Dear Tabby, How many times a day should my dog be pooping? It seems like he goes a lot and I wanted to see what the “norm” is. Seeking the Scoop on Poop in Garden Oaks Dear Makin’ a list, Just like humans, there’s no “norm” as far as your dog’s potty habits. However, there are a variety of factors to consider when scrutinizing your pup’s poop schedule. Experts do agree though that between 1 and 5 times a day should be considered normal for most healthy dogs. A few factors to take into consideration: This includes how much they have eaten in the last 24 hours, fiber content of the diet, individual variation and the age of the dog (puppies tend to defecate more frequently than adult dogs). Chances are that if your dog is maintaining a good weight, the feces are of normal … [Read more...] about Seeking the Scoop on the Poop in Garden Oaks
Dear Tabby, I’m a high school senior and I’m considering going to school to become a Veterinary Technician because I love animals more than anything. Is this a good career choice and what do Vet Techs actually do? Go Waltrip Rams! Dear Go Waltrip Rams, What an interesting question and bravo to you for finding ways to use your love of animals to serve others. I loved your question so much that I went to the good folks at Texas A&M University’s School of Veterinary Medicine to get some answers for you. “Veterinary technicians are the people who provide the technical support for patient care and assist veterinarians with many responsibilities,” says D’Lisa Whaley, veterinary technician at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical … [Read more...] about Reader’s love of animals leads to interest in Vet Tech school
Dear Tabby, We just got our first puppy and we’d like to do some basic training with her. Is this something that we can do ourselves or should we go to a dog trainer? Also, what are the basic commands and tricks that we need to teach our new dog? Thinking about training in Timbergrove Dear Thinking about training, Dogs are pack animals and, as such, they want to live in a cohesive, functioning pack. In order to cohabitate with their human pack, they need to be shown who’s boss (spoiler alert: your dog should NOT be the boss) and taught the rules. By nature, your dog wants your approval. She wants to please you (most of the time, anyway!). But she can’t do that without being taught what you expect of her. Everyone in the household is better off if the dog conforms to the … [Read more...] about Can you train your dog yourself?
Dear Tabby, Our dog and cat are both overweight. I know this isn’t good for their health and I’d like to see them slim down in the New Year. Any advice for how to help them lose the weight and get healthier? Feeling fluffy in Forest West Dear Feeling Fluffy, It’s that time of the year, isn’t it? Humans and pets alike are reevaluating their food and lifestyle choices and vowing to make a change in their health. It’s a good time to make a change in your own health and in the health of your beloved 4-legged family members. According to www.petobesityprevention.org, an estimated 53.8% of U.S. dogs are overweight and 58.2% of U.S. cats are overweight or obese, so your pets’ plights are (sadly) the norm in our country. Most people don’t even know that their pet is … [Read more...] about Reader seeks help for pudgy pets
Dear Tabby, I’ve recently inherited a long-haired cat. Up until now, I’ve always had short-haired cats, so I have no idea what kind of maintenance this new cat will need. Help! Tangled up in cat hair in Timbergrove Dear Tangled Up, Even though healthy cats habitually groom themselves and are fastidious by nature, many long-haired kitties need a little (or even a lot of) extra help keeping their coats beautiful, but it’s nothing that you can’t handle. Yes, long-haired cats require a bit more maintenance than their short-haired counterparts, but with a little time and attention, you can make sure that your new kitty is well maintained in the beauty-department. It’s a good idea for any owner of a long-haired cat to prepare to spend some time helping their pet with grooming … [Read more...] about How do you care for a long-haired cat?