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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There are many common and uncommon types of animals that make for good pets, including dogs, bearded dragons and cockatoos. Check out these pet pictures to gauge which kind might suit your needs best.

By Marie Bobel

Unsure of which fish to buy for your aquarium? See some candidates of typical aquarium fish to help narrow down your options in this gallery.

By Marie Bobel

Purring is how cats express happiness. Rather than manipulating facial muscles like humans, cats purr as a physical reaction to happiness. How exactly do cats make that purring noise? Find out the answer to that question in this article.

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Some of my friends lost their dog on vacation. About a week after returning home, they got a call from their veterinarian — their dog had been found. They said it was because of a microchip in their dog. What are they talking about?

The relationship between people and dogs goes back at least 15,000 years, making dogs potentially the first animal to be domesticated. View this image gallery to get a sense of the variety of this canine species.

By Marie Bobel

Some people have the idea that animals carry all kinds of dangerous diseases. But the truth is, there aren't very many serious diseases you can catch from a domestic. Learn about common cat diseases.

By Dr. H. Ellen Whiteley

Animals are often credited with knowing when a thunderstorm is coming, but what about a physiological one? Can a dog warn you that you're about to have a seizure?

By Alia Hoyt

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Learn how elimination works in the wild and why some animals are easier to housebreak than others.

By Hannah Harris

Leave your house for five minutes or eight hours and your dog will probably have the same wiggly response to your return. Do dogs sense the passing of time?

By Jane McGrath

We know dogs can decipher "sit," "stay" and "come." And we've seen the enthusiastic tail wagging that the word "walk" triggers. But what other words can dogs understand? Do they comprehend more than we know?

By Jane McGrath

Dogs' behavior can be charming, but it can also be baffling. Here are several common canine behavioral problems and what you can do to understand and curb them.

By Dr. William Fortney

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Pets decrease our blood pressure, our cholesterol and reduce heart disease. And that's not all. Find out how dogs are even able to anticipate their owners' seizures and sniff for cancer.

By Jane McGrath

Is your feline show-cat material? Find out more about these quirky, noisy cat competitions and what happens when a spooked cat makes a run for it.

By Jane McGrath

When most people think of the Humane Society, they imagine rows and rows of caged dogs and cats waiting for someone to adopt them and take them home. This isn't all they do. Find out in this article.

By Ryan Johnson

Dogs are known as loyal animals and have even saved the lives of their owners. But one dog's loyalty to his master touched the hearts of an entire nation.

By Josh Clark

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Dogs are man's best friend for good reason: They're loyal, fun is and interesting. But dogs are complex creatures that thrive when under the care of a well-informed human being. Follow these dog-care guidelines.

By Editors of Consumer Guide

Cats are among the most popular house pets, giving years of love and enjoyment to their owners. But they also require special care. Check out these simple cat-care tips.

By Editors of Consumer Guide

Dogs give their owners immense amounts of pleasure, but in return, there's a lot owners need to know to keep their pooches happy and healthy. In this article, we explain the vital basics of dog care.

By Dr. William Fortney

Between 6 and 8 million dogs and cats need homes each year, but only about half of these animals are adopted. Learn how animal shelters work and how they differ from animal rescue organizations.

By Stephanie Watson

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You may have heard that cats have nine lives. That might not be true, but your cat can have a long, healthy life with the proper care. Learn how to care for a cat.

By Dr. H. Ellen Whiteley

Is your cat turning your couch into confetti? Or your best carpet into a litter box? Maybe she's up on the table at mealtime. Learn how to solve cat behavior problems.

By Dr. H. Ellen Whiteley

If dogs are man's best friend, you still need to be well informed in order to choose the right one. Learn how to choose a dog.

By Dr. William Fortney

There are myriad birds that make good pets. In fact, birds are among the most popular house pets. But you must take care when choosing a pet bird and bringing it into your home.

By Editors of Consumer Guide

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Cats are known for having long whiskers. The whiskers are deeply rooted within the cats face. What purpose do they serve, though? Why do cats have whiskers and what are they used for? Find out the answer to this question in this article.

A somewhat larger tetra, the diamond tetra reaches 2.5 inches and exhibits intense coloration when kept in a darkly aquascaped tank. Learn how to care for this exotic fish.

By the Editors of Publications International, Ltd.