Dog clothes and accessories are serious business these days. So today I am going to review a few essential items that you may have overlooked….1 – Dog BedsEvery dog needs a bed, especially for older canines like ours. As our house is tiled, and the floor gets very cold. There are a few things to look for in dog beds. Our dogs bed is very sturdy. If your pooch is one that likes to have a bit of a gnaw on her slumber place, then spending extra on a hardy one will save you lots of money in the long run. Another thing is the pillow part on the bottom. Some dogs are terrible wrigglers, constantly moving around in the bed trying to get comfortable, and often the bedding comes out. The bed we have at the moment has two clips on the bottom that keeps it in place! So we don’t have to keep putting it back.2 – HarnessesHarnesses are necessary for travelling in cars. They restrain your dog properly, so that they don’t get hurt in an accident, or get in your way while driving, ( not a good idea!! ) our dog finds it hard to resist climbing into an empty lap, so that’s handy for me! She has a very chic purple one that matches her collar. Harnesses are also good for walking, if you are a dog that pulls, or a sneaky dog like ours – that has worked out how to use the leash to pull out of her collar! Harnesses are much better for dog’s that pull, rather than choker chains. Choker or “Check” chains are very bad for dog’s necks, and can damage their throats. Harnesses work much better because they apply pressure to the dog’s whole body rather than their necks.3 – CollarsCollars are very important, for identification as well as restraint. All dogs should have a collar, and all your pooches need identification tags on them, with your phone number and your name, in case they decide to go walkabout and get lost! It’s all good and well to have a microchip, but not everyone has a scanner for it, do they? Collars are also a basic dog fashion accessory.4 – LeashesLeash sizes and length are an important factor. If you have a big strong canine or a medium size dog like ours, your will have a much better time controlling her with a short leash – especially if you need to cross the road. For a small dog a longer leash is probably better, since they are not strong enough to pull away anyway… But I do know how feisty your little pooches get – definitely big dogs trapped in small bodies! Also, as with the collars, leashes can be very fashionable dog clothes and accessories.5 – Collapsible Water BowlsOf course everyone needs water – especially when we take our dogs for walks, and they get all hot and thirsty. Dogs can get heat stroke very quickly, you know! If it’s hot make sure you checks their paws. If they are hot your dog may have heat stroke. Of course you can just give them a drink from a tap, but what if you can’t find one? Better safe than sorry, especially when it concerns their health. Or maybe you have a dog like ours who refuses to drink from taps. She hates it when water gets up her nose, and refuses to drink from a tap.That is it for today, remember dog clothes and accessories play a vital part in any healthy, happy dog’s life.
Womens heart health is a subject that should be on the tip of everyone’s tongue, but for some reason not too many people seem to be talking about it. Unlike other womens issues that have people mobilized and raising awareness, when it comes to the heart there doesn’t seem to be too many people championing the cause. It seems as though I can’t drive anywhere without seeing a car with a pink breast cancer awareness ribbon magnet attached to it, but where are the magnets for heart problems.You’d think that there would be tons of soccer moms concerned with womens heart health, especially given the fact that heart disease is the number one cause of death today for American women. I’m constantly hearing about how men die of heart attacks, but more women than men die every year in the United States of cardiovascular disease. Additionally, 23 percent of women over the age of 40 who have heart attacks die within a year. When you compare that to the 18 percent of their male counterparts, it’s hard to understand why this isn’t more of a women’s issue. Where are all of the specials on Oprah? Where are the races for cures?Even scarier, 64 percent of women who have heart attacks and die suddenly have had no previous symptoms. It’s truly a silent killer, striking otherwise healthy people when they least expect it. Also, after the age of 40 the lifetime risk for cardiovascular disease is more than 50 percent in women. The worst part is that diagnostic tests and procedures that work well for men don’t work as well in women. This is particularly true of ECG tests, which is also known as the exercise stress test. All in all, more people need to be aware of womens heart health.