Dear Tabby, My husband and I just completed the Chevron Houston Marathon and have really enjoyed our training runs leading up to the big race. We also just got a puppy and we’d love to take our new addition along with us on our runs. Is this advisable? Ready to Run in Garden Oaks Dear Ready to Run, Congratulations on your marathon and your new canine addition! I’m sure, with all of that manic puppy energy in your home, you’re eager to find ways to help your puppy exercise. Since you’re both runners, taking the puppy along on your runs seems like a logical way to spend time with your pup and fit in your runs. Well, hold your horses a bit: Vets agree that dogs shouldn’t go jogging until their growth plates have closed. Dogs grow a lot in their first year, especially large … [Read more...] about Is running with the family safe for puppy?
Dear Tabby, With the cold weather that we’ve been having lately, I’ve been worried about how to keep my pets safe in colder temperatures. Obviously, all outdoor animals come inside when the weather is freezing, but are there any other cold-weather pet hazards that we need to consider? Chilly in Candlelight Estates Dear Chilly, Houston has experienced some rather unseasonably cold temperatures lately and there’s a good chance that winter is not quite done with us yet. While meteorologists remind us to protect our pipes, plants and pets during freezes, there’s more to it than just putting a sweater on your dog when the temperatures dip below freezing. Here are a few other things to consider: Watch Out for Outdoor Cats: If you have a cat–or even if you don’t and there … [Read more...] about Pet hazards to consider when temps drop
Dear Tabby, I have some New Year’s resolutions in mind for myself, but I was thinking about ways that I can improve the life of my dog in 2018 as well. Any tips on how to make sure that 2018 is my pup’s best year yet? Healthy resolutions in The Heights Dear Healthy Resolutions, While humans all over the world are spending time this month considering their past failures and dreaming of future success, it is a good idea to keep Fido in mind when planning for a fruitful year of happiness and good health. Go Grain-Free Much like most American’s resolutions, the biggest thing you can do to make sure that Fido starts the new year healthy is to consider his diet and exercise habits. These days, grain-free is the biggest buzzword in pet food. The truth is, the canine digestive … [Read more...] about Resolutions that your pet can benefit from
Dear Tabby, How often should we bathe our pets? We have one dog and two cats and we don’t know how often anyone needs to be bathed. Questioning Pet’s Hygiene in The Heights Dear Questioning Pet’s Hygiene, Anyone who lives in close quarters with pets know that they can get stinky from time to time (and they’d likely say the same about you!). Cats typically don’t need to be bathed as often as dogs, however, older or obese cats may benefit from bathing to help keep their coat and skin healthy. It’s important to bathe dogs regularly to keep their skin healthy and happy but the frequency of these baths depends largely on the breed of the dog and the condition of their coat. “Dogs without dermatological abnormalities benefit from a bath a couple of times a year or when they … [Read more...] about How often should you bathe your pets?
Dear Tabby, We have lots of neighborhood strays who frequent our yard. While I like the fact that they help control the rodent population, I’m not keen on them being in my yard all of the time. Any advice on how to make our yard less-hospitable for the neighborhood strays? Unhappy Hosts in The Heights Dear Unhappy Hosts, You’ve got a very common problem on your hands, unfortunately. According to Citizens for Animal Protection, feral cats are the largest cause of pet overpopulation in Houston. Thousands of feral cats are born into homelessness every year, often right in our own neighborhoods. Left unattended, feral cat colonies can grow out of control. We’ll discuss ways to help control the feral cat population in a bit, but first, here are a few tips from the website … [Read more...] about Reader tired of playing host to neighborhood cats