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4 Tips to keep your pets safe this Easter

Easter is a great holiday for the whole family, including your furry companions, here are some tips on how to keep your pet safe this Easter.

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Easter candy

Chocolate, marshmallows, and jelly beans are Easter classics, but should be kept out of reach from pets. Xylitol is a sugar substitute that is found in many “sugar-free” candies and baked good, and it is highly toxic to pets especially dogs. All sugar products should be kept away from pets as they can be potentially hazardous for your pet by raising glucose levels, upsetting their stomachs and candy wrappings are equally as detrimental. Theobromine is a chemical found in most chocolate and is poisonous to pets. If you suspect your pet has ingested any candy, chocolate or candy wrappings contact your veterinarian.

Easter eggs (plastic and real)

Eggs are part of almost everyone’s Easter traditions, especially the egg hunt. Whether real or plastic be sure to keep track of the number of eggs you use in the hunt to make sure they are all accounted for when the festivities are over. Boiled eggs can cause an upset stomach and constipation in your pet, especially if the eat the shells as well. If a dog consumes an egg whole surgery may be needed to keep it from blocking the intestinal tract.

Plastic eggs pose as serious risk as well, mainly because if consumed they can’t be digested. While it may be possible for it to pass through the digestive system, it can also get stuck and cause damage requiring surgery.

Synthetic grass

Easter grass, like holiday tinsel, can be tempting to pets and dangerous if ingested causing intestinal trouble. The long, thin strings can cause “intussusception”, a bunching-up of the intestines, which requires surgery.

 

Easter lilies

Lilies are very popular around Easter, however every part of the lily is highly toxic to pets especially cats. Easter lilies and other lilies can be toxic to cats, causing kidney failure and death. All parts of the lily can be toxic, and eating just one leaf can result in severe poisoning. If you think your cat has eaten a lily, contact your vet immediately.

October Updates and Deals Not to Miss!

Autumn just may be my favorite season. The air gets cooler and the leaves on the trees change color and fall activities are in full swing.

We have lots of new things coming at Louiso’s and October’s specials are perfect buys for this crisp fall we are starting.

  • Fall Hunting Sale:

    • Deer Stands, Trail Cameras, Blinds, Feeders and Targets are 15% off.

    • Record Rack Deer Corn is $6.00/40lb bag.

  • Loyall Originals are $3.00 off the 40lb bag.

  • Feather Fixer Pellets are $2.00 off .

  • Thermaglo Premium Wood Pellets are $4.10/bag or $205/ton.

Are you a horse owner?

Have you heard of Topline Balance, Nutrena’s unique approach to topline health?

A horse’s topline — the muscles that support the spine, from neck to hindquarters — austin_colored2xplays an important role in how a horse performs, looks and feels. While exercise, saddle fit, genetics and age are most frequently blamed for a poor topline, nutrition actually plays the most critical role. Nutrena is placing this concept at the forefront of our suite of nutrition solutions, so that your horse can benefit from having the healthiest topline possible.

Want to learn more about topline?
Visit toplinebalance.com – to get started, click on one of the 4 factors of topline below.

Ready to assess your own horse?
Visit the Topline Balance site or visit us in store to help evaulate your horse’s topline.

After you assess your horse, we will give a feed recommendation based on Nutrena® feeds. Nutrena® feeds are designed to deliver highly bioavailable amino acids in the correct amounts and ratios, so your horse can readily access the resources it needs for a steady improvement in topline condition. Look for the Topline Balance™ logo on these Nutrena® feeds to know you’re choosing the right product for healthy topline.

Visit us in store at 1223 Old SR 74, Batavia OH 45103 or call (513) 271-5665, info@louisofeedseed.com 

 

10 Facts to Make You Appreciate Wild birds and Squirrels

10 Nutty Facts to Make You Appreciate Squirrels

Why exactly is National Squirrel Appreciation Day (January 21) so popular? Maybe it’s because squirrels are adorable, and extremely fun to watch. Maybe it’s the many hats they wear (not real hats — please don’t put hats on squirrels). What I mean is, they play a variety of roles, like acrobat, bandit, gardener, trickster and much more. I set out to discover why these creatures are worthy of their own day, and after you read the facts, you might just appreciate squirrels a little more.

  1. Squirrels can find food buried beneath a foot of snow.
  2. A squirrel’s front teeth never stop growing.
  3. Squirrels may lose 25% of their buried food to thieves
  4. They zigzag to escape predators
  5. Squirrels may pretend to bury a nut to throw off potential thieves.
  6. A newborn squirrel is about an inch long.  (Awwwe!)
  7. Humans introduced squirrels to most of our major city parks.
  8. Squirrels are acrobatic, intelligent and adaptable.
  9. They get bulky to stay warm during the winter.
  10. Squirrels don’t dig up all of their buried nuts, which results in more trees!
(Click here for full information on the 10 squirrel facts.)

Now, what about the birds…

It doesn’t matter where you live — in an apartment, townhouse, or single family dwelling, in the city, suburbs or country.  Just stand still and you’ll hear them: wild birds.  It’s hard to imagine life without them.

Bird watching is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the country.  It’s easy to understand why.  Birds are fun to watch. And you can watch a variety of bird species just about everywhere.  The most convenient place to start is right in your own backyard.  All it takes to get their attention is water, food, and a place to build a nest.

The Wild Bird Journal has a wealth of information for caring for and feeding birds based on season and type.

We could spend a long time browsing Bird Watcher’s Digest, they have lots of information on identifying, feeding birds and information on clubs, and events.

 

Choose wisely for what livestock you are feeding

During the cold winter months when pastures contain minimal forage, hay is the typical diet for cattle, horses, sheep and goats.

Next to pasture, a good quality hay is the ideal feed. However, there are significant differences in the variety, quality and availability of hay, which can make feeding your livestock a time-consuming chore.

But with some planning, feeding hay during the winter months can be a simple and efficient alternative while waiting the return of spring’s lush pastures.

Animal Feeding Tips

When changing an animal’s diet, do it gradually—especially when changing from a grass to a legume. Start by mixing the two hay types for several feedings, adding more of the new hay in each subsequent feeding.

The animals’ digestive tracts must adjust to the different type of feed.

Changing to a legume hay suddenly can make an animal sick, or cause a ruminant animal to bloat. Changing from grass hay to alfalfa all at once can change the environment in the rumen of cattle, sheep and goats and in the cecum of a horse (because of the shift in pH—the acid/base balance).

This can disrupt the microbes that help the animals digest their feed.

Hay for Cattle

Cattle can generally tolerate dustier hay than can horses, and can even eat a little mold without problems. However, some types of mold may cause abortion in pregnant cows. The quality of the hay you feed will also depend on whether you are feeding mature beef cattle, young calves or dairy cows. Mature beef cattle can get by on rather plain hay of any type but lactating cows will need adequate protein. Good palatable grass hay, cut while still green and growing, can be very adequate. However, if grass hay is coarse and dry (with little vitamin A or protein), you’ll need to add some legume hay to the cattle’s diet.

Hay for Horses

Horses can do well on grass or alfalfa (or other legume) hay. Important factors to keep in mind for horse hay are the nutritional needs of the animals (mature horses will not need high protein or calcium levels unless they are mares nursing foals), and the way the hay was harvested. If it was rained on after it was cut, baled too green or too wet or too dry, it may not be safe to feed. Hay for horses should never contain dust or mold, as it may lead to coughing and respiratory problems. Some types of mold may cause colic or can cause a pregnant mare to abort.

Selecting Hay for Feed

Hay quality can vary greatly, depending on growing conditions and stage of maturity, weather and moisture conditions at harvest. Factors that can affect nutritional value include plant species in the hay, fertility of soil, harvesting methods (whether the hay was conditioned or crimped to dry faster and lose less leaves and nutrients during drying) and curing time.

One way to assess the maturity of alfalfa hay is the snap test. If a handful of hay bends easily in your hand, its fiber content is relatively low and it will be more digestible than if the stems snap like twigs.

The best way to check hay is to open a few bales and inspect it closely. Look at texture, maturity, color and leafiness. Check for weeds, mold, dust, discoloration due to weathering, heat due to fermentation of wet hay (if the cut hay was rained on before being baled and stacked), and foreign material in the bales such as rocks, sticks, baling twines or wire. If ingested, wire can cause “hardware” disease in cattle by perforating the gut and causing fatal peritonitis because they do not sort out foreign materials before eating.

Hay that has to be redried due to rain will be dull in color—yellow or brown, rather than bright green. But all hay tends to weather because the sun bleaches the outside of the bales. You often cannot tell the quality of the hay by just looking at the outside of a bale. Even if the outer edge of a bale has faded from sun exposure and rain, the inside should still be green.

Use your nose as well as your eyes. The smell of hay will give a clue to quality. It should smell good, not musty, sour or moldy. The flakes should separate easily from the bale and not be stuck together. Moldy hay, or hay that heated excessively after being baled, will usually be heavy, stuck together and dusty. Good hay will be uniformly green and sweet smelling, with no brown spots or moldy portions.

Unless you are buying directly out of the field after baling, try to buy hay that has been protected from weather by a tarp or hay shed. Rain can ruin baled hay by causing mold. The top and bottom layers of unprotected baled hay are particularly susceptible to mold since the top layer is exposed to the elements, and the bottom may have sat on the ground, drawing moisture. Wet hay not only weighs more, adding to the cost, but will likely be moldy.

Storing Hay for Feed

Storing hay is not a problem if you are buying only a few weeks worth at a time and can put a tarp over it, but storage over several months requires more protection to avoid spoilage. Regardless of storage time, you will need a way to keep it from getting wet or drawing moisture from the ground. A hay shed is ideal because you can build up the floor with gravel for good drainage so the entire haystack is kept dry.

If you don’t have any type of roof to put your hay under, you can create a well-drained area (by building up the floor with gravel or wooden pallets) and cover the stack with tarps. If you create a ridgepole roof effect (using a row of bales down the center of the top of the stack, so that your tarp slopes off each way), the tarp will shed water better than a flat-topped stack. Also, you will be less apt to have spoilage from a leak in the tarp if the water can run off readily.

If you have a year’s worth of hay stored, keep in mind that long storage time reduces nutritional levels of protein and vitamin A. Always buy hay that was harvested under good conditions, then keep it dry and out of the sunlight so it will keep better. Always stack it so that the oldest bales will be used first.

http://www.hobbyfarms.com/crops-and-gardening/hay-feeding-14792.aspx

If you are in need of good quality hay, we carry a nice Timothy hay for purchase at the store.

 

Dog Food & Treat Recalls!

Please note, Louiso’s does not carry any of these treats listed in the recalls.  We are sharing for the safety of our customers pets.

Nutro CHEWY Treats with Real Apples

MARS Petcare has issued a voluntary recall of select lots of its Nutro dog treats due to potential mold.

What’s Recalled?

The following product is affected by this recall event:

  • Nutro CHEWY Treats with Real Apples
    Size: 4OZ
    UPC: 7910511344
    Lot Codes beginning with the following numbers and regardless of the Best By date:
    4 50
    5 02
    5 03
    5 05
 If you have questions about this voluntary recall, customers are invited to call Nutro Customer Service at 800-833-5330.

Stella and Chewy’s Dog and Cat Food Recall of December 2015

Stella and Chewy’s of Oak Creek, Wisconsin,has announced it is voluntarily recalling four of its products sold in the U.S. and Canada due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.

The recall affects a total of 990 cases — 964 cases in the U.S. and 26 cases in Canada.

What’s Recalled?

As a precautionary measure, Stella and Chewy’s is voluntarily recalling selected products from Lot # 165-15, which includes:

  • Frozen Stella’s Super Beef Dinner Morsels for Dogs
    Size: 8.5 ounce
    UPC: 186011 001554
    Lot #: 165-15
    Use By Date: 6/25/2016
  • Frozen Stella’s Super Beef Dinner Morsels for Dogs
    Size: 4 pounds
    UPC: 186011 001370
    Lot #: 165-15
    Use By Date: 6/25/2016 & 6/26/2016
  • Frozen Duck Duck Goose Dinner Morsels for Cats
    Size: 1.25 pounds
    UPC: 186011 001455
    Lot #: 165-15
    Use By Date: 6/25/2016

While the following products have not tested positive for Listeria, the company is also recalling the following products which may have come into contact with the affected lot:

  • Frozen Chick Chick Chicken Dinner Morsels for Cats
    Size: 1.25 pounds
    UPC: 186011 001448
    Lot #: 160-15
    Use By Date: 7/2/2016
  • Frozen Chick Chick Chicken Dinner Morsels for Cats
    Size: 1.25 pounds
    UPC: 186011 001448
    Lot #: 152-15
    Use By Date: 7/2/2016

Retailers and consumers can find the full product recall list and additional information on the company’s website.

For additional recall information visit, http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recalls/

Its time to get a Christmas Tree, now how do you keep it looking fresh?

Caring for a live Christmas tree is easy, but requires a few specific steps. If you take these steps, you can make a Christmas tree last longer through the season.

Wrap the tree for the trip home

Most Christmas trees travel to their owner’s home on the top of a vehicle. The first step to keeping your Christmas tree fresh is to cover the tree as you go home in order to keep the wind from damaging it. We have you covered, we wrap all our trees in netting for their rides home.

 Recutting the stem on the Christmas tree

When caring for a live Christmas tree, remember a Christmas tree is essentially a giant cut flower. The vascular system that draws water up into the Christmas tree will have clogged. Cutting off just a ¼ inch of the bottom of the trunk will remove the clogs and open up the vascular system again. You can cut more off, if you need to for height reasons. We have you covered, we recut the bottoms of all our trees, including drilling holes for stands.

 Watering your Christmas tree

It is essential to know how to keep a Christmas tree fresh that once you cut the trunk, the cut has to stay moist. Make sure to fill the stand immediately after you get the tree home. But, if you forget, most trees will be ok if you fill the stand within 24 hours. But your Christmas tree will stay fresh longer if you fill it as soon as possible.

If you want to make a Christmas tree last longer, just use plain water. Studies have shown that plain water will work as well to keep a Christmas tree fresh as anything added to the water.

Check the Christmas tree stand twice a day as long as the tree is up. It is important that the stand stayed filled. A Christmas tree stand normally holds a rather small amount of water and a Christmas tree can quickly use up the water in the stand.

 Choose an appropriate location for your Christmas tree

Another important part of how to make a Christmas tree last longer is to choose a good location in your house. Place the tree away from heating vents or cold drafts. Constant heat or fluctuating temperatures can speed the drying out of a tree.

Also avoid placing the tree in direct, strong sunlight. The sunlight can also make the tree fade faster.

Best Bird Feed for Fall Feeding

Best Bird Feed for Fall Feeding

While many feeder birds will gravitate to a variety of food in the wild, once cool weather hits, those same birds will start looking for food that’s easy to get and packed with energy. That makes your bird feeders great for fall feeding — birds don’t have to scour the landscape to find it and you can control exactly what goes into it!

Select the right seed – The best for fall feeding are those that have a lot of protein and fat packed inside of each bite. With that in mind, sunflower seed, peanut hearts and safflower seed are the best option for most birds. For many species, especially finches, thistle seed is also a good option. If you opt to buy mixed seed, look for those with high percentages of sunflower seeds, nuts and safflower seeds inside.

Suet Cakes Deliver – With the right bird feeder, suet can be a valuable addition to your autumn bird-feeding efforts. This food is totally unlike bird seed – it’s rendered lard mixed with a number of other bird-friendly ingredients that is hardened into a cake-like wedge. Birds can then pick it apart to build up their own fat reserves. While many suet cakes can spoil in warm weather, they’re perfect for fall and winter feeding.

Give Them Peanut butter – The easiest DIY bird feeder of them all is always a big hit with birds! Simply spread peanut butter on to a pine cone and hang it on a tree branch. Your birds will happily dig out every last bit of that high-protein, high-fat sandwich spread.

More Ideas for Attracting Fall Feeder Birds

There is plenty more you can do to make your yard the perfect place for your visitors throughout the season.

Water – Having a supply of clean water for birds to use is a huge attractant. You can try a bird waterer or install a bird bath. Whichever you do, make sure to change the water frequently and take steps to keep it from freezing.

Ground feeding – Many bird species prefer to eat on the ground. Accommodate those birds by spreading a small amount of seed underneath your feeders.

Alternatives to ground feeding – Of course you don’t have to drop food directly on the ground. You can also pour seed on a deck, railing or other inviting space that will attract ground foragers.

Leaf raking & snow shoveling – Always try to keep the space under your feeder clear of anything that can hide seed that’s fallen to the ground. A pile of fallen leaves or a heap of snow can be the difference between a bird going hungry and a helpful meal.

Keep feeders clear – When snow, ice, sleet and rain hit your yard, take steps to keep the bird seed in your feeders dry. In snowy weather, brush any accumulations on your feeder off. During wet and icy weather, put a limited amount of seed in the feeder until the rough weather passes. Soggy or frozen food can keep birds away.

Stay clean – Remember, keep your feeders clean! All the activity at your feeders can also create a breeding ground for bird illnesses. A regular routine of feeder cleaning will really help them through the winter.

Nest boxes – The autumn is a great time to clean out bird houses and nest boxes of the bedding placed inside during the breeding season. Pull out all that material and scrub the inside with warm soapy water.

Need recommendations on bird feed or feeders, we’d be glad to help when you stop in!

Tack Swap to be held at Louiso Feed & Seed

Over the last few weeks we’ve been hearing from the local horse community that the annual tack swap held at the fair grounds was not happening this year.  Which leaves lots of unhappy horse people.  Social media was definitely showing that equestrians in our area wanted a tack swap.

Sooooo, why not host it at the store?!?  Louiso’s will be hosting a Tack Swap on Sunday Nov, 8th from 11:00 – 4:00.  This event will be all outdoors.   Booth set-up is FREE.  You will need to provide your own table if one is needed.

We are hoping that all those who were asking for a new location for a tack swap will join us!

To reserve a space email your contact info to tacksale@louisofeedseed.com.

Local handmade items welcome as well!

Tack Sale

Dog Food Recall – K-9 Kraving Dog Food

Even though we don’t carry these foods in our store, we still want to make sure our customers are informed.

On October 2, 2015, K-9 Kraving Dog Food of Baltimore, Maryland, announced the recall of its Chicken Patties dog food because the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria mitocytogenes.

Salmonella and Listeria are bacteria that can affect the health of both pets and humans.

To learn which products are affected, please visit the following link:

K-9 Kraving Raw Dog Food Recall of October 2015

Please be sure to share the news of this alert with other pet owners.

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