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Here is a quick reference guide to the more common items and house and garden plants that are toxic to most animals and children.
I'm not sure where the phrase "fighting like cats and dogs" comes from, but in the majority of homes I am acquainted with, dogs and cats share living quarters quite amicably.
A person’s allergic reactions to dogs or cats can vary, not only with the species and breed, but among individual animals within a breed.
Pets respond to heat differently than humans do. Dogs, for instance, sweat primarily through their feet so fans don't cool off pets as effectively as they do people.
Microchips have been particularly useful in the return of lost pets. They can also assist where the ownership of an animal is in dispute.
Pets are neutered to prevent undesired births and a variety of medical disorders in both males and females. More pets are being neutered at younger ages so they do not contribute to overpopulation.
Before you pick a pet, keep in mind that the pet is a commitment that you have for its entire life. For large breed dogs, that can mean 10 or more years; for a smaller breed, it can be 15 years or more. Cats may live up to 20 years.
Remember, a pet isn’t a temporary playmate but a multi-year commitment - as well as a new family member.