Coyotes In Town?

Thank you Az Pet Professional, Sabrina, for a great Blog Post!!

I often get calls from people who think that their dogs are safe from coyotes because they have a 6-foot fence, or they live in a more densely populated section of Gilbert. True, most coyote sightings are in South Gilbert, but don’t be lured into a false sense of security. 

When food sources dry up, when water sources disappear, when the coyote population booms, they will go to where the food is! 

I watched it happen in the VERY densely populated area of Southern California where I used to live. 

Things you can do to protect your pets:

To read the entire article please click here: 

The dogs without a voice

Protecting outdoor pets in excessive heat

What can you do?

What would you do?

Below are just a few of the hundreds of posts now familiar to many thanks to local News Channels, about a Facebook Page that was created out of concern for Chandler dogs who have been tied outside in the excessive heat without proper food, shelter, water.

" It's so sad because the problem is they don't do anything until it's too late.. These dogs don't pick the people the people pick these dogs.. I truly wish somebody would go in there and gather those dogs.. more and more people should get involved because it is our business to save these animals.. they can't save themselves.." Private name

"I'm one of many, who is concerned about several dogs being left outside without clean water, enough shade and with EXTREME weather conditions. Something has to be done about this!! " Private name

"I'm especially concerned about one of the Husky dogs who is favoring his front paw. He's not walking on it and it clear that he is injured. This is neglect. The owners need to be held accountable for this! These dogs are obviously not being cared for in the best manner possible, and they could easily be the next news story and the owners arrested as a result of their demise.
I care. I'm concerned. I'm outraged that there are homeowners who are not considering their dogs a priority. It is way too hot for these dogs to also be lying on hot ground. There isn't green grass for them to even lay down on. While the law states they must have food, water and shelter, this is simply not enough with the extreme weather conditions in Chandler. These dogs have got to be miserable."

"Just sitting here thinking about the husky situation and it just dawned on me that she's most likely not feeding them properly either. I really wish she would at the very least accept some help from the community. Those they have been in contact with her-what is her reasoning for not accepting any of the help that has been offered? At this point it seems as though we are trying to reason with an
unreasonable person." Private name

If you live in Chandler you may have seen the recent case where a young dog was left outside in the excessive heat and passed away in the arms of a heroic neighbor trying desperately to save her. 
This tragedy fell on the heels of a chocolate lab that was left outside on an apartment patio with no food, water, or shade. By the time authorities arrived the young dog died, no doubt an agonizing death. 
Following these horrendous cases is yet still another, until some amazing community women and men came together to be the victims' voices. 
A concerned neighbor, her son and the amazing crew of News Channel 15
It's the story about the dogs that have been tied and/or chained outside in the excessive heat on a property near Chandler Heights and McQueen. 

Supposedly this is not the first year that the dogs on the property have had to battle the intense elements nor is it the first time concerned community members have offered to help. 
The community has come together once again offering to assist not only the dogs but the owner as well. 
The owner of the dogs has been offered, among many just a few:

  • new sprinkler systems for the dogs...installed
  • vet care for all dogs
  • grooming of the heavy, matted haircoats
  • shade over hangs that will offer some relief
  • plastic play pools
  • dog food and bones, toys, etc.
  • a security system for the owner. YES, even a security system for the owner.
Unfortunately the owner has refused all help. This makes us all wonder "why"? 
Now should be time when the owner embraces the generosity and support her community is willing and lovingly offering. 
Why has she refused any and all attempts at helping her and her dogs?

Many of us fear that there will be a tragic end to this story before something can be legally done to help the dogs. That is because the law states that as long as the dogs have food, shelter and water, their hands are tied, preventing them in removing the dogs. Many of the authorities are pet lovers and owners themselves and we can only imagine how this must be affecting them too. We can't thank them enough for trying to help with this.

Courtesy of Tegna Media-Channel 12 News

There have so far been three news segments in regards to this incident. In case you missed the News we've provided the link so you can watch.

What we need to do is write our Congress so that we can get the Law changed! We need a more clear Law in regards to what condones adequate food, water and shelter? What temperature is TOO hot for an animal to be outside for extended periods. This goes for all animals,not just dogs! 
Cats, Cows, horses, chickens, are often left outside in the Arizona heat without much if any, shelter. 
We've all driven by horses outside with absolutely no shade in sight. How can we drive by this every day and not do something? Have we simply grown immune to this or is it that we silently keep hoping someone else will have the guts to make the first move?

Now is the time. It is irrelevant as to how long it has taken to come to light the fact is the time is here, it is now. We must act now in order to get the Laws changed and clarified about our heat and the pets left outside to suffer in it. 

Below is a link that will take you to a page where you can type in your address to find out who your Legislative Representative is. Next to their name is an "Email" link. Please consider emailing and handwriting and sending in your letters.... Today! 

Email your Legislator!

Here is the email address to send letters of concern:

Let's ban together to make this happen. Keep your ears and eyes open in your surroundings. Be the animals voices! Don't turn a blind eye, the fact is that your silence is only contributing in killing them...............

Thank you to all the brave and heroic people of Chandler who have stepped up, started the campaign stream, and continue to come together for the animals! 

Read more on what you can do to help keep pets cool this summer .......

Pets afraid of the monsoons


What you can do for pets who are afraid of them.

Is your Dog or Cat afraid of the Monsoons? Unfortunately we know of many pets who are.
In fact some pets are so afraid that they need help from their veterinarian by taking a prescription sedative or the likes of comfort wear such as the Thunder Shirt. 
If your pet is afraid of the Monsoons and you've tried everything then you may want to schedule an appointment to see if your vet can help. Medicating our pets is certainly an option we want to avoid if at all possible but for some may be the last option. Check out our amazing veterinarians!

Together, we've compiled some tips for the storm season that might help ease your pet's fears with the loud noises that accompany the monsoons.

Desensitize or counter conditioning
You can do this by creating your own loud noises and making sure your pet gets a treat during these times assuring him that LOUD can be okay
Try something healthy and tasty like famous Furbabies Treats!! 

Thunderstorm or rain music
You can play this music periodically during the week. There are many digital thunderstorm and rainfall apps you can purchase from ITunes or your App store of choice. 
Begin with a low volume eventually increasing the sound over a few days, preferably prior to the Monsoons arriving. Doing this will help to condition your pet to respond in a non-fearful way to noises that they were once scared of.

Indoor Play Time 
Playing your pet’s favorite indoor game at the onset of the storm will help prepare them for the worst part of the storm. Hopefully your pet will be able to associate that during a storm is when it is time to have fun inside! Give lots of Positive Reinforcement during this time inside. Treats and praise are a must!

Calming tricks
Go about your business with the thunder and lightning booming outside, maybe even singing and whistling. This will convey to your pet that you don’t think the noise is a big deal. 

Create a “Safe Place” 
This can be a quiet bathroom or bedroom, preferably the one farthest from windows and the quietest room in the house. A good rule of thumb to pick your pets “Safe Place” is to watch where your pet goes when he is frightened. Just because you think the bathroom is the “Safe Place” doesn’t necessarily mean your pet does. If your pet hides under the bed like mine does, then make sure that your pet has access to that room. If you pet hides in blankets or clothes on the floor, let him. Place a food and water bowl close by to assure him that he has picked a safe and happy place to go when he is afraid. Place a litter box near by if it's your cat/s that are fearful. Make sure you do not confine your pet, let them come and go.
Some pets need to be able to stay active when they are fearful. Hiding doesn’t always work for all cats and dogs.

Crate Training
Some dogs do better if they are in their crate. Remember, dogs are den dwelling animals; their crate is often a "safe" place to them.
Turn on a Radio, Tv or Fan to help drown out the noise. See Be Kind To Dogs Face Book Group Page and find her "Training Freebies" under her Files section. There is a great one for crate training!

Most of all, reassure your pet that you will be inside with them throughout the storm. Make yourself visible. If your pet needs you to hold him then hold him. Puppies and kittens that may start out not afraid of storms can develop the fearfulness at an older age so make sure to always notice how your pet is acting throughout storm season.

The Thundershirt or similar creative clothing, use gentle, constant pressure to calm your dog and now even your CATS This effectively aids anxiety, fearfulness, barking and more. Check out two that we highly recommend!
    Happy Hoodie This is a hoodie that goes around their head and ears

    Here's a quick link to make purchasing easy!

    Thundershirt: A classic calming shirt!

    Quick link!
    Founder, Phil Blizzard
    and his dog Dosi 

    If your pet gets lost during a monsoon storm please remember that one of our members, Deborah Cooke, and her trained team of canines can assist you in finding your lost pet! See Deborah's website, Missing Pet Detectives and don't forget to keep her number handy! 

    If you have any tips for our readers for helping to keep their pets safe and sound during the summer monsoons, we'd love to hear from you! Simply comment on this article. Thanks pet friends! 

    Wish us luck! 

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    One of our newest Az Pet Professionals! 
    Please meet Stephanie Thomas! 

    Stephanie (Far right) attended this year's Phoenix Pet Open!

    Stephanie Thomas joined paw Tree as an independent pet pro and is loving it! 
    Stephanie enjoys attending pet related events to showcase pawTree products and food as well as joining pawTree's colleagues at speaking engagements! 
    See below for more info on this Wednesday's upcoming event in Scottsdale! 

    Here's an interesting and informative read about pawTree's and how the vision of a long time CEO in the pet industry, Roger Morgan, came to reality!
    To read more about pawTree's custom nutrition, please click the link below: You will have fun customizing your dog's food!

    One of the neatest things about purchasing dog food from pawTree is that you can customize the bag for each dog! You can upload a cute photograph of your dog so that it will be printed out on the front of the food bag when it arrives at your doorstep! 

    pawTree's food is all natural and healthy for your pet! 

    Some of pawTree's additional products for your dog:
    • Joint Support 
    • Skin Support
    • Urine eliminator
    • Dental Sticks
    • Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil
    • Ear Wash
    • Flea and Tick Products


    It's a pawTree Pawlooza!
    You are invited!
    Come hear how pawTree is changing the lives of pets and pet parents through customized nutrition, quality products and unconditional love! This will be a fun and informative night that you as a pet parent won't want to miss! 
    Your dog(s) will thank you! 

    Join in the conversation with special guest Roger Morgan, Founder and CEO of pawTree as he shares with us why pawTree is a better way. 
    Date: Wednesday, June 8th 
    Time: 7:00 pm 
    Place: 8520 E San Daniel, Scottsdale, AZ 85258 

    PawTree pulled together a top team of veterinarians and a Ph.D. in animal science and pet nutrition to help pet parents answer the age old question, 

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    June is National Adopt a Cat Month!

    June is National Adopt a Cat Month and 

    Adopt a Shelter Cat Month!


    Can't adopt right now?

    Still want to help?

    There are many other things you can do if you want to be involved! 
    Here are just a ideas. Please feel free to leave us some ideas in the comment section and we'll continue to grow our list! 

    1. Donate supplies and goods to your local animal rescue or shelter. They are always in need of food, blankets, litter boxes, cat toys/towers, litter and kennels. You can also swing by a nearby Animal Shelter and ask them what supplies they are most in need of.

    2. Spread the word on your Facebook page, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram accounts! Let people know it’s Adopt a cat month! Get started by posting pictures of your own adopted cats! There's no better visual than someone who's already helped a cat by adopting them into their fur-ever home!

    3. Help out a stray cat or kitten in the Arizona heat! It may not let you catch it but you can leave water and shade on your patio so if kitty does come to your patio it can stay out of the sun and get a drink.

    4. Volunteer at your local humane society, animal shelter or rescue organization. Shelters can use all the help they can get from volunteers! Visiting with the animals, walking dogs, or help with cleaning are always appreciated from volunteers. 

    If you ARE in the market for adopting a cat this month here are some tips to help you prepare!

    1. Check state shelters and rescues….. here is a link to a list of shelters in Arizona:

    2. Think seriously about adopting an older cat! Some older cats have been in shelters for years and are still waiting for their fur-ever homes. An adult cat is usually already socialized and trained. Many just need a loving home to live out the rest of their lives. If you are thinking “short term” than this is purr-fect for you! Remember, kittens can live to be 17-24 years old! An older cat will most likely have much less time!


    3. Make sure everyone in the house is prepared for the new edition. Think about possibly adopting TWO! If you do only adopt one make sure it compliments your current pets.

    4. Stock up on supplies you will need. This way you are prepared when they arrive. Bedding, food and water bowls, toys (appropriate for safety and age) and litter boxes.
    Check out our Veterinarians!

    5. Schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians to have your new addition health checked. You should establish this relationship right away. Your pet's most valuable person other than you is their veterinarian!

    6. Budget for short and long term costs. This includes physical exams, medical exams when and if needed, vaccines, spaying or neutering (most shelters adopt pets out already spayed and neutered and with at least the first vaccine given), microchip, ID tags, food and bedding.

    7. Cat-ify your home. No poisonous plants, no string, ribbon, tinsel or small objects that could be swallowed. Purchase or build a cat tower or a scratching post, sprinkle it with catnip, treats and toys. This way your kitties will learn to use the cat tower or scratching post before using your leather couch and that will prevent painful declawing (amputation of all knuckles)!

    Cats love to be up high so think about building UP. Cat shelves are a new craze with cat owners and your cat/s will love them!

    Cats and Kittens love to play!
    Cat Shelves are fun for your cat!

    8. Socialize your cat or kitten once they have become accustomed to your home and family. You want to live with a social cat not a scaredy cat or aggressive cat. Your veterinarian can give you lots of information on how to socialize your cat or kitten!

    Most of all have fun! Adopting a new cat or kitten gives you a great sense of pleasure! Not only did you save a life but you contributed to opening up a kennel at the shelter for a new cat looking for a home!

    For more links on adopting a cat this month please click here: American Humane Society-Adopt a cat month.

    Thank you pet owners! 

    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!

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