Happy Herald - Family Feature https://www.happyherald.com/articles.sec-8522-1-family-feature.html <![CDATA[Steps to Better Sleep for Peak Sports Performance]]> For fans and athletes alike, fall means gearing up for a new season of sports activities. While plenty of attention goes into developing skills and talent, other important components that affect an athlete’s performance can be overlooked.]]> <![CDATA[The Benefits of Service Dogs]]> Service animals are recognized under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The designation is limited to dogs that are trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. In some cases, these tasks are highly physical in nature, such as guiding a person who is blind or pulling a wheelchair.]]> <![CDATA[Make Sense of Doggy Dental Care]]> Knowing there’s a problem with your pet’s mouth starts by understanding what a healthy dog’s mouth should look like. Teeth should be intact (not jagged or broken) and free of plaque and tartar buildup. Tongues should be moist without any lumps or cuts and gums should be salmon pink, though some dogs naturally have black or black and pink gums.]]> <![CDATA[Pet Health Tips for an On-the-Go Lifestyle]]> People who lead busy lives often seek convenient and healthy choices when it comes to taking care of their own well-being. For pet parents, a little creativity can make it easy to deliver the same level of care for their beloved pets, even when the pace of life accelerates.]]> <![CDATA[Ways to Make the World a Better Place for Seniors]]> Without proper support, seniors may face a wide range of issues including limited mobility, chronic conditions, improper nutrition and feelings of loneliness. For example, older adults can have problems chewing or may take medications which interfere with their appetites.]]> <![CDATA[Memorable Family Moments Educational activities ideal for making memories together]]> You can explore the challenges facing endangered species, discover how community programs are spurring positive change for conservation and learn more at aza.org. After learning about animals that need help, you can visit zebrapen.com/aza for fun kids’ games, coloring pages and other activities that encourage creativity.]]> <![CDATA[6 Ways to Help Your Dog Maintain Calm Behavior]]> Summer can be a stressful time of year for dogs that experience anxious behaviors, with triggers like fireworks, thunderstorms, summer travel and more taking a toll on pets. While you may not be able to prevent your pet’s anxious behaviors entirely, there are ways you can ease your dog’s apprehension and manage the behavior it can potentially cause.]]> <![CDATA[Mindful Tips from Mandy Moore for a Well-Balanced, Lively Summer]]> With plans of trips and relaxation on the horizon, it can be easy to give your wellness routine a vacation too. Before you jet set off on your next adventure, take a moment to be consciously aware of how your mind and body may react to an overly active and jam-packed summer schedule.]]> <![CDATA[To Dad, With Love]]> Truth be told, your company is probably all Dad really needs, but you can help deliver a little something he wants with these diverse ideas for all different kinds of dads. Remember, the secret to great gifting is giving something that shows you know and care about his personal interests.]]> <![CDATA[Bucket List Travel Destinations for 2019]]> “Often, would-be vacationers get so hung up on figuring out where they want to go, they forget to consider what they’ll do when they get there,” said Matthew Phillips, director of travel for AARP Services, Inc.]]> <![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.]]>