PLEASE KEEP YOUR CAT SAFE ON VALENTINES DAY

BY: Kathleen Rodgers Valentine’s Day is a time to shower those you love with roses, chocolates and sparkly gifts. Whether you are the giver or the receiver, be careful about what you bring home if you’re a cat parent. Here’s how to keep your pet safe on Valentine’s Day. FLOWERS Roses and other flowers are… Read more »

DON’T FORGET TO CHANGE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION ON YOUR PET’S CHIP AFTER MOVING

Making a move is always stressful.   First coming to a decision.  Finding the perfect location for your pet(s) and you.  Packing and the actual move. Then, unpacking. As a Washington, DC pet sitter, I have found that many of my pet parents forget to make the most important change-of-address notice – contacting your pet’s… Read more »

DC COMMUNITY KITTIES ARE IN DANGER – YOUR HELP NEEDED

The District’s Department of the Environment is considering a new wildlife management plan that includes a drastic recommendation for the city’s community cats. Instead of continuing the successful Trap Neuter Return (TNR) programs that have been in place since 2008, this new plan proposes rounding up community cats and transporting them to “adoption centers.” Since most… Read more »

APPROACHING OTHER DOGS – SAFETY TIPS

As a dog walker in Washington, DC, I have heard of and witnessed examples of clueless people who are unaware of the other dogs around them.  They are intent on their dog interacting with shy dogs.  Dogs just like people have a right to their personal space. It is up to you to assist in… Read more »

WALKING SAFELY NOW THAT IT IS GETTING DARKER EARLIER

Well, you reveled in that extra hour of sleep, but you are now coming to terms with the reality of it becoming darker earlier.  Last night, it may have been a bit of a shock when you went out to walk Spike at 5 or 6 p.m. Evening walking and early morning winter walking safety… Read more »

Pet Treat Recall – Bailey’s Choice Dog Treats

Another recall of pet treats has been issued.  Bailey’s Choice Dog Treats has recalled two lots due to possible salmonella contamination. After reviewing the lots and you find you have treats from one of the lots in question, toss the remaining contents. Bailey’s Choice Dog Treats LLC will provide you with a full refund.  You… Read more »

IT’S TIME TO FALL BACK… TIPS FOR MAKING THE DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME CHANGE EASIER FOR YOUR PET

We change the clocks back early Sunday morning.  We all can attest to the fact that we feel the effects of the change for several days or weeks.  Frequently, we forget that our dogs and cats also feel the difference. They don’t have any notice and suddenly everything is an hour later… Their biological clock… Read more »

LIONS AND TIGERS AND BEARS, OH MY, IT’S HALLOWEEN TIME – PET SAFETY TIPS

The Halloween decorating and parties are in full swing between now and November 1st.  Time to take a few minutes to review your safety plan for your dog or kitty.  Many neighborhoods in Washington, DC are in the top ten for trick or treating as well as the Beverage Council has been successful in marketing… Read more »

JERKY TREATS

This morning the FDA has issued proposed new rules for pet food and treat production.  There will be a comment period of 120 days and then another sixty days to put the new rules into place.  So, for at least another six months, you are going to need to be vigilant. One of a pet’s… Read more »

URGENT CARE 101 – How to Identify Potential Problems with Your Pet

Learn about key symptoms to look for when determining if you should seek veterinary care sooner than later!  Topics will range from how to assess your pet’s vital signs to identifying pain or distress. Did you know that Friendship Hospital for Animals Client Education Series is every third Monday at 7p.m. at the Tenley-Friendship Library?… Read more »