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Summer Gives Pets More Outdoor Time but also Increased Risk of Costly Injuries

posted August 1st, 2012 by
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No. 1 pet insurer recommends pet parents protect themselves from unexpected veterinary bills.

SEATTLE (July 31, 2012) – Pets, like humans, enjoy being outdoors in the summertime.  However, unlike humans, most pets don’t carry the health insurance needed to offset expensive medical bills related to outdoor injuries.


Today, leading pet insurance provider Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & FoundationÒ (Healthy Paws) is urging pet parents to research and purchase a pet insurance policy for their best friend.  Since pets spend more time outside during the summer, the company sees a substantial increase in injuries and veterinary bills that can be quite costly for the uninsured.


Healthy Paws COO Steve Siadek said only 1% of U.S. pets are covered by pet insurance, which could mean financial hardship for pet parents if their pet requires extensive veterinary care.


“Pet insurance is an affordable option that pet parents should consider for financial peace of mind,” Siadek said.  “With today’s economic uncertainty, many ‘rainy day’ and ‘emergency’ funds are already being tapped into for everyday expenses and might not be available to help with a pet’s medical expenses.”


Healthy Paws CEO Rob Jackson said many of the injuries pets sustain during the summer involve knees and legs and are further aggravated by the fact that many pets will continue to stay active even after an injury occurs.


“Often times, it isn’t until a day or two later when a pet parent will notice their pet start to slow down and react to the injury,” Jackson said.  “Signs to be on the lookout for include lethargy and a predominant limp in pets that are still mobile.”


Jackson said it truly pays to have pet insurance, citing some of the common medical procedures Healthy Paws customers file claims for during the summer and their associated costs:


  • Knee injuries requiring cruciate ligament surgery:  $2,000 – $3,500
  • Fractures:  $2,680
  • Foreign body ingestion such as rocks, corncobs and sewing needles:  $2,550


Jackson said a policy with Healthy Paws covers as much as 90 percent of treatment with a deductible as little as $100. Healthy Paws is the only pet insurance that offers unlimited lifetime benefits with an annual deductible.


Regardless of which insurance provider a pet parent goes with this summer, it’s important they thoroughly research policies and understand the coverage.


“A good insurance company makes it easy to understand what a plan does and does not cover,” Jackson said.


Pet parents who are interested in learning more about Healthy Paws pet insurance plans may visit for a free quote.


About Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation®

Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation was co-founded by Steve Siadek and Robert Jackson in 2009 with the mission of helping pet parents give their pets the best veterinary care available while giving back to the animal welfare community.


Now, Healthy Paws is one of the leading pet insurers in the U.S. and ranked No. 1 by customers on  The company is backed by Aon Corporation, the world’s largest global insurance broker, and insurance policies are underwritten by Markel Corporation with over $1 billion in surplus.  For more information about Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation, or to receive a free quote, visit


Through their 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, The Healthy Paws Foundation, Healthy Paws provides cash grants to pet adoption organizations specifically for life-saving vaccines, spay/neuter surgeries and advanced medical treatments of homeless pets in their care. To learn more about their mission to save more homeless pets and how you can help, visit

Veterinary Dental Specialists Launch Program for Service Dogs

posted July 30th, 2012 by
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American Veterinary Dental College

The first annual American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) Service Dog Oral Healthcare Exam program will be held in August 2012. The event will honor the dogs who selflessly serve the public – guide dogs, service dogs, working and military dogs, and search and rescue dogs. Complimentary oral healthcare examinations will be provided by AVDC veterinary dental specialists.

These AVDC veterinary dental specialists will be looking for signs of periodontal disease, fractured teeth, discolored teeth, oral masses, and other oral and dental diseases that can cause pain or discomfort for service dogs.

Although no treatment will be offered as part of the Service Dog Oral Healthcare Exam program, if oral or dental abnormalities are found, a treatment plan will be laid out that the owner or handler can elect to pursue at a later date. In addition, the veterinary dental specialists will teach service dog owners and handlers about the benefits of preventative oral health care.

Many AVDC veterinary dental specialists have treated service dogs in the past and are well aware that oral pain can prevent these dogs from working effectively. This program will help ensure that America’s service dogs are able to do their important work at peak efficiency.

Owners and handlers of service animals who have been certified from a formal training program, or enrolled in a training program can register on-line between now and August 15 at the AVDC website: Once registered, owners or agents will receive a registration number and a list of participating veterinary dentists in their area whom they can contact to schedule an appointment during August. Times may vary, depending on the facility, and appointments are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.


For further information, contact:



Kenneth M. Capron, DVM


Capron Veterinary Hospital and Dental Clinic for Pets (Animal Dental Clinic of Tulsa)

6705 East 51st Street

Tulsa, OK 74145-7606

(918) 627-5188


David S. Russell, DVM


Veterinary Dental Center of Tulsa

4820 E. 33rd Street

Tulsa, OK 74135



“Cat & Crow” kids’ book celebrates famous friendship

posted July 28th, 2012 by
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Based On A True Story . This beautifully illustrated story of two unlikely friends will delight and inspire children and adults alike.

Drawn from first-hand accounts, enjoyed by millions on YouTube, and seen on The Oprah Winfrey Show, National Geographic, Animal Planet and Miracle Pets, the story of Cassie the cat and Moses the crow has captivated the public’s imagination and touched their hearts. If two natural enemies can become best friends, then anything is possible. Also inside are educational, fun facts about cats and crows, as well as real-life photographs of these two special animals at play Lisa Fleming, a former newspaper columnist and freelance writer, is passionate about animals and wildlife. She is dedicated to helping those in need, by creating ideas that inspire charitable endeavors in her Southwest Florida community. Anne Marie Dominik-Harris, a University of the Arts graduate and Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholarship recipient, is a high school art teacher in Southern New Jersey, who also enjoys a freelance career in illustration. Endorsements and Reviews for Cat and Crow: An Amazing Friendship “Moses the crow shows that we humans are not the only species to have enlightened ones in their midst who embody the virtues of compassion, understanding and inter-species communion.” ~Michael W. Fox, veterinarian, author and syndicated columnist “Cat and Crow is an amazing story of two unlikely animals that have been magically brought together in this world! It isn’t every day that you see a cat and a crow spending time with each other, and this is just another example of the wonders of nature. This heartwarming book will have you smiling!” ~Jack Hanna, director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and host of TV’s Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild “Cat and Crow is a thoroughly charming picture book for children ages 1 through 5 years. It is also ideal for early readers, those in kindergarten through second grade who are reading on their own. The text is relatively easy to navigate, and the 16 colorful illustrations add exciting color and depth to the story. Of equal importance is the fact that each illustration relates extremely well to the page text, a crucial factor in writing for young children. This is a wonderful teaching tool for our children and grandchildren to enjoy.” ~Linda Fasulo, book reviewer for WGCU Public Media (National Public Radio) “This book will inspire the world and maybe change the way we look at each other!” ~Marc Morrone, host of Hallmark Channel’s Petkeeping with Marc Morrone “This is not just the story of two unusual animals and their unlikely friendship. It is about everything in the world today. Lisa Fleming takes us there and fills us with hope!” ~Gerald Hausman, best-selling children’s book author, The Parrot Detective

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“Cat and Crow is a wonderful entertainment that encourages tolerance and questions cliché thinking about what’s possible in the realm of getting along in spite of differences.” ~Phil Jason, book reviewer for Florida Weekly Recommended by All Animals magazine (Nov/Dec 2011). Recommended by Cat Fancy magazine (Mar. 2012). Endorsed by The Blue Buffalo Co. Book Club: “You may have already seen the heartwarming videos of the unlikely friendship between a stray kitten and the crow who adopted her on YouTube, Animal Planet or even the Oprah Winfrey Show. But even if you and your family already know the story, Cat and Crow by Lisa Fleming is a must-have for your story-time collection.”

Our New Pet’s Directory is LIVE!!

posted July 24th, 2012 by
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We’ve been busy, and it’s been a huge endeavor, but it’s completed!   Check out newly revamped Pet Business Directory at  We have included In-depth listings with photos, videos, links, logos, and much more.

The Directory has two types of listings.  Free listings are provided as a courtesy to the various pet businesses and services as well as rescue groups around the Tulsa Metro on a free submittal basis, and Featured Listings are a colorful interactive multi-faceted listing provided at no charge to our advertisers or at a nominal annual fee to others.

Both types of listings should be checked for accuracy.  All listings should be checked for spelling of the business name.  Please check to see that the phone number, physical address or PO Box is correct.  In the Featured Listings, be sure to check the email address and website URL and that the links on your page go where they should (to FaceBook, Pinterest, LinkedIn etc.).  These Featured Listings also include your logo, and any facility or personnel photos that you wish to add, so be sure to check for any changes or voids in the information listed and let us know so that your listing can be updated!

Big PAWprints to Fill

posted July 21st, 2012 by
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In October 2010 the world learned about Toby, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever who was rescued by Charmaine Hammond and her husband from an animal shelter and later found his purpose as a Pet Therapy Dog. At first, Toby was not what you would categorize as a dog lovers dream; he destroyed everything in his path, had quirky habits that included demolishing toilet tank lids and closets and did everything in his power to get himself sent back to his rescue organization

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Something magical happened when Charmaine realized that Toby (even though he was a dog) needed purpose and focus in his life and redirected his boundless energy into becoming a therapy dog and leaving pawprints on people’s hearts around the globe.

“Bringing kindness to the forefront is a priority for us”, said Hammond. Approximately 160,000 children miss school everyday due to the fear of bullying by other students according to the National Education Association and workplace violence continues to threaten the safety of employees around the world. Cyber bullying is on the rise, more weapons are being found in schools, and an increase in suicides resulting from bullying.
This issue requires attention and intervention.

Sadly, in late 2011 Toby passed away peacefully of natural causes, he was 10 ½ years old, but has left big pawprints to fill. Kindness was a big part of Toby’s mission. In addition to volunteering, Toby also presented to close to 10,000 students and children across North America, raised thousands of dollars for charities and enlisted more than 7,000 on his first kindness mission. Toby’s volunteer work was chronicled in the Chicken Soup for the Soul- what I learned from the dog in 2009. On Toby’s Terms (Bettie Youngs Books, Sept. 2010) was published and is scheduled to become a major motion picture in 2012. Toby’s new children’s series, Toby the Pet Therapy dog (Bettie Youngs Books), was released in 2011. The first book in the series is titled Toby the Pet Therapy dog & His Hospital Friends, and the second in the series Toby Says Be a Buddy, Not a Bully is scheduled for a 2012 release

In honor of Toby, Charmaine and her husband Christopher launched A Million Acts of Kindness – Toby’s Global Mission on February 14, 2012. This mission will be ongoing. The goal is to bring kindness to the forefront in our family, community, workplace, and ultimately, the world. We know from Toby that every act of kindness that is extended leaves a PAWsitive impact and inspires another. The mission will offer activities for classrooms to PAW it Forward, writing and literacy contests pertaining to kindness, Random Act of Kindness events and more!

Bergan Announces Additions to their Cat Toy Line

posted July 13th, 2012 by
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The award winning Bergan Cat Toy line is expanding! Cat lovers around the globe love the Turbo Scratcher® and Star Chaser® from Bergan. Now they can “accessorize” their favorite toys with the Turbo Treat Ball™ and the Turbo Teaser Toy™. These accessories are quick and easy to snap on to create more stimulating fun for felines!
Add the Turbo Treat Ball™ to encourage rewarding play time with cats. Simply fill the clear ball with kibble or tasty treats and watch the cats spin, spin and spin again. The clear reservoir lets you know visually when it is time to refill again. The Turbo Teaser Toy™ is actually two toys in one. An offering that allows cats to use their hunting instincts, it can be used with a longer bushy tail or with the shorter birdlike feathers. Each attachment includes a bell for more fun!
“Including Turbo Scratcher® accessories to an already successful line of toys was an easy decision”, stated Kirk Dixon, Product Development Manager. “We have been receiving several requests year after year about adapting or adding to the Turbo Scratcher®. So many people love the simplicity of the toy and scratch pad combo toy. This just provides them with more options for their cats to continue to play with the Turbo Scratcher® or Star Chaser®.”
The toys are available now for shipping. Retailers can log onto to place orders or call an Account Manager. For more information, please contact Bergan’s Customer Service Team at 866-217-9606. We are always delighted to help answer questions. Thank you for your support, ideas and suggestions.