Pet Care

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Pets

It’s often said that a pet isn’t just an animal, but a member of the family. Both anecdotal and scientific evidence suggests that pets help their owners enjoy longer, healthier, happier lives. Of course, with the wonderful rewards of pet ownership comes great responsibility. The Internet is a useful source of advice and assistance to keep coats glistening and tails wagging—if you know where to look. We’ve herded some of the Web’s best pet-care resources into this guide so you can spend less time researching and more time with your animal.

Choosing a Pet

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Pet Care

There are a number of matters to consider when introducing a pet into your home. This section of the guide helps you deal with the necessary health, feeding, and obedience issues—including spaying, neutering, and potential behavioral problems in dogs, cats, birds, and fish. Learn about pet insurance (and whether you need it), and find out what online veterinary resources can help you keep your pet well between visits to your actual vet. This guide can even help you get your lost pet home.

Dulcinea's Insight

  • No Web site can ever be a substitute for a qualified veterinarian. Make sure you find one you trust, and keep the clinic’s contact information handy in case of an emergency. Remember that regular checkups can sometimes nip developing ailments in the bud.
  • Any vet can implant a microchip in your animal that will help you find your pet if it ever becomes lost. It causes only a moment of mild discomfort, and the cost averages $70. Unfortunately, these chips aren’t tracking devices (not yet, anyway). But if your furry friend has a chip and she’s turned in at a vet’s practice, a scanner can provide a conclusive ID. By referring to a database, the vet will then be able to find your contact details.

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For general information on the health and behavior of pets …
When choosing pet food …
For help with those first few days and weeks …
On dealing with dogs’ behavioral and health issues …
On dealing with cats’ behavioral and health issues …
On dealing with bird behavioral issues …
For questions on fish behavior and issues …
For advice on spaying and neutering …
For veterinary clinics and pet hospitals …
For information on pet insurance …
To help your lost pet get home …
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