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As you plan your Fourth of July weekend, please be sure to plan in safety for both you and your pets. Tragically, the 4th of July has become one of the deadliest days of the year. Over the past 25 years, nearly half of all deadly crashes on July 4th are alcohol related. Never drive after drinking and never let someone else drink and drive. Stay aware of what is going on around you. Not everyone is as responsible as you! More pets gomissing on the Fourth of July than on any other day of the year!
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5 EXERCISES TO REDUCE THE PAINFUL SIDE EFFECTS OF SITTING
As a lifelong dog lover and golden retriever owner, I know firsthand the terror that fireworks can cause our four- legged friends.
Here are a few tips for keeping your furry family members safe and happy:
1. Make sure tags and identification are up to date and visible on the collar at all times. 2. Take a picture of your pet, just in case. 3. Exercise your pet before the evening festivities begin. 4. During cookouts or campfires, ask guests to play with your dog away from the flames. 5. Keep fireworks, sparklers, glow sticks, and charcoal far from curious canines. 6. Keep dog treats on hand for those who want to give your dog food. 7. Leave your dog at home with a frozen stuffed treat in a secure location during the fireworks. 8. If your dog is afraid of loud noises, play gentle music to help cover the sounds. 9. If your dog will tolerate it, there are ear protection devices available for sensitive canines. I hope this helps! Independence Day should be a time of celebration. Have a great holiday and keep it fun for all by keeping it safe!
Ages ago, our ancestors spent their days constantly in motion, engaged in activities for their survival. According to Harvard evolutionary biologist Jason Lieberman, hunter- gatherers probably walked more than 5 miles every day. As a result, humans enjoy their best health when they remain mostly upright and in motion. But nowadays, finding your next meal doesn’t require nearly as much travel (unless it’s a drive to the closest takeout restaurant). Many jobs ask that we stay sedentary for the majority of the day, and when we’re not working, our couch and the latest Netflix docuseries beckon. While sitting may have become part of our daily lives, we don’t have to suffer the consequences. Here are five quick exercises to help ease back and neck pain to combat many of the other painful side effects of sitting. Head Up, Shoulders Back First, let’s talk about posture. Health experts recommend focusing on keeping your ears directly above your shoulders to reduce the amount of pressure on your neck and back. Next, pull your shoulders back. Help make these postures into a habit by making sure your
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