Diabetes mellitus, or diabetes, is a condition that occurs when the body cannot use glucose (a type of sugar) normally. Glucose is the main source of energy for the body’s cells. Insulin, which is produced by the pancreas, is required for the transfer of glucose from the bloodstream to the cells.
In diabetics, glucose isn’t transported into the cells and there is not enough energy for the cells to function normally. Although diabetes cannot be cured, it can be managed very successfully.
Halloween can be a festive time for children and families but for pets, it can be a nightmare. Here are some helpful tips to keep your pet happy and healthy.
The treats are for your two-legged visitors – not your pets.
Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning may include vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, and seizures.
Riding horses in hot temperatures is often unavoidable, especially in southern states like Oklahoma. It is our job to make sure we don’t overdo it and subject horses to heat stress.
When exercising horses in the heat, it is important to be aware of not only temperature but humidity as well. If the combined temperature and humidity is over 150, horses will need assistance in cooling. If temperatures and humidity are expected to reach 170, it may be best to plan early morning riding or forego intense work.
Let your yard and garden grow—with care. Fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides keep plants and lawns healthy and green; however, their ingredients may be dangerous if pets ingest them. Many dogs like to “nose around” in the grass and often consume some grass. They also tend to lick their paws and coats.
Always store these products in out-of-the-way places where pets cannot reach them. Consider using metal trash cans with locking lids to prevent your pets from getting into the products. Follow label instructions carefully.
Spring has definitely arrived! The trees are green, the nights are warming up and thundershowers have come. With the change of season, wildlife of all sorts are bounding, flourishing, reproducing… and crossing roads! During this time, there are many human-animal interactions and, unfortunately, more unnecessary injuries and deaths. The following are short summaries on how we can initiate a positive outcome for common human-animal interactions.
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.
The National Weather Service suggests that owners make an emergency supply kit for their pets. Here are some items to include:
Many foods and products that are safe for humans can be harmful – even deadly – to pets. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has been fielding calls at its Animal Poison Control Center for years. Here are some of the trends reported by state.