We Spend Lots of Money on Pet Healthcare

Most people with pets treat their animals like part of the family, and just like human members, when pets get sick, the price of their medical bills can get quite costly. According to pet insurance provider Nationwide, their members shelled out a whopping $119 million to treat the 10 most common medical conditions affecting dogs and cats last year alone.

So, what are the biggest medical conditions pet owners have to worry about? Well, for dogs, it’s skin allergies, with owners filing more than 180,000 individual claims at an average cost of $279 per dog. For cats, bladder and urinary tract diseases are the most common medical costs, with 8,700 claims at an average cost of $515 per cat.

Most Common Medical Conditions For Dogs

  1. Skin Allergies
  2. Ear Infection
  3. Non-cancerous Skin Mass
  4. Diarrhea/Intestinal Upset
  5. Skin Infection
  6. Vomiting/Upset Stomach
  7. Arthritis
  8. Dental Disease
  9. Anal Gland Inflammation
  10. Bladder Urinary Tract Disease

Most Common Medical Conditions For Cats

  1. Bladder/Urinary Tract Disease
  2. Dental Disease
  3. Chronic Kidney Disease
  4. Vomiting/Upset Stomach
  5. Diarrhea/Intestinal Upset
  6. Excessive Thyroid Hormone
  7. Upper Respiratory Infection
  8. Skin Allergies
  9. Diabetes
  10. Heart Valve Malfunction 

  • And while they may not be the most common health conditions for pets, dental disease is the costliest for dogs, at nearly $450 per dog, while diabetes is the most expensive condition for cats, at cost of $871 per feline.

Source:Market Watch

Do you feel like when you go on vacation you are surrounded by lots of families with kids? Well, there’s a good reason for that. According to the AAA, 100-million Americans plan to take a family vacation this year, which is even more than last year.

So, when will everyone be traveling? Well, the survey finds that 45% of folks will be taking their family vacation in the spring, while 68% will head out this summer. Overall, families in the South are the most likely to be planning a trip in 2019 (62%), with only 35% of those in the Northeast vacationing with family.

And for those who do get away, many will be will doing so in their cars, with 53% planning to head out on a road trip sometime this year. As for the most popular road trips for the summer, they include:

  • Las Vegas to National Parks
  • Northern California and Southern Oregon Coast
  • Northern New England
  • Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina
  • Black Hills, South Dakota


If you’re worried about turning into your mom one day, you can relax already because science says it’s going to happen. And now they’re even telling us when it’s going to happen and it’s probably sooner than you think. Despite all your efforts, new research reveals you’re likely to start becoming more like your mom in your early 30s.

According to anew studyfrom the U.K., we all turn into our parents somewhat, so it’s probably going to happen to your partner as well. Dr. Julian De Silva surveyed more than 2,000 people about when they started to feel and act more like their moms and dads, in terms of starting to read and watch the same media, to just liking the same things and using the same sayings that they rolled their eyes at as kids. And it turns out, more than half (52%) started acting like their moms between 30 and 35 and another 26% made it to between 35 and 40, and a lucky 10% managed to hold out until after 40. And if it makes you feel any better, men start turning into their dads around age 34, too.

As for why we turn into our moms so early, De Silva says a lot of it has to do with becoming a parent. When we start raising our own families, the way we act reflects the way we were raised. So it makes sense it happens around the age we become parents ourselves. And around that time we start saying “because I said so,” we also start looking more like our parents, but that doesn’t mean we have to resort to those holiday-themed sweaters. But just because you find yourself yelling about kids wiping their feet and turning off lights doesn’t mean you have to give in to the mom tendencies. Just say no to that snazzy Easter sweater, friends.

Source:Scary Mommy

Cold brew coffee is very trendy right now, but according to recent research, it’s not as good for us as an old school cup of hot coffee. And with the weather warming up outside, here’s what you should know before you switch over to icy, refreshing cold brew.

In a recentstudyfrom Jefferson University, researchers found that hot coffee has higher levels of antioxidants, which could be responsible for some of the buzzy brew’s health benefits, including reducing inflammation and helping to fight diseases. While analyzing the chemical differences between hot and cold brew light roast coffee from Brazil, Colombia, Myanmar, Mexico, and Ethiopia, they found that the pH levels were more or less the same, but the hot coffee had higher concentrations of something called de-protonated acids. And that may be the reason it has more antioxidants than cold brew.

Basically, because cold brew has fewer antioxidants, those who drink it may not get all the protective properties linked to hot coffee. So if you’re choosing which kind of caffeine fix you want based only on which one is healthiest for you, a hot cup of light roast coffee is the way to go.

Source:The Daily Meal

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