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It’s National Veterinary Technician Week: October 12-18

National Vet Tech Week

Veterinary technicians are a vital part of our healthcare team. Vet techs perform a variety of functions in the practice. Here are just a few.

Vet Techs:

• Educate about pet health
• Draw blood
• Provide nutritional advice
• Assist in surgery
• Perform rehabilitative therapies
• Provide nursing care
• Take X-rays of patients
• Provide scritchies and cuddles

The Veterinary Technician’s Oath
“I solemnly dedicate myself to aiding animals and society by providing excellent care and services for animals, by alleviating animal suffering, and promoting public health.

I accept my obligations to practice my profession conscientiously and with sensitivity, adhering to the profession’s Code of Ethics, and furthering my knowledge and competence through a commitment to lifelong learning.”

AZPetVet salutes all of the hard-working Vet Techs making a difference in animals’ lives each day!

National Pet Obesity Awareness Day – Oct 8th

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OK, let’s be honest. Obesity is a HUGE problem in our country, but it’s not just a problem that’s exclusive to people. In the U.S., it’s estimated that 57 percent of cats and 52 percent of dogs are overweight or clinically obese. While a chubby pug or a fat cat may be adorably cute, the health consequences can be devastating for them and for you. Excess weight not only affects their quality of life, it can also make a BIG impact on your veterinary bills.

Overfeeding is one of the main culprits – many people simply fill their pet’s bowl with food without thinking about the calories. Always use a measuring cup and follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for weight, age and activity levels.

Lack of exercise is another issue – make sure your dog gets walks regularly (it’s good for you both) and that both cats and dogs get plenty of play time and activities to keep them moving. Even cats can be trained to walk on a leash – why not give it a try?

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention’s pet weight translator:

• A Yorkie weighting 12 pounds is the same as an average female weighing 218 pounds!
• A cat weighing 14 pounds is equivalent to a 237 pound man!
• A 90 pound female Labrador retriever is equal to a 186 pound 5’ 4” female or 217 pound 5’ 9” male!
• A fluffy feline weighing 15 pounds (DSH) is equal to a 218 pound 5’ 4” female or 254 pound 5’ 9” male!

Check out your pet’s weight equivalent by breed, age and gender here to see if they are at a healthy weight or need to lose weight:

http://www.petobesityprevention.org/pet-weight-translator/

It’s our job as pet parents to take care of our furry friends. Obesity in pets is not always due too many treats and too little exercise. Just as in humans, underlying health issues like diabetes, thyroid or adrenal disorders can also cause weight gain in animals. If your pet is gaining weight, or already overweight or obese, it’s time to schedule a visit to the vet!

Bottom line: Obesity can take years off of your pet’s life – and it’s up to you to do something. Check out the guidelines, and schedule regular health check-ups.

Chihuahua Adoption Weekend – Free!

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The Arizona Humane Society has announced that this weekend, October 4th and 5th, they are hosting a “Ay Chihuahua” adoption event. Thanks to a very generous benefactor, the adoption fees for Chihuahua and Chihuahua mixes will be waived for these two dates only. In addition, they will also include a free microchip! According to the Arizona Humane Society, “Chihuahuas are one of top breeds to enter Valley shelters each year and currently, nearly half of the dogs available at AHS’ adoption locations are Chihuahuas.”

Chihuahua’s make excellent companions in the right household. They range in height from 6-12 inches tall, and typically weigh less than 6-lbs. As a breed, Chihuahua’s tend to be extremely protective and loyal to their owner, especially around other humans. Because of this, Chihuahuas are primarily suitable for homes that maintain a calm environment…often homes without small children, as to avoid provocation. They love to create their own sense of space, often burrowing in linens, clothes, pillows, and so on. They perceive a sense of safety and comfort underneath blankets, and often scurry down towards the foot of the bed.

Nothing beats rescuing a shelter dog – giving man’s best friend a second chance is incredibly rewarding! Find out more about Ay Chihuahua Adoption Weekend at www.azhumane.org.