Tips to Take the Stress out of Traveling With Pets

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When it comes to travel, pets get a bit of an unfair reputation. After all, they have absolutely no idea what is going on, apart from being bombarded with an array of enticing sights and smells throughout the process.

And while their excited behavior can often lead to them being left at home, below are some great tips which can help you and your loved one enjoy a vacation together.

Check with the Vet

Your first destination is going to be your vet to give your little one a check up and to make sure that they are healthy enough to travel. If you are traveling into a remote area or a different country, ask the vet about any appropriate or required shots which your animal will need to protect them and to allow them clear passage as you travel.

Keep Your Pets Well Packed

Just like you need to stay hydrated and keep your tummy satisfied, so too does your dog have needs while you travel. In particular, it’s hydration needs. Always be sure to pack a good amount of water for your pet to drink along with a bowl for them to drink out of. The Groupon Coupons page for Petco has some great deals on travel bowls which you can collapse and easily store in the car.

Along with water, be sure to pack them their regular food along with some treats for them to enjoy just as you and the rest of the passengers do. And of course, don’t forget to pack their favorite toy. When it comes time for breaks, playing with their toy is going to be a great way for them to release any pent up energy caused by sitting in a confined space for such a long period.

Keep Your Car Protected

Along with keeping your pet comfortable, it’s important that you keep your stress levels down and travel comfortably yourself. Look through your linen closet for any old sheets or blankets which you don’t use and can’t see any future use for and use these to cover your vehicle. If your little ones have sharp claws or nails, consider placing a cheap tarp on your seat underneath any blankets or sheets to place over them for your pet’s comfort.

Strap Them In

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Just as you take your safety into account by clicking in your seatbelt, it’s important that you also protect your pet from injury in the event of a collision. Instead of just using your regular seat belts, be sure to strap them into a purpose designed travel harness which can be strapped into your regular seat belt to provide an appropriate level of protection.

Just because Hollywood would have you believe that traveling with pets results in nothing but anarchy and silly string being sprayed all around the car, the event can be quite pleasant and relaxed, with the benefit of being able to enjoy a vacation with your loved one while you all arrive safe and sane!

Medical Research, and Other Collateral Damage From Obamacare

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Family doctors are mostly very nice people. They also usually render good medical care. However, they are not accorded a “high status” in the medical hierarchy and in general have little power in medical schools or the research establishment. However, they are well organized politically, and have triumphed in the Obamacare Florida wars.

Approaching the concept of doctor reimbursement as a zero-sum game, their lobby convinced Pelosi and Reid that favoring family practice over specialty care would save money. This may well be true, but every time a pressure group meddles into a complex system, the reallocation of resources results in unintended consequences. Medical research may be one of the first casualties of Obamacare Florida.

Family doctors do not do much medical research.

General practice, with the need to be a “jack of all trades” precludes studying one topic at the depth required to be an original investigator. In addition to the five or so years required to become a specialist, doing basic medical inquiry requires additional post-residency training. It is these highly specialized, non-family doctors, who do the research and teach in the medical schools and universities.

In the power grab that was Obamacare Florida, the family doctors did not consider, and the Congress did not understand, that the high fees paid to medical specialists are a key component to funding medical research. Although laboratories and lab workers are paid for by grants, most physician researchers receive a salary based upon their part time clinical practice and supervision of residents.

Seeing patients, with the help of residents a few days a week, has previously generated enough income to pay the salaries of these academic researchers. Although the incomes were not as high as those of private practice, the system worked well enough to keep medical schools and research positions filled.

The proposed reimbursement reductions to these “overpaid” specialists will impact the academic centers the hardest. Academic physicians, already paid less than their colleagues in private practice, will be faced with substantial reductions. Rules meant to shorten resident hours will further increase the demands on these faculty doctors.

Faced with reduced grants, lower Medicare reimbursement, and increasing costs, the possibility of medical schools or hospitals supplementing physician salaries is not possible.

medical healthMy guess is there will be an exodus of academic physicians, and a reluctance of younger doctors to enter in to the research world. After years of study and huge student loans, the best and the brightest may no longer be able to afford the academic life.

The American medical research establishment has been the source of incredible discoveries and advances in medical care and knowledge. It relies on the dedication and sacrifice of a large number of very talented individuals, working in hundreds of universities across the country. However, it is based upon a complex and fragile funding system.Read the news coming from http://www.scnow.com/news/business/local/article_40c8b69e-9e20-11e6-810a-d3f82c5cbfbe.html

Obamacare Florida, and it’s financially motivated, politically driven backers, are unwittingly dismantling the infrastructure that has been built over the last 50 years. Like the civilians at ground zero in a bombing run, medical research may well be one of the first victims of collateral damage from Obamacare.

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