Depression In Children And Teens

Depression In Children And Teens

Depression in anyone is a serious matter but when it comes to a teenager it can be a bit more fragile and hard to cope with. The stresses of being a teenager are much different than that of an adult and require a delicate handling of the matter. Puberty plays a big role in teen depression but that is not all of it. There are many pressures that a teen faces in school that we sometimes forget about. Here is some more information about depression in teens and what you can do to ease them back to normal mental health.

It is normal for any person to feel unhappy at times it is when it becomes a daily occurrence that it becomes very serious. The symptoms for depression are the same as with adults.

  • Lack of concentration and ability to make decisions.
  • Tiredness and decreased energy.
  • Severe pessimism or hopeless feelings.
  • Unable to sleep, restlessness and irritability.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Physical pains such as leg pains, headaches, and cramps.
  • Thoughts of suicide.
  • Rebellion
  • Consistent sad and anxious feelings.
  • Promiscuity
  • Excessive drug or alcohol use.

Many things can trigger these depression symptoms in teens. It could be friends, peer pressure, grades, tests, teachers, and so on. This list could go on for ages and can really weigh down on your teen. If you notice any of these symptoms it is time to talk to your teen to find the root of the problem. The next step would be to find a local therapist in your area that specializes in teens with depression. Depression can often times lead to suicidal thoughts and even suicide itself. You do not want to allow it get to that point. You want to try and catch the warning signs before they become too difficult to help with.

The best possible thing you can do to manage depression is to try and help prevent it. Sometimes, it is not possible due to the fact that depression and mental disorders are often genetic. However, talking to your teen on a daily basis and asking them about their experiences at school and their life, can really make a difference. When they understand that someone is open to listening to them and wants to help them work through their feelings, it can be a very big weight off of their shoulders.

If you suspect your teen is depression you need to contact a therapist as soon as possible. There are a number of different treatment plans that are available to individuals as well as teens who suffer daily from depression. Depression is a serious matter and the signs and symptoms should under no circumstances be ignored.

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Pregnancy: A Delicate Time

Pregnancy: A Delicate Time

Most women already understand the gentle nature of a pregnancy. You must take better care of your body when it comes nutrition and physical care. But this also means that many of the things that you may enjoy doing now you simply cannot do when you are expecting a child. It is important to have the proper nutrients to insure you and your baby’s health. So this means not only eating right and taking your prenatal vitamins, but this also means you must cut out alcohol and any other unhealthy habits. There are many benefits to taking your vitamins as well as quitting alcohol.

Alcohol can do severe damage to your child in the womb. Your child runs the risk of getting fetal alcohol syndrome and many other defects and disorders. Needless to say, alcohol should be eliminated from your life even if you are not pregnant. One of the biggest perks to taking alcohol out of your life is what it does for your body and your mind. Your mind will begin to clear and your body will begin to heal itself from the damage that has been done. It as little as two months your liver will start to heal itself and you will begin to notice a difference in your skin’s appearance and your overall health. You will now be free of disease which can be a really amazing feeling in itself.

There are many benefits that come with taking a prenatal vitamin while pregnant. What most women do not realize is that prenatal vitamins are much different than your typical vitamin. Prenatal vitamins contain folic acid which assists with any neural tube defects that may occur in your child. These are defects that impact your child’s spinal cord as well as their brain. The iron that is in a prenatal vitamin helps prevent the mother from becoming anemic which can also deeply impact the baby.

Prenatal vitamins contain folic acid, calcium, iron, vitamin C, Zinc, Copper, Vitamin B-6, and Vitamin D. These should not be used as a substitute for good nutrition. You need to make sure you are still maintaining a healthy diet. The calcium will be very helpful especially in your final trimester. Calcium helps to build your baby’s bones and keep them strong. It is crucial that you keep a lot of calcium in your diet including the prenatal vitamin. One thing prenatal vitamins do not contain are omega-3 fatty acids which you will find in fish. So make sure you keep fish in your diet if you are able to.

So make sure you cut out any of your bad habits now before you become pregnant. Eating right and taking your vitamins will also help you deliver a healthy and happy baby.

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Chocolate Is Bad News For Your Dog

Chocolate Is Bad News For Your Dog

Anybody who has a pet knows exactly what it is like then when they are not well. That is why animal lovers will do whatever necessary to make sure that their pets remain self and healthy. Unfortunately, bad things do happen and there are times when our dogs are sick. They are a member of the family so we rush off to get them the urgent care they need. There are a number of foods that that your dog simply cannot eat because they are toxic to your furry friends. Keep reading to discover some of the foods that can make your dog very sick and can even be fatal.

Just as we love our pets, most of us humans love our chocolate. One thing you must be careful of is not to allow your dog to ever consume any amount of chocolate. Chocolate (especially baking chocolate) is extremely toxic to your pet. It contains a chemical called theobromine that do massive damage to your dog’s lungs, kidneys, heart, and nervous system. Keep chocolate away from your pet all costs. Store your chocolate stash in hard to reach places. Never keep chocolate in a place where your dog can reach it.

A clue to look for when you think your pet has eaten that forbidden food is any kind of signs of physical pain. Most of these foods (especially chocolate) can cause a dog to gain a fever, restlessness, and even causes your dog to shake. If you notice any of these symptoms you should take your dog to your vet immediately. Do not hesitate to call your vet if you have any concerns about what your dog may have consumed.

You may catch your dog eating his own poop. And now you may wonder why dogs eat their own poop. It is actually very normal for your dog to eat his own feces. Many animals, including dogs, eat their own poop in order to regain nutrients that they may have lost when they actually consumed the food. Another reason might be because they were trained at one point to clean up after themselves.

If you notice that your dog is doing this often, you should probably consult your veterinarian just to rule out any particular medical issue that may be causing it. There are times when dogs who are malnourished will eat their own feces because they are typically starving. Usually dogs who are homeless or live in shelters do this more often than typical dogs.

There are many ways that you can keep your dog healthy and strong. The proper exercise and nutritional intake can make a difference in the long-term health of your dog. You want to keep them around for as long as you can so make sure you feed them healthy and nutritious foods served with lots of love.

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Biggest Spiders-Smallest Predator

Biggest Spiders-Smallest Predator

The world around us is filled with some pretty scary things. It’s easy to get comfortable with our lives and forget that we are not alone on this Earth. There are billions of different species of animals and insects out there that live with us, but not always in harmony. Some of these other organisms can become predators and put us in danger – other times we just think we’re in danger. Nevertheless, nothing seems to do this more than spider, but not just any spiders – I’m talking about big spiders.

Spiders in general seem to freak anyone out no matter how mentally fearless they are, but nothing does this more than the biggest spiders in the world. First let’s start with the Brazilian wandering spider. These beasts are one of the most feared spiders on Earth because the aren’t just one of the biggest at 6-inches long, but they have some of the most deadly venom out of all spiders. Their venom is even known to kill humans if it goes untreated, so it’s safe to say that these monsters should be avoided at all costs.

The huntsman spider is species of spider that has terrified people all over the world. While they are native to Asia, they have been spotted in Southern tropical states in the US – most likely be catching a ride through imported bananas. The huntsman spider is, as you might have guessed, excellent at stalking prey. They can climb sideways up smooth surfaces without a problem, and are insanely fast despite being nearly a foot long in length.

Last but not least is the infamous Goliath bird-eating tarantula. The Goliath is the largest known spider that can reach up to one foot in body length! They spiders are bulky, powerful, and yes, they even consume birds. While their bite won’t kill you, it can cause excruciating pain! But even though this beast is one of the most terrifying animals on the planet, don’t forget that you probably scare it much more! After all, you’re just one stomp away from completely obliterating it while its bite will only temporarily injure you.

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The Wild Can Be Saved With Eco-Friendly Choices

The Wild Can Be Saved With Eco-Friendly Choices

Cheetahs are known to be one of the most beloved animals on the planet. Sure, they can be ferocious in nature, but they are also absolutely beautiful cats. However, these poor animals are decreasing in number day by day. We might live in a time where there are not any more cheetahs out there existing in the wild. With that said, there are ways that we can combat this ecology problem! Let me introduce AirBnB.

AirBnB is a wonderful website that lets you find the perfect home for you. You can search through hundreds of apartments for rent and sign up to claim the perfect residence for you. In addition to this, you can also have the option of hosting world travelers for purely unique experiences. AirBnB is all about giving you just that – a unique experience. Many of the apartments and accommodations that AirBnB offers are extremely eco-friendly. By going with AirBnB you are directly impacting the environment, and the ecosystem as well. Who knows, your actions could even lead to saving the cheetahs that are dwindling in numbers all over the world!

It’s very important that we keep a wary eye on the environment because there is so much that we still don’t know about it. We do not live alone on this Earth, and it’s easy to forget that. By remembering that there are other species who are being negatively impacted by our decisions, like cheetahs, we need to take the initiative when it comes to helping the environment any way we can. I don’t want to see these beautiful animals disappear, and I’m sure you don’t either. Cheetahs are truly fascinating once you take the time to research them and look into them a bit, and if we’re not careful, the human race could wipe them all out. A lot of the cheetah’s diet comes from consuming other animals, so it’s just the cheetahs that we need to keep an eye. If other species get wiped out too, then it will indirectly lead to the extinction of other animals as well as they will no longer have anything to eat. Nature is all linked to together.

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Feed your Dogs love for Fruit

Feed your Dogs love for Fruit

Does your dog like special treats? If so, he may want something sweet. While it is not advised to give dogs foods that humans consider sweets, you can give them something that they consider sweet. There are many different fruits that your dog can eat and one of these treats is bananas. There are also a wide variety of foods that your dog should not have.


Bananas provide a lot of vitamins and nutrients that your dog can benefit from. They provide a great energy boost for exercise time and they can also help provide a shiny coat.

Other Fruits and Veggies

Dogs love fruits and veggies. This is why they beg for them. They crave something sweet, just like you do. Dogs can safely eat broccoli, carrots, zucchini, cauliflower, peas, beans apples, and melons.

Using these fruits and veggies to make special dog meals and dog treats can help increase their vitamin intake, and provide them nutrition that their dog food cannot provide on its own.  Plus, your dog will be very appreciative.


Chocolate is one of those items that you should never give your dog. It contains a chemical called theobromide, which is toxic to dogs at any level. If your dog consumes a large amount of chocolate, they should be seen by a veterinarian, especially if they have preexisting health problems.


Let’s face it, dogs love bones and we love to see them happy. Certain types of bones are good for your dog’s teeth and mental health, but some can pose hazards. Make sure that the bones you provide your dog do not have sharp edges. Give them large bones, like knuckles or marrow bones, but make sure to boil them first to ensure that there are no parasites on them.

When your dog begins to eat through the bone, rather than just chew on them, it is time to take them away so they don’t swallow sharp pieces or cut their gums.

Greasy Foods or Poultry

Dogs should not eat greasy foods. This is because their stomachs are no designed to process grease. Greasy foods can lead to diarrhea and dehydration.

Dogs should not eat poultry. This is because they do not have the proper enzymes to break down the meat. This is especially true for turkey meat.


Dogs should not eat pork products. Pork products can lead to indigestion, upset stomach and bloating. Dogs cannot break down pork fat. Because of the lack of enzymes in their saliva to begin breaking down pork fat, your dog will be uncomfortable for a long time.

There have been numerous reports of dogs requiring surgery to remove pork fat from their stomach. Because of this, it is important to avoid giving your dog any pork product.

Your Dog Shaking and Vitamin Deficiencies

Besides nervousness and anxiety, one of the main reasons dogs shake is because of vitamin deficiencies. Providing them high quality dog food with minimal byproducts can greatly increase their vitamin intake.

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The Kissing Bug Disease And How It Can Affect Your Dog

The Kissing Bug Disease And How It Can Affect Your Dog

Have you ever heard of the kissing bug? Well, unfortunately it’s not a bug that causes people to be extra hungry for lip-on-lip action. Rather, it’s a very dangerous insect that is spreading virtually unseen disease throughout the US. Right now, it’s estimated that about 300,000 in the US are infected with what’s called the Chagas parasite. The Chagas parasite is carried in the fecal matter of the kissing bug, and is spread when the kissing takes little nips out of your face and/or lips while you’re sleeping.

If this doesn’t terrify you into sleeping with one eye open, I don’t know what will. But there’s more to the story. Humans aren’t the only ones that are vulnerable to this parasite (which damages heart tissue and the digestive tract); dogs are very vulnerable too. Humans and dogs are able to give each other the Chagas parasite through a common kissing bug.

Right now there are so cures for it. There are ways to hinder its spread and treat some of the symptoms, but as of now the parasite will remain in your tissue and never leave. The only remotely positive thing about this disease is that it for some reason only flares up in about a third of all people who carry the Chagas parasite. Meaning, if you have the Chagas, you have a two-thirds chance that you won’t have any symptoms and probably won’t even realize you have it.

Kissing bugs are very common in the South in states like Texas, and right now, more and more dogs in Texas are showing up with the Chagas parasite in their system. Several dogs have lost their lives to the Chagas parasite, even some of the “smartest” dog breeds out there are not an exception to Chagas. Furthermore, even hypoallergenic dogs are susceptible to kissing bugs.

But southern US households aren’t the only ones that have a problem with the kissing bug. South and Central American countries have had the same issues as kissing bugs are much more common there. Kissing bugs like to live in the roofs of mud homes and bite the residents while they’re sleeping. Households with dogs will increase their chances of getting the Chagas parasite. Right now it’s being said that dogs are helping spread the Chagas parasite more so than the kissing bugs themselves.

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3 Common Health Problems Among Dogs

3 Common Health Problems Among Dogs

Just like humans, dogs are vulnerable to a number of health issues. While dogs are prone to other problems that humans aren’t, they are still no exception which is why it is crucial that you treat the health of your beloved animal with just as much seriousness as you would a child of your own. Dogs have their own ways of telling you that they are uncomfortable or in pain, but sometimes you have to be proactive and look to make sure your dog is healthy. Here are three common health problems that dogs find themselves with as well as some symptoms to look for.

Ear infections are very common in infants, but also in dogs too. No dog is immune to ear infections. It doesn’t matter if you have a small dog, medium dog, or a large dog; they are just as vulnerable all the same. Ear infections can cause a great deal of discomfort for your dog as his/her ear will itch uncontrollably as well as potentially cause pain. Any time you notice your dog shaking its head in an unusual way, or scratching its ear violently you might want to check its ears. Lots of times the infection can be deep within the ear canal, which can cause imbalance, swelling, and possible discharge to form inside of the ear. It’s best to catch these early because more times than not the dog will make matters worse. Because no amount of scratching and shaking will cure an ear infection, your dog might hurt itself by scratching and shaking too much. This could lead to ruptured blood vessels, and inflammation around the ear.

Worms are another sneaky problem that can be hard to detect because it’s not visible. Worms cause a great deal of discomfort for the dog and also a great deal of pain. A lot of times you will notice a drastic change in attitude in your pooch as he/she will have troubles sleeping, lose weight, and lose its appetite. Some noticeable traits your dog might start doing is scooting on its backside, this is because the worms have cause inflammation and a bad itch inside the dog. Diarrhea is another unfortunate symptom of a worm infestation. While worms is a very common and treatable issue, hookhorms can be fatal – it all depends how serious it is and how quick you are to act. Oral medication is the most common treatment, but whatever you do, do NOT try treating it yourself.

Finally, the peskiest of all dog problems is fleas. Fleas, much like the ear infection, will cause discomfort and itchiness for the poor pup; however, it will be every where rather than in one spot. It doesn’t take long for just one flea to turn into thousands and the more fleas there are the more irritation it brings. Vigorous scratching and biting is a common symptom of fleas, but so is hair loss. Fleas are very treatable, but don’t let your dog suffer; take him/her to the vet right away if you notice anything out of the ordinary.

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Size Matters When It Comes To Dogs

Size Matters When It Comes To Dogs

If you’re thinking about getting a pet, such as a dog, then one of the main factors to base your decision on is probably the size of dog. Big dogs have their fair share of strengths and weaknesses as do medium and smaller dogs, so you really should do your homework before you actually make a decision.

Small dogs for instance are commonly healthier. They have less joint problems and overall are easier to take care of. They don’t leave as big of messes in your yard and can fit more comfortably in a car so you can take him/her out into public. Along with their smaller size comes a decrease in food.

Because small dogs eat less than larger dogs (most of the time) they are less expensive and you don’t have to spend as much money feeding that big belly of his/hers. A smaller frame means that they are easier to bathe as well. Anyone who has bathed a dog knows that sometimes the big boys can be a bit rowdy and cause quite a mess.

If you’re not one for rough-housing and rough play then a small dog is most likely going to be the one you will want. Some of the most common small dogs (25 pounds and under) are Terriers (American Hairless, Australian, Bedlington, Boston, Fox, Jack Russell, Scottish, Welsh, and Yorkshire), Beagles, Chihuahuas, Malteses, Poodles, Pugs, Papillons, and Shih Tzus.

Where small dogs lack, medium-sized dogs pick up the slack. Medium-sized dogs are most commonly favored because they combine both the elements of a small dog and the benefits of a larger dog. They are energetic, playful, and possess the cognitive abilities to really establish a strong relationship with you just like many large dogs can, but they are small enough to where they can be around kids and not be too difficult to take care of maintain.

Medium-sized dogs are classified as being 30-60 pounds. The great thing about medium-sized dogs is that they can still provide security. Most dog owners think that they need a large 100 pound dog if they are going to want a guard dog, but many medium-sized dogs can get the job done just fine.

In addition, medium-sized dogs are extremely versatile and can fit into literally almost any type of home. Some of the most popular medium-sized dogs are Boxers, Bulldogs, Hounds, Terriers (Afghan, American Staffordshire, Boston, Bull, Irish, Manchester, Pit Bull, Skye, and Tibetan), German Pinschers, Collies, Whippets, and Griffons.

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Our Big Furry Friends: Some Facts About Large Breed Dogs And Allergies

Who doesn’t love a gigantic furry hound to wrestle around with in the yard? Large dog breeds are fun to run around with if you are a full grown person, but care must be taken if there are children about. A large breed dog can knock a child right to the ground without even trying to however, they are usually very calm and gentle, and make great family pets.

Common sense will tell a person that a large breed dog must be given large amounts of room to live and play in and that these dogs are best suited to a home with a large yard or a farm type atmosphere. While it seems to make sense the opposite is actually true.

Smaller dogs require much more exercise than large dogs do, especially as they grow older. Some smaller dogs tend to bark more than larger dogs, so the larger breed will actually be quieter than the smaller breed.

Large breed dogs are going to be more costly than a smaller breed because they not only eat more, but will usually require a special diet as they age to cope with weight management and bone disorders such as hip dysplasia. The large breed dog is going to eat more than their smaller counterpart so there will be additional costs for food as well as the additional costs of their larger toys, collars, and dog beds. Unfortunately a large breed dog has a shorter life span than a smaller breed, living only seven to ten years.

There are many breeds of dogs in all shapes and sizes, even some which are considered to be hypoallergenic. A few of the larger breeds are the PortugueseWater dog which can grow up to 60 pounds, the Giant Schnauzer, and the Afghan Hound.

Technically there are no dogs that are actually hypoallergenic, just some that seem to work better for those with allergies to animals because they produce less dander. People with allergies are not usually allergic to the hair of an animal but rather the protein found in skin flakes and dander. Also, when your pet goes outdoors they come in contact with plant spores, mold and pollen that they then carry indoors. Antihistamines are found to be the best for relieving symptoms, but it is best to avoid the carrier of the allergen.

There are several things a pet owner can do to help alleviate allergy symptoms such a brushing your pet regularly outside, to keep the dander out of the house as much as possible. Use HEPA air filters to keep the air in your home as clean and dander free as possible. Keep your pets off of the furniture, and remove rugs which can catch dander.


Home Remedies for Cat Cold and Fleas

Everyone hates it when their feline friend is feeling under the weather. If your feline companion is showing distress or discomfort such as constant sneezing, discharge from the eyes or nose, or a fever they should be taken to the veterinarian immediately. However there are some things in the kitchen or bathroom cabinet that you can use to help alleviate some of their more benign issues.

Take fleas for an example. These nasty little parasites can spread things like murine typhus, bartonella and apedermatitis.There are medicines a person could use to combat the blood suckers but it’s possible that your cat may not be able to tolerate the chemicals. The good news is there are home remedies for treating cat fleas that are natural and not toxic to kitty.

There is the tried and true lemon juice spray. For whatever reason fleas are repelled by citrus so spritzing some lemon juice spray on clean bedding or anywhere fleas may be will get rid of the buggers. Don’t forget to spray around baseboards even on hardwood floors; they love to hide in there. The bonus is how nice your home will smell, and the comfort of knowing you didn’t put chemicals on your BFF.

There are also home remedies for treating colds in cats, however if the cat is not eating a vet should be consulted right away. Cats are very small and any amount of weight loss is drastic for their systems. If the cat is turning its nose up at its regular food you may try tuna juice from a can of tuna, or low sodium chicken broth.

If the cat has an eye irritation a saline solution rinse may do the trick. Vitamin E and aloe vera can help to calm itchy or dry skin. If your kitty is having issues breathing they may need more humidity in the air. Placing a humidifier in the room where they sleep may help to alleviate this.

Treating simple issues at home is fine; people have been doing it for years. There are many natural remedies for animals that have been used by farmers for hundreds of years, and can help our pets to live long and happy lives. It’s best to keep in mind however, that even if the treatment you are administering looks to be working it is still a good idea to set up a visit with the veterinarian to ensure that your kitty is in tip-top shape.

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Is Your Dog Sharing More Than Your Cats Food?

Let’s face it if something is on the ground, the dog is probably going to eat it. That includes snacks in the couch cushions, morsels dropped during dinner, and anything in the cats bowl. So how safe is it for your dog to eat the cat food?

Cat food in and of itself is not a danger, but it is also not good for the dog. The difference between cat and dog food is much more extreme than you might think. First off, a dog is an omnivore. An omnivore is an animal whose diet consists of animal protein and plant based food. A cat is an obligate carnivore which means that their diet consists of animal protein.

Cat food contains Taurine which is essential to a cat’s diet. If a cat is taurine deficient it can cause deafness, blindness and even lead to heart issues. On the other hand, taurine is completely useless to a dog. In fact, dogs have only 11 amino acids in their body while cats have 12, the 12th being taurine. Dog food is higher in grains, and cats need more protein in their diets than dogs do.

So while it’s OK for pooch to have the occasional snack of cat food it is not OK for them to eat it as a regular diet as this would cause nutritional imbalances that would lead to sickness. A dog eating cat food should be discouraged, or the cat food put away after mealtime.

Dogs and cats in the same household are becoming more common than ever before. Luckily the two animals are different enough that the ailments of one animal do not pass to the other. For example, the difference between canine and feline distemper; technicallythere is no sickness called cat distemper or feline distemper.

For a cat the sickness is actually named Feline Panleukopenia Virus and is only found in domestic and wild cats, ferrets and minks. It is passed through feces, fleas and bodily fluids and will compromise the cats’ immune system. A cat infected with FPV may show symptoms of depression, vomiting, loss of appetite resulting in weight loss, fever and dehydration.

Dog distemper or canine distemper virus attacks a dog’s central nervous, respiratory, and gastrointestinal system. The virus can be spread through infected water or food, or via bodily fluids from another infected animal. Symptoms can include a runny nose, labored breathing, loss of appetite which leads to weight loss, diarrhea, and vomiting which lead to dehydration.

If any animals in your household are exhibiting signs of distemper or virus contact your veterinarian immediately.