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...

What to do when your dog has diarrhea

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 very long list of problems, but below...

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 transmitted to pets and humans by...

Should I use a dog collar or harness?

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 some pros and cons of each so you can...

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...

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, responsible pet ownership, and the...

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...

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...

Do you spy on your pets? Survey says yes, you do!

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 if they are on camera because they probably will be! Many pet owners...

Summer Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe and Happy

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 day. Take your walks early in the...

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What’s Trending for Cats and Their Owners

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...

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,...

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...

Proper Storage and Safety Tips for Pet Food

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 and folded over to keep it fresh. Some foods degrade rather...

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. We say "most" because genetically about a...

The Difference Between Stray and Feral Cats

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 out for their evening...

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...

Do you spy on your pets? Survey says yes, you do!

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 if they are on camera because they probably will be! Many pet owners...

Pet Food: Fact or Fiction?

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 different story. Most have high amounts of...

Quick Resources for Lost and Found Pets in Washington, DC

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 are not prepared to find an animal on...

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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 ...
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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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