Sunday, May 15, 2016

Your Vet vs. the Internet



As technology gains a stronger and stronger foothold into our lives, it becomes easier to look up symptoms rather than talk to a professional. We can look up symptoms by tapping our smartphones a few times and accessing an app or website that gives us all the possibilities and treatments we could ever think of.

The only problem with the flood of the information age for our pets is that it’s very easy to misdiagnose their symptoms (and our own) because an app or website runs on logarithms, not experience.

Here’s why you should call your vet the next time Spot looks a little worse for wear.

Your Vet is Educated
Becoming a veterinarian is not unlike becoming a “people” doctor. You must obtain a 4-year bachelor’s degree, pass certain exams, and then join a throng of very competitive applicants for the 30 accredited vet schools available in the US. And when we say competitive, we mean competitive—less than half of the applicants to all vet schools in 2013 got in.

So what does a vet study? First of all, they’ve already prepared for vet school by obtaining a bachelor’s in a complementary field, such as veterinary or biomedical sciences. Usually something to do with biology or chemistry. Not only that, but they have maintained a higher than 3.5 GPA, garnered experience working with animals in a clinical setting, scored highly on the GRE or MCAT, and been highly involved in student clubs. Upon being admitted to vet school, students take an oath of ethical conduct and continuing education.

So you see, vets know their stuff, and pretty much have to be highly motivated individuals—great criteria for getting your pet the best help!

Your Vet is Experienced
Not only is your vet very knowledgeable, he is experienced. While internet databases of pet symptoms are also knowledgeable, they can’t compete with experience. Yes, you’ll find the equivalent of experience on the internet in forums where others have posted their pet problems, but those experiences are subjective at best.

Not to mention that your vet knows your pet by name, and likely knows his medical history. Can a logarithm compute that? The staff at NippersCorner Pet Medical Center in Nashville, TN, will tell you that having experience as a vet is one of the best ways—sometimes the only way—of diagnosing a pet’s symptoms.

Every Case Is Different
But what if it’s the middle of the night and you can’t find the number to your clinic and you need help fast, you say? You need a real vet if you’re facing an emergency in the middle of the night, and that’s what pet emergency clinics are for. You think you can’t look up the phone number to your local pet hospital just as easily as search databases for symptoms?

Every case is different. Every case. There simply is no substitute for having a rapport and history with a vet, who knows the nuances of Spot’s digestive system and his affinity for damaging foods over healthy ones. Vets and their techs and assistants can more accurately and quickly determine the source of your pet’s symptoms, and this is why you need your vet more than your internet.

Has looking up symptoms ever backfired on you?
That’s not to say that general symptoms can’t be identified and treated via online databases. It is sometimes useful to treat unconcerning symptoms at home before appealing for professional help. But in situations where you truly don’t know where to begin, dial the vet instead of the database.


What about you—have you ever tried to treat symptoms from the internet and found that it wasn’t effective? Leave your story in a comment below!



This article was provided by guest blogger: Sally Baggett. Sally holds a master's degree in literature and has been a copy editor and blog writer since 2009. Not only does she also teach writing at the college level, she is a busy mom to two precious little girls.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Why Chiropractic and Sports Are Best Friends

Did you know that the NFL hires a chiropractor for every team? Or that Tiger Woods visits a chiropractor during training?

It may not be well known, but chiropractors are some of the most important parts of any major league sports game, and it’s because their strategies help sore muscles repair faster than most other medical treatments.

If you’re an athlete, you need to be seeing a chiropractor. Let’s look at why.

Chiropractic in Sports

Chiropractors like Dr. Gil of the Dr. Gil Center in Franklin, TN are being seen more and more by athletes. In fact, chiropractic is becoming such a viable option for treatment of athletic injuries that the NFL is opening up to chiropractic as its go-to treatment.

Take Minnesota Vikings’ Munnerlyn. In 2014, he had an injury to his hamstring that traditionally would have had him in recuperation for a month. But he was back on the field in a week, convincing him of the virtues of chiropractic.

Sports chiropractic has recently become a specialty in the chiropractic field, involving extra schooling and certification. You can go see a sports chiropractor for both conditioning—to help your body get ready for the rigors of sports—and for faster injury recovery.

What Chiropractors Can Do for an Athlete
What exactly does a sports chiropractor do that a regular chiropractor does not?

For one thing, sports chiropractors target body parts that receive the most impact from athletic activity, such as joints. They learn how to manipulate these joints to eliminate scar tissue, which can build up and cause pain. Manipulation of joints also increases their mobility, reducing future risk of injury.

For another thing, chiropractic keeps the spine in alignment so that the body is better able to recover from impact. In high-impact sports like football, this is especially appealing. Spinal alignment is helpful for any athlete who has a history of overuse injuries to joints (like tendonitis) because it keeps the body in balance. Tiger Woods uses chiropractic to improve his golf swing without letting repeated matches ruin his ability—and since balance is key for achieving low scores in golf, why would he turn anywhere else?

Teams with Chiropractors
Over the years, chiropractic has gained its footing in the sports world, namely football. Every professional football team in the NFL has a chiropractor or two on staff, and these chiropractors give 30 to 50 adjustments per week during football season. Football coaches have learned that anesthetizing pain only makes injury worse, so the quandary they have faced is how to get their players back on the field in the fastest way possible, without making their injuries worse. The answer is chiropractic.

The Major League Baseball organization also has a pool of chiropractors it draws from, and the NBA is in the same boat. The results can’t be denied. The conclusion is that chiropractic is the best treatment available for getting athletes back in action quickly.

Has a chiropractor ever visited your games?
Do you play professional sports? As you can see, if you don’t have a chiropractor available, it would be best to find one. And if you’re not a professional, that doesn’t matter—you probably still want to get back on the field! Chiropractic is a fast, natural solution (that’s right—no medication or surgery) for getting players back out there.


Do chiropractors ever visit your games? Even if you go to a chiropractor instead of having one available on site, leave us a comment. We want to know how well sports chiropractic works for the average amateur athlete, and your comment will help get the word out that chiropractic is one of the best solutions for sports injuries.


This article was provided by guest blogger: Sally Baggett. Sally holds a master's degree in literature and has been a copy editor and blog writer since 2009. Not only does she also teach writing at the college level, she is a busy mom to two precious little girls.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Lots of Food Recalls May 9 2016

Before you eat your late afternoon snack or enjoy dinner, please check over today's food recall list. Seems to be quite a few today.  - frozen veggies, veggie chips, protein chewy bars...

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Why a Weight Loss Center?

If you’ve been trying to lose weight, you’ve probably run across something called a “weight loss center” in the midst of your research to find quick ways of thinning down. While these centers aren’t designed to be quick fixes, they do help a lot of people reach their realistic weight loss goals.

What is the idea behind weight loss centers? The answer to this takes more than just one sentence or even one paragraph. Let’s take a look at what started these centers and what makes them a great solution for your weight loss challenge.

What is a weight loss center?
 Also popularly referred to as weight loss clinics, or physician assisted weight loss programs, these facilities behave similarly to a nutritionist’s office in their endeavor to help patients lose weight quickly and keep it off. Clinics like True Weightloss Solutions in Chattanooga, TN, make losing weight an attainable goal and reasonable lifestyle change.

How do they do this? An on-staff physician takes your case at the beginning, and his staff, sometimes even including a nutritionist, gives you a weight loss plan. This plan is supervised by the doctor. It usually includes a strict low-calorie diet, an exercise plan, and monitoring your body functions like heart rate and blood pressure.

This intense level of supervision has lead to significant weight loss overall, better than patients who try to lose weight on their own. This can probably be attributed to the constant accountability.

The Idea Behind It All
Where did weight loss centers begin? How do they differ from group dieting models like Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers?

Weight loss centers are nothing new to modern society; in fact, one might say they are a dime a dozen. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t effective. For example, Medi-Weightloss Clinics were started by one man nearly 15 years ago, and they have blown up across the country. He opened the chain because of a visit to his doctor just after his retirement in the investment industry—he wasn’t a doctor himself, but he knew how to hire doctors and develop a quality business model that helped many people lose the weight that keeps them from enjoying life.

Weight loss programs like Weight Watchers do provide accountability, but they are voluntary and largely unsupervised—they provide what you need to lose weight, but don’t offer the precise recommendations of a tailored medical team. Weight loss clinics provide accountability and motivation through a monetary fee and a team of medical professionals.

Why go to such a place?
Yes, when you join a weight loss clinic, you have to pay a fee. And yes, these programs aren’t as community-based as joining a dieting program. But the intense following by a doctor and his staff replaces the weight loss community, and many say the fee is well worth it.

Weight loss clinics are ideal for people who need to lose weight quickly and know they can’t do so on their own. They are for those who like to be instructed and held accountable, or who need to be followed closely. The fees are worth it for the results that members get.

Have you ever joined a weight loss center?
Joining a weight loss center is pretty much a guaranteed way to lose needed weight. You are part of an intense program that quickly gets your body where it needs to be.


Not everyone chooses to join a weight loss center when they know they need to lose weight, but it’s nice knowing that you have the option of intense accountability should you need it. Have you ever been assisted by a physician to lose weight? Ever joined a weight loss center? Leave us a comment about it!


This article was provided by guest blogger: Sally Baggett. Sally holds a master's degree in literature and has been a copy editor and blog writer since 2009. Not only does she also teach writing at the college level, she is a busy mom to two precious little girls.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Managing Fibromyalgia Pain

Do you have chronic pain associated with the ailment known as fibromyalgia? There may not be a permanent solution to this painful disorder, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t solutions.

In fact, both pain clinics and chiropractors offer treatments for fibromyalgia that make the pain bearable, if not eliminate it.

Interested? Keep reading.

What is fibromyalgia?
Translated as “pain in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons” from the Greek and Latin, fibromyalgia has been difficult to pinpoint throughout the years. Doctors in the 1800s believed the malady was a mental disorder, until a Scottish doctor recognized it as a physical problem in the 1820s.

Basically, if you have fibromyalgia, you have pain in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons that makes your body tender to touch—either over the entire body or migrating. And like most chronic pain, you will have episodes of intense pain that subside for a time.

Fibromyalgia flare-ups come with a host of symptoms that vary from patient to patient. Things like fatigue, sleep disturbance, and trouble thinking clearly are most commonly reported. It’s a disease that has no cure and is sometimes accompanied by other conditions like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. It is most common in middle-aged women, although anyone—including children—can have it.

What can a pain clinic do?
Pain clinics love a good chronic pain challenge. What you’ll find at a pain clinic is a team of chronic pain specialists who have studied and trained to make your life with fibromyalgia easier.

Pain clinicians address chronic pain with a variety of options. One is administering and managing a medication regimen. Another is through physical therapy. They may also recommend alternative therapies like yoga, Pilates, and chiropractic as well as massage and dietary supplements. Pain clinics also treat chronic pain with cognitive behavioral therapy to train you to cope with episodes without becoming emotionally upset.

What can a chiropractor do?
Speaking of chiropractors, what can they do for fibromyalgia? Like the team at True Wellness Chiropractic in Chattanooga, TN, chiropractors seek to treat nerve and muscle pain through aligning the spine properly.

Since fibromyalgia appears to be an attack on the nervous system, causing pain largely in the neck, back, and legs, chiropractic can offer viable pain relief. How?

Chiropractic adjusts the spine, placing vertebrae back into position so that they return to properly supporting the muscles and nerves in the back. If fibromyalgia is caused by interference in the spine—especially a problem for fibromyalgia patients experiencing upper cervical spinal stenosis—then aligning the vertebrae can relieve compressed nerves, bringing relief.

Chiropractic also purports to assist the central nervous system in communicating properly, thereby allowing the body to heal itself more easily. This is accomplished through straightening the vertebrae and taking pressure and compression off the spinal cord.

Have you ever received alternate treatment for fibromyalgia?
Although fibromyalgia seems a bit intangible since it is not something a doctor can test for—it’s only something a patient can self-report—that doesn’t mean it is not a cause for concern. If you experience massive nerve sensitivity in your body from time to time, and find it hard to touch or be touched, you may be suffering from fibromyalgia. See a chiropractor to make sure and get started on resolving it.


Have you ever seen a chiropractor during a fibromyalgia episode? If so, did you experience relief? Have you at least been to a pain clinic to find relief? If fibromyalgia has ever gotten you or a loved one down, leave us a comment now!

This article was provided by guest blogger: Sally Baggett. Sally holds a master's degree in literature and has been a copy editor and blog writer since 2009. Not only does she also teach writing at the college level, she is a busy mom to two precious little girls.

More information can be found on:
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Thursday, May 5, 2016

How Can a Pain Clinic Help My Back?



You wake up most mornings with a dull ache in your lower back. Sitting up to get out of bed doesn’t work anymore—you have to roll out as cautiously as possible. You limp to the bathroom and kitchen, swallowing a pill and waiting until your body feels its effects before you can start your day.

Sound familiar? This behavior is common for most people with chronic lower back pain, but it doesn’t have to be your life forever. Pain clinics exist to treat back pain and manage pain that can’t be treated. How?

Let’s look at it more closely.

What is a pain clinic?
You don’t have to suffer in silence. Pain clinics, otherwise known as pain management centers, are run by physicians such as psychiatrists, neurologists, and anesthesiologists to manage pain that otherwise would go untreated. Common diseases managed at pain centers like the Center for Spine, Joint, and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation in Nashville, TN, include arthritis, lupus, and fibromyalgia, and musculoskeletal ailments such as mysterious back pain, sciatica, and a host of others.

The parameters of such clinics are usually governed by state law and may include regulation of medication prescriptions. Most clinics have to submit applications to the state government before opening so that the state can stay abreast of treatments issued in each clinic.

What kinds of chronic back pain does a pain clinic treat?
Back pain is a huge problem throughout the United States. Chronic back pain often has a source most doctors do not have treatment for aside from medications or surgery. Pain clinics strive to address such back pain without relying entirely on medication.

In fact, the team of physicians and clinicians assigned to you at a pain clinic pay close attention to your medicine intake, ensuring that you do not go beyond the dosage needed to keep your pain at bay. They also employ alternative treatments like yoga, cognitive behavior therapy, and massage to keep your pain at a livable level.

Unexplained back pain or back pain caused by degenerative diseases does not have a cure, but pain clinics strive to address the pain anyway. Core strengthening regimes found in yoga and Pilates are especially helpful for treating back pain, as is chiropractic.

What can I expect?
When you enroll at a pain clinic for chronic back pain, you can look forward to a few different things. For one, you will be evaluated just as you would be in any physician’s office—you’ll encounter questions about medical history and symptoms. After determining your diagnosis, a team of physicians and clinicians will be assigned to you, and you will meet with them to determine the best treatment system to address your pain.

The therapy plan assigned to you will be specially tailored to your needs and circumstances. For example, if you are triggered to become anxious every time your pain reaches a certain level, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) might be one of the treatments made available to you in order to help you better live with pain.

For back pain, a pain clinic team may promote treatment by a chiropractor, acupuncturist, massage therapist, and yoga instructor, along with medication to dull the pain enough to make it through each day without being stressed out by your pain level.

Have you ever been to a pain clinic for chronic back pain?
Chronic back pain is no joke—it can detract from your quality of life in huge ways, especially if no doctor you have encountered has been able to properly diagnose it. Try a pain clinic to see if you can’t find better strategies for living with back pain.


Have you ever visited a pain clinic for back pain? We and our readers want to know your experience! Leave us a comment now.

This article was provided by guest blogger: Sally Baggett. Sally holds a master's degree in literature and has been a copy editor and blog writer since 2009. Not only does she also teach writing at the college level, she is a busy mom to two precious little girls.

More information can be found on:
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Pain Management Works



Saturday, March 12, 2016

Are You Ready for a Weight Loss Center?


We all struggle with weight gain occasionally. But sometimes, that weight can get the better of us—it can be difficult to get rid of, or it can pose a threat to our health.

The good news is that you don’t have to worry about working off stubborn weight on your own. Weight loss centers can help, and we’re here to tell you how to know when the best thing to do is knock on their door.

If You’re Serious About Shedding Pounds
We’ve all tried to lose weight on our own. It’s just that for many of us, staying on the weight loss wagon is really hard. Life happens. Major events threaten your equilibrium and you turn to food—or you get pregnant, and it’s actually important not to lose weight for a little while.

But eventually something clicks and you get determined to get excess weight off. Maybe you get a negative report from the doctor and you have to lose weight to live longer. Or maybe there’s someone new in your life and you realize that extra weight is going to shorten the life you want to spend with them.

Whatever the reason, once you get truly serious about losing weight is the right time to visit a weight loss center like True Weight Loss Solutions in Chattanooga, TN.

If Fad Diets Haven’t Worked
One of the things you’ve probably tried on your own is to lose weight with what WebMD calls fad diets. We all know the market is flooded with them. They must work for some people or they wouldn’t be so popular—but who knows who those people are, right!?

The point is that a weight loss center is the perfect place to turn if you’ve tried diets and failed. Maybe they failed because they were too restrictive and you got hungry. Maybe because the diet didn’t work with your metabolism. Maybe because you lost motivation.

Weight loss centers eliminate a lot of the problems with fad diets because they provide professional medical knowledge, accountability, and tailoring to each body’s needs. A diet can’t do all of these things, can it?

If You Like Being On a Team
We mentioned accountability. When you’re on your own losing weight, it’s easy to lose focus and motivation. Without anyone coming alongside to check in with your progress, you can get tunnel vision and feel that’s it easiest to quit.
 
If you like working with others to achieve a goal, a weight loss center is probably the best way to go. Having a team of professionals like Health Magazine talks about in this article egging you on and helping you make adjustments at the right time is of huge importance for achieving and maintaining weight loss goals.

Even if you don’t really like the idea of working on something personal like weight loss with other people, a weight loss center is worth considering. Knowing that you’re going to let someone down next week because you got lazy really is quite a motivator!

Have you ever joined a weight loss clinic?
So how do you know if you’re ready for a weight loss center? Here are three clues: you’re extremely serious about shedding pounds; you’re discouraged by the failure of diet plans; and you want a team to keep you motivated in your weight loss goals. There are other reasons to sign up with a clinic like this too—so what’s yours?

Have you ever joined such a place? Tell us about it! Was the team of doctors easy to work with? Did knowing you’d have to report on your weekly activities motivate you to stay on track with your weight loss goals? Leave us a comment now!

This article was provided by guest blogger: Sally Baggett. Sally holds a master's degree in literature and has been a copy editor and blog writer since 2009. Not only does she also teach writing at the college level, she is a busy mom to two precious little girls.


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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Can I Talk to the Vet Please?

Have you ever called a veterinary office to inquire after a situation your pet was in? You may have been intercepted by a receptionist, or you may have gotten a direct line to the vet himself.

But how do you know that the person who answers the phone is the one you’re looking for in a pet emergency? Or how do you know they’ve got the best info for your circumstance?

Listen closely and ask a few questions.

The Pickup
Did you know that you can call your vet for free advice at any time? That’s right—it’s just like calling the nurse at your doctor’s office when you have an ailment you can’t fix on your own. And just like the nurse does, if there’s a situation the vet can’t address over the phone, she’ll recommend you come in and be seen.

But the key here is that it’s your vet. It is in fact illegal for vets to give advice without an established doctor/client relationship. If you’ve been dallying about committing to a veterinarian, this is another reason you need to get one and keep seeing him.

So when you call a vet’s office, someone is going to answer your call. The receptionist, the vet tech, the vet, who ever is closest and has the time. You can dive right in with your complaint, or you can be polite and ask to whom you are speaking. This will save confusion and wasted time—especially if it’s the receptionist!

And keep in mind that even if you call your vet, you might be asked to bring the pet in so as to avoid lawsuits related to misdiagnosis. Read this bold article by a veterinarian to see how vets view the free advice phone call.

The best info?
Once you’ve determined who you’re speaking with, how do you know they’ve got the best info? For starters, as long as you’re talking to a professional—either a tech or the vet—you’re pretty much safe.

Most veterinary offices, like Nashville-based NippersCorner Pet Medical Center, train their staff well to handle incoming calls. You can imagine that they run the gamut—from horses throwing up to constipated dogs and cats, vet techs are trained just as much as vets with advice for paying patients.

And don’t be alarmed—most, if not all, vets are not out to get your money when they advise you to come in. Most have an overload of patients and don’t really need the extra income—but they do want to help, so follow their instructions.

Is it the vet or a vet tech?
Finally, if you get the veterinary technician on the phone, you are automatically in safe hands. They will give basic advice, which means peace of mind for any pet owner. Vet techs have received at least a 2-year associate’s in veterinary technology, plus they are trained by their vets.

But you can also look at some things online regarding symptoms. This Banfield Pet Hospital database has tons of FAQs you may learn from. You can also (and we advise this) call your vet after reading the website to confirm that what you read is best for your pet. A vet office with which your pet has a relationship is going to be better than the internet any day of the week.

Have you ever called your vet?
Have you ever called the vet in a panic? Perhaps your dog came running inside with a wild carcass in his mouth. Or perhaps he started vomiting out of nowhere. What did you do—pick up the phone or tap the keyboard?


Leave us a comment with your story! Our readers would love to hear!

This article was provided by guest blogger: Sally Baggett. Sally holds a master's degree in literature and has been a copy editor and blog writer since 2009. Not only does she also teach writing at the college level, she is a busy mom to two precious little girls.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Say Goodbye to Meds and Surgery

If you have chronic pain, did you know that you have more options than what most doctors have access to?

That’s right—if you keep going to the doctor for a pain condition that either you know won’t go away or that your doctor isn’t quite sure why you have, you have more options.

In cases like this, doctors tend to prescribe more and more aggressive pain meds and surgeries in order to resolve chronic pain (pain lasting longer than three months).

But since pain conditions like this are caused by different sources—old injuries, diseases, and so on—there should be more treatment options. And that’s where pain clinics like the Center for Spine Joint and Neuromuscular Rehabilitation in Nashville, TN come in.

Opioids

Even though many doctors like to prescribe opioids such as Percocet, Vicodin, and OxyContin, the truth is that these drugs have long-term effects that most consumers aren’t aware of.

For one thing, according to Consumer Reports, they’re addictive. They may get you through a bad day of your chronic pain problem, but you might find your body asking for them when you’re not in enough pain to justify their use.

For another, they contain narcotics—yes, the same substances contained in life-wrecking drugs like heroin. Knowing this, it’s not as surprising to hear that 46 people per day (nearly 17,000 per year) die from overdoses of these drugs.

Knowing this rather puts you in the mood to hear about alternative therapies, doesn’t it?

Surgeries
Another popular solution to chronic pain is surgery. Sometimes a surgery is truly needed—if you’ve broken a bone that has regrown improperly, for example, and a surgery can easily fix it.

But a lot of times, surgeries actually make things worse. Take the condition known as scoliosis. A lot of people have them, and some cause more pain than others. But undergoing surgery to correct a slight curve can mean opening your spine up to a lot of things you wouldn’t have to simply by learning strengthening exercises—things like pain from metal rods, need for repeat surgeries to maintain the initial one, and so on.

Before agreeing to surgery for any pain relating to the muscular and skeletal systems, you should see an alternative treatment practitioner like a pain clinician or chiropractor to make sure they can’t find a better solution.

Why Pain Clinics Are Awesome
Pain clinics are becoming a wonderful alternative to doctors, addictive medication, and invasive surgeries. Although a pain clinic isn’t for everyone—especially those with acute cases that can be dealt with in a few weeks—it is a wonderful treatment option that more Americans need to be aware of.

Do you struggle with pain in your body that has gone on for more than 3 months? Pain related to things like old injuries or chronic diseases? Instead of throwing an addictive painkiller at it, or allowing a surgery that could end up equaling more pain, seek assistance from alternative therapies first.

What can it hurt, right?

Do you go to a pain clinic for chronic pain?
Pain clinics are a real solution to pain that won’t go away without damaging your body. If you don’t want to get addicted to pain killers (and who sets out to do that, right?) and wish to avoid the rigors of surgery, find a pain management center in your area. The non-invasive solutions you find might just surprise you.

Leave us a comment if this article rings true for you! If you didn’t know that opioids were harmful, or if you never considered the long-term effects of invasive surgery, let us know that we’ve helped you see things a bit differently.

This article was provided by guest blogger: Sally Baggett. Sally holds a master's degree in literature and has been a copy editor and blog writer since 2009. Not only does she also teach writing at the college level, she is a busy mom to two precious little girls.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Dog Grooming: The What & Why

 It’s one of the more dreaded tasks for many dog owners—grooming day. You give Spot a nice, cleansing bath, but he runs outside and rolls in the mud no matter the weather.

And before the bath, you took the time to wrestle the beast for a nail trim and perhaps a quick shave to speed up the shedding process.

All of this took a lot of effort and time, and sometimes it’s easy to talk yourself out of grooming day, especially during rainy seasons. But here’s why you shouldn’t, and how to make it easier so you don’t procrastinate so much.

Why Groom Your Dog
There’s actually a lot of benefits to grooming, otherwise known as hair brushing. It’s not just a way to make your pet look better for park day. It’s good for the coat, the skin, and his body.

Brushing your dog frequently is good for his coat. It removes loose, dead hair and spreads out the natural oils in his fur that make both the skin and coat healthy. Loose hairs, when left to their own devices, tend to become matted. This leads to wads of hair that drag down the skin and causes soreness.

Brushing is good for the skin of your dog because it promotes good circulation. It also keeps grease levels down, which otherwise can block pores and cause sebaceous cysts.

Those are some pretty solid reasons to add brushing (also referred to as grooming) to your daily routine!

When to Bathe Your Dog
As the veterinary team at Nippers Corner Pet Medical Clinic will tell you, bathing your dog on a schedule based on his breed type is very beneficial. While bathing once a month is a good rule of thumb for most breeds, some can use a bath more or less often. Why?

For example, breeds with an oily coat like Bassett Hounds need baths more like once a week in order to prevent blocked pores and to reduce smell.

Breeds with water-resistant coats have natural oils which require less frequent bathing to preserve them. These breeds include Golden Retrievers and Great Pyrenees. And short-haired breeds (Weimaraners and Beagles) perform just fine with less frequent baths.

Baths do your dog good just as brushing does. It keeps excess hair out of the coat, which prevents matting and weighing down the skin. It also keeps their coat and skin free of dirt and parasites. So take stock of your dog’s breed and start a bathing routine to suit him.

Nail Trimming
Nail trimming frequency is based on a few factors. One, you should keep up with the trimming at least once a month if not more often. Dogs who spend a lot of time walking on concrete will need less frequent trims because the hard surface wears down nails.

But if your dog is an indoor pet, trimming the nails every 3 or 4 weeks is the rule of thumb.

One trick to keep your dog calm for this is to trim the nails right after a bath so the nails are softer. Another is to take your time—trim one nail, and if the dog is nervous, let him take a break and come back later in the day for the next nail. Have lots of treats on hand. Also avoid cutting the quick and making the nail bleed, as this experience can increase your dog’s anxiety. Follow the tips in this detailed post for a better nail trimming experience.

How do you give Spot a bath?
As you can see, dog grooming is an important part of a pet’s quality of life. Brush him, bathe him, and trim his nails for a happy pet.

How does your grooming routine go? Do you keep up with daily brushing and monthly baths and nail trims? If not, are you inspired to start now? Leave us a comment about it!

This article was provided by guest blogger: Sally Baggett. Sally holds a master's degree in literature and has been a copy editor and blog writer since 2009. Not only does she also teach writing at the college level, she is a busy mom to two precious little girls.