Dear Tabby, The weather is getting hotter and, with summer here, I want to make sure that I continue walking my dog with regularity. I’m concerned about the heat though. Can you advise on how to know if it’s too hot to walk the dog?Sweating in Shepherd Park Plaza Dear Sweating, I applaud your efforts to continue exercising your dog, even in hot weather. It’s tempting to get lax on dog walks when the weather is less than ideal, but by walking your dog daily, you’re giving him a great form or exercise for both his mind and his body. Now, to answer your question: You’re wise to heed the temperature and think about how it will affect your pooch. Many folks don’t take their dog’s comfort into consideration when braving a hot day. Austin-based Pets Alive has put together a few tips … [Read more...] about How hot is too hot for a dog walk?
Dear Tabby, I was sad to hear of the recent passing of “Grumpy Cat,” and read that she died of complications from a urinary tract infection. Are UTIs common in cats and how would I know if my cat had one?Grumpy Cat Fan in Garden Oaks Dear Grumpy Cat Fan, Indeed, it was a sad day to learn of the passing of one of the Internet’s most famous felines, “Grumpy Cat,” on May 14. Grumpy Cat, whose real name was Tardar Sauce, died at the young age of 7 from problems that arose due to a urinary tract infection. Grumpy Cat’s more than 2.4 million Instagram followers responded in droves to the news of the famous cat’s death, leaving messages of condolences and memories of how the cat’s witty Internet memes had made their days brighter. While UTIs can be fairly common in cats, they are … [Read more...] about Passing of ‘Grumpy Cat’ raises UTI awareness
Dear Tabby, We just got our first puppy and we’d like to do some basic training with her. Is this something that we can do ourselves or should we go to a dog trainer? Also, what are the basic commands and tricks that we need to teach our new dog? Thinking about training in Timbergrove Dear Thinking about training, Dogs are pack animals and, as such, they want to live in a cohesive, functioning pack. In order to cohabitate with their human pack, they need to be shown who’s boss (spoiler alert: your dog should NOT be the boss) and taught the rules. By nature, your dog wants your approval. She wants to please you (most of the time, anyway!). But she can’t do that without being taught what you expect of her. Everyone in the household is better off if the dog conforms to the behavior … [Read more...] about DIY dog training? Or go with the professional?
Dear Tabby, I have an embarrassing problem. My dog likes to eat poop--her poop as well as that of other dogs. Why does she do this? It’s so gross and disturbing. Please help! Feasting on Feces in Shepherd Forest Dear Feasting on Feces, I can certainly understand your concern about your dog eating poop. It’s really gross ... I mean, does your dog kiss her mother with that mouth? Outrageous! But, rest easy knowing that what you’re experiencing is rather common and could be caused by several factors: It’s tasty If you’re feeding your dog too much people food, this could cause her poop to have the residual scent of our rich, human food. Many dogs love to eat cat poop also, which due to a higher protein diet, is appealing to many dogs. So try to avoid feeding her table scraps and see … [Read more...] about Dogs who eat poop and the owners embarrassed by it
Dear Tabby, I’d like to foster pets in my home. Any advice on what to expect and what I’m getting myself into? Ready to Foster in Oak Forest Dear Ready to Foster, Bravo to you for your selfless gift! Anyone who has worked with rescues and shelters knows that the fosters are the behind-the-scenes support system and the real heroes. These kind folks perform the selfless act of taking in and loving a pet as their own for a short period of time, assessing the pet’s temperament and tolerance of children and other pets (which is invaluable information that helps get a pet adopted to the right family), in the comfort of their loving home--all before placing them in the hands of their new, adopted family. Is this something that you think you have the guts and the resources … [Read more...] about Considering fostering a pet? Here’s what you need to know