Pet Owners Sites – Top Ten

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Are you aware that nearly half of American households have at least one dog or cat? Recent statistics show that we have over 83 million dogs and nearly 96 million cats as beloved pets. And that is just in the United States alone. Pet ownership has more than tripled in the last 40+ years and we now spend more billions on our beloved companions. If your family has a fondness for four-legged family members, you will likely find the following ten websites of interest. They include helping you choose an animal, how to care for them and even how to travel with them. They are listed in order of their Alexa traffic count rating, but all are useful for the purpose at hand.

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1. WebMD Healthy Pets:

Global Alexa Rating: 330

Just as millions turn to WebMD for medical advice for themselves, this site will help with those nagging medical questions for your pet’s health. The site is well organized with healthy guides for dogs and cats addressing such issues as diet & nutrition, behavior & training, puppy/kitten care, preventative care, common conditions and a section of expert Q&As. Research by either symptoms or conditions to get the answers you need. There are also slideshows, assessments, videos and articles.



2. Petfinder:

Global Alexa Rating: 6,649

Finding the perfect pet can be a challenging endeavor, but with this site it will be much easier as you have all the adoption groups right at your fingertips. There is immense satisfaction at adopting an animal that is just waiting for your love and attention. Simply enter the location you want to search in and the type you are looking for. You can specify breed, age and gender to streamline your search. The site also includes great articles and information about pet care. The videos are a nice feature as well. You can find more than just dogs and cats also – how about a goat?




3. Animal Planet Pet Picker:

Global Alexa Rating: 12,668

Having trouble deciding what pet is right for you? This site will help! Simply click the Begin button on the turtle and you will be walked through some questions to help ascertain what type of pet would be best for your family. The cute sounds make it fun! This site offers a great combination of help and entertainment. Once you have finished the quiz, you will be told which type of pet is good for you and be given a link to videos as well as one to already on this list so you can find a pet to adopt. You can also go on to Pet Planet to learn more and get to the cat breed selector and dog breed selector.




4. The Pet Health Library:

Global Alexa Rating: 126,471

This is a no-frills site with information on some of the most common medical problems of dogs and cats. The page is laid out with a table of contents with various topics listed for you to choose. You can also search by term or use their advanced search feature to search by topic and species. The site is offered and operated by Wendy C. Brooks, DVM, DipABVP. There is a ton of information on this site all in alphabetical order. This could be a great resource for when your vet tells you a diagnosis for your pet and you want to do more reading on the topic.



5. KONG:

Global Alexa Rating: 242,000

You can’t walk through the toy aisle at any pet shop and not see Kong toys. They are one of the most popular on the market today, due in part to their durability and popularity. Kong offers all types of toys including knots, treats, plush toys, refillables, rubber toys and more. By going to this website, you can sign up for members-only deals, tips and offers. The site also offers a blog and a weekly contest. The Healthy Pets section is full of expert tips, training videos and safety along with a Kong user guide and tips for choosing the right Kong product for your pet. The Kong 101 section is also a great feature with recipes, games and more.




6. Official Pet Hotels:

Global Alexa Rating: 320,735

At some point your family is going to want to go on vacation and you’ll be faced with what to do with your pets. While it may not always be feasible, sometimes you may want to take them along with you. If that is your desire, you will find this website very helpful at locating popular pet friendly destinations. The site includes both US pet hotels and UK pet hotels along with travel tips and air travel guides. The search does bring up a few locations from elsewhere in the world as well. Don’t your pets deserve a vacation too? Besides, you’ll enjoy yourself much more because you aren’t worrying about whether the kennel is giving them proper care.




7. Association of Professional Dog Trainers:

Global Alexa Rating: 385,635

This is a site for professional dog trainers as well as pet owners. One of the most critical parts of being a pet owner is to properly train your animal. It will make life a lot easier for both of you. You can use the site to locate a trainer in your area. Additionally, the pet owner information section includes training and behavior tips, how to choose a trainer, books and DVDs and dog resources such as choosing the right dog, safety information and fun activities. You’ll also want to check out their C.L.A.S.S. program.




8. Fetch! Pet Care:

Global Alexa Rating: 489,620

Fetch! Pet Care is a provider of pet sitting and dog walking services. As a national company, you can use their site to locate someone that can provide these services for you as needed. These can be useful services for those that are out of the home during the day for work, or that need to go out of town on business trips frequently and do not want to use a kennel or take their pet with them, although you can find boarding services as well if you desire. A great source for regular services or those last-minute pet sitting needs. Simply input your zip code and you’ll get a list of providers. Click on the location detail for a full write-up of the provider including services, rates and testimonials. Some offer additional services such as poop scoop yard cleanup and pet photography.



9. EcoChoices:

Global Alexa Rating: 974,388

EcoChoices offers all sorts of products for your life that are all planet-friendly. They offer items for the kitchen, patio, bedroom, bathroom, baby’s room, holidays and, of course, your animals. You’ll find organic catnip toys, natural shampoos, deodorizing candles, natural repellents, beds, leashes and collars, organic pet toys and so much more. You can feel good that you are doing the best thing for your pets as well as our planet.




10. Pet-Grub:

Global Alexa Rating: 1,354,646

If you are like many pet owners, you’ve become confused and even a bit frightened over the occurrence of recalls on pet food in recent years. This website was compiled by someone that had the same concerns and decided to go the route of making natural homemade pet food and instead of turning this information into a profit maker, they instead are offering it free to read in an endeavor to help pets everywhere enjoy wholesome food free of the worries of the contaminants and such that could be lurking in store-bought food. A donation is appreciated if you choose to print the entire book. The site includes holistic health articles and a Q&A on pet health issues

Obviously there are hundreds – or perhaps even thousands – of great websites out there that can help you either become a pet owner or help you be a better one, but these ten should get you on your way. There is nothing like the feeling of having a close companion and knowing you are doing all you can to keep them happy and healthy for years to come.


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