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    Get Out! (with Fido)

    Get Out! (with Fido)

    Now that the weather’s heating up, it’s time for you and your dog to get off the couch and out into nature. If the same daily walk is getting old, try one of these outdoor... Learn More
    Babies and Cats

    Babies and Cats

    Although we know that cats and babies can co-exist harmoniously in the same family, there are still precautions that new or expecting parents can take to help safeguard both baby and feline. • Keep your... Learn More
    Time Out Training

    Time Out Training

    From potty training to puppy proofing to establishing the rules of the house, your hands are full when you bring home a new puppy. But there is one step you don’t want to forget —... Learn More
    Tell-Tail Signs

    Tell-Tail Signs

    Have you been wanting a cat but need some help deciding whether you're ready to make the commitment? There are plenty of factors to consider, and these prerequisites are a good place to start. 1.... Learn More
    Professional Help

    Professional Help

    Many behaviors that are completely natural for dogs and cats—like barking or meowing, scratching, biting, digging, chewing, escaping and running away—can prove to be challenging for some pet parents. Although advice abounds in the form... Learn More
    Creature Comfort

    Creature Comfort

    For better or worse, in sickness and in health, it’s a pet owner’s responsibility to provide the love and care needed throughout her dog’s lifetime. Nobody wants to imagine her canine companion falling ill, but... Learn More
    Pooch Friendly Planting

    Pooch Friendly Planting

    Gardening is a favorite pastime among many Americans. Freshly grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs not only taste great, but can also save you money. And there’s nothing quite like eating something you cultivated yourself. It’s... Learn More
    Creature Comforts

    Creature Comforts

    Taking care of a senior dog can present a lot of challenges for pet owners. Your canine companion is moving more slowly. His coordination and eyesight aren’t what they used to be — and neither... Learn More
    Forever Care

    Forever Care

    We all worry about what will happen to our pets if something happened to us. Making sure your pet is always cared for involves many different factors, but you can get started right now making... Learn More
    Springtime Safety

    Springtime Safety

    Spring has sprung, and with the change of season, our thoughts turn to Easter celebrations, spring cleaning and much-needed home improvement projects. Before you embark on seasonal chores or outdoor revelry, take inventory of potential... Learn More
    Medication Mastery

    Medication Mastery

    Cat owners know: Getting a feline to swallow a pill can be a challenge. In fact, it might be one of the biggest challenges when it comes to cat care. Finding a way to give... Learn More
    Terrific Teeth

    Terrific Teeth

    Dental care at home can help keep pets happier and healthier Have you taken a look in your cat’s or dog’s mouth recently? About 85 percent of dogs and cats older than 4 have some... Learn More
    Brushing 101

    Brushing 101

    By the time your dog is 3 years old, there’s a good chance he’ll have some degree of dental disease. If left untreated, the bacteria that build up in your dog’s mouth can spread into... Learn More
    Handle with Care

    Handle with Care

    Birds gotta fly, fish gotta swim and dogs gotta chew. But as much as dogs love it, the painful dental problems that sometimes accompany their chomping habits aren't quite as enjoyable. A broken tooth exposes... Learn More
    Pretty Kitty

    Pretty Kitty

    Grooming Basics Regular brushing can help keep your cat’s skin and haircoat healthy. Groom your cat when he or she is relaxed, and start with short sessions. Try to make grooming a pleasant experience for... Learn More
    Dirty Dogs

    Dirty Dogs

    Sure, brushing your pet’s hair and cleaning his teeth regularly will help him look his best, but it’s also important for his health. Here, a guide to help you get started. A good brushing and... Learn More
    Lifesaving Training Tips

    Lifesaving Training Tips

    Pet owners usually invest in dog training to fix problem behavior or brush up on manners, but training can do more than promote polite behavior. A few key commands could one day save your dog's... Learn More
    Feline Nutrition 101

    Feline Nutrition 101

    While our cats may not like to admit it, with their independent streak and all, they rely on us to make all the decisions regarding their diet. Here’s a handy guide on how to create... Learn More
    Canine Nutrition 101

    Canine Nutrition 101

    Since your dog can’t go shopping or read labels, it’s up to you to make good, sound decisions about your dog’s diet. This guide will teach you what to look for next time you’re cruising... Learn More
    Holiday Pet Dangers

    Holiday Pet Dangers

    The holiday season should be a time for making happy memories with our families — and that certainly includes our pets! Unfortunately, there are many seasonal dangers for cats and dogs that could ruin a... Learn More
    Holiday Snapshot Tips

    Holiday Snapshot Tips

    Santa has Rudolph. Charlie Brown has Snoopy. Even the Grinch has Max. It's only natural to want to include our furry, feathered and maybe even finned family members in holiday celebrations. That's easy when it... Learn More
    Travels with Fido

    Travels with Fido

    The number of people who travel with their dogs is growing, and so too are the options for pets on the road. From "ruffing it" at campgrounds to enjoying fabulous four-star hotels, the time has... Learn More
    Thanksgiving Safety Tips

    Thanksgiving Safety Tips

    ‘Tis the season for friends, family and holiday feasts—but also for possible distress for our animal companions. Pets won’t be so thankful if they munch on undercooked turkey or a pet-unfriendly floral arrangement, or if... Learn More
    Talking Turkey

    Talking Turkey

    Do you think you can talk turkey? Here are 10 fun facts to know about these interesting birds: Gobbles — the sounds that turkeys make — can be heard more than a mile away. Adult... Learn More
    Fall Lawn Care

    Fall Lawn Care

    With a few weeks left before winter begins to settle in, many gardeners are taking final passes at their lawns and gardens. No reason the yard shouldn't shine right up until the first snowfall, right?... Learn More
    Halloween Harmony

    Halloween Harmony

    It's almost trick-or-treat time! You've got your pumpkins out and your candy ready — but is your pet prepared for Halloween? Not all dogs and cats relish this holiday. For some, wearing a costume and... Learn More
    Costume Coordination

    Costume Coordination

    October just started, but it's never too early to design Halloween costumes for you and your pet. Whether you plan to spend the 31st at parties, parades or just trick-or-treating around the neighborhood, you and... Learn More
    Sweet Scents

    Sweet Scents

    Cats seem to rely on their noses to understand the world more than we humans do. Cats detect smells and sense pheromones (chemicals produced and released by other cats) through their olfactory systems. For confined... Learn More
    Puppy Socialization

    Puppy Socialization

    Socialization is the learning process through which puppies become accustomed to being near various people, animals, and environments. Proper socialization can help eliminate some behavior problems in the future and create a better bond between... Learn More
    Algae Alert

    Algae Alert

    Algae are naturally-occurring microscopic organisms that are found in fresh and salt waters of Virginia and around the world. Many are beneficial because they are major producers of oxygen and food for many of the... Learn More
    Furniture Frustration

    Furniture Frustration

    "My cat likes to hide under our couch and claw at the underside of it. It's driving me crazy. Can I get him to stop?" You absolutely can teach your cat to not use your... Learn More
    Cat Training 101

    Cat Training 101

    Training a cat might sound impossible, but it’s not — cats are smart, and with the right approach you can frequently channel their intelligence in productive ways. Training a cat often seems harder than it... Learn More
    Canine Influenza

    Canine Influenza

    We have had a lot of questions recently about the canine influenza viruses, H3N8 and H3N2, which are affecting dog (and cat!) populations in many of the states surrounding Virginia. Attached is some great information... Learn More
    Furry Fireworks Fun

    Furry Fireworks Fun

    This Fourth of July, Americans will celebrate with the sights and sounds of fireworks. While we love the pyrotechnics, it's important to remember that our patriotic midsummer spectacular is no holiday for many of our... Learn More
    4th of July Survival Guide

    4th of July Survival Guide

    We are a few days away from Fourth of July celebrations, and while most Americans love this holiday, the fireworks, hot weather and array of foods associated with it are not always so good for... Learn More
    Help a Dog Locked in a Hot Car

    Help a Dog Locked in a Hot Car

    Most animal lovers know it’s not safe to leave a pet in the car during the summer. When it’s 80 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can reach 99 degrees in just 10 minutes,... Learn More
    Knock it Off

    Knock it Off

    As numerous hilarious Internet videos show, our cats seem to love to knock things off high places. Why do they engage in this funny — but also sometimes annoying or even dangerous — behavior? Anyone... Learn More
    Playing with Your Food

    Playing with Your Food

    The majority of dogs and cats these days are born retired. Forget working to round up sheep or chase mice, our pets live in homes where nothing is expected of them except companionship. It may... Learn More
    Puppy Survival 101

    Puppy Survival 101

    You want to know the first two thoughts of a new puppy owner? "I got a new puppy!" "Now what do I do?!" Congratulations! You’ve just entered the Twilight Zone. In a good way, of... Learn More
    Wild Mushroom Dangers & Your Pet

    Wild Mushroom Dangers & Your Pet

    If your dog eats a mushroom bought at the grocery store, there is little risk of poisoning. Most mushrooms that are safe for people are also safe for pets. Wild mushrooms, unfortunately, may be deadly.... Learn More
    Can a Cat be a Vegetarian?

    Can a Cat be a Vegetarian?

    Easter always makes me think of rabbits, which make me think of carrots and other vegetables, which then reminds me of nutrition question about cats. Several owners have asked me a question that goes something... Learn More
    Strange Cat Behaviors Explained

    Strange Cat Behaviors Explained

    There's no denying that cats are excellent companions, but sometimes they do something that leaves you scratching your head in total confusion. If you're used to dogs, cats' social interactions and the way they communicate... Learn More

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