This has been one of the coldest winters ever, with record and near-record cold and high winds combining to make going outdoors very, very dangerous. Strong winds and low temperatures mean low wind chills, and low wind chills make frostbite and deadly hypothermia a real possibility. Continue reading
If you’re like most people, you reach for aspirin, ibuprofen or some other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, or NSAID, when you want to relieve pain. So it should be no surprise that NSAIDs also are the most commonly used pain reliever for dogs.
NSAIDs help control pain by relieving inflammation – the body’s response to irritation or injury – which is what makes them so effective for arthritis and other joint pain, as well as muscle aches and post-surgical pain. Continue reading
Unless you have a cat, you probably think there is no need to have a bag of cat litter around. You couldn’t be more wrong. Cat litter is one of those things that isn’t just for the cat box. It has many great uses, and even non-cat owners should keep it handy.
Winter can be just as hard on allergy sufferers as summer is. For many, it can be even worse. You can help reduce the suffering with these five tips:
1. Use HEPA filters in your furnace: Granted, you don’t get true HEPA filtration without a sealed system, but the additional filtration that HEPA provides traps as much as 30 times more allergens than a standard filter.
2. Regularly rinse and dry the water reservoir in your humidifiers. Quite often, people refill their humidifiers without emptying the old water. But the older the water, the more likely bacteria and mold are growing in it, and those critters are put into the air by the humidifier. This is true even when the old water is diluted with fresh water. A good rule of thumb is to empty and dry the reservoir every 10 days to two weeks. Continue reading