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

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...

How to Make Your Dog Come When Called

Help - My Dog Doesn't Come When He's Called! One of the most important things you can teach your dog is to come when he's called. A reliable recall is critical for both their safety and your peace of mind. So, how can we get our dogs to respond to our calls? It's not...

March is Pet Poison Awareness Month

Each year there are over 100,000 reported cases of pet poisoning in the USA. Last month I joined the club. In February my dog Bella ate about 30-40 hip & joint vitamins. I was out for my evening walks when she got into the bag. Before I left for about 2 hours I...

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...

Energy and Our Pets

People tend to rely on words to communicate, and we often make the mistake of thinking our pets do too. Our best friends have a 6th sense to our emotions; most of us have had the experience of being sad or depressed only to be comforted by Fido's furry snuggles. Every...

Why is my dog an excessive barker?

Wag More, Bark Less It's a fact of life, dogs bark. It's an entirely normal and natural behavior, and it's fun. But if your dog is an excessive barker, it can be annoying to you and your neighbors. To figure out how to quiet the barking you need to...

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 or two. But why would we start a training program for our older dog that already knows the rules of the road? Dogs of all ages are perfectly capable...

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...

Summer Fun With Your Pets

It's August already don't let summer slip away without planning some fun hot-weather activities with your pets! We have oodles of ideas for those piping hot days. If your dog likes water, turn your yard into a water park on the next muggy day. Set up a sprinkler and a...

Walking Your Reactive Dog

Walking Your Reactive Dog Walking your reactive dog can be a daily struggle but there are ways to help manage your dog's behavior.  When I walk my dog I let other dog owners know she is not dog-friendly.  Most of the time they are understanding and accommodating and...

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What’s Trending for Cats and Their Owners

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...

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...

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...

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...

10 of the Best Washington D.C. Apartments for Pet Owners

This will be the first article in a series that will highlight pet-friendly apartments in Washington, DC. Finding the right apartment for you and your pet can be a challenge. Luckily, many D.C. apartment communities are designed with spacious floor plans and amenities...

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...

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...

Signs of Cancer in Pets

Cancer in Pets: The Best Cure is Prevention Cancer is the number one disease-related killer of both cats and dogs, especially in our senior pets. No need to panic both cats and dogs are less plagued by this disease than people. But it's a good idea to know what to...

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...

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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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