How To Ease Anxious Pets

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By Veselina Dzhingarova

petHaving an anxious pet can be difficult, with the anxiety often resulting in aggressive or anti-social behavior, whilst also having possible effects on your pet’s physical health as well as their mental state. Although it seems like there is nothing to help, there are tricks, products you can buy, and training exercises that can help to ease the anxiety and make your pets more relaxed.

Oils and Aromas

Mother cats and dogs naturally release pheromones to ease their young and create a sense of relaxation. This is a wonderful tool to use to ease any signs of anxiety in your pets. Available in collars, sprays, and diffusers that you can plug into a socket, pheromones can be released throughout the day in your home to help your pet relax. You can also buy hemp oil for pets, which will help to ease any anxieties, as it has the same effects on animals that it does on humans. This oil is perfectly safe for your pets and will do wonders for them, not only benefitting their mental state but also their physical state.

Exercise

walkingdogJust like humans, exercise can help to ease your pet’s anxiety by releasing endorphins, triggering a positive feeling, and helping to soothe their anxiety. For dogs, the obvious exercise is walking them – sometimes multiple times a day – but this is not the only exercise that they can get. Playing with your pet and teaching them tricks will keep both their mind and body busy, releasing positive endorphins and keeping them healthy, happy, and relaxed. Whilst it’s easy to think of exercise for dogs, many people aren’t sure how to exercise their cats. Cats don’t need as much exercise as dogs do, and only need to be stimulated for anywhere between 10 – 25 minutes a day. Try buying a cat tower with a scratching post and lots of toys to keep them busy. Cats are natural hunters, so they will enjoy chasing toys around the house.

Living Conditions

If you have multiple pets, this can be the very cause of the anxiety. Animals can get territorial over many things, including people, beds, and food. If another animal is attempting to claim what your pet thinks is rightfully theirs, they can experience extreme stress and anxiety. With cats, it is not uncommon for bullying to occur, to establish who is the alpha of the house. To prevent this from happening, position pet beds and food in separate rooms, and teach them which bowl and bed are theirs. This is also important if your cats have a litter tray. Cats like their own space, so giving them their own tray will help them to establish which territory is theirs and reduce stress and fighting.

There are many things which will make pets feel overly stressed and anxious that you may not even be aware of. However, even if the cause can’t be found, there are many ways highlighted in this article to soothe the anxiety and help your pet become healthier and happier in body and in mind.

Exercising At Home Made Easy

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By Peter King

stretchExercising at home is one advantageous method of keeping fit by just staying indoors. This is because there are those days that the weather is just cold/rainy and you are not willing to get out. Similarly, there are instances where you might be having a busy day and by the time you came back, the sun is already down. In such situations, and in an era like this when you have to keep fit, it can be hard for you to think of checking into the gym. So, what is the way forward to ensure that you get your daily exercise? The answer is simple; you can improvise some of your household materials hence ending up with a simple home gym. In case you are wondering how we have aligned numerous few ideas on ways you can do your exercise indoors without having to worry about your budget.

Jump Ropes

Jump ropes are another easy to improvise home exercise gadget. Although there are plenty that you can buy from the stalls, you do not have to worry in case you are running on a tight budget. This is because; jumping ropes can be made out of any possible material back at home. So long as it can swing through your body as you jump, you are set to go. Jumping ropes are good for indoor exercise especially if you are focusing on working out your cardio.

Stair Stepping

I believe most of us probably are living in homes with the in-built stare cases. If, however, you are living in a bungalow, then still there is no need to worry. Just a little creativity applied will sort you out. For instance, in case of such situation, you can use various books to create your artificial stares. A short moment of stepping up and down can be worth it. This is because it helps to keep your body active and healthy. Do it while watching your favorite show and experience the difference.

The Plank

Plank is known to be a good developer of a person’s core muscles. This is a good home exercise especially for those who do not have much time for the process. It includes a push-up looking position but in this case, it is much like a yoga stretching exercises. This is because you do not bend your arms as you move down towards the floor. Instead, you are supposed to hold up to a level position for almost 30 seconds. Sound hard, isn’t it? Indeed it is hard, however, if you want to improve on your cores, consider doing it every day.

Water Bottle Weights

exerciseballAnother good exercise for your arms, shoulder, and back strength training is the water bottle weights. These are easy to make, as it only requires basic procedures and household equipment. For instance, water bottles or milk jugs are what you alternatively need and in addition to that, you can fill in the water, as you desire. A good workout, therefore, includes increasing water little by little, as you work out.

In summary, working out at home is best, as it does not need much preparation. In addition, you do not need to drive to anywhere, and above all, it is a timeless process. During a cold winter day, you can, as a result, continue with your daily exercise hence staying on track despite the distance from your gym house.

Twice Is Nice: Enjoy Your Holiday Leftovers Safely

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Submitted by the Baylor College of Medicine….

familysoccerOne of the best parts of a big meal are the leftovers, and according to an expert at Baylor College of Medicine, there are some important safety tips to follow when storing leftovers this holiday season.

“Ideally, your refrigerator should be between 35 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit,” said Roberta Anding, a registered dietitian with Baylor. “If your refrigerator temperature is higher than this, then food safety is compromised.”

She also offered the following tips for storing leftovers:

* Promptly refrigerate leftovers in shallow dishes. Do not left leftovers cool off before putting them in the fridge. The longer the food sits out, the more likely it is to harbor bacteria. Food should be refrigerated within two hours of serving.

* When storing leftover turkey, make sure to take the stuffing out before refrigerating.

* Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to four days.

* Reheat leftovers to 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a meat thermometer to make sure the internal temperature is correct. When heating up leftover gravy, bring it to a boil.

* Consider freezing leftovers to extend their food safety window