Pet owners will often swear their beloved pooch or moggie does wonders for their wellbeing, and now we have empirical proof.
Everywhere humans go, we take our pets. Fleas are along for the ride, spreading everything from typhus to bubonic plague.
It might be cold and dark, but that's good news for your pooch and for you if you want to improve your fitness and exercise more.
It's the season to be jolly – but don't share that jollity with your pets. Alcohol, whether in a wine glass, egg-nog or a boozy pudding, is seriously bad for our animal friends.
More than half of dogs and cats around the globe are overweight. Are well-intentioned owners to blame?
Christmas can be a particularly hard time of year, and dogs are a vital support for many of the most vulnerable in our society.
Chocolate poisoning in dogs remains a problem, particularly at Christmas.
Despite the delight of not having to work for several days or even weeks, holidays come with pressures.
Australian cities generally don't allow pet dogs on public transport. Instead, owners need their own vehicle to travel with their dogs, and it's a surprisingly important factor in our car dependency.
A parasite found in coyotes, wolves and foxes is now spreading to dogs and their owners as its range expands across Canada.
For the first time, researchers have estimated the toll taken by feral and pet cats on Australia's bird life - and the numbers are high enough to push several species towards extinction.
There can be a difference in the way some dogs react to men and women, and it can also matter if the dog is a he or a she.
Keeping pets is a habit that goes way back into our hunter-gatherer past, and has played an important part in our evolution.
Dogs, rats, cats, cows, chickens and mice have also changed the world.
When humans are happy, they may smile, or laugh, or dance - but what do animals do? Melissa, age 12, wants to know how she can tell if her cat is happy and likes you.
In the wake of natural disasters, pets are be stranded, lost or abandoned. There are simple guidelines that can help keep your whole family safe.
During Hurricane Katrina in 2005, some people died rather than evacuating without their pets. Now emergency managers are required to include animals in their response plans.
A longer life for humans and pets means more challenges for doctors and vets.
Why does Australia, a nation of pet lovers, not allow pets on public transport or guarantee tenants the right to keep a pet?
Sometimes a dog can have very good reasons for hating its humans.