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Is your Pet a Healthy Weight?

shutterstock_34701850“An estimated 54% of dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese,” according to  This number is way too high and being the ones responsible for them, we can do MUCH better for our pets.  The first week of October is National Walk your Dog Week, finishing up that first week of the month celebrating National Pet Obesity Awareness Day.  Pet obesity is as large of a problem as human obesity in the United States. While there is some information provided here, it is highly recommended that you contact a veterinarian at one of our valley AZPetVet locations to discuss your pet’s weight and diet.

A few things that could lead to pet obesity include:

1)      Lack of our interaction and exercise – Sure, your pup can run around your backyard while you are busy, but will they?  Probably not.  Rather, they will probably nap until you get home and then wait patiently for you to come out and throw the ball or take them for a walk. With kids, work, and life in general…this sometimes doesn’t happen.

2)      The food we are feeding them could be heavy with preservatives and “fillers,” not enough of the ingredients that actually hold nutritional value.

3)      Early sign of a more serious medical problem.

4)      And…interestingly, the article identifies that owners of obese pets often do not even recognize that their pet is obese.

So don’t wait; make your appointment for a wellness exam today!

Additionally, some of the issues your pet could face due to being overweight:

1)      Type 2 Diabetes

2)      Osteoarthritis

3)      High Blood Pressure

4)      Various forms of cancer

Suggestions for helping combat the problem?

1)      Take a look at the food you are giving them and talk with your vet about it.

2)      Add that extra trip around the block on the morning or evening walk.

3)      Buy a new toy that keeps their interest (and yours since you’re likely the source of throwing it!)

4)      Adopt a second cat or dog to keep your pet busy and active throughout the day.

Pet obesity in most cases is preventable and treatable. Use this National Walk your Dog week to really focus on spending more time with your pet doing high energy activity – fetch, a walk, or a perhaps a trip or two to the dog park!


National Cat Day – Oct. 29th

shutterstock_116906134Every year we recognize our feline friends and the personality they bring to our homes.  In celebration of this pet holiday, shares with us ways to celebrate our cats and make this day special for them:


  • Adopt a cat from your local shelter or cat rescue.
  • Donate blankets, food and toys to animal welfare organizations.
  • Volunteer at your local shelter and offer to play with some cats available for adoption, clean cages and litter boxes or anything else they need help with.
  • Bake some cat shaped cookies for your kids, friends or office and bake some tuna cookies for your cat.
  • Spend the day taking photos of your cat and posting them on the National Cat Day Facebook page.
  • Assist an ill or elderly neighbor by cleaning their cat’s litter box and playing with their cat.
  • Buy your cat a fun new toy….condo, bed or treats!
  • Give your cat some fun exercise by putting up some walls shelves specifically for him/her.
  • Make a window perch for your cat to lay in the sun.
  • Brush your cat to eliminate excess fur and hairballs.
  • Buy your cat a collar and tag with your name and number, just in case they get outside and happen to become lost.
  • Hire a professional pet photographer for a fun photo shoot.
  • Have a National Cat Day party and invite all your friends and their cats!


There are some great suggestions here!  Chances are, you already make your cat feel special from day to day, but trying even just one recommendation on the list will make them feel the love that much more.  Happy National Cat Day from our AZPetVet family to yours!



Not Just Cats and Dogs

shutterstock_96136379At AZPetVet, we are known for the care we provide to cats and dogs, but did you know that at some of our locations we care for other animals too?  Well, we do!  Within our network of hospitals we provide services to a myriad of pets, including reptiles (bearded dragons are so cool!), birds, rabbits, ferrets and pocket pets (guinea pigs, hamsters, and gerbils to name a few), and exotics at some of our locations.

With more than 80 (EIGHTY!) doctors in our family of animal hospitals, the range of knowledge, experience, and quality of care our teams provide at our 18 valley locations is just part of what makes AZPetVet a great partner of choice to work with you in providing the best care possible.

National Veterinary Technician Week

shutterstock_120247687This past week we celebrated National Veterinary Technician Week.  It was created in 1993 and is celebrated every year during the third week of October.  This is a holiday that is near and dear to our hearts at each of our hospital locations, as the AZPetVet family values our veterinary technicians beyond words.  They spend their time working with our sweet, furry clients and are often times tasked to do things that are nowhere near glamorous.  So thank you, techs!  We appreciate you and your commitment to our AZPetVet family of both colleagues and clients!

If you are interested in becoming a veterinary technician, some of the duties to look forward to might include:

  • Assist doctors and team members with treatment of animals seen in the exam rooms, as well as those being hospitalized for treatments or surgery.
  • Have the ability to do blood draws, place IV catheters, give injections and vaccines, SQ fluids, express anal glands, clipping and scrubbing wounds, and provide restraint when needed.
  • Position animals and have the ability to take and process radiographs.
  • Perform laboratory procedures such as blood draws, fecal floats, urinalysis, heartworm tests, and parvo tests.
  • Support the doctors prepping for surgery, wrapping packs, autoclaving and sterilizing surgical materials, and assisting in surgeries and dental cleanings; assist with monitoring vital signs on all patients.
  • Assist with euthanasia.

In the state of Arizona to become a certified veterinary technician you must graduate from a minimum two year AVMA accredited program in veterinary technology and pass a national and a state veterinary technician examination.

If you have any questions about becoming a technician or are already a certified technician looking for current employment, we are always looking for team members with the right attitude to join our family!  And with 18 locations and growing, we have opportunities across the valley.  Visit our careers page on our website ( for more information.


Barktoberfest – October 10th

Isn’t it nice when events come along that the WHOLE family can enjoy?  Head out this weekend to Barktoberfest in Gilbert.  It is guaranteed to be a good time!  They are expecting to have 7,500 guests, music, and plenty of pup friendly activities.

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9:00am – Festival Opens!


Ongoing Activities

Dog Adoptions

Raffle Baskets

Vendors & Food Trucks

Dog Wash

Painting Paws

Dog and Balloon Contest*

Bobbing for Bones Contest*

Lure Course* & Agility Course*


9:30am – Look-alike Contest*

10:00am – Best Dressed Dog Contest*

11:00am – Fire/Accelerant Sniffing Dog Demo

Noon – Alumni Dog Parade (A parade for all F4L adopted dogs over the years!)

1:00pm – Gilbert Police Department K9 Demonstration

2:00pm – Best Trick Contest*

2:30pm – Raffle Drawings and Ongoing Contest Winners

3:00pm – Event is over – Drive safely!

*Indicates small donation required to participate.  All proceeds support Friends for Life Animal Rescue.

Head to their website for more information!