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Pet Ownership

20 Percent Of Pet Owners Are Terrible People, Would Rather Give Up Cuddles Than Smartphones

Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

Most of us use our smartphones anywhere and everywhere. Walking down the street, in the bathroom, during sex and even at church, we find ourselves glu...

Rescue a Pet and Let a Pet Rescue You

Dr. Sanjay Jain, MD | Posted 02.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Sanjay Jain, MD

Pet ownership provides ample opportunities for physical and psychological development. As you continue to guide and train your dog or cat, you might just pick up some worthwhile life knowledge in your own regard.

How Attached Are You to Your Pet?

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 11.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

As adults, we lean on supportive friends, a spouse, and sometimes siblings to provide support and reassurance. Based on their results, study author Sigal Zilcha-Mano and his colleagues believe pets can serve the same function.

The Day I Discovered My Dog Is A Murderer

Lisa K. Friedman | Posted 07.27.2013 | Fifty
Lisa K. Friedman

My dog is a murderer. According to the veterinarian, he is still a puppy and his traits are just beginning to show through; I am worried for the future of our biosphere.

Teaching Your Dog to Come

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 07.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Sarah Hodgson

The cue "come" is like the human phrase equivalent "huddle!" It's the ultimate invitation to reconnect. An attitude of play and camaraderie will go further in helping a dog learn to come than using fear and intimidation.

10 Common Mistakes Cat Owners Make

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 07.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Cats require specialized care, which is a fact even many cat lovers don't realize. Here are 10 of the most common mistakes I see cat owners make.

Do We Love Our Pets More Than Our Children?

Carole Bennett, MA | Posted 07.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Carole Bennett, MA

So why do we love our pets so much? Let me answer as a dog owner, even though this list may attest to cats, birds, hamsters, snakes, horse, chickens or whatever other pet an owner may share his or her life with.

Why I'm So Glad To Be Rid Of My Yellow Lab

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 07.17.2013 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

'How is Sophie?' a neighbor asked the other day, inquiring about our endearing Yellow Lab. Sophie, with her lively personality and satanic eyes (she had Horner's syndrome), was an important member of our family for a long time. We loved her. We lost her. And now life is pretty awesome.

12 Ways Your Pet Can Improve Your Health

Danielle Hark | Posted 07.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Danielle Hark

Somehow, my fur-baby can always gets me to smile, no matter how miserable or stressed I feel. I am not alone. It turns out that all pets, not just therapy pets, can help your mind, body, and spirit. Here are a dozen reasons why.

The Weird, Wonderful Ways Your Pet Shows Love for You

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 07.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

The behavior of the companion animals we share our lives with is at times fascinating, frequently entertaining, and sometimes downright puzzling. Here are a few examples of how the furry love of your life shows affection.

Quick Tips for Choosing a Dog or Puppy

Sarah Hodgson | Posted 05.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Sarah Hodgson

As a dog trainer, I relish pre-adoptions consultations -- helping people consider the right dog for their lifestyle and preparing their household for the new addition. Here are my top five tips.

How Bad Dogs Get Good

Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald | Posted 05.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald

For many dog guardians, our relationships with our dogs can be a taste of heaven. Except when the cuties start having surprising behavior that isn't so cute. Dogs are known to be stress reducers; however, for many people, their dog's behavior can be a huge source of stress.

No Pet Paradise In Nation's Capital

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 01.16.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The United States may be the most dog-loving country in the world, but you wouldn't know it in the nation's capital. Only 21.9 percen...

Adopt a Pet and Improve Your Health

Domenick Scudera | Posted 12.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Domenick Scudera

Although I would like to believe that my dogs are miraculous, the fact is that any dog can have this effect on people. There is something calming and centering about connecting with an animal.

Do Humans Have an Inborn Understanding of Dogs?

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 11.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

The idea that humans have an innate ability to understand dog barks should probably come as no surprise. After all, wolves and dogs have figured prominently in the lives of men, women and children since the Stone Age.

My Kids Want a Dog. Do I?

Scott Shamberg | Posted 06.23.2012 | Parents
Scott Shamberg

I'm a sports person. I'm a people person. I am not a dog person.

Pet Food Labels

Donna Solomon, DVM | Posted 06.18.2012 | Chicago
Donna Solomon, DVM

Yesterday I was discussing with a conscientious dog owner her pet's diet. It instantly became clear to me that food labeling on pet's food can be confusing and potentially misleading.

A Cat Living a Dog's Life

Holly Robinson | Posted 05.27.2012 | Good News
Holly Robinson

I never meant to adopt two cats instead of one, much less to fall in love with a cat that thinks he's a dog. But sometimes life surprises you. Or, in cat terms, sometimes life is a ball of yarn that unwinds into unexpected pleasures.

The Final Gift

Kyle Shamberg | Posted 05.15.2012 | Green
Kyle Shamberg

Well, let me tell you, if you've never owned a pet before you'd be surprised. Disgusting becomes endearing. Sloppy face baths become "kisses." And the annoyances... ok, they're still annoying. But there's one thing you always get: completely unconditional love.

The Heart-Healthy Benefit Of Pets

The Huffington Post | Amanda L. Chan | Posted 02.16.2012 | Healthy Living

A new study provides even more evidence that man's best friend is good for your health -- this time, the findings suggest heart-healthy benefits of pe...

Man's Best Friend -- With Benefits

The Huffington Post | Steven Hoffer | Posted 09.12.2011 | Healthy Living

It's well known that dogs are "man's best friend" -- and now we have science to prove it. The emotional benefits of pet ownership can be equal to t...

He Was Only A Cat

Rick Horowitz | Posted 09.07.2011 | Healthy Living
Rick Horowitz

I'm way too old for this. Nobody gets his first pet in his sixth decade. Then again, I'd always known pretty much everything I needed to know about w...

The Health Benefits of Furry Four-Legged Friends

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 08.01.2011 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Pets bring a special companionship and joy to the lives of their owners. But our furry, four-legged friends can offer even more boons, keeping us active and involved in the world and boosting our health.

Can Sleeping With Your Pet Make You Sick?

Sophia Yin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sophia Yin

Last week the media headlines warned us that we shouldn't sleep with our pets, because doing so could make us sick. This week, the review that inspired these headlines is finally out.

Pet Custody: I'm Taking The Dog

I'm Taking The Dog!!! | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce

The title of this post comes from a line in "Legally Blonde" which is a guilty pleasure of mine.  Custody of a pet can be as contentious as custod...