Monday, November 23, 2009

Holiday Health Tips





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The holidays can be a stressful time for many families, between holiday gatherings, vacations, overcrowded shopping centers, and decorating.

This holiday season, Med Net Direct is here to help you stay healthy so you can enjoy the wonderful things the holiday season can bring. We found these wonderful tips, as recommended by the CDC to help everyone have a healthy holiday season.

Wash Hands Often- This is a longtime mantra of moms, health care industries and the CDC. It’s a good mantra. Wash you hands, and do it often. Hand washing is one of the easiest and most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs.

Travel Safely- Even if you are just headed off to the mall, or a holiday party, make sure you buckle your seatbelt, keep kids in the appropriate child safety seat, and don’t drink and drive. These few everyday safety precautions can often be forgotten during the hustle and bustle of the holidays. If air travel or long distance traveling are on your holiday itinerary, review health precautions made by your destination’s health professionals, such as appropriate vaccines and precautions to take.

Take Indoor & Outdoor Safety Precautions- Since most residential fires occur during the winter months, keep candles and open flames away from flammable materials and never leave flames unattended. Install a smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector in your home if you don’t already have one. Test them once a month, and replace batteries twice a year. When hanging holiday decorations and lights outdoors, use safety precautions such as using a ladder and a safety harness when hanging high lights. On the indoors, use a step stool to hand decorations instead of unstable furniture. Always turn off the electricity before you mess with it, and never overload circuits.

We wish you and your family a happy, healthy holiday season.

About the Author: Kerry Perissi is the Founder & Vice President of MEDNET Direct, a leading provider of 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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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Holiday Pet Care Tips





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By now we have all heard about the recent news story that an Iowa pet cat recently was diagnosed with the Swine Flu. It was the first reported case in a feline. Since many pet owners consider and treat their pets like children, this should reinforce in our minds that it's important not to neglect the health of our pets this flu and holiday season.

With the hustle and bustle all of us are caught up in during the holidays, sometimes our pets don't receive as much attention as they are accustomed to. During this time period, ensure you make an effort to give your pet some extra attention. Make efforts to ensure their feeding habits are not interrupted and that they are not locked up in the house for more than 8 hours without a bathroom break. Simply stop at home to let out the dog and give he/she some attention before you dash out to those holiday sales.

Also if your pet is exhibiting any abnormal behavior, take him/her to the vet as soon as possible. If your pet is ill, it's best to catch it early to help them get better quickly. Remember, your pet cannot tell you that he/she is not feeling well.

If someone in your household is ill, even with a cold, make sure they stay away from your pet as much as possible. We know that diseases can be transmitted from the human to the animal, so try and limit your contact with your pet if you are sick and take precautions to prevent the spread of germs as you would between any member of your household.

By following these simple tips, you and your pet will enjoy a happier, healthier holiday and flu season.

About the Author: Kerry Perissi is the Founder & Vice President of MEDNET Direct, a leading provider of 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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