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The Importance of Dental Health

Virtually no one likes going to the dentist…but we all know it’s important! Dental care for humans and animals alike is something that should never be ignored. Proper dental hygiene is a critical part of keeping your pet healthy and happy, helping to avoid potentially life-threatening issues that come with dental disease. Want to know just a bit more? Dr. Tressa MacLennan from our Scottsdale location did a quick segment with a brief overview! Check it out:

Be Kind to Animals Week

It’s Be Kind to Animals Week! At AZPetVet, we believe everyone should be kind to animals every day. It’s at the heart of everything we do! This wonderful resource offers many amazing ways that you can be kind and support animals. Teachers and parent take special note – there are free lesson plans for children of all ages. Together, we can make a better world for animals and people too.Be Kind to Animals Week

World Penguin Day Facts

world penguin dayPenguins love relatively cold climates, but despite people’s beliefs, there are no penguins at the North Pole. They live in Antarctica, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Chile, the Falkland Islands, the Galapagos Islands, and South Africa. 

Penguins don’t have any teeth! Instead, they have barbed tongues and throats to help them eat fish, squid, shrimp, krill, and other crustaceans.

There are more than 18 different penguin species. Emperor penguins are the tallest, reaching about 47 inches (they’re also the biggest, weighing up to 90 pounds) Little blue penguins (also known as fairy penguins) are the smallest and shortest of their species, measuring about 13 inches tall. Fairy penguins weigh about 2 pounds, making them the smallest of the species.

Normally, wild penguins will live an average of 15-20 years. However, the effects of climate change are putting more of their natural habitats and food sources at risk each year. As a result, some penguin colonies populations have shrunk by up to 80 percent.

Five Fun Facts About Frogs

Hoppy National Frog MonthHoppy National Frog Month! Here are five fun facts about frogs. Did you know…

1/ A group of frogs is called an army.

2/ Frogs absorb water through their skin, so they don’t need to drink water.

3/ Frogs are found all over the world – except for Antarctica. Far too cold!

4/ The world’s largest frog species is known as the ‘Goliath Frog’ – they live in Western Africa and grow to be around a foot long and weigh up to 7 pounds! In contrast, the world’s smallest frogs are less than 1/2 inch long.

5/ Frogs’ eyes and nose are on the very top of their heads which allows them to see and breathe while most of their body is underwater.

BONUS: The world’s most famous frog is of course, Kermit!

Prevent Animal Cruelty – Know the Signs

Stop Cruelty to AnimalsIt’s up to each of us to help prevent cruelty to animals. According to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) an animal is abused or beaten every ten seconds. However, animal cruelty is not always about physical abuse. April is officially Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, so here are the things you need to know:

Lack of adequate shelter: an animal that’s regularly left outside can quickly perish in the Arizona heat. Access to clean, fresh water and shelter from the sun is important, especially during the summer months. Better yet, the animal should be kept indoors where it’s cooler.

Untreated medical or skin conditions: if an animal is losing hair or has open sores, they need medical treatment. Withholding treatment for common ailments or disease like diabetes or thyroid issues is also a form of animal cruelty.

Extended crating is another common form of animal cruelty. Pets need regular exercise, attention and socialization, not to mention potty breaks. If these can’t or won’t be provided by the pet owner, they shouldn’t own a pet.

Negligent cruelty: Leaving an animal (or a child) alone in a locked car during summer months! Never, ever do this – not even for “just a few minutes”. Temperatures will quickly soar to life-threatening levels.

What to do if you suspect animal cruelty: If you suspect or witness an act of animal cruelty, don’t look away – ACT! Call the local police, the Humane Society or other animal welfare organization. You can make a complaint anonymously (if necessary) so that animals in jeopardy are rescued and receive the care they need. If you’re concerned about the immediate health or safety of the animal, be sure to alert the officer that it’s an emergency situation. Remember, we need to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Keep a record of the incident/s, the date of your complaint, the organization you contacted and the name of the person you talked with as well as their response to the situation you’ve described. It may be helpful if authorities decide to prosecute the suspected abuser.