Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Uses for Instant Hot Packs





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For situations in which heat therapy is recommended for pain relief or healing, instant heat packs provide convenient and portable alternatives to heating pads and hot water bottles. Since heat is not an appropriate treatment option in all situations, consulting with a doctor is recommended prior to applying heat to any injury or painful area. Both disposable and reusable hot packs are available and come in various sizes, making them suitable for a wide range of uses. Some uses for instant hot packs are:

Relief from muscle aches, pains and stiffness. Heat helps to relax the muscles and can be a remedy for muscle pain or stiffness when inflammation is not present. Consulting with a doctor about chronic pain is important to ensure that heat application is suitable for your situation.

Alleviating joint pain. Applying heat for a limited amount of time can help alleviate joint pain associated with chronic conditions such as arthritis for some people.

Adding heat to the body in cases of mild hypothermia. Heat packs can be used to help gradually warm a person suffering from mild hypothermia. However, anyone in such situation should not be warmed too quickly, and attempting to warm a person may not be recommended in cases of severe hypothermia.

Relaxing the muscles prior to an athletic activity. Applying heat is a common technique used by those with arthritis to prepare for a doctor approved exercise regimen. Since heat helps relax the muscles, it can help prepare the muscles for physical activity and reduce exercise induced pain.

Keeping warm in cold environments. Even without the need to treat injuries, many enjoy the luxury of instant heat packs for warmth in cold environments such as outdoor sporting events, concerts and when working outdoors during the winter. Instant heat packs make excellent hand and body warmers and can make cold temperatures more comfortable.

Always consult with a doctor prior to applying heat to an injury or the site of pain if you are unsure whether heat therapy is the appropriate course of action. People with certain conditions are advised not to apply heat to an injury.

About MEDNET Direct: MEDNET Direct is a leading supplier of disposable supplies for medical, dental, spa and veterinarian offices. MEDNET offers a full line of products for cold shipping transport and hot and cold therapy including instant cold compress and reusable heat pack products from Nortech Labs.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Puppy Pads For Apartment Dwellers





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Training your new pet can be an obstacle in itself. But if you live in an apartment or even a condo or townhouse without a fenced in yard, it can be even more difficult to potty train your new pup.

Puppy Pads not only help train pets who live in homes with yards to run and play in, but they are also ideal for those big city apartment pets.

When you live in the big city, things are hectic, and sometimes the weather does not always permit taking Fido for a walk or running outside on a leash. Puppy Pads can be placed in any area of an apartment and protect hardwood floors and carpeting from being stained by messy accidents. Simply place the Puppy Pad on the floor, and your pet will be naturally inclined to use it. When your pet is finished, simply fold up the puppy pad and toss it away. Using Puppy Pads will help make your pet more comfortable on days where being outside just isn’t an option, or on days where you are gone for extended periods of time.

Make life in the big city a bit easier for you and your best friend, and use Puppy Pads!

About MEDNET Direct: MEDNET Direct is a leading provider of disposable medical supplies as well as quality puppy pads. For more information and to shop medical supplies wholesale, please visit MEDNET Direct.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Swine Flu Prevention Tips





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With flu season upon us, and the swine flu virus still threatening to make many people ill, it is more important than ever to remember some basic infection control tips to keep you and your family healthy this flu season.

One of the most basic things we can do to protect ourselves from the flu and other forms of illness to to wash out hands frequently with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze, as recommended by the CDC. If soap and water is not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers. These can used anytime after you touch potentially contaminated surfaces.

Try to avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes, since germs can easily enter the body though these passages. When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and immediately discard it. If you do not have a tissue, try sneezing or coughing into your arm, not your hand.

If possible try to avoid contact with sick people. If someone in your household is ill, make sure you sanitize dishes and other common items to prevent the bacteria from spreading to others.

Finally, remember to get your flu shots. Check with your doctor to see what flu vaccines are right for you and find out where they are available.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Puppy Housebreaking Resources: Are you Punishing too Much?





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puppy housebreaking punishmentWe humans are pretty good at detecting when a certain behavior results in negative consequences, and understand we can avoid those consequences by changing the behavior. Puppies are somewhat capable of the same, but they live and think in the present moment. They do not associate a negative consequence with an action unless the consequence occurs while they are performing the action. When you are housebreaking a puppy, punishing the puppy for accidents in the house is a good example. If you punish your puppy after an accident has occurred, the pup will most likely not associate the act with the punishment you inflicted. If you show him a puddle on the floor and scold him, he is probably just going to be confused and think that’s a bad puddle. So how do you communicate what you expect from your puppy during the critical housebreaking stage? For the most part, it is best to communicate through positive reinforcement rather than imposing too much punishment.

The problem is, we often punish out of emotion rather than the need for discipline in times of puppy housebreaking angst. We are frustrated that the accident happened, because we are putting so much energy into teaching the puppy otherwise, on top of the fact that now we have to clean up the mess. It also doesn't help that the puppy seems perfectly obliviously happy. The most immediate instinct is often to scold the puppy, who is, after all, the source of the frustration. But, what alleviates our anger is not necessarily the same as what teaches the puppy to do better next time.

Puppies learn best through positive reinforcement for desirable behavior. Praising your puppy when he eliminates in the correct place is more effective for training than punishing him for an accident. A firm "no" may be effective in teaching the puppy what not to do, but only if you catch him and say the word during the act. It is important to look for signs that the puppy needs to go, and take him immediately outdoors or to his puppy pad. As soon as he demonstrates the desirable behavior, praise him heavily. Do this every single time he goes in the acceptable place, and he will soon be delighted to go there and please his owner. Pleasing the leader of his pack, after all, is what the puppy is naturally wired to do.

If you have found yourself taking out anger on your puppy during housebreaking, you are not alone. Housebreaking can be quite frustrating, but developing habits that help your puppy understand what to do will be far more beneficial than punishing him after he has had an accident indoors. Housebreaking your puppy without excessive punishment will take plenty of time and patience, but will all pay off in the end!

About the Author: Kerry Perissi is the Founder & Vice President of MEDNET Direct, a leading provider of disposable medical supplies as well as quality puppy pads. For more information and to shop medical supplies wholesale, please visit MEDNET Direct.

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