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Welcome Second Home Pet Resort!

Please help me welcome "Second Home Pet Resort" of Phoenix!
We are very excited that Second Home Pet Resort is now an official member of Az Pet Professionals! I first had contact last year with Second Home Pet Resort and was so impressed with their facility that I couldn't wait to get back to Chandler and tell everyone about it! I met with one of the owners, Roger, and his manager and director, several months ago for the second time. I just can't say enough good things about this amazing Pet Resort and am so excited to share them with you! Welcome Second Home Pet Resort!

Looking for a beautiful, upscale pet resort? Well look out! We have an amazing Pet Resort to show you! I have known and worked with the owners, manager and director of Second Home Pet Resort for over two years. They are warm, compassionate, professional and dedicated pet lovers! They wanted what would be best for your pet, so they BUILT you a place to bring them to!

Business Website: www.secondhomepetresort.com 

Second Home Pet Resort

747 E. Thunderbird Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85022
Phone: (602) 997-6600
Fax: (602) 993-5566
Southeast corner of 7th Street and Thunderbird Road
Located behind Walgreen’s

Second Home Pet Resort
747 E. Thunderbird Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85022
Phone: (602) 997-6600
Fax: (602) 993-5566
Email: info@secondhomepetresort.com
Southeast corner of 7th Street and Thunderbird Road
Located behind Walgreen’s

It's National Veterinary Technician Week!

Az Pet Professionals has many pet experts. They also has a founder who just happens to be a Certified Veterinary Technician! So please help me to celebrate National Veterinary Technician Week in honor of our own, very special Veterinary Technician! Thank you!

It is once again, National Veterinary Technician Week!

2014’s theme is “What does a Veterinary Technician Do?”

We would like to celebrate all the Veterinary Technicians in the World this week and share some of the amazing and often unknown things that they do!

Veterinary Technicians are an integral part of the Veterinary Field. If you know one yourself, you’ve probably gotten used to hearing “Vet Tech.” That simple term can sometimes get blank stares when we tell people what we are. After all, isn’t a “Tech” someone who does stuff like change oil, put new tires on your car, works in a lab with a long white coat and protective glasses? Many people have no idea what “Vet Tech” really means. It is a shortened language used because we’ve gotten used to saying it. But in real, the title is much more than that.
Some states have “Licensed Veterinary Technicians,” others are recognized with “Registered Veterinary Technician,” and our state, Arizona, we are recognized as “Certified Veterinary Technicians.” They all mean the same thing.

Certified Veterinary Technicians, or any of the above credentialed titles, mean that a person has graduated from an Accredited School of Veterinary Technicians, taken and passed a State and a National Test. They are required to uphold their Certifications by attending 10 hours of continued education every two years and pay a license fee. This assures all that credentialed veterinary technicians are staying current in all of the changes in the veterinary field and are committed to continued learning.

This is an older video from 2012, but the message remains clear......

So….. What does a Veterinary Technician Do?” This article explains this in depth. http://www.vettechguide.org/what-does-a-vet-tech-do/

Here are just some of the things you may not realize that we do:
·        Phlebotomy
·       X-Rays Technicians
·       Dental Hygenists
·       In house laboratory procedures, including handling of all the samples, requisition forms, and protocols for many different tests to be performed. Making sure the results get to the doctors.
·        Surgery Assisting, not just assisting, but everything that goes along with that term is:
o   Checking in the patient and reviewing the procedure with the client and explaining all the intake paperwork.
o   Placing an IV catheter so the patient receives important intravenous fluids during surgery as well as receiving pain injections.
o   Administering IV fluids
o   Assisting during surgery, that means not only knowing how to read an EKG, but also Oxygen Saturation, Blood Pressure, Temperature and much more.
o   The most important, assessing the patient’s parameters and never relying on a machine.
o   Knowing what to do in case something goes wrong in the surgery room.
o   Post operative care for the patient.
o   Completion and accuracy of all charges to the client.
o   Thorough explanation of home care to the client.
o   Follow up to check the status of the patient the following day
o   Clean up, clean, sterilize instruments, and re-set the surgery room for the next day.
And that’s just surgery!

Exam room technicians have the education to educate clients in a degree of pet care from the importance of vaccinations, heart worm prevention, lab testing, home care, behavior, and so much more.
Technicians are also responsible…… and this is a biggy, in caring for the client! Yes, taking care of the client too! Being a technician does not mean hanging out in the back of the hospital “playing” with pets. It’s so much more. It’s about the pet owners too. It's hard work, sometimes back breaking, long hours, fast paced, high stress situations, and much knowledge needed in many different areas of Veterinary Medicine. So the next time you see your Vet Tech prior to the Doctor at your pet's appointment, please remember that they do much, much more than just taking your pet's temp before the doctor comes in!

To read more about other things Kim does please visit her website at www.vetekchiconwheels.com. Kim teaches Pet CPR and First Aid as well as Public Speaking, teaching others pet care and safety. 

If you’d like to do some more reading, here are some shared sites worth browsing through.
So if you know a Veterinary Technician, maybe today you could send them a little message and let them know how much you appreciate what they do for all the pets. I know I’m going to!

Thank you!

Active Paws- MOVE YOUR MUTT!

It's the last couple of days of "National Walk Your Dog Week" and we think you will agree that there is no business other than Katie's that is perfect to showcase during this fun week! 
Katie has been a member of Az Pet Professionals since December of 2013. We've watched her business grow including offering additional services like her dog Pet Sitting. We are very proud Katie is part of our network of pet experts! We know Katie personally and professionally, can honestly tell you she is a true pet lover and hope that you will also take a minute to get to know her! 

Active Paws is now offering Pet Sitting to most of the East Valley.  Service area is ALL of Gilbert, most of Chandler and Mesa, and Queen Creek when schedule permits!  
Pet sitting is not only for dogs, but for any other household critters you may have.

 Volunteer work is a large part of my philosophy at Active Paws.  I spent anywhere from 5-15 hours a week volunteering at Friends for Life Animal Rescue in Gilbert, AZ.  I participate in care giving, walking and socializing dogs and helping to evaluate new intakes so that we are able to learn more about them and place them in the best possible home!

With the weather getting nicer, dogs can finally get that exercise they need and deserve.  Whether you just need a potty break for your dog during a long work day, a walk for your high energy pooch or someone to provide love and care while you are out of town - Active Paws can take care of that all for you!

Business Website: http://www.activepawsaz.com/
Business Phone: 480-276-5521
CANINE CPR and First Aid Trained and Educated!


Blue Ribbon K-9 Academy Featured Pet Expert!

Carol Lynn has been a member of Az Pet Professionals since March of 2012. She is an integral part of our pet experts network group! I think you will find what Carol Lynn has to offer, incredible!

Blue Ribbon K9 Academy-Carol Lynn Fox
Business website: http://www.blue-ribbonk9.com 



"Hi Pet Parents!
I'm Carol, an AKC Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Pets Unlimited evaluator who focuses on positive reinforcement training for you and your pet. I offer classes for every stage of your dogs development from puppy to seniors. I offer classes for family pets as well as AKC companion events and we have one of the valley's most comprehensive 12 week Therapy Dog programs. Come have fun training with us!" Carol Lynn Fox

My classes include:

  • Therapy Dog Team Training
  • Fit Paws Gym Class for Dogs
  • AKC STAR Puppy class
  • Obedience Fun (and a few tricks too)
  • Canine Good Citizen
  • Rally Obedience
  • AKC Companion Obedience
  • Reactive Rover
  • Canine Swimming Lessons

Here is a little more information and background on Carol Lynn:


Carol Lynn has over 30 years of training experience and believes training your dog should not take a bite out of your wallet!
Most of her 50 minute group class sessions have an average cost of $12 per lesson. Wow! What? Really? That's awesome!!

Business website: http://www.blue-ribbonk9.com 

 Join Carol Lynn on Facebook and catch her latest updates and posts about her classes. www.facebook.com/BlueRibbonK9

Veterinarians in Chandler and Tempe that you can trust!

As promised!!

Introducing our very first Chandler and Tempe Veterinary Practices!

Website: www.AMCofC.com

Website: http://cobblestonevet.com/

This first paragraph is a repeat of an earlier post introducing our Chandler Veterinarians but I wanted to post the same first paragraph because it has so much reason behind why Az Pet Professionals  support the small business owners and not the large Veterinary Corporations. Please let me make clear one thing, we are not saying it is bad to take your pet to a corporate veterinary business, it's just not for the Az Pet Professionals! We support our small business owners, it's what we are all about! We want to know them personally as well as professionally so we know what you will be receiving as far as the care given to you and your pets.
So if you missed it, here it is......

All over the Valley people have so many choices for Veterinary Practices and Veterinarians. But which one should you take your pet/s to? Why does it seem that so many Veterinarians these days belong to big Corporations? What if you are searching for a smaller, family feeling veterinary clinic that offers the same exact services but with a little bit more of a "personal" touch for you and your fur family?

Answer a couple of questions listed below and you can decide on your own which fits you the best, smaller, family veterinarians or larger corporate practices.

If you currently go to a corporate/or corporate feeling veterinary office:
  • Does it seem as if they are "selling" you things, perhaps working on commission?
  • Do they seem that to sell, sell, sell is their goal, not your pet?
  • Do you feel "ripped off?" when you leave?
  • Do you feel like you are just another number who walked through the door?
  • Is the Veterinarian spending quality time with you and your pets? Is it the same Veterinarian each time or always someone new?
  • Do you long for a more personal touch, a warmer welcome?
  • Did you feel special when you walked into their practice, or not?

So how did you do? Does a corporation fit you or do you long for a smaller practice?

You know, the ones who make you feel more at home, the ones who know your names when you walk through the door, always friendly but always professional, efficient but without making you feel they are "Selling." The give you education and explore your options for pet care but let you make the final decision.
Being a Veterinarian and owning a Practice is not an easy thing to do. From start to finish they have put their hearts, hands, sweat and tears into every aspect of building their practices. Let's show them our dedication. They could easily "Sell out" to the Corporations but they don't.
Why? Commitment, passion and dedication to you and your pets!

So which Veterinarian do you trust to give you that personal, compassionate, but still all the while, high quality medical care, to your pet?

For years now we have named several Valley Veterinarians on our website, mostly because they are our own pet's doctors, or we've heard great things about them from each another. But it's finally time to honor those committed, small business owners and Veterinarians as actual Network Group Members! Their outstanding services should be more than just a name on our page. They've proved over and over to be the best and we are honored to shower them with appreciation and acknowledgement! You will see our referred Veterinarians' page grow and grow because we want you to know where to take your pets for trusted and committed care. We care about you and your pets and only want the best for all pet parents! So without further hesitation, please let me introduce two of our new Valley Veterinarians!

So we are so excited to announce the two newest, official Valley Veterinarians! South Chandler and Tempe..... here we come!

Welcome our South Chandler Veterinarians!

I've known owner, Dr. Stickland and her Associate, Dr. Duregger for over 5 years and have always been impressed with their dedication, professionalism and compassion for our pets. Dr. Stickland is one of many who became discouraged with corporation changes in the veterinary field and longed to be the family veterinarian she was born and educated to be! Taking a giant leap of faith she opened her very own practice! Now she was in charge of how to run her own practice!

We are so proud of her and all she has accomplished and we know that she was able to do this with the help of her faithful staff and partner, associate veterinarian, Dr. Carolyn Duregger. We are so proud to be able to showcase our favorite Chandler Veterinary Clinic!

We are sooooo excited to announce that Animal Medical Center of Chandler is now a proud member of Az Pet Professionals! Several of us have known Dr. Stickland and Dr. Duregger for some time already and feel assured we are placing you into the most loving, caring of professionals.

Please take a minute to click on their link to see pictures of Dr. Stickland's brand new, beautiful Practice located on the NW Corner of Chandler Heights and Arizona Avenue.

Website: www.AMCofC.com

Dr. Andrea Stickland and Dr. Carolyn Duregger

Business Address: 70 W Chandler Heights Rd #3, Chandler, AZ, 85248
Business Phone: (480) 339-0406. Website: www.AMCofC.com

Don't forget to "Like" their Facebook Page! https://www.facebook.com/AnimalMedicalCenterofChandler

Welcome our Tempe Veterinarians!

I recently received an email from Dr. Andrew Marsh, Owner of Tempe's Cobblestone Veterinary Care.

Like many, Dr. Marsh is a small business owner who has put his heart and soul into his practice along with his wife, Veterinarian, Dr. Amy Jundt.

I was intrigued to see their practice and asked if we could meet. I went to Cobblestone Veterinary Care a few weeks ago and needless to say was "Blown Away"! Dr. Marsh and Dr. Jundt are two of the nicest people I've met and their Practice is amazing! With warmth and love written all over the place it was clear their hearts were in the right place. There is so much in their practice, all of which I was impressed with, but one of the most heartfelt rooms was a warm, peaceful room off to the side by itself.

Decorated very nicely with a large comfy couch. This room is used for pet owners who have to put their pet to sleep. It's a warm, peaceful room, not one with stainless steel, smells of alcohol, cleaners, etc. It's quite, it's pretty, it's the perfect place for the ending of a beautiful life long friend's life.
The room also allows you to walk out a separate door when done, not through the lobby. Not all Veterinarians are lucky enough to have the room in their Practices that allows such a room, but I can tell you.... they all wish they did. For you.

I hope you will take a tour of their beautiful Veterinary Clinic whenever you have the chance and if you live in North Chandler or Tempe, this is a must for you if you are looking for a trusted Veterinary Clinic!

Business Address:
Cobblestone Veterinary Care
1721 East Warner Road Suite C3
Tempe, AZ 85284
Phone: 480-897-1888
Fax: 480-897-1400

Business Website: http://cobblestonevet.com/

Thank you Animal Medical Center of Chandler and Cobblestone Veterinary Care for providing Valley pet owners with your undeniable dedication, professionalism, compassion and love for their pets!

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  1. Never, ever leave your dog in the car;
  2. Make sure your dog has unlimited access to fresh water;
  3. Make sure your dog has access to shade when outside;
  4. Take walks during the cooler hours of the day;
  5. When walking, try to stay off of hot surfaces (like asphalt) because it can burn your dog's paws;
  6. If you think it's hot outside, it's even hotter for your pet – make sure your pet has a means of cooling off;
  7. Keep your dog free of external parasites (fleas, ticks) and heartworms – consult your veterinarian about the best product for your pet;
  8. Consider clipping or shaving dogs with long coats, and apply sunscreen to your dog's skin if she or he has a thin coat.


Household pet tip for dogs from Blue Ribbon K9 Academy:

Train your dog to use a pet door by putting a dab of butter on the bottom edge of the flap. Have another person hold the dog on the side with the butter and you stand on the other side with treats. Your dog will lick the bottom of the flap, pushing it open while you encourage it through and offering treats. Happy Training!

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