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pet safety tips for halloween

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

We all want to have fun on Halloween, but we also want our pets to stay safe!

Dr. Patrick Mahaney, veterinarian, gives his top 5 tips for keeping your precious pets safe during Halloween festivities.

First of all you should keep all that candy we love so much out of reach of your pet!  Chocolate, sugar, fat, and other ingredients found in Halloween candy can be harmful to your pet.

Next, make sure to avoid stressful Halloween situations.  Sometimes scaring each other is a rush for us, however pets can get very nervous.  If your pet barks excessively, becomes aggressive, hides, or exhibits other behaviors as a result of the many stressors occurring around Halloween, make arrangements so your pet does not have to be around uncomfortable situations.

It is very fun to decorate the house for Halloween, however you have to be careful with these decorations.  It could be smart to switch out real candles for electric ones, and watch out for cords and strings that can cause strangulation or shocks.

When going out or even staying in for Halloween you should always make sure your pet is properly identified.  Make sure to keep a collar on your pet, and if you are nervous you can take the next step and get a microchip implanted into your pet with all of your information.

Finally, while we love to dress up, sometimes our pets do not.  If you do choose to dress your pet up, make sure to keep them under close observation.  Consider that any or all parts of the costume could be ingested.  Also, trim off strings and extra material that could get caught around your pet’s neck or muzzle.

Have fun and stay safe during Halloween!

hand sanitizer is not as effective as you’d like to think

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Germiphobes have something to worry about again: Hand sanitizer only lasts for about two minutes after application.  That means that almost constant reapplication would be necessary for it to provide long-term protection.

Adds Dr. Len Horovitz, attending physician and internist at Lenox Hill Hospital:

“Hand sanitizer is better than nothing if you are going to shake someone’s hand or if you are out on the street with no sink or paper towels, but the best germicidal thing you can do is wash with soap and water.”

So use hand sanitizer in situations where you won’t have access to a sink — everywhere else, a good ol’ fashioned sink and soap will do much better.

diabetes in america will probably TRIPLE by 2050!

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

According to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three American adults will have diabetes by 2050.  23.6 million Americans are currently living with diabetes (1 in 10), and 6 million don’t even know they have it. 57 million Americans are pre-diabetic and will develop it at some point in their lives.

Ann Albright, director of the CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation, said two factors contribute to the expected rise in diabetes cases: people are living longer and doctors are diagnosing them earlier.  The majority of new cases in the coming years will be Type-2 Diabetes, which is often a result of poor diet and exercise.

This is an epidemic!  We all need to make changes in the way we are living our lives.  Don’t wait to start making healthy lifestyle changes!

michael jackson makes more money than all the other dead legends

Friday, October 29th, 2010

In the past year, Michael Jackson has made more money posthumously than any other deceased celebrity.  In the year since his death, Michael’s music and merchandising has made a profit of $275 million, while his documentary This Is It made $250 million.

These numbers put Michael atop the list of the highest-earning dead celebs, surpassing the likes of John Lennon, Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien, Peanuts animator Charles Schulz and yes, even Elvis Presley!

In fact, MJ’s earnings were greater than that of the total earnings of a dozen other stars who have passed on, including the four above.  That’s pretty good news for the debt collectors who are still sniffing around the Jackson estate. Maybe now the man can have a little peace!

u.s. military recruit rejections highest reason is “obesity”

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

According to a Cornell University study, the number one reason potential army recruits are rejected is because they are obese making up 23% of rejected applications.  Marijuana use comes in second making up 12% of rejected applicants (which then leads to snacking …which leads to #1!  It’s a vicious cycle).

“When the military first started using these weight requirements, they were trying to weed out [those who were] malnourished,” said Professor John Cawley, who noted that the weight requirement is now used to filter out overweight applicants.

Sadly, that doesn’t really come as a big surprise to me that obesity has become such a country-wide issue.  Amusingly, it comes as no surprise that weed is up there …that’s funny.