How to help our animal companion this summer

Now that mercury is rising upon us, it brings with it a host of risks for our companion animals. With temperature rising, it’s advisable to keep pets indoor all the time. Exposing pets in sun in anyway is a bad idea !

As heat waves can take a toll on animals, here a few lifesaving tips straight from PETA.

  1. Keep dog companions indoors. Unlike humans, dogs can sweat only through their footpads, and they cool themselves by panting. High temperatures can cause heat stress and physical injuries – including brain damage – and can even result in death.
  2. Avoid leaving animals in parked cars. Never leave a dog inside a parked car in warm weather, even for short periods of time with the windows slightly open. Even on a relatively mild 28-degree day, the temperature inside a car can climb rapidly, reaching a dangerous 32 degrees in the shade and a deadly 71 degrees in the sun. Dogs trapped inside a hot car can succumb to heatstroke within minutes – even if the car isn’t parked in direct sunlight.
  3. Provide animals with water when they’re outdoors. Place mud pots that are filled with cool, clean water outside your home or at places where there are homeless or working animals. Inexpensive mud pots will help keep the water cool and won’t tip over. To help birds stay cool, place bowls of water on window sills, on balconies, on terraces and in gardens. Change the water regularly.
  4. Give working animals a break. Ask owners of bullocks and donkeys to give the animals a rest, especially during the heat of the afternoon, and help the animals cool off by gently spraying water on them.
  5. Stay alert and save a life. Keep an eye on all the animals you see outdoors. Make sure that they have adequate water and shelter. If you find an animal in distress, contact humane authorities right away and give the animal water for immediate relief.

You can also keep your surroundings cool by sprinkling cold water so that it provides a relief to stray dogs.

Spread the word and stay safe !

Ever heard of Aloe Vera Juice? Yes, the one you can drink!

Everyone (most probably) of us is familiar with Aloe Gel and its ability to soothe sunburn naturally (especially when summer is around). But ever heard of a kind you can drink? There is this another form that has many benefits as well – the Aloe Vera Juice. First off, let me make it very clear : The type of aloe gel tubes or aloe gel jars are only for the topical use and are not the kind to be consumed. I tried with Brimune Aloe Vera Juice (available in Planet Health or other medical stores near you). This one is a sugar free, fibrous aloe juice. I continued with it for one year and found certain changes in my skin and with my digestive system as well. Well it worked miraculously for me at least.

I have penned down some of the few other benefits of aloe vera juice as stated by various sites: Continue reading

Sipping Up On Green Tea

This post is overdue. I mean long overdue. I intended to write about it long back in last summer.  I tried it for the first time when I actually got very health conscious and started gymming  and sipping on healthy beverages. Green tea is considered one of the world’s healthiest drinks and contains one of the highest amount of antioxidants of any tea. Believe me! I’m sipping on green tea since two long years now and I have lost all those extra kg’s. As green tea also contains a lot of detoxifying agents, it can be the next big break through in acne treatment. Let me tell you a few more benefits of green tea in short. Continue reading