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What are dog zoomies?

What are dog zoomies?
Has your dog gotten a case of the zoomies? One minute your dog is standing next to you nice and quietly; the next Fido is running crazily back and forth at top speed. They may go in circles, jump over ...
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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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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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Why hire a dog walking company and not an app or neighbor?

Why hire a dog walking company and not an app or neighbor?
If you need your hair cut would you push a button on an app and accept whoever is going to show up at your house with scissors? If you need your house painted would you hire the teenagers next door ...
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What to do when your dog has diarrhea

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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 to Teach Your Dog Four on the Floor

Adorable dog jumping
Got a jumper? Jumping is the number one behavior that dog parents want to change about their best friend. It's a natural behavior for a dog; they are excited to see you! Dogs prefer face to face greetings and the only way ...
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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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How to Help a Senior Dog When You’re Away

How to Help a Senior Dog When You're Away
Has your dog gone from confident and happy to insecure and anxious? Sometimes as our pups age, they change a bit and separation anxiety sets in. In most cases, this can be a normal part of aging, but it can ...
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Summer Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe and Happy

Dog with life jacket
How can you keep your dog safe and happy this summer? Keep your best friend hydrated this summer, have multiple water bowls inside and out. Change the water frequently to keep it fresh. Limit exercise, especially in the heat of the ...
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Are Dogs Natural Swimmers?

Dog with life jacket
Can my Dog Swim? Are dogs natural swimmers? You may think dogs are natural swimmers, that's not always true. Although most dogs will instinctively dog paddle in water that doesn't mean they can actually swim or even keep their cute ...
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Walking Your Reactive Dog

Dog playing on floor
Walking Your Reactive Dog Walking your reactive dog can be a daily struggle but there are ways to help manage your dog's behavior.  When I walk my dog I let other dog owners know she is not dog-friendly.  Most of ...
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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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Common Health Issues for Small Dogs

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Small dogs have become doggone popular; they are SO big on charm and personality, cute as buttons, and easily portable! However, you may not realize that small breeds can generally be more fragile than the big guys. Before adopting a small breed, ...
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Should I use a dog collar or harness?

Dog Collar
To collar or not to collar that is the question! The answer isn't as simple as yes or no. Harnesses are gaining in popularity with more dogs wearing them every day. So, should you abandon your traditional collar? Let's go over ...
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A Fit Dog is a Happy Dog! The Pet Owner’s Guide to Canine Exercise

Fit Dog Hiking
Pudgy dogs might look cute, but extra weight is bad for your dog’s health. According to the Pet Health Network, overweight dogs are at risk of developing arthritis, heart conditions, breathing problems, and skin diseases, and generally have a poor ...
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Proofing Your Dog Training

Dog Training
You and Fido have been going to dog training classes, working privately with a trainer, or just working hard in your home. Both you and your dog are proud of the new tricks and behaviors you've learned, right? Maybe not. The final ...
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Identify & Prevent Ear Infections in Dogs

Identify & Prevent Ear Infections in Dogs
If your dog has long floppy ears, hairy ears, loves swimming, or has allergies, then you're probably no stranger to ear infections. One in five dogs suffers from ear problems, so they are not uncommon, and with a few simple tips, you ...
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Dog Park Safety

white dog
Dog Park Do's and Don'ts I used to take my dog to the dog park. It was a great way for her to get some exercise and socialize and for me to meet and learn from other pet parents. It ...
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Why is my dog an excessive barker?

Small West Highland White Terrier - Westie, Westy Dog
Wag More, Bark Less It's a fact of life, dogs bark. It's an entirely normal and natural behavior, and it's fun. But if your dog is an excessive barker, it can be annoying to you and your neighbors. To figure ...
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How to Be a Conscientious Dog Owner

dog swimming
Many dog owners treat their pets like family members, allowing them to sleep in their beds, come along on family vacations, and engage in activities that make them happy even if they aren’t in the interest of good etiquette. It’s ...
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How to Manage Diabetes in Dogs

flying dog
Diabetes in dogs is a complex and chronic disease where they have either a lack of the hormone insulin or an inadequate response to it. Although there is no cure for it, pets with diabetes can be managed successfully. The ...
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How do I keep my dog safe from other dogs while walking?

running dalmation
Dog Safety is Key Being approached by a loose dog, especially when yours is on a leash, can be a nerve-wracking experience. Every situation is different, and each requires an on the spot risk assessment. Here are a few tips ...
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K9 Caring Angels 2019 Benefit – Live Fundraising Art Auction in Manassas, VA

K9 Caring Angels 2019 Benefit - Live Fundraising Art Auction in Manassas, VA
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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Cat Body Language – What your cat’s tail is saying

cat sleeping
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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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

dog in blanket
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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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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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?

Raccoon
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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Thanksgiving Tips for Pet Owners

Thanksgiving Tips for Pet Owners
Here are some interesting pet articles, pictures, and videos we've found on the net this month. Thanksgiving Safety Tips Thanksgiving Hazards for Pets Flea Facts Lyme Disease in Dogs Picture: The Joy of All White Pets Fire Safety and Your ...
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Proper Storage and Safety Tips for Pet Food

thanksgiving meal
Common Pet Food Mistakes Big containers - do you pour your pet's food into a big container? It might be time to stop. You can put the bag of pet food into the container, but it should be left in the bag ...
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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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Keeping Your Cat Safe Outdoors

catio
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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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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Quick Resources for Lost and Found Pets in Washington, DC

dog walking
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

Microchip
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

lab
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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What can I do for dry paw pads?

Dog playing in yard
Let's Talk Paw Pads Just like people feet our dog's paw pads are vulnerable and need to be pampered to stay healthy. Not only do fido feet come in contact will all sorts of surfaces and terrain, but just like our ...
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Congratulations to the Washington Capitals – Special Player Offer

Stanley Cup 2018
After 44 years our home team the Washington Capitals finally brought home the Stanley Cup. The best part was seeing the pure joy on their faces in the .06 second of the game and skating with the Cup over their ...
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Summer 2018 Edition: Pet-Friendly Events in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia

Pups in the Park Presented by Budweiser
There are so many great pet-friendly events coming up in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia.  We love bringing our pups out on the town and look forward to the following events! Hosting your own and want to be featured? Let ...
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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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Grooming Doodles: An Open Letter to Doodle Owners from a Professional Groomer

Jaxx the Goldendoodle
There’s a conversation going on in the grooming world, and it’s one that I think our clients should be privy to. The topic? Doodles. And I’m talking labradoodles, goldendoodles, sheepadoodles, bernedoodles – anything that has been mixed with a standard ...
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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?

senior dog
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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Upcoming Pet Events Around Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia

Upcoming Pet Events Around Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia
Upcoming Events for Pet Lovers in Washington, DC, VA, and MD If you live in the DC area you know that there are tons of events to pick from every single night. Here are some upcoming pet related or pet ...
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Parakeet Care 101 – Fun Facts About These Adorable Birds!

pet parakeet
Parakeets are a very popular pet; they are smaller and less expensive than other parrots, and just as beautiful. They love to sing and talk; and will provide you with endless entertainment. If that's not enough, they are smart too. They ...
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The Pet Net – Interesting Pet Facts

pet links
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

dental care
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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Are You (and your cat) Ready for a Friend?

funny cat
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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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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K9 Caring Angels 2019 Benefit – Live Fundraising Art Auction in Manassas, VA

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 and cheese! There will be...

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 plans and amenities...

What are dog zoomies?

Has your dog gotten a case of the zoomies? One minute your dog is standing next to you nice and quietly; the next Fido is running crazily back and forth at top speed. They may go in circles, jump over things, run into furniture, or chase their tails; and all the while...

March is Pet Poison Awareness Month

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 she got into the bag. Before I left for about 2 hours I...

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 Your Cat May...

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 some "human training!" Here is a list...

The Informant – Digital Magazine for Dogs 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. Have a tip? Would you like to add an event? Contact us today. Email: info@patrioticpetcare.com