Health Tips For Your Pet

Most families consider their pets to be members of the family, which is why so many people worry about pet health issues. Whether you have house pets or you run a large piece of property with all kinds of animals, you feel that responsibility that comes with keeping your pets healthy. There are plenty of options available for pet owners who want to do the best for their pets, and there are steps you can take to keep your pet healthy.

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Health Insurance

Family health insurance is an investment that becomes essential when someone becomes sick or is seriously injured. If your furry friend gets sick or is injured, the vet bills can be extremely difficult to handle for your family budget. That is why pet owners need to look into investing in health insurance for their pets. Whether you need health insurance for horses or a policy to cover your dog, pet health insurance can be an invaluable commodity when your pet becomes ill or injured.

The Right Food

Some people assume that human food should be just fine for pets because food is food no matter what species you are. But there are some foods that are harmful to certain kinds of pets, and there is also the issue of making sure that your pets get the right kind of nutrients to live a healthy life. If your pet’s primary source of food is table scraps, then you may be doing more harm than good for your pet’s health. Talk to your vet about the right foods for your pet and make sure you are doing everything you can to keep them healthy.

Sunshine

Almost every living being requires sunshine on a regular basis to be healthy. While some pets are left outdoors and get plenty of sunshine, indoor pets tend to not get the sunshine they need to keep their bodies healthy. If you have an indoor pet, then make sure they get plenty of sunshine either through the windows or build them an enclosed area where they can safely play in the sunshine.

If you love your pet, then you need to do everything you can to take care of them. There are plenty of products and sources of advice you can use to make sure that your pet gets all of the nourishment and medical treatment they need to stay healthy for many years.

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First-Aid Tips

Though childproofing our home can prevent some accidents like tumble, fall and fracture, it cannot guarantee a 100% accident free home. Kids are always curious and love to explore every corner of our house. Our supervision and guidance are still needed for the well-being of our children.

It is important to always have first aid kit with you. There are no rules that specify what a first-aid kit must contain but we always have the following in our house and can not leave the house with out the highlighted ones.

Paracetamol – for headaches and fever
Opigesic suppository– in case RJ’s fever reaches 39°C-40°C in the middle of the night
Gauze bandage and micropore adhesive tapes– for wounds
Plasters– for small cuts or blisters
Betadine (Povidone Iodine)- to clean wounds and blisters
Diprogenta (Betamethasone Gentamicin)- for insect bites
Efficacent oil– for colic and stomach pains
Omega pain killer– for muscle pains
Vicks Vaporub– to clear clogged nose
Digital thermometer
Flashlight earpick
Alcohol
Ice bag
Lip balm
Nebulizer

 

 

As parents, it is also a must to have basic first aid skills like first aid for choking victims and minor injuries, treating burns and bites, how to stop bleeding and how to handle fractures. The risk of potential complications can be minimized through prompt and effective first aid that is why I have this first aid manual handbook that I am keeping in a convenient place where it will be at hand for quick reference when needed.


My first aid tips:
1. Before administering first aid especially on wounds, cuts and bites, remember to wash your own hands thoroughly.
2. Do not use cotton or tissue in wounds for it can leave fibers behind that can slow the healing process.
3. For dog bites, clean it with soap and water then alcohol. Alcohol slows down the spread of rabies.

We never know when emergencies may occur so it is always good to be prepared. Make those emergency telephone numbers at your reach all the time. Paste them on a wall or table near your telephone and store them in your cellphone.

Homemade Fragrant Bath Salts

Mommies are always busy running after a toddler, guiding bigger kids around town, preparing food, washing the dishes. We do all these things for our family to entertain them and to keep them happy. But let us not forget that we also need time for ourselves. Too busy to visit a spa? Well, you can have your own spa treatments at home and can make your own fragrant bath salts using ingredients that you can find in your cupboards.

You will need:

1 cup Epsom salts
1 cup instant non-fat dry milk
1 cup baking soda
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tbsp. cream of tartar
1 tbsp. cinnamon

Combine all the ingredients, mix well with a metal spoon and store in a nice decorative container (glass or handmade pottery). Add as much as desired whenever you bathe for a perfumed feeling. Soaking in a hot bath of fragrant bath salts is a good way to relax, release stress and tension in your muscles.

 

Home Remedies for Cough and Colds

I had fever the other day due to cough and cold. RJ caught the virus and woke up yesterday with cough and colds. I guess the climate has to do with it.

I searched the net for home remedies for cough and colds and found these:

Ginger is an excellent remedy for colds and coughs. About ten grams of ginger should be cut into small pieces and boiled in a cup of water. It should then be strained and half a teaspoon of sugar added to it. This decoction should be drunk when hot. Ginger tea, prepared by adding a few pieces of ginger into boiled water before adding the tea leaves, is also an effective remedy for colds and for fevers resulting from cold. It may be taken twice daily.(source)

Garlic soup is an old remedy to reduce the severity of a cold, and should be taken once daily. The soup can be prepared by boiling three or four cloves of chopped garlic in a cup of water. Garlic contains antiseptic and antispasmodic properties, besides several other medicinal virtues. The oil contained in this vegetable helps to open up the respiratory passages. In soup form, it flushes out all toxins from the system and thus helps bring down fever. Five drops of garlic oil combined with a teaspoon of onion juice, and diluted in a cup of water, should be drunk two to three times a day. This has also been found to be very effective in the treatment of common cold.(source)

Red chili peppers may be good for a stuffy nose. As it turns out, capsaicin (the stuff in red chile peppers) is indeed good for opening up the sniffer and clearing out the gunk.(source)

Aloe and Honey. Aloe is bitter but the honey makes this quite palatable, making it easier to take your medicine. Particularly good for a dry cough. Aloe soothes and coats sore and irritated tissues. Honey does the same and gives you some energy to keep fighting.(source)

Chocolate can feel good on a sore throat, if you let it melt. But all of that sugar? Enough people have found chocolate helpful, however, to inspire some limited medical research. Theobromine, a component of chocolate, has been demonstrated to relieve coughing.(source)

Inhale steam to ease your congestion and drippy nose. Hold your head over a pot of boiling water and breathe through your nose. Be careful. If the steam burns your nose, breathe in more slowly. You can buy a humidifier, but the steam will be the same as the water on the stove. Moisture from a hot shower with the door closed, saline nasal spray, or a room humidifier is just as helpful to ease congestion.(source)

Use saline nasal sprays or make your own salt water rinse to irrigate your nose. Salt-water rinsing helps break nasal congestion while also removing virus particles and bacteria from your nose.(source)

Many viruses cause cough and colds. There’s no vaccine that can protect us against catching cough and colds. Virus particles can travel up to 12 feet (3.7 meters) through the air when someone with a cold coughs or sneezes. Wash your hands as often as you can and wear mask when going out.