Dear Tabby, Our cat has taken to peeing in our bathtub instead of in her litter box. While (admittedly) the bathtub is a very reasonable place in regards to cleaning up wayward cat pee, we want to nip this habit in the bud before she picks a new, less-easily cleaned location. Any thoughts on why she’s suddenly developed this weird habit? Litter Box Confusion in Lazybrook Dear Litter Box Confusion, According to vets, cats can stop using the litter box for a variety of reasons. Most commonly, cats are dissatisfied with the placement or number of litter boxes, changes in the environment inside or outside the house, and undiagnosed medical conditions. First Stop: A Visit To The Vet The very first course of action to remedy this potty problem is to visit your vet. Several … [Read more...] about Getting the ‘scoop’ on litter box issues
Dear Tabby, We have a new puppy who is chewing on everything (including us!). Our vet told us never to give her rawhide chews. Why? I thought rawhides were a good choice for a chewing puppy? Can you set us straight? Teething in Timbergrove Dear Teething, Rawhide chews have been the go-to chewy treat for dogs of all ages for quite some time but recently, pet experts have started to speak out against them and it is very common for vets to warn pet owners about the dangers of this treat. There are several factors that cause rawhides to be potentially dangerous for your pooch: • Choking hazard: Once your dog swallows a tiny, broken piece of rawhide, that portion can get lodged in her throat, putting her in serious danger. • Digestive blockage: Allowing your pooch to … [Read more...] about ‘Raw Deal’ for rawhides?
Dear Tabby, My kids are begging for a pet and I just don’t think that we’re quite ready for a dog or cat. We’re interested in guinea pigs, but I hate the idea of buying one from a pet store when there might be guinea pigs who need to be rehomed. Is this even a thing...guinea pig adoption? Getting a Guinea Pig in Garden Oaks Dear Getting A Guinea Pig, Not only do guinea pigs make fun, loving pets but yes, there are very often guinea pigs in animals shelters who are awaiting their fresh start in life! In fact, March is Adopt-A-Rescued-Guinea-Pig Month and many shelters in our area have guinea pigs ripe for the picking. Before adopting your guinea pig though, make sure that you’re prepared for the special needs and circumstances that owning a guinea pig might require. For … [Read more...] about Adopting a Guinea Pig: Are Guinea Pigs available at animal shelters?
Dear Tabby, Our dog is terribly itchy. She is always chewing on the pads of her feet and constantly scratching at her ears, back and belly. Is it possible for pets to have allergies this time of the year like humans do? Itchy in Independence Heights Dear Itchy, We turned to our friends at Texas A&M University to scratch the surface of this common pet problem. Dr. Adam Patterson, a clinical associate professor and chief of dermatology at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, said that every animal has a different reaction to allergies, just as people respond to allergies differently. However, most animals display itching as a hallmark sign of allergic skin disease. “An itch may be manifested as licking, chewing, biting, rubbing, … [Read more...] about Dog owner itching for answers about pet allergies
Dear Tabby, Do I really need to take my dog in to get his teeth cleaned on a regular basis? I’m not sure that it would be worth the extra expense of the procedure. Most dogs just have bad breath, right? Thinking about Teeth in Timbergrove Dear Thinking about Teeth, As you probably know, humans should visit their dentist twice a year for a dental cleaning and exam, but did you know your pet should also visit the veterinarian for teeth cleaning once a year? February is Pet Dental Health Month and keeping your pet’s teeth clean is an important part of ensuring that your pet stays healthy. Gum disease is the most common disease occurring in pets today. Plaque and tartar buildup can cause bad breath, bleeding, painful, irritated gums that affect eating and can even cause … [Read more...] about Something to chew on: dental care for your pet