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Pet-Vet Supply

posted March 24th, 2019 by
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The Evolution of Pet-Vet Supply

36 years of service to the OKC pet community

 

By Heide Brandes

 

Thirty-six years ago, a tiny large-animal supply store opened in Midwest City. What started out as a store catering to owners of horses, cattle and other livestock quickly turned into the largest locally-owned pet and veterinary supply store in the state. Now with more than three decades of loyal customers and an ever-expanding menu of services, Pet-Vet Supply in Midwest City just keeps on growing.

 

Beyond its duties as a retail pet store, pet grooming salon and veterinary practice, Pet-Vet Supply is also a champion for animal rescue and adoption as well.

 

“We started off as large animal retail and kind of morphed into a small animal, dog and cat retail,” said Manager Becky Keupen. “We got our customer base up with that, and then people started asking for vet services, vaccinations and things like that, so we added the clinic.”

 

The evolution of Pet-Vet Supply reads like an almanac of growth. In 1983, it opened as Midwest Farm and Home Supply, which doubled its square footage in 1987. The company changed the name to Pet-Vet Supply and began focusing on small animals in 1991, moving to its present location at 1215 E. Lockheed Drive in Midwest City.

 

By 2002, the Pet-Vet Animal Clinic opened, and the practice expanded its vet services by hiring Kim Mudroch, DVM, in 2004. Once again, Pet-Vet Supply expanded its services by opening the Pet-Vet Grooming Salon in 2009 and adding a second veterinarian, Dr. Denise Fruitt, in 2010. In 2017, training classes were being offered at Pet-Vet.

 

“People come mostly from the Oklahoma City metro area, but we have customers who come from all over,” said Keupen. “We do special shot clinics twice a year and offer half-price vaccinations. When that happens, we get people in from Tulsa and Lawton and from all over.”

 

In addition to pet food, toys and other pet-centric items, Pet-Vet Supply’s most popular draw is the “treat bar,” where customers and their canines can pick and choose from a multitude of treats ranging from biscuits to pigs’ ears.

 

“We added that treat bar about a year and a half ago. It offers a variety of treats that people can pick and choose from, and that’s gone really well,” said Keupen.

 

But a big part of Pet-Vet Supply’s mission is helping animal rescues in the area. The store partners with Underdogs Rescue, the Heartland Husky Rescue and the Animal Rescue Center of Shawnee. Heartland Husky Rescue Foundation is a foster-based rescue group that helps rescue, adopt, save, vet and network Huskies, Malamutes and other Northern Breed dogs in Oklahoma, particularly in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and surrounding areas.

 

The Animal Rescue Center of Shawnee works with the Shawnee Animal Shelter, which is a kill shelter, to adopt out as many pets as possible. The Underdogs Rescue in Choctaw takes in and adopts out “the underdogs of our society, the animals that nobody else wants who would have a slim to zero chance of being adopted at a shelter.”

 

“We have adoption events once a month for them, and while they’re here, all of the proceeds of our toys and treat sales go back to that rescue,” said Keupen. “I think the adoption events bring a lot of awareness. Some of the rescues don’t adopt the day of the event because people need to fill out an application and have a home-check done. So, sometimes we don’t have a lot of adoptions that happen on that day, but the organizations make a lot of contacts and raise a lot of awareness.”

 

Pet-Vet Supply also offers “yappy hour,” which features half-price goodies from the treat bar as well as two big sale events in June and December.

 

“June is our anniversary sale, and this year we’ll celebrate our 36th year. In December, we do a customer appreciation sale,” said Keupen. “In 2019, we’d like to get our training classes really going and expand our boarding capabilities. We’d like to offer more services for existing and new customers and more specialized services, like our allergy testing.”

 

Going up against national retail pet stores is always a challenge, but according to Keupen, the personalized service is what keeps Pet-Vet Supply customers so loyal.

 

“When everyone walks in the door, we just don’t ask them what we can help with. We ask specific questions to help them. And we know everyone’s name—or at least their pets’ names,” she said. “We just try to offer more services to those customers that come in and make it really personal.”

 

For more information on Pet-Vet Supply, call (405) 733-4648 or visit http://pet-vetsupply.com.

OKC Loves Its Pets

posted March 18th, 2019 by
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OKC Loves Its Pets

OKC loves its pets—a fact that’s evident even in the business community.

 

So, we’ve rounded up a list of some of our favorite pet-friendly businesses, from restaurants with patios that welcome pets to those that help memorialize them when they’re gone. Whether you want to delight Fido with a downtown dinner date or simply want to patronize a business that professes to love pets as much as you do, we’ve got you covered!

 

 

Café do Brasil

Café do Brasil “is a place to savor authentic and scrumptious regional dishes and stellar caipirinhas” in the heart of midtown OKC. Chef and owner Ana Davis wanted to create a restaurant that tasted and felt like Brasil: “colorful, happy and loud in many ways.” So, she packed the menu with the foods that reminded her of her home country and would give everyone the same experience.

 

OKC immediately discovered a love for the Brazilian fare. The restaurant’s record speaks for itself. It has been chosen as the “Best Latin Restaurant of OKC” from 2009- 2016, Best Brunch in Town, Best Patio and Best Roof Top Bar.

Pets give it rave reviews, too, as they are allowed to enjoy the colorful atmosphere on the pet-friendly patio while their human companions dine.

 

Coolgreens

At Coolgreens, their mission is to fuel healthy communities with fresh and natural food through a chef-inspired menu of signature salads, wraps, bowls, flatbreads and more. New quinoa bowls, sandwiches and flatbreads have recently been added to the menu. But they are committed to providing “even more” than just a high quality, fresh dining experience.

 

The eatery is dedicated to making the markets they serve better places to live. Part of furthering that mission is their pet-friendly patios for customers whose pets are more like children. Ashley Castle, general manager at Nichols Hills—who refers to her own German Shepherd, Elvis, as her “fur child”—says the location has quite a few regulars with pets. And for those customers, the beautiful patio features a pet station with water and treats, so all members of the family can enjoy their meal outdoors.

 

Earl’s Rib Palace

At Earl’s Rib Palace Bricktown, their passion is, and always will be, to create BBQ and a welcoming destination for anyone wanting affordable, authentic BBQ. Any with the warmer temps of spring, you can enjoy it all on the shaded pet-friendly patio with scenic river views.

 

General Manager Leslie Curtis says there’s water available on the patio and special treats behind the counter just for four-legged visitors. “So, bring the whole family out and enjoy some delicious, slow smoked Oklahoma BBQ.”

 

Heavenly Glass

Shari Booth says she began to dream in glass after taking her first glass blowing class in 2009. Now a glass artist and the owner operator of Heavenly Glass OKC, she creates unique memorials of molten glass fused around cremation ashes, causing them to reflect light and sparkle while suspended next to a favorite color. Each memorial is handmade at Blue Sage Studios in downtown OKC.

 

“Heavenly Glass is now very pet friendly because it is conveniently available through all OKC pet cremation centers and all OKC vet clinics,” she says. “Pets are important to all of us because they teach us to love unconditionally, remind us how important we are and bring us much needed comfort. I respect how difficult it is to face the reality of loss. There are few thoughts more comforting to me than imagining our protective family Boxer and crazy family cat with my son in heaven.”

Shari says her current pets include a black German Shepherd and two Russian Blues who she often bribes with treats to pose for pictures.

 

Herban Mother

Mary and Hector Najar discovered the benefits of CBD oil when they started their 10-year-old pooch, Skipper, on it due to tumor growths all over her body. Today, she is still alive and living pain free.

“We love our furry friends,” Mary says. That’s why they help other pets now through their store Herban Mother, where they sell CBD products.

“We have pet treats and oral tinctures for smaller pets like dogs, cats, etc., and we have topical balms that may help with pain and inflammation and equi-pelletes for larger animals like horses and cows,” says Mary.

 

Janice Winchester, Realtor, Churchill Brown

As a realtor with Churchill Brown and a pet lover herself, Janice Winchester knows how important pets are to life, and she considers their importance when helping families find their perfect homes.

 

“In my own life and [in real estate], I see how our lives wrap around and include our furry family, how our homes are adapted to include our pets, and without a doubt, they become part of our family,” she says. “They are so important to all families; they know when we need them, they are so astute to know our pain, when we’re sick, they never leave our side. They love us unconditionally, and we are their whole world.”

 

McIntyre Law

“At McIntyre Law, we all love dogs” says Attorney Jordan Klingler of McIntyre Law P.C. Owner Noble McIntyre allows employees to bring their pets to work if needed or on occasions just to visit. “So, we are happy when clients drop in with pets or when we bring our own. Pets are family and a huge part of our lives and our clients’ lives.”

 

Many of the employees have pets of their own. McIntyre has a stray he took in 10 years ago with the intention of taking it to the shelter after the weekend, but the family fell in love with him and decided to keep him, Klingler explains. “Everyone said he was ‘lucky,’ so that became his name. His daughters also have a 1-year-old Corgi.  Lucky didn’t like Milo [the Corgi] much at first, but they are becoming friends.”

 

 

Wyndam Place Senior Residences

At Wyndam Place Senior Residences, they know pets are important to their residents, which is why small animals, 20 pounds and under, are allowed. “Many of our residents live alone since they are 62 or older,” says Property Manager Diane Hayes. “And their animals provide much needed companionship.” Not only is Wyndam Place pet friendly, but they also provide activities to further give residents a social connection.

 

Hayes says she has two small breed dogs of her own. “We have two miniature Dachshunds. Finnegan ‘Finn’ is 5, and Jack is 1. Finnegan came to me from the Humane Society after he had been attacked by a racoon, and his previous owners didn’t come pick him up from the shelter. Woohoo for me! He is one amazing little guy. And Jack came from my daughter after they became very busy with life and felt like he needed more attention. Boy, does he get it now!”

Successful Working Dogs

posted March 5th, 2019 by
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Successful Working Dogs

Select, Train and Use Service and Therapy Dogs

 

Noted OkSelect Train and Uselahoma dog trainer Barbara Lewis has authored a new book to provide guidance on the selection, training and use of service and therapy dogs. Lewis, the chief executive officer of Norman-based non-profit A New Leash on Life, combines her extensive background in dog training with her practical experience placing service and therapy dogs to develop this fully illustrated guidebook.

Entitled Successful Working Dogs, the book provides positive-motivation training techniques for basic manners and specific tasks expected of working dogs. In addition to training techniques for these animals, the work provides information on how to evaluate both the suitability of a working dog and the suitability of the dog’s client.

“With her usual kind tactfulness and yet real-world experience, Barbara discusses subjects with the business of producing an excellent service dog,” says nationally-renowned trainer and author Brenda Aloff, who operates Heaven on Arf Training Center in Midland, Michigan. “Whether you are training service dogs or interested in getting a dog, this book will educate you about the ins and outs of starting on this journey.”

Beyond training and selection of service dogs, the book intends to provide working dog owners, clients and trainers a better understanding of the capabilities, needs and limitations of these animals.

The last twenty years have seen an explosion of uses for working dogs. Service dogs are now asked to perform a variety of tasks for people with disabilities. And therapy dogs—once largely seen only at nursing homes—are now used for emotional support and motivation in schools, libraries, courts, universities, hospitals, churches and employee lounges.

The book is planned for release on April 1. For more information about this book or its author, contact Barbara Lewis by email at: [email protected], or by phone at: (405) 224-7715.

Your Pet’s Golden Years

posted February 22nd, 2019 by
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Golden Years

How to Take Care of Your Pet 
in Their Golden Years

by Nick Burton 

Golden Years

Pets can now enjoy longer lives than ever before. Much of their longevity is because of better diets, modern medicine, and improved veterinary care. However, this doesn’t mean that your pet will live a long and happy life all on their own; it takes special care and attention on part of the owner to give them a chance at long-lasting health and well-being. This is particularly true when your pet has reached their golden years. If you have a senior pet, here are some important tips for taking care of them and, possibly, extending their life.

 

Dietary Habits

 

The food and nutrition your pet needs in their later years will change. Healthier snacks (such as apple slices, mini carrots, and other fruits and veggies), lower calorie food, and an increase in omega-3s are common adjustments for senior pets. Also, many pets need antioxidants and joint supplements added to their diet as they age. Each pet is unique, so be sure to consult your veterinarian before radically changing your pet’s diet.

 

Another supplement that can be beneficial for your older pet is CBD oil. This oil can help ease joint inflammation and pain, skin problems, and mental health issues. If you want your pet to thrive in their golden years, check out Remedy Review’s guide to see the top 10 CBD oils of 2019. As with their diet, don’t give your pet a new treatment without consulting your veterinarian.

 

Veterinary Care

 

You’re probably used to annual visits to the vet, but you’ll need to bump that up to twice a year for your senior pet. Medical issues come more often for older pets, and going to the vet every six months will help you stay on top of their health. You can expect appointments to be similar to when your pet was younger, except there will probably be more bloodwork and other tests.

 

Physical Activity

 

Exercise is also vital for your pet’s health, as it helps them to maintain their mobility and keep their weight under control. You still want to get your pet physical activity when they’re older, but you will need to watch them more closely and modify when necessary. For instance, instead of playing fetch in the backyard for 45 minutes, it may be safer to take your aging pet on a walk in the neighborhood for 30 minutes. However, it’s important to not overexert your pet.

 

Managing Parasites

 

Parasites tend to affect senior pets more frequently than younger animals. This is because their immune system becomes weaker over time, which opens them up to health concerns from fleas, ticks, and worms. Fortunately, there are numerous options to prevent parasitic diseases, so ask your vet what the best path is for your pet.

 

Home Modifications

 

Just like with people, home modifications are often necessary for aging pets. For instance, since mobility and joint issues are common among senior pets, it’s sometimes best to keep their living space (bed, food, and water, etc.) downstairs; that way they won’t have to move up and down stairs every day. Here are some other modifications to consider for your senior pet.

 

  • Purchasing a portable ramp (for arthritic pets)
  • Purchasing an orthopedic bed
  • Putting in slip-resistant mats throughout the home
  • Installing a doggy door for easy access to potty outside

 

You can make changes to your pet’s life that will help them thrive in their golden years. Remember to ask your veterinarian for any dietary improvements that can be made, and look into whether CBD oil would be beneficial. Start taking your pet to the vet twice a year, and be sure to monitor their exercise. Finally, take preventative measures for parasitic health issues, and make the necessary home modifications for your pet to live comfortably and happy.

 

Photo Credit: Pexels

Therapy Dog Encourages Learning

posted May 23rd, 2017 by
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Therapy Dog

Therapy Dog Encourages Learning

at Oklahoma School for the Deaf

SULPHUR, Okla. – When Jasmine, the therapy dog, arrived at the Oklahoma School for the Deaf, the students naturally knew what to do. 

They loved her.

Therapy Dog


Jasmine, Oklahoma School for the Deaf’s new therapy dog, is surrounded by fourth grade admirers.

Jasmine and her adult humans, however, still had a few things to learn.

A Labrador-mix breed, Jasmine had been adopted and returned twice to P.A.W.S. animal shelter in Ada, through no fault of her own.

A New Leash on Life, Inc. in Norman selected her to attend 10-weeks of obedience training through their Pen Pals Prison Program at CCA-Davis Correctional Facility in Holdenville. 

“We look for dogs that are easy-going, laid back and not bothered by a lot of things for placement as therapy dogs,” Barbara Lewis, A New Leash on Life executive director, explained. “They are homeless dogs, so we try very hard to match them with a working opportunity when they graduate.” 

Oklahoma School for the Deaf Counselor Gayla Jackson and Librarian Lesa Price were approved for a therapy dog in time for the prison trainer to teach basic sign language hand signals for the commands sit, stay and come. 

When Jasmine first arrived, the students gave her a sign name. But she did not want to go upstairs at the school. A New Leash on Life trainers came to OSD to help their therapy dog adjust. After coaxing by a favorite student and a few cheeseburgers, her phobia came to an end. 

“She’s a good therapy dog and a good home dog,” Jackson explained. “Once she got here, I was determined to keep her, whether she worked out as a therapy dog or not.”

Jasmine lives with Jackson after work, on the weekends and vacation breaks. The dog keeps a watchful eye on Jackson most of the time. 

Price, who shares handling responsibilities, takes care of Jasmine in the school library when Jackson is not available during school hours.

“Jasmine calms students down and opens them up – makes them feel comfortable – and she loves coming to work,” she said. “Once she goes past the guard shack, she knows she’s here.”

During the interview, Jasmine happily cuddles with students and then lies down with sigh after the lunch light flashes.

“It’s a great idea to have a therapy dog at the School for the Deaf,” Lewis agreed. “Children and even adults feel more comfortable with dogs as a companion than they do with other people. I think it’s because they are not judgmental and seem to relate to people emotionally.”   

At first, Jackson worried that her two Boston Terriers, who lack formal training, might be a bad influence. 

“The trainer said that it doesn’t work like that,” Jackson explained. “Thank goodness.”

Training continues for Jasmine and Jackson. They are currently enrolled in an obedience class at Canine Sports Academy in Norman soon to be followed with a class to prepare them to take the Canine Good Citizen test. After that, it’s more testing so Jasmine can become certified by Therapy Dog International. 

“I want the kids and adults to know that she actually passed her certification test, and there is nothing to worry about,” Jackson said. “Plus, the trainer is going to work on tricks with her, so the kids can be more engaged with what she does and she can become less attached to me.”

“This summer, I plan to bring her to summer camp, and I’ll probably take her to nursing homes to keep her working until school starts up in the fall,” Jackson said. “She loves working. She loves people. We’ve got this.” 

As the statewide resource center on deafness, OSD offers the ultimate learning environment for deaf and hard of hearing students who meet the same graduation requirements as students in other public schools. In 2016, 240 students lived at the school during the week, commuted from home or attended summer school classes. OSD operates two satellite preschools at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond and the University of Arts and Sciences of Oklahoma in Chickasha. As the statewide resource center for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, OSD provides thousands of free evaluations and direct services each year for students attending local public schools, their families and educators. The school is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

For more information, phone (580) 622-4900 or (888) 685-3333 toll free or visit the website at www.osd.k12.ok.us/.

Shoes & Boots for Dogs…Really!

posted December 12th, 2016 by
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Will Tottle

Fashion Tips for Your Trusted Friend

– Shoes & Boots for Dogs…Really!

 By Will Tottle

We love our dogs, and there is nothing more important than their happiness and well-being. So when we take them out in the rain, many of them end up with cold paws – especially if they have short coats. Some even suffer from allergies to grass and other irritants that are found on the ground, making walking an uncomfortable time for them.

Whether your dog needs something between them and the ground, or you just want them walking in style, there are a pair of shoes or rain boots waiting for your canine companion. Here are the five we consider to be the best.Boots

Mosunx Dog Boots

These adorable booties for dogs are cheap and come in five different sizes, so practically every dog can benefit from a pair of these. They feature a sweet design with a soft inside for your pooch’s comfort.

They are waterproof as well as anti-slip so that even in wet weather your dog will come home with dry paws. The rubber sole offers protection from broken glass, sharp stones, and nails, so walking in urban areas doesn’t need to cause stress. Plus, they are incredibly fashionable.

BootsWaterproof and Reflective Dog Shoes

Perfect for medium and large dogs who suffer from allergies, these boots will ensure their paws stay dry in wet weather, but also have reflective Velcro for safe night time walking. They are ideal for protecting the pads of their paws from hot road surfaces or snow.

The soles are made from thick rubber and are anti-slip so they won’t be falling over everywhere in wet or icy conditions. Plus, it helps protect their paws from broken glass and other sharp debris that might be lying around.

BootsPesp Rain Boots

These adorable rain boots come in a variety of colors and in five sizes that are sure to have your dog looking spectacularly stylish in no time at all. They have a Velcro fastening and are really easy to get on as well as off again.

Ideal for rain and snow, they are also waterproof and anti-slip, which is perfect for winter walks. They are really comfortable for your pet to wear and allow free movement for them while walking. Plus, all the colors will have them looking fab.

BootsDenim Dog Shoes

Want your dog’s style to match yours? What better way than these stylish denim dog shoes. These casual booties fasten with a small shoe lace, so they really will be the most fashionable dog in town. They are made from denim and have a thick rubber sole.

This means they are non-slip, so in wet conditions, they won’t be falling over. They act to keep your dog’s paws clean, comfortable, and protected from sharp debris such as glass or sharp stones. A truly stylish look that comes in two sizes.

BootsPetacc Waterproof Dog Boots

These cute boots from Petacc are made from a tough and durable material that is also waterproof and will prevent your dog from slipping over. They help to keep their paws clean, and the rubber soles protect them from debris and sharp objects.

It has reflective Velcro straps so that your dog is safe at night and passing vehicles can see them. They also feature adorable embroidery that is sure to make an impression on other pet owners. People will be asking you where they can get a pair!

Of course, your dog’s style is important when it comes to walking, but so is yours. It’s important that you, like your canine companion, are wearing the right footwear for the task. When walking out in the winter, spring, or after rain/snow has fallen, a pair of rain boots is ideal. They keep your feet warm, dry, and free from mud so that you can enjoy your walk.

There are some great rain boots out there for you, many of which will have you looking as stylish as your dog. So when you go out walking together, you can do so with pride.

To Conclude

Giving your canine companion a pair of rain boots or shoes can be really beneficial, both in terms of their health (if they suffer from allergies and such) as well as their safety when walking in urban or littered areas. Plus, they leave them looking really stylish and fashionable. So when you’re thinking about what to get your dog, why not a pair of boots?

 

About the Author

Will is a freelance writer, his blog can be seen here . If you are interested in more information on outdoor clothing, footwear and accessories, then check out his ultimate welly boot guides for more details

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