Some folks consider cats to be aloof and one-dimensional, but those of us who have feline family members know they are funny, affectionate, playful and, yes, independent. But that very spirit that makes them independent also helps to make them lower maintenance pets when compared to, say, dogs.
The most common cause of heat stroke in a pet is leaving it in a parked car on a warm (not necessarily hot) day. If it's too hot for you to sit in a closed car (or one with the windows slightly cracked), it's too hot for your furry friend.
Having supplies packed and ready to go in case of an emergency can make necessary evacuations easier on everyone. It also helps to practice so you and your pet both know what to expect if and when the real emergency occurs.
Many of us refer to our pets as our best friends, but a 4-year-old boy can claim his cat is not only his best friend but his hero. She proved that the human-animal bond is strong, and that cats can be just as loyal and protective as their canine counterparts!
In the pet world, Mother's Day has a very different connotation from that in the human experience. Most pet mothers never get to see their babies grow up. This Mother's Day, consider things from your pet's point of view. Make plans to keep your pet from becoming a mother by having her spayed.
The puppies and kittens you see at your local animal shelter are the lucky ones, because they are up for adoption. (The unlucky ones never made it that far.) But even those who did make it to the adoption area still may not find homes. That's the sad reality of pet overpopulation.
For years people believed that interaction with companion animals was helpful for children with autism, providing them with unconditional love, nonjudgemental friendship, and social interaction. A new study shows that dogs can provide very real benefits for these children.
The arson dog training program, sponsored by State Farm Insurance, has put more than 300 dogs to work in over 40 states and several Canadian provinces. These special animals are an arsonist's worst nightmare and a firefighter's best friend. Readers of the Washington Post agree, voting the National Fire Dog Monument as the top monument in Washington, DC!
Research has shown that interaction between humans and animals can make learning a positive experience for children. That's the basis behind the Book Buddies program that started late last summer in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, near Reading, PA.