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If Your Dog Pees in Her Sleep Wetting Her Bed? You Must Read

Dog peeing in bed at night while sleeping - Must Read

As a pet owner, have you ever had a female dog who always finds the outdoor bathroom during the day, but wets her bed at night?

Dogs who follow the house rules can be horrified when they realize that they’ve leaked — even though it occurs during sleep.

Plastic sheets aren’t the answer, and most likely your long-suffering pet wouldn’t be happy alone outside.

Urine soiling isn’t something pet owners enjoy discussing.

Many assume it’s a behavioral problem, believing they’ve failed to properly train their pets.

But poor bladder control following spaying is actually a physical disorder that’s seen mostly in middle-aged female dogs, and can occur any time after surgery.

In addition, it’s more common in large breeds and those who struggle with obesity.

To that end, a rolled-up newspaper won’t solve this problem, and won’t improve
behavioral house soiling either. Leaking urine during rest or sleep is not your dog’s
fault.

There is value in spaying your female dog, but giving up their ovaries means the sphincter muscle in the bladder can be left just weak enough to relax and release urine. It may happen any time they drift off. The result is a tell-tale wet spot on their bed. About 20 percent of spayed dogs face this messy downside.

For dog owners who want to try and help their pet, the answer may lie in a liver-flavored tablet.

Proin tablets can be given twice daily, and make a difference in both a pet and an owner’s life because urine leakage can damage relationships. Consider this: 18 percent of the dogs in shelters were surrendered by frustrated owners because of house soiling.

Alternatively, there are other possible causes, so it’s essential to allow your veterinarian to make an accurate diagnosis before medication is started.

Urinary tract infections are common, especially for indoor girls. Bladder stones can also cause house soiling. And elderly dogs may urinate indoors because of senile brain changes, a problem called cognitive dysfunction syndrome. Pets with urinary symptoms need to see their doctors.

If a thorough exam and urinalysis come up normal, a healthy female dog who leaks only when resting or sleeping most likely has urinary incontinence due to reduced estrogen. You can explain all of this to your dog, ending “the talk” by telling her that she has urethral sphincter hypotonus. With her leader so well-informed, she is sure to feel better.

Veterinarians like to uncover these cases because almost all of them can be turned from frustration to success.

Proin is often chosen because it is the only non-hormone treatment option, and also because it’s palatable and easy to dose.

But in certain cases, due to pet irritability, restlessness, or medical conditions, Proin may be inappropriate.

For those dogs, an old standby treatment — a synthetic estrogen called diethylstilbestrol (DES) — may be used.

There are many undiagnosed female dogs struggling with nocturnal incontinence. The good
news for spayed female bed wetters is that they can enjoy campouts and sleepovers just like everybody else.

For more information on Proin, including important safety material, pet owners can visit
www.proinforcanines.com.


Top 3 Tips on How to Save Money on Pet Care

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Owning a pet has a lot of perks, but caring for one can take its toll on your wallet.

According to the ASPCA, owning a dog or cat can cost up to $1,000 in the first year, and many people end up spending much more. The good news is you can cut your pet care expenses without compromising your pet’s health and well-being. Here are a few ways you can save money and keep your pet healthy.

1Don’t skip the vet

preventive veterinary treatment and pet care can help reduce pet related health costs | Family Life Tips Magazine

If you’re trying to save money, it can be tempting to cut back on veterinary visits. But according to Julie Ciarmella of the American Veterinary Medicine Association, “an investment in preventive healthcare can reduce your long-term pet healthcare costs.” Why? Because regular check-ups can prevent expensive complications down the road.

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Don’t Miss These Top 5 Signs of School Bullying

Don't Miss These Top 5 Signs of School Bullying | Family Life Tips Magazine

The start of the new school year should be a positive and exciting time for children, but for many it also means a return to being bullied, and the physical and mental health consequences that accompany it.

Results of a study published in School Psychology Review found that nearly half of children in grades 4-12 reported being bullied by other students at least once during the previous month.

According to the National Bullying Prevention Center, a slightly higher portion of female than of male students report being bullied at school (23 percent versus 19 percent.)

In a 2017 survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 19 percent of North Carolina high schoolers reported being bullied on school property within the
previous year. When broken down by gender, 23 percent of high school girls and 15 percent of high school boys in North Carolina reported being bullied at school.

Top 5 Possible signs that a child is being bullied at school include:

– Acting in a way that is out of character for the child, such as becoming more angry
or anxious.

– Trying to avoid school with excuses such as increased physical complaints.

– Demonstrating trouble with schoolwork.

– Exhibiting unusual eating or sleeping habits.

– Losing valuables such as lunch money or possessions.

“Bullying behavior tends to peak in middle school years, but it can happen at any age,” says Dr. Michael Golinkoff of AmeriHealth Caritas, a national leader in healthcare solutions for those most in need.

“Victims of bullying may be reluctant to inform their parents or others. So it is important for parents to be observant for signs that their child may be getting bullied and respond accordingly,” he emphasizes.

But parents can help stop bullying before it starts and be part of the solution when it occurs. Some steps parents can take to help their child include:

– Be informed. Find out your school’s policy on bullying and speak to the principal or other administrator.

– Be engaged. Talk to your child about his or her experience. Don’t judge, just listen.

– Be a team. Involve your child in strategies to help stop the bullying. Get the teachers on board so everyone knows what to do when problem behavior occurs.

“The most important advice for a child who is being bullied is to help them develop assertiveness skills and conflict resolution skills,” says Dr. Golinkoff.

“This includes standing up for their beliefs and ignoring negativity directed towards them. Role playing exercises can help children learn how to take a stand against an aggressor.”

For more information, go to amerihealthcaritas.com.


What Parents Need to Know About Kids and E-Cigarettes

What Parents Need to Know About Kids and E-Cigarettes | Family Life Tips Magazine

Did you know that 1 in 4 high school students uses e-cigarettes?

Nationally, 5.3 million middle and high school students use these products, which means that even if your children are not using e-cigarettes, they almost certainly have friends who are. Rates of youth e-cigarette use more than doubled between 2017 and 2019, to the point that the U.S. Surgeon General declared the problem an “epidemic.”

Parents need to understand how prevalent e-cigarettes are – and the serious health risks they pose to young people – in order to protect kids from this growing threat. Many of these products look like pens or flash drives, and they can be disguised as watches or tucked into the sleeve of a hoodie. These disguises help kids hide them from parents and teachers,
but just knowing what to look for puts you one step ahead.

E-cigarettes are also sold in a huge variety of kid-friendly flavors, from gummy bear and banana ice to mango and mint. Studies have found that most youth e-cigarette users use flavored products and say they use these products “because they come in flavors I like.” These flavors hide the fact that e-cigarettes can deliver massive doses of nicotine, which is a highly addictive drug. Popular brands such as Juul deliver as much nicotine as a whole pack of
cigarettes.

A 2016 Surgeon General’s report concluded that youth use of nicotine in any form, including
e-cigarettes, is unsafe, causes addiction and can harm adolescent brain development, which impacts attention, memory and learning. E-cigarettes can also expose users to harmful and carcinogenic chemicals such as formaldehyde and lead. Studies have found that young people who use e-cigarettes are more likely to become smokers.

To prevent youth e-cigarette use, health advocates are calling for a comprehensive
ban on all flavored e-cigarettes. You might have seen President Trump’s announcement restricting certain flavored e-cigarettes, but what you may not know is that this policy contains loopholes that exempt thousands of flavored products that appeal to kids. These include cheap, disposable e-cigarettes with bright colors and sweet flavors, and vials of nicotine liquid in nearly every imaginable flavor. We need a complete ban on flavored e-cigarettes to protect our kids from harm.

This is a lot of scary news – but there are people fighting this problem and you can too! A growing number of states and cities have passed laws banning flavored e-cigarettes and other flavored tobacco products. Congress is considering a bill to do the same, called the
“Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act.” So contact your elected officials at all levels and urge them to take action to protect kids. It’s also important to talk to your kids about the health risks of e-cigarettes and create an open dialogue with them. Know the products, know the risks, know the signs of use, and make sure you can protect your children against this growing health crisis in America.

For more information, visit tobacofreekids.org/ecigarettes.


Phyto-C Skin Care Serum Helps Restore Damaged Skin

Phyto-C Skin Care Serum Helps Restore Damaged Skin

It’s common knowledge that excessive skin exposure, not only to the sun but also to environmental pollutants, can promote inflammation and lead to skin damage.

But Phyto-C Skin Care, a scientifically-based skin care company, combines the latest pharmaceutical science with natural antioxidants to develop skin care products that help restore and protect the skin.

Phyto-C Selenium in C Serum is engineered to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, promote skin health, and protect the skin against future damage.

The serum includes a blend of clinically-tested antioxidants, notably selenium and vitamin C, both of which have demonstrated skin care benefits.

Selenium works in part by neutralizing free radicals and other compounds that can damage the skin, which can help prevent the development of fine lines and wrinkles. The vitamin C
component of the serum helps improve skin discoloration caused by environmental exposure and promotes an even skin tone. Additional key ingredients in the serum include vitamin A to encourage the production of new, healthy skin cells, and vitamin E for its hydrating and antioxidant properties.

In addition to improving the appearance of photodamaged skin, the serum is formulated to help brighten the skin and can be used to treat areas of scarring and stretch marks.

The Selenium in Vitamin C Serum formula is supported by a grant from the National Cancer Institute for the prevention of ultraviolet-induced skin cancer. The product is lightweight
and designed for quick and easy skin absorption.

Phyto-C Skin Care was founded by Dr. Mostafa Omar, who pioneered the development of the form of topical vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) that can be used in skin care products.

“It’s not how many products we’ve sold, it’s how many people we’ve helped,” Dr. Omar says on the company website.

The website also reflects the company’s customer vision “to empower, restore, and instill confidence in all those who have lost it due to their embarrassing skin imperfections.”

Phyto-C products are available in more than 21 countries and are appropriate for all skin types. Each product has undergone testing in clinical studies.

For more products and information, visit Phyto-C.

 


So, what’s the deal with beef and heart health?

So, what's the deal with beef and heart health?

As Americans think about eating for a healthy heart, many feel they’re forced to choose between a healthy diet and their love of beef. But, contrary to some misinformation on this topic, you can have both. The Mediterranean diet was just ranked the #1 Overall Diet in 2020 and the #2 Best Diet for Heart Health by U.S. News & World Report. And according to a report from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, many Mediterranean countries eat as much, or more, red meat than the U.S.

While coverage of this popular diet can include recommendations to limit red meat, research from a recent 2018 Purdue University study found that following a Mediterranean-style eating pattern that includes lean red meats, like lean beef, is just as effective in supporting a healthy heart as a Mediterranean-style diet that limits red meats. This finding is the latest in the growing body of scientific research demonstrating lean beef can be part of healthy eating patterns to support heart health. This research also means people have more flexibility and options when it comes to healthy eating. A cut of cooked fresh meat is considered lean when it contains less than 10 grams of fat, 4.5 grams or less of saturated fat and less than 95mg of cholesterol.

More key findings include:

  • Following a Mediterranean-style eating pattern including 7 to 18 ounces of lean, fresh red meat per week was shown to improve cardiometabolic disease risk factor profiles.
  • Including 18 ounces of lean, fresh red meat per week as part of a Mediterranean-style dietary pattern was found to be more effective in lowering LDL cholesterol than a similar eating pattern that only included 7 ounces of lean, fresh red meat. The average American consumes 18 ounces of red meat per week.
  • Study participants following a Mediterranean-style dietary pattern including up to 18 ounces of lean, fresh red meat per week saw reductions in total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol and blood pressure.

“The big takeaway from the growing body of evidence is that Americans who are trying to eat healthier and improve their heart health can still enjoy lean beef while improving cholesterol and blood pressure,” said Shalene McNeill, Ph.D., R.D. at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff. “By having this additional flexibility in their diets, Americans are more likely to stay the course and adopt healthy eating patterns long-term.”

Here are a few easy tips for integrating red meat into a Mediterranean-style eating pattern from the Beef Checkoff.

1. Look for lean cuts of fresh beef When it comes to lean cuts the options are endless. Some fan favorites include:

  • Top sirloin
  • Strip steak (top loin)
  • Tenderloin steak
  • 95% lean ground beef

Still feel lost? When shopping lean beef, look for the word “round” or “loin.” These words are a telltale sign of a lean cut.

2. Pay attention to portion size — To reap the benefits of including lean beef in a Mediterranean-style diet, focus on eating up to 18 ounces of lean beef over the course of a week. For reference, a 3-ounce cooked serving of lean beef is about the size of a deck of cards.

3. Aim for a complete plate — Mediterranean-style eating patterns are often characterized with high consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts/seeds and olive oil. Be sure to complement the lean red meat at the center of the plate with these Mediterranean musts.

Looking for satisfying recipes that can help you incorporate lean beef into a Mediterranean-style eating pattern? Visit BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com.


Top 5 Smart Tips for Cooking with Beef at Home

Chuckwagon Beef & Pasta Skillet

5 smart tips for cooking with beef at home: Chuckwagon Beef & Pasta Skillet Recipe

Families across the country are spending more time at home, which means home cooking has taken on new meaning. Using foods in your pantry and freezer to create meals everyone will love might seem challenging, but with a few tips and tricks, you’ll be cooking wholesome dishes to please all palates.

Keep in mind, the foundation of a satisfying meal is a versatile protein. Beef is not only an excellent source of protein, it’s nutrient-rich and can be cooked in a variety of ways for meals, snacks and even desserts. The experts at Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. and the Beef Checkoff share some tips and tricks for using beef in your home cooking to save money and time while creating delicious foods for your family.

Tip 1: Store beef safely

Refrigerate or freeze beef as soon as possible after purchasing. Ground beef is a popular option for families, and can safely be stored in the refrigerator for one to two days before cooking or freezing. Once in the freezer, ground beef can be stored for three to four months before quality is impacted.

Steaks and roasts can safely be stored in the refrigerator for three to five days before cooking or freezing. Once in the freezer, steaks and roasts can be stored for four to 12 months before quality is impacted. For longer storage, remove beef from original packaging and place into freezer bags or similar air-tight packaging to remove as much air as possible.

Tip 2: Batch cook and meal prep

The best way to defrost beef is in the refrigerator, never at room temperature, so account for 12 to 24 hours to defrost ground beef and steaks, more for larger pieces of meat such as roasts. After defrosting, wash hands well in hot, soapy water before and after handling raw meat and other fresh foods.

Now you can meal prep and plan by batch cooking your beef. For example, when you batch cook shredded beef, you cook a roast in the slow cooker on the weekend or start of the week and then shred so you have delicious shredded beef ready all week long. Remember, refrigerate leftovers within two hours after cooking in a single container or portioned sizes.

You can also batch cook steak by grilling to medium rare (145 degrees F) to medium (160 F) doneness. Once finished, let the steaks rest for 5 minutes before slicing to allow juices to redistribute, then place in your preferred air-tight container for tasty steak at the ready. If you plan to freeze any portion of prepared beef, repackage into the right-size portion for upcoming meals and place in the freezer.

Tip 3: Use beef as a substitute

Beef can be a tasty substitute in place of other popular proteins in family favorite dishes. Love Peking Duck? In this recipe for Peking Chuck, Top Chef finalist Joe Sasto replaces the duck with a chuck roast for a unique Asian-inspired beef meal. Craving calamari? Chicago chef and Food Network regular Lamar Moore replaces the surf with turf in Cowlamari. Does your family adore fried chicken? Enjoy Korean Fried Beef (KFB) by acclaimed NYC chef Esther Choi, a tasty take on this classic dish with a beefy Korean twist.

Tip 4: Make cooking educational

When spending more time at home with your family, cooking can be a great way to bond. What’s more, it’s an educational experience that incorporates elements of math, chemistry, home economics and more. Select a recipe to try together and give each family member an age-appropriate task to do. From measuring and mixing to chopping and sautéing, there’s something for everyone.

For an even more educational experience, check out BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com for a full collection of cooking lessons. With detailed instructions and tips for a dozen different cooking methods, from grilling to pressure cooking, these cooking lessons are a great resource for all levels of home chefs and are a wonderful way to teach the family new skills in the kitchen.

Tip 5: Pair with pantry staples

Whether shredded, ground, chopped or another option, it’s simple to pair beef with pantry staples to make a meal your family will enjoy any day of the week. From tacos to sauces to salads and more, get creative with what you have on hand. Featuring common pantry staples, use this recipe for inspiration. It’s quick, easy and sure to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.

Give this Quick and Easy Beef Recipe at Try for Dinner >>> Chuckwagon Beef & Pasta Skillet


Top 4 Safe Ways to Connect with Family and Friends While Practicing Social Distancing

Top 4 Safe Ways to Connect with Family and Friends While Practicing Social Distancing

4 safe ways to connect with family and friends while practicing social distancing

Bob Dylan once sang, “For the times they are a-changin’,” and that has perhaps never been more true than it is today. The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced new phrases like social distancing to the general population, and has also redefined both work and family life, creating a new normal.

This adjustment is not an easy one, keeping most folks from daily interaction with family and friends. The good news is there are ways you can still spend time with those you care about, all while practicing the nuanced art of social distancing.

Start new traditions while supporting those in need

While traditional dining out is not currently possible, it’s the perfect time to start a new tradition around mealtime. Noodles & Company now offers family meals that you can conveniently order online and pick up either via quick pick-up or the new curbside pick-up, which is available at nearly 350 locations nationwide. Additionally, you can also enjoy free delivery through April 30 when ordering directly from Noodles.com or by using the Noodles app, which makes staying at home even easier.

Plus, for every family meal ordered, Noodles & Company will donate one regular entrée to a healthcare worker in an effort to give back to those who deserve it most right now. So, it’s time to get menu-browsing and pick which tasty option your family can enjoy for lunch or dinner today. Cultivating connections is now more important than ever, and the new family meals make it easy to connect with loved ones over a warm and delicious bowl of noodles, whether they’re miles away over a computer screen or across the table. No matter the distance, Noodles can help your family focus on what matters most: company.

Schedule virtual activities

While it may seem easy to connect with family and friends while homebound, many have found it to be quite difficult.

Instead of trying to find additional time in the day to connect with those you love, a great alternative is to leverage the existing time you once allocated to other activities before social distancing took effect. This time can then be spent with loved ones by enjoying activities via video chat.

For example, if you used to take lunchtime walks with coworkers you can now spend that time enjoying a virtual workout class together. If you used to attend happy hours or other group activities with friends or family, you can now take part in online games, courses or virtual book club meetings instead.

Commit with your friends and family to stick with your favorite activities and routines and you’ll be reunited together in person before you know it.

Switch up story time

If you have little ones at home, they are likely missing the loved ones they are used to frequently seeing in person. One of the easiest ways to incorporate these people into your children’s lives in a meaningful way is to reinvent the story time portion of their bedtime routine. Instead of tackling the story yourself, have a loved one read to them instead via video conference. Whether you flip the pages for your guest reader or they read a book from home across the screen, it’s a simple activity that’s sure to bring everyone closer together.

Embrace traditional communication

In times like these, the communication you send with a personalized touch will resonate with loved ones the most. Writing a letter or sending a care package creates a one-of-a-kind nostalgic feeling the recipient is sure to appreciate. Plus, you don’t have to live entirely in the present. Using letters to plan for future events and vacations can be a great way to reduce stress during uncertain times and can be a promising light at the end of the tunnel.

Social distancing shouldn’t mean isolation. Employ the tips above and be proactive in your efforts to connect with loved ones to strengthen the relationships that matter most.


Eggs Beyond Breakfast? Yup. Here’s How!

Spinach Quiche with Turkey Bacon & Goat Cheese

How to upgrade your egg game

Eggs are a classic breakfast food — and for good reason! They are loaded with high-quality vitamins and good fats, making them one of the most nutritious foods in the world. But eggs aren’t just for breakfast. You can add their superfood nutrition to just about any recipe, any time of day.

Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner shares five ways to add more eggs to your life, beyond breakfast.

“The first and most important thing to do is to buy the highest quality ingredients. Not all eggs are created equal. Eggland’s Best eggs contain superior nutrition compared to ordinary eggs. With 25% less saturated fat, 10 times more vitamin E, six times more vitamin D, and double the omega-3s, adding Eggland’s Best to your grocery list is a simple way to boost nutrition any time of day,” says Blatner.

Here are five ways we can all add more eggs to our life:

1. Lunch kit — Make a quick and balanced lunch for adults or kids by whipping up a simple egg salad and pairing with whole-grain crackers, grapes and cucumber slices in a container. Swap in different crackers, fruits, and veggies to keep things interesting.

2. Midday snack — When afternoon hunger hits, eggs are a nutrient-packed snack that can keep you feeling fuller longer, keeping your nutrition goals on track. For a convenient, on-the-go snack, try Hard-Cooked Peeled Eggs from Eggland’s Best, which offer essential vitamins and nutrients without the hassle of boiling and peeling eggs at home.

3. Sheet pan supper — In need of a quick, fool-proof dinner that’ll please the whole family? Try baking a large batch of scrambled eggs on a sheet pan. Add all your family’s favorite mix-ins like veggies or cheese and you’ll have a meal in minutes. Serve with chicken sausage links, whole-grain toast, and fresh fruit for a lighter take on breakfast for dinner.

4. Party food — Eggs make a great addition to a party menu, from mini quiche to deviled eggs. When making classic deviled eggs, swap in mashed avocado for the mayo to get extra nutrition.

5. Fuel for fitness — Eggs are a perfect pre- or post-workout snack. Vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium for strong bones, while omega-3s soothe muscles during recovery. Eggland’s Best eggs contain six times more vitamin D and more than double the omega-3s, making them the best egg to incorporate into your healthy snack.

To upgrade a classic quiche to enjoy any time of day, try this Spinach Quiche with Turkey Bacon & Goat Cheese from Eggland’s Best: Spinach Quiche with Turkey Bacon & Goat Cheese


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