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Who Ya Gonna Call? The Dogs of R.A.T.S.

In rat-infested New York City, the Ryders Alley Trencherfed Society – R.A.T.S – is on the job and prowling the streets with dogs bred and trained to flush out and dispose of pesky rodents.

They Don't Breathe Fire, But Bearded Dragons Make Cool Pets

That's mainly because they are low-maintenance and surprisingly lovable.

Cat Declawing: The Painful Truth

Scratching is a normal feline behavior. That's why many experts advise against putting your cat through a painful and unnecessary declawing procedure.

Sphynx Cats Are Surprisingly Sweet and Cuddly

Some Sphynx cats may look like mangled bags of brains, but these so-ugly-they're-cute-cats are among the friendliest of felines.

Do Dogs Go Through Puberty?

The dog days of adolescence are tough on humans. But what about our four-legged friends? Do they deal with similar hormonal changes as they age?

Getting a Pet Rabbit? 4 Things to Know First

Rabbits sure are cute – they're smart, curious and crafty, but they definitely need some special care.

5 Tips for Walking Your Dog Safely

A study found seniors are prone to injury while walking their dogs. Here are ways to enjoy walks with Fido and do it safely.

Too Many Shots? Inside the Dog Vaccination Controversy

Some people believe dogs need a full complement of yearly vaccinations and some don't think they need any at all.

Fear of Dogs Is Real but Treatable

To most people, dogs are sweet and cuddly, but for some, they're terrifying. However, there are treatments to get over this phobia and most involve hanging out with a dog.

Do Dogs Get Embarrassed When We Dress Them Up?

Humans experience a wide range of emotions, but what about dogs? Do they ever get embarrassed by things their humans force them to do?

You're Feeding Your Cats All Wrong

The American Association of Feline Practitioners wants you to know there's a better way to feed your kitty than just filling his bowl and leaving him to gorge as he pleases.

Get Rid of Your Retractable Dog Leash, Stat!

If you walk your dog on a retractable dog leash, you need to read this article before you or your four-legged friend wind up hurt.

Why Do Dogs Have Wet Noses?

People often hear if a dog's nose is dry, the dog is sick. If that's true, does a wet nose signal a healthy dog?

Dog Bowls Are Breeding Grounds For Bacteria

Ceramic and plastic bowls, especially, have been shown to breed E. coli, salmonella and even MRSA.

Dogs Love Rolling in Stinky Stuff

And the smellier the better. But nobody seems to be able to figure out why they do it.

Your Dog Really Wants to Help When You're Upset

A new study shows that our beloved four-legged friends are moved to action when they see us in emotional distress.

No Chocolate, No Avocado: 10 Foods Dogs Can't Eat

Slipping your dog a little human food once in a while is fine, but be aware that some human foods are toxic to Fido.

Dog Trancing: You're Gonna Need to See This Video

Your dog might even 'trance' — and you have no earthly idea what he's doing. We assure you, he's not the only one.

Arrival of European Breeds Wiped Out Native American Dogs

Ancient American dogs were decimated when the Europeans arrived. But these pre-Columbian dogs did leave behind a lasting legacy.

Do Dogs Know They're Being Photographed?

Since there seem to be no scientific studies one way or another on whether dogs know when we're photographing them, we have to rely on anecdotal evidence.

Does Rover Have a "Red Cross"?

If your pooch has an emergency, chances are he could need a blood transfusion. So where exactly does the blood he gets come from?

Why Do Scent Hounds Have Long Floppy Ears?

Bloodhounds, with their floppy skin and gangly ears, are the quintessential tracking dogs, and there's good reason.

10 Dogs Who Made History

Dogs are more than man's best friend. They've also helped out with the Cuban Missile Crisis, joined the Russian space program and discovered a rare archaeological find. And at least one was promoted to sergeant.

When Car Sharing and Pets Converge

We live in a sharing economy. And a pet-loving economy. So what happens when the two worlds collide?

Airlines Are Cracking Down on Emotional Support Animals

Some airline passengers have been trying to get out of paying pet fees by claiming their dog, cat or even pig is an emotional support animal. But what does that mean anyway?


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