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5 Hazards of the Holiday Season for Your Pets


Written by Dr. Lisa Booth

Happy holidays to you all! This is the time of much joy and celebration, but it is also the time when there are increased hazards for your pet. In my 13 years of Veterinary medicine, the following 5 things are what I view as the top hazards for your pet during this holiday season. I will describe for you what makes them hazardous for your pet and how to make sure your pet does well if exposed.

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Be Wise, Immunize: Vaccinate to Protect

Be-Wise-ImmunizeVaccines help prevent dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases. Family Medicine physician Candice Yu-Fleming, M.D., suggests now is the perfect time to remind family, friends, and co-workers to get caught up on these important immunizations.

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IU Seeking Public Input for Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan for Northwest Campus

rot1Indiana University Emergency Management and Continuity and The Polis Center will host a public information session regarding a multi-hazard mitigation plan for the IU Northwest campus from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at the John W. Anderson Library Conference Center, room 110.

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Tips for Holiday Travels with Pets

Cat-and-VetThe holidays are in full swing and traveling to see family and friends may be on your agenda. If your pet will be joining you in your commute to the holiday festivities, follow these tips to plan for a safe and happy trip!

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Porter Regional Hospital Physician Offers 7 Medicine Cabinet Must-Haves

Crystal-TuncayIt’s a good idea to keep your medicine cabinet well stocked when you consider all of the scrapes, bruises, fevers, sore throats and colds your family may get. To help you stock up appropriately, Crystal Tuncay, D.O., of Porter’s Cumberland Internal Medicine shares a basic list of what you should have on hand to respond quickly when illness or accidents happen.

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Have a Plan- Stay Safe This Wednesday

Black-Wednesday-TVIndiana Beverage would like to remind folks to stay safe this holiday season! Many will be out celebrating the annual Blackout Wednesday, the night before Thanksgiving.

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Holiday Feasting: Importance of Portion Control

Mental-Health-America-Porter-CountyThanksgiving is almost here! There are a lot of delicious foods and desserts to be had on this festive holiday, but Mental Health America of Porter County would like to remind you of the importance of portion control when it comes to eating. Binge eating or compulsive overeating occurs when people feel out of control when eating and are unable to stop.

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Early Detection is Important; Know the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

10-Signs-AlzheimersThe holiday season can be busy with travel and visits from family and friends who might not often see one another. This time together may raise questions about a person’s physical and cognitive health. Although some change in cognitive ability can occur with age, memory problems that impact daily living are not a part of typical aging. Recognizing the difference between typical aging and potentially more serious problems can help identify when it may be time to see a doctor.

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IU Northwest, Gary Police Departments Offer Free Citizens Police Academy Beginning in January

Academy strives to familiarize citizens with police work; help PDs learn about community concerns

rot1The Police Departments of Indiana University Northwest and the City of Gary are collaborating to bring citizens together with their local law enforcement officials. The departments are providing a free 10-week Citizens Police Academy beginning in January at both locations:

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Extra Mile Wants You To "Get Lit"

extra-mile-2013-oneNovember is “Running Safety” month, so Extra Mile decided to put together a “Get Lit” Fun Run at their shop in Valparaiso to help promote running safety. Ann Wingrove, Sales Representative of Nathan Safety products informed the group that, “A pedestrian is struck by a car every 9 minutes” a staggering statistic when you think about it.

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Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point NICU Offers Brain-Saving Device for Newborns

Brain-Saving-Newborn-DeviceFranciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit offers a new weapon to combat birth hypoxia, a relatively rare occurrence in which oxygen flow to a newborn’s brain is impaired due to a number of possible causes.

And parents Karen Rothe and Josh Waytovich, of Highland, couldn’t be more thankful, since it proved key to their daughter Kate Waytovich’s recovery.

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