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10 Things You Can Do For Your Dog During His Last Days

10 Things You Can Do For Your Dog During His Last Days

There are few things worse than losing your best friend. Many people consider their dogs to be their best friends and when it comes time for them to pass, either because of illness such as autoimmune diseases in dogs or old age, it can be extremely difficult to deal with. I know; I’ve been there.

However, in this article, you will find 10 things that you can do for your pet that will make both him and you feel a little better. It also ensures that you are doing everything possible for your beloved friend for as long as you can.

1. See a veterinarian

It might sound counterproductive, especially if your pet is suffering from a chronic illness or he is very old. Regardless of the possibilities, the first thing you should do when you notice that he isn’t acting quite right is to see a veterinarian and then provide your pet with plenty of follow-up care in the days, weeks or months after that initial appointment. This will give you an opportunity to ensure that he isn’t suffering needlessly and it will also give you the peace of mind of knowing that you really are doing everything you can for him.

This will give you an opportunity to ensure that he isn’t suffering needlessly and it will also give you the peace of mind of knowing that you really are doing everything you can for him.

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2. Follow any and all special instructions

Depending on what is wrong with your dog, your veterinarian might give you special instructions that are to be followed to the letter. It is imperative that you don’t deviate from these instructions, even one time. Doing so could significantly exacerbate the condition and make everything worse for your pet.

It is imperative that you don’t deviate from these instructions, even one time. Doing so could significantly exacerbate the condition and make everything worse for your pet.

3. Be vigilant about medications

If your pet has been prescribed medications, make sure that you give the appropriate dose at the appropriate time. It is just as important to keep up with medication intervals, so do your best not to miss a dose or even be late for one.

4. Manage pain effectively

One of the most important things you can do for your dog at this stage of his life is to manage his pain effectively. If it seems like it is impossible to do so, don’t hesitate to contact your veterinarian for further instructions. The last thing you want to allow to happen is for your pet to be in constant pain.

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If it seems like it is impossible to do so, don’t hesitate to contact your veterinarian for further instructions. The last thing you want to allow to happen is for your pet to be in constant pain.

5. Feed a healthy diet

Just as people need to eat a healthy diet, so do dogs. However, a healthy diet is not one in the same for both human and dog. Hence, you should take care to ensure that you are feeding a high-quality food that is easily digestible and that provides your dog with the things that he needs most. If you have any doubts about what type of food you should be feeding, speak with your veterinarian about it or find a reliable site about

If you have any doubts about what type of food you should be feeding, speak with your veterinarian about it or find a reliable site about what kind of foods dogs can eat.

6. Stay away from low-quality food and table scraps

The last thing you want to do is feed an already ailing pet a low-quality food that provides virtually no nutritional value whatsoever. By the same token, avoid feeding table scraps, as there are a lot of foods that humans eat which can cause problems for dogs.

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7. Make him comfortable

You can make your dog comfortable by creating a quiet place for him that allows him to be with the family. You might also want to take out the microchip from him or any dog identification methods if that makes him uncomfortable.

Make sure that you have a comfortable bed for him to lay on and a favorite toy or blanket nearby. If he is bothered by the noise level in the home, do your best to keep noise to a minimum without isolating your dog from everyone in the family.

8. Sit and spend time with him

Even if he isn’t capable of expressing it, your dog will appreciate the fact that you are nearby and that some of his last moments are spent with you.

You may or may not be able to pet him, depending on what is wrong but even if he doesn’t want your hands on him, let him know that you are there by speaking to him softly and simply spending time sitting next to him for long periods of time. Remember, this is your best friend and this is when he needs you the most.

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9. Have someone you trust watch him if you can’t be there

Obviously, you would probably prefer to be there no matter what. However, you still have to go to work and take care of family obligations even when your pet is sick.

That doesn’t mean that he should ever be left alone. Instead, have someone you trust watch him whenever you are not capable of being there for him yourself.

10. Give plenty of love

Nothing is worse than watching someone you love slowly slip away, but the last thing you want to do is pull back and begin to isolate yourself from him while he is still alive. Remember, at this point in time, it is more about what he needs from you than about your own emotions. That is something you will be able to deal with later on.

For the time being, give him all the love he can handle and reassure him that he is okay no matter what he is facing. He needs to hear that from you in order to remain as calm as possible.

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Last Updated on May 21, 2019

13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

Creating your productivity ritual — a routine that helps you to maintain a peak level of energy can get you the best out of your days.

Part of creating your productivity routine involves removing activities that drain you (what I call “kryptonites”), and that includes your bad habits.

Like it or not, bad habits are bad for you — mentally, physically, emotionally and even socially in some cases. While some bad habits are harder to quit than others, it doesn’t change the fact that you need to get rid of them. Here are 13 bad habits to quit right away:

1. Stress Eating

I used to be a serious stress eater. I would eat whenever I felt unhappy, stressed, disappointed, anxious, or even… happy! My eating had nothing to do with being hungry, and everything to do with using food to fill my emotional voids.

While eating would comfort me, this feeling was momentary and would disappear right after I was done eating. Instead, what I had left would be the same emotional void that triggered me to eat in the first place (be it unhappiness or stress), a 2,000 excess calorie intake over what I should have eaten for the day, and anger at myself for having stress ate.

I’ve since overcome stress eating. I have healthy eating habits and a healthy relationship with food today where I no longer use food as a tool to fill my emotions.

If you are a stress eater, don’t fret — here’s how to manage your stress better:

How to Manage Stress (A Step-by-Step Guide to Turn Stress Into Success)

2. Nail Biting

Not only is nail biting unhygienic, it is also socially repelling, leads to dental problems like malocclusion of the anterior teeth,[1] potentially cause stomach problems,[2] and lead to severely deformed fingernails in the long run.

People who bite their nails tend to have shorter nails than the average person; their nail plates also experience scarring and may eventually become absent.[3]

Understand what triggers your nail biting behavior and replace it with another neutral to positive habit. Make habits to break habits.

For example, if you bite your nails when you are stressed, go for a walk or listen to music instead the next time you feel stressed.

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3. Hanging out with Naysayers

We all know these people — people who play devil’s advocate to every idea you have and every goal you want to pursue. We are already our greatest self-critics, so it doesn’t help when there’s someone beside us, ever ready to pounce on what we say and tear it down.

Hang out less with these naysayers and spend more time with supportive people who share constructive feedback instead. You will be much happier this way.

Learn how to get rid of naysayers with these 10 Ways to Ignore the Naysayers and Achieve Your Dreams.

4. Being with People Who Don’t Appreciate You

Haven’t all of us been in this situation before? Trying to please people who don’t appreciate us? Bending over backwards to be there for people when they are never there for us?

While we give without expectations of return, we need to draw a line with people who don’t value us because these people damage our souls.

Stop spending time with people who don’t appreciate you, and spend more time with people who do instead.

Unsure who you should get rid of? Learn about it here: 5 Kinds of Toxic People That You Need to Get Rid of Now

5. Smoking

Smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable death globally.[4]

In just the United States alone, about 500,000 deaths are attributed to smoking-related diseases annually. A recent study estimated that as much as one-third of China’s male population will have significantly shortened life-spans due to smoking! Gender-wise, male and female smokers lose an average of 13.2 and 14.5 years of life respectively — that’s over a decade of life right there.[5]

Not only that, smoking causes pre-mature skin aging (i.e. wrinkles), yellowing of teeth, bad breath, and worse of all — jeopardy of the health of people around you, including your loved ones. Studies have shown that non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke are at risk to many of the health problems associated with direct smoking.[6]

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    6. Excessive Drinking

    All of us know that drinking too much alcohol is bad for us, but do you know how bad it really is?

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    According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, drinking too much — be it on a single occasion or over time — can seriously damage your health:[7]

    • Brain problems: Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, making it harder to think clearly and move with coordination.
    • Heart diseases: Cardiomyopathy – Stretching and drooping of heart muscle, Arrhythmias – Irregular heart beat, stroke, high blood pressure
    • Liver diseases: Steatosis or fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, fibrosis, cirrhosis
    • Pancreas problems: Pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels in the pancreas that prevents proper digestion.
    • Different types of cancer: Mouth, esophagus, throat, liver, breast

    If you drink a lot, perhaps cutting it out right away will be tough. Cut down the number of glasses you drink each time, followed by the number of times you drink a week.

    If need be, seek help from an AA group — you aren’t alone in this. Change starts from today.

    7. Eating Junk Food (Including Diet Soda)

    Junk food — they are everywhere in our society today. From McDonald’s, to KFC, to Burger King, to 24-hour takeouts, junk food such as fries, highly processed burgers and sodas has become a staple in our society today.

    If you think, “Hey, but junk food is tasty!”, think again:

    A study by Paul Johnson and Paul Kenny suggests that junk food consumption alters brain activity in a way similar to addictive drugs like cocaine and heroin.[8]

    “After many weeks with unlimited access to junk food, the pleasure centers of rat brains became desensitized, requiring more food for pleasure.”

    And you wonder why you seem to crave fast food when you just had some the day before?

    While it may not be possible to remove junk food completely from our diet right away, we can reduce our junk food consumption starting today. Instead of soda, opt for a fruit juice (fresh juice, not the carbonated kind) or mineral water. Instead of fries, switch to mashed potato, a salad, or rice (many food outlets allow for this today). Instead of a fried meat patty, go for a grilled one.

    Where possible, opt for healthy food joints like salad bars and delis as opposed to fast food outlets. Every little step goes a long way.

    Here’re some healthy snacks ideas for you: 15 Healthy Snacks You Should Always Have At Home

    8. Eating Too Much Red Meat

    There has been conclusive evidence that consumption of red meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer; and suggestive evidence that it increases the risk of oesophageal cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, and endometrial cancer.

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    In addition, some studies have linked consumption of large quantities of red meat with breast cancer, stomach cancer, lymphoma, bladder cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer![9]

    Personally, I’m a vegetarian so I don’t consume red meat, but for those of you who consume red meat, do watch out and limit your intake — better still, cut it out of your diet. World Cancer Research Fund recommends limiting intake of red meat to less than 300g (11 oz) cooked weight per week, “very little, if any of which to be processed.”

    Of if you’re thinking about becoming a vegetarian, check out this guide: 5 Practical Tips For Starting a Vegetarian Lifestyle

    9. Watching Too Much TV

    I stopped watching TV since eight years ago and I have never regretted it. Every once in a while I will switch on the telly to see what is on, and then I will switch it off because it’s just the same boring shtick over and over again.

    Watching TV, particularly well-written dramas, can be a good way to unwind. However, remember that TV isn’t your life.

    Spending three hours every night watching TV will not change your life for the better. Rather, using that time to reflect on your life, take stock, and take action on your goals will.

    It’s not easy to remove TV from your daily routine right away, but follow these 6 Steps To Remove TV From Your Life.

    10. Being Late

    Not only is being late being rude to others, it also means that you’re always rushing from one place to another, playing catch up in your agenda, and having to apologize to every person you meet.

    Stop being late and not being punctual, but practice being early instead. Target to arrive 15 minutes earlier before any appointment and bring along something to do in those 15 minutes (or longer if the other person turns out to be late). Then you can stop playing catch up and stay ahead in life.

    Learn more tips about how to be more punctual here: How to Be On Time Every Time

    11. Being in Bad Relationships

    Are you always dating the wrong guys/girls? Do you end up with jerks all the time? Well, you may not be able to stop yourself from meeting bad partners but you can certainly stop yourself from furthering contact with them, spending time with them, or even… entering into a relationship with them.

    I used to invest myself in this guy who was nothing but toxic for me. After a good five months of experiencing nothing but getting burned over and over again, I realized that he was a total waste of my time and I deserved better. I decided to cut him off, and it was soon after that I met my soulmate.

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    Learn about why you shouldn’t stay in a bad relationship and how to deal with it if you’re in one: Why Trying Hard to Stay in an Unhappy Relationship Is Not Love, but Fear

    12. Leaving Things to the Last Minute

    Burning the midnight oil isn’t fun — it’s exhausting.

    Those of you who got through college by burning the midnight oil would have learned this the hard way. Not only is it damaging for your body, it is also mentally draining as you’re constantly in a hyper-tense mode, feeling anxious about whether you can finish your work on time.

    Start today on a new note. Rather than react to your deadlines, be proactive about them by planning ahead, identifying what needs to be done for the week, and getting things done in advance.

    By staying ahead of your tasks, you can also use your extra time to plan ahead in your life and get more things done.

    Take a look at this guide and learn how to stop procrastinating: Procrastination – A Step-By-Step Guide to Stop Procrastinating

    13. Focusing on the Negatives

    In every situation, there are two ways you can react: zoom down to the problem areas and crib about how things aren’t the way you want, or celebrate the areas that are going well and work on making everything better.

    Many of us see the importance of doing the latter but in practice, we do the former. Why though? Criticizing and focusing on the negatives is easy but it doesn’t empower nor inspire us to be better.

    Make a change — for every negative encounter you run into, I challenge you to identify three things that are good about it. Practice doing this for one week, and by the end of the week you’ll find that your first instinct is to think positive, not negative.

    And here’re even more ways to help you stay positive: 11 Tips for Maintaining your Positive Attitude

    The Bottom Line

    So here you find the 13 most common bad habits and their consequences on your mind and body. The good news’ you can quit them all.

    Just spot out your own bad habits and take my suggestions to quit them. Then you’ll find your life a lot healthier and happier!

    Need more tips to break your bad habits? Check out these articles:

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