Chip you pet month!

May is National “Chip Your Pet Month”

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Are you wondering,

 what is

 “Chip Your Pet Month”?

Chip your pet month is a month we’d like to see recognized all year around! 

Chip your pet simply means.....
 Microchip your pet! 

Microchipping your pet is easy and quick! Your pet can receive its microchip during a scheduled exam with any of our professional veterinarians! The procedure is quick and often goes un-noticed by the pet!

Each week veterinary clinics see good Samaritans that come into their clinics with a stray animal. 

Each found pet can be scanned with a universal microchip scanner to see if the pet has a microchip. 

If the pet does have a microchip and the pet owner has made sure their contact information has remained current, often we see happy reunions with pet and owner! 

This is very important! Microchip companies find the pet’s information and owner by telephone numbers and addresses. If you move or change numbers it is imperative to call the microchip company to update your information.

Please help us spread the word about Microchipping your pet! Too many lost pets don’t make it home without one!

National Heat Awareness Day

National Heat Awareness Day May 23rd, 2016

Frankly this should be an all summer awareness day, especially in the excessive heat states. Arizona is on the list for one of the hottest states in the summer season.

Top things you can do to protect your pets during the summer heat
  1. Never leave your pet/s in the car. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? We wonder then; why does this continue to happen? This is a weekly topic on the News. Why? Most of the time the pet owner is completely aware that they left their pet in a car but thought the pet would be okay. Yes, COMPLETELY aware! It is NOT okay to leave a child or an animal in a car when it's hot outside. Never. Please remember this every day.
  2. Make sure your pet/s have unlimited access to fresh water wherever they are! That means outside too. Most pet owners keep their pets in the house during the day but there are many people who have doggie doors. Let's not assume your pet will make it back inside to get a drink. Leave a non-tip bowl outside as well just in case. If you need to eliminate pesky mosquitos, place the dish away from the doggie door but not too far. 
  3. Make sure your dog has access to shade when outside. Simple, easy thing to do. Dog house, crate, tree? 
  4. Take walks during the cooler hours of the day like early am or late pm. This includes bike riding too! There are far too many people jogging or riding bike with their dog when it's too hot out. This is simple common sense.
  5. When walking your dog/s stay off of hot surfaces (like asphalt) because it can burn your pets's paws! If you are a frequent walker, purchase booties made for dogs to protect their feet. 
  6. If you think it's hot outside, it's even hotter for your pet! Think about that for a minute. Why do most people think an animal is not hot when we are?
  7. Keep your dog free of external parasites fleas, ticks and heartworms – consult your veterinarian about the best products available for your pet. 
  8. Consider clipping or shaving dogs with long coats (You may want to consult with your dog’s groomer first!) and apply sunscreen to your dog's skin if she or he has a thin coat or is white. 
  9. Never chain your pet outside! If they become tangled they may not be able to reach shade or water! Never chain a dog outside!
  10. Baby pools used for Splash Time! Place the pool in the shade, clean out the pool daily so you don't attract mosquitoes and empty it at night. Use constant supervision while your pet is enjoying Splash Time! Watch your children and pets around any water source!
Thanks pet parents! 

National Dog Bite Prevention Week

National Dog Bite Prevention Week

May 15th-21st

Being in the pet industry as a veterinarian, pet sitter, a dog walker, groomer, trainer, a veterinary technician, or countless other pet businesses, unfortunately has their fair share of hearing about dog bite encounters or experiencing them themselves. It’s a small world when it comes to being in the pet industry and news travels fast especially now with multiple social media sites. 

Often people blame the dog for a bite when in fact it is typically a lack of knowledge by pet owners, carelessness of the owner, training or lack of it, not spaying or neutering and the housing situation of the dog.

(All pictures and sources have been authorized and encouraged for use by the AVMA.)
Here are the latest statistics by the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association.)

Responsible Pet Ownership- What can pet owners do?

· Don’t adopt a puppy without planning it out carefully. Knowing the cost from puppyhood to adult and each year thereafter, the breed that will fit your family most, exercise and grooming requirements, socializing, training and lifestyle all play a big role in what you can do to make a responsible decision.

· Socializing

· Training- basic “sit, stay, come” as well as advanced training should concerns in your pet’s behavior show up later. We recommend our professional dog trainer and behavior consultant, Kathrine Breeden, owner of Be Kind To Dogs.

· Veterinary appointments. Puppies require a series of puppy vaccines and multiple visits until 4-6 months of age.

· Heartworm prevention and testing

· Flea and Tick prevention

· Spay and Neuter (you can contact any of our recommended veterinarians for appointments for all of the above and for spaying and neutering. Just click here to see our veterinarians:

· Exercising

· Teaching children how to approach dogs, when and when not to. Most bites happen to small children ages 3 years old to 6 year old. Here are some great tips to teach children how to prevent being bitten:

As pet professionals continue to learn and educate themselves in important areas such as preventing dog bites they also continue to try to educate pet owners they know and meet. This is something everyone can do!
If you are in need of a professional dog service, please take a look at all of our PAGES.

If you read this article and know other pet owners please SHARE! You could just be preventing someone from becoming a victim of a dog bite.

Thank you!

Heartworm infection

The mosquitos are back!
The virus carrying, flying pest! Not only can the mosquito transmit heartworms to animals but there are many viruses it can transmit to people as well. There are people who don't think Arizona has mosquitos. They are wrong, Arizona does have mosquitos and they're here! Although it is not National Heartworm Prevention Month we believe heartworm awareness should be reminded all year round. Please read on for more information about heartworm transmission, testing, prevention and treatment of heartworms in your pets. 

So now that we've got your attention.

What are Heartworms?
Heartworms are parasitic worms that travel via the bloodstream and live in the arteries of the lungs as well as the right ventricle of the heart. While they can mature and replicate in over thirty host species, the most common pet owners who are aware of their existence tend to be dog owners.

What is Heartworm Disease?
Heartworm Disease is the condition caused by these worms. As mentioned, the worms migrate through the blood vessels until they settle in the lungs and or heart. They will cause severe damage and potentially death for your dog. The disease is easily preventable and not so easily treated.

Where is Heartworm Found?
Heartworm is found in many parts of the world where mosquitoes are present, including the US, Canada, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. In the US, heartworm has been found in dogs in all 50 states. That means that YES, Arizona has heartworms!  

How does my dog get heartworms?
Adult female heartworms give birth to babies, called microfilariae and releases them into the animal’s bloodstream. Microfilariae cannot mature on their own without an intermediate host. Enter the mosquito.
The mosquito bites the infected animal and sucks up the microfilariae along with their blood and kind of baby sits it for a while. The infants mature inside the mosquito for about ten to fourteen days and grow into the infective larval stage.
Next the mosquito goes and bites another animal, and deposits the larva into the new animal’s bloodstream. There they travel along and approximately six months later develop into adult spaghetti like worms, where they will begin this process all over again.
Male heartworms can be anywhere from four to six inches long and females range from ten to twelve inches. According to the American Heartworm Society, dogs can have anywhere from one to two hundred fifty worms.

But I would know if my dog had heartworms, right? 


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