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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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

Anxiety-reducing thunder shirts can help calm frightened dogs and other pets.

By Carrie Tatro

Are they sick? Hungry? Thirsty? Or do they just like the way the stuff tastes?

By John Perritano

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It may not be in your state, but that doesn't mean it's a good idea.

By Cherise Threewitt

With so many dog foods on the market, how do we know what's best for our furry friends?

By John Perritano

The country's first statewide ban on the retail sale of puppies, kittens and rabbits from commercial breeders is in effect.

By Laurie L. Dove

A study suggests your canine may be flashing those puppy dog eyes because it's trying to tell you something.

By Sarah Gleim

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Let sleeping dogs lie? Maybe even in the same room, says a new study.

By Alia Hoyt

A new study found that owners of sick pets cope with many of the same burdens as caregivers of sick family members.

By John Perritano

A study put dogs and wolves head to head in the intelligence department. Guess which species won?

By John Perritano

Credit for the ubiquity of the name as shorthand for a generic, random dog goes to one of the most popular U.S. presidents.

By Laurie L. Dove

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Some pet owners are amazed when their dogs respond to 'W-A-L-K' the same way they respond to 'walk.' But are their pooches getting smarter or just responding to something else?

By Alia Hoyt

Is your cat pawing its food out of its bowl to eat and you can't figure out why? No, it's not being haughty, as usual — it might actually be stressed.

By Kate Kershner