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An Important Update from AZPetVet – 3/20/2020

To our incredible family of AZPetVet clients:
The ongoing well-being of your family and pets is our highest priority. As the Coronavirus (COVID -19) continues to impact everyday life, we are dedicated to providing you with the same great service and care that you have come to expect from our hospitals, while also taking measures to keep our clients, patients and team members healthy and safe. We are doing everything that we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including:

CURBSIDE SERVICES:

  • ALL NON-CRITICAL APPOINTMENTS: In almost all situations we will be providing curbside appointments.  When you arrive for your appointment, please wait in your car and call our practice on your cell phone.  We will walk you through what that process will look like for both you and your pet. Please limit the number of people at your veterinary appointments to one person if possible.
  • FOOD OR MEDICATION PICKUP: Please contact us to request any needed refills on medications or food. If you are picking up food or medications, please call when you arrive, and we will deliver these items directly to your car. You may also request refills on medication or food through our online pharmacy; you can find a link on all of our hospital websites .

SCHEDULING:

Limiting appointment availability for healthy pets to ensure availability for our sick or critical cases for the next 30 days.

  • If you have a previously scheduled appointment for a non-critical surgery, a team member may reach out to reschedule your appointment. Any Free Vaccines for Life patient coming due for exam during this time will be extended 90 days from their annual due date to remain enrolled.

CLEANING/SAFETY PROTOCOLS:

  • Team members continue to follow highest standard of cleaning and disinfecting throughout the hospital. Employees are not reporting to work if they are experiencing any illness or respiratory symptoms and to follow their doctor’s recommendations for medical care and quarantine.

What can you do for your pets and family?

  • Make sure that you have enough food, supplies and medications available for your pets for the next month, but kindly refrain from stocking more.
  • If you are experiencing any symptoms or are quarantined and your pet needs veterinary care, we want to help.  Please call us to strategize the best course of action including the use of telemedicine.
  • With school, daycare and office closures we may run into scheduling challenges for both our clients and employees.  We ask for your patience should these situations cause any scheduling challenges.
  • Remember to follow CDC guidelines recommendation to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to any of our hospitals with any questions or concerns you may have. We are here to support the health and safety of your family and pets!

Sincerely,

The AZPetVet Family of Animal Hospitals

 

Avoid Springtime Pet Hazards like Fleas & Ticks & AZ Rattlesnake Season

Spring in the Desert: Fleas, Rattlesnakes and Poison Prevention

Springtime is an excellent time to get outside to enjoy the sun and warmer weather with friends, family, and your furry companions. However, as exciting as spring can be, it also can come with numerous health and safety concerns that can be detrimental to the wellbeing of your pet. As we begin to dip our toes into the spring season, now is a great time to brush up on the various seasonal hazards that may put your furry friend at risk.

Spring Cleaning

Spring offers a wonderful opportunity to start the season off fresh with many folks tackling some heavy-duty cleaning! However, as you’re getting into every nook and cranny in your house, be sure to keep your pet’s health top of mind at all times. Cleaners and chemicals – even the organic ones – can contain harmful ingredients that can cause damage to your furry friend’s health. When cleaning your house, try not to use cleaners or chemicals in areas and on surfaces where your pet likes to hang out. In addition to mindful use, properly storing your cleaning materials will also help to keep your pet safe. Animal poison prevention is vital when spring cleaning your space. If you suspect that your furry friend has ingested poisonous substances, be sure to contact your veterinarian or Animal Poison Control Center immediately.

Make a note of the number: ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888) 426-4435.

Seasonal Critters

Humans aren’t the only ones who enjoy the springtime – this warmer season also brings out a variety of critters that also enjoy basking in the sunshine. As Arizonans know, this time of year draws out snakes from their cozy hibernation quarters underground. While not all snakes are dangerous, pet owners need to be prepared for Arizona’s rattlesnake season. An encounter with one of these creatures can be deadly for your furry friend. Always be aware of your surroundings and where you step while on walks or hiking with your beloved pet.

Along with snakes, the warm weather also brings out an abundance of bugs – including mosquitoes. To help keep your pet safe, be sure to maintain your furry friend’s heartworm preventative medicine and be aware of the early signs of heartworm disease in dogs and cats.

Remember, being outside and going on walks increase your pet’s chances of having bugs hitch a ride on them – including fleas and ticks. On top of using medications prescribed by your vet to help prevent fleas and ticks, be sure to regularly check your pup’s body for these critters after being outside.

Allergy Season

Springtime in Arizona means different fruits and veggies are in season, as well as various plants blooming. Yes, it’s true – pets can have allergies too. Common allergies for pets include various foods, pollen, plants, and even dust. Just like their human counterparts, your furry friend’s allergy symptoms can range from mild to severe. Mild symptoms can include sniffling or wheezing, while severe symptoms can be as life-threatening as anaphylactic shock. Watch your pets for signs of allergies so you can take the necessary steps to keep them safe, happy, and healthy. If you have questions about allergies, talk with your vet.

Springtime offers countless opportunities to create cherished memories under the sun, as the warmer weather beckons you and your furry friend outside. As exciting as this time of year can be, it’s still essential to make your pet’s health and safety your number one priority. Be on the lookout for health risks that can come into contact with your pet. Seasonal allergies, cleaning materials, and desert critters can all put a damper on this season for both you and your pet. Utilizing early prevention tools, along with being aware of your environment, can help to ensure your springtime is a blast.

Need a good vet? Visit AZPetVet.com/locations to find one near you!

[Disclaimer] 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.

Top 10 Responsibilities of a Pet Owner

The Top 10 Responsibilities of a Pet Owner
As February is Responsible Pet Owners Month, now is a great time to take stock of ourselves as pet parents or as prospective pet parents. If you are currently caring for a pet, it’s essential to look introspectively to determine whether you’re providing the best quality of care to your furry, scaley, or feathered friend.

Remember you have a responsibility to care for your pet, but it’s also a privilege and should be treated as such. Here are our thoughts on the top 10 responsibilities of a pet owner:

Give Them Regular Exercise
Some pets will need more exercise than others. Dogs often require plenty of time outdoors from going on walks to playing in the park to burn off excess energy. For cats, these furry friends prefer to get their daily exercise by chasing and swatting at cat toys.

Schedule Annual Check-Ups
Taking your beloved friend to the vet for an annual wellness visit is critical to keep them in good health. A yearly checkup also provides the opportunity to spot any medical issues before they become significant problems. A veterinary professional will thoroughly examine your pet to ensure that they are feeling their absolute best. Annual vet visits are also essential to get regular vaccines and various medications such as flea and heartworm preventatives.

Socialize Your Pet
Socialization is critical for a happy and healthy furry friend. Many animals are accustomed to living in packs. Meeting and getting to know others can boost your pet’s confidence and can help ease or even eliminate any nervous or anxious tendencies.

Feed Them Properly
A proper, healthy diet is vital to providing your pet with the best level of care. The type of animal you have, along with dozens of other factors, can drastically impact the type of food your pet should be consuming. These other factors include age, weight, allergies, and exercise levels. If you are unsure of what kind of food is best for your beloved friend, be sure to consult with your veterinarian.

Keep Them Safe
Being a responsible pet parent also means providing the best level of safety for your friend. This means taking extra precautions in your home, outside of your home, as well as implementing additional safeguards in case your pet runs away from home. Inside your house, it’s essential to pet-proof any room that they can roam around in. This can mean ensuring that any personal medications are put safely away out of reach, and harmful household products are tucked away. Pet tags and microchips are vital in case your pet ever escapes your home or yard and gets lost. With proper and current identification, your furry friend has an increased chance of reunification with their family!

Dental Health
Have your furry friend’s teeth professionally cleaned regularly to help maintain their good health. It Practicing good dental hygiene habits at home is also just as important! Cats and dogs need to have their teeth brushed regularly with animal-friendly toothpaste. It may not be a pleasant feat for either you or your pet, but it’s necessary to prevent dental disease. If you need more tips on maintaining your pet’s dental health, read our blog on proper dental care techniques for your pet.

Proper Training
Training builds trust and mutual respect and can be an enjoyable bonding experience for both you and your beloved friend. Dogs, especially puppies, thrive by being trained and learning new tricks.

Pick Up After Your Pet
Being a responsible pet owner means also being respectful to those around you. Whenever your animal goes outside and leaves little presents, whether on a walk or in the backyard, be sure to pick up their “gifts” in a timely matter. Not only are they unpleasant to see or worse, step on, they also carry germs that could harm other individuals and animals around you.

Spay or Neuter
Unfortunately, there are more animals in shelters than loving homes that are willing and able to take them in. Spaying or neutering your pet can help reduce the number of animals that end up in shelters or euthanized and has many health benefits that also can help pets live happy and healthy lives!

Give Them Plenty of Love
When you take a pet into your home, you’re gaining an extra member of the family. These animals have endless and steadfast love to give you while asking for little in return. It’s our responsibility to make sure we honor and match their love every day by caring for them, providing for them, and giving them plenty of TLC and snuggles!

While these are just 10 responsibilities of a pet owner, the list could go on forever. Being a pet parent is a big commitment, but it is always worth it. We know – we’ve made caring for pets our career!

Need a good vet? Visit AZPetVet.com/locations to find one near you!

[Disclaimer]
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.

 

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.

Need a good vet? Visit AZPetVet.com/locations to find one near you!

[Disclaimer]
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.

Find an AZPetVet grooming salon.
LINK: https://www.arizonapetvet.com/grooming

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.