Safety Tips for Pet Owners for the Fourth of July

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While the sounds and smells of the Fourth of July can be very enjoyable for pet owners this is not so true for their pets. Our furry friends do not understand that the whizzing and booming sounds of fireworks are done in celebration for our Independence Day. To them the holiday can be extremely stress inducing. In preparation for the Fourth of July festivities DV Medical Supply would like to offer pet owners a few tips for the holiday:

  • Keep pets somewhere indoors where they feel comfortable and cannot escape from.
  • Make sure beforehand that your pet has an up to date ID tag or microchip identification on them in the case that they do end up escaping and running away.
  • Even if you are not lighting fireworks debris can end up in your yard that would be dangerous to your pets. Check the yard after the holiday before letting pets out to play.
  • Do not feed your pet human foods. It may be very tempting to indulge your pet in the foods being served during the holiday but common summer treats that humans love can be very toxic to them. For example never feed a pet beer, grapes, or avocado.
  • Keep fireworks away from pets. Even unused fireworks should be monitored since they can be toxic to our curious, furry friends.

National ID Your Pet Day

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DV Medical Supply reminds pet owners that July 1st is National ID Your Pet Day. It is important to make sure pets are secured with proper identification. July 5th is renowned as the busiest day of the year for pet shelters due to runaways fearfully fleeing the firework sounds. With the 4th of July just around the corner it is a great time to make sure pets have updated ID tags on them at all times. A personalized ID tag attached to a fitted collar should include information like your name, home address, and/or phone number. An even more thorough security measure would be to get your pet implanted with a microchip. The microchip would serve beneficial if your pet were to lose or break their collar or ID tag. Taking these precautionary measures could be what makes the difference between your pet being returned home safely or lost permanently.

Frequently Asked Questions about JDRF’s One Walk Events

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JDRF’s One Walk
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A family-operated supplier of medical and pharmaceutical supplies, DV Medical Supply serves clients throughout the United States from its headquarters in Gardena, California. Further, DV Medical Supply supports JDRF, an organization that supports people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) and raises funds for research into the disease.

Among the fundraisers held by JDRF is One Walk, which sees supporters from all over the United States come together to complete sponsored walks. Here are some frequently asked questions about the event:

Question: How long is the walk?

Answer: On average, One Walk events are three miles, though they can range from one to five miles. Some organizers create separate routes for families and young people who wish to participate but can’t walk the full distance.

Q: What should I bring on the day?

A: Bring your walker donation form and any cash or check donations in your collection envelope.

Q: What should I wear?

A: Comfortable shoes are a must, as is clothing appropriate to the weather. One Walk events take place in all types of weather, barring extreme conditions, so consider packing appropriate gear if the forecast warns of rain, snow, or wind.

Explaining the Symptoms of Osteoarthritis

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Osteoarthritis
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From its headquarters in Gardena, California, DV Medical Supply, Inc., distributes medical and surgical supplies for use in the health care and veterinary industries. DV Medical Supply provides a range of pharmaceuticals, including Meloxicam, a commonly used nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used by patients with osteoarthritis. Here are some of the symptoms of osteoarthritis.

1. Pain. Osteoarthritis inflames the joints, often resulting in pain or tenderness, particularly during or after movement of the affected joint.

2. Large joints. The affected joints may appear larger than usual, an issue that particularly affects those with osteoarthritis of the knees. The increased size results from the formation of bone spurs around the joint.

3. Stiffness. Following long periods of inactivity, such as sleep, the joint becomes stiff leading to a loss of some flexibility. In some cases, this loss of motion affects the patient throughout the day.

4. Muscle loss. Severe osteoarthritis can cause muscles to lose their bulk, particularly if the condition forces the patient into inactivity.

5. Grating. When using the affected joint, patients may hear a grating sound that is often accompanied by pain.