Dear Tabby, The paved street surfaces in Shady Acres are too hot to touch here, as early as noon--and it’s only May! What does my dog feel when walking with me on the hot pavement? Not So Shady in Shady Acres Dear Not So Shady, I applaud your efforts to continue exercising your dog, even in hot weather. It’s tempting to get lax on dog walks when the weather is less than ideal, but by walking your dog daily, you’re giving him a great form or exercise for both his mind and his body. The Humane Society of the United States reminds us that asphalt can get very hot and can burn our pet’s paws. They recommend that we walk our pets on the grass if the pavement is too hot. But, how do you know when the pavement is too hot? The “5 Second” Rule A quick and easy way to gauge … [Read more...] about Shady Acres’ streets aren’t so shady for dog walking
Dear Tabby, What does a microchip do? Can it track my pets if they run away from home? Why should we get them microchipped? To Microchip or Not To Microchip in Rice Military Dear To Microchip..., The month of May just so happens to be “Chip Your Pet Month,” so this is a valuable and timely question. With growing technology in the veterinary field, new measures of protection for companion animals are now available to owners at a low cost. Microchipping, one of the newest ways to locate and identify lost animals, is growing in popularity and efficiency. What Is A Microchip? A microchip is a glass encased device that bears an identification number unique to every marked animal. Once the microchip is inserted under the animal’s skin (which is a painless procedure and can be … [Read more...] about The Microchip: What does it do and is it necessary?
Dear Tabby, My mother has a female dog who has not been spayed yet. Is it really necessary to spay a female dog when she won’t come into contact with any male dogs? To Spay or Not To Spay in Sawyer Heights Dear To Spay, If you have been coming up short on gift ideas for Mother’s Day, I think we’ve just solved your problem: Help you mother to get her dog spayed--as soon as possible! Spaying or neutering your dog is part of responsible canine care. Not only does it help with the overpopulation problem--saving lives of countless animals--but it also has many health benefits for the individual pup who has the procedure done. Also, even though you can try your best to keep your female dog away from unneutered males, you might be surprised at the lengths to which animals who … [Read more...] about Give the gift of a spay (or neuter) this Mother’s Day
Dear Tabby, I’ve heard that “Be Kind to Animals” week is coming up. What does that mean and can you give me some ideas of ways that I can be kind to animals? Working on Kindness in Woodland Heights Dear Working on Kindness, You are indeed correct! The first full week of May every year (May 6 through 12 this year) has been designated as, “Be Kind to Animals” week by the American Humane Society. The initiative was started in 1915 and has inspired millions of people to come together for a week every year to look for new and different ways to enhance the lives of our furry, feathered, scaled and even exoskeletoned friends. During this week of kindness, The Humane Society has several good ideas for ways that we can be especially kind of animals. There are pledges that you … [Read more...] about Four ways that you can be kind to animals this week (and every week!)
Dear Tabby, We recently took our dog in for her annual vet exam and the vet wanted to perform blood work before renewing her prescription for heartworm preventatives. Why do vets require an annual check of dogs’ blood for heartworms--even if they’ve been on a preventative? Questioning Blood Work in Forest Pines Dear Questioning Blood Work, I can certainly understand your suspicion surrounding (what seems like) unnecessary blood work which can be expensive and create extra anxiety for both your dog and you! The fact of the matter is that all vets require yearly blood testing for heartworms. The month of April just so happens to be “Heartworm Awareness Month,” so now is as good a time as any to discuss how heartworm prevention works and why vets require a blood test every … [Read more...] about Why does your vet require yearly blood test for heartworms?