General Interest

Include Pets in Your Weather Readiness

posted April 29th, 2011 by
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Tornado

by Kristi Eaton

Tornado season is ramping up, and as witnessed by the deadly storm system that slashed across the southern United States killing nearly 300 people, preparation is important to save both humans and pets.

April and May are historically the most active seasons for tornadoes, especially in Oklahoma.

The Humane Society has recently recommended pet owners take a few simple steps with their pets now in preparation for severe weather:

1.    Make sure there are emergency pet supplies in a tornado-proof

shelter. Supplies should include everything your pet would need to survive – food, water, a little box and a crate to be able to transport from one location to another.

2.    Like humans who have practice runs, do the same with your pet.

Practice getting your pet into the tornado-proof shelter on your command quickly now. Without any practice, the stress and noise of severe weather will only make it harder if and when it actually occurs.

3.    Make sure the shelter is also safe for your pet. Remove or hide

anything that could be dangerous to Fido.

4.    Check to make sure your animal has an up-to-date collar so that in

case you do get separated, it will be easier to reconnect later.

5.    After a tornado has passed, don’t allow your animal to roam free.

Like you, your pet could be distressed. Try to keep them as calm as possible and on leashes while doing damage assessments.

SPCA Joins 5K Neurofibromatosis Walk, May 21st

posted April 22nd, 2011 by
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By Kristi Eaton

The local chapter of the SPCA will be participating in Tulsa’s inaugural 5K Neurofibromatosis Walk on Saturday, May 21 at Lafortune Park.

Representatives from the organization will be on hand to inform people about pet adoption. Several of the organization’s animals will also be at the walk, says Deanna Inclan, president of the Tulsa chapter of he Children’s Tumor Foundation.

The walk is set for 10 a.m.

The Tulsa SPCA will also offer several discounts to people, including reduced priced microchipping, Inclan says.

Neurofibromatosis is a genetic disorder where the nerve tissue grows tumors, called neurofibromas. One in 3,000 people have the disorder.

Inclan, who has two children with the disorder, started a local support group for those with the disorder and their families in 2009. The inaugural walk will raise money for research relating to the growth of the tumors. While there is no way to stop the disorder, researchers are learning how to control the tumors’ symptoms, Inclan says.

In addition to the SPCA, there will also be raffles, face painting, music, and food, including lunch catered by Coney Island.

Pre-registration for individuals is $20, while families of up to four people can register for $40. On-site registration begins at 9 a.m. and costs $25 for individuals and $45 for families.

To register online, visit www.ctf.org/walk.

We Love Our Pets

posted April 18th, 2011 by
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by Kristi Eaton

 More Americans own pets and are spending money on them than ever before, according to a new survey.

The number of U.S. households with a pet rose 2.1 percent this year to an all-time high of 72.9 million, according to the American Pet Products Association’s 2011-2012 National Pet Owners Survey. The survey shows there are more than 78 million dogs, 86.4 million cats, 151.1 million freshwater fish, 8.61 million saltwater fish, 16.2 million birds, 16 million small animals, 13 million reptiles and 7.9 million equines owned in the U.S. 

Not only are more Americans owning a pet, they are investing more money in them.

The survey predicts that pet owners are expected to spend $12.2 billion for veterinary care this year, up from $11 billion last year and $8.2 billion five years ago.

Most survey responders say the economy did not affect their decision to own a pet.

“Although the economy has been a major factor for many industries, the pet industry continues to see unprecedented growth and diversity. The survey reveals pet owners are willing to spend money on their pets despite a downturn in the economy,” says Bob Vetere, president of APPA, in a news release. “More products and services are available than ever to assist in responsibly caring for a pet, so it is becoming increasingly easier to add another pet to your household.”

People & Pet Eurail Packages

posted April 4th, 2011 by
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Story by Kristi Eaton

Those dashing off to Europe to jet set across the continent no longer have to worry about what to do with their beloved four-legged friends.

Realizing that pet owners were reluctant to leave their animals behind while they vacationed, Eurail.com has announced a partnership with 728 pet care facilities across the world.

The company, which sells European train passes, will be offering People & Pet Packages, where pets in the United States, Canada and Australia will stay in pet accommodations while their owners vacation in Europe.

“More than anything, we want to help people take their dream trip to Europe.

We can make that easier by thinking about their dogs and cats,” said Jeroen de Bruin, Sales & Marketing Director for Eurail.Com in a news release.

Pet Psychologist Faros Ipoll, PhD, said both owners and pets can feel traumatized by long separations.

“The key is to have as much fun planned for the pet as a European holiday will offer the human,” he said.

Eurail.com is asking pet owners to send in photos by May 1 of themselves with their pets. The 10 best photos will receive free accommodations at one of the new pet spas with the purchase of a Eurail Pass.

“It’s an ideal combination: the trip of a lifetime for the human, and a relaxing spa visit for the pet,” de Bruin said.

Online In Memoriams

posted March 28th, 2011 by
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Story by Kristi Eaton

More websites are making it easier for pet owners to pay tribute and remember the pets they loved and lost.

Facebook is an easy way for pet owners to show their admiration for a pet who has died. Simply post a picture of your pet to your page or create a page devoted to your beloved Fido to keep him alive in your memory forever.

TulsaPetsMagazine.com has an In Memoriam section that’s local with an interesting slant.  For $15, users can post an online memorial to their departed pet.  That $15 goes to the local non-profit animal rescue organization of the user’s choice while the memorial will stay active for all time.  See the In Memoriam section on this website at http://okcpetsmagazine.com/category/in-memoriam/ .

Both Doggy Heaven and Immortal Pets allows users to browse and create their own memorial in tribute to their pet who passed away.

On Doggy Heaven, visitors can look through tributes of dogs by breed and learn about their favorite toy, games and special skills. Immortal Pets lets users create individual memorials and post poems, prayers and tributes to the animals no longer with us.

Doggy Heaven is free for users to use and post on, while Immortal Pets is free for 14 days after a memorial is set up. From then on, a one-time fee of $35 keeps it active.

From Facebook pages paying tribute to websites like TulsaPetsMagazine.com, DoggyHeaven.com and ImmortalPets.com, grief-stricken pet owners now have a place to remember and pay tribute to their beloved animals with obituaries and photos once strictly reserved for humans.

Puppy Mill Bill Assaulted

posted March 23rd, 2011 by
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Oklahoma Capitol

By Patty Mandrell

            The puppy mill bill is being assaulted.  Charles Wyrick’s SB 637 disallows

ALL rules and regs set up by the puppy mill bill’s Board of Commercial

Pet Breeders.     These are common sense rules from a common sense bill…

it  would be a travesty and huge setback for very basic animal welfare

considerations  if Wyrick et al succeed with this maneuver.   Board president

Soriano makes some very cogent observations in the World article.  Note the

thoughtful, involved process in developing the rules.   Where was Wyrick during

this process?

            Mr Wyrick’s disallowing  the rules will effectively

neuter and defang the puppy mill bill in one cut, and he won’t have 

to mess with trying to repeal the whole puppy mill bill, a la senator Bresheen,

which probably  doesn’t stand much of a chance of happening.  

 The bill passed the Senate 29-13 and now goes to the House.

It’s a short one page, kills the rules.

http://newlsb.lsb.state.ok.us/BillInfo.aspx?Bill=sb637

Advocate Clova Abrahamson  sends this site to see how your senator voted,

go to page 712:

http://www.oksenate.gov/publications/senate_journals/sj2011/sj20110316.pdf

Tulsa World article:

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=11&articleid=20110321_11_A1_CUTLIN553521&archive=yes

Educate yourself about SB 637, decide how you feel and then take action.