Dear Tabby, We’ve enjoyed taking our dog on lots of walks and other outdoor adventures this summer. However, I’m nervous that she’ll have trouble adjusting to “normal” life once the kids are back at school. Any tips for helping our dog get used to her “new normal”? Back To School Anxiety in Brooksmith Dear Back To School, You’re right. While back to school can spell the return of structure and good habits for humans, it can be a lonely, confusing time for you pet--especially a pet in a family with children. Instead of lazy mornings at home spent with the pets, now the kids are rushing out the door before the sun is up and often aren’t home until the sun is setting. This spells long, boring days for a dog who has only known long walks, outside time and snuggling all … [Read more...] about Preparing your pup for back to school boredom
Dear Tabby, I’ve heard about a “Clear the Shelters” event and was wondering what that is? We are hoping to adopt a dog soon. With school about to start, this seems like a good opportunity to bring a dog into our family. Can you fill me in on this event and where we might be able to meet some adoptable pets? Curious about Adoption Events in Cottage Grove Dear Curious, “Clear the Shelters,” will be held on Saturday, August 18 at shelters and rescues across the city. The “Clear the Shelters” effort, which teams up local NBC and Telemundo television stations with hundreds of animal shelters from all across the country, returns for a third consecutive year. Since 2015, “Clear the Shelters” has helped 153,651 homeless pets find homes. Saturday, Aug. 18 On Aug. 18, … [Read more...] about Clear your calendar for the ‘Clear the Shelters’ event
Dear Tabby, My cat has this dirt under her chin all the time--and she doesn’t even go outside! Are these fleas or something else? Help! What The Heck Is This Stuff? in Woodland Heights Dear What The Heck, A quick trip to the vet will confirm this, but it sounds like your kitty is suffering from a mild case of “cat acne.” As soon as your vet rules out other skin conditions, such as mites, a fungal or bacterial infection or fleas, you’ll probably embark on a routine to manage your kitty’s acne--because it’s not something that can really be cured. But, worry not! Most likely, it doesn’t cause your cat any discomfort and will stay in control with a few new habits. If left untreated however, this skin condition can get worse, resulting in inflamed and itchy blackheads. … [Read more...] about Cat Acne: Is that dirt on kitty’s chin or zits?
Dear Tabby, I love using essential oils in my home, but I’ve heard that some can be toxic to my pets. Can you help me to determine if I need to ditch my “oily” habit to protect my pets? Essential Oil Fanatic in Timbergrove Dear Essential Oil Fanatic, Essential oils are all the rage these days! Folks are using them to, not only enhance the scent of their homes, but also to help alleviate stress and other ailments. While some essential oils can be beneficial to pets and even help to strengthen their immune system, vets warn you to use them in moderation and with caution. Never Put Essential Oils in Your Pet’s Food or Water “Essential oils should never be given by mouth or in the animal’s food,” Dr. Murl Bailey, a professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary … [Read more...] about Are essential oils dangerous for your pets?
Dear Tabby, We just adopted a boxer-mix and were told to watch for signs of “bloat” in our dog. What is bloat and what are the symptoms? Worried in Woodland Heights Dear Apprehensive, It’s certainly a scary feeling when a cherished pet suddenly doesn’t come home. Outdoor cats often have a tendency to roam, so it’s a good idea to double-check that your kitty is microchipped and tagged. In the event that your cat doesn’t come home, here’s what experts suggest that you do: Start early: Begin looking for your kitty as soon as you suspect that she’s wandered off. Don’t wait and see. If your cat has gotten lost, the quicker you get started the less time she has to wander. Stick close to home: Cats are territorial and many will rarely leave their territory unless … [Read more...] about Beware of Bloat in Dogs