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New Years Resolutions for Pet Owners

This year, I resolve to:

Make sure my pets are up to date on all their vaccinations, and that they are micro-chipped for their safety.

Make sure my pets are eating high quality food and treats.

Make an effort to brush my pet’s teeth regularly.

Take regular walks or trips to the dog park.

Take time out to play with my pets each day, even when I don’t feel like it.

Make sure my pets know how much I love them, every single day.

From our family to yours – Happy New Year! – AZ Pet Vet

Giving Pets as Holiday Gifts – Yes or No?

We’ve all seen the videos of children being surprised by the gift of a puppy or kitten on Christmas. While they’re heartwarming and fun to watch, they only capture a moment in time. The reality of giving a pet as a present must take into account training and quality family time, daily exercise, veterinary care, food, shelter, and toys. It all adds up to a big commitment.

Pets can provide years of love and joy, however, companion animals need more than just food and water – they need to be loved, cared for and respected as a member of the family.

Be sure to consider the lifestyle of the person before giving an animal.

Be sure to consider the financial resources of the person before giving an animal.

Be sure to consider the living arrangements and/or rental agreements of the person before giving an animal. Not everyone has the space or the ability to keep an animal comfortably.

Be sure to consider the temperament and exercise needs of the animal before giving a person an animal.

If you believe you know someone that can and will provide all of these things for the lifetime of the animal, then by all means, adopt an animal from a shelter and make two lives merrier.

If you decide to give an animal as a gift, an easy way to make their day is to wrap up a picture of the animal and include some items that your lucky recipient will need: food, feeding bowls, toys, etc. Make arrangements to pick up the new pet after the holiday rush if possible, as it will be easier on everyone, especially the pet.

Above all else: remember not everyone is prepared for the lifetime commitment of a pet. Many “Christmas gift animals” are returned to the shelter, or even worse, abandoned.

Want to help animals? Donate food, toys, litter and blankets to your local shelter, or drop them off at any AZ Pet Vet location until December 31, 2017.

Happy holidays!

Donation Drive in Full Swing!

The holiday season is in full swing, and we are honored to be able to participate in helping secure meaningful donations for some wonderful non-profits. One of the organizations we are collecting for this year is GrandPaws Pantry, who’ve already stopped by some of our donation locations in Santa’s sleigh to pick up some of the goodies – check it out!

We will be collecting for GrandPaws Pantry and Helping Hands for Homeless Hounds THROUGH DECEMBER 31st, so please feel free to help if you can! To learn more about 1) what items each organization is looking for, and 2) where you can drop your donations, check our our blog with all the details here: AZ Pet Vet 2017 Holiday Drive

Wishing you all a very happy holiday season!

Holiday Safety for Pets

The holiday season can be a stressful time for your pet – and a dangerous one.

From parties and gift-wrapping to unannounced carolers and visits from “Santa,” your pet can become a little anxious amidst all the merriment, or tempted by all the wonderful foods and treats. Here are a few things you can do to make sure the season is a joyful event for the whole family.

Holiday Plant Hazards: Be extra careful with amaryllis, mistletoe, balsam, pine, cedar, holly and poinsettias. Festive foliage can cause serious medical problems for pets, ranging from nausea to serious kidney failure and heart issues.

Festive Decorations: Sure, glittering glass ornaments, shimmering tinsel, and shiny decorations give your home a warm, holiday glow. They can also be irresistibly tempting to animals. While they may look harmless, a shard of glass from an ornament or a stray piece of tinsel from the tree can cause irreparable internal damage to your pet. Make sure that you choose the safest possible location for all of your festive flourishes. 

Gifts and gift wrappingMake sure that those beautifully wrapped presents are kept out of your pet’s reach, especially during gift opening time. From Styrofoam peanuts and plastic packaging to batteries, candy, and shiny twist ties, there’s a treasure trove of temptation for your pet. With everyone’s attention diverted with presents and celebrations, consider keeping your pet in another room on Christmas morning to make sure they don’t accidentally ingest something harmful.

Try to Keep Up Your RoutineTry to keep your pet’s daily routine as consistent as possible, making time for daily walks and play even when your schedule gets busy. Many pets appreciate having a quiet room to retreat into when guests arrive—so be sure to plan ahead by creating a safe haven with a comfortable place to sleep, a few toys, and a bowl of fresh water.

Keep your pets’ tags and contact information up to date. Holiday activities provide a lot of opportunities for pets to escape from your home, so be certain your pet is wearing their collar with tags at all times. If they are not micro-chipped, make an appointment to have it done.

Keep pet friendly treats at hand. Chocolate is always abundant over the holidays. Remember, chocolate is NOT good for your dog or cat. It’s toxic. People food is also a HUGE temptation for companion animals – be sure to block access to cookies, candies and other people treats. If you can’t resist their pleading eyes , it’s OK give your pet a small treat. Just remember, “people foods” should be avoided they can cause stomach upset, vomiting, and diarrhea or worse. Many people foods are even toxic to animals. Limit table scraps, and make sure your guests know not to share their food with your pets.

Be prepared for an emergency. Keep your vet’s number and the animal poison control center posted on the refrigerator or where you can easily find it. If an emergency arises, you’ll be glad you did.

Keep this number handy: Pet Poison Control Hotline: (888) 426-4435

Happy Holidays from the entire AZ Pet Vet family!

 

 

Let’s Stock Grandpaw’s Pantry!

This holiday season, members of the Arizona Pet Vet family are banding together to play not-so-secret Santa Paws for small community-based organizations that make a big difference for pets in need.

Grandpaw’s Pantry provides pet supplies to rescued ‘pets to be’ — animals that are waiting to find their people and forever homes.

Grandpaw’s Pantry is a nonprofit founded by a delightful youngster named Sonya, who’s also the enthusiastic owner of several rescue pets. In her words,

I want to encourage people to open their hearts and their homes and consider rescue pet adoption. I also want to be an animal advocate for the many dogs and cats and other animals in desperate need.”

What They’re Wishing For:

  • Pet Collars/Leashes (all sizes)
  • Unopened Food (dry & canned)
  • Pet Beds (dog & cat)
  • Pet Toys (dog & cat)                
  • Pet Blankets
  • Food Bowls
  • Nylabone Dog Treats
  • Litterboxes & Scoopers
  • Cat Litter

We’re collecting donations at the following AZ Pet Vet locations until December 31, 2017. Let’s unleash some love and help them kick off the new year right!

AZ Pet Vet Donation Collection Locations:
Arrow Animal Hospital
Arrowhead Ranch Animal Hospital & Grooming
Fletcher Heights Animal Hospital & Grooming
Las Sendas Animal Hospital & Grooming
Roadrunner Animal Hospital & Grooming
Sarival Animal Hospital & Grooming
Surprise Animal Hospital & Grooming
Westbrook Animal Hospital

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