GWF Nutrition Blog
Whether you are gearing up for competition season or you have an ex-performance horse enjoying its retirement, issues like tying up or muscle loss can be common and frustrating. And because all horses use their muscles extensively during every ride, giving them the proper care is essential. Follow these top tips to keep your horse’s muscles in tip top condition including providing the right kind of work and nutrition.
The sunny weather at this time of year can be glorious, but extreme temperatures can also pose a danger to us and to our animals. The most obvious one and the subject of many awareness campaigns and reports – never leave your dog in a hot car. The dangers have been well documented and dogs can die in as little as 20 minutes even with windows left open. Here are some simple tips to help you make sure your cats, dogs and horses stay safe in this week’s soaring temperatures:
Cats are considered officially senior once they reach around 10 years of age and while they still need just as much care and attention their needs will be different to that of a younger cat. Make sure the food you are providing is appropriate for your cat’s needs. Older cats may need less calories if they are less active than they used to be. Cats also need certain nutrients that are only found in animal sources and their bodies need more protein weight for weight than dogs.
How much you should feed your horse depends on the weight of your animal and working this out is not always easy. If you don't have access to a horse weighbridge, this calculation gives a handy way to estimate your horse or pony's weight with a few simple measurements. It is also more accurate than weight tapes, so it's ideal for calculating feeds and worming treatments. However, if an accurate weight is required for any reason, scales should still be used.
Forage is without doubt the most crucial part of any horse’s diet. It is more important than any other feed type, or supplement, and is often overlooked when planning a feeding programme or addressing digestive disorders. It’s all too easy to be swayed by the latest marketing for the vast number of specialist products on the market and to forget the basic and most essential aspect of feeding our horses. So which forage should you feed your horse?
Arthritis in dogs is surprisingly common, with as many as one in five dogs reportedly suffering from the condition. And although it is one of the most common ailments seen in middle-aged and older dogs, it can also affect younger animals too. As a pet owner you will often be best placed to notice subtle changes in your pet but the symptoms of arthritis and stiff joints can sometimes be difficult to spot – here are 7 of the most common signs to look out for.
There are a number of causes of colic in horses, from indigestion to twisted intestines or blockages from feed, and the word "colic" itself simply means abdominal pain. Although equine colic is relatively common and can often be easily treated, it can also be extremely dangerous for your horse and should always be treated as an emergency. Catching colic early will likely mean a better outcome for your horse, so make sure you are familiar with the signs.
With laminitis reportedly affecting 1 in 10 horses in Britain these days, it’s important to make sure you understand what can cause the condition and recognise the signs. Laminitis in horses can affect any type of horse, pony or donkey any time of the year, and not just the fat native pony. However, although this serious and very painful condition is becoming more common, it is estimated that 80% of cases could be prevented with correct management.
If your dog has stiff joints, you’ve probably come across glucosamine for dogs in one way or another. Joint supplements are amongst the most widely used nutritional supplements today, and most of these are built primarily around glucosamine and chondroitin. Your vet may even recommend trying a supplement with glucosamine for dogs to support your pet's joints before considering medical treatments.