Because we know pet-parenting is no walk in the park, Petmate strives to provide solutions for all pet owners, from the pet-parent novice to the seasoned veteran. With our 50 years worth of pet expertise, we take pride in being your go-to for providing the knowledge to keep your furry (and feathered) friends happy and healthy. Check out these articles for tips and tricks to make loving and caring for your pet a little easier.

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  • Useful Cat Items You Didn't Know You Needed

    Useful Cat Items You Didn't Know You Needed

    What if we told you that there are a few items that could enhance the lives of both you and your cat? While it sounds like a gimmick, there are numerous items that are designed for this very purpose. You may not have thought about using them before, but after giving them a try you’ll appreciate just how practical and beneficial they are. Check out some useful cat items you never knew you needed. Read Article
  • A cat getting an exam by it Vet

    How to Have a Great Visit to the Vet With Your Dog

    When you add a dog to your family, one of the most important relationships you should develop is with a veterinarian. The first exam your vet will recommend for any tests and vaccinations to provide an important foundation for the future when your pet has subsequent wellness exams, or if your pet becomes ill. Read Article
  • Outdoor Activities for You and Your Dog

    Outdoor Activities for You and Your Dog

    When the weather is warm, it can be the perfect time to go outside and do something fun with your friends and family. A vital part of your family tends to get left behind on most adventures, but here are several things that you can bring your furry best friend along to join in on the fun. Read Article
  • Dog Running In A Dog Park

    Dog Park Safety Tips

    Not all dog parks are the same. The first thing you need to find out is if the dog park requires your dog to be on a leash or if they can be off-leash. There are several things to ask yourself when checking out a dog park? Read Article
  • Learn About Apartment Friendly Dog Breeds

    Apartment Friendly Dog Breeds

    You've just recently moved into a new apartment with a pretty kitchen, hardwood floors, and nice neighbors - but, there's something missing. That something missing is a furry friend. If you live in an apartment and Read Article
  • Woman petting her dog with a Chuckit! Fetch Ball

    How Much Does it Really Cost to Own a Dog?

    Dogs are our best companions but caring for them isn't cheap. We want to give our dogs a happy and fulfilled life, so we spend money on new toys, healthy foods, and veterinary visits. Read Article
  • Stray dog standing in a two lane road

    What To Do If You Find a Stray Dog

    We've all been there; you're driving down the road when you see a lonely dog aimlessly wandering around. This is especially gut-wrenching for pet parents. Read Article
  • 6 Dangers of Boredom of Dogs (and how to deal with it)

    6 Dangers of Boredom of Dogs (and how to deal with it)

    Many people value the "intelligence" of the dog as one of the key characteristics in a pet. This is why the most sought-after breeds are also the most intelligent ones? Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Read Article
  • What Type of Dog is the Best Fit for You?

    What Type of Dog is the Best Fit for You?

    Adding a new furry friend to your family is exciting but making sure you pick the right type of pet is an extremely important decision. Do you want a dog with a hypoallergenic coat? Are you interested in a pet with protective tendencies? Read Article
  • A dog sitting in front of a monument

    Five Influential First Dogs from the Last 100 Years

    In the words of President Harry Truman, "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog." For hundreds of years, dogs have made their presence in the Oval Office and have captured the hearts of their pet parents and of the American people. Let?s take a look at handful of the most influential First Dogs over the last century and the pawprints they have made on American history. Read Article
  • Finding the Perfect Sitter for Your Precious New Pup

    Finding the Perfect Sitter for Your Precious New Pup

    It might be hard to fathom leaving someone else with your new puppy - why would you ever want to leave your sweet new fluff? - but there will come a time in your new pet-parent life, whether that?s a long day at the office or weekend away with your family, that will require you to leave your puppy with a sitter. Here?s how to navigate the process of finding, hiring, and feeling a-ok about a puppy sitter. Read Article
  • A dog and a horse standing together in a field

    Dogs & Their Unusual Best Friends

    True friendships are a rarity and if you're one of the lucky ones who've stumbled upon at least one special friend, that friendship is destined to last a lifetime. Now, it's no secret that man and dog have shared an enchanting bond since the beginning of time. In fact, you know the adage; the dog is a man's best friend. What makes the bond between man and dog so beautiful is the unconditional love that dogs shower their pet parent with; rain or shine! Dogs will adore you on your bad hair days and when your bank account is on the verge of flat lining. It's a matter of the heart; and quite honestly dogs reign supreme when it comes to love, with no strings attached! Read Article
  • Young girl hugging her dog in her backyard

    Pet Proof Your Backyard

    Our furry friends, whether old or young, love the great outdoors. The fresh air and open spaces give them the freedom to be themselves. However, just because our pets are descended from outdoor animals doesn't mean they are still just as well suited for it. As pet parents, we must take steps to ensure their safety always. Despite how natural our little ones seem in the outdoors; our yards aren't quite as natural as they seem. Read Article
  • Type of Service Dogs

    Type of Service Dogs

    We often consider our dogs as another member of our family or our best friends, but to many people with physical or mental disabilities and those who serve in the military or police force they are much more. To these people their dogs serve as a lifeline to safely get through their daily tasks. Read Article
  • Man and dog walking together at sunrise

    Top Five Reasons For You To Walk Your Dog

    As we all know, exercise is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle for you and your dog. From keeping off the extra pounds to improving brain function, a good workout regimen comes with a ton of health benefits for both pets and pet parents alike. Daily walks are the perfect way to get in some exercise while also sharing some quality bonding time with your best friend. While there are many more we could call out, here are our top 5 reasons why you should include at least one walk as a part of your dog's daily routine. Read Article
  • Cocker Spaniel lying on a couch with its owner

    Relief for Canine Stress and Anxiety

    Watching a dog suffer from anxiety and stress is no picnic and that's putting it mildly at best. Sources of canine stress and anxiety can come from a variety of different factors. From fireworks to thunderstorms, short-term vacation plans to a long-distance relocation process, millions of dogs suffer every day. Read Article
  • A mutt dog sitting in the grass next to its owners feet

    Mutts: What's Not to Love?

    We think all dogs are pretty awesome, and if you're reading this then there's a good chance you agree. Every dog, no matter what breed, has their own unique personality, and will likely be a great fit for someone out there. Some dog parents like purebreds because you can pick the exact dog you want. Their temperament and behavioral traits, and even their shedding may be more predictable. However, there is a growing trend to adopt or rescue a mutt from a shelter. For many pet families, not knowing exactly what you're going to get is half the fun, but, it basically comes down to preference. So if you're looking to add a new pooch to your family soon, here are some of our top reasons to consider a mutt. Read Article
  •  Dr. Jeff Werber, DVM

    Anxiety, Stress, Fear in Pets - How Bad Can it Be?

    It is a frightening fact that nearly 90% of the 89.7 million dogs in the U.S. will probably experience anxiety, stress, or fear at some point in their lives, and about 1/3 of them (24 million!) suffer these emotions regularly. We don't always understand why this happens to our pets, and we certainly can't ask them, but it is believed that the factors involved include genetics, Read Article