Dear Tabby, We adopted a puppy over the summer and my kids enjoyed playing and taking care of her. Now that school is starting, I’m worried that the change in routine will upset the puppy. What can we do to ensure a smooth back-to-school season for our pooch? Reading, Writing and Rottweiler-mixes in Woodland Heights Dear Reading, Writing and Rottweiler-mixes, You’re right. While back to school can spell the return of structure and good habits for humans, it can be a lonely, confusing time for your pet--especially a pet who is new to a family with children. Instead of lazy mornings at home, spent with the pets, now the kids are rushing out the door before the sun is up and often aren’t home until the sun is setting. This spells long, boring days for a dog who has only known … [Read more...] about Is your dog ready for back-to-school?
Dear Tabby, We adopted a dog last year and we love her so; however, we’ve recently relocated overseas and have discovered something alarming: our dog is racist! She acts aggressively toward people of color--men specifically. This is unacceptable behavior and we’re concerned. Help! Embarrassed expats formerly of Garden Oaks Dear Embarrassed Expats, I can imagine how problematic your dog’s aggression toward people of color is but let me first remind you that dogs aren’t racist. Racism is a uniquely human trait (not one of the most endearing ones, I might add) that requires complex thinking and other higher cognitive functions that canines simply don’t possess. However, it’s not uncommon for dogs to be fearful of certain groups of people that they haven’t been exposed to--be … [Read more...] about Tabby tackles a sensitive social subject
Dear Tabby, With summer winding down and cooler weather coming soon (it IS coming soon, isn’t it? Please say yes…) do I really need to keep my dog on flea preventatives year-round? Frustrated with flea meds in Forest West Dear Frustrated, I understand your frustration with year-round flea prevention. Flea and tick medicines are pretty hefty meds, both financially and chemically. These are the two biggest reasons why people don’t use them all year round. The cost of these meds can be staggering, and a good way to combat that cost is by taking a few months off. However, there are cost-saving measures you can pursue, including going on Amazon or other online sites that offer a considerable savings on meds, particularly if you buy in bulk. But many other folks don’t like … [Read more...] about Do fleas flee during cooler months?
Dear Tabby, Our dog loves to go for rides in the car. We’re taking him with us on a road trip soon and we were wondering about the safest way for him to travel in the car with us. Crate? No crate? Concerned about car travel in Cottage Grove Dear Concerned, Traveling by car is the most common way to transport pets, but many owners do not know the safest way to allow furry friends to ride in the car. Dr. James Barr, clinical assistant professor at the A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained the best way to transport your pet by car. “The best way to transport pets in a car is to restrain them in some way,” he said. “If you have a small dog or cat, then they should be placed in a pet carrier. They will be safer and less likely to climb in … [Read more...] about Keeping Rover safe in the Range Rover
Dear Tabby, We just adopted a boxer-mix and were told to watch for signs of “bloat” in our dog. What is bloat and what are the symptoms? Worried in Woodland Heights Dear Worried, Canine bloat, or more technically, gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV), is a top killer of dogs--especially of deep-chested giant and large breeds, such as Great Danes and Standard Poodles. “A dog can go into shock from bloat because the stomach expands, putting pressure on several large arteries and veins. Blood does not get through the body as quickly as it should,” continues Dr. Alicia Faggella, DVM. “In addition, the blood supply gets cut off to the stomach, which can cause tissue to die, while toxic products build up.” What causes bloat? “We don’t know exactly why bloat happens,” says … [Read more...] about Be wary of bloat in dogs