Happy Herald - Family Feature https://www.happyherald.com/articles.sec-8522-1-family-feature.html <![CDATA[5 Tips to Successfully Bring a New Pet into Your Home]]> “When you consider an option like adoption, you can make sure one less dog or cat is living in a shelter while also providing the gift of unconditional love to a furry friend in need,” said David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D., president of PetSmart Charities, which helps find forever homes and families for more than 500,000 shelter pets each year.]]> <![CDATA[Hug More, Stress Less]]> As one example, sharing a hug with a loved one has been found to boost immune system responses, help fight disease and increase overall health, according to an article published by The Guardian. Hugs increase serotonin, which is the body’s natural antidepressant, can be a natural sleep aid and help reduce stress and anxiety.]]> <![CDATA[Help Pets Ward Off Winter Risks]]> “Hypothermia is a real danger for pets in the wintertime, and despite pets’ natural fur coats, it doesn’t take long for hypothermia to set in and cause serious problems,” said Jennifer Freeman, DVM, PetSmart’s resident veterinarian and pet care expert.]]> <![CDATA[Adventurous Travel for the Winter Season]]> There is something about the winter months that seems to awaken a sense of wanderlust in many people. Whether it’s the need for an escape from the bitter, drab conditions or a desire for a break from the hectic schedule that often accompanies the season, carving out time to head south may be the perfect pick-me-up.]]> <![CDATA[5 Ways to Show Your Cats You Love Them]]> Cats take on so many different roles within their owners’ lives and families, such as cuddle buddies, emotional support animals, quiet companions and purring playmates. Each furry feline deserves the best, so as a cat owner, it’s important to shower your pet with love and make them feel special all year round.]]> <![CDATA[Prepare Pets for Better Grooming Visits]]> While a haircut is often the first thing that comes to mind when pet parents contemplate a visit to the groomer, those visits can involve much more than a bath and trim. It can also include spa-like skin and paw treatments, deep moisturizing shampoos and conditioners for healthy skin and a lustrous coat, deshedding and flea or tick treatments.]]> <![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.]]>