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  • Heartworm Disease Prevention

    Tuesday, April 11 2017

    heartworm

    April is National Heartworm Awareness Month. What is heartworm disease and what pets does it affect?

    The American Heartworm Society’s website provides owners with a wealth of information on the subject. Here are the basics for pet owners.

  • Snake Bites in Pets

    Monday, April 3 2017

    a crotalus atrox snake curled up

    What should someone do if their pet gets bitten by a snake? Immediately take your pet to your veterinarian.

    First aid on the way to the vet’s office may include:

    • Carry your pet rather than allowing it to walk
    • Try to keep your pet quiet and warm during transport
    • Do not apply a tourniquet as this can cause additional harm to your pet.

    If you can safely take a picture of the snake, without putting yourself in harm’s way, this may be useful in identifying the type of snake, its size, etc. Do not try to catch or kill the snake.

  • Severe Weather Preparedness

    Wednesday, March 15 2017

    tornado

    While severe weather can strike at any time, springtime in Oklahoma is often prime time for storms. When making your emergency response plans for your family, remember to include provisions for your pets and livestock.

    The National Weather Service suggests that owners make an emergency supply kit for their pets. Here are some items to include:

  • Responsible Pet Owner

    Thursday, March 2 2017

    a woman vet holding a puppy

    Whether you own a dog, a cat, a horse or a reptile, pet ownership comes with responsibility.

    How can you be a responsible pet owner?

    Pets are companions that need love, care and devotion. PetSafe® and Morris Animal Inn offer this advice on owning a pet:

  • Heart Disease and Cats

    Thursday, February 9 2017

    radiographs of a cat's heart

    February is American Heart Month. We all know people can get heart disease but did you know that cats can get heart disease?

    Cardiomyopathy is a disease of the myocardium or heart muscle. It can cause the heart to dilate or have poor pumping power. It can also cause the heart to become restrictive impairing the heart’s ability to fill or cause hypertrophy or a thickened heart.