Dear Tabby, I’ve heard about a “Clear the Shelters” event and was wondering what that is? We are hoping to adopt a dog soon. With school about to start, this seems like a good opportunity to bring a dog into our family. Can you fill me in on this event and where we might be able to meet some adoptable pets? Curious about Adoption Events in Cottage Grove Dear Curious, “Clear the Shelters,” will be held this Saturday, August 19 at shelters and rescues across the city. The “Clear the Shelters” effort, which teams up more than local NBC and Telemundo television stations and with hundreds of animal shelters from all across the country, returns for a second consecutive year after last year’s highly successful inaugural effort which resulted in nearly 20,000 animals finding new … [Read more...] about Clear your calendar for the ‘Clear the Shelters’ event
Dear Tabby, We’re getting a puppy in the next month! We’re so excited but are a little concerned about how to approach potty training. Any tips? Petrified of Potty Training in Cottage Grove Dear Petrified, Potty train a puppy can seem daunting indeed. It is important to remain consistent and vigilant to ensure the happiness of everyone in your home. Our friends at Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science have lots to say on the topic: “Inappropriate eliminations are one of the biggest reasons pets are surrendered,” says Dr. Mark Stickney, clinical associate professor at the Texas A&M said. “Developing good bathroom habits early is key to having a pet you will enjoy for a long time.” Potty training should begin as soon as you … [Read more...] about Taking on the (sometimes) daunting task of potty training a puppy
Dear Tabby, Our dog gets really bad gas. Her gas is so bad at times, that I swear it’s going to peel the wallpaper off our walls! What could be the cause and is there anything we can do to help? Slowly Suffocating in Shepherd Park Plaza Dear Slowly Suffocating, What you’re experiencing is a natural part of pet ownership, unfortunately. The good news is that there is likely an easy explanation and a quick fix for your pup’s fume-y situation; however, in some cases, stinky gas can be a sign of a bigger problem. Our friends at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine offer the following advice: Certain diseases, such as exocrine pancreatic insufficiency and inflammatory bowel disease, can cause excessive gas in pets. Because the amount of gas that a dog or cat produces can be … [Read more...] about Clearing the Air On Pet Flatulence
Dear Tabby, I’ve been thinking about getting a cat for quite some time and I think I’m just about ready to adopt. Do you have any words of wisdom to convince me to finally take the plunge and get a cat? Thrilled about getting a cat in Timbergrove Dear Thrilled, Wonderful news! As any cat lover can tell you, once you love a cat, you’ll never be the same. Cats are relatively easy to care for, don’t require as much work as a dog but are loving and fun as well. Cats are not only good for your mood, but also good for your health. Professionals and researchers have found specific benefits in cat ownership. For many people, cats offer social companionship without the fear of judgement. Having a cat around can prevent loneliness and depression and even improve your mood in … [Read more...] about It’s Cool to Love Cats
Dear Tabby, I’m newly married and my wife doesn’t want our pets to sleep in our bed with us. She thinks that we’ll get fleas. I’ve always let my pets sleep with me, so this is causing some friction in our home. What are the advantages and disadvantages to letting our animals sleep with us? Honeymoon is over in The Heights Dear Honeymoon Over, It’s a divisive topic: Should you allow your pets to sleep in your bed with you? According to www.vetstreet.com, (a pet-related online newsletter) 83% of Vet Street readers allow their pets to sleep with them. This begs the question: Is it a good idea to let your pet sleep in your bed or not? The disadvantages: Poor quality of sleep: A 75 pound dog, plus 2 adult humans in a queen-sized bed isn’t ideal, so space can become a sleep … [Read more...] about If you lie down with dogs, will you wake up with fleas?