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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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

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

By John Perritano

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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

By Alia Hoyt

Counting the number of housecats around the world is about as difficult as, well, herding cats. In fact, estimates of global cat population vary... by millions.

By Karen Kirkpatrick

Declining pet sales are affecting the pet store industry, as more pet lovers turn to pet adoption and rescue.

By Sarah Gleim

Stumped? Try this one: What does a honeybee have in common with a slice of toast?

By Jonathan Strickland

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If you live with a pooch, you know that dogs are insightful, intuitive creatures. But you may not realize just how insightful they can be.

By Linda C. Brinson

Dogs may be humankind's best friend, but they're not always that reliable. Sure, they can detect hidden objects at the bottom of a lake, but they also tend to mistake their tails for prey. So can we really trust them to predict the weather?

By Kate Kershner

All dogs, regardless of breed or age, are susceptible to the flu. What do you need to know before you drop your pup off at doggie day care?

By Julia Layton

Imagine your dog sending you a text alerting you that he needs to go out. Sound like science fiction? It may be closer to reality than you think.

By Laurie L. Dove

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Your cat may gaze longingly at your bowl of cereal each morning, but here's why it's not really OK for cats to drink milk.

By Bambi Turner

Black cats were associated witches and paganism in the Middle Ages. Even today, black cats wind up in shelters more than any other color cat. So why are black cats considered so unlucky?

By Bambi Turner