Pets

Pets make wonderful companions. Learn how to take care of pets, read about common pet behavior issues and injuries and pick up general pet care tips.


Credit for the ubiquity of the name as shorthand for a generic, random dog goes to one of the most popular U.S. presidents.

The most popular pooch names in the Big Apple reveal more about us humans that we might care to admit.

Some pet owners are amazed when their dogs respond to 'W-A-L-K' the same way they respond to 'walk.' But are their pooches getting smarter or just responding to something else?

Is your cat pawing its food out of its bowl to eat and you can't figure out why? No, it's not being haughty, as usual — it might actually be stressed.

While you're out and about, Kitty is prowling around the house, inhaling all kinds of things that aren't good for her. What could this mean for your kids?

Think your dog would be willing to share his treats with other dogs? Studies show he probably would.

Scientists have developed two new vaccines for canine influenza that are far superior to those now available.

Cats love to chase the little red dot of light, but why? Can't they tell it's not prey? And is it making them crazy, as some vets fear?

Cats don't just lie on your sofa looking sulky. Some have authored scientific papers, discovered continents and entered politics. Read on to see what we mean.

Huffing your puppy's feet for an aroma reminiscent of Fritos all comes down to the existence of certain microbes.

You may not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but researchers hope a pill could postpone the aging process and make man's best friend live a little longer.

Veterinarians have a name for when a dog gets the call of the wild, often after a bath, and suddenly starts tearing through the house with an untamed glint in its eye.

A new report shows the benefits of using food puzzles with indoor cats. Here's how to make your own.

What's it going be, Fido: kibbles or kudos? A new study tackled the question.

Only seven cases of Guinea worm have occurred in humans so far in 2016. But hundreds of cases have appeared in dogs. What does this mean for guinea worm eradication?

Dogs suffering from the condition known as "limber tail" experience pain as their normally waggable appendages go limp.

Think you're an ace swimmer? These canines might be even better.

It's rare that we discover new species in captivity. But that's exactly what happened to this butterflyfish.

Pet stores provide scientific, anatomical names for dog chews, so why resort to euphemisms like "pizzle" and "bully stick"? Dogs have no shame — but we humans do.

Regardless of what a dog's breed actually is, if it's labeled a "pit bull," its chances of adoption drop. Pity the poor pit pup.

You love Fluffy better than anyone else in the world. But sometimes you need to leave her at home.

Counting the number of housecats around the world is about as difficult as, well, herding cats. In fact, estimates of global cat population vary... by millions.

Declining pet sales are affecting the pet store industry, as more pet lovers turn to pet adoption and rescue.

Stumped? Try this one: What does a honeybee have in common with a slice of toast?

If you live with a pooch, you know that dogs are insightful, intuitive creatures. But you may not realize just how insightful they can be.