How to Take Care of Cats and Dogs - FamilyEducation

Pet Care

Pets make great pals but can be a lot of work! Learn what goes into caring for a dog, cat, or other pet before your children pick one out.

Basic Canine First Aid

Basic Canine First Aid Chew on This Telephone numbers that may be useful in an emergency: read more

Bathing Your Dog

Bathing Your Dog Dogs love to roll in any stinky thing they can find, from animal droppings to dead fish. When that happens, it's definitely bath time! Bath time doesn't have to be a wrestling match. Teach your dog that the bath site—probably the bath tub for medium and large dogs, maybe the kitchen sink for small dogs—isn't a scary place. read more

Brushing the Dog

Brushing the Dog Tools of the Trade Choosing the right brushes and combs can be mind-boggling if you don't know what will work best for your dog's coat. Bristle brushes can be used on any type of coat. Widely spaced, long bristles work well on a longer coat, while short, closely spaced bristles work better on short, coarse coats. Wire pin brushes work well on curly and medium to long hair. Slicker brushes normally have a flat back set with fine wire bristles. read more

Changes You Can Expect as Your Dog Ages

Changes You Can Expect as Your Dog Ages BowWOW Here's how your mature dog's age translates into human years: read more

Childproof Your Dog and Bite-Proof Your Kids

Childproof Your Dog and Bite-Proof Your Kids If you got your dog as a companion for your children, you need to know that happy canine and child relationships don't happen by accident. Young puppies play rough and have sharp teeth and claws. They aren't born knowing how to behave with their new human companions. They're used to playing with their littermates—puppies play with their mouths and feet, they play rough, and they like to make each other squeal. Your puppy needs to learn that teeth do not belong on human skin. read more

Choosing a Veterinarian

Choosing a Veterinarian Your dog's vet is an important person in his life, even if he doesn't much like going to see her. With your help, she'll give him regular examinations and provide vaccinations and preventive medications to keep him healthy. If he's sick or injured, she'll diagnose the problem and offer treatment options. read more

Common Dog Laws

Common Dog Laws Most jurisdictions have laws affecting dog owners and ownership. Some of these laws make perfect sense, while others are ineffective and potentially damaging to responsible dog owners and their dogs. Be sure you know your local laws and keep track of proposed laws. If you don't like them, let your voice be heard. Vote. Here are a few of the more common types of laws affecting dog owners. read more

Correcting Some Common Dog Problems

Correcting Some Common Dog Problems When your puppy or dog does something you don't like, you need to teach her not to do it. Here are three general ideas that should help you deal with most problems. read more

Crate Training Your Puppy

Crate Training Your Puppy A crate is a puppy owner's second-best friend. Properly used, a crate will help with potty training your puppy, prevent chewing and other destructive behaviors, provide a familiar refuge at home or away, and keep your puppy safe. If you use the crate as it's meant to be used, your dog will consider it his den. Some dogs choose to lie in their crates even when the doors are open. read more

Dealing with the Loss of Your Cat

Dealing with the Loss of Your Cat Losing a beloved pet is very difficult. Be kind to yourself. Try to plan for something to do for the rest of the day, and try to be with someone who understands your grief. Don't share your feelings with people you don't think will understand. The last thing you need is for someone to say, “It was just a cat.” The cats who share our lives are part of us. Don't allow anyone to belittle your feelings. read more

Dealing with the Loss of Your Dog

Dealing with the Loss of Your Dog Be kind to yourself after the euthanasia. Try to plan something to do for the rest of the day with someone who understands your grief. Don't share your feelings with anyone who you think won't understand. The last thing you need is for someone to say, “It was just a dog.” The dogs we live with and love are part of our Selves, and you have a right to your feelings. read more

Dog Must Be Put Down

What should you tell your five-year-old when the family dog has to be put down? read more

Dog Obedience School

Dog Obedience School Grrrrowls Never leave a choke chain or pinch collar on your dog when you aren't with him or when he's in a crate, and never let dogs play together with choke chains or pinch collars on. Choke chains and pinch collars can get caught and strangle your dog or cause severe injury. read more

Dog Training Tools

Dog Training Tools Grrrrowls More dogs are turned over to shelters and put to sleep for poor behavior than for any other reason. Poor behavior is nearly always caused by lack of training and socialization. Don't let your dog die because you failed to train her. read more

Dogs at Large

Dogs at Large A dog running loose is a dog in danger. Dogs running the neighborhood can cause dissension among the neighbors, and the dog is often the one who suffers the consequences. Loose dogs can quickly become a nuisance, especially if they team up with other dogs and form packs. A pack of dogs can be a serious threat to livestock, pets, and even people, especially children. Dogs in packs are like people in mobs—they lose their individual inhibitions and do things they wouldn't normally do, things you might never expect. read more

Don't Jump on Grandma!

Don't Jump on Grandma! If you won't want your dog to jump up on people when he's bigger, don't let him do it as a little puppy. A small dog that jumps up can be a big problem for children, and a major annoyance for adults. A medium or large dog that jumps up is downright dangerous. read more

Essential Pet Supplies

Essential Pet Supplies Shop for your new buddy before he comes home. That way you'll be able to devote yourself to getting to know each other instead of scurrying off to the store during those first few days. Let's see what you need. Doggerel A crate is like a den. Crates come in many forms—wire, plastic, aluminum, on wheels, with handles, and in various colors and sizes. For potty training, safe travel, and confinement if the dog is injured or ill, you can't beat a crate. read more

Exercising Growing Puppies

Exercising Growing Puppies It's important to remember that, although most puppies have lots of energy, their bodies are immature and not ready for exercise that causes sharp or repetitious impact during the first year. Large and giant breeds should be 18 months or older. read more

Feeding Your Cat

Feeding Your Cat Cat Nip Greens such as bluegrass, fescue, ryegrass; Japanese barnyard millet; oats; rye (beware of ergot, a hallucinogenic fungus); sprouts (alfalfa or bean), in small amounts; and wheat are easy to grow and provide safe munching, if your cat is so inclined. Avoid seeds treated with herbicides or insecticides, though. read more

Five Essential Commands for Your Dog

Five Essential Commands for Your Dog Who wants to stand in the yard calling a dog that ignores you until he's good and ready to obey? Who wants a dog that won't lie down and stay where you tell him? We've probably all known dogs like that, and they're no fun to live with. The sad fact is that dogs are trained to ignore their owners—by their owners! Happily, any reasonably healthy dog of any breed can be trained to respond to basic commands. read more

Keeping Up with Your Cat's Hygiene

Keeping Up with Your Cat's Hygiene Healthy skin and coat begin with good nutrition (see Feeding Your Cat) and parasite control (see Vaccinating Your Cat Against Infectious Diseases), but good grooming helps, too. With regular brushing or combing and perhaps an occasional bath, your cat will be the best-coiffured feline in the neighborhood. read more

Keeping Your Dog Safe

Keeping Your Dog Safe It's important to consider the weather—especially the temperature—when exercising your dog. One dog's beautiful day is another dog's climatic nightmare. Consider your dog's size, the thickness and length of her coat, and how accustomed she is to heat or cold when deciding whether she should be out, or for how long, on hot or cold days. No matter what her breed, guard her from extremes of weather as well as from other hazards that accompany our changing seasons. read more

Keeping Your Dog's Feet and Nails Healthy

Keeping Your Dog's Feet and Nails Healthy Examine your dog's feet frequently. Check between his toes and pads, especially if he spends time in places where he may pick up burrs, stones, small sticks, and other debris. Remove foreign matter carefully with your fingers or tweezers. If necessary, trim the long hair between his toes, especially on the bottom, so that it doesn't form mats or collect debris that can hurt him, and so that he will have better traction on smooth surfaces. read more

Leaving Your Cat at Home or in a Kennel While You're Away

Leaving Your Cat at Home or in a Kennel While You're Away Although some cats travel well, most really don't enjoy globe-trotting. If you're going to be gone only a day or two and your cat free feeds and has no special care needs, you might be able to leave him alone with plenty of food, water, and litter. But if you'll be gone longer or if your cat needs medication or can't free feed, you'll need to make other arrangements. Whether you choose to board him or hire a pet-sitter to come in, make reservations as much ahead of time as possible. read more

Making Important Decisions About Your Sick or Injured Dog

Making Important Decisions About Your Sick or Injured Dog A number of factors may influence your decision to euthanize your dog. You need to weigh all the factors in making the right choice for your dog, yourself, and your family. read more

Managing Your Dog's Aggression

Managing Your Dog's Aggression Canine aggression comes about due to any of a number of causes. Some dogs just have bad temperaments. Some have medical problems that cause behavioral changes. Aggression can be directed at people, at other animals, or both. An aggressive dog—one that threatens to bite, tries to bite, or does bite—is dangerous. If your dog behaves aggressively, you need to get qualified professional help immediately. read more

Pet Care for Kids: Age-Appropriate Ways For Kids to Help

A New Pet! When choosing a pet for the holidays, make sure the temperament of the animal matches your family and lifestyle. Make it clear to the adoption agency or pet store that pet care for kids is important to your family. Pets can bring many years of joy if chosen correctly, and pet care can help teach children kindness and patience. For a fun activity, have your child use this printable to sort animals by identifying ones that make good pets. read more

Pet Grooming

Pet GroomingMaterials Pet shampoo Flea and tick shampoos Bath brush Towels Hair brushes and combs Hair dryer Large tub Directions Dog and cat grooming is a good business if you like animals and you don't mind getting wet. read more

Physical Changes in Your Aging Cat

Physical Changes in Your Aging Cat As your cat ages, you can expect a number of behavioral and physical changes to occur. Some are normal and inevitable, but some signal serious disease. If you're not sure talk to your vet. Early diagnosis and treatment might control problems while they're small and prolong your cat's quality of life. Let's look at some of the common changes that occur in aging cats, and then see what we can do to keep our geriatric kitties healthy and happy. read more

Potty Training Your Puppy

Potty Training Your Puppy. read more