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Which Ingredients Make Good Pet Foods?

  • Posted on November 10, 2017 at 5:57 pm

When you are considering which pet food to choose for your pet the most important consideration should always be the ingredients. The quality of the ingredients are what truly set premium foods apart from the poorer grades of foods.

When you look at a pet food label the ingredients are required to be listed in order of weight or predominance in the food. However, this can be slightly misleading. This is weight prior to processing. This means that if whole chicken is used in the food it may be listed first in the ingredient list, which sounds very appealing to the customer. Whole chicken contains a great deal of moisture. By the time the chicken is processed it weighs much less. For this reason, some people prefer to see things like chicken meal, or lamb meal in the first few spots in the ingredient list since these ingredients have already had the moisture removed from them prior to weighing for use in making the pet food.

According to the respected Whole Dog Journal, and other sources, for dogs it’s good to see multiple sources of animal protein in the first five ingredients of a premium dog food. It’s especially important to have a good source of protein in the first couple of ingredients. The exception would be with foods that are sold as pre-mixes, such as dehydrated or freeze dried foods, which are intended to be supplemented with protein sources by the owner. In these cases you would not expect to see protein sources among the first few ingredients.

Many concerned owners look for the following in their pet foods:

You should avoid generic ingredients such as “meat meal” or “animal fat.” Instead look for named sources such as beef fat, chicken fat, lamb meal, fish, etc.

Look for human grade, USDA approved ingredients. Pet food cannot, by law, be sold for human consumption, but look for companies that are committed to using human grade ingredients. You can also seek out hormone- and antibiotic-free meats. All poultry is already raised hormone-free in the U.S. but other meats are not necessarily raised this way unless specified.

Try to avoid foods that use corn gluten meal and other glutens. Many dogs are allergic to corn. Corn gluten is often a cheap protein filler and waste product from other industries. There can be similar problems with wheat gluten and rice protein concentrate, which are also used as fillers.

Avoid “meat by-products” and “meat digests.” When reading pet food labels look for specific, named sources of protein, such as lamb, chicken, tuna, beef, and so on. The term “meat” is a catch-all phrase that allows the pet food industry to be very unspecific about what kind of meat it’s using, so you don’t know what you could be feeding your pet.

There’s also a vast difference in preparation between “whole” chicken, chicken “meal,” chicken “by-products,” and chicken “digests.” Each term describes different preparation and parts of the chicken used. As a consumer and pet owner, you want to purchase foods which rely primarily on whole foods and meals. These are the foods which are closest to their original, live form and contain the most nutrition. By-products and digests contain necks, feet, intestines and other parts of the animal that you would not consider fit for human consumption.

Many foods may contain these ingredients as well as the more premium ingredients. But the primary ingredients you should look for should be whole foods and meals made from named meat sources.

Avoid BHA, BHT and Ethoxyquin. These are artificial preservatives and often used in poor quality foods. Ethoxyquin is banned in foods for human consumption except as a color preservative in spices.

Avoid artificial colors, sugars and sweeteners.

Another thing to watch for on the ingredient list is “splitting” — many times an ingredient such as corn is split into multiple listings — ground yellow corn, corn gluten meal, and other corn sources. Singly they are not a big presence, but added together, corn can become the biggest ingredient in your dog’s diet.

Taurine was added to cat foods in the 1970s when cats began going blind and dying due to taurine deficiencies. Dogs were thought not to need taurine but now links are being found that suggest they do require it. Some companies have begun adding it to dog foods.

Many people also prefer to buy from companies that have U.S.-grown ingredients. This isn’t simply patriotism. The United States has some of the strictest regulations in the world for growing and manufacturing foods. Some companies list the source of their ingredients on their Web sites but it is more difficult to find out this information from other companies.

Some people prefer to feed their pets so-called “exotic” protein diets — venison, buffalo, duck, trout, etc. They may be trying to find foods that won’t trigger allergies in their pets. In general, it’s considered good advice to avoid feeding your dog (or cat) such unusual proteins unless he or she already has an allergy problem. If your pet does well on a more common protein it’s a good idea to stick with it and save the exotic proteins for a time when it’s needed. That way you know you have some options if you run into problems. If your pet should develop an allergy to the exotic proteins you would have nowhere to go.

High protein diets are very popular at the moment. The old ideas about excessive protein possibly harming your pet’s kidneys seem to have been debunked. However, if you wish to try a high protein diet, or one of the new grain-free diets, make sure that you find a food that has the AAFCO Nutritional Adequacy statement. You want to make sure that you are feeding a food that is nutritionally balanced.

Travellers Planning Abu Dhabi Holidays During The F1 Weekend Can See Eminem In Concert

  • Posted on November 10, 2017 at 4:32 pm

Travellers planning Abu Dhabi holidays with the hopes of attending the famed Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be pleased to learn that U.S. rap star Eminem has recently been confirmed as the closing act for the Yasalam After-Race Concert. Eminem is scheduled to perform on Sunday 4th November 2012 at the du Arena at Yas Island, however those interested should not that the concert will be exclusive to F1 ticket holders only.

Eminem is considered to be one of the worlds most popular artists with over 90 million albums sold worldwide on the back of hit songs including Lose Yourself, The Real Slim Shady, Not Afraid and his latest hit featuring Rhianna Love the Way You Lie. Eminems list of accolades include 13 Grammy awards, being the first rapper to ever win an Academy Award (Best Original Song), being widely acknowledged as one of the top artists of the 2000s with his latest album Recovery named the best selling album of 2010 and his tenth Number 1 album on the Billboard charts.

John Lickrish, CEO of Flash Entertainment, the company responsible for the organisation of the concert expressed his excitement about the prospect of giving both locals and travellers on their Abu Dhabi holidays the once-in a-lifetime experience to see the rapper who also goes by the moniker Slim Shady. Other famous artist scheduled to perform include Kylie Minogue and Nickelback.

Were thrilled to be bringing Eminem. He is a music icon, and fans have wanted to see him perform in the UAE for a very long time. Were excited to answer fans wishes and deliver what looks set to be an incredible After Race Concert Having Kylie Minogue and Nickelback alongside Eminem for the after-race concerts this year is quite exciting for FLASH. Get ready for Abu Dhabis most diversely eclectic event Yasalam 2012 stated Mr. Lickrish.

Undoubtedly, with a chance to see some of the biggest names in music today, the After-Race Concert will serve to help the nation in its bid to achieve a 15 per cent increase in the number of travellers booking holidays to Abu Dhabi, with a set target of 2.3 million visitors by the end of 2012.

Problem Children Scenarios – Options For Parents

  • Posted on November 10, 2017 at 4:11 pm

In Scotland, the Boarding Schools Association wants to offer places at their schools for problem children as they are convinced that a similar scheme already operating in the UK has been of great benefit to vulnerable children there. Reactions have been mixed and some parents are concerned about infiltration of drugs and other problems which boarding schools have. This is one scenario where parenting is removed from the home and placed in the hands of caregivers and /or teachers and there are implications for child development.

The same arguments could be applied to sending problem children to military schools in the USA. Parents often get over this problem by following a behavior modification course which will give them the strategies to deal with problem children without actually having to send them away from home. I knew one parent who wanted the option of a military school for her six-year old son!

Let us look at another problem children scenario. The parents’ influence on a child is enormous and once parents are aware of this, they seek to be good role models for their children. The young child or toddler will model his behavior on yours and that also has implications for the type of person you will look for when looking for as babysitters or people to look after your children. Your behavior when having a difference of opinion with your spouse will also be noted and any violence or aggression on your part will have a negative impact on the child’s development. If you are loving and consistent in all your relationships within the family group and even outside it, this will be a great role model for the child to follow. Statistics speak for themselves as the number of problem children from broken and troubled homes far exceeds those who come from happier and luckier families.

Another problem children scenario is where your problem child who may be defiant or have ADHD, is demanding a lot of your attention and the siblings may feel neglected. Very often the siblings will compensate for this by either being extra good and excelling at school or go to the other extreme where they will act out to get the attention they are missing.
Whatever problem scenario you have to cope with, a behavior therapy program will work wonders and will help you set up a behavior plan, with rewards and consequences. The strategies you can learn from a program like this will help you get through all the possible scenarios and with problem children and you can begin to relax again.

Are Your Favorite Online Shopping Sites PCI Compliant

  • Posted on November 10, 2017 at 4:10 pm

Are Your Favorite Sites PCI Certified?

You might have heard a lot about PCI scanning and compliance lately. You might have even taken all the steps you need in order to ensure that your website is PCI certified. But, I’m curious about something. Are the web sites you’re shopping on PCI certified? This is something that should be important to you as an online shopper, to be sure that your personal information, such as social security numbers, account numbers, etc. is secure and safe. One of the ways to be sure, is if the website you are shopping on has been PCI certified.

Being PCI certified means that the website complies with what’s required by the PCI DSS. Requirements include creating and maintaining a secured network, protecting cardholder data, cultivating a vulnerability management program, regularly monitoring and testing networks, and creating and following through with a privacy policy. In addition to those things, the web site should implement PCI vulnerability scans on a daily or at least quarterly basis. PCI vulnerability scans perform tests that make certain there aren’t any vulnerabilities or threats on the website to cause customer information to be available to online predators and hackers.

You might be wondering how to determine if a web site that you shop on is PCI certified. An easy way to tell is by looking for trust marks posted on the web site. Trust seals are small images, that confirm that the site was verified by a third party, and is PCI certified. It is important to look for website trust seals when online shopping as a defence against online theives.

It’s a no-brainer that internet shopping means that you need to use caution. Do your homework and be on the look out for current trust seals. Be certain the web sites you’re shopping on are verified by a third party, and that they follow PCI compliance. Don’t allow your personal information to fall into the wrong hands. Make sure that you are only doing business with PCI certified sites.

Bass Fishing Strategies For Sport And Fun

  • Posted on November 10, 2017 at 3:59 pm

To just let go and relax while you dream away the hours fishing is the absolute best time. I love the idea. Bass fishing reigns supreme in my book and I just can’t get enough of the most fabulous sport in the world, fishing.

There’s not much you can do to dispute the fact that bass fishing can be a stress buster as well as a lot of fun. There is a certain routine involved in bass fishing; stay alert and stay relaxed while waiting for the fish to make up their minds.

What a sport is bass fishing; there are a lot of ins and outs connected to it when people first start fishing, they either think it’s the neatest thing since sliced bread, or they just can’t tolerate it at all. You just love it or you hate it.

Bass fishing is very involved with lots of different sides to it which may not be evident in the beginning. When you battle wits with a largemouth bass fighting like a demon on your line, you cannot describe the fantastic feeling that wells up inside you.

Now that we have gotten that out of the way; you will want to put some thought into what segment of bass fishing that you would like to be involved with: fishing for largemouth, smallmouth, or striped bass. No one is forcing you to decide on which kind of bass you do like, but most folks have a species of bass that they like to catch.

After you learn the different species of bass that are out there to be fished for, then you find out just how many different ways there are to fish for the bass; like surf fishing, fly fishing, or fishing from a boat.

If you take bass fishing seriously, you will probably want to be fishing from a boat rather than any other way, because most anglers do. Joining a bass fishing party group of people would be a good way to get your feet wet with bass fishing from a boat, and this way you can try out the preferred method of bass fishing for most folks and see how you fit in.

Lose your inhibitions about bass fishing when you are a newbie at it, but getting in with a bass fishing party crowd and let them teach you the ins and outs of the sport. Joining a bass fishing party is a smart move to learn about the sport.

Exclusive Tips For Prostate Treatment Clarify How To Get Rid Of Bph At Home

  • Posted on November 10, 2017 at 3:42 pm

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) can be treated at home with a new natural device offered by Fine Treatment. You do not need to take drugs that can harm your general health but only wear a natural device. Are you surprised? However, it is true! A new technology has been invented recently by Dr Allen which provides Thermobalancing Therapy, indeed this new method of treatment helps a prostate to recover from prostate enlargement.

Everyone who reaches age of 60 starts to think about his prostate gland as 50 percent of men suffer from Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.

The first tip: men should be aware that BPH is an entirely prostate problem that means that the process of an enlargement is focused in the prostate gland only. The understanding of this is important as it allow him to analyze the treatment he should receive. Is he sure that drugs or supplements widely prescribed will go into the prostate tissue? If not, what is the reason of taking them? This tip will allow him to search for treatment of BPH which is directed straight to the prostate tissue.

The second tip: men should be aware about Dr Allens device which treats BPH naturally and which reaches a prostate gland with Thermobalancing therapy. The device contains natural thermo-element which improves blood flow in the prostate tissue and helps this organ to recover.

The third tip: men should be aware that any operation regardless of how people call it TURP, laser therapy or simply prostate surgery has different side effects.

The forth tip: avoid complications from medication and future surgery by wearing Dr Allens device at home. Yes, this treatment works all the time while you wear the device on your body and you must no go to pharmacy to order a prescription or to hospital for different procedures.

The fifth tip: prevent possibility of prostate cancer development by using Dr Allens Device for Prostate Care. Researchers today see links between BPH and prostate cancer as pathological as well genetic, so BPH and prostate cancer are interconnected. But Thermobalancing therapy has shown incredible effectiveness, so why dont choose it as a great prevention of prostate cancer?

Fine Treatment presented a BPH case study video which highlights that the hugely enlarged prostate gland remarkably shrank from 130 gram to 37 gram after wearing Dr Allens device for 2 years.

How To Develop A Science Fair Hypothesis

  • Posted on November 10, 2017 at 12:54 pm

Science Fair Hypothesis

Younger students will often participate in science fair by presenting a science experiment that has a predictable result. That is, these age groups will follow instructions and use commonly found materials to demonstrate a fact or interesting tidbit about the nature of biology or chemistry. Older students, however, have advanced beyond simply using experiments that have already been done thousands of times before. At this age they will often be required to develop a science fair hypothesis and take all the necessary steps to prove or disprove that hypothesis. This requirement is designed for the older students because they have developed the learning and thinking abilities required for analysis and application. These higher order thinking skills are used to develop the science fair hypothesis and put that hypothesis to the test.

A science fair hypothesis can be developed around any topic related to science. One of the most popular science fair hypothesis categories currently being explored by older students is in the environmental arena. Many students are developing their own creative science fair hypothesis in order to address the concerns of environmental issues. While these topics decreased for a while, they are making a strong comeback, as students want to research a science fair hypothesis that will have a positive impact on the health of the planet. Many of these science fair hypotheses are developed by students at the high school level as an attempt to discover solutions to issues such as pollution, clean water, greenhouse gases and other problems we are facing on the environmental front. The current student body of budding young scientists is very motivated and interested in issues on this topic.

A science fair hypothesis surrounding the need for solutions to our even increasing concern for the health of the planet is one from which we all benefit. While the adult world may view these science fair projects as kid stuff there are others that will seriously consider the findings of these young scientists. Scientists currently working in environmental fields judge many of these science fairs. They are in search of the creative minds of the future generation in hopes of encouraging them to continue their work in testing a science fair hypothesis. What begins in school may just be the solution to our ecological problems on the planet.

D Ultrasound – Gives a Beautiful Feeling to Parents

  • Posted on November 10, 2017 at 9:22 am

There are a lot of tests that has to be performed when a woman gets pregnant. One such important test done during that time is Ultrasound. Because of this, it is possible for the doctors to see the development of the baby. 3d ultrasound is something that makes this experience more interesting. The new technology developed enables the parents to see their unborn baby smile through 3d ultrasound. The baby 3d ultrasound is proved to be thus a good experience. The clinic named as Maple Leaf HIUF was the first clinic which was providing high focused ultrasound facility. This clinic is located inside the Cleveland Clinic Canada in Toronto.

Now it has become possible for the parents to see their baby live in 3d and 4d ultrasound in South Burlington, VT. These are the moments which are very special for the parents so 3d ultrasound is all about keeping and preserving with you those special moments forever.

This wonderful facility is also provided in the Greater Hamilton area. The ultra-sonographers working there are duly registered and have a licence of their own for their practice and thus are very much reliable. They have spent a lot of their life in this field and are quite veteran practitioners. Mississauga is another place where great amenities are available to give altogether a unique experience to the parents. Milton is a location where you can find a good centre for the ultrasound and will delight you in many wonderful ways.

Why do people prefer to have a 3d ultrasound instead of 2d option or in what ways is 3d ultrasound better than 2d ultrasound?

It creates a lot of anxiety among the parents after the 3d ultrasound which is not so in the case of 2d option because results in the former case are quite immediate but it is possible that it takes some time for the doctors to reveal the exact reports of the procedure but when you see your baby under the 3d procedure, the feeling or the experience you get is beyond imagination which cannot be expressed in words. It sometimes becomes quite necessary for the woman to undergo a comprehensive procedure to check the health of the baby.

Some people believe that such a good experience cannot be gained without pain and they fear to undergo the 3d ultrasound but the fact is that 3d ultrasound is a painless diagnostic method. The procedure is quite simple generally done in the X- ray department of the hospital by the use of a microphone. The time required for the reports to be prepared depends upon the things that need to be determined or evaluated. Determination of the gender takes very less time.

3D Baby Vision is the best and recommended ultrasound company offers 3d ultrasound in Oakville and Mississauga with experienced ultrasonographers at an affordable price. For all your needs for 3D Ultrasound Toronto, Burlington, London and Ontario look us up today.

Parallels Drawn Between Hospital Patient Experiences and Employee Satisfaction

  • Posted on November 10, 2017 at 9:15 am

There have been many studies conducted in a variety of industries linking job satisfaction and customer satisfaction, and all seem to point in one direction: there is a distinct correlation that when happy employees provide services to the public, customer satisfaction prevails.

In an extensive study performed in a major New York City Hospital in 2006, an Employee Engagement Advisory Committee was created to gather feedback from all areas of the hospitals workforce. These areas included administrative and non-clinical staff, service personnel, nurses and physicians and all were asked their own evaluations of employee loyalty and retention. This feedback enabled the committee to identify the hospitals strongest and weakest areas in job satisfaction which lead them to a better understanding of how to motivate involvement and effort.

Another important topic undertaken by the advisory committee was on Employee Engagement.
After many forums and hundreds of comments were gathered, it became concisely clear that engaged employees at their hospital make personal commitments to their jobs and take pride and in their entire organization and the care of their patients.

Just as patient care is adversely affected when poor morale and job satisfaction are inherent, particularly in the nursing industry, that level of care is positively impacted when nurses are given more decision making power and have a strategic role in the care of their patients. Follow-up patient surveys have proven that nurses who are encouraged to take a more active role in their jobs, have higher levels of patient safety and fewer medical errors recorded.

The most commonly used methods in the Health Care
Industry promoting employee engagement and retention are:

– Management accessibility and leadership styles
– Organizational communication
– Recognition programs
– Company reputation
– Empowerment in decision making
– Access to training, resources and opportunity

Hospital Administrators who incorporate policies of employee well being and engagement while on the job, report that they are encouraged and satisfied when they see the reductions in recruitment and retention costs, a dramatic reduction in absenteeism, along with lower patient costs.

Fish fillets, Easy!

  • Posted on November 10, 2017 at 8:45 am

COOKING fish do not always have to be presented in their entirety, but can be made by way of in-fillet. Well, to make a fillet of fish, it must know how.

Here are some ways memfillet fish, to be done at home. The process was fairly straightforward:

fresh fish
Make sure the fish is always in a state of fresh, clean the stomach contents of fish, so when memfillet fish, the meat can be cut with a good fish. Use a clean cloth or paper towel to remove moisture fish so that the fish is easily cut.

Note the knife cuts
Put the knife in between the fins and tail. Make a straight cut down through flesh and bone. Exhaust fins and tail

Cut of the head
Starting from the tip of the head, cut with a knife along the backbone slowly. Cut the ribs to separate pieces of fish fillet

Cut the belly
Cut the belly of the fish, in addition to good to eat, also cooked faster than other parts of fillet fat and richer

cut slowly
Place the blade on the tail end anatara skin and flesh, gently run the knife along with a fish fillet knife position slightly tilted down and one hand on the skin of the fish to be cut.