Get Your Pet to Swallow a Pill

by Publisher on July 30, 2014 · 0 comments

in Health and Wellness

Do you have trouble getting your pet to take medication? Dr. Marty Becker shares his tips for getting your pet to swallow pills.


Praise Your Pet

by Publisher on July 29, 2014 · 0 comments

in Training Tuesday

It’s Training Tip Tuesday!

Never, ever ignore good behavior! We are quick to correct our pet when he/she does something wrong, but we too often do not praise when they are exhibiting a good dogdesired behavior. Even if you did not give your pet a direct command, if he/she is displaying a behavior you would like to continue (i.e. not begging during dinner, laying quietly while you work on the computer, staying on the floor instead of trying to get on the couch while you are watching TV together)- PRAISE YOUR PET!


Arya and Bran

by Publisher on July 28, 2014 · 0 comments

in Rescue Monday


Homeless Animal Rescue Team (HART) needs your help:



Age:  9 weeks
Gender:  1 female and 1 male
Breed:  DSH
Dog Friendly:  Yes
Cat Friendly:  Yes
Kid Friendly:  Yes
Boarding Location: Foster Home

If you would like to sponsor these cats, please click here.



Agility Training Camp

by Publisher on July 24, 2014 · 0 comments

in In the News Thursday

Training camp is right around the corner! Sign up now for Agility Training Camp for your dogs on July 26 at Olde Towne Pet Resort.



Simple Green Pet Tips

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by Publisher on July 22, 2014 · 0 comments

in Green Tuesday

Dr. Serge Martinod, a veterinarian founder of Arcanatura natural pet products,gives us some Simple Green Pet Tips:

1. Go Au-Natural…avoid all common pet and house products with long lists of chemical ingredients (especially pet shampoos and harsh chemical house cleaners or air sprays.). Living at ground level, your pet’s small lungs are ultra-sensitive to allergens and chemicals. Click here to see a list of bad shampoo ingredients, like sodium Lauryl sulfate, and beneficial shampoo ingredients like castile soap (coco and olive oil) and vitamins A, C and E.

2. Detox…feed your dog right with organic, natural meals including probiotic foods and liver-detoxifying plant extracts. For an easy dinner, chop together organic chicken or turkey, brown rice, steamed carrots and peas for a delicious, healthy canine meal.

3. Exercise…Daily exercise is proven to reduce pet stress levels as well as stress-triggered allergens.  Try bringing your dog on a hike or to a sandy beach. Pet agility training classes are also available at many pet boarding centers to get your pet’s brain and blood pumping.

4. More natural…include fresh, organic carrots and other vegetables as well as  algal Omega-3 DHA supplement in your dog food.  Also, use recycled shopping or other recyclable bags to pick up dog waste instead of purchasing pricey, non-sustainable ones.



by Publisher on July 21, 2014 · 0 comments

in Rescue Monday



Hello everyone! I am Aurora. I came to King Street Cats with my mom Cherry when our humans decided to begin a new phase of their lives by moving away and traveling – but they didn’t take us! My mom Cherry has found her forever home. I’m dreaming of finding mine.

I loved having my own humans and I want some back in my life! I am a very affectionate girl who will always come to you for head rubs, chin scratches, ear massages, and more. I have a calm, quiet personality and a gentle presence and would love to offer you my loyalty and companionship. As you can see from my photos here, I love interacting with my human friends at King Street Cats.

New humans are impressed with my easy-going nature… I know this because I overheard so many of them remark on it when they came to see me at a recent mobile adoption event. I let nice humans of all ages pet me after I gave them a good sniff. I even heard a lot of comments about my lovely fur!

I’m a beautiful tabby girl with a brown color palette. My soft fur is light brown with exotic dark chocolate colored markings and warm honey colored accents. There’s even a bit of red in there! A lot of people say that I must have an ancestor who was a Maine Coon or a Norwegian Forest Cat because my fur is medium-length and one of my most noteworthy physical attributes. I think I have some lion ancestors too, when is someone going to mention that? My almond-shaped green eyes are ringed by a lovely circle of cream colored fur. I was born in the later part of Summer 2006 so I am a perfect lady!

I have no problems with my fellow felines here, but I do really enjoy all the little cubby holes, boxes, and private nooks where I can observe all the action. I really light up when the humans come around!

If you’re looking for a calm, gentle and affectionate little lion to love you forever, please send an email to and ask for me, Aurora! I loved having a home once before and I can’t wait to have one again.

Click HERE for more information

Wonderfully yours,



by Publisher on July 14, 2014 · 0 comments

in Rescue Monday


Rayne is a 7 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier (a breed sometimes known as “nanny dogs”). She loves playing fetch, snuggling, treats and walks in the rain. Her weekend foster family has been giving her lots of love and is helping her brush up on commands- she knows sit and can even shake! Rayne is available for adoption at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. Meet her when they open at noon tomorrow!


Great news, Congress has passed the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act.  This Act will legalize transporting and dispensing controlled substances for animals. These substances are drugs that are used for pain, putting animals to sleep and for anesthesia. For more information on this click here:


Some people say it’s too hot this time of year, especially for dogs—that’s obvious when you see  dogs outside lying under the porch with their tongues hanging out! In Northern Virginia, the “Dog Days of Summer” occur during the hottest and muggiest days of the season, usually from  early July through September. It is possible this saying came about because the dog star Sirius rises with the sun during this time of year, but whatever the reason for the “Dog Days,” this is just one example of how the English language is full of phrases based on animals.

Here’s a fun look at the origins of a few more…

Like a chicken with its head cut off: In our busy culture we sometimes act in a frenzied way. When a chicken is slaughtered, it will sometimes run around crazily even after its head is chopped off!

Take the bull by the horns: If you are feeling overwhelmed by a problem, mimic a steer-wrestler at a rodeo and take control of the situation by facing the dilemma head on and handling it with strength and skill.

Smell a rat: When a dog smells a rat, he will whimper, whine, and/or scratch the walls. If you suspect something is wrong, but have no obvious reasons, you might “smell a rat” just like your dog.

Going like lambs to the slaughter: As long as they are together, lambs are apparently oblivious to upcoming trauma…

Get your goat: Goats are often used as a calming influence in barns or stables, especially with race horses today. If someone steals the goat, it would theoretically upset the animals.

A frog in your throat: Stories used to be told about people drinking from streams or ponds and swallowing eggs which would then hatch in the throat and cause raspy speech!

These sayings are all in good fun, but how do you survive the “Dogs Days of Summer” in Northern Virginia? Outdoor play becomes a problem when the days get too hot, so take your pet for a walk in the early or late hours of the day. If that doesn’t work for you, ask your favorite pet sitter to help out! Also, be sure to know the symptoms of overheating such as: excessive panting, drooling, sluggishness, and unresponsiveness. If your dog shows any of these signs, you need to take him inside and cool him down. If you use a pet sitting service, many pet sitters are certified in Pet First Aid & CPR and should recognize the signs of overheating right away.

Furthermore, staying cool can actually be fun for you and your dog. Does your dog like to go swimming? If so, why not try a “puppy pool” or even a swim in a lake. In Northern Virginia, there are some beautiful lakes and dog parks that your dog would love—just be sure your dog knows the “come” command as some of these lakes are large.

Additionally, don’t forget the sunscreen! Dogs can get sunburn just like people, so keep their fur and hair a little longer in the summer months and use a specific sunscreen formulated for dogs (be sure your pet sitter knows how to apply it too). 

Have a great summer and safely enjoy the “Dog Days of Summer!”



The “Dog Days of Summer” may not always be your dog’s best friend.  Veterinarians warn pet owners in Northern Virginia to be careful in extreme heat.  bernese-mountain-dog-50216_640ASPCA Vice President of Veterinary Outreach, Dr. Lila Miller says:  “Even the healthiest pets can suffer from dehydration, heat stroke and sunburn if overexposed to the heat and heat stroke can be fatal if not treated promptly.”

Some things your pet needs you to remember:

1.     Never leave pets in cars

2.     Make sure your pet has shade and fresh water to drink

3.     Walking your dog on hot surfaces for too long, such as asphalt, can cause the pet to overheat and even burn paws

4.     Know the warning symptoms if your pet is overheated

To learn more about pet safety in hot weather, contact your veterinarian or visit the ASPCA web site at: