GPS Pet Tracking

Written by Anne King

If you have a dog or cat that is an escape artist with cross-country travel on its mind, you might want to consider a GPS pet--tracking device. The same technology that enables rangers to follow tagged animals will allow an owner track straying or lost pets. You can choose either a collar design or a backpack type that works with a harness.

Before you rush out to buy a GPS pet--tracking device you need to consider a few things. Firstly, in addition torepparttar system having a GPS receiver, a transmitter is required sorepparttar 150363 animal's location can be reported. This usually means a service provider is needed.

Some pet--tracker systems are used with GSM (Global System for Mobile communication) that uses your GSM mobile phone and a SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) card for tracking. Noterepparttar 150364 SIM card provider needs to have a service inrepparttar 150365 area where you'll be usingrepparttar 150366 device.

There are various ways of accessingrepparttar 150367 information that your GPS receives. These include via home phone, Internet, and software installed on your computer. Phone access is not recommended and installed software limits your access to information. Internet access to your GPS data isrepparttar 150368 recommended way to go. You just log on, enter your password and your pet is located.

Pet finding software allows you to define your pet's boundaries and upload them to your computer. If your pet goes beyond its boundaries then an alarm will sound and you can quickly locate whererepparttar 150369 animal has gone. If you are traveling with your pet beyond its boundaries you can disablerepparttar 150370 alarm, or if you are visiting another area you can upload new boundaries. Most systems allow you have more than one area entered.

Comparison of Cost and Effectiveness of Holistic Care vs. Conventional Care for Horses

Written by Dr. Madalyn Ward, DVM

After years of practicing both conventional and holistic medicine for horses, I decided to comparerepparttar cost, effectiveness, and net results of managing and treating horses holistically versus conventionally.

In this article I compare results forrepparttar 150362 average trail horse that is ridden about 2-3 times a week. I have used average feed and veterinary costs for my area (Austin, Texas), and drug and supplement costs from a major horse supply catalog.

I then discussrepparttar 150363 issues related to each area of care, including feed, supplements, vaccines, dewormers, and first aid. Stay tuned for different profiles in coming months, when I will compare horses in difference disciplines, young horses, older horses, and broodmares.

>>> Holistic Horse <<< Oats (2 lbs/day): $131 Hay (3 bales/week): $780 Super Blue Green Algae (1-2 tsp/day): $156 VEWT, West Nile Vaccinations: $48 Spectrabiotic Natural Wormer: $115 2 Fecal Exams: $32 Acidophilus (for occasional immune support): $7 TOTAL ANNUAL COST: $1269

>>> Conventional Horse <<< Oats (4 lbs/day): $262 Hay (2 bales/week): $520 Hoof Supplements and Dressings ($30/month): $360 VEWT, West Nile, Flue, Rhino, Rabies Vaccinations: $80 Dewormer (6 times/year): $92 2 Bottles Penicillin: $20 A Course of Sulfa Antibiotics: $32 Fecal Exams: $32 12 Grams Bute: $10 TOTAL ANNUAL COST: $1408

COST DIFFERENCE: Holistic care costs $139 less per year DAYS OFF FOR ILLNESS: 3 days for holistic care versus 21 days for conventional care

<><> Feed Costs <><> Grain is slightly cheaper to feed and easier to store than hay, which makesrepparttar 150364 conventional horse slightly cheaper to feed onrepparttar 150365 one hand. Onrepparttar 150366 other hand,repparttar 150367 holistic horse, which has access to more hay, stays happy and entertained and is less likely to develop expensive habits and vices such as chewing on wood, cribbing, or weaving.

<><> Supplements <><> Inrepparttar 150368 past, hay and oats provided allrepparttar 150369 nutrition a horse needed, but these days common farming practices do not produce feeds that are high in vitamins and minerals. Hoof quality isrepparttar 150370 first area to be affected by such poor nutrition, and few horses can maintain healthy feet on a diet of hay and oats alone. If you doubt this, just check any horse supply catalog. The one I checked offered 22 topical hoof conditioners and 28 separate supplements. Cell Techís Super Blue Green Algae offers a wide range of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants in a whole food form. It is inexpensive to feed, promotes healthy feet, and supportsrepparttar 150371 horse in all aspects of health.

<><> Vaccines <><> Some people will choose not to vaccinate at all while others will choose to use more vaccines thanrepparttar 150372 ones Iíve listed inrepparttar 150373 trail horse comparison. I believe that over-vaccination is one ofrepparttar 150374 most common triggers for chronic diseases such as laminitis and uveitis, and contributes to allergic conditions. Stressingrepparttar 150375 horseís system with over-vaccination can also affectrepparttar 150376 digestive system, leading to mineral deficiencies. Stress also decreasesrepparttar 150377 amount of healthy bacterial flora inrepparttar 150378 gut, increasingrepparttar 150379 likelihood of colic.

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