Hero Dogs

Linda Barrett Features, Pets, Talk of Tysons

Service dogs for our veterans and first responders with disabilities. The Washington DC region is home to thousands of returning veterans with special needs, and only a few options for service dogs through national-level service programs. That’s why Hero Dogs was founded—to provide local resources for our local heroes. Hero Dogs is dedicated to the unique needs of our veterans …

We Love, Therefore We Grieve, Our Pets

Holli B. Shan Pets

At some point in our lives as devoted dog, cat and other pet owners, we all have experienced the loss of these beloved members of our families. After such a loss, it is human nature to not only emotionally grieve that loss, but to physically mourn as well. What I want to share with you is that your grief process …

Canine Codependency

Jan King Humor, Pets

When I was younger, we believed that the first sign of mental illness was when  people began dressing up their pets. And if this standard still holds true today, then our entire nation is certifiably nuts!  Nobody can deny that our society is obsessed with coddling, cooing, and co-depending our pets, especially our dogs. And what’s more, this behavior isn’t …

Pets and the Risk of COVID-19

Tracey Dowdy Pets

Although the Centers for disease control hasn’t identified the exact source of the current outbreak of COVID-19, we know that it originally came from an animal, most likely a bat. As a result, many people have wondered if they need to worry about their pets carrying or transmitting the virus to them. The CDC has assured the public that there …

Pandemic Puppy Pandemonium

Dr. Paula Clark Pets

An insider’s look at what’s happening in veterinary hospitals throughout NOVA and the whole country.  You may or may not have noticed, but there has been a huge growth in the population – of puppies!  Congratulations if you are one of the many, whom, over the course of the past several months of social isolation, have realized that pets may …

Life with Cats

Dr. Paula Clark Pets

One of the first questions I get when people find out I’m a veterinarian is “are you a cat person or a dog person?” This is a difficult question to answer as it probably depends on the particular cat or dog. They all have their quirks and personalities but in general, if they make people feel good and form a …