Pet Amber Alert for pets

You’ve heard of our Nation’s Amber Alert but did you know there is also a Pet Amber Alert?

Pet Amber Alert is America’s Missing Pet Broadcast Emergency Response Alert System.

Pet Amber Alert uses advanced technology that helps to spread the word about any lost animal whether it’s a dog, cat, bird, or other pet!

Pet Amber Alert's website address is: 

There are two simple steps required to fill out an Amber Alert for your lost pet.

1. Fill out your contact information and information about your pet, such as breed, sex, age, description, location last seen and upload any photos you have of your pet. The Amber Alert Team will review your pet’s case thoroughly and put together an informative, professional poster that you can print and place around your neighborhood. The Poster is emailed or faxed the same day.

2. You choose a package convenient to you. Costs range from $30 to $120. The cost covers several important things. Pet Amber Alert will place thousands of phone calls to your neighbors within minutes with state-of-the-art technology as well as send out alerts to Twitter and Facebook. Pet Amber Alert will also fax or email hundreds of pet related businesses, including local veterinarians, local Shelters, Rabies Animal Control Offices, Media Outlets, Pet Stores, Neighborhood Watch Volunteers, and Police stations, all within a 5-100 mile radius. That’s a tremendous amount of work for your money!

Pet Amber Alert has an easy to remember website address which makes it even more likely that someone will remember who to contact even if the poster they had seen of a lost pet has been removed. Their colorful Logo is also easily remembered and catching on everywhere.

Read Pet Amber Alert’s FAQ’s.

When you “Like” Pet Amber Alert’s Face book Page it is easy convenient to check alerts each day.

You can also follow Pet Amber Alert on Twitter by clicking here:

See Channel 15's News Segment on a beloved pet that was lost and then found through a Pet Amber Alert poster.

                If you are in need of 
                 Pet Amber Alert  
                call them now at: 


What are the benefits of using Pet Amber Alert?

There are many benefits with Pet Amber Alerts, including immediate alerts to hundreds of places including animal shelters, veterinarians, and neighbors, alerting people and places from 5-100 miles from where your pet was lost seen, decreasing the chance they die at a shelter unclaimed, hundreds of people helping, not just a handful and your pet’s information is stored in a large database until he is found!

There you will find a downloadable link to The Lost Pet Recovery Guide. 
The guide is normally $19 but for a limited time; if you act now there is no cost.

If you don’t need the help of Pet Amber Alert right now, and I am thankful for that, it is still good to remember the name and website address in case you ever do.

Please remember that we also have our very own Professional Pet Detective and you can call Deborah immediately so she can start the search on foot with her team of canine detectives!

Missing Pet Detectives 

Call Deborah at: 480-751-9700

How to clean a dog's ears

Ear infections are miserable! There is no way around that! They can be painful, itchy, swollen and are just plain bothersome!

Arizona Veterinarians see plenty of dogs with ear infections. Some are due to allergies caused by food, the environment or swimming, or genetics.
We’ve compiled some tips to help you clean your dog's ears if he is diagnosed with an ear infection.

Some ear infections are worsened by self trauma and require a little extra help by using an elizabethan collar like the one above. 


1. Don’t clean your dog’s ears right before his veterinary exam! Why is this important?

The veterinarian needs to see the condition that your pet’s ears are in now. By collecting a sample of exudate from each ear, placing it on a microscope slide and staining it with a special stain, they are able to see the organisms causing the problems. They do this by looking at the stained sample under a microscope. 
If all of the debris is washed away by a cleaning before hand, chances are they won’t be able to diagnose the condition or prescribe medications correctly.

2. If you are using an OTC ear cleaner for dogs, that’s okay….. Your vet just needs to know the name of the cleaner, and when you last cleaned the ears. If you have the bottle, please bring it to your appointment! Also, if you’ve put any home remedies in the ears, your vet needs to know that too.

3. Don’t be afraid to admit you have no idea how to clean your dog’s ears. It’s not as easy as you’d think. Your veterinarian or vet staff can do a demonstration and clean your dog’s ears with you during your visit. If you go home and they think you understand how to do it, but you really don’t, there’s a good chance you won’t clean them and your pet’s ear infection most likely will not resolve.

Veterinarians want to resolve your pet’s ear infection just about as much as you do. We don’t like seeing any pet in discomfort!

To clean your dog's ears properly

1. Follow the EXACT directions your prescription label states. Often the first step is to clean first to remove any debris and then add medication. But it is important to read YOUR dog's labeled instructions as they might be different.

(The following cleaning tips are based on an ear infection that is not too painful to clean).
2. Cleaning your dog's ears outside is a good idea so when your pet shakes its head you can get out of the way and the cleaner and debris go into the yard, not all over you or the inside of your home.

3. Using a towel (size appropriate for size of dog) you can drape it around their head and neck to catch any spillage of the cleaner and dry off your pet's face and hair coat.

4. Hold the pinna (Ear flap) straight upwards towards the ceiling, give a hardy squirt of the cleaner filling the canal. (If your pet's ear is super infected and painful, your veterinarian may have different instructions).

5. Gently squeeze and massage around the base of the ear until it makes a squishing sound. This helps the cleaner to reach both the horizontal and vertical ear canals. Once you’ve massaged the ear; let your dog shake his head, releasing any loose particles.

6. Once he’s done shaking, gently take a cotton ball and wipe out any excess debris.


It’s hard for you to reach and harm the eardrum but if your pet dislikes this, he may move suddenly causing the Q-tip to lodge deeper than you meant.

8. If your pet does not allow you to hold his ear up and “squish” the base with the ear cleaner inside, an alternative is to apply the cleaner to a couple of cotton balls and do your best at cleaning the exudate out by wiping gently.

9. You can use regular nasal tissue and twist it until it has a long, pointy tip. This tip can be placed in the canal as far as you can get it by twisting and gently pushing it in the vertical canal. Once you remove the tissue, debris or exudate from the ear should be adhered to the pointed tip of the Kleenex.

10. Lastly, apply the ear Medication according to directions.

We hope this will help you with cleaning your pet’s ears at home! If you are still uncomfortable doing this alone please let your veterinarian know. Ear infections can be tough to resolve and if you aren’t doing everything the correct way the first time, you’ll most likely find that the ear infection will not resolve.

Thanks pet friends!

East Valley Mobile Veterinarian

August 15th is "Check the Chip" Day

August 15th is “Check the Chip” Month!

The AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) along with AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) teamed up together to create “Check the Chip day.”
Each year on August 15th the media urges pet owners to have their pet's microchip checked.
This can easily be done by your pet's veterinarian. Veterinarians have microchip scanners

The scanner is a hand held device that is scanned over your pet's back, neck, and shoulder areas, Once the scanner picks up the chip number, it reveals the personal identification number which is a series of just numbers or numbers and letters and often the manufacturer's name. 
With this information your veterinary staff can call the manufacture of the chip and give them the number. 

The manufacture looks up the chip number in their database which in turn tells them the pet owner's information including name, address, telephone number, emergency contacts, and the veterinarian or shelter who implanted the chip. 

All of the information listed above is rendered useless if the pet owner has not registered the pet's microchip or has not updated a change of address or phone number. The chip's data base searches for the chip's information by the owner's address and telephone numbers, which is why it is very important to make sure these are current.
If your phone number has been disconnected or you've moved and forgot to update your address, there is no way to get in touch with you to inform you that your pet has been found.

Most animals that have been adopted by a local rescue or shelter already have a microchip. With all of the excitement that comes with adopting a new pet, asking important questions can be forgotten. Make sure to ask the shelter what you need to do to make sure that your information will be found with the microchip. Shelters may have different protocols so never assume you are registered as the new owner. 

When you bring your pet to your veterinarian (Check out our veterinarians here!) make sure that you inform them that your pet is microchipped so that they can enter the number in your pet's medical record. 

Your veterinarian should scan your pet's microchip whenever you come in for an examination to assure that the microchip is still readable. Microchips can migrate away from the implantation site making it harder to pick up on a scanner. There have also been cases of defective microchips that will no longer scan. 
It is important to know that your pet's microchip is still in place and the number is picked up right away with a scanner. 

If you've never had your pet's microchip scanned before or if you don't know whether or not your pet is microchipped, then now is the time to bring your pet to your vet and have him/her "Check their Chip".  Most if not all veterinarians will scan your pet at no charge and at any time. 

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Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic
If your pet is not microchipped you can call and schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to have it done at any time.
It is unnecessary for sedation or anesthesia for this to be done. If your pet is very young or tiny, your veterinarian may want to wait for him/her to get a bit bigger to implant the microchip. 

More information on what a microchip is can be found here:

Watch this cute video shared from AVMA.

Below is the web address to an Internet-Based Application, 
Universal Microchip LookUp Tool" that assists in the identification of a microchip's manufacture which in turn can tell you where the chip came from and the telephone number of the manufacture.

The app does NOT register your pet's microchip number. This is a good tool to use if you know your pet's microchip number but not who the manufacture is. This is important to know so that you can update
information if and when needed. 

Participating Microchipping and Pet Recovery Services

Currently, these companies are incorporated into the tool:

  • 24PetWatch Pet Protection Services
  • 911PetChip
  • AKC Reunite
  • BC Pet Registry
  • Found Animals
  • Free Pet Chip Registry
  • Furreka
  • HomeAgain
  • Homeward Bound Pet
  • InfoPET
  • Microchip I.D. Solutions
  • Microchip ID Systems, Inc.
  • Nanochip ID Inc.
  • National Animal Identification Center
  • PetKey
  • PetLink
  • Petstablished
  • Save This Life
  • SmartTag Microchip
For more information on the microchip tool please click here: AAHA’s 

Please take the time to bring your pets to your local veterinary clinic to have their microchips checked and please register or update your information if needed! 

Thanks pet friends! Kim and the Pet Experts!

Friday Fun Pet Post!

We still have some time left 

to spend in the pool! 

 A beautiful
English Cream Golden Retriever

Instead of an article today, we wanted to share with you a really neat photo of my good friend, Sherri's dog, Cali and some really cool photos of Flamingos. The photo of Cali, a beautiful English Cream Golden Retriever, is simply  one of the most beautiful photos I've ever seen and it still makes me think of SUMMER and how much fun swimming with your dog's can be!

Love these photos of 
Sherri and Cali! 
"You had me at Woof"~

Toby, a friend of Sherri's, a Pilot and a Photographer, took the picture of Sherri's dog Cali in the pool and graciously allowed us to use it at our website. Sherri herself also took some amazing photo's of some adorable Flamingos while on vacation in Aruba! 
They are incredibly beautiful birds and my dear friend Sherri said we could share them here as well. They just make you feel so happy!

Please remember, you cannot copy/use/re-distribute any of the photos included on this page. Thank you!

Sherri sat up from her lawnchair
and this is who was staring at her!


Wishing you all a happy Friday and an even happier weekend! 

International Assistance Dogs Week

International Assistance Dog Week is August 7-13.

International Assistance Dog Week was created to recognize and honor dedicated, loyal and hardworking assistance dogs that help individuals with mental and physical disabilities live an easier and more fulfilled life. They do this by being a close friend, family member, helper and aide. Marcie Davis established International Assistance Dogs week. Marci was a paraplegic for over 35 years and is the author of “Working Like Dogs: The Service Dog Guidebook”; as well as the host of the popular Internet radio show, “Working Like Dogs” which you can find at:

We can contribute to honoring these amazing dogs by raising awareness to the public about how they help people with disabilities each day, their dedication, training, commitment and faithfulness. We should also honor the many people and families who participate and act as the puppy raisers and handlers, the people that socialize them and of course their trainers. There are countless people who create a well trained and socialized assistance dog. Assistance dogs are not created overnight. It takes a vast amount of people in different areas to commit to bringing out the specialty of an assistance dog.

I believe that when people see an assistance dog it’s easy to see just the dog and forget exactly what all went into their training.

Many people look at a golden retriever as being the number one assistance dog, although that may have been true in the past; today there are many breeds that are being trained as assistance dogs. Poodles, Golden and Labradoodles, Labs, standard poodles and yes….. Now even shelter dogs.

There are many things that assistance dogs can be trained to do. Below are just some of the things that they are doing right now for someone who is disabled.
· Medical Alert dogs who can alert a diabetic person when they have low blood sugar, having a heart attack or stroke, seizure dogs who can sense when a person is about to have a seizure, panic attacks, the dog acts as a calming method to control or stop the panic and anxiety. Most recently they have noticed a large amount of people who are training dogs for people who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Many volunteers are now bringing in dogs to comfort children in the aftermath of tragedies such as tornadoes, shootings, major flood areas where people have lost homes, businesses, and towns, and other major traumatic occurrences.

· Hearing alert dogs- these dogs can alert people to sounds such as doorbells, sirens, telephones, and fire alarms.

· Seeing Eye dogs- assisting people who have vision loss with most everything having to do with getting around. Crossing sidewalks, navigating their way through a store, parking lot, or their home, elevators, bridges, staircases and more.

· Service dogs do a variety of things. They can assist with walking, or by pushing a wheelchair, they assist with opening and closing doors, turning on and off light switches, retrieving items such as shoes, newspapers, clothing items, and so much more. Their abilities are endless.

So what can you do?

There are many ways you can sponsor an event to help out your local animal assistance organizations. My favorite and personally known is Power Paws Assistance Dogs. 480-970-1322. Website:

They are located in Scottsdale Arizona and were incorporated in 2001 when they received their 501 c 3 designation. Power Paws Assistance Dogs was founded by Shoshanna Abels, under the notion “That it is the right of every person to pursue the quality the life they want.”

Their main training focuses on mobility impairments, such as paraplegics, quadriplegics, PTSD, and alerting Type 1 Diabetics when their blood sugar levels leave a safe range.

I have had the extreme pleasure of working with Power Paws, their owners, managers, volunteers, and puppy walkers. They are an amazing and dedicated group of people who have put numerous hours into the training, socializing and placement of these amazing dogs.

All of their dogs are undergo extensive health testing including hips and elbow radiographs, cleared by OFA and PennHip as well as their eyes and hearts cleared by a cardiologist and an ophthalmologist.

If you are interested in Volunteering for Power Paws, please click here to see their programs: To read more about Power Paws you can go to their HOME button once there.

This is just one way you can help with National Assistance Dog Days.
There are more!

· Car Wash

· Bake Sale

· Dog Painting

· Walk for the dogs Event

· Speak at children classrooms or events

· Golf tournament


There are so many creative ways you can contribute! We would love to see what you come up with. In the meantime, we created a Go Fund Me Campaign for those of you who would like to help but cannot host an event. All money will go to Power Paws Assistance Dogs. The costs are vast to run and maintain an organization: · Cost of the dogs- many volunteers own the breeding female who carries the litters of the puppies.

· Cost of puppies before, during and after birth

· Veterinary appointments,

· Facility costs including rent, maintenance, renovation, electric, gas, city and state taxes, etc.

· The dog food, housing such as crates, blankets, toys, dishes, and so much more!

The list goes on and on!

If you are unable to donate or participate or create an event to recognize Assistance Dog Week, then please share this article. That in itself is a huge and much appreciated help!

Thank you friends!

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