Dear Tabby, Does my dog need cold-weather clothes here in Houston? I see dogs wearing sweaters and have even seen them wearing boots. Am I a negligent pet owner if my dog doesn’t have a winter wardrobe? Feeling guilty in Forest Pines Dear Guilty, Don’t worry. The mere fact that you’ve reached out to ask this question goes to show that you’re not a negligent pet owner. Here in Houston, we’re fortunate to have a climate that doesn’t experience the extreme cold that you see in areas further north. In snowy climates, it’s very common to see dogs wearing outerwear as well as boots. Not only do boots help keep things neater in snowy latitudes, they also can protect your pet from licking toxic chemicals off his paws where de-icing solutions are used. According to … [Read more...] about Tabby ‘adDresses’ question about clothes for pets
Dear Tabby, Our inside cat, Winky, has gone missing. He’s been gone for over a week and we’re getting very worried. What can we do to help lure him back home? Worried about Winky in Woodland Heights Dear Worried, I’m so sorry that Winky has gone missing, but don’t lose hope that he’s gone forever. Since it’s been a week already, you might’ve already gone through some of these steps, but diligence pays off when a lost pet’s health and safety is at stake. Get the word out: Check with neighbors as they may have either seen or taken in your cat. Most lost cats who have always lived indoors will not go far from home. Many are discovered hiding just a few doors away or even a few feet from the front door. Start by looking under nearby porches, in basements and garages, in … [Read more...] about What to do when kitty goes missing
Dear Tabby, In the spirit of the season, my family would like to help animals in need this year. What are our options for helping shelters and rescue groups this Holiday season? Feeling Charitable in Cottage Grove Dear Feeling Charitable, It’s officially the Holiday season and (just like every other time of the year) animal charities are in constant need of donations in order to keep on, keeping on. Animal shelters and rescue groups rely on donations in many forms, so there’s a way to help that fits every budget. Monetary donations: Naturally, giving money to shelters is always encouraged but it’s better to give your money directly to the shelter that you support, as opposed to sending in funds to a large, national organization--hoping that your money will somehow … [Read more...] about Helping animal charities this holiday season
Dear Tabby, I’d like to get my dad and stepmother a dog for Christmas. I think that a dog would give them a reason to get out and be active, as well as keep them company. What are your thoughts on giving pets as gifts? Makin’ a list in Ella Lee Forest Dear Makin’ a list, Giving an adorable puppy or kitten as a gift this holiday season may seem like a wonderful idea, but it is important to remember that pets need a lifetime of care and commitment long after the holiday season. Surprising your family with a new fuzzy friend on that special holiday morning is tempting, but be sure to first consider these facts to avoid being unprepared when bringing a pet home. Giving the gift of companionship requires a considerable amount of research and preparation. There can be many … [Read more...] about Do pets make good prezzies?
Dear Tabby, This is our first year to have a dog at Thanksgiving. What do we have to consider about keeping her safe during this holiday and can we treat her to some special food on Thanksgiving? Thanksgiving rookie in Timbergrove Dear Thanksgiving rookie, Thanksgiving is when many people express gratitude for the blessings in life. For many of us, our pets are included in our thoughts of appreciation. Although you may consider your dog a part of the family, there are many reasons why she should not join you at the dinner table for the traditional holiday feast. Turkey is often the main course of a Thanksgiving meal. If you decide to treat your pet to a piece of turkey, be sure it is boneless and thoroughly cooked to prevent salmonella poisoning. In addition, avoid … [Read more...] about Should you treat your pet to a Thanksgiving feast?