Posts Categorized: Our Staff Blog

Protecting Your Pet During Flea and Tick Season

  Flea and tick season is here… Do you know which preventative is best for your pet? “Over-the-counters aren’t as effective because they are so widespread,” says Dr. Little, one of our Merriam Veterinary Care Center vets. She often sees patients who can’t find over-the-counter preventatives that work well.  A common misconception, is that prescribed… Read more »

Keeping your pets safe during the holidays

The holidays are times of joy and celebration for everyone.  Make sure the holidays are safe for your pets (and avoid an emergency veterinary visit) by avoiding common toxins and hazards. Chocolate:  While people find chocolate to be a sweet treat, it can actually be toxic to our pets.  The darker the chocolate, the less… Read more »

Giving Tuesday

This is the fifth year of Giving Tuesday, a day of global giving created as a kickoff to the “season of giving” that occurs after Thanksgiving and through the holiday season. Great Plains SPCA has participated in Giving Tuesday for the past three years, raising over $22,000 for local pets in need. When you give to… Read more »

November Volunteer Spotlight

Merriam Campus Volunteer Spotlight Please help in recognizing Caryle Parks as our November Volunteer of the Month! Caryle has been an extremely dedicated volunteer and has been volunteering since January 2006 at the old Animal Haven location. Since the beginning of her volunteer journey, Caryle has logged 5,741 hours of service, visiting the shelter nearly every… Read more »

Arthritis Management in Pets

Ahh, the wonderful season of fall. The crisp cool air and crunchy leaves just beg for you to take your fluffy friend out on a long walk. Maybe even a jog for those ambitious health nuts among us. But what happens when you notice your companion taking longer than usual to greet you at the… Read more »


Hey there! My name is Panama. I am a playful girl who would love to find a forever home. Having some herding breed qualities means I am a smart and active pup. I prefer to stay close to my people so don’t be surprised if I’m always nearby, it’s because I love being loved! Living in… Read more »

Is My Pet Overweight?

Is your pooch getting too plump?  Is Fluffy a bit too flabby?  Just like people, excess weight can have severe consequences in animals.  From diabetes to joint issues, the extra pounds are more than just an aesthetic issue.  But how do you tell if your pet is overweight and what can you do about it?… Read more »

Separation Anxiety in Dogs

As a veterinarian, a common behavioral concern that dog owners ask me about is separation anxiety.  Separation anxiety can be a particularly upsetting issue to deal with for both dogs and their owners alike.  In severe cases it can even result in the dog losing its home or being relinquished to a shelter.  Separation anxiety… Read more »


WATCH MY VIDEO Darling, dear, delightful, attractive, charming, eager to please. Those are nouns and adjectives that describe me and that is why I am called DUCKY. Yup, I am 53 pounds of pure love, friend to all, and everything is ducky when one is with me! The rumor around the shelter is that I… Read more »


Hey there! I hope you will consider me, Nelly, as a new member of your family. If you have a minute, I can share a little bit about myself so we can see if I will be a good fit in your home… I am around 9 years young. Kitties like me can live until well… Read more »