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Spring Forward Sunday With An Eye On Safety
Euthanasia Drug Found In Dog Food Prompts Recall
Fall Pet Health And Safety & Declutter For A Cause
Chuy's Tex-Mex Restaurant Wants to Immortalize Your Dog's Photo On It's Walls
Holistic Veterinary Care Now Available In Triangle


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Spring Forward Sunday With An Eye On Safety

Check For Recalls On Daylight
Savings To Save Lives

Sunday, March 12 is daylight saving time and families everywhere will be turning the clock forward and checking other safety essentials around the house, like changing smoke detector batteries.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA would like you to encourage you to also check your vehicle for open recalls.
After you update the clocks, remember to visit the vet to get
your pets started on flea and tick preventatives.

Use the NHTSA’s VIN Look-Up tool on at least twice a year to see if any of your vehicles are under a recall. To help remember, time the recall check with daylight saving time—every March when setting clocks forward and every November when setting clocks back.

Sunday, March 12 between 1-4 pm, NHTSA will host a #CheckForRecalls Tweet Up to chat about the latest recalls and safety campaigns. Follow the conversation using the hashtag #CheckForRecalls and they will respond to as many questions and comments as they can!

Euthanasia Drug Found In Dog Food Prompts Recall

The U.S Food and Drug Administration, FDA announced a recall for Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food, because of a potential contaminant Pentobarbital in one lot of Hunk of Beef Au Jus.

The states included are Washington, California, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, and were manufactured the week of June 6 – June 13, 2016.

So far, five dogs have become ill and one has died after eating the product with lot number 1816E06HB13.
(© 2017 WTSP 8:02 AM. EST February 07, 2017 )

For more information on this and other FDA product recalls and withdrawals go to

Fall Pet Health And Safety & Declutter For A Cause

Prepare Your Pets For Autumn

The crisp weather and color-changing leaves make it a great time to spruce up your home, go for a drive, walk your pets or cozy up indoors.  But with all those things comes the potential for unexpected challenges. Follow these safety tips provided by the ASPCA to keep your furry friends safe and healthy during the fall season. ASPCA's Autumn Safety Tips

As we open the door to fall please enjoy this best of summer slideshow.  
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Paw Keepers Best of Summer Reel

Prince William Humane Society Woof Trax Shoe Collection Drive September 15 - November 15, 2016 

Do you have shoes you’ve never really worn taking up space in your closet? Are there tennis shoes that are too small for your son’s feet but with life still in them lingering under his bed? Would you be willing to donate these shoes to charity so someone in a developing nation who can’t afford shoes can have a pair to wear to school, work or to safely walk down the street? 

Prince William Humane Society is participating in the nationwide Woof Trax Shoe Collection Drive to raise funds for their new No Tails Left Behind Adopt Shop. Prince William Humane Society will earn funds based on the number of pairs collected as Funds2Orgs will purchase all of the donated goods. Those dollars will benefit the homeless pets of Prince William County who will be housed and cared for at the new No Tails Left Behind Adopt Shop. Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used or new shoes at local drop sites listed on the flyer below.  Click here to read the full press realease.

Current Paw Keepers clients can give us a call and we'll be happy to come to your home to pick up and drop off your donated shoes. To schedule a pick-up call (703) 445-8090 or email

PS:  Hooray!  J. F. Pattie Sr. Elementary and A. Henderson Elementary have joined the cause as collection locations!

Chuy's Tex-Mex Restaurant Wants to Immortalize Your Dog's Photo On It's Walls

Chuy’s Tex-Mex restaurant celebrates its Woodbridge grand opening on Tuesday, and they want to adorn the walls of the La Chihuahua Bar with framed pictures of local dogs. Guests that bring in a framed photo of their dog receive a free appetizer.

Founded in Austin, Texas, in 1982, Chuy’s serves authentic, affordable Tex-Mex fare made to order from fresh ingredients and in an atmosphere full of fun and attitude. Chuy’s has earned the reputation across Texas and throughout the Southeast for being the most fun and friendly spot to enjoy real Mexican food at a great price.

"We are thrilled to open our doors in Woodbridge,” said Lance Smith, Area Supervisor for Chuy’s in Northern Virginia. “We cannot wait for the community to experience our passion for food and our fun and quirky style. Diners can expect a vibrant atmosphere complete with an Elvis Shrine, the La Chihuahua Bar, featuring a “school” of hand-carved wooden fish, metal palm trees and a hubcap-covered ceiling, and most importantly, framed photos of local dogs." 

The menu will showcase outstanding Tex-Mex dishes featuring family recipes from South Texas, New Mexico and Mexican border towns, all made fresh to order from the restaurant’s all scratch kitchen. Standout dishes sure to satisfy those looking for authentic, heartwarming flavors include the Chicka-Chicka Boom-Boom Enchiladas – freshly roasted, hand pulled chicken and cheese enchiladas smothered in Boom-Boom sauce made from roasted New Mexican green chiles, tomatillos, green onions, cilantro, lime juice and melted cheese; the “Big as Yo’ Face” Burrito – a homemade 12″ flour tortilla stuffed with refried beans, cheese and a choice of sizzling fajita steak or chicken; and Chile Rellenos – a fresh Anaheim pepper fire roasted and filled with choice of cheese, seasoned ground sirloin, oven-roasted chicken or shrimp, all battered and fried to perfection, and served with one of Chuy's’ signature sauces.

Chuy’s Woodbridge, located at 2641 Prince William Pkwy, Woodbridge, will be open daily for lunch and dinner at 11am, open Sunday through Thursday until 10pm and Saturday and Sunday until 11pm. Weekdays from 4pm to 7pm, the restaurant will offer happy hour drink specials and a Fully-Loaded Nacho Car, an unlimited build-your-own nacho station with chips, salsa, queso, ground sirloin and more.  

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    Holistic Veterinary Care Now Available In Triangle

    If  you're like me, every time you drive down Route 1 you see a new home development or business under construction.  On a recent trip to Triangle, I noticed a new animal clinic at Squire Lane, Pearl Veterinary Hospital.  I decided to stop and check it out.  I was greeted by the owner Dr. Rieko Tran, who graciously gave me a tour of the state of the art facility.   The hospital is a full service integrative practice that combines the best of Western conventional and Eastern alternative medicines.  In 2008, Dr. Tran started a holistic clinic, a division of the Veterinary Internal Medicine Practice in Manassas, which today evolved into Pearl Veterinary Hospital.  They utilize modern diagnostics, drugs, procedures like surgery, together with appropriate holistic modalities to obtain the best possible results.  Dr. Tran offers acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, general medicine, dental care, surgery, wellness examines and vaccinations.  

    Pearl Veterinary Hospital

    The philosophy of holistic veterinarians is to look at all aspects of the animal, and be open to using a variety of treatments.  Holistic veterinarians often concentrate on nutrition and diet, the environment and lifestyle of the animal, and psychological state of the animal in the treatment and prevention of disease.  

    For more information about holistic veterinary medical services, please click the links below.

    Pearl Veterinary Hospital 
    4074 Squire Lane, 
    Triangle, VA  22172

    American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association
    American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture
    Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy
    American Board of Animal Acupuncture
    Chi Institute of Traditional ChineseVeterinary Medicine