Healthcare is a noble profession, whether caring for animals or humans. Sadly, it does however place the individuals giving that care in sometimes awkward and dangerous, if not disgusting circumstances. Bodily fluids are a major concern, when it comes to healthcare, particularly in the case of emergency care. One of the first things that emergency care workers learn is the proper use of and requirements, for personal protective safety equipment.
PPE - Personal Protective Equipment
When taking the exam for a position as an emergency medical care certified by the national registry, any individual not stating “PPE” before beginning an exercise is already automatically doomed. Safety first is one of the most important and most stressed lessons, in healthcare training. You protect yourself first, then your partner, then your patient. That’s just the way it’s supposed to go. Now in an emergency situation, caution is sometimes thrown to the wind. That is the choice of the individual in question and is neither recommended nor supported. When it comes to the protection of health care workers during the care of our beloved pets, it’s no different. When an animal is sick or feels endangered, they can be dangerous. The most docile little dog can go Cujo, in an instant given the right circumstances. How do veterinarians protect themselves against this and other animal care considerations?
A List Of Safety Equipment
Here are just a few things that may be included on the list of veterinary safety equipment for the veterinary individual themselves:
Some Safety Equipment Is Not for Reuse
Much of the equipment considered personal protective gear is disposable. It is meant to be that way for a reason. Once many of these pieces of equipment are exposed to a contaminant, they are no longer safe to reuse. Even personal respirators have disposable parts (such as filters) that should be replaced, for each and every use. Professional eye goggles are less disposable than the full plastic face shields, which include masks and an elastic band that goes around the back of the head. This is why they preferred by some workers and institutions.
And, gloves should never, ever be worn, for more than one patient at a time. If you are working on an individual and have to leave the room, the gloves should be disposed of, before leaving the room and new gloves should be applied, upon your return.
Possums are some of the nastiest looking little creatures to ever walk the face of this earth. Particularly when they’re aggravated. Of course that doesn’t mean that it should be open season on possums every day. They do, after all, have as much of a right to be here as anyone or anything else… Until it comes to our attics, basements, garages, tool sheds and any other room or compartment we consider to be within our home. That’s when it definitely becomes the time to get rid of possums, albeit humanely. It’s not the possum’s fault after all, that he could not read the ‘no possums allowed’ sign you had up on the area of your home, to which he gained access. Oh you don’t have a ‘no possums allowed’ sign on your house? Well there you go – it’s really not the possums fault then is it?
No, That Stain on the Ceiling Is Not Rainwater
If you notice a darkish stain appearing in a couple of spots on your ceiling, the first thing your mind rushes to is a leaky roof and rainwater. If only that were all it was that you see. Sadly, by the time you notice stains such as this, massive damage has been done in your attic space by possums or other small mammals, who have decided to take up housekeeping there. Feces, urine, and God forbid – rotting corpses if the animals are carnivorous – are making your attic space or other area of your house an open invitation for disease. And, there’s every possibility that the diseases contractible from these animals run deeper than just disgusting bacteria and airborne germs from waste products. Many small animals contract rabies and can pass it on to you, your family members or your pets. And, who needs that? So, what should you do?
If the Little Buggers Are Already In
Then you have to get get rid of them immediately,, if not sooner. Your best bet is to call a professional, to deal with these creatures not only because they are experienced in just exactly how to handle the little varmints but know just what to look for when it comes to exactly how it is they got into your space, in the first place. They know all the telltale signs that point to entrances and exits and everything in between. Safeguarding your house against further intrusion or initial intrusion, if you aren’t already infested is of the utmost importance. An inspection on the outside of your home can be done to detect holes and cracks that may start out small, but end up being an open invitation.
Small mammals have plenty of places to live, they don’t need yours.
June 8, 2013 will be this year’s running of the Belmont Stakes. When it comes to the history of horse racing some of the most spectacular moments have occurred at this track. Triple Crown champions are made or broken here. Which 2013 Belmont horses will make history this year? That still remains to be seen. But this venue has been the site of some of the most amazing champion sires ever born.
Royalty Born from Royalty
A winner in 1988, Risen Star, was sired by 1973’s Secretariat. As you will recall Secretariat was a Triple Crown winner. A 1967 competing horse Damascus was sired by 1959’s Sword Dancer. 1923’s Zev was sired by 1915’s The Finn. And get this… 1902’s winner Masterman was sired by Hastings, who won in 1896 and Hastings was originally sired by 1879’s Spendthrift… So you had several generations of winners just from one horse. If ever there were seemingly favorable Belmont Stakes odds one would have to believe that betting on the offspring of a past Belmont winner is a good bet. Inasmuch that no bet is a safe bet, it would still be a relatively good idea. In all, Belmont winners totaling no less than 11 have been responsible for siring next-generation winners of Belmont. How’s that for a little history?
Historic Performances or Occurrences
Many people, if asked, would say that the length of a particular horse race is constant – meaning that it’s always the same. But that is not the case with the Belmont. It’s true that the race has remained at 1.5 miles since 1925. But it has also been run at 1 ? miles for the last time in 1925 which it begun back in 1896. It was run at 1 ¼ miles before that the year prior, and from 1892 back just a couple of years to 1890. It was at 1 ½ miles, as it is now in 1889 which had begun in 1874. And once again it was 1 ? miles in 1873 which it began in 1867. That will shake things up a bit. If you’re all about the parade you might be interested to know that the horses used to simply go directly to the post from paddock. That stopped in 1880 with the 14th running. A parade was born. So here’s a question… Is the race run clockwise or counterclockwise these days? Well it wasn’t always the case but currently, American-style calls for the race to be run in a counterclockwise direction. But that didn’t happen until 1921 when Grey Lag crossed the line first. And finally, Belmont Park’s namesake horse race was not actually run at Belmont until 1905. Primarily it had been run at Morris Park. And before Morris Park and prior to 1890 it was run at Jerome Park.
You should logon to an official Belmont betting site for the latest Belmont Stakes odds. Happy betting!
Oh my, how we do love our pets. Whereas some people pull an entire photo album out of their wallets of their children, we pet lovers are never without a picture or 5 or 10 of our beloved dogs, cats, birds, ferrets or even iguanas. People with dogs in particular, enjoy getting together in playgroups, where the animals can all frolic together and the people can sit around and have snacks, coffee and conversation. It’s a great chance to show off your little four-legged friend.
Smile for the Video Camera Fido
In this day and age of computer technology, we can talk to people without having to be in the same room with them. Moreover, we can actually talk to them and see them at the same time thanks to Video Chat. There are a number of sites that offer this and some of them are free of charge. Imagine being able to talk to another pet lover, with this option and holding your pet on your lap, so that you can each see each other’s little bundle of joy – albeit feathered, furry, scaly or what have you. Now you can show off your little dog’s newest outfit, show the scar from his latest surgery, model his new haircut… You name it. Some of these video chats can even be done via smart phone, if you don’t happen to have your laptop with you at the time. This is great for people who are constantly on the go and take their pet with them at every given opportunity.
Get Face-To-Face Advice
This face-to-face video chat is a great opportunity as well, to share information that you may need about a certain pet, a disease, or other type of situation. If you’re close with your doctor of veterinary medicine, you may even be able to bring them up in a video chat and show them firsthand a problem with your pet, without having to visit the vet in person. In fact video doctoring is probably not too very far off in the future. Imagine being able to use your PayPal account or plunk down a credit card and have a face-to-face chat with your doctor rather than waiting for an appointment, driving across town, sitting in a waiting room and all the rest of the fun stuff that goes along with a visit to your doctor.
Of course then you’ll have to buy your own issue of People magazine, but there are always free subscriptions to magazines online.
Some people, when making their Kentucky Derby bets, take a look at the owners and trainers of each specific horse. This is the information they use, in order to place their bets. It’s not enough for them apparently just to have a list of Kentucky Derby contenders. They need to do a little research on each of those horses, as well. Any number of things go into the factoring of a winning racehorse. The horse itself is of course essential… but trainers, riders, the kind of track, the track conditions, the length of the track, and the owners themselves come into play more times than not.
Do the Best Racehorses Really Come from Kentucky?
You won’t read this on the Kentucky Derby site, but the assumption that all great racehorses are from Kentucky is boastful to say the least. Do many great racehorses originate in Kentucky, or are they at least trained in Kentucky? Very likely. Kentucky is after all one of the biggest names in horse racing. Without the Kentucky Derby, where would the Triple Crown be? That said however, race horses come from all over. Just like their trainers, just like their owners, and just like their jockeys. But, these horses don’t simply perform well; they look amazing. This of course comes from daily grooming, to assure the quality of the animal’s coat. Naturally, there is more involved to raising a racehorse than running a brush across his coat every day. Money, shelter and food are the biggest factors in the care of an animal of this stature. But, were not just talking about any horse here are we? We’re talking about a top-of-the-line thoroughbred. Were talking about a horse that is going to outperform and outlast every other horse, on the track. How does one go about achieving such a lofty goal?
Four Things to Remember
In a nutshell, here are a few things that you’re going to want to consider when raising a racehorse:
The best horses might not all come from Kentucky, but Kentucky does have a reputation for the largest number of statewide, respected race horse farms.