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Lost and Found in OKC

posted October 21st, 2015 by
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Lost and Found in OKC

Pet Lost and Found can be a harrowing experience

These guidelines are thanks to OKC Animal Welfare

Lost Pet:

Not being able to find your pet is an especially traumatic experience. Here are some helpful tips that will increase your chances of finding him or her.

 

Visit our Shelter Daily:

OKCAW takes in lost pets and stray animals every day at our shelter located at 2811 SE 29th steeet. Lost pets and stray animals are held for three days if they have no identification and five days if they are identified in order to provide you with enough time to visit the shelter and find your pet. If no one claims the animal during the holding time, the animal is evaluated for placement options. When you arrive at the shelter to look for your pet, go to the front counter and tell the staff member that you are looking for a lost pet. Bring in ID for yourself as well as for your animal. You will fill out a short form and a staff member will escort you through the building. While you’re at the shelter, take the time to look at every cage; this will eliminate the possibility of you passing a cage that your pet may be in. We recommend that you visit at least every two days.

 

Ask the front desk for a blue “lost card”.  Make sure to fill this out completely and in detail, and it will be posted on our lost and found board.

 

Search our Website’s Found Pets Database:

Pictures and/or descriptions of animals that have been brought to our Care Centers are posted on our website hourly. To search the database of found animals in our care:

  • Go to http://www.okc.gov/animalwelfare
  • On the left hand side select Search for Pet
  • Animal Type: select which animal you are searching for
  • Animal Gender: select No Preference
  • Animal Age: Select No Preference
  • Animal Size: Select No Preference

 

The last page shows the most recent animals we have received.  Please start on the last page and work your way back to the beginning.  If you find an animal that resembles yours please write down the animal ID so that one of our representatives can point you in the right direction once you arrive at the shelter.

If you see an animal that fits the description of your lost pet, visit the shelter to reclaim your pet. Please make sure you come in with the animal identification number from the website and pictures of your animals for identification purposes.

 

File a Lost Pet Report Online:

A report filed with OKCAW will be entered into an online database that searches our computer records and will send you information if there is a match. This report will be valid for 30 days and will continue to send you information if applicable during those 30 days.

When filing the Lost Pet report, please remember to upload a photo of your lost pet (a clear full body photo, if possible). Also, please leave the top check-off box unchecked so to allow a copy of your report to be sent to OKCAW. If you check this box, our Lost and Found will not be able to reach you if a match is made.

  • Go to http://www.okc.gov/animalwelfare
  • On the left hand side select I Lost a Pet
  • Click the appropriate link for dog or cat
  • Fill out the report with as much detail as possible
  • Attach a photo of your pet
  • Click the “Submit Request” button

 

Found Pets:

Thank you for taking care of the lost pet you have found. Below is a list of options to assist you in locating the family of the lost pet.

If the animal has identification, contact the owner. Identification comes in many forms, so please check the animal thoroughly for a tag, tattoo or microchip. You can bring an animal to most shelters and veterinary hospitals to scan the animal for a microchip. Some owners write their phone number on their pet’s collar. If the animal has an OKCAW rabies tag, call 405-297-3100 during normal business hours or send us an email to [email protected] and we will return your message as soon as possible.

 

Bring to the Pet to OKCAW:

If the animal was found in Oklahoma City, you may bring it to the shelter. OKCAW takes in lost pets and stray animals every day from 9am-5:45pm at our shelter located at 2811 SE 29th St in Oklahoma City. Lost pets are put on hold for three days if they have no identification or five days if there is identification in order to provide the owners with enough time to locate their pets. After three or five days, the animal gets evaluated and made available for placement. Note: If you are a finder of a lost pet and are interested in adopting the pet after the hold period, please be at the facility by noon on the day the hold period is up to adopt. All adoption criteria apply.

Please note that all animals that come into our care are scanned for a microchip. If the animal has a current chip or other form of identification, we make every attempt to contact the owner to reunite them with their pet.

 

Keep the Pet at Your Home:

If you want to keep the animal during the hold period, please come to the shelter to fill out a green “found card” (ask the front desk for one).  We will post this form on our lost and found board in the building. Also, file a found report on our website.

File a Found Pet Report Online:

A report filed with OKCAW will be entered into an online database that searches our computer records and will send you information if there is a match. This report will be valid for 30 days and will continue to send you information if applicable during those 30 days.

When filing the Found Pet report, please remember to upload a photo of the found pet (a clear full body photo, if possible). Also, please leave the top check-off box unchecked so to allow a copy of your report to be sent to OKCAW. If you check this box, our Lost and Found will not be able to reach you if a match is made.

  • Go to http://www.okc.gov/animalwelfare
  • On the left hand side select I Found a Pet
  • Click the appropriate link for dog or cat
  • Fill out the report with as much detail as possible
  • Attach a photo of your pet
  • Click the “Submit Request” button

 

Other Tips on Locating the Owners of a Found Pet:

Post flyers within a 2-mile radius of where you found the pet. Your flyer should include a detailed description of the animal, pictures and your contact information. Post this flyer with permission in as many places around the neighborhood as possible: pet shops, veterinarian and doctors offices, supermarkets, police precincts, bulletin boards, bus stops, taxi services, laundromats, delivery people, schools, etc. If someone responds to your flyer, make sure you see proof of ownership prior to releasing the pet to the person. Pictures work best. Do not forget to remove all flyers once the pet is reunited with his or her owner.

Place an ad in local and state newspapers, as well as in online publications. Most newspapers do this free of charge. You may also create a Twitter account and/or Facebook Page.

The Nitty Gritty on Nail Trims

posted October 17th, 2015 by
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The Nitty Gritty on Nail Trims

Pups and Pedicures

By Nancy Gallimore, CPDT-KA

 

Get a pedicure?

You don’t have to ask me twice. Why, yes, I would love to have someone pamper me for an hour or so. Count me in.

Ask the same question to just about any dog? You might as well ask him if he’d like to be abandoned in a desert filled with wild animals and broken glass. The mere hint of a nail trim will generally result in a mixed look of pained shock and brimming terror clouding a dog’s normally trusting eyes.

And yet, keeping nails properly trimmed is important to the overall health and welfare of your dog. According to Dr. Patrick Grogan, medical director at VCA Woodland East Animal Hospital, nails allowed to grow too long can actually alter the way a dog plants his foot, causing discomfort, and potentially even a lack of desire to exercise properly.

Another risk of neglecting trims is that longer nails are more likely to snag on things, potentially causing the nail to break off into the quick, the fleshy cuticle inside the dog’s nail. Not only is this painful for your dog and potentially quite messy for you, there is a healthy blood supply in the quick. Dr. Grogan says that if a portion of the nail is still attached or the cuticle is exposed, the dog may have to be anesthetized so your veterinarian can treat the injury.

“Most dogs should have their nails trimmed about every six to eight weeks,” advises Dr. Grogan. “This can vary depending on the size and activity level of your dog. The nails of smaller dogs or less active dogs may grow out faster than larger, active dogs that get a lot of normal abrasion and wear on their nails.”

Dr. Grogan also says that regular trimming is required to not only keep a dog’s nails a good length but to also keep the quick from growing out too long. If nails are neglected and the quick is allowed to grow out, it can be very difficult to return the nail to a  proper length.

If you want to learn how to trim your dog’s nails yourself, Dr. Grogan suggests taking some time to familiarize yourself with the anatomy of a dog’s nail.  The fleshy, tender quick is wedge-shaped and follows the contour of the nail itself, almost like a smaller nail inside the nail.

“The part of the nail that can be safely trimmed generally hooks down a bit and is thinner at the point where it clears the tip of the quick,” Dr. Grogan says. “Ideally, you want to trim the nail two to three millimeters from the tip of the quick.”

If you are lucky and your dog has light colored nails, you can actually see the pink quick inside the nail. If your dog has black nails, it’s a bit trickier. Dr. Grogan suggests snipping just a little at a time.

If your dog will accept it, you can also use a grinder to smooth the tip and edges of the nails. If your dog’s nails are very long, trim them back first and then use the grinder to smooth the edges. Be sure to keep the grinder moving, just lightly tapping the dog’s nail. The sandpaper and friction get very hot if held to the nail surface too long and can cause discomfort.

OK, it’s one thing to know how to trim your dog’s nails, but it’s another issue to convince your dog it’s a good idea. Well, my certified-professional-dog-trainer take on  the situation is that with nail trimming, and many other important grooming tasks, we tend to take an ill-advised all-or-nothing, grab-‘em-and-force-‘em-to-accept-it approach with our puppies and dogs. Obviously, this is not the best of plans for the long haul.

Dr. Grogan and I agree that while most dogs do not naturally like to have their feet handled, you can teach them to accept nail maintenance with graceful resignation (don’t go so far as to expect tail-wagging joy). The key word here is “teach.”

It’s a great idea to spend some time prepping your dog for the idea of a nail trim. If you grab the dog and start issuing commands, pinning your dog to the floor, and grabbing his feet and trimming away, my guess is that you’re going to be met with some serious resistance that will get worse with every attempt.

But if you teach your dog to accept a nail trim in a positive fashion, it doesn’t have to be a battle. Think about it: if you go in for a pedicure, the technician doesn’t just grab you, pin you to a chair and start trimming your toenails. I know my pedicures start with a relaxing foot bath… a little massage… the offer of a cool beverage.

While your dog doesn’t necessarily need that level of spa pampering (or does he?), it’s a good idea to have your dog relax on the floor beside you while you give belly rubs and lightly touch each paw, rewarding with treats as you do so. The idea is to give your dog a very calm, positive experience in conjunction with having his feet handled.

The next step would be to touch the nail clippers to each toenail with plenty of calm praise and rewards sprinkled throughout  the process. When you feel ready to start trimming nails, Dr. Grogan offers some   great tips:

Purchase good nail clippers. You may want to ask your local pet supply store for recommendations.

With your dog in a calm environment, trim just one foot per day over the course of four days. Keep it short and sweet. Don’t rush the process.

Offer lots of treats and praise after each snip.

Enlist the aid of an assistant. One person distracts the dog and gives treats while the other person trims the nails.

If you do accidentally trim a nail too far back and see blood, don’t panic. While nails can bleed impressively, Dr. Grogan says it is not cause for huge concern. You can apply pressure for a few minutes, or you can apply a clotting powder like Quick Stop if you have it on hand.             Dr. Grogan says you can even just let your dog go relax outside or in an area where a little blood won’t be a problem. The nail should clot within 10 to 15 minutes.

In the event that you do cut into the quick, the trainer’s note here is to also try not to make it a big issue with your dog. Don’t panic and apologize like a crazy person. Talk calmly, reassure your dog and offer a good jackpot of treats to make amends for your mistake. Then take a break and try again in a day or so.

If you still feel a bit squeamish about diving in, ask your veterinarian to show you how to trim your dog’s nails. “We are always happy to show owners proper nail trimming techniques,” says Dr. Grogan.

If you aren’t willing and/or able to trim your dog’s nails yourself, there is no shame in leaving the procedure to the professionals. Your veterinarian will always be happy to give your dog a nail trim, or you can use the services of an experienced, professional groomer who will work with your dog to help him accept a little pedicure. When the pros are on the job, the trim is generally over before your dog even realizes what is happening.

If you have a dog who has had a previous bad experience during a nail trim, or one who is overly sensitive about having his feet handled, you may want to enlist the aid of a qualified dog trainer to work with your dog. A good trainer can help condition your dog to accept different types of handling and grooming procedures in a positive manner.

The overriding lesson is this: you teach your dog where to potty; you teach your dog what to chew and what not to chew; you teach your dog basic cues like sit, down, and to come when called. The teaching must continue when it comes to basic maintenance routines such as nail trims.

With a little work, a little patience, and perhaps a good number of hotdogs, you (or your veterinarian/groomer—it’s OK to bail) can give your dog a perfect pedicure. Keep calm and trim on.

Getting Dumped

posted October 16th, 2015 by
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Getting dumped in the country is not OK.  Not sure why too many pet owners make the decision that it is.  While they may think that the farmers/ranchers in this area are just waiting for a new dog or cat to join the clan – – the real answer is not hardly – – no way.

I realized just how frustrating it is for all of us today when I got royally chewed out by a very irate person.  She had lots of dogs and a few cats/kittens that needed new homes today and she wanted to bring them to the shelter.  Once she heard the word “no” in our response the conversation did not go well.  Did she yell – – absolutely;  was she mad – – without question; did it change the situation – – no.

The area shelters and rescues work tirelessly to find homes for as many dogs and cats as possible.  All of us are committed to saving lives – – each organization may do it differently – but in the end – – we’ve collectively made a small dent in the problem.

The heartbreak is that for all our hard work and expense – there will still be more dogs and cats needing homes.

My ears are no longer ringing from the irate person on the other end of the line. I know it will happen again and again and again.  However, all I have to do is look into Megan’s eyes, or see Zelda go out the door purring – and even being yelled at with threatening words is still worth knowing we make a difference.  For me – it has been a significant contributor to my white hair.

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue

posted October 12th, 2015 by
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Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue – October 12, 2015

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, Inc. located in Jones, Oklahoma, is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that strives to improve the lives of neglected, starved, and abused horses.  We provide equine rescue regardless of age or disability.  We promote and teach horse care and humane, natural methods of training horses.  Our primary focus is Animal Cruelty Cases.  We work closely with the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division and the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office with their Equine related Animal Cruelty Cases.  We also assist any other local/rural county sheriff’s office who request our assistance.

Urgent Assistance Needed:

Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue is asking for your assistance.  We understand that times are tight for many right now, but the smallest amount can go a long way in the rehabilitation of our rescued horses.  Our Donations and Adoptions have dropped dramatically and we are having to turn horses away that need rescued.  We have several horses that are waiting for much needed surgeries.  Please help, any amount that you can spare is greatly appreciated.  All donations are tax deductible and 100% of your donation goes towards the horses in our care.  Please consider making a donation today!  

 

Or Donate online at:

www.blazesequinerescue.com

If you are new to our program, please watch our video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SkqZy8lQm4

Here is a breakdown of our immediate needs:

Many of you may know Double D.  A beautiful horse that came into our rescue program shortly after Rudy arrived in January.  Double D and Rudy are best friends.  They both rely on each other for emotional support.  Double D has gone through 2 surgeries to remove squamous cell carcinoma from his eyelids and his penis.  He had several large masses on his penis that were excised by our Veterinarians.  We treated the cancer with cryosurgery and implantation of chemotherapy slow release beads on his eyelids and his penis.  Both appeared to be a huge success, however, the mass on his penis has returned and once again, he will need surgery.  This surgery will need to be much more aggressive to make sure they are able to get all the way to the cells that are producing the cancer, after the removal of the tumors, he will again be treated with the cryosurgery and implantation of chemotherapy slow release beads.  We are praying that this surgery will be successful and the mass will not grow back.  Double D is a happy horse and enjoys his days with Rudy.

In case you are just now learning of Rudy or Double D.  Please follow their stories here:

http://blazesequinerescue.com/Rudy.html or http://blazesequinerescue.com/Double%20D.html

You can also see a wonderful video of Rudy and Double D here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ym6SMrLDB_s

We also have another rare case!  Shemar came into our rescue program in April from the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office.  Shemar is a beautiful, Black, Quarter Horse Stud.  He is estimated to be 7 years of age.  He came in very thin, body score of a 3, infested with internal/external parasites.  Shemar appears to be a double crypt-orchid and will need surgery.  However, before we can address his needed surgery to remove his testicles, we have ran into some liver conditions.  Shemar shows no signs of being ill.  He is a happy go lucky horse and we would never know he was having any form of complications had we not pulled blood work prior to sending him to surgery.  Shemar’s blood work shows that he is going into some form of liver failure.  However, we don’t know what would be causing this.  We have taken Shemar to OSU for diagnosis and possible treatment.  However, I came back from OSU just as confused as I was before going.  If you have been following us for a while, you know that we always seem to have the rare cases.  OSU diagnosed Shemar with a rare disease, so rare, OSU has only seen it 3 times in the last 20 years.    

Sadly, we just didn’t find the positive answers we were hoping for. Shemar has been diagnosed with a severe Pulmonary Disease Due to “Multisystemic eosinophilic epitheliotropic Disease” (MEED). MEED occurs primarily in young horses, ranging in age from 3 to 13 years. The disease is histologically characterized by eosinophilic and lymphoplasmacytic infiltrates and the formation of eosinophilic granulomas in different organs. The clinical signs vary according to the organs affected. The prognosis of horses with MEED is invariably poor. However, attempted clinical management includes treatment with hydroxyurea and dexamethasone.

They still have a few tests that we are waiting on results to come back from, but we aren’t expecting any different of a diagnosis. Shemar’s liver is smaller than normal and due to the location we didn’t feel necessary to risk pulling a liver biopsy. So, that leaves us with a lot of thinking and deciding what is best for Shemar. We still have the fact that he is a stud and surgery is still needed.  His last diagnosis leaves me more confused, as he has done incredibly well since we returned home.  He has gained about 100 pounds, he looks amazing, and he seems to be feeling just as good as he looks.  However, his blood work still shows him to be in some form of liver failure.  If you know me, you know that I don’t give up easily on our horses.  I want to see Shemar live out the life he deserves.  I want him to be able to run in the pasture and play with other horses.  Before I can do that, we must prepare him for surgery.  At this time, OSU felt that he could still undergo surgery, as nothing shows that he physically can’t endure the surgery.  We need assistance to continue to proceed with getting Shemar the care he needs.  I just feel like there should be more answers available than what I am finding.  I am asking for you to please help me, help Shemar!

First picture is Shemar upon arrival, Second & Third picture is Shemar today!

Blaze’s Equine Rescue purchases grain weekly.  We spend $925.34 each week on the required grain we need to feed the horses in our rehabilitation program.

We purchase 24 round bales of hay weekly.  24 round bales with delivery cost us $1400.00 a week.  Sadly, we don’t have grass and have to feed hay year round.

We purchase shavings and fat supplements weekly.  Cost $294.75 a week

Our veterinarian expenses are much higher than our typical years past, due to the extreme medical cases that we have seen this year.  Typically we spend $30,773.92 a year.  We have currently already spent $40,570.45 this year alone on medical expenses and this is only October and we still have extreme cases that require a lot of medical care and expenses.  On average we spend $2500.00 to $5000.00 a month for veterinary care.  Keep in mind that is not only surgeries, etc., but also basic care such as pulling a negative coggins, vaccinations, deworming, teeth floating, castrations, injuries, physical examinations, lameness issues, etc.,  

Our farrier expenses average $500.00 every 2 weeks. 

It is an expensive endeavor caring for over 100 horses daily.  We can’t do this alone and we are asking for your assistance.  Please help us continue our rescue efforts. 

Of course that is only part of our everyday needs.  We also have many projects that we need completing, such as repairing structures and fencing for our rescued horses.  Our needs are always great.  We have saved over 1,290 horses in the last 15 years and we have adopted out One Thousand and Fifty Six horses to forever, loving homes. 

If you or anyone you know is looking to add a horse to their family, please check out our adoptable horses.  We have so many great horses seeking their forever, loving family.  Adoption is another great way of helping.  All adoption fee’s go back into the program to continue to assist other horses in need.  Adoption saves 2 lives.  The one you adopted and the one you opened up a place for a neglected horse to enter our program. 

Remember every little bit helps tremendously and we simply cannot thank you enough for your continued support.

Donations can be sent to:

17667 Markita Dr.  Jones, OK  73049

(405) 399-3084 or (405) 615-5267

[email protected] www.blazesequinerescue.com

Federal I.D. 43-2024364

 

Collaboration in Rescue

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Collaboration in Rescue

CollaborationCollaboration works – – just visit downtown OKC. If you think the people behind the MAPS program always agree – – you’re wrong. What they do agree on is rebuilding OKC, they’re willing to work collaboratively – and they’ve been more than successful.

I’m constantly dismayed at the verbal shots fired by people in rescue to and about other rescue organizations. The dogs and cats do not care WHO saves them – so long as somebody does.

Many people involved in rescue are there for all the right reasons.  They want to find new homes for as many animals as possible.  From there it moves slowly in an arc until you are working with people who truly care about the animals in their rescue and have a policy of only adopting after a home visit.

When it comes to those who rescue cats – the range is from those who feel passionately they should always be in-house pets. At the other end of the spectrum are the farmers and ranchers who need barn cats – – they really do.  If there is one common ground it is declawing – – I almost never, ever talk to someone who believes in this painful process.

Add to the mix the transport out-of-state for rescued dogs.  Some go by plane, some by car caravans – which is fascinating to see how 5 to 10+ people, using social media, will transport one or more dogs long distances to new homes.  In addition there are rescues, both shelter and foster, who send dogs to out-of-state shelters that need, yes need, dogs.  Here’s where the disconnect and sometimes nonprofessional bashing comes in to play.  Not sure why – it certainly doesn’t help the dogs.

I believe rescue can be as successful as downtown OKC – – we’re Oklahomans and we can work together.  I’ve seen it first hand – – downtown Oklahoma City.

Kay Stout, Director   PAAS Vinita  [email protected]  918-256-7227

Pet Life Hacks

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Pet Life Hacks

Making Life Easier

 

Who couldn’t use some shortcuts to make life easier? Simple, everyday tips right under your nose that you just haven’t thought of are also now at your fingertips if you know how to use a computer keyboard.

Enter the “life hack .” Thanks to websites like BuzzFeed, Pinterest and tens of thousands of blogs, you can read life hack lists for hours—mind blown. Oxforddictionaries.com defines a life hack as “a strategy or technique adopted in order to manage one’s time and daily activities in a more efficient way.”

We’ve sifted through a few hundred or thousand (who’s counting?) and compiled a list of pet owner life hacks sure to have you patting yourself on the back.

Keep It Clean

Wrap duct tape around a paint roller to clean up pet hair, creating a giant “hair roller” if you will. It’s faster than vacuuming and really works (The Family Handyman website).

No duct tape on hand, but need an immediate fix? Run a rubber-gloved hand across upholstery, and it will remove pet hair (realsimple.com).

Remove pet hair from carpets by running a squeegee over them (BuzzFeed).

Use a squeeze ketchup bottle top as a vacuum attachment to suck up cat litter or other bits that fall into crevices of your floor or baseboards (lilluna.com).

Put double-sided tape on any surface where you don’t want your cat to lie. Cats avoid sticky things (BuzzFeed).

To clean up unsightly (and smelly) pet carpet stains, pour a generous amount of white vinegar on the stain. Then cover with baking soda. Cover with a bowl so the baking soda does not get kicked around. Leave on for a day or two until completely dried. Then vacuum up the baking soda. The stain will be removed naturally without harsh cleaners (onegoodthingbyjillee).

Down the Hatch

If Fido won’t take his meds, make your own pill pockets, via muttnut.blogspot.com. Simply mix one tablespoon of milk, one tablespoon of crunchy peanut butter and two tablespoons of flour. Form into 12 pockets, then store in the fridge or freezer.

Could your dog use a tick tack? While that’s probably not a safe idea, opt for a sprinkle of parsley over your pooch’s food for fresher breath naturally (leopolds-crate.blogspot.ca).

If your pet is dehydrated or unable to keep foods down, add some low-sodium chicken broth to his drinking water (lifecheating.com).

Clean out an empty syrup bottle and fill with clean water for trips to the dog park or long walks. Simple attach by the handle to a carabiner and hook on your belt loop (fieldandstream.com).

Does Rover scarf his food down too quickly? There’s a hack for that. Place a ball in his food bowl. He will be forced to move the ball around to get to all the food, slowing him down (baggybulldogs blog).

Make your own organic chicken jerky for a gourmet treat. Cut organic chicken breasts or tenders into one-half centimeters in thickness. Then place cling wrap over it and beat with a tenderizing hammer until thin to your liking.

Next, cut into 3-centimeter strips (approximately). Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 200 degrees for two hours or until brown and crispy. Now let Fido enjoy a non-toxic, healthy treat. These can be stored for up to two weeks in the fridge. (For the photo guided step-by-step recipe, visit http://imgur.com/a/IkUj7.)

For a homemade summertime snack, cut up apples in chicken broth and freeze in ice cube trays (dogfooddude.blogspot.com).

For the Home

Hang a shower caddy on the inside of a closet door to store all your pet items—

brush, meds, treats, leashes, etc. (BuzzFeed).

Hide a litter box under a side table by securing kitty-sized, cute fabric curtains via baileytann.com. Then tie back one side for your cat to enter (BuzzFeed).

Make a DIY cat scratch by gluing a square carpet sample to a square wooden frame and hang low enough for your cat to reach. Voila, instant wall decor (squarecathabitat.com)!

If your feline friend loves to sit on, or in front of, your computer, place a shallow box lid, such as a board game box lid, upside down to the side of your computer. The natural cat instinct is to sit in the box. You’ll be more productive in no time (BuzzFeed).

‘Tis the Season to Hack

Looking for the perfect gift? Submit a photo of your pet to http://shelterpups.com, and they will create an adorable custom stuffed version of your pooch or anyone else’s—unique indeed.

Store your smaller ornaments in egg cartons. Your pet can’t destroy what he can’t reach if it’s safely tucked inside (toostinkincute.blogspot.com).

Hang wrapping paper on curtain rod hooks to safely keep them away from toddlers and pets who might enjoy unrolling and tearing them to pieces (the soulfulhouse.com).

FYI

While we hope you’ll never need this one, it is worth a try in a desperate situation. LifeHackable.com says one frantic owner ran into two hunters while searching for her dog. They told the owner they had successfully found dogs in the past by taking a worn article of clothing (the longer worn, the better to increase the human’s scent) and leaving it at the location the dog was last seen. If the dog has a familiar toy or two, take those items along also. Attach a note instructing passersby not to move the objects.

Also, leave a bowl of water as the pet may not have had access to water since being lost. Do not leave food that may attract other animals that the dog will avoid. The owner tried it and reported the dog waiting among the items the next day. While not 100-percent guaranteed to work, it’s worth a try to find a loved, lost pet.

In hot temps, cool your pooch down by freezing water, chicken broth, bones, toys, etc., in a cake mold and let him lick away until his heart’s content (Pinterest.com).

If your dog fights having his teeth brushed, squeeze enzymatic pet toothpaste on a Nylabone or rope toy and let him gnaw away on it, getting teeth clean in the process (BuzzFeed).

If you have a teething puppy that enjoys chewing on cords, spritz bitter apple spray onto a paper towel and wipe it along the cord. It will cover the surface area and not waste as much product as spraying directly onto the cord (BuzzFeed).

Run a dryer sheet along your dog’s fur during a thunder-storm. Chances are your pet is more distraught by the static electricity built up in his fur than the thunderstorm. According to marthastewart.com, this should work at least 50 percent of the time (BuzzFeed).

For easy tick removal, soak a cotton ball in liquid soap and swab the tick for a few seconds. The tick should come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you remove it (sdcount.ca.gov).

These are only a few of the life hacks available. Have some tried-and-true hacks that work? Let us know on our Facebook page at OKCPets Magazine or tweet us @okcpetsmag.