Dear Tabby, Our dog is driving us crazy! She is licking certain spots on her body obsessively and causing irritation (which only makes her lick the spots more!). What is going on and how can we get her to stop? Bugged by the licking in Woodland Heights Dear Bugged, It sounds like your dog has a “hot spot.” When a dog continually chews and licks at a certain spot, this behavior can lead to an infection in the upper layer of the skin otherwise known as pyotraumatic dermatitis, or a “hot spot.” Allergies, insect bites could be culprits Dr. Alison Diesel, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained what commonly causes these areas of raw, red skin. “Hot spots are typically caused by an inflammatory insult, … [Read more...] about Dog’s obsessive licking turning into pet peeve
Dear Tabby, We adopted a puppy during the early days of the stay-at-home order. We have so enjoyed our time with her, but now we’re both about to start going back to work and we’re nervous about how she’ll cope. She’s been used to us being at home with her all day, everyday, and now we’ll be gone all day. How can we start now to help her prepare for our absence? Quarantine Puppy Blues in Garden Oaks Dear Quarantine Puppy Blues, What a wonderful use of your time at home and what a lucky puppy to have owners who are so thoughtful about how she might handle this new adjustment! While I know that you’re concerned about how your dog will cope when you go back to work, the good news is that with a little preparation now, you can have her adjusted to the “new normal” very soon. Here are … [Read more...] about Help new puppies adjust before going back to work
Dear Tabby, As much as I don’t want to think about it right now, hurricane season is coming up and I’ve heard that we might have an active hurricane season ahead. What do I need to do to make sure that my dog and cat are prepared in case of a hurricane? Watching the Weather in Woodland Heights Dear Watching the Weather, While we all have a lot on our plates right now with the COVID-19 pandemic, beginning June 1, we’ll also be facing hurricane season. While the skies are clear and calm is the best time to formulate a plan for what you’d do to protect yourself and your furry companions in the face of a storm. In partnership with the SPCA of Texas, Hill’s Pet Nutrition has compiled a list of helpful ideas to ensure that you and your pets are able to weather a storm safely. … [Read more...] about Hurricane season and your pets
Dear Tabby, We’re hoping to be able to travel this summer and are trying to decide what to do with our dogs while we’re gone. What should we be looking for when researching boarding facilities? Ready to Travel in Timbergrove Dear Ready to Travel, Summer is the most popular time of the year for people to travel, and if all goes well this spring, there might be many more people ready to get away from home. With these fun travel plans comes the age-old question: “What do we do with Fido while we’re away?” Luckily, in our pet-loving society, you have some good options for keeping Fido safe and happy in your absence. What is a boarding kennel? According to Dr. Stacy Eckman, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical … [Read more...] about To board or not to board?
Dear Tabby, Since we’ve been at home so much and having lots of deliveries coming to our door, we’ve discovered something about our dog. Every time the doorbell rings, not only does our 1-year-old dog bark, but she also pees on the floor! With paper towels being scarce, we’re getting tired of cleaning up after her! Can you help? Piddle Problems in Woodland Heights Dear Piddle Problems, What you’re describing is referred to as “excitement urination.” Excitement urination is very common among puppies younger than 1 year old. Once a puppy turns a year old, the incidences of excitement urination typically greatly diminish. Since your dog is a little older, there’s still a good chance she could outgrow it, but there are also a few other things that could be causing her excitement … [Read more...] about Reader pleads for answer to piddling problems