How Ergonomic Chairs Makes a Difference

If you work in an office, a call center, or even from home; then you know that your chair is one of the most important pieces of equipment in your workspace. A bad chair can lead to a variety of issues, the largest one being uncomfortably during work itself. Not to mention back, shoulder, hip and leg cramps and pain on a daily basis. That being said, how does one alleviate the problem? The answer is almost too simple, get an ergonomic chair.

The term “ergonomic” may seem like something used to just sell products, however it actually is a science devoted to the study of people’s efficiency in their working environment. Which is why they have equipment know as “ergonomic” to help with just that; your ability to work well in the environment that you need to work in. While this term is broadly used in the modern workplace, there is still an enormous difference between regular work chairs and it’s ergonomic counterpart.

Ergonomic ChairThe biggest difference with ergonomic office chair is that they have the ability to be adjusted, not just being able to lower or heighten the seat. Adjusting the back support allows you to choose how far back you the chair can lean at anytime. Which helps your lower back and supports your lumbar while you sit; it also allows you to recline which can be a wonderful help when you need to stretch or arch after about an hour of sitting.

Adjustments to the armrests on a chair is also very important. Shoulder and elbow pain is very common after sitting in one position for an hour or more. Being able to adjust the height or width of your armrests can not only alleviate stress and tension in your shoulders, but it can also help cure neck pain and headaches. Many ergonomic chairs focus on this adjustment over many others because of the amount of relief it can provide.

Picking an ergonomic chair is one of the few things throughout the venture that will actually take some time. It may not seem very important, but getting a good “feel” for the chair is crucial. Taking anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes for each chair that you are looking into will give you a nice baseline for how the chair will feel in an everyday setting for you.

So you if you find yourself having cramps, aches, or pain of any kind during your working period, just note that it could be your chair. Ergonomics are made to focus on different kinds of body stress, so do some research if you’re thinking of investing in ergonomic equipment.

Flea Treatment in Dogs

Are your dogs troubled by fleas? If yes, when you decide that you want to treat the dog fleas time is very essential. There is a high possibility that your home can have fleas, too. If you have seen your dog biting and licking itself, there is a higher possibility that your dog has fleas. First examine your dog to see any signs of fleas, if you don’t see actual fleas, then look for flea poop. Fleas are jumping organisms, with flattened bodies and have got no wings.

Here are some of the ways that you can use to treat fleas from your dog. Yard flea treatments can be as effective as ones that you place on your animal if done properly.


flea-life-cycleThere are many pesticides in the market that will aim adult fleas and their larvae as well. Eliminating the larvae is necessary to ensure that you dog remains flea-free. When looking for the best pesticide ensure that it contains the active ingredients such as methoprene or pyriproxyfen, these are larvae-killing chemicals. Dogs are not supposed to be bathed for five days before or after the treatment.

This is because many spot-on medications move into the fat layer on your dog; this makes their bodies unfriendly to fleas and their larvae. If they are give a bath to close to treatment, the oils that take the medication into their fat layer will not be enough. If they are washed too soon after medication, the medication may be washed away.

If you dog have got fleas, apply the treatment immediately. Over-the-counter flea killers will help to get rid of those fleas. The dog can be given a bath using flea killing shampoo after a week. Flea shampoo can be applied to your dogs’ tender skin directly. Be gentle on the dog’s skin when treating them because fleas cause a lot of itching for your dog.

When applying the treatment and also giving the bath, you can comb the dog’s fur using a flea comb. If you scoop up eggs or fleas drown them in soapy water.


First systematically, vacuum your entire house, even the hard surfaces. Seal the vacuum bag in a plastic and dispose it away. Put a flea collar in the vacuum bag so a to kill the fleas and their eggs. Flea collars highly contain chemicals.

Just before you vacuum, you should sprinkle a layer of borax onto carpets, that you suspect that they might have fleas. Leave them there overnight then dispose them. Borax is a non-toxic and effective way to get rid of fleas. Wash your dog’s bedding in hot water.

If you don’t get rid of the fleas then call an exterminator. Exterminators are good at handling chemicals that they use to eliminate fleas. If it is expensive to hire an exterminator, you may use a spray or a fog kit. Take care because some chemicals to kill fleas are highly dangerous.


Preventing infestations is one of the best ways to get rid of fleas. Treat your dog on monthly bases using a veterinarian prescribed spot on flea repellent. You may also consider permitting your dog to put on a flea collar when they are playing outdoors. You should remove the flea collar while they are indoors.

Use flea-killing shampoos, even when you don’t actual see fleas on your dog. If the flea-killing shampoos are unfriendly on your dog, you may add some drops of lavender, eucalyptus, and tea tree to unscented castile soap. Adding garlic and brewer’s yeast to your dog’s food can aid to repel fleas.

St. Bernard: The Closest You’ll Ever Get to Owning a Muppet

The St. Bernard is one of the most easily and instantly recognizable dog breeds in the world thanks to a medieval monk named Bernard de Menthon who lived centuries before they the breed as we know it today ever came into being. The monastery de Menthon called home was located in the thin air and deep snow of the Swiss Alps. Few breeds could be expected to deal with the particularly harsh climate of such geography when the monks called upon them to assist in their ministrations to the needy. Which is exactly why the monks in residence at the monastery about 700 years after de Menthon died engaged in a little creative breeding that mixed in a little Newfoundland and a little mastiff with a lot of Sennunhund and a pinch of several other breed to create the ideal canine assistant recognized the world over today as the St. Bernard.

Brandy Not Included

St. BernardSince their origins high in the alps, the St. Bernard is a breed that has increasingly spread throughout less suitable climate regions. Such widespread love for a breed that seems to have been designed especially to create a sense of trust and ease in people is only natural. Everything that you think you already know about the St. Bernard except for one thing is entirely true: it makes great date bait, sheds enough during the summer to create a fur coat is a protective watchdog despite not being much of a barker. The one thing you think you know about St. Bernards that actually isn’t true? Sorry, but there’s no evidence that they ever carried casks of brandy around their neck.

Family Dog

You might not expect that the St. Bernard would be a good pet for a family with kids due to their size. Unless you take into consideration that their enormity also makes them slow to move, which is always a plus when you combined small humans with big pets. The downside is that while they rarely move fast enough to present a real danger to young kids, they are a particularly ungainly breed. The upshot being that while a St. Bernard isn’t likely to trample over toddlers due, it is very likely to trample over anything that gets in the way between where the dog is and where the dog wants to be.


Ask ten people if a St. Bernard can be easily trained and you will get two opposing sets of answers. Those who raised their St. Bernard from a puppy will swear that this big lug will do anything they order it to do. Those who received their St. Bernard as a full-size dog will warn you that it is lovable as all get out, but you can forget about making it do anything it doesn’t want. So if you want a St. Bernard that won’t chew precious objects to pieces when left alone and that will get its lazy hairy behind up off the sofa to join you for a walk when you call it, you’d better try to find a puppy. The older, larger and more set in its ways a St. Bernard gets, the closer to impossible it becomes to train.

An Exercise of Will

Even a St. Bernard trained well as a puppy will eventually reach a point where convincing it to exercise becomes a battle of wills. Keep in mind that these dogs are big, hairy and prone to joint problems, disorders of the heart and bloating. Would you feel like going for a walk under those conditions? Well, neither would a St. Bernard. It is precisely because the breed is subject to such health issues that you need to make sure you have the will to always win the battle. A St. Bernard needs to get some vigorous exercise every now and then, but needs at least some sort of exercise a few times a day. If you can’t commit to ensuring this over the long term, start considering an alternative breed.

The Downside: Size Matters

The St. Bernard is a huggable, lovable, loyal protector of its family. You also get the additional bonus of confidence that should you for some reason become stuck in the snow, this is the breed you would want to depend upon above any other. All is not fun and games, however, and much of the downside of owning a St. Bernard is directly related to their girth. In addition to shedding prodigiously come the warmth of summer, they produce a huge quantity of slobber throughout the year. Then there is the impact of their size on your bank account. Expect to fill up a large bowl with dog food several times a day. And, of course, all those bowls of food going in are eventually going to come out in equally sizable portions. Finally, there is the matter of how the size of a St. Bernard relates to another of the disadvantages of ownership. This breed typically finds its way onto lists of those might likely to bite. Big dog. Big teeth. Big biter. Do the math and determine if the multiple pleasures of owning a St. Bernard outweigh the risk.

When you boil things down to the essentials, there is really just one aspect of the St. Bernard above all others that has made it one of the most popular large breeds for the past half century. Owning a St. Bernard is about as close as you are going to get to having a Muppet as a pet. The breed just has something about its appearance that makes people eager to adopt it into their family when they wouldn’t think twice about owning a breed with similar traits that looked less like an animated character. Is owning a St. Bernard the easiest thing in the world? Not even close. But somehow you just can’t help forgiving their transgressions and forgetting all about the work they require.