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Monthly Archives: December 2016

Paw it Forward – Support Arizona’s Shelters & Rescues

paw-it-forwardIn the spirit of the holiday season, we’d like to encourage everyone to take a moment to remember the homeless animals and to support Arizona’s animal shelters and rescues.

There are lots of shelters and rescue folks out there that can use some holiday cheer, and what better way than to Paw it Forward!

Money, gift cards, food, pet beds, blankets, collars and leashes, toys and treats can all help local shelters and rescues continue their mission to save animals. Bonus – many gifts may be tax deductible, so keep your receipts and be sure to consult your tax professional.

Holiday Safety Reminders

cat-dog-christmasAt AZPetVet, we love animals. Here are a few safety reminders for the Christmas holiday season.

  • Chocolate is always abundant over the holidays. Remember, chocolate is NOT good for your dog or cat. It’s toxic.
  • Secure your Christmas tree to your ceiling or your walls with fishing line or some sort of discrete string. This will help prevent Fido or Fluffy from tipping it over onto him/herself, or onto someone else.
  • Do not put aspirin, sugar or anything else in the water at the base of your tree if you have pets. Some of these additives can be extremely toxic for pets.
  • Holiday plants that are hazardous to your pet’s health are Amaryllis, mistletoe, balsam, pine, cedar and holly. Poinsettias can be dangerous for pets, too.
  • Candles are very curious things to pets. Remember the old saying about curiosity – it killed the cat. NEVER leave a room with a candle burning. Keep a close eye on your pet/s (and children) while candles are lit. You don’t want it tipped over, and you don’t want your cat’s or dog’s whiskers to be sizzled – or worse.
  • Secure any electrical cords for holiday lights so your pets can’t get to them. Some pets like to use them as chew toys, and that can lead to a shocking experience!

Finally – remember that if any pet emergencies arise during this holiday season, AZPetVet is always ready and willing to help out. Happy Holidays to all!

Keep this number handy: Pet Poison Control Hotline: (888) 426-4435

Want more tips on holiday safety? See this AZPetVet post: More Pet Safety Tips

A Letter from Santa Paws


Dear People Considering Pets as Gifts,

Who can resist the charm of a new puppy or kitten, especially during the holiday season? Yes, there are lots of deserving animals in shelters and rescues that need good homes, but the holidays are a stressful and busy time to try to integrate a new member of the family.

Before you give a pet as a gift, please make sure that the family really wants a pet, and that they can make the financial and emotional commitment necessary take care of a pet. After the holidays, the rate of abandoned animals soars as families decide they don’t want the animal or can’t take care of them.

If you do plan to give the gift of a pet, consider giving a gift certificate to a rescue shelter, that allows the person or family to choose the pet that best suits their lifestyle without all the holiday hustle and bustle. Include items they’ll need, like food, treats, feeding and water bowls, collars, leashes, toys, pet beds, etc. I promise, the excitement will still be there!

Happy Holidays!

Santa Paws

PS: There are lots of shelters and rescue folks out there that can use some holiday cheer, too! Money, gift cards, food, pet beds, blankets, collars and leashes, toys and treats can all help local shelters and rescues continue their mission to save animals.

Seven Fun Facts About Horses

December 10th is National Horse Day, so we thought it would be fun to share some interesting facts about these magnificent mammals.


• There are approximately 60 million horses in the world, and have been domesticated for around 5000 years. Today, domestic horses have a lifespan of around 25 years.

• There is only one species of domestic horse, which includes approximately 400 breeds.

• A horse’s height is measured “hands,” with one hand being equal to four inches. The tallest horse on record was a Shire named Sampson born in Toddington Mills, England in 1846. Sampson was 21.2 hands (7 feet, 2 inches) tall!

• A male horse is called a stallion, a female horse is called a mare. A young male horse is called a colt, and a young female horse is called a filly. Small horses are called ponies.

• Horses can sleep lying down or while standing. When in a herd, not all horses will lie down at the same time to sleep. One will always remain standing to guard the herd from predators.

• Horses have bigger eyes than any other land mammal, and the position their eyes on the side of their head allows them a to take in a nearly 360 degree view at one time!

• Horses gallop at around 27 miles per hour, and the fastest recorded sprinting speed of a horse was an astonishing 55 miles per hou

World Wildlife Conservation Day


World Wildlife Conservation Day highlights the efforts of people and organizations dedicated to conservation and protection of endangered species like tigers, elephants and rhinos. These and other species are regularly stalked and killed for their body parts, tusks, teeth and fur.

In addition to poaching, climate change, loss of habitats through deforestation and ongoing poaching have left many species in peril – their survival depends on us.

For more on how you can help save endangered species, please visit World Wildlife Fund’s action page.