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Home Veterinary Care brings clinic to your living room

posted October 19th, 2016 by
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Home Veterinary Care

Have you ever tried to take three cats to the vet? Or just one really stressed out cat? Maybe your large dog is sick and having trouble hopping into the car. Maybe your pet isn’t the problem, but your kid lost his shoes… again. Whatever it is that makes getting to the vet difficult, Tulsa’s newest mobile veterinarian can help.

Dr. Gabrielle Fielstra, who is also a mom to three young children, wanted to take charge of her schedule after working as veterinarian in a clinic for 10 years.

“I have thought about it for a while and it’s something I definitely think there is a need for here in town, ” said Fielstra, who launched Home Veterinary Care in June.

Many of her clients had pets that were stressed by coming into the clinic and had asked about home visits, says Fielstra.

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Dr. Gabrielle Fielstra and vet tech Ashley Jones.

“It’s a lot more personalized,” she said. “I get to know my clients a lot better when I’m standing in their living room than in an exam room. And you can see the patients better; you can see them in their environment.”

For example, a limping dog may hide their injury in the clinic.

“The big thing is behavior, you can see the source,” Fielstra explained. “If a pet is going to the bathroom in the house, you can see their environment and what is going on with the litter box or the yard; things the client may not even think to tell you when they are standing in an exam room.”

Another service offered quality of life evaluations and end of life care.

“I can give my advice on the patient’s quality of life and if there is anything we can do to help improve quality of life or if it is time and help [clients] come to terms with that,” Fielstra said. “That’s the hardest part is getting to that point.

“We do a lot of referrals for home euthanasia,” Fielstra continued. “It’s a lot more comfortable. People are upset and they don’t want to be upset at a clinic in an exam room. We work with all of the pet funeral homes so we can help take care of the remains.”

Fielstra books her appointments in one-hour blocks allowing 15 to 20 minutes for travel, leaving 30 to 45 minutes for the actual appointment time.

Supplies are carried in the van including medications, a mini lab with microscopes and some basic tests. The exam is conducted in the house or yard if the pet is an outdoor animal.

“I think one thing that people hesitate on is the price; people assume it’s going to be really expensive,” Fielstra said. “We try to price it where it is still really reasonable.”

There is a travel fee separate from the exam fee. If you are having multiple animals examined, there is still only one travel fee. Package discounts for annual shots are also offered.

Home Veterinary Care serves Tulsa and the surrounding area Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit or call 918.892.9382.

-Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Mutt Strut to benefit DVIS kennel

posted October 16th, 2016 by
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Mutt Strut

Bring your mutt out to strut his stuff and raise awareness for the DVIS kennel this Saturday at Hunter Park, 5804 E 91st St.

The third annual Mutt Strut starts at 9 a.m. and will include a .9 mile awareness walk and the first 100 dogs to arrive will receive a bag of treats from Bridges Barkery. There will also be a costume contest with a King and Queen of the Mutt Strut. There is also a chance to win best owner/dog duo.

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Participants of last years Mutt Strut. Photo provided by DVIS.

DVIS or Domestic Violence Intervention Services, Inc. has been serving Tulsa for 40 years.

“As we took crisis calls and spoke with survivors we noticed that fear for the lives of pets was a common barrier that prevented families from seeking safety at our shelter,” said Carissa Bratschun, director of communication and marketing for DVIS.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 71% of pet owners entering domestic violence shelters report that their batterer had threatened, injured or killed family pets. Additionally, it was found that 25% to 40% of domestic violence victims are unable to escape their abusers because they worry about what will happen to their pets should they leave.

DVIS was the first domestic violence shelter in Oklahoma to build kennels for dogs and cats.

“Before the kennels opened in July 2015, families would have to leave their pets behind or find other options to keep them safe,” Bratschun said. “We built the kennels to help our clients feel at home and to ensure pet safety was not a barrier to families seeking shelter with DVIS.”

The DVIS kennel can house up to two large dogs, three small dogs, three medium dogs and four cats. Pets staying with DVIS get shots, medicine and spay/neutering through spay Oklahoma. DVIS also provides food, bowls, leashes, collars, flea/tick medicine, toys, shampoo, blankets, cat litter, scoopers, litter boxes, etc.

Admission to the event is free with an in-kind donation to the kennel. Most needed items are: pet carriers; potty pads; pet first aid kits; flea and tick prevention; deworming medication.

Last year’s event filled two truck beds of in-kind donations for the kennels. “This year, we are going to have a moving truck and we hope to fill it to the brim!” Bratschun said.

You can register for the event at or call 918.508.2711.

- Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Labapalooza 2016 promises big fun

posted September 3rd, 2016 by
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It’s almost time for this year’s 16th annual Labapalooza event. The volunteers of Lab Rescue OK have been working hard and this year’s event promises to be tons of fun for the entire family.

This year’s festival will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10 at Guthrie Green . Multiple dog rescues will be on site as well as food trucks, live music, more than 30 vendors, a dog kissing booth, microchipping, contests, face painting and a silent auction with more than 100 items, including a pair of tickets to the OKC Thunder game against the Golden State Warriors and OU and OSU Yeti coolers.

Volunteer Andrea Dearinger says the adoption fees don’t cover the cost of what is spent caring for each dog taken in by Lab Rescue. The Labapalooza event each year is the group’s largest fundraiser and makes up the majority of the operating budget.

“[Lab Rescue] is completely run by volunteers. No one gets paid a dime,” Dearinger said. “Everyone is a volunteer and we rely on this event to keep saving dogs and educating.”

At any given time, Lab Rescue has about 40 dogs that are up for adoption and in need of forever homes. In 2015, the group adopted out 314 Labs.

“Every year, we just try to do a little bit better,” Dearinger said.

Like last year’s event, the green will be kept clear for people to set up chairs and blankets, the auction will take place under the covered pavilion. However, one change for this year, Dearinger said all music will be acoustic to make the event more comfortable for the animals.

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One of the booths at last year’s event. Above, a lab enjoys the water feature at Guthrie Green. Courtesy of Lab Rescue

“It’s really a great event,” Dearinger said. “The venue is fantastic!”

- Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]


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A girl has her face painted at last year’s event. Courtesy of Lab Rescue

Participating Rescues

Animal Aid of Tulsa

Big Dogs Huge Paws, Inc.

Boxer Rescue of Oklahoma

Chouteau Pound Pals

Compassionate Animal Rescue

Great Plains Mastiff Rescue

Heart and Soul Animal Rescue

Oklahoma Westie Rescue

Rainy Day Rescue

Route 66 Pet Rescue

Sapulpa Furry Friends

Sooner Golden Retriever

Live Music

Christine Jude Duo

Travis Kidd

Desi and Cody

Food Trucks


Chilly Willies

Lone Wolf Bahn Mi

Mr. Nice Guys

Not Your Grandma’s Cupcakes

PetsWell Pantry


Angel’s Pet Funeral Home & Crematory

Explorer Pipeline

L&M Plumbing

Palace Cafe

Treat Dreams

OK Veterinary Specialists

Wendy & Gentner Drummond

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]

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

- Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Botanic Garden offers two more dog nights

posted July 7th, 2016 by
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If you missed last month’s Dog Night at the Tulsa Botanic Garden, you still have two more opportunities to roam the garden with your best pal. Tonight and Aug. 4, the garden will be open late for dogs and their people to enjoy.

Between 5 and 8 p.m. enjoy a walk around the lake or in the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Floral Terraces, dogs are restricted from the Children’s Discovery Garden. Complimentary dog treats will be available as well as wading pools for pooches to cool off!

Dogs must be current on all vaccinations and registrations and controlled by a leash (no retractable leashes). One dog per person, please. To keep the Garden enjoyable for all, please plan to clean up after your pup.

Free for Garden members and member dogs; Regular admission applies ($8 for ages 13+, $4 for ages 3-12, and free for children 2 years and under); $4 per dog for non-members.  For more information, call 918-289-0330. For map/directions, visit

Bo, the Botanic Garden dog.

Bo, the Botanic Garden dog.

– Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

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