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A veteran, a dog and a lifesaving story

Capt. Jason Haag, a medically retired United States Marine Corps veteran, bravely served three tours of duty overseas. But when he returned home to Fredericksburg, Va., from his last deployment in 2011, he found himself unable to leave his basement for almost two years. That is, until he met Axel

Tuesday - 09/24/2013, 12:17pm EDT

Tags: Katy Nelson, K9s for Warriors, Veterans, Capt. Jason Haag, Dr. Pawz

Dr. Pawz: Closing loophole with online pet sales

After years of pressure from the public and animal-welfare groups, the USDA's inspector general looked into the laws regulating commercial dog breeding and agreed there was a gap between breeders who sell online and those who do not.

Saturday - 09/14/2013, 07:46am EDT

Tags: Katy Nelson, Dr. Pawz, Dr. Paws, puppy mills, pet sales, usda

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Dr. Pawz: Raising funds for veteran service dogs

On Sunday July 21, Dogtopia, a national dog day care franchise, hosted its 9th Annual Charity Dog Wash to benefit service dogs for veterans who work year-round.

Tuesday - 07/23/2013, 01:02pm EDT

Tags: Dr. Pawz, Katy Nelson, pets, dogs, Veterans, service dogs, Dogtopia

Dr. Pawz: Recognizing a puppy mill

In a newly released poll commissioned by the ASPCA, 71 percent of Americans surveyed felt sure that commercial dog breeders licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture treat their dogs humanely.

Saturday - 07/20/2013, 10:28am EDT

Tags: Dr. Pawz, Katy Nelson, Animal Welfare Act, puppy mill, commercial breeding, pets

Dr. Pawz: Keep your pet home for the 4th of July

If you're planning on bringing your pup to Fourth of July festivities, think twice about events with fireworks. Local veterinarian Katy Nelson says exposing pets to frightening fireworks displays isn't fair to Fido.

Monday - 07/01/2013, 01:32pm EDT

Tags: Dr. Pawz, July 4th holiday, pets, anxiety, Katy Nelson, Dana Gooley

Local animal shelters take creative steps to avoid overcrowding

In the 1980s, more than 20 million dogs and cats were euthanized every year in shelters around the country. And while that number is much lower today (around 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized each year), a large number of animals are still dying unnecessarily.

Thursday - 06/20/2013, 10:04am EDT

Tags: Dr. Pawz, Katy Nelson, animal shelters, kitten season, stray animals, Washington Humane Society, pets

Dr. Pawz: What to do if your pet is lost

What can you do to protect your pet if it escapes the confines of your home? Dr. Katy Nelson offers some tips.

Sunday - 06/02/2013, 08:42am EDT

Tags: pet, Dr. Pawz, lost dog, Katy Nelson, lost pet

How will the cicada invasion affect your pets?

The entire East Coast is "abuzz" about the impending entomological invasion that is promised to occur any day now. And with the weather finally warming this week, that magical 64 degrees that the ground has to reach before the cicadas emerge is sure to occur soon.

Wednesday - 05/22/2013, 05:53pm EDT

Tags: cicadas, pets, Dr. Pawz, Dr. Katy Nelson

Dr. Pawz: Katy's 10 tips for choosing the right pet food, Part 2

As a good pet parent, you already know your pet needs to be eating nutritionally complete and balanced food. But with so many diets out there, how do you choose the perfect one for your pet? Local veterinarian Dr. Katy Nelson has some tips.

Wednesday - 05/08/2013, 09:20am EDT

Tags: Dr. Pawz, pet food, Katy Nelson, pets

Dr. Pawz: Katy's 10 tips for choosing the right pet food, Part 1

As a good pet parent, you already know your pet needs to be eating nutritionally complete and balanced food. But with so many diets out there, how do you choose the perfect one for your pet? Local veterinarian Dr. Katy Nelson has some tips.

Thursday - 05/02/2013, 10:10am EDT

Tags: Dr. Pawz, Katy Nelson, pet food, pets

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