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When getting a new pet, you may be concerned about whether pet insurance is right for you. Find out if you should work pet insuran…
When getting a new pet, you may be concerned about whether pet insurance is right for you. Find out if you should work pet insuran…
Paying for your vet's veterinary costs can get tricky. Learn how to make the most of your vet visits and pay for your furry friend…
Emergencies regarding your beloved pet are never fun. In the unfortunate case of one, be sure you know what to expect when you bri…
Hands down best school around! Testimonials I have been in and around martial arts my whole life. I have trained in various styles such as; Shotokan, Judo, Moo Duk Kwon, Tong Soo Do and now Tae Kwon Do. I never really felt at home anywhere until I met the instructors at Hwang Martial Arts. Our family wanted to start but we did not have much money to spend. Their plans were the most reasonable around. I quickly found out that at Hwang Martial Arts it is not just another self defense school; it is a life changing experience! They teach that it is not just about self defense, but that it is about a change in how you live your life and act on a day to day bases. Furthermore, they are an integral part of all their students’ lives. It does not matter whether your favorite is Mr. Chris, Mrs. Stacy, Mr. Weeks or Mr. Cowns because they all have true interests in their student’s lifestyle and health. Over the past 3 years my children have grown and learned that martial arts’ training is about oneself, their achievements, both in class and in public school. Because the business is a family owned and operated we have grown to be good friends with the Weeks’ and all the other instructors there. I would not trust my family and especially my kids with anyone else. There is no doubt in my mind that joining here has made a huge positive impact on our lives! The Stephenson’s My boys were always interested in martial arts, but, as a single mom, I always assumed I couldn’t afford it. I had a membership to a gym right next to Hwang Martial Arts and passed by it every day, not certain of whether we could just go in. Finally, we visited them. My boys were very interested and I was unsure. When we sat down and discussed this, I found Hwang Martial Arts to be very affordable. Not only that, but my children had no male role model in their lives at all. Now they have incredible male teachers, who demand respect, but at the same time, give positive motivation, teaching the kids the most important principals of being a solid person. Not only did my kids take advantage of Tae Kwon Do, but I attended the Muay Thai classes for fun and exercise. I had no idea that Mr. Weeks and Mr. Hall would change my perspective completely on physical fitness and how much my mind, body and spirit require physical exercise. My confidence level was very low when we started and I didn’t see anything extraordinary about myself. All of that has changed drastically in just a year. Now, when I talk about my life, about fighting techniques and working out, people are very intrigued. My passion and zeal for life have skyrocketed. I went from being another single mom to being an extraordinary, tough woman nicknamed “Killer”. I’ve lost a lot of fear in going places with my children, and gained a lot of confidence in my ability to defend my family in an aggressive situation. In short, just going to these classes has changed my entire life. It opened me up to receive positive things that I believe are coming to me because of my increased confidence level and better perspective. Such a small step, but what a huge difference it has made in the quality of our lives! The Longs Joy, Bethani, Garrett and Jeffri Reilly I cannot think of a better family activity than taking Taekwondo lessons together; and Hwang Martial Arts’ professional staff is very family oriented. Sharing the whole mind, body, and spirit learning experience together as a family has been the most rewarding endeavor we have undertaken – and it’s fun too. Both Mr. Chris and Ms. Stacy are uniquely gifted Taekwondo Masters effectively teaching with a balance of discipline and compassion…providing for a great learning environment for all ages. I highly recommend Hwang Martial Arts for anyone or family interested in benefitting from improved physical health and self-confidence; while also learning how to protecting yourself and your family. Mitch Rozell and Preston Rozell
I had a hair appointment with Rebecca at Íona Salon in Fort Worth on Thursday, October 27th and it was an awesome experience to say the least. This salon focuses on environmentally friendly products and practices as well as natural organic solutions for your hair. They believe that natural is best for healthy hair, and I agree! I am going to document the progress of how my hair evolves from how damaged it is now to healthy and beauty pageant-ready next April! I am convinced that Íona Salon will be able to get my hair looking absolutely stunning by pageant weekend. When I first walked in to the salon, I was welcomed with a warm and friendly smile. The salon has a very earthy vintage feel to it, which goes along with their commitment to stay true to their ideals of authenticity and simplicity with natural practices. I felt right at home and felt that I could trust this salon with taking the best care of my hair. I've had some scary experiences in hair salons in the past, so it was so refreshing to come into a place that cares for the environment as I do AND that understands exactly what I am hoping to accomplish. There's nothing worse than going somewhere for a haircut where you can smell so many chemicals and your hair-dresser can't speak proper English. You do get what you pay for. After being welcomed and situated with a glass of water, Rebecca talked to me about what my goals were with my hair. She asked me how much I style it and what my current hair care regiment was. She then began with an amazing scalp massage, which she explained to me comes with every visit to her salon. WOW! Scalp massages help get more blood flow to the hair follicles to get more nourishment to the newly forming hair... not to mention they feel absolutely wonderful! Rebecca then gave my hair a deep conditioning treatment before trimming all the dead ends off of my hair while explaining to me that your hair will not grow if the ends are split. She stressed the importance of getting hair cuts every six weeks to keep the hair healthy and allow it to grow longer. After trimming my hair, Rebecca decided that she would style my hair to accentuate my natural curls. She introduced me to a really cool natural organic hair product made from marshmallow root that would tame the frizz and bring out the curls. After applying the product, she showed me how to properly use a diffuser on my hair, and voila! It is great to know that I don't have to put tons of chemically-laden mousse in my hair to get a similar but inferior affect. And, this style required very little heat! Click below for before and after photos. http://www.rachaellynee.com/MissNorthTexas/Blog/Entries/2011/10/29_New_Sponsor!.html I felt that Rebecca really cared to get to know me while I was there. I've never had a relationship with my hair stylist before, but it sure is nice to have personalized care. We had some very meaningful conversations, and I am really looking forward to going back in December. I will be getting my hair trimmed and conditioned at Íona Salon every six weeks as well as using a high-end shampoo and conditioner that is sulfate free and taking a good B Vitamin supplement to promote hair health. Rebecca also recommended that I not wash my hair every day. She explained how the natural oils from your scalp are the best natural conditioning therapy for your hair. I will do my best to follow this, but I have to wash my hair after I work out! :) I am very excited about my partnership with Íona Salon and hope they continue to thrive and grow. This salon is truly a diamond in the rough and definitely "in harmony with nature." Rachael Lynée Burns Miss North Texas International 2012 http://www.missnorthtexas.com
Review for JUSTIN- I am a platinum bleach blonde with long hair and hot pink tips. You can ONLY imagine the kind of damage that can do to your locks. On top of the abuse I do to my mane, I spent 2 weeks at the beach flinting around in the ocean like I was a mermaid. When it was time to return from my fairytale life and come back to Tejas, I took one look in the mirror and realized that my pink had faded almost completely, my blonde was fried and my hair was in complete shambles. I am BEYOND picky about my hair and usually just do it myself (so that I can't wish ill upon others who mess it up) but this was beyond what I could repair. The roots were even like 2" long and I looked like a lot lizard instead of the hot mermaid that I thought I did. It was horrific. So I put on a Rangers cap and called Rock N Roll Hair. Justin was able to get me in immediately. I made the appointment for an ombre 'do. When I got there, he TRIED to run his fingers through my hair... no dice. His eyes were wide and shocked (probably disgusted) at the immense damage I had done. I told him what I wanted and he very kindly and gently said, "no way!" He could read me like a book and could tell that I would be sorely disappointed going from platinum to adding so much brown. He recommended a subtle transition with lowlights and to soften up the blonde. I just took his advice and rolled with it. The mocha didn't take like we had hoped because the bleach on my hair just ate it up. It was so porous. As he was TRYING to brush my hair, it was so damaged (on my account) that it got tangled and lost in his brush. He recommended that we trim the ends to bring it back to a healthy level. I admit, I cried. I have been growing my hair out for 3 years. It has never been this long, but what's the point in having long unhealthy hair?! He was so sweet and so reassuring through the whole process. He calmed me down and made me feel so much better about it. He trimmed my hair and it looked sooooo much better. I went back today (a week later) to add the mocha lowlights and he did such an amazing job! He is such an artist! He is quick and fluid! I was so happy that I gave him a huge hug (totally freaked him out! hahaha) and left with the biggest smile on my face! He also does the BEST blow dry and style. Seriously, Justin is the best. I love him and totally recommend him. I had to sign up for YELP just to recommend him! <3 He's awesome!!! Thanks, Justin, for making me feel pretty again!!!
Choosing the right vet for your pet can be tough. After all, your furry friend can't tell you how he or she feels about the doctor. Even though you're not the one treated by the vet, whoever your animal sees is obviously your decision. Since many veterinary diseases and injuries can turn into emergencies very quickly, it's important to have a go-to vet. This way, you can ensure you'll know whom to see when your animal needs care.
Speak to your friends and family about vets who've treated their pets. You can even talk to your groomer or an animal shelter worker for referrals. When you visit the clinics you've been referred to, check that the facility is clean, animals are separated and the staff is calm and courteous. Not all clinics are American Animal Hospital Association accredited. This accreditation isn't a legal necessity, though a clinic that's AAHA-accredited is guaranteed to offer high-quality medical care. To receive accreditation, the clinic has to meet the AAHA's standards in the areas of facility, equipment and quality care.
If you're looking for a specialist, you want to make sure he or she is board-certified to practice in that specific area of animal medicine. You'll want to make sure your vet is also convenient to visit, so there are factors to take into account.
The type of animal you own should play a part in which vet you choose as well. While your options are vast if you have a dog or cat, you may have to visit an avian clinic for your bird or an exotics clinic for your snake.
Just as there are many types of doctors, there are many types of vets. Some focus on livestock or house pets, while others may specialize in dentistry or surgery. They may work in a veterinary clinic or zoo, working specifically with the animals housed there, or travel to farms to work with livestock. Since horse racing and other equestrian activities are so popular, some vets are trained to work just with horses.
Diseases, like malaria and yellow fever are also transmitted through animals. Some vets have insight to diseases that affect both humans and animals. Vets have contributed to the treatment and cure of many diseases that plagued both humans and their furry friends.
Government agencies employ veterinarians as well. When an animal comes from a foreign land, these vets quarantine them and check for any diseases that may be present in an effort to control new diseases that can be brought into the country. Other Specific types of vets include:
A vet assistant works alongside the veterinarian and helps out around the clinic. In some cases, they may assist vets in surgery or restrain struggling animals during tests or lab work. The everyday duties of a veterinary assistant include; monitoring and caring for animals after surgery, keeping medical records, cleaning animals' teeth, feeding and bathing them, cleaning cages, sterilizing surgical equipment, giving animals medication, collecting samples for testing and performing laboratory tests, and offering grief counseling to pet owners.
It's a good idea to bring your pet to the vet regularly. This way, he or she becomes familiar and comfortable with the care providers, and you can stay on top of your pet's preventative care. If the animal is small enough, bring it to the office in a carrier. Just as you visit the doctor for a yearly check up, you should bring in your pet for regular check ups as well. During a routine veterinary visit, the vet will probably begin by asking you if there have been any changes in your pet's behavior or habits.
The vet will then take your pet's vitals, like weight, temperature, pulse and respiration rate, and perform a physical examination of the pet. During a physical exam, the vet checks the abdomen for swollen organs, and the legs, feet and joints for any potential problems. Depending on the age, breed or condition of your pet, your veterinarian may also check the eyes, ears and mouth.
When your vet conducts a full body examination, he or she will check out your pet's coat and skin, noting any hair loss, itchy spots or lumps. Keep note of your animal's shedding habits so you can let the vet know if anything seems abnormal. The vet will check for parasites, fleas, ticks, mites and heartworms as well.
Vaccinations are also important to your pet, especially if you have a cat or a dog, and your vet will suggest that you make sure they're current. Keeping up to date with vaccinations can prevent your furry friend from getting distemper, rabies, hepatitis and lyme disease. Some vaccinations last longer than others, so speak to your doctor about staying caught up with your animal's shots.
Just like your own health insurance, you want to make sure your animal is covered before he or she needs veterinary services. Some common animal surgeries can cost thousands of dollars, and you don't want to end up having to foot a surprise bill that costs more than your paycheck.
There's no set price for pet health insurance. Costs can depend on factors such as where you live, the age and breed of your pet, and how much coverage you want. Before you take out a pet insurance policy, you'll want to meet with your vet to go over what he or she thinks your animal should be covered for. Many vets believe that you should make sure cancer, chronic disease, hereditary and congenital disease, and common breed-related medical conditions are all addressed in your policy.
Some pet owners can't afford insurance for their pet, so there are other options to make paying for surprise pet visits as easy as possible. Some pet stores have wellness plans - which tend to be much cheaper than an insurance policy - that offer shots, check ups, screenings and discounts on various procedures your pet may need. A lot of veterinary offices offer payment plans for pricey procedures as well, as long as you have decent credit history. For a last-ditch option, there are even privately funded organizations that offer pet owners financial aid for their pet's treatments.