Pets

A pet has a special place in your family. Here's how to introduce your dog or cat to a new baby. Plus: Popular pet names to consider for your next pet.

Preparing Your Dog for Baby

Your four-legged sidekick has probably figured out that something's up. Follow our countdown to D-day and the transition will come with fewer barks (oops, we mean bumps) in the road.

The Benefits of Pets

5 surprising ways pets are good for kids -- and families too!

6 Best Small Pets to Consider for Your Child

Don't have space for a big pet? Don't worry. There are still plenty of friendly palm-sized options your child will love.

Picking the Perfect Pet

Dog or cat? Hamster or guinea pig? Experts help you figure out which animal is right for your young family.

The Best Pet for Your Child

Can't decide whether your family should get a dog or a cat? Bird or hamster? Use our cheat sheet to help pick the perfect pet for your family.

Finding Best Pet for Kids With Allergies

Even if your child is sensitive to fur and dander, it's still possible to choose a pet that will keep her sneeze-free and happy.

Baby and Beagle Have Best Meet-Cute Ever

Need a dose of cuteness? Then this baby-meeting-a-beagle video is for you.

Celebs and the Dogs They Love

These stars love to hang with their canine "babies."

Manners & Responsibility: Raising Responsible Pet Owners

Are your kids begging for a pet? Watch this before bringing Fido or Fluffy home, so you can help your children understand how to care for an animal.

Holiday Who Wore it Best: Dog vs. Human

Dogs in Christmas costumes take on humans in Christmas costumes for the title of best dressed! Will cute pug or adorable baby prevail? From canine reindeer ears to ugly Christmas sweaters, this festive showdown will get you in the holiday spirit! #CuteOverload

How a Baby Changes Your Pet's Life: Frequently Asked Questions

What to expect from your pet after baby arrives.

Pet Peeves: Jealous of the Baby

Your dog or cat is probably going to be jealous of the new baby. Here's how to create a peaceable kingdom.

8 Basic Guidelines on Pet Safety

Are you sure it's safe for your pet to be around your baby?

When a Pet Dies

The comforting words your child needs to hear to help her grieve and cope.

15 Reasons to Adopt a Pet

If you're thinking of getting a new dog or cat, here's why you should visit your local animal shelter first.

Dog Names We Love

Your other baby's going to need a name, too. Here's our guide to dog monikers beyond Fido and Sadie.

What Kind of Dog Is Right for Your Family?

Learn about various breeds and the benefits of each.

These Kids Are Reading to Shelter Dogs for a Really Beautiful Reason

An animal shelter is inviting young children to read to its dogs in an adorable new program that benefits both its two- and four-legged participants.

Pets & Kids: Cutest Kids and Pets Amateur Photo Contest Winners

Meet the winners of the Parents.com and Petco "Cutest Kids and Pets Amateur Photo Contest". We searched through thousands of entries and selected five pictures. The photos are not in order of cuteness -- that's up to you to decide.

12 Pets Who Love Their Human Mama's Baby Bump

Dogs and cats make everything that much cuter--Check out these reader-submitted images of "fur-babies" showing their mama's pregnant bellies plenty of lovin'!

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