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What is Pink Eye in Animals and Can Dogs Give Humans Pink Eye?

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Pink eye (conjunctivitis) in dogs is just as unpleasant as it is for humans and, unfortunately, is just as common as well. Humans often experience pink eye due to a variety of factors, including viruses such as the common cold, bacteria, external irritants, and parasites.

What Is Pink Eye in Animals?

Pink eye (conjunctivitis) in dogs has similar causes and symptoms to pink eye in humans. Pink eye is the inflammation of the tissue that coats the eye, also known as the conjunctiva. This inflammation of the small blood vessels makes the vessels more visible, giving the whites of the eyes a reddish or pink tone.

Dogs of all ages are susceptible to pink eye, and it can sometimes appear on its own. Another cause would be an underlying eye condition. While the infection typically starts in one eye, in rare cases, it may become contagious, and can spread to the uninfected eye. If you suspect your dog is suffering from pink eye, it is essential to have your pup examined by a professional. They can determine the type, cause, severity, and then recommend a course of treatment so your furry friend can get back to top-notch health again.

The main types of pink eye in animals include infectious and non-infectious. Causes of both infectious and non-infectious pink eye in dogs can include:

● Dust mites
● Pollen
● Virus
● Mold
● Drugs
● Upper respiratory infection
● Inflammation of the tear duct

Symptoms of Pink Eye in Dogs

If you suspect your furry friend is suffering from symptoms caused by pink eye, it’s crucial to have your pup examined by a vet. A professional will be able to determine which form of pink eye your dog is suffering from and recommend the best treatments to combat the infection. Symptoms of pink eye in dogs include:
● Redness
● Watery eyes
● Eyelids that are stuck together
● Pawing at eyes
● Stringy discharge
● Crusty eyelids

Can Dogs Give Humans Pink Eye?

In rare cases, a dog can give a human pink eye. Likewise, if you are suffering from pink eye, it’s a possibility for you to transfer the infection to your beloved friend. Although pink eye is usually not contagious, It’s still just as important to take preventative measures in order to protect your dog, yourself, and other individuals, as well as any of your pup’s pals.

Preventing the Spread of Pink Eye

If you are suffering from pink eye, it’s imperative to take specific steps to prevent the spread of the infection to others around you, including your furry friend. Be sure to wash your hands frequently throughout the day to avoid spreading the infection onto other surfaces. In general, it’s best to avoid touching your eyes during the healing process. However, if you do touch your eyes, it’s important to immediately and thoroughly wash your hands afterward.

If your pup has pink eye, always wash your hands whenever they come into contact with the infected area. When removing any discharge from your dog’s eye, try using a cotton ball to reduce skin-on-skin contact. However, it’s always best to still wash your hands after.

For added prevention, you can also clean any surfaces that regularly come into contact with your pup’s face to reduce the risk of the infection spreading. However, as long as you practice good hygiene by washing your hands regularly, you should be safe.

Pink eye in dogs can be caused by several underlying and unforeseen factors. Left untreated, pink eye can have long-term effects on your dog’s health and vision. If you suspect your furry friend is suffering from any of the symptoms of pink eye, it’s important to schedule an appointment with your local veterinarian. A professional will be able to determine the cause of the infection, as well as prescribe the best treatment so your pup can recover and get their health back on track.

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Not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian with any questions you may have regarding the medical condition of your pet. If you think your pet has a medical emergency, call or visit your veterinarian or your local veterinary emergency hospital immediately.

National Love Your Pet Day, Show Your Pet the Love They Deserve

How to Show Your Pet the Love They Deserve

Happy National Love Your Pet Day! Pets show us unconditional love each and every day, and that’s a very special gift. National Love Your Pet Day is an unofficial holiday that’s celebrated annually on February 20th. The holiday encourages pet owners to spend quality time with their pets to show them the love and affection they deserve.

Cat, dog, bird, fish or reptile, National Love Your Pet Day is the day to do something special to show them how much they mean to you. Here are five simple ways to do it.

Four Ways to Celebrate National Love Your Pet Day

Give Them Special Toys
Pets love to play. Surprise your pet by making them a special toy out of an old t-shirt or socks or taking them shopping for toys at the local pet store. It’s an exciting adventure you can share.

Bake Some Homemade Treats
Nothing says I love you like homemade pet treats. Make treats with pet-friendly ingredients that are the flavors of their favorite foods, and let them go to town! From frozen or baked treats to bones, and pet cakes and cupcakes, you can make your pet feel special all year round. Best of all, you know exactly what’s going into their treats – quality ingredients and lots of love. It’s always a good idea to consult your veterinarian before making treats!

Schedule a Spaw Day
Give your pet the full ‘spaw’ treatment! A day of grooming and pampering by a trained pet stylist will leave your pet looking and smelling their best.

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Spotlight Your Pet on Social Media
Share the love – post a pic or video of your pet online to show the world why they’re so special, goofy, or just plain adorable. Posting a photo of you and your pet is a wonderful way to make a memory of National Love Your Pet Day.

Show us how you’re celebrating National Love Your Pet Day! Post a pic of you and your pets on the AZPetVet Facebook page or on Instagram.

Pet Safety Around Holiday Decorations

Keeping Pets Safe During the Holiday Hustle

Glittering glass ornaments, shimmering tinsel, and shiny decorations give your home a warm, holiday glow. They can also be irresistibly tempting to pets. With a few simple precautions, you can turn your holidays into a joyful and safe season for all.

Before you bring out all the decorations, do a careful assessment of your home. Choose the safest possible location for all of your festive flourishes so they’re out of reach of pets and children.

Holiday Food, Cookie, and Candy Displays

Many homes traditionally set out all sorts of holiday indulgences for sampling any time of day (or night). From fudge, wrapped and unwrapped chocolates, candies, and cookies to gingerbread houses, cakes, and pies, the holidays are a treat for everyone – except your pets.

“People food” is a huge temptation for animals, so be sure to block access to people treats. Chocolate is toxic, so keep an extra close eye on your pets around these. People foods eaten by pets can cause stomach upset, vomiting, and diarrhea or worse. Keep some pet-friendly holiday treats on hand. Remember to limit table scraps, and make sure your guests know not to share their
food with your pets.

Holiday Decorations, Lights, and Candles

While many items look beautiful and harmless to us, a shard of glass from an ornament, strands of tinsel, and even those cute hand-crafted cookie/playdoh or macaroni ornaments your kids made in school can be harmful to pets if ingested. Cats, in particular, love the sparkle from tinsel which can cause irreparable internal damage if ingested.

Make sure that any electrical wires are tucked out of sight and that ornaments and lights are placed well out of reach for your curious pet’s paws. Christmas Tree lights can get extremely hot, giving your dog or cat a bad little burn if they venture over to sniff or touch them.

Remember to blow out Menorah candles (actually any type of candle!) every night. A simple bump of the table by an excited pet could send the candles tumbling and start a fire. The same is true for the ever-popular scented holiday candles, especially those that smell like food. Never leave a flame unattended!

Festive Plants, Trees, and Holiday Wreaths

Amaryllis, mistletoe, balsam, pine, cedar, holly, and lilies look deceptively nice. Poinsettias do, too. However, when it comes to being safe for pets, they all belong on the naughty list. Their festive foliage can cause serious medical problems ranging from nausea to serious kidney failure and heart issues. Play it safe and opt for artificial holiday arrangements instead.

Pine needles (real and artificial) from wreaths or holiday trees can seriously injure your pet if they are ingested. If you have a live Christmas tree, you also want to keep your pet away from the water as they may be getting a dose of tree fertilizer or other harmful chemicals with their drink.

The safest place for your Christmas tree is in a room that’s off-limits to your pet. If that’s not feasible, situate it in a corner that you can block off with a play fence or other obstruction. Make sure the tree is secured and can’t topple over.

Gifts & Wrapping Paper

Who can resist the sight of gifts piled beneath the tree? Make 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 tantalizing treasure trove of temptation for your pet.

Having lots of people over to celebrate? With everyone’s attention diverted with presents and celebrations, you may want to have your pet in another room during gift exchanges to make sure they don’t accidentally ingest something harmful. Consider giving your furry friend a place of their own that’s well away from all the action and temptations. Setup a safe space that is designated as a “no people room” in a room in your house, with soft lighting and a comfortable place for your pets to relax for a bit.

Now that you’ve taken all the necessary precautions to keep your pets safe around holiday decorations, enjoy your holiday season!

Not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or
treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian with any questions you may
have regarding the medical condition of your pet. If you think your pet has a
medical emergency, call or visit your veterinarian or your local veterinary
emergency hospital immediately.

How to Include Your Pet in Holiday Festivities

Five Fun Holiday Ideas for Your Furry Family Members

The holiday season brings family gatherings, parties, gourmet feasts, celebrations, and of course, lots of gifts. Since pets are part of our families, it’s fun to include them in the celebrations whenever it’s appropriate. Here are five fun ways to make your pet’s holiday merry and bright!

1) Have a Holiday Photo Session. Whether your family is into ugly sweaters, or cute matching outfits, including your animals in your holiday photos can be fun. Consider dressing your pet in a festive holiday bandana, themed collar, or a matching outfit if your pet is willing and receptive). These photos will allow you to cherish the memories of your holiday fun together!

Make sure your pet looks their best on holiday photo day. Schedule a pet pampering groom at any of the following AZPetVet locations.

2) Have a Family Snow Day. Some refreshing playtime in the cold, crisp air will get everyone into the holiday spirit! Pack the car, and head north for a romp in the snow. Manypets, will enjoy running and playing in the magical snow. Don’t forget to bring a coat or sweater to help keep them warm outside, pet snow shoes/boots, plus some cozy towels for drying off after playtime in the snow.

3) Buy or Bake Special Pet Treats: The holidays bring cookie exchanges and lots of tempting treats, most of which are on the no-no list for pets. Whether you’re making them homemade pet-friendly holiday cookies or buying treats from your favorite pet shop, make sure your pet has some savory or sweet holiday treats, too.

You can find a myriad of homemade treat recipes on the internet, but you’ll want to make sure that they don’t contain any inappropriate ingredients (or aren’t too high in calories) for your Individual pet. Be sure to check the recipe with your vet before you get baking!

Special Cat Treat Recipes

Special Dog Treat Recipes

4) Spoil Them With Gifts. Not that you need a reason, but the holidays provide the perfect no-guilt opportunity to spoil your pets. Gifts of toys, accessories like a new collar or leash, treats, a warm, cozy blanket or a new pet bed will help make their holidays wonderful.

5) Give to Other Animals. Animal shelters and rescues can always use more volunteers, especially during the busy holiday season! Busy holiday schedule, so no time to volunteer? Make a donation of money, food or toys. Each holiday season the AZPetVet family of animal hospitals conducts a Holiday Donation Drive to support local non-profits. This year, we are collecting for GrandPaws Pantry and Helping Hands for Homeless Hounds. You can drop off a donation at any AZPetVet location!

Seasonal Allergies & Symptoms in Pets

How To Tell If Your Dog or Cat Has Seasonal Allergies

Coughing, runny eyes, and nose, stuffiness and congestion – people agree that
seasonal allergies are miserable! But did you know pets can suffer from seasonal
allergies, too? While it may be surprising, don’t worry. It can be challenging to
recognize when your dog or cat is experiencing seasonal allergies. That’s because
pets with seasonal allergies will exhibit very different symptoms from people.

Knowing the signs of allergies to watch for can help you identify seasonal allergies
with your beloved pet. From there, you can get your furry friend the help
needed so they can enjoy the outdoors in peace.

Here are some general cat and dog allergy symptoms of seasonal allergies to look
out for:

● Constant scratching and licking
● Chewing of the paws and pads
● Scratching or rubbing of the face
● Inflamed ears or recurrent ear infections
● Recurrent hot spots in dogs and facial scabs in cats
● Asthma-like wheezing and respiratory problems (more likely in cats)
● Any foul odor from the skin or coat may indicate secondary infections

Seasonal Allergies in Dogs

It is not uncommon for our beloved pups to experience seasonal allergies due to
various allergens in the air. There are many ways to tell if your dog has seasonal
allergies, but the single most common symptom is scratching. Dogs will often chew
on their feet and pads, which is a huge tip-off that they’re dealing with an
environmental allergic reaction to pollen, mold, or dust mites. This condition is
known as allergic dermatitis.

Keep a close eye on specific parts of your dog’s body that will show signs of irritation,
including the paws, face, tummy, ears, and armpits. When a dog has irritated skin,
they can fall into the vicious itch-scratch cycle, which can leave their skin inflamed.
Untreated, allergies can potentially lead to developing hot spots, bleeding, and even
hair loss. Being aware of these common dog allergy symptoms so you can recognize
when your dog needs help.

Seasonal Allergies in Cats

Can cats suffer from seasonal allergies? Yes! Although cats are much less likely to
suffer from seasonal allergies, cats can experience symptoms of seasonal allergies
similar to their dog counterparts. While your cat might sneeze after exploring the
outdoors for a bit, your feline friend’s reaction is more likely due to slight physical
irritation to the pollen in the air. If this happens, you can try to keep your cat inside
on days that have high pollen warnings. To lessen sneezing, you can try leaving your
shoes by the door. Also, remember to wipe your feet on the welcome mat before
entering the house — this simple act helps to reduce the amount of pollen traveling
into your home!

What Causes Seasonal Allergies in Dogs and Cats?

Environmental allergens that are inhaled or come in contact with skin and can cause
irritation are also known as “atopy.” Seasonal examples of atopy include ragweed,
which will usually occur here in Phoenix during the fall months. Reactions to
spring pollens from trees and other plants will most commonly occur during April
and May when trees and flowers are in full bloom.

Although dust mites tend to thrive better in more humid environments, dust mites
in Arizona are not uncommon. If you notice your furry friend suffering from allergy
symptoms, it could be due to dust mites in your own home. While it’s impossible to
rid your home of these pesky, microscopic critters completely, you can reduce the amount of them living with you. Some recommended ways to reduce the number of dust mites in your home include replacing carpet In favor of tile or wood flooring, swapping out upholstered
furniture with alternatives such as leather and wood, and washing bedding on a weekly basis.

There are also many products and treatments available to help ease your cat’s or
dog’s allergy symptoms. Consult your veterinarian to find the best solution for you
and your pet.


Not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or
treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian with any questions you may
have regarding the medical condition of your pet. If you think your pet has a
medical emergency, call or visit your veterinarian or your local veterinary
emergency hospital immediately.