+ 1. When should I change my dog's food?
To begin, we must evaluate the breed type of our dog. The breed type defines the dog based on a grouping of dog breeds of comparable size to their nutritional needs.
A small breed dog is a dog that in adulthood will weigh between 1 lb and 20 lbs, a medium breed dog is a dog that will weigh between 20 lbs and 50 lbs in adulthood and a dog type Great breed is a dog that will weigh 50 lbs and more as an adult.
A puppy is considered as such until the age of one so you must give him puppy food according to his breed type (small breed, medium breed or large breed). After that, after his first year, he must be provided with adult dog food, depending on his breed type. For small and medium breeds, you must change food around the age of 7 for senior food. By cons, senior food is recommended for large breeds around the age of 5 years.
In the case of pregnant or nursing a female, they must eat puppy food. Pregnant bitches have higher energy requirements so they must be given adequate food.
+ 2. Is it important to make a transition when changing food?
The change of food in dogs and cats must be slow to avoid affecting the digestive system.
The recommended transition is over a period of one week. First of all, in the first days, we must give more of the old food (75%) and less of the new (25%).
In the middle of the week, the two foods are given equally (50%) and towards the end of the week, more of the new food (75%) is given than the old (25%).
With a good transition, the digestive system and stomach of the animal will be less affected.
+ 3. How to choose a good kind of food?
Several ranges are available to you now on the market. To get an idea, you must look at some points:
The list of ingredients: The first ingredients on the list are in greater quantity in the bag than the last ingredients, so they are the most important to analyze.
The dog is a carnivore, it must feed primarily on meat which is a good source of protein. Protein is a good muscle mass, a good immune system and a good body condition. The ingredients sought must be as natural as possible. When you read the list of ingredients and you know them all, it's a good sign !! Grains and cereals should be avoided.
Quantities: The more the feed is of good quality, the less you will give to your dog and vice versa, the lower the feed quality, the more portions to give will be high. By the same token, the feces of your dog have a direct relationship with the amount of food ingested by it.
Price: This factor can be misleading. Generally the better quality feed is more expensive but there are companies that raise the price of their products to give the appearance of high-end products so pay attention to prices because they do not guarantee pas toujours un produit de meilleure qualité.
+ 4. Why aren't my hens laying anymore?
Several factors influence egg laying.
Sex: Make sure you have chickens and not chickens.
Age: Your chickens are too young (before 20 weeks) or if chickens are too old (about 3 years old).
Food: Your chickens must never run out of water or food, it must be at will. The food given to the hens must be adequate either for laying and complete feeding for the vitamins and minerals.
Environment: Hens need a peaceful environment to lay eggs so if they are stressed or if something scares them, they will stop laying eggs.
Brightness: Hens need at least 14 hours of light per day to lay as they need 8 to 10 hours of dark at night.
Temperature: The summer temperature must not exceed 30C and winter the temperature must not be below 5C for the hens to lay regularly.
Disease: Hens can stop laying due to illness. So, if you have checked the above mentioned points, you must go to a veterinarian.
+ 5. What is the difference between cat litter types?
There are several types of litter: absorbent, binder, paper, silica.
Absorbent litter: Clay litter that absorbs only, it is unscented, it is less expensive, it must be changed regularly because it must be thrown away when changing. The litter can be quite dusty.
Clumping litter: Litter that is clumping (made of small balls), you can only remove soiled litter balls instead of changing it entirely all the time. It is more expensive than the absorbent but you use less. It is offered without smell or with several choices of perfumes. It can be dusted up to 99%. Clumping litter is now available in featherweight so no difficulty in transporting it. There is also pine biodegradable clumping litter.
Paper litter: Unscented litter made from recycled and non-dusty paper. More expensive, but three times more absorbent of clay litter. It is recommended for cats who have just undergone surgery or who have an injury, this litter does not enter the wounds.
Silica litter: Litter of crystals. Unscented but natural, it changes once a month with a cat. The crystals absorb the urine so no smell. She does not adhere to the paws of cats. On the other hand, it is the most expensive litter.