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Happy National Dog Mom’s Day!

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How Are You Celebrating Dog Mom’s Day?

Sunday, May 9th, is Mother’s Day, a holiday devoted to celebrating moms all across the country and all they do for us. Appropriately, just ahead of that, on May 8th, is National Dog Mom’s Day, another 24 hours dedicated to recognizing moms; but this time, moms of fur babies!

History of National Dog Mom’s Day

In 2018, National Dog Mom’s Day was introduced by Dig; a dog person’s dating app designed to match pup-loving singles. The innovative platform allows users to view photos of their potential matches and their dogs before deciding if they’d like to chat. Should they decide to meet up, Dig provides a list of dog-friendly parks, bars, and restaurants in that area. According to Dig, the national holiday was established “to thank dog moms, foster dog moms, and future dog moms for all of the love they give to pups.”

Celebrating Our Proud Dog Moms

Instead of telling you how to pamper your dog, this day is all about dog moms spoiling themselves for a change. However, any true proud dog mom knows that treats must be shared (or risk becoming a victim of the puppy dog eyes). Fortunately, we have some simple suggestions for celebrating National Dog Mom’s Day in ways that canine friends can join in on, too. Here’s what you can do:

  1. Set aside some time to get some extra cuddles. It’s really a win-win. 
  2. Treat yourself to a pedicure, then maybe give (or get) your pal a paw-dicure, too!
  3. Make memories by snapping some sweet selfies with your furry best friend.
  4. Get out for a walk and some fresh air!
  5. Dedicate the day to total relaxation (bath time, some good reading material, an awesome nap, skincare, relaxing, etc.).

Dog Moms Take Pet Parenting Seriously

According to research conducted by Rover, the role that a proud dog mom plays in their pup’s life is not to be taken lightly. Now more than ever, pets are considered a part of our family, and being a pet parent is a lifestyle. We give dogs human names, human-grade food, personalized gifts, and some of us even celebrate their birthdays. In honor of Mother’s Day, Rover talked to women who have pups inquiring about their identity and lifestyle as pet parents, and the response was fascinating. 

  • 3 out of 4 consider themselves “dog moms” rather than just dog owners. 
  • 54% of Gen Z dog moms say their dog is their “child.”
  • 52% of Gen X dog moms say their dog is part of the family.
  • 45% have referred to their pup as a “fur baby” or “fur kid,” and 40% just call their dog their “baby.”
  • 45% of Gen Z dog moms consider themselves “helicopter pet parents” while Millennial, and Gen X dog moms identified as “Velcro pet parents,” which means they’re connected to their dog at the hip, but don’t worry or hover quite as much.
  • 40% of female pup owners say they own dog mom apparel, and 17% say they don’t own any—but they want some!
  • 40% of dog moms have stayed up at night to comfort a crying puppy.
  • 24% of dog moms have missed work to be home with a sick dog.
  • 50% of pup moms gush about their dog when meeting new people.
  • 62% of moms said they take dozens of photos of their dog.

These results go to show that you don’t have to give birth to be a mother. You can foster. You can adopt. All it takes is opening your home and your heart (plus a little bit of patience). Celebrate this mom-filled weekend by recognizing the special ladies in your life, and don’t forget to wish any fur baby mamas out there a happy National Dog Mom’s Day!

Arizona Gives Day – AZPetVet & Gabriel’s Angels


 

What is it?
Arizona Gives Day is an annual opportunity for Arizonan’s to support non-profit organizations that make a difference in our community.

First started in 2013, the collaboration between the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and the Arizona Grantmakers has helped raise more than $23 million for Arizona’s nonprofit organizations. This year, it looks like the total given statewide will break the $7 million dollar mark- the highest yet! (It was just over $6 million in 2020).

While the website is available to accept donations year-round, the annual online giving campaign takes place in early April each year. Donors can engage in a variety of ways, from setting up pre-scheduled or recurring donations, to utilizing the website search features to find nonprofits based on what is important to them (location, mission of the organization, and so on).

2021 Impact: 
For 2021, AZPetVet partnered with Gabriel’s Angels and sponsored a donation power hour: We agreed to match any donations made between 4 & 5PM up to a total of $2,500. During our power hour, community members donated $3,585.20 – maxing out our contribution!

With the combined give, the funds raised will nearly sponsor two new pet therapy teams within Gabriel’s Angels! Each therapy team impacts an average of 80-100 children each year. We are proud to support the mission of Gabriel’s Angels as we all know the positive impact pets can have!

National Pet ID Week: Microchip Tags & Pet Identification Collars

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Lost Pets: Identifying Them with Microchip Tags and Pet Identification Collars

One-third of all dogs and cats in the United States are reported missing in their lifetimes. More than 80% are never found. Between 9,450,000 and 9,632,000 pets that wind up in shelters in the US are euthanized. – ASPCA

Pet owners will tell you that the best parts about coming home after a long day are the loving greetings waiting for us. Dogs get excited, usually demonstrated through happy barks, and their tails thump, thump, thumping. Cats will coolly saunter up and rub against our legs, which is simply their way of telling us to “pick up the can-opener already.”

Now imagine coming home to silence. Your pet has slipped free of their collar and escaped from your home or yard. How would you find them? Would they be able to find you? It’s a horrible, helpless feeling unless you’re well prepared. 

Despite our best efforts, some pets have a knack for escaping the house or yard and getting lost. That’s why it’s essential to have your pets microchipped! A microchip tag can mean the difference between a lost dog or cat ending up in a shelter (and potentially being euthanized) and finding their way home. It’s essential for pet owners to ensure information remains current. The problem is that people tend to forget about the microchip tag, which is only as current as the information contained in the National Pet Register. While there are many different microchip tag manufacturers and registry sites, the one we’ve linked to is the most comprehensive and is used by veterinary professionals across the country when scanning lost or injured pets. National Pet ID Week (April 17-23, 2021) is an excellent reminder for pet parents to review their pet’s identification methods, from collar tags to microchips, and make any necessary updates.

What should I put on my pet ID tag?” is a frequently asked question. Including the pet’s name, a current phone number, city and address, and a microchip tag number are ideal, plus any medical needs. Of course, space is at a premium, so customize to include the most vital information first. Since pet ID tags are cheap and easy to get, you can use the front and back of the tag if needed.

Best Pet Identification Methods

According to recent statistics, cats with microchips were 20 times more likely to be returned to their homes than lost cats without microchips. For dogs with microchips, the return rate is 2.5 times higher than those without. But those are just the beginning!

  1. Microchip Tag: The best method for animal identification is the permanent microchip tag. Microchipping is a quick and painless procedure for animals that can make the difference between a happy ending and heartbreak should they get lost or injured. Most veterinary practices and shelters routinely scan for microchip tags in stray or injured animals. If you haven’t talked to your veterinarian about microchipping, do it today.
  2. Pet Identification Collars: All pets (indoor or outdoor) should have a collar and tags with their name, along with your current address and phone number. Vaccination and license tags can also help identify lost or stolen animals.
  3. QR Code Tags: Most of us are familiar with QR codes, which allow us to scan the code with our smartphone to visit a website, get information or buy products. Pet tags are a great option for the technology! Adding a QR code tag to your pet’s collar is another layer of protection for your pet in case they get lost or injured. Anyone with a smartphone can scan the tag or visit your pet’s profile online to view your contact details and pet’s critical information, skipping a trip to a local vet to have the pet scanned for a microchip tag.
  4. GPS Collars: These are an excellent option for pets that spend time outdoors or that tend to roam (cats, we’re looking at you). With a GPS collar, you can locate your pet at any time of day or night. For a great list of the best GPS collar options, check out this article from PC Mag.
  5. Collar Tags: Pet owners can get personalized pet collar tags at local pet stores or order a wide variety of styles online. Make sure your pet’s tags are correct and have the most up-to-date information on them and that the information is easily readable and hasn’t been scratched or worn away. Did you move recently? Check to be sure all tags and information have been updated to include your new address and contact information.

Finally, if your pet doesn’t have a microchip tag, give your veterinarian a call or have it done at your pet’s next wellness appointment. All of AZPetVet’s locations can perform microchipping. Click here to find the location nearest you.

Toxic Plants for Pets: Plants to Avoid Having in Your Home

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Avoiding Toxic Plants for Pets

House plants have many benefits, but it’s important to think twice before bringing certain types into your home, especially if you own pets. Cats and dogs are tempted to get into all sorts of things. Digging into the dirt of houseplants or chewing on the leaves, stems, or roots, or even eating them can be a messy problem, but choose the wrong type of plant and what looks like a harmless decor item can be hazardous to their health or worse. 

The most common toxic plants for pets include lilies, azaleas, autumn crocus, tulips, hyacinths, Lily of the Valley, daffodils, Cyclamen, Kalanchoe, Oleander, Dieffenbachia, and Sago Palms. If you also have these varieties in your yard or garden, it’s best to pet-proof them or rethink the choices altogether if they cannot be secured away from your pets while they are outside. 

Let’s begin with a list of plants toxic to cats and some of the effects. That’s where a little gardening knowledge can be most helpful. In fact, you can find a list of plants that are specifically dangerous for cats listed here – categorized by mildly toxic, medium toxicity, and highly toxic. 

Other resources include ASPCA’s comprehensive list of plants toxic to cats. As well as The Cat Fanciers Association’s extensive list plus a wide variety of other helpful topics for those who fancy felines.

House plants dangerous to dogs include a huge list of problem plants to avoid to help keep your pooch perky, happy, and healthy. The ASPCA offers a pretty comprehensive list here. The popular dog-focused website TheBark.com also has a shorter list that includes common plants you might already have in your home that are most dangerous for pets.

Safe House Plants for Cats

Cats love plants, so why not give them their own? Cat grass is fully edible, and cats love it. Catnip is also a favorite for felines, from the aromatic leaves to the flowers, but don’t let them overindulge, or things might get a bit crazy.

Safe House Plants for Dogs

Having plants not toxic to dogs is very important inside your home, as well as outside. ‘Be Chewy’, the pet blog from online favorite Chewy.com has a wonderful article about plants for your garden that are safe for dogs. Treehugger also provides a general list of 15 types of houseplants that are safe for both cats and dogs, as well as being easy to maintain (very helpful for those of us born without the green thumb).

Need more options? Architectural Digest has a list of 21 houseplants that are safer for cats and dogs that will naturally clean the air and look pretty while they do it.

While we can’t prevent our pets from taking the occasional bite from a house plant or digging up the soil just for fun, at least you can rest assured that the only risk they’re taking is your disapproval. Finally, if you suspect your pet has been poisoned by noshing on a houseplant or other substance, don’t wait – call your veterinarian right away. If it’s after hours, turn to an emergency vet or call the ASPCA poison control hotline at (888) 426-4435.

Disclaimer

Not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian with any questions you may have regarding the medical condition of your pet. If you think your pet has a medical emergency, call or visit your veterinarian or your local veterinary emergency hospital immediately.

Mask Policy Update: 3/31/2021

MASK POLICY UPDATE: Recently, the Governor issued an Executive Order that lifted the state-wide mandate for masks. The order also encouraged businesses to follow CDC guidelines for their employees and patrons, which currently recommend wearing masks at this time to continue to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. While we respect everyone’s personal choices surrounding this matter, the nature of our jobs require that we work in close proximity of each other and our clients; therefore believe it is in the best interest of our business to follow CDC guidelines and continue wearing masks for the time being. We will revisit this policy once we have more time and information to evaluate the impact the executive order has on our community. In the meantime, we simply ask that while you are providing us the privilege of helping to ensure the health and wellbeing of your pet, that you also respect our masking policy.

We understand that this has been a trying time for all involved, and we are ready to get back to normal as soon as possible! We’re working hard to create processes that will allow us to do so, and are confident that within a short time we will return to normal if we all work together. We are very excited to see your smiling faces again soon! Thank you for your continued support.