Daily Bundles are available and a Customized schedule is available.
Debbie's Pet Service is about Relationships with your Family and there are some Factors that will effect pricing such as having Multiple Pets, Pet sitting in remote areas as well as Bundling your Services.
Your Family needs will be met and together we will figure out what works best for you.
This is a free meeting in your home so we can get to know one another and discuss your needs, review the care plan and sign authorization paperwork.
In order to ensure the Highest Quality of SERVICE, Debbie's Pet Service is limited to service areas as listed below:
Areas of Service for Debbie's Pet Service-
Horse Care Basics 101 in the Pensacola area.
Debbie Gowans is a former professional horse trainer and has over 25 years experience in taking care of horses.
Before you decide to bring a Horse into your Family, it is best you educate yourself as much as possible as to the care they require as well as the commitment you are making.
Things to think about when adopting a Horse:
1) Nutritional is critical and understanding a horse’s digestive system is important. A horses basic diet consists of grass, that is rich in fiber and water.
You need to buy quality hay that is clean, being free of mold as well as dust.
Clean fresh water needs to available at all times, even if you think your horse only drinks a few times a day.
In cold weather, you need to insure the water does not freeze. plenty of fresh, clean, unfrozen water should be available at all times, even if the horse only drinks once or twice a day.
How do you know how much food is proper is important.
While most times horses will graze on grass at their leisure, make sure they have plenty of hay available to avoid your horse getting ulcers.
The amount of feed you give your horse will depend on your horses condition and activity level. Horses ridden for pleasure don't necessarily need grain added to their diet, but Competition Horses need grain to perform at their best.
A rule of thumb is your horse will eat between 2% and 4% of their body weight in pounds of hay or other feeds. These guidelines come from the ASPCA.
It is important to watch your horse and make sure he is maintaining an appropriate weight.
- A word on grains:
- Not all horse diets are the same and depending on your particular horse, I understand how important it is to keep their feeding schedule and routine consistent.
- Most horses, even fairly active ones, don’t need the extra calories found in grains, which are high in carbohydrates. Foals fed “high energy” diets can develop bone and joint problems. Some adult horses develop certain muscle disorders related to excess carbohydrates. It is also incorrect to feed a horse extra grain in the winter to keep him warm. Hay, in fact, produces more heat when digested.
- A horse of pony breaking into the grain bin or being allowed to gorge on green pasture for the first time since the fall is headed for disaster.
Vaccinations and De-worming your horse-
All horses need vaccinations and most need regular de-worming.
The specifics should be discussed with an equine veterinarian.
Horses need protection from Tetanus as well as Eastern and Western equine encephalomyelitis, equine influenza, rhinopneumonitis (equine herpes) and rabies. Vaccines for West Nile Virus are also available.
Consult with your veterinarian if other vaccines are appropriate for your horse.
Worms can cause weight loss, poor coat, and colic, which can be deadly. It is best to have your veterinarian test and de-
worm your horse.
Proper management entails not putting too many horses on too little land, rotating pastures if possible, and removing feces regularly.
Extreme Weather Precautions
Horses can tolerated cold much better than the heat. Horses need to be able to sweat to clear toxins built up.
Temperatures over 130, when adding in our humidity, you need to be cautious when exercising your horse.
Hoof Care for Horses-
You should trim your horses Hooves every 6 -8 weeks for horses that aren't as active.
Dental Care for Horses-
Your horses teeth never stop growing and uneven wear leads to pain and difficulty chewing.
You should check your horses teeth twice a year by a trained specialist and have them floated.
Horse Dental disease can lead to choke, colic and weight loss.
As a pet owner, it is hard to find a reliable Pet Sitter you can Trust. A sitter you can build a Relationship with and count on.
If you are looking for someone to care for your pets, someone you want your pets to have consistent care, that they trust, Call Debbie's Pet Service.
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