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: [email protected]

What’s Trending for Dogs and Their Owners

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...

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...

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...

Are Dogs Natural Swimmers?

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 black noses above water! We all know...

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...

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...

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 very anonymous! First, let's state the obvious, most dogs bark - it's a normal canine activity. Certainly, some breeds are more vocal than others. If your dog...

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...

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...

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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What’s Trending for Cats and Their Owners

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...

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...

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...

Cat Health – Chronic Kidney Problems

What You Need to Know About Kidney Disease Sadly, kidney failure is one of the top causes of illness and death in cats, especially older felines. Almost 1 out of 3 senior cats will suffer from this disease. But with early diagnosis and proper veterinary care you can...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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....

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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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