Pets are members of an extended human family. It is important to learn about the basics of how and what to feed your pet so that you can provide a healthy, comfortable living environment for your pet. A pet, or domesticated companion animal, is generally kept primarily for the pleasure of the owner or household rather than for the animal’s sake, as a lab or agricultural animal or livestock. It is also important to learn about what to do in case of emergencies or illnesses, because pets are not used to humans and may not know or behave appropriately when in your absence. It is important to remember that pets are considered family members and should be treated as such.