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How do cats show love?

How do cats show love?
We all know that cats are different from dogs - you know when a dog likes you (think wagging, slobber, wet kisses) - but how do you know if your cat really loves you? Cats show their love in any number of ...
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All about your cat’s rough and scratchy tongue

All about your cat's rough and scratchy tongue
Roughing It! If you've been groomed by a cat then you know their tongue is rough and scratchy - like sandpaper! It's not wet like a dog's tongue (that's why cats are not sloppy smoochers). And if you examine it ...
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How to Easily Medicate Your Cat

Cat at the vet
As all experienced cat people know, medicating kitty is often a challenging task. But with the right tools and a little advanced preparation, it doesn't have to be difficult. Most cat parents find liquid medication the easiest way to give ...
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Cat Body Language – What your cat’s tail is saying

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Your cat's tail is actually telling you a tale. Animals communicate with vocalizations and body language. How your cat holds or moves its tail can be a good indication of their mood and what types of behavior to expect. Be ...
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Catnip Benefits for Cats

Catnip Benefits for Cats
Here is the low down on catnip! Catnip is a perennial herb in the mint family. Most cats, including lions, tigers, and yes your domesticated house cat are susceptible to the aromatic oils found in the leaves of the plant ...
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Are These Buggers Bugging Your Cat?

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Are These Buggers Bugging Your Cat? The most common external feline parasite is a flea. You may be saying, "Oh my cat is an indoor cat." Well guess again, indoor cats get fleas all the time. Fleas are good hitchhikers; they most ...
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The Difference Between Stray and Feral Cats

Stray cats or street cats near garbage container
It's a common sight in most neighborhoods, an unfamiliar cat. It might be dashing across the street, poking around your backyard, or howling at a full moon! These freewheeling cats fall into one of 3 categories. Pet - a neighbor's pet that's ...
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How to Help a Scaredy Cat

How to Help a Scaredy Cat
You adopt a new kitten or cat and look forward to years of fun, happiness, and purring. But, what if your new friend is stressed out, runs under the bed, and doesn't come out? The good news is: There is a ...
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A Hairy Problem For Cats

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We love our cats, but hairballs? Not so much. Every cat person knows more than they'd like to about the mass of wet fur cats occasionally vomit. As disconcerting as they are, know that they are a completely normal part ...
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Keeping Your Cat Safe Outdoors

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If you allow your cat to venture outside, keeping your cat safe outdoors is your number one priority!  While cats enjoy the outdoors they really should not be allowed outside on their own. The average lifespan of a free-roaming cat ...
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Cat Health – Chronic Kidney Problems

Cat on table
What You Need to Know About Kidney Disease Sadly, kidney failure is one of the top causes of illness and death in cats, especially older felines. Almost 1 out of 3 senior cats will suffer from this disease. But with early ...
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Household Items That Make Fun Cat Toys

Household Items That Make Fun Cat Toys
You've got the best cat toys in your home already; you just didn't realize it.  Add some zest to your cat's day with these toys. DIY Play! Boxes - Cats love boxes of all sizes. The cardboard is insulating and keeps them ...
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Two Cats Are Better Than One – How to Introduce Your Cat to a New Friend

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Last month we floated the idea of adopting a new cat to keep your current kitty company. This month we'll go over some plans for introducing your cat to their new friend. In an ideal world, your newcomer would be the opposite ...
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Cat Behavior – What Your Cat Wants You To Understand

cat and water
Why is my cat doing that? We hear a lot of questions from cat parents and wanted to explore two of them below. Is your cat drinking from everywhere other than their water bowl? There are a few reasons your ...
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Are You (and your cat) Ready for a Friend?

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There is no such thing as too many cats, right? Who doesn't love purring, kitty kisses, and catnaps? There are many benefits to having 2 cats. In multiple cat households, the kitties get far more exercise, social interaction, and play. Most cats do ...
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Can My Pet Make My Family or Me Sick?

Can My Pet Make My Family or Me Sick?
Can My Pet Make My Family or Me Sick? The short answer is yes. However, the good news is that it is NOT very common. And better yet, the benefits we receive from owning pets far outweigh this very slight downside. All ...
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January is National Pet Eye Care Month

January is National Pet Eye Care Month
I Only Have Eyes For You! January is National Eye Care Month, so this is a great time to think about our pet's eyes. Their eyes should be clear and bright, pupils equal in size, the area around eyeball pure white, ...
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Things to Know Before You Adopt a Rescue Pet

Things to Know Before You Adopt a Rescue Pet
According to the ASPCA, every year almost 8 million cats and dogs are in shelters nationwide. We hope that when it's time add a new pet to your family, you'll seriously consider a rescue. Although shelters often have puppies, it's adult dogs ...
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Tips To Keep Your Pet’s Teeth Clean

Tips To Keep Your Pet's Teeth Clean
Tips To Keep Your Pet's Teeth Clean My 12 year old Bella recently had a dental cleaning and no extractions were needed! Must be the dental bones. There is a very clear connection between our pet's good health and their ...
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Spread Holiday Cheer with Your Pet!

Spread Holiday Cheer with Your Pet!
It's the most wonderful time of year! Wintertime can be either a season of hunkering down or one of socializing and traveling. It's also a time of joy, charity, and gift-giving. No matter how busy you may be, let's not forget about ...
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Nutrition Related Illnesses in Pets

Nutrition Related Illnesses in Pets
Nutrition Related Illnesses in Pets Americans love their pets, so much so, that we spend more than $70 billion on them each year. Most of us will do anything we can to make sure they stay healthy and happy, yet ...
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Can You Teach An Old Dog New Tricks?

Can You Teach An Old Dog New Tricks?
We all train new canine additions to our homes; potty training, the household rules, leash walking, and usually a trick or two. But why would we start a training program for our older dog that already knows the rules of ...
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Put Your Dog To The Test – The Dog DNA Test

Put Your Dog To The Test - The Dog DNA Test
Do you have a Heinz 57 dog? If so, you've probably wondered which breeds are mixed into your pup? Discovering your best friend's background is fun, easy, and less expensive than you might think. There are several companies that do ...
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End of Life Care for Our Pets

End of Life Care for Our Pets
Dealing with the approaching loss of a beloved pet is one of the most challenging things pet parents go through. Our dogs and cats rely on us for their happiness and health and the very best gift you can give ...
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Dog Friendly Events in Washington DC – September 2019 Edition

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Are you looking for something fun to do with your pup? Check out these upcoming dog friendly events in DC! Featured Event: Barks and Brews Festival in Van Ness! CELEBRATE OUR CANINE FRIENDS AT THE 3rd ANNUAL BARKS & BREWS FESTIVAL! ...
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Summer Fun With Your Pets

Summer Fun With Your Pets
It's August already don't let summer slip away without planning some fun hot-weather activities with your pets! We have oodles of ideas for those piping hot days. If your dog likes water, turn your yard into a water park on ...
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Backyard Safety Tips For Pets

Backyard Safety Tips For Pets
We all love spending time in the backyard with family, friends, and of course, with our pets. If you're going to share your yard with cats and dogs, you need to walk around with a sharp eye looking for things ...
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What are dog hot spots?

What are dog hot spots?
Hot Spots Aren't So Hot If your pet has hot spots or moist dermatitis it can be so frustrating. They seem to appear out of nowhere, usually in the summer. A hot spot is a skin infection that starts when ...
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Energy and Our Pets

Energy and Our Pets
People tend to rely on words to communicate, and we often make the mistake of thinking our pets do too. Our best friends have a 6th sense to our emotions; most of us have had the experience of being sad or ...
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Do you spy on your pets? Survey says yes, you do!

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We often have pet sitting customers notify us of the use of in-home cameras. Our policy is that cameras are fine as long as they are not in the bedroom or bathroom. We also tell our sitters to act as ...
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May Pet Holidays to Celebrate

May Pet Holidays to Celebrate
May has a lot of pet holidays, and we'd thought we'd highlight a few for you to celebrate this month. May is National Pet Month so let's celebrate our pets all month long! This month-long holiday aims to promote pet adoptions, ...
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April is Prevent Lyme Disease Month!

April is Prevent Lyme Disease Month!
Sadly, Lyme Disease is now found in all 50 states. It is considered a common infectious disease in the Northeast but don't fool yourself if you live elsewhere, this problem has spread and most likely will continue to. The disease is ...
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K9 Caring Angels 2019 Benefit – Live Fundraising Art Auction in Manassas, VA

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K9 CARING ANGELS cordially invites you to attend their live fundraising art auction which brings all of our top interests (pets, art, wine, and cheese) together! Tickets are only $30 and include entrance to the viewing and auction plus wine ...
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10 of the Best Washington D.C. Apartments for Pet Owners

10 of the Best Washington D.C. Apartments for Pet Owners
This will be the first article in a series that will highlight pet-friendly apartments in Washington, DC. Finding the right apartment for you and your pet can be a challenge. Luckily, many D.C. apartment communities are designed with spacious floor ...
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March is Pet Poison Awareness Month

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Each year there are over 100,000 reported cases of pet poisoning in the USA. Last month I joined the club. In February my dog Bella ate about 30-40 hip & joint vitamins. I was out for my evening walks when ...
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Fun Pet Facts and Resources for Pet Owners

Fun Pet Facts and Resources for Pet Owners
Here are some interesting pet articles, pictures, and videos we've found on the net. What is it With Cats and Boxes?New Netflix Series Celebrates the Bond Between Humans and Dogs5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Use a Retractable LeashNew Study Suggests ...
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Am I stressing out my dog?

Am I stressing out my dog?
Are you stressing out your pet? We all adore our pets, but many of us are blissfully unaware that some of our actions can cause them anxiety. Stress can have serious health consequences for people and pets. It's time for ...
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Upcoming Pet-Friendly Events in Washington, DC March- April 2019

Upcoming Pet-Friendly Events in Washington, DC March- April 2019
March 2, 2019St. Patrick’s Day Parade Fun Dog Show in Alexandria, VA. Because every dog is Irish for St. Patrick's Day. Contest categories include: Dog & Owner Look Alike, St. Patrick’s Spirit Award, Best Costume and Most Talented. https://www.facebook.com/events/795706670767052/ March ...
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My dog’s gas is killing me!

My dog's gas is killing me!
Everyone laughs at a gassy dog, but have you tried living with one? A champion gaser can clear a room in seconds. Bella has improved since she went from kibble to raw food but she still runs to get away ...
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The Difference Between FeLV and FIV

The Difference Between FeLV and FIV
Many people think these cat diseases are the same thing. Although they share some commonalities, they are different diseases. FeLV is Feline Leukemia Virus and FIV is Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. They are both are retroviruses, infectious, and can cause long ...
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Why hire a local dog walking company in Washington DC and not an app or neighbor?

Why hire a local dog walking company in Washington DC and not an app or neighbor?
Pet owners may be surprised to learn that there are two types of dog walkers, hobbyists and professionals. Pet owners in Washington, DC have different needs and values and there is a need for both types of dog walkers in ...
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Solving Litter Box Issues

Solving Litter Box Issues
By nature, cats are fastidious animals and very particular about their bathrooms. They prefer a spotless bathroom; they like to bury their waste and prefer their box in a private location. If your cat(s) stops using the litter box and ...
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Pet Pancreatitis

Pet at the vet
Symptoms and Treatment Pancreatitis in pets is something we all need to know about before it happens because the symptoms of this disease are not always obvious and are often mistaken for something less serious. Pancreatitis can be life-threatening to ...
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What is my pet dreaming about?

Sleeping dog
Every dog and cat owner knows with complete certainty that their pets dream. We’ve all seen our pets bark, wag their tails, move their legs like they’re running, meow, and even growl. But what the heck are they dreaming about? ...
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How to Keep Your Senior Pet in Good Health!

How to Keep Your Senior Pet in Good Health!
Great news! Due to improved vet care and better dietary habits, our pets are living longer than ever before. As a consequence, this leads to a bit more veterinary care as your pet age. What is senior anyway? There isn't ...
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What is Rabies?

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The word "rabies" creates dread in most of us and it should. Rabies is a devastating and deadly viral disease that affects mammals; including dogs, cats, and humans. It's called a zoonotic disease which means it can be transferred from ...
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Online Resources for Pet Parents

Online Resources for Pet Parents
Here are some interesting pet articles, pictures, and videos we've found on the net this month. A 75-Year-Old Cat Napper!Do You Look Like Your Pet?8 Common Dangers to Watch Out for When Walking Your DogLosing a Pet is Devastating, Here ...
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DC Event for Pet Lovers: Paint it Forward for Pet Cancer Awareness

Puppy Love
Local Event for DC/MD/VA FETCH a Cure Fundraiser Event Date: Sunday, December 2, 2018 4:00 pm Price: $45.00 Artist: Loren Gonzales Location: 1506 Belle View Blvd Suite D Alexandria VA 22307 Description Join your neighbors for a fundraiser to raise ...
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Should I get my kid a pet?

kid with dog
Not only is a dog man's best friend, but they will undoubtedly be your child's (or grandchild's) best friend too. Here are some reasons that a pet makes a great addition to a family. Pets give unconditional love, and they ...
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What to do when your dog has diarrhea

dog under a blanket on white
One of the most common problems seen in veterinary offices: tummy (GI) upsets that result in diarrhea. It's a messy, sometimes painful, and always a bad all around experience for dogs and their people. The runs can be caused by a ...
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How to Make Your Dog Come When Called

How to Make Your Dog Come When Called
Help - My Dog Doesn't Come When He's Called! One of the most important things you can teach your dog is to come when he's called. A reliable recall is critical for both their safety and your peace of mind. So, ...
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How Much Water Should My Dog Drink?

How Much Water Should My Dog Drink?
Most dogs are hit or miss drinkers; many end up with more water on the floor than in their tummy. Did you know that over or under drinking can be a sign of a health problem? It's a good idea to ...
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How To Tell If Your Dog Is Lonely

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How do you know if your dog is lonely? Dogs are highly social pack animals who thrive on companionship; they love hanging out with their family members (people or other pets in your home). Most of us 9-to-5ers feel guilty leaving ...
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Great Pet Links!

Dog on Couch
Great Pet Links! Here are some interesting pet articles, pictures, and videos we've found on the net this month. Help For Shy Pets Pet Tattoos Maybe Dogs Shouldn't Have Sprinkles Keep Your Pet Away From These Backyard Dangers 5 Reasons ...
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Having the Best Summer Ever with Your Pet

Small West Highland White Terrier - Westie, Westy Dog
From Road Trips to Backyard BBQ's Here are 4 Tips for Having the Best Summer Ever with Your Pet Enjoy your summer with your pet! Summer can be a wonderful time for playing with your pet. Please keep in mind ...
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Tips to Furnish Your Home When You Have Pets

Pup on an ottoman
How to Design a Pet-Friendly Room Wondering how to design a pet friendly room? Here we offer tips to furnish your home when you have pets. Some pets can share your whole house without leaving much of a trace, other ...
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7 Things You Should Know About Living With a Senior Dog

Cocker Spaniel
Having a senior dog is a wonderful experience. I adopted my cocker spaniel, Bella Bear, when she was 4. The image on the right is the first picture I received from Bella's former family. Fast forward 7 years and the ...
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Quick Resources for Lost and Found Pets in Washington, DC

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I found a lost pet in Washington, DC, what should I do? Every day I see posts on various online platforms about lost and found pets. It's heartbreaking but also great to see a successful reunion story. Generally speaking people ...
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Interesting Resources for Pet Owners

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Here are some interesting resources for pet owners including articles, pictures, and videos we've found on the net this month. The ASPCA Animal Poison App for iPhone or Android Help Children to Cope with the Loss of a Pet A ...
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Summer 2018 Pet Adoption Events in Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland

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Looking to Adopt a Pet in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, or Maryland? The following list includes pet adoption events taking place this summer around the Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland region. You can drop in to see adoptable dogs and ...
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Summer 2018 Yappy Hours in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland

Dogs Celebrating with Champagne
What is better than Happy Hour? Happy Hour with Dogs! Let's toast to Yappy Hours in DC! The following yappy hours are taking place in the Washington, DC metro area starting today through the end of summer. Grab a leash ...
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The First-Time Pet Owner’s Guide to Finding the Perfect Companion and Welcoming Them Home

Rescue dog with new owner
If you’ve never owned a pet before but are thinking about making the leap, you don’t want to go into it blindly. The type of pet, breed or mix, preparing your home, and making a smooth transition are all considerations ...
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Signs of Cancer in Pets

Cat at the Vet
Cancer in Pets: The Best Cure is Prevention Cancer is the number one disease-related killer of both cats and dogs, especially in our senior pets. No need to panic both cats and dogs are less plagued by this disease than people. But ...
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Simple Homemade Pet Treats That You Can Make in Your Small DC Kitchen

Simple Homemade Pet Treats That You Can Make in Your Small DC Kitchen
Easy to Make Homemade Pet Treats We all love the idea of feeding our pets healthy food with natural ingredients, but the idea of making homemade pet treats from scratch can seem daunting. Luckily, making homemade treats doesn't get much ...
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Tips For First-Time Pet Owners

Puppy and Kitty
Whether you are looking at bringing a cat or a dog into your home, if you are a first-time pet owner, you might not be aware of the commitment that you are entering. Pet ownership is a choice that will ...
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Pet Food: Fact or Fiction?

Shorthaired cat eating
A Few Myths About Pet Food The best foods are those by veterinarians - False. Although they are sold in vet's offices and may benefit some animals with health issues, for the average pet, the ingredients in these foods tell a ...
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Where Can I Adopt A Pet in DC?

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Clear out the Animal Shelters in DC! March 23 is National Puppy Day, and springtime is the most popular time for people to bring home a new pet. Before you do, think about acquiring a pet from your local shelter ...
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The Pet Net – Interesting Pet Facts

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Here are some interesting pet facts, articles, pictures, and videos we've found on the net this month. The American Kennel Club recognizes 2 new dog breeds What should I feed my older cat? Slideshow: 6 signs your dog isn't getting ...
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Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Your Pet

valentine's day
s your valentine handsome, athletic, with big brown eyes, and LOVES long walks on the beach? Mine too; it's my dog! Millions of dollars each year are spent on pets for this loving holiday. And why not? 85% of pet owners say their best friends give them ...
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February is National Pet Dental Month

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Did you know that February is the official national pet dental health month? We've all heard that we should be brushing our pet's teeth, but do you know why? Not only does it keep their breath sweet but poor dental health ...
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Does your furry best friend have the flu?

dog in blanket
Canine Influenza is a highly contagious viral infection that affects dogs and cats. There are 2 strains of the illness, and it’s relatively new virus which means that very few pets have immunities to it. This illness is very easily spread ...
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Thanksgiving Pet Safety

thanksgiving meal
Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and pets but it comes with some dangers for our best friends. It's a good time to review the basics. People will be going in and out of your home so be certain ...
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Night-time Meowing!

black cat
Is your cat waking up the entire neighborhood every night with their vocalizations? This cat behavior is unfortunately common, especially in older cats. Step number one is to be sure there isn't a medical problem, so next time you visit your vet ...
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The Informant – Magazine for Cats offers general tips, tricks, and advice for pet owners as well as a list of pet-related and/or pet-friendly events in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. The Informant is for informational purposes only. Always consult your vet for medical advice. because  Have a tip? Would you like to add an event? Contact us today. Email: info@patrioticpetcare.com

 

Can My Pet Make My Family or Me Sick?

Can My Pet Make My Family or Me Sick? The short answer is yes. However, the good news is that it is NOT very common. And better yet, the benefits we receive from owning pets far outweigh this very slight downside. All of my clients know I am a germaphobe and wash my...

January is National Pet Eye Care Month

I Only Have Eyes For You! January is National Eye Care Month, so this is a great time to think about our pet's eyes. Their eyes should be clear and bright, pupils equal in size, the area around eyeball pure white, and the lower lid should be pink, not red. If your...

7 Resolutions Your Pets Want You to Make

Uh oh, it's that time of year again - when we set new goals and try to improve our lives. If you're like us, your efforts to keep those resolutions are often less then stellar. Maybe if we change the focus a little bit, so it's on our pets, we will be motivated to do...

Spread Holiday Cheer with Your Pet!

It's the most wonderful time of year! Wintertime can be either a season of hunkering down or one of socializing and traveling. It's also a time of joy, charity, and gift-giving. No matter how busy you may be, let's not forget about the needs of our best friends. Here...

How do cats show love?

We all know that cats are different from dogs - you know when a dog likes you (think wagging, slobber, wet kisses) - but how do you know if your cat really loves you? Cats show their love in any number of ways, you just need to know what to look for. Your cat is...

All about your cat’s rough and scratchy tongue

Roughing It! If you've been groomed by a cat then you know their tongue is rough and scratchy - like sandpaper! It's not wet like a dog's tongue (that's why cats are not sloppy smoochers). And if you examine it closely you'll recognize that it's weird! You'll see that...