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

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...

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 and traveling. It's also a time of joy, charity, and gift-giving. No matter how busy you may be, let's not forget about the needs of our best friends. Here...

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...

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...

Dog Friendly Events in Washington DC – September 2019 Edition

Are you looking for something fun to do with your pup? Check out these upcoming dog friendly events in DC! Featured Event: Barks and Brews Festival in Van Ness! CELEBRATE OUR CANINE FRIENDS AT THE 3rd ANNUAL BARKS & BREWS FESTIVAL! Tickets are $30 in advance, $35...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Am I stressing out my dog?

Are you stressing out your pet? We all adore our pets, but many of us are blissfully unaware that some of our actions can cause them anxiety. Stress can have serious health consequences for people and pets. It's time...

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What’s Trending for Cats and Their Owners

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...

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...

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...

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) - but how do you know if your cat really loves you? Cats show their love in any number of ways, you just need to know what to look for. Your cat is...

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...

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...

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...

Household Items That Make Fun Cat Toys

You've got the best cat toys in your home already; you just didn't realize it.  Add some zest to your cat's day with these toys. DIY Play! Boxes - Cats love boxes of all sizes. The cardboard is insulating and keeps them toasty in winter, you might find your cat...

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...

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...

Pet Lifestyle Buzz

 

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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