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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

Adopt a Senior Dog & Save an Animal’s Life

November is Adopt a Senior Dog Month, so we thought it might be helpful to go over some of the reasons you should consider adopting an older pet.

Statistics show that once a pet reaches the age of five, their age becomes a huge barrier to adoption. The older the animal, the higher the chance they will be euthanized quickly, because of overcrowding, as well as the time it takes to place them in a good home.

Older pets lose their homes and families for a variety of reasons. While many people believe there must be something wrong with the pet, like health or behavior issues, most often, it’s problems with the owner’s life – illness or death, financial challenges, allergies, changes to work schedules or moving to a new residence.

On the brighter side, senior pets make wonderful companions for families and senior citizens. They’re also a great choice for those who don’t have the time or patience to train and raise a young animal. This is especially true for dogs, who require house training, obedience classes, socialization, and regular exercise. Another advantage of adopting an older dog is that you won’t be surprised by how big they get – they’re done growing.

While older pets may be stressed and confused by the transition from their home to the shelter or rescue, most will quickly adapt to a new, loving home and family.

Our prescription? Kindness, patience, and lots of love – and of course, regular wellness checks to keep them healthy. Numerous studies show that dog owners are often healthier than non-dog owners, so that’s another bonus!

Ready to give an older pet a chance but need to know where to adopt a senior dog? A quick Google search will show that the Greater Phoenix metro area has a number of rescue organizations dedicated to rehoming senior animals. That’s a great place to begin!

7 Tips for Celebrating National Pet Week

National Pet WeekWelcome to National Pet Week! While every day is a great day to celebrate your pet, here are some reminders of what it means to be a good pet owner. Remember, you are their beloved and best advocate, so be up to the task!

1/ Choose a pet that’s right for you and your lifestyle. Do you have the time, the temperament and the space in your life for a pet? If so, you’re in for a rich reward. Love dogs? Great – but remember to consider the age, breed and activity levels of the types of dogs you like. Love cats, bunnies, birds or maybe something a bit slithery? Each animal has specific needs, so be sure you’ll be able to meet them before you commit.

2/ Socialization is key to well adjusted animals. What is socialization? Quite simply, it’s making sure that your pet is prepared for interacting with other people, other pets, places and activities. Training classes and trips to the park are two great ways to introduce your pet to the world. (Make sure their vaccinations are up to date)

3/ Give your pet regular exercise. You’ll both benefit! Obesity is a huge issue for people and animals, so why not make the commitment to get fit and stay fit by exercising together? Get outside and walk, run and play! Hint: studies show that dog owners may get more exercise than those who don’t have a dog.

4/ Love your pet? See your vet! Regular check-ups by your vet are vital and not just because pets need vaccinations. Around half of pet owners do not take their pets to the vet unless it’s sick or injured. Don’t make that mistake – it’s best to catch potential health problems early, before they get serious and potentially expensive. Make the call.  (Find the AZ Pet Vet location nearest you)

5/ Population control – you play a role! Sadly, millions of pets are euthanized each year because they don’t have homes. Talk to your vet about when to have your pet spayed or neutered. Pet owners can avoid unplanned breeding by spaying/neutering, containment or through managed breeding.

6/ Emergencies happen. Be prepared. Do you have an emergency plan for your home? If not, it’s a great time to make one – and don’t forget your pets! What happens if your pet becomes ill or is injured? You can read more about what to do in an emergency here.

7/ Give your pet a lifetime of love. Just like people, as pets age, they’ll need more care. Regular veterinary exams can detect problems in older pets before they become advanced or life-threatening. Don’t forget to adjust their food intake as they age – ask your vet about the best types for your pet’s age, size and breed. Together, you can enjoy a longer and healthier lifetime full of love.

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.