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Animal Health Archives

Senior Horse Care

Caring for Your Aging Equine

Coastal’s Urban Farmer’s Almanac

  With all of the advances in veterinary care, feed, and medicine, horses are living longer, more productive lives. It’s a good thing. But with those extra years, horse owners do have some extra work. Here are some quick bits of advice if you find yourself caring for an older horse. Exercise is Important Keep […]

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Keeping Pets Warm

Keeping Outdoor Pets Warm in the Winter

  Autumn will soon turn to winter. That’s when the Northwest goes from cold, wet, windy, and snowy to even colder, wetter, windier, and snowier. It’s easy to warm up when you have a wood stove pumping out some heat, but for your pets and horses, winter can be a trying time. Here are a […]

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Chicken Molting

What to Expect When Your Chickens Molt

  As fall weather makes an abrupt appearance and trees start to lose their leaves, chickens will start doing the same with their feathers. This natural occurrence is called molting. While it happens every fall for chickens 18 months and older, it can catch new chicken owners by surprise. Here’s what you can do to […]

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Plants that Can Harm Your Pet

Know the Plants that Can Harm Your Pets

  There are well over 1,000 different plants that can adversely affect dogs and cats, according to the ASPCA. You can find the full list at the ASPCA website. While that’s a huge list, and quite worrisome, we’ve narrowed it down to 21 green suspects that are likely to cause harm if your pet were […]

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Getting Your Horse Ready for Colder Weather

  Fall is just around the corner. As the weather gets colder and we get busier, the chores tend to pile up. Sometimes things get skipped altogether. It happens to the best of us. But if you’re a horse owner, there are a few fall tips you should keep at the top of your “to […]

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Farrier

Farrier Tips to Replacing Horseshoes

  A few weeks ago, we shared some hoof cleaning insights from professional farrier Jim Spencer. Today, we’re walking through the process of replacing the shoes on a horse. Jim has been working with equine for just over 43 years. In that time, he’s shod too many horses to count. He is exceptionally good at […]

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Farrier

Farrier Tips to Cleaning Horse Hooves

  Back when horses were the primary mode of transportation, the farrier and blacksmith were one in the same. They were the ones who made the horseshoes and shod the horses. Today, farriers are artisans of hoof care, skillfully adjusting and adapting horse shoes when needed, cleaning away debris, and helping ensure hoof health. They […]

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K9 for Warriors

Feeding Your Dog and Supporting Our Troops

  America is currently home to 21.8 million military veterans. We owe them everything, which is why Merrick Pet Care is supporting a non-profit known as K9s for Warriors. This wonderful organization pairs rescue dogs with military men and women suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disability (PTSD), brain injury and/or other military trauma as a result […]

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Pasture Management

Essential Springtime Pasture Management

Despite Mother Nature’s best attempts to hang onto winter, spring really is just around the corner. Some pastures around the Northwest are already seeing new grass growth. As your fields turn green, there are a few things you can do to protect your pasture, safeguard your animals, and make your life a lot easier in […]

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Healthy Chicks

Chicks are Arriving at Your Nearby Coastal

Keeping Chicks Happy and Healthy Spring is in the air (or at least hints of it), and chicks are arriving happy and healthy at your nearby Coastal Farm & Ranch. Days before they get to your store, it’s all hands on deck for our employees who care for the tiny, sweetly chirping chicks. The care […]

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