Dear Tabby, I’ve heard that there have been many confirmed cases of distemper in dogs lately. What is distemper and are my dogs protected from it? Worried About Distemper in Woodland Heights Dear Worried About Distemper, You’re correct. Parts of Texas have been experiencing an abnormal outbreak of canine distemper. Unfortunately, canine distemper is very serious and highly contagious. Dogs are typically the primary host for this disease, but wild animals such as coyotes, skunks, racoons and ferrets also carry the disease. According to the website, www.texpetsvets.com, the virus is usually spread through airborne exposure to respiratory secretions, such as those expelled when an infected dog sneezes or coughs. Clusters of distemper outbreaks may occur where susceptible dogs … [Read more...] about Canine Distemper is on the rise in Texas: How to protect your pets
Dear Tabby, Cancer has impacted our family several times and I often worry about our four-legged family members getting cancer as well. Is there anyway we can lessen our pet’s chances of getting cancer? Concerned about Cancer in Cottage Grove Dear Concerned, November happens to be Pet Cancer Awareness Month, because, unfortunately, our pets aren’t immune to the horrible disease. All pets, regardless of size and breed, are at risk for developing cancer. However, there are certain breeds of dogs that have higher instances of the disease than others. Some Breeds Are More Susceptible to Cancer Certain breeds, such as golden retrievers, Rottweilers, and German shepherds are considered at-risk breeds and have a higher risk of getting cancer. According to the Veterinary Cancer … [Read more...] about Dear Tabby: Cancer – is your pet at risk?
Dear Tabby, I’ve heard that pumpkin is good for pets. What are some ways that I can incorporate more pumpkin into my dog’s diet? Healthy Eating in The Heights Dear Healthy Eating, You’re absolutely correct! Pumpkin is incredibly good for both dogs and cats. High in vitamins and fiber, pumpkin is especially good for your pet’s digestive health. According to veterinarians, pureed pumpkin (with no added sugar or spice) can help dogs and cats with both constipation and diarrhea. Adding a tablespoon or two (in proportion to their size) to their regular meal is known to help keep them regular. May Keep UTI’s at Bay Pumpkin is also great for the urinary care of your pets. The oils in pumpkins’ flesh and seeds are believed to support urinary health. They are also an excellent … [Read more...] about Dear Tabby: Get the skinny on adding pumpkin to your pet’s diet
Dear Tabby, We have a new dog and we’re excited to celebrate Halloween (and all of the upcoming holidays) with her. Do you have any tips for helping to make sure she stays safe amid all of the excitement? Hyped up about Halloween in The Heights Dear Hyped Up, While it’s all fun, games, and sweet treats for humans, Halloween can be a confusing, frightening, and sometimes dangerous time of year for your pets. Then, after Halloween is all said and done, we continue into the holiday season, with even more candy, treats and visitors coming and going. Here are some tips for keeping your pets safe, both before and after all the ghosts and goblins have darkened your doorstep and the next round of scary visitors (family--yikes!) arrives for Thanksgiving and the holidays: Think … [Read more...] about Keeping pets safe on Halloween (and beyond)
Dear Tabby, I think we’re ready to adopt a pet but we don’t want a puppy or kitten. In fact, we’re thinking about adopting a senior animal. Would that be a good idea, or would a puppy or kitten be easier? Ready to Adopt in Ella Lee Forest Dear Ready to Adopt, Is there anything cuter than a puppy or a kitten? Not much that I can think of--but you want to know what’s not always so cute? Having to train and teach them the rules of your home; middle of the night feedings and bursts of energy; destructive behaviors...the list goes on and on. So, what about a senior pet? There are some real benefits to adopting a pet in their “golden years.” Energy levels An older pet would likely rather cuddle on the couch then run laps around the living room. This is not to say that an … [Read more...] about Dear Tabby: Adopting a senior pet is a cinch!