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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

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      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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                  10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                  10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                  There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

                  One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

                  In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

                  Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

                  1. Cat Camel Stretch

                  Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

                  Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

                  Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

                  Here’s a video to guide you through:

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                  2. Go for a Walk or a Run

                  This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

                  Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

                  The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

                  Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

                  Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

                  3. Jumping Jacks

                  Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

                  Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

                  4. Abductor Side Lifts

                  Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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                  Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

                  5. Balancing Table Pose

                  This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

                  Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                    6. Leg Squats

                    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                    7. Push Ups

                    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                    8. Bicycle Crunches

                    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                    9. Lunges

                    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                    10. Bicep Curls

                    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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