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...

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....

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...

Summer 2018 Pet Adoption Events in Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland

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 cats. Fingers crossed that you find your new furry family member this weekend! 

Summer 2018 Yappy Hours in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland

The following yappy hours are taking place in the Washington, DC metro area starting today through the end of summer. Grab a leash and run to your nearest pub with your pup. 

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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

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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....

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...

What is Rabies?

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 animals to humans....

Are These Buggers Bugging Your Cat?

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

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

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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...

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...

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...

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

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 have social needs....

What’s Trending for Dogs and Their Owners

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 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 Rabies?

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 animals to humans....

Having the Best Summer Ever with Your Pet

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 it can also be a dangerous time. Whether you love to take...

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...

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...

How To Tell If Your Dog Is Lonely

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 Fido home alone all day, and for good...

The First-Time Pet Owner’s Guide to Finding the Perfect Companion and Welcoming Them Home

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 you don’t want to overlook. Doing some research...

Dog Park Safety

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 was a great community and the owners were responsible, for the most part.  After...

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...

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