Find It – Emergency Veterinarian

May 6th, 2015

Snake bitten dog – urgent vet used

It finally happened – my pooch got bit by a snake.  Rocket is a pit bull and she spends most of her time running around our back yard with our other dogs.  I was working on the computer the day she got bit, pounding away at the keyboard when Rocket came in whining a little and snuggled up under my chair – very unusual for her but I was too involved in what I was doing to notice.

My wife noticed – Rocket’s face, normally very thin and sleek, was swollen almost twice the normal size.  Fang marks were evident on her cheek and there looked to be a mixture of blood and maybe poison oozing from the wound.  We run a kind of pseudo dog rescue, so we have our Veterinarian on speed dial.  However, this happened after normal hours so we had to resort to finding an after hours urgent pet clinic.  We searched the internet but the ones we found, we weren’t too sure of.  Then we found a site called UrgentAtlanta that specializes in finding emergency professionals to help with situations like this.  They can be found at www.urgentatlanta.com so if you should come across a situation where you need immediate help, check them out.  They also seem to work with local Dentists as well as Water Damage experts.

Anyway, so the vet explained that snakebites in our area are very, very rarely fatal.  A copperhead bite is most common and causes a lot of pain but that’s about it.  We have a large fenced back yard with lots of oak trees, an old shed and a chicken coop.  I’ve been cutting down trees and stacking the wood – I think maybe a snake took up residence and didn’t care for Rocket’s snooping.  I’ve since tried to clean it up a bit but hey, the wood has to go somewhere.

So Rocket ended up on pain killers.  We took her to our own vet the next day and because we’re extra careful we had her stay the entire day, hooked up to IV’s and other meds to make sure everything was OK.  Our vet agreed with everything the emergency vet said about snakebites in our area not being a huge problem but that afterwards they had to make sure there was no infection since snakebites are notoriously dirty.  We talked with them a good bit about this and it seems that spider bites and snakebites are very dirty.  Neither is usually fatal, just painful, but also very dirty so it’s usually a good idea to take extra precaution with the cleanliness of the wound and to follow up with some meds afterwards to ensure there’s no infection.  It was news to us but the Vet said it like it was basic common sense.

After the first day in the Vet clinic, Rocket was feeling better but we took her back for the next two days – so all in all she stayed three days which was probably very much overkill on our part but hey, like I said, we’re very careful with our buddies-we wanted to make sure she was OK and today she’s back to running around the yard with the other pooches although I do believe she’s a bit more careful about nosing around the woodpile.

 

 

Do or die – rules of web design

May 4th, 2015

The 10 Do-Or-Die Rules of Web Design

1. Always KISS

The saying goes “Keep It Simple, Stupid.” The biggest mistake is to overload a site, especially on its index page. Be clear and concise. As an example look to the world’s most successful sites such as Google or Facebook. You only have a few second to engage the visitor. Make the most of it.

2. Be “Übersichtlich”

Yeah, you don’t have to try to pronounce it. It’s a German word that basically means for something to be easily understood by looking at it once. You know what you are looking for right away and know where you need to go at a glance. Now apply this concept to web design. Got it? Good. It doesn’t take an Übermensch to be übersichtlich.

3. Content is King

No matter how simple your site is, it still needs content. Even if you have a basic product to sell, try to give your visitors something to read and look at. A regular flow of articles and posts will also help you in search engine ranking, and videos, free stuff to download and other things will keep visitors busy and interested.

4. Intuitive Navigation

This goes hand-in-hand with point 2. When a visitor hits your site he doesn’t want to have to learn how to use it. With more content it may be better to group links into categories. There is the unwritten three-click-rule that says that a visitor should not need more than three clicks to get to what he is looking for. Of course, this doesn’t always work, especially with larger sites. But you get the point. A more complex service site could use How-To and Help pages, maybe even instructional videos. People love to watch videos.

5. You Shall not Irritate Your Visitors

Go easy with what you throw at the visitor. Don’t overwhelm them with colors and contrasts, images and texts. There is a big overuse of stock images and jargon. Try to avoid making the visitor feel dumb and out of place. Remember points 1. and 2. in this regard.

6. Be Perfect

Nobody is perfect, but your site should try to be. That means always check for errors and dead links or missing images. This is particularly important for catalogs. Spelling and lingo should also be as good as can be. This also connects with point 10.

7. It’s All About The Google

They don’t call it the Googlenet yet, but we’re getting there. Google has established the net’s search criteria and is now the Big Guy on the playground. Your site needs to obey the rules. Your site has to fit with the prevalent SEO standards so it can rank well in search results. Once you are up to par with Google you will also fit in well with the other search engines, such as Bing and Yahoo.

8. Be Social: Go Hug A Customer

Connect with social media sites. Facebook, Twitter and so on. You depend on the visitors to share and pass on your information and services. Also, keep in touch with your clients and prospective customers. Answer questions and be awesome. People always come back to those that were nice to them, and social media is a great way to be a Nice Guy.

9. Be Mobile

Make your site responsive, meaning it automatically adapts itself to browser-window sizes. This means then that your page is accessible from phones and tablets. The future of the internet lies in mobility: anywhere, anytime, anyplace. Make sure your site is up for that.

10. No Rest For The Webmaster

Your site is never finished. Always keep updating it, checking your stats, changing things, adding new things. A web site is like a store: you can’t just open the doors and hope the customers walk in and leave you money. You need to update your inventory, clean it out, give it a new paint-job if its getting worn, keep in touch with clients and keep your codes up-to-date.

And, as always, for further research be sure to check out Wikipedia and it’s associated links.