Pets face all sorts of minor irritations and ailments. In many cases, the issue might not warrant a trip to the vet, but a home remedy might help. In others, home remedies can supplement veterinary care. This article covers 14 trusted home remedies for common pet ailments using items normally found in your kitchen. Of course, as with any medical concern, always check with your vet before using a home remedy. Among the items here are several that I regularly use with my own dogs. In particular, I give my dogs a spoonful of plain greek yogurt on their dinner to promote healthy digestion and to avoid problems with their sensitive stomachs. I have used pumpkin for digestion as well, and carrots are regular treats in our household. My corgi Ty takes fish oil and Vitamin E for bursitis and to promote healthy skin. My corgi Eve has a sensitive stomach and ginger snaps sometimes helps to soothe that. Click through for 7 homemade pet remedies from your kitchen! -By Carleen Coulter
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- Babble.com | Pets – Wed, Sep 18, 2013 12:29 PM EDT
Pets face all sorts of minor irritations and ailments. In many cases, the issue might not warrant a trip to the vet, but a home remedy might help. In others, home remedies can supplement veterinary care. This article covers 14 trusted home remedies for common pet ailments using items normally found in your kitchen. Of course, as with any medical concern, always check with your vet before using a home remedy. Among the items here are several that I regularly use with my own dogs. In particular, I give my dogs a spoonful of plain greek yogurt on their dinner to promote healthy digestion and to avoid problems with their sensitive stomachs. I have used pumpkin for digestion as well, and carrots are regular treats in our household. My corgi Ty takes fish oil and Vitamin E for bursitis and to promote healthy skin. My corgi Eve has a sensitive stomach and ginger snaps sometimes helps to soothe that. Click through for 7 homemade pet remedies from your kitchen! -By Carleen CoulterRead More »from Forget the Vet! 7 Homemade Pet Remedies from Your Kitchen
- Babble.com | Pets – Wed, Sep 18, 2013 12:29 PM EDT
One thing I love so much about animals and pets is the affection they love to give. It's amazing what that can do for your mood and it can really turn a bad day into a good one. They're amazing at showing unconditional love and seem to have this innate ability to know exactly when you need to see it. I have felt that from my pets in my life and I don't know what I would do without that in my life. Thankfully, I don't have to think about that. When I am having a bad day, I love to look to my cat Ariel and when she nuzzles on me and purrs, that I am loved and it's funny how much that helps - but it really does! Animals are good at knowing when we need extra cuddles and kisses and they're also good at giving those kisses to others. Click through for 7 adorable animals caught kissing! -By Devan McGuinnessRead More »from Smooching Pooches! 7 Adorable Animals Caught Kissing
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Wed, Sep 18, 2013 12:20 PM EDT
A recent study highlights the risks of "catastrophic injury" in cheerleading, and says that cheerleaders are under-reporting concussion symptoms-but what do the facts and figures really mean?
The study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, used a computer-based cognitive testing system called ImPACT (Immediate Postconcussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) to obtain a baseline measurement of cheerleaders' cognitive performance at the beginning of the season. The same testing was used again after concussion injuries.
The study found that when measured objectively, even athletes who report being "symptom-free" often still have neurocognitive deficits.
"Given these results, it is of concern that most return-to-play decisions after concussion have relied heavily on the athlete's self- report of symptoms," the study authors noted. "This study demonstrates that even athletes who report being symptom-free may continue to exhibit neurocognitive deficits of which they are eitherRead More »from Is Cheerleading Really More Dangerous Than Other Sports?
- Babble.com | Beauty – Wed, Sep 18, 2013 12:19 PM EDT
A few months ago, I posted a story about the ridiculously strict beauty standards in South Korea. Most alarming is the number of young women electing to have plastic surgery to create double fold eyelids. Many Asian women are born with hooded eyelids, and the surgery, called blepharoplasty, creates a crease that is typical of Western eyes.
Well, on Wednesday, September 11, Julie Chen confessed on her show "The Talk" that she had the procedure after it was advised by a "big-time agent." Her insecurities about her eyes began when she was 25 and working as a correspondent in Dayton. Her boss told her she could never be an anchor because she was Chinese. Later, when the aforementioned agent told her the surgery would take her "straight to the top," she decided to go for it.
The story has been out for a few days, and a lot of summaries of the segment have been written. Rather than rehash the content one more time, I'd rather you first watch the video, and then I'll give you myRead More »from I'm Impressed with Julie Chen's Courage in Admitting She Had Plastic Surgery for Her "Asian Eyes"
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Wed, Sep 18, 2013 12:12 PM EDT
,Last night I saw one of the most touching displays of what it really means to be married. It was in a place where I least expected it, the Basketball Hall of Fame broadcast. Let's face it, we live in the era of daily relationship scandals by athletes and the train wreck that is known as the Basketball Wives reality show. So, when Oscar Schmidt closed out his acceptance speech by thanking his wife of 38 years… it was refreshing. There was not a dry eye in the room when he finished his speech by saying:
"You are my greatest friend… You are my greatest person I've ever met… And, if you were not with me, I wouldn't be here… I'm sure about it… We are together for 38 years. And I hope to be with you until I die."
The tears were flowing as I watched it, and I got chills just typing it!
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- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Sep 18, 2013 12:00 PM EDT
would you trade your morning coffee for a caffeine spray? With two kids three and under, it's a rare night that my sleep doesn't get interrupted. One kid or the other wakes up, and I rush to tend to the problem child, lest the other sleeping beast wake up, too. Or my daughter comes in to sleep perpendicularly between my husband and me, and then tells us we're in her way. Mornings I wake up refreshed and ready to start the day? Rare.Read More »from Spritz of Joe: Would You Trade Your Morning Coffee for a Caffeine Spray?
So as soon as the kids' breakfast hits the table, I head over to to say hi to Mr. Coffee. He's my faithful morning friend, a comforting ritual that helps me wake up and prepare for the day. I've been a coffee drinker for most of my adult life, but never have I loved my morning cup of Joe more than I do now as a parent. Without my coffee, I'm a zombie. With my coffee, I can take on the day. I can do anything! (Even clean up my spilled coffee, which happens 9 days out of 10.)
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- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Wed, Sep 18, 2013 11:59 AM EDT
No one wants to think about what it would be like to be on the other end of an affair. I don't think many would really think too much about planning out having an affair, but I know that does happen. It's evident in dating sites such as Victoria Milan, which is an online dating site for married and attached people seeking an affair. No judgement, I mean, I have no idea what's going on in their lives, but to me it's not a no-go when it comes to my relationship - a deal-breaker. The people at Victoria Milan just published the results of their latest survey, which asked 3,256 cheating women who are members of their website who the first person they cheated with was. Their results are interesting, but not too surprising. Click through and read the 8 most common group of people a woman is likely to have her first affair with! -By Devan McGuinness
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- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Sep 18, 2013 11:53 AM EDT
How looking healthy can kill you Wouldn't you be much more apt to schedule that annoying yearly physical if your doctor could just give you a quick once-over glance and check a box that said "healthy" or "unhealthy?" It'd be fast, pain-free, and non-invasive.Read More »from New Study Reveals Why Women Are Under-Diagnosed with Heart Problems
Not to mention inaccurate.
Just because you look healthy is no indication that you actually are healthy. For instance, you could be thin as a rail and still have high cholesterol or high blood pressure. You could also be overweight yet anorexic, like some teens. Or you could look fit as a fiddle but really be suffering from hidden heart disease.
A recent study showed women who looked healthy were often underdiagnosed with the leading causes of heart problems. "Looking healthy" not only includes weight, but being well groomed and put together. So if you really want your doctor to pay attention, maybe you should forget to brush your hair and wear mismatched pajamas to your appointment.
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- Babble.com | Fashion – Tue, Sep 17, 2013 2:15 PM EDT
New York Fashion Week has ended, and it has done its purpose. I am left thinking, planning, and already excited for spring and summer 2014 … and it isn't even fall yet! I have already started planning little ways I can add some of the trends and styles into fall. After a show, I always end up talking and talking to my friend about what I learned. And really, who knew fashion week could teach you so much? But it did! I left with more knowledge about my own style, about my client's style, and about other people's style. But more importantly, I learned what the heck everyone will be wearing next summer! -By LaTonya Yvette
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, Sep 17, 2013 1:34 PM EDT
The school year is here! And for many of us that means trading in long, lazy days together for a much more compressed period of time to connect. (In our house, it's also going to mean daily tennis practices for my oldest son, weekly basketball and gymnastics for the younger kids, and a smattering of school-related meetings and events to try to fit in around family dinners, homework and bedtime. Ouch.) So at this time of year I find myself looking for ways to reconnect with my kids in the evenings, when time is precious and limited. Here are some regular activities I've incorporated in past school years (and a handful I plan on working into the routine this year!) -By Meagan FrancisRead More »from 7 Easy Ways to Reconnect with Your Kids on Busy School Nights
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