Pets & Animals

The Benefits of Black Soldier Fly Larvae for Reptiles

The Benefits of Black Soldier Fly Larvae for Reptiles

Black Soldier Fly Larvae are an excellent feeder bug for any reptile, or other animals, that eat insects! They have a good amount of protein, aren’t too high in fat, and are softer and easier to digest than some other feeders like mealworms. Their most important feature though is their naturally high calcium content!
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Things I’ve Learned While Camping with My Dog

Things I’ve Learned While Camping with My Dog

As the year has gone on and we have been able to venture out, I feel so lucky that we found Opal and brought her into our family. I look forward to every adventure with her and I know she does as well. She knows what’s up as I begin pulling out my gear and loading up the truck. Once it’s time to go, she can’t get into the truck fast enough.
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Crate Training Your Dog

Crate Training Your Dog

Crate training your dog is one of the more important things you can do for their mental health, and ultimately yours. When done properly, your dog  shouldn’t be upset to hang out in their crate. Their crate becomes a den, with three sides of security and a mind that can rest.
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Pet Separation Anxiety During Back-to-School Season

Pet Separation Anxiety During Back-to-School Season

I still consider myself to be a new dog owner. Opal turned one in July, but we adopted her in October. When we got Opal, my kids were still in school. During the formative months, we successfully house and crate trained her. For the last few months of school, Opal did just fine in her crate while the kids were at school. 
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Hummingbird Scouts

Hummingbird Scouts

Hummingbird, scouts? I had always believed that the first hummingbirds that showed up in spring were scouts. These brave souls came early to find the best places to eat and raise a family. Then somehow let the other birds in the south know it is safe to head north? 
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Hummingbirds That Frequent the Treasure Valley

Hummingbirds That Frequent the Treasure Valley

Considering how fast these little miracles of nature move, they are hard to identify but here in the Treasure Valley, four have been documented. We have the Rufous, Anna’s hummingbird, the Broad-Tailed and the Calliope.
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Attracting More Hummingbirds

Attracting More Hummingbirds

Attracting more Hummingbirds to your yard begins early. When the males head north they look for the best places to feed. Food sources can be hard to come by, so putting Hummingbird feeders out early can help attract those early males to set up shop and stay for the season.
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Tips and Tricks For Raising Chicks

Tips and Tricks For Raising Chicks

Raising chickens for backyard animal companions as well as egg-producers can be a wonderful adventure when the needs of the chickens are properly met. The following list is a good place to start.

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Choosing the Right Flea and Tick Control for Your Pets

Choosing the Right Flea and Tick Control for Your Pets

There are several ways to prevent and treat ticks. They range in price and time commitment. Powders, sprays, and shampoos can be inexpensive but need to be done frequently while spot treatments and collars generally have a higher price tag but only need to be done monthly or seasonally.
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Muddy Yards and Muddy Paws

Muddy Yards and Muddy Paws

What is up with the mud this year?!? Mild winter weather has allowed us to get outdoors with our pets to frolic in the sunshine. But the warm days and cold nights, combined with precipitation have also created a perfect storm for nasty mud in our yard, and of course, the inevitable muddy paws that come back inside. So, what to do about this?
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Transitioning Between Dog Foods

Transitioning Between Dog Foods

Zamzows dog food is a calorie dense product and the amount you will need to feed will most likely decrease. The feeding guidelines noted on the back of the bag have been established by researchers to best address your dogs weight and size. Overfeeding is a significant cause of diarrhea and gas. Your dog may appear to be hungry but be assured they are receiving all of the nutrients that their body needs. Overfeeding your dog can contribute to significant health risks which can include joint problems and Diabetes.
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Exploring Idaho’s Hiking Trails With Your Dogs

Exploring Idaho’s Hiking Trails With Your Dogs

Autumn is my favorite time to get outside with my dogs. The crisp temperatures and beautiful changing foliage energizes me and drives me out of my house, especially after the summer we just endured. For those living in the Treasure Valley, we have many options for dog-friendly hiking trails and breathtaking outings. An embarrassment of riches, a friend once told me.
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