Simple Green Pet Tips

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by Publisher on July 22, 2014 · 0 comments

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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

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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

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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:


To Shave or Not To Shave

by Publisher on July 8, 2014 · 0 comments

in Health and Wellness


Every year when summer arrives and the days grow longer and hotter, you can’t help but notice many people out walking their freshly shaved dogs. Well that’s nice, you think, the folks are helping their pet cool off.

Is it sensible and helpful to shave down a dog’s coat? Does it aid in refreshing them?

No. And it may prove detrimental to not only their comfort, but their health.

Nature has seen to it that a dog’s hair affords him protection from the sun, heat, insects, dirt, and water.

Dog’s coats are designed to capture air and use it as an insulator. In the winter it keeps the cold out and holds the heat in. During the summer it holds the heat at bay, and helps him regulate his body temperature. Without this insulating layer of hair he is susceptible to heat stroke. He is also at a greater risk of sunburn and skin cancer.

Think of a bald human head at the beach in the sun. That bald head is better protected, and the occupant cooler, wearing a light hat.

Dogs do not cool as we do. When we are overly warm, our skin perspires and the evaporation of the perspiration helps us cool. We have the advantage of perspiring skin over our entire body. Evaporative cooling in canines is limited to a very small area—their footpads, which sweat, and their lungs, where their panting allows for latent heat to be removed through evaporation. Shaving the coat will have no effect on these areas.



Kit and Kaboodle

by Publisher on July 7, 2014 · 0 comments

in Rescue Monday


Look at these beautiful, purebred Ragdoll kitties! They are losing their home due to some sad circumstances. Know anyone that would be a good fit?

Kit and Kaboodle are absolutely gorgeous Ragdoll brothers. They have papers, are microchipped, and declawed. This healthy pair have spent their lives indoors only. They get along with dogs, cats, and children. Kit likes to play fetch (he thinks he’s a dog), and Kaboodle is about as easy-going as they come. Like many cats, they love drinking out of a running faucet, and hearing the words, “Do you want a treat?” They aren’t lap cats, but they will follow you around the house wherever you go! Sadly, due to medical issues, their owner can no longer care for them. If at all possible, she hopes they can be adopted together. For more information


Happy July 4th

by Publisher on July 3, 2014 · 0 comments

in Events,In the News Thursday


Becky’s Pet Care wishes family, friends, cats, and dogs a wonderful 4th of July!
We hope that you enjoy the fireworks, and have a fun weekend full of celebrations!


July 4th Safety Tips

by Publisher on July 2, 2014 · 0 comments

in Health and Wellness,Special

Summer is here in Washington DC and we are spending more time with our pets outside; but with the heat and humidity, there are summer dangers that can firewirks-143317_150be harmful to your pet. Whether you are taking a trip or looking forward to watching the fireworks close to home, make sure your pet feels safe. Not only is Washington DC a great place for dog walking,

it is also host to the most spectacular July 4th fireworks! If you are traveling for the holiday without your pet, be sure your dog walking service knows your pet is frightened by fireworks. Sometimes these outdoor activities are startling to dogs or to any animal—the heat, loud noises, unfamiliar people, and other elements can cause stress for your pets.

Every year during the 4th of July holiday, Washington DC animal shelters experience an alarming upsurge in the number of strays found by animal control; these dogs are known as “July 4th dogs.” To avoid this from happening, be sure your pet has on the proper identification and, if you can, resist the urge to take your pet to a fireworks display. Instead, keep your pet indoors in a familiar are and leave a radio or TV on to keep him company—he will be happier and you will be too. Below are some more great summer safety tips:

Beach Fun:

A day at the beach is fun for you, but can be dangerous for your pet. The saltwater is not healthy for your pet to drink and, unless your pet has some shade, the hot sun and sand could be hazardous!

Don’t leave your pet alone in the car.

Temperatures can reach 120 within a half hour. Dogs and cats can’t perspire and can only dispel heat by panting and through the pads of their feet. Pets that are left in hot cars can suffer from brief heat exhaustion, heat stroke, brain damage, or they can even die.

Heart-worm disease

This is transmitted by mosquitoes, can be fatal to both dogs and cats. Other summertime threats are fleas and ticks, so use only flea and tick treatments recommended by your veterinarian.  Plant and garden fertilizers can be deadly.

We spend more time making our yard and gardens pretty in the summertime, but remember that a lot of plant food, fertilizers, and insecticides can be fatal if your pet ingests them.

July 4th fireworks

Yes, they are beautiful to watch, but a dog’s hearing is more acute than a human’s.  Some animals become nervous and try to run away from the sound and dog walking during all the evening fireworks could frighten yourdog. Be alert to your dog’s sensitive ears and keep him inside the house so he can feel safe.

So with all the summer fun going on, just keep in mind that our pets don’t enjoy the sun or the fireworks as much as we do! Enjoy your July 4th holiday with kids, fireworks, parades, ice cream and your pets!!!!