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

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

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

By John Perritano

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

By John Perritano

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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?

By Meg Sparwath

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

By Jesslyn Shields

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

By John Perritano

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

By John Perritano

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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.

By Jesslyn Shields

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

By John Perritano

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.

By John Perritano

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.

By John Perritano

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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?

By John Perritano

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

By John Perritano

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

By John Perritano

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

By John Perritano

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

By John Perritano

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

By John Perritano

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

By Mark Mancini

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.

By John Perritano

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

By John Perritano

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

By John Perritano

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.

By John Perritano

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

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

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Some airline passengers have tried to skip paying pet fees on planes by claiming their dogs, cats or even pigs are emotional support animals. But a new ruling has put an end to that.

By Alia Hoyt

If it wasn't for Tesla's cat, we might not have electricity in our homes.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus