Keeping Pets Safe this Holiday Season
Our pets are part of our family so it isn’t unusual for them to join in our holiday festivities. Even though they are part of our family, pets have special needs that don’t allow them to celebrate in the same way we do.
Pets like to sit under the dining table in hopes that they will pick up a scrap or two. Sharing your meat scraps with a pet can be ok if no seasoning is used. Ingredients like onions can cause fatigue in pets, raisins in fruitcake can cause kidney failure as well as garlic, nuts, and nutmeg that can cause a variety of GI issues Be careful with the foods your pet may pick up or given.
Pets also like to linger around the Christmas tree trying to get a few sips of the water used to keep your live tree fresh. Although it seems harmless, Christmas trees leach out fertilizer and other toxic chemicals into the water. Standing water becomes a breeding ground for illness-causing bacteria. It is best to keep your pets out of this water no matter how cute it may seem. A suggestion would be to cover the trees water basin with foil or plastic wrap to keep your pet safely out of the water.
Pets are also one of the most requested gifts from children. How do you know if your child is ready for a pet? Ask yourself this question first. How good is your child at reliably completing chores? This will tell you how likely they are to help with the pet. This will also help you understand how much your child can do on their own and how much help you need to contribute. This should be a family decision as your new pet will become the newest member of your family.
Wishing you and your pets a safe and happy holiday season.
by Denise Visco
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Aside from being physically healthy, it is important to keep your mind healthy. Simple things like controlling your stress levels and getting enough sleep can help and play a big roll in your mental health.
If you overexert yourself on a hot day or stay up for 24 hours with no sleep, you probably wouldn’t be surprised if your body suddenly “broke down”. Your mind is subject to the same rules, meaning that it can only take so much stress before it breaks down.
Here are 8 strategies to stay emotionally healthy:
- Be an optimist and look on the bright side of everything.
- Have hope and know that things will get better during dark times.
- Accept yourself. Instead of pondering on all the things you dislike about yourself, think about all the good things that define you and make you, you!
- Stay connected and go out with family and friends often. It is always good to be surrounded by people that love you.
- Express gratitude. Studies show that people who are thankful are better at dealing with stress.
- Find your purpose and meaning. Set goals for yourself and thrive on your natural talents.
- Exercise regularly, a little bit of exercise every day is good for your well being; it helps you concentrate and get things off your mind.
- Practice mindfulness; meaning really focus and appreciate the moment of time that you are in.
Start practicing good mental health today. Just like a workout for your body, here’s a workout for your mind.
Isn’t incredible how the weather can change in the blink of eye? As we approach the fall, many of us may be suffering from allergies. Allergens are the substances that cause you to experience allergy symptoms. You may be asking, “What can I do about them?” or “How can I control them?”
Whether its indoor allergies or outdoor allergies that have you down, know how to control them!
When suffering with Indoor Allergies:
- Filter your Air with air conditioning systems and vacuums to trap small allergens.
- Minimize dust mites by washing your sheets in hot water at least once a week and using hypoallergenic bedding.
- Control pets by keeping them off the furniture and out of bedrooms.
- Keep your household dry to avoid mold.
When suffering with Outdoor Allergies:
- Know your comfort zone and how much pollen exposure you can handle.
- Keeps doors and windows closed to keep allergens out!
- Avoid contact with grass and weeds when enjoying fall outdoor activities.
- Use masks when cutting the lawn or being involved in yard work. Wearing jeans and long sleeved shirts to protect your skin.
So now you have it! Better your fall season by controlling your allergies. Make time to enjoy all those wonderful fall activities and most of all, be in control of your own body!