The Pros and Cons of Neutering Your Dog

Neutering a male dog sterilizes him and makes him unable to have puppies. However, there are numerous health benefits from “the big snip at the vet’s”, with some of the biggest including decreased risks of certain prostrate diseases and testicular cancer.

De-sexing or castrating a dog is a simple surgical procedure where under anesthesia, the testicles are removed through an incision in front of the scrotum, and the incision is stitched up afterwards.

So should you neuter your pet? Before you do, here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of neutering your dog.

A lot of pet owners all over the world are choosing to neuter their dogs. These are some of the advantages neutering has to offer.

• Neutering reduces dominance and aggression. Seeing your pet calmer means you’ll be a lot calmer too.

• It reduces leg-lifting. Dogs will mark their territory by spraying it with urine, and the more territory they mark, the more impressive they will seem to other dogs. This means they will also do it all over your furniture.

• It also reduces the risk of your dog being attacked by other dogs, as intact dogs are often seen by other intact males as a potential rival for mates.

• Reduced testosterone thanks to neutering also leads to reduced sexual aggression, which means that your dog will finally stop humping everything in sight, even other people’s legs, especially when disciplining alone doesn’t work.

• Finally, neutering your pet minimizes the risk of the following conditions that would be more likely to occur in intact dogs: testicular cancer, perianal fistula, and prostate disorders.

However, neutering should not be seen as a silver bullet that can solve all problems. There are also some disadvantages that neutering can bring.

• Having your dog neutered makes him more likely to be obese. Because your dog is less active, that means your dog will burn less calories. Remember to check your pet’s diet regularly.

• While neutering decreases the risk of certain conditions, it also opens the door to increased risk of other conditions, such as hemangiosarcoma and hypothyroidism.

• Apart from the previously mentioned conditions, neutering can also lead to other complications post-surgery, from abscesses to allergic reactions to the anesthetic used.

• Neutering can cause severe growth impairment for your dog if not done at the right age. For instance, early neutering can cause the leg and hip bones to grow unevenly, and even make them four times as likely to get bone cancer.

Would You Dare to Watch These Long Operas?

Tired of your usual lineup for a weekend movie marathon? Why don’t you watch these long operas to test your endurance?

Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg by Richard Wagner
It tells about the guild of master singers, poets, and musicians in Nuremberg who were also skilled at other crafts and trade.

Der Ring des Nibelungen by Richard Wagner
This four-part opera clocks in a total of 15 hours and is made up of the following operas, usually performed separately: Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung. It is based on the Nibelungenlied and the Norse sagas connected to it.

Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner
The story is based on Gottfried von Strassburg’s Tristan about two people who fell in love despite unbelievable circumstances. You might also be familiar with the story of Sir Tristan of the knights of the round table.

The Fairy-Queen by Henry Purcell and William Shakespeare
The is the operatic adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and is perhaps Purcell’s final work as a composer.

Tannhauser und der Sangerkrieg auf Wartburg by Richard Wagner
The story, sometimes shortened into Tannhauser, is inspired by two tales, the story of the poet Minnesanger and the Wartburg Song Contest.

Tamerlano by George Frideric Handel and Nicola Francesco Haym
The story features Tamerlane, the Tartar emperor and is taken from the story Tamerlano by Agostin Piovene.

Semiramide by Gioachino Rossini and Gaetano Rossi
Maybe you’re heard of the Assyrian Semiramis and Voltaire’s work Semiramis, which both inspired this opera, Rossini’s final work.

Radamisto by George Frideric Handel and Nicola Francesco Haym
This opera was based on two stories and was also inspired by the Annals of Imperial Rome by Tacitus.

Pelleas et Melisande by Claude Debussy and Maurice Maeterlinck
Based on the play of the same title, it is a tale of three people, Pelleas, Melisande and Golaud, locked in a love triangle.

Matilde di Shabran, o sia Belleza e Cuor di Ferro by Gioachino Rossini and Jacopo Ferretti
Sometimes shortened into Matilda di Shabran, it was inspired by Euphrosine by Mehul and Mathilde by J.M. Boutet de Monvel.

Lohengrin by Richard Wagner
This opera is inspired by another knight from the Arthur tales, Parzival, and the sequel Lohengrin, which was taken from the epic Garin le Loherain.

Linda di Chamounix by Gaetano Donizetti and Gaetano Rossi
In this story, the Marquis of Boisfleury is attracted to Linda, who was in love with a poor artist named Carlo.

La Cenerentola by Gioacino Rossini and Jacopo Ferretti
This opera was inspired by one of Charles Perrault’s stories, “Cendrillon,” better known as Cinderella in popular culture.

Giulio Cesare in Egitto by George Frideric Handel and Nicola Francesco Haym
It is partly based on the events of the Roman Civil War and centers on the exploits of Julius Caesar at that time.

Don Carlos by Giuseppe Verdi, Joseph Mery and Camille du Locle
From the title, the story is based on the life of the Prince of Asturia, Carlos, who was supposed to be married to Elisabeth of Valois to end a war.

What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is often mistaken for acne because the symptoms appear similar at first glance, however, rosacea is a different skin condition that needs a different type of treatment from acne.

Who is At Risk of Rosacea?
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that usually affect individuals in their 30s or older and may recur over time. The first symptoms usually appear on the nose, cheeks, forehead, and chin like that of acne. Other parts of the body such as the eyes, scalp, ears, neck, and chest can also be affected. The skin of the affected individual will appear red, bumpy, and swollen. In some cases, bumps or pimples also appear. In severe cases, rosacea can deform a person’s nose in a condition known as rhinophyma, making it appear lumpy, red, and bulbous.

What are the Symptoms of Rosacea?
You need to consult a dermatologist if you see the following signs: flushing or blushing that comes and goes, redness or sunburnt-like appearance especially on the face, appearance of pimples and bumps that look like acne, stinging or burning pain on the bumps and pimples, and the blood vessels that appear visible on the surface of the skin. You should also look out for the following signs: dry or rough skin, itching and tightness of the skin, eye irritation (bloodshot or watery eyes), skin thickening, swelling of the face or edema, and plaques on the skin.

What are the Types of Rosacea?
There are four types of rosacea that must be identified during your checkup; these are, phymatous rosacea or the thickening of the skin and enlargement of the nose; ocular rosacea that causes dry or swollen eyes and may lead to blindness; erythematotelangiectatic rosacea or redness of the skin; and papulopustular rosacea or redness of the skin and the appearance of pimples and bumps. Some individuals can have one or more types of rosacea at the same time and the severity of each will differ as well.

How is Rosacea Treated?
Before any treatment is recommended, the doctor will have to make sure that the symptoms are not caused by another illness or medical condition. There is no test to determine if it’s rosacea, but the doctor might recommend tests for allergies, lupus, and other conditions. Unfortunately, rosacea cannot be cured, although most treatments are effective at reducing the symptoms. You will have to work with the doctor to find and avoid the triggers of the symptoms, observe the recommended skin care routine, and to protect yourself from the sun because it’s more sensitive than others’ skin. If you want to clear up the marks left by rosacea on your face, the doctor can also recommend several treatments depending on the severity and the location of the symptoms. There are different methods for addressing ocular rosacea, redness, skin breakouts, and thick skin.

How Can You Avoid Maternal Obesity?

Pregnant women are encouraged to eat more than their usual share, that is why they are excused from indulging food cravings and overeating. But these can have consequences on both the mother’s and the baby’s health because obesity increases the risk of pregnancy problems and childbirth complications.

What can you do to avoid gaining too much weight when you’re pregnant?

Complications of Maternal Obesity
Despite the trend of downplaying the effects of obesity among expectant mothers, there is a greater risk of suffering from complications throughout the pregnancy and even during childbirth. Some of the complications include gestational diabetes, overdue pregnancy, infections, preeclampsia, problems during labor and the use of pain medications, C-section complications, and miscarriage. Even if there are no complications during pregnancy and childbirth, the baby will still be at risk of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases.

Overweight and Obese
A person is considered overweight if she has more body fat than she is supposed to have for her height. There is a chart called body mass index which uses a person’s height and weight to determine if she has excess body fat. Overweight and obese are two different categories although some people confuse the two terms all the time. A woman is considered overweight if the body mass index is between 25 to 29, but she is obese if her BMI is 30 and higher. Although there are some contentions to the use of BMI to detect obesity, because some athletes and weightlifters can be classified obese, it is still the most reliable measurement tool.

Your Weight Affects the Baby
Studies show that a person’s birth weight will also affect the body mass index later in life, because as a fetus, the body will try to adapt itself to the supply of nutrients by changing the metabolism and physiology. This is called fetal programming, and it affects the person even into adulthood; that is why it is common for overweight or obese parents to also have overweight or obese children.

Getting Pregnant When Overweight
It does not mean overweight women are discouraged to have children, but they need to be aware of the risks involved in the process and to be prepared to address the issue. A pregnant woman must be given advice on diet and exercise for weight control. You are not required to lose weight suddenly, but there is a guideline to how much weight you’re supposed to maintain during your pregnancy. The focus instead is on not gaining extra weight and to avoid the complications listed above.

Care During Pregnancy
Obese women can still have healthy pregnancies through careful monitoring and guidance from a team of doctors. To monitor your health, you will need occasional testing for gestational diabetes, fetal ultrasound, fetal echocardiography, and a diet program from a dietitian. Regular prenatal care is a must, along with a healthy diet, safe workout routine, and a prescribed list of medications and supplements recommended by doctors.

Are You at Risk of Lung Cancer?

Is smoking the only cause of lung cancer or are there other factors that increase the risk of developing the disease? Here are the things you need to know about lung cancer, its prevention, and its available treatments.

Smoking is A Huge Factor
Most people who develop lung cancer were smokers, and even those who inhale secondhand smoke can also be at risk. This does not mean that you will surely have lung cancer, but you have a higher risk of developing the illness than those who do not smoke or inhale secondhand smoke. If a person decided to quit smoking, his/her chances of developing the illness might decrease, but it’s still not a guarantee. One type of lung cancer called small cell lung cancer affects mostly those who are heavy smokers.

Exposure to Carcinogens
Carcinogens are substances that can cause cancer, but they do not have to be substances that you take into your body like food. Prolonged exposure to them at home or at your workplace will increase your risk of getting lung cancer. Some carcinogens associated with the condition besides smoking are pollutants, workplace chemicals, chromium, arsenic, nickel, cadmium, beryllium, silica, coal products, chloromethyl ethers, vinyl chloride, mustard gas, diesel exhaust, and asbestos.

Exposure to Radon Gas
People who are also exposed to a radioactive gas called radon are also at risk. Radon is a natural byproduct of the broken-down uranium found in the earth, rocks, and water. It is generally safe, but if inhaled in high levels, it becomes a carcinogen. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to tell how much you have been exposed to because radon is part of the air that you breathe. There is a way to test the radon levels at home if you live in an area where radon levels may be high.

Family History of Cancer
Maybe you don’t smoke, but you have family members who have had had cancer. This will increase your risk of developing the disease, regardless of the type of cancer. However, most people affected by lung cancer are over the age 45, although young people are not exempted.

History of Lung Diseases
People who have had lung problems in the past are also at risk, especially if you are also a smoker. Diseases that damage the lungs or the airways can potentially cause respiratory problems such as tuberculosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Long-term lung diseases and lung infections such as pneumonia will be more difficult to treat among smokers.

Weak Immune System
People who get sick easily may have weak immune systems or they might have an existing condition that lowers their immunity such as HIV, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus. Medications taken after organ transplants also affect a person’s immunity, as well as undergoing radiotherapy for other types of cancer will also put a person at risk for lung cancer.

How to Get the Most out of Your Brand Equity (and Keep it Growing)

Brand equity is both assets and liabilities linked to the brand, such as intellectual property, physical assets, personnel, as well as how consumers and audiences react and respond to the brand (which makes them more likely to buy that brand, which increases its value).

When put together, both tangible and intangible aspects of value can impact your business, its services. To get the most out of your brand equity and keep on growing it, here are a few things you need to keep in mind:

1. Remember the key elements of a successful brand.
There are two kinds of elements you need to keep in mind to make your brand succeed: external elements (identity, image, personality, communication, positioning) and internal elements (differentiation, gap, extension).

2. Know where your brand stands.
Your brand’s position is the key to telling a story that your audience can relate to, which is why you need to know what it is as soon as possible. Ideally, you would want to do this early as your brand is gaining traction, and while signing up to register trademark for your brand.

As a business owner yourself, growing your brand should include setting standards for what the brand is and how it should be used and communicated, both from within and without. This allows you to prevent misuse of your logo and register trademark for your brand much easily.

3. Always be consistent with your image.
Re-branding is perhaps the most difficult thing to do, and many companies have trouble getting the brand right on the first try. However, when you do it right, you don’t have to go through the hassle of having to register TM for your brand all over again.

With a consistent image, your consumers and audiences are more likely to recognize it, and in turn makes them more likely to buy your products and services. This will be important especially when you decide to expand your product line.

4. Sign up for trademark registration.
Trademark registration in Singapore is now easier than ever, which is all the more incentive for you to register TM for your brand.

Aside from legal protection for your intellectual property and allowing you to protect your brand and use it to its maximum potential, successful trademark registration is one of the best ways to gain equity and value for your brand.

A well- recognized and respected brand is an asset every company in Singapore wants to have in the long run, which starts with a registered mark.

At the end of the day, building equity for your brand doesn’t stop here. Even though you were successful in having to register trademark for your brand, trademark registration still needs the brand to be used to be effective, and you constantly need to keep your brand alive.

Picking out the Perfect Colors

Fashion is an important statement because it is sort of an extension of our personality. It always pays to invest in your looks and grooming. You may think of it as people being a bit too superficial but in all honestly, it is much easier to respect someone who respects the way they look. Fashion’s goal shouldn’t be to look the best. Instead, it should be to bring out the best in you!

It’s undeniable, there are certain styles and fashion trends that work better for some people rather than others. Now, how do we know which ones fit us? Well, this article is going to explain to you how to pick up the perfect colors for your wardrobe. Color says a lot about your personality but then again, you should still always agree with what your appearance says for you to be able to carry your looks in perfect harmony.

It is usually harder for you to look convincing if your looks do not make sense. Certain things go together with certain things and some things just don’t go well with others. Now, how do we tell which color schemes work great for us? Well, here is a tip, take a piece of silver jewelry and take a piece of gold jewelry. Put them on the back side of your hand. Now, which hand looks more attractive? The one with the silver or the one with the gold? If the one with the silver looks good, this means you should stick to a more contemporary color scheme while if the hand with gold looks better, you will be able to rock brighter and more vibrant colors.

There are benefits in rocking a contemporary color scheme as to a more colorful vibrant one and vice versa. For those of you who look good with silver, your clothes shouldn’t be too colorful but of course, some color is still very much appreciated. The good part about wearing contemporary clothing is that it is not begging attention but rather gives off a mysterious and very professional approach.

If gold looks better, then you have the right to be a very colorful person! Wait up! Before you start mixing up colors, it should still be understood that there are some colors that work well with others and that there are other colors that do not look good together at all. The hard part with having a lot of color involved in your wardrobe is mixing and matching. Color gives a lot of personality and screams out the perfect words woven into their clothing even before you get to talk to them.

Having the best clothes don’t matter, you should wear something that makes YOU look YOUR best.

Man’s Guide to Wearing a Necklace

A necklace is a beautiful piece of accessory but a lot of people fail to deliver the right message when they are wearing a necklace. Sometimes men tend to go overboard when it comes to wearing their accessories. This guide wants to help men wear necklaces the right way.

To start off, some of us already have our perfect necklace. As men, most of us would rather wear a necklace with more sentimental meaning rather than just another piece of accessory. Well, this is actually a great thing to do! Why not? Wearing a necklace that makes you feel confident is a great thing to do. Sometimes, our accessories is an extension of our personality just like our clothes. Sadly, what some men do not realize is that there is a proper way to wear your necklace.

First of all, you have to make sure that your necklace matches your outfit. You know the drill. When you are wearing a formal piece of clothing, your necklace is suppose to speak about professionalism more than just another casual attire. Matching your necklace with what you put on your wrist is a must! Wearing a silver or golden necklace while wearing a beaded bracelet isn’t really a good sight to see. Make sure that your outfit is still in harmony with the accessories you pick.

Now, how much is too much? Let’s get this straight, accessories are good but once you abuse your use of accessories, it does not give off a good impression. Your necklace is suppose to scream out confidence which is why if you are wearing five gold chains at the same time, it shows that you have way too much to prove and that you aren’t comfortable wearing just one. At the same time, wearing too much necklaces draw too much attention. Too much attention isn’t good for anyone as it gets mixed reviews rather than honest ones.

Here’s something you may have not realized, you should actually wear your necklace inside your shirt rather than flaunting it. Why? Because mystery is more attractive than someone who has to scream out what they are wearing. When you wear your necklace inside your shirt, you do not only display humility, you also display confidence, there is no need for everyone to get a glimpse of everything you have and it is better to show just a little and leave the rest to imagination rather than screaming out your outfit.

Find the perfect necklace for you and allow the necklace itself to give you confidence rather than the constant seeking for validation from the people around.