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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The rare Bombay cat is all black, but color alone doesn't make a cat a Bombay.

By Laurie L. Dove

If you're thinking about entering the wonderful world of gecko ownership, check out the advice from our leopard gecko expert and see if this is the right lizard for you.

By Mark Mancini

What do you get when you mix a poodle and a golden retriever? An oodleriever? Nope — you get a goldendoodle. They're great pets, but have a ton of rambunctious energy and need a lot of play time and attention.

By Wendy Bowman

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If you have a tough time harnessing your dog's boundless energy, the martingale collar could be the answer. Well, on walks anyway.

By Jeremy Glass

A popular companion dog for European royalty for centuries, this elegant breed is still sought after worldwide, though somewhat difficult to find in the U.S.

By Wendy Bowman

It's not uncommon for older dogs to lose their sight or even their hearing as they age. But can they lose their ability to smell, too?

By Patty Rasmussen

Although it may seem like there is no shortage of pets available for adoption, competition can be fierce for the more desired ones. Here are some ways to increase your chances of getting the pet you really want.

By Alia Hoyt

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A lot of people are raising chickens in their backyards. As pets. Are these birds really all they're cracked up to be?

By Meg Sparwath

To a human it's unimaginable — sniffing another's derriere. But to our canine companions, it's totally normal. But why? Why?

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

Hermit crabs are easy to care for as pets if you provide them with all the essentials they need. And that includes shells for their growing bodies.

By Mark Mancini

Some of us get it, some of us don't – the scourge of so many nature lovers everywhere – but did you know that our four-legged friends are also susceptible to the three-leaved menace?

By Patty Rasmussen

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All dogs have anal glands that serve multiple functions. The problem is they can also get blocked or infected, and even leak, which is really disgusting if you're a human.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

The xoloitzcuintli is one of the most ancient of dog breeds and even was considered as a symbolic guide to the underworld by the ancient Aztec and Mayan civilizations.

By Wendy Bowman

Colorful, flashy betta fish are common as pets. But many owners are unaware of how to properly care for them.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

If you run out of your dog's food, can you just feed him your cat's food? And what about your cat? Is it OK to give him dog food?

By Meg Sparwath

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Dogs come in all shapes and sizes. But a few breeds stand out for being, well, exceptionally large. Which hold the records for being the biggest?

By Patty Rasmussen

At between 120 and 170 pounds, you might expect the massive Leonberger to be aggressive and hard to handle — turns out, they're intelligent, gentle and sensitive family dogs.

By Wendy Bowman

All dogs need baths. But how often? And can you bathe them too much?

By Meg Sparwath

This quirky, but endearing, behavior — also known as 'making biscuits' — is common in all domestic cats. But what is your cat saying when she's mixing dough on your belly?

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

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The ragdoll habit of turning floppy in their owners' arms is one of the breed's most endearing trademarks. And those eyes ...

By Mark Mancini

It's one of your worst nightmares. Your dog isn't breathing and you can't find his pulse. Do you know what to do to save his life?

By Wendy Bowman

Retractable leashes, martingale collars, slip leads, harnesses, choke chains – this dog walking business is way more complicated than you thought. So, with all the options out there, what is the best way to leash your dog?

By Patty Rasmussen

A hybrid cross between a small Asian leopard cat and a domestic cat, the Bengal cat will keep you busy with its intelligence and active personality. It may even shower with you.

By Mark Mancini

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The way to a dog's heart is definitely through a belly rub, but just touching a cat's belly will probably get you a back-leg rabbit kick and a painful vise of teeth and claws.

By Laurie L. Dove

Goldfish may seem like an easy starter pet, but they do require some basic care so they don't end up in the toilet a few weeks later! We talk with an expert about the three steps every goldfish owner should take.

By Alia Hoyt