Month: February 2017

CARING FOR SENIOR PETS|

CARING FOR SENIOR PETS

The bond you have with your pet only strengthens as they get older and it’s hard to imagine that the same calm friend lay at our feet was once tearing around with an abundance of energy.

Dogs and cats over the age of seven are considered to be seniors, and like humans, as they age, they become more at risk of developing illnesses such as kidney and liver problems, heart disease, diabetes, thyroid abnormalities, tumours and arthritis. Unfortunately, the symptoms of age related illnesses often develop slowly and can be easily missed, resulting in treatments being delayed or being given too late. Senior health checks should be performed every six months for all animals over seven years of age. What’s involved during a senior check?

Our vets will perform a full physical examination, consult your pet’s history and ask questions to identify any problems your pet may be experiencing. A blood profile and urine tests are recommended for early diagnosis and treatment of potential problems.
It’s important for you to look out for the early warning signs of age related diseases between veterinary visits. It’s common to assume that some early warning signs are a normal part of the aging process but often these signs indicate underlying disease:

• Change in appetite.
• Difficulty rising, walking or climbing stairs.
• Confusion and disorientation.
• Persistent cough.
• Incontinence or change to toilet habits.
• Change in sleep patterns.
• Weight loss or weight gain.
• Lumps and bumps.
• Excessive drinking and/or urination.
• Diarrhoea or vomiting.
• Bad breath, plaque.

If you have noticed any of these signs it’s essential that your pet is checked sooner rather than later as the earlier we detect problems the more we can do to treat, manage and minimize the effects on your pet’s health.

For further information regarding senior health checks or to book an appointment for a vital senior’s check, please contact through website or convenient locations.

The Personal Flying Vehicles Era.

The single-rider, human-sized quadcopter that whipped CES 2016 into a frenzy could be transporting passengers early this year.

The head of Dubai’s Roads and Transportation Agency announced at the World Government summit yesterday, the Chinese EHang 184 passenger drone will commence “regular operations” around the futuristic city in July of 2017.

Actually, the Associated Press reports, the EHang 184 has already been flying around Dubai’s Burj Al-Arab skyscraper, which happens to have a helipad floating a dizzying 689 feet off the ground. “This is not only a model,” Roads and Transportation chief Mattar al-Tayer said. “We have actually experimented with this vehicle flying in Dubai’s skies.”

Since al-Tayer didn’t detailed , it’s currently uncertain if any of those flights actually carried a real person, but it sounds like the Personal Flying Vehicle’s specs had a few performance upgrades since the last time on the floor in Las Vegas. The AP reports the PFV now has a half-hour flight time with about 31 miles of range, but passenger capacity is still limited to one 260-pound person and single small suitcase. As being an autonomous vehicle, the passenger only needs to select their destination and strap in before launching. From there, the 184 will communicate via 4G wireless network with a control room on the ground similar to the one EHang showed Engadget late last year.

In the meanwhile, the crown jewel of the United Arab Emirates and officials in Nevada are seeking the FAA’s approval on their flying passenger drones sooner than we expected.

From first tooth to wisdom teeth|

FROM FIRST TOOTH TO WISDOM TEETH

We all know that good oral health is important. Brushing and flossing twice daily is the advice of dentists the world over, to give our teeth the best chance of a long life. Away from our regular dentist check-ups, it’s our job, as parents, to ensure our children have a good dental hygiene regime. Knowing what developmental milestones to expect helps keep an eye on things at home and allows you to take the right steps if something looks awry.

Baby Teeth and First Dental Visit
Your child first trip to the dentist should be within six months of the eruption of the child’s first baby tooth and by the age of two years at the latest. Brushing baby teeth should start as soon as the first tooth has emerged.

Good oral health is important from a young age as baby teeth hold space in the jaw for adult teeth. Early loss of baby teeth can give way to permanent teeth drifting underneath the gums leading to crooked teeth once they emerge.

Once Baby Teeth appear, oral monitoring should begin. Supervised brushing, monitoring the effects of sucking (finger, thumb or dummy) and ensuring your child has a diet low in fructose sugars are all important steps at this stage.

Mixed Dentition
The transition period between losing baby teeth and gaining all 32 adult teeth is referred to as mixed dentition.

At around five or six years old, children will gain their first permeants molar. At this stage and until the loss of the last tooth at around 11 or 12 years old, your child may show signs of teeth crowding. Your dentist will be able to help you identify this and will refer your child to an orthodontic specialist if necessary.

It is also important to contact your dentist during this stage if your child begins playing sport as a sport’s mouthguard may be required.

Teenage Years
As your child gets older, it’s time to get them to understand the importance of oral health. A good dental health routine in their early years should set them up for a life of brushing, flossing and rinsing.

Their life choices, including their oral health habits and effects of their diet, should still be monitored by you and them to prevent cavities and gum disease. The emergence of wisdom teeth should also be observed.

For many of us, wisdom teeth will not comfortably fit in our mouths and, if they emerge, should be removed in order to prevent future pain or infection.

At whatever stage of their oral development, daily brushing, flossing and general monitoring, combined with regular dental visits, will help you give your children the best chance of having a winning smile well into their adult lives.

 


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Macadamia Cookies

Prep: 1o mins / Cook: 1o mins / Makes 16 cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup macadamia nuts
1 ¼ cups of dates
cup desiccated coconut
1 heaped tbs cacao powder
1 tsp ground ginger

How to Make:

PREHEAT fan forced oven to 180°C (200°C conventional).
LINE a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
PLACE all ingredients into a food processor and blend until the mixture is broken down and starts to stick together. If it’s not sticky enough, just add a dash of milk and blend again.
SHAPE the mixture into cookies by rolling them into balls and pushing them down gently using the back of a fork once on the baking tray.
BAKE for approximately 10 minutes.
ALLOW to cool slightly before transferring them to a cooling rack.

EXTRAS: These cookies will not expand in the oven so you don’t need to worry about leaving space between them on the baking tray.When they first come out of the oven they will be quite soft but will harden up once they’ve cooled. Cookies will keep for up to a week in the fridge.


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Challenges with children: we can all help

CHALLENGES WITH CHILDREN: WE CAN ALL HELP

Raising children is no mean feat, we all know that. Juxtaposed between happy moments and intense laughter, are days of despair and frustration. And bringing up children with a disability is no different; there are still joyous times and difficult times, it’s just sometimes, the difficult times can be a little more challenging to deal with physically, mentally and emotionally.


A quick internet search will show you that there are a plethora of websites, organisations and articles which provide helpful information, advice and services to families with children who have disabilities. But when it comes to gathering information for these families’ social support network (their friends and wider family), knowing where to look for tips on how to help can be a little difficult.

There are a growing number of ways that parents can seek information on how to help their own children who are struggling with disabilities, and some of these also focus on support for the parents as well as the child, too. Sometimes though, there’s nothing like the support of your loved ones, the ones who you’d just love to see for a coffee, the ones you can cry with, and the ones you can just talk nonsense to.

How Family and Friends Can Help
Asking for help is often not in our nature, so when it comes to supporting parents of disabled children, there is an element of guess work, a dash of kindness and a whole lot of compassion.

1. R U OK?
You will have undoubtedly heard the slogan, and know the message behind this important movement of suicide prevention. Depression is an issue that is thankfully getting more widely understood, and it’s an issue that many parents of children with disabilities face, often in silence. By simply asking, “Are you ok?”, and talking through how your friend is feeling (no matter how big or small the issue), can go a long way to making a huge difference in their ability to deal with the challenges in their and their family’s lives.

2. Help Vouchers
Even after we’ve been offered help, actually accepting it does not always come naturally. Sometimes we don’t feel comfortable putting out our friends and family, and take on everything ourselves. So, to combat this, and to show your friend you are serious about offering your help, why not create a voucher booklet that they can redeem at any time? Think about what they might need your help with and what you can offer them, and print up the vouchers to suit their needs. They’ll appreciate it more than you know.

3. Communication
Communication is King! You’ve probably heard it before, but it has never been truer than when it comes to supporting a friend or family member with children with a disability. Communicate often, selflessly and thoughtfully. This can simply be checking in to see how they are, asking them to meet for coffee or just saying hello.

4. Listen
This might seem straightforward, but sometimes all that is needed is your ear. That means really listening and being engaged in the conversation. You don’t have to offer advice or a solution, you don’t have to contribute your opinion and you don’t have to pretend to understand. Sometimes trying to relate your problems to your friend’s, or giving a piece of advice that they’ve heard a thousand times is not as helpful as you may think!

5. Remember it’s not Always a Struggle
Yes, their lives are different, and yes sometimes there are hard times, but when supporting carers, it’s important to know that their lives aren’t miserable (well, no more than the rest of us!). Don’t assume that families are having a hard time, and certainly don’t pity them – it’s just not necessary, and doesn’t make them feel better about their situation. But how will you know if they fall into the ‘happy’ category? Well, if you’ve followed the first four steps here, you won’t have to wonder!


How Strangers Can Help

Obviously, not all of us know of someone close to us that we can support in the ways outlined above. However, even if that is the case, there are still things we can do when we come into contact with families with children with disabilities.

We spoke to parents who have children with disabilities and they gave us some advice on what makes them and their child feel good when they are out in public.

1. Don’t treat them differently
Don’t stare. Don’t avoid eye-contact, or smiling. Don’t treat children or families with disabilities any differently than you’d treat a child or family without. Being made to feel different can be very isolating for these families, so if you see these families out and about, smile, say hello, comment on the child’s pretty dress, ask them if they’re enjoying the park, and just generally make them feel that you don’t see them as unlike you and your family!

Also remember that not all disabilities are visible, so there’s a lesson in itself; just treat everyone you meet with a kind heart and a friendly smile!

2. Teach your children empathy
Talking with your children about disabilities and how they should interact with children with disabilities can also go a long way to making these families and children feel like they are a member of their community. Imagine how a child with disabilities would feel if your child ran up to them pointing and asking what was wrong with him. Now imagine the difference it would make to the same child when they are approached and asked if they’d like to play.

3. Random act of kindness
Here at PakMag, we’re big advocates of random acts of kindness for the whole community, but these acts can make a huge difference in the lives of families who live with challenges. Pay for a coffee, offer to carry those heavy bags to the car or leave a gift basket on a neighbour’s doorstep, it will brighten the cloudiest of days.


If you have any tips you’d like to share about your experience and how you’ve been the supporter or the supportee, head over to our Facebook Page and send us a message. We love to hear from people like you and will be highlighting local families in 2018 and beyond.


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Are you a perfectionist? How to see the bigger picture

ARE YOU A PERFECTIONIST? HOW TO SEE THE BIGGER PICTURE

Self-help author, Anne Wilson Schaef states that “Perfectionism is self-abuse of the highest order”, and she isn’t too far from the truth. Perfectionism and motherhood, are two things that shouldn’t really go together, but unfortunately, they often do.


Whether it is living up to the memory of our own mothers or competing with other ‘yummy mummies’ in the school carpark, sometimes it seems everywhere we go, people are judging our every decision. Is the reality though that the person judging us the most ourselves?

From the moment your baby is placed in your arms, you solemnly swear that you are going to do everything possible to ensure they get the best version of you as a mother. And sometimes we get so caught up in trying to make sure that everything is going smoothly, we forget to enjoy the journey.

Perfectionism is defined as a person striving for flawlessness and is accompanied by critical selfevaluations and concerns regarding other’s evaluations.

While it can be hard not to analyse what others think of us as parents (especially when it seems every Tom, Dick and Harry have an opinion), it is important to try our best to block out those thoughts. When we focus so much on how we believe things ‘should’ be, we are also telling our children how we believe things ‘shouldn’t’ be, and that can lead to anxiety and questioning of their own self-worth.

“Mummy is always saying she is too fat. Maybe I am too fat as well.” As a parent, it is so important to promote self-worth to your children. It all starts with you. Children learn so much from what they see and hear from their parents, and if they see and hear a confident parent who isn’t ashamed of their body or their brains, then they feel more comfortable acknowledging the positives about themselves as well. Something I suggest parents try is to look at their children and find everything about them that they inherited from you, whether it be their laugh, their eyes, their hair or their behaviour. Find every bit of you inside them, and remember just how much you love them. Surely if you can love them for all their traits, you can love yourself for those same reasons. Learning self-love (or at the very least self-acceptance) can be one of the most challenging things to learn, but it is undoubtedly worth it when you see your own children develop and nourish that same confidence.

Aside from the perfectionism over ourselves, we also tend to try to reach that unobtainable level of perfection with everything else. Is our house spotless? Do we not only have our dinners ready every night on time, but are they also full of healthy choices? Are our children neat, well behaved and adored by all? Trying to be that pictureperfect parent can truly be exhausting, but it is also
unnecessary. Most children won’t be lining up to say their mother is perfect because she washes, dries and folds their clothes all in one day. More likely they think you are perfect simply because you hug them the best.

Here are a few things to remember when trying to overcome perfectionism:
•• Celebrate every small victory and give yourself credit where credit is due.
•• Remove the ‘all or nothing’ mindset. The sun will still come up tomorrow.
•• Recognise the bigger picture and try not to get so caught up by the little things.
•• Learn from the failures, but don’t dwell on them. Acknowledge that failures are part and parcel of success.
•• Learn to respect and love yourself.

Before having my firstborn, I thought there was a certain way to do everything. That there was a set of expectations that I needed to live up to, to be a good mother. Now I know that’s simply not true. From playing in the backyard on the trampoline well after dark, ordering takeaway at least once a week because we forgot to get something out of the freezer to defrost in time, to generally running around like a headless chook most mornings before the school run, our lives are happily imperfect!

My boys don’t need their mum to have perfect hair or to be incredibly fit or even to know the answers to everything. They just need me there.


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