American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP)
The AAFP is a professional organization of veterinarians, and so this web site has information for both the general public and veterinary staff. There are links to interesting cat sites, such as a National Geographic cat feature, feline genetics, the role of cats in ancient Egypt, and more. In addition, there are links to other professional organizations.
American Animal Hospital Association’s Healthy Pet
Ever wonder why your dog licks you? If your cat’s hair shedding is a sign of a health problem? How to tell if your parakeet is male or female? The AAHA’s Healthy Pet answers these and many more questions regarding small animals. This web site covers dogs, cats, and exotics and offers information on behavior, health problems and diseases, nutrition, pet care tips, preventative care, and more.
American Kennel Club (AKC)
This is a good web site to visit if you are considering purchasing a dog. The AKC gives valuable information for future dog owners about evaluating your readiness, and how to buy and find a dog that best suits you (the breed list offers photos, description, and temperament qualities). Present dog owners can learn about grooming, boarding, and other health information. You can even read about homeowner’s insurance.
Animal Poison Control Center (APCC)
APCC is part of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). It is a toll-free number open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. To learn more, go to this web site. You can also find a list of toxic and nontoxic plants, what to do for a poisoned animal, and how to poison-proof your home. Also check out ASPCA’s main web site.
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
This web site includes information for members and nonmembers. Visit the press release section and learn about public health, animal health and welfare, and the veterinary medical profession. There also is a general pet section and a kids’ activity
Center for Disease Control’s Healthy Pets Healthy People
This web site addresses zoonoses – diseases that can be transmitted from animals to people. Learn about diseases of birds, dogs, cats, fish, reptiles, horses, farm animals, and wildlife. Pocket pet information (guinea pigs, rabbits, etc.) will be coming soon. When you become informed of the health risks associated with owning and caring for animals, you will be better aware of your pet’s health as well as your own.
A helpful list of tips to help you find pet friendly housing as well as get started off on the right foot with your landlord. It also provides some suggestions to provide evidence of your pet’s good behavior. Also check out how to make a pet resume that you can give to your landlord.
Guide Dogs for the Blind
The human-animal bond is perhaps best explained with a blind person and their devoted four-legged companion. Learn more about this important and invaluable nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of the blind. Learn about their history, take a look at some past photos, or get some pointers on veterinary care. You can also get some information on donations.
Hill’s Pet Nutrition
Search this web site to see how important nutrition is to your pet. Learn about various Science Diet® and Prescription Diet® foods, look at a daily feeding guide, and get offered coupons and free samples. In addition, read about some health issues and tour the “fun stuff” site, which has photo contest winners and a fun quiz.
Included on this extensive site are nutrition guidelines, litter training tips, answers to behavioral questions, and housing requirements. They also have a journal with an array of rabbit-related topics.
Humane Society of the United States
Are you in college, expecting a baby, or in a military family and have a pet? Do you want to know about pet adoption or choosing the right cat? Maybe you are curious about state legislation involving animals, or you’d like to learn more about a common wildlife species. This web site is filled with news releases and articles to answer these questions, along with many other inquiries.
This web site has a lot of information on dog and cat nutrition, including a nutrition slide show. You can also sign up to get free coupons and a chance to win a year supply of food if you register. In addition, this web site is great to visit if you are thinking about getting a dog. Have you considered everything that is involved? Take the Iams’ detailed quiz to find out which dog breed is really right for you – and then go to the alphabetical breed library to learn about each one. Also read about how to introduce your puppy or kitten to other members of the family.
Melissa Kaplan’s Herpetology Care
This web site is filled with information on a variety of exotic species, including green iguanas, amphibians, and snakes. Topics covered range from behavior to zoonoses (diseases that can be spread from one species to the next) and from serious articles to humorous passages.
From tips to planning your move and preparing your pet for long distance driving, to helping them adjust to their new home, this site provides many great tips for cat and dog owners to reduce the stress for their companions.
North Dakota Veterinary Medical Association (NDVMA)
Read about NDVMA’s history, its mission, and why it is important to North Dakota veterinarians. There is also a section on several pet-related topics and a very humorous section devoted to pet lovers.
Take a look at this web site to find your next pet! You can search for dogs, cats, rabbits, reptiles, horses, and more by simply typing in your city or zip code and choosing how far you wish your search range to be. Many of the animals have photos. You can also review a list of shelter and rescue groups in your area. If you are currently not planning to adopt a pet, you can still find this web site informative by checking out the pet library or the fun kids section.
This site provides in-depth suggestions to pet proof several areas of your home. Use their checklists for each room to help prepare your home to be a safe space for your pet. There are also several other links to other sites for specific cat-proofing and puppy-proofing the home.
Pets Need Dental Care, Too!
This web site is good to visit if you have any dental questions regarding your dog or cat. It provides instructions on how to give home care and identify problems of the mouth. You can also read about dental success stories or take some fun trivia designed for kids. There even are links to get to the “Pets Need Dental Care, Too!” partners.
This web site has nutritional information for dogs and cats. Also learn about a Healthy Steps plan to help you and your dog stay fit together or scroll through some frequently asked pet questions.
This web site advertises its many nutritional foods for dogs and cats. Also check out information on the French company’s global industry or read about the history of some dog breeds.
This is one web site you should check out. It is filled with information on animal health, behavior, safety, surgery, medications, and therapies for dogs, cats, small mammals, reptiles, and birds. There are also some articles on large animals. And, if your question doesn’t get answered, just send an email to “Ask a vet” and you will get it personally answered. Veterinary Partner provides “up-to-date information from veterinarians and experts through the Veterinary Information Network, the first and largest online veterinary database.” It is designed to assist veterinarians in helping educate their clients.
A big thank you to Lauren H, Denise M, and Addison for some helpful website suggestions!