Dear Tabby, We’re interested in adopting a senior dog soon, but are concerned about bringing an animal into our home who might have long-held bad manners that can’t be reversed (due to old age). What do you think...are senior dogs trainable? Skeptical of senior pets in Shady Grove Dear Skeptical, In case you didn’t know, November is Adopt A Senior Pet month, so in shelters across the area, you’re likely to get a great deal on a slightly older pet. These pets all come fully-vetted and spayed or neutered with a clean bill of health. Can you teach old dogs new tricks? Also, you’re in luck, because the old adage, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” just doesn’t hold water for most dogs. In fact, there are even some basic commands that you can teach your older dog … [Read more...] about Are senior pets trainable?
Dear Tabby, We are doing our best to be kind to the planet and want to also extend our efforts toward making the care and keeping of our pets “greener.” Any tips for environmentally safer pet care? Going Green in Garden Oaks Dear Going Green, You’re not alone in your efforts to be kinder to the environment, and kudos to you for considering greener ways to care for your pets! The good news is that even little changes can add up to a big difference in the world. Here are a few easy ways to ease your pet’s burden on our planet. Adopt, don’t shop As a pet owner, one of the greatest things you can do to support a greener existence is to adopt a pet rather than shop for a pet at a pet store or puppy mill. There are millions of homeless animals crowding our shelters … [Read more...] about It’s easy being ‘green’ pet owner
Dear Tabby, We have pets this year for the first time ever and we’re also traveling for the holidays. What should we do to make sure they’re taken care of while we’re away from home? Traveling in Timbergrove Dear Traveling, From now until the New Year, time seems to go into fast-forward mode. We’re all busy prepping for the holidays and the end of the year. I’m sure you’ve already made your holiday travel plans, but have you made plans for your pet? The clock is ticking, but there’s still time to make sure that everyone is happy, healthy and well-cared for this holiday season. Pet sitters are best for homebodies If your pet is more of a homebody (like, yours truly), I’d recommend finding a pet sitter to come to your home to care for your pet. A good pet sitter will be … [Read more...] about Don’t forget pets when planning holiday travels
Dear Tabby, With Halloween quickly approaching, we have a very pressing question for you: Should we dress our dog up for Halloween? Debating dressing up in Timbergrove Dear Debating Dressing Up, We’ve all seen those adorable videos on the Internet with pets -- dressed as spiders and pirates -- walking around, doing their normal “pet thing” while dressed like a funny character. Sure, it’s loads of laughs for us humans, but how does it make your pet feel? Some dogs don’t mind being decked out in a costume and will even ham it up for the camera, but some of them hate every minute of it. If your dog truly despises being dressed up, don’t make him wear the costume -- as fun as it would be for you. If your dog has decided that it’s acceptable to participate in Halloween … [Read more...] about Should you dress your dog up for Halloween?
Dear Tabby, Now that it’s fall (and finally feeling a bit more seasonal!) what are some hazards that we should look out for where our pets are concerned? Looking Out For Fido this Fall in The Heights Dear Looking Out For Fido, While most of us are rejoicing that summer in Houston appears to finally be over, with this change in the seasons come some new hazards for your pets to consider. As you’re planning for fall activities and preparing your home for colder weather, keep these potential pet hazards in mind to avoid a devastating vet visit this season. Candy ‘Tis the season for candy around the house. If your pets get hold of candy and eat too much of it, they can be in for some serious harm. Not only is chocolate dangerous for dogs, but consider the wrappers that most … [Read more...] about Beware of five fall hazards to your pet