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What to know about sharing a bed with pets

Pets provide companionship for thousands of people around the world, so it is understandable that pet owners want to be around their companion animals as much as possible - with many even welcoming them into their beds.
According to PetMd, an online animal healthcare resource, around 80 percent of pet owners allow pets to share beds with human family members. Data from the American Pet Products Association has found at least half of all pet parents allow pets to sleep with them every night. Whether this is safe, healthy or wise is a matter of debate.


Did you know? Dogs

When adopting or purchasing new dogs, dog owners must accept that their companion animals will be part of their lives for the next decade-plus. When dogs are welcomed into a home, they can alter the family dynamic and bring families immeasurable amounts of joy. So it's understandable that pet parents want that joy to last as long as possible, and prospective pet owners may be surprised to learn that some breeds have longer life expectancies than others.


Tips for city dwellers looking for the perfect pooch

Cats are considered great pets for city dwellers. Unlike dogs, cats don't bark, meaning apartment dwellers won't have to worry about upsetting their neighbors when cats want to grab their attention. Cats also can live indoors without needing to get any exercise in the backyards that many city residents simply don't have.


How to care for aging dogs

Dogs and cats may not live as long as their human companions, but they age just like other living creatures. Cats' and dogs' rate of growth and maturity is accelerated compared to human beings', and pet owners should know it's never too soon to make plans for keeping pets comfortable as they grow older.


Paleo food plans for today's pets

Domesticated dogs and cats are descendents from their wild ancestors, who did not wait around for their owners to use openers to crack open cans of processed food. Wild animals' eating habits are much different from the dietary routines of household pets, and that disparity has helped fuel a movement promoting paleo diets for pets.