Years: Equipet Drogheda

    2008! The year the stocks in Wall Street fell, the year Obama rose to prominence and became president, the year Breaking Bad first hit telly and the year Coldplay released Viva la Vida (The one with the violin...). But most importantly, 2008 was the year that Equipet Drogheda first opened its doors to the public and quickly became Louth's favourite place to... read more
  9. Go Native - Red Mills' Home Grown Hero

    Go Native - Red Mills' Home Grown Hero
      I’m sure by now that you’ve all seen this new dog food floating around on our website or on others. You may be asking yourself what is Go Native? Why should I buy it? Is it right for me? Amongst many other questions, we have decided to take the time to briefly educate you on why this new food... read more
  10. Introducing Our New Brand Ambassador!

    Introducing Our New Brand Ambassador!
    We are delighted to announce our partnership with a young and talented rider who will be acting as our new Brand Ambassador! Niamh Grimes Dooley will be representing Equipet at multiple events across the country as she competes in the world of everything equestrian and Show Jumping. To celebrate this huge occasion for both of us, we've been busy asking Niamh... read more
  11. Travelling with your Pet: A Simple Guide

    Travelling with your Pet: A Simple Guide
    Travelling with your pet means that you can explore the world together, but it's very important to make sure your pet is safe and secure in the car and that he is enjoying himself! An improperly restrained dog is a huge liability in a collision and can cause serious injury to both him and passengers. Irish Law states; "No person... read more
  12. Equipet Coolock and Village Vets: Pet Fun Day June 9th 2018

      Have you taken your pet to the Vets recently? Do you know exactly what your dog needs in his diet? Has your pet got what it takes to be the next Urban Pup model? If you answered no to any of those questions, now is the perfect excuse to finally say yes and come and visit Equipet Coolock and... read more
  13. Supporting BETA Safety Week 2018

    Supporting BETA Safety Week 2018
    With more people taking up horse riding every day, it has become increasingly pertinent to inform people of the potential dangers of horse riding and how you can protect yourself from a fall. To better inform people, we have teamed up with the British Equestrian Trade Association this year and we announce our partnership in the BETA Safety Week! The BETA... read more
  14. Our Littlest Friends - The Gerbil

    Our Littlest Friends - The Gerbil
      Aren’t they just adorable? The Gerbil is a small, furry, desert-dwelling mammal that is normally confused with mice or similar species of rodent. Gerbils are awfully curious and have a knack for forming great bonds with their human owners, even more so than rabbits or guinea pigs! Gerbils are a fairly inexpensive pet to care for too, but where... read more
  15. Suffering the Loss of a Beloved Pet

    Suffering the Loss of a Beloved Pet
    Normally our blog posts are quite jovial in nature. However there are two sides to owning and caring for a pet, and unfortunately one of them is loss, and loss can take a serious toll on us and our families. Whether it is a dog or cat, rabbit or hamster, parrot or horse or even a fish; suffering the loss... read more
  16. 7 Ways to Show Your Pet You Love Them

    7 Ways to Show Your Pet You Love Them
    Now that ‘Show Your Significant Other That You Love Them’ day is over, we can move on to the really important one! Love Your Pet Day is a celebration of all things furry, four-legged, or wet and slimy! Whatever pet you’ve chosen to be your animal companion, today is about showing them some love and appreciation. Here are the top... read more
  17. How Deep is Your Love (For Your Pet)?

    How Deep is Your Love (For Your Pet)?
    Human love knows no bounds! Be it our fellow human, our machine counterparts or even our faithful pets, we have a deep need to love and to feel loved! In celebration of Valentine's Day (and secondarily Pancake Tuesday, yum...) we are offering 14% off all products (except horse wormers) online only! To help you pick that perfect present for the... read more
  18. Pet Dental Care Month!

    Pet Dental Care Month!
    Whoosh! Where did January go? The first day of February is now upon us and while many kids across the country will be celebrating St. Brigid’s day, here at Equipet we will be celebrating the start of Pet Dental Care Awareness Month! Teeth are the most valuable part of an animal’s body, as it is the teeth that usually cause... read more
  19. Cat Health: Caring for our Feline Friends

    Cat Health: Caring for our Feline Friends
    Cats are intriguing creatures to say the least. As independent as they are, sometimes they do genuinely need the assistance of a human. With that in mind, we're here once again to help you through the various Cat health products we stock in Equipet; what you need, what your cat needs and what is best for both owner and pet... read more
  20. Keep your pet safe this Halloween

    Keep your pet safe this Halloween
    Halloween season is once again upon us and with it, brings fireworks, trick or treaters and scary costumes. All the stuff us humans can’t get enough of, but unfortunately for our pet’s, these are the things of nightmares! Many pet owners report that their pet shows visible signs of anxiety around this time of year so let’s look at some... read more
  21. Dog Health: Fleas, Worms and Dog Shampoos

    Dog Health: Fleas, Worms and Dog Shampoos
    Over the course of your dog’s life, his body is going to be put under stress, become injured, be subjected to diseases and illnesses, and go through the same wear and tear that us humans go through. Though just like in us humans; supplements and vitamins exist to help your dog stay healthy, happy and strong! Here in Equipet, we... read more
  22. Experiences From Owning a Rabbit

    Experiences From Owning a Rabbit
      Recently, one of our staff had purchased a rabbit from our Drogheda store. A little grey and white fluffy thing, no larger than the palm of your hand, left us and went off on an adventure with his new owner. This is their heartwarming (and hilarious) story so far:   "I remember driving up in the car and thinking to... read more
  23. Dog Treats: All You Need To Know

    Dog Treats: All You Need To Know
    With Christmas becoming ever nearer, you may be thinking that now is the perfect time to purchase a treat or even a toy for your faithful canine companion. read more
  24. Cara Rescue Dogs Appeal for Help

    10 puppies were found abandoned in cardboard boxes in Monasterevan, Kildare yesterday. The puppies are now in the care of Cara Rescue Dogs who have launched an appeal for help during this difficult time. &nbsp &nbsp The cardboard boxes in which the 10 pups were found Posting on their Facebook page yesterday, Cara Rescue said "10 Pups abandoned in cardboard boxes in Monasterevan... read more
  25. International Helmet Awareness Day 2017

    Equipet are proud to once again support International Helmet Awareness Day, which takes place on September 16 & 17th this year. Organised and hosted by Riders4Helmets, the aim of International Helmet Awareness Day is to educate equestrians on the basic facts of wearing a helmet, to promote helmet wearing on an International level and to provide important links and resources... read more
  26. Seven frequently asked questions about dog toys

    Seven frequently asked questions about dog toys
    At Equipet, we get mountains of questions and requests from all of you about the dog toys we sell: What size is right for my dog? How durable is this dog toy? What is this dog toy made of? Does it come in pink? After much discussion with our highly trained pet experts, we’ve come up with a list of seven of your most frequently asked questions; to help make sure that you’re picking the right toy for your best friend. We take great pride in making sure that your pet has exactly what is right for them and nothing makes us happier than knowing you’re going home with the best quality products for your pet pooch! Continue reading → read more
  27. Size matters: How to choose a pet for your home

    Many people who live in small homes and apartments feel that having pets in that environment isn’t an option. They feel that they simply can’t keep pets due to lack space, lack of a garden and even lack of time. If you don’t have a garden or easy access to a grassy area it may not be ideal to keep... read more
  28. Rabbit Awareness Week July 17th - 21st

    Rabbit Awareness Week July 17th - 21st
    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... read more
  29. Anxious Dogs–Combating Separation Anxiety in Dogs

    Anxious Dogs–Combating Separation Anxiety in Dogs
    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... read more
  30. Dublin Zoo welcome a new arrival!

    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... read more
  31. How Your Dog’s Nutritional Needs Change

    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... read more
  32. Equine Nutrition: Feeding your Horse

    Equine Nutrition: Feeding your Horse
    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... read more
  33. Thunders Bootcamp - Week Two

    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... read more
  34. Thunder's Bootcamp - Week One

    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... read more
  35. Healthy Pet Treats - Choosing the right treats.

    Healthy Pet Treats - Choosing the right treats.
    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... read more
  36. Healthy Pet Programme

    Healthy Pet Programme
    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... read more
  37. How to care for your pet rabbit

    How to care for your pet rabbit
    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... read more
  38. Equipet’s Christmas Charity Drive

    Equipet’s Christmas Charity Drive
    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... read more
  39. Flea Treatment and Protection

    Flea Treatment and Protection
    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... read more
  40. Family are searching for information on missing dog

    Family are searching for information on missing dog
    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... read more
  41. Horse Boredom: How to spot it and how to manage this common condition?

    Horse Boredom: How to spot it and how to manage this common condition?
    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 over time this movement can put stress onto your horse’s joints. Your horse may show his frustration of being restricted to his stable by “Box Walking”, this is repetitive pacing movements that your horse may make around his stable. This can be problematic for many reasons; the repetitive pacing disturbs your horse’s bedding, uses up high levels of energy which can lead to potential weight retention issues and causes damage to your horse’s joints and ligaments. Biting is also an indicator of equine boredom. Your horse may chew on all wooden area’s in his stable. Biting is normally associated with “wind suck”,which is where the horse holds onto a solid item in his stable with his front teeth and sucks in air. This creates a loud noise, is upsetting on the horse’s digestive system and can cause colic. How to manage Horse Boredom Preventing horse boredom is thought to be more effective than curing it so prior to bringing your horse in there are several things you can do to prepare the stable. Exercise is the best thing to alleviate boredom and if possible it is recommended to turn out your horse as much as possible during the day. If your horse is unwell or recovering from injury hand grazing is often recommended. Invest in a new lead rope and walk your horse to an area where he can freely graze. Depending on your horse’s temperament he may enjoy grooming sessions. Many horses find this relaxing and it is a good opportunity to brush up on your grooming skills! The Mackey Grooming Kit contains all the essential grooming products you will need to pamper your horse during his stable rest. grooming-horse Continue reading → read more
  42. Parvo in Dogs

    Parvo in Dogs
    With a recent outbreak of Parvo (Parvovirus) in the Drogheda area it is important to inform yourself of the symptoms and treatments of this highly contagious viral disease. What is Parvo? The Parvovirus can be present in two different forms. The more common form of Parvo is the intestinal form, which can be identified by vomiting, diarrhoea, weight loss, and... read more
  43. International Helmet Awareness Day 2016

    International Helmet Awareness Day 2016
    We are proud to support International Helmet Awareness Day on September 17th. Organised and hosted by Riders4Helmets, the aim of International Helmet Awareness Day is to educate equestrians on the basic facts of wearing a helmet, to promote helmet wearing on an International level and to provide important links and resources to enable riders to become further educated on the... read more
  44. Dublin Zoo welcomes a new Rhino!

      We don't normally need an excuse to visit the zoo, but now we have a whopping 60kg reason to visit!   A male rhino calf was born last Thursday to parents Ashanti and Chaka and joins the rest of the rhino herd, Sam, Reni, Chaka, Zanta and Nyala at the African Savanna.   Helen Clarke-Bennet, team leader of the... read more
  45. Why have live plants in your Aquarium?

    Why have live plants in your Aquarium?
    Apart from having a beautiful, naturally decorated Aquarium, adding live plants to your tank creates and enhances its own living eco-system, providing vital functions for the long term health of your fish. Instead of only trying to keep your fish happy, why not shift your focus to providing a healthy environment for the plants, in turn this will make your... read more
  46. Homemade Dog Biscuits

    Homemade Dog Biscuits
    Homemade dog treats are a great way to show your dog some extra love and will also allow you to control the ingredients used so ideal for fussier dogs or dogs with allergies. It is also a good way of disguising supplements and including them in your dog’s diet. Anna from our Drogheda store has perfected this delicious doggy treat... read more
  47. Royal Canin Mini Campaign

    Royal Canin Mini Campaign
    Did you know that over 50% of the dog population in Ireland are mini dogs? Royal Canin are exploring and celebrating the world of Mini dog breeds and we are joining them! A mini breed dog is classed by top food producers Royal Canin as a dog who weighs no more than 10kg at adult weight. Due to their petite... read more
  48. Horse Riding: A Beginner's Guide

    Horse Riding: A Beginner's Guide
    Summer is a great time for introducing new hobbies and interests to our children. Horse riding is an exceptionally rewarding activity that will equip children with positive life skills. Horse riding promotes coordination and strength and is a brilliant confidence builder. However, like many sports, horse riding can be a dangerous extra-curricular activity. This blog is aimed to fully inform... read more
  49. Choosing the right food for your small animal

    Choosing the right food for your small animal
    It is important when choosing a food for your small animal that the food you choose is able to provide a healthy, balanced diet for your pet.  Supreme Selective is the widest range of veterinary recommended, species-specific foods formulated to meet the nutritional needs of small furry pets, so you can be assured that your small animal’s specific dietary needs... read more
  50. Shamrock the Bunny

    Check out how brilliant Shamrock looks!! He is still in the care of Rachel who very kindly fostered him after our appeal for a new home, Rachel says "he's very happy with us and we love him dearly" Signs are on it, he looks so happy! We love a happy ending :) read more
  51. Changes to Leader Dog Food

    Changes to Leader Dog Food
    Introducing the new look Leader Dog Food range. Red Mills have recently improved their Leader Dog Food recipe and unveiled it in contemporary new look packaging. The improvements to the recipe are to provide a targeted diet, more suited to individual dogs’ needs. Developed by vets, the ingredients have been carefully selected to provide excellent digestibility and nutrition throughout the... read more
  52. You have to see this letter from Ziggy the Dog!

      We recently received a letter from a 19 week old puppy named Ziggy who's favorite toy "Birdie" had sadly started to fall apart. With the help of her owners, Terry and David, Ziggy penned an extremely heartfelt request for us to try and source a replacement Birdie. See full letter below;     Ziggy's creative letter really caught our attention Always... read more
  53. Lyme disease in dogs

    Lyme disease in dogs
      Today the HSE have issued a warning in Ireland against Lyme disease, so we have put together some information on how to prevent tick bites on your dog. Can my dog get Lyme disease? Lyme disease is an inflammatory disease that is mainly spread by ticks. Humans and pets (mostly dogs but in very rare cases cats) can be infected by Lyme... read more
  54. Shamrock the Bunny

    Shamrock the Bunny
      We are happy to report that Shamrock is settling in well to his foster home. Rachel who works closely with Last Hope Animal Charity has kindly fostered Shamrock, now affectionately known as Rocky, with the intention of introducing him to her own two rabbits and if this is successful, adopting him permanently.   Before heading off with Rachel we... read more
  55. National Microchipping Month 2016

    National Microchipping Month 2016
    Last September we launched our free "Check That Chip" campaign, which was designed to correctly register pet owners onto Fido's Database. This campaign was in line with the compulsory micro-chipping program that the Department of Agriculture had announced to become common place by April 2016. As we near the end of the month we want to remind all pet owners that it is... read more
  56. 10 ways to show your Pet you love them.

    Happy National Love your Pet Day, we have come up with some lovely ways to show your pet how much you love them (today & every day!).   A nice walk, dog owners wrap up warm and get out for some fresh air. This is one of the easiest ways to show your dog some affection. Let him run in the... read more
  57. Quick and easy dog friendly pancake recipe

      If you want to involve your dog in this years Shrove Tuesday celebrations check out this simple recipe you can both enjoy together! Ingredients: 2 x eggs 2 x bananas   Method: Slice banana into small pieces and mash until no large lumps remain In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs until completely combined. Now pour the eggs over... read more
  58. Pet Head Shampoo Range

      Brought to you by the same people who create "Bed Head", Pet Head is a premium range of luxurious shampoos, cremes and sprays for dogs. The fashion forward grooming range is presented in unique, colourful packaging that will brighten up any bathroom cabinet.   Anyone who has previously used Bed Head will know how imaginative the brand can be when designing shampoo fragrances... read more
  59. How to care for your pet during a storm

        Generally animals would have good instincts when it comes to bad weather but as most of our pets are domesticated they may have lost these natural instincts.     Ensure there is adequate shelter for your pet. Kennels are the best from of protection against the elements and many come with accessories to prevent draught and provide a cosy... read more
  60. Vet warns against dangers of throwing sticks for dogs

    Grace Webster, the president of the British Veterinary Association in Scotland has today warned of the dangers of throwing a stick for your dog to fetch. This advice comes after reports of a rise in pets receiving terrible injuries from this traditional game.   Speaking with the Times, Grace said “Throwing sticks for your dog can be dangerous and lead to horrific injuries... read more
  61. Did you manage to solve this riddle!

        Earlier today we shared this riddle on our Facebook page? Did you manage to solve it?   Before we reveal all, try have a go at working it out.... 10 fish in a tank, 2 Drown, 4 Swim Away and 3 Die. How many are left??       We have heard a range of answers from one fish... read more
  62. Halloween Pet Tips

        Halloween can be a scary time for your pet so it’s important to help keep them safe.   Keep your pets in at Halloween Keeping pets in on Halloween and the days following protects them from the loud noise of fireworks and bangers, it also ensures your pet won’t be the target of a cruel Halloween prank. Create... read more
  63. Horse Worming Schedule - Equine Worms and Treatments

    Horse Worming Schedule - Equine Worms  and Treatments
    Dangers of Equine Worms and Parasites An important part of any equestrian calendar is the time devoted to the treatment of worms and parasites that invariably infest horses. The effects that these unwanted inhabitants have on their host range in severity from weight loss, colic and irritation to death, in the most extreme cases. So with this in mind, it is prudent to adhere to a vaccination routine and regular horse worming program. Types of Horse Worm and Treatments for Worms Horse worms are parasites that live in and feed off the horse. Their existence depends upon the host, in this case the horse, and the nutrition they can take from it. There are many types of equine worm, but the most commonly encountered are Strongyles, Ascarids, Tapeworms and Bots. Strongyles There are many types of strongyles, but these can be put into two main groups when talking about horse worms and the effect they have on a horse. Large Strongyles can count Large Redworms or Blood worms as members. These are nematodes that have both male and female members, with the female likely to produce huge egg numbers. Large redworms are the horse worms considered to have the most potential to cause harm, particularly when in the larval stage of the lifecycle. During the larval stage, damage can be caused to the horse’s blood vessel’s walls as they travel through them to the artery which provides blood to the intestinal tract. The intestine is not the only place of interest to these equine worms, with the organs being other notable places of interest, as they travel around the body. Any horse wormer containing Ivermectin horse wormer is a suitable treatment for these types of horse worms.   Equest-Pramox-Horse-WormerSmall Redworms count themselves as the most common internal equine parasite. These can occur in large numbers, over a million, and can make up for more than 90% of the worms in a horse. Residing in the gut, the normal lifecycle of the small redworm is usually a few weeks from ingestion to adulthood. The normal residence for these worms is the lining of the intestine. Interestingly, the horse’s body’s attempt to fight back prolongs the infection. Scar tissue forms in a retaliatory attempt to curb the onslaught, which only serves to offer the larvae safe haven for up to two years. It is this encysted phase of the lifecycle that it becomes really difficult to effectively kill them. Again when it is time to worm a horse for small redworms, any treatment that contains Ivermectin will do the trick. However, in the case of encysted worms, a different treatment is required. The treatment for worms in this instance requires Moxidectin, which is active component in Equest and Equest Pramox.   Ascarids or Large Roundworms. AscaridsThese types of equine worms, which can grow up to 50cm long, are more of a threat to foals and young horses, then adults. The symptoms shown by the horse when these horse worms are present are inhibited development and respiratory issues. Sometimes these horse parasites cause a cough to develop in the host as the larvae make their way from the horse’s lungs to its small intestine. An effective treatment for worms in this instance involves any horse wormer that contains Ivermectin, such as Noromectin or Eqvalan. Tapeworms. [caption id="attachment_235" align="alignright" width="296"]tapeworm-lifecycle-equimax Tapeworm Lifecycle[/caption] There is much debate on the danger that tapeworms present to horses. What were once considered to be mostly harmless, are now seen to be the cause of serious problems. Over 80 percent of impaction colic, which is an intestinal blockage, can be attributed to tapeworm infection. They are also known to be instrumental in the development of other variations of colic. It is recommended to treat for tapeworm twice a year using a horse wormer that has Praziquantel, such as Equimax, as its active ingredient. There are horse worm treatments available that will target tapeworms along with the strongyles and ascarids, by using a combination treatment, that contains both Ivermectin and Praziquantel. Eqvalan Duo is one such horse wormer.   Bots. These are not really a worm but their lifecycle includes stages that cause distress to a horse. These bots begin life as eggs that are attached to the horse’s coat. These eggs hatch when the horse is licking itself and the larvae transfer to the mouth, where they burrow down until being swallowed and entering the stomach. It is here that they attach themselves and develop, before exiting the horse in its droppings. They then pupate in the ground and emerge as the next generation of flies. Ivermectin (Noromectin, Eqvalan and Equimax) have proven very effective in the treatment of bots.   When to Worm a Horse. These horse worms and parasites are prevalent at varying times of the year, with grazing season and winter months having a bearing on the type of worms that need to be treated against. Our handy horse worming schedule below can be used a guide for selecting the correct type of horse wormer at the right time of year. horse-worming-schedule Continue reading → read more
  64. Choosing a Dog Kennel

    Choosing a Dog Kennel
    Why buy a Dog Kennel? A dog kennel provides proper shelter for your dog when he is outside. It can also provide a safe space for your dog should he want to rest.  Most pet owners will require their dog to stay outside for some part of the day but it is important that this is not all day. Dogs... read more
  65. Microchipping your dog

    Microchipping your dog
      The Department of Agriculture has announced that a national microchipping programme will begin with puppies in September of this year, by March of 2016 all dogs must be microchipped. This means that from September it will be illegal to buy, take ownership, sell or supply a puppy that does not have a certificate of microchip registration from an approved... read more
  66. Travelling with your pet

    Travelling with your pet
      If like us, your pet is part of the family it is only natural that you will want to take them on holidays with you. You can eliminate unnecessary stress for you and your pet by researching your travel options prior to your holiday. Before your trip Ensure your pet is in good health by taking the time to... read more
  67. Using a Flexi Dog Lead

    Using a Flexi Dog Lead
    Why choose a retractable dog lead? Using a Flexi retractable lead gives your dog the freedom to wander while you remain completely in control. Pet owners can extend and retract the lead, using the braking system when required, allowing you to guide and control your dog’s movements at all times. What are the benefits of a using a retractable lead... read more
  68. Charity Dog Walk in aid of Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

      Leading the Way 2015 Equipet are proud to once again host “Walk ‘N’ Wag” to raise vital funds for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland (AADI).  The 4km sponsored walk will take place on the historic grounds of The Battle of The Boyne Estate, Oldbridge, Drogheda on Sunday 19th July at 3pm.  Who are AADI? Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland is a... read more
  69. Family Fun Day - Equipet Coolock

    Visit our Coolock Store Locator Page for Directions. Family Fun Day   read more
  70. Sweet Itch can be Managed - Prepare Early in the Season

    What is Sweet Itch? Sweet Itch, also known as Queensland Itch or Seasonal Recurrent Dermatitis (SSRD) is a condition triggered by the equine allergic reaction to the saliva present in culicoides midge bites. A particularly distressing medical condition for the horse, Sweet Itch manifests itself as severe itching. This itching is a result of the release of histamine and other... read more
  71. Crate Training a Puppy

    Before undertaking what is considered an important stage in a puppy’s development, an understanding of the task in hand is required by their owner. This is not an overnight solution, rather a process that is developed over time. The exact time involved will vary from dog to dog but one thing that is constant is the patience required from the... read more
  72. Has your pet been catching frogs?

    by Julianne Cosgrave, Ashbourne Veterinary Clinic  It's that time of year again, when you might hear your vet asking has your pet had their Canine Cough or kennel cough vaccine yet. Why should you bother getting your pet vaccinated if he never so much as had a sniffle before. So the question really is, 'Is protection better than cure?' Well, then yes... read more
  73. Walking your dog for the first time!

    Walking your dog can be one of the greatest activities you and your canine companion can share together. If your dog is trained to walk properly it can be a truly enjoyable experience. If not, a simple walk can become frustrating for both parties. This is why it’s so important to start out on the right foot (or paw... read more
  74. WHY SHOULD I NEUTER MY PET?

      by Donal Donnelly, Smith & Foley - Veterinary Surgeons Thousands of unwanted dogs and cats are put to sleep in Ireland each year. There are many excellent charities out there trying to re-home and foster unwanted animals. The easiest thing to reduce this number is to stop uncontrolled breeding of dogs and cats. Do your bit by being a... read more
  75. Why Buy Premium Dog Food?

    There is an age old debate about the benefits of feeding your dog premium dog food. Does the perceived extra cost outweigh any health benefits that may occur when using a premium dog feed? Is there really that much difference between premium dog food and supermarket foods? I think the target when feeding should be to give your dog what’s... read more
  76. Setting up your Tropical Aquarium

    Fish keeping is a fantastic pastime. It introduces you to an exciting new underwater world with a wide and varied cast of characters each with different needs , habits and personalities. Your kids get the thrill of caring for fish of all types while learning the lessons of responsibility that come with looking after these fascinating creatures. Put simply, fish keeping is unlike any other hobby! Because of this, fish require a different maintenance approach to many other pets. Before you buy your aquarium or buy your fish you need to think hard about what you need and start to plan ahead. read more
  77. Choosing and Using an Electric Dog Fence

    Know your Dog Type The first consideration when selecting your electric dog fence is determining which type of dog fence is appropriate for your dog. The type of dog fence that would work in containing a small or medium sized dog may not be the correct type of dog fence for use with larger or stubborn dogs. Electric dog fences work by administering a corrective static pulse to your dog when it breaches the boundary defined by the dog fence layout. PetSafe offer two such variants of this dog fence. One of the dog fences, the PetSafe standard radio fence, is designed to be used with small and medium size dogs and the other, the PetSafe super radio fence,invisible electric dog fence to be used on larger and stubborn dogs. The electric fence for the smaller dogs has only one level of static correction, while for larger dogs the electric fence has 5 different levels of correction. Both of these electric dog fences can be set up by burying the boundary wire in the ground to create an invisible dog fence. read more
  1. House Breaking a New Puppy

    House Breaking a New Puppy
    Happy belated New Year Pet-Pals! We’re already halfway through January and it only seems to be getting colder! With the New Year comes new opportunities, new choices and new friends! In regards to the latter, many of you may have received a new furry family member (with teeny-tiny paws!), either for Christmas or as a personal undertaking. Well fear not... read more
  2. The Equipet Christmas Gift Guide!

    The Equipet Christmas Gift Guide!
    Michael Bublé is on the radio, your neighbour’s decorations are up and visible from the ISS in orbit over Earth, and your kids have gone stark raving mad for something called Fortnite... Christmas has officially arrived. While many of us will be busy acquiring gifts for our family members, friends and loved ones, please don’t forget about the ones that... read more
  3. Winter Visibility and Safety: Walking Your Dog

    Winter Visibility and Safety: Walking Your Dog
      It's Winter and I’m sure we’ve all noticed by now that the evenings are getting darker, especially those of us who work nine to five, are in college or in school. At 5:30 p.m it might as well be the middle of the night! This can make walking your dog even more of a challenge than it may already... read more
  4. Halloween: Protecting our Animal Companions

    Halloween: Protecting our Animal Companions
    Crimson is the moon that hangs low in the sky. Black are the leaves which fall in the rising wind. Green is the froth that boils over in the Witch’s pot.   Halloween is upon us, once again.   Halloween is normally a fun and exciting time of year. Though for pets, it can be very frightening, least we not... read more
  5. October 1st - 7th: National Walk Your Dog Week!

    October 1st - 7th: National Walk Your Dog Week!
    Long time no see, Pet-Pals! Have you seen our new snazzy website yet? If you're reading this then I assume you have. One of my favourite changes to our new home page is the amount of room my (used-to-be) little blog gets! Three whole tiles of our most recent posts, available to be read at your leisure. Hm? Oh right... read more
  6. Colouring Competition Winners!

    I'm pleased to report that our judges have vanished, off on their annual leave after having to arbitrate the hardest colouring competition we've ever held! The level of quality from all entrants was astounding and it came as no surprise to us when our judges were left unable to decide! But alas, as famously spoken in Highlander, there can be only... read more
  7. International Helmet Awareness: August 18th and 19th

    We are proud to once again support International Helmet Awareness Day, which takes place on August 18th & 19th this year.   Organised and hosted by Riders4Helmets, the aim of International Helmet Awareness Day is to educate equestrians on the basic facts of wearing a helmet, to promote helmet wearing on an International level and to provide important links and resources... read more
  8. Celebrating 10 Years: Equipet Drogheda

    2008! The year the stocks in Wall Street fell, the year Obama rose to prominence and became president, the year Breaking Bad first hit telly and the year Coldplay released Viva la Vida (The one with the violin...). But most importantly, 2008 was the year that Equipet Drogheda first opened its doors to the public and quickly became Louth's favourite place to... read more
  9. Go Native - Red Mills' Home Grown Hero

    Go Native - Red Mills' Home Grown Hero
      I’m sure by now that you’ve all seen this new dog food floating around on our website or on others. You may be asking yourself what is Go Native? Why should I buy it? Is it right for me? Amongst many other questions, we have decided to take the time to briefly educate you on why this new food... read more
  10. Introducing Our New Brand Ambassador!

    Introducing Our New Brand Ambassador!
    We are delighted to announce our partnership with a young and talented rider who will be acting as our new Brand Ambassador! Niamh Grimes Dooley will be representing Equipet at multiple events across the country as she competes in the world of everything equestrian and Show Jumping. To celebrate this huge occasion for both of us, we've been busy asking Niamh... read more

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