Pets Vocabulary

A collage of all of the images of the animals and pet supplies listed on this page.

This pets vocabulary includes both popular animals people have as pets as well as the supplies needed to take care of them. In the United States, pets are very popular.

Pets are domestic animals (also called domesticated animals), are tamed to live in the home. 

Listen to the video to hear the correct pronunciation -- in American English -- and practice saying the words out loud during the pauses.

Hear the pet vocabulary pronounced

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Pets vocabulary in pictures

picture of a parrot and a bird

parrot / bird

Illustration of 3 different kinds of cats

cat / cats

Illustration of 3 dogs: a pug, a beagle and a doberman

dog / dogs

Illustration of a gerbil


Illustration of a guinea pig

guinea pig

Illustration of a lizard



Illustration of a hamster


Illustration of a turtle


Illustration of a fishbowl containing two fish


Illustration of a wooden dog house

dog house

Illustration of two colorful dog beds


Illustration of a cat sitting on a cat tree

cat tree

Illustration of a pet cage with a wooden and wire frame.


Illustration of two pet brushes


Illustration of a cat litter box filled with cat litter

cat litter box

Illustration of two dog collars


Illustration of a pet leash


Illustration of a dog wearing a sweater plus another sweater in a different style

dog sweater

Illustration of a dog being carried in a duffel bag

pet duffel bag carrier

Image of an empty plastic pet carrier with a wire door

pet carrier crate

Image of a bag of dog food and a bag of dog food as well as a bowl food of pet food.

pet food

illustration of a pet food dish

dish / bowl

dog balls and a rope toy


illustration of a bottle of dog shampoo and a container of flea powder

flea powder / shampoo

Illustration of a veterinarian and a syringe.

veterinarian:  a doctor for animals.

Your turn to practice the pets vocabulary

To practice, either write a short essay on a piece of paper or speak out loud (to yourself or with a speaking partner). Here are some questions you could answer:

  • Do you have pets?
  • Are pets common in your country?
  • If so, what pets do people have where you live.
  • Are pets (e.g., dogs) welcome in stores and restaurants?
  • Which pets do you like or dislike?
  • In the United States, many people's pets are like members of their family... do people in your country treat pets the same way?

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