Becoming a Pet Owner

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Advice for choosing the right animal for your family, considering pet costs, finding a vet and investing in pet insurance.
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Thinking of adding an ?Easter Bunny? to your family? From an early age, we see those ridiculously cute faces?nose twitching, whiskers and in some cases, irresistible floppy ears. They are just too cute. But many don?t realize how much it takes to properly care for a rabbit...
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When I adopted my first pet -- a three-month-old grey and white cat -- I took him to the vet recommended by the local animal shelter. Unfortunately, the vet's office was small and cramped and felt dirty...
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When I picked my Pug puppy out of the litter almost eleven years ago, I was certain she would be everything I wanted in a pet -- loving, obedient, cuddly and loyal. "Expensive" never entered...
Getting a pet for the first time, whether it's a puppy, kitten, lizard or a mouse, is a big decision. The Care.com Family Pet Guide helps you find the right pet for you and your family.
How to Choose a Pet
Thinking about adding a pooch to your family? Dogs make some of the most loyal companions. But if you have little ones running about, not all dog breeds are a good fit. We asked Dr. Nicolas Dodman,...
Pets can be an important part of family life, but knowing the right time to bring an animal into your home is tricky. To learn more about how parents can tell if their kids are ready for a pet, we talked...
We all love Hollywood. The celebrities, the outfits, the drama. But what about those animal stars? From Timmy's Lassie to Dorothy's Toto, many of our favorite movies showcase dogs with winning...
So, you finally gave in to those heartfelt pleas from your kids and are searching for a new addition to your family. Pets can be the perfect companion for both young and old, but be sure to consider every...
Thinking about getting a pet bird? Here's an overview of things to consider before making that commitment...
"There are reptile people and non-reptile people," said Susan Tellem, RN, executive director of American Tortoise Rescue...
Does your heart grow warm at the sight of a cold-blooded animal?
Does your child prefer creepy crawly creatures over something cute and cuddly? Do things that make other people's skin crawl just melt your heart? If so...
Tips on Adopting Pets
Thinking of adding an ?Easter Bunny? to your family? From an early age, we see those ridiculously cute faces?nose twitching, whiskers and in some cases, irresistible floppy ears. They are just too cute. But many don?t realize how much it takes to properly care for a rabbit...
I once saw a sign in an animal shelter that read: "Do you love German Shepherds? Labrador Retrievers? Boxers? Get them all, Get a Mutt!" In so many ways, this sentiment proves true...
Benefits of Owning a Pet
Forget the self-help relationship books, your horoscope and suggestions from friends. There's one person in your family who might just give the best advice on love in the business...your pet. Dogs...
Anyone who has ever looked into the eyes of a beloved pet will tell you the same thing, the wisdom of the ages seems to be reflected in that loving gaze. The animals in our lives can teach us so much...
A New Year always brings a time of renewal. Whether it's improving relationships or vowing to lose that holiday bulge, something about January kicks our tails into high gear. Believe or not, you...
Kids' lives seem simple: eat, play, sleep and go to school. But we parents know that our kids are learning tactics to be smart, confident and hard-working adults. And the pressure can be overwhelming....
Eleven years ago I got a sweet, gentle, barely four-pound, three-month-old furbaby, a Shih Tzu I named Mellie. I chose her because when I saw her face, I felt an instant infatuation and deep seated connection....
When I first brought my Shih Tzu home there was an adjustment period during which I tried to get her to stop peeing on the carpet, decode her bark and eat food without heating it up.  And even though...
Financial and Legal Advice
Like humans, pets have medical needs, a fact easily demonstrated by the billions of dollars that Americans spend on veterinary care each year. Pet insurance can help safeguard against unexpected and costly out-of-pocket medical expenses...
As I write this, the big economic news in the United States is the mortgage crisis and the thousands of home foreclosures across the nation.
When I picked my Pug puppy out of the litter almost eleven years ago, I was certain she would be everything I wanted in a pet -- loving, obedient, cuddly and loyal. "Expensive" never entered...
Pet Products and Charities
What do you do with your pets when your deployed? Read on for a solution.
Like most dog lovers, Nicholas Aretakis, president of PaPPI (Puppy and Pet Products International, LLC), walks his dogs for three basic reasons...
I haven't seen many photos of Paris Hilton carrying around a little dog lately, so perhaps the fad of pooches as fashion accessories has (thankfully) ended. But even if you aren?t taking your pet out for a night on the town, you may still need to get him from Point A to Point B.
Cats don't need to be trained to use a litter box...We humans are the ones who can use some training...
The Care.com Editorial Team has compiled a list of our favorite books and movies with a Pet Care theme.
Whether you are looking to adopt a pet, find a service animal, or donate or volunteer to a charity that benefits animals, the options can be overwhelming. Here, we round up some of our favorite pet and wildlife organizations...
Many Americans are jumping on the eco-friendly bandwagon, and with good reason. Never before have...
With the steady rise of e-commerce, you will find pet-related products, food and toys for sale online all over the 'net. Of course, just because there's a proliferation of merchandise out there, does not mean that all of it is good quality or that the web site offers great prices or service...
After You Find a Pet
I always say my first child is my 9-year-old Shih Tzu. She was my first stab at raising another living thing who was completely and utterly helpless without me. She taught me patience, compromise and...
What do you do when you've hired the perfect housekeeper but she's afraid of dogs? Or, perhaps your new cleaner does a great job and offers reasonable rates but he's allergic to cats and you've got three
sitter is often tense when she walks into a new home -- especially one that has animals. Pets, who can sense that tension, might not be at ease when there's a stranger in their home. To take everyone's stress (including your own) down a few notches, make sure your sitter is comfortable with your pets, and is prepared to care for them while you're away.
Pets love routines and predictability so it's no surprise that preparations must be made when it's time to bring home baby. The following tips can help smooth the transition
Dogs have long been the storied companions of children. Many of us grew up with dogs and considered them...
Social Media for Pet Owners
Have you tried the animalistic side of online social networking? No, we don't mean the fact-defying Facebook and MySpace pages of people looking for dates. We're talking about pet-related social networking...
Next time you decide to log on to check your MySpace page, watch out - Fido might beat you to it...
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