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Traveling with Your Pet

posted May 26th, 2010 by

Story by Kristi Eaton

Millions of pet owners enjoy traveling with their four-legged companion, but knowing what airlines and hotels will allow pets and how much it will cost can be confusing. Here’s a quick guide at rules and prices.

American Airlines
Checked pet: $150
Cabin: $100
Cargo: aacargo.com

Continental
Checked: Not offered
Cabin: $125
Cargo: $149-$659

Delta
Checked: $175
Cabin: $100
Cargo: $178-$689

Southwest
Checked: Not offered
Cabin: $75
Cargo: Not offered

Spirit
Checked: Not offered
Cabin: 100
Cargo: Not offered

United
Checked: $250
Cabin: $125
Cargo: Go to Unitedcargo.com

U.S. Airways
Checked: Contact the airlines
Cabin: $100
Cargo: Not offered

Motels and Hotels
Rules and policies for motels and hotels vary widely from corporation to corporation. Some hotels within individual chains even vary. Experts say it’s best to contact the specific hotel location you are planning on staying at to find out about their policies. A few chains, however, have policies that are nationwide:

At Motel 6, service animals and “well-behaved pets” stay free. There is a $10 per day to $50 maximum per stay fee at Studio 6 locations. For more information, visit http://www.motel6.com/promotions/pets.aspx.

Red Roof Inn welcomes pets at 345 locations.  There is no charge for “well-behaved” pets and service animals. They must be declared during the registration. For more information, visit http://www.redroof.com/about-us/why-red-roof/pet-friendly.

– Kristi Eaton

Maybe Fostering is the Right Choice for You.

posted May 17th, 2010 by

Story by Kristi Eaton

Adopting an abandoned or abused dog might not be a realistic possibility for everyone. But there are many local and national rescue foundations where people can foster a canine until a home is available. Have a soft spot for Chihuahuas? Maybe Bichons? Each breed has a rescue organization

Here’s a listing of some rescue foundations and how you can help foster or adopt.

Small Paws Rescue has rescued more than 1,200 Bichons in the last 12 years across the country. There are volunteers who rescue, foster and transport Bichons in each state.
To learn more or become a volunteer, visit the website at www.smallpawsrescue.org.

Sooner Golden Retriever Rescue rescues and fosters Golden Retrievers in Oklahoma. To adopt, foster or surrender a Golden Retriever, visit the website at www.sgrr.org , call the hotline at (405) 749-5700, or send snail mail to Sooner Golden Retriever Rescue, P.O. Box 57139, Oklahoma City, OK 73157-7139.

German Shepherd Rescue of Tulsa regularly shows German Shepherds needing new homes at Petco  at 71st Street between Memorial and Mingo on Saturdays. Those interested in adopting from the rescue can fill out an application at the website, www.gsrtulsa.com. Also, people can e-mail [email protected] or call 918-291-2703.

Because of You Chihuahua Rescue is a spay/neuter rescue located in Edmond. Because of You provides all medical care for rescued Chihuahuas. Visit the website at www.becauseofyourescue.org, e-mail [email protected] or send snail mail to Because Of You Chihuahua Rescue, Inc, 16008 Deer Ct., Edmond, OK 73013.

Who’s Whose Best Friend?

posted May 3rd, 2010 by

Story by Kristi Eaton

Here is a post about an interesting survey I recently came across:

A dog really is your best friend. In fact, some women say dogs outdo their husbands in one area of life altogether: listening.
In a new poll conducted by the Associated Press-Petside.com, one out of three married women surveyed said their dogs are better listeners that their husbands. One-quarter of respondents (25 percent) said their pet was a better listener than their spouse.
Dog owners seem to think their canines are better at lending an ear compared to cats;
about 25 percent said their dog is the better listener, compared to 14 percent of cat owners.
For some, pets are the next best thing to a therapist. About one in 10, or 8 percent, said they regularly talk to their pet about personal problems. Women, single men and people earning less than $50,000 are the most likely to speak to their pet, according to the survey.
But who do the pets turn to with their problems? Nobody on average, the poll said. Only 5 percent of owners have taken their pet to a vet or a pet psychologist, while only 4 percent have given their animal an antidepressant. But more are willing to: nearly 20 percent of those who responded said they would be somewhat likely to take their pet to a vet or psychologist if they noticed signs of depression. Dog owners are more likely to take Fido to see a vet or psychologist compared to cat owners (23 percent vs. 11 percent), the survey showed.

– Kristi Eaton

No Bones About It!

posted April 23rd, 2010 by

Story by Kristi Eaton

There are no bones about it: the common misconception that dogs can enjoy a tasty bone as a treat can be detrimental to their health.

Now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is making sure dog owners are well aware of the dangers Fido faces by chewing on bones. The federal organization recently released a new warning against the practice.
“Some people think it’s safe to give dogs large bones, like those from a ham or a roast,” said Carmela Stamper, D.V.M., a veterinarian in the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the Food and Drug Administration. “Bones are unsafe no matter what their size. Giving your dog a bone may make your pet a candidate for a trip to your veterinarian’s office later, possible emergency surgery, or even death.”

Stamper said it’s important to dispose of bones from meals properly so dogs are not able to get to them.

“And pay attention to where your dog’s nose is when you walk him around the neighborhood—steer him away from any objects lying in the grass,” she added.

Stamper said there are many bone-like alternatives to give dogs to chew on. She recommended asking your vet.

The FDA listed 10 reasons why allowing your pet to chew on bones is a bad idea.

  1. Bones can break teeth.
  2. Bones can cause mouth or tongue injuries.
  3. Bones can get looped around your dog’s lower jaw.
  4. Bones can get stuck in the esophagus.
  5. Bones can get stuck in the windpipe.
  6. Bones can get stuck in the stomach.
  7. Bones can get stuck in the intestines and cause a blockage.
  8. Constipation can occur due to bone fragments.
  9. Severe bleeding can occur from the rectum.
  10. Bones can cause the bacterial infection peritonitis because bone fragments poke holes in your dog’s stomach or intestines.

Is Raw Food Right for My Dog?

posted April 16th, 2010 by

Story by Kristi Eaton

Humans have been jumping on the raw food diet in the last few years; no longer is it only for wealthy A-list celebrities. But now, with more, less expensive food choices, anyone can adhere the diet that is based on unprocessed and uncooked foods.

And with it a craze among humans, it was only a matter of time before it was adapted for canines. But with the diet, questions are raised: should your dog be forgoing cooked meat for raw meat? And, more importantly, is it healthy for them?

A raw food diet for dogs consists of uncooked meat, edible bones and organs.

There are two types of diets:

The Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods diet, or BARF, is made up of a percentage of raw meaty bones, fruits and vegetables, eggs and dairy.

The Prey model diet mimics a prey, with the food consisting of organ meat, muscle, bone and blood.

Proponents of the raw food diet tend to believe commercial dog food can be harmful to their health, and the raw food helps keeps the animal’s fur, teeth and breath healthy. Opponents, on the other hand, say a raw diet lacks proper nutrition and increases the likelihood of foodborne illnesses in pets.

For its part, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not support a raw food diet for dogs, saying raw meats can have significant health risks,

Not Long Till the Heat is On

posted April 7th, 2010 by

Story by Kristi Eaton

The temperature is rising outside and that can only mean one thing: Tulsa’s sweaty, humid summers are right around the corner.

When the temps are just right, spring and summers months in Tulsa can be a great time to spend outdoor time with your four-legged friend, but when thermometer reaches 90 plus degrees, it’s important to remember some basic guidelines for keeping Fido healthy in the heat.

  • Keep water handy. Dogs, like humans, can become dehydrated if they do not retain enough fluid. Make sure you have plenty of cl ean, cool water on hand for your canine.
  • Stay close to shade. Make sure there is some shade nearby, whether its under a tree or under an outdoor gazebo, there should be shade close by to take cover under to cool down quickly.
  • Visit the veterinarian. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals recommends owners take their pets to the vet for a spring or early summer check-up to get tested for heartworm.
  • Know the warning signs of overheating. Warning signs for overheating in a dog include excessive panting, drooling and increased heart rate. Also, be on the lookout for difficulty breathing, stupor and even collapsing. According to ASPCA, animals with flat faces, like a pug, are more susceptible to heat stroke because they are not able to pant as effectively.
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