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Your Pet’s Golden Years

posted February 22nd, 2019 by
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Golden Years

 

How to Take Care of Your Pet
in Their Golden Years

by Nick Burton 

Golden Years 

Pets can now enjoy longer lives than ever before. Much of their longevity is because of better diets, modern medicine, and improved veterinary care. However, this doesn’t mean that your pet will live a long and happy life all on their own; it takes special care and attention on part of the owner to give them a chance at long-lasting health and well-being. This is particularly true when your pet has reached their golden years. If you have a senior pet, here are some important tips for taking care of them and, possibly, extending their life.

 

Dietary Habits

 

The food and nutrition your pet needs in their later years will change. Healthier snacks (such as apple slices, mini carrots, and other fruits and veggies), lower calorie food, and an increase in omega-3s are common adjustments for senior pets. Also, many pets need antioxidants and joint supplements added to their diet as they age. Each pet is unique, so be sure to consult your veterinarian before radically changing your pet’s diet.

 

Another supplement that can be beneficial for your older pet is CBD oil. This oil can help ease joint inflammation and pain, skin problems, and mental health issues. If you want your pet to thrive in their golden years, check out Remedy Review’s guide to see the top 10 CBD oils of 2019. As with their diet, don’t give your pet a new treatment without consulting your veterinarian.

 

Veterinary Care

 

You’re probably used to annual visits to the vet, but you’ll need to bump that up to twice a year for your senior pet. Medical issues come more often for older pets, and going to the vet every six months will help you stay on top of their health. You can expect appointments to be similar to when your pet was younger, except there will probably be more bloodwork and other tests.

 

Physical Activity

 

Exercise is also vital for your pet’s health, as it helps them to maintain their mobility and keep their weight under control. You still want to get your pet physical activity when they’re older, but you will need to watch them more closely and modify when necessary. For instance, instead of playing fetch in the backyard for 45 minutes, it may be safer to take your aging pet on a walk in the neighborhood for 30 minutes. However, it’s important to not overexert your pet.

 

Managing Parasites

 

Parasites tend to affect senior pets more frequently than younger animals. This is because their immune system becomes weaker over time, which opens them up to health concerns from fleas, ticks, and worms. Fortunately, there are numerous options to prevent parasitic diseases, so ask your vet what the best path is for your pet.

 

Home Modifications

 

Just like with people, home modifications are often necessary for aging pets. For instance, since mobility and joint issues are common among senior pets, it’s sometimes best to keep their living space (bed, food, and water, etc.) downstairs; that way they won’t have to move up and down stairs every day. Here are some other modifications to consider for your senior pet.

 

  • Purchasing a portable ramp (for arthritic pets)
  • Purchasing an orthopedic bed
  • Putting in slip-resistant mats throughout the home
  • Installing a doggy door for easy access to potty outside

 

You can make changes to your pet’s life that will help them thrive in their golden years. Remember to ask your veterinarian for any dietary improvements that can be made, and look into whether CBD oil would be beneficial. Start taking your pet to the vet twice a year, and be sure to monitor their exercise. Finally, take preventative measures for parasitic health issues, and make the necessary home modifications for your pet to live comfortably and happy.

 

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Grand Opening at Top Dog Ranch

posted February 9th, 2019 by
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Top Dog Ranch in Broken Arrow

TulsaPets Magazine had the recent opportunity to tour the new Top Dog Ranch facility during their grand opening, and what a facility it is!  From the calming blue paint to the easy-to-clean poured laminate floors, no detail has been overlooked in their multi-faceted campus.  Grooming, boarding, daycare and obedience training are all available here.

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Plenty of well-lit parking

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with an inviting entrance!

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Plenty of folks attended the Open House

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Lots of indoor training space

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Plenty of individual spaces

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Room for guest scrubbing!

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Indoor / Outdoor runs are available

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Clean and airy boarding pens in various sizes

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Artificial turf group play yards

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Giant natural grass play yards when the weather is nice and artificial turf yards when its not!

 

TulsaPets Mag Jan / Feb 2019

posted January 15th, 2019 by
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TulsaPets Magazine  Jan / Feb 2019

Publisher – Marilyn King  [email protected]

Creative Director – Debra Fite

Advertising Sales – Marilyn King, Steve Kirkpatrick, Nancy Harrison, Rosalie Childs

Web Manager – Steve Kirkpatrick  [email protected]

Editor – Anna Holton-Dean

Contributing Writers – Marilyn King, Angela Botzer. Lauren Cavagnolo, Connie Cronley, Kim Doner, Nancy Gallimore, Bill Snyder

PO Box 14128 Tulsa, OK 74159-1128

(918) 520-0611

(918) 346-6044 Fax

©2018 All rights reserved.

No part of this publication may be reproduced without the express written consent of the publisher.

TulsaPets Magazine provides Tulsa area pet owners with a one-stop resource for local products, services, events and information.  Now TulsaPets Magazine Online is able to provide you with all of that and much more, interactive and up-to-the-minute!

TulsaPets Mag Nov / Dec 2018

posted November 18th, 2018 by
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TulsaPets Magazine  Nov / Dec 2018

Publisher – Marilyn King  [email protected]

Creative Director – Debra Fite

Advertising Sales – Marilyn King, Steve Kirkpatrick, Nancy Harrison, Rosalie Childs

Web Manager – Steve Kirkpatrick  [email protected]

Editor – Anna Holton-Dean

Contributing Writers – Marilyn King, Heide Brandes, Connie Cronley, Kim Doner, Amy Greene, Karen Holman, Anna Holton-Dean, Bill Snyder

PO Box 14128 Tulsa, OK 74159-1128

(918) 520-0611

(918) 346-6044 Fax

©2018 All rights reserved.

No part of this publication may be reproduced without the express written consent of the publisher.

TulsaPets Magazine provides Tulsa area pet owners with a one-stop resource for local products, services, events and information.  Now TulsaPets Magazine Online is able to provide you with all of that and much more, interactive and up-to-the-minute!

MISSING OUR CALICO

posted November 11th, 2018 by
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MISSING OUR CALICO

Our sweet cat has a story to tell.. bare with me

This sweetheart was born approximately eight years ago on my Granma’s property in TMissingurley/Sperry. It was feral and although my Granma swore the cat wasn’t hers, she put food and water out for it. Daily. (sure Granma, its not your cat winkwink)

My Granma passed away early 2012 and when discussing amongst the family, what would happen to the cat, no decision was made.

Fast forward to a few months later. My girls and I were at my Granma’s place helping sort and clean with other family. Once we finished we were headed home. Upon our arrival to the house, I wasn’t paying attention to anything but getting everyone inside and relaxing, but from somewhere I heard meowing. Long story short, my girls had somehow caught the feral cat, wrapped it in a blanket and snuck it our house in Owasso. I rolled my eyes as my children pleaded the cats case and I caved. (mostly because it was my Granma’s cat. Well, a cat lived on her property. That she fed. Because we all know Granma, it wasn’t your cat, ).

Remember, the cat was feral so there was no way it was letting us close enough to check its hiney to sex it. But, for whatever reason, the girls assumed it was a boy and they named it Magnus. Sounded good to me. So we kept Magnus in the house for over a year in fear that if it got out it would resort to its feral ways and take off. And it was a fun year too. Of trying to coax Magnus out from under beds, behind furniture. Hissing. Loud growls. Finally over time Magnus started coming out to investigate. Magnus spent the year getting to know us, becoming tame. And then the day came that you would never know Magnus was ever feral. So, in my infinite wisdom I decided we could let Magnus outside for a trial. It went off without a hitch! Magnus used the neighbors flower bed for a liter box ( no joke, but we put an end to that once the neighbor told me. Oops.) and then came to the door to come back in. Fast forward to 2014 when for a split second we thought we might soon become millionaires because Magnus was pregnant! Ya, we still never checked Magnus hiney. So Magnus had kittens, whom had responsible forever homes with other family members, before the kittens were weaned. And as soon as they were weaned, Snip Snip went the scissors and the Magnus kitty factory was put out of business .

Shortly thereafter, she became know as Maggie (affectionately Maggie Moo). Although I liked the name Magnus because it reminded me of the movie Matilda. You may recall, Matilda’s teachers name was Ms. Honey. And Ms. Honey’s fathers name was Dr. Magnus Honey and he was a good MAN. But since we knew Magnus was all girl, I decided she needed a more feminine feline name. So Maggie (Maggie-Moo) it was. (yes one of my daughters still calls her Magnus).

She has had a royal life and being and indoor/out to potty cat. She loves her chihuahua sister and her sister is very protective of her.

Fast forward again to September 6th, 2018. The girls and I loaded up and went down to the QT on 86th and 129th Street (Owasso), to meet a friend that I bought stuff from. I visited and went about my merry way. Later on that evening I see a post on facebook from that friend that she had heard a cat meowing and found it under her truck. After coaxing it out, she took it home to try to find its owner. It was only through her posting on facebook, did I realize, THAT WAS MAGGIE MOO! I contacted her post-haste. Just short of a dna test, sure enough, it was Maggie-moo!

I hope I still have your attention.. Because now I need more than your attention. I need your HELP.

It became apparent that our Maggie-moo had climbed under my truck, rode over two miles from our house in Owasso, to the QT where we met my friend. Once there, she mustof grown tired of me talking so much (I have never been accused of being long winded but, well, ya okay, thats a lie ) and jumped out from under my truck. I have only to guess she was confused and that caused her to get under my friends truck (we both have white trucks). And that is how she ended up in Turley, where she started her life over eight years ago (this is movie material).

Well.. She was kept overnight in Turley. But upon arrival this afternoon we were all sad to find that she had escaped the enclosure .

We are so sad and need YOUR help ️! PLEASE help bring our beloved cat home! She escaped from the 66th St North and Utica area in Turley. That is just East of the intersection of North Peoria and 66th Street, Turley. Pictures are below !Please Please watch for her! If you see her, message me! Catch her if she’ll let you and put her in a crate or your house, PLEASE! She does not like other cats or dogs. And most likely will be just sitting on someone’s porch. My friend did a good deed by taking her in and now I need your help finding Maggie-moo and bringing her home. I am sorry if you feel like you just wasted an hour of your time reading this (long-winded), but I wanted you to hear the story and ask you to be a part of it. Please help us find Maggie! Tag your friends, Tag your neighbors, Tag your neighbors neighbors, Tag all animal lovers to unite and join our story in bringing home Maggie-moo ❣ Thank you for taking the time to read this plea for assistance in finding Maggie-Moo.

PAWsh Palaces voting kicks off

posted November 2nd, 2018 by
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Adrien, Katelyn, Alyssa and Kaylen show off their prototype.

After you vote at the polls head on over to Woodland Hills Mall to vote in the inaugural PAWsh Palaces competition.

Voting is now open for the Tulsa SPCA’s newest event in partnership with the Eastern Oklahoma Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIAEOK), the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance (TRSA) and Tulsa area schools.

Located just outside the lower level of Macy’s, shoppers can vote on six dog houses and one cat condo, each paired with a student team prototype. Each $5 vote gives participants a chance to win their favorite creation while raising funds for the Tulsa SPCA.

Mindy Tiner, executive director of the Tulsa SPCA, said via press release the program is modeled on a similar event hosted by the SPCA of Texas. “We currently offer school presentations on a variety of subjects including anti-bullying (using animals to teach empathy) and responsible pet ownership. This event fits in perfectly as it uses STEM skills to teach students about shelter and pet responsibilities for outdoor animals.”

The seven AIA architect teams, working with local builders, began work on dog house and cat condo designs in July. This fall, students in STEM programs in local elementary schools began making prototype doghouses and cat condos with mentorship from architects, according to a press release.

Students and architects both presented their designs this morning at Woodland Hills Mall. Student prototypes included themes such as Halloween house and rainbow house and featured finishing touches like chandeliers, TV’s and a safe room.

The life-size dog houses also included some extraordinary features, including a reflecting pool, storage areas and places for owners to sit with their pets.

The school teams were paired with the AIA/Builder team entrants and their works will be displayed side by side through Nov. 18 when voting closes.

Rebecca Harris, media specialist for Mark Twain Elementary who also helps with after school programs, said this has been a dream for her students.

“Teachers are so limited right now on any type of learning that has to do with starting from scratch, whether it be writing, creating a dog house or anything else where the kids have that luxury of being able to have divergent thinking from knowledge gleaned from whatever professional or educator and then to build on that. That’s a luxury,” Harris said.

“And so the fact that these people came, these angels, from the architecture society, from STEM, from SPCA, what wonderful people those are in our community,” Harris continued.  “They gave up their time to help these children have an understanding to where they can make this happen.”

Harris said at first the children were not sure what to make of the program, but each week she could see their self-esteem building and their sense of community growing as they worked on creating and building together.

Kaylen, Katelyn, Alyssa, Adrien are the students who made up the peer-voted team representing Mark Twain Elementary. Adrien said working on the project was a lot of hard work but also fun.

“An architect came and he was telling us about architecture and he was telling about how to build everything. We had to make a checklist,” Adrien said. “In the second meeting we had our client and we had to talk to the client, which was a dog. We measured the dog and talk to it and figured out what it wanted.”

After that the team put together blueprints and finally began construction on their project.

“It was really fun and the best part is that we get to come to Woodland Hills Mall and show it off and try to win,” Adrien said.

His teammate Katelyn agreed saying, “This is the best after school program I have ever been to.”

Both children said they would be interested in learning more about architecture in the future.

The top three STEM elementary school teams will win awards of $1,000, $500 and $250, respectively. Architect/Builder design+build award winners will be determined by a jury panel, while the People’s Choice award will go to the team with the most votes received by the public

An awards celebration will take place at 5 p.m. Nov. 18 at Woodland Hills Mall.

Participating schools include Tulsa Public Schools Mark Twain Elementary and Union Public Schools Ochoa, Boevers, Clark, Jarman, Jefferson and McAuliffe.

You can view all of the submissions below.

— Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

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