It's a hot one out there today!
Be sure your animals have access to plenty of fresh cool water during the heat. some of them like our alpacas and guardian dogs like to lie in kiddie pools or splash. I also have a mare that likes to splash.
Other things- you can give NONlactating animals peppermint tea in their drinking water, or Animals at least one years old you can dilute 1 - 3 drops -depending on size of animal- peppermint essential oil - again non lactating and not for feline use, in a spray bottle and spritz it on them (avoid eyes and body openings) or mix with 1 tsp of peppermint eo and put on them. If they are lactating substitute with Eucaplyptus globulus essential oil. I like animals to be at least 4 months old when I use that, but in an emergency will use it younger diulted more. Not for feline use. We have essential oils at https://www.firmeadowllc.com/essential-oils-new.html
Shaving/clipping hair on animal bellies with a ten blade on the clippers also helps them to shed more heat and is nice to do for animals living in hot climates or for unusually hot days.
If you would like to top of their electrolytes I'm a big fan of coconut water for that. One can also use the fancier (More expensive) cactus waters and home juiced grapefruit juice works well too. IF your animal is on medications skip using grapefruit as it may make the medications ineffective. I use 1/4 cup for 150 lbs of animal or human that is otherwise healthy. More if they are having a heat episode (and cool quickly starting at their feet with cold water or ice water) and working up the legs to the body while keeping them in the shade or making shade over them (such as holding a tarp over them). When helping animals be sure you watch the humans too- a red face or worse purple indicates a very overheated person- cool them NOW. Don't wait that long. Stay on water and electrolytes well before then and out of the sun if possible.
Misters placed in the air helps reduce air temperature feel by about 5 degrees Fahrenheit and using inexpensive box fans in barns also helps reduce heat issues. Be sure than any electrical chords are unable to be reached by animals and watch for tripping hazards when stretching cords across aisleways. Access to shade goes without saying.
Stressed animals from the heat? Take a look at our MMUNE(tm) Herb Mix to help their immune systems deal with the stress: https://www.firmeadowllc.com/store/p874/Herb_Mix_MMune_%28tm%29__immune_system_support__8_oz.html
Getting ready to breed? LOVE using BetterDaze(tm) herb mix to keep bodies topped off: https://www.firmeadowllc.com/store/p418/Herb_Mix_BetterDaze%E2%84%A2__8_oz.html
BEES are getting to be boogers this time of year. At our family camp two kids got nailed just two hours apart by wasps. And one was a neck sting that started swelling because neck and head stings react faster due to blood supply. In those situations I use cayenne internally for any potential shocky types of issues and DBUG salve. it was amazing how fast both stings quit hurting the kids and how fast the swelling started receding- making it impossible to see where they were stung a few hours later. GREAT to keep on hand for pets, people and your barnyard.
DBug(tm) Salve: https://www.firmeadowllc.com/store/p384/Salve_DBug%E2%84%A2_4_oz.html
Blessings All! K
Here's a story that was shared with us today from HB in Texas
"Once again your products amaze me! I bought the dvenom to keep on hand should anyone around here run into a copperhead. Fortunately that hasn't happened yet, but we ARE overrun with wasps. For several days in a row my kids would come inside in a panic because a wasp had gotten them. My daughter who is usually fairly allergic is always my main concern. So for each of them I soaked a piece of gauze in dvenom, then taped it on the wasp sting. Within 15 minutes they'd be tearing it off ready to get back outside because the pain, swelling and redness would be completely gone. Just amazing!!!"
Our DVenom™ has been used to support animals with bee/wasp/hornet stings, black widow bites, hobo spider bites (same venom as brown recluse), and even copperheads on body, leg/foot, udder and even face bites on dogs, livestock and horses. I have used it externally on my husband's stomach area for hobo spider bites. If used soon enough it enables the body to get ahead of the venom and break it down. It also contains herbs for vital organ and brain stem/neurosystem support.
DBug™ Salve has been used on bug bites and stings, as well as poisonous plant rashes, stinging nettle, poison oak and poison ivy. It helps the body tackle itching and helps the body to push out toxins.
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Both of these are available on our site. These products are great to have on hand- you don't want to wait two or three days to get them when you need them now.
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But even worse than that is to not be prepared for one! There are natural product orders we receive every week where it would have been more helpful for our customer to have had the products on hand before they needed it and often would have reduced stress and suffering if it were already on hand. Often it also would have saved a consultation fee. I'll list a few of those here for you. Remember that in acute situations it is best to herb hourly or every other hour at the longest interval during waking hours (but get at least 4 doses in before bedtime) and continue the following day if you didn't get a waking day of dosing in). These products are Master of Herbology formulated, high quality and can be used for any species or stage of pregnancy or lactation. No meat or milk withdrawals.
The first one that always comes to mind (and yours if you've read my book is CAYENNE! Not just any cayenne, but ideally 40,000 heat unit cayenne and medicinal quality. There is no medicinal benefit to go hotter, so to me it's not worth traumatizing my pet, livestock or family member with anything hotter. I use this to stimulate the heart to wake back up as well as for heart emergencies, for bleeding, for hemorrhaging, to get new baby animals to clear additional fluids from their sinus, bronchial, lungs, for shock, hypothermia and more. Just about every situation one could face will benefit from this very inexpensive but very important herb. We keep it in the kitchen, milk room, tack box, stock trailers, first aid kit and vehicles. It's available in extract and in herb powder form from us at Herb Mixes & Supplies. (Click on the blue link for this and the other herb mixes).
ColicNBloat™ herb mix is a very good friend if your beloved creature is facing either a bloat episode or colicking. You can diluted and use our Peppermint essential oil externally at the same time. Essential oils can be purchased here: Essential Oils .
ClostridEaze™ herb mix is very important to keep on hand if you have small ruminants and certainly can be kept on hand for other types of animals experiencing enterotoxemia or acidosis from getting into too much of a food they aren't used to such as a hay change that is much richer or a different type or a grain raid.
DBug™ salve is used for toxic or annoying bites and stings. If you get it on quickly it will give the body what it needs to pull a lot of toxins out fast. Salves are found here: Herbal Salves Skin Hair
DTox™ herb mix help support the body and gives it what it needs in the event of consuming a toxic plant material as long as you give it fast enough. It also helps support organs often damaged by these potential toxins.
DVenom™ extract is given in the case of bites or stings from a venomous creature. It helps the body to break down the amino acids comprising the poison and helps support body organs often put under additional stress from these types of incidents. Extracts & Infusions are found here: Tinctures & Extracts
Fresh Start™ herb mix besides giving kidney and liver support is is a must have support in the event of mold poisoning which can be found in hays or feeds that were improperly harvested or stored.
GI Soother ™ herb mix is useful in situations of diarrhea from bacterial cause in the GI tract. It also supports the body in coccidiosis and barberpole worm attacks. It is much better to be proactive than reactive so is a good product to feed regularly to young stock or older stock before a problem arises.
HerBamine™ extract is used in situations such as injuries where pain or inflammation may be a problem. It can also be used for routine herd maintenance such as castrating or disbudding (horn removal).
HerBiotic™ herb mix, salve, extract. These are used in situations that involve viral, bacterial, microbial, fungal or yeast opportunists to support your creature and enable them to deal with the problem better.
Ketomix™ herb mix is useful in situations of Ketosis or Pregnancy Toxemia. Vital support during these metabolic challenges along with nutrition to support the body systems under additional distress.
Wounderful!™ salve is a wonderful companion for burns of all types, superficial to deep injuries including flesh, tendons, hoof cracks, nerves and bones. It supplies the nutrition the body would like to have to get up and going on the healing process.
UdderBlast™ infusion is useful support when dealing with Mastitis. This is definately a product you will wish you had on hand ahead of a problem, instead of having to wait 2 to 3 days to receive it by mail. Often used together with HerBiotic™ herb mix.
BetterDaze™ herb mix and MMune™ Support herb mix can be used as additional nutritional support in any situations.
And last but never least- My book- The Accessible Pet, Equine and Livestock Herbal will walk you through most emergencies and how I would handle them if I were in the same situation with my animal(s). Since emergencies seem to often happen after hours, before hours or on weekends /holidays having this book on hand will save you a lot of time and consultation fees.
BE VERY BLESSED :)
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