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
Dear Tabby, We’re interested in adopting a senior pet soon, but are concerned about bringing an animal into our home who might have long-held bad manners that can’t be reversed (due to old age). What do you think...are senior dogs trainable? Skeptical of senior pets in Shady Grove Dear Skeptical, In case you didn’t know, November is Adopt A Senior Pet month, so in shelters across the area, you’re likely to get a great deal on a slightly older pet. These pets all come fully-vetted and spayed or neutered with a clean bill of health. Also, you’re in luck because the old adage, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” just doesn’t hold water with most dogs. In fact, there are even some basic commands that you can teach your older dog at home that will greatly help him to … [Read more...] about Can you teach an old dog new tricks?
Dear Tabby, This is our first time to have a dog and she’s already showing a lot of interest in the Halloween candy. I’ve heard that chocolate is toxic to dogs and now I’m worried that she’ll get into it this Halloween season. What happens if she gets into chocolate and what should we do? Concerned about Candy in The Heights Dear Concerned, There are several factors that play into this problem. First of all, the degree to which your dog is affected by chocolate depends on her size and on the type of chocolate she gets into. In most cases, the more bitter and darker the chocolate a dog has ingested, the greater the risk of her getting poisoned.The amount of chocolate a dog can ingest without serious adverse effects is relative to the size of the dog as well. Where a 75-pound … [Read more...] about Beware of Canine chocolate poisoning this Halloween
Dear Tabby, Is it safe to let my dog ride in the back of my truck? I see a lot of people with dogs in the back of a truck and it makes me nervous. What do you think? Tailgating in Timbergrove Dear Tailgating, Most dogs love to ride in a vehicle--their nose out the window, ears flopping in the wind. It seems as though a ride in the back of a truck would be every dog’s dream come true, but in reality, it can turn into a real nightmare for both you and your dog. For starters, dogs can’t “hold on” the way humans can, and any sudden start, stop, or turn can toss your pet onto the highway. If the impact of hitting the road at a high speed doesn’t kill him, oncoming traffic probably will. It is estimated that at least 100,000 dogs die this way each year. There are other … [Read more...] about It’s Tailgating Season – but not for your dog