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  • Rabies and Pets

    Thursday, September 14 2017

    nurses administering a rabies vaccine

    Rabies is a deadly, yet preventable disease in pets. Vaccination is key to preventing rabies. Here is some important rabies information from the American Veterinary Medical Association.

    Rabies is caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. The virus is secreted in saliva and is usually transmitted to people and animals by a bite from an infected or rabid animal. Humans can also be infected when saliva from a rabid animal comes in contact with the membranes of the eyes, nose, or mouth of person or animal or an open cut on the skin.

  • Fleas: What You Need to Know

    Friday, September 1 2017

    cat scratching

    Fleas are a year-round problem for both pets and their owners. Even indoor pets can be affected if the yard and home are contaminated.

    Fleas are not only irritating to pets but they can cause dermatitis and spread intestinal tapeworms.

    Several diseases can be transmitted by fleas. Humans may be bitten if there is a heavy infestation of the home and surrounding areas. An allergic response such a rash may occur. The rash can be mild to severe depending on the number of fleas and individual sensitivity.

  • Box Turtles and People

    Monday, August 14 2017

    three toed box turtle

    Oklahoma is home to two box turtle species—the three-toed, Terrapene carolina, and the ornate, Terrapene ornata

    These turtles have similar diets of insects, worms, mushrooms and fruit.  They will burry themselves to escape the heat of summer or the cold in winter. 

    Box turtles are named after their ability to close their plastron or bottom shell up against their carapace or upper shell.  The plastron has a hinge to aid with this, and it allows for the turtle to completely hide and protect its head and limbs. 

  • Don’t DEET that Dog

    Tuesday, August 1 2017

    puppy scratching

    While people may use DEET products to repel bugs, do not use it on your pets. DEET can cause significant clinical signs in companion animals.

    DEET is common in most products used for mosquitoes, ticks and deer fly control in humans. If you hike in our great outdoors, you probably have used a DEET product.

    According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ Animal Poison Control Center, some pet owners will apply pest repellant products to their pets. Or in some cases, the pets may get into containers that are left within their reach.

  • Hot Cars: What You Need to Know

    Monday, July 17 2017

    dog in parked car

    According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, pets die every year because they were left in cars on warm—not necessarily hot—days while their owners shopped, visited friends or ran errands. This tragic loss is 100 percent preventable.

    Don’t leave your two-legged children or your four-legged children inside a parked vehicle.