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The Ice House & Saints Pub

posted March 17th, 2014 by
Ween Pic 2

Ween Pic 2Now that spring is well, springing, we’re back out on the scene! Mom and Pops both had today off from work. That seemed like good enough reason to drink during the day, so off we went.

We had been wanting to try The Ice House, 101 Ron Norick Blvd., for a while. I mean, it is a burger stand in a park. This joint features burgers inspired by the semi-famous Nic’s Grill.

Let’s start with the good: plenty of patio seating, food was adequate, AND they have a “bag of bones” READ MORE…

7th Annual ACVO® National Service Animal Eye Exam Event

posted March 16th, 2014 by
AVCO

AVCO 1MERIDIAN, Idaho (Mar 16, 2014) – Service animals including: Guide, handicapped assistance, detection, military, search and rescue, and registered therapy animals, selflessly serve the public. To honor these animals and their work, the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) is launching the 7th Annual ACVO® National Service Animal Eye Exam Event throughout the month of May. More than 250 board certified veterinary ophthalmologists throughout the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico will donate their time and resources to provide free eye exam screenings to thousands of eligible service animals. Registration for service animal owners and handlers runs from April 1 – 30 at www.ACVOeyeexam.org.

Since the program’s launch in 2008, nearly 22,000 service animals have been examined. In addition to dogs, other service animals including horses and even a service donkey named Henry have received free sight-saving exams.

“Early detection and treatment are vital to these working animals,” Stacee Daniel, executive director of ACVO, said. “Our hope is that by checking their vision early and often, we will be able to help a large number of service animals better assist their human friends.”

Ben is a black American Field Labrador who can climb a three-story ladder, unassisted. Ben’s eyesight is vital to his job.  He is a search and rescue dog from Ventura, Calif. that can be called upon at any time to rescue someone who is alive, during a disaster. Ben’s handler, Eric Darling, has brought Ben to participate in the ACVO National Service Animal Eye Exam Event for three years in a row. “Catching something early is huge!” Darling said. “This event ensures that we have the opportunity to get this exam done, with no excuses.”

The event is sponsored by ACVO and generous industry sponsors. Other non-profit supporters that endorse the event include the American Veterinary Medical Association, most state veterinary medical associations in the U.S. and Canada, the American Society of Veterinary Medical Association Executives, and other national service animal organizations.

HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE 2014 EVENT:

To qualify, animals must be “active working animals” that were certified by a formal training program or organization, or are currently enrolled in a formal training program. The certifying organization could be national, regional or local in nature. Owners/agents for the animal(s) must FIRST register the animal via an online registration form beginning April 1 at www.ACVOeyeexam.org. Registration ends April 30. Once registered online, the owner/agent will receive a registration number and will be allowed access to a list of participating ophthalmologists in their area. Then, they may contact a specialist to schedule an appointment, which will take place during the month of May. Times may vary depending on the facility and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dr. Robert M. Gwin

Animal Eye Clinic    Oklahoma City, OK  73120

405-751-3821  or  800-256-6454

http://www.eyeclinicok.com/

About the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists®

The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists® (ACVO) is an approved veterinary specialty organization of the American Board of Veterinary Specialties, and is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association.  Its mission is “to advance the quality of veterinary medicine through certification of veterinarians who demonstrate excellence as specialists in veterinary ophthalmology.” To become board certified, a candidate must complete a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, a one-year internship, a three-year approved residency and pass a series of credentials and examinations. For more information, please visit www.acvo.org.

Cat holds family hostage

posted March 16th, 2014 by
This photo provided by Lee Palmer shows Lux, a 22-pound Himalayan cat that attacked a seven-month old baby. Portland police had to be called in to subdue the 22-pound  house cat that trapped its owners inside their bedroom after attacking their baby. The baby was not injured in the Sunday, March 9, 2014, incident. (AP Photo/Lee Palmer)

When the following headline popped up in my newsfeed on Facebook, I had to click it: “22-pound pet cat holds family hostage until police arrive“.

As the momma of both a 22-pound cat and a seven-month-old baby, this article makes me shake my head. No, no one was seriously injured and yes, I do find it somewhat absurd that two grown adults needed to call 911 for help with their cat…

But what really bothered me about the story was that it would appear that an infant’s interaction with a family pet wasn’t very well supervised. And on top of that, the parent’s reaction once the interaction went poorly was to kick the family pet. Yikes!

No wonder Lux held his family hostage!

In all seriousness, our pets and children cannot learn how to treat each with other without parental guidance and example. If you kick your pet, so will your kid. And pets can’t be held responsible for their animal reactions when they are allowed to be mishandled and mistreated.

While the story has spread on the internet as somewhat of a joke, there is a serious lesson to take from it. For a great resource on pet and child safety, visit familypaws.com.

-Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

New radio program focuses on pet health

posted March 15th, 2014 by
OSU

A new weekly short radio series will focus on animal health. OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, KOSU and the Kirkpatrick Foundation have partnered to create Vet Met Moment which airs Wednesdays at 1:20 p.m. and Sundays at 6:40 a.m. on Uniquely Oklahoma KOSU, 91.7 in Oklahoma City, 88.3 in Stillwater, 107.5 in Tulsa and KOSU.org.

“Public radio listeners love their pets and they love to be informed,” said Kelly Burley, KOSU Director.  “This program will be a great way for Uniquely Oklahoma KOSU to bring these two things together.”

According to the press release:

The launch of the program comes at a time when pet ownership continues to climb.  The American Pet Products Association estimates the population of pets includes 95 million cats and 83 million dogs in homes nationwide.  According to its 2013-14 annual survey, 68 percent of households own a pet, up from 56 percent in 1988, the year of its first survey.   As the pet-as-family member bond grows, so does the need for information about how to keep pets safe and healthy.  

“Our goal is to engage the audience around the powerful bond between animals and humans,” said Dr. Lesa Staubus, Clinical Assistant Professor in the center’s Veterinary Medical Hospital and host of the program. “Each week, we’ll touch on a subject that is important to animal health and hope to give listeners information that will promote excellent animal care.”

-Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

March / April 2014 OKC Pets Magazine

posted March 14th, 2014 by
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Have you heard of the Yellow Dog Project?

posted January 6th, 2014 by
Yellow Dog Project

I had not heard of the Yellow Dog Project until a friend shared this link on Facebook the other day. As a parent of both pets and kids, I found the idea exciting.

Basically, a yellow ribbon tied on a leash signifies that the dog should be approached with caution. This could be for any number of reasons: the dog may be highly excitable, anxious or nervous, a working dog, etc.

Before I had kids, I was always concerned by the number of children who would seemingly appear out of nowhere to pet and play with my dogs while we were out walking. Thankfully, my dogs are very kid friendly. But what if they weren’t?

And now that I have kids of my own, I understand just how impulsive they can be and how helpful a simple visual cue could be.

Now that I know about this project, I plan to teach my kids about dogs with yellow ribbons and promise to use a yellow ribbon if my dog ever needs one. Let’s spread the word on this great idea and keep our dogs and kids safe and happy.

You can learn more about the Yellow Dog Project at its Facebook page here.

– Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]