Dear Tabby, We’re going to be relocating across the country next month. We’re concerned about how this will impact our pets and are wanting some tips on how to lessen the stress on them. Any advice? Relocating in Timbergrove Dear Relocating, Moving is stressful for everyone and many people don’t take into consideration the effect it can have on pets. Pets are creatures of habit and any disruption to their routine or surroundings can cause them to act out. The folks at the real estate blog, www.househunt.com have compiled a helpful list of tips to help ease the strain of the move on your pets. Here’s what they suggest: Pre-Move: * Update tags with easy to read name and phone numbers. * Get vet records so that you can easily transfer to a new vet. * Take time packing. … [Read more...] about Relocating with pets: How to lessen the stress
Dear Tabby, Our dog and cat are both overweight. I know this isn’t good for their health and I’d like to see them slim down in 2018. Any advice for how to help them lose the weight and get healthier? Feeling fluffy in Forest West Dear Feeling Fluffy, It’s that time of the year, isn’t it? Humans and pets alike are preparing to reevaluate their food and lifestyle choices and vowing to make a change in their health in the next couple of months. It’s a good time to make a change in your own health and in the health of your beloved 4-legged family members. According to www.petobesityprevention.org an estimated 53.8% of U.S. dogs are overweight and 58.2% of U.S. cats are overweight or obese, so your pets’ plights are (sadly) the norm in our country. Most people don’t even know … [Read more...] about Are your pets looking a little pudgy?
Dear Tabby, I’d like to get my girlfriend a dog for Christmas. I think that a dog would keep her company. What are your thoughts on giving pets as gifts? Shopping Early in Shepherd Park Plaza Dear Shopping Early, Giving an adorable puppy or kitten as a gift this holiday season may seem like a wonderful idea, but it is important to remember that pets need a lifetime of care and commitment long after the holiday season. Surprising your girlfriend with a new fuzzy friend on that special holiday morning is tempting, but be sure to first consider these facts to avoid being unprepared when bringing a pet home. Giving the gift of companionship requires a considerable amount of research and preparation. There can be many reasons why a pet may be unsuitable for a home, such as if … [Read more...] about Should Santa leave a dog under your tree?
Dear Tabby, I’ve noticed that my dog has a little slit/pocket-thing on his earflap. Is this normal? What is it? What’s That Earflap in The Heights Dear What’s That Earflap, What your dog has is very normal. In fact, this little ear pocket even has a name…”Henry’s Pocket,” or, in scientific speak, a cutaneous marginal pouch. Nearly all domestic cat ears have this little pocket, but not all dogs do. If they do, it’s located at the outer base of the external ear. The Henry’s pocket is more commonly found in dogs with upright, erect ears and/or thinner coats. Chihuahuas, Boston Terriers, Corgis, and Pugs are a few examples of dog breeds that have the pocket. So what purpose does the Henry’s pocket serve in the ear anatomy? No one knows for sure, but here are a few … [Read more...] about That little ‘pocket’ on the ear
Dear Tabby, We are planning to travel for the holidays. What are your thoughts on how to make sure your pet is taken care of when you’re away? Thanksgiving trekking in Timbergrove Dear Thanksgiving Trekking, November is an exciting month. Not only is it “Adopt-A-Senior-Pet” month across the country, (most shelters have promotions with reduced adoption fees for pets over a certain age--check it out!) but it’s also the beginning of a busy travel season. I’m sure you’ve already made your travel plans but have you made plans for your pet? The clock is ticking, but there’s still time to make sure that everyone is happy, healthy and well-cared for this holiday season. If your pet is more of a homebody (like, yours truly) I’d recommend finding a pet sitter to come to your home … [Read more...] about Holiday travel and your pet: now’s the time to plan