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Be Healthier — Have A Pet

Friday, August 1, 2014

We know that strong social connections make us healthier and happier but so does having a pet. Through multitudes of studies, it’s been proven that pets benefit you in many ways including physical, mental and emotional, from enhancing social skills to decreasing the risk of heart attack.

“I love my doggie, Miss Daisey Mayes,” Jackie Manning, 12-year employees says. “She makes every day so happy for me.

“I went through some pretty tough times, and without her, those times would have been extra hard. She’s been through it all with me.”

Jackie credits her dog with making her a more caring, self-aware person.

It also makes her more friendly, focused and active.

“When I talk to customers on the phone, I’m calmer, friendlier and generally just enjoy it more,” she continues. “It’s amazing how having her affects every part of my life. I’m so much more connected with the people and things around me.”

Robin Kresin,1-year employee and owner of 3 dogs, agrees. “As a new employee, it was nice to meet people through conversations of our pets. It gave me an instant tie and I’ve learned some
new things.”

While summer offers a perfect time to take yourself and your pet outdoors, it also offers challenges. Just like people, dogs need to take it easy in the heat. Here are a few reminders from AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association):

  • Never, ever leave your dog in the car
  • Make sure your dog has unlimited access to fresh water
  • Make sure your dog has access to shade when outside
  • Take walks during the cooler hours of the day
  • When walking, try to stay off of hot surfaces (like asphalt) because it can burn your dog’s paws
  • If you think it’s hot outside, it’s even hotter for your pet – make sure your pet has a means of cooling off
  • Keep your dog free of external parasites (fleas, ticks) and heartworms – consult your veterinarian about the best product for your pet
  • Consider clipping or shaving dogs with long coats (talk to your veterinarian first to see if it’s appropriate for your pet), and apply sunscreen to your dog’s skin if she or he has a thin coat

So, cheers to the dog owners as they are one happy, healthy bunch; just be sure to take care of your dog as you would your own health, especially during these hot dog days of summer.