Worry no more about feeding your beloved pup…Introducing the Catzenpup Automatic Wet Food Dog Feeder! This feeder is the only one in the world to allow busy pet parents to feed their dog FRESH, nutritious wet food when they are at work, running errands, at the gym, or thousands of other things. Pets are fed a fresh, newly opened wet food meal at the required feeding time.

The Catzenpup feeder opens leading dog food brands you already feed your pup, including Cesar, Nature’s Recipe, Blue Buffallo, Authority, Bil Jac, Wellness, Grreat Choice, and more! View the feeder HERE.

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Pawsitive Alliance is almost there — only $800 needed to reach their $2,500 goal! Can you help? Any donation made by midnight October 31st will be matched!

If Pawsitive Alliance reaches their goal of $2,500 in donations, a generous donor will match it with another $2,500, which will support 100 dog surgeries or 140 cat surgeries.

Donate now and help increase spay and neuter surgeries in Washington.

Unplanned litters burden our shelters every day, but it doesn’t need to be that way. Pawsitive Alliance runs spay/neuter programs throughout the state to help dogs and cats in need, however, they receive more requests to assist with spay and neuter than there is current funding to support them.

Increasing spays and neuters is critical to ending pet overpopulation and your donation CAN make a difference TODAY for animals.

They are just $800 from their $2,500 goal; please make a donation today and help increase spay and neuter surgeries in Washington.

You’re the BEST!

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With football season in full force, the rivalry between Seattle and San Francisco is heating up. Well, there’s another friendly competition taking place and that’s the question of which coastal city ranks as top dog? Luckily, our friends at Rover.com dug into their data to see who comes out on top, and what they found might surprise you. Some interesting facts:

Spirited or spirits?
Seattle pet-parents show their team spirit on and off the field, while in San Francisco they keep it to the vines. More pets in the Emerald City are named after sports players, and in San Francisco more pet’s are named after the local varietal.

Top 5 Sports Names in Seattle: 1. Jackson, 2. Wilson, 3. Griffey, 4. Wrigley, 5. Percy

Dogs or kids?
While both cities have more pets than kids, Seattle households have more dogs than San Francisco. And, more cats too! In Seattle, cats outnumber dogs.

Doggie dates?
If you’re looking for a great dog-date idea, San Francisco is the spot. With 177 restaurants, 57 parks and 5 beaches, you’ll never run out of options.

To see how the cities fully rate, here’s a fun infographic highlighting all of Rover.com’s findings.

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Halloween can be a fun-filled holiday for children and adults, but scary costumes, decorations and toxic treats can be frightening and dangerous for household pets.

To help you avoid the real-life nightmare of a vet visit during the witching hour, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has a list of the top five threats to pets on Halloween.

1. Trick-or-treating is for kids, not pets. During trick-or-treating hours, it is best to keep pets in a room away from all the excitement at the front door. A constantly ringing doorbell and a flurry of strangers in unfamiliar costumes can be frightening for pets.

2. Be careful with costumes. If you dress up your pet for Halloween, make sure the costume does not limit their movement, hearing, sight or ability to breathe, bark, eat, drink or go to the bathroom. Also check the costume for choking hazards.

3. No sweets! Several popular Halloween treats are toxic to pets, especially candies containing the artificial sweetener Xylitol, which can be poisonous to dogs. Even small amounts of Xylitol can cause a sudden drop in your dog’s blood sugar, which may lead to lack of coordination, seizures and depression. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, can also be potentially poisonous to animals. Symptoms of significant chocolate ingestion may include vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, increased thirst and urination, heart rhythm abnormalities and even seizures.

4. Beware of dangerous decorations. Re-think putting burning candles in Jack-o’-lanterns. Pets can easily knock these over and start a fire, and curious kittens are particularly at risk of getting burned by candle flames. Also take care to prevent your pets from having access to wires and cords from holiday decorations. If chewed, a wire can damage your pet’s mouth from shards of glass or plastic, or deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock. Pumpkins themselves are relatively non-toxic, but could cause upset stomachs if pets nibble on them.

5. Watch out for wrappers. Cats love to play with candy wrappers, but ingesting aluminum foil or cellophane can cause intestinal blockage and vomiting.

If your dog or cat accidentally ingests any potentially harmful products and you need emergency advice, please consult your veterinarian or call the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center at 888.426.4435 (a fee applies) or aspca.org/apcc.

Don’t let Fido be left out in the cold this Halloween — these 19 cute, canine costumes will most certainly have him doing tricks for treats!

All dressed up and no where to go? Join us on Wednesday, October 29th at the lovely and dog friendly Woodmark Hotel for the third annual Howl-at-the-Moon Muttmixer, from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be a costume contest with prizes and of course, tricks for treats! Click here for more information.

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This Thursday, October 23rd, Seattle Parks Department officials are holding a public meeting to decide if Magnolia Manor Off-Leash Area will become a permanent dog park (it is currently a temporary, pilot test site). Let your voice be heard and attend the meeting or email Seattle Parks expressing your support. If you cannot attend, click here to send an email of support to Parks Officials.

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As officials in Spain recently euthanized a dog for being exposed to Ebola, and the dog of a Texas nurse who became infected with Ebola is currently in quarantine (Bentley, pictured here, with his owner Nina Pham), doctors from BluePearl Veterinary Partners want to share the information that is known about pets and Ebola.

“When it comes to Ebola and how this infectious disease interacts with our pets, there really isn’t a ton of information available,” said Dr. Jennifer Welser, chief medical officer of BluePearl Veterinary Partners. “However, we’ve done our best to put together a list of the important things we do currently know.”

1) Diseases that can pass between humans and animals are referred to as zoonotic diseases. This is important because 62 percent of American households have at least one pet according to a 2012 Humane Society survey. Because of this, veterinarians play a vital role in recognizing and preventing the spread of disease.

2) Ebola is zoonotic, but the extent to which it actually affects animals is not well known. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, scientists believe that the first patient became infected through contact with an infected animal, such as a fruit bat or primate (apes and monkeys), which is called a spillover event. Person-to-person transmission follows and can lead to large numbers of affected persons. In the current West African epidemic, animals have not been found to be a factor in ongoing Ebola transmission.

3) As for dogs and cats becoming infected with Ebola, there have been no reports of dogs or cats becoming sick with Ebola, even though they may develop antibodies from exposure to the disease. Certainly a greater understanding of the effects of Ebola on dogs and cats is needed.

4) According to the CDC, the risk of an Ebola outbreak affecting multiple people in the United States is very low. Therefore, the risk to pets is also very low. Even in areas in Africa where Ebola is present, there have been no reports of dogs and cats becoming sick with Ebola.

5) Beyond the more common household pets, some people do keep monkeys as pets. According to the CDC, monkeys are at risk for Ebola. Symptoms of Ebola infection in monkeys include fever, decreased appetite and sudden death. Monkeys should not be allowed to have contact with anyone who may have Ebola. Healthy monkeys already living in the United States and without exposure to a person infected with Ebola are not at risk for spreading Ebola.

6) If there is a pet in the home of an Ebola patient, the CDC recommends that veterinarians, in collaboration with public health officials, evaluate the pet’s risk of exposure. Appropriate measures, such as closely monitoring the exposed pet while taking necessary precautions, should be put in place.

7) Scientists and veterinarians with the American Veterinary Medical Association, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the CDC and many other partners are continuing to work together to develop additional guidance for the U.S. pet population.

“Besides being doctors to animals, veterinarians play a key role in public health and disease prevention,” Welser said. “Veterinarians throughout the U.S. and around the world work together with human health officials to keep the public safe.”

Update on Bentley: According to staff at Dallas Animal Services, Bentley is doing well in quarantine and will continue to be monitored for the next few weeks for symptoms of the illness. We keep Nina Pham and Bentley in our thoughts and hope for a happy reunion soon.

Watch a video of Bentley in quarantine here.

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Northwest Cellars in Kirkland is hosting a benefit for Pasado’s Safe Haven this Saturday, September 13th. This fun wine tasting event features red and white wines and includes a silent auction.

You can bring your best furry friend along too because the tasting room at Northwest Cellars is dog friendly.

A portion of the proceeds from this event will help Pasado’s Safe Haven continue to work toward their vision of a world where every animal has the right to live free from abuse, abandonment, neglect and exploitation.

Admission is $15 if you order your tickets in advance, and $20 the day of the event. Tickets and more information can be found here.

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Pets are living longer and healthier lives thanks to developments in veterinary care and dietary habits. However, that doesn’t change the fact that their health begins to decline in their senior years at around the ages of six or seven.

Follow these simple tips to ensure your pet’s senior years are also its golden years:

1. Increase veterinary visits. Dr. Mitsie Vargas a veterinarian based in Winter Haven, Florida says, “It’s important to take your senior pet for a checkup twice a year because that is when a lot of situations can be found out earlier and treated cheaper and with a better outcome.”

2. Watch for changes in behavior. Before any medical symptoms appear, behavioral changes can provide signs that something is wrong. Examples of behavior changes include confusion, decreased interaction with humans, house soiling and changes in sleep cycles.

3. Watch for weight changes. Dogs tend to gain wait as they age. Overweight older dogs are at increased risk of health problems.

4. Consider modifying diet and nutrition. As pets age, their dietary needs change. Senior pets may need easily digestible foods or foods with different calorie levels and ingredients that include anti-aging nutrients.

5. Keep pets physically active. Just as with older humans, it is very important to keep senior pets moving. Maintaining mobility through appropriate exercise will help keep them healthier.

6. Play stimulating games. Even pets can show signs of senility. Games (such as playing with food puzzle toys) that require time, patience and problem-solving abilities will help keep pets mentally active.

7. Be aware of health risks and symptoms. Some pet breeds and lifestyles have increased risks associated with them. For instance, dogs that have not been neutered or spayed have a higher risk of developing mammary, testicular and prostate cancers. As pets get older they develop many of the same illnesses that are present in humans such as cancer, heart disease, kidney and urinary tract diseases, diabetes and even senility.

These seven tips will help maximize your pet’s senior years, but always check with veterinarians for specific guidelines on pet care.

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There is no shortage of beautiful, high-end accessories for your dog today. Well, here are some more things to add to your wish list: The Cambria Pet Collection from Pottery Barn.

Cambria Pet Food Canister: $129

Cambria Pet Treat Canister: $59

Cambria Pet Bowl and Stand: $19.50 to $49.50

The whole set looks beautiful together.

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Off leash dog parks are a great place to let your pup burn off some energy and have a little leash-less freedom.

Not all dog parks are equal though if you have a smaller dog. Little dogs can get overwhelmed, or even injured, if they are in the same area as roughhousing large dogs. Some dog parks have small cracks or holes in the fence that a small dog can squeeze through.

Here are five Seattle area dog parks where your small dog can stay safe while having fun:

  1. Golden Gardens Off-leash Park (Seattle)
  2. Warren G Magnuson Off-leash Park (Seattle)
  3. Luther Burbank Off-leash Park (Mercer Island)
  4. Jasper’s Off-leash Park (Kirkland)
  5. Westcrest Off-leash Park (West Seattle)

All of these off leash dog parks have a separate area for small dogs. Most of them have spaces in the larger dog area where you can get away from the crowd with your small dog.

To read more about these areas from a small dog perspective, read the article 5 Seattle Area Dog Parks to Delight Your Small Dog.

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