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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 It’s always sad when we scan a scared stray dog or cat and their contact details are so out of date there’s little hope of them finding their way home.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.

Five Reasons to Be Thankful For Pets

be thankful for petsThis Thanksgiving, we are thankful for many things. Don’t forget to be thankful for your pets. Cats, dogs, pocket pets, exotics, whatever floats your boat – pets are the best! Here are five great reasons to be thankful for pets:

1/ Unconditional love.

Animals don’t discriminate. Short, tall, fat, thin, young or old, animals accept us and love us for who we are, and there is no limit to their love – except time. Savor your time with them, and they’ll do the same. Especially when they know you’re the keeper of the treats.

2/ Pets are great companions.

Happy? Sad? Feeling sick? Your pet knows your moods, and will often try to make you feel better, or simply curl up next to you to make sure you know you’re not alone.

3/ Pets can be hilarious.

One of the greatest joys of having a pet is the laughter they provoke. When they’re running around the house like their tail is on fire, or simply playing with toys (or shredding them), it’s hard to keep a straight face watching their antics.

4/ Pets help us stay healthier.

In fact, the Center for Disease Control attributes decreased blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels along with additional positive health benefits to owning pets. Owning a pet also promotes relaxation and reduces levels of overall stress. Dog owners are more likely to get outside for exercise, and to socialize with others.

5/ Pets are just magic, and their magic extends to people with severe health issues.

Therapy animals are becoming more mainstream as more organizations realize the positive benefits of pet therapy. From hospitals to age care facilities, therapy animals are making a huge difference in the lives of people of all ages. Pets seem to have the innate ability to break through barriers others cannot – and that, friends, is nothing short of magic.

From the AZPetVet family to yours – we wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

Don’t forget to keep a close watch on your pets during the holiday season. Click for some safety tips for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Why You Should Consider Adopting A Senior Pet

Senior man with senior dogShould you consider adopting a senior pet? The answer is a resounding YES! November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month, so let’s look at some of the reasons why you should at least consider adopting a senior pet.

Senior pets lose their homes for a variety of reasons, and most have nothing to do with their behavior. Their families may have experienced hardship or loss of a home. Sometimes, senior pets have lost their people due to the death of their guardian, or they’ve had to move to a senior care facility or other accommodations that don’t allow pets. Worst of all, some people simply give up their animals because they just don’t want them anymore. No matter how you look at it, it’s heartbreaking.

Reasons to Adopt a Senior Pet

Senior pets need homes just like puppies or kittens. Older animals in shelters or rescues are less likely to be adopted, and more likely to be euthanized.

Senior pets are usually fully house trained and know basic commands. And yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks. Senior pets have a longer attention span than younger animals, and can learn all sorts of new tricks and commands.

Senior pets are less rambunctious than puppies or kittens, so they make wonderful companions for people of all ages, especially senior citizens. They’re calmer, and usually have fewer destructive tendencies than their puppy and kitten counterparts who love to chew everything within their reach while they’re teething.

Finally – you’ll be saving a life. You might be surprised at how much love and joy you’ll get from adopting a senior pet. While they may miss their former family, they can and will bond with new people, and can make wonderful companions for the rest of their days.

How to Recognize Diabetes in Pets

diabetes sign with exclamation pointDiabetes is an endocrine disorder that affects the way the body produces or processes the hormone insulin, which helps the body turn glucose (sugar) from food into energy.

November is National Pet Diabetes Awareness Month, so we thought we’d take some time to review the symptoms of diabetes in dogs and cats.

If your dog is experiencing the following symptoms, make a veterinary appointment as they could be indicators that your dog has diabetes. Please note that these symptoms overlap with many other health conditions, so blood work is required to make a proper diagnosis.

  • Change in appetite
  • Excessive thirst/increase in water consumption
  • Weight loss
  • Increased urination
  • Unusually sweet-smelling or fruity breath
  • Lethargy
  • Dehydration
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Vomiting
  • Cataract formation, blindness
  • Chronic skin infections

Diabetes is the second most common endocrine disease in cats. If your cat is experiencing the following symptoms, make a veterinary appointment as they could be indicators that your cat has diabetes. Please note that these symptoms overlap with many other health conditions, so blood work is required to make a proper diagnosis.

  • Increased thirst (polydipsia) and urination (polyuria)
  • Inappropriate elimination (cats also experience increased urinary tract infections)
  • Change in appetite (increased or decreased appetite is an indicator of a problem)
  • Weight loss
  • Change in gait (walking)
  • Decreased activity, weakness, depression
  • Vomiting

Still not sure? Take the quiz and see if your pet is at risk

Diabetes can be managed. If your pet has symptoms, make an appointment with your veterinarian to make sure your pet can live a longer, healthier life.