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    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
    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
    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
    Thanksgiving Safety Tips

    Thanksgiving Safety Tips

    Dog with pumpkins, gourds and other holiday decor ‘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... 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
    10 Turkey Facts You Don’t Know

    10 Turkey Facts You Don’t Know

    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
    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
    5 Sneaky Ways to Keep Dogs and Cats Slim

    5 Sneaky Ways to Keep Dogs and Cats Slim

    According to the latest veterinary surveys, more than half of our nation’s dogs and cats are overweight. This means almost 90 million pets are at a higher risk for developing arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, high... Learn More
    Ten Most Common Pet Toxins of 2014

    Ten Most Common Pet Toxins of 2014

    The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) in Urbana, IL., handled more than 167,000 calls involving pets exposed to possibly poisonous substances in 2014. Nearly 16% of those calls were from pet parents whose pets got... Learn More
    The Pros and Cons of Pet Probiotics

    The Pros and Cons of Pet Probiotics

    Everywhere you turn, it seems, celebrities are hawking the health benefits of probiotics. But is it just hype, or do probiotics really work? And if they’re good for you, could they help your pet? Simply... Learn More
    A Guide to Pet Adoption Websites

    A Guide to Pet Adoption Websites

    In today’s virtual world, you can access almost anything you want online — from clothes to groceries to cars — even pets. Though many people use online adoption resources in their search for a new... Learn More
    Top 10 Reasons To Neuter Your Pet

    Top 10 Reasons To Neuter Your Pet

    Spring is a great time to begin a relationship with a new family member! Adopting in the spring gives you the promise of a wonderful summer season to share with a new friend. Adopting a... Learn More

    With Litterboxes, Size Matters

    If your otherwise healthy cat demonstrates remarkably poor aim or occasionally uses the living room rug for purposes other than intended, a trip to the vet is a good idea to rule out medical causes.... Learn More

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