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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…)
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Factors to consider before including Fido in your wedding

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Metro ServiceBefore including dogs in your wedding plans, you may want to consider what’s best for other couples and guests. ■ 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 8 percent of wedding ceremonies included pets. While the couples of yesteryear might have left Fido at home, many 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 couple’s nuptials, it’s fair to assume that dogs, which tend to get out of the house more (more…)
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Metro ServiceUpon the death of a pet, many pet owners need some time to mourn and grow accustomed to living without their pet. After losing a pet, when is it time to love again? ■ Metro Service The passing of a pet can be an experience similar to losing another important member of the family. Even though the loss is inevitable, it can still be shocking when a pet passes away. Upon the death of a pet, many pet owners need some time to mourn and grow accustomed to living without their pet. Though some might prefer to adopt a new pet shortly after a pet dies, others may need time (more…)
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Build a strong relationship with your pet’s vet

<strong>Build a strong relationship with your pet’s vet</strong>
Metro ServiceVeterinarians play a key role in the lives of companion animals. ■ Metro Service Routine well visits are an important part of maintaining overall health for adults and children. The same can be said for ensuring family pets are thriving as well. Veterinarians should be consulted for more than just illnesses. Their input is a key component of proper pet care. Having a solid relationship with the vet is in the best interests of the pet and its owner. Open communication and familiarity with companion animals helps to avoid health issues before they appear, according to Dr. Krista Magnifico, DVM, and founder of Pawbly.com. Wellness exams facilitate discussion when the (more…)
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Communication skills kids can learn

<strong>Communication skills kids can learn</strong>
Metro ServiceStarting conversations can encourage children to speak up about their thoughts and feelings. ■ Metro Service An ability to communicate effectively is a life skill that can serve a person well at any age. Communicating well is considered so essential that the Boy Scouts of America even require prospective Eagle Scouts to earn communication merit badges. It’s never too early to help children become better communicators. From toddlerhood to grade school and beyond, learning how to interact with others are necessary at every stage. Developing communication takes time, but there are various techniques to help kids become better communicators. • Great communication is a two-way process. Listening is often as (more…)
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Kids and sleep

<strong>Kids and sleep</strong>
Photo: PixabayBabies and young children may sleep between 10 and 18 hours per day, but by the time a child reaches school-age, he or she may be well-rested after getting between 9 and 11 hours. ■ Metro Service Adequate sleep is important for children’s health, states the American Academy of Pediatrics. Quality sleep is just as important as well visits and protective immunizations. Babies and young children may sleep between 10 and 18 hours per day, but by the time a child reaches school-age, he or she may be well-rested after getting between 9 and 11 hours. Sleep is vital for the body to recover and rebuild and for the brain (more…)
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After losing a pet, when is it time to love again?

<strong>After losing a pet, when is it time to love again?</strong>
Metro ServiceThough some might prefer to adopt a new pet shortly after a pet dies, others may need time to decide if this is the right decision. ■ Metro Service The passing of a pet can be an experience similar to losing another important member of the family. Even though the loss is inevitable, it can still be shocking when a pet passes away. Upon the death of a pet, many pet owners need some time to mourn and grow accustomed to living without their pet. Though some might prefer to adopt a new pet shortly after a pet dies, others may need time to decide if this is the right (more…)
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Now playing: summer movie nights in your own backyard

<strong>Now playing: summer movie nights in your own backyard</strong>
StatepointAs a rule, the more ambient light in your backyard, the higher you will want your projector’s lumen level to be. ■ Statepoint Looking for a way to get the most out of your summer evenings? Make it a night at the drive-in at home! With the right equipment and planning, you can easily enjoy your favorite movies under the stars, right in your own backyard. Here are a few simple steps for bringing your new favorite tradition to life. The setup Designing your outdoor screening space is a simple process. To begin, determine where your screen should be placed. You will want your screen positioned where there is minimal light (more…)
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Tips for playground safety

<strong>Tips for playground safety</strong>
Metro ServiceChildren should use only the equipment recommended for their age groups and ability levels. ■ Metro Service Playgrounds provide places for children to run, laugh, play, and share experiences with their friends. Playgrounds also are instrumental in fostering social connections among children and providing places to exercise. Although playgrounds are much safer than they used to be, that doesn’t mean children cannot get injured when playing at modern playgrounds. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says playground-related traumatic brain injuries are still a major threat, and emergency departments treat more than 20,000 children ages 14 and younger for playground injuries each year. Broken bones, abrasions and even strangulation (more…)