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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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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…

Heartworm Awareness Month

April is National Heartworm Awareness Month. It's not too late to get your dogs tested and on monthly prevention.
A false belief is that Arizona does not have mosquitoes. The past several years mosquitoes have been a source of constant complaints to the cities surrounding Phoenix. Calls come in daily reporting swarms of mosquitoes making it impossible for home owners to enjoy the outdoors. That means their pets are also suffering. 


It only takes one infected mosquito to infect your dog or cat with heartworm disease. Please read the following link from the American Heartworm Association to learn the basics of heartworm disease and how you can protect your dogs. 
https://www.heartwormsociety.org/pet-owner-resources/heartworm-basics

If your pet has not been tested for heartworm and is not currently taking a monthly preventative, we have many veterinarians which you can choose from to make an appointment with. 
Please see our list and find a veterinarian near you to schedule an appointment…

National Pet Dental Awareness Month

FEBRUARY IS NATIONAL
PET DENTAL AWARENESS MONTH
Although it's almost over, it's never too late to take charge and care for your pet's teeth. Many veterinary hospitals participate in National Dental Awareness Month and some even offer discounts or other promotions. February may be the National month to promote dental care it is not the only month you should think about your pet's teeth.
Reasons pet owners wait:

Expense is the main reason pet owners wait to schedule dental procedures for their pets. But there are others too:
Owners are not aware that their pet has dental diseasePrioritizingTime constraintsSigns of Dental Disease include:

• Foul breath

• Drooling

• Chewing food on only one side of the mouth

• Pawing at mouth and/or rubbing face on floor or carpet

• Trying to bite when you touch around face (sign of pain)

• Always acting hungry (because they are unable to eat with bad teeth)

• Not wanting to eat (hurts to eat)

There are four stages of gum disease. Which do you think …

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