Melissa McLawhorn Houston Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Electrocution, struck by, caught between, asphyxiation, fell from height – these are just some of the words used to describe work-related causes of death last year in Oklahoma. But the words do not capture the full impact of the loss.
By John D. Doak Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner The Oklahoma Legislature is currently debating a bill that could help Oklahomans find more affordable health insurance. Senate Bill 478 authorizes the Insurance Commissioner to negotiate compacts with other states to allow insurers from those states to sell individual health insurance policies in Oklahoma. Oklahomans face an individual […]
Dogs of all ages can develop lumps and bumps. It is important to know when these should be examined by a veterinarian. According to Nationwide Pet Insurance, lumps and bumps on dogs were the third most common medical reason why pets visited their veterinarian in 2016.
We have critical needs in our core services, including education, health and mental health, public safety and transportation.
With more than half of the 2017 legislative session behind us, committee and floor votes in both chambers have been largely focused on legislation dealing with public policy issues in a variety of areas—criminal justice, education, public safety and more. But in addition to meeting deadlines for committee and floor passage of those measures, work […]
For the past few weeks, I have been following the story of a feral cat in B.C. Canada. An organization called Tiny Kittens works to trap, neuter and release (TNR) feral cats in the British Columbia area and they recently caught a 6-year-old pregnant ginger female they named Evolene.
By John D. Doak Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner Retirement can be a new beginning for us, but planning for your golden years can be daunting. This week is National Retirement Planning Week© (NRPW). The goal of NRPW is to promote the importance of comprehensive retirement planning. While retirement planning was once thought of as an issue […]
Because April is Heartworm Awareness Month, Dr. Anna Coffin will discuss a common scenario seen when diagnosing dogs with heartworms. Heartworm treatment can range from $500 to $1500 depending on the size of the dog. Because of the expense, some people are unable to afford treatment.
Heartworms are twelve-inch long worms that live in the heart of dogs.
By John D. Doak, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner Special to Guthrie News Page
This is a fact that we forget often. We speak to our dogs all the time. It’s a great thing about having a dog—they listen to us without passing judgement. The problem is that we talk so much that our spoken language can become meaningless to our dogs. They tune us out, then when we […]
I am pleased to announce my recovery from recent unforeseen medical issues. It brings me great pleasure to provide this update and many more to come. A special thank you goes out to my family, friends and co workers who supported me throughout my recovery.
“It’s cruel to keep kitty trapped inside. They need to go out and hunt!” “My cat goes crazy if I try and keep him inside. He totally destroys the house!” “My cat stays in my yard.” “My cat has his claws; he can defend himself.” These are just a few of the reasons we hear […]
Spring is just around the corner and with warmer weather arriving, fleas will start to reappear. Fleas are very prolific parasites, in fact, one flea can produce 50-100 eggs/day. Guthrie Pet Hospital recommends preventative measures to prevent infestations. This week Dr. Coffin will discuss health issues in cats caused by fleas.
This article is for all those aspiring veterinarians or for inquiring minds that want to know what it’s like to work at a veterinary clinic. Dr. Anna Coffin will reveal her daily schedule at Guthrie Pet Hospital. Every veterinary clinic will be a little different in their scheduling, but we all do the same things.
In October, I wrote about the challenges we face as a state to recruit and retain the best possible teachers for the classroom.
I see it often. A dog owner who was unaware of the laws about pets in their community takes to social media to voice their concerns and complaints about why their precious dog has gotten into trouble with local police, sheriff, or animal control. Most times, it’s hard for me to understand why a person […]
By Governor Mary Fallin Earlier this month, I introduced a plan to stabilize our state by beginning true, meaningful budget reforms and modernizing our state’s tax laws. It cuts some taxes and raises others. To help our families, I proposed eliminating the state sales tax on groceries, which is expected to result in annual savings […]
By Stacey Frazier Let me start by saying that ANY HUMAN BODY PART is a BAD IDEA for a cat toy! Wiggling your fingers or toes for kitty may start out cute but can end horribly, mostly for you. Not only is there the immediate concern of getting scratched or bitten but it tells the […]
Nobody wants to deal with a snapping, biting puppy even if they are just playing. Puppy biting occurs for two reasons. First, their vision is not fully developed, and they are trying to figure out the world around them. Second, they are teething between three and six months of age. Dr. Anna Coffin gives some […]
The last time we updated the status of the Coltrane road project phases, two of the three phases was uncertain. Our work in this area has gained new ground as this week we have much better news that all three project phases are now back on the full funding track.