Dear Tabby, Our dog suffers from thunderstorm anxiety and it is becoming increasingly difficult to deal with. Any advice of how to ease thunderstorm anxiety in pets? Thunder Troubles in Timbergrove Dear Thunder Troubles, It’s very common for pets to have a reaction to thunderstorms--some more severe a reaction than others. Veterinarians don’t know all the triggers but suspect that dogs are set off by some combination of wind, thunder, lightning, barometric pressure changes, static electricity, and the low-frequency rumbles preceding a storm that humans can’t hear. According to one theory, dogs even experience painful shocks from static buildup before the storm. What can you do to ease your pet’s thunderstorm anxiety? Experts recommend rewarding calm behavior year round. … [Read more...] about April Showers can bring thunderstorm anxiety
Dear Tabby, My kids are begging for a pet snake. Aside from my obvious feelings of trepidation about (willingly) bringing a snake into our home, I’m entertaining their request and reaching out to you to get more info on what having a snake as a pet entails. Scrutinizing Snakes in Shepherd Park Dear Scrutinizing Snakes, I completely understand your concern about bringing a snake into your home as a pet. The good news though is that--believe it or not--snakes can actually make good pets for those who are willing to take the time to research the topic and make an informed decision (like yourself!). For a more comprehensive study on what it takes to have a snake as a pet, I turned to our friends at Texas A&M University’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical … [Read more...] about Snakes as pets: Reader gets the ‘low down’
Dear Tabby, Our cat has taken to peeing in our bathtub instead of in her litter box. While (admittedly) the bathtub is a very reasonable place in regards to cleaning up wayward cat pee, we want to nip this habit in the bud before she picks a new, less-easily cleaned location. Any thoughts on why she’s suddenly developed this weird habit? Litter Box Confusion in Lazybrook Dear Litter Box Confusion, According to vets, cats can stop using the litter box for a variety of reasons. Most commonly, cats are dissatisfied with the placement or number of litter boxes, changes in the environment inside or outside the house, and undiagnosed medical conditions. First Stop: A Visit To The Vet The very first course of action to remedy this potty problem is to visit your vet. Several … [Read more...] about Getting the ‘scoop’ on litter box issues
Dear Tabby, We have a new puppy who is chewing on 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 in Timbergrove Dear Teething, Rawhide chews have been the go-to chewy treat for dogs of all ages for quite some time but recently, pet experts have started to speak out against them and it is very common for vets to warn pet owners about the dangers of this treat. There are several factors that cause rawhides to be potentially dangerous for your pooch: • Choking hazard: Once your dog swallows a tiny, broken piece of rawhide, that portion can get lodged in her throat, putting her in serious danger. • Digestive blockage: Allowing your pooch to … [Read more...] about ‘Raw Deal’ for rawhides?
Dear Tabby, My kids are begging for a pet and I just don’t think that we’re quite ready for a dog or cat. We’re interested in guinea pigs, but I hate the idea of buying one from a pet store when there might be guinea pigs who need to be rehomed. Is this even a thing...guinea pig adoption? Getting a Guinea Pig in Garden Oaks Dear Getting A Guinea Pig, Not only do guinea pigs make fun, loving pets but yes, there are very often guinea pigs in animals shelters who are awaiting their fresh start in life! In fact, March is Adopt-A-Rescued-Guinea-Pig Month and many shelters in our area have guinea pigs ripe for the picking. Before adopting your guinea pig though, make sure that you’re prepared for the special needs and circumstances that owning a guinea pig might require. For … [Read more...] about Adopting a Guinea Pig: Are Guinea Pigs available at animal shelters?