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  1. Many of the zebras born in the US are sold to petting zoo-type attractions.
  2. I know someone named this and it is pronounced AH-nuh-kuh.
  3. I love Grillo's dill pickle slices, the ones that come in a little tub and have garlic, grape leaves, and dill with them. Some days, I eat them with all three meals.
  4. My dogs aren't that crazy about Kongs, but I have found a few other brands of tough chew toys that they like and aren't able to shred: Goughnuts, Feeko, Orka, and MonsterK9.
  5. Our vets say that if you dig your fingernail into the bone/chew/antler/whatever and you’re not able to make an impression in it, it is too hard for your dog to chew.
  6. Yes, I would. I always get bloodwork done on my animals pre-surgery, just to make sure there are no kidney or liver problems that could make anesthesia dangerous.
  7. @MercyA, I just got out my copy of How Not to Die by Dr. Michael Greger (don't know if you have read it - he is a researcher who digs through thousands upon thousands of medical and nutritional studies). Here is a quick summary of his findings on iron: Studies show that vegetarians consume more iron (as well as most other nutrients) than meat eaters. The iron in plant foods is not as readily absorbed by the body, which can be an advantage because iron overload increases the risk of heart disease and cancer. However, one in 30 menstruating women lose more iron than they take in. Studies show that women who eat a plant based diet do not have higher rates of anemia than women who eat lots of meat. It is better to first try to treat iron deficiency with diet, since iron supplements increase oxidative stress. The healthiest sources of iron are whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, and green, leafy vegetables. Do not drink tea with meals, as that inhibits iron absorption. Eating an orange with your meal boosts iron absorption as much as three- to six-fold. Hope that helps!
  8. Here's a list of foods that are rich in iron. I am 100% plant based, do not take any iron supplements, and my doctor describes my bloodwork as textbook perfect. I am sure it is because I eat a lot of these: Beans and legumes - lentils, chickpeas, tofu, etc. Quinoa Leafy greens - kale, Swiss chard, spinach, beet greens Nuts and nut butters Seeds - chia, sesame, pumpkin, flax, hemp You could also eat iron fortified cereal.
  9. Sometimes it is the adult child who is toxic, and cuts ties with parents who are decent, good people.
  10. I have a big island and like to keep it clutter free. I keep my cutting board on it, along with two big tiered fruit baskets and some trays of microgreens.
  11. I think that Schleich makes most of those breeds. I don't know if they sell sets; I've only seen them for sale individually.
  12. I got the idea from my experience of having horses all my life and seeing the damage that large, powerful, hooved animals can do. There is a big difference between an equine calmly walking or trotting across a lawn (like during riding lessons) and equines running across a lawn full speed. I walk my five 1000+ lb horses across our lawn all the time with no damage (as long as the ground is dry), but I guarantee you that if all of them, or even one of them, tore across our lawn, it would be shredded, along with any plants that were in their way. Our neighbor's cows got loose and totally destroyed our pumpkin patch just by making one pass through it.
  13. Cowboys chasing zebras across a suburban neighborhood would cause so much property damage. That would destroy a lawn in seconds flat. Not to mention the danger of chasing panicked prey animals in an area with lots of people and traffic. Since they are hanging around the farm, the best bet is to keep trying to lure them into an enclosure. Equines are very food motivated, so buckets of tasty grain might do the trick. They just need to figure out a way to quickly close the gate behind them. Since there are five zebras, rather than one or two, it makes it harder to effectively use trip wires.
  14. I’m so sorry, that must have been a terrible shock. 😞 He looked like such a sweet kitty.
  15. To be fair to my neighbor zebra, I don't think the mountain zebras would like our -30F temperatures, either!
  16. Someone in our neighborhood has a zebra. It can't handle cold weather like horses can, so it has to be inside for much of the winter.
  17. I have not noticed price increases for the foods we eat (produce, grains, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds). I was going to check the tp situation at Walmart when I was there this morning, but I totally forgot. Amazon mistakenly sent us four cases instead of one with our last Subscribe & Save, so we are set for quite a while.
  18. Hello Fresh has lots of veggie meals, and one of the reasons those are nice is because you don’t have to worry about ingredients going bad. You could order those for later in the week.
  19. We're planning to get a Lovesac once our puppy is out of his eating furniture phase. From the reviews I have read, it sounds like getting the deep seating is the way to go for maximum comfort, especially for taller people.
  20. We have collapsible boxes like this from Natural Grocers. They are so handy - I much prefer them to bags.
  21. My dogs get carrots, green beans, blueberries, and roasted squash every day. They also love apples, bell peppers, cucumbers, corn, peas (especially sugar snap peas), watermelon, kiwi, mango, broccoli, zucchini...probably more, but that's all I can think of for now.
  22. I'm in agreement with others who have already posted - I only get bloodwork done for young dogs before surgery, if they are having symptoms that warrant further investigation, or if they are on medication that requires monitoring of their liver values or something like that. Otherwise, only my senior dogs get routine bloodwork done every year.
  23. Mouth pain is so terrible for cats that I would take her to the vet and see what they could do to alleviate her discomfort. It sounds like her teeth have fallen out (?) and her mouth smells bad, so there is almost certainly infection in there and that is very painful. One of our cats is young but had terrible teeth from the time we adopted her. The vet ended up removing almost all her teeth, and the difference in her behavior is like night and day. She is so much happier and more comfortable now, and eating is so much easier for her, even without teeth.
  24. It is soup weather here. I got my big stock pot out for the first time in months and made creamy mushroom wild rice soup for dinner. Apple pie smoothies for dessert!
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