Holiday Safety For Pets

Happy Holidays from the Az Pet Professionals

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With the holiday season here many of us have deadlines for shopping, decorating and visiting family and friends which can all raise our stress levels, and our pets! 

New faces and guests can add to that stress during the hustle, bustle of the season. Each time a guest enters your home pets are exposed to a new level of stress in some way. Some of this can be positive but some can be negative stress. Some pets need to be secured in another area of the house while guests are in their home while others are allowed to roam free. Doors, gates and garage doors are opened and closed frequently. The opportunity for escape is high. Winter holidays are one of the top seasons of the year that pets are lost.

Microchipping your pet can help in it's return if they should escape. If your pet is not microchipped yet, all of our veterinarians provide this service. See our veterinarians here and schedule your appointment today.
Reminders this holiday season
  1. Inform your guests not to feed your pet table scraps. Feeding people food can be harmful and sometimes fatal to your pets. 
  2. Keep a routine for your pet. Provide normalcy for them. 
  3. Make sure your pet receives daily exercise. This can burn unwanted stress and energy making them more relaxed. A good dog is a tired dog. 
  4. Give your pets plenty of One-On-One time. 
  5. Keep purses off the floor and out of reach. Purses generally contain medications, sugary gum, mints or candy which are all dangerous for pets. 
Dangerous holiday items to watch for
  1. Plastic beverage holders 
  2. Electric cords and string lights
  3. Glass ornaments 
  4. Ribbons and tinsel 
  5. Foil and Rubber bands 
  6. Artificial Christmas trees- Flock, branches, etc. 
  7. Pine needles. If your pet ingests a pine needle there is a danger of internal organs being pierced by the needles. This may require surgical intervention and can be fatal. 
FAQ: Az Pet Professionals provides you with referred valley veterinarians, professional pet sitters, dog and cat boarding, all natural pet products including high quality dog and cat food by pawTree, homemade dog treats, a professional dog trainer and much, much more. You can go to their pages listed above, to see their services, locations, hours and contact information. 

Safe and delicious dog treats for your dogs this season
Furbabies Delectable Delights recently opened their beautiful retail store located inside their warehouse located in Mesa at 8119 East Apache Trail. Furbabies Delectable Delights has a variety of homemade dog treats, pup cakes, apparel, and other products you’ll love. You can call them at 480-544-8290 and place your order over the phone as well. 
Click here to see the many stores that carry Furbabies treats:

Photo-Courtesy of Pet Sitter Pro
Keeping up with exercise
Take your dog for some extra walks; make sure he realizes that you haven’t forgotten about him during this busy time. If you are pressed for time and unable to do this yourself our professional pet sitters provide dog walking.

Cat play

Cats love cat condos and play time too. Your feline friends need attention and playtime too, but make sure their toys are safe and please remember, no ribbon or tinsel. It may look fun to play with but ribbon and tinsel, as stated above, can become twisted in intestines if ingested.

Giving a pet as a gift
If you are thinking about adopting a new pet please remember that many pets are adopted at this time of the year but for the wrong reasons. Giving someone the gift of a new pet is a big gamble. You may think it's a good idea but your friend may not. A pet might not fit into their lifestyle and the situation could lead the pet to being homeless once again.
Pets are often returned after the initial sentiment has gone. If you are serious about adopting a pet then this can be the perfect time but if you’re just doing it because it’s Christmas then it might be a good idea to revisit this after the holiday when you have more time to research which pet will fit into your family.

Az Pet Professionals want to wish you a happy and safe holiday season with your loved ones, both pets and human!

Thanksgiving and your pets

The Fall season is finally here.... I think.
It was the first day since last Fall that I woke up to let the dogs outside this morning and much to my surprise, it felt chilly. The air had a different smell, a different feeling. It smelled of colder, crisper days ahead and of a promise that winter was following closely behind.
What a great time of the year, it's so exciting. The sounds of holiday music in our homes, at work and in our cars, the smells of turkey, ham, spices and fire places. 

But because Thanksgiving came up fast this year, most likely your family is scurrying around trying to get your preparations in check just like me. 

The Az Pet Professionals and I wanted to take a minute to remind you to just breathe, take it all in, take it one day at a time, one hour at a time if needed, and remember to enjoy everything about this time of year and remember to keep your pet family in mind in the midst of all the excitement.

Holiday Treats, alcoholic beverages, rich, fatty foods and bones can be harmful or toxic to your pets. You get that. We’re fairly certain you’ve heard this before.
So we wanted to provide you with a quick refresher on some things you can do to keep your pets safe this holiday.

· Keep your pet on their regular diet and caution guests against giving your pet any “special treats”. I like to put notes around my house that actually spell out in large writing, NO HUMAN FOOD FOR OUR PETS PLEASE. It works..

· Watch hot containers and pots on the stove.

· Hot turkey, ham drippings and other hot side dishes can cause severe scalding and burns, so be careful handling both.

· Withhold from feeding those same drippings, even once they have cooled. Drippings can easily cause upset to your pet’s digestive system because of their high fat content.

Preventative safety measures are the best strategies so store leftovers out of the reach of all pets and in tightly closed containers.

Keep your pet safe from E-Coli. Make sure garbage cans are closed and secured. Turkey which has been out too long can cause Salmonella so be careful that your pet is not in your kitchen eating off the turkey plate while you are entertaining. This goes for cats too; it is very easy for them to jump up on counters and tables.

Cooked bones can be dangerous to your pets. 
Please do not feed your pets bones, especially cooked poultry bones. Poultry bones splinter easily and can cause tearing in the intestines if swallowed and can get caught in the esophagus causing them to choke. Thousands of pets are treated for consumption of splintered bones causing pain and even death. Emergency Exploratory surgery is costly and can range from $2,000-$5,000.
What can you do to include your pet this holiday?
First, consider providing appropriate chew toys or food occupation devices such as “Kong Stuffing” to keep your pet occupied. 
There are many cat and dog puzzle toys available to keep pets alert, active and entertained.
We have some wonderful alternatives for you as far as fun things for your dogs and cats to eat that are made right here in the USA. 

Furbabies Delectable Delights, our long time founding member, makes all of their homemade dog treats right here in the East Valley and they have holiday pup cakes and more that can be made special for your dogs. 
Furbabies recently partnered with another one of our amazing members, our pawTree representative, Stephanie. Together they will be offering you a place to purchase high quality, affordable dog and cat food and treats. 
This is so exciting because pawTree offers the highest quality cat and dog food and also has cat treats. There are so many new and exciting products that were released recently that make dinner more fun for your pet, just see for yourself here.  
The investment and preparation can insure that your pet/s will have a happy, healthy and safe Holiday rather than a tragic one.

Dog doesn't like company?
That's going to be a problem if you are hosting Thanksgiving. I know it's short notice, but we have an amazing dog trainer that you can call to consult with. If you can't schedule with her before Thanksgiving, there's always time before Christmas. A phone consult could be just what you need to receive some tips on what you can do on Thanksgiving, until your scheduled appointment. 

See Kathrine's information here.

What about an unexpected emergency during the holiday?
Always make sure you have the nearest Emergency Clinic telephone number close by. 
Time is of essence in an emergency and you can't afford to waste precious minutes trying to figure out where you’re going. You can Google the shortest route to the nearest emergency clinic so you know exactly where you’d be driving to and exactly how long it will take to get there. Do this now, not when it's too late. This is a huge part of you preparing. 
If you do need an emergency clinic, remember to call them when you are en-route. Give them an estimated time of arrival and a summary of why you are coming so they can prepare and be ready.

Each year thousands of pets are seriously injured or become deathly ill around the holidays. 
People plan trips, holiday shopping, holiday parties, cooking and baking. It can be easy to lose track of what your pet is doing. Pets are as curious and anxious as we are during this time of year. There can be assorted hazards waiting for their curiosity if we aren't careful. 
Stay alert as to what they are doing at all times. Although it is a busy time for you; please do not forgo your pet’s needs.
If you are planning going out of town make sure to hire a trusted pet sitter or boarding facility. 
We have plenty of them for you to see and we know they are the best.
Vaccines prevent transmissible disease. So if your pets are behind on vaccines, make an effort to put that task at the top of your list so it doesn't become lost in the hustle. We have incredible veterinarians in our group that you can schedule an appointment with. 
Our veterinarians can help with much more too. Microchips can recover a lost pet and spaying and neutering can save countless, unwanted litters of puppies and kittens. 

We want to wish you all a happy Thanksgiving and hope your pets will have a great holiday as well!
Thanks pet friends and be safe all throughout the Holiday Season!

Adopt a senior dog Month

November is adopt a senior dog month!

Why adopt a senior dog?
Below are a few facts to be considered when it comes to adopting a senior dog.

What are families looking for?

Prospective families looking to adopt a new dog typically focus on one thing and that is usually about adopting a puppy. Families want a puppy so that they “can grow with the family” or because it's "cute and cuddly".

Understandable in some situations but what about senior dogs that are available?
Why not are they so overlooked?

Let's take senior citizen people for example. If you were in your seventies, would you adopt a puppy that might outlive you or lived longer than you were able to care for it? This hardly makes sense.
Too often that pet ends up at the pound because none of the remaining family are willing or able to take over the responsibility after the owner has passed away. It's a terribly sad predicament, but it happens often.

Raising a puppy can be lot of work!
If you’re retired and are convinced you want a puppy instead of an older dog, make sure your retirement is not going to get in the way of providing all the needs that a new puppy comes with. Also, make arrangements so that if you are not able to provide for him any longer that you have someone who is willing and able to do so.

What about young families?
If you do not have kids yet what happens when you do? Will you be the couple that says “We need to find a home for Buster because we have a new baby now and just don’t have time for him.”? Again, this is heard of often and is unfair to the dog.

If you adopt a dog and then have children; be prepared to incorporate your pet into your new family. There are many resources that can assist you in preparing Buster for the new addition to the family, therefore making the transition much easier and with a much happier outcome.

Our Professional Dog Trainer, Kathrine Breeden, owner of can teach you and show you what you can to do to make Buster comfortable with the baby and to live happily with the family for the remainder of his life. 

Why is it so easy for us to forget that there are senior dogs that are looking for permanent, loving homes?

Remember this:
When a family surrenders a senior dog, whatever the circumstances are; what happens to the dog?

As stated above, too often the dog ends up at the pound or taken to an animal shelter........ IF they are lucky enough to find a shelter who has room for them or accepts owner surrendered pets. There are many articles circulating on facebook showing dogs who were in the lobby of an animal control office and the horrified look on their faces when they realized their family was leaving them there, or the dog who sat facing the corner of it's kennel, heartbroken because he knew what just happened. 

We've all seen them and they're heartbreaking.
Another probable reason people pass on adopting senior dogs is that they think the older dog will have health problems. They may assume that they will need to take over the expenses and this, they financially find undesirable. What people don't realize is that most Shelters have already addressed current health issues and will continue to pay for any needed or on going medications and/or tests, at least for some time.

So how much does owning a puppy cost? Let's compare:
Of course not that adopting a puppy can't be fulfilling and amazing, but we are focusing on senior dogs this month so please take that into consideration while reading this article.

On average a new puppy can cost a family $1,000 or more it's first year of life. Yes, $1,000 or more
The factors that may lessen that amount are:
  • If the puppy is already spayed or neutered.
  • If the puppy has already received his first vaccines, heartworm testing, given dewormer, heartworm prevention and flea and tick prevention.
  • If the puppy is already microchipped from the place of adoption. 
Truth of the matter is, this may save you initial costs, but there will still be ongoing expenses! 

Here's a list of some of the on-going expenses you will assume when adopting a puppy instead of a senior dog: 
  • The remainder of the puppy's vaccines and veterinarian appointments. Puppy vaccines are every 3-4 weeks until the age of 14-18 weeks. This depends on the age the puppy began vaccines and in most cases there is an exam fee with each vaccine appointment.  
  • Stool test to check for intestinal parasites
  • Spay or Neuter surgery
  • Microchip implant and registration
  • House training supplies
  • A professional dog trainer for basic training and socialization and/or if your puppy is displaying any behavior problems. (Socialization is extremely important between the ages of 12 to 16 weeks of age.This is important for your pup to develop into a confident, social dog). If you don't have the time to spend socializing your puppy, his chances of becoming fearful or aggressive towards certain things/people, are high.

Breeds requiring regular grooming will need to have their first puppy grooming around 3-4 months of age. The first appointment is very calming and soothing. Having a professional groomer that knows how important this first appointment is can mean the difference of how your pet will handle future grooms. The appointment helps them to become familiar with the noises of the dryers, clippers, motors and bathing. These sounds and smells can be frightening if not handled the appropriate way.

Crate training
Crate training will be good if you plan on using it for pup's sleeping quarters or for his "safe place" when too many people are around. Remember, crate training is not only for the safety of your pet; but for people and children in your home as well. The crate needs to be a safe, fun place for him, think of it as his den!  

Bedding and play
Your new pup will also need something to sleep on! 
Appropriate toys (each stage of pups life might require new toys) toys are an on-going expense and must be monitored when in use for your pups safety.
Collars and harnesses for outdoor fun are an obvious need. Remember, no shock, no choke and no bark collars!
Pet Sitting
A trusted pet sitter. You don't plan on staying home forever, do you?

All of the above are likely more expensive than if you only had to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian for an initial exam that might include
blood work and a urinalysis. This assures that your veterinarian has a solid starting profile of your senior dog's health. Of course some of the things listed above are also needed by a senior pet, the beds, the toys, the dishes, etc.

Senior pets are most likely already obedient, house trained (No potty pads or additional training) and most bad habits have been gone for a long time! (Chewing on shoes, eating the couch, etc.) He is already socialized so you won't need to spend the extra time you will need to commit to or money spent on a dog trainer. As for crates, this depends on the dog, but often at an older age the crate is a thing of the past; so you won't need to spend extra cash on the purchase of a new one.
Also remember that most, if not all, animal shelters will not adopt a pet without already being spayed or neutered, having a microchip implanted and registered, at least one or two needed vaccines, dewormer if needed, and even socialization training if needed.

What you'll get

A gentle, loving, trusting companion, a new member of your family, and pure, unconditional love from a dog who will spend the rest of his days thanking you for saving him. Now that's worth the price of gold.

This month, and all months after, please consider adopting a senior dog. 

For further information on senior pets for adoption, please check out several links.






While there are plenty more websites you will find on the Internet, please investigate thoroughly to make sure they are a legitimate rescue or foundation.
All Photos are the property of Kim MacCrone. Copying is not authorized. 
Thanks pet owners!

Halloween and Pet safety

Halloween is around the corner! 

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Are you prepared to keep your pets safe?

Halloween safety tips: 
  • Don't leave your pet out in the yard on Halloween: There are plenty of stories of vicious pranksters who have teased, injured, stolen, even killed pets on this night. With all of the “Clown” pranks we are hearing of, please don’t trust for one minute, that leaving your pets in your backyard is safe.
  • Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets: Chocolate is poisonous to a lot of animals, I’m sure this isn’t the first time you’ve heard this. But this week we are talking a heap of chocolate, not just a diminutive bite! Tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed as well and usually come hand-in-hand with candy. 
  • Lit pumpkins: Lit candles inside of pumpkins are especially dangerous. A pet can walk past one and set their tail on fire, or knock a candle over, causing a fire. 
  • Don't dress your dog in a costume unless you know he doesn't mind it. Otherwise this can put undue stress on the animal, not to mention; it can be very frightening to your pet. 
  • If you do dress up your dog, make sure the costume isn't constricting, annoying or unsafe (choking and flammable.) 
  • Be careful not to obstruct their vision as this can be very dangerous and scary for your pet. Even the sweetest dogs can get snappy when they can't see what's going on around them! 
  • All but the most social dogs should be kept in a separate room during trick-or-treat hours; too many strangers in strange garb can be scary for a dog. 
  • Be careful your cat or dog doesn't dart out through the open door and keep all doggy doors locked! 

Have your pet microchipped if you haven't already. This is added protection of being reunited with a lost pet. 

You will find that all of our recommended veterinarians will assist you with microchipping all of your pets! 
Please don't wait until it's too late.
Wishing you a fun, safe and happy Howl-een! 

Kim MacCrone

Best of 2016 in the pet industry

Best of 2016 in the pet industry 

Congratulations to TWO of our members!

Not surprising you’ll see that two Az Pet Professional members received awards in the Tribune Best of 2016 Chandler! 

Dr. Andrea Stickland, owner of Animal Medical Center of Chandler, won first place for Best Veterinarian for the third year in a row. 
In her own words, 
“I think I try to treat people the way I want to be treated myself”. “It will be amazing. I won last year. It’s such a cool award. It’s just a great reward for my staff.” Dr. Andrea Stickland.
Animal Medical Center of Chandler is located at: 270 West Chandler Heights Road. Ste. # 3. Chandler. (The NW Corner of Chandler Heights and Az Avenue, across from the Post Office) 

If you’d like to be part of the “Best Veterinarian 2016” Clientele,
please call: 

Our second member, winning 3rd place in “One of the Best in Grooming,” is Brittany Hollingsworth, owner of Fancy Fur ‘n Purr, our full service grooming salon! Brittany has previously won first place in 2011, 2012, 2013, and Best in the East Valley, in 2012. Brittany has been a member of Az Pet Professionals for over 4 years! 

To schedule your pet’s day at the salon, call 
Fancy Fur ‘n Purr at:

Fancy Fur ‘n Purr is located in Chandler, at 3875 West Ray Road. 
You can follow them on Facebook at:

We are so proud of both of you! 
Congratulations on awards well deserved!

Click the link below and head to page 23 to see our proud members.

National Pet Wellness Month


National Pet Wellness Month

We recognize National Pet Wellness Month by focusing on certain things that pet owners can do to increase their pet’s lives. Our pet experts are well educated in their fields, professional and diversified. They are available to assist you with keeping your pets happy, healthy and cared for!

Puppies and Kittens

The following are some suggestions to keeping puppies and kittens well:

· Make sure your puppy or kitten receives all their booster vaccines from 6-8 weeks old until 4-5 months old. From the first vaccine, your pet will need additional vaccine "boosters" until they are between 14-16 weeks of age. This can be determined by your veterinarian depending on what age you start their vaccine series.

· Check for intestinal parasites by bringing along a stool sample to your appointment. Many young animals have at least one intestinal parasite. They are fairly easily diagnosed and not too expensive to eliminate. If your pet is positive for a parasites, your veterinarian will prescribe a medication. Checking for intestinal parasites is important, because some parasites can be transmitted to other pets, children and adults.

· Start new puppies on Heartworm preventative as early as 6 weeks of age and continue every month all year around. Heartworm prevention also de-worms monthly for round and hookworms! Inquire about Flea and Tick Products from your veterinarian if you feel your pet might be in need of them. There are many products available for the prevention of heartworm, fleas and ticks, so please be advised by one of our amazing Veterinarians!

· Have your pet spayed or neutered to help prolong their lifespan and decrease their chances of certain cancers. Females are spayed, males are neutered. Un spayed females are at risk for mammary tumors and uterine cancer if not spayed. Un neutered males are at risk for testicular and/or prostate cancer.

· Microchip your puppy or kitten so if they become lost you have a better chance of recovering them. You can get your pet microchipped at any age; however, many people choose to have it done during their pet's spay or neuter in fear that it will be painful. It is not as painful as many think and is done all the time on pets who are awake, during a routine visit. 

. Start grooming early! Typically this is when puppy vaccines are complete. Your groomer will advise a very low stress, first puppy visit. This allows your pet to familiarize the sounds of the dryers, be introduced to a warm, gently bath, the sound of clippers and so forth. Your groomer will know how important this first visit it for your pup and will do everything to keep it low stress and fun. 
Take a look here at our amazing groomers. We have a mobile groomer and a grooming salon for your convenience. Some groomers will groom cats. If you are interested in your cat being groomed, please inquire when you call one of our groomers. 

· Socialize your young kitten or puppy so it becomes a well-adjusted and happy adult. This should be done very early on between 2 weeks and 2 months of age!
This also includes basic training! Talk to our amazing Professional Dog Trainer, Kathrine Breeden, owner of Be Kind To Dogs and find out what you can do to help socialize and obedience train your puppy.

. Give them plenty of exercise and fun! We have AMAZING Professional Pet Sitters that also offer dog walking, puppy socialization and puppy, kitten, cat and dog FUN HOUR! Give them a call and see who fits your needs the most!

Adult cats and dogs

· It is veterinary recommended that all adult cats and dogs are seen at least once a year but preferably twice a year. This allows you to monitor any subtle changes in their routines like elimination, water and food intake, activity and mental awareness.

. Update your pet’s vaccines according to your veterinarian’s recommendations.

Stool checks are not just for puppies and kittens! Adults need to be checked annually!

· This requires a fresh stool sample, (7-10 hours), and only about 1 tbls. worth. Place the sample in a ziplock baggie, keep it in the refrigerator and bring it with you to your pet's appointment! Results are back in less than 24 hours in most cases, unless it's the weekend!

There are a intestinal parasites that can be transmitted from your pet to you so it is highly recommended that you do this each year.

· Brush your pet's teeth daily. Preferably starting at a young age so it becomes routine. 

· If your dog or cat has dental disease make sure to address it quickly so that it doesn’t lead to further conditions such as periodontal disease, heart and kidney disease.

· Update your dog’s heart worm test annually. Heartworms are transmitted by a mosquito and we have been inundated with mosquitoes in Arizona for several years! Read more about transmission, prevention and treatment of heartworm disease, here:

· Rule of thumb! When your pet reaches the age of 7, they are entering their senior years. It is important to see the veterinarian so that you can have a senior blood panel, urinalysis and possibly X Rays giving your vet a baseline of your pet's current health. This will be very important should your pet become ill in the future!

· Feed your pet an age appropriate diet and make sure they get plenty of exercise! 

· Feed your pets a high quality diet, like the cat and dog diets you will find at pawTree. pawTree has an entire line of products to keep your pets well, including, joint support, skin support, flea and tick sprays, fish oil supplements, dental treats, and many more products for your pets. 

So here's to all the pets Az Pet Professionals love!! 

Happy Wellness Month!

Kim MacCrone-CVT

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