Dear Tabby, We have pets this year for the first time ever and we’re also traveling for the holidays. What should we do to make sure they’re taken care of while we’re away from home? Traveling in Timbergrove Dear Traveling, From now until the New Year, time seems to go into fast-forward mode. We’re all busy prepping for the holidays and the end of the year. I’m sure you’ve already made your holiday travel plans, but have you made plans for your pet? The clock is ticking, but there’s still time to make sure that everyone is happy, healthy and well-cared for this holiday season. Pet sitters are best for homebodies If your pet is more of a homebody (like, yours truly), I’d recommend finding a pet sitter to come to your home to care for your pet. A good pet sitter will be … [Read more...] about Don’t forget pets when planning holiday travels
Dear Tabby, With Halloween quickly approaching, we have a very pressing question for you: Should we dress our dog up for Halloween? Debating dressing up in Timbergrove Dear Debating Dressing Up, We’ve all seen those adorable videos on the Internet with pets -- dressed as spiders and pirates -- walking around, doing their normal “pet thing” while dressed like a funny character. Sure, it’s loads of laughs for us humans, but how does it make your pet feel? Some dogs don’t mind being decked out in a costume and will even ham it up for the camera, but some of them hate every minute of it. If your dog truly despises being dressed up, don’t make him wear the costume -- as fun as it would be for you. If your dog has decided that it’s acceptable to participate in Halloween … [Read more...] about Should you dress your dog up for Halloween?
Dear Tabby, Now that it’s fall (and finally feeling a bit more seasonal!) what are some hazards that we should look out for where our pets are concerned? Looking Out For Fido this Fall in The Heights Dear Looking Out For Fido, While most of us are rejoicing that summer in Houston appears to finally be over, with this change in the seasons come some new hazards for your pets to consider. As you’re planning for fall activities and preparing your home for colder weather, keep these potential pet hazards in mind to avoid a devastating vet visit this season. Candy ‘Tis the season for candy around the house. If your pets get hold of candy and eat too much of it, they can be in for some serious harm. Not only is chocolate dangerous for dogs, but consider the wrappers that most … [Read more...] about Beware of five fall hazards to your pet
Dear Tabby, I’m finally ready to adopt a cat! Is it true that most animal shelters won’t allow black cats to be adopted during the month of October because they might be harmed at Halloween? Is there any truth to this? Black cat lover in Lindale Park Dear black cat lover, Some shelters have imposed a moratorium on black cat adoptions for the month of October due to unsubstantiated notions that devil worshipers and evil-doers will waltz on down to the local animal shelter one day in October, plop down the adoption fees and scoop up a whole bunch of black cats with ill-intent. Separating fact from fiction The truth is that animals being harmed at Halloween is mostly a myth. Does it still happen? Sure, just like it does every OTHER day of the week. According to pet experts, October … [Read more...] about Are more black cats harmed during October?
Dear Tabby, I would like to get my dog on a healthier diet. Is it safe to introduce fruit and vegetables into her diet? Getting Healthy in The Heights Dear Getting Healthy, In the wild, dogs are omnivores -- meaning they eat both meat and plant material. If you look at the ingredients in your dog’s food, you’ll find meat, vegetables and possibly grains. When you’re shopping for treats to give your dog, instead of reaching directly for the box of processed dog cookies, consider reaching into your refrigerator instead and offering him something healthy, fresh and delicious. Here are a few fruits and veggies that are safe and healthy to feed your dog: Apples: Apples are an excellent source of vitamins and fiber for your pooch. Be sure to remove the core first, though, as … [Read more...] about Which fruits and veggies are safe for your dog?