RecoveryPets.Com Dispels The Myths

Written by Thaddeus Collins

In a recent discussion about pet safety,repparttar services provided by a website entitled RecoveryPets.Com was compared to microchips and tattoos, and were they a better option to providing identification for pets. During this discussion a lot of statements were made and taken for fact, but here we will dispel some of those myths.

One ofrepparttar 136637 myths about microchips is that they emit a signal that can be tracked byrepparttar 136638 company that providesrepparttar 136639 chip. The truth is thatrepparttar 136640 chip emits no signal, and requires a special scanner to readrepparttar 136641 chip, and withrepparttar 136642 number of pet microchip manufacturers who requirerepparttar 136643 end user to userepparttar 136644 scanner manufactured for their chip.

Note: With so many different types of microchip manufactured, only about 10% of veterinarians, and less than 3% of rescue shelters haverepparttar 136645 needed scanners to detect all microchips. Also, if an individual findsrepparttar 136646 pet, they are usually unaware thatrepparttar 136647 pet has a microchip.

The myth about tattooing is that it is a permanent form of pet identification, this is true and false. Pet tattoos are ideal for owners who intend to stay in one location for life, and never change their contact information. The majority of tattoo’s are placed onrepparttar 136648 underside ofrepparttar 136649 pet were there is less hair growth, but someone finding a lost pet may not want to fliprepparttar 136650 animal over looking for a possible tattoo.

Float a Horse's Teeth -- What Does that Mean and Why is it Necessary?

Written by Randall Holman

So what does it mean to float a horse's teeth? I'm sure you've heard this a time or two (if you haven't, sooner or later you will from another horse owner or from your vet), and if you're like me, you imagined forrepparttar longest time what this could possibly mean and wondered what it involved.

To float a horse's teeth certainly sounds funny, too.

Floating means to smooth or contour your horse's teeth with a file (called a "float"). Unlike your own teeth, your horse's teeth keep growing. At times, your horse's teeth may develop sharp edges, making it difficult for her to chew food, hold a bit, or simply have pain and discomfort inside her mouth.

An adult horse may have between 36-44 permanent teeth. And just like humans, your horse gets two sets of teeth in her lifetime. Your horse starts out with temporary baby teeth and by age five, will most likely have her full set of permanent teeth.

The horse's front teeth cut hay and grass, whilerepparttar 136594 top and bottom cheek teeth grindrepparttar 136595 forage betweenrepparttar 136596 flat surfaces in a sideways motion. This grinding action breaks downrepparttar 136597 food into a pulp before swallowing which helps it to be digested better. If your horse is unable to grind down food allrepparttar 136598 way due to uneven teeth surfaces,repparttar 136599 unchewed food will not be digested as well.

Most often, points develop onrepparttar 136600 upper cheek teeth towardrepparttar 136601 outside ofrepparttar 136602 mouth next to your horse's cheek. And onrepparttar 136603 bottom cheek teeth towardrepparttar 136604 inside ofrepparttar 136605 mouth next to your horse's tongue. These points can then cut intorepparttar 136606 cheek and tongue making your horse uncomfortable.

Though it may seem tedious and like a burden, you know having routine dentist check-ups contribute torepparttar 136607 overall good health of your own teeth. Well, your horse is no different and deserves some ofrepparttar 136608 same attention to her teeth as you give to yours. Confined horses or those that do not haverepparttar 136609 ability to graze all day are more prone to teeth overgrowth, as they are not naturally grinding their teeth all day to keep them smooth. Also, just like you, your horse can have other dental problems. A horse can have excessively worn teeth, loose or broken teeth, or infected gums.

One sign that your horse's teeth may need to be floated is if she is consistently dropping food from her mouth and you start seeing signs of weight loss. Your horse may also exhibit behavior like head-tossing or opening her mouth frequently.

Possible horse dental problem indicators:

  • Drops food from her mouth
  • Exhibits difficulty in chewing
  • Excessive salivation
  • Loss of weight
  • Undigested food particles in manure
  • Head-tossing
  • Excessive bit chewing
  • Resisting havingrepparttar 136610 bridle put on
  • Difficult handling while riding
  • Mouth odor
  • Blood inrepparttar 136611 mouth
  • Face swelling
  • Nasal discharge

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