Fall is finally in the air--do you feel it? Yeah, me neither, but along with the potential for cooler air this time of the year, comes tons of fun activities and events that benefit the pets in our city. In fact, there are so many pet related events happening over the next month, right here in our own backyard, that Tabby is taking a break from question-answering and rounding up an extensive list of everywhere you need to be over the next few weeks! “Waggy Wednesday” At BARC, every Wednesday in October is “Waggy Wednesday.” All dog adoptions (on dogs 5 months of age and older) are only $20! What a great way to add to your family and save a life this month. “Howl-A-Ween” Be sure to head over to CAP’s (Citizens For Animal Protection) “Howl-A-Ween” dog walk, costume contest, and pet … [Read more...] about Dear Tabby: A full month of pet fun ahead
Dear Tabby, My neighbors have a dog who stays in their backyard all day and night, and in every kind of weather. We never see anyone interacting with him and he seems so bored and lonely. He does have water, food and an old, falling-down doghouse, but that’s about it. Is there anything that we can do to help? Worried in Woodland Heights Dear Worried, There are two basic ways to improve the life of a “backyard dog.” In some situations, a quick call to law enforcement is all that’s necessary. In others, it’ll be up to you to build a relationship with the dog’s guardian and get permission to visit and care for the animal. Every case will be different, so carefully assess the situation before you get started. It sounds like this dog’s very basic needs are (technically) being met and, … [Read more...] about How you can help a ‘Backyard Dog’
Dear Tabby, One of our dogs recently passed away. Needless to say, we’re all heartbroken but we’re also worried about how his loss will impact our other dog, who was very close to him as well. How can we help her to cope with the loss of her housemate and best friend? Mourning a Pet in Garden Oaks Dear Mourning a Pet, I’m so sorry that you have recently lost a pet. Losing a pet is such a tough thing to endure for both the humans in the family as well as the other pets. Just like humans, pets experience loss and grief and may act out in response to this stress. Additionally, our pets pick up on our own emotions and will certainly sense the tension as the humans in your home go through the grief process of losing a pet. Watch For Physical Signs of Grief The folks at Texas … [Read more...] about Helping your pet through the grief process
Dear Tabby, Our dog has stinky feet! Not “sweaty gym sock” stinky, but more like corn chips. Is there something wrong with our dog? Craving Fritos in Forest West Dear Craving Fritos, First things first: the good news is that your dog is totally normal. In fact, many dogs (and some cat’s) feet do, indeed, smell like corn chips. Secondly, this is nothing to worry about. The smell that your dog’s feet are giving off is a yeasty smell that is caused by a harmless bacteria called Proteus or Pseudomonas. Combating The “Frito Feet” While the “Frito Feet” phenomenon is normal, if it begins to bother you, a little basic hygiene can help. If your dog has long fur, consider keeping the fur around his paw pads trimmed. Dogs sweat through their foot pads and if your dog has long … [Read more...] about Do Your Dog’s Feet Smell Like Corn Chips?
Dear Tabby, My boyfriend just adopted a dog and we’re eager to introduce his dog to my dog. We were wondering if it’s better to introduce the two dogs on leash or off leash? Making New Friends in The Heights Dear Making New Friends, While it might seem like the best and safest way to introduce two dogs to one another would be while they’re both on-leash, interestingly enough, dog experts recommend against this. Here are the reasons why and how experts recommend going about this first meeting, sans leashes. Leashes Inhibit Dogs’ Natural Posturing When dogs are on-leash, they are unable to turn their bodies in ways that exhibit peaceful communication with other dogs. Being on-leash often forces dogs to look straight ahead and into the eyes of another dog. In the dog … [Read more...] about Introducing Dogs: To leash or not to leash?