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Preventative Care For Cats

We recognize that your pet’s preventative health care can be a bit overwhelming! Preventative medicine plays a crucial role in keeping your furry family member happy and healthy.  Listed below are the most commonly used preventative care practices utilized in our hospital and may be discussed in our upcoming appointment.

Annual Preventative Care Exam
Annual exams are so much more than just vaccines! During the exam, the doctor will assess your pet from nose to tail. The personal attention your pet receives in the appointment allows us to use their current physical condition, the history provided, and our professional experience to formulate recommendations that we believe will help your pet live the best life possible. Many chronic conditions can be caught and managed early when your pet is evaluated on an annual basis. Every stage of life brings a different set of challenges and as your trusted pet care provider, we will be here to help you every step of the way!

Vaccines
We are committed to the long-term wellness of our pet patients. Below are the primary vaccines we recommend depending on the pet’s lifestyle. We will discuss these with you at your pet’s appointment to determine which of these are recommended.

  • FeLV Vaccine – This vaccine is used to protect your pet from feline leukemia which is a cancerous disease caused by the feline leukemia virus. We will want to run bloodwork the day of your appointment prior to the vaccine being administered to ensure your cat does not already have the virus.
  • FVRCP Vaccine – This vaccine protects your cat against three potentially deadly airborne viruses: rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia
  • Rabies Vaccine– A vaccine that is required by law due to the risk to people and the disease being very fatal.

Make sure to ask us about our Free Vaccines for Life program which is designed specifically for adult animals.  After a one-time Enrollment fee, your pet’s vaccine costs will be free for the rest of their life. All you must do to keep the benefits going year after year is bring them in for their annual Preventative Care exam! Visit http://www.arizonapetvet.com/free_vaccines.php for more information on our program.

Fecal Testing
A fecal exam detects microscopic parasites found in the stool such as tapeworms, hookworms and roundworms. A yearly test is recommended to allow for proper treatment if needed. Make sure to bring a fecal sample in a bag with you to your pet’s preventative care exam.

Heartworm Testing and Prevention
Heartworm is a preventable parasitic disease in dogs and cats spread by mosquitoes. In the last 3 years, Arizona has seen a significant increase in positive cases throughout the state. There are multiple ways to protect your pet, all of which are much simpler, safer, and more cost-effective than treating the disease if it occurs.  We recommend annual blood testing and monthly prevention to ensure your pet is protected.

Flea/Tick Control
Fleas and ticks are the two most common external parasites found in dogs and cats. They survive by feeding on the blood of dogs, cats and sometimes people. Flea and tick bites can lead to health problems including constant itching, hair loss (alopecia), hypersensitivity (allergic reaction), as well as infections and transmission of disease. Fleas and Tick prevention is as easy as a monthly flavored treat.

Nutrition
Proper nutrition is a key to keeping your pet happy and healthy! It is estimated that 60% of cats are overweight. Special diets are commonly used to help reduce the risk of conditions such as oral health, urinary related issues such as bladder stones and kidney disease, weight management and much more! There are many options available to you to help your cat companion fight these common ailments.

Dentistry
If you’ve had a whiff of your pets’ breath and said “Eeeewwww!” you’re not alone! Dental disease is the most common problems found during a pet’s annual wellness exam.

If left untreated, the bacteria can lead to issues such as gum disease, tooth infection, bone loss, chronic pain and infection of the kidneys, liver and even the heart. Veterinary dental treatment has evolved over the years. It requires general anesthesia so that the teeth can be thoroughly evaluated and cleaned. Dental x-rays are also taken to examine the health of the mouth. Talk with your doctor to see if dental treatment is necessary for your pet!

Annual Blood Work
As soon as possible, we would recommend doing annual blood work as a part of your cat’s preventative care plan. Annual blood work helps detect health problems, so treatment is begun before symptoms worsen. It also helps establish a baseline, which can be helpful in comparison with future testing if your pet becomes ill.

We hope this information clarified some of the things we may discuss in your pets upcoming preventative care appointment. We look forward to seeing you and your furry family member soon!

Grandpaws Pantry: HOLIDAY DONATION DRIVE

Yesterday we announced our holiday donation drive partnership with one wonderful organization; today, we are excited to share the second partnership for this holiday season!

Grandpaws Pantry is another local, grassroots effort focused on collecting and distributing supplies for pets in need. Their strategy is to focus on different needs at rescue organizations or other animal focused organizations within the Phoenix area. They also work with senior centers to get pet supply care packages to seniors and their pets each holiday season.

The mastermind of the whole organization is an 11 year old named Sonya, who has a strong love and passion for helping rescue pets in the community. Sonya and her family actually have a strong relationship with our very own Arrowhead Ranch Animal Hospital, who saved their newly adopted dog Bhaskar many years ago from parvo. From that experience, it left a lasting impression to Sonya to try and do more for the rescued pets and the organizations that help them here in Phoenix. Some of the places she has helped through her charity include a Soldier’s Best Friend, Halo Animal Shelter, Sun City 4 Paws Rescue and Sun Valley Animal Shelter.

The AZPetVet family is working to help collect donations for this wonderful organization. Here are some of the most-needed items from the wish list:
– Collars & Leashes
– Unopened Food (dry and canned)
– Pet Beds (dog and cat)
– Pet Toys (dog and cat)
– Pet Blankets
– Food Bowls
– Nylabone Dog Treats
– Litter Boxes and Scoopers
– Cat Litter

WE WILL BE COLLECTING DONATIONS THROUGH 12/31/2018 AT THESE AZPetVet LOCATIONS:

Arrowhead Ranch Animal Hospital & Grooming
Dobson Ranch Animal Hospital & Grooming
Roadrunner Animal Hospital & Grooming
Westbrook Animal Hospital & Grooming
Surprise Animal Hospital & Grooming
White Tanks Animal Hospital & Grooming
Las Sendas Animal Hospital & Grooming

Preventative Care For Dogs

We recognize that your pet’s preventative health care can be a bit overwhelming! Preventative medicine plays a crucial role in keeping your furry family member happy and healthy. Listed below are the most commonly used preventative care practices utilized in our hospitals that may be discussed in your upcoming appointment.

Annual Preventative Care Exam
Annual exams are so much more than just vaccines! During the exam, the doctor will assess your pet from nose to tail. The personal attention your pet receives in the appointment allows us to use their current physical condition, the history provided, and our professional experience to formulate recommendations that we believe will help your pet live the best life possible. Many chronic conditions can be caught and managed early when your pet is evaluated on an annual basis. Every stage of life brings a different set of challenges and as your trusted pet care provider, we will be here to help you every step of the way!

Vaccines
We are committed to the long-term wellness of our pet patients. Below are the primary vaccines we recommend depending on the pet’s lifestyle. We will discuss these with you at your pet’s appointment to determine which of these are recommended.

  • DHPP Vaccine – This vaccine is used to protect your pet from 4 potentially fatal but preventable diseases (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Parvo).
  • Bordetella Vaccine – Bordetella is one of the more common causes of kennel cough/canine cough (infectious tracheobronchitis). The vaccine is also required by most groomers and boarding facilities.
  • Rabies Vaccine– A vaccine that is required by law due to the risk to people and the disease being very fatal.
  • Lepto Vaccine – This disease is spread through the urine of infected animals. It is also a bacterial infection that can be spread to people. As of May 2017, over 70 dogs in Maricopa County have been diagnosed with Leptospirosis so we highly recommend this vaccine for your pet.

Make sure to ask us about our Free Vaccines for Life program which is designed specifically for adult animals.  After a one-time Enrollment fee your pet’s vaccine costs will be free for the rest of their life. All you must do to keep the benefits going year after year is bring them in for their annual Preventative Care exam! Visit http://www.arizonapetvet.com/free_vaccines.php for more information on our program.

Fecal Testing
A fecal exam detects microscopic parasites found in the stool such as whipworms, hookworms and roundworms. A yearly test is recommended to allow for proper treatment if needed. Make sure to bring a fecal sample in a bag with you to your pet’s preventative care exam.

Heartworm Testing and Prevention
Heartworm is a preventable parasitic disease in dogs and cats spread by mosquitoes. In the last 3 years, Arizona has seen a significant increase in positive cases throughout the state. There are multiple ways to protect your pet, all of which are much simpler, safer, and more cost-effective than treating the disease if it occurs.  We recommend annual blood testing and monthly prevention to ensure your pet is protected.

Flea/Tick Control
Fleas and ticks are the two most common external parasites found in dogs and cats. They survive by feeding on the blood of dogs, cats and sometimes people. Flea and tick bites can lead to health problems including constant itching, hair loss (alopecia), hypersensitivity (allergic reaction), as well as infections and transmission of disease. Fleas and Tick prevention is as easy as a monthly flavored treat.

Nutrition
Proper nutrition is a key to keeping your pet happy and healthy! It’s estimated that 56% of dogs are overweight. Special diets are commonly used to impact nutritionally related conditions such as bladder stones, diabetes, pancreatitis, inflammatory bowel disease, weight management and much more! Food allergies are also very common and can cause skin, ear, and gastrointestinal problems.

Microchip
A microchip is a permanent method of electronic identification. The chip itself is very small, about the size of a grain of rice, and is implanted subcutaneously (just under the skin) between the shoulder blades at the back of your pet’s neck. Each chip has a unique number that is detected using a microchip scanner.

Dentistry
If you’ve had a whiff of your pets’ breath and said “Eeeewwww!” you’re not alone! Dental disease is the most common problems found during a pet’s annual wellness exam.

Left untreated, the bacteria can lead to issues such as gum disease, tooth infection, bone loss, chronic pain and infection of the kidneys, liver and even the heart. Veterinary dental treatment has evolved over the years. It requires general anesthesia so that the teeth can be thoroughly evaluated and cleaned. Dental x-rays are also taken to examine the health of the mouth. Talk with your doctor to see if dental treatment is necessary for your pet!

Senior Blood Work
Once a patient is 7 years old, annual senior blood work is highly recommended.  Annual blood work helps detect health problems, so treatment is begun before symptoms worsen. It also helps establish a baseline, which can be helpful in comparison with future testing if your pet becomes ill.

We hope this information helped clarify some of the things we may discuss in your pets upcoming preventative care appointment. We look forward to seeing you and your furry family member soon.

Helping Hands for Homeless Hounds: HOLIDAY DONATION DRIVE!

Each year during the holiday season, the AZPetVet family of animal hospitals is honored to partner with a local, community-based organization that works to make a difference in the lives of pets and their pet parents! One of the organizations we are partnering with this year is Helping Hands for Homeless Hounds.

They are the very definition of a grassroots local cause; Cheryl, the founder, is actively involved in doing site visits to homeless shelters and camps all throughout the Phoenix area. She is well loved and appreciated by those she serves and takes an accepting and non-judgmental approach to the care of these animals and their owners. The services she and other volunteers provide on these visits are food and comfort measures, as well as vaccinations, microchips, and county licensure for all homeless-owned pets. For those pets that the owner is no longer able to care for the pet, she also coordinates rescue efforts to re-home these homeless pets.

The AZPetVet family is working to help collect donations for this wonderful organization.
Here are some of the most-needed items from the wish list:
– Small, Medium, and Large Clasp Collars
– Treats and toys for larger dogs
– Dog shampoo
– Leashes & harnesses
– Silicone collapsible bowls
– Small fleece blankets
– Cat and dog transport bags
– Pet strollers
– Cat food (wet and dry)
– Dog food (wet and dry)

WE WILL BE COLLECTING DONATIONS THROUGH 12/31/2018 AT THESE AZPetVet LOCATIONS:

Animal Hospital at Anthem & Grooming
Beardsley Animal Hospital
Bell Ridge Animal Hospital, Boarding & Grooming
Dove Valley Animal Hospital
Fletcher Heights Animal Hospital & Grooming
Goodyear Animal Hospital & Grooming
Happy Valley Animal Hospital
North Buckeye Animal Hospital & Grooming
Norterra Animal Hospital & Grooming
Sarival Animal Hospital & Grooming
Scottsdale Hills Animal Hospital & Grooming
Signal Butte Animal Hospital & Grooming

Pet Euthanasia – When It’s Time to Say Goodbye

As another year draws to a close, we wanted to take some time to address a difficult subject: pet euthanasia. No matter how much we all want to avoid it, eventually the day every pet owner dreads will come. We hope that day is a long time coming.

Preventive care like regular wellness checks, vaccines, and dental cleanings are key to keeping good boys and sweet girls healthy for years to come. That advice applies to pet parents, too!

One thing we can all agree on: the goal is to reach a gentle, loving end without pain. To have time say ‘goodbye, good boy’, or ‘we’ll miss you, sweet girl’.

Pet euthanasia days are hard for us, too. We have to focus on keeping you informed, while we carefully assess and tend to your pet’s care and comfort. Difficult decisions must be made. It’s our job to be calm, informative, and prepared so we can help ease the transition for everyone. Some manage this sad time better than others. We want you to know that sometimes, it’s really hard to fight back our own tears.

Whether it’s in the comfort of your own home, or the privacy of one of our treatment rooms, we’ll do our best to keep your pet comfortable while you say goodbye. You can count on AZPetVet to help you stay informed at every point through the journey.

Young or old or in-between, we’ll help you keep your pets looking and feeling their best. Hopefully, that will be for many years to come. From your pet’s first visit with us all the way to their last, it’s our honor to help you look after them along the way.

Different Types of Pet Loss

And please remember, you can lose pets in other ways. With the right preparation and the help of lots of caring people, most of these goodbyes don’t have to be permanent.

Lost pets pass through our doors daily. It’s always sad when we scan a scared stray dog or cat and their contact details are so out of date there’s little hope of them finding their way home. We share news through our network of Facebook pages and local rescues, so be sure to follow. Social media has helped us reunite many families!

Sometimes lost pets are brought to us injured. We care for them all, providing them the best medical help whenever possible, ensuring that we ultimately ease their pain and suffering – all while doing our best to help them find their family.

Make sure your pets have their best chance to return home if they escape the house or yard and get lost. Microchip your pets, have them wear collars and tags, and please keep your contact numbers current!

Moving to a new home or neighborhood? Those goodbyes are a bit easier (for us). We’re happy to introduce you and your furry (or not so furry) family to the team at one of our 21 locations in the Phoenix Metro area. They’ll welcome you with the WOW service you have come to know and love from AZPetVet.