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3 Things To Look For When Walking Into A Vet’s Office For The First Time

Posted by Peter Gunnison on Nov 16, 2015

Doing your research ahead of time and calling around to find a good vet is important, but there are still some first impressions that you should look for when you walk through the door for the first time. These are a few things that you should look for when walking into a vet’s office; if you don’t notice these things, it might be a good idea to find another healthcare provider for your pet. 1. Pleasant Smell You might assume that a veterinarian’s office is going to smell less than fresh because of all of the animals that are brought in and out of the place throughout the average day. However, there is no excuse for a veterinarian’s office to smell unpleasant. A veterinary office that takes cleaning and sanitation seriously will take efforts to clean regularly throughout the day, so you should not notice the smell of urine, feces, or “dog” when you walk in. 2. Overall Cleanliness Along with looking for a pleasant smell, you should also look around for overall cleanliness. A veterinary office that has a lot of clutter cannot possibly be kept as clean as it should be, which is a bad thing when there are sick, contagious animals in the vicinity. Also, a veterinary clinic that has a dirty reception area — such as if you notice dust in the corners — probably isn’t taking proper steps to clean the rest of the office, either. This means that you should proceed with caution....

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Skin Cancer Mole Screenings: 4 Tips For Self Checkups

Posted by Peter Gunnison on Oct 29, 2015

Moles are areas of hyperpigmentation on the body. The problem with moles is well known – they can develop into cancerous growths. Just about everyone has freckles or moles, and not all moles are a cause for concern. The following guide can help you keep a watchful eye on any moles you may have so that you know when it is time to visit your doctor for a more thorough checkup. Tip #1: Set a Regular Schedule Regular checks are the best way to catch any problems early. How often you check is up to you. Generally, if you aren’t at high risk for skin cancer, checking every few months is sufficient. Those at high risk should check more often, perhaps once a month or at intervals recommended by your doctor. High risk factors include a previous history of skin cancer, cancer, or precancerous growth, or a family history of skin cancer. Tip #2: Perform All Over Inspections The moles and freckles you see every day are by far the easiest to inspect on your own. Those on your back and neck are obviously the most difficult. You can arrange mirrors to view these areas better, or you can enlist a buddy to help you inspect hard to see areas. Don’t skip your back just because you don’t think you have any moles there – you need to still include it in case any new moles, freckles, or growths appear. Tip #3: Create a Record Sometimes you may not...

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The Down-Low On Sleeping In Contact Lenses: Is It Worth The Extra 30 Seconds?

Posted by Peter Gunnison on Oct 15, 2015

If you wear contact lenses, you may be at risk of developing a severe eye infection and going blind. Well, this is only if you condone risky behavior. And, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly all of the 41 million estimated Americans who wear contact lenses say that they engage in one behavior – at minimum – that could increase their overall risk of developing an infection in the eye. What is the one type of behavior that people are committing and shouldn’t be? Read on to find out. One Risky Behavior Can Lead to Serious Eye Troubles Roughly 50 percent of the individuals who responded to the CDC’s survey admitted to wearing their contacts while sleeping, which is a big no-no because it can increase your risk of an eye infection by at least five times, possibly more. More specifically, overnight wear increases the risk of developing an infection of the cornea. In fact, the Huffington Post reported about one guy who went blind in one eye from leaving his contact lenses in overnight for just one night. When it takes only 30 seconds or so to remove your contacts, would you really want to take the risk of something like that happening? How Does This Happen? The cornea gets its oxygen from the air – the same air that you breathe. So, when you put your contacts in, you are reducing the supply of oxygen that your cornea is getting. When your eyes...

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Tips To Improve Your Diet And Lower Your Risk Of Heart Disease

Posted by Peter Gunnison on Oct 5, 2015

You don’t have to wait until you’ve been diagnosed with coronary artery disease or had a heart attack to eat a heart-healthy diet. In fact, you shouldn’t wait for a cardiologist to tell you that you need to follow a heart-healthy diet to improve your eating habits. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America. Check out these tips to learn what type of changes you can make to your diet lower your risk of heart disease. Reduce Trans and Saturated Fats Saturated and trans fats can raise your LDL cholesterol levels. However, your body already produces LDL cholesterol, so eating too many foods that are filled with saturated and trans fats increases the LDL cholesterol levels in your blood putting you at risk for clogged arteries, heart attacks, blot clots, and strokes. In order to maintain healthy LDL cholesterol levels, you should try to limit your trans and saturated fat consumption to around 5 or 6 percent of the total calories you consume each day. To lower the amount of saturated and trans fat you consume you should limit or avoid: Deep-fried food Red meat Whole-fat dairy products Butter, margarine, and shortening Junk food, such as potato chips or packaged cookies Instead, you should: Use two egg whites instead of one whole egg Use low-fat dairy products Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables Choose fish over other meats Cook with olive, canola, or sunflower oil Grill or bake meat instead of frying it Limit Your...

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How To Make The Day Of A Dental Procedure Go Smoothly For Your Child

Posted by Peter Gunnison on Sep 18, 2015

If your child will need to go to the dentist for an operation or procedure, they might be anxious about their upcoming appointment. Anything that you can do to help your child get through a dental procedure with a little fuss as necessary will help. Here are five things that you can do to help your child have a smooth day at the dentist and recovery. 1. Check in With the Dentist As your child’s parent it is important that you protect them and help them through anxieties from any dental process. See what your dentist does to distract and help move a procedure along especially for children. If there are movies streaming on the ceiling or if bringing headphones is allowed, find out ahead of time so you can bring along devices that are okay to use. 2. Go Over the Procedure the Night Before While it isn’t a good idea to stress your child out more than necessary, make sure they understand how long their dental procedure will take and what will be expected. Take notes when your dentist goes over this information. Even if your child was present at the initial consultation, reiterate this information in case they were too distracted to absorb everything at the time. 3. Have Snacks on the Ready If your child’s mouth might be sore from fillings or oral surgery, it is a good idea to have food they’ll like on the ready. Whether this is soup, mashed potatoes or smoothies,...

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Fighting Gout With Natural And Alternative Medical Approaches: What Works

Posted by Peter Gunnison on Aug 29, 2015

If you have “a big, gouty toe,” chances are it is very difficult for you to walk without pain. Since the big toes are the last to leave the ground during your natural stride, trying to walk without putting pressure on the big toes is not an easy thing to do. It is much more difficult when your big toes are affected by gout. If you have tried all of the usual arthritis treatments without much success and have suffered enough side effects just trying to treat the pain of the gout in your toes, then maybe you need natural or alternative medical approaches. Here are some of the proven ones that work. Acupuncture If you are worried that the acupuncturist is going to place the needles in your already painful toe joints, you can stop worrying. Although positioning and inserting needles in your affected toe joints is a possibility, it is not where and how the acupuncturist begins the treatment for gout. (Additionally, nerves that connect the big toes to the sensory center of the brain are “silenced” temporarily before inserting needles into the toes themselves.) When treating gout with acupuncture, the administering acupuncturist places the needles in the lower areas of your back, where your kidneys and the nerves that connect to your kidneys are located. Since gout is caused by a build-up of uric acid, which is created by the kidneys, the kidneys become the target of the treatment. Contact a company like Relief Acupuncture for more...

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Chair Ramps

If the only access to a building is stairs, that building is completely closed off to those in wheelchairs. Ramps can also help those with bad knees.

Lift Chairs

A more high-tech version, lift chairs are perfect for installation in a home or other building that needs to be wheelchair accessible but can't be completely remodeled to fit requirements.

Other Technology

Recent advances in technology and the computer world have helped make great leaps in the land of wheelchair accessibility, such as special controls or motors.