Dear Tabby, We’re on week two (at least) of staying home due to the coronavirus. Our dog seems really happy to have us at home, but we’re afraid that he’ll get bored at some point. Any tips for keeping him occupied during this time spent at home? Sheltering In Place in Shepherd Park Plaza Dear Sheltering In Place, Such interesting times we’re living in, isn’t it? First of all, good for you for heeding the orders to stay home. Due to your compliance, you’re doing your part to stop the spread of this virus--kudos to you! Believe me, we all understand that feeling of impending boredom that comes from staying home for days on end. Luckily, our pets are probably living their best quarantine lives, happily content with having the whole family at home all day to lavish them with love and … [Read more...] about Keep pets entertained during quarantine
Dear Tabby, My elderly pug has a host of medical problems, but one that is really slowing him down is muscle atrophy. I’ve tried acupuncture and hydrotherapy but was wondering if there is anything else to be done? Losing Muscle Tone in Forest West Dear Losing Muscle Tone, As dogs get older, changes in diet and amount of exercise can cause a reduction in muscle mass--most often in their most muscular areas, such as their hind legs. While age-related muscle atrophy is sometimes just a fact of growing old gracefully for your pet, there are a few things that you can do to ease any discomfort related to this loss of muscle mass as well as things you can do to slow down the muscle atrophy. Dietary changes One way to help your senior pet with muscle atrophy is to make sure … [Read more...] about Canine muscle atrophy: What can be done?
Dear Tabby, Our dog gets an upset stomach occasionally. Sometimes it causes her to vomit, sometimes diarrhea, but mostly just lots of rumbling and a lack of an appetite. Any tips for helping to ease her tummy troubles? Tummy Troubles in Timbergrove Dear Tummy Troubles, Upset stomach is a rather common occurrence in both dogs and cats. Once your vet has ruled out a serious condition, there are a few steps you can take to ensure your four-legged companion recovers from her intestinal woes quickly. Fasting Pick up all food and treats and limit water for up to 24 hours (12 hours for puppies). This is often all you will need to do. Allowing the stomach to rest can be incredibly healing. Ice chips are a good replacement for water as some pets (especially dogs) will drink so much they … [Read more...] about Tips for easing upset stomachs in dogs
Dear Tabby, My teenager would like to get a pet snake. I am opposed to the idea, but am willing to consider the pros and cons before making the final decision. Can you help? Shaky about Snakeys in Candlelight Plaza Dear Shaky about Snakeys, 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 Sciences to get the “lowdown” (pun intended) on snake … [Read more...] about Considering a snake for a pet?
Dear Tabby, Our poor dog is so itchy! It seems to happen this time of the year, every year. Is it possible that he’s allergic to pollen in the air? Itchy Dog in Woodland Heights Dear Itchy, We turned to our friends at Texas A&M University to scratch the surface of this common pet problem. Dr. Adam Patterson, a clinical associate professor and chief of dermatology at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, said every animal has a different reaction to allergies, just as people respond to allergies differently. However, most animals display itching as a hallmark sign of allergic skin disease. “An itch may be manifested as licking, chewing, biting, rubbing, scratching, head shaking and/or scooting,” Patterson said. “Common itchy body areas … [Read more...] about Why is your dog so itchy this time of year?