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Should you get pet insurance?

pet insurance: yes or no?

The answer is yes if you plan to use insurance for catastrophic coverage; no if your pet is basically healthy and you're putting some money aside in an emergency "kitty". Here are a few things to know if you're considering insurance for your pet.


7easy pets for kids.

easy pets for kids.

When you know what to expect - and what not to expect - that first pet experience can be much more successful for all involved. Meet the 7 Easy Pets for Kids here.





Why dogs make great pets for kids.

all about dogs.

When it comes to pets for kids, it's hard to find a pet more loving, loyal, and easy to care for than dogs. They need just 15 to 30 minutes daily of care and feeding. They are one of the best pets for kids. Read All About Dogs here.



Best pet for kids by age.

the best pets for kids by age.

What is the best pet for kids by age? Good pets for kids are those a child can help care for her self. It's the best strategy for making a good decision on that all important first animal for a child. This guide to the best pet for kids by age can help.



5 pet pros and cons.

5 pet pros and cons.

It's a major decision for many families: to pet or not to pet. Whether you get a pet depends on how much time you are willing to spend with it, especially if you have younger kids. Here are 5 pet pros and cons to consider before bringing a pet home.




Pet chores for kids by age.

pet chores for kids by age.

At what age can a child help clean the cat litter box? Wash the dog? Help give vitamins or medications from the vet? This list of age appropriate pet chores can help you decide how much help you can expect from your child.



9 pet safety tips for kids.

9 pet safety tips.

Kids love a pet. But things can get quickly get out of hand if we don't set appropriate boundaries between the two. These 9 pet safety tips can help keep kids and animals safe together. 




9 tips for preventing zoonotic diseases.

how to prevent zoonotic diseases.

Unfortunately, it’s not just the strays you have to worry about. All animals can potentially transmit diseases. Here are 9 tips for preventing zoonotic diseases in your home.





How to create a kitchen pet feeding center.

how to create a pet feeding center.

Hey! You're not the only one chowing down in the kitchen. That doesn't mean the whole room has to go to the dogs, however. How can you and the pets peacefully co-exist in this busy heart of the home? Create a kitchen pet feeding center.



Cleaning up after pets.

cleaning up after pets.

It's inevitable. Even the best pet makes a mess sometimes. Here’s how to remove carpet pet stains including urine and worse, as painlessly as possible.




Pet care consequences for kids.

pet care consequences for kids.

When a child neglects a pet, have pet care consequences at the ready. Perhaps the other siblings can be paid to do the neglected chore out of the delinquent child’s allowance. Here are several natural consequences to consider when a child neglects a pet.



How to create a pet car survival kit.

how to create a pet car survival kit.

This pet car survival kit is primarily designed for dogs. Yes, I know cats travel, too.  But dogs are the more frequent travelers. Here are the pet car essentials you'll need for the road trips ahead.


Exotic pets for kids: What you should know.

what you should know about exotic pets.

Exotic pets - such as parrots and cockatoos, spider monkeys, or ferrets - require more attention, more expensive cages or habitats, and specialized vet care. And just try to find a sitter for one of these rare animals when you go on vacation. Here's what you need to know if you're considering an exotic pet for kids.



How to remove carpet pet stains.

how to remove carpet pet stains.

It's inevitable. Even the best pet makes a mess sometimes. Here’s how to remove carpet pet stains including urine and worse, as painlessly as possible.




Pet allergies: living with pets you're allergic to.

living with pets you're allergic to.

Despite the fact that living with our pets sometimes give us allergy symptoms - like coughing and sneezing - we still want our pets around. These 6 tips for those with pet allergies can help ensure everyone is more comfortable at home.



6 less toxic flea removal methods.

6 less toxic ways to get rid of fleas.

Dogs, cats, and fleas all seem to go together. Fortunately pet owners today have powerful new weapons in the war on fleas. Here are 6 less toxic flea removal methods to help you win the war against fleas.







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About the Author

Tara Aronson

Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.