Owning a pet can be a rewarding experience for most people. Along with the unconditional love a pet can demonstrate to its owner, pets can help decrease depression, stress and anxiety for many. More often than not, pets aren’t just animals roaming around your house, but become a cherished member of the family. From dogs to cats to birds to even reptiles, animals can enrich a person’s life in a number of ways. Whether you have numerous pets or are debating bringing your first pet home, here are some podcasts that can help you be the best pet owner you can be.

It’s A Doggy Dog World: The It’s A Doggy Dog World podcast is geared toward dog lovers. Hosts Liz Palika, Petra Burke and Kate Abbot talk about large, small, purebred, designer and mixed breeds, and choosing the right breed for you. The trio also talk about the joys and hassles of owning a dog. Recent episodes include: “Help Your Veterinarian Help Your Pet,” “Revisiting RVs, Dogs, and Travel” and “Let’s Talk About a Dog Bite.” Find it: http://www.petliferadio.com/dog.html

The Pet Doctor: Dr. Bernadine Cruz helps pet owners keep their beloved animals healthy and happy. The Pet Doctor podcast features topics such as pet health, pet care, preventative pet medicine, senior pet care, pet pediatrics, emergency pet first aid, pet medications, pet insurance, pet dental care, pet food and pet grooming. Recent episodes include: “National Pet Health Survey,” “Fall Hazards” and “Crying Out for Help.” Find it: http://www.petliferadio.com/petdoc.html

Meowster: For those who own cats, the Meowster podcast takes a humorous look at the joys and pains of owning felines. Host and cat behaviorist Rebecca Zisch explores different cat topics from popular culture and current events. Recent episodes include: “Kitten Bowl V,” “Cats & Weddings” and “Max the Cat.” Find it: http://meowsterpodcast.com/

Talkin’ Pets: The Talkin’ Pets podcasts features discussions about pets and other animals in the animal kingdom. Host Jon Patch, along with expert guests, help owners learn about pets, farm animals, pet care products, nutrition and animal behavior. The Talkin’ Pets podcast is a live radio show that also features callers from around the country sharing their experiences with animals. Find it: http://talkinpets.com/new/