Dear Tabby, We have some aggressive dogs that live in our neighborhood. They sometimes get out of their yard and wander around. I’m so worried that someone will be bit! What should we do to stay safe around these dogs? Worried about aggressive dogs in Woodland Heights Dear Worried, You’re right to be worried. Did you know (according to www.dogbitelaw.com) that dog bites send more than 898 people to the hospital per day? The Greater Houston area sees its fair share of dog bites, so BARC has released some tips and suggestions for avoiding a dog bite and also how to react in the event of a dog bite. "All dogs may potentially bite and it's important to always be aware of that," BARC spokesman Chris Newport said. "Dog bites are not exclusive to any breed or size of dog. By following … [Read more...] about What to do if you encounter an aggressive dog
Dear Tabby, With our recent rains, we have had mushrooms popping up all over our yard. What would happen if our dogs ingested any? Are they toxic? Not So Mellow about Mushrooms in The Heights Dear Not So Mellow, You’re absolutely correct to be concerned about your dogs eating mushrooms. While many of the mushrooms that grow in our yards would be relatively harmless if consumed, 1% of mushrooms that have been known to grow in yards are extremely toxic and deadly. Among the most deadly are the Amanita phalloides “Death Cap Mushroom”, Amanita ocreata “Angel of Death”, Lepiota “False Parasol”, Galerina amanita, Muscaria "Fly Agaric," and Amanita gemmata "Jeweled Death Cap". The problem with many of these toxic mushrooms is that they give off a fishy odor, which entices a dog to eat … [Read more...] about Are your backyard mushrooms dangerous to your dogs?
Dear Tabby, We just got a puppy and we want to make sure that we keep her safe from as much harm as possible. What household poisons should we watch out for with our new puppy? Puppy Love in Woodland Heights Dear Puppy Love, In 1961, Congress declared the month of March to be Poison Prevention Awareness Month, so now is as good of a time as any to discuss pet household hazards to look out for. There are several things to think about when introducing a new dog to your home, things that you might not even consider a risk. In no particular order, here are a few things to look out for in your home: Human medications and vitamins As you can probably imagine, medications not meant for your pets can be deadly...even vitamins! So, make sure to keep any and all medications and … [Read more...] about Keeping new puppy safe from household toxins
Dear Tabby, We’ve had a strange winter, so I’m curious to know how it will impact our flea issues this spring and summer. How can I get on top of an infestation before it gets out of control this year? Fearful of fleas in Forest West Dear Fearful of Fleas, Unfortunately, living along the Gulf Coast, fleas are always going to be an issue. 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 spring, you might find yourself with an out-of-control flea problem that really “bugs” your pets and your family. Be patient with process Controlling fleas is a multi-step process and often involves assistance from your veterinarian, especially in severe cases. For every flea an owner finds on their pet, it … [Read more...] about Staying ahead of springtime flea infestation
Dear Tabby, I’m getting married soon and my spoiled cat and I are moving into my soon-to-be husband’s home that he shares with his two (also spoiled) dogs. I’m very concerned about blending our two pet families. Any tips? Going To The Chapel in Cottage Grove Dear Going To The Chapel, Congratulations on your impending marriage (and thank you for taking the time to consider how your move will impact all of the pets involved)! While it’s often a bit stressful introducing a new pet into a household, with a little forethought and planning, you can make sure that kitty gets started off on the right “paw” with your husband’s dogs. Experts and vets alike have several tips for the introduction process. Here are some of my favorites: Set up a safe space for kitty Confine your new cat to one … [Read more...] about Tips and tricks for introducing cats to all-dog homes