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Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips

Friday, June 11th, 2021

Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips

For many people, nothing beats lounging in the backyard on the Fourth of July with good friends and family—including furry friends. While it may seem like a great idea to reward your pet with scraps from the grill and bring him along to watch fireworks, in reality, some festive foods and activities can be potentially hazardous to him.

The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center offers the following tips:

Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips

Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets. If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma. Death from respiratory failure is also a possibility in severe cases.

Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals. Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. The misuse of insect repellent that contains DEET can lead to neurological problems.

Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets’ reach. Certain types of matches contain chlorates. Chlorates could potentially damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing—or even kidney disease in severe cases. Lighter fluid can be irritating to the skin, and if ingested can produce gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. If lighter fluid is inhaled, aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems could develop.

Keep your pets on their normal diet. Any change, even for one meal, can give your pet severe indigestion and diarrhea. This is particularly true for older animals who have more delicate digestive systems and nutritional requirements. And keep in mind that foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes, raisins, salt, and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals.

Do not put glow jewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with it. While the luminescent substance contained in these products is not highly toxic, excessive drooling and gastrointestinal irritation could still result from ingestions, and intestinal blockage could occur from swallowing large pieces of the plastic containers.

Keep citronella candles, insect coils, and tiki torch oil products out of reach. Ingestion can produce stomach irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression. If inhaled, the oils could cause aspiration pneumonia in pets.

Never use fireworks around pets! While exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets, even unused fireworks can pose a danger. Many types contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic, and other heavy metals.

Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for pets, who can become frightened or disoriented by the sound. Please resist the urge to take them to Independence Day festivities, and opt instead to keep them safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home.

Be prepared in the event that your pet does escape by keeping your pets’ IDs up to date! It’s a good idea for all your animal companions—even indoor-only pets—to always wear a collar with an ID tag that includes your name, current phone number, and any relevant contact information.

July 1 is National ID Your Pet Day, which serves as an annual check-in to make sure your pets’ identification tags and microchip information is up to date.

Content by ASPCA

Closed July 5th in Observance of Independence Day

Friday, June 11th, 2021
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Closed in Observance of Independence DayBoth Kissimmee Valley Feed locations are closed on Monday, July 5th, 2021, in observance of Independence Day. We hope you and your family have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!

July 4th Fun Facts:

July 4th is often referred to as the Fourth of July and Independence Day. It has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941.

However, the tradition of Fourth of July celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution to declare their independence from Great Britain.

On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence. Two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson drafted the historic document.

July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence from 1776 until the present day. Nowadays, typical festivities range from fireworks, parades, and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.

Source: The History Channel

11 Tips to Curb Heat Stress in Cattle

Wednesday, May 26th, 2021

11 Tips to Curb Heat Stress in CattleWater, shade and the right nutrition can help mitigate heat stress in cattle.

The weather report says it’s going to be a scorcher, and sure enough – the temperatures start steadily climbing. Cattle start grouping in shady spots. A few cows start panting to stay cool. The flies settle in. And, suddenly, you’ve got a herd struggling with heat stress.

The heat may be unavoidable, but you can take proactive steps to mitigate its impact on your herd. First, let’s look at the dangers of heat stress in cattle.

When temperatures rise

Cattle have sweat glands, but it’s not a very efficient way for them to cool off. Instead, they rely on respiration, or opening their mouths and panting, to help them dissipate heat. When it’s 80 degrees or hotter out, their ability to regulate their own temperature becomes a big challenge. You start to see behavior changes – more time in the shade, less time grazing and increased water consumption.

To make the heat even more challenging:

  • A cow’s rumen activity naturally increases body heat. Fermentation occurs in the rumen, producing heat as bacteria break down and digest forages.
  • Cattle seek shade to help keep cool. Grouping up in the shade sometimes has the reverse effect and creates a lot of radiant heat between cows. The thermometer might read 90 degrees, but the temperature in the middle of the group could be much hotter.
  • Crowded cattle attract more flies, causing animals to move even closer together to protect themselves.
  • Animals with dark hides have a higher risk of suffering heat stress than those with lighter-colored hides.

Suddenly your herd feels overheated and cattle are less likely to graze.

When grazing stops

Forage is the number one nutrition source for cows on pasture. If they aren’t grazing as much during a heatwave, they’re probably not meeting their cattle nutrition requirements.

When cows don’t get adequate nutrition, they’re at risk of:

  • Losing body condition
  • Taking longer to rebreed
  • Producing less milk for their growing calf
  • Generating a weaker immune response to health challenges
  • Long-term fertility consequences

If cattle are too hot to graze, they may also be too hot to consume mineral at target intake levels. If you’re using a fly control mineral and intakes are below target levels, cows no longer benefit from it because they aren’t getting a full dose of fly control.

Curb heat stress in cattle by planning for proper shade, water and the right nutrition program.

11 hot weather tips for cattle

  1. Ensure access to fresh, clean water. A brood cow drinks 25 to 30 gallons of water on a normal day. She’ll drink even more in hot weather.
  2. Check water tanks often to make sure they are clean and free of contamination (algae, feces, organic material, etc.). You might need additional portable tanks to ensure adequate access.
  3. Place water tanks in shaded areas to keep water cool if possible. Keep waterers several feet away from buildings or fences, so cattle can access water from all sides.
  4. Offer supplements to help cows make the most of their forages. Accuration® Supplements with Intake Modifying Technology® helps feed necessary rumen microbes to keep cattle eating and encourages snack eating behavior.
  5. Choose a mineral designed for consistent consumption during hot weather, like Purina® Wind and Rain® Summer Season Mineral.
  6. Control flies to prevent further stress and grazing disturbance. Purina® Wind and Rain® Fly Control Mineral contains Altosid® IGR, an insect growth regulator offering a beneficial mode of action to deliver fly control via cattle nutrition. Consider Purina® Wind and Rain® Fly Control Mineral to stop the horn fly life cycle by preventing pupae from developing into biting, breeding adult flies.
  7. Supply ample shade. Whether it’s provided by trees, a manmade building or portable structures, shade is critical. It might be necessary to move cattle to a pasture with trees or additional shade.
  8. Strategically move rotational grazing herds to fresh pastures in the late afternoon/early evening instead of the morning. Cows will have access to fresh grass when temperatures are beginning to cool and will be more likely to graze.
  9. Work cattle as early in the day as possible when temperatures are lower.
  10. Don’t graze pastures short before moving cows to another. Pastures with taller, thicker grass feels cooler than pastures with short grass where more soil surface is exposed.
  11. Observe cattle frequently and take precautions when hot and humid weather is forecast.

Call or visit Kissimmee Valley Feed to find the right cattle feed and management plan for you!

Article sourced from: Purina

New Line of Products at KVF Store #1?

Tuesday, May 18th, 2021

Kissimme Valley Feed #1 is considering bringing a new line of products, made by Kalmbach Feeds, to our store.

Kalmbach Feeds is a customer-driven company that manufactures and sells top quality animal feed and custom nutritional products for all livestock and poultry species.

Listed below are some of the products KVF #1 is considering bringing in, but we need your help! Review the product information and let us know what YOU want to see on our shelves using the contact form below.

Kalm ‘N EZ® Pellet:

A low NSC pellet formulated for all classes of mature horses.

Features and benefits: 

  • No corn, oats, or molasses! Keeps sugar and starch levels low.
  • Higher fat and highly digestible fiber support calmer performances without loss of energy or condition.
  • Optimal balance of essential amino acids, organic minerals, fatty acids, and antioxidants to support dietary requirements and peak performance.

 

Resolve®:

A high fat, lower NSC pellet with higher antioxidant fortification for all classes of mature horses.

Feature and benefits:

  • Higher levels of Vitamin E to support immune and muscular systems.
  • High fat and highly digestible fiber for calmer performances without loss of energy or condition.
  • Optimal balance of essential amino acids, organic minerals, fatty acids, and antioxidants to support dietary requirements and peak performance.

 

Senior Sport™:

A high fat, high fiber, low NSC textured feed.

Features and benefits:

  • High fat and highly digestible fiber support calmer performances without loss of energy or condition. May be used for total forage replacement.
  • Higher levels of Vitamin E to support immune and muscular systems.
  • Optimal balance of essential amino acids, organic minerals, fatty acids, and antioxidants to support dietary requirements and peak performance.

 

Seniority™ Pellet:

A lower NSC pelleted complete feed designed for mature horses.

Features and benefits:

  • No corn formula results in lower sugar and starch levels.
  • May be used as a complete feed for total forage replacement.
  • Optimal balance of essential amino acids, organic minerals, fatty acids, and antioxidants to support dietary requirements and peak performance.

 

 

Kalm Ultra®:

A high fat, pelleted feed formulated for mature horses.

Features and benefits:

  • Excellent for hard-keepers, horses in heavy work, and horses recovering from extreme weight loss.
  • High fat and highly digestible fiber support top performances without loss of energy or condition.
  • Optimal balance of essential amino acids, organic minerals, fatty acids, and antioxidants to support dietary requirements and peak performance.

 

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    June Astro Loyalty Pet Specials

    Tuesday, May 18th, 2021

    astro loyalty specialsIt’s time to head on over to Kissimmee Valley Feed to take advantage of these June Astro Loyalty pet specials. Savings valid at our 215 13th Street St. Cloud, FL 34769. Stock up and save today! Please note the varying expiration dates. 

    ZuPreem:

    • $2.00 OFF select Bird Diets:
      • Sensible Seed
      • Pure Fun
      • Smart Selects Bird Diets

    Valid until June 31st. Limited to 2 per customer.

    Pet Releaf:

    • Dollars OFF Oils and Select Edibites:
      • $2.00, $4.00 & $6.00 OFF USDA Organic Hemp Oils in 100 mg, 200 mg, and 500 mg
      • $1.00, $2.00, and $3.00 OFF Peanut Butter Carob Calming & Peppered Bacon Edibles in Trial Size, Small/Medium Breed, and Large Breed

    Valid until June 31st and IN-STORE only.

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