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Fact and fiction on the internet

posted June 25th, 2014 by
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If you are on any form of social media, you probably noticed a blog post about the dangers of giving dogs ice water that was shared by well-meaning dog lovers everywhere. And shortly after, a myriad of posts and articles debunking the first post were shared.

It always amazes me how quick people are to believe the things they read on the internet without verifying the information with another source. Scarier, is how quickly people are to share inaccurate info with their friends and continue the cycle.

I purposely have not included links to any of the above mentioned blogs or articles because I have no interest in further spreading that information. While the internet is great for finding surface level info, the best source of information regarding your furbaby’s health is their veterinarian.

Not sure if icewater is right for your dog? Wondering what that weird rash is on your dog’s belly? Need advice on getting your cat to stop peeing on your rug?

The internet, and social media especially, can be a great place to start gathering info, however a simple visit with your veterinarian will give you information tailored to your pet.

Along the same lines, I always cringe when I stumble upon pet websites formatted as ‘ask a veterinarian’. Inevitably, questions are asked that just can’t be answered without seeing the pet in person and the final response is usually take your animal to the vet.

Let’s leave the internet for the silly pet videos and use common sense when it comes to the health and wellbeing of our babies.

-Lauren Cavanolo, [email protected]

Police shoot dogs in Tulsa, Guthrie

posted June 11th, 2014 by
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In the past couple of weeks, Oklahoma has seen not one but two incidents of dogs shot by police.

The first took place in Guthrie on May 29 and, based on the family’s account of the shooting, was unwarranted.

According to the Fox25 story, a deputy approached the family’s yard and was asked not to enter. Cindy Wickham was watching her nephews at the time and says the deputy entered the yard despite her request. She just wasn’t certain of how the family’s dogs would react.

One of the two dogs in the yard approached the deputy and began sniffing him. This is when the deputy drew his gun and shot him in front of both young boys according to their aunt.

The Logan County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the incident. If the family’s account is accurate, what happened is disgusting. From what was described, the dog was acting, as most dogs would, protectively of his family and home. The deputy was also asked not to enter and did so without permission.

The second shooting took place Monday afternoon in Tulsa. A Tulsa World article details two dogs running loose in a neighborhood, chasing residents and acting aggressively.

It’s unclear whether these were strays or had an owner, but in either case it seems these animals needed to be secured for the safety of the neighborhood.

Also unclear is why these animals could not have been secured and taken to Tulsa Animal Welfare where they could have been humanely euthanized if that was what was deemed necessary. I’m not sure I want officers gunning down dogs in my neighborhood anymore than I want aggressive dogs on the loose.

A recent AP article notes that most shootings by police officers involve animals, usually dogs. A group of experts says that can change thanks to a new video series.

“There will be times when police need to defend themselves because they are being attacked by a dog and don’t have a choice, but that is the minority of cases,” said Brian Kilcommons, a Southbury, Connecticut, dog behaviorist and trainer. He is featured in the five-part series that teaches officers to detect the warning signs of an aggressive dog and how to avoid using lethal force.

Sounds like something Oklahoma police departments need to look into ASAP.

– Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Bark in the Park tonight

posted April 16th, 2014 by
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The Tulsa Driller’s first Bark in the Park of the season is tonight. Will your pooch be there?

Pamela Reed’s French Bulldog Bella Rose will be there sporting her custom Driller’s tutu. Bella Rose is a therapy dog and will be at the Glad Wags table. You can learn more about Glad Wags here.

Get more info about Bark in the Park and Driller’s tickets here.bellarosedrillers

Send pictures of your dog enjoying a night at the ball game to [email protected]

-Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

 

Snake bite season is here

posted April 10th, 2014 by
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The weather is warming up and pets and people alike are enjoying the fresh air and sunshine. Keep in mind as your pets spend more time outside that April is the beginning of snake bite season.

Though most snake bites are reported at the end of summer, typical spring cleaning in the yard such as clearing leaves and underbrush can unintentionally disturb venomous snakes that come out as early as April.

Copperheads, rattlesnakes and water moccasins (cottonmouth) are the most common venomous snakes in the Tulsa area. For more information on how to identify these snakes, click here.

If you suspect your animal has been bitten by a snake, seek care immediately at an emergency facility which is more likely to keep antivenin in stock than a general practice vet.

Tourniquets are not advised. Some vets suggest using Benadryl or other antihistamine depending on the type of antivenin that will be administered. The best bet is to call ahead to the facility you plan to transport to and find out what they recommend.

Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Disaster prep should include pets

posted April 2nd, 2014 by
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We are just barely into spring, and already the potential for severe weather has presented itself.

Most Oklahoma families have disaster plans for emergencies, especially tornadoes, but does your plan include your pets?

If not, take a few minutes to look over some of these disaster prep ideas by the Humane Society. They include disaster planning for pets, horses, farm animals, tornadoes and everyday emergencies.

Some of the most important points to remember:

• If it isn’t safe for you to be outside, it isn’t safe for your pet to be outside.

• Make sure all of your pets are microchipped, wearing ID tags or both. And make sure the info is current.

• Keep pet food and extra water, along with leashes, first aid supplies and any medications your pets need in your storm shelter or safe room.

• Have current photos of all of your pets on your phone, just in case.

- Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

 

Bark in the Park dates announced

posted March 30th, 2014 by
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Pic 1Spring is here and that means baseball, hot dogs (the yummy kind and the sweaty canine kind) and the best combo of all three: Bark in the Park!

The Tulsa Drillers have announced the dates for this season’s Wednesday night Bark in the Park events, sponsored by Animal Aid of Tulsa and City Vet Hospital.

On any of the following nights, take in a ball game with your pooch and enter giveaways from area veterinarians, groomers, boarders and adoption agencies.

April 16

June 11

June 25

July 9

July 30

August 13

August 27

Some items to take note of before you head out to the ballpark:

Dogs may only enter through the Arvest and Oil Derrick entrances.

Owners must provide proof of current rabies vaccinations (tags or paperwork will do).

Dogs may not enter the seating bowl.

Dogs may sit in the Budweiser Terrace or Primeaux Kia Lawn with apporpriate ticket.

Dogs must be on a leash at all times.

Visit tulsadrillers.com for tickets and more information. Planning to take your dog to Bark in the Park? Send your pictures to [email protected], subject line Bark in the Park, to be used for a future blog.

-Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

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