16 Feb

Use of Pet Medications on the Rise

 

Every day some people take a handful of pills – one for high blood pressure, one for high cholesterol, maybe even one for arthritis. The associated costs for prescription drugs can be costly. Imagine the family member that requires several medications is actually the family pet. More and more people are putting their pets on long term health care regimens, which often include prescriptions.
The Guffords in North Carolina spend a lot of time and money on their 12-year-old dog. Brownie is diabetic – he gets a blood sugar check and shot of insulin daily. He also takes pills, mixed into a bowl of tuna and canned carrots. Brownie has been medicated for several reasons in the past year: diabetes, infections, high blood pressure and upset stomach. He has also been medicated for anemia and a spider bite.

Brownie’s owner, Ann Gufford, told local press that “He’s our baby, he’s a family member, I would want somebody to do that for me.” Gufford has spent an estimated $5,000 keeping Brownie healthy.

Pets are now medicated as much as their owners, or more in some cases. They are medicated for the same health problems people have – arthritis, cancer, heart disease, diabetes… Pets have even been medicated with Prozac or Valium. Owners sometimes get prescriptions for their pets filled at regular pharmacies, or even pay with health insurance.

Pet drugs are becoming big business. Americans spent $2.9 billion on pet drugs in 2005, increasing the market by half since 2000. The FDA has approved over 40 new drugs for pets in the past five years.

Your dog can now take diet pills like millions of Americans already do. Slentrol, the first approved ‘slenderizer’ for dogs, was approved in January. You can also place your pet on chemotherapy, which could cost $3,000 over three months.

As with human medication, some pet medications are discovered to be harmful. Rimadyl, originally for humans, was approved by the FDA to treat dogs’ arthritis. Rimadyl ended up causing kidney and liver damage, and has been linked to 3,000 pet deaths.

Pet medication is tested on a few hundred animals, so side effects may not be known until after they are on the market. Also, a drug may be fine for cats, but not dogs; or a drug could be dangerous to specific breeds. Over 700 drugs are used for pets even though they have not been approved for that purpose.

Pet health insurance is also becoming readily available. Veterinary Pet Insurance, based in California, currently has 400,000 policies. The premiums are about $30 per month. By 2010, the market could climb to $500 million.

Sources:

MSNBC

Yahoo News

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06 Feb

Best Toolbars and Browser Plugins for Web Designers

These toolbars and plugins are designed for Firefox 3. If you have not updated your Firefox Browser, you will need to before installing any of these plugins. These plugins are a must have for web designers. This guide will show you some of the most popular plugins for web designers. All of the plugins are located on the Mozilla website.

IE Tab 1.5.20090207

The IE Tab is a great plugin for web designers who want to see what their website will look like in Internet Explorer. This plugin will allow you to switch your Firefox Browser to Internet Explorer to see how it will look. Then you can click the tab again to switch it back to Firefox. This plugin is great because you don’t have to open IE and wait for it to load just to see what your site looks like in that browser.

CSSViewer 1.0.3

The CSSViewer plugin is a CSS Property Viewer. It installs on your right on your Firefox toolbar and with a click of the mouse, you can view the CSS Property of a site.

Font Finder 0.5d

Have you ever seen a font on a page and you really wanted to know what it was? With the Font Finder plugin, you can find any out what any font is. All you have to do is install the plugin. Then you highlight the text, right click on the text and click Font Finder. A window will open and give you’re the style information for that font. This is a really neat plugin to have if you are a web designer.

ColorZilla 2.0.2

ColorZilla is another cool plugin to have. Often as a web designer I have seen colors that I like and want the code for. In order to get the code for the color, I would have to open a graphics program that I use, let it load, and then get the code. With ColorZilla, all you have to do is take the dropper and click the color you want. Then the code will appear and you can copy it.

Screengrab 0.96.1

The Screengrab plugin is neat. It allows you to capture the entire web page that you are on. When you screenshot a page, you only get the part that is visible. With Screengrab, it captures the entire page, even the part that is not visible. This is a really cool plugin.

In my next post, I will discuss digital marketing and suggest you some helpful  digital marketing agencies.