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Microchip Your Pets Awareness Month

pet microchipDespite our best efforts, pets have a knack for getting lost. That’s why it’s important to have your pets microchipped. One tiny chip can mean the difference between a lost pet ending up in a shelter (and potentially being euthanized) and finding their way home.

What are microchips? Microchips are tiny transponders, about the size of a grain of rice, that use radio frequency waves to transmit information about your pet. They’re implanted just under the skin, usually right between the shoulder blades.

How do they work? Each microchip contains a registration number and the phone number of the registry for the particular brand of chip. A handheld scanner reads the radio frequency of the chip and displays this information. The animal shelter or vet clinic that finds your pet can contact the registry to get your name and phone number.

How long do microchips last? Microchips are designed to work for 25 years.

Where can I get my pet microchipped? At any of our AZPetVet locations!

What if I move? You will need to contact the company that registers the chip to update your information; otherwise, the chip will be useless. You may be charged a small fee to process the update.

What do I do if I adopt a pet who’s already been microchipped? If you know what brand of chip your pet has, contact the corresponding registry to update the information. If you don’t know what type of chip your pet has, find a vet or animal shelter that can read it.

If you have the number of your pet’s microchip, but have forgotten where you registered your contact information, you may be able find the original registry here, then call to have the information updated. If you don’t have the number, ask your vet to scan your pet for the chip number and any other information.

Gabriel’s Angels & AZPetVet – All Our Favorite Events Have Dogs

It’s no surprise that AZPetVet has a bit of a thing about animals. That’s why we always get a little extra excited about working with organizations like Gabriel’s Angels. Each year, they help thousands of Arizona’s at risk children through pet therapy. Since AZPetVet helps thousands of Arizona’s pets each year, we’re kind of a great match!

In fact, AZPetVet’s cofounder, Dr. Wayne Anderson, has been a trusted advisor to Pam Gaber, the founder of Gabriel’s Angels since it was just Pam and Gabriel. Of course, our family was much smaller then too – today we have more than 21 hospitals!

When Pam and Gabriel first set paws in the Crisis Nursery and fell in love with the children, the children fell in love with Gabriel right back. Pam knew that working together, she and Gabriel could make a big difference in little lives. She was right. Today, the Gabriel’s Angels serves more than 13,500 kids each year through more than 125 different nonprofit agencies. We couldn’t be more proud.

Today, we have Gabriel’s Angels therapy teams stop by different AZPetVet locations to meet the staff. They’ll share stories about their work, and the children they serve, while the team oohs and ahhs over the dogs. It’s clear why everyone loves them!

This year, as part of our Giving Back Initiative, AZPetVet became the title sponsor for the 2018 Unleash the Love Breakfast. This highly anticipated fundraising event is held every April, and features highlights of the work they’ve done, the goals for the next year, and of course – DOGS. With more than 50 therapy teams on hand, how can anyone resist helping and donating? Here’s to many more years of dogs and angels!

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:

What to Do If Your Dog is Lost

As veterinarians, lost dogs come through our doors every day. We scan them for a microchip, in hopes of helping them find their people. Sometimes, we have a happy ending – other times, no owner can be found.

April 23 is National Lost Dog Awareness Day, so here are some ways to make sure your dog has the best chance of getting home if he/she gets lost:

Microchip: Get your pets microchipped during their first vet visit, and be sure to keep your contact information up to date. 

Collar & Tags: Make sure your pet wears a collar and tags. ID is their best bet to get home!

Make Posters: Include a current photo, cross streets, contact details, a reward (if applicable) and any other pertinent information. Post them around your neighborhood and in local grocery stores, vet offices, pet stores and community centers.

Social Media: Post your lost pet’s details on Straydar and NextDoor – there are highly engaged people who can help in your search!

Call Local Animal Control & Shelters: File a lost pet report ASAP with shelters and rescue organizations. Visit local shelters daily if possible.

Download the ASPCA App

How to Prevent Heartworms in Dogs

prevent heartworms in dogsWhat are Heartworms and how can I prevent them in my dog? 

Heartworms are every bit as disgusting and horrifying as the name suggests – they live inside the heart, lungs, and arteries of affected animals. A single worm can grow up to a foot long. Think about that for a minute.

Adult female heartworms also produce tiny baby worms called microfilaria that circulate through the bloodstream. Baby worms. Swimming in the bloodstream. It’s the stuff of horror movies. Only you and your vet can help prevent it.

How is Heartworm Disease Spread? 

Mosquitos are nature’s vampires and they spread heartworms. When an infected animal is bitten by a mosquito, it not only ingests the blood, but also the microfilaria contained in the host’s blood. Over the next 10-14 days, the microfilaria mature into infectious larvae.

The mosquito is now highly infective, primed and ready to transmit the larvae the next time it bites an animal. It will take about six months for the larvae to mature into adult heartworms in the host animal, and from there, the cycle begins all over again.

  • Mature heart worms can live for 5 to 7 years in dogs and up to 2 or 3 years in cats.
  • Each mosquito season put animals at risk for developing the disease or growing numbers of worms in already infected animals.

Signs of Heartworm Disease in Dogs 

In the early stages, many dogs will show few symptoms or worse, no symptoms at all. The longer the infection is present, the more likely symptoms will develop. Get your dog tested, and onto a course of preventive treatment if your vet recommends it. Signs of heartworm disease may include:

  • Mild persistent cough
  • Lethargy/avoids exertion
  • Fatigue after moderate activity
  • Decreased appetite
  • Weight loss

Signs of Heartworm Disease in Cats 

While most heartworms do not survive to adult stage in cats, it can happen. The signs can be very subtle or very dramatic. Symptoms may include:

  • Coughing or asthma-like attacks
  • Periodic vomiting
  • Lack of appetite
  • Weight loss

Treatment of Heartworm Disease 

Prevention, prevention, prevention. Effective treatments for heartworms in dogs do exist, but they are expensive and painful for your pet. There is no treatment for heartworms in cats.