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.
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If friends and family members are tired or hearing you talk endlessly about your pet, visit some of the sites below for an unending stream of animal enthusiasm. Pet lovers like you come together on these blogs and forums to express their affections and share photos, stories, tips, and advice on pet care.
- Blogs and forums can be a valuable place to get advice on pet health issues. Be mindful, however, that the postings are user-generated and are not guaranteed truths: if you get a vital piece of information or advice from a blog or forum, double-check the facts elsewhere.
- Be sure to contribute if you have a worthwhile piece of advice or a question that you think will behoove other users. Interactive sites are kept alive by user contributions; your sound entry may improve another user’s Internet experience or his or her relationship with a pet.
is a blog that will appeal most to readers who curse the day that they were born with only two legs. In addition to ample pet photos, which range from cute to cutesy, there is a lot of news and advice for the dog or cat fanatic.
The Dogster Dog Blog
is exactly what the name suggests. Articles and news are provided along with postings by individual dog owners and lovers. This site also has great pictures.
and its sister site, Unitedcats
are essentially Facebook for dogs and cats. Whether you think that’s a good thing depends on what form your animal obsession takes.
offers a platform for pet lovers to put their pets on the ’net. Become a member for free and then create your own page so that you can join groups, write to the forum, and post video or photos of your pet.
hosts a variety of very active forums devoted to birds, cats, dogs, fish and reptiles, and others. Users are constantly posting and responding; there are thousands of threads to read detailing pet owners’ experiences with their animals.
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