Gardens are beautiful havens for humans but can also harbor toxic garden dangers to our pets. Many plants, mulch, fertilizer, and pesticides commonly found in gardens can be toxic to cats, dogs, and horses. Symptoms can range from vomiting, diarrhea, organ failure, depression, and worse.

Below are SIX common but toxic garden dangers for pets, including cats, dogs, and horses.

Oleander (Nerium oleander): Highly Toxic

Oleander is a popular ornamental shrub known for its beautiful flowers. Ingesting any part of the plant can cause severe gastrointestinal issues, colic, drooling, heart problems, and even death. The danger is significant for dogs, cats, and horses, making it essential to avoid planting oleander if you have pets.

Also known as Rose-Bay.

The Oleander Shrub is Toxic to Pets

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Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta): Extremely Toxic

Sago palms are another popular garden plant, especially in warmer climates. If any part of the plant is ingested by either a dog, cat, or horse (or just 1-2 seeds, which are even more toxic), it can affect the nervous system, cause gastrointestinal tract bleeding, liver failure, and even death. So, if you have pets, avoiding sago palms altogether is best.

Also known as Coontie Palm, Cardboard Plam, Cycads and Zamias.

A Toxic Sago Palm


Azaleas (Ohodedendron species)

These flowering shrubs are common due to their beautiful blooms. However, they contain substances called grayanotoxins, which can cause vomiting (not in horses), diarrhea, weakness, and severe cardiovascular issues in pets. Both dogs and cats are at risk, and horses can also suffer similar symptoms if they ingest this toxic garden danger.

Also known as Rosebay and Rhodeodendron.

A Beautiful but Toxic Azalea

Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis): Severe Risk

Lily of the Valley is a charming plant with delicate white flowers. Still, it contains cardiac glycosides, which can cause heart arrhythmias, digestive problems, low blood pressure, seizures, colic, and even death. Cats are particularly susceptible, but dogs and horses are also at high risk. If you have pets, you should avoid all kinds of lilies to protect your pets.

Immediately consult with your veterinarian or poison control if you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic!

Lily of the Valley is a Toxic Danger to Pets

Buttercups (Ranunculus species)

Buttercups may look innocent with their bright yellow flowers, but they contain an irritant compound called protoanemonin, which is toxic to pets. Ingesting buttercups can cause drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, and even skin irritation in dogs, cats, and horses. Monitor your pets to ensure they don’t munch on these seemingly harmless flowers.

Also known as Butter Cress and Figwort.

The Dangerous Buttercups

Another Common Garden Risk: Cocoa Mulch

Gardeners often use cocoa mulch for its attractive appearance and pleasant smell. However, it contains theobromine, a toxic substance to dogs, cats, and even horses. Ingesting cocoa mulch can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, muscle tremors, seizures, and even death. If you have pets, choosing a safer mulch option without cocoa beans (or dyes) is best.

ASPCA 24-Hour Emergency Poison Hotline: 888-426-4435.
(A consultation fee may apply.)

Conclusion

Gardening can be a joyful and therapeutic activity, but we should be aware of the potential toxic garden dangers to our pets. Keeping our gardens safe for our pets requires vigilance and knowledge. By being aware of these common toxic dangers, we can protect our beloved cats, dogs, and horses while enjoying the beauty of our outdoor spaces.


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In the world of pet and horse grooming, the focus on sustainability and eco-friendly products is increasingly becoming an important option for consumers. Below, learn how EquiGroomer is committed to protecting the planet from plastic pollution and microplastics.

Sustainable Materials: Wood and Metal

Since its very first grooming tool, EquiGroomer committed to making its handles out of high-quality and sustainable wood. This reduces reliance on non-renewable resources and promotes the health of our forest ecosystems. Using wood also keeps the grooming tool lightweight, durable, and easy to handle.

In addition, recyclable metal blades are used to avoid contributing to microplastic pollution when plastic fibers are shed during use. The metal blades are fully recyclable and are not added to our burgeoning landfills.

The EasyGroomer with Wood Handles and a Metal Bladetion


But why are these choices so important? Keep reading to learn more about plastic pollution and “forever” microplastics.


“We’re a small company, and in our own way, we’re doing what we can to protect our planet!”

(Cheryl Dauphin, Founder, EquiGroomer LLC)


Microplastics: 101

Many grooming tools have plastic parts, which, despite efforts to recycle plastic, end up in landfills for many years.

According to National Geographic, a recent study revealed 91 percent of plastic waste is accumulating in landfills or littering the natural environment!

A Large Turtle Trying to Move Over Discarded Plastics on a Beach


This is creating a mind-boggling issue for generations to come. How? Depending on its molecular compounds, plastics can take 20 to 500 years to decompose through photodegradation from the sun’s UV rays.

But plastics never entirely disappear; they just become smaller. Worse, these plastic particles (known as “microplastics,” roughly the thickness of a pencil lead (~5 mm)) can absorb toxins and continue negatively affecting the environment, including the air, water, soil, wildlife, ecosystems, and even our bodies for generations! (Source: UnitedNations.org)


“It has been estimated that humans ingest a credit card
worth of plastic per week!
(Source: UnitedNations.org)

Studies show people “are actually eating … about 70,000 microplastic particles every year!” (Source: ConsumerReports.org)


No wonder it’s been said that “plastic is forever.”

Gray and White Cat Licking Water from Faucet

July is National Pet Hydration Awareness Month!

With the higher summer temperatures and increased activity,
all pet owners must ensure their dogs, cats, horses, and other companion animals drink plenty of fresh, cool water!

Learn about pet hydration, how to keep your pet hydrated, the signs of dehydration and how to perform a simple skin test HERE!

Microplastics: Shocking Facts!

ZME Science reveals some shocking facts about these “forever” microplastics!

  • Millions of tons of plastic enter our ecosystems every year.
  • Creatures in our bodies of water easily ingest microplastics.
  • Every time we wash clothes, microplastics are released into the environment.
  • Microplastics have been found at the highest mountain peak, Mount Everest, and the deepest, coldest oceans.
  • If you drink coffee in a plastic cup, you ingest microplastics.
  • Plastic particles in the placentas were found in healthy, normal pregnancies.
  • Have allergies? It may be from ingested or inhaled microplastics!

We can no longer deny microplastics are invading our planet and our bodies! So how do we work toward a greener future?

Looking Ahead: A Greener Future

Protecting our planet from plastic pollution and forever microplastics requires a multi-faceted approach from everyone! We all can make a significant impact by:

  • Reducing plastic consumption.
  • Managing waste effectively.
  • Choosing natural fibers and materials.
  • Avoiding products with microbeads.
  • Supporting legislation.
  • Raising awareness and
  • Promoting scientific research.

Every step contributes to a healthier, cleaner, and more sustainable planet. Our choices today will shape the future of our environment, and together, we can combat the pervasive problem of plastic pollution and microplastics.


We proudly offer eco-friendly grooming products, including our EquiGroomer, EasyGroomer, and WaterWisk. By using only sustainable and recyclable materials, EquiGroomer has never been a contributor to harming the planet.

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Ernest Hemingway, the renowned author of literary classics such as “The Old Man and the Sea” and “A Farewell to Arms,” was not only known for his masterful prose but also for his deep love of feline companions. The story behind Hemingway’s cats is as intriguing as his novels, weaving together history, whimsy, and a touch of eccentricity.

A Literary Giant with A Feline Flair

Hemingway’s feline affinity dates back to the 1930s when he lived in Key West, Florida. Legend has it that a ship’s captain gifted him a six-toed cat (a polydactyl) named Snow White, marking the beginning of his love affair with these unique felines. These cats, often referred to as “Hemingway cats,” possessed extra toes (6 or more) resembling miniature snowshoes or mittens with a “thumb” on their paws.


Polydactyl cats are not a “breed.”
This unusual paw trait can appear in any feline breed.


Hemingway Home and Museum: A Polydactyl Haven

Today, the historic Hemingway Home and Museum has approximately 60 free-roaming polydactyl cats, many descendants of Hemingway’s original, beloved felines. Lovingly cared for by the museum staff, these cats have become integral to the attraction, enchanting visitors with their charm and distinctive (and extra) digits.

While only half of cats have polydactyl paws (typically on their front feet, but sometimes on their back feet), all cats carry the congenital gene mutation in their DNA, making it possible to mother or father kittens with six or more toes. Polydactyl cats are pretty common; if one parent carries this mutation, there is a 50% chance the kittens will inherit it.

The presence of these unusual-pawed cats is an ongoing nod to Hemingway’s enduring legacy and his fondness for these unique creatures.

Purr-sonalities and Paw-sibilities

Each of Hemingway’s cats has its distinct personality, adding to the allure of the museum experience. From curious explorers to aloof loungers, these feline residents delight visitors with their antics and charm. Some cats have even gained celebrity status, with names like Archibald MacLeish, Gertrude Stein, and Pablo Picasso, paying homage to Hemingway’s literary circle of famous people.
Each of Hemingway’s cats has its distinct personality, adding to the allure of the museum experience. From curious explorers to aloof loungers, these feline residents delight visitors with their antics and charm. Some cats have even gained celebrity status, with names like Archibald MacLeish, Gertrude Stein, and Pablo Picasso, paying homage to Hemingway’s literary circle of famous people.

A Legacy of Love and Literature

Beyond being the museum’s mascots, Hemingway’s cats symbolize the author’s enduring legacy and connection to Key West. Their presence reminds us of the quieter moments in his life away from the spotlight of literary acclaim.

In addition to their historical significance, Hemingway’s cats inspire visitors and admirers worldwide, fostering a sense of wonder and whimsy that transcends generations. As author and cat enthusiast Neil Gaiman once said, “A house is not a home without a cat,” indeed, Hemingway’s cats have made the Hemingway Home and Museum a place of warmth, hospitality, and feline charm.

One of Hemingway’s Cats at the Hemingway Home and Museum (Image Courtesy: HemingwayHome.com)

7 Amazing Facts about Polydactyl Cats


If you find yourself in Key West, visit the Hemingway Home and Museum and experience the magic of Hemingway’s cats for yourself. Whether you’re a literary enthusiast, a cat lover, or simply seeking a unique and memorable adventure, the museum offers a glimpse into the life and legacy of one of America’s greatest writers, all through the “purr-spective” of his beloved feline companions. Images of these famous felines can also be seen on the official website.

Another famous polydactyl cat named Paddles. A rescue cat adopted by NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and referred to as the “First Cat” after Ardern took office.


(By Unknown, Original publication: Unknown Immediate Source: tinyurl.com/PaddlesThePolydactyl,

Fair use: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paddles_(cat)).


Whether it’s Hemingway’s felines or your own family cat, feline grooming takes patience and the best tools for sensitive skin, like the EasyGroomer!

Sweeten the moment with your favorite feline with a tasty kitty treat like these chewy cat treats (and add a pinch of catnip for some extra love from your cat)!

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Dear Humans, Stop Doing These Things! Love, Your Dog

Dogs are known for their unwavering loyalty, affection, and tolerance; but even the most patient pup has limits! While our K9 best friends love us unconditionally, certain things we do may drive them up the wall! If you’ve ever wondered what actions make your canine cringe, here’s a look at the top 8 things dogs hate when their humans do them.

1. Things Dogs Hate: Strong Perfumes and Sprays

Dogs have an incredibly keen sense of smell meaning what smells pleasant to us is overwhelming to them(Did you know your canine’s nose is at least 100,000 times more sensitive than yours?) Spraying perfume (for yourself or your dog!) or air fresheners around your dog can cause discomfort and even K9 respiratory issues! Need to freshen up? Do it away from your furry friend’s sensitive snout.

2. Forcing Unwanted Affection

Dogs enjoy cuddles and petting, but they also value their personal space. By constantly smothering your dog with hugs and kisses (especially when they’re not in the mood) can be annoying. (According to ASPCA Pet Insurance, “experts in dog behaviors believe that, in general, dogs do not like being embraced.”) Pay close attention to your pup’s body language – if they pull away, give them some space.

3. Loud Noises and Sudden Movements

Fireworks, vacuum cleaners, and thunder are common culprits, but even loud shouting or sudden movements can startle and stress out a dog especially those who are timid or anxious! Create a calm environment for your pet, especially during loud activities. If loud noises are unavoidable, providing a safe, quiet space can help them feel secure.


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4. Things Dogs Hate: Interrupting their Sleep

Imagine being abruptly woken from a deep sleep – it’s not pleasant for dogs either! Your furry friend needs their rest, so waking them up unnecessarily can make them grumpy and disoriented. As the saying goes, “Let sleeping dogs lie” and they’ll be much happier if you let them finally catch that squirrel in their dreams!

5. Ignoring their Routines

Dogs thrive on routine and exercise!

  • Skipping your dog’s daily walk leaves them with pent-up energy and feeling neglected. Regular walks are crucial for their physical and mental well-being, so stick to a consistent walking schedule.
  • Also consistently stick to your dog’s routine for eating, potty breaks, and sleeping! Imagine if someone ignored your needs; your dog relies on you for all his needs!

6. Ignoring their Health

Dogs can’t tell you when they’re feeling off, so it’s up to you to stay on top of their health. Skipping vet appointments, ignoring signs of illness, or neglecting dental care can lead to serious health issues. Regular check-ups and a keen eye for changes in behavior or appearance are essential for their best health, overall well-being, and comfort!

7. Things Some Dogs Hate: Bath Time Blues

While some dogs enjoy the water, many more dread bath time. The unfamiliar sounds, the slippery tub, and the soap can all be stressful. To make it less traumatic, use warm water, gentle pet-specific shampoo, and lots of patiencepraise, and treats. A non-slip mat can also help them feel more secure. (Learn how often your dog needs to be bathed.)

8. Leaving them Alone Too Long

Dogs are social creatures that thrive on companionship. Leaving them alone for extended periods can lead to anxiety, depression, and destructive behaviors. If you have a busy schedule, consider hiring a pet sitter, or dog walker or taking your dog to daycare to keep them happy and engaged! (Learn 18 ways to reduce pet separation anxiety!)

In Conclusion

Understanding what your dog dislikes can strengthen your bond and ensure a happier, healthier relationship. By paying attention to their needs and preferences, you can avoid these common pet peeves and make life more enjoyable for your furry friend.

After all, a happy dog means a happy home!


Image The Easy Groomer Tools in Assorted ColorsCaption

One of the things dogs DO love is being groomed! Always use the best grooming tool, like our EasyGroomer below, for brushing a man’s best friend.

Benefits:

  • The EasyGroomer’s blade gently removes loose hair, dirt, and dander everywhere on your pet’s body.
  • Exceptionally gentle for sensitive-skinned animals.
  • The blade grabs dead, scaly hair and pulls it out from the ends instead of digging into the coat and potentially scratching sensitive skin.
  • Each brushing will bring up the natural oils in the skin for a soft, shiny, and smooth coat.

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Adorable Feline Butt Wiggles and 3 Secrets!

Welcome, fellow cat lovers! Today, let’s explore one of the most enigmatic behaviors of our feline friends: the famous butt wiggle. You know the one I’m talking about – the adorable little dance they do right before pouncing on their prey (or sometimes, a favorite toy or unsuspecting human foot). But why do they do it? Let’s look into the fascinating world of cat behavior to uncover the secrets behind this charming quirk.

The Feline Butt Wiggle Phenomenon: Unraveling the Mystery

  • Preparation for Pounce: One popular theory suggests the butt wiggle is a form of preparation for the impending pounce. Cats are believed to adjust their balance by wiggling their hindquarters and calculating the precise distance to the target.
  • Engaging Predatory Instincts: Another explanation ties the butt wiggle to a cat’s predatory instincts. Just like big cats in the wild, domestic cats may use this behavior to mimic the movements of grass or foliage, luring their prey into a false sense of security before striking.
  • Release of Energy: Some experts propose that the butt wiggle is a way for cats to release excess energy or tension before making a sudden burst of movement. It’s their version of a little pre-pounce stretch and wiggle.

The Tale of Two Wiggles

A friend of mine recently shared a story with me that perfectly illustrates the enchanting allure of the butt wiggle. One sunny afternoon, as she was sitting in her living room, minding her own business, she noticed her beloved tabby cat, Whiskers, crouched low to the ground, eyes locked on a hapless toy mouse. Whiskers began to perform the quintessential butt wiggle – a mesmerizing display of feline grace and agility. With a sudden burst of energy, she launched herself across the room, paws outstretched, and captured the toy in a triumphant pounce. It was a moment of pure cat magic!

Scientific Insights: What the Experts Say

Research into feline behavior has provided us with valuable insights into the underlying reasons behind the butt wiggle phenomenon. According to a study published in the Journal of Comparative Psychology, cats exhibit a unique combination of instinctual behaviors and learned responses when preparing to pounce. The authors suggest that the butt wiggle may serve as a way for cats to fine-tune their motor skills and coordinate their movements more effectively.

Furthermore, a paper published in Animal Cognition proposed that the butt wiggle could be a form of visual deception designed to distract prey and increase the cat’s chances of a successful hunt. Cats may be able to outwit their prey and secure their next meal by creating a sense of unpredictability in their movements.

In Conclusion: Embracing the Feline Quirks

The adorable butt wiggle remains one of the many delightful mysteries of cat behavior – a charming quirk that never fails to capture our hearts! Whether it’s a playful prelude to a forthcoming pounce or a clever tactic for hunting success, there’s no denying the irresistible allure of the feline butt wiggle. So, the next time you catch your cat indulging in this adorable dance, take a moment to appreciate the fascinating blend of instinct and agility that makes our furry companions truly special.

Until next time, happy wiggling! 🐾


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Horse Racing and 11 Popular Phrases it Produced

Beyond being an exhilarating sport, horse racing has contributed more to our language than most of us probably realize! From the racetrack to everyday conversations, phrases born out of the world of horse racing have galloped into – and stayed in – our language.

So saddle up and test your knowledge about 11 popular phrases originating from the horse turf!

1. Horse Racing Phrase: Neck and Neck

When two horses run side-by-side with little to no space between them, it’s referred to a as neck and neck race. This phrase has seamlessly transitioned into everyday language to describe any close competition or contest where the lead or advantage is indistinguishable or too close to call.” Also, see “Down to the Wire” and “Dead Heat” below.

2. Horse Racing Term: Dark Horse

Originating from the unpredictability of horse racing, a dark horse refers to a competitor who is relatively unknown or underestimated but could surprise everyone with a win. In contrast, an “underdog” is expected to lose.

3. Down to the Wire: Phrase from Horse Racing

In horse racing, the finish line is often marked by a wire. When a race is intense and undecided until the very end (or “neck and neck”), it’s said to go “down to the wire.” Today, it describes any situation that remains uncertain until the last moment.

4. Furlong is Another Horse Racing Phrase

Derived from Old English, a furlong is a unit of distance in horse racing, roughly equal to 1/8 of a mile. Outside the racetrack, it’s commonly used to describe any linear distance, especially in rural settings. According to The University of Nottingham, a furlong was considered the distance an ox could plow without a rest! (Source: Nottingham.AC.UK)

5. Winning By a Nose

When a horse wins by the smallest possible margin, often just the length (or portion) of its nose, it’s described as winning by a nose. This phrase has found its way into everyday conversations to depict a close victory starting around 1900.

6. In the Homestretch

The final stretch of a horse race, leading up to the finish line, is called the homestretch. Specifically, it’s the last part of the racecourse from the final turn to the finish line or wire. Figuratively, it refers to the final phase of any endeavor, where the outcome is imminent.

7. On the Homestretch

Similar to “in the homestretch,” this phrase refers to the final phase of an endeavor. It implies that the end is in sight and emphasizes the importance of pushing forward to reach a goal.

8. Under the Weather

Originally, this phrase referred to a horse not performing at its best due to poor weather conditions like temperature, humidity, wind speed, and direction. Today, it’s used to describe someone feeling slightly unwell or not up-to-par.

9. Hold Your Horses

This idiom originated from horseback riding, horse-drawn carriages, training and racing and means the need to control horses. The phrase advises patience and restraint. It’s also a common reminder to slow down or wait patiently.

10. Dead Heat

When two or more horses finish a race at the exact same moment, it’s called a dead heat. Outside of racing, it describes any situation with a tie or deadlock.

11. The Triple Crown

In horse racing, the Triple Crown is awarded to a horse that wins three specific races including the following:

  • Kentucky Derby.
  • Preakness Stakes.
  • Belmont Stakes.

When used outside of horse racing, this phrase describes a rare achievement in any field.

In Conclusion

So, the next time you use one of these phrases, tip your hat to the world of horse racing. From the thrill of the track to the vocabulary of everyday life, these expressions remind us of the rich history and colorful language of the turf. Whether you’re a racing enthusiast or simply enjoy a good metaphor, there’s no denying the lasting impact of equestrian lingo!

How to Make Flea Shampoo at Home for Your Pet

Fleas can be a common nuisance, especially for dogs and cats. But fleas are eager to exploit any opportunity, so they may also infest young foals and adult horses that are ungroomed, underweight or immunocompromised

With more than 2,200 identified types of fleas, it’s important to know how to protect our pets from these blood-sucking parasites! But first, how do you know if your animal/pet has fleas?

Fleas: The Symptoms They Cause

  • Extreme itching, biting, chewing and licking.
  • Secondary infections from scratching.
  • Red, swollen scabs, lesions, wounds, hot spots or skin infections.
  • Discomfort.
  • Fur loss.

While numerous commercial flea shampoos are available, many contain harsh chemicals for our pets. There are easy and effective ways to make flea shampoo at home using simple and gentle ingredients with natural flea-repellent properties!


Did You Know?

A flea does not “bite” according to Dr. William Miller Jr., professor of dermatology at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine! Instead, “it sticks its proboscis (nose) into the skin and sucks blood.”


Before we explore 3 DIY flea shampoo recipes, please review these important safety precautions.

Flea Shampoo: Safety Precautions

  • Always avoid getting shampoo into the animal’s eyes and ears.
  • First, test any shampoo on a small patch of their skin to check for allergic reactions.
  • Thoroughly rinse your pet’s fur to remove all shampoo ingredients.
  • If your pet has a severe flea infestation or skin condition, consult your veterinarian before using homemade flea shampoo.

Now, let’s get busy!

Lemon Flea Shampoo

Lemon is well-known for its natural flea-repellent properties due to its acidic nature to kill fleas and bacteria while soothing itchiness and flakiness. For lemon flea shampoo, you’ll need:

  • 2 lemons
  • 2 cups of water

Instructions:

  • Thinly slice the lemons and place in a pot.
  • Add water to the pot and bring it to a boil.
  • Allow the lemons to simmer in the water for about 10 minutes.
  • Let the solution cool down completely.
  • Strain the liquid and pour it into a container.

To use:

  • Wet your pet’s fur thoroughly.
  • Pour the lemon solution over your pet, saturating the fur.
  • Massage the shampoo into your pet’s coat for a few minutes.
  • Rinse well with lukewarm water.

Apple Cider Vinegar Flea Shampoo

Apple cider vinegar is another natural ingredient that helps repel and deter fleas while also soothing irritated skin. For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of organic apple cider vinegar
  • 1 quart of water

Instructions: Mix the apple cider vinegar and water in a large bowl.

To use:

  • Wet your pet’s coat thoroughly.
  • Pour the apple cider vinegar solution over your pet’s fur, avoiding the eyes and ears.
  • Massage the solution into the coat and let it sit for a few minutes.
  • Rinse your pet’s fur with lukewarm water.

(NOTE: Apple Cider Vinegar baths are great for horses as they moisturize the skin while lowering the pH responsible for a dry, dull coat. In addition to repelling fleas, this recipe will help reduce irritation and itchiness with its antimicrobial properties. Source: HorseGrooms.com)

Herbal Flea Shampoo

Herbs like rosemary and lavender also have natural flea-repellent properties leaving your pet smelling fresh. Here’s how to make herbal flea shampoo (do not use essential oils and do not allow your pet to lick or ingest any liquid):

  • 2 tablespoons of dried rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons of dried lavender
  • 2 cups of water

Instructions:

  • Boil the water and add the dried rosemary and lavender.
  • Let the herbs steep in the water for at least 30 minutes.
  • Strain the liquid and allow it to cool.

To use:

  • Wet your pet’s coat thoroughly.
  • Pour the herbal solution over your pet’s fur, covering all areas of the body.
  • Massage the shampoo into the coat and let it sit for about 5 minutes.
  • Rinse well with lukewarm water.

In Conclusion

Making flea shampoo at home is cost-effective and allows you to control the ingredients for your pet’s overall well-being. By opting for natural remedies, you can effectively combat fleas, minimize your pet’s exposure to harsh chemicals and keep your pet comfortable and flea-free!

Horses have been our companions, workers, and partners for centuries. Across the globe, various breeds have captured the hearts of equestrians and enthusiasts with their unique characteristics and history.

Let’s embark on a journey through seven of the most popular equine breeds below starting with one of the oldest breeds on Earth, the Arabian.

(Disclaimer: This list may not include all the “popular” horse breeds. Popularity is as diverse as the people who love them!)


Arabian

The Arabian horse is one of the oldest and most influential breeds in the world, dating back thousands of years. Originating from the Arabian Peninsula, these horses are known for their distinctive dished face, arched neck, and high tail carriage. Revered for their endurance and intelligence, Arabians excel in endurance riding and are prized as show horses. (Source: Arabian Horse Association)


A side view of a Thoroughbred Horse
A Thoroughbred Horse (Image: AnimalLife.co.uk)

Thoroughbred

Originating in England in the 17th century, Thoroughbreds are renowned for their speed and agility. Primarily bred for racing, these elegant horses possess a lean build, long legs, and a spirited temperament. With their lineage traced back to three founding sires, the Thoroughbred’s athleticism has made it a dominant force in the world of horse racing. (Source: Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association)

Fun Fact: did you know that the name “Thoroughbred” came after breeders believed the breed had been “thoroughly bred!”


A closeup of a saddled Quarter Horse
Quarter Horse (Image: Vanessa Pike/Pixabay)

Quarter Horse

Hailing from the United States, the Quarter Horse is celebrated for its versatility and strength. Named for its prowess in quarter-mile races, this breed excels in various disciplines, including barrel racing, reining, and ranch work. With a compact build and powerful hindquarters, Quarter Horses are prized for their agility and gentle disposition. (Source: American Quarter Horse Association)


A beautiful white and black Appaloosa Horse
An Appaloosa Horse (Courtesy: Image: SorcerySoap HocusPocus/Pixabay

Appaloosa

Once bred by the Nez Perce tribe, the Appaloosa has colorful coat patterns and spotted skin. Valued for versatility, speed, agility and overall stamina, the Appaloosa excels in both Western and English disciplines, as well as in the show ring and on the trail. (Source: Appaloosa Horse Club)


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Paint Horse

A favorite among western riders, the Paint Horse has distinctive coat patterns, characterized by large patches of white and any other color. Originally descended from spotted horses brought to the Americas by Spanish explorers, Paint Horses are versatile athletes, competing in disciplines such as barrel racing, cutting, and pleasure riding. (Source: Paint Horse Association)


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Appendix

Another popular equine breed is the Appendix. No, we’re not talking about the body part, but another very popular and versatile horse breed! The equine Appendix is a cross between a Quarter Horse and a Thoroughbred. Their popularity comes from combining the energy and temperament of the Thoroughbred and the incredible speed and agility of the Quarter Horse. (Source: Horse Illustrated)


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Morgan Horses (Image: American Morgan Horse Association)

Morgan

With roots tracing back to the United States, the Morgan is one of the oldest horse breeds in America. Known for its compact build, refined head, and proud carriage, the Morgan is a versatile breed excelling in driving, riding, and ranch work. Due to their loyal and affectionate nature, they make excellent family horses and performers in various disciplines. (Source: American Morgan Horse Association)

In Conclusion

The world of horses (and the popular equine breeds) is as diverse as the people who love them! Each breed brings its unique charm, personality, and capabilities. Whether it’s the speed of the Thoroughbred, the Quarter Horse’s versatility, or the Arabian’s elegance, there’s a breed to suit every rider!


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Do hypoallergenic cats truly exist?

For many cat lovers, allergies can pose a significant barrier to enjoying the companionship of a furry feline friend. But what about hypoallergenic cats; feline breeds supposedly less likely to trigger allergic reactions in humans?

Let’s delve into the science before you adopt a “hypoallergenic cat” below.

Cat Allergies: The Culprit

When it comes to cat allergies, they are primarily triggered by a protein called Fel d 1, found in the cat’s saliva, anal glands, sebaceous (oil) glands in their skin, fur, and to a lesser extent, urine. (Source: AACIjournal.BiomedCentral.com.)

It is this protein that causes the following allergic reactions in people:

  • Sneezing.
  • Nasal congestion.
  • Watery eyes.
  • Severe respiratory issues (including asthma) in highly-sensitive individuals.
  • Atopic dermatitis or eczema.
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The Sphynx is Not Hypoallergenic, (Image by Юрий Сидоренко from Pixabay)

Hypoallergenic Cats?

Proponents of hypoallergenic cats often suggest certain breeds as being “less allergenic” due to shorter hair, less hair shedding, less dander, and less saliva from licking. (Source: Webmd.com)

These breeds supposedly include the:

  • Balinese.
  • Cornish Rex.
  • Devon Rex.
  • Javanese.
  • Oriental Shorthair.
  • Siamese.
  • Siberian.
  • Sphynx and more.

A study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
found no significant difference in the levels of Fel d 1 allergen
between hypoallergenic and non-hypoallergenic cat breeds.


Some breeders claim to produce hypoallergenic cats through selective breeding programs aimed at reducing Fel d 1 production. While these efforts may result in cats with slightly lower allergen levels, complete elimination of allergenic proteins is unlikely. Additionally, the genetic complexity of Fel d 1 production makes it challenging to guarantee hypoallergenic traits in the offspring.

Scientific evidence to support these claims remains limited and suggests the designation of “hypoallergenic” may be more anecdotal (based on hearsay or wishful thinking) than scientific validation. At best, some feline breeds may cause less severe allergic reactions depending upon the individual and situation.



Cat Allergies: It Just Might Be YOU!

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Allergic Reactions Depend on Individuals (Image by Юрий Сидоренко from Pixabay)

Individual variation in allergic reactions plays a significant role. What may trigger a reaction in one person might not affect another to the same degree. Specific factors influence the severity of allergic reactions. (Source: ACAAI.org)

These factors include:

  • The level of exposure.
  • The frequency of cat grooming.
  • Even the cat’s diet.

Another consideration is that allergies can develop over time, even in individuals who have previously been tolerant of cats. This makes it difficult to predict whether a supposedly hypoallergenic cat will remain suitable for allergy sufferers in the long-term.

Minimizing Feline Allergies: 5 Options

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Despite these challenges, there are steps that allergy sufferers can try to minimize their exposure to cat allergens like the five options below.

  • Regular grooming of the cat with a grooming tool like the EquiGroomer that mimics the cat’s tongue.
  • Regular bathing.
  • Using high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters in the home.
  • Maintaining a clean environment to help reduce allergen levels.
  • Some allergy medications and immunotherapy treatments may also provide relief for individuals with cat allergies.

In Conclusion: Hypoallergenic Cats

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While the concept of hypoallergenic cats may offer hope to allergy sufferers, the scientific evidence supporting their existence remains inconclusive. Allergic reactions are complex and multifactorial, influenced by individual sensitivity as well as environmental and genetic factors. (Source: PetMD.com)

Rather than relying on breed labels, prospective cat owners should consider their allergy history and tolerance levels when choosing a cat. Ultimately, the decision to bring a cat into the home should be made thoughtfully, with full awareness of the potential allergic reactions and overall benefits for the owner and cat.


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The term “bitch” carries a weighty history, both linguistically and culturally. Often used as a colloquial term to refer to a female dog (and female wolf, fox and otter!), its usage can also evoke strong reactions and opinions when this derogatory word is directed at something other than a female dog. Originally, this vulgar insult was used to compare a woman to a dog in heat because of her shameful, improper, violent or even promiscuous behavior. It has also been used towards men.

But why is a non-spayed, female dog referred to as a “bitch?” In this brand-new blog post below, we’ll delve into three key reasons behind this terminology.

1. Etymology and Linguistic Evolution

The word “bitch” has a long origin and historical journey. Its origins can be traced back to Old English, where it was used to refer to a female dog. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the Old English word “bicce” or “bicge” (dating back to approximately 1000 CE) eventually evolved into “bitch” in Middle English and retained its meaning of a female dog. However, over time, the term broadened in its application to refer to a female of various species, including humans. History indicates it may have been originally derived from the Old Norse word (i.e., the Vikings), “bikkja” also meaning “female dog.”

Interestingly, the word “bitch” wasn’t always associated exclusively with female dogs. In Middle English, it was used to describe both male and female dogs. However, as the English language developed, “bitch” became predominantly associated with female canines, while terms like “dog” or “hund” were used for male dogs. (Source: VetHelpDirect.com)

2. Cultural and Societal Perceptions

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The usage of “bitch” to describe a female dog reflects broader societal attitudes towards gender and sexuality. Historically, dogs, particularly female ones, were often associated with specific qualities such as:

  • Nurturing.
  • Loyalty, and
  • Protectiveness.

3. Standardization in Animal Terminology

In the realm of animal husbandry, veterinary medicine, and breeding, standardized terminology is essential for clear communication. Despite its colloquial and sometimes negative connotations, “bitch” has been adopted as the standard term to refer to female dogs in professional settings. (Source: BasePaws.com)

This standardization facilitates clarity and precision in discussions related to canine health, reproduction, and genetics. While alternative terms like “female dog” or “dam” also exist, “bitch” remains widely recognized and used within professional circles.

Female Dog: Alternative Terminology

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Due to this often-controversial term, alternative terminology has been created to refer to the female dog without using the offensive term bitch like these more “respectable” terms.

  • Female Dog.
  • Lady Dog.
  • Queen.
  • Dame.
  • Fido-ess.

In Conclusion

The term “bitch” carries a complex history and significance even in its application to female dogs. Its evolution from Old English roots, coupled with cultural and societal perceptions, has shaped its current usage.

While the term may carry negative connotations in some contexts, it remains a standard part of animal terminology. Understanding the origins and implications of this term provides valuable insight into the intricacies of language and society. As language evolves, it’s essential to approach such terms with awareness and sensitivity, recognizing their historical context and impact.


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