Dear Tabby, We’re trying to overhaul our budget and reduce spending. We are wondering how to save money on our pet food? Any tips?Budget-Conscious in Brooksmith Dear Budget-Conscious, Did you know that consumers will spend about $21.3 billion on pet food this year, according to the American Pet Products Association? Pet food expenses are a big part of pet ownership and can make or break your grocery budget. Here are a few tips for getting the most bang out of your pet-food-budget-buck. Follow your favorite brand: Name-brand pet food companies often post coupons on social media and via their websites. If you have a favorite brand of pet food, follow them online and take advantage of their offers and promotions. Subscribe and Save: Websites like Amazon often have better … [Read more...] about Reader looking to ‘tighten belt’ on pet food expenses
Dear Tabby, Just in the past year, it seems as though my 12 year old dog has gotten really old. She’s still eating well, but some of her old “spunk” is missing and some days she doesn’t feel well at all. How will I know when the time has come to start considering the end of her life? Planning for the worst in Woodland Heights Dear Planning for the Worst, One of the cruel realities of pet ownership is that we know--from the beginning--that we’ll very likely outlive our pet, but (thankfully) we chose to love and share our lives with pets anyway. The joy that they bring us greatly outweighs the sadness of watching them grow old and die. As your pet ages, it is important to consult your veterinarian for help providing the proper care for your senior pet’s changing needs. Every … [Read more...] about Loving an aging pet
Dear Tabby, How often should we bathe our pets? We have 1 dog and 2 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 get … [Read more...] about How often should you be bathing your pets?
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