Pets & Kids

When kids get a little older, they'll love to dream about picking a pet to add to the family. Here's our advice for choosing a pet to complement your busy household, including dogs, cats, rabbits, turtles, rodents, reptiles, and more.

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.

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.

Quiz: Are You Ready For a Dog?

Adding a dog to your family is a huge commitment. Take our quiz to find out if you're ready.

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5 Tips to Teach Kids to Play Safely with Dogs

Dogs are kid's best friend! But to get these BFFs together, children need to learn safe get-to-know-Fido rules.

Finding the Best Pets 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.

Which Dog Breed Is Right for Your Family?

An expert breaks down several kid-friendly dog breeds and explains how to choose the right one for your family.

Aww! Study Shows Toddlers and Puppies Are Surprisingly Similar

Parents and dog-lovers may not be shocked to find out how alike two of the most lovable beings on Earth really are.

8 Ways Your Fur Baby Is Different From Your Real Baby

They're both cuddly little bundles of joy but your fur baby is content chasing a tennis ball day after day while your real baby is learning too fast to stay happy with any one toy for long!

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.

You Have to See the Sweet Bond Between This Boy With Autism and His Deaf Dog

Six-year-old Connor, who is non-verbal, and Ellie the boxer, who is deaf and responds to sign language, are a match made in heaven.

Quiz: What Kind of Pet Is Right for Your Family?

Are you thinking about adding a pet to your family? Take our quiz and find out which type of pet might be best!

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Picking the Perfect Pet

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

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.

When a Pet Dies

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

4 Allergy-Friendly Pets

Choosing the right pet can be a challenge when little ones (or parents!) have allergies. Find out which animals are a fit for your family.

How to Tell if You Shouldn't Get a Pet

Not every pet is a good choice for every home. Here are guidelines on the less-than-suitable furry (or scaly) friends you might want to avoid.

Age-by-Age Guide to Pet Chores for Kids

Pets are more than cute and cuddly companions--they're a great way to teach kids responsibility.

Preparing Your Family for a Dog

Now that your family has made the decision to get a dog, what should you do next? Here's how to prepare your home and your family for its newest member.

4 Ways to Involve Kids in Dog Training

Introduce the newest furry family member by teaching your child basic steps to communicating and caring for the pet.

6 Tips for Picking the Perfect Pet Name

Not sure what moniker to give your pet? Read these guidelines on how to choose a name everyone will love.

Does Pet Care Teach Responsibility?

Jan Faull, MEd, on what parents can do to encourage kids to take care of their pets.

Mom Warns Parents in Wake of Dogs' Vicious Attack on Her 7-Year-Old Son

Many pets are loving and sweet, but this mom's account of what happened to her son serves as an important reminder that we should always be careful when kids and dogs mix.

You Have to See This Little Girl's Reaction When Her Parents Surprise Her With a Puppy

Watch the adorable video, and see some important tips for gifting a pet during the holidays.

Determining if a Pet Is Right for Your Family

When you've decided to get a family pet, it's important to choose one that fits into the lifestyles of everyone in your house.