Understanding Feline Love!

Cats, for the most part, are known to show glimpses of strange, peculiar behavior. This is why many cat owners love just observing their cats and watch them do some of the funny things that they do. A lot of the traits that cats display are used for showing affection too. There are lots of ways for a cat to say, “I love you” to her owner. Here are some of the things cats are known to do when they want to show affection. This way you’ll know what your cat is trying to say; who knows, maybe your cat isn’t so strong after all.

If you have ever noticed your cat squinting at you or perhaps blinking very slowly, she’s showing affection. My cat does this a lot whenever I scratch her face and it’s a sign of content and affection. Some cat owners I know of can actually have blinking contests back and forth with their cats.

One of my favorite things I know cats do is headbutt. When a cat headbutts you she’s not trying to physically harm you, in fact it’s quite the opposite. She’s actually rubbing her glands on you; these glands secrete special pheromones that mark you as her territory. The actual scent of the pheromones can not be picked up by our human noses, but other animals can tell and they’ll know that you belong to your cat. A cat’s pheromones in many ways act as a cat’s fingerprints as each cat has a unique scent. You can think of this as if your cat is just placing a big stamp on you that claims you as being hers.

Kneading is a pretty peculiar action that many cat owners have raised question about. A cat kneads when she pulls her claws in and out and almost kind of stretches them by scratching the surface she stands on. I like to compare to the way humans crack their knuckles, except cats do this to show affection. Early on, cats use this as an instinctual gesture to stimulate the flow of milk, but when cats get older they do this to show a very strong display of affection.

One thing I want to bring up that is also a strange action observed by cats is the consumption of grass. No, this is isn’t a sign of affection, but it is a weird behavior. Lots of times cats will eat grass not because they are hungry, but because they might have an itch or some form of discomfort in their throat and they use the grass to scratch it. This could also be a sign of stomach pains, so if you see your cat eating grass you might want to raise some caution.

Dog Dander: A Man’s Worst Enemy

There is a lot to consider when determining the right type of dog breed for you and your living situation. A very common thing most inexperienced dog owners might be skeptical of when first looking at inviting a dog into the family is dander. Dander is what spikes people’s allergies and can really make owning a dog quite the task. Having a constant runny nose, sneezing attacks, or perhaps even breathing difficulties are all possible effects of allergens that dogs carry. While most people are very tolerant of this, there are the few unfortunate bunch that are highly susceptible to dog dander. Luckily, there are a few breeds out there that what is called “hypoallergenic”. This means that they rarely shed and are not known for carrying many allergens on them.

While it is physically impossible to not produce any dander or allergens, there are some dogs that just don’t really shed much at all. Unless you have an overly sensitive system, chances are these hypoallergenic dogs are what you need to take a look at it. If you do find yourself having doggy allergies even with a hypoallergenic breed then the only real solution that doesn’t involve getting rid of the dog is to invest in some medication. This is what I highly recommend in the first place; no dog should be discriminated against just because of a natural trait that is common with every dog.

Another aspect of dogs people consider is the personality; this is especially true in family scenarios as you will need to make sure that the dog has the kind personality to put up with a family of kids. While I’m sure every dog breed can get used to living with a house full of people and children, there are a few stand out dog breeds that are exceptionally tolerant of this given living situation.

When looking for a dog that is good for families it’s also important to look at the size of the dog. Ironically, large dogs are known to be a bit more tolerant of children and thus more playful. Smaller dogs often times feel threatened by children and in danger whenever a child wants to engage in some sort of physical play – this leads to biting. So if you’re looking for a dog that will be tolerant of some child’s play in the house, you should look at a larger breed.

A Heart Big Enough For Any Dog!

Are you planning on becoming a new dog owner? If so you might have put several hours into determining what exact kind of breed of dog you want. If not, I do recommend that you put lots of thought into it. Part of being a responsible dog owner is knowing your dog’s breed, and doing the research to know everything there is to know about your dog’s breed. With that said, it’s also good to determine what breed to right for you. Dogs can really differ based breed, but no matter what your living situation is, there is a breed for you.

One of the biggest things to consider when choosing a dog is the size. Some owners want a gigantic dog because they can be intimidating, scary, and also really cool! Large dogs are also able to play rough and are known to be a bit better companions than smaller dogs, but with that said smaller dogs are generally easier to take care of and have lots and lots of energy; so if you’re wanting a dog that just bounces off the walls at all times I’d look into some small dog breeds. If you want to go with a happy medium then I suggest medium dog breeds as they have energy, but also the size to really play and the intelligence to be your best friend.

You also need to be wary of what size of dog would be best for the environment. If you live in a small house or apartment then might want to consider a smaller dog. However, if space isn’t an issue and you also have lots of outdoor space for your dog to run and play around in, then a medium or large sized dog is better suited. Even if you have a large house, you need to make sure it’s not cluttered. A cluttered house can really be hazardous for large dogs as they might knock things over. Getting a dog is a lot of responsibility so if you have to do some extra cleaning to ensure a safe environment then that is what you will need to do.

Like I said, whatever your living situation is there is a dog for you. Whether you’re looking based on size, personality, look, or traits, I’m sure you can find the right dog for you. If you have kids or a family that is going to be around the dog then I’d definitely do some research and make sure you don’t pick a dog that has a tendency to be violent or overly energetic.

Best Human Meds For Dogs!

Just like food, there are things that humans and dogs can share. Whether it’s ice cream, certain fruits, or even some scraps off the dinner table, your dog probably shares more in common with you than you realize. Believe it or not, prescription drugs are the same way. While there are lots and lots of drugs that your dog should definitely stay away from, there are a handful of meds that your dog can take painlessly and actually really benefit from them. Here are some of the best human meds for dogs!

Tagamet HB – If you have a dog who has had gastrointestinal issues in the past, you might have given your dog tagamet in the past. Tagamet HB is used to slow down the production of stomach acids for when dogs have stomach inflammation, otherwise known as gastritis. I’ve also heard of dogs taking tagamet to treat certain cases of diarrhea, but just like any other prescription drug, get medical clearance and guidance before you give your pooch anything. You need to confidently make sure your dog will receive benefits from the drug, otherwise I’d stay far away from giving your dog anything.

Aspirin – One of the most popular over-the-counter drugs out there, aspirin is completely harmless as long as it is not consumed for more than a few days. Aspirin is a fairly out-dated drug, which means there are other drugs that exist that are not only strong, but have less risk involved with them too. Aspirin has been known to cause certain stomach conditions, but taking a few aspirin to treat pain is not going to harm your dog. Sometimes aspirin is the only resource available if you find yourself unable to go to see a vet.

Benadryl – Just like humans, dogs can get allergies too. It doesn’t matter if you have a hypoallergenic dog, a smart dog, or an extremely large dog, whatever the case may be your dog is just as prone to getting allergies as the next. Allergies can often times be even stronger in dogs, and can really make them feel uncomfortable. Whether it’s excessive sneezing, a runny nose, or irritation in various parts of the dog’s body, allergies are absolutely no fun. If your dog spends lots of time outside running around in the grass then you might want to keep some benadryl on hand. Benadryl can greatly reduce allergies and it works wonderfully as there really isn’t much risk in giving it to your dog.

Forbidden Fruits for Dogs

If you consider yourself a caring and responsible dog owner then you should be monitoring exactly what your dog eats at all times. This can pose as quite the task as you may have to leave your dog home alone or without supervision; this is fine as it happens in most dog households, but at the very least you should be informed about what can be toxic to your dog and what isn’t. Too many dog owners think that just because a food is healthy to humans it means it can be healthy to dogs – this is wrong. There are lots of foods, especially fruits, that may contain substantial nutritional value but can potentially be a fatal snack for your dog.

One of the worst fruits to eat are grapes. Grapes contain a toxin in them that has yet to be identified exactly, but one thing is known about it – it is water soluble. This means that once your dog consumes the grape, the water soluble toxin soaks into your dog’s body and can immediately start causing symptoms of grape toxicity. One of the unfortunate symptoms of this toxicity is kidney failure as the toxin attacks the kidneys, shuts them down, and can potentially be life threatening if you don’t act quick enough. The same exact thing goes for raisins too. It doesn’t matter if it’s dried out and your pup only eats the skin, there is something in grapes and raisins that should never, at any time, be consumed by your dog.

While grapes and raisins may be the worst fruit for your dog, there are other foods out there that need to be avoided at all costs. Onions and garlic are two big concerns as well. Now, normally dogs will know to stay away from these foods, but other dogs can be led to believe that onion and garlic will be okay for them. As a dog owner you need to be very strict with your pooch and make sure he knows what not to eat. Onions especially have been used as toys as they can be tossed, caught, and rolled around, but one accidental bite can really do some damage to your dog. Coffee, as well as any other kind of chocolate besides white, is to be avoided as well. Avocado is another fruit that is deemed toxic.

With that said, there are some fruits that can be eaten with no problems at all. Strawberries are one of these fruits that dogs love as a little snack. Not only will your dog love to eat them, but they are also high in nutritional value as they contain vitamin K, B1, B6, B9, and C.

Feeding Your Dog: An Art!

The majority of dog owners, while they may be responsible and take care of their dog well, are not the type of dog owners that can turn something so little into an art. While you may not be a chef or an expert cook, it doesn’t take much to give your dog a treat that he will remember and love you for. Rather than just toss down the bowl of food for your dog, or perhaps letting him mooch of you with the table scraps, you might want to try preparing him a treat! There are lots of foods out there that many dog owners don’t realize can actually be beneficial to your dog. With that said, there are lots of foods you should avoid, so definitely do your research. Things like chocolate, macadamia nuts, and grapes can all be highly toxic to your dog, but did you know cheese, milk, and other diary products are okay?

Before you feed your dog any sort of diary though you should make sure your dog isn’t lactose intolerant. Just like humans, dogs can become lactose intolerant and even diabetic. You should first start out small when feeding your dog diary; something like just a little cube of cheese for a job well done. If your dog starts to have gas, bloating, or other forms of discomfort then your dog could very well be lactose intolerant. However, if he seems to stomach it okay, you can now move on to bigger and better treats.

Ice cream is a personal favorite of mine. When you and the family go out for ice cream don’t hesitate to take the dog with. In fact, cutting up some bananas to throw in a bowl of ice cream has always been my dog’s favorite treat. Not only will your dog love it, but he’ll even get some good nutrients. Just be sure to make sure there isn’t anything in the ice cream; things like chocolate and gum can turn a delicious treat into one that could pose a real threat to your dog’s health.

Just like any other food, it’s also not good to overwhelm your dog with it. If you dog really enjoys the ice cream treat, then maybe use it as a celebratory treat rather than a regular meal. Too much diary and your dog could develop gastrointestinal issues which makes it uncomfortable for both you and the dog. The sugar in ice cream can also cause your dog to have lots of energy, so use with caution in case you don’t want your dog bouncing off the walls.

How To Measure The Level Of Toxicity In Pets

As a responsible dog owner, it is your job to ensure the things your dog eats is healthy for it. Dogs are known to be some of the least pickiest animals on the planet as they’ll snarf down just about anything you give them. This can pose real problems if your dog gets the wrong idea about food that he shouldn’t be eating. Just like humans, there are things that are toxic to dogs. One of the most common things that can really pose a threat to dogs is chocolate. While you may not be able to completely rid chocolate of your household and make sure your dog can’t eat any, you can however take precautionary measure by finding out how much it takes to do real damage.

First of all, a small miniscule amount of chocolate isn’t going to hurt your dog. I’m talking a very small nibble. Anything over that and you could be have some real problems. The toxicity of the chocolate really depends on how much your dog weighs. If your 35 lb dog gets into some milk chocolate, it will take about 5 ounces of it before he starts endangering himself. However, if you have a larger dog that’s around 100 lbs, it will take about 15 ounces before some symptoms of chocolate poisoning occur. Some of the symptoms of chocolate poisoning are excessive vomiting, seizures, diarrhea, rapid heart rate which could lead to heart failure, and extreme abdominal pains. You should note that, besides white chocolate which is completely fine for your dog to eat, milk chocolate has the weakest chance of poisoning your dog. Dark chocolate, Bakers chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, and cocoa powder are all much stronger and takes very little to poison your dog.

If you think your dog might have chocolate poisoning you should not hesitate to call animal poison control or take him to the vet. You do not want to take chances with something as serious as this. Some dogs aren’t very good at communicating their pain or discomfort, especially if their owners isn’t the most observant. Cats on the other hand can use their purr to signal discomfort in some situations. That’s right, sometimes cats purr to heal and sooth themselves, not just show content and happiness.

Want To Be Taken Seriously In The Classroom? Grow A Beard

Recent studies have shown that men with beards tend to be taken a little more seriously than those who are clean-shaven. Beards, in reference to appearance, can really make-or-break it. If you have the face that shouldn’t be growing a beard, or you grow a beard poorly, it can heavily affect your sex-appeal and other peoples’ perception of you. However, if you can grow a beard well, keep it maintained, and looking nice, then people will invest more into, take you more seriously, and tend to trust you a little more.

So what is it about a nicely trimmed beard that makes us trust the person behind it? I like to think it’s the time spent into it. Someone who spends time in front of the beard with a nice beard trimmer just to make himself look nicely definitely doesn’t seem to be someone who will stab you in the back. While this isn’t always the case, of course, it is the first impression that counts the most.

Someone with a beard also seems a little more scholarly. Why? Again, nobody really knows for sure my theory goes to history. When you think of a historian, philosopher, or scientist, the image you come up with will most likely be someone with a beard. Beards were the thing back in earlier centuries (mostly because trimming a beard was even more of a task than it is today since they didn’t have electric shavers). Someone with a beard appears to be older, more mature, and experienced. Chances are you’re going to find that person to be a little more credible than someone with a standard clean face.

With that said, it definitely depends on what kind of beard you have. Generally, someone with a thin mustache and nothing else doesn’t give off the same effect as a nicely kept medium-length beard. While the mustache might look nice, sharp, and accurately trimmed, it just gives off a weird vibe. If you think of a used car-salesman, you might think of someone who has a mustache. It may be bad to stereotype mustaches, but it’s a mental process many people share. The same thing applies to a big bushy beard. If your beard sticks out over 2 inches then the first judgment someone makes about you is that you’re not in touch with society. Those people are not easily trusted by others. The ideal beard to get others to consider you credible and take you seriously is a neat medium-length beard.

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Community Education: Don’t Leave Your Dog In The Car For Long

Every summer there are news reports of dogs that have died due to being left in a car. Often people have left the window open a short way, thinking that there dog will be fine as they are only popping into shop for a short time. What many people don’t realise is that dogs have difficulty in regulating their temperature and can easily overheat and become ill in a vary short time.

Heatstroke can occur to animals when they are left unattended in cars, and it does not only occur on the hottest of days. A car is basically like a tin can, and temperatures inside can arise surprisingly quickly. The inside of a car can reach 200 degrees on a very hot day causing untold harm to your pet.

Dogs can die from heatstroke in the short space of 15 minutes. dogs cool themselves by panting and sweating through their paw pads, but in an extremely hot environment these methods are not enough to counteract the heat. Early heat sign symptoms include heavy panting, thick saliva, restlessness or lethargy. Later signs include diarrhoea, vomiting and lack of coordination

If you have to take your dog on a journey with you there are certain tips that can help ensure your dogs safety. Where possible take the dog into the store with you, this may mean changing from your regular supermarket to smaller family owned businesses that are dog friendly. Make sure your dog has access to cold water during the journey. get sunscreens for your windows and make sure your air conditioning is on. Where possible park in the shade, if someone else is in the car with the dog then doors and windows can be kept open.

Heat stroke can affect dogs of all sizes. Older dogs can be more prone to suffering heatstroke, and also those with thicker denser coats. Some hypoallergenic breeds of dogs have very dense tightly curled coats which can make them more susceptible to feeling the effects of heat, but the rule of thumb is that no dog should be left unattended in a car.

If you see a dog left unattended in a car it is important to alert the police or local animal control warden to inform them.

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Educate Yourself: A Dog’s Breed Isn’t All To Be Considered When Looking At Attacks

News reports of aggressive dogs seems to be on the rise and can make people very wary about getting a dog as a pet. Certain breeds of dogs have gained a very bad reputation as being aggressive but it is important to remember that it is not only the breed of dog that can lead to an attack, but also their temperament, socialisation and training.

Although being attacked by a large dog can be very dangerous, medium and small breed dogs can also attack. There are lots of different reasons why a dog can attack, this can be because of territorial instincts, anxiety, neglect or maltreatment or even because of health issues.

The Centres for Disease Control report that there are 4.5 million people attacked by dogs each year, of these 885,000 require medical treatment due to the attack, over half of which are children. Occasionally the attack can lead to death or long term disability, illustrating that any aggressive tendencies in a dog should never be ignored. Although a multitude of different laws regarding specific breeds have been enforced, this does not stop attacks from still occurring.

The American Kennel Club, the American Veterinary Medical association and the ASPCA are against legislation against particular breeds of dogs, instead they advocate that people should be educated n the importance of proper training and care for their dogs.

70% of all dog attacks has been attributed to un-neutered male dogs, regardless of breed.

Dogs that are maltreated or neglected have also been highlighted as a group which can go on to attack, but this is more of an indication of environment-not breed. Some dogs are bought up to be aggressive, for instance guard dogs and there has been a call for people who are unable to keep their dog under control should be prosecuted.

Although this gives a negative picture of dogs, it is wise to remember that most dogs are friendly companions. If you are considering getting a dog the best thing you can do is undertake dog training and obedience classes with your dog.

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Engineering At Its Best, Who is Tops?

So you have decided which type of course you would like to study, but it can be confusing when there are so many programs to choose from. When choosing a course it is important to make sure that the subjects studied within the course are the ones you wish to study, this allows you to work towards your strengths. It is also worth looking at teaching methodologies, do you prefer theory or practical. Whilst most courses incorporate both hands on learning and theory there can be a vast difference in the proportion of time spent doing either. There is a varying rate of tuition fees charged across different universities and also in class sizes, so it is important to do your homework when thinking about which university to apply for.

Engineering courses can be specialised towards a particular discipline. Two examples include petroleum engineering and mechanical engineering. Both of these careers can provide you with a rewarding career and a hefty bank balance and it is not uncommon to be earning figures in the range of $100,000.

Petroleum engineering is one of the highest paying occupations in America. Natural gas and oil resources are one of the biggest concerns worldwide and there is a growing need for graduates in this field. The Bureau of Labour Statistics states that the average salary within this sector is $139,000. The majority of petroleum engineers work in the oil and gas industry and may be involved in extraction and refinement of these resources.

Courses are available at undergraduate and postgraduate level. It is important to make sure that the course is accredited by ABET. Study options range from the traditional university attendance route or online. There are a lot of courses to choose from and although there is no doubt that this is an arduous course to study, this is balanced by the high employment rates once qualified.

Alternatively your interest in engineering may be of a more mechanical type. Mechanical engineers can find employment in a wide range of sectors and can specialise in the type of machinery they are interested in. The range of courses in this sector is vast. Courses have a strong practical element, so if you like getting your hands dirty then this could be the course for you.

As with all programs of study, check out the individual subjects that make up the course. Post graduate employment rates are high and once qualified there are plenty of add on courses you can study to increase your expertise.

Picking The Best Direction To Fly Into The Future!

If you are looking for a job that will propel you into financial success then look no further than jobs such as working in the aerospace or computer science sectors. Both of these jobs can provide you with financial security whilst offering you a varied and interesting career.

Aerospace engineering incorporates scientific and technological expertise. You will be involved in aircraft design, manufacture and production. There is a high demand for aerospace engineers which means that you should have no problem finding a career in this interesting sector.  Aerospace engineering incorporates several engineering disciplines. Jobs are available in both the private and public sectors.

There is a wide range of courses available to study and there is a crossover of subjects studied within aerospace, aeronautical and astro-nautical courses, so it is worth exploring individual program descriptions. The types of subjects you will study include avionics, propulsion, aerodynamics, flight control, materials and structures, space flight, communications and computer science. Individual courses may place an emphasis on particular aspects of the study of flight.

The types of careers you may work in once qualified include manufacturing, design, airlines, transportation, armed forces, research-development and production.

Another sector which can provide graduates with a rewarding career is computer science. This is a growth sector whereby there is a predicted rise in available jobs. A computer science course incorporates software and hardware technologies. You will study subjects such as mathematics, engineering, programming, networks and problem solving.

The types of careers you may become involved in once you have graduated include computer programming, software designing, scientific analyst, IT project manager, computer system analyst, computer engineer, operating systems, and computer design and implementation.

With the rise of computers in everyday life there will always be a need for someone who has expertise in computer science. Big companies may hire you to update their systems or iron out glitches whilst large organisations including the healthcare or armed forces sectors also rely on the skills of their computer scientists.

There are many courses to choose from and it is worth checking out specifics such as class size, program fees and feedback from former students. You can expect to be taught things such as problem solving, technical skills, research skills, communication skills and organisational skills.

Can An Athletic Trainer Or Sports Medicine Expert Help With Pain?

If you play sports, you know just how easy it is to get injured. Sports involve using the same muscles and also repetitive movements at many times. This can cause the athlete to have a number of injuries that will need physical therapy for a full recovery.

Common Injuries

Many of the injuries an athlete has usually occur. It is ideal to know some of these injuries, so you will know exactly what to expect if one happens to you.

Listed below are some injuries:

Tennis Elbow– This injury generally occurs to tennis players and other athletes alike. Due to the overuse of the arms and elbows, inflammation may set in and cause pain and soreness for the injured person. A sudden injury to a muscle or tendons can result in tennis elbow injury.

Muscle Strain – When damage occurs to the muscles or attaching tendons this will translate to muscle strain. Soreness and pain are associated with this sports injury and commonly need the help of a physical therapist for a full recovery.

Ankle Spain – Many sports can cause an ankle sprain and this is sure to put even the most active athlete on the sidelines for a while.

Treatment Options

The best way to treat a serious injury is by relying on the help of a physical therapist once the problem has been diagnosed by a doctor. A physical therapist can work with the patient to create the best treatment possible and work towards a speedy recovery for the athlete.

Treatment of this type may include targeted exercises for an injury to help in recovery.  Physical therapy also includes massage therapy that will stimulate the muscles and work towards a faster healing process. The therapist is well trained to provide the highest level of treatment to help in getting better and back in the game.

Finally, if you are injured and need medical help it is necessary to obtain it right away. By working to get a medical diagnosis and beginning treatment with a physical therapist, this will put you back to optimal health levels to get on with life.

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Designing a Better, More Beautiful Life For All

If you have a creative flair and are interested in buildings and architecture, then it may be worth considering a career in industrial design or as an architect.

 Design education is a growing concern, people are no longer interested just in the functionality of a building but also want buildings which look nice and are unique. To excel as an architect, not only will you need an eye for design but you will also need a good knowledge of the different materials involved in building work. You will need to be able to communicate your ideas to others and be able to work to strict deadlines.

Industrial designers combine art and science to create products which are aesthetic, effective and safe. Industrial designers can work in a wide range of manufacturing fields such as cars, toys, household items and machinery etc. Courses have an emphasis on fine art, teaching drawing and planning skills.

It is important to look at individual courses to make sure they involve the elements of study you are interested in. If you are interested in a career where you will be creating functional living and working space then an architecture course may be ideal for you. Degrees are available from bachelors through to doctoral studies. There are 125 professional programs available to choose from and this includes courses run at prestigious universities such as Harvard, Columbia and Yale.

If you find that your interests lays in creating and perfecting consumer products then an industrial design course may be exactly what you are looking for. There is potential to work across a wide range of industries.

There are 64 accredited schools across America and the courses are available at bachelor’s level. The course should be accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Courses have a strong practical element but also encompass theory.

It is worth considering what type of industrial design you would like to work in, as different schools may place an emphasis on varying aspects of design. The course should provide you with a portfolio of work to showcase to future employers.

Careers That Are On Fire (And Which Ones To Go For)

Some careers will never go out of fashion and once you are qualified, pretty much guarantee that you will never be out of work. Two examples include biomedical engineering and veterinary practice.

When choosing which course to study it is important not only to consider where your interests lie, but also to consider the job market of the career you are hoping to enter. After studying hard to obtain your degree, hopefully you will get a career which will help you repay your student loans, whilst rewarding you with a well-paid salary and an interesting working life.

The Bureau of labour Statistics considers that one of the highest growth sectors is biomedical engineering; this means that there will be plenty of job opportunities for entry level candidates. Considering that the average starting wage is in the region of $53,800 for biomedical engineers it is definitely worth checking out this program for your majors.   Becoming a biomedical engineer will take lots of hard work, you will need to study hard and not everyone is up to the task.

The good news about this means that there are not many people graduating with the correct skills and knowledge so there is a high demand for people with this qualification.

If you are thinking about studying biomedical engineering it is worth exploring the different programs on offer. The entry level degree to enter a program is a bachelor’s degree. The accrediting body for biomedical engineering schools is ABET, so it is important to make sure your course is accredited.

Alternatively, another career which will guarantee you a good return for your studying is veterinary medicine. Median salary is $66,590 per annum. Once qualified there are many avenues you can specialise in; you could work in a veterinary practice dealing with domestic pets, work on farms, ranches or zoo’s, work in the pharmaceutical sector or become a livestock inspector.

There are 28 veterinarian schools throughout America. It is important to make sure that the course you undertake is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical association. It can take 4 years to earn the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine certificate. Getting a place at one of the schools is very competitive, only a third of potential candidates get a place on the course.

Are Online Degrees in Economics Economical?

If you are thinking of studying economics then you probably have a strong interest in finances, and what better place to start then examining if an online economics course is more cost effective than attending a red brick university.

Many different degree programs are now offered online, these allow the student flexibility of when and how they study, prevent unnecessary expenses such as travelling or finding new accommodation and for some students allows them the flexibility of working whilst they study.

More and more people are choosing this mode of study and it is especially attractive to mature students who may find it difficult to uproot their family in order to pursue their dream course.

Advanced technology and faster internet capabilities mean that online courses can even offer you a virtual classroom experience, one to one contact with the course facilitator and access to university libraries, all from the comfort of your armchair.

Both undergraduate and graduate programs are available and there is a wide range of online courses to choose from. The beauty of online courses is that you can pace your learning to your own needs, even choosing the time of day that study suits you.

Students of economics study subjects such as economic trends, forecasting, data analysis and financial models. There are plenty of job opportunities for new graduates, especially those from top economics schools, and a wide array of industries in which to work.

Top Universities as based on a report by America.edu include Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of technology, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of California-Berkeley, Columbia University, California Institute of Technology, University of California-Los Angeles, Cornell University and Brown University. All of these universities have an excellent reputation and it is worth checking out individual programs for online opportunities.

To study a course online you will need a strong sense of self-motivation, have access to a computer and be extremely organised.

Online courses are a cost effective way to study; course fees tend to be lower which means that you can get your degree at a fraction of the price of attending a university. Most online courses allow you full access to the college facilities as and when you require using them.

Are Rankings Worth Their Salt?

Universities and Colleges are often boasting about where they appear in ranking tables and sometimes it is hard to discern if this is just a clever marketing trick or whether ranking really is important when it comes to deciding which university it is best to study at.

The Universities which often get in the top ten of university rankings in America tend to be larger institutions, they receive higher research grants which allows them to offer better facilities, they often have an impressive Alumni, are more likely to publish research or appear in the media- which helps the University become more well known.

The downside of this impressive list is; that the courses often cost more, can be very competitive to get into and class sizes are likely to be larger.

Like any other sector, universities need to market themselves to attract new students. Universities place great emphasis on winning awards and getting listed in the top ten is a very lucrative position for universities to be in.

Where it can be important to get into a top ranking University is when you are studying professional courses such as Pharmacy or Physical therapy.

Top ranking schools produce graduates who have a competitive edge when it comes to gaining employment. It is important to make sure that your course is accredited by the relevant body, for pharmacy accreditation comes from the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) whilst physical therapy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

If your course is not accredited by the relevant body you will be unable to gain a licence to work within your chosen field.

Top ranking schools for physical therapy include the University of Southern California, University of Delaware, University of Pittsburgh, Washington University and U.S. Army- Baylor University.

Top ranking schools for pharmacy include University of California at San Francisco, University of North Carolina, University of Minnesota, University of Texas and University of Wisconsin. All of these top ranking schools attract students due to ranking high in the University tables, and this does mean that places can be very competitive for students to get onto.

Culinary schools give students a taste of success

Culinary schools allow students to gain expertise in the area of cooking and presenting food. It is a creative and practical program of study combining theory and hands on practice.

There are many course’s available in the U.S. and it is important to choose a program of study which suits you. Culinary art has been widely recognised in the media, there is now a wide range of television programs about cooking and preparing food and competition for study positions is growing

The top culinary schools in the U.S., as based on several surveys include Le Cordon Bleu, Culinary Institute of America, Johnson and Wales University, Kendall University, The International Culinary Center, The Institute of Culinary Education, New England Culinary Institute, The Arizona Culinary Institute, L’Academie de Cuisine and the Stratford University School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality management.

All of these courses teach the culinary skills required in order to create fantastic dishes, but there is a wide variation in the type of food specialisms on offer, including French cuisine, hotel and restaurant management, Food science. Some of the schools allow you to study a bachelor’s degree in this subject, but most importantly also provides you with hands on training, necessary if you are hoping to cut it as a chef when you finish the course.

The duration of course’s does vary and some courses provide you with internships which are an important consideration. Culinary courses are available throughout America. Places such as New York and Texas provide you with a choice of schools to attend and many have won awards for the courses they run.

The best culinary schools in America have been running for over a decade and have been recognised for their innovative teaching methods and facilities. When exploring schools it is worth considering the cost of the program, class size, specialisms and whether any renowned chefs are associated with the school.

Culinary expertise is a growing specialism; following the course students find work in restaurants, within the media, within hotel management and within schools.

It is possible to become an expert in your field, and as with all the best professions culinary art is a lifelong endeavour.

Gunsmithing Peaks The Interest Of Many

There is a wide range of courses available if you are interested in becoming a gunsmith. Many people decide to train as a gunsmith following an interest in guns and craftsmanship. The National Rifle association runs short term courses that run from several days to 2 weeks duration, ideal if you fancy trying this out.

There is also an American gunsmithing institute which can provide you with plenty of information if you are thinking of pursuing gun-smithing as a career. Courses cover how to keep you gun in a perfect condition, how to repair and maintain your gun and can keep you up to date on current legislation. Here is a list of 10 great gunsmithing schools in the US.

Gunsmiths require both woodwork and metal work skills, so you need to be good at these technical aspects. You will also require excellent maths and problem solving skills as there will be intricate bits of machinery to work with. Mechanical expertise is also required, you will need a good working knowledge of the different components of a gun and how they work. You will need lots of knowledge about different guns.

To work as a gunsmith you will require a licence so it is important that you have an unblemished criminal record, any misdemeanors could seriously affect your chances of obtaining a licence. Many people become a gunsmith because they have a strong interest in guns.

To become a gunsmith you will need to think about your subject courses at high school, taking classes in technical subjects such as woodworking, drafting and machinery. You can then apply to a gunsmith program at college, this can take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years to complete, alternatively you may consider an online course.

Following your education it is a good idea to apply for an apprenticeship, this will further your experience and expertise and give you hand on practical skills. You will need to apply for a federal firearms licence which allows you have in your possession other people’s firearms; this can be obtained once you are over 21 years of age. Although some gunsmiths work independently many choose to work for a company as this provides you with a regular salary. Jobs are available at firearm stores, manufacturers and armouries.

More Information: http://www.wikihow.com/Become-a-Gunsmith

Mechanical Engineers Doing Good: Saving Dogs With Degenerative Myelopathy

Degenerative myelopathy is a progressive weakness that affects dog’s hind legs. Commonly a disorder found in German Shepherd dogs over the age of 5 years but can be found in other breeds as well. The condition is painless but can greatly affect a dog’s mobility. It has been described as being similar to multiple sclerosis found in humans, where degeneration of the myelin sheath which surrounds nerves deteriorates, preventing nerves from reaching certain muscles. This results in weakness and uncoordinated movement. It has been described as an autoimmune disease, this is where the dogs own immune system attacks its body, but it is not known why it occurs. Make sure to consult a qualified veterinarian prior to diagnosing the canine with this disease.

There have been suggestions that there is a genetic cause, whilst other researchers consider it to be the result of environmental factors. There is no cure for degenerative myelopathy and so management of symptoms is the only way to go, with drug and rehab programs. Some people opt for euthanasia when the dog’s quality of life decreases, whilst others look for technical devices which can improve mobility.

Symptoms of degenerative myelopathy include your dog dragging his hind legs, difficulty with standing up, uncoordinated gait and lacerations on the top of the rear paws. Dogs will have difficulty navigating steps or hurdles of any size and they may move much slower than they previously did. The main goal if a dog has this disease is to prevent progression of the disease, this can involve maintaining a healthy weight and adding supplementation to your dog’s diet that has been shown to aid cartilage. Swimming can be a gentle exercise for your dog and is great for maintaining fitness. Rehabilitation can teach the owner how to exercise their dog to maximise muscle use, coordination and balance.

Read More: http://cvm.msu.edu/hospital/special-facilities/advanced-rehabilitation-center-for-animals/services/neurological-disorders/degenerative-myelopathy

Mechanical engineers may be able to help you to find a solution for your dog by designing and creating a device that can fit to your dog’s back legs to aid mobility, commonly this will be a lightweight wheeled device that will enable your dog to get around. Mechanical engineers are very creative in creating devices that could aid your dog, and although this may be an expensive way to help your dog, many owners would be happy for anything that helps.

Keep it Clean: Few Great Rips about your Car Repair

When it comes to getting where you need to go, you must have your car in excellent condition. This means taking your car in for routine check-ups and oil changes when needed. The advantages of keeping your car running and looking good will allow you to get where you need to be.

Getting a Car Check-up

By taking your car into the mechanic every few months or when needed, you can avoid unwanted expenses that may occur due to neglecting your car. Taking care of your automobile is key to low auto repair bills.

Listed below are some things your mechanic can do during a check-up:

1. Check and change the oil in your car.
2. Change the air filters in your car
3. Check the tire pressure of your tires to make sure these are at optimal levels.
4. Looking at all the fluids in your car including the transmission fluid, radiator fluids and other areas that must be filled to capacity.
5. Providing the details on the condition of your car and any repairs that need to be made for optimal performance of your vehicle.

The mechanic you select can make a huge difference in the condition of the interior and exterior of your car.

What to Look for in a Mechanic

When choosing your auto repair person you will want to ask specific questions to be sure he or she is right for the job. Be sure you know this individual is qualified to work on your car and has the necessary number of certifications and training to do so.

Look at the track record of the mechanic and check online reviews to see what other customers had to say about the work he or she received from this specific mechanic.

Finally, taking care of your car is critical if you wish to get where you need to go with the less amount of hassle and stress. By having a car without problems involving break-downs and huge repair bills, you can have less anxiety about going where you need to go.

The art of therapy: exploring some alternatives

When it comes to feeling your best and beating the mental challenges of life, you will want to consider the art of therapy. Depression and anxiety can cause a high amount of stress to occur and this is not good for your health. By taking the time to learn of new alternatives, you can have less stress and better health.

One perfect way to reach this goal is through cooking. If you want to become a chef, this may provide you the treatment you need to feel better and move on with your life.

How to Become a Chef

The first thing you will want to do if becoming a chef is perfect for you is to enroll in a culinary school. There is a variety of programs that are readily available for any candidate that wishes to pursue this career.

Consider two or four year program if you desire to be a professional chef. If you simply want to have an outlet and a way to enjoy life, you may want to go for a two year career.

Culinary schools can provide top of the line training that will assist you in meeting any goal you wish to obtain. By providing you with the skills to become the best cook possible (brisket, anyone?), this is the place to learn.

Providing Therapy

Cooking is one of the top therapies for people that simply wish to improve upon life and stay busy in a productive manner. Who doesn’t like to eat? Providing food that is appreciated by others is sure to allow you to feel much better about yourself and life.

By choosing an alternative treatment that you enjoy doing and offer you satisfaction, you can decrease episodes of depression and anxiety by simply being in a better state of mind. Cooking is just one avenue of creative therapy; many others exist as well.

Finally, take the time to find the best culinary school possible for you to become a chef you want to be. This will open many doors and allow you to meet others and have an alternative therapy required for a higher quality of life.

Technical Job Face Off: Veterinary Assistant vs Nuclear Med Tech

If you love working with animals and providing needed assistance, you may want to pursue a career as a veterinary assistant. This will allow you to have direct contact with the animals and help you in being able to help the doctors, as well.

What does a Veterinary assistant do?

The assistant to the vet will bring the animals into the office and make preparations for any medical procedure that may be needed. Preparing the animal for the required surgery or medical procedures is a huge part of the vet’s work.

One large part of the vet work includes bathing and disinfecting the animals for before seeing the vet. It is also important to be sure the animal is sterile for any type of surgery that is required to be formed.

There are many benefits to this position and if you love animals, you will enjoy providing care for these special creatures.

What is a Nuclear Medicine Technologist?

If you enjoy working in the medical field, you may want to pursue a job in the nuclear medicine technology field. This will allow you to work in a specialized area of healthcare.

Some of the basic tasks of this position are listed below:

1.             Administer drugs for patients and provide therapeutic procedures.

2.             Processing data and digital imaging for the healthcare provider.

3.             Taking the time to evaluate new protocols.

There is a connection between the nuclear medicine technologist and the vet assistant when it comes to animals.

How these Two Work Together

When an animal is in need of special treatment that the nuclear medicine professional can provide, this will help in healing the animal in a much shorter amount of time. It is an idea to rely on nuclear medicine to treat disease in certain situations.

Finally, when the vet assistant and nuclear medicine professional can work together to heal the animal, this is an ideal situation. Modern technology has encouraged this over the years and it is finally at the point where this is beneficial to any animal requiring this level of care.

Source: http://vetimagingcenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=41&Itemid=182

Can An Athletic Trainer Or Sports Medicine Expert Help With Pain?

If you play sports, you know just how easy it is to get injured. Sports involve using the same muscles and also repetitive movements at many times. This can cause the athlete to have a number of injuries that will need physical therapy for a full recovery.

Common Injuries

Many of the injuries an athlete has usually occur. It is ideal to know some of these injuries, so you will know exactly what to expect if one happens to you.

Listed below are some injuries:

Tennis Elbow– This injury generally occurs to tennis players and other athletes alike. Due to the overuse of the arms and elbows, inflammation may set in and cause pain and soreness for the injured person. A sudden injury to a muscle or tendons can result in tennis elbow injury.

Muscle Strain – When damage occurs to the muscles or attaching tendons this will translate to muscle strain. Soreness and pain are associated with this sports injury and commonly need the help of a physical therapist for a full recovery.

Ankle Spain – Many sports can cause an ankle sprain and this is sure to put even the most active athlete on the sidelines for a while.

Treatment Options

The best way to treat a serious injury is by relying on the help of a physical therapist once the problem has been diagnosed by a doctor. A physical therapist can work with the patient to create the best treatment possible and work towards a speedy recovery for the athlete.

Treatment of this type may include targeted exercises for an injury to help in recovery.  Physical therapy also includes massage therapy that will stimulate the muscles and work towards a faster healing process. The therapist is well trained to provide the highest level of treatment to help in getting better and back in the game.

Finally, if you are injured and need medical help it is necessary to obtain it right away. By working to get a medical diagnosis and beginning treatment with a physical therapist, this will put you back to optimal health levels to get on with life.

Source: http://www.schoolchoices.org/colleges/major/329

Physical Therapy in Adults

Living the best possible life means relying on physical therapy if the need arises. For example, if you sprain an ankle or need assistance in recovery, you will want to choose physical therapy to help in getting you back on your feet.

What is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy will involve treatment for any injury you may have sustained. This will involve one-on-one treatment that will encourage and promote a speedy recovery. Treatment methods include daily exercise and massage with the therapist until the patient is completely healed.

Meeting with a physical therapist will allow for a diagnosis to be made and agreed upon between the therapist and the patient. Setting a precise program that must be followed for healing is perfect to recover from a sprain of bone fracture.

The Benefits of Physical Therapy

One of the largest benefits of a successful physical therapy program involves a speedier recovery. Any body part or bone will take the adequate amount of time to heal, but with the help of a therapist this can be completed in a much shorter amount of time with less difficulty.

Additionally, many insurance providers will pay for this treatment and this will avoid a number of out-of-pocket expenses to occur for the patient. It is ideal to rely on your insurance company to help in paying for your full recovery.

Occupational and Physical Therapy

Therapies that are similar in concept involved the occupational and physical type therapies. For example, occupational treatment works to help a child with special needs to function better and have a higher quality of life. It is perfect for any person to avoid stress and work to live a better life when dealing with a health or mental issue.

Physical therapy will allow a person who has suffered a severe injury or trauma to work with therapists to heal. By working with a medical provider, this will help in a much faster time for recovery and being able to get on with life and complete daily tasks that are necessary for living.

Finally, if you need help recovering from any injury rely on the help of a physical therapist to help you.