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Featured Breed: Dachshund


We’ve all seen the beloved Dachshund, commonly known by their nickname, the “weiner dog” strolling in your neighborhood or at the park.  Originating in Germany these pups were used to hunt badgers, foxes, and rabbits. They are among the most popular breeds and have been since the 1950’s.

Although they were originally used for hunting, Dachshunds have become loved family pets.  Dachshunds have sweet temperaments and get along well with the whole family, but will typically form a special bond with one person.  They are also known to be very stubborn, yet brave, and with that bravery comes quite the bark!  Their bark is very deep for their size and very frequent.

Most of us are somewhat familiar with the way a Dachshund looks, but there are actually three different varieties: longhaired, shorthaired, and wirehaired, and can be miniature or standard – ranging in size from 32 pounds down below 11 pounds. Depending on which variety your pup is, you will have to care for their coats differently.  Some only require routine baths, while others need much more attention, like their coats be stripped, brushed, and blow-dried.  One interesting fact about the Dachshund is that personality can depend on which variety of pup you have.  They can range in color from black and tan to tan with cream-colored markings. But regardless of which variety you choose, you will see those large, droopy ears!

While these dogs are cute and lovable, it is unfortunate that people do not always welcome these pups into their homes for the right reasons.  A lot of greyhound tracks draw in a lot of money for “wiener dog” races.  These races can often injure the pups’ backs because of their build and the physical activity these races require. It is often found that people are purchasing these pups to make money, more than to love as family pets. Breeders are aware of this, so be sure you are purchasing from reputable breeder so as to make sure these pups are not being mass bred for racing.

Dachshunds are just another one of our beloved featured breeds!  Stay tuned for monthly Featured Breeds.


National Dog Bite Prevention Week – May 17-23

  • shutterstock_117858019Each year, more than 4.5 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs.
  • Almost 1 in 5 people bitten by dogs require medical attention.
  • Every year, more than 800,000 Americans receive medical attention for dog bites; at least half of them are children.
  • Children are, by far, the most common victims of dog bites and are far more likely to be severely injured.
  • Most dog bites affecting young children occur during everyday activities and while interacting with familiar dogs.
  • Senior citizens are the second most common dog bite victims.


These are alarming statistics and ones that don’t need to be true. Dog bites can be extremely dangerous and not all can be prevented, but there are things we can do to help. Some things include training and socializing your dog, keeping your pup on a leash in public (unless at an off-leash dog park your pet is comfortable at,) and speaking with your children about how to approach dogs (and explaining that sometimes it is best to just admire from a distance.)

While there are some circumstances in which dogs turn aggressive for unknown reasons, most of the time there is a reason. As people, we need to keep in mind to not make any moves that could make a dog feel threatened, don’t antagonize them, and always ask the dog’s owner if we can touch them before we do. We don’t know what some of these pups have been through.

If you are interested in learning more about dog bite prevention, please check out the source below.



May – Chip your Pet Month


While it’s never our intention for our pets to get out, it can happen from time to time. So, before the next time Fido gets adventurous, be sure to get him chipped! May is the national awareness month for chipping your pets. Dogs and cats alike can be chipped, so their people can be properly identified if they get lost. While this technology has been out for quite some time, some pet owners still have questions. The Humane Society has done a great job of answering those questions…let’s take a look:


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 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 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.


As you can see, this is a very easy, affordable, and painless process to keep your pet safe. Contact any of our AZPetVet locations for more information.