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Helpful Pet Websites & Blogs

I’ve visited a lot of helpful pet websites and pet blogs over the years, enough to know that the list of helpful links is virtually endless. I have a few favorites, however, that I’ve continued to go back to because they are either very informative, thought-provoking or just plain fun. I’ve put together a list of some of my favorites.

The American Kennel Club is a “not-for-profit organization and the largest purebred dog registry in the world.” They are the governing body for thousands of dog events every year, including dog shows, tracking, herding trials, agility competitions and more. They offer a variety of programs and services to support dog owners and improve the lives of dogs.

We are the sports-governing body for over 22,000 dog events a year, including conformation (dog shows) and exciting sports like agility, obedience, rally, tracking, lure coursing, earthdog, herding trials, among others. But the AKC is so much more! Through our programs, events, and services we support and enrich the lives of dogs — purebreds and mixed-breeds alike — and their families.

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has over 89,000 veterinarian members, including private practices, government organizations and academics. The AVMA is a trusted, leadership organization promoting professional veterinary services and advocating for the best healthcare for all animals. The AVMA is devoted to advancing the science of veterinary care.

BlogPaws  “is an inclusive, global community of pet enthusiasts who write about and support pets via social media. We connect brands with pet parents and pet parents with each other, 24/7/365.”  This is the place to go to learn how to blog better, learn more about other bloggers and take online courses to help your craft. It’s a warm, welcoming community of pet bloggers who are there to help each other and make sure we are all the best possible bloggers and pet parents we can be.

Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners A nationwide network of specialty and surgical animal hospitals with an impressive library of pet health articles and a monthly newsletter tailored to your home state.

Caring for a Senior Dog This informative blog is chock full of articles and tips for taking care of older dogs, focusing on their health and emotional issues. It also follows the adventures of Red, a blind, senior dog who will melt your heart.

CAROdog CARO stands Companion Animal Responsible Ownership. The website covers topics such as national and international pet care standards, pet population management and how you can help improve the lives of pets through activism.

The Cat Fanciers’ Association is a not-for-profit organization. Its objectives are to protect the welfare of all cats; promote and improve CFA recognized breeds of cats; register purebred cats; license and oversee cat shows and promote member cat clubs. The CFA hosts several hundred cat shows each year.

Conscious Cat “Conscious living, health and happiness for cats and their humans.”

Dental Associates of Northern Virginia’s Guide to Dental Health for Your Pets gives an overview of the importance of proper dental care for pets. At the bottom of the general article you’ll find links to more specific posts about everything from Small Animal Dentistry to Canine Oral Bacteria. Our thanks to Girl Scout Peyton Vogel, who discovered the Guide to Dental Health for Your Pets and suggested that we include it on our list of helpful pet websites. Thanks, Peyton!

Dogs Naturally Articles focusing on natural alternatives for your dog’s health and well-being.

Ghengis Fireworks, based in the UK, has a helpful guide to desensitizing pets to the sound of fireworks. It includes sound files of single and multiple fireworks that you can use to gradually introduce your pets to louder sounds in a “safe, controlled environment.” The instructions are detailed and the writer stresses that while it works for many dogs, it should not be used if your pet becomes distressed.

Labrador Training HQ Whether you’re training your Labrador Retriever for serious work or you just want to have some fun with your furry best friend, Labrador Training HQ has lots to offer. In addition to great training tips, it also features articles about the history of Labs and product reviews.

Linda’s Pet Care Services, Inc. An alternative pet daycare in Estes, Colorado focusing on playtime and socialization for dogs as well as as boarding, canine training and behavioral counseling.

Pet Travel, Inc.  Everything you need to know about traveling with your pets, including the rules and regulations surrounding quarantine in foreign countries and how to make pet travel easier for everyone.

Pugs Home All things pug, including informative articles, entertaining videos and tips on raising pugs.

St. Petersburg College’s Veterinary Technology Program  Interested in a career in veterinary technology? This is a great place to start.

The Simple Dollar This excellent financial literacy website is a resource for families, organizations and major publications such as Forbes, Business Insider, and The Wall Street Journal. For 2017, they’ve published several guides to help you determine the real cost of owning pet, covering everything from food to medical emergencies. Check out their Pet Cost Calculator if you’re longing for a pet but on a budget. They also have guides to pet medical costs and more. The guide to emergency medical costs is particularly helpful, outlining the most common pet health emergencies for both dogs and cats.

The Ultimate Guide to Traveling with Pets, by Corey Russell, is a comprehensive guide to taking your pets with you. It’s detailed and well-organized, with a bit of an Australian slant, but most of the tips are relevant for anywhere you might travel with your furry friends.

The Washington Area Humane Society in Washington, Pennsylvania “provides shelter, safety and food for the orphaned and abused animals of Washington County with the goal of placing them in loving homes. They provide public education, affordable veterinary outpatient services, including spaying and neutering, and investigate cases of animal abuse in the community. The Washington Area Humane Society is a no-kill shelter, meaning we do not euthanize animals to make room for other animals.”

Yoga Dogs  Follow the adventures of Emily and her two bulldogs, Dinky Daisy and Grace. This charming blog offers daily updates about the dogs as well as articles on ways to improve your pet’s health and well-being. The tagline, “For a dog’s healthy mind, body and spirit,” is apt.

Young Living Essential Oils  Essential oils for cooking, health, aromatherapy and more. Scott and Lauralee have a blog that offers suggestions on how to integrate essential oils into your life and the life of your pets.


Pet Poison Helpline 855-764-7661  The website has valuable articles and lists of foods, cleansers and other items that are dangerous for pets. You can also order free stickers with their email address and phone number to post in convenient locations. $49/incident

ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center  888-426-4435 Excellent library of articles on animal poisons, tips to care for your pet if you suspect poisoning and handy lists to help you pet proof your home.  $69/incident

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