International Travel with Pets
If you plan to travel internationally with your pet, be aware that there may be special health certificates and vaccination requirements for the country you plan to visit.
Your Pet’s Dental Health
Does your pet have bad breath? Bad breath isn’t just unpleasant, it can be unhealthy. Up to 80% of dogs and 70% of cats that do not receive proper dental care may show signs of dental disease by the age of 3.
Swine Influenza and You
Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses that causes regular outbreaks in pigs. People do not normally get swine flu, but human infections can and do happen.
Parasites and your Pet
Are you itching to protect your pets from parasites? Here is a resource for all your parasite prevention questions and needs.
Spring and summer in our area mean tick season. Even dogs and cats that spend only brief periods of time outdoors can be susceptible to ticks. It is very difficult to avoid your pets’ exposure to these pests, and even careful inspection after outdoor activities can fail to locate ticks on them.
Facts About Canine Influenza
Dog flu is a contagious respiratory disease in dogs caused by a specific Type A influenza virus referred to as a “canine influenza virus.” This is a disease of dogs, not of humans.
American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is an international association of more than 42,000 veterinary care providers who treat companion animals. AAHA is the only organization that accredits animal hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada. AAHA-accredited hospitals voluntarily choose to be evaluated on 900 standards in the following areas: quality of care; diagnostic & pharmacy; management; medical records; and facility.
American Veterinary Medical Association
A source of information about the veterinary medical profession and topics related to animal health and welfare and the role of veterinary medicine in our society.
Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement
We have all experienced the pain of losing a pet. The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement has set up this site for support during this most difficult time. You will find inspirational stories, grief counseling resources, hotline numbers, and many other resources.
Basic Dog Care from Purina
Learn about dogs, find the best food for your dog, or discover the best dog breed for you.
Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation
Lost Dog and Cat Foundation is a non-profit animal rescue organization saving the lives of thousands of homeless and abandoned pets each year. We rescue dogs and cats facing euthanasia in overcrowded shelters and place them for adoption in loving homes. ALL of our animals are spayed or neutered prior to adoption.
Pet Adoption for Seniors: Benefits, Care, and Risks
Are you wondering how you are going to care for your pet as you age in place? Are you wondering if you should adopt a pet as you age in place? This guide will help you decide on the best choice for you. Studies have shown that owning a pet can be physically and mentally beneficial for people of all ages.
Pet Partners’ Therapy Animal Program represents the best that the field of animal-assisted interventions has to offer. Volunteers in the Therapy Animal Program interact with a wide variety of clients including veterans with PTSD, seniors living with Alzheimer’s, students with literacy challenges, patients in recovery, people with intellectual disabilities, and those approaching end of life.
At Pet Partners, we believe that the human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial relationship that improves the physical, social, and emotional lives of those we serve. We are motivated by connection, compassion, and a commitment to sharing this meaningful bond with everyone who can benefit from time spent with an animal.
Caring Hearts Rescue
Caring Hearts Rescue is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Fairfax County, VA that rescues and finds homes for abandoned or homeless dogs with an emphasis on small-breed dogs. We do not have a physical shelter. All of our rescued dogs are in foster homes in the VA, DC and Maryland area. In addition to finding loving forever homes for dogs, we also educate dog owners and the community about positive dog training techniques in an effort to decrease the number of dog owners who choose to give up their pets due to behavioral problems.
Homeward Trails Animal Rescue is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides pet adoption in Virginia, Washington, DC and Maryland. We find homes for dogs and cats rescued from low-income, rural animal shelters or whose owners can no longer care for them.
American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP)
The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) supports its members in improving the health and welfare of cats through high standards of practice, continuing education, and evidence-based medicine.
American Heartworm Society
A source of information on all aspects of heartworms and what you need to know to protect your pet.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA®) was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world. Our organization was founded on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans and must be protected under the law. The ASPCA’s mission, as stated by founder Henry Bergh in 1866, is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.”
Bark Busters’ mission is to promote clear and open communication between owners and their dogs using simple and effective training methods that appeal to the canine psyche.
Feline CRF Information Center
Resource of information on Feline Chronic Renal Failure and an overview of the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis.
National Animal Poison Control Center
A source of information for emergency assistance by phone for suspected cases of animal poisonings as well as helpful library links and information on substances toxic to animals.
Pet Behavior Problems
Are you a new pet parent, or looking to bolster your pet care skills? Read on for grooming guides, nutrition information, safety tips, and more.
Plants Toxic to Animals
A source of information about plants that are toxic to animal, includes names and pictures of common poisonous plants.
The Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA)
The Cat Fanciers’ Association website provides information and pictures of cat breeds, advice on cat care, news of upcoming cat shows, and much more for those who love cats!
The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) website provide a variety of information on animal health and welfare-related topics.
West Nile Virus
This site is maintained by the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta and has the latest information on the spread of West Nile Virus in the US, as well as information on disease transmission, symptoms, etc.
Veterinary Schools in the US
A source of information and contact details for all schools of veterinary medicine in the United States.
Paws Rescue Team
The 4Paws Rescue Team is a nonprofit community-based all volunteer organization that takes in neglected, abandoned, abused and unwanted cats and kittens. Cats rescued by 4Paws receive vaccines and appropriate veterinary care before being adopted into permanent, loving homes. An animal rescued by 4Paws will never be euthanized except out of medical necessity.