A pet or companion animal is an animal kept for companionship and enjoyment, as opposed to livestock, laboratory animals, working animals or sport animals, which are kept for economic reasons. The most popular pets are noted for their loyal or playful characteristics, for their attractive appearance, or for their song. Pets also generally seem to provide their owners with non-trivial health benefits; keeping pets has been shown to help relieve stress. There is now a medically-approved class of "therapy animals," mostly dogs, who are brought to visit confined humans. Walking a dog can provide both the owner and the dog with exercise, fresh air, and social interaction.

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Wildlife and Pets: Keeping Our Animals Safe From Predators
 
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Sloan McKinneySloan McKinney   97   0   1   0   0   0
Depending upon where you live, even some suburban areas can have pesky critters and predators that can cause problems for our pets. Think about living in the city and you’ll still encounter rodents from time to time, even skunks, possums and raccoons are sometimes seen in the suburbs. All...
How to make your office more pet-friendly
 
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Emma Hannah LawsonEmma Hannah Lawson   235   0   1   0   0   0
We live in an age of change – a mere couple of decades ago, bringing in pets to work was only acceptable if you were a veterinarian or working at a pet shelter. Nowadays, however, an increasing number of companies are more and more tolerant when it comes to...
Going "green" with your dog!
 
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Michael A. ShannonMichael A. Shannon   166   0   1   0   0   0
If you're anything of an eco-friendly individual like I am, you go out of your way each and every single day to ensure that everything you take part in has been confirmed as a "green" way of living. From the moment we wake up and take...
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Emma Hannah LawsonEmma Hannah Lawson   450   0   1   0   0   0
Research on the relationship between pets and children clearly showed the positive impact of animals on the psychosocial development of youngsters. Self-confidence of children who grow up in families that have a pet is greater. Since animals seek unconditional love and require constant attention and care, the child develops...
The Do's and Don'ts of Travelling with your dog
 
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Dina MariaDina Maria   525   0   1   0   0   0
Working as a veterinary technician in Myrtle Beach, I have seen just about everything that can go wrong when you include your dog in your family road trip. I have compiled a list of Do’s and Don’ts to help you enjoy your vacation safely with man’s best friend....
10 Literary Dogs Who “Stole the Book”
 
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Dina MariaDina Maria   388   0   1   0   0   0
Any dog lover knows that canines are forever stealing the spotlight from actors on the big screen. Even an Oscar winner like Tom Hanks was no match for that big, drooling French Mastiff in Turner and Hooch! Literary dogs face a considerably bigger challenge. They must capture the hearts...
Human and Animal Healthcare: One in the Same
 
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Allison RatherAllison Rather   1127   0   1   0   0   0
Human and animal healthcare are two professions often considered to be separate types of medicine. This can be easily assumed since the physicians require specific training in their designated fields, attend different medical schools and treat different types of patients. However, what many may not realize is that animal...
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