Seattle area dog lovers can celebrate with Strut Your Mutt, a new personalized pet service business specializing in dog walking, pet sitting, transportation services, and more. If you are seeking an experienced dog walker and/or caregiver to deliver exceptional, Nordstrom-like customer service; someone who is friendly, trustworthy and honest, then Strut Your Mutt is for you! Now you can rest-assured, knowing your best friend and home are safe and happy while you’re away.

New clients receive a special $19 rate per 30 minute walk for one month!

For more information visit Strut Your Mutt at symseattle.com.

Sponsored by Strut Your Mutt

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Is your neighborhood, community, or apartment complex polluted with dog waste?

Tired of seeing, smelling, and stepping in poo?

Looking for a way to change that? PooPrints™ is the only DNA Pet Waste Management service that is guaranteed to solve your problem! Using DNA we will “match the mess” to the dog owner who didn’t pick up after their dog! Let us find the poopetrators!

PooPrints™ is being used all over the US and Canada to solve “#2 problems.” Speak with your community manager or HOA board, and have them contact us today!

Learn more about PooPrints™ at www.pooprints.com

Sponsored by: PooPrints

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Want absolute proof of identify if your pet ever gets lost or stolen? DNA Pet ID is the safe, unalterable form of identification to reunite you with your pet! The best part? DNA Pet ID is quick and painless, and can be done in the comfort of your home!

Pets are precious members of our families. If your pet is ever lost or stolen or if the microchip cannot be scanned, DNA is the only undeniable way to prove your ownership. Using DNA Pet ID, pets can be matched to their rightful owners every single time!

Learn more about DNA Pet ID at petidDNA.com.

Sponsored by: DNA Pet ID

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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 Buffalo, Authority, Bil Jac, Wellness, Grreat Choice, and more! View the feeder HERE.

www.catzenpup.com

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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.

www.catzenpup.com

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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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