Healthy Companionship

According to the American Animal Hospital Association, owning a pet may bring important health benefits for you. Studies have shown that companion animals improve and lower blood pressure, heart rate and anxiety levels.

Puppy years

Pets are living longer than ever before with the help of veterinary care and better eating habits. Life span for canines typically varies with the size and breed of a dog. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, the oldest recorded age of a dog is 29 years. That age would be more than 100 in human years.

Hot spots

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, animals can require sunscreen just as much as their human counterparts. To prevent sunburn with your pet— particularly ones with light skin and short or thin coats — have your veterinarian recommend sunscreen that is non-toxic and doesn’t irritate your pets skin when applied.

Slight of hand

Dogs love to play games such as Guess Which Hand Holds the Treat. Start by holding a treat so that your dog can see it. With your hands behind your back, place the treat in one hand, then hold out your two lightly closed fists for your dog to sniff. If he sniffs the wrong one, open that hand, say uh oh and let him try again. When he sniffs the correct hand, open it and let your dog eat the treat. It’s a simple game but one your dog is sure to enjoy and interaction between you two is critical to creating and maintaining a strong bond.

Canine Assistants: CanineAssistants.org

The cat’s meow

A kitten’s ability to meow is their feline manner of communication with humans. In fact, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reports that adult cats don’t actually meow at each other, but at people to indicate hunger, distress, seek attention or just to say hello.