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Botanic Garden Dog Night is back

posted April 5th, 2017 by
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If you have not yet made the trek about 8 miles north of downtown to see the amazing sights at the Tulsa Botanic Garden, this is the perfect opportunity for any dog lover.

Thursday, April 6, will kick off the first dog night of the season at the Tulsa Botanic Garden, 3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive.

From 5-8 p.m., leashed dogs are welcome to explore the gardens with their owners. Dog Night

The Tulsa SPCA‘s mobile adoption unit will be on site with adoptable animals. PetsWell Pantry will be passing out samples of fresh, organic dog food and treats.

Dog Night will take place 5-8 p.m. the first Thursday of the month through August. Dogs must also be up to date on vaccinations and registration and only one dog per person. Please plan to clean up after your dog while visiting the gardens.

The event is free for Garden members and their dogs; Admission is $8 for ages 13+; $4 for ages 3-12; $4 per dog for non-members.

For those who attend be, sure to snap a pic of your pooch and send it to me at [email protected] for use in a future post.

-Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]


Chiropractic care beneficial for pets

posted February 21st, 2017 by
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Holistic healthcare for our families, both human and furry members, continues to gain popularity. If you haven’t had a chance to read about Dr. Corinna Tressler and her work with acupuncture, be sure to pick up the January/February issue of Tulsa Pets Magazine or read it online.

Also falling under the umbrella of holistic healthcare is chiropractic care, an Eastern medicine approach that deals primarily with the mechanics of the spine and associated joints. Exams include adjustments or a short, controlled thrust by hand directed at a joint to improve function and motion.

Dr. Willa Weisel, DC, CAC,bonnie_dr_duree_shoulder_adj_236x300 is a doctor of chiropractic care who is also certified in animal chiropractic through the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. Her practice, American Chiropractic Clinic, is located in Shawnee but she makes monthly visits to Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Norman.

Many pet owners who seek chiropractic care for their animals do so because of an injury.

“If you have a dog or a cat, you know they have a tendency to be very active and to jump on and off of things. And that very thing is what can be the start of repetitive stressor that leads to a real significant disability for them,” Weisel said. “It’s almost always the case that I don’t see that dog or cat or horse until the problem is so big that it is really disabling for the animal.”

Weisel is also involved with a variety of canine sports and will attend agility trials and other events to adjust dogs that become injured on the spot.

“If you have a dog that is involved with sports, agility, fly ball, discs, those types of things, they are athletes just like you and I are athletes if we are out playing volleyball or running track,” Weisel added. “So they need to get checked. They are going to have problems just from the repetitive stress exerting themselves in a physical nature like that.”

While chiropractic does not replace traditional veterinary care, it does offer a drug-free and noninvasive approach that can be used preventatively as a wellness tool in addition to treatment for existing problems.

“It should be a wellness treatment, a supportive treatment,” Weisel said. “We all have bumps and grinds, everyday.”

Though Weisel began her career focusing on chiropractic for people, her first animal adjustment happened by chance in 1988. A client who wanted her to adjust a foal born with an S-curve in its back approached Weisel and she agreed to take a look at the horse and give it a try.

“I went out there and this little horse was really cute. She couldn’t go backwards and she couldn’t go to the right and so she had kind of adapted to that,” Weisel recalled. “She had taken the horse several places and they had all advised her to euthanize the horse and she just couldn’t bring herself to do it. This little horse was not thriving though. She had diarrhea and she wasn’t processing food. I made one simple adjustment on her pelvis and it was so interesting … I can still see this blonde little horse, she turned around and she touched her nose right on her butt to the right and then she galloped off to the right and kicked her heels up and came back around.”

From that moment on, Weisel knew she would pursue expanding her practice to animals. Shortly after becoming certified through the AVCA, Weisel moved to Oklahoma and opened her practice in Shawnee in 2006.

In addition to the cats and dogs that visit her in the office, Weisel has had the chance to work with goats, sheep, a rabbit, a duck and even a llama.

“I was very much interested in pursuing that part of my practice and it has just grown and I love it,” Weisel said.

Weisel books appointments in Oklahoma City the first Saturday of the month, in Tulsa the third Saturday of the month and in Norman the second Tuesday of the month. To make an appointment, call 405-275-6363. You can learn more about Weisel and her clinic at or follow her Facebook page.

- Lauren Cavagnolo, l[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.

Mutt Strut

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]

A tribute to our beloved pets

posted January 12th, 2016 by
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It is with great sadness that my family has started the year without one of our very beloved pets. Yoda’s heart tumor finally won after it was discovered three-and-a-half years ago.

I know our family is not the first to lose a much loved pet and we will not be the last.

So, in honor of the ‘million dollar’ dog who kept me up at night with his snoring, tripped me multiple times a day because he was always by my side and could clear a room with his… smell, I would like you all to send me photos of your beloved pets, past and present.

For each photo I receive, I will donate $1 (up to $100) to Tulsa Animal Welfare for the homeless animals who are not yet cherished by a family of their own.

Send your photos to [email protected] with the subject line Beloved Pet by the end of January.

I know there are at least 100 loved family pets in Tulsa! I will post a slide show of all our furry babies in early February.1916504_10103658905470997_7201968368225862456_n

-- Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Are you doing one of these don’ts?

posted July 28th, 2014 by
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A light bulb recently clicked for me while reading an article called “11 things humans do that dogs hate.” An interesting read, not all of it will ring true for every dog and owner. But one small graph jumped out at me:

“Tension on the leash isn’t the only way a dog can pick up how you’re feeling. You can tell when a person you’re around is feeling tense, even if you don’t realize it. Dogs have the same ability. The more stressed and wound-up you are, the more stressed and wound-up your dog is. And dogs, just like us, don’t like that feeling. You might roll your eyes, but the next time your dog is acting frustrated and tense, check in with yourself — have you been feeling that way for the last few minutes, for the last few hours, or the last few days? Your dog might just be acting as your mirror. If you need a reason to meditate, helping your dog calm down is a great one.”

Aha! With a two going on thirteen-year-old little girl and a recently crawling little boy in the house, my stress level has increased just a tad. And maybe my patience has been waning just a bit. My two sweet boys and even my kitties have been a little more skittish and less than friendly with me lately.

The concept isn’t new to me, of course, and I’m sure it isn’t news to many of you reading this, either. I learned long ago from my childhood pets just how intuitive and sensitive animals can be.

But sometimes when you are in the middle of a stressful situation, it can be easy to focus on yourself and your feelings, forgetting how  others around you are also impacted, furry ones included.

I will be making an effort in the coming days to bring the stress level down for all of the beings in the house, starting with a little yoga.

-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]

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