Dear Tabby, We’ve had a rather mild winter, so I’m afraid that fleas will run rampant this spring and summer. How can I best protect my pets from the pests? Fearful of fleas in Forest West Dear Fearful of Fleas, You’re correct--when we have a mild winter, fleas don’t die-off and (instead) use the warm conditions to thrive and reproduce. This means that by … [Read more...] about Be a formidable opponent in a flea infestation
Dear Tabby, What does it mean if a cat is FIV positive? What limitations will this cat have and does it carry a disease that could harm my family? Curious about FIV in Woodland Heights Dear Curious, FIV stands for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. This virus is typically spread from cat to cat via the close contact of infected and non-infected cats. It is … [Read more...] about Clearing up confusion on cat diseases
Dear Tabby, We have a new puppy who’s chewing everything (including us!). Our vet told us never to give her rawhide chews. Why? I thought rawhides were a good choice for a chewing puppy? Can you set us straight? Teething pup in Timbergrove Dear Teething pup, Rawhide chews have been the go-to chewy treat for dogs of all ages for quite some time but recently, pet experts … [Read more...] about Dear Tabby: Are rawhide chews getting a raw deal?
Dear Tabby, I love watching the wildlife outside my windows, but am often concerned that I’ll happen upon a wild animal in distress. What can I do if I find an injured or abandoned squirrel or bird in my yard? Worried about Wildlife in Woodland Heights Dear Heart-Healthy, Isn’t it amazing, the interesting creatures that we have here in inner-city Houston? Many of us … [Read more...] about Answering the call of the wild
Dear Tabby, We’re in the process of adopting our first cat. We have three dogs as well, so we’re apprehensive about how to introduce the new kitty into our pack of dogs. Any suggestions? Getting acquainted with kitty in Cottage Grove Dear Getting Acquainted, Congratulations on your new addition! While it’s often a bit stressful introducing a new pet into a household, … [Read more...] about Introducing a cat into a canine clan