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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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

While you're out and about, Kitty is prowling around the house, inhaling all kinds of things that aren't good for her. What could this mean for your kids?

By Alia Hoyt

Think your dog would be willing to share his treats with other dogs? Studies show he probably would.

By John Perritano

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Scientists have developed two new vaccines for canine influenza that are far superior to those now available.

By John Perritano

Cats love to chase the little red dot of light, but why? Can't they tell it's not prey? And is it making them crazy, as some vets fear?

By Jesslyn Shields

Cats don't just lie on your sofa looking sulky. Some have authored scientific papers, discovered continents and entered politics. Read on to see what we mean.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

Huffing your puppy's feet for an aroma reminiscent of Fritos all comes down to the existence of certain microbes.

By Laurie L. Dove

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You may not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but researchers hope a pill could postpone the aging process and make man's best friend live a little longer.

By Jesslyn Shields

Veterinarians have a name for when a dog gets the call of the wild, often after a bath, and suddenly starts tearing through the house with an untamed glint in its eye.

By Laurie L. Dove

A new report shows the benefits of using food puzzles with indoor cats. Here's how to make your own.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

What's it going be, Fido: kibbles or kudos? A new study tackled the question.

By Robert Lamb

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Only seven cases of Guinea worm have occurred in humans so far in 2016. But hundreds of cases have appeared in dogs. What does this mean for guinea worm eradication?

By Robert Lamb

Dogs suffering from the condition known as "limber tail" experience pain as their normally waggable appendages go limp.

By Jesslyn Shields

Think you're an ace swimmer? These canines might be even better.

By Allison Loudermilk

Pet stores provide scientific, anatomical names for dog chews, so why resort to euphemisms like "pizzle" and "bully stick"? Dogs have no shame — but we humans do.

By Laurie L. Dove

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Regardless of what a dog's breed actually is, if it's labeled a "pit bull," its chances of adoption drop. Pity the poor pit pup.

By Christopher Hassiotis

You love Fluffy better than anyone else in the world. But sometimes you need to leave her at home.

By Alia Hoyt