4 helpful tips for leaving your dog alone and the max time you can leave them, according to vets
Puppies can hold their bladder for about one hour for every month they've been alive, plus one hour — but older dogs can be left alone for longer.
6 ways to keep your cat cool in the blistering summer heat, according to veterinarians
Cats may love lying in the sun, but they can still overheat. On summer days, provide shade and cool water and call your vet for signs of heat stroke.
How often you should bathe your dog and signs you're overdoing it, according to veterinarians
How often to bathe your dog mainly depends on their breed, coat, and lifestyle. Here, vets offer a few general guidelines.
11 products real dog parents swear by for keeping their pups cool in the heat
There are many products to keep dogs from overheating, including crate fans and ice cream for pups. Here's what our editors and their dogs turn to.
How to pick the best cat food, according to vets, and 32 options that meet the criteria
The best cat food brands of 2022, plus info on deciphering all-natural foods, calorie counts, and "premium" content, from animal nutrition experts.
The 4 best dog life jackets to keep pups safe at the pool or beach
Veterinarians and pet safety experts told us what makes a good life jacket for dogs. These are the best dog life jackets for small and large pups.
The 8 best dog puzzle toys for staving off boredom, tested by our pups and vetted by us
Dog puzzles include boards with moving tiles and drawers, balls that dispense treats, and plushies. These are the best dog puzzle toys we tested.
6 reasons why your dog is shaking and how to help them
Dogs sometimes tremble when they're anxious or cold, but shaking could also be a sign of something more serious like shaker syndrome.
What to give your dog for pain under veterinary supervision, from medications to home remedies
Signs that indicate your dog is in pain are a reduced appetite, excessive panting, limping, and a rapid heart rate.
4 important functions of dog whiskers and why you should avoid trimming or clipping them
Ever wondered what your dog's whiskers do? A lot of things, actually — including help them navigate and stay safe in unfamiliar areas.
6 reasons why your dogs' nose is dry and when to be concerned
If your dogs' nose is drier than usual, it could be because they're dehydrated or have a fever.
Why does my dog smell like Fritos — and other canine scent anomalies
Your dog likely smells like a bag of chips because of the bacteria, yeast, and fungi that make up their microbiome.
Why some dogs are more scared of fireworks than others
It's normal that your dog might have some anxiety about loud, unfamiliar noises — but here's why it could affect some dogs more than others.
9 effective ways to keep your dogs calm during fireworks, according to vets
Vets say that putting your dog in a tightly-fitted thunderjacket and giving them natural remedies like L-theanine may have a soothing effect.
The 5 best cat litters that make cleanup easy and less smelly
We tested 28 cat litters, including clay, paper, silica gel, wood, and grain. This is the best cat litter for absorption, clumping, and odor control.
These 10 items can help calm your dog when they're feeling anxious
A veterinarian and animal behaviorist shared their favorite products to help calm fearful, anxious dogs.
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Tell-tale signs your dog's about to go into heat and how to comfort her and prevent an unwanted pregnancy
Unspayed female dogs go into heat roughly every six months, though this can vary by breed. Here's how long heat lasts and how to care for them.
My cats are in love with this wall-mounted furniture that's basically an elaborate obstacle course
Catastrophic Creations makes wall-mounted furniture for cats. The well-designed shelves are easy to clean, and my cats have a new favorite hangout.
We tested 22 vacuums on stubborn pet hair, and these 5 picked up the most fur
We tried 22 vacuums to find the best ones for picking up pet hair and fur on carpet, hardwood floors, furniture, cars, and more.
The 10 best bird feeders to attract diverse species to your yard, according to experts
Avian experts told us what kinds of feeders are best. There are the best bird feeders, including squirrel-proof, tube, suet, and hummingbird feeders.
The best food for dogs of all ages, including kibble, wet, and fresh food
Experts told us what makes a good pet food. We rounded up the best dog food, including top brands for kibble, wet, and fresh food for pups of all ages.
The benefits of letting your furry feline live indoors, according to vets
Outdoor cats face risks like infectious diseases, which leads them to have a much shorter lifespan than indoor cats.
14 travel essentials to keep your dog safe and comfortable on road trips, recommended by experts
Most dogs love to ride in the car, but you'll need some gear to ensure their safety. Here is the best gear for driving in the car with your pup.
10 pieces of gear to keep adventurous cats safe and comfortable when they're outdoors
Adventure cats have a big fanbase on social media. We rounded up their owners' favorite gear for hikes, city walks, and time on the water.
12 pieces of gear to keep dogs safe and comfortable on the trails, recommended by avid hikers
Hiking essentials for your adventure pup include more than water and poop bags. Here's the best dog hiking gear to ensure a safe and happy hike.
The 15 all-time best things we've bought to spoil our pets, from cheap toys to fancy furniture
We polled Insider's seasoned pet owners and rounded up their favorite pet products from scratchers to toys. Of course, they're cat- and dog-approved too.
The best cooling mats to help your dog beat the heat this summer
We tested 5 popular water and gel cooling pads for dogs on hot summer days. These are the best dog cooling mats for home and travel.
The 9 best dog beds for pups of all shapes and sizes
A good dog bed is comfortable, durable, and easy to clean. These are the best dog beds, including calming, orthopedic, and travel beds.
The 6 best hairball remedies for cats, including gels, treats, and supplements
Different medications, foods, treats, and supplements can help reduce and prevent hairballs. These are the best hairball remedies for cats.
6 things your dog is trying to communicate by staring at you, according to vets
If your dog sometimes won't take their eyes off of you, it could be a sign of anything from love to aggression.
Amazon is having a huge 24-hour sale right now on pet supplies and accessories — you can get food, toys, and certain OTC medication for up to 50% off
Amazon's first-ever Pet Day includes deals on some of our favorite pet accessories, food, treats, and grooming tools from brands like Blue Buffalo and Petsafe.
How long your dog should sleep each day and signs of abnormal sleep patterns
Dogs with short snouts, like Cavalier King Charles spaniels and English bulldogs, may be more at risk of sleeping problems.
The 5 best fish tanks for building out your at-home aquarium
Experts told us what to look for when shopping for a tank for saltwater, freshwater, betta fish, and more. These are the best fish tanks and accessories.
23 environmentally sustainable toys, treats, and essentials for cats and dogs
Sustainable pet products reduce your and your pet's environmental footprint. Here are 23 of our favorite cat and dog toys, treats, and essentials.
I found an eco-friendly alternative to plastic dog poop bags called Pooch Paper — it's a bit more expensive but I feel better knowing it's biodegradable
Pooch Paper makes an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic dog poop bags. The biodegradable sheets are easy to use when out walking your dog.
5 reasons for dogs' adorable head-tilting behavior
One study found that dogs were more likely to tilt their head in response to a familiar word — suggesting that some head tilts do indicate listening.
Here's how catnip works as a recreational drug for cats
Most — but not all — cats can get loopy and happy from catnip. Here's why that happens and how to give it to your cat safely.
Do dogs see color? 6 fun facts about how your dog sees the world
Dogs are partially colorblind — here's what colors they can and can't see and how their vision differs from ours.
4 reasons why your furry feline snoozes most of the day
Cat's sleep as many as 18 hours a day because of their ancestral instincts, age, and more.
This $13 pet broom is a godsend if you deal with seasonal and heavy shedding — it's made removing dog fur from my carpets so much easier
I use the Furemover Broom to remove dog hair from my carpets. It's great for heavy shedding and left the carpets in my rental better than I found them.
6 things your dog is trying to tell you by howling
Dogs howl because of their ancestral instinct to communicate — here's what they are trying to say to you.
4 things your dog is trying to tell you with the movement of their tail
If your dog wags their tail to the right, it can mean something completely different than when they wag it to the left.
11 dog-safe vegetables that have benefits for your pup's health
Certain vegetables can help boost vision health, soothe your pup's stomach, remove plaque from their teeth, and even reduce the risk of cancer.
The 5 best dog shampoos in 2022, according to a veterinarian
We spoke to veterinarians to find the best shampoos for dogs, including flea and tick, puppy, dry, and whitening dog shampoo formulas.
6 reasons why your pup is panting and when it's serious
Dogs pant when they're trying to cool themselves off — but panting may also signal a medical issue like Cushing's disease.
The 6 best dog brushes, combs, and grooming gloves to keep your pup's coat healthy
We tested 23 brushes with our dogs. Here are the best dog brushes for short and long hair, including deshedders plus combs and grooming gloves.
Why you should never feed your dog onions, grapes, and more — and what to feed them instead
Dogs can eat foods like bananas, watermelon, cucumbers, and more — but you should never give your pup avocadoes.
The 12 best cat toys for chasing, pouncing, and swatting
We tested dozens of cat toys to narrow down our top picks. Here are the best cat toys, including scratchers, balls, laser toys, mice, and more.
The 6 best outdoor cat houses to keep them warm and dry
In cold, wet weather, an outdoor cat house can protect cats. We spoke with experts to determine which houses are best for feral and outdoor cats.
These cheap plastic lids are a lifesaver for storing my pet's canned wet food in the fridge — they cut down on waste and contain the smell
Wet pet food can be messy to store and difficult to keep fresh, but these can covers make it easy.