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How to keep your Pet Safe during Monsoon

How to keep your Pet Safe during Monsoon

Monsoon brings a welcome relief from the scorching heat of summer but it also brings a lot of health problems. Rainy season is the perfect period of breeding of germs, as microbes get enough water for their growth.

These microbes are not only dangerous for humans, but they also affect petsin the same way. Every year in monsoon, the number of cases of pet infections, pneumonia, cold and fever (Flu), cough, and loose motions rises.

Being a responsible pet owner, it is your duty to provide special care to your lovely pets so as to save them from these monsoon diseases. In this article, I will suggest you some easy but effective ways to save your pet from the germs and bacteria of monsoon.

1. Keep your pet inside home

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    Monsoon can bring storm as well as thunder, which can be scary for your lovely pet. Therefore, keep your pet inside your home and don’t forget to close all the doors (including “doggies doors”) and curtains.

    2. Crate train your pet at an early age

    training at early age

      If you provide crate training and potty training to your pet, it will help you a lot in monsoon season. So, don’t forget to crate train your pet at early age.

      3. Save your pet from leptospira

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      save from diseases

        During the rainy season various infectious diseases like distemper, parvovirus, diarrhoea, foot wounds, hepatitis and maggots spread among pets. But, leptospira is the most life-threatening disease in Monsoon.

        Rainy season increase humidity in the air that causes the spread of leptospira in pets. The worst part of this disease is that it is contagious i.e. it can be passed on to human beings and cause severe problems. This disease is caused by the Leptospira bacteria, found in the urine of rodents like rat. The chances of Leptospira bacteria invasion are significantly higher during the rainy season, so keep your home free from the rodents especially in rainy season.

        4. Pet deworming is equally important in rainy season

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          In monsoon, pets are more susceptible to worms, so deworming is essential for them. Infestation of worm in pets may lead to general debility anorexia, anaemia, dullness of coat and many other medical issues. There are various over-the-counter deworming medicines available in the market that you can give to your pet to save them from worm infestation.

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          5. Save your pet from ticks and fleas

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            The problem of ticks and fleas infestation haunts most pet owners in the rainy season. One of the best ways to prevent tick infestation is to avoid taking your pet for a walk on grass. In addition, you should keep the sleeping area of your pet free of fleas, mosquitoes, ticks and bugs. To protect your pet from ticks and fleas, you can use anti-tick preparations such as shampoos, lotions or powders.

            6. Provide effective grooming of your pet

            grooming your pet

              Since the long fur of your pet is more prone to infection, the long hairs of dogs like Cocker Spaniel, Golden Retriever etc. should be trimmed short. In addition, the ears and paws of your pooch also need cleaning, so you should learn ways to clean your puppy’s ears at home. To ensure whether you have done an effective cleaning is by seeing if your pooch is licking itself or not; the less it licks itself the cleaner is its body. You should also trim nails of your pet to avoid infection, as the nails collect dirt easily.

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              7. Give you pet a special diet during Monsoon

              pet diet

                The diet of your pet during monsoon should mainly comprise fiber rich food like banana, as it helps pets who suffer from indigestion. You should avoid dairy products because some pets may be allergic. In addition, makes sure that the pet food is freshly prepared and free from microbes like fungi. It is highly recommended to add multivitamins or vitamin supplements during the rainy season. You should also maintain good hygiene and keep the feeding area clean.

                8. Don’t forget to provide enough exercise for your pet

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                  During rainy season, it is hard to take pets outside for a walk every day. If you are unable to do so for some time, you may notice obesity problems (especially in Labradors). You can make your pet climb up the stairs or leave them free inside of your home to keep them active. Further, playing a soft ball or Frisbee indoor can help in keeping your pet active and fresh.

                  It is rightly said that prevention is better than cure. If you follow above mentioned tips, you will be able to keep your pet safe and protect them from germs during monsoon.

                  Featured photo credit: Ramkishan Ravula via flickr.com

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                  7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                  7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                  Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                  Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                  1. Exercise Daily

                  It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                  If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                  Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                  2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                  Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                  One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                  This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                  3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                  Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                  Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                  Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                  4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                  Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                  The basic nutritional advice includes:

                  • Eat unprocessed foods
                  • Eat more veggies
                  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                  Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                    5. Watch Out for Travel

                    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                    6. Start Slow

                    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                    Final Thoughts

                    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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