How to treat tonsil stones?
At the back of your throat, there are two pockets; one on the right side, and the other on the left. These pockets home Tonsils, which are gland-like in structure. If you open your mouth wide, in front of a mirror or any other reflecting surface, you will see these pockets. Though meant is to trap bacteria, virus or other harmful materials as they pass through the throat, people with their tonsils have reportedly not suffered more virus and bacteria infections than those with theirs intact.
Tonsil stones, medically known as tonsilloliths, occurs when bits of food, dead cells, bacteria produced under the tongue, mucus and other materials get lodged in the crater of tonsils, and on the roof of the mouth. The debris hardens into a yellow or a white formation. Another cause is the accumulation of calcium salts in tonsil pockets (calcification). The stones are experienced more frequently in adults than in children. They are also common to people with deep tonsil craters and those suffering from chronic inflammation.
Tonsil stones are a nuisance. They produce a foreign object sensation at the back of the throat which results to a difficulty or pain when swallowing foods and liquids. They also cause a severe bad breath (halitosis) with a metallic taste produced when highly sulfur- concentrated bacteria acts on the debris. A sore throat, pain and discomfort may be experienced in the areas they are lodged. Though they may be dislodged by the tip of the tongue when eating and during coughing, there are other methods that can be used to get rid of these tonsil stones.
Gargling is the easiest way of getting rid of tonsil stones. You can either gargle with slightly warm, salty water or a mouthwash. To gargle, dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water. Gargle vigorously with your head titled back. Salty water helps to dislodge bits of food from the crater of tonsils and also helps to soothe any discomfort feeling. Gargling should be done every morning. You can also gargle with mouth wash, which is done immediately after a meal. Gargling with carbonated drinks can also help remove the tonsil stones. If you suffer from severe pain, you can use oxycodone or hydrocodone or any other pain medication to ease the pain (also you can read here about oxycodone and hydrocodne). Highly recommended!
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Everything you need to know about dog heat (+ useful resources)
Dogs are in fact in heat for 21 days with three specific stages of the cycle. A female dog, otherwise known as a bitch, will be in heat approximately every six to seven months.
The first stage of a dog in heat in known as the “Proestrus”. It is during this distinct stage that bleeding will become most noticeable by the owner from the vulva. It may be that wherever the dog positions herself she will leave behind blood. However, with some dogs the bleeding really isn’t very much and you may only notice the odd spot. One way to help protect your house from heavier bleeding is to invest in special dog sanitary pants.
Other signs that your dog is in heat will be an increase in the need for your dog to urinate, a swollen vulva and of course male dogs will be showing a keen interest in her. The interest will absolutely not be tolerated by the female dog at this point. This first stage will last between seven and ten days, it can be extended if you are using oxycodone or hydrocodone to ease the pain.
The next and second part of the cycle is the most important and relevant one. It is called the “Estrus”. There will be a noticeable change in the color of the blood from bright red to pink and finally to a virtually clear discharge. This part will last between four and seven days and it is at this stage that your dog may become pregnant if she is allowed to mix with any male dogs. At this point one would need to be extra vigilant with a female dog, if you do not wish for her to reproduce. If you are taking her out for a walk or run keep her on a lead. You will be surprised at how hard a male dog will try to mount the female dog during this time. Of course if you are planning to breed her then this is the prime time to introduce her to the male dog.
Practical advise for keeping your dog healthy
The needs of dogs are almost similar to the needs of a human being. For a dog to be healthy, he has to eat good food, he needs clean water, he needs regular exercises, he needs daily supplements, he needs love and attention. Above all, your dog needs a proper preventive medicine program to keep at bay the risk of contracting various illnesses.
Even though you may be comfortable that you are feeding your dog the right food, most of the food brands contain meat byproducts, fillers, various chemicals and preservatives. These ingredients have no healthy nutrients at all hence they are stored in the tissues because the body does not know what to do with them.
For that reason, you need to read on the ingredients list so as to understand the type of food you are feeding your dog. Be aware that the food you buy is a commercial product advertised either on TV or radio or newspaper or any other form of advertisement.
By studying keenly the ingredient formula, you will be amazed on how unhealthy the food is. Because of that, it is important to feed your dog different types of food with unprocessed ingredients such as meat, vegetables, omega 3 oil, minerals, flax seed oil and other healthy foods to boost the energy and immune system of your dog.
After giving your dog healthy foods, compliment it with quality supplements. This is because, much of the food you find around is not healthy like it was in fifty years back because of mineral deficiency in the soil and a lot of pollution on the environment. Examples of the supplements you can give your dog include:
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