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    Is Your Pet Bored?

    Is Your Pet Bored?

    We don’t know if cats and dogs truly perceive boredom in the same way that humans do. Instead, when talking about pets, I like to use the phrase “insufficient mental stimulation.” Have you ever seen... Learn More
    Indoor Bliss

    Indoor Bliss

    There is a long-held misconception that cats need to be able to roam outdoors to be happy, but we think most modern felines would disagree. All the kitty luxuries available today make the great outdoors... Learn More
    Avoid Canine Heatstroke

    Avoid Canine Heatstroke

    Many dogs love summer as much as we do, but high temperatures can present a problem for our canine friends. We talked with Dr. Debbie Mandell, staff veterinarian and adjunct associate professor at the University... 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
    Fireworks & Felines

    Fireworks & Felines

    What do fireworks and summer rain have in common? Noises, which often frighten animals. The Humane Society Naples recommends the following tips to help deal with cats and fireworks, or cats and thunder. 1. “Accustom your... Learn More
    Pet Food Bank

    Pet Food Bank

    Old Dominion Animal Hospital in conjunction with The Companion Animal Fund has received a tremendous amount of pet food for The PET FOOD BANK. The PET FOOD BANK would like to offer pet food and... Learn More
    C’ville’s Best Trails

    C’ville’s Best Trails

    Charlottesville is a delightfully dog-friendly city, with lots of wonderful resources including great trails and dog parks everywhere you look! If you and your pup are looking for a way to add variety to the... Learn More
    Spring into Hiking

    Spring into Hiking

    Cinder the blog dog here! If you're like me, you are tired of winter and the boring road walks that pass for recreation this time of year. Never fear, friends! The bipeds keep talking about... Learn More
    Prepare & Protect

    Prepare & Protect

    There is a lot of information to keep track of in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. There is good news for pet owners: there is no evidence that pets can catch or spread the... Learn More
    Office Paw-litics

    Office Paw-litics

    Modern technology has made it possible for many of us to continue working or taking classes even though we need to respect the current stay-at-home ordinances. While it's great that these technologies allow us to... Learn More
    Delightful Distance

    Delightful Distance

    There is a silver lining to every cloud, and we'll admit it - social distancing is an excuse to do what we enjoy most: spend time with our favorite furry people! We may not be... Learn More
    Basket of Fun

    Basket of Fun

    Easter is coming, and lots of us pet parents know how much fun it is to give your dog or cat an Easter basket! Learning how to put together the perfect gift basket for a... Learn More
    Canine Conversation

    Canine Conversation

    Your dog really can talk to you, but in general, he does it with his body language. Dogs use a variety of unique methods for communicating emotions and telling us what they intend. In some... Learn More
    New Cat Checklist

    New Cat Checklist

    Are you ready to bring a new cat into your heart and home? Welcoming a cat requires some simple preparation. Here are my tips for creating a cat-safe, cat-friendly home for your feline. Helping to... Learn More
    Sweater Sense

    Sweater Sense

    Many people believe that their dog can't get frostbite, or that it's silly for dogs to wear sweaters. When the temperature falls below 32 degrees, humans and dogs are at risk for frostbite. Just like... Learn More
    Rover’s Resolutions

    Rover’s Resolutions

    It may be hard to believe, but once again the time has come to make our New Year's resolutions. And since many of the promises we make ourselves might eventually fizzle out, we recommend trying... Learn More
    Cat-tastic Resolutions

    Cat-tastic Resolutions

    If you're like us, you're probably making a list of all the New Year's resolutions you want to commit to in 2020. But don't make your list just about you. How about throwing in some... Learn More
    Doggone Good Cookies

    Doggone Good Cookies

    Let’s face it – the best part of the season is making, sharing and EATING cookies! Christmas cookies make great gifts, and they can be a fun project for the whole family. You can share... Learn More
    Christmas Crazy Cats

    Christmas Crazy Cats

    Cats are inquisitive and curious by nature. As natural prey animals and predators, their instincts drive them to know everything and everyone in their territory. They explore and test everything that is new to them.... Learn More
    Howl-iday Film Favorites

    Howl-iday Film Favorites

    The holidays are here and let's face it - sometimes the best part of the season is the time you get to sit back and relax with your dog and watch a good Christmas movie.... 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
    Finicky Feline

    Finicky Feline

    Many of us have had a cat who decided “I’m not gonna eat that!” It may be a new kind of food, it may be that the brand you have always fed has changed, or... Learn More
    Scoot Scoot

    Scoot Scoot

    We've all been there - you’re sitting with friends or relatives in your living room when your dog starts scooting her bottom across the floor in front of everyone. Before you cringe and shoo her... Learn More
    Howl-oween Costumes

    Howl-oween Costumes

    Some pets enjoy dressing up just as much as we humans do! Many dogs enjoy the attention they get while wearing a costume, and will eagerly stand to be dressed for Halloween, knowing they will... Learn More
    Furry Halloween Fun

    Furry Halloween Fun

    Although you may want to include your pet tin the festivities, remember that chocolate and sweets are not healthy for your cats and dogs. Their digestive systems are not adapted for sweets, and chocolate contains... Learn More
    Safely Social

    Safely Social

    Social media has become a big part of how we communicate. For pet owners, the platform can be both very useful and enjoyable while being simultaneously fraught with peril. Whether you have just joined social... Learn More
    Emergency Ready

    Emergency Ready

    Late summer and fall in Virginia can often bring severe weather and even hurricanes. You may have to evacuate your home if a storm hits our region, and the last thing you want to do... Learn More
    Dogs’ Eye View

    Dogs’ Eye View

    Every dog lover has had the experience: You explain that Fluffy only plays with the red ball, and someone says "Oh, well, she can't see color. It must be because of the smell." It is... Learn More
    “Talk” to Your Cat

    “Talk” to Your Cat

    Have you ever wondered what your cat is trying to say to you? Cats communicate with us in a variety of ways, many of which may go unnoticed. Body language, meowing, purring, and tail waving... Learn More
    Doggy Diets

    Doggy Diets

    Dog owners in the United States have a wide variety of choices when it comes to dog foods. Canine nutritional needs can vary widely depending on breed, size, age, and medical or systemic indications, and... Learn More
    Cat Nap-tastic

    Cat Nap-tastic

    Most cats spend a significant amount of their day napping. There is probably a place somewhere in your home that has a little nest of fur or some other telltale sign that it's your cat's... Learn More
    Calming the Canines

    Calming the Canines

    Fireworks can be a highlight of human celebration in the US during the summer, but for dogs, they can be very frightening. This year you can help your dog or you can volunteer at the... Learn More
    Groom to be Cool

    Groom to be Cool

    Warmer weather often means that we spend more time outside with our dogs. Proper grooming will help your dog feel cool and comfortable. Grooming also enhances the relationship you have with your pet. Grooming is... Learn More
    Farewell to Fleas & Ticks

    Farewell to Fleas & Ticks

    The thought of insects crawling on your skin and living off your blood probably, well, makes your skin crawl. Yet, too often as pet owners, we allow fleas and ticks to treat our pets like... Learn More
    Happy Fur-mom’s Day

    Happy Fur-mom’s Day

    There’s never a wrong time to get a gift to celebrate your mom. Mother’s Day or not, it’s always a good idea to show her how much she means to you — if she’s a... Learn More
    Cat-ercise

    Cat-ercise

    It's easy for dog owners to get regular exercise with their pooches; the typical young pup is almost always ready for a run or fetch session. But cat exercise? They’re not exactly known as cooperative... Learn More
    Water Worries

    Water Worries

    Any animal compelled to lap up toilet water probably has a cast-iron constitution, right? So what harm can come to a dog who drinks out of natural bodies of water? Plenty, as it turns out.... Learn More
    AKC Rally

    AKC Rally

    On Friday, March 15, 2019, dogs from around the country will convene in Tulsa, Oklahoma to compete in the AKC Rally National Championship. The dogs and their handlers will be cheered on by a crowd of... Learn More
    Cat Cuisine

    Cat Cuisine

    More and more people are making their own pet food in an effort to implement better nutrition, avoid additives and preservatives, and to address allergies to certain ingredients. With a little education, this can be... Learn More
    When Cats Adopt

    When Cats Adopt

    Sometimes a cat shows up in your neighborhood or on your doorstep, and it’s obvious that the cat is feral. There’s no way you’re going to lure the cat inside or touch her, and the... Learn More
    Zoom Zoom

    Zoom Zoom

    Have you ever caught your dog running in circles at top speed around the backyard or house? I’m sure you wondered what he was doing. Was he stung by a bee, spooked by something, or... Learn More
    Sneaky Slimmers

    Sneaky Slimmers

    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
    Holiday Treats

    Holiday Treats

    It's Christmas!!! Surely that means Fido can have a little turkey, right? Well, in a word, yes, yes he can. Many of the holiday foods we enjoy are fine for pets in their naked state... Learn More
    When Should I Call the Vet?

    When Should I Call the Vet?

    It can be difficult to know when a pet needs to see a veterinarian - the occasional bout of diarrhea or change in appetite may seem trivial, or it may be a sign of a... Learn More
    Conscientious Crafting

    Conscientious Crafting

    The holidays are right around the corner, and we're all itching to try some new decorations, put up the old favorites, and deck the halls with... Well, you get the idea. Use a few of... Learn More
    Brrr-ing ‘Em In

    Brrr-ing ‘Em In

    Winter can be a hard time for many animals - dry, cold air, snow and rain and wind... In addition to chapped paws and itchy skin, pets often have to deal with the dangers of... Learn More
    Rare Scare

    Rare Scare

    Recent news reports from Wisconsin about a rare infection spread by cats and dogs have caused concern among pet owners. Capnocytophaga, as hard to treat as it is to pronounce, is a common bacteria found... Learn More
    Just the Facts

    Just the Facts

    As with any pet wellness trend, when it comes to CBD oil for dogs, there’s a lot of information floating around online. Of course, you want to do what’s best for your pup, which leads... Learn More
    Small Packages

    Small Packages

    Soft and cuddly, guinea pigs are popular pets. Interestingly, they are not related to pigs — potbellied or otherwise. Also known as cavies (pronounced KAY-vees), guinea pigs are the domesticated counterparts of wild guinea pigs... Learn More
    Leaving a Mark

    Leaving a Mark

    The most common feline behavior problem reported by pet owners is inappropriate elimination, but many of these behaviors don’t have to do with litter box problems at all. These cats are urine marking, and urine... Learn More

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