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...

Why is my dog destroying my home?

Sooner or later most dog owners will return home and find something ruined by their beloved pooch. Here is what you need to know: chewing is a natural behavior for puppies and dogs. It helps relieve teething pain in puppies, it's how Fido explores his environment (he...

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...

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 and cats that need 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...

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The Informant, Washington DC Pet Magazine, 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: [email protected]

What’s Trending for Dogs and Their Owners

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...

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 that your bestie might find. Many of the items on this list...

What can I do for dry paw pads?

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 feet, they are shock absorbers. Pup paw pads go through...

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 Pets Basics of Bird Care...

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 canine DNA testing. Many of these...

Grooming Doodles: An Open Letter to Doodle Owners from a Professional Groomer

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 (sometimes...

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 keep an eye on Fido's water dish. Most people feel that if their pup is...

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...

Pet Pancreatitis

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 your pet, so...

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 the marketplace.   This blog will hopefully...

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What’s Trending for Cats and Their Owners

How to Easily Medicate Your Cat

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 their cat meds. Ask your vet...

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 lot you can do to help your buddy relax and feel safe. First,...

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 starts using your plants, laundry...

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...

Cat Behavior – What Your Cat Wants You To Understand

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 kitty may be doing this. Many cats can't see standing water...

Cat Body Language – What your cat’s tail is saying

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 aware that the following tail...

Two Cats Are Better Than One – How to Introduce Your Cat to a New Friend

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 gender, fixed, smaller, and younger...

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 a specific age when the senior label is applied...

What is my pet dreaming about?

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? Researchers at MIT and other institutions...

A Hairy Problem For Cats

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 of cat behavior. Hairballs are a result of your...

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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 ...
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Can My Pet Make My Family or Me Sick?

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Can My Pet Make My Family or Me Sick? The short answer is yes. However, the good news is that ...
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Why is my dog destroying my home?

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Sooner or later most dog owners will return home and find something ruined by their beloved pooch. Here is what ...
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January is National Pet Eye Care Month

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I Only Have Eyes For You! January is National Eye Care Month, so this is a great time to think about ...
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Things to Know Before You Adopt a Rescue Pet

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According to the ASPCA, every year almost 8 million cats and dogs are in shelters nationwide. We hope that when it's time ...
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7 Resolutions Your Pets Want You to Make

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Uh oh, it's that time of year again - when we set new goals and try to improve our lives ...
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Tips To Keep Your Pet’s Teeth Clean

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Tips To Keep Your Pet's Teeth Clean My 12 year old Bella recently had a dental cleaning and no extractions ...
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Spread Holiday Cheer with Your Pet!

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It's the most wonderful time of year! Wintertime can be either a season of hunkering down or one of socializing ...
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How do cats show love?

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We all know that cats are different from dogs - you know when a dog likes you (think wagging, slobber, wet kisses) ...
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All about your cat’s rough and scratchy tongue

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Roughing It! If you've been groomed by a cat then you know their tongue is rough and scratchy - like ...
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Why is my dog always barking?

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Are you ready to send your dog to Barkaholics Anonymous? That title is an oxymoron, isn't it? Barkers are not ...
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Nutrition Related Illnesses in Pets

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Nutrition Related Illnesses in Pets Americans love their pets, so much so, that we spend more than $70 billion on ...
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How to Prevent Dog Bites at Home

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Let's start here: any dog can bite. Even the most friendly and easygoing dog will bite if provoked. Believe it or ...
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Can You Teach An Old Dog New Tricks?

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We all train new canine additions to our homes; potty training, the household rules, leash walking, and usually a trick ...
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Living With a Fearful Dog

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Living With a Fearful Dog Ironically I own a fearful dog and a dog walking company. My Bella was attacked ...
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Put Your Dog To The Test – The Dog DNA Test

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Do you have a Heinz 57 dog? If so, you've probably wondered which breeds are mixed into your pup? Discovering ...
Read More

How to Easily Medicate Your Cat

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As all experienced cat people know, medicating kitty is often a challenging task. But with the right tools and a ...
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