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Natural diets for pets

posted June 26th, 2013 by
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More and more people are choosing to feed their families healthier, but what about your furry family members?

Diet is one of the first places to start improving health and well-being and there are many options available when it comes to feeding your pets.

GreenAcres Market in Jenks will host a discussion on natural diets for dogs and cats this Saturday at 10 a.m.

Led by produce manager Rick Miller, topics will range from how to read labels on high quality kibbles or canned foods to raw diet plans.

Learn more at

- Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

The rotisserie chicken carcass fiasco

posted June 13th, 2013 by
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My dogs like trash. They like to get in it, eat it, spread it all around the house and then pee on it. I’m sure they are in good company with many other dogs in this world.

It is for this reason that I have invested much time and money in trying different trash cans and arrangements.

And I thought I had them beat. It’s been more than a year since I have come home to rotting food, empty containers and other yucky stuff strewn about the house.

Until the other night.

We had rotisserie chicken for dinner. It was delicious and our little family ate it all. We had some place to be that evening and so I tossed the remains —an entire chicken carcass!— in the trash without a second thought.

Apparently the lure of those rotisserie chicken bones was enough for my dogs to break their streak of good behavior and figure out how to break into the trash can.

Four hours later, my family came home to trash everywhere. But the one thing I couldn’t fine, of course, were the chicken bones. There was not one shred of evidence of my family’s dinner that night.

I was distraught. Have you ever Googled ‘my dog ate chicken bones’? Don’t, because everything you will read is scary. And rightly so. Pet owners are advised not to give their animals cooked bones —especially chicken bones— because of the risks of the bones splintering.

Choking and punctured organs are just a couple of the potential negative outcomes.

My dogs clearly hadn’t choked, they were running around happy as could be with full bellies. And that made me angry. Yoda wasn’t going to die from the tumor on his heart… he was going to puncture his intestines with splintered chicken bones!

A visit to the vet the next day revealed all to be fine. In fact, our veterinarian said the fact that we were not home at the time was a good thing.

Owners who catch their dog in the act and surprise them will often unintentionally cause their dog to quickly eat and/or swallow the bones. Which is more likely to lead to choking and punctured organs.

Our dogs, on the other hand, had four hours to chew on and savor those chicken bones. And apparently they chewed them quite well.

Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]


Tulsa SPCA celebrating 100th anniversary

posted June 5th, 2013 by
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For the past 100 years the Tulsa SPCA has been giving back to the community and its animals. In celebration of its centennial year, the organization will be celebrating with a variety of amazing events for the community.

So let’s show them some love and support by attending one (or all!) of the following events this summer.

Kicking things off is the Paws & Pictures event. Bring your family, furry members included, to the Admiral Twin Drive-In on June 20 for games and live music followed by two feature films when the sun goes down.

Doors will open at 7 p.m., movies will begin at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. Pets must be leashed.

Proceeds from the ticket and concession sales will benefit the operations at TSPCA.

On June 21, head on over to KingsPointe Village for a benefit concert featuring the Easy Street Band starting at 7:30 p.m.

TSPCA volunteers will be collecting dog and cat food, blankets, treats, toys, bowls, leashes, collars and distilled water. They will also be selling their anniversary T-shirts and cookbooks.

KingsPointe Village is located at the corner of 61st Street and Yale Avenue.

Wrapping up the celebration is a Bingo Bash on July 20.

In addition to bingo, there will be a silent auction, door prizes, wine grab bag, restaurant pull and cash bar.

The event will be from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at The Campbell Hotel, 2636 E. 11th St. Tickets are $30 each or $25 for four or more.

And of course, if you are not able to attend any of the events, donations are always welcomed.

For more information on any of the events or to donate, visit or like Tulsa SPCA on Facebook.

-Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Snake Week: Know your snakes

posted May 31st, 2013 by
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I hope you have all had a chance to check out the May/June issue of Tulsa Pets Magazine and in particular my article on snake bites. If not, you can check it out here:

I packed quite a bit of info into the article, but still have some more interesting info to share when it comes to snake bites and pets.

One of the most important things that can help your pet if he does get bitten is knowing exactly what did it.

According to Dr. Shad Wilkerson, DVM at Oklahoma Veterinary Specialists, copperheads are the most common snake found in our area and “luckily the least dangerous of the ones we have here.”

But do you know what a copperhead looks like? I didn’t before working on this article.

Like a lot of people, I find snakes… yucky, to put it nicely. I don’t really want to think about them or look at their pictures just because.

But as a responsible pet owner, should one of my animals become injured by a snake, I need to know what I’m dealing with.

So for the pet owners who could use a little brushing up on IDing snakes, here are the top three you need to look out for.

Copperhead: The most common venomous snake in our area, also the least venomous. Read more and view pictures here:

Rattlesnakes: Next most common venomous snake in our area and one of the most venomous. Read more and view pictures here:

Water moccasins or cottonmouth: Not seen very often in our area, more venomous than a copperhead, but less venomous than a rattlesnake. People often confuse black rat snakes for the water moccasin. The difference is black rat snakes do not have fangs, just small teeth. Read more and view pictures here:

In the heat of the moment, it may be hard to remember which is which. For those new to identifying snakes, try to snap a picture with your cell phone if you have it handy and you feel safe doing so.

If you are able to, kill the snake and bring it with you to veterinarian’s office.

And for more info on snake bites and what to do if your pet gets bitten, make sure to check out the article in this month’s issue:

- Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Reasor’s hosting pet photo challenge, adoption event

posted May 2nd, 2013 by
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Local grocery chain Reasor’s is celebrating National Pet Week with a pet photo contest.

All you have to do is snap an adorable pic of your pet, you have plenty of those laying around anyway, right?

Upload your photo to the Reasor’s Facebook page or post it to Twitter or Instagram using #reasorspets by May 9.

Make sure to share your submission and have your friends vote for your photo.

Reasor’s will randomly select one grand prize winner to receive a year’s supply of Purina cat food and one grand prize winner to receive a year’s supply of Purina dog food.

The three “Fan-Favorites” with the most votes will receive a $50 Reasor’s Gift Card.

In addition to the pet photo contest, Reasor’s Jenks store along with Purina and Animal Aid of Tulsa will host an adoption event Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Adoption fees will be half the regular price — $50 for dogs (usually $100) and $42 for cats (usually $84).

Adoption fee includes first year standard vaccinations, heartworm screening, veterinary check up and spay or neutering costs.

Purina will be handing out free dog food samples, as well as ice cream, water, temporary tattoos, coloring books and other goodies for families.

Those attending will have the opportunity to spin a prize wheel for the chance to win items like a new food bowl, leash, styling bandana or a tote.

For more information on the contest or the adoption event, visit

 – Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Happiness is being outside

posted April 30th, 2013 by
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At least according to my dogs and I tend to agree. We are all really hoping that this nice weather sticks and that the Thursday forecast is just a mistake!

Below are Yoda and Spock’s top five favorite outdoor activities to do around Tulsa.

5. Visit the dog park. There are two off-leash parks to choose from, Biscuit Acres, 5804 E. 91st St., and Joe Station, 2279 Charles Page Blvd.

4. Take in a movie at the Admiral Twin. They are most looking forward to the release of “Monsters University” this June. Check out showtimes and more at

3. Bark in the Park. Pooches are welcome to Wednesday night games at ONEOK Field. Be sure to bring along vaccination records and enter through the Oil Derrick or Arvest Entrance.

2. People watch from the patio at Cosmo Cafe.  Located on Brookside at 3334 S. Peoria Ave., there are plenty of dog-friendly patios located around Tulsa. Check out our directory on for more.

1. Actually, they really don’t care what they are doing as long as they are outside! And that’s the truth. I hope everyone is taking advantage of this beautiful weather before we all start complaining about how hot it is.

What are your dog’s favorite spring activities? Leave a comment below.

- Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]