Dear Tabby, We have an inside/outside cat and I’m always so worried that she’ll go missing. What do you suggest that readers do if they lose a cat? Apprehensive about AWOL cat in Oak Forest Dear Apprehensive, It’s certainly a scary feeling when a cherished pet suddenly doesn’t come home. Outdoor cats often have a tendency to roam, so it’s a good idea to double-check that your kitty is microchipped and tagged. In the event that your cat doesn’t come home, here’s what experts suggest that you do: Start early: Begin looking for your kitty as soon as you suspect that she’s wandered off. Don’t wait and see. If your cat has gotten lost, the quicker you get started the less time she has to wander. Stick close to home: Cats are territorial and many will rarely leave their … [Read more...] about What to do if your cat goes missing
Dear Tabby, I think that incorporating massage into my dog’s routine would really help him relieve some anxiety and joint pain, but professional pet massages aren’t currently in our budget. Any tips for “DIY” doggie massages? Curious About Pet Massage in Lazybrook Dear Curious, Funny that you should ask about massages for pets: This week just so happens to be, “Everybody Deserves A Massage” week and, really, who can argue with that logic? Just like humans, pets can benefit greatly from massage and, by giving your pet a massage at home, you’re able to facilitate bonding and ease the anxiety that might come from trying to take your pet somewhere for a stranger to massage him. Cesar Millan offers a few tips for how to do an at-home pet massage. 4 Tips For Massaging Your … [Read more...] about The benefits of regular massage for your pets
Dear Tabby, With July 4th coming up, what can I do to help my pets stay calm during the fireworks? Feeling Festive in Forest West Dear Feeling Festive, As we approach that raucous, hot holiday known as the Fourth of July, here’s some “kibble for thought” regarding fireworks and your pets. While humans might “oooh and ahhh” over the bright flashes of light across the sky and the thunderous booms and pops, your pets can feel as though it’s the end of the world. Some well-meaning pet owners even insist on taking their pets along to fireworks displays, then are horrified when their dog freaks out and sometimes even runs away. This July 4th, try these tips to ensure that your pet stays safe and calm while you enjoy the holiday. Dogs can hear fireworks that you can’t Even if … [Read more...] about Fireworks and pets don’t mix: Keeping Fido (and Fluffy) safe this July 4th
Dear Tabby, I’ve seen advertisements for professional “pooper scoopers” in my neighborhood. This makes me wonder if I should be more diligent about picking up my dog’s poop and if these types of services are worth the cost? Scrutinizing Pooper Scoopers in Garden Oaks Dear Scrutinizing Pooper Scoopers, Fun fact: The 78.2 million dogs who live in the United States collectively deposit 10 million tons of waste per year in our yards (and occasionally on the living room rug...oops). We all love our dogs but not so much dealing with their “by products” while on walks or in yards. What you might not know is that it’s unlawful in Houston (to the tune of a fine up to $500) not to clean up after your dog in public. But at home, should you even bother? Should you scoop your dog’s … [Read more...] about DIY or go pro: Getting the scoop on pet waste removal
Dear Tabby, After last year’s hurricane season, I want to make sure that we’re as prepared as possible for another storm--especially our pets. What do we need to do to prepare our pets for another hurricane season? Hurricane Prepared in The Heights Dear Hurricane Prepared, Like it or not, the 2018 hurricane season has officially begun. Even though many of us are still suffering the impact of Harvey, it’s time again to start watching the radar and making plans in the event of another storm. While there is lots of information available to humans on how to prepare for a potential storm, there is less information available to pet owners who are concerned about how to care for their pets in the event of a storm. BARC recently compiled a helpful information sheet for pet … [Read more...] about It’s hurricane season (again): Are your pets prepared?