Posts by Peter Gunnison

Portable Ultrasound Machines And Livestock Reproduction

Posted by on Dec 20, 2016 in Blog, Health & Medical

If you own a farm that raises livestock, you know that having good reproduction rates is important to its success. Animals do not see a veterinarian as often as humans see their doctor during the course of their gestation. This means that it is harder to determine just what is going on. To improve the chances of keeping your livestock replenished, consider investing in a handheld ultrasound scanner. You might not be able to read it as accurately or precisely as a doctor, but it can give you a lot of insight into the pregnancy. Verifying Breeding Generally, you put your males and females together and watch for them to mate. Since the female will only allow the male to attempt mating when she is in heat, and the most fertile, you assume conception took place and wait until you can verify this by palpating the fetus. Unfortunately, this can waste time. Some animals, like goats and sheep, are not able to conceive all year long. If you miss their fertility time or if the breeding does not take, you have to wait until the next breeding season before you will get any results. A portable ultrasound machine can detect a fetus much earlier than palpation and is more accurate....

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3 Skills A Service Puppy-In-Training Needs To Learn

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Blog, Health & Medical

Service dogs are highly trained canines who assist people with a variety of health and medical issues. Training to become a service dog begins when a dog is just a puppy, and he must be able to master commands beyond the normal obedience commands that household pets are taught. Volunteering to train a puppy to become a service dog for someone else is a rewarding task, but it is also a lot of hard work. You will need to spend a lot of your personal time training and may also need to utilize specialized training courses taught by experienced dog trainers. Some important concepts you can expect to teach a puppy in training to be a service dog include the following: Proofing An incredibly important skill that all service dogs must master is the ability to tune out all distractions. Proofing is the process of teaching a puppy to ignore things going on around him, and it can be very time-consuming. You will need to work with the puppy to help him learn how to ignore things such as a squirrel running in front of him, hearing his name called by someone other than you, or being offered food during training sessions. As a volunteer training a puppy to be...

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A Few Cases When You Might Want To Use An Urgent Care Facility As Your Primary Care

Posted by on Nov 15, 2016 in Blog, Health & Medical

When you or a loved one is injured or ill, getting proper medical attention is the utmost thing on your mind. If the situation is life-threatening, you know it is best to call for an ambulance or get to the emergency room as soon as possible. What about those times when it is not life threatening? Should you contact your primary care physician and hope to be able to get an appointment the same or next day? Or would it be better to go to an urgent care facility? Wouldn’t it be great if you could have the urgent care as your primary care? Here are a few times it is a good idea to have this. Attending Physicians It might surprise you to go to an urgent care and find that your own primary care doctor is there. It is possible that the group your physician works in is a part of the urgent care facility.  Ask your doctor about using the facility for all your non-emergency medical needs. Even though you may not always get the same doctor when you go in without an appointment, you can be sure any necessary information will be passed on and discussed when necessary. Of course, for non-urgent situations you can...

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Stow Those Creepy Crawlies: The Ins And Outs Of Screening For Head Lice

Posted by on Oct 27, 2016 in Blog, Health & Medical

If you operate your own day care center or work with children on a regular basis, it is important to have a plan in place for checking children for head lice. Head lice can easily spread from child to child, making early detection essential for keeping an outbreak contained. Follow these guidelines to effectively screen children for head lice. 1. Know the Appropriate Duration to Check for an Infestation It can take time for signs of head lice to show up. In fact, for some cases, the lice or their nits are not visible for up to six weeks after the child’s initial exposure to head lice. Make sure to check children for signs of head lice for the full six week period. 2. Understand What You Need to Look for When searching a child’s head for head lice, it is important to know what to look for. It is easy to mistake other types of head debris, such as dandruff or dirt, for head lice. As you search the child’s head for lice, you need to look for two things: small, white circles and brown bugs the size of sesame seeds. The small, white circles are referred to as nits; these are the eggs of the lice. Nits...

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A Few Hearing Aid Care Tips

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Blog, Health & Medical

Your ability to hear is one of the most important senses that you possess. Unfortunately, there are many people that will suffer from a gradual loss of their hearing ability. To correct this problem, you can opt to receive a hearing aid. However, these medical devices can be rather expensive, which will make it critical for you to ensure that you are taking good care of them. By using a few simple tips, you can help your hearing aid avoid some routine causes for performance issues or malfunctions. Put In The Hearing Aid Over A Counter Or Table When you are putting in your hearing aid, it can be easy to inadvertently drop it. Unfortunately, if the hearing aid strikes the ground too hard, it can cause extensive damage to it. However, you can help to mitigate this threat by always leaning over a counter or table when you are putting in your hearing aid. This simple tip will help minimize the distance the hearing aid would fall, which may greatly reduce the odds that it develops serious damages. Regularly Clean The Hearing Aid’s Exterior Your ears can produce a rather large amount of wax over the course of a day. This wax can start to accumulate in the...

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