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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

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              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

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                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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                  8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                  8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                  In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                  Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                  Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                  Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                  Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                  The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                  There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                  How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                  According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                  Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                  Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                  The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                  Listen carefully:

                  We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                  The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                  Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                  8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                  There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                  Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                  1. Pray Daily

                  You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                  When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                  Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                  Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                  2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                  A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                  By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                  Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                  If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                  This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                  How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                  3. Smile Often

                  Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                  Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                  Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                  The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                  4. Organize Your Working Desk

                  A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                  When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                  Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                  Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                  5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                  I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                  Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                  What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                  6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                  God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                  I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                  I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                  7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                  You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                  How do you do that? This is my formula:

                  First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                  If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                  If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                  If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                  Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                  8. Go Exercise

                  Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                  The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                  You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                  12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                  The Bottom Line

                  It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                  It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                  Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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