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They're not human, but they're definitely family.

Dog walker vs dog daycare: Which one is best for your dog?

Enter a caption... Dog parents who work outside the home often stress about leaving their fur baby home alone all day. These worries are justified: dogs typically shouldn’t be left alone for eight or more hours, says Annie Hudson, owner of dog-walking company Hudson’s Hounds in New York City. ... more

What losing my pet showed me about the power of grief

One of the most difficult things we can go through is the loss of someone we love. But what if that someone is a beloved family pet? The grief is still difficult, but it can also be different and confusing — and, unfortunately, taken less seriously by those around us... more

Flying with dogs 101: General rules, cost and travel tips

If you’re planning a flight with your pup, you may wonder whether that cute little face will be the perfect passenger or a high-maintenance mess. Knowing your dog is key to pre-travel planning.  Seasoned traveler Hilary Sloan, of New York City, who has flown her small dog Ella Bean... more

7 interview questions to ask a potential pet sitter

Whether you’re going on a quick weekend getaway or an international adventure, finding a trustworthy pet sitter is a crucial part of planning your trip. Leaving your pet in the care of a stranger can be stressful, but finding the right pet sitter will allow you to enjoy your time... more

How to find the right place to board your dog

When you have to leave your dog for an extended period — whether for an extra-long work day or a trip away from home — you might consider pet boarding. Unlike pet sitting, where someone visits or stays in your home to care for your dog, boarding involves leaving your... more

8 kid-friendly dog breeds: How to find the furry companion that’s right for your family

Welcoming a furry friend into your home is research-proven to benefit your children’s well-being. Pet ownership may be beneficial to child and adolescent emotional, cognitive, behavioral, educational and social development, according to a recent study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Of all the animals... more

Pet rats: A guide to the surprisingly smart & affectionate rodent

If your knowledge of rats extends about as far as Pizza Rat — the viral rodent who carried a slice of pizza down a flight of subway stairs — that’s about to change. Though their reputation of being dirty street animals precedes them, domestic rats can be more like common... more

Dog bladder infection: 7 tips to help your pup

Bladder infections in dogs are fairly common, but because dogs can't tell you what they're feeling, it can be a challenge to figure out what is happening with your furry friend. "Your dog will not complain or tell you if it burns to urinate," shares Dr. Lori Pasternak... more