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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]

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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Cattios, a perfect compromise

posted February 19th, 2014 by
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My dogs and I have been taking advantage of the early spring-like weather we have had recently. Hopefully, it won’t get too cold again before the real spring weather arrives.

Trying to be nice, I opened quite a few windows for my cats. They are strictly indoor cats and they love sitting in open windows. Although, watching them sit inside while we were all playing outside felt a little mean. Like we were taunting them with what they can’t have — the freedom to run and play outside.

I know several people who have built what is essentially a cat run for their feline companions and it seems like the perfect compromise to keeping your animal safe while allowing them the chance to be outside.

So I have decided a ‘cattio’ is going to be my big project this spring. I have been searching Pinterest for all of the best ideas and there are a ton.

I can’t wait to get started and I know my cats are going to love me for it. I’m sure there are some who might think it’s a little over the top to go to such trouble for a pet’s happiness, but most of my friends already know I’m a crazy cat lady at heart.

So now it’s your turn to share, what have you done for your pet that others mind find a little extreme? Share in the comments below.

-Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Watch out for those pads!

posted March 28th, 2013 by
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Of my two dogs, I have one who is always managing to get into things he shouldn’t.

The other night, when I let Spock and Yoda inside from a romp in the yard, I noticed some bloody paw prints on the kitchen floor.

They were both running around, so it was hard to tell who was bleeding. After investigating all the paws, I found a pretty deep slice in the pad of Spock’s back right paw.

I managed to stop the bleeding, clean it out and did my best to keep him from licking it.

A scratch on the pad is no fun, but typically not a huge deal. But this was no scratch — it was deep and my gut was telling me to take him to the vet.

So the next morning we made our way to the vet.

After glancing over his file, the doctor asked me “Wasn’t he just here for stitches in his paw?” Like I said, this dog is always getting into stuff.

And again, he needed stitches. My gut was right.

He’ll be just fine, but who wants to make a trip to the vet for something like that?

So as it (hopefully!) starts to warm up in the next week or so, here is your friendly reminder from Spock and me to watch out for those pads.

As you begin your spring cleaning, make sure to do a once over on your backyard for any sharp objects that don’t belong.

- Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]