Muskogee Phoenix Warns of Bobcat Fever

The Muskogee Phoenix has issued a warning article to residents in the area:

Dr. Larry Hamilton of Honor Heights Veterinary Clinic, 4011 W. Okmulgee Ave., said he normally had seen one or two cases a year. “This past month, I diagnosed 12,” he said.

The disease is a parasite, feline cytauxzoonosis, carried by ticks that have fed on wild bobcats, which are known reservoirs for the disease.

The parasite does not affect humans, dogs, or other animals other than cats, veterinarians say.

Cats with the parasite develop a high fever and become lethargic or anorectic, Hamilton said.

“They do not want to eat,” he said. “Very few survive the disease.”

Hamilton said it takes an hour or two for the tick to infect a cat.

via Muskogee Phoenix

Prevention is key to keeping cats safe. Use Flea/Tick medications for ALL your pets.

“If your cat likes to stay in the yard, try to keep your grass mowed down so it’s not tall,” she said. “The ticks tend to like the taller grasses. Keep the shrubbery trimmed short and remove debris around your house. Do daily tick checks on the cats and remember to look between their toes. If your cat lives with a dog, make sure you are using some type of tick control on the dog as it can bring ticks into your house, which can then feed on your cat.”

via Science Daily


via Science Daily

According to the Companion Animal Council, the disease is most often observed “between March and September, when the tick vectors are active.”

Where is Cytauxzoon felis found?
The lone star tick, Amblyomma americanum, is considered to be the main vector ofcytauxzoon felis. The disease has been found in the states of:

  • Texas
  • Arkansas
  • Louisiana
  • Virginia
  • Kansas
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • Missouri
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Georgia
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Tennessee

Symptoms of Cytauxzoon felis
While bobcats, the natural hosts, are typically asymptomatic, domestic cats are not so lucky. After being bitten by a tick carrying this protozoan parasite, domestic cats typically show signs within 5-14 days.

Infected cats often present with:

  • Depression
  • Lethargy
  • Anorexia
  • Fever
  • Dehydration

Unfortunately, the disease progresses quickly and affected cats can die within 2-3 days without treatment.

via Pet Health Network



Fritz can’t catch, 5 dog poisons that may be in your purse, & interrupting a mating tortoise.



Fritz is trending right now and it’s for an adorable fail.

Fritz just can’t seem to catch his snacks.

The Today Show featured him and he has his own youtube station! Check him out!

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Sweet story of a long distance rescue & Wow! That’s a big cat!


Hello friends!

I found a few articles on the internet that I really wanted to share with you all. First, the sweet story of Tito and second a huuuuge kitty cat.


Meet Tito!


De Rosa, is a 52-year-old man from Buenos Aires, Argentina, who runs an animal rescue center. There are 200 pets currently living at the shelter and the animal rescuer lives with 14 pets in his home. All 14 of De Rosa’s house pets have a disability due to birth defects or diseases, and the man believes that adding the two-legged Dachshund to his pack is just the right thing to do.

Read more about Tito and his new owner at

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Obesity in Pets

Obesity in pets is a problem that is on the rise. It’s hard to resist those sweet eyes that beg for extra treats and human foods. But, it’s a problem that needs to be avoided. It can really hurt the health of your pet. CBS News published this article today regarding this issue.

Veterinary nurse Lindsay Atkinson struggles to hold Ruby, a Jack Russell terrier who needed to lose a third of her body weight. IAN MCCLELLAND


“Just like their human companions, excess weight can bring on a host of health problems for pets. Being overweight can increase risk of osteoarthritis, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart and respiratory disease, cranial cruciate or anterior knee ligament injury, kidney disease and some cancers. It can decrease an animal’s life expectancy by up to 2.5 years.”

Full story:

Slide show of before and after over weight pet photos:


Family Dollar Pet Coupons, a heart warming story, and a cute video


Today I want to share a kind story, coupons, and a cute video!

First, this story is so awesome. Arthur (as this dog was lovingly named), a stray dog, found his person by joining a group on an amazing adventure.


In a heartwarming story tailor-made for the start of the holiday season, a stray dog followed a team of athletes throughout its grueling 430-mile adventure competition in the Amazon rainforest.

Read the full story here:

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A little bit of news, events, and a coupon.

Happy Monday!

I hope everyone is off to a great start this week. Lots of activity around NSU; here is a poster showing the details:


See a full list of events here.

Tonight’s event is a Homecoming Street Party. It’s located at NSU Beta Field and starts at 6:00. It should be lots of fun and I will be there, with my pup. 🙂

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