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June 26: Take your Dog to Work Day

Dog to Work Day BlogDo you ever think about what your dog would choose to be when they grow up?  A lawyer?  A waitress? A writer? A psychologist?  Oh, the possibilities are endless!  While we may never know our pups full career potential, we can certainly give them one day (and sometimes more depending on where you work) if we participate in Take your Dog to Work Day.

June 26th is officially Take your Dog to Work Day and some may be celebrating the whole last week of June!  This pet holiday was started in 1999 to celebrate dogs and encourage the adoption of dogs from different rescue organizations.  When it first started there were only about 300 companies that participated and since then the number has grown exponentially!

Pets are now being more widely accepted in the workplace, as it has been proven to be a perk that employees really enjoy being given.  Employers have found significant health benefits to people owning pets…and who doesn’t want healthy employees?! USA Today reports that Proctor & Gamble, Amazon, and Google are among the few companies that let you bring your dog to work every day, not just on this holiday.

Some studies have shown that allowing pets in the workplace has its benefits.  Some of those mentioned are:

Help reduce stress: How can you NOT feel less stressed looking at a sweet puppy or dog?  In addition to just seeing them or giggling at something silly they are doing, there is something oddly calming about taking a break from whatever you are working on to pet a dog for a few minutes.

Encourages longer work hours:  This may not be the most exciting thing for an employee, but it is certainly beneficial for the employer!  Pet owners typically leave work sometime early in the evening to get home, feed their pets, and spend time playing or walking them.  However, if their pet is at work with them, they may feel compelled to stay until their reports are finished or the project is done.

Increased camaraderie: Cute puppies and dogs give people something to talk about.  During their planned breaks your coworkers may take their dog for a quick walk outside or around the office, whereas without pets in the workplace they may work through their break or get on the phone.  This additional walking around and conversing may bring employees closer together and build team unity.

So, if you were looking for some good arguments to give to your employer as to why you should be able to bring your pup to work every day, this might just get you started (especially when they hear about you possibly working longer hours!)

(Souce: USA Today, http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/06/18/friday-take-your-dog-to-work-day/10592435/, http://www.petmd.com/dog/slideshows/care/benefits-of-pets-in-workplace)

Phoenix Fun with your Dog!

Things to Do BlogThis summer, you and your family may be lucky enough to be planning a “beat the heat” getaway and you may be taking your pup with you to the cooler climates.  But for those staying here, there are plenty of fun activities to participate in AND still include you furry friends. Often we find ourselves trying to plan activities around our pets with thoughts like, “Okay, we can go here, but we have to be back by this time to feed the dogs” or “Let’s go here, but we need to make sure we have enough time to get back home and let the dogs out.”  Well, AZ Pet Vet has found some fun activities that you can do this summer and don’t have to worry about leaving your pups home…take them with you for the fun!

In our last blog, we talked about the Bark at the Park event that was held by the Arizona Diamondbacks.  If you missed that event, don’t worry!  There are many more events for you to participate in with your pup while you are out and about enjoying the Phoenix area.  There is a really cool article from Well Minded Pets, that talks about all the pet friendly places around the Valley…here are a few ideas:

  • Hike South Mountain Park/Preserve
  • Visit Uncle Bear’s Brewhouse Grill
  • Enjoy a treat at Sprinkles Cupcakes
  • Indulge in a glass of wine at Duck and Decanter
  • Swim, run, and exercise at Cosmo Dog Park
  • Explore The Farm at South Mountain

For more details about these activities, you can check out the article here… http://www.wellmindedpets.com/blog/2014/8/6/things-to-do-in-phoenix-with-your-dog.

If you look closely, a lot of these activities include some time outside.  Always remember to bring yourself and your pup water if you aren’t going to be somewhere that provides it.  The summer heat can easily sneak up on you, so remember to maintain appropriate hydration and shade as well!  Wishing you a fun, cool, summer from your friends at AZ Pet Vet!

(Sources: http://www.wellmindedpets.com/blog/2014/8/6/things-to-do-in-phoenix-with-your-dog, http://www.nylabone.com/dog-house-chatter/2015/03/30/mlb-2015-dog-day-events/)

June 6th: Bark at the Park event

The third annual Bark at the Park event will be held on June 6th.  This event takes place at Chase Field for before and during the Diamondbacks game versus the Mets at 7:10pm.  You can arrive at 6pm to participate in pre-game events and a parade.  The top will be closed and the field will be air conditioned for the event, so your pup will be able to stay cool while participating in the fun with you and your family!

Bark at the Park BlogThis event has been so successful in the past, that this year there will be eight Bark in the Park events around the United States.  Some of the other teams, in addition to the Diamondbacks, that will be participating are the: Braves, White Socks, Reds, Rockies, Royals, Dodgers, Marlins, Mets, Athletics, Padres, Giants, Mariners, Cardinals, Rays, Rangers, and the Nationals.  Keep some of these teams in mind if you are planning to travel to any of the cities these teams are located in with your dogs this summer, or if you have friends and family living in these cities.

As with all fun events, there are a few rules that must be followed:

  • All participants are required to register in advance and execute a Release and Waiver. There will be no walk-ups permitted.
  • Dogs must be at least 6 months old.
  • Owners must include a copy of current vaccinations from a licensed veterinarian.
  • Dog license required for you to bring your dog to this event.
  • The Arizona Diamondbacks reserve the right to reject any dog for any reason.

If you would like more information or to buy tickets & register, please visit the Diamondbacks webpage: http://arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com/ari/ticketing/bark_park.jsp

Just in case you are unable to make this fun event, stay tuned for next week’s blog for more fun events and locations for you and your pets to enjoy this summer together!

(Source: The Arizona Diamondbacks, http://arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com/ari/ticketing/bark_park.jsp)

June: Adopt a Cat Month

shutterstock_174331724We are always hearing about cute little kittens, but the reality is that there are a lot of cats in shelters that are looking for loving homes.  In June we celebrate adopt a cat month and bring awareness to these sweet felines looking for a family to love them.  The Humane Society has provided some great information on this topic and some tips to set you up for success as your expand your furry family.

Some tips they have shared include…

Think about adopting two, rather than one:  This will give them a companion to play and socialize with when you have to leave during the day. This will be especially helpful during those first few weeks of adjustment.

Try to find one that has a personality that connects well with yours: If you are an energetic person looking for a cat to socialize with, be sure you “test” out their personalities.  Just like humans, some cats prefer to keep to themselves, while others love being pet and surrounded by people.  Be sure to find one that will complement your personality, lifestyle, and home environment.

Make sure everyone in the house is on board with bringing home a new cat: You are bringing a new life into your home, so make sure everyone is on board and this is a good decision for everyone in your home.  There will be times that you cannot take care of the cat yourself and will need to rely on your family and/or friends to help.  Be sure that support is there.

Budget for the new addition: Pets can be costly in the short term and the long run.  Be sure you have taken into consideration their care from a veterinarian, as well as the cost of food and treats, toys, crates, scratching posts, and other supplies you might need.  While we all hope our pets stay healthy, there are probably going to be times that an illness will require care and possibly medication.  These medications can be expensive, as well as the vet bill that is associated with the illness.  Be sure you are prepared financially for this.

Purchase supplies before you bring home the new kitten or cat: Being prepared before you bring home your kitten or cat will make you and your new addition feel better.  You will already have the necessities to make them feel at home and not have to worry about running out to get things you need right away.

Cat-proof your home:  Remember, especially with kittens, they can be quite mischievous so be sure to prepare your home.  Keep an eye out for electrical cords, food laying out on counters, and small toys lying on the carpet that a kitten could choke on.

Introduce your new family member to friends and guests slowly:  Some cats and kittens need an adjustment period in your home before they introduced to a lot of people.

Anytime you are preparing for a new family member is an exciting time.  These tips and pointers serve as a great reminder of things to keep in mind when adopting.  Check out local adoption events in your area.  Being as it is Adopt a Cat month, there will a lot of great events happening!

(Source: American Humane Association, http://www.americanhumane.org/animals/programs/special-initiatives/adopt-a-cat-month/)