Eat, Bark and Be Merry

Healthy Holiday Treats for Our Pets  by Sandra Murphy As with families everywhere, special taste treats are on the menu for many dogs, cats and wild birds during the holiday season. Owners are cautioned not to share rich, unfamiliar foods from the table that can be detrimental to an animal’s health. Better fare are homemade treats of organic, safe and ... Read More »

Chico’s Pet Depot to Offer One-Day Clinic

Each pet’s health and well-being is priority to the team at Chico’s Pet Depot and they will do all they can to help keep pet owners informed and provide their furry friends the resources to help improve their pet’s life. Chicos, located in Falls Church, will be offering a one-day clinic on November 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., ... Read More »

Choosing the Perfect Pet

Not Just Any Dog or Cat Will Do  by Sandra Murphy The old line, “He followed me home, can we keep him?” used to get a kid a dog or cat of his own. In today’s homes, it’s not that easy. Choosing a pet is a personal choice not to be taken lightly nor made on another person’s behalf. A ... Read More »

Whole Pet Central Celebrates 10 Years With Events for the Community

By Robin Fillmore The local natural pet food and supply store, Whole Pet Central, is celebrating 10 years of serving the greater D.C. area with a great celebration on October 24 at their three stores, in Rockville, Maryland and Ashburn and Herndon, in Virginia. At each of the stores there will be multiple events and promotions, including adoptions, product demonstrations, ... Read More »

Holistic Pet Care Options Expanding for Metro Region

A serious health diagnosis for your family pet, such as cancer, a neurological condition or liver disease, can be devastating. Fortunately, for pet owners living in the D.C. metropolitan region, the availability and quality of specialty veterinary care is top-notch. For those pet owners interested in and desiring to integrate holistic care into the treatment plan for their dog or ... Read More »

Natural Pet Care

Integrating Natural Healing into your Pet’s Health Care by Dr. Nicholas Albano Pets occupy a special place in our hearts as true members of our families. Their complete trust of, and devotion to, their human care-takers amounts to a great deal of responsibility for us. For those of us who balance natural alternatives with conventional medicine for our own health, ... Read More »

Your Favorite Brand of Pet Food

Has it Been Sold to a Conglomerate? by Liora Robinson Over the past several years, there has been an unprecedented number of pet food brand acquisitions. Most “all-natural” pet foods begin as small, independent companies. These companies strive to produce top-quality, natural foods to provide an option for the consumer who searches for the very best nutrition for their pets. ... Read More »

New Cat Café Opens Downtown

Fancy a cappuccino with a side of catnip? Crumbs & Whiskers, Washington, D.C. first cat cafe, opened its doors on June 20. Owner Kanchan Singh hopes her new business will help frazzled residents unwind, as well as improve the cats’ chances at adoption. The American Veterinary Medical Association’s most recent survey reports that D.C. has the lowest pet ownership numbers ... Read More »

Children and Pets

A Challenging but Joyful Combination by Daneille Areco Raising children and pets is not easy, but if you are up for the challenge, there are a few tips to consider. Parents and children should be involved on this decision. While all kinds of pets can bring a child pleasure, it is important to choose a pet that is right for ... Read More »

Pets as Ethical Eaters

by Kim Hawkins More and more consumers are making life choices to become “ethical eaters”.  Ethical eaters strive to choose foods that minimize harm and are protective of the environment, consumers, farmers and all those involved in food production and distribution. Educated consumers are growing in number and taking a stand against factory farming—choosing to eat as an ethical eater, but ... Read More »