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Concentrated Animal Feeding

posted July 30th, 2016 by
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State Question 777

Concentrated Animal Feeding

Also, we have the claim that industrial agriculture—in particular, concentrated animal feeding operations—keep food prices down. These graphs show the change in food prices for select poultry and swine commodities in the Southern Region of the US (which includes Oklahoma) beginning in 1992, the year after Oklahoma first allowed concentrated pork and chicken production.

 

Concentrated Animal Feeding

Pro-Animal Regulations

posted July 29th, 2016 by
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State Question 777

Pro Animal Regulations

A key point of dispute in the debate over State Question 777 is whether pro-animal regulations lead to higher food prices. There’s been specific attention paid to the price of eggs in California since the 2008 passage of pro-animal Proposition 2, and its implementation in early 2015. The infographics below present data on egg prices nationally, and in California, to bring factual clarity to this important discussion.

Pro-Animal Regulations

Win tickets to Bark in the Park

posted July 26th, 2016 by
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Bark in the Park

What better way to get through the dog days of summer than to take in a ball game with man’s best friend? Summer isn’t quite over and there are still a few more opportunities to attend Bark in the Park and enjoy a Drillers game with your pooch starting tomorrow night.

Contest winner Marcy Kilhe and her pooch.

Contest winner Marcy Kilhe and her pooch.

Those attending should have up to date vaccination records for your dog on hand and plan to enter through either the Oil Derrick or Arvest/Brady Street Entrance. Dogs are free to get in.

Throughout the remainder of the season, make sure to keep an eye on the Tulsa Pets Magazine Facebook page and website for details on how to win a pair of tickets to a future Bark in the Park game. And a big congrats to all of our Bark in the Park ticket winners so far this season:

Anna Jarrell

Alexandra Kirkpatrick

Naomi Shockey

Tonya North

Marcy Kihle

Scott Bynum

Kellie Sundberg

Whether you win tickets from Tulsa Pets Magazine or not, be sure to snap a pic of you and your pooch enjoying the game and send it to l[email protected] or share it in the comments of the Bark in the Park post on the Tulsa Pets Magazine Facebook page. Pictures will be shared in a Bark in the Park gallery in a future blog post.

Remaining 2016 season Bark in the Park  nights:

Wednesday, July 27 @7:05 p.m. vs Springfield

Wednesday, August 10 @7:05 p.m. vs Midland

Wednesday August 24 @7:05 p.m. vs Arkansas

-Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]gmail.com

The Paw Spa offers unique service for wire haired breeds

posted July 20th, 2016 by
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For most dogs, grooming means a good bath and a few snips of the scissors. But for terriers and other wire coated breeds, hand stripping is a necessary technique for maintaining a healthy coat.

Crystal Bowen, owner of The Paw Spa, has been hand stripping dogs since the 1990’s. She used to hand strip and show her Jack Russell terriers and wire haired dachshunds.

“Hand stripping is a technique that plucks the dead hair directly from the hair follicle. The canine hair follicle is complex, meaning it has many hairs coming out of one follicle,” Bowen explained. “They are at all different stages of life. To maintain a healthy coat, the dead hairs must be removed. Due to the thickness of the terriers’ coats, they cannot come out just by brushing; they get stuck in the hair follicle and must be plucked manually.”

“When the dead hairs are stripped out, new hair is stimulated to grow and a coarser, brighter hair is produced,” Bowen said. “The color of the coat becomes more vibrant.”

On the other hand, clipper cutting a terrier’s coat can cause the dead hair to become jammed in the follicle causing irritation, swelling, bumps, sores and sometimes pustules, Bowen said. It can also change the appearance and feel of the coat making it dull and soft.handstripping

Because the technique can take years to perfect, not many groomers are skilled in the art of hand stripping. Additionally, too much stripping in one area can cause bald patches or sores; you have to know exactly which hairs to pluck, Bowen said.

And though the process sounds painful, most dogs enjoy the process, Bowen said.

“Most of my terriers enjoy the process so much they lay down on the table ready for the stripping,” she said. “I think it feels good for them to finally have that hair removed.”

Bowen learned to groom during her time as a veterinarian technician.

“I loved grooming, the dogs were always happy to see me and I loved making them look beautiful,” Bowen recalled. “Grooming made me happy, it made me feel like an artist. And I loved pampering the pets, rubbing them in the bath, petting them, brushing them and giving them the best haircuts. I feel like I’m helping them to look and feel their best.”

Because of the extra time and skill involved, the cost of hand stripping is significantly higher than a normal breed clipper cut. Bowen charges a basic bath price for the breed and $1.00 / minute for the hand stripping.

The Paw Spa also offers full service grooming and baths for dogs as well as cats. Spa packages, mud baths, warm oil treatments, shed reducing treatments, tooth brushing and breath control are also offered as well as creative grooming, pet safe nail polish, jewels and feather extensions and pet safe hair color — for that pup that wants a pop of color! All products at The Paw Spa are safe and all natural.

Learn more at thepawspa.com.

- Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Clear the Shelters Day

posted July 14th, 2016 by
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Clear the Shelters Day

 CLEAR THE SHELTERS DAY

THE TULSA SPCA AND OTHER AREA ANIMAL SHELTERS TO HOST 

TULSA, OK, JULY 8, 2016 — The Tulsa Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is proud to announce its involvement in National Clear the Shelters Day on Saturday, July 23, 2016.

“We are so excited to coordinate this event again this year,” said Mindy Tiner, Tulsa SPCA executive director.  “Last year was such a great experience.  Many participating shelters and rescues had their largest ever number of single day adoptions!  This year we are excited to announce even more rescue/shelter participation than in 2015.  Rescue animals are usually no different from animals you’d get from any other source – with the exception that with every animal rescued you save two lives.  The one you rescue and the one shelters can then take in as a result.  This year has been such a tough year for the rescue community with the large number of hoarding, cruelty, unwanted litters and just general surrenders, we really want to use this opportunity to find forever homes for these animals that haven’t had the love and stability they deserve.”

This year marks the third annual event. National Clear the Shelters Day was started in 2014 by a group of North Texas animal shelters. In its first year, 38 North Texas Shelters adopted 2,273 animals. It was the first time cities, counties and nonprofit organizations joined forces to offer a unified campaign. In 2015, 118 animals were adopted by the Tulsa SPCA in its first year participating in the program.

Besides finding homes for shelter dogs and cats, the North Texas agencies hoped their first year event would encourage other shelters around the country to participate in National Empty the Shelter Day. Spearheaded by the Tulsa SPCA, 17 other Tulsa area agencies have signed on to reduce adoption prices on July 23. A list of these agencies and where they will be adopting out animals can be found at tulsaspca.org/clear-the-shelter.

“An estimated 11,000 animals are euthanized every day in the United States,” said Tiner. “We hope, on Clear the Shelters Day, the Tulsa community will join in with communities across the country and help us make a difference.”

By adopting from a shelter or rescue group, a dog or cat is given a second chance and the nation’s pet overpopulation problem decreases without the threat of euthanasia.

“Clear the Shelters Day is a great opportunity to come out and see how many beautiful animals rescue organizations and shelters have up for adoption,” said Jamee Suarez-Howard of the Oklahoma Alliance for Animals, one of the participating animal agencies. “We’re asking the community to come together and help us clear the shelters.  When you clear the shelters YOU are saving precious lives!”

What’s in Your Dog Shampoo?

posted July 7th, 2016 by
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What's in Your Dog Shampoo

What’s in Your Dog Shampoo? – Words of Wellness

By Emily Cefalo

 

Choosing a shampoo is an important part of your dog’s skin and coat health.

 

Well-known shampoos, such as Hartz Love Your Dog Shampoo, Miracle Coat Premium, Lambert Kay, Sergeant’s Fur-So-Fresh, Natural Research, and Pure Pet’s Pure Care, are among those without the ingredients listed on the label. So what kind of shampoo does your groomer use?

Before I became self-employed, I was amazed at how many groomers use Dawn soap on dogs. The risk of soap burning the skin and eyes is profoundly common. Shampoos containing sulfates, soap and parabens can cause a variety of skin disorders, not to mention they can be toxic and harmful. Even using human shampoo can cause reactions.

We want our pets clean, but we do not want their skin stripped of natural oils. There are many pet shampoos to choose from—just make certain you buy one that is gentle on your beloved pet.

Look for “soap and paraben free” and “pH balanced” when you’re shopping for a safe shampoo. Earthbath Mediterranean Magic is one of our favorites and is used on almost every dog. Another favorite used is Show Season Essential shampoo. We like the way it smells; it has aromatherapy and is infused with organic rosemary, olive and sunflower oil.

You always have the option to take your shampoo with you to your pet’s grooming appointments. If you aren’t sure what is used on your beloved pet, ask to take a peek behind the curtain to ensure your pet is getting the very best!

 

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