Happy Herald - Family Feature http://www.happyherald.com/articles.sec-8522-1-family-feature.html <![CDATA[Fight the Beg]]> “When sad eyes plead for one more treat or constant meowing reminds you the treats are in easy reach, it’s common for pet owners to give in to the temptation and play into that begging behavior,” said Dr. Eric Mueller, veterinarian and Royal Canin spokesperson.]]> <![CDATA[Keep Up with Your Cat’s Health]]> There are a number of factors that contribute to limited veterinary visits for cats. According to a survey by Royal Canin, two-thirds of cat owners simply believe cats have fewer health issues than dogs. However, according to the American Association of Feline Practitioners, routine check-ups are vital for giving cats long, happy and healthy lives.]]> <![CDATA[Good Friends, Good Food]]> Ask most dog owners and they’ll tell you that they count the bonds they share with their pets among their most treasured relationships. However, that boundless affection and loyalty isn’t a one-sided effort; dog owners are demonstrating their puppy love in numerous ways, especially when it comes to chow time.]]> <![CDATA[At Your Service]]> Service dogs work hard each and every day to protect their human counterparts. Not only are they constant companions, but they are hardworking animals that can help reduce stress and anxiety levels, which can help lessen the symptoms of posttraumatic stress and traumatic brain injury, for example.]]> <![CDATA[Five Back-to-School Shopping Tips to Buy More Time]]> It's that time of year again. Parents are preparing for the rush of back-to-school with a seemingly never-ending To Do list. As you run around to purchase school supplies, uniforms and sneakers, it can be a busy and expensive time of year.]]> <![CDATA[Prevent Pets from Fleeing in Fright]]> Summer social gatherings and celebrations can add up to a lot of fun for humans, but it’s an equation that may test the limits for a fearful pet. The break in dayto-day consistency and the chaos that comes with festivities can cause pets to escape in search of solace, which often times results in them leaving their loved ones behind.]]> <![CDATA[5 Tips for Healthy Summer Hydration]]> While staying hydrated may seem easy, healthy hydration is not always a given. For example, the water coming out of your faucet can travel through miles of aging pipes before it reaches your home, potentially picking up unwanted contaminants such as lead, pesticides and industrial pollutants along the way.]]> <![CDATA[7 Tips to Combat Seasonal Allergies]]> It’s time to welcome fresh air, enjoy outdoor barbecues and run around at the park with family and friends. While embracing these warm activities, you may also face the dreaded symptoms of allergies..]]> <![CDATA[Dietary Solutions for Pets]]> <![CDATA[Dietary Solutions for Pets]]> If your four-legged friend is exhibiting some unusual symptoms, there’s a chance a food sensitivity may be the culprit. Even for pets that don’t have a full-blown food allergy, food intolerance can create problems that are easily remedied with a change in diet.]]> <![CDATA[Budget-Friendly Spring Break Getaways]]> Spring is the perfect time for a vacation. Shake off the doldrums of winter as you transition toward fresh beginnings and warmer days. One tip for planning a fun-filled trip with nearly countless memories: start your planning by deciding what types of things you’d like to do and experiences you’d like to enjoy.]]> <![CDATA[Get Active for a Healthy Heart]]> While heart health and how to prevent heart disease are important topics, many people in the United States, including Hispanics and Latinos, remain at risk.]]> <![CDATA[The Connection Between Joy and Travel]]> To explore the connection between happiness and travel, and what makes a destination joyous, Bank of America, Condé Nast Traveler and happiness expert Shawn Achor created “The Joy Index.]]> <![CDATA[A Turkey Tale with a Happy Ending]]> When you meet  these inquisitive bird species, and recognize the scope of their personality that develops when they are given the freedom to enjoy their natural lives, preconceived notions tend to fall away. So, off I went with two large carriers in the back of the car and a determination to save these animals.]]> <![CDATA[5 Benefits of Personalized Dog Food]]> When deciding which dog food works best for your pet, keep personal ized foods like Just Right by Purina in mind, which can help address your dog’s unique needs. It combines your firsthand knowledge with nutritional expertise to create the best dog food blend for your dog.]]> <![CDATA[Make Mealtime Meaningful for Families and Furry Friends]]> Coming together for a shared meal is a simple yet important way for families to bond and create memories with one another. There’s no better time than right now to bring everyone together around the dinner table – including your four-legged friends – for a delicious, healthy meal.]]> <![CDATA[3 Ways Pups Can Improve Seniors’ Health]]> According to a study conducted by the University of Lincoln and Glasgow Caledonian University in collaboration with Mars Petcare Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, dog owners 65 and older were found to walk over 20 minutes more a day than seniors who did not have canine companions at home.]]> <![CDATA[3 Tips for Pet Parents and Their Pooches to Eat Clean]]> In a survey of dog owners, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Mars Petcare, 9 out of 10 respondents said they try to incorporate clean foods into their diets at least some of the time, and 75 percent said their own eating habits have caused them to reflect on the quality of food they feed their dogs.]]> <![CDATA[Safety During Summer]]> Increasing heat and drier conditions mean outdoor animals of all kinds are forced to adapt as the summer season marches on. The sweltering temperatures in many parts of the country can have a multitude of effects on these animals that are in the sun and heat throughout the day.]]> <![CDATA[Protect Your Pets from Summer Pests]]> These pests can be a real nuisance, irritating your pet’s skin or even causing disease. To help keep your pets happy and healthy, Mark Beavers, Ph.D., Orkin entomologist, offers these tips on protecting your furry friends from biting pests during the summer season.]]>