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Get outside and enjoy the weather… while it lasts!

posted September 19th, 2012 by
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The weather is gorgeous today and I hope everyone is able to get outside with their pets and take advantage of it!

You never know how long weather like this will stick around in Oklahoma. According to the forecast, it looks like we should at least have nice weather through the weekend.

Luckily, there are plenty of pet-friendly outdoor activities around town. Just take your pick!

Hound Dog Blues Festival: The two-day event will run Sept. 21 to 22 at Chandler Park and feature performances by blues-rock musicians. The event benefits local rescue groups and is also hosting an adopt-a-thon Saturday morning. Tickets are $10 Friday night, $15 all day Saturday or $20 for a two-day pass. View the schedule, buy your tickets and more at hounddogblues.com. Leashed pets are welcome.

Admiral Twin Drive-In: Catch a flick outdoors with your canine friend. Leashed dogs are always welcome. For movies and showtimes, visit selectcinimas.com.

Dine alfresco: Ok, so it isn’t exactly an event… but everyone’s gotta eat! Check out this list of pet-friendly patios in the Tulsa area and then take your pooch out for a meal!

Don’t forget the dog parks: Have you taken your buddy to the dog park lately? If not, this is the perfect time to do it! Your dog will love a visit to Joe Station or Biscuit Acres.

I hope this beautiful weather continues and everyone enjoys their weekend!

-Lauren Cavagnolo

 

Animal Emergency Center donates services to wildfire victims

posted August 22nd, 2012 by
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It all started with a Facebook post.

On Aug. 4, Dr. Troy McNamara, medical director of Animal Emergency Center, Inc., posted the following to the clinic’s Facebook page:

“We are all praying for all the people and animals affected by these fires. We are an ER center and don’t have room for a lot of boarding, but we will help anyway that we can if people need to bring their pets somewhere to get them safe while making arrangements. We are also taking gatorade and water to the fire stations, if anyone would like to donate they can bring to AEC and we will transport. Thank you!!”

The next day, the clinic was housing 12 animals displaced by the wildfires in Creek County.

“They were healthy animals, people just had to find a place to stay so they brought their animals by here and we boarded them,” McNamara said. “Ten were able to go home the next day.”

But McNamara and his staff’s assistance and generosity didn’t stop there.

“As fire officials started letting people go back to their homes, that’s when things started getting ugly,” McNamara said. “That’s when people were going back and finding animals [that had been] burned.”

At that point, the clinic joined forces with Oklahoma Alliance for Animals and they started directing displaced and injured animals to the Animal Emergency Center.

“OAA has been really good about giving financial assistance to these people’s animals and their health care. It’s been amazing what they have allowed us to do,” McNamara said.

McNamara says the worst case so far is a dog named Gracie who is still in his care.

“Nobody knows anything of her,” McNamara said. “She is such a sweet gal.”

Gracie, who is pictured above, is expected to make a full recovery though she still has some hurdles to overcome.

“With her cough and smoke inhalation, she is doing extremely well there, so I think she is going to make a full recovery health-wise,” McNamara said. “Whether or not her hair grows back or she requires skin grafting, secondary bacterial infections of the skin, all of that stuff that she is still wide open for, we don’t know yet.”

In addition to the burns on her face, half of both of her ears were burned off.

When her wounds are healed enough, Gracie will be able to go to her foster home, hopefully in the next couple of weeks.

Among the animals housed by the clinic are a mama cat who was burned trying to save her kittens and a couple of German Shepherds from the German Shepherd rescue group, which lost their facility to the fire.

In all, more than 30 animals have been treated or housed at the Animal Emergency Center and all of their services have been donated.

To learn more about Animal Emergency Center, Inc., visit their website or Facebook page

Donations are still being collected and can be brought or sent to :

Oklahoma Alliance for Animals/Emergency Fire Relief

1822 East 15th Street, Suite B, Tulsa, OK 74105

Get more information about Oklahoma Alliance for Animals here.

- Lauren Cavagnolo 

Are you prepared?

posted August 14th, 2012 by
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The wildfires in Oklahoma have impacted many families, leaving many without homes. But people aren’t the only ones affected when disaster strikes. Many pets have been displaced from their homes or separated from their owners in recent weeks.

We all know about having plans in place for emergencies, but do those plans include the furry members of your family? Now is a good time to reevaluate what your family would do in a variety of emergency situations and make sure that those plans include any pets in the home.

If you need some ideas, Petfinder.com has some great resources on disaster preparedness for pets.

One of the easiest things you can do is put ‘Pets Inside’ stickers on your front and back doors. You can even sign up for a free pet safety pack from the ASPCA which includes the stickers as well as a magnet with the number of poison control.

Those interested in taking their preparedness even further can look into pet CPR and first aid classes offered by the Tulsa area chapter of the Red Cross.

And in the meantime, the pets impacted by the wildfires still need your help. Visit tulsaspca.org for a list of supplies needed and drop-off locations.

If you are looking for an animal lost during the fires in Creek County, please visit the Creek County Displaced Animals page on Facebook.

-Lauren Cavagnolo

Hotel for dogs

posted July 31st, 2012 by
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Vacations are great, until you have to leave your furry family members behind, as I’ve mentioned before.

I was feeling particularly guilty when I made the reservation to board my boys for our nine-day vacation this summer.

So when I asked for the pricing on the luxury suites, I was not completely surprised when I heard myself say, “We’ll book it.”

I was going on vacation, so why shouldn’t Yoda and Spock have their own vacation complete with toddler bed for lounging?

I use Woodland West Pet Resort, but there are plenty of other options in the Tulsa area. Check out the recently updated Pet Business Directory for more facilities.

Here’s the great thing about dogs, though. As much as I was beating myself up for leaving them, luxury suite or not, they were so excited when I returned.

Where people are often pouty, angry or resentful when left behind or left out, dogs are just over-the-moon excited that you bothered to come back. And that makes for one of the best parts of vacation.

The worst part of vacation

posted July 26th, 2012 by
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Leaving your pets behind has to be the worst part of vacation.

I know there are plenty of pet-friendly hotels and activities, but when you have six critters, it just isn’t feasible to vacation with them.

Occasionally, our two dogs have been able to make a trip with us, but this summer it just wasn’t possible.

We were gone nine whole days and boy did I feel guilty.

Which is why when we passed by a dog bakery while walking around downtown Asheville, North Carolina, I dragged my family in and loaded up on treats for the boys.

Three Dog Bakery had a display of treats that made my tummy growl and the baby go ‘Mmmmm.’ My vacationer’s guilt and the thought of my boarded dogs perhaps caused me to spend a little more than I would have on a normal day.

It was very much worth it when I got home and treated Yoda and Spock to their very own squirrel cookies in addition to some other goodies. I’m not sure they would have forgiven me for being gone so long if I had shown up empty handed.

You certainly don’t need to go on vacation to have an excuse to spoil your pets, however. Check out Tulsa’s own Yellow Dog Bakery to get started.

 -Lauren Cavagnolo

Ticked off

posted July 12th, 2012 by
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This is how I felt when I found a tick on my dog Yoda.

I was pretty mad at the tick — how dare he feed on my dog!?

But honestly, I was even more mad at myself. I should have known better.

Our old house had almost no yard. It was what you might call a ‘patio home’. Our new house sits on half an acre and has plenty of plants, trees and, well, ticks and other critters.

So, I confess: I was not a responsible pet owner and did not treat my dogs for fleas and ticks.

I promptly took both dogs to the vet where our veterinarian pulled a flea off of Spock. Needless to say, I left his office with a preventative flea and tick treatment.

For my small, shorthaired Bostons, his recommendation was a spray that is applied every month.

Easy. The application took no time at all, though it did take two people since my dogs hate being sprayed.

And since I gave them their heartworm pills on the same day, it shouldn’t be hard to remember each month.

So learn your lesson from me and spare your pets the ticks and fleas.

For more info on fleas and ticks, including removal tips, visit PetMD. Or better yet, make an appointment with your veterinarian to discuss the best preventative option for your pets!

 -Lauren Cavagnolo