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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From the Petidor’s Desk

 

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: info@patrioticpetcare.com

What’s Trending for Dogs and Their Owners

Common Health Issues for Small Dogs

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, it's good to...

Our Dog’s Most Embarrassing Behavior | Why is my Dog Humping and Mounting

Let's be clear; mounting is a common behavior among dogs. Puppies, older dogs, and even female dogs do humpie. It's also the behavior that dog owners find very embarrassing. Most people think humpie is a sexual behavior, and it can be. However, since neutered male...

How to Teach Your Dog Four on the Floor

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 to get near your face is to jump up. Our pups...

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...

Proofing Your 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 step in training your dog...

Living With a Fearful Dog

Living With a Fearful Dog Ironically I own a fearful dog and a dog walking company. My Bella was attacked 5 years ago by a large off leash dog. She was bitten in the neck. We've had to work on controlling her fear from the day after the attack when she was too afraid...

7 Things You Should Know About Living With a Senior Dog

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 photo below is Bella now at 11 years old....

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...

A Fit Dog is a Happy Dog! The Pet Owner’s Guide to Canine Exercise

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 quality of life...

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...

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What’s Trending for Cats and Their Owners

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...

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...

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...

Keeping Your Cat Safe Outdoors

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 is 3 years, whereas an indoor cat...

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...

Tips to Furnish Your Home When You Have Pets

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 pets are accidents waiting to happen no matter where...

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...

Should I get my kid a pet?

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 will help teach your kids what that means....

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...

Great Pet Links!

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 To Talk To Your Pet Cooling Off...

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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?

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 ...
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Why is my dog destroying my home?

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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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7 Resolutions Your Pets Want You to Make

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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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) ...
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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 ...
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Why is my dog always barking?

Why is my dog always barking?
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

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 ...
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How to Prevent Dog Bites at Home

How to Prevent Dog Bites at Home
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?

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 ...
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Living With a Fearful Dog

Living With a Fearful Dog
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

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 ...
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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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