June 5 kicks off Pet Appreciation Week, so be sure and lavish even more love on your favorite furry friends for all the things they do (and in some cases, don’t). Besides the unconditional love we get from our pets—not to mention free face washing, bed warming, and the occasional “gift” of a dead mouse—they help us relieve stress and extend our lives. According to the Centers for Disease Control, pets can decrease your blood pressure and lower your cholesterol. Walking your dog is great exercise, as well as a fantastic way to meet other pet lovers.
In return, learn how to take the best care of Fluffy and Fido with these great guides to nutrition, training, and communicating with your animal BFFs.