How to fly with a dog: Tips for traveling safely with your pet

How to fly with a dog: Tips for traveling safely with your pet

(CNN) — Traveling anywhere by plane for a dog owner once meant a painful farewell, but thanks to a surge in the number of pet-friendly hotels and airlines, more people are taking their faithful friend with them when they fly. But cases involving tragedy and confusion when transporting animals have raised questions over the best way to fly with a dog or other pet — and whether animals should travel by air at all. Some, such as TV’s “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan, advocate traveling everywhere with your dog. Organizations such as the Humane Society of the United States urge…

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Getting a dog may save your life, especially if you’re single

Getting a dog may save your life, especially if you’re single

Dog owners, there is some good news for you! A recent study shows that dog owners have a lower risk of death due to cardiovascular disease or other causes. A team of Swedish scientists used national registries of more than 3.4 million Swedes aged 40 to 80 to study the association between dog ownership and cardiovascular health. The goal was to determine whether dog owners had a different risk of cardiovascular disease and death than non-dog owners. PhD student at the Department of Medical Sciences and the Science for Life…

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Want Healthy Kids? Let them Play in the Mud, Feed them Allergenic Foods and Get a Dog

Want Healthy Kids? Let them Play in the Mud, Feed them Allergenic Foods and Get a Dog

If you read about children’s health, you’ve heard a lot of this before: Microbes, vilified because they cause infectious diseases, can be beneficial to a child’s well-being. Our society’s penchant for hyper-cleanliness is actually making our children less healthy and more prone to allergies. But microbiologists B. Brett Findlay and Marie-Claire Arrieta make that case with an unusually convincing display of evidence – as well as historical anecdotes and a parent-friendly sense of humor – in their new book, “Let Them Eat Dirt: Saving Your Child from an Oversanitized World.”…

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