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

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...

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...

How to Be a Conscientious Dog Owner

Many dog owners treat their pets like family members, allowing them to sleep in their beds, come along on family vacations, and engage in activities that make them happy even if they aren’t in the interest of good etiquette. It’s important to be a conscientious 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 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...

What to do when your dog has diarrhea

One of the most common problems seen in veterinary offices: tummy (GI) upsets that result in diarrhea. It's a messy, sometimes painful, and always a bad all around experience for dogs and their people. The runs can be caused by a very long list of problems, but below...

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 them each year. Most of us will do anything we can to make sure they stay healthy and happy, yet more than 100 million pets in the USA are overweight, and...

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...

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...

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...

My dog’s gas is killing me!

Everyone laughs at a gassy dog, but have you tried living with one? A champion gaser can clear a room in seconds. Bella has improved since she went from kibble to raw food but she still runs to get away from her stinkbombs. Are you tired of passing out gas masks to...

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What’s Trending for Cats and Their Owners

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....

Two Cats Are Better Than One – How to Introduce Your Cat to a New Friend

Last month we floated the idea of adopting a new cat to keep your current kitty company. This month we'll go over some plans for introducing your cat to their new friend. In an ideal world, your newcomer would be the opposite gender, fixed, smaller, and younger...

Pet Food: Fact or Fiction?

A Few Myths About Pet Food The best foods are those by veterinarians - False. Although they are sold in vet's offices and may benefit some animals with health issues, for the average pet, the ingredients in these foods tell a different story. Most have high amounts of...

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...

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....

How to Easily Medicate Your Cat

As all experienced cat people know, medicating kitty is often a challenging task. But with the right tools and a little advanced preparation, it doesn't have to be difficult. Most cat parents find liquid medication the easiest way to give their cat meds. Ask your vet...

Are These Buggers Bugging Your Cat?

Are These Buggers Bugging Your Cat? The most common external feline parasite is a flea. You may be saying, "Oh my cat is an indoor cat." Well guess again, indoor cats get fleas all the time. Fleas are good hitchhikers; they most often ride in on you, your guests, or...

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,...

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...

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...

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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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