Dear Tabby, Since February is Heart Health Month, I’m curious to know more about my dog’s risk for heart problems. What are some signs of heart disease in my dog? Heart-Healthy in The Heights Dear Heart-Healthy, Since there is so much talk of hearts (both the Valentine’s Day sort as well as the major organ) this month, it’s a good idea to talk about what heart disease looks like in our four-legged friends, too. Heart disease is scary and the quicker you can identify it the better. Veterinarians have compiled a list of the five most common signs of heart disease in dogs: Elevated respiratory rate: The most subtle (but most reliable) sign of a heart problem is a faster-than-usual respiratory rate at rest. This can be very hard to notice if you are not looking for it. If … [Read more...] about Heart-to-heart about heart disease in dogs
Dear Tabby, Do I really need to take my dog in to get his teeth cleaned on a regular basis? This seems really expensive and, frankly, unnecessary. Most dogs just have bad breath, right? Disturbed by the cost of doggie dental care in Garden Oaks Dear Disturbed, As you probably know, humans should visit their dentist twice a year for a dental cleaning and exam, but did you know your pet should also visit the veterinarian for teeth cleaning once a year? February is Pet Dental Health Month and keeping your pet’s teeth clean is an important part of ensuring that your pet stays healthy. Gum disease is the most common disease occurring in pets today. Plaque and tartar buildup can cause bad breath, bleeding and painful, irritated gums that affect eating and can even cause microscopic damage to … [Read more...] about Dental care for pets? Don’t brush it off
Dear Tabby, Are rawhide chews really that bad for dogs? We’ve always given them to our dogs with no issues but I’ve been hearing that they’re the worst thing you can give your dog! Please help! Rooting for Rawhides in Garden Oaks Dear Rooting for Rawhides, Rawhide chews have been the go-to chewy treat for dogs of all ages for quite some time but recently pet experts have started to speak out against them. It is also very common for vets to warn pet owners about the dangers of this treat. There are several factors that cause rawhides to be potentially dangerous for your pooch: • Choking hazard: Once your dog swallows a tiny, broken piece of rawhide, that portion can get lodged in her throat, putting your dog in serious danger. • Digestive blockage: Allowing your pooch to swallow a … [Read more...] about Are Rawhides a ‘Raw Deal’ For Your Pet?
Dear Tabby, My chocolate Lab loves beer! If he hears someone open up a cold one, he comes running! I’ll often pour some in a bowl for him to enjoy--especially when we’re watching football. Is this ok? A little beer every now and then won’t hurt him, right? Enjoying a Frosty One With Fido in Forest West Dear Enjoying a Frosty One, It’s adorable that you enjoy spending quality time with your Lab. However, I hate to break it to you, but beer (or any alcoholic beverage) is really not OK for your dog. One of the main ingredients in beer also happens to be one of the most toxic to dogs -- hops. Hops are super toxic It's unclear why hops are so toxic to dogs, but the consumption of hops causes violent physical reactions in many canines. We’re talking not only about immediate physical … [Read more...] about Tabby delivers buzzkill for beer-loving Lab owner
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?