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October is
“National Adopt-A-Shelter dog” 
If you’ve been thinking about adopting a new pet but haven’t officially taken the step; there is no better time than right now while America is celebrating our cities Shelter dogs.

I know there are plenty of reasons people put pet adoption on the back burner.

Questions you may have:

· what kind of pet will be a good fit for me?

· will I need to spay or neuter the new pet?

· do I need a veterinary appointment for vaccines, microchip, heartworm prevention, training, socialization?

When you adopt a Shelter dog they are spayed and/or neutered already. If you find a shelter that is adopting out un-neutered or un-spayed dogs, look elsewhere. This might not be a reputable animal shelter.

Shelter dogs are vaccinated with the rabies vaccine and commonly with at least one core vaccine such as the Dhpp before being adopted. Most shelters microchip their dogs but not all of them can afford to. This seems a mere cost to you if y…
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Dangers of Xylitol

The Dangers of Xylitol  Courtesy of Jill Flynn professional pet photographer
People are rushed during the holiday season. Something as simple as placing your purse on the floor with chewing gum or candy tucked inside. Curious pets, pets that like to chew anything and everything, puppies, and pets that snoop, all of these things can make them easy targets for chewing on deadly gum and candy packages. 
Most everyone by now knows that chocolate should be kept out of reach of pets. But it's not just chocolate. It's any type of candy, gum or food that contains Xylitol.

 Artificial sweeteners contain ingredients even more dangerous than chocolate.
The main culprit is the artificial sweetener, Xylitol.  Xylitol is found in gums like Orbit.

What makes this ingredient dangerous is that, although the human body can metabolize these complex molecules the canine body is unable to do so.  It seems that once they contact Xylitol in particular, it tastes so sweet that they find it literally irresis…

September is National Pain Awareness Month

September Is National Pain Awareness Month

How can you tell if your pet is in pain? Do you see your pet limping or struggling to get up from a down position? Is he pawing at his mouth? Unexplained and sudden aggression?

There are many reasons pets experience pain. Aging pets experience arthritis symptoms much like people do. Dental disease can happen at any age but is most prevalent as a pet ages. A sore mouth causes significant pain and there isn't one thing your pet can do to relieve that pain if you don't step in to help. Arthritis is a painful condition but can be helped with proper medications prescribed by your veterinarian. Remember... never give your pet your medication. Do not give Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Advil, or Aspirin. Your veterinarian may be limited at what they can prescribe if you have given anything you have at home. Many human medications can be fatal to our pets, so let the prescribing be done by your veterinarian.

Signs of pain in dogs:

· decreased appe…

Protect your dog in the summer heat

How to protect our dogs in the Summer Heat

Fur coats are hot
Fur provides some amount of protection from the sun but thick fur prevents body heat from escaping and promotes overheating. It's a myth that shaving a dog's coat makes him hotter. Shaving it to the skin can make him vulnerable to sunburn but cutting the fur to about one inch can help him stay cooler. If you don't want to shave him brush as much undercoat as you can out and be sure no solid mats are there to trap heat and moisture. Just ask one of our groomers!

Tips on protecting pets in the heat

· Don’t walk or run your dog in the heat. That may seem obvious but we see it every day in the Arizona scorching heat! Try to take early morning short walks or late evening walks. Even short walks will help keep your pet in a routine until Fall!

· Never, Ever, Ever keep your pets in parked cars! Or children for that matter! Why do we continue to see this?
See the Humane Society's Tips. What can you do if you see a pet…

Fourth of July Pet Safety

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Fourth of July is a time to gather with family and friends. With BBQ’s, swimming, heading to the Lakes or attending just one of many local Fourth of July celebrations, it is a busy time and typically a long weekend. But where do our pets' fit into the fun of it all?
The truth of the matter is that most pets don't like the Fourth of July.

Why does my pet hate the Fourth of July? There are many reasons. For example; loud noises can frighten your pets.
It is safer and less stressful for your pet if you leave him at home rather than taking him to a Fourth of July fireworks celebration.
Below are just a few things you can do to help keep your animals safe.

Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips

1. Keep your pets away from sparklers, grills and citronella candles. If you can’t supervise your pet at all times it’s better to keep him indoors. Secure him in a quiet, pet proofed room with a TV playing or soft music to alleviate the noises …

Dogs and Valley Fever

Dogs and Valley Fever What you need to know

Dogs primarily contract Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis) in the low desert regions of Arizona, New Mexico, southwestern Texas and the central deserts of California. Dogs accompanying people traveling through these areas or wintering in these warm climates have about the same chance as their owners of being infected.

With the Monsoon season approaching, doctors say there will likely be increased cases of Valley Fever in people as well as in our pets.
Valley Fever is caused by a fungus that lives in the desert soil. As part of its life cycle the fungus grows in the soil and matures, drying into fragile strands of cells. The strands are very delicate and when the soil is disturbed; by digging, walking, construction, high winds-(Monsoons) the strands break apart in to tiny individual spores called arthroconidia or arthrospores.  We get Valley Fever by inhaling the fungal spores living in the dust when it's blown around by disturbance. The do…

Summer pet dangers in Arizona

Summer pet dangers in Arizona 
1. Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke in Dogs

Fact: Dogs do not sweat. Their only means to cooling off is by panting.

If panting does not reduce the body temperature the pet will develop Heat Stroke. The longer hair coat your dog has the more heat it holds. You can clip your dog's hair coat short but not too short as they can also get sun burn and it acts as an insulator.

The color of your dogs coat also has an impact on his ability to reflect the sun's rays. Black dogs of course absorb more of the sun's rays than lighter colored coats.

What triggers Heat Exhaustion?

· age and condition of pet (overweight, geriatric) 
· breed

· hair coat

· climate and duration of being kept outside in hot weather

Senior pets, dogs under 3 years and the short muzzled dogs are among the highest at risk.
Short muzzled dogs include the Boxer, the Boston terrier,…


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