It's never a dull moment around here with Miss Cookie Mizer. Today I took a fecal sample in to have it tested.
I started the month of February giving her 1 tablespoon of Food Grade DE (Diatomaceous Earth from Tractor Supply) for 1 week. The second week she got 2 tablespoons. The third & fourth week she got 4 tablespoons.
I put this in her wetted alfalfa along with 1 tablespoon of Milled Flax Seed & 1 tablespoon of ground up mineral block. She won't lick the block so rather than have it sit around & disintegrate from the humidity.
The test results came back NEGATIVE. She had NO parasites in her system. So I will trim her back on the DE to 2 tablespoons per day for maintenence & do another fecal exam in a month.
I'm going to give her some ProBios just to make sure her digestive tract is healthy & has the good parasites in it that's needed.
I also brought home some Sweet PDZ to help with the urine smell in her paddock as well as a new bottle of fly spray. I hooked the fly spray on the gate & hoisted the bag over the fence to carry it back to the hay shelter where it will stay dry & out of reach from Cookie. It's non-toxic & generally safe if eaten, but she didn't need to smell fresh on the inside so being in the hay shelter is a precaution. Well, while I hoisted the bag over the fence, she was licking the fly spray bottle. I was like UHM Hello!? You don't lick the fly spray bottle! I grabbed it & headed off to the hay shelter with both spray & PDZ. I set the PDZ down by the hay shelter & went into the stall to put the fly spray on a shelf in there. Within seconds I hear a rip & I start hollering. COOKIE!! Get out of the bag!! She had torn a hole in the bag of PDZ! I backed her up & of course she was not happy about it. I told her she didn't need to smell good on the inside, that this was for the ground. <Shakes my head> Crazy mare! As I was putting it into a tub so it wouldn't spill out everywhere, she was trying to get to it again. So I set the tub down, backed her up & shooed her off. lol the thanks I got was pinned ears & a head toss.
<sigh> Gotta love that girl! She loves boxes & tearing open bags. She loves being a giraffe & eating the limbs of my pear tree & she loves rolling after a meal. If I didn't know her better I'd swear she had issues. She's just being her goofy, loveable self & I'm so blessed & beyond happy to have her home.
*More information about Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth & its many uses click this link: http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/defaq.html
*For more information about Sweet PDZ : http://www.sweetpdz.com/
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