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Monday 03/29/2021
Modern Engagement Rings are the New Classics
Updated: March 31, 2021 - 2:30 am

(NewsUSA) - Once upon a time, many people proposed to their significant other with grandma's engagement ring. There's something to be said for family tradition. However, whether or not you inherit a piece of heirloom jewelry, there's something unique and personal about a modern, hand-made, custom engagement ring.

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Saturday 04/10/2021
Healing Veterans and Helping the Environment Go Hand-in-Hand
Posted: April 10, 2021

(StatePoint) What does Earth Day have to do with veterans suffering from psychological trauma brought about by their combat experience? A lot, actually.

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Tuesday 04/06/2021
BookTrib's Bites: Four Great Reads to Wash Away Those April Showers
Posted: April 06, 2021

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Monday 04/05/2021
Cataract Surgery Saves An Avid Bowler’s Vision In Record Time
Updated: April 07, 2021 - 2:31 am

(NAPSI)—If you ever have trouble seeing your way clear to getting your eyes checked, here’s a case to consider: Genida White could tell her vision was gradually getting worse, but she rationalized away the need to see an ophthalmologist—a medical doctor who specializes in eyecare. She could still do all the things she enjoyed, such as bowling every Monday. But mostly, she was nervous to hear what the doctor would say about her eyes.

Her daughter provided the encouragement she needed, telling her about a radio advertisement she heard about free eye exams with EyeCare America. No more excuses; it was time for an appointment. While, unfortunately, Genida did receive the diagnosis she feared—she would need surgery to remove cataracts in both eyes—the results were brilliant. The improvement in her vision was swift and dramatic.

“I’d never had eye surgery before,” Genida said. “Before I knew it, it was over.”

Cataract Facts

A cataract is when your eye’s natural lens becomes cloudy. People with cataracts describe it as looking through a foggy window; vision is blurred and colors are dulled. About half of all Americans over age 75 have cataracts. As you age, you’re increasingly likely to develop cataracts.

Fortunately, cataracts are treatable. An ophthalmologist surgically removes the cloudy lens and replaces it with an artificial one. Cataract surgery is the most effective and most common procedure performed in all of medicine with some 3 million Americans choosing to have cataract surgery each year. 

Thankful for sight-saving surgery

Within two weeks of calling EyeCare America, Genida had cataract surgery in both eyes—just in time to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday. She was amazed at how simple it was to set up the initial eye exam with EyeCare America and at how quickly her vision was restored. 

“Reading the eye chart was so bad at first,” recalls Genida. She could just barely read the last two lines of the eye chart during her initial eye exam with her ophthalmologist, Douglas Wilson, M.D. The day after surgery, Genida was able to read the whole way through the chart, top to bottom. “Dr. Wilson asked me, ‘Are you sure you couldn’t see before?!’ and I said, ‘Yes, I’m positive!’ It was amazing.” 

Proof of her quick recovery was evident at the bowling alley, where Genida didn’t miss one Monday on the lanes. 

Is EyeCare America right for you? 

If the cost of an eye exam is a concern, the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s EyeCare America program may be able to help. This national public service program provides eyecare through thousands of volunteer ophthalmologists for eligible seniors, 65 and older, and those at increased risk for eye disease, mostly at no out-of-pocket cost to the patient. 

Learn More

To see if you or someone you care for qualify, visit www.aao.org/eyecare-america or follow @AcademyEyeSmart.

 

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Friday 04/02/2021
Entrepreneur Inspires Youth with Community Projects
Updated: April 09, 2021 - 2:30 am

(NewsUSA) - Young people in underserved communities in the United States have been especially hard-hit by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with many support systems and activities unavailable.

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Thursday 04/01/2021
How Prison Education Programs Transform Lives and Communities
Posted: April 01, 2021

(StatePoint) In 2014, Benito Castro was sentenced to six years in prison for passing bad checks as a result of a gambling habit he’d developed. Today, he’s the director of operations for a grocery store chain and runs freedomrides.org, a non-profit he started that provides transportation for those recently released from prison.

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Volunteer Safely at Home or in Person During Global Volunteer Month
Updated: April 07, 2021 - 2:31 am

(StatePoint) April is Global Volunteer Month, a time to recognize the power of volunteers to tackle society’s greatest challenges.

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Friday 03/26/2021
Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in America’s Classrooms
Updated: March 31, 2021 - 2:30 am

(StatePoint) While the rollout of the vaccine has been a relief for the nation’s teachers, many of whom have been working in-person on and off since the start of the pandemic, the reality is that not everyone will get the vaccine. What’s more, being in the school building all day with children who are not yet approved for immunization leaves many educators and school staff vulnerable to COVID-19, no matter how many precautions they take while off the clock.

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Thursday 03/25/2021
How to Pause the Pranks and Give Thanks This April Fools’ Day
Updated: March 27, 2021 - 2:34 am

(StatePoint) After a tough year, a new movement is calling on everyone to ditch the April Fools’ Day shenanigans and instead, use the day to give back to the people and causes making our lives better.

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Tuesday 03/23/2021
Parents More Optimistic About Education
Updated: April 06, 2021 - 2:30 am

(NAPSI—According to a recent EdChoice and Morning Consult poll, half of parents of school-aged children said they were very or somewhat comfortable with their children returning to school “right now.” However, when asked when they thought COVID-19 would be contained enough such that in-person education was safe, just 34 percent thought it would be before the summer. One in five thought in-person education would be safe at the beginning of the next academic year, while 30 percent said the pandemic would keep classrooms unsafe even later than that. Meanwhile, the share of school parents with a much more favorable opinion of homeschooling has risen.

...but not every day

In fact, many parents indicate substantial long-term interest in hybrid education. Among all school parents, roughly two in five report their children are learning entirely online, while the rest say their children are participating in at least some in-person education. It seems a mix of in-person and online education would appeal to families even after the pandemic—45 percent would most prefer their children learn 1-4 days at home and spend the remaining time in a learning environment outside the home. 

They’re also choosing choice

Support for school choice policies is also up. 

•Support for charter schools increased to 68 percent in February. Support from parents of school-aged children is especially high at 75 percent. 

•Young adults (72%) and Democrats (71%) are the two non-parent demographics most supportive of Educational Savings Accounts (ESAs). These let parents get public funds for private school, online learning programs, private tutoring, community college costs, higher education expenses and other approved customized learning services and materials. Middle-aged adults (70%), Black families (69%), and urbanites (69%) are also particularly supportive of ESAs. 

•There’s strong support for home­schooling in light of the pandemic. The share of Americans reporting COVID-19 has been “very disruptive” to their communities, family and household routines, and personal routines all rose.

EdChoice is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization that serves as the clearinghouse of information related to school choice research and policy in the United States.

 

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Friday 03/19/2021
Free Professional Help For Family Caregivers
Updated: March 24, 2021 - 2:35 am

(NAPSI)—There is good news for many individuals who care for a loved one living with an injury or illness connected to military service. They’re now eligible for free professional assistance. 

Who Helps

A new program offered by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation provides veteran caregivers with trained professionals to perform daily tasks, including housekeeping, meal preparation, grocery shopping, and grooming. 

Military caregivers nationwide can apply for 24 hours of services free through the Foundation’s website hiddenheroes.org/respite. The number of available hours is limited, so caregivers are urged to apply right away. 

“Military caregivers have always struggled with the enormous responsibility on their shoulders, but the risks and restrictions of COVID-19 have sent rates of caregiver burnout, depression and isolation soaring,” said Steve Schwab, CEO of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. “We developed this emergency assistance program to give America’s hidden heroes the precious time they need to rest, relax and recharge.” 

The Foundation is managing the program in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, CareLinx, Wounded Warrior Project, AARP, and Bob Woodruff Foundation. The professional caregivers are provided by the trusted and licensed professionals of the CareLinx network and follow CDC guidelines to ensure everyone’s safety.

“I was skeptical that using respite care would actually help—I thought it might be more work than it was worth,” said veteran caregiver Jennifer Mackinday. “But it was game-changing. It was the first step for me to start taking better care of myself mentally and physically.” 

Who Can Get Help

If you assist a service member or veteran with dressing, bathing, transportation, managing medication, physical therapy, or dealing with the symptoms of post-traumatic stress, you may be a military caregiver. 

Learn More 

For more information about military caregiving and available services, visit hiddenheroes.org/respite

 

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Friday 04/09/2021
Bring the Ballpark Home for Baseball Season
Posted: April 09, 2021

(NewsUSA) -This year's baseball season may not be completely back to normal, but it is getting closer, and fans are feeling positive.

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Thursday 04/08/2021
BookBites: The OPUS X Series - A Paranormal Sci-Fi Saga Like No Other
Posted: April 08, 2021

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Wednesday 04/07/2021
4 Ways to Refresh Your Pet's Routines
Updated: April 09, 2021 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) The spring season and warmer months are typically all about renewal and evaluating things that may no longer serve you, such as habits, products or routines.

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5 Tips to Spring Clean Your Life
Updated: April 09, 2021 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) The spring season not only signifies the start of rain showers, colorful flowers and more outdoor activities, it also brings a rise in spring cleaning. Shake off the cold weather blues and revisit the simple parts of everyday life that could use a cleanup.

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Inside the Largest and Fastest COVID-19 Vaccine Operation
Updated: April 09, 2021 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) By plane, boat and foot, 2 billion COVID-19 vaccines are making their way to some of the most remote corners of the globe as part of the largest and fastest vaccine operation in history.

more »
Kid-Friendly Ways to Learn About World History
Updated: April 09, 2021 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Building an appreciation for history is one way to help kids understand and connect with the world around them. History not only shows how people lived long ago, but it also gives clues about how society evolved into what it is today.

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How to Combat Social Isolation
Updated: April 09, 2021 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Even before COVID-19 limited social contact with friends, family and colleagues, many adults experienced loneliness and depression due to limited contact with others. Now, a year after the pandemic forced many people into even greater levels of isolation, the issue of social isolation is especially prevalent in Americans over the age of 50.

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Improving Lives for Those with Low Vision
Updated: April 11, 2021 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) For people living with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), everyday activities such as cooking, driving or reading can be challenging. AMD is the leading cause of severe vision loss and legal blindness in people over the age of 65 in the United States, according to research published in the “British Journal of Ophthalmology.”

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It's Time to Rethink Heart Health
Updated: April 11, 2021 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) On average, someone in the United States dies from cardiovascular disease (CVD) every 36 seconds, approximately 2,380 deaths each day, according to the American Heart Association. Each day, 405 deaths occur in the U.S. as the result of strokes, an average of one death every 3:33. More people die annually from CVD than from any other cause including cancer, COPD, diabetes, lung infections and the flu, according to the American Heart Association (AHA) 2021 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics.

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Memorializing a Loved One During the Pandemic
Updated: April 11, 2021 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Among the many struggles of the pandemic are finding ways to grieve and honor a loved one who has died under the constraints of COVID-19. The missed opportunity for a traditional funeral or memorial service has left some at a loss for how to honor their loved one’s life and start their grief journey.

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Friday 04/09/2021
Be on the lookout for your federal stimulus prepaid card
Updated: April 11, 2021 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Following the enactment of the American Rescue Plan Act on March 11, the IRS moved quickly to deliver the third round of Economic Impact Payments (EIP) with the first batch of direct deposits initiated on March 12.

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Thursday 04/08/2021
6 tips for controlling your high blood pressure
Updated: April 11, 2021 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Did you know high blood pressure (hypertension) is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and "The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Control Hypertension," nearly half of U.S. adults have high blood pressure, yet only 1 in 4 has their hypertension under control.

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Thursday 04/01/2021
Spring cleaning? Don’t forget your medicine cabinet
Updated: April 11, 2021 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - With your mind on the changing season, you may be purging closets, vacuuming floors and washing windows — but there’s one crucial area of the house to keep in mind: your medicine cabinet. Every year, unused prescriptions and expired over-the-counter medicines clutter bathrooms, kitchen cupboards and drawers, posing a danger to everyone in your household. Now is a great time to clear out this safety hazard from your home, and do it in a way that’s also environmentally responsible.

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Don’t sleep on insomnia: tips to help you get more sleep
Updated: April 11, 2021 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Have you ever struggled with sleep? Many people know what it feels like to have jet lag when traveling, or to toss and turn at night when they’re anxious and overwhelmed by life. But how do you know if your sleep problems have turned into insomnia? Read on to find out.

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Wednesday 03/31/2021
Be a stroke hero – how to identify the signs of stroke and why you should act fast
Updated: April 11, 2021 - 2:30 am

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4 key tips: Choosing your best possible all-inclusive vacation
Updated: April 11, 2021 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - After a year of being stuck at home, many could use a change of scenery and a much-needed escape from the monotony of day-to-day life during the pandemic. Imagine waking up each morning and everything you need is right at your fingertips — sun, fun, entertainment, relaxation, great food and drink and your favorite travel companions.

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Reasons to stop delaying a colonoscopy
Updated: April 11, 2021 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Thinking about a colonoscopy may make you uncomfortable, and maybe even a little worried — especially if you have never had one before. But a colonoscopy is a relatively simple procedure that may help save your life by identifying the early signs of colorectal cancer.

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Pursuing a mortgage with 'less-than-perfect' credit
Updated: April 11, 2021 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - Owning a home is the cornerstone of the American dream. There's nothing like having a permanent plot of land you can call your own.

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Lighten up! 5 designer tips for transforming your home lighting
Updated: April 11, 2021 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - When it comes to choosing beautiful, functional lighting, the selections can appear endless and may be leaving you with no idea where to start.

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Easy ways to stay vigilant and help prevent the spread of illness
Updated: April 11, 2021 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - It has been a challenging year, full of anxiety about health and safety. While there are signs of improvement, the pandemic is still ongoing, which means that it’s important to continue to take proactive steps to help protect you and your family from COVID-19 — as well as from the flu and other illnesses. Fortunately, there are tools available to help you stay on top of what’s going on in your local community, learn best practices for killing germs in your home, and quickly assess the risk of traveling to other areas in the U.S.

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Saturday 04/10/2021
Spring is Here -- Along With the Harshest Allergy Season Yet
Posted: April 10, 2021

(StatePoint) Experts predict allergy season to be exceptionally severe this spring, according to the Allergy & Asthma Network. Rising global temperatures and a forecast of warm, dry air this spring after a winter of heavy snow could significantly increase pollen production. This comes after a year many people spent mostly indoors in quarantine.

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Friday 04/09/2021
Bring the Ballpark Home for Baseball Season
Posted: April 09, 2021

(NewsUSA) -This year's baseball season may not be completely back to normal, but it is getting closer, and fans are feeling positive.

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Wednesday 04/07/2021
The benefits of exercising outside
Updated: April 11, 2021 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - When the pandemic started, you may have had the best intentions of using your time to get fit. However, with a variety of challenges filling your time, don't feel bad if you have yet to start over a year later. The good news is it's never too late and now is the ideal time to find a fitness routine that works for you.

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Flex your plate: 7 plant-powered recipes using beans to support gut health
Updated: April 11, 2021 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - If you're leaning towards a more plant-based diet, chances are you're focusing on the health benefits. Many health-conscious people today follow a “flexitarian diet,” a balanced approach that aims to increase plant-based food intake without completely excluding foods like meat and poultry.

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4 Ways to Refresh Your Pet's Routines
Updated: April 09, 2021 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) The spring season and warmer months are typically all about renewal and evaluating things that may no longer serve you, such as habits, products or routines.

more »
5 Tips to Spring Clean Your Life
Updated: April 09, 2021 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) The spring season not only signifies the start of rain showers, colorful flowers and more outdoor activities, it also brings a rise in spring cleaning. Shake off the cold weather blues and revisit the simple parts of everyday life that could use a cleanup.

more »
Inside the Largest and Fastest COVID-19 Vaccine Operation
Updated: April 09, 2021 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) By plane, boat and foot, 2 billion COVID-19 vaccines are making their way to some of the most remote corners of the globe as part of the largest and fastest vaccine operation in history.

more »
Kid-Friendly Ways to Learn About World History
Updated: April 09, 2021 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Building an appreciation for history is one way to help kids understand and connect with the world around them. History not only shows how people lived long ago, but it also gives clues about how society evolved into what it is today.

more »
How to Combat Social Isolation
Updated: April 09, 2021 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) Even before COVID-19 limited social contact with friends, family and colleagues, many adults experienced loneliness and depression due to limited contact with others. Now, a year after the pandemic forced many people into even greater levels of isolation, the issue of social isolation is especially prevalent in Americans over the age of 50.

more »
Improving Lives for Those with Low Vision
Updated: April 11, 2021 - 2:30 am

(Family Features) For people living with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), everyday activities such as cooking, driving or reading can be challenging. AMD is the leading cause of severe vision loss and legal blindness in people over the age of 65 in the United States, according to research published in the “British Journal of Ophthalmology.”

more »
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Monday 03/15/2021
Keeping It Great To Be A Kid
Updated: March 20, 2021 - 2:34 am

(NAPSI)—In these uncertain times, kids need music more than ever. Anyone who has ever seen toddlers naturally sway and bob to music, knows that children feel music—and that music and kids go together like macaroni and cheese. Studies also show that music can help the very young deal with stress and turn around their emotions like nothing else. 

Tunes For Toddlers

To that end, Walt Disney Records’ most successful lullaby album artist and producer, Grammy nominee Fred Mollin, created “It’s Great To Be a Kid,” a new album of heartwarming, fun original songs for kids ages 1 through 6. These songs take children on a musical expedition highlighting the beautiful things in life, reminding them how much joy there is to look forward to in their young lives at a time when they need it most.

The songs evoke the simple pleasures of being young, driving in a car, walking and seeing the beauty of nature, playing with friends, dancing to an upbeat song, the joy of food and even the fun of helping tidy up the house. Three interactive Bonus Tracks are versions that leave key moments blank during the songs, for children to join in.

Learn More 

For further information, visit www.melodyplacemusic.com and www.fredmollin.com.

 

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Keeping Livestock Healthy Made Easier
Updated: March 20, 2021 - 2:34 am

(NAPSI)—For livestock producers, even the best-laid healthcare plans can be waylaid by unexpected disease outbreak, illness or other conditions that impact their animals.  

Fortunately, effective, economical, generic antibiotics can treat a wide range of livestock illnesses, says Megan Schnur, DVM. 

“Generic products are widely prescribed and used today by livestock producers to safely and successfully treat a broad range of health conditions,” explains Dr. Schnur. “Just like name-brand products, the generics are extensively tested and proven solutions that producers can include in their health management toolbox, and many offer significant cost savings and other enhancements over their pioneer counterparts.” 

Generics adhere to the same stringent FDA requirements in safety, efficacy and manufacturing as name-brand products and some offer appealing differences in formulation, packaging, withdrawal times and other things. For example, Dr. Schnur says, Norbrook’s Norfenicol offers a less viscous, more syringeable formulation and a plastic bottle with hanger to make it more convenient to use.  

In addition, the availability of generics fuels R&D development and creates a catalyst for companies to develop new products to prevent and treat disease more effectively. 

“Generic companies such as Norbrook are constantly looking for ways to add value to products, creating more options for the care for their livestock,” adds Dr. Schnur. “Today there are more options available to producers that are highly effective and less expensive in treating sick livestock. I’d encourage them to visit with their veterinarian to explore what generic products best fit their operations based on the health issues their livestock face.” 

• Norbrook Laboratories has been developing, manufacturing and marketing products for the global market for 50 years. In addition to Norfenicol, several of the company’s more widely used products include Noromycin 300 LA, Cefenil RTU and Enroflox—all approved to treat a wide spectrum of diseases and infections in livestock.  

 

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Tuesday 02/09/2021
Nutrition key to dog’s success breaking competitive world records
Updated: April 11, 2021 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - In 2017, a two-year old whippet named Sounders was introduced to the world of competitive canine diving. Just two years later, he was breaking world records and even captured the Guinness World Record for farthest jump by a dog (dock jumping).

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Monday 02/01/2021
Planning, Early Treatment Key To Successful BRD Control In Cattle
Updated: February 10, 2021 - 2:31 am

Easy-to-use, fast-acting therapy makes big difference in sick calves

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Wednesday 01/27/2021
Expert tips for maintaining your pet's healthy weight
Updated: April 11, 2021 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - While many loving pet owners are unaware their pet may not be at their healthiest weight, the fact is that more than half of cats and dogs in the U.S. are indeed overweight or obese, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. Overweight pets tend to be less active, experience joint pain, groom less and develop more health conditions, so it’s important to take a proactive approach to help your pets live a long, healthy life.

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Friday 12/18/2020
Is your pandemic pet giving your eye allergies the blues?
Updated: April 11, 2021 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - The pandemic has caused pet adoptions and sales to soar because who doesn’t want a cute, furry friend for extra snuggles during this time? What some might be noticing is that those snuggles from a cute pup or kitty come at a cost — itchy allergy eyes. If you are experiencing irritated, itchy eyes since bringing home your furry friend, you might be allergic to pet dander and animal hair. Before you make plans to send your new best friend back to the shelter, there might be help.

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Monday 11/16/2020
Give A Box of "Chocolates" To Your Dog This Holiday
Updated: December 12, 2020 - 2:34 am

(NewsUSA) - The holidays are quickly approaching and lots of people gift their loved ones boxes of gourmet chocolates. However, can dogs eat chocolate? Of course they can't! So, how do we include our cherished furry family members in this loving tradition?

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Thursday 11/12/2020
5 Ways to Show Your Pet You Care This Holiday Season
Posted: November 12, 2020

(StatePoint) During the holidays, there are endless ways to show the humans around you how much you love them. Finding ways to extend the joy of the season to pets who are a part of the family takes a bit more creativity.

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