Dear Tabby, We’re going to the beach for a week this year and we’re debating about taking our dog with us. Would it make sense to pack him up and take him along, or should we leave him at home? Feeling coastal in Cottage Grove Dear Feeling Coastal, The beach can be a really fun place to visit with your dog. The water, the sand, the new sights and smells--all can equal a totally tubular adventure for your dog. However, there are some things to consider before taking your dog to the beach. Our friends at the Houston SPCA have compiled a helpful list of tips for enjoying the beach with your pets. Hydration is the Name of the Game Like us humans, animals can fall victim to dehydration in the summer months. If you’re headed to the beach, pack plenty of fresh water for your … [Read more...] about Reader not so ‘shore’ about taking dog to beach
Dear Tabby, We have several trips planned this summer and are unsure what to do with our pets while we’re away. What are our pets’ options, while we’re traveling? Traveling Men in Timbergrove Dear Traveling Men, Many people associate the summer months with traveling and fun in the sun. While some people consider their pet a travel companion, other pets may be better left at home. How can you decide the best option for your pet? Dr. Stacy Eckman, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, offered some insight. “Cats typically do not do well on vacation, but pet sitters are a great option for cats because it allows the cat to stay in its own environment. If a pet sitter is not an option, then a boarding … [Read more...] about Summer travel plans? Who’s caring for your pets?
Dear Tabby, It’s getting hot in Houston and I’m worried about walking my dog in this heat. What are your suggestions for keeping our dog active in the heat of summer? Hot in the Heights Dear Hot in the Heights, I applaud your efforts to continue exercising your dog, even in hot weather. It’s tempting to get lax on dog walks when the weather is less than ideal, but by walking your dog daily, you’re giving him a great form of exercise for both his mind and his body. Now, to answer your question: You’re wise to heed the temperature and think about how it will affect your pooch. Many folks don’t take their dog’s comfort into consideration when braving a hot day. Austin-based Pets Alive has put together a few tips for gauging your pet’s level of comfort when the weather is unbearably … [Read more...] about Keeping Fido comfortable in the heat of summer
Dear Tabby, Summer has just begun and my kids are already bored at home! They’re both animal lovers and would love to find some summer activities that involve helping animals. Any suggestions? Bored kids in Oak Forest Dear Bored Kids, The “dog days of summer” are upon us indeed! Lucky for you, Houston offers many animal-centered activities that should keep your kids entertained during the break from school. From “critter camps” to volunteering, you’ll be sure to find an activity that will benefit both your kids and Houston’s animal population. TWRC Wildlife Center: At TWRC’s day camp, kids (ages 7-11) enjoy the wonders of nature in their own urban ecosystem. Launched in 2012, the summer wildlife camp program focuses on an appreciation of nature, inspires confidence in … [Read more...] about Parents looking for animal-centered activities for kids
Dear Tabby, Our dog is getting older and more ornery and grumpy every day. She’s nipped at a friend before and I’m afraid she’ll eventually bite someone. What should we do if that happens? Anticipating a dog bite in Garden Oaks Dear Anticipating a Dog Bite, While your dog is older and crotchety, dog bites also happen to the friendliest, most well-adjusted dogs. Sometimes, they’re caught off-guard or some latent aggression gets redirected. Other times, they’re not thinking clearly, they get spooked and boom! They bite your neighbor. It’s such a disturbing thing to think about happening, but this scenario plays out across our city every day. While I certainly hope that this never happens to you, it wouldn’t hurt to have a plan in place, in case it does. Animal behaviorists … [Read more...] about When the dog bites…