Rural

Fury over fuel

Folks, she’s a pretty sad day when my shopping list-making skills start to surpass my creative writing skills. The price of fuel has forced me to adorn my fridge with lists and sends me into a panic attack if I leave home without them. Myself, and...... Read More

Doggy diets

There is a growing trend to feed dogs with new diets, such as raw food or grain-free. Over the last 15,000 years of domestication, dogs have evolved away from their ancestor the wolf and are now able to digest plant-based carbohydrates. So, in reality,...... Read More

Doggy dentistry

A huge percentage of consultations we see daily here at Wellsford Vet Clinic are for dental problems. Even when this is not the presenting problem, we often come across severe dental disease as an incidental finding. Good dental health is a critical component...... Read More

Pets in pain

Winter’s aches and pains are a reminder that we are not as supple and agile as we once were. The idea of jumping up onto the bench, table or bed are not the simple processes they once were. Muscles, ligaments and joints lose strength and flexibility...... Read More

Splitting headaches

You guys have no idea how much I wish I was still embracing those hideous Jane Fonda fluoro leotards and leg warmers that I donned in the ’80s. I mean, I was never really fit and mostly those ole “grapevine” moves provoked inner thoughts...... Read More

Beating Bovis

The government has announced that they intend to attempt eradication of Mycoplasma Bovis. Although the disease is not zoonotic (in other words, it cannot be transmitted from animals to humans), it’s detrimental to animal welfare and hurts milk production....... Read More

Raging hormones in horses

Equine Cushing’s disease, also known as PPID (Pars Pituitary Intermedia Dysfunction), is a very common, but easily managed disease in horses. It primarily affects ponies and horses over 15 years of age, but has been seen in younger animals. A significant...... Read More

Autumn disease watch list

Here are three diseases owners of grazing animals should be on the lookout for during autumn and, with winter only two months away, a couple of things we should be planning for. Barber’s pole worm can cause ill-thrift (failure to grow) in ruminants...... Read More

Thanks for the memories

Apparently, the grass really is greener on the other side of the fence and busted old sheep and beef farms are just so 2017. Our much-adored and long-serving farm manager and his partner have left us for the greener pastures of a deer farm, where velvet...... Read More

Fertile discussion

There are a lot of opinions about fertilizer requirements. Many people believe natural is good and artificial is bad. I am a simple person. When I put fertilizer on my garden the vegetables grow well and look better than store bought vegetables. When...... Read More