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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!

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.

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’.

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 at every point through the journey.

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.

AZPetVet & LovePup – Our Partnership Bond

Earlier this year, we had the opportunity to sit down and create a partnership with a organization that was started right here in the valley – just like us. Founded by Johnjay and Blake Van Es, the LovePup Foundation’s primary mission is to provide rescue dogs the best possible home.

What started out as a simple gesture to rescue a pup in need quickly grew into an incredible undertaking. With thee boys and six dogs of their own, the Van Es family began taking rescue dogs into their home at quite the pace. At one point, they had more than 20 pups in the home; all treated equally with love and compassion. From walks with the boys to playtime in the yard, the dogs receive plenty of TLC – including napping with the Van Es boys, and hanging out on the sofa watching Netflix.

With so many dogs in need, Blake and Johnjay realized that they were definitely going to need some support to keep it growing. They created a foundation to help guide the growth and fill the need; The LovePup Foundation (a naming tribute to the LoveUp movement created by JohnJay and his on-air radio show partner, Rich Berra.)

As a home-grown business founded right here in Glendale, AZ, it is incredibly important to the AZPetVet partners that we find opportunities to give back in our local communities. With our shared core values and belief in the importance of the human-animal bond, the partnership is a wonderful alignment between AZPetVet and LovePup rooted in kindness and compassion. Our family of hospitals came together and created a significant medical grant for the LovePup Foundation. The grant provides the funding for veterinary services that the organization needs to help ensure all the rescued pups have what they need before being placed with their new family; a medical evaluation to ensure any health concerns are addressed, up-to-date vaccines, and spay/neuter to help control the pet population.

We are honored to be partnered with such a wonderful organization like LovePup, and the incredible team members and volunteers at the foundation that work tirelessly to help ensure every pup has a wonderful home.

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.