Pet Care Through Life Stages

Pet Care Through Life Stages

Our pets are our friends and family. They have the ability to bring us humor, joy, and happiness throughout their lifetime, which can feel tragically short for our liking. That’s why we care so deeply about how we provide for them throughout the various stages of their life. From adopting a new puppy and watching them discover the world, to the old lap cat that enjoys an afternoon cuddle on a sun-soaked chair. Our animals present us with comfort and companionship. So how do we help them get the most out of their time with us?

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Your Dog’s Life Stages

Your canine friend goes through a series of six stages in its lifetime. Every breed will go through these stages at different rates, phasing from one to the other gradually. If you want to get more specifics on your breed and what to expect throughout their life, talk with your veterinarian and their team about what you should know and be prepared for in regards to your pet’s behavior, lifestyle, and diet as they get older. Those six stages are:

  • Puppy
  • Junior
  • Adult
  • Mature
  • Senior
  • Geriatric

 

Your Cat’s Life Stages

Your cat also goes sees a similar six life stages. As with a canine, these stages can differ between breeds, but the gestation of these phases stays relatively similar. These stages are:

  • Kitten
  • Junior
  • Prime
  • Mature
  • Senior
  • Geriatric

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Tailor a Wellness Plan

Knowing what your pet needs from the very moment you bring them home can be tricky. We can do all the pet-proofing, buy the best toys, and give them all the tummy scratches they could ask for. Even still, if we don’t do the leg work to understand the lives of our family pets, we’d be doing them a disservice.

Providing the ultimate care means taking the time to understand the awesome, and sometimes tough moments, that our pets will inevitably go through. Work with their primary vet to tailor a wellness plan for your pet based on their breed and age. Learn about what they might be vulnerable to at certain stages in their life. And of course, make a plan for their general wellness.

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Exercise is Always Important

Make sure that exercise is a part of your pet’s daily life. Don’t skip out on it as your pet gets older. Daily exercise will help prevent obesity and other common health problems that easily effect senior animals. Not only does it help keep their body’s functioning, but it can help stimulate their senses. Remember, a bored animal is not something you want in your house. It can often lead to destructive behaviors and even depression.

If you’re taking your senior dog out for a walk, keep the distance short at first. Make sure your dog is comfortable before lengthening the distance later. Try and keep your outings to the early morning, or later in the afternoon when the sun isn’t at its strongest. Older canines are more susceptible to heat. Make sure to bring water with you as well. Your senior dog may become more quickly dehydrated than you thought possible.

Find toys that stimulate your senior cat’s senses. If they enjoy chasing around a laser, set some time out of your day to get them moving, or “hunting” after that squirrelly dot. It’s easy for senior cats to put on excess weight in their twilight years, and not getting them up and moving can cause unwanted stress on their joints.

 

Preventing Disease

A large part of animal care through the years is keeping diseases at bay. Although ticks and heartworms might be something you worry less about due to where you reside—just as you take care to prevent diseases spread through pests that could harm your own person—it’s wise to make sure similar pest can’t harm your animals, as well. Take necessary precautions on trips to new places, keep a careful eye out for ticks embedded in fur after walks and parasites spotted after bathroom outings.

 

Annual Visits to the Vet

Never underestimate the importance of an annual wellness exam! The ailments our pets may be dealing with could be going unnoticed. Get your pet to the vet at least once a year. You could have the chance to catch something happening with your pet well before they begin to show signs of discomfort or struggle. It’s also important to get any pet that spends time outdoors their basic round of yearly shots. It’ll give you the needed piece of mind that they’ll be safe at the dog park where diseases can be present.

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As your pet reaches their mature, or senior stage, you might decide to visit their vet more than once a year. By nature, your dog or cat could be hiding signs of the pains or discomfort in their old age. Be sure to keep an eye out for signs they may need an extra checkup. For instance, it may be normal for your dog to pant after a long romp around the park, but if your feline friend begins to pant this would be a concern. Keep an eye out for any unusual behaviors.

 

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6 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Workout

Nobody goes to the gym expecting mediocre results. When you have invested your time, money, and energy into working out at a gym, you want to see results in the form of a leaner, more sculpted body. And if you have been working out for a while and haven’t seen those results, it can be disheartening. It seems that everybody, from the beginner to the experienced gym shark, is always looking for more ways to get the most out of their workout. But the good news is, researchers have been looking for that very thing, and they have found a few ways to do just that. So, for everybody who is looking to make the most of their gym membership, here’s a list of a few easy ways to get a better workout.

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Listen to Music

First and foremost is a tip that everybody already knows, but it’s worth restating: listening to music is an excellent way to get the most out of your workout. In addition to providing your body with energy so you work out harder than you otherwise would, listening to music actually helps your body recover faster. It increases levels of serotonin and dopamine, which have been shown to foster recovery. Of course, if you’re wearing headphones, you’ll want to know a thing or two about headphones and hearing safety, but other than that, you can jam out and get in a great workout.

Rest

Many people who are new to exercising or who are overeager to get started fail to realize the importance of resting. While it might seem counterintuitive, taking a day or two each week to rest between workouts will actually be more beneficial in the long run than working out every day. Our bodies need time to rest, so be sure to take a day or two each week to rest, and be sure to get enough sleep every night!

Eat Healthy Foods

Everybody knows that regular exercise and a healthy diet are the two factors that contribute to better physical fitness, but many people find it difficult to incorporate them both into their lives. However, it is important that you do incorporate both of them because one without the other won’t do you much good. The two habits complement each other and work together to give you great results. If you’re wanting to get a good workout in, healthy foods will give you the energy you need.

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Drink Water

Closely related to eating healthy foods, drinking water deserves its own category because again, people who exercise regularly and eat healthy foods can still neglect drinking enough water. Studies have shown that many people are already dehydrated by the time they enter the gym, and the problem only gets worse as they sweat. If you’re dehydrated, your workout will feel harder, your performance will suffer, and it will take you longer to recover from your workout than if you were properly hydrated, so be sure to drink enough water before, during, and after your workout! 

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Use Free Weights

The machines at the gym are a very tempting option because they do well to isolate specific muscle groups to ensure a great workout. And while they do have their benefits, it is important that you also incorporate a lot of free weights into your workout as well. The reason for that is when you’re using a machine, the machine does all of the supporting for you, which means that all of the stabilizing muscles in your body aren’t engaging in the workout. When you use free weights, however, it’s up to you to keep everything stable, so you’ll end up using more muscles, working harder, and getting better results.

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Switch It Up

Adding some variation to your workout won’t just keep you from getting bored (though that is important). Studies have shown that people who perform different variations of workouts get better results than people who only stick with one or two workouts. If you’re looking for a fast, easy, and fun way to get a better workout, it would be a wise decision to switch things up every now and then. That way, you’ll work different muscles, have more fun, and see better results.

The Life-Changing Effects of Nature Therapy

We have come a long way in a relatively short period of time. What I mean by that is that it wasn’t very long ago that humans were spending the majority of their time outside farming, hunting, gathering, and traveling. Of course, we have come a long way since then, and now studies have shown that the average American spends around 96% of their life indoors. Between houses, buildings, and automobiles, people usually spend as little time outdoors as they can, only using their outdoor time to move between buildings and automobiles.

Most people would agree that this change has been for the better—we no longer need to worry very much about severe weather, such as snow or wind, and we are able to regulate the temperatures of our surroundings to make us more comfortable. While there are a lot of benefits that come with living indoors, humans are naturally outdoor creatures. There is a part of us that longs to be outdoors, and spending more time outside can be very beneficial.
The Life-Changing Effects of Nature Therapy

The benefits that come from spending time outdoors are significant and beneficial enough that some forms of therapy incorporate spending time in nature into their treatment programs. Nature therapy offers some incredible benefits that are not found elsewhere. There is something about spending time outdoors that is therapeutic. Here are some of the life-changing effects of nature therapy.

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Lowers Levels of Stress, Depression, and Anxiety

Spending time in nature can have significant impacts on mental health. Nature therapy has been shown to decrease levels of stress, depression, and anxiety by lowering levels of cortisol, a chemical that has been linked to stress. Additionally, there are essential oils and certain scents that are found in nature that have a calming and uplifting effect on the body as well. Lavender is one of these. Lavender is often used in aromatherapy to relax the body and induce sleep.The Life-Changing Effects of Nature Therapy

Teaches New Skills

Nature therapy does not consist solely of standing outside doing nothing. Often, nature therapy programs consist of outdoor activities and adventures that teach the participants new skills. Some of these skills include skiing, horseback riding, archery, mountaineering, and more. Learning new skills has been shown to increase happiness and confidence, as well as strengthening a person’s determination.
The Life-Changing Effects of Nature Therapy

Replaces Bad Habits

It is well-known that the best way to rid oneself of a bad habit is to replace it with a good habit. Because of this, substance abuse rehabilitation programs often use adventure therapy as part of their treatment modalities. Not only does spending time outdoors prevent the recovering addicts from abusing substances, but it also acts as a replacement habit that they can use to cope with their emotions without needing to depend on drugs or alcohol.

Fosters Good Qualities

People who engage in nature therapy and the outdoor activities that are a part of nature therapy naturally develop good qualities. Integrity, dependability, and maturity are some of these. The challenges they face during their adventures are real and demanding, and they often require teamwork, thoughtfulness, creativity, and determination to solve. Because the participants are engaging in real-world activities that test their grit, they naturally develop or strengthen many other good qualities that will benefit other aspects of their lives as well.

Teaches Responsibility

Nature therapy is often used for behavioral reformation programs that work with teenagers and young adults. Part of the reason is that it teaches responsibility. Many teenagers and young adults do not understand responsibility or refuse to take responsibility for their actions. Nature therapy is a way for them to learn the importance of responsibility in a fun and non-threatening way.

Strengthens Interpersonal Skills

Many people have problems with developing and/or maintaining interpersonal relationships. People with mental health problems or substance abuse addictions are especially impaired in this department. Because the activities that nature therapies organize involve so much teamwork and communication, participating in nature therapy strengthens interpersonal skills. This is an incredible benefit because interpersonal skills are important to have for every aspect of a person’s life.

Gluten Free Banana Nut Bread

Over the weekend i was feeling so crappy, Mother Nature came with my monthly subscription and sucker punched me. It was worse this month than the last couple months and I was nauseous, not hungry, moody, tired, just the works. Bleh.

I had a serious craving for something sweet and crunchy when I noticed the bananas that were overly ripe. My very first thought was “BANANA BREAD!”. I ran the idea by Christopher and he agreed we needed walnut banana bread in our life. I have been eating gluten free for a few months now and I feel so much better. I’m not toppled over in pain, not bloated from inflammation, and lesser migraines. 

Despite the pain and anxiety I was experiencing I decided to tackle the grocery store by myself (HUGE deal) because it was 9:43am, how crowded could Lowe’s Foods be? I picked up the ingredients needed and a few extras like the Starburst jelly beans then made my way back to Christopher’s. Ya know, I’ve never been a jelly bean kinda girl, but the Starburst jelly beans satisfy my soul. 

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Ingredients:

  • 3 medium ripe bananas (3 bananas yield ~1 1/2 cups or 337 g)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 whole egg
  • 3 Tbsp avocado or coconut oil oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed organic brown sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp maple syrup (depending on ripeness of bananas // or sub honey)
  • 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond or dairy-free milk
  • 1 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1 1/4 cup gluten-free flour blend
  • 1 1/4 cup gluten-free oats

Make it:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, line a 9×5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. Mash banana in a large bowl. Add all ingredients through almond milk and whisk vigorously to combine. Last add almond meal, gluten free flour blend, walnuts, and oats then stir.
  3. Bake for 1 hour – 1 hour 15 minutes. When ready, it should feel firm and be crackly and golden brown on top.
  4. Let cool completely before cutting or it will be fall apart from being too tender.

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The loaf can be put in the freezer for up to a month but trust me, it will definitely get eaten before then. You can eat the slices of banana nut bread with honey too, which is equally delicious.

I’m still new to the gluten free lifestyle so if you have any recipes I’d love for you to share them! It can be a little overwhelming with all of the labels and hidden words, so know what I can have is half the battle. 

Minimizing the risks of fire in your home

Every home should be a safe place for families to grow and thrive together. In addition to taking steps to ensure that our homes are free of judgment and frequent arguments, it is also important that we do all we can to eliminate the threat of physical danger as well. Every home has a number of safety hazards that could potentially cause some serious damage if steps are not taken to prevent them. When we are at home enjoying time with our family, somebody accidentally getting hurt is usually the last thing on our minds. But statistics have shown that accidents do happen—usually when we least expect them.

Unfortunately, accidents in the home are responsible for causing more than 18,000 lives each year in the United States alone. They also account for more than 21 million medical visits each year, which amounts to around $200 billion dollars annually. Perhaps the worst thing about all of these accidents is that they are preventable with some planning and preparation. Here is a guide to make you aware of common home safety hazards and what you can do to prevent them.

Fires

Just over 3,000 Americans are killed each year due to house fires, making it the third most dangerous safety threat as far as home accidents are concerned. In addition to being physically dangerous, they also do a lot of damage to the home and valuable possessions within it. Here’s how you can avoid fires in your home.

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  • Install smoke detectors in each bedroom, the kitchen, living room, and any other large room.
  • Test your smoke detectors each month and replace their batteries every six months.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in your home and make sure it is easily accessible.
  • Have a fire safety plan that everybody in your home knows and understands.

Falls

Falling is the most dangerous household accident, claiming over one-third of all home fatalities. Elderly people are most likely to fall and be seriously injured afterward. However, falls can happen to anybody, so it will be well worth it to take some simple steps to reduce the risk.

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    • Install safety gates at the bottom and top of staircases to prevent anybody (especially small children) from accidentally falling down them.
    • Place rubber mats in all showers and bathrooms.
    • Wipe up any spills or wet floors immediately.
    • Make sure all stairs both inside and outside the house are stable and in good condition.

Poisoning

Consuming poisonous materials claims the lives of over 5,000 Americans annually. Young children are most likely to succumb to this kind of accident. Here’s what you can do to lower the chances of your children being poisoned.

      • Keep all cleaning products that contain dangerous chemicals in high places, out of children’s reach.
      • Store paints, pesticides, and other dangerous chemicals behind locked doors or cabinets.
      • Never leave your children unattended in the kitchen, garage, or anywhere else where they might be exposed to dangerous chemicals.
      • Keep the number for poison control readily available in your phone or posted somewhere in your house.

Carbon Monoxide

Perhaps one of the scariest household threats is carbon monoxide. It is impossible to rely on our senses to detect dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, which is part of the reason why it takes so many lives every year. The most important step you can take to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning is to install carbon monoxide detectors in your home and test them regularly.

Drowning

Around 800 Americans die from drowning in their homes each year—most of them are children ages one to four. It does not take much water to drown a small child (two inches is plenty), so it is essential that you take steps to minimize the risk. Here’s how.

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      • Never leave children unattended in a bath tub, no matter how much water is inside of it.
      • Keep all toilet lids and bathroom doors closed when they are not in use.
      • All swimming pools, ponds, and other outdoor bodies of water should be protected by a gate that is only accessible intentionally.

Following these simple steps will help you greatly reduce the risk of accidents happening in your home. All of these things can be done in one week and will help to keep your home a safe place for you and your loved ones for years to come.

4 Causes of Sudden Breakouts

Having adult acne in your 20’s and 30’s is actually more common than you may think. We all assume that pesky breakouts only exist in our teenage years, but they can actually begin when we’re adults. There are a few reasons that you might be experiencing sudden breakouts later in life, but don’t worry, you’ve got options to treat it!

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1. Hormones
Fluctuating hormones can wreak havoc on our complexion. As women, our hormones can seesaw well into our adulthood due to our periods, pregnancy, menopause, and so on. An excess production of the hormone, androgen, can be the culprit of this. It increases our sebum production, which can clog our pores and cause breakouts. For some, this may be a side effect of their birth control, and for others, birth control can be the solution for breakouts. It’s important to consult a doctor to find the right birth control for you if you’re considering it as a treatment option. If not, it’s important to be proactive when it comes to your skin. Consider incorporating products that contain salicylic acid into your beauty routine to prevent or limit the breakout in the days leading up to the start of your menstrual cycle.

2. Stress
It’s no surprise that stress can take a toll on our overwell physical and mental wellbeing. When we feel stressed or overwhelmed, our bodies produce another hormone called cortisol. This can lead to increased sebum production, which in turn causes breakouts. Obviously, if we were able to eliminate the stress in our lives, we would. But since we can’t possibly eliminate all stressors life throws our way, it’s important to find healthy ways to cope when we find ourselves feeling this way.

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3. Lifestyle Factors
This can be anything from not washing your pillow cases often enough to touching your face too much. It can even be due to the weather and changes in climate. It’s important to address any variances in your skincare routine or your lifestyle since these could be the underlying culprits. Once you can pinpoint what it is about your lifestyle that could be causing your breakouts, be proactive and change those habits. Clean your cell phone, stop touching your face, wash your sheets and towels more often, and find skincare products that work best for your skin. This area may be a little harder to pinpoint, but it is essential in clearing up your skin!

4. You Love the Sun
Now we all love the sunshine and beautiful weather, but the myth that sunlight is good for acne breakouts is just that, a myth. If you use tanning beds or spend time outside without sunscreen, the UV radiation is damaging your skin, which can actually lead to your skin shedding water and oil. This will leave you with dry skin, and can even temporarily make the appearance of your skin look nicer, but it’s actually worsening it in the long run. Your bodies way of compensating for dry skin is producingmore oil, which can lead to future breakouts. Although you may feel you look your best after a day in the sun, you’re actually setting yourself up for those sudden breakouts you’ve been trying so hard to avoid.

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Hygge Your Home Life: 3 Tips to Stay Cozy All Winter Long

Coziness can be hard to come by during the winter months. That’s why it’s so important to stay up to date on all the different techniques in home life.

Having a unique home life not only allows you to show off your own individual style to guests and family alike, but it can also better equip you to beat the freeze so you can chill in peace. Hygge is one trend in particular that emphasizes comfort and relaxation as principles to reach modern luxury.

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So, what is hygge? Hygge is a long withstanding tradition that many Scandinavian countries participate in. This lifestyle trend is often related to home life through cozy textures, simplistic  settings, comfortable furnishings and activities.

#1: Keep Comfort In
It’s easy to forget all the ways winter can invade your space. Winterizing your home is a helpful way to manage unwanted leaks of cold air and chill.

There are plenty of ways to ensure that your home is functioning at its best ability during winter months. Some easy things to consider are blocking drafts from entering at the bottom of doors and windows, adding plush rugs throughout your space or lowering the thermostat.

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Why not save a little money while you’re at it? Financial peace of mind is just an added bonus to enhancing your home’s ability to keep the cold out. Here’s a painless DIY project for creating draft stoppers to save money on your monthly energy bill.

#2: Invest in Coziness
Comfortable living is care-free living. If you’ve been waiting to devote some time and money to your interiors, now is the perfect time.

Have enough plush pillows and throw blankets to fill each of your living spaces. Get that new coffee maker that you’ve been waiting to buy for months to truly enjoy the effects of a delicious cup of joe.

Don’t forget to dedicate yourself to one of the most important aspects of your life. Sleep is often overlooked and while it’s fine to indulge in some catnaps on the sofa, upgrade your bedroom mattress to catch some natural zzz’s. Keep costs reasonable without giving up quality by finding some cost-effective memory foam options online.

#3: Take Care Of Yourself
Don’t let winter freeze your heart. Give into the mantra of sound body, sound mind. It’s easy to find ourselves in a rut during winter.

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Combat adverse effects by getting yourself out of a slump. Self-care can take shape in many forms. Keep things interesting by incorporating new activities that promote your life and overall health. With all of our free time inside, it may be the perfect time to pick up a new hobby or skill.

5 Self Love Tips For Beginners

Are you having a hard time loving yourself? If you’ve thought about it and your answer is yes, you’re not alone. Self love can easily be lost in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Self love is very important as it helps in decision making, how you cope with things going on in life, and the friends you choose.

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Forgive yourself // this is a big one for me; we are all human and we all make mistakes. No one can change the past so instead of carrying it around acknowledge that “thing” then forgive yourself and let it go. No one is perfect, be less hard on yourself instead of nitpicking. 

Practice self care // self care can be minutes, hours, or days the choice is up to you. Your self care can be a routine you do weekly, on the weekend, or nightly. I love turning off my lights and turning on my himalayan salt lamp, the glow, it’s so relaxing. I add a few drops of lavender oil to my diffuser to help relax my mind. Something as small as taking a walk for fresh air can improve the mood you’re in or it can be larger like purchasing a new bra that helps to make you feel confident.

Learn to live intentionally // when you do things with intention you get the best results, right? Why not live your life the same way. If your intention is to have a healthy life, you’ll choose supporting decisions that are healthier like taking the stairs or eating fruits over sweets. If you see yourself accomplishing the decisions you’ve made then you’ll feel better about yourself. The intention doesn’t have to be crystal clear, it all starts with a pebble sized thought that can turn into a snowball.

Practice mindfulness // when you’re mindful you know what you want and how you feel. Be mindful about who you are rather than who you think people want you to be. 

Take the compliment // instead of rejecting the compliment or saying something negative instead say “thank you”. I struggled with this for so long, i had no idea that it was off putting when i replied with what i thought was wrong about myself or situation. I understand how uncomfortable it can be. I love giving compliments! I think there is so much hate in the world that a compliment can turn someone’s day around and make them smile. Think about it, you wouldn’t hand out a compliment if you didn’t mean it, right? If you’re uncomfortable or don’t know what to say then just say “thank you” and smile.

If you practice these self love tips you’ll be on your way to being your true self, you can find more self care tips and learn to enjoy the free time you have made for yourself. You only get one life to be you, so why not be the you – you were meant to be. Everyone is unique and beautiful, the sooner you realize this the sooner you’ll be your best self.