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Valentine’s Day Pet Safety Tips

Monday, January 31st, 2022

Valentine’s Day Pet Safety TipsValentine’s Day Pet Safety Tips: Each year our poison control experts see a rise in cases around February 14, many involving chocolate or lilies, a flower that’s potentially fatal to cats. Valentine’s Day can be as much fun for pets as it is for humans—as long as dangerous items are kept out of paws’ reach!

Pet-Safe Bouquets

When sending a floral arrangement to someone with a cat, specify that it contain no lilies—and when receiving an arrangement, sift through and remove all dangerous flora. If your pet is suffering from symptoms such as lethargy, vomiting or diarrhea, he may have ingested an offending flower or plant. Use our online toxic and nontoxic plant libraries as visual guides of what shouldn’t be in your bouquets.

Forbidden Chocolate

Seasoned pet lovers know that all types of chocolate are potentially life-threatening when ingested by pets. Methylxanthines are caffeine-like stimulants that affect gastrointestinal, neurologic and cardiac function. They can cause vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, seizures and an abnormally elevated heart rate. The high-fat content in lighter chocolates can potentially lead to a life-threatening inflammation of the pancreas. Go ahead and indulge, but don’t leave chocolate out for chowhounds to find.

Careful with Cocktails

Spilled wine, a half a glass of champagne or some leftover liquor are nothing to cry over until a curious pet laps them up. Because animals are smaller than humans, a little bit of alcohol can do a lot of harm, causing vomiting, diarrhea, lack of coordination, central nervous system depression, tremors, difficulty breathing, metabolic disturbances and even coma. Potentially fatal respiratory failure can also occur if a large amount is ingested.

Life Is Sweet

So don’t let pets near treats sweetened with xylitol. If ingested, gum, candy and other treats that include this sweetener can result in hypoglycemia (a sudden drop in blood sugar). This can cause your pet to suffer depression, loss of coordination and seizures.

Every Rose Has Its Thorn

Don’t let pets near roses or other thorny-stemmed flowers. Biting, stepping on or swallowing their sharp, woody spines can cause serious infection if a puncture occurs. De-thorn your roses far away from pets.

Playing with Fire

It’s nice to set your evening a-glow with candlelight, but put out the fire when you leave the room. Pawing kittens and nosy pooches can burn themselves or cause a fire by knocking over unattended candles.

Wrap It Up

Gather up tape, ribbons, bows, wrapping paper, cellophane and balloons after presents have been opened—if swallowed, these long, stringy and “fun-to-chew” items can get lodged in your pet’s throat or digestive tract, causing her to choke or vomit.

The Furry Gift of Life?

Giving a cuddly puppy or kitten may seem a fitting Valentine’s Day gift—however, returning a pet you hadn’t planned on is anything but romantic. Companion animals bring with them a lifelong commitment, and choosing a pet for someone else doesn’t always turn out right. Check your local animal care shelter or take a romantic trip to the shelter together.

In conclusion, visit Kissimmee Valley Feed for more Valentine’s Day Pet Safety Tips (and gifts!)

How a Proper Diet Can Benefit Your Dog’s Sensitive Skin & Coat

Thursday, January 27th, 2022

How a Proper Diet Can Benefit Your Dog’s Sensitive Skin & CoatHow a Proper Diet Can Benefit Your Dog’s Sensitive Skin & Coat: Just like us, your pet’s skin and coat serve to protect them. Different irritants can affect your dog’s coating as seasons change turning it from vibrant, shiny, and soft to dull and dry. While the cooler months bring dry weather, the warmer months bring allergies and notorious heat. For you, that might mean taking an allergy pill, but it’s not the same for your dog.

One thing is inevitable: keeping your dog’s protective barrier strong and top of mind is essential for their health and happiness. With the proper diet, they can protect themselves all year round, and you can feel more at ease.

Meet Your Dog’s Skin Needs

An important factor in the health of your dog’s skin and coat is their diet. Alongside a regular visit to the groomers, checking for ticks, and regular brushing, feeding them the right nutrients will benefit their skin and coat.

Here are a few specific things to look out for in the nutrition label.

  • Animal-based protein should be the number one ingredient.
  • The proper balance of Omega-6 & Omega-3 fatty acids are integral for skin and coat health. It also helps reduce inflammation.
  • If your dog has a confirmed allergy to an ingredient such as chicken, corn, wheat or soy, look for a diet without those ingredients.

Factors that can affect your dog’s sensitive skin occur all year long. But, with the right recipe, your pet’s skin can protect them through all elements.

If you are consider switching your dog’s food, consult your veterinarian with any questions.

In conclusion, for more tips on How a Proper Diet Can Benefit Your Dog’s Sensitive Skin & Coat, visit Kissimmee Valley Feed. Check out our Pet Selection here.

Article Source: Nutrena’s Blog

#cashfriday

Wednesday, January 26th, 2022

#cashfriday#cashfriday: Every Friday, both locations are offering a 3% discount on any purchases made with cash!

That means if you pay with cash on a Friday, you get 3% off your purchase!

As if Fridays couldn’t get any better…#cashfriday

Visit either one of Kissimmee Valley Feed’s locations to take advantage of the discount. Don’t forget to bring cash!

New Kalmbach Rabbit Feed

Wednesday, January 26th, 2022

New Kalmbach Rabbit FeedNew Kalmbach Rabbit Feed: Store #2 welcomes Kalmbach Rabbit Feed to our shelves! We now carry four of their products.

Click on each product to learn more about their individual qualities. Kalmbach Feeds is a trusted manufacturer since 1963. We are excited to add on to our Rabbit selection!

These products are available at Store #2, located at 215 13th Street, St. Cloud, FL 34769. Contact us at 407-892-4040 with any questions! Visit us Mon-Fri: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm or Sat: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm to check out the new selections for yourself.

See an overview of Kalmbach’s Rabbit Feeds in the video below:

What Do Baby Chicks Eat? Chick Starter Feed Is Key for Lifetime Success

Wednesday, January 19th, 2022

What Do Baby Chicks Eat?What Do Baby Chicks Eat? Baby chicks grow quickly, doubling their hatch weight in the first week and growing up to seven times their hatch weight in the first month. To support this early growth, baby chicks should eat a complete starter-grower feed which contains the 38 unique nutrients they need to start strong and stay strong. A starter-grower feed with the Chick Strong® System helps raise strong chicks that grow into happy, healthy hens.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. No dessert before dinner. Eat your vegetables! Do you remember hearing these phrases at the dining room table while growing up? Although you may have hated brussels sprouts, these wise words had the best intentions: Eat healthy, so you can grow strong.

We give advice with the same intent to backyard chicken raisers.

Lifetime success begins on day one. It all starts with chick nutrition and care. Baby chicks need 38 unique nutrients to grow into happy, healthy hens. Each of these nutrients – and the proper balance of them – plays a role in growth, performance and flock happiness.

Raising baby chicks into happy, healthy hens starts on day one:

Your mother’s advice to eat more vegetables wasn’t just something to roll your eyes at. A balanced diet supports life-long health and well-being.

Industry research shows the long-term impact of early nutrition on lifetime health and performance.1 The same holds true for backyard chickens. Feeding chicks for a strong start can better equip them for a lifetime of success.2

Just like people and other animals, chicks need a strong start to grow into happy, healthy adults. Many people begin raising backyard chickens for farm fresh eggs, but before the first egg arrives, early chick nutrition is the foundation.

Early nutrition develops the digestive tract and builds a healthy immune system, ultimately improving chick growth.Providing chicks a complete starter-grower feed is key.

Chicks grow quickly, doubling their hatch weight in the first week and growing up to seven times their hatch weight in the first month. This early growth requires the correct balance of nutrients.

What to feed baby chicks:

Start your chicks strong by feeding a complete starter-grower feed from day 1 until the first egg arrives around week 18.

Each of these starter-grower feeds includes all 38 nutrients baby birds need to start strong and grow at the proper pace. Some nutrients directly impact bone, skeletal and chick growth while others work in tandem to support overall bird health and appearance.

Nutrients in Purina® complete starter-grower feeds include:

  • 18% protein and 1.25% calcium for bone and body growth
  • Prebiotics and probiotics for immune and digestive health
  • Amino acids for muscle and feather development
  • Marigold extract for brightly colored beaks, feet and legs and overall appearance
  • Phosphorous and trace minerals for bone strength
  • Vitamins A, D, E, K and B for overall health and growth
  • Continue feeding the same starter-grower feed from day 1 to week 18. We recommend waiting to introduce treats or scratch to the diet until week 18. If you are feeding a complete starter-grower feed, your chicks do not need grit. If you start chicks on a medicated starter-grower feed, keep feeding that same medicated feed until their first egg.

Most layer chick breeds will lay their first egg around week 18. At that time, transition to a complete Purina® layer feed to help hens lay strong.

In conclusion, visit Kissimmee Valley Feed for all your backyard flock’s needs! Check out our supplies here.

Article Source: Patrick Biggs for Purina Mills

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