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.

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One of the great joys of traveling is sharing your new discoveries with your loved ones -- including your pets. Taking an animal abroad can be complicated, but there are plenty of good reasons to do it.

By Eleanor Duse

When you're on a car trip and get a little thirsty, you may pull over at a rest station. But if your backseat companion is your pooch, it won't be able to tell you when it's parched. How can you accommodate your pet without upsetting its stomach?

By Cristen Conger

When your perky pooch develops a hacking cough, you might be alarmed. If you board your dog on a regular basis, it might have picked up kennel cough. Once you get the facts, you'll see that kennel cough's bark is worse than its bite.

By Cristen Conger

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When you're packing for a trip, you don't leave home without clean socks and toothpaste. But if you're bringing your pet with you, what essentials will it need? We've got 10 must-have items for your four-legged, furry friend.

By Cristen Conger

On a long car ride, you might find that your pet has about as much patience as your toddler. But throwing Dora the Explorer up on your mini-van's TV screen won't amuse your animal. What will?

By Charles W. Bryant

If your pooch comes home from doggy daycare with a hacking cough, it's probably got the dreaded kennel cough. Luckily, a vaccine can protect your pup from this highly contagious canine cold.

By Charles W. Bryant

It can break your heart -- that dismayed look your dog gives you when you abandon her at the kennel. How can you make sure your pet is treated with loving care in your absence?

By Amy Hunter

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Some people don't like the thought of leaving their furry family members at the cold, concrete kennel. So, how else can your pet be cared for while you vacate?

By Sarah Winkler

For many of us, pets have taken the place of children in our lives. And while we probably wouldn't leave our kids behind on a vacation, we don't want to leave our pets, either. But where can you take them where they'll be welcome with open paws?

By Jessika Toothman & Heather Kolich

If you've managed a cross-country trip with a cat perched on your shoulder or a dog getting sick in your backseat, you may be ready to learn about flying the friendly skies with your pet.

By Robert Lamb

For some people, traveling without their pets simply isn't an option. Airlines will happily accommodate these four-legged friends, but you must plan carefully to avoid headaches at the airport.

By Josh Clark

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Your pets are fidgety, and you're worried about taking them on that long road trip. How long can you keep them in the car before they get uncomfortable -- and can you ever leave them alone?

By Josh Clark

You and your pet love the open road, but what happens when Fido gets bored, uncomfortable or worse? Frequent stops and an identifying microchip for your pet should make long road trips comfortable for all.

By Josh Clark

You always see happy dogs on the road, heads hanging out of car windows, tails wagging and fur blowing freely in the breeze. It might look like fun, but it could also be dangerous.

By Josh Clark

If you think it's hard to keep children entertained on long road trips, imagine keeping your pets' boredom at bay. However, some inexpensive purchases and a little planning should make the trip enjoyable for all.

By Josh Clark

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Your company's relocated you overseas, and now you've got to get the family dog and cat across the ocean along with the contents of your home. Since you can't exactly mail a kitty, how does it work?

By Molly Edmonds

With the prices of airline tickets changing as often as they do, you might be surprised to know that the cost for pet travel is fairly stable. But how do airlines set prices?

By Jonathan Strickland

You might think your endlessly dozing pet is immune to the effects of jet lag, but you could notice it acting a little out of whack after a long leg of traveling. But does jet lag have the same effect on Fido as it does on you?

By Jessika Toothman

Vinegar is a mainstay when it comes to caring for pets and other animals. A variety of animals can benefit from a splash of vinegar. Learn how vinegar can be used for pet and animal care.

By Christine Halvorson

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Salt can help you care for your household pets. Salt has many uses, from combating a flea infestation in your home to removing fishbowl deposits. Learn the diverse roles of salt for pet care.

By Christine Halvorson

Seeing a dog hurt or in distress can be a helpless feeling for a pet owner. Be prepared for any emergency situation to help your dog. Learn how to give first aid to your dog.

My dog really likes chocolate, but my mother won't let me feed it to him. She says it will kill him. Does that make sense? If I can eat chocolate, why can't my dog?

Knowing more about your dog's health is the best way to keep him safe and happy. Read on for more info about finding a good vet, preventing illness and treating canine diseases. Knowing these basics will give you piece of mind and a happy pup.

By Dr. William Fortney

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The better you train your dog, the happier you'll both be. Dogs that behave earn more love and care from their owners, who are happier in turn. Read this dog-training primer.

By Dr. William Fortney

Hawkeye: alias Scuba Cat. Known to don a $20,000 wet suit and follow her beloved friend, Mutley the dog, into the pool to scuba dive. Sound strange? Which part?

By Charles W. Bryant