Canine Flu

December 27, 2012

Flu season is trampling through the United States right now, especially with the unseasonably high temperatures that many states are seeing. Like humans, dogs can contract a flu called the Canine Influenza Virus. Every year this very contagious flew infects thousands of dogs throughout the U.S. There are no predeterminations of which dogs will be infected with this influenza. Dogs of any breed, age, or vaccine status are susceptible to this infection. Dogs can get infected with this disease by coming in contact with any other infected dog. A vaccination for this infection is available and is recommended for dogs that interact with many other dogs on a regular basis. Symptoms of the Canine Influenza are a lot like the humans influenza virus, coughing, sneezing, fever, nasal discharge, rapid or difficulty breathing, loss of appetite, and/or fatigue. Veterinarians will diagnose your dog after running a series of physical examinations and tests. The Canine Flu is treated through good nutrition and supplements, warm and comfortable place for your pup to rest, medication to treat secondary bacterial infection (Canine Influenza is a virus, hence, there is no medication to treat it), and hydration. Dogs that are infected with this Canine Influenza are only contagious with other dogs, not with humans; therefore, you should keep your furry friend out of contact with any other canine until your veterinarian says that the virus is completely gone. Listening to your vet and being patient will help your pup have a comfortable and fast remission.

When we get our mail at home, we usually look at the envelope and decide if we’re going to open it or not. Is your direct mail the one that most people toss in the trash or is it a mailing that catches the audience’s eye? To make sure that your direct mail is being opened, here some tips:

  1. Handwrite the recipients address.
  2. Use a street address for your returned address rather than a P.O. Box.
  3. Use an unusual item as the envelope that makes the mailing piece a little bulky (popcorn bag, dinner placemat, etc.) and put a grabber on the outside of it (nickel, etc.).
  4. Use a real stamp and put it on a little crooked.
  5. Do not use a company name on the return address.

If you think about it, all of these things make sense because that is what we look for when deciding if we open a piece of mail. People appreciate hand writing and regular stamps because it is so rare to see nowadays and throwing a grabber on the outside of the envelope never hurts.

Shedding is a natural process for many animals. But when is the amount and frequency of your pets shedding too much? The quantity and regularity of your pets shedding depends on their breed type, the season of the year and their health. To reduce your pets amount of shedding there are a few things that you can do. Keeping your dogs indoors in winter will prevent them from growing  a thick coat that they would naturally get in the winter to keep them warm. By keeping your dogs indoors in the winter, they will not grow that thick coat, hence, less shedding. Another way to reduce the amount of shedding on your pets is to brush them regularly to get rid of any old hair that is already shed, but not collected on your couches and carpets yet.

Shedding for you furry friends is not always a positive thing. For some animals shedding is a result of stress, poor nutrition or health problems. Your veterinarian will help you with determining if there is a shedding problem with your pet. Proper nutrition will, in most cases, help to reduce the amount of shedding, but make sure you know if your pets have an allergy or sensitivity to certain foods. You and your pet should go visit your vet when an original skin problem continues for more than a week.

            Nothing is more unpleasant then seeing a huge pile of bills on your table and knowing that you have not paid one of them.  Let’s be honest, we are busy almost every second of our life either working, going to school, taking care of the children, cooking meals, exercising, sleeping, and doing it all over again the next day, so it’s no wonder our bills keep piling up, there’s no time for them. Here are 5 tips that will put you on track for paying your bills on time:

  1. Designate a time to pay bills each week. This will give you a chance to review your bank balance and pay the bills.
  2. Set up an automatic payment and pay bills online. This may save you some money and it will save you the time it would take to go to the post office.
  3. Process your bills immediately. It may be tempting to just let your bills sit in the closed envelope and relax for the night, but if you open your mail at least every other day then it will not be that difficult to pay the bills.
  4. Prepay your bills. This will only work if you are not living from paycheck to paycheck because of the fact that your bills may fluctuate throughout the year.
  5. Reduce unnecessary bills. If you do not use your direct TV, then unsubscribe from it, there is no need to have extra bills that do not have a use to you.

It is absolutely worth it to take this advice and pay your bills on time, rather than putting it off so long that you have another fee for unpaid bills. If you follow these simple steps you will not be drilled for being billed.

Vaccinations for your Pets

December 13, 2012

Animals are a lot like humans, and just like humans, there are vaccinations available for pets to prevent illnesses and diseases that affect them. The emotional pain and money that are tied into dealing with a disease or illness that your pet is diagnosed with can all be avoided by getting the available vaccinations. The vaccinations have side-effects, like any other medication, but it is more likely that your pet will not have any negative reactions to the vaccine. Depending on the age, medical history, environment, travel pattern, and lifestyle of your pet your vet will determine a regime of vaccines that your pet should have, although some vaccines are completely optional to the owner. There are a few vaccines that are vital to all dogs based on risk of exposure. The rabies vaccination is a legally required vaccine for all animals, but depending on your state you may have to update your furry friend’s rabies vaccine annually or tri-annually. If you have any questions about vaccines or if you’re pet is acting or looking different after receiving a vaccine, do not hesitate to call your veterinarian.

Throughout the years, people have been very creative with ways to cook their Thanksgiving  turkeys. Some recipes are traditional and bake in the oven, some grill it, and others even deep fry it! There’s no way of saying which way is the right way, but here are some tips to the perfect turkey:

  1. When buying, be sure to buy at least one pound per person so that you know you’ll have leftovers.
  2. Give yourself at least 2 days to defrost your bird.
  3. After it’s defrosted, season your turkey generously so it can sink in.
  4. Let the bird sit and come to room temperature that way you know that the whole turkey will cook the same.
  5. Once it’s done cooking, let it sit for at least 30 minutes before carving and serving.

With these tips, you’ll be sure to impress your dinner guests, fill up their bellies, and have some extras for a turkey sandwich tomorrow.

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year”, as most people say during the holiday season, but it is also one of the most stressful times of the year. Here are five tips to help relieve the stress of holiday travel:

  1. Plan to get to the airport at least 3 hours early. Check in and security lines are extra long during the holiday season.
  2. Don’t wrap your presents before your flight. The TSA may need to look into the packages.
  3. Weigh your bags and look at your airlines restrictions.
  4. Pack extra for your children; most airlines do not hand out snacks anymore.
  5. Beware of the dreaded delays. They are more prevalent during this time of the year.

The most important thing you will have to take with your during holiday traveling is your patience. It seems like nothing fast happens at this time, so sit back, relax, and envision that delicious holiday meal you’ll be having.

The holidays can be a very stressful time as we all know. We’ve got relatives coming in from out of town, your residents have more visitors, there’s a great deal of cooking to get done, and trying to attend all of the holiday parties, it seems impossible sometimes! Because of this, I thought I’d share five tips to staying refreshed this New Year’s:

  1. Biophilia- a person’s bond with nature. This can be extremely relaxing and revitalizing because of the sereneness but also because our bodies need a proper amount of sunlight and darkness per day along with wide open spaces and fresh air.
  2. Exercise is another great tip because you’re not only getting tone but your releasing endorphins as well which makes you feel excellent. Just find what exercise works for you and it won’t even feel like exercise!
  3. Drinking your water is very important as well to stay hydrated, especially during warm weather. This will help with dry skin, remove toxins, keep your metabolism in line, and so much more, so drink up!
  4. Vitamin D is a vitamin that many Americans are deficient in during the winter because we get most of it from sunlight, so sunbathing is the way to go.
  5. Last but definitely not least, LAUGH! Spend time with loved ones that make you happy and laugh. Remember, laugh lines are something to be proud of.

So, hit the new years off right by enjoying some time with Mother Nature, playing some ball, quenching your thirst, taking your vitamins, and laughing your socks off.