It’s a great time to be alive. Whenever we have a question, we can pretty much just turn to our good friend Google to get the instant answer. With so much information out there, though, it’s not always easy to know which info is reliable. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of 10 websites that all dog parents can trust and should keep handy. As always, whenever possible, your best first line of defense will be your veterinarian.
This is my first go-to website whenever I have a question about anything potentially toxic to a dog. They’re available 24/7. If you suspect your dog got into something poisonous you can call them at: 855-764-7661. This line is open to pet parents and veterinarians. Great website with tons of valuable information!
Founded in 1866, The American Society for the Prevention and Cruelty of Animals (ASPCA) was the first humane society in the United States. Today, they remain one of the largest globally. This organization was founded “on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans and must be protected under the law.”
The ASPCA website contains a wealth of expert information. Some of the content you can find there includes: Homeless Animals, Animal Rescue, Cruelty Prevention, Adoption, Information on Lost Pets, Emergency Care, Disaster Preparedness, Toxic and Non-Toxic Plant, Human Food and Household Poison Lists.
And then there’s the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. The name says it all, this is ASPCA’S hotline. They’re there to help in case of an “animal-poison related emergency.” You can dial in 24/7 – 365 days of the year. The website says there may be a $65 charge, but if you need them in an emergency, it’s good to know they’re there. Phone Number: (888) 426-4435
ASPCA should be a definite on your go-to list when looking for a reputable source of information. It’s a good website to be familiar with. Knowing what to do in the event of an emergency is something we should be ready for — before one happens.
If you’re looking to adopt a pet, this is a great place to start your hunt. Petfinder is an online directory with a searchable database that’s filled with thousands of homeless furkids in need of a forever home. In the market for a specific breed or a certain age? No worries! At the top of the search page, you can personalize your criteria. You’ll find information for shelters and adoption organizations throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. In addition to their directory, you’ll find a resource section with tons of great pet related articles. They even have a section on bringing home your new pup and dog training!
4. AMERICAN RED CROSS
I’m going to break this down into a couple sections!
Have you made preparations for your furkids in case of a catastrophic event? The American Red Cross website has an entire section on Pet Disaster Preparedness. The time to prepare is now … not when disaster strikes! No one wants to think about a disaster happening to them, but if you suddenly had to flee your home then what would happen to your furkids? Where would they go? Hopefully you’ll never need to use it, but the American Red Cross will provide you with information that will help you prepare in case the unthinkable ever happens.
For years we have known the importance of CPR for humans, but did you know you could also perform CPR on your pet? In case you ever find yourself in this situation, the American Red Cross has provided step-by-step instructions on what you need to do until you get to your vet’s office.
Stay on top of things as you learn pet first aid in an online class. You’ll learn the basics from taking vital signs, to prevention, to emergency care.
5. AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB (AKC)
Established in 1884, the American Kennel Club (AKC) has been the go-to resource to learn about dogs. Whether you’re looking for breed information, nutrition, health, training, or many other canine topics, check out this site. According to their website:
“They are the number one content site for dogs, as reported by ComScore, the industry’s leading tracking source, with over 7 million visitors to AKC.org every month.”
The AKC is also the largest network for dog rescue groups in the country. If you’re in the market for expert advice that you can trust, the American Kennel Club will be sure to deliver.
6. BRING FIDO
If you’re anything like my family, when you’re ready to hit the road, Fido’s bag is packed and ready to go too. That’s where Bring Fido comes in. This website offers the information you’ll need to plan ahead so there won’t be any surprises when you arrive at your destination. Bring Fido lists over 200,000 pet-friendly places to bring your pooch to eat, sleep, and recreate with your dog. *Tip: Always call ahead for reservations and make sure nothing has changed with the pet-friendly accommodations. You never know if a new owner or management took over and possibly changed the rules.
Yep, that’s me! Here at Proud Dog Mom, we just celebrated our 3rd birthday. In these last few years, we’ve pulled together to bring you the most current, reliable content on health, training, and nutritional info. As well as food/treat recalls, homemade recipes, etc.
In 2018, we published the Proud Dog Chef: Tail-Wagging Good Treat Recipe cookbook. This was important to us! With constant dog food and dog treat recalls, we wanted to provide our readers with an easy-to-follow way of making fresh and healthy dog treats using only wholesome human ingredients.
We even started a YouTube Channel a few months ago — check it out! You’ll find recipes, unboxings, product reviews, DIYs and more. As we continue to grow, we’ll continue to share quality content with you. We have approximately 150,000 of you visiting us monthly and we value each and every one of you.
Whether you’re traveling or just need some help during the day, Rover can help. They provide daycare, in-home visits, dog walking, and boarding. Rover advertises that all new sitters have to pass a background check, provide relevant profile information, and are chosen by the Rover sitter specialty team. They’re a nationwide service and is another good resource to have at your fingertips.
This website is loaded with content from pet experts, veterinarians, and trainers. The medical advice on VetStreet.com is all vet-approved. If you’re looking for a veterinarian, they even have a feature to help you Find A Vet in your area. You’ll find guides for wellness, keeping your pets healthy, and training.
The content on this website is created by Dr. Karen Becker, a wellness vet who approaches things more from a holistic view.
“My goal is to not just to identify the root causes of disease and degeneration in pets, but to prevent the body from breaking by taking a proactive stance towards intentionally creating vibrant, thriving animals.”
Much of what she promotes is a healthy lifestyle and nutrition. It’s one of my favorite websites and I love to read Dr. Becker’s content and explore alternative ideas.
FYI: Whether you’re an Android or iOS user, most on the list above do have free mobile apps available at the iTunes store or Google Play.