Dear Tabby, Is it safe to feed our dog ice cream? He always begs for it when we are enjoying a cone, but we aren’t sure if it’s a good idea to give him some. Ice Cream for Dogs in The Heights Dear Ice Cream for Dogs, You’re right to be hesitant about giving dogs ice cream. Ice cream that is made for humans just isn’t the best thing for our pooches. For starters, according to the American Kennel Club, most dogs aren’t equipped to digest cow’s milk in even moderate amounts. Feeding your dog too much milk can cause bloating, diarrhea, constipation and other digestive distress. Also, many ice creams made for humans contain ingredients that are downright harmful to dogs. Chocolate can be toxic to dogs, as can Xylitol, a sugar replacement often found in lower-calorie ice creams. The … [Read more...] about Make easy, delicious ice cream for your favorite dog
Dear Tabby, I have a 14-year-old Irish Setter who seems to be losing muscle tone in his back legs. Is there anything that can be done to slow this down or stop it in its tracks? Concerned about Muscle Tone in Oak Forest Dear Concerned about 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 for your pet, there are a few things 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 he’s getting adequate protein for his age. … [Read more...] about How to combat muscle atrophy in senior pets
Dear Tabby, I often see people driving around with dogs in the beds of their trucks. It makes me so nervous! Isn’t it dangerous for dogs to be back there?Terrified of “Tailgating” in Timbergrove Dear Terrified, Most dogs love to ride in a vehicle--their nose out the window, ears flopping in the wind. But while it seems as though a ride in the back of a truck would be every dog’s dream come true, in reality, it can turn into a real nightmare for both you and your dog. Dogs can’t hold on back there For starters, dogs can't "hold on" the way humans can. Any sudden start, stop or turn can toss your pet onto the highway. If the impact of hitting the road at a high speed doesn't kill him, oncoming traffic probably will. It is estimated that at least 100,000 dogs die this way … [Read more...] about How safe are dogs riding in truck beds?
Dear Tabby, I have a very well-behaved dog and I’ve been daydreaming about bringing him along with me to work. Is this just a “pipe dream” or is it even possible?Missing Fido while at work in Oak Forest Dear Missing Fido, What a timely question -- you’re in luck! Friday, June 21 is Pet Sitters International’s annual "Take Your Dog To Work Day." Businesses around the globe will open their doors to employees’ canine co-workers to celebrate the great companions dogs make and to promote pet adoption. To ensure a peaceful, productive day of human and canine camaraderie, Pet Sitters International (PSI) has made a free 2019 Take Your Dog To Work Day Action Pack available at https://www.petsit.com/takeyourdog. PSI also provides pet owners these seven tips to ensure a successful … [Read more...] about Ever dream of bringing Fido to work?
Dear Tabby, I’ve heard reports of some coyote sightings here in Garden Oaks. It never occurred to me that coyotes might be in the middle of the city. I have small children and pets and this really frightens me! Any advice on protecting our pets and ourselves from them? Guarded about Coyotes in Garden Oaks Dear Guarded, Coyotes are indeed found in urban areas. Mostly due to development, coyotes are increasingly pushed out of their habitats and found living among us in our cities. The good news is that coyotes attacking humans is an exceedingly rare occurrence. According to the Humane Society, “more people are killed by errant golf balls and flying champagne corks each year than bitten by coyotes.” The real risk of coyotes to your family is the safety of your pets. Coyotes are most … [Read more...] about Are coyotes a threat in our neighborhoods?