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December 18, 2013

Holiday travel – two words that can incite overwhelming fear into the hearts of new mothers everywhere. How will your baby react on an airplane? Can you spend 6 hours in a car with an infant? What if junior doesn’t nap well over at grandma’s house? All these thoughts are enough to make a new mother stay home, but with a little planning and a lot of patience, you can enjoy visiting during the holidays without losing your mind. Here are are few of Cherokee Women’s Health‘s favorite tips and tricks to surviving holiday travel with a new baby.

Traveling with a Baby Avoid holiday travel flubs with a new baby

  • Expect delays. Even during regular holiday travel, not everything runs as smoothly as it should. This is especially true when it comes to traveling with a baby. Pack extra finger foods or bottles in the event of a delay. If you’re formula feeding, pack more formula than you think you’ll need (but be mindful of the restrictions of liquids allowed – bring the powder to mix up as-needed).
  • Pack extra diapers, wipes, and a change of clothes for baby and for you. You never know when a blowout might occur, leaving you stranded without an extra set of clothes.
  • For older babies who might be newly mobile, plan for plenty of rest stops if you’re traveling by car or allow for some time in the airport before you board to exert some of that curious crawling.
  • To ease ear pain often caused by airplane takeoff and landing, offer your baby a pacifier, bottle or sippy cup.
  • Here’s a helpful link offering even more tips on airplane travel with a baby.

Maintaining a Sleep Schedule

One of the toughest things about traveling with a baby or toddler is maintaining their normal sleep schedule. No nap or a night filled with more wake-ups than usual can make even the sweetest babies cranky.

  • If at all possible, don’t plan activities during your baby’s normal nap time. If you have a baby that naps once in the morning and once in the afternoon, try to plan a holiday lunch gathering to accommodate the sleep schedule.
  • If you’re traveling, pack all of baby’s favorite sleep essentials. Maybe a blanket or a soft toy that will help soothe them, even in a new space. Books, favorite music or a sound machine can also work wonders to help get baby to sleep in a new place.
  • A few days before you leave, set your baby to sleep in the pack n’ play where she’ll be sleeping during the visit. This will help her adjust to a new sleeping space, and it won’t be such a shock when you arrive at your destination.
  • If you’re crossing time zones, get your baby used to the different sleep times by slowly inching up naps and bedtime a few days before leaving.

If you’ve already “been there, done that” as far as holiday travel with kids, what other suggestions would you recommend? Share by leaving a comment below, and safe travels to all from Cherokee Women’s Health!

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December 12, 2013

We listen to our patients! And we can say with certainty that women feel the stress of the holidays more than men. Many of the activities that make the holidays special are carried out by the woman – gifts for loved ones, holiday cooking and celebrations, hosting guests and family in your home.

Those responsibilities can lead to a sense of being overwhelmed, and even take a toll on your health. Here are three important but easy tips to keep in mind during your holiday celebrations: 

1. Don’t abandon healthy habits. Don’t let the holidays become a free-for-all. Overindulgence adds to your stress and guilt. Have a healthy snack before parties so you don’t go overboard on sweets, cheese or drinks. Continue to get plenty of sleep and physical activity.

2. Take a breather. Make some time for yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. A short walk outside can do wonders. Look around at what you see to get “out of your head”. You will be amazed at what this simple action can do!

 3. Be realistic. The holidays don’t have to be perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Choose to hold on to a few, and be open to creating new ones. For example, holiday dinners can be potlucks, with shared responsibilities; they don’t have to be an exercise in perfect decorations and menus.

Dr. Litrel talks about a family holiday celebration that didn’t start off in quite the right way in this excerpt from his new book “Family – A MisMatch Made In Heaven: Surviving True Love, Children, and Other Blessings In Disguise“. 

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Holiday Crackers

My doctor partners and I take turns being on call for the holidays: one of us has to be ready to run to the hospital if needed. Last year, my turn fell on Thanksgiving, but with no patient emergencies, I found myself, to my surprise, sitting down to the big dinner with my friends and family.

As I looked across the table at my loved ones and listened to their loud and animated conversation, I noticed they all seemed to be in various states of inebriation. I was not joining in the festivities of the fermented grape. No, I was on call and had responsibilities. After a while, I began to wish that the hospital would actually call me. Nothing is more annoying than being the only sober one at the dinner table.

Particularly when you paid for all the wine.

I sat at the table and thought about my unhappiness. The way I saw it, I had three choices

One, I could make sure I wasn’t on call the following year so I could join in the frivolity worry-free.

Two, I could cultivate new friends and family relations, ones less inclined to intoxicate themselves at holiday meals.

Or three, I could view this moment of unhappiness as a spiritual lesson and walk more strongly the path of Love, steadfastly refusing to experience unworthy, lesser emotions.

It was a no-brainer; I decided just not to be on call again.

Holidays are stressful, but particularly so for women. Women are more aware of the subtleties of celebration. They put effort into esthetic touches that would never dawn on a man. The intention, I believe, is to manifest beauty.

But occasionally the result is marital conflict instead.

Every Thanksgiving, Ann makes six dozen homemade crackers called Cheddar Crisps. They come in three flavors: cracked blacked pepper, caraway seed, and something called nigella seed.

I never heard of nigella seed either; she orders it special online.

After watchfully monitoring the baking time and removing these handmade creations from the oven to cool, Ann carefully sequesters them in a tin box to be doled out at the proper moment. She serves them with a small bowl of homemade butternut squash soup – right after we say grace, and before we sit down for the main meal.

Every guest is given three crackers, one of each flavor. You feel yourself handling each one as though it’s Great Grandma’s favorite antique tea cup.

As far as crackers go, the Cheddar Crisps are delicious. Unfortunately, I am more a Ritz cracker kind of guy, accustomed to shoveling large quantities of whatever I am eating into my mouth until I am full. So for me, this cracker moment represents holiday stress. How do I express genuine appreciation for the work my wife has put into this pre-Thanksgiving snack, without conveying my true thoughts? Stop wasting so much time already – they’re just crackers!

So I channel Effete Cracker Connoisseur and solemnly critique the subtleties of each flavor – how the steam from the soup opens up the palate so one can fully appreciate the differences.

The next year I finally got my wish. I was not on call, and there were no homemade crackers to be found!

I noticed a few things that surprised me.

Free to imbibe a glass of wine now that I wasn’t working, I found I did not want any, but chose instead sparkling water. I also noticed that my holiday guests were not the sodden idiots inclined to boorish conversation that I remembered from the year before.  They were actually beautiful people I am blessed to have in my life.

Perhaps the previous Thanksgiving I had been just a tad bit grumpy.

But the thing that surprised me most was that I actually missed Ann’s homemade crackers.

It’s not always easy for a man to appreciate the attention to detail an effortful woman brings into her family’s life. Sometimes what she does seems frivolous. And God knows, sometimes it’s expensive. But there is a reason for a woman’s efforts, and this I understand – as a father, as a husband of twenty-five years, and also as a physician who has listened to so many of his extra effortful patients over the years…

A woman gives Life to her children, brings beauty to her home, and creates ties in her community. And wherever she goes, a woman will make Life more beautiful for us men –

Whether we want her to or not.

December 11, 2013

For pregnant women, the symptoms of severe aches and pains, high fever, and inability to keep food down due to the flu virus is not an ideal combination with the already exhaustive symptoms of pregnancy. This is why it’s so important for pregnant women to get vaccinated for influenza. The flu vaccine is safe during pregnancy and protects both mother and the baby from the flu and its possible consequences.

Pregnant women are at a higher risk of complications from the flu because pregnancy affects their respiratory and immune systems. Pregnant women have a higher chance of being hospitalized with the flu and infections relating to influenza, which can increase their risk of preterm labor and delivery. Health complications from influenza, such as pneumonia, are very serious and can even be deadly.

The Good News Ask your OB/GYN about the flu vaccine for pregnant women

According to pregnancy experts March of Dimes, it’s not too late to get a flu shot. The flu season typically runs from late October through early March, and many insurance plans cover the vaccinations. Conducting a quick online search for locations in your neighborhood that offer the vaccine should allow you some options, as many pharmacies and grocery stores offer the vaccine  as well.

The CDC and FDA are monitoring the safety of seasonal influenza and other vaccines licensed for use in the United States in cooperation with state and local health departments, health care providers, and other partners. Monitoring the safety of the seasonal flu vaccine in pregnant women is part of this effort.

Extra Protection From the Flu

Of course, it never hurts to be more cautious during pregnancy when it comes to guarding yourself from the flu and other viruses. Limit contact with others who are sick and wash your hands with soap and water before and after touching others. Make sure not to share dishes, glasses or utensils with anyone to limit exposure to germs. If you do get sick, cough or sneeze into a tissue or an arm, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Practicing healthy habits like getting plenty of sleep, exercise and a healthy diet can also aid in keeping you healthy throughout the flu season.

If you have questions or concerns about the flu vaccine during pregnancy, don’t hesitate to ask your provider questions during your next appointment.

 

 

December 4, 2013

When it comes to holiday gift-giving, are you a pro, or could you use a little help? If you have a pregnant woman on your holiday gift list, you might find yourself wondering, “What can I surprise her with that she will truly enjoy? Look no further – Cherokee Women’s Health has compiled a list of of a few gift ideas that will warm any mom-to-be’s heart.

A comfy scarf – During the colder months, a warm scarf can help shield mama and baby when the growing tummy doesn’t allow for much coverage in a coat. Opt for a longer version that she can layer and wrap around as needed.

Spa services – Most pregnant women will melt at the idea of getting a massage. During pregnancy, muscles and bones are stretching and moving, and a massage is a great way to ease some of that all-too-common pain and pressure that carrying a little one puts on the body. Another indulgent option? A facial. Skin problems during pregnancy are also common, and while there are many skincare lines available for pregnant women, nothing beats getting professionally pampered. (And if you’re on a budget, a coupon for an at-home massage can’t be beat. Truly.) Pregnant belly - gift from Santa

A handmade gift basket – Nothing says personalized like a gift basket with her favorite chocolate or other sweet treats, some cozy socks, a picture frame to put a photo of her new bundle in, or some at-home indulgences like lotions or creams.

A locket – A locket with her latest ultrasound photo is sure to make her sentimental. Once the new baby arrives, she can switch the photo out, and even switch the photos as your baby grows.

The gift of sleep – Tossing and turning due to to insomnia and the inability to get comfortable as your body grows is a pain most pregnant women know. Give her the gift of sleep with a full-size body pillow that will conform to the shape of her body. There are many types available that help prevent sciatica and lower back pain, create a cradle for the growing tummy, and solve other pregnancy sleep problems. She’ll say “Thanks and goodnight,” guaranteed.

A Clean House – For most women, the idea of a clean house that they didn’t have to clean themselves is heavenly. No woman in her third trimester (or one with a newborn) is going to excited about cleaning the toilet. Give her the gift a clean house with a gift certificate to a local cleaning service.

A Gift for Him (but really for her) – A (humorous) book on how to properly treat your pregnant wife. One of our favorite tips from inside: Don t say, Man, I wish I could just get comfortable.

 

For the team at Cherokee Women’s Health, our goal is to provide happy, healthy pregnancies for all our pregnant patients this year. While this list of gift ideas isn’t exhaustive, it might help you brainstorm other ideas for the mom-to-be in your life. What other gifts would you include on this list?

November 26, 2013

The holiday season is typically a time to focus on family and friends, and what better way to do that than to introduce a new tradition into the mix? Especially for families with younger children, getting them involved in a new tradition can be something they look forward to for years to come. Traditions are an important way to establish a lasting connection between family members and are a wonderful way to keep loved ones closer together. In fact, most children love rituals, according to Martin V. Cohen, Ph.D., associate director of the Marital and Family Therapy Clinic at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. “Children find a certain security and solace in something that gives a sense of belonging and comfort. Kids find rituals fascinating – artistically, spiritually and emotionally.”

Suggestions for Introducing New Traditions FDP

If your children are old enough to start participating in yearly holiday traditions, introducing a new one, and even inviting them to help introduce a new one, can make a lasting impression on them. Here are some suggestions on selecting new traditions for children of all ages:

  • Showcase holiday artwork on the table before your big family meal. Every budding artist loves to feel appreciated for their work.
  • Involve your kids in making one of the can’t-miss dishes for your meal. Let younger kids help you mix the ingredients or help dollop treats onto a cookie sheet. By including one of the five senses, your children will make a stronger connection to that memory.
  • Ask older children if there’s a tradition that one of their friends’ family holds each year that they’d like to start in your own family.
  • Suggest a tradition from another culture to weave into your current traditions. This could be a way to introduce new experiences as well as teaching understanding of others.
  • For interfaith families, create holiday traditions that respect and honor both faiths. Discuss with your spouse or partner ahead of time the traditions that are most important for you to focus on, and build from there.
  • Suggest at least one tradition where your family gives back or donates to the less fortunate. Instilling these values in your children early will help shape them into compassionate people. (And what parent wouldn’t be proud of that?)
  • Looking for a couple more suggestions? Here are 50 Holiday Traditions to get you started, or conduct a quick search on Pinterest for even more exciting ideas.

What are some of the traditions you currently have with friends or family? Share your favorite with us by leaving a comment below. And from the entire staff at Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists, we wish you all a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

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November 22, 2013

Last week on our blog, we featured some creative ways to announce a pregnancy or adoption to friends and family. This week, we wanted to focus a little more on the decision to adopt – and what that might entail for some families or couples. November is also National Adoption Month, and as a family OB/GYN practice, we place an equal importance on the role of adoption in building a family as we do on obstetrics and prenatal care.

National Adoption Month begin as an initiative from Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis in 1976 when he announced Adoption Week to promote awareness of the need for adoptive families for children in foster care. In 1995, President Clinton expanded the awareness week to the entire month of November. According to the Adoption Institute, there are more than 1.5 million adopted children in the United States, and according to an Adoption Institute survey, about 60% of Americans have a personal connection to adoption in some way.

Sharing the Decision to Adopt Baby gnawing on finger

Close friends and family members may know some of the details as to why you and your partner chose to adopt. If infertility plays a role in your decision to adopt, be sure to let them know upfront about your feelings. If you’re uncomfortable discussing the details about your infertility, set those boundaries early on. There’s no reason to feel pressured to share information you’re not ready to share.

Many people will be excited to hear about your  news, and you should be prepared to answer lots of questions. “What country are you adopting from? How long with the process take?” These questions might lead to other questions that you aren’t prepared for. Explain to them that you are making a decision that you feel is best for your family. While it’s not an easy decision, you would really appreciate their support.

Encourage Positive Adoption Language

As much as possible, encourage positive adoption language with family and friends and use the same words around them so they can get used to adding them to their own vocabulary. For example, dropping words like “adoptive” and referring to the parents simply as parents can help clear up any misconceptions, and will allow the family members and other siblings to build the family just as they would if they were the biological parents.

Resources

If you would like to learn more about the adoption process in the state of Georgia, you can visit the Division of Family and Children Service’s website here. There are also plenty of great books and blog posts related to adoption, with a wide variety of topics, both for children and adults.

 

 

 

November 13, 2013

With the holidays quickly approaching, lots of new Moms and Dads choose to let their friends and family members know they’re expecting at an event where they know lots of people will be in attendance. Spilling the pregnancy beans can be a lot of fun for both the parents-to-be and the family, and there are a multitude of creative ways to share the news. If you’ve got a new family member (or more!) to announce, here are a couple of fun ways Cherokee Women’s Health found to share the news with your family.

Creative Ways to Announce a Pregnancy

  • If you’re the crafty type, print out a photo of your first sonogram and carefully Mod Podge the photo to a puzzle. Once it’s dry, use an x-acto knife to carefully cut around the edges to create a personalized puzzle for your family members to put together! Of course, if you’re less-than-crafty, there are plenty of websites that offer personalized photo puzzles.
  • Get your furry family members involved! Plan a quick photo shoot with your pups or cats and have them sitting next to a sign that says something like “big brother/sister in training”, or with a copy of the iconic What to Expect When You’re Expecting book. Another option – “Baby (your initial here) Guard Dog, reporting for duty (insert due date month and year here).”
  • If you’re not able to spend the holiday with family, announcing a pregnancy or adoption via Google hangouts or Skype is popular. Bonus points if you can video your family’s reaction to save for years to come!

Ways to Announce an Adoption Announcing a pregnancy or adoption

If you’re adding a new member of your family via adoption, there are a ton of great ways to announce the news, using many of the same ideas as pregnant couples.

  • If you’re good with photoshop, create an image that looks like a typical sonogram image with an outline of the country you’re adopting from, for example, this outline of China.
  • Use other props like suitcases or globes in a photoshoot to share an international adoption.
  • Chalkboard signs with sayings like, “Growing in our heart, waiting for you” were popular finds on Pinterest and on online blogs.
  • Design a custom announcement similar to a birth announcement. Modern, classic, vintage or whimsical, there’s something available for everyone.

Pinterest and other blogs are a wealth of ideas when it comes to announcing a pregnancy or a the adoption of a new family member. How did you announce a pregnancy or adoption to your friends and family? What other creative ways to announce a pregnancy or adoption have you seen? Share with us by leaving a comment below!

November 6, 2013

Nothing is quite as exciting as the first time parents bring a new baby home. All the planning and purchases have finally come to fruition and you can celebrate a new addition to your family. If you have furry members of your family, they may not understand what all the fuss is about, and it’s important to include them and let them know that they have a new person to love. Cherokee Women’s Health searched the internet for some of the best advice on introducing your pet to a new baby, and here’s what we found.

Preparing Your Pet

You can prepare your pet for the new baby’s arrival in a number of ways:

  • If you have friends with new babies or young children, ask them to come over for a visit so you can see how your animals will react around them.
  • Consider how your daily routine will affect your pets, begin to change your routine accordingly. Things includes things like walks, feeding times, and outings to the park.
  • If you have a cat, make sure their nails are trimmed regularly. Additionally, many cats love snuggling up in a crib or bassinet, so make sure to keep the nursery room door closed.
  • As you begin to assemble your nursery, let your animals get familiar with smells associated with a new baby – diaper cream, baby powder, and lotion – so they’re already familiar with these scents before bringing your little one home.
  • Create a space for your pets that’s off-limits for baby. They need their own space too, especially once your little ones are mobile.

After Baby is Born Introducing baby to pets

Many experts agree that bringing home an article of clothing or blanket that smells like your newborn is a great way to introduce the scent of your new baby. Having Mom walk in first to greet your animal(s) is recommended, as your pets will be excited to see you after your visit in the hospital. Talk to them calmly and have treats nearby if you can. Have Dad or another family member bring baby inside and keep your dog on a leash in case you need to pull him away . Once your dog seems calm and isn’t showing any signs of aggressive behavior,  you can slowly allow him to see and sniff – but not lick – the new baby.

In the following weeks, watch out for any signs of jealousy or aggression. If you can, take some time with your pet just the two of you so that he knows that you’re not replacing him. If your pet begins to show any unwanted behavior, address it with a firm “no” and be sure to reward all positive behavior.

Pets can be a wonderful addition to any family and when introduced to a new baby properly, and can have an amazing connection with them. For more information on introducing baby to pets, here are a few handy resources:

Introduce Your Dog to Your Baby
How to Introduce Pets and Baby
Introducing Your Pet and New Baby

 

 

 

 

October 29, 2013

It’s finally the week many kids have been waiting for all month – Halloween week! We love welcoming the ghouls and goblins at our own doorsteps every year, and seeing the inventive ways kids – and their parents – dress up. Since most of the Cherokee Women’s staff have gone trick-or-treating a time or two, we thought we’d put together a quick list of reminders and tips to keep your little skeletons, princesses, and pirates as safe as possible on All Hallow’s Eve.

CWHS Staff Halloween

Halloween Safety Tips for All Ages

  • Reflection protection – If you can, put together a costume that’s bright and reflective. If your little vampires are dressed all in black, insist they wear a glow bracelet or necklace so they’re more visible once it’s dark. Or put a few pieces of reflective tape on the front and back of the costume or treat bags for even better visibility.
  • Bring flashlights – Mom and Dad, grab a couple flashlights and extra batteries to carry around with you in case you need to replace them while you’re out.
  • Pre-plan a route – If your children are older and are trick-or-treating on their own, pre-plan their route together and set a mid-route check-in to have them stop by before heading back out. Agree to a specific curfew as well.
  • Fill ’em up – Fill your kids up before setting out on the candy trail so they’re less likely to want to fill up on sugar. This will also keep younger siblings from getting tired and cranky too early.
  • Light the night – Stick to streets with streetlights or well-lit areas or to houses with the porch lights on. In most neighborhoods, a porch light equals a house accepting trick-or-treaters.
  • Bring cellphones – If chaperones are splitting up, or older kids are splitting up and heading out on their own, keep cell phones on you for quick communication.
  • Inspect treats – Check treats when you get home before sampling to make sure that there aren’t any spoiled, opened or unwrapped pieces. Additionally, check homemade goodies and only eat items prepared by people you know.

The staff of Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists hopes you all have a safe and fun-filled Halloween. Excited to share your little one’s costume? Don’t forget to share photos of your babies (and furry babies, too!) on our Facebook page! We’d love to see them!

October 22, 2013

When it comes to family, we usually first think of parents, kids and spouses. But more and more families are adding pets to their families. Maybe it’s because they’re adorable, funny creatures or maybe it’s because more of us are learning the health benefits associated with having a “fur baby” in the house. After all, it’s been shown in study after study that pets have the ability to vastly improve quality of life. They can help children develop, they can help prevent allergies and improve immunity, and they even help to improve mood. So it’s little wonder that a recent survey shows that 68% of U.S. households own at least one pet. This equals a staggering to 82.5 million homes.

As a family practice, we understand the importance of a loving, supportive family but we also realize that we’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge all the wonderful ways our furry friends add to the happiness and health of our homes. So as we start heading into the holiday season, we’ll be celebrating all things family – including our furry friends.

When word got out around the office that we were going to run a Cutest Pet Photo Contest in November, it got us all talking about the impact pets have on our families. One staff member in particular surprised us with this touching testimonial about how she dealt with the devastating news that she would not be able to have children…

“I was 38 and on a business trip 1,000 miles from home when I received a call from my OB/GYN. I held my breath as I recognized the number on my caller ID. This was the call that would determine whether or not I could have children. After a few years of trying and months of receiving hormone shots to ready my body for a baby, this was it. The time had come. Sitting in the back of a rented car with three of my co-workers, I discreetly answered my phone as they went about chatting. In less than a minute I was told my FSH level was over 100 and that it would be impossible for me to have children of my own.

I didn’t say a word to anyone about it on that trip. In fact, I barely told any of my friends when I got back home. And when I did, I tried to keep it very matter of fact for fear of being a downer. After all, my circle of friends were all at ages where they were either having babies or in the throes of celebrating motherhood.

Thankfully, my husband was a rock during this time but even so, I felt there was only so much he could understand because not only is he a guy, but he’s a very left brained, logical-thinking kind of guy so while he was very understanding and supportive, I felt there was only so much he could relate to.

I did, however, find one “person” I could talk to – and cry with – for as long as I needed. I received no judgment, I never felt guilty for burdening him with my troubles and I could go on and on and he would patiently listen to me. He’s the one I credit with saving me during that very dark time. This “person” was my dog Jack.

CWHS dog, Jack

Jack 🙂

Because I didn’t know anyone who had experienced what I was going through, I truly felt that Jack was the only one I could talk to. And talk I did. We’d lay for hours on the bed, with my head on his big furry body, clutching him for dear life as my tears fell on him. He became my savior. I could just be me while I let out all the anger, sorrow and guilt for not being able to give my husband a baby and for the loss of our dreams. He was by my side morning and night. To this day, I truly believe he understood how much I needed him at that time. He was extra loving and attentive and there was a connection with him that I’ve hardly felt with any other person, much less an animal.

So when people ask me how I dealt with that type of news at such a young age, I credit my husband for being a such a rock but I also credit Jack for truly saving me because I honestly don’t think I would’ve come out the other end as well as I did without him. His unconditional love was exactly what I needed at that time and it’s something I don’t think anyone else could have offered. So when we think of pets, it’s easy to be flippant about them but their very special kind of love and support can’t be discounted. And to me, that sounds like the very best kind of family member!”

To see more ways of how pets can be beneficial to your family, click here.

*According to the 2013-2014 APPA National Pet Owners Survey

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