Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Holiday Safety Tips For Pets

 


Family pets can be as curious as children when it comes to holiday decorations, foods, and visitors. Cats swallowing tinsel, dogs eating chocolate, and both getting the medicine from Aunt Sally's purse…pets need to be watched as carefully as children.

Here are a few things to consider when planning your holiday celebrations.

  • Batteries in toys, greeting cards, electronic devices, flameless candles, and remote controls can cause serious injury if pets (or humans) swallow them. Internal burns can occur in a very short time.
  •  If your pet swallows a battery, take the animal to the vet right away! It is NOT OK to wait.
  • Water from Christmas tree stands can contain bacteria. Swallowing the water can cause stomach upset and diarrhea, even if the ingredients aren't poisonous.
  • Pets can choke on tinsel, ribbons, and Christmas tree needles. They can be cut by broken ornaments. Keep trees and their decorations high up or blocked off.
  • Poinsettia is not a deadly plant, despite frequent warnings in the media. However, the sap from poinsettia plants can be very irritating. Pets who chew on poinsettia can develop skin rashes and mouth irritation. If they swallow the plant, they could have stomach upset and discomfort.
  • Holly leaves are prickly and can cause injury if a pet tries to eat them. Holly berries can be poisonous; they easily dry up and fall onto the floor where pets (and children) can find them.
  • Alcoholic beverages and chocolate are among the foods which pets should not consume. Empty the glasses and store left-overs safely so pets won’t consume the drinks or develop food poisoning.
  • Many human medicines are poisonous to pets. For example, small amounts of over-the-counter pain relievers can be fatal to cats and dogs. Even if your own medicines are stored safely, be aware that visitors may have medicines in their purses or suitcases. Provide a place for these things to be stored safely, out of sight and reach of pets (and children).

Please remind your guests NOT TO FEED HOLIDAY FEAST LEFTOVERS to your pet. They may not know that many holiday foods may pose great danger to your four-legged companions. It may seem innocent enough to slip a few extra morsels of dinner or dessert under the table to a begging canine or feline friend, but even the most harmless-seeming meal scraps can sometimes be hazardous to pets.

Here are some things to keep in mind when preparing for the many feasts of the holiday season:

 

Candy Can Be Deadly. Chocolate contains theobromine, a substance that can be toxic to pets. Dark, semi-sweet, and Baker's each contain high-concentrates of theobromine, more than other chocolates varieties - but all chocolate can all be lethal to pets if ingested. Even "sugar-free" candy can be extremely dangerous,  so be sure to keep the candy bowls and snack trays well out of your pets’ reach!

Leftovers May Be Dangerous. Fatty leftovers, like meat drippings and bones, can cause internal injury, upset stomachs, diarrhea, or vomiting, and may lead to pancreatitis and obesity. Be sure to keep your friends and family informed and in check before they begin doling out unwanted scraps beneath the dinner table.

Bones Are Bad. Although bones from our holiday birds look good to pets, they are dangerous and can cause intestinal upset and may even splinter once chewed – becoming lodged dangerously in your pets’ throat – or in the process of being digested – creating serious intestinal problems.

Hold the Fruits and Veggies. It seems perfectly logical that because they are good for us, fruits and vegetables are good for pets – and that’s true, partly. Some fruits and vegetables, however, are actually toxic to pets. In terms of vegetables, keep an eye out for garlic, onions, leeks, scallions, chives, and shallots dropping from the dinner table, as they are all highly toxic to dogs and cats, and can be fatal in severe cases. As for fruits, grapes, and raisins are the culprits you’ll most need to keep an eye on, as they too can be harmful to pets.

Watch the Packaging. Packaging can cause choking or intestinal blockage when ingested. Foil wrappers can become as dangerous as razors when swallowed, so keep a special eye out for wrapped foods and excessive packaging lying about your home.

Careful with the Caffeine. While you may often need that extra caffeinated boost to keep you going during this exhausting time of year, your pets do not – in fact, many products on the market with large amounts of caffeine or caffeine-like stimulants are toxic to pets. Be sure to steer your cats and dogs clear of anything containing caffeine around your house, such as coffee, tea, energy drinks, caffeine pills, and soft drinks.

 

And a special warning about xylitol: Certain Sugar-Free Gums and Treats Can Kill Dogs

Xylitol is a sugar substitute that is commonly used in sugar-free candy and gum, as well as baked goods and toothpaste. It is also used to enhance sweetness in food such as peanut butter. Xylitol is used by many people as a healthy alternative to processed sugar because it has little effect on human blood glucose levels, making it useful for people with diabetes who are trying to control their blood sugar levels. Additionally, xylitol has been approved by the FDA as a way to prevent tooth decay.

But although this sweetener has health benefits for people, xylitol has serious toxic effects in our canine companions!

Xylitol has long been known to cause hypoglycemia, or abnormally low blood glucose levels, in dogs. Within 30 minutes of ingestion, xylitol can cause the pancreas to secrete large amounts of insulin. This encourages the dog’s muscle and fat tissue to use too much blood glucose. The result, hypoglycemia, has devastating effects on a dog’s neurological system, which can lead to seizures or death. Symptoms of hypoglycemia are often lethargy, confusion, sudden blindness, stumbling, and shaking. More recently, xylitol has been shown to cause acute liver failure within 72 hours of ingestion.

Even small doses of xylitol can cause a pooch to become gravely ill. Only 0.1 gram of xylitol per 2.2 pounds of body weight can cause hypoglycemia, while only .5 grams can cause liver failure. Since a piece of sugarless gum can have between 0.3 and 1 gram of xylitol, it will only take a few pieces to poison a dog. There are 190 grams of xylitol in 1 cup of the sweetener. This means that if a recipe for 12 cupcakes call for a cup of xylitol, a 50-lb. pup can become ill after eating one cupcake!

If you suspect your canine companion has ingested a product containing xylitol, it is important that a veterinarian intervenes as soon as possible. Xylitol can be digested and reach maximum levels in the body in as few as 30 minutes. 

 

  •  If your pet seems ill after getting into any kind of food or decoration, call your vet right away. If you have questions about something your pet may have swallowed, call Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222. Local specialists will answer your call, 24 hours a day.

 

https://www.poison.org/

https://www.banfield.com/pet-healthcare/additional-resources/article-library/safety-tips/holiday-foods-that-are-hazardous-to-pets

https://theparcvet.com/blog/certain-sugar-free-gums-and-treats-can-kill-dogs

Monday, July 6, 2020

COVID-19 testing basics




We’ve heard a lot about coronavirus testing recently. Let’s explore the different types of tests and what the steps are in the testing process.

NOTE: If you think you have coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and need a test, contact your health care provider immediately. 


Types of Tests

Many people don’t know that there are two different types of tests – viral (or "diagnostic") tests and antibody tests.

  1. viral test , also called a diagnostic test, can show if you have an active coronavirus infection and should take steps to quarantine or isolate yourself from others.
  2.  An antibody test looks for antibodies that are made by the immune system in response to a threat, such as a specific virus. Antibodies can help fight infections. Antibodies can take several days or weeks to develop after you have an infection. Because of this, antibody tests should not be used to diagnose an active coronavirus infection.

Having antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19 might provide protection from getting infected with the virus again. If it does, at the time of this writing we do not know how much protection the antibodies might provide or how long this protection might last.



Testing Process

Many companies and labs have developed tests to diagnose COVID-19 based on detection of the virus’s genetic material in a sample from the patient’s nose or throat. The typical steps in this type of  testing for the coronavirus are:
  1. A health care professional orders a COVID-19 test. All COVID-19 tests, including those used with a home collection kit, require a prescription.
  2. You or a health care professional use a specialized, sterile swab to collect mucus from your nose or throat.
  3. You or a health care professional put the swab in a sterile container and seal it for transport to a lab.
  4. During the shipping process, the swab must be kept within a certain temperature range to keep the virus alive so that the test will be accurate. The sample must arrive at the lab within 72 hours.
  5. A lab technician mixes chemicals with the swab to extract the genetic material of any virus that may be on the swab.
  6. The lab technician uses special chemicals, called primers and probes, and a high-tech machine to conduct several controlled heating and cooling cycles to convert the virus's RNA into DNA, and then make millions of copies of the DNA.
  7. When DNA binds to specific probes, a special type of light is produced that can be seen by the machine and the test shows a "positive" result for infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.


More information about COVID-19 testing can be found on the FDA website.


Thursday, July 2, 2020

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!





Sunshine! Barbecues! Fireworks! Who doesn’t love a good Independence Day celebration? But this year, celebrating Independence Day will be different due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The American Red Cross offers safety tips you can follow.

If your community is reopening, know which precautions to take in public settings.
  1. Continue to social distance by staying 6 feet away from others, especially if you are at high risk for serious illness from COVID-19 (over age 65 or any age with underlying medical conditions).
  2. Continue to wear cloth face coverings in public. Face coverings are most essential when social distancing is difficult.
  3. Follow guidelines for your area when it comes to how large gatherings can be. Avoid crowds and mass gatherings.
  4. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
  5. Stay home if you are sick.

FIREWORKS SAFETY
Many public fireworks shows may be canceled this summer as communities try to avoid holding events where large crowds will gather. If you plan to use your own fireworks, check first if it is legal in your area.
  1. Never give fireworks to small children, and never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials. Always follow the instructions on the packaging.
  2. Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
  3. Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.
  4. Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight “a dud.”
  5. Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.

GRILLING SAFETY
Grilling fires spark more than 10,000 home fires on average each year in the U.S. To avoid this:
  1. Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use. Don’t add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
  2. Never grill indoors — not in the house, camper, tent or any enclosed area.
  3. Make sure everyone, stays away from the grill, including children and pets.
  4. Keep the grill away from the house or anything that could catch fire. 
  5. Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill.

WATER SAFETY
Warmer weather means enjoying the water. Be “water smart,” have swimming skills and know how to help others. This includes home pools — where young children are most at risk of drowning — and open water, such as ponds, rivers and lakes — where older children and teens are more likely to drown than any other location. With less access to lifeguarded aquatic facilities this summer, youth and teens may consider open water environments that are not designated for swimming.
  1. Talk to your children, including older youth and teenagers, about water safety. A variety of resources are available at redcross.org/watersafety and redcross.org/watersafetyforkids.
  2. If you choose to take your family to the water, make sure the area is designated for swimming and has lifeguards on duty. Once there, maintain social distancing, both in and out of the water, between you and people who don’t live with you.
  3. Wear face coverings on land, especially when physical distancing is difficult. Do not wear them in the water as it may be difficult to breathe. Don’t share goggles, nose clips, snorkels or other personal items.
  4. Designate a water watcher whose sole responsibility is to supervise people during any in-water activity until the next person takes over.
  5. Kiddie or inflatable pools can be a great way to have fun. Drain the water from the pool and flip it over after swim time is over.

Be sure to remember the basics:

·       Wear Sunscreen: Although being outside in the sun is a great way to absorb some healthy Vitamin D, make sure to use sun protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Studies show that sunburns increase the risk of skin cancer by 12 times!

  • Eat Light: No one wants to eat a heavy meal when you’re outside in the heat. To make sure your food doesn’t weigh down your festivities, make salads and sides to balance the main course, maybe grill your meal! You might be snacking all day too, so make sure healthy snacks like veggie sticks are readily available.
  • Stay Hydrated with Water: No matter where you are in America, July is hot! Be sure to drink plenty of water and keep your body from overheating, and stay away from caffeinated and sugary drinks that dehydrate you. Keep plenty of fresh fruit on hand too, as fruits are packed with vitamins, fiber, and water.
  • Wear Some Earplugs: The sounds of summer—such as fireworks and marching bands—can definitely damage your hearing. In fact, fireworks have a sound decibel of 150, and ear protection is recommended for decibels above 85.
  • Make Sure you’re Using a Clean Grill: A dirty grill can be a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. After you are done grilling, do a quick clean up of any visible debris and food, then turn up the heat and let the grill burn off a bit.
  • Skip Sugary Deserts: This is the season when tons of fresh fruit is available from the grocery, farmers markets, and fruit stands! Cut up strawberries and melon or grill peaches, pineapple, or bananas to satisfy your sweet tooth without adding unnecessary processed sugar.
DOWNLOAD RED CROSS APPS The Red Cross offers a series of free mobile apps to put lifesaving safety information in the palm of your hand. Download these apps by searching for “American Red Cross” in your app store or at redcross.org/apps.  The Red Cross Swim App has water safety tips and resources for parents and caregivers along with child-friendly games, videos and quizzes.



Thursday, April 2, 2020

Shifting and Shipping!









We didn't shut- we just shifted!

Few- if any - of us have been left untouched by the current crisis. People all over the world are doing things in very different ways than they were just a few short months ago. Shifts in habits, patterns and  mindset are the keys to quick recovery. The staff at Live and Learn Compounding Pharmacy is constantly monitoring and making adjustments to  the delicate balance between our commitment to serving the needs of our patients and protecting the health and safety of patients, employees, and their families. 

We are doing our part to help our patients comply with  Governor DeSantis statewide Stay-At-Home order. We are respectfully requesting that all patients have your prescription shipped to your home or work. 

To that end we are extending FREE UPS GROUND SHIPPING for all prescriptions through April 30.  

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

We're all in this together

Monday, March 23, 2020

We are open- free shipping and curbside pick-up



We are open and committed to serving our patient's needs while keeping every as safe as possible. 


Because our primary concern is always the health and safety of our patients and employees, and in light of recent COVID-19 concerns, we wanted to let you know that we are increasing our already high standards to make our pharmacy safe as we can. We are closely following the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), local governments, and public health agencies. All pharmacy staff members have been trained to uphold and practice the precautionary measures below:
 
1.    We make proper handwashing a priority.
2.    We are increasing frequency of our lab sanitization procedures.
3.    We are making sure any staff member feeling sick stays home.


In addition, we are offering FREE UPS GROUND SHIPPING for all prescriptions through April 3.  We are respectfully requesting that all patients have your prescription shipped to your home or work. 

If you must pick up your prescription,we will call you when your prescription is ready for pick up.  Please call us when you arrive. WE ARE REQUESTING THAT YOU AVOID CASH TRANSACTIONS. We will take your credit or debit card card information on the phone and bring your prescription out to you.  


 
We are prepared to navigate these challenging circumstances with everyone’s safety in mind. 

Thank you from the entire Live & Learn Compounding Pharmacy Family,

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Thanksgiving Week Hours

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on our abundant blessings. The staff of Live & Learn Compounding Pharmacy would like you to know that we are thankful for your continued support and trust.  

In order to allow our employees to travel safely to their families, we will be observing holiday hours, noted below.

Please be sure to plan ahead so that you do not run out of medication.

THANKSGIVING WEEK HOURS

Monday, Nov 25 : 9am - 7pm

Tuesday, Nov 26 : 9am - 7pm

Wednesday, Nov 27: CLOSED

Thursday, Nov 28 : CLOSED

Friday, Nov 29 : CLOSED

We will resume regular hours  Monday - Thursday, 9am - 7pm ,on Monday, Dec 2.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving Holiday!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

September is Sports Eye Safety Month




More than 40,000 people seek treatment for sports-related eye injuries each year. The good news is that almost all of these injuries can be prevented.  Using the right kind of eye protection while playing sports can help prevent serious eye injuries and even blindness.  For all age groups, sports-related eye injuries occur most frequently in water sports, basketball, and baseball/softball.
Whatever your game, whatever your age, you need to protect your eyes!

Prevent Blindness America recommends that athletes wear sports eyeguards when participating in sports. Prescription glasses, sunglasses and even occupational safety glasses do not provide adequate protection. For sports use, polycarbonate lenses must be used with protectors that meet or exceed the requirements of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). Each sport has a specific ASTM code, so look for the ASTM label on the product before making a purchase.

For specific eye protection recommendations for each sport and the type of eye injuries they help prevent, check out the Sports EyeProtection Sheet at Prevent Blindness America. 

Knowing what to do if an eye emergency does occur can save valuable time and possibly prevent vision loss. Be prepared by downloading this First Aidfor Eye Emergencies Fact Sheet before heading outside!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Closed for the Holiday


We will be closed on Monday, September 2 in observance of  
Labor Day.

Have a safe and happy holiday!



Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Is Your Pet In Pain?









Our pets feel pain for many of the same reasons we do, such as arthritis, injuries, dental problems, cancer, etc. Since animals are unable to tell us how when they hurt, it’s important to look for subtle changes in your pet’s appetite or sleeping, or behavior changes such as excessive panting, whining, restlessness, trembling, difficulty moving, licking or chewing an area of the body, aggression (especially in a previously friendly pet), and changes in posture. 

If you suspect a problem, always check with a veterinarian before medicating your pet. Some human drugs like acetaminophen and additives such as xylitol are toxic to animals. 

When your cat or dog needs medication, Live and Learn Compounding Pharmacy can work with you and your veterinarian to customize a medication that’s easy to administer and safe for your furry friend.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Summer must-have: Clean Sunscreen

Sunscreen is the foundation of sun-safe practices and suncare protocols, so the recent news that some sunscreen ingredients can soak into the bloodstream may be causing concern.  Later this year, the Food and Drug Administration plans to deliver more official guidance around the safety of these ingredients. In the meantime, a lot of people are left wondering what to do this summer.
For now, the F.D.A.’s proposed rule suggests that sunscreens with para-aminobenzoic acid and trolamine salicylate  should not be given the designation “generally regarded as safe and effective” and sunscreens that rely on zinc oxide and/or titanium oxide should be “generally regarded as safe and effective.”
A lot of people resist zinc and titanium-based formulas because the oxides aren’t absorbed and, instead, sit on top of the skin where they’re noticeable. These products can also be difficult to apply, which could influence how consistently they’re used.
If you’re looking to support healthy suncare habits, here are three clean sunscreens that are easy to apply, won’t draw attention to themselves and still deflect harmful rays available through Wellevate, our on-line vitamin and supplement store.

MyChelle Dermaceuticals Replenishing Solar Defense SPF 50
Bioelements SPF50 FaceScreen



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100% Zinc Oxide hydrating protection for the body to help prevent premature aging while restoring essential moisture balance. Infused with Hyaluronic Acid and Karanja Seed Oil, to revive tired, aging, damaged skin, while providing rich hydrating benefits.
Search product code: MY5405


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Daily antioxidant moisturizer. Pick SPF 50 and fight aging at the first ray. Our highest level of anti-aging, broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. More than an ordinary sunscreen, this advanced SPF decreases the risk of early aging as it improves the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and the feel of firmness. It’s light enough to wear under makeup as a daily moisturizer.
Search product code: BE6914






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Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Sunscreen
Especially formulated for Extra Sensitive Faces. Fragrance Free Broad Spectrum Sunscreen. Ultra Sheer and Lightweight. Organic Aloe Vera, Avocado and Jojoba Oil Soothe and Moisturize Skin. Non-GMO and Hypoallergenic. Contains antioxidant rich white tea and rose hip. Use as a daily moisturizer and/or under make-up.
Search product code: B82194

Friday, June 14, 2019

June 14 is World Blood Donor Day





This year, World Blood Donor Day will once again be celebrated around the world on 14 June. The event serves to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood and also to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations to ensure that all individuals and communities have access to affordable and timely supplies of safe and quality-assured blood and blood products, as an integral part of universal health coverage and a key component of effective health systems.

Transfusion of blood and blood products save millions of lives every year. Blood and blood products are essential components in the proper management of women suffering from bleeding associated with pregnancy and childbirth; children suffering from severe anemia due to malaria and malnutrition; patients with blood and bone marrow disorders, inherited disorders of hemoglobin and immune deficiency conditions; victims of trauma, emergencies, disasters and accidents; as well as patients undergoing advanced medical and surgical procedures. 

Although the need for blood and blood products is universal, there is a marked difference in the level of access to safe blood and blood products across and within countries. In many countries, blood services face the additional challenge of making sufficient blood and blood products available, while also ensuring its quality and safety.

Visit the World Health Organization website for more information

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

May is Women's Health Month




During National Women's Health Month each year, millions of women take steps to improve their health. The month serves as a reminder for women to make their health a priority and build positive health habits for life. 

It's not always easy to take steps for better health, and every woman has her own approach. The key is to find what works for you. A great way to do that is to reflect on your health goals, what motivates you, and what's holding you back from being your healthiest you. 

Looking for ways to incorporate vitamins and supplements to support your health goals?  Consider Women's Pure Pack by Pure Encapsulations.  A convenient once-a day packet contains supplements designed to support women's unique health needs and includes:
  • Mujltivitamin/mineral complex for women over 40
  • Ultrapure, molecularly distilled fish oil concentrate 
  • Vitamin D 
  • CoQ10
  • Highly absorbable Calcium (500mg)
  • Acai berry extract 
Pure Encpsulations products are vegan, and free from common allergens , gluten, GMO's, artificial ingredients, preservatives, and other unnecessary fillers. Many are also  free from soy and dairy.
 Patients of Live and Learn Compounding Pharmacy can order Women's Pure Pack and many other pharmaceutical grade supplements can be directly from our supplier for delivery to your home or office at 20% off retail price. Visit Wellevate Me for details.

Monday, April 29, 2019

IMPORTANT: New Summer Hours!


Our New Summer Hours
Effective Monday, April 29 the summer hours are:

                Monday through Thursday: 
9am to 7pm

Closed on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday    

           
Live & Learn Compounding Pharmacy is pleased to announce new summer hours of operation, effective April 29. The change, which includes a later work day, will help to accommodate after-work prescription pick up and long summer weekends.


What this Means for Our Patients

You asked- we listened!  Sunlit summer days mean a lot of late days at the beach and Friday-Sunday weekends. We want to have your compounded medications ready so you can enjoy your plans. These new hours make it more convenient for you pick up your prescriptions before or after work or play, and give us more time to have your prescriptions ready before a long summer weekend.

Of course, we’re still the same compounding pharmacy you’ve come to know and trust, committed to delivering  quality compounded prescriptions and the highest level of customer service.  We hope these new business hours will better accommodate your schedule.

As always, we value your trust and look forward to continuing to serve you during these new hours.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Donate your old cell phone to charity!

Today's shipment is over 13 pounds! 

Live & Learn Compounding Pharmacy is your local drop off spot for Cell Phones For Soldiers,
a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing cost-free communication services and emergency funding to active-duty military members and veterans.

Thanks to the generosity of our patients and local community we have shipped over 100 pounds of donated cell phones to this charity!


Founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old, Cell Phones For Soldiers relies on generous cash contributions and donations of gently-used cell phones to provide a lifeline for America’s bravest.


Cell Phones For Soldiers has two programs:

o Minutes That Matter provides free calling cards to active-duty military members to connect with loved ones.

o Helping Heroes Homes assists veterans with emergency funds to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships.

Since 2004, Cell Phones For Soldiers…
  • Has provided more than 300 million minutes of free talk time.
  • Since July 2012, Helping Heroes Home has assisted more than 3,100 veterans and their families with emergency funding.
  • Recycled more than 15 million cell phones, reducing the impact on landfills.
  • Mails approximately 1,500 calling cards each week.
Please consider donating your used cell phones, chargers, and accessories to this worthy cause.