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Monthly Archives: November 2017

Let’s Have a Pet-Safe Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to the entire AZ Pet Vet family!

This year, as you celebrate the holiday with family and friends, remember that temptations abound for everyone – including your pets. There’s no need to leave your pets out of the festivities – just be careful about the types of food they eat and make sure they do not overindulge.

No under the table treats please! Fatty foods can cause some nasty digestive problems for your pets, so be sure to keep them out of reach.

Your trash container is also going to be filled with a variety of scraps, foil, plastic wrap, and food waste that could harm your pet if they get into it. Keep all trash containers well covered and away from pets – behind closed doors if possible.

Here are the DOs and DON’Ts for pets and holiday foods:

The NO NO List
 – Turkey – while small amounts of skinless meat can be safe, it’s best to avoid
– Stuffing – chock full of ingredients that can harm your pet
– Mashed potatoes – too much butter and other fats
– Candied yams – too much sugar, butter and other fats
– Gravy – far too rich for pets’ tummies
– Candy – especially chocolate
– Pie or other desserts

SAFE & YUMMY
 – Green beans (plain, steamed or boiled)
– Baby carrots (raw or cooked)
– Apple slices (small, thin slices)
– Celery – add a smear of natural, unsalted creamy peanut butter
– Plain pumpkin puree (not pie filling)

WATCH OUT
If you see sudden changes in behavior, depression, pain, vomiting, or diarrhea in your pet, contact your veterinarian immediately.

If you believe your pet has been poisoned or has eaten something it shouldn’t have, call your veterinarian or local veterinary emergency clinic immediately.

ASPCA Poison Control Hotline: 888-426-4435

#LovePup Family Fest!

In September, we were proud to sponsor an adoption event called the LovePup Family Festival in partnership with the LovePup Foundation and iHeart Radio. Taking place at Vertuccio Farms in Mesa, AZ. Paired with incredible music acts, food trucks, kid-friendly activities and more, the primary event focus of pet adoption was a huge success. With more than XXXX folks came out to enjoy the evening, and XX rescues on-site with adorable, adoptable dogs from across the Phoenix metro area, more than XX pups were adopted and found their forever homes!

As our way of saying thank you for adopting these wonderful canine companions, AZ Pet Vet provided the new owners with a certificate for a Free Wellness Exam and Fecal Test. We know that routine health and wellness checkups are just as important to our pets as they are to us humans, and wanted to help these new owners ensure that the newest member of their family was receiving first rate care!

We are thrilled by the impact the event had on the community, and look forward to participating again in the future!

StandDown – Assisting our Veterans

First, a bit of terminology:

StandDown: A military term that refers to the short period of time given to a soldier to leave an active combat area, allowing them to obtain rest and build up strength before returning to duty.

StandDown Events: Typically one-to-three day events held annually, organizations within a community come together to serve United States military veterans and their families who are experiencing – or are at risk of – homelessness. These events help connect our veterans with the critical support services they need in order to help them gain – and maintain – stable housing. In addition, the events offer many other areas of support which can include everything from benefits assistance, to id’s and drivers licenses, social security, substance abuse assistance, employment and education opportunities, haircuts and hygiene, and more.

In February, team members from AZ Pet Vet joined the ranks of volunteers at the Maricopa County StandDown annual event, offering Pet Care services to our veterans. Armed with a bevy of food, toys, crates, blankets, and more, our team was honored to spend time with our veterans and to assist with their beloved canine and feline companions. A heartfelt thank you to all the veterans for your service to our country!

2016 Holiday Drive

While many of our individual hospitals have organizations that they have supported for years, our 2016 holiday season marked one of our largest group efforts to-date. Our primary recipient for the season was Helping Hands for Homeless Hounds, with a few other individual organizations included in the mix. With the incredible participation of our teams and our clients, in total we collected more than 2,500 items!

Here are just a few statistics:
* 500+ collars, leashes, and pet clothing items
* 200+ pet beds and blankets
* 35 soft-sided/hard-sided carriers
* 120 food bowls
* Over 1,000 pet food items and treats (WOW!)
* Over 300 toys
* Towels, wipes, cases of water, and much more

It took 8 vehicles filled-to-the-brim to deliver the items just to our primary recipient!

In response to the amazing participation from the AZ Pet Vet clients and staff, the ownership teams at the hospitals taking part in the drive joined in with their part to help make a big impact this season…with a cash donation of $5,950 in total!

With so many wonderful organizations doing great work, we are honored to participate in giving back to our community. So a huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped make the season a little bit brighter!

Pet Cancer Awareness Month

Cancer is the number one disease-related killer of pets. As with humans, it’s important catch it early and there’s a better chance it can be treated or cured.

Many of our hospitals within the AZ Pet Vet family of hospitals provide a full range of treatment for pets with cancer.

We understand that a cancer diagnosis is devastating and stressful for pet owners, and the idea of your beloved pet undergoing chemotherapy treatments can be difficult to contemplate.

Depending on the type of cancer and prognosis, your veterinarian will work with you closely to provide treatment options, help you understand what to expect, and the best and worst case scenarios.

Here are 10 warning signs to watch for in your dog or cat:

  • Lumps or bumps that persist or continue to grow – these should be biopsied.
  • Sores that don’t heal – these can be a sign of infection, skin disease or cancer.
  • Weight loss – sudden weight loss along with any other signs from this list are of concern.
  • Loss of appetite – pets don’t stop eating without reason. Get them checked.
  • Bleeding or discharge from any body opening such as blood, pus, vomiting, diarrhea. Watch for abdominal bloating or distention as it can indicate a build up of fluids.
  • Offensive odor – cancers of the mouth, nose or anal glands can cause nasty odors.
  • Difficulty eating or swallowing – this can indicate any number of health problems, so best to see the vet right away.
  • Hesitation to exercise or loss of stamina – while these symptoms are associated with many health conditions, most people do not realize they can also indicate cancer.
  • Persistent lameness or stiffness – this is usually due to arthritis or joint and muscle disease, but it can also be a sign of cancer.
  • Difficulty breathing, urinating, or defecating. These symptoms, whether experienced alone or in groups, indicate that something is wrong. Make an appointment to see the vet, stat!

Regular full body checks and careful observation of your pets at home are important for identifying changes in a pet’s overall health, as well as annual or more frequent wellness exams by a veterinary professional. If your dog or cat is showing ANY of the signs listed above, it’s best to see your veterinarian for a full check-up. Make the call today.