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How To Choose An Animal Hospital

  • Posted on February 19, 2018 at 2:57 am

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byAlma Abell

Just about all pet owners have one thing in common: they want their companion animals to get the best possible care. That’s why it’s important to find an Animal Hospital that can provide for any possible future needs before an emergency comes up. Below are a few tips to help pet owners get started finding the office that is right for their pet.

Specialized Services

Just about any veterinarian, clinic or hospital can provide basic services like well-pet exams and giving routine shots. Some, however, specialize only in providing care for one type of animal. Dog and cat owners should have no trouble finding someplace to take their furry friends, but for owners of birds, reptiles, and other less conventional pets it may be substantially harder to find a qualified team. Be sure to do some research in advance and ensure that the facility is capable of providing adequate care for more exotic pets.

Convenience and Location

Some pet owners simply look up the Animal Hospital or veterinary clinic that has the best reviews and assume that they will be able to provide the best service. Of course, it’s worth taking a look at the reviews and choosing a facility that has good ones. That should not, however, be the only determining factor. The location is also key. If the best veterinarian in the world is located over an hour’s drive away in another town, chances are he or she will not be able to do much to save a pet who has been severely injured several towns away by the time the pet’s owner gets to the hospital. Choosing an office that is closer to home also comes with the advantage of making regular visits easier to make and keep. Attending well-pet exams and services are just as important as knowing where to go in an emergency

Tour the Facility

If an office or a particular vet seems like a good fit, call and ask for a tour of the facility. This will allow pet owners to get a feel for how it operates and meet some of the staff that will be providing care prior to making a final decision.

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6 Far From Boring Facts About Cows}

  • Posted on October 11, 2017 at 2:59 am

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Submitted by: Ronny Demmer

Cattle; most people only get to know them when they drink their milk or throw a slab of dead one on the grill. Here are some things you may not have known about our indispensable bovine comrades.

1) BULLSEYE

When their big furry ears dont get in the way cows have over 300-degree, panoramic vision, with only a couple of blind spots right in front and right behind them.

They also have an amazing sense of smell; a cow tracks her calves from their scent and its estimated that they can pick up that scent from up to 5 miles away.

It is also alleged that they can be hypersensitive to modern, artificial smells, with some anecdotal evidence that they can get mildly repulsed by some perfumes and laundry detergents from human clothes.

The previously mentioned big furry ears arent just there to bat away flies either, cows can hear both high and low frequencies well beyond human hearing range, their environment being full of sounds that are inaudible to our own ears.

2) MAGNETIC FIELDS?

If you ever get lost in some fields without a compass another one of cows more mysterious senses can help. They seem to have an instinctual awareness of the earths geo-magnetic axis; When lying down in a field cows have a tendency to face either magnetic north or south. No one really knows why this is and it is totally independent of weather conditions.

This phenomena is not exclusive to cows though, it has been observed in other animals too and indeed even possibly in humans: Some studies have shown, well ok, just one study has shown, that human brain electrical activity can change relative to whether the person is aligned in a East-West or North-South position, with sleeping in the North South position giving slightly more REM sleep.

3) HERD REICH

Domestic cattle are descended from aurochs, an extinct species of long horned, wild cattle native to Europe, the last of which is thought to have died in Poland in 1627.

Filled with a soppy nostalgia for medieval Europe, the Nazis decided to re-create them through breeding programs where they mixed various types of modern cattle to eventually produce something that by all accounts quite closely resembled the ancient auroch, but of course wasnt.

They then set many of them loose in the Bia?owie?a forest on the borders of Poland and Belarus. The frazzled few that survived WW2 lingered on there for a while afterwards but died out as a wild species eventually. There are still some domesticated ones around on farms in Europe today though, especially in Germany, Austria and Holland where they are known as Heck cattle.

4) GREYISH KIND OF GREENY LOOKING RAG TO A BULL

Lets just call this quits and go home, huh?

Cows and bulls are red-green colorblind. The red (or pink) cape in a bullfight is the same color as grass, which they are obviously quite fond of, and which, as it happens, looks more like a shade of grey than what we think of as red or green.

In any case its definitely not the color that makes them aggressive, the obvious stress of being in such an alien environment has primed them already, and so the movements of the cloth on front of them become just a focus for their frustration and anger, and thats all even before the person on front of them starts trying to stab them to death.

5) COWS AND STAIRS

You may have heard the widely held myth that cows can walk up a stairs but not down, and though this isnt strictly true, depending on the steepness of the stairs the going down can be very difficult for them, and it has less to do with the shape of their knees, as is often thought, but more because of a lack of weight balancing skills, and the fact that, despite their super duper over 300-degree vision they cant really see the ground well just below their feet.

This means that they will be prone to taking a tumble on the way, and/or maybe just giving up and staring at you to do something about it. So, if ever you have a cow round your house and you want to bring it up the stairs, I dont know, to use the bathroom, or to show it the new built-in wardrobes in the spare room, youll only have yourself to blame

6) NICE TO MEAT YOU!

Cows are very social animals, and just like humans they have distinct personalities. This means that, also just like in humans, some personalities just dont get along.

Cows can be quite fussy about who they want to hang out with; though their herds can be large they will usually form a close bond with just 2 to 4 individuals and actively avoid certain others at times, in some cases retaining a grudge for years.

As you would expect they can also become quite stressed when they are separated from their friends. And as its thought that cows can only become familiar with up to around one hundred other individuals, they tend to also feel stressed in herds of more than 100.

This kind of understanding of cattle as social creatures is quite new, but as its been shown that stressed cattle produce less, sometimes a lot less, milk, many modern farmers are now paying attention.

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