Family Life & Pets
Family Life & Pets

Traveling with pets? What to know

<strong>Traveling with pets? What to know</strong>
StatePoint MediaIf you plan on bringing your furry friend along on your next adventure, make sure to prepare properly. ■ StatePoint Media / ContrIbuted Do your upcoming travel plans include pets? Whether you’re flying to an exciting destination or hitting the road, these suggestions can make the journey easier for animals and humans alike. Prep your pet: Traveling can prove stressful to animals, so don’t catch your pet off-guard. Before leaving town, practice taking short rides in the car or spending time in a carrier. This will help your pet get used to the experience. If you haven’t already microchipped your pet, this may be a good opportunity to do so. (more…)
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How to keep dogs safe and content

<strong>How to keep dogs safe and content</strong>
Pixabay.comIt’s important to know how to care well for man’s best friend. ■ Metro Service / Contributed Every day a family welcomes a pet into their home. According to Greger Larson, director of the University of Oxford’s paleogenomics and bi-archaeology research network, dogs, without a doubt, were the first domestic animal. While researchers know they were tamed and used for work, little is known about when dogs moved from primarily providing utility to being pets. Pet industry statistics and data from the ASPCA indicate there are now roughly 78 million dogs living as pets in households across the United States. The Canadian Pet Outlook Market says Canada is home to roughly (more…)
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Different generations can learn and benefit from one another

<strong>Different generations can learn and benefit from one another</strong>
Metro ServiceLearning from different generations in your family may be very beneficial to understanding your ancestry. ■ Metro Service / Contributed In the not-so-distant past, extended families frequently lived in close proximity to one another. Such families shared meals and experiences and essentially grew up together. Nowadays, families separate for various reasons, such as job opportunities and cost of living concerns. While there are advantages to spreading out, there are also some disadvantages, namely that grandparents and grandchildren may not see one another frequently enough. Even though people of different age groups may not entirely have the same interests, the interactions between generations can benefit both young people and their aging (more…)
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Strategies parents can use to motivate students

<strong>Strategies parents can use to motivate students</strong>
Metro ServiceBack to school doesn’t necessarily mean students are ready to kick it into high gear for a new year, follow these guidelines for putting some pep in their step. ■ Metro Service / Contributed Students may need some time to adjust at the beginning of a new school year. Summer vacations typically lack the structure of the school year, and it might be unfair to expect kids to seamlessly slip back into their more regimented lives as students. While some early school year sluggishness might be normal, that should wear off pretty quickly. If not, and students appear to be struggling to get motivated for their schoolwork, parents can try (more…)
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Factors to consider before including Fido in your wedding

<strong>Factors to consider before  including Fido in your wedding</strong>
Metro ServiceThere are many factors to consider before deciding to put your furry friend in your wedding ceremony. ■ Metro Service Pets are full-fledged members of many families and even, apparently, families-to-be. In its 2016 American Wedding Study, Brides magazine found that almost 10 percent of wedding ceremonies included pets. While the couples of yesteryear might have left Fido at home, some of today’s couples want their four-legged friends to be there on their big day. Though no studies to date have examined which animals are most likely to make an appearance at couples’ nuptials, it’s fair to assume that dogs, which tend to get out of the house more than (more…)
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Easy ways to boost your family’s veggie intake

<strong>Easy ways to boost your family’s veggie intake</strong>
StatePoint MediaThere are many ways to incorporate more vegetables into your family’s diet. ■ StatePoint / Contributed Nutritious, delicious, and low-calorie vegetables should be the star player of all your meals. But sometimes providing veggies for your family can be time consuming and costly. Luckily, there are a number of simple ways to boost your veggie intake, and it all starts in your grocery store freezer aisle. Go frozen Frozen vegetables are often one of the most affordable options and the quickest to prepare, reducing time spent slicing and dicing on busy weeknights. What’s more, by opting for frozen veggies, your family will likely reduce its food waste. Frozen vegetables are (more…)
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Bad breath in pets can be a sign of poor health

<strong>Bad breath in pets  can be a sign of poor health</strong>
StatePoint MediaDogs are supposed to have some of the cleanest mouths, so bad breath can be a sign that something more serious is going on. ■ StatePoint / ContrIbuted If you’ve ever experienced dry mouth, you know how uncomfortable it can be. Unfortunately, your pet can get dry mouth too, and it can lead to more serious issues down the line and can also be a sign of health issues. Dry mouth is a condition where saliva loses its protective benefits and leads to an overgrowth of odor-causing bacteria and plaque accumulation, as well as increases the risk of periodontal disease. While such diseases as diabetes can contribute to dry mouth (more…)
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4 ways to eat affordably this Summer

<strong>4 ways to eat affordably this Summer</strong>
StatePointFamily dinners can give you quality time together and help save on spending money on eating out. ■ StatePoint / ContrIbuted Summers tend to be jam packed with activity – from baseball games to trips to the pool to evening strolls through the neighborhood. Fuel your family affordably through it all with these tips from the discount experts at Dollar General. Start your day right: Whether it’s a granola bar, a fresh muffin or an elaborate meal of eggs, bacon and pancakes, it’s important to start every day with breakfast. Rather than stopping off each morning at a coffee shop or diner, you can make breakfast at home for far less. (more…)
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Great reasons to adopt your next pet

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Metro ServiceAnimal shelters, rescue groups, pounds, and humane societies are great places to begin searching for new companion animals. ■ Metro Service There is no end to the companionship, love and joy a pet can bring to one’s life. That is perhaps one reason why the number of pets surrendered to shelters each year so greatly upsets animal lovers. But the same places that house animals that were lost or abandoned can be the very locations where families find new pets to love. The ASPCA estimates that 6.5 million companion animals enter animal shelters in the United States each year. According to its most recent report, the Canadian Federation of Humane (more…)
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How to banish pet odors from a home

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Metro ServiceWhen company is on the way or people are thinking about selling their homes, pet odors must be addressed. ■ Metro Service Dogs, cats, birds, and lizards have evolved from wild animals and outdoor companions to become beloved, largely domesticated members of the family. The number of pets in homes across the country continues to grow. According to Statista, as of March 2017, 94.2 million cats and 89.7 million dogs were estimated to live in the United States as pets. Canada’s Pet Wellness report estimates that there are approximately 7.9 million cats and 5.9 million dogs in Canada. Over time, pet owners grow accustomed to their pets’ antics, messes, and (more…)