November is Diabetes Awareness Month. The signs and treatment are very similar in dogs and cats, but this week Dr. Anna Coffin will concentrate on diabetes in cats. The major difference between dog and cat diabetes is that cat diabetes if treated properly and quickly; cats can go into remission. Read more: Diabetes In Cats: How To […]
It is a very old story and I have heard it repeated many times. It seems that legislators cannot hold a budget hearing or meet with representatives of state government agencies without being subjected to a long and nuanced description of the agency’s great financial needs.
All cats shed. All of them. Even the “hairless” variety, which has a barely-there downy fuzz. Shedding is part of a healthy coat in any cat. The hair grows to a certain length, dies, then falls out. Long haired cats shed longer hairs, which makes it seem like a LOT more hair, short-haired cats shed […]
Last week I described the dangerous decline of transparency in the Legislature and how this is leading to an environment into which terrible ideas are quickly advancing from introduction to passage before legislators can figure out the implications and before the public can realize what is being done to them.
Last week I described a key moment from the 2015 legislative session that put the Oklahoma Legislature on a downward transparency trajectory: legislators suspended an important transparency policy because their leaders told them that they would be required to work on a Saturday if they failed to approve the suspension.
A new movement is sweeping through veterinary medicine focusing on reducing pet anxiety and fear. It’s called the Fear Free Initiative, and veterinary professionals are trying to help pet parents recognize and treat fear, anxiety, and stress in their pets.
How to use a simple cue to elevate your dogs’ level of understanding and decision-making. The wrong answer can be a step toward the right answer. In this article, Stefani Fortney will show you how to use the no reward marker to get the right response from your dog. When I was a kid, I […]
Last week I wrote of the devolution of openness in the Oklahoma Legislature.
Keeping your pet healthy is a veterinarian’s number one priority. The easiest way to keep your pet happy and healthy is an annual visit to the veterinarian. Do you have trouble affording your pet’s annual vaccinations, testing and preventative medication? If you do, then pet wellness plans can help you get the care your pet […]
Longtime readers will know that from the time of my election in 2006 until a few years ago I was quite bullish on the potential for legislative transparency.
I was reviewing some old documents when I ran across a column I wrote in the spring of my first year in Guthrie. I find it as relevant today as it was then. Because of the timely relevance, I’m choosing to re-print it with minimal editing.
September is Animal Pain Awareness Month, and unlike humans, our pets are not able to tell us when they are in pain. Signs of animal pain can often be subtle changes in behavior, especially in cats. Therefore, it is important for pet owners to be able to recognize signs of pain. Read more: Animal Pain: […]
It was the last straw. For years, an area-based business owner had managed to deal with the stressful and potentially punitive sales tax collection requirements of the state, but a fiscally foolish decision by the governor and this year’s state legislature finally pushed him into a decision that will prove very costly to the state.
Starting obedience training with our pets is a lot like teaching someone a new language. In the past, it was common for trainers to use physical correction, coercion, and punishment to force animals to perform behaviors. Recently, with the help of psychological research, we’ve learned that animals can be taught in a more efficient and […]
That was my first thought as I stared up at the monitor in the Appropriations Committee hearing room. The committee was just starting to consider the 2018 appropriations bill — a bill that was supposed to be House Bill 2401; however, the screen informed those of us on the committee that Senate Bill 860 was […]
We’ve all had it happen. You turn on the tap to get a drink or brush your teeth, and suddenly you have a cat in the sink. They had absolutely no interest in even being in the same room with you until the water started to flow. Believe it or not, Tiger isn’t getting in […]
Would you believe that the House Appropriations Committee approved the 2018 state budget without reading a single word of the bill?
The first written record of Rabies occurred in the 23rd Century B.C. Even back then; they understood that fact that this disease was transmitted by the bite of an animal. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until the 19th Century that there was an accurate diagnosis, isolation of the virus and discovery of a Rabies vaccine and treatment […]
As this legislative year concluded, those who had been trying to raise taxes gave up on all but the smallest pretense of following the Constitution.
By Melissa Houston Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Labor omnia vincit. Our state’s motto, “Labor Conquers All,” indicates the importance our state places on the worker and the realization that a successful workforce creates a prosperous state.