Have A Dog Who Wets Her Bed? Your Vet Can Help

(NewsUSA) – As a pet owner, have you ever had a female dog who always finds the outdoor bathroom during the day, but wets her bed at night?Dogs who follow the house rules can be horrified when they realize that they’ve leaked — even though it occurs during sleep.Plastic sheets aren’t the answer, and most likely your long-suffering pet wouldn’t be happy alone outside.Urine soiling isn’t something pet owners enjoy discussing.Many assume it’s a behavioral problem, believing they’ve failed to properly train their pets.But poor bladder control following spaying is actually a physical disorder that’s seen mostly in middle-aged female dogs, and can occur any time after surgery.In addition, it’s more common in large breeds and those who struggle with obesity.To that end, a rolled-up newspaper won’t solve this problem, and won’t improve behavioral house soiling either. Leaking urine during rest or sleep is not your dog’s fault.There is value in spaying your female dog, but giving up their ovaries means the sphincter muscle in the bladder can be left just weak enough to relax and release urine. It may happen any time they drift off. The result is a tell-tale wet spot on their bed. About 20 percent of spayed dogs face this messy downside.For dog owners who want to try and help their pet, the answer may lie in a liver-flavored tablet.Proin tablets can be given twice daily, and make a difference in both a pet and an owner’s life because urine leakage can damage relationships. Consider this: 18 percent of the dogs in shelters were surrendered by frustrated owners because of house soiling.Alternatively, there are other possible causes, so it’s essential to allow your veterinarian to make an accurate diagnosis before medication is started.Urinary tract infections are common, especially for indoor girls. Bladder stones can also cause house soiling. And elderly dogs may urinate indoors because of senile brain changes, a problem called cognitive dysfunction syndrome. Pets with urinary symptoms need to see their doctors.If a thorough exam and urinalysis come up normal, a healthy female dog who leaks only when resting or sleeping most likely has urinary incontinence due to reduced estrogen. You can explain all of this to your dog, ending "the talk" by telling her that she has urethral sphincter hypotonus. With her leader so well-informed, she is sure to feel better.Veterinarians like to uncover these cases because almost all of them can be turned from frustration to success.Proin is often chosen because it is the only non-hormone treatment option, and also because it’s palatable and easy to dose.But in certain cases, due to pet irritability, restlessness, or medical conditions, Proin may be inappropriate.For those dogs, an old standby treatment — a synthetic estrogen called diethylstilbestrol (DES) — may be used.There are many undiagnosed female dogs struggling with nocturnal incontinence. The good news for spayed female bed wetters is that they can enjoy campouts and sleepovers just like everybody else.For more information on Proin, including important safety material, pet owners can visit www.proinforcanines.com.

Iconic US Winemaker Toasts Tradition While Embracing Change

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – For those who appreciate wine, it is an art unto itself. After all, great wine comes from all over the world. If, however, you want to remain true to your North American roots, it may be more difficult than you think.
It’s a little known fact that many of the wines sold by US wineries don’t use American-grown grapes exclusively . The exception is CK Mondavi and Family — the first and only wine brand that’s 100 percent “Made in the USA” Certified. This difficult-to-achieve third-party certification means it has undergone a rigorous audit and review process that enables the vintner to say that every single part of the CK Mondavi and Family wine bottle is 100 percent authentically American-made — the grapes, the screw cap, the labels, and even the ink on the labels.
Its commitment to being fully US-made, and to quality grape growing and winemaking practices, render it superior to others at the same price point. This official certification gives consumers the confidence to know that they’re purchasing from a fourth-generation American family that wholeheartedly supports US farmers and businesses.
To understand how CK Mondavi and Family came into its own is to go back almost seventy-five years, when Cesare Mondavi decided to turn surplus grapes from his Midwest grape-shipping business into wine.
That ingenuity started an American wine dynasty. Cesare eventually moved his family to California and purchased his first vineyards. And for the past four generations, the Mondavi family has been making wine.
Today, the winery is run by Marc Mondavi and his family. Marc’s father, Peter Mondavi, Sr., continued his father Cesare’s legacy, and worked at the winery every day, until his passing at the age of 101 last year. Marc and Janice work alongside several of their daughters, as well as other family members, to produce CK Mondavi and Family wines. Some of the family still lives on the original property Cesare and his wife Rosa Mondavi purchased almost 75 years ago.
“It’s not often that a fourth generation is interested in taking over the family business. We are extremely blessed that our family is interested in keeping our tradition alive for years to come,” says Marc.
“For 74 years, our family has been committed to quality grape growing and winemaking practices that simply cannot be found in other wines at this price point. We attribute this to our strong winemaking tradition and family-owned vineyards. You will truly be surprised by the quality of our wines for the price,” he notes.
Even as the family legacy and traditions continue, the winemaker moves forward with environmental consciousness.
Its grapes are 100 percent sourced from California vineyards, utilizing sustainable farming techniques and winemaking practices that are more typical of expensive wines. Their relentless commitment to quality winemaking and hands-on small lot sourcing sets them apart from other value wines. The CK Mondavi and Family portfolio consists of the most popular varieties of wines, and the grapes are grown on the family’s 1,850 acres of vineyards and from California family winegrowers that the Mondavis have had partnerships with for generations.
The new CK Mondavi wines will be available across the US, starting this month.
Find your perfect wine at www.ckmondavi.com/find-wine.

Talking about Estate Planning Needs to Happen Sooner Rather Than Later

There are subjects in life that need to be discussed, but many of us tend to avoid them. Issues like mortality and money top the list. As parents and children grow older, a must-have conversation should be the topic of estate planning, but do we know all that we should?

According to Fidelity Investments’ “ Family & Finance Study,” the answer is a resounding — and rather scary — “no.” In fact, seven out of 10 of children underestimated their parents’ estate by an average of $278,000. That’s a big number between knowing what is going on and not understanding at all. It illustrates a breakdown in communication that Kevin Ruth, head of Fidelity’s wealth planning and personal trust, says badly needs addressing through ‘frank conversations” between parents and their adult children.

Companies Are Discovering That Pittsburgh Is Good for Business

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Many companies have recognized the road to their success runs through Pittsburgh. Popular brands like American Eagle Outfitters and Dick’s Sporting Goods are headquartered in the city, and powerhouse companies like Amazon, Google, Uber, Shell, Facebook, and Apple have made recent investments or are expanding operations in the region.
For businesses that are considering new strategies to expand their customer base and reach, Pittsburgh offers a high-tech environment, an experienced and eager workforce, and inviting surroundings for both start-ups and established companies. Using Pittsburgh to increase your revenue and influence is the key to growing your business in 2017.
For those who would like to enter into the Pittsburgh area, the Pittsburgh Business Show is one way to gain a foothold within the city’s markets.
The Pittsburgh Business Show, a business-to-business trade show, will be held on April 19 and 20, 2017, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh. The show is the brainchild of Bryan Thornberg and Linda Jo Thornberg. It offers business owners, executives and entrepreneurs the tools they need to achieve goals and drive revenue.
The Pittsburgh Business Show is free to attend and will feature networking events, inspirational speakers and exhibitors from dozens of industries. It serves as an entry point for those companies that would like to establish operations within Pittsburgh. It also features an elaborate marketing and technology platform that includes real-time lead generation and will drive attendance through business, media, and attendee promotion.
The Show has attracted a slate of partners and media sponsors including the Pittsburgh Business Times, 102.5 WDVE, KDKA-TV, and The CW. The speakers list boasts names such as Darieth Chisolm, a business coach and Emmy-winning TV personality, and Dan Harmon, Vice President of digital marketing firm Higher Images.
The feedback from Pittsburgh and the surrounding region has been overwhelmingly positive, with media partners touting this one-of-a-kind show as a great stepping stone for people who want to engage the Pittsburgh market.
The Pittsburgh Business Show is opening the door for companies to come to Pittsburgh, connect with interested partners, and work together to improve their bottom line. The unique opportunities here can be introduced to business owners and executives through the Pittsburgh Business Show’s agenda and networking opportunities.
For more information about the Pittsburgh Business Show, visit www.pittsburghbusinessshow.com or call 412-668-4990.

Four Tips to Keep Your Kids’ Teeth Healthy And Clean

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – We all want our kids to have movie-star smiles as adults. As parents, this means knowing how to protect their teeth when they’re young, while ensuring that they practice good dental health care for a lifetime.
Because February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, it’s the perfect time to “brush up” on instilling good oral-hygiene habits.
Consider this: according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), nearly one in three children ages two to five years old in the U.S. are affected by tooth decay, which is one of the top chronic infectious diseases among children and can compromise their health, development, and quality of life in both the short and long term.
“Parents are bombarded with unsolicited advice and health findings that are constantly changing,” says Dr. Jade Miller, AAPD President. “We don’t want to add to that stress, but there are a few common misconceptions, that could help make a huge difference in your child’s oral health — which is linked to their overall health and wellness.”
The good news is that tooth decay is nearly 100 percent preventable. The following do’s and don’ts from the AAPD can keep tooth decay at bay and keep kids smiling for years to come:
*Do cut down on sugar. Children shouldn’t graze on candy and sugary drinks (including sports drinks and juice). That prolonged exposure to sugar and acid can wreak havoc on teeth. Instead, stick to designated meal and snack times and have them drink plenty of water throughout the day.
*Don’t put babies to bed with a bottle. Milk and juice contain sugar. When babies are put to bed with a bottle, the sugar coats their teeth while they are sleeping, causing tooth decay. If you use a bottle before sleep, opt for water.
*Do wean children off of pacifiers by age three. Pacifiers are a natural way for children to self-soothe. However, prolonged use can increase the risk of cavities, and affect the way a child’s teeth bite together often causing an overbite.
*Do avoid topical teething gels and rings. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns against using teething gels that contain benzocaine or lidocaine because they can harm your child. Parents and caregivers should stay away from teething rings too which contain chemicals, and low levels of BPA– despite labels citing otherwise — that can be harmful to your child.
For more information about children’s oral health and to find a pediatric dentist in your area, visit www.mychildrensteeth.org.

CME Group Competition Brings Trading to The Classroom

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – University students around the world can test their trading skills in CME Group’s 14th Annual Trading Challenge next month — and could walk away with $1,500 in prize money and a trip to Chicago.
CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives exchange hosts its complimentary, electronic trading competition each year in order to help educate the next generation of global finance professionals. Last year, nearly 500 teams from 200 universities represented 30 countries in the competition. Nanyang Polytechnic from Singapore was the winner in 2016 and Ozyegin University from Turkey prevailed in 2015.
During the competition, teams of undergraduate and graduate students learn hands-on techniques for trading up to 10 different CME Group derivatives products from multiple asset classes on a real-time professional trading platform. Live data and news is also provided to the students free of charge.
Each member of the first-place team receives a cash prize of $1,500, as well as a trip to Chicago for the company’s day of market education. Cash prizes are also awarded down to the fifth-place team, with the top 10 percent of teams also invited to Chicago.
Registration for the competition is now open and will remain open until Tuesday, February 7, at 5 p.m. CST.
For more information, visit cmegroup.com/tradingchallenge.
Students can also try their hand at trading year-round by using the CME Group’s Futures Fundamentals site, an innovative resource that explains the role of futures markets in everyday life.

Got Tech Neck? Here’s Some Advice.

(NewsUSA) – It’s called "tech neck." But to really understand the stress you’re putting on your neck every time you look down at some wireless device -; think texting, for example -; just imagine four 15-pound bowling balls sitting atop your head.Done imagining? Doctors of chiropractic, who regularly consult on issues including spinal alignment and proper posture, have some important advice for you. Watch the video at: http://youtu.be/JVigUgq-Wmc 

Easy Ways to Make Your Media Space More Enjoyable

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – The holiday season is right around the corner, which makes this the perfect time to spruce up your home before entertaining friends and family. Whether your guests are coming just to watch the big game or to stay for an extended period of time, your media space will no doubt be a popular gathering spot. The American Lighting Association (ALA) suggests a few ways to enhance everyone’s viewing experience.
No matter what kind of space you have, whether it’s a dedicated media room, a simple TV nook or something in between, the fundamental components are comfort and appropriate lighting. For the majority of homeowners, most media-related activity takes place in a multi-use space, which means the lighting must have the flexibility to go from everyday activities to TV viewing.
“One of the primary design objectives in a media space is to create the ability to achieve multiple and varied types of experiences, and lighting provides the key element to achieve that goal,” says Joe Rey-Barreau, AIA, IES, education consultant for ALA and associate professor at the University of Kentucky’s School of Interior Design.
Three necessary elements for the ultimate media viewing experience are the source of light, types and placement of light fixtures, and the use of smart dimmers.
Light source
Keep in mind that natural light from outside is as influential as light from indoor fixtures. Multi-purpose spaces generally have windows, which create the need to control that light during the daytime as well as at night when even minor reflections can be distracting.
Erik Anderson, national sales manager for Lutron Electronics Co., says that when it comes to lighting, “the sun is light bulb number one.” He suggests using motorized shades, which can be retrofitted to an existing window, as a convenient and effective way to manipulate ambient light. It is important to consider where your light is coming from as well as the time of day and season, which affect not only the amount of incoming light, but also the angle and intensity of the light.
Fixture type and placement
The types of fixtures used in a dedicated media room are different from those typically used in a family room. Selecting fixtures for any type of media space can be confusing. To get it right, your best bet is to consult with a professionally trained lighting consultant at an ALA-member showroom.
Smart dimmers
Using dimmers may seem like a no-brainer, especially considering they are easy to install and highly impactful. New wireless smart dimmers simply attach to a wall or sit on a tabletop. Anderson explains that Lutron’s Caséta Wireless dimmers are designed for simple, do-it-yourself installation. The inexpensive devices can be synced with a phone to control the lights, window shades and room temperature from a remote location.
“It can be inconvenient to turn each thing on and off every time you enter or leave a room,” says Anderson. “With Lutron’s Caséta Wireless, you can pre-set it to adjust everything at once, so that it all comes to life with one press of a button.”
For more ideas and advice for improving your media viewing experience while maintaining functionality in your multi-use space, stop by your local ALA-member lighting showroom or visit AmericanLightingAssoc.com.

‘Effective Praise’ Encourages Good Behavior

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Protecting Your Kid’s Identity Is Every Parent’s Responsibility

Child identity theft is on the rise and can go largely undetected for years. With the Gabriel app, you don’t have to worry about your children’s future because your children’s ID is protected from any third party and will remain safe and secure.

Content:    If only we could protect our kids from the world around them. Along with the normal worries any parent has for his or her child, you can add child identity theft to the list as well.