Dear Tabby, We have a five year old mixed breed dog. He gets to go out in our fenced backyard, but mostly stays inside with us. Should we be taking him on regular walks? Wondering About Walking in Woodland Heights Dear Wondering About Walking, Did you know that January is, “Walk Your Dog Month”? This makes your question quite timely indeed! And, the short answer to your question is “yes!” Taking your dog for regular walks is hugely beneficial for both your pet AND you! Not only does regular exercise keep your pet healthy, but it can also stimulate his brain so that he’s less anxious and (overall) better behaved and happier in his daily life. In honor of “Walk Your Dog Month,” here are a few other benefits to walking your dog. You’ll Both Be More Agile and Limber As … [Read more...] about Dear Tabby: Should You Be Walking Your Dog More?
Dear Tabby, One of my family’s New Year’s Resolution is to add a pet to our home in 2019. We’ve never had pets before and are unsure about immediately adding a dog or a cat. Can you give us any advice on how to go about dipping our toes into the world of pet ownership? Considering a Pet in Timbergrove Dear Considering a Pet, Owning a pet is a big responsibility -- even if it’s just a fish. Pets require (at a minimum) regular feedings, attention, baths or cage/tank cleanings, someone to care for them when you’re out of town...the list goes on and on. It’s not a decision to make flippantly and I applaud you for pausing to do some thinking on the topic before diving in. Here are a few things to consider: Getting the kids on board Kids are usually the first ones in the family to warm … [Read more...] about Planning to Add a Pet to Your Home in 2019?
Dear Tabby, One of our cats has stopped using the litter box and, instead, is peeing on the dog’s bed! What is this about? Is the cat mad at the dog? Please help! Perturbed with Inappropriate Peeing in Garden Oaks Dear Perturbed, While cats are typically considered factitious in their cleanliness, sometimes (for no apparent reason) a cat will decide to stop using the litter box. What follows can be a mess of epic proportions. While dog pee isn’t necessary pleasant, it is more diluted than cat urine. Cat urine contains uric acid, salt, electrolytes, detoxified substances and urea. One of the reasons the bad odor of cat urine is so unappealing is because sometimes the animal’s pee is left unnoticed until the smell gets progressively worse. Bacteria break down the urea, which … [Read more...] about Dear Tabby: Why is kitty peeing on the dog bed?
Dear Tabby, I have some New Year's resolutions in mind for myself, but I was thinking about ways that I can improve the life of my dog in 2019 as well. Any tips on how to make sure that the new year is my pup's best year yet? Healthy resolutions in The Heights Dear Healthy Resolutions, While humans all over the world are spending time considering their past failures and dreaming of future success, it is a good idea to keep Fido in mind when planning for a fruitful year of happiness and good health. Strive For a Healthy Diet and Exercise Much like most Americans' resolutions, the biggest thing you can do to make sure that Fido starts the new year healthy is to consider his diet and exercise habits. These days, grain-free is the biggest buzzword in pet food. The truth is, the … [Read more...] about Dear Tabby: Resolutions that benefit your pet
Dear Tabby, Santa is bringing us a new puppy for Christmas! We’re anxious to take her to our local dog park to let her burn off some of that puppy energy. What are the rules of the dog park for newbies like us? Mindful of our manners in the Heights Dear Mindful, Did you know there are more than 30 dog parks in the Greater Houston area? That means there’s plenty of space to get out and let your dog enjoy some leash-free scampering. Before you head out, though, let’s talk a little about dog park etiquette. Here’s a list of ground rules (some are written rules and some are merely implied) for visiting the dog park with your pet: No young puppies. Unless the dog park is empty, it might be too overwhelming for a small puppy. Experts advise that until your puppy is 4 months … [Read more...] about Minding Your Ps and Qs at the Dog Park