Hairballs: A Blog

A man and woman crouch down and pet their dog.

In For a Penny

In May of this year, in a small Oklahoma town, a seventeen year old young woman named Natalie was killed by a driver while sitting at a stop sign in broad daylight. This tragedy, senseless and cruel, devastated her family, especially her sister Cait. Cait and her husband...
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A black cat looks into the camera lens.

Pain in Dogs and Cats

Pain is one of the fundamental aspects of how we interact with the world, and with our own bodies. As humans, we are generally capable of saying NO OUCH NO or something similar when we feel pain (or yelling, or crying, or tossing out a few choice curse...
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When a pet needs help we strive to be a resource for the community.

It’s Good to be Lucky

You might not think Lucky is actually that lucky. Then again, this is really more about what’s being preserved versus what’s been lost. It’s about friends, and keeping family together, saving the relationship even though things have to change — maybe even dramatically — to do it. And...
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Mandatory spay neuter laws actually increase the number of animal deaths in a community because of increased impounds and reliinguishments.

A Mandatory Spay Neuter Law Will Hurt Animals

In terms of pets, Kansas City has come a long way in the last 20 years. The numbers alone tell the story. At one point in time, we killed more than 20,000 animals each year just for space. These days, thanks to a strong push by our animal...
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The Truth About Black Cats

August 17th is National Black Cat Appreciation Day. Now, confidentially, that’s pretty much every day for us, but we like celebrating it because it’s extra important. Why is that? Well, in part it’s because cats tend to be adopted at a lower rate than dogs from shelters, so...
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a woman looks at a young puppy as the vet tech holds the puppy still for examination.

Vaccinations

Ever since a country physician by the name of Edward Jenner administered the first documented inoculation in 1796, vaccinations have become an incredibly important, incredibly necessary part of our society. Not only did Jenner’s idea directly prevent millions of people from dying from smallpox, which had already claimed...
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A Day in the Life: Surgery

Once upon a time we looked at surgery check-in and what that process looks like for us and our clients. Now let’s take a look at what happens on the other side of those mysterious surgery doors… Check-in is in high gear by the time 8 o’clock rolls...
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Healing with A Little Help from Some Friends

Necole has a full house. Five kids, ages 3 months to 15 years. And then there are the four dogs, including two puppies. It gets crazy, she admits. But to her way of thinking, at a certain point the chaos couldn’t get much more… chaotic. “Life is already...
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The Heartbreak of Heartworm

A lot of people don’t know what a heartworm is, but the truth is that it’s exactly what it sounds like: a type of parasite that takes up residence in your pet’s heart, doing damage all the while. And though that kind of infestation seems like the type...
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Summer Safety

  Summer arrives like a floodlamp aimed right at your eyes. You open the door one day and suddenly you feel like you’re swimming because it’s so humid, and how come you’re already sweating after five seconds? Wasn’t it just spring yesterday? While it’s a shock for us,...
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Friends like Virginia and Butter are why we work in the community every day.

Not Going it Alone

You know this. That life can be tough and random and lonely. But this is not about that. Not even a little. In fact, even with that small reminder that there’s a line somewhere out there we all know about and some of us cross (willingly or not),...
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A woman and her daughter hold their puppy and smile at the camera

Pet Appreciation Week

It’s no secret that we believe that the bond between people and their pets has the ability to change lives, or even save them. What makes Pet Appreciation Week so special for us is that it’s a chance to really showcase how that bond manifests, because honestly, we...
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