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How to Include Your Pet in Holiday Festivities

Five Fun Holiday Ideas for Your Furry Family Members

The holiday season brings family gatherings, parties, gourmet feasts, celebrations, and of course, lots of gifts. Since pets are part of our families, it’s fun to include them in the celebrations whenever it’s appropriate. Here are five fun ways to make your pet’s holiday merry and bright!

1) Have a Holiday Photo Session. Whether your family is into ugly sweaters, or cute matching outfits, including your animals in your holiday photos can be fun. Consider dressing your pet in a festive holiday bandana, themed collar, or a matching outfit if your pet is willing and receptive). These photos will allow you to cherish the memories of your holiday fun together!

Make sure your pet looks their best on holiday photo day. Schedule a pet pampering groom at any of the following AZPetVet locations.

2) Have a Family Snow Day. Some refreshing playtime in the cold, crisp air will get everyone into the holiday spirit! Pack the car, and head north for a romp in the snow. Manypets, will enjoy running and playing in the magical snow. Don’t forget to bring a coat or sweater to help keep them warm outside, pet snow shoes/boots, plus some cozy towels for drying off after playtime in the snow.

3) Buy or Bake Special Pet Treats: The holidays bring cookie exchanges and lots of tempting treats, most of which are on the no-no list for pets. Whether you’re making them homemade pet-friendly holiday cookies or buying treats from your favorite pet shop, make sure your pet has some savory or sweet holiday treats, too.

You can find a myriad of homemade treat recipes on the internet, but you’ll want to make sure that they don’t contain any inappropriate ingredients (or aren’t too high in calories) for your Individual pet. Be sure to check the recipe with your vet before you get baking!

Special Cat Treat Recipes

Special Dog Treat Recipes

4) Spoil Them With Gifts. Not that you need a reason, but the holidays provide the perfect no-guilt opportunity to spoil your pets. Gifts of toys, accessories like a new collar or leash, treats, a warm, cozy blanket or a new pet bed will help make their holidays wonderful.

5) Give to Other Animals. Animal shelters and rescues can always use more volunteers, especially during the busy holiday season! Busy holiday schedule, so no time to volunteer? Make a donation of money, food or toys. Each holiday season the AZPetVet family of animal hospitals conducts a Holiday Donation Drive to support local non-profits. This year, we are collecting for GrandPaws Pantry and Helping Hands for Homeless Hounds. You can drop off a donation at any AZPetVet location!

AZPetVet & LovePup: Microchip Event!

On Saturday, May 11, 2019, AZPetVet teamed up with the LovePup Foundation to help celebrate the one-year anniversary of their Hip to Chip program! While collars and tags for your pet are critically important, a microchip can help provide identification should collars or tags come off; so this program works to ensure that all dogs from Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) animal shelters receive a free microchip upon adoption, ultimately helping to reunite pups with their families if they accidentally get lost. In the first 12 months, the program has helped expedite these reunions, sometimes without the lost dogs even having to go to the shelter (some of the animal control officers have been able to scan and return home in the neighborhood right away!)

As part of the anniversary celebration event, AZPetVet provided free microchips to owners who already have pups that didn’t yet have a chip. We setup three different temporary exam tables to help manage the consistent flow of folks bringing their pups (and a couple of cats!) to the event, and our incredible team of doctors and technicians were on hand obtaining vitals, administering microchips, and providing some wonderful TLC to all the pets coming through. Once chipped and registered, owners and pets had the opportunity to swing by our AZPetVet table where additional team members handed out some fun swag, provided some extra belly rubs for those loveable pups, and pet parents could chat with our CEO, Dr. Anderson. In just the three hours of the event, in total we provided 117 pets with microchips!

We received nothing but great feedback from our partners, volunteers, and all of the members of the public who got to come and enjoy the event with their dogs. Every person and family who provided feedback to us and the LovePup crew was so grateful to receive the free microchip for their beloved pets, as well as the swag, food, treats, water, leashes and collars from all the on-site event partners – LovePup, AZPetVet, Safeway, Lerner & Rowe, Max & Neo, and MCACC.

We all know that giving back comes in many forms; everything from individual small acts of kindness to larger donations or gestures by a team can create positive impact throughout both our workplaces and our community at large. At AZPetVet, we are honored to have incredible team members throughout or family of hospitals who embrace our core values including respect for others, and share a dedication to helping pets in need.

Grandpaws Pantry: HOLIDAY DONATION DRIVE

Yesterday we announced our holiday donation drive partnership with one wonderful organization; today, we are excited to share the second partnership for this holiday season!

Grandpaws Pantry is another local, grassroots effort focused on collecting and distributing supplies for pets in need. Their strategy is to focus on different needs at rescue organizations or other animal focused organizations within the Phoenix area. They also work with senior centers to get pet supply care packages to seniors and their pets each holiday season.

The mastermind of the whole organization is an 11 year old named Sonya, who has a strong love and passion for helping rescue pets in the community. Sonya and her family actually have a strong relationship with our very own Arrowhead Ranch Animal Hospital, who saved their newly adopted dog Bhaskar many years ago from parvo. From that experience, it left a lasting impression to Sonya to try and do more for the rescued pets and the organizations that help them here in Phoenix. Some of the places she has helped through her charity include a Soldier’s Best Friend, Halo Animal Shelter, Sun City 4 Paws Rescue and Sun Valley Animal Shelter.

The AZPetVet family is working to help collect donations for this wonderful organization. Here are some of the most-needed items from the wish list:
– Collars & Leashes
– Unopened Food (dry and canned)
– Pet Beds (dog and cat)
– Pet Toys (dog and cat)
– Pet Blankets
– Food Bowls
– Nylabone Dog Treats
– Litter Boxes and Scoopers
– Cat Litter

WE WILL BE COLLECTING DONATIONS THROUGH 12/31/2018 AT THESE AZPetVet LOCATIONS:

Arrowhead Ranch Animal Hospital & Grooming
Dobson Ranch Animal Hospital & Grooming
Roadrunner Animal Hospital & Grooming
Westbrook Animal Hospital & Grooming
Surprise Animal Hospital & Grooming
White Tanks Animal Hospital & Grooming
Las Sendas Animal Hospital & Grooming

Helping Hands for Homeless Hounds: HOLIDAY DONATION DRIVE!

Each year during the holiday season, the AZPetVet family of animal hospitals is honored to partner with a local, community-based organization that works to make a difference in the lives of pets and their pet parents! One of the organizations we are partnering with this year is Helping Hands for Homeless Hounds.

They are the very definition of a grassroots local cause; Cheryl, the founder, is actively involved in doing site visits to homeless shelters and camps all throughout the Phoenix area. She is well loved and appreciated by those she serves and takes an accepting and non-judgmental approach to the care of these animals and their owners. The services she and other volunteers provide on these visits are food and comfort measures, as well as vaccinations, microchips, and county licensure for all homeless-owned pets. For those pets that the owner is no longer able to care for the pet, she also coordinates rescue efforts to re-home these homeless pets.

The AZPetVet family is working to help collect donations for this wonderful organization.
Here are some of the most-needed items from the wish list:
– Small, Medium, and Large Clasp Collars
– Treats and toys for larger dogs
– Dog shampoo
– Leashes & harnesses
– Silicone collapsible bowls
– Small fleece blankets
– Cat and dog transport bags
– Pet strollers
– Cat food (wet and dry)
– Dog food (wet and dry)

WE WILL BE COLLECTING DONATIONS THROUGH 12/31/2018 AT THESE AZPetVet LOCATIONS:

Animal Hospital at Anthem & Grooming
Beardsley Animal Hospital
Bell Ridge Animal Hospital, Boarding & Grooming
Dove Valley Animal Hospital
Fletcher Heights Animal Hospital & Grooming
Goodyear Animal Hospital & Grooming
Happy Valley Animal Hospital
North Buckeye Animal Hospital & Grooming
Norterra Animal Hospital & Grooming
Sarival Animal Hospital & Grooming
Scottsdale Hills Animal Hospital & Grooming
Signal Butte Animal Hospital & Grooming

Gabriel’s Angels & AZPetVet – All Our Favorite Events Have Dogs

It’s no surprise that AZPetVet has a bit of a thing about animals. That’s why we always get a little extra excited about working with organizations like Gabriel’s Angels. Each year, they help thousands of Arizona’s at risk children through pet therapy. Since AZPetVet helps thousands of Arizona’s pets each year, we’re kind of a great match!

In fact, AZPetVet’s cofounder, Dr. Wayne Anderson, has been a trusted advisor to Pam Gaber, the founder of Gabriel’s Angels since it was just Pam and Gabriel. Of course, our family was much smaller then too – today we have more than 21 hospitals!

When Pam and Gabriel first set paws in the Crisis Nursery and fell in love with the children, the children fell in love with Gabriel right back. Pam knew that working together, she and Gabriel could make a big difference in little lives. She was right. Today, the Gabriel’s Angels serves more than 13,500 kids each year through more than 125 different nonprofit agencies. We couldn’t be more proud.

Today, we have Gabriel’s Angels therapy teams stop by different AZPetVet locations to meet the staff. They’ll share stories about their work, and the children they serve, while the team oohs and ahhs over the dogs. It’s clear why everyone loves them!

This year, as part of our Giving Back Initiative, AZPetVet became the title sponsor for the 2018 Unleash the Love Breakfast. This highly anticipated fundraising event is held every April, and features highlights of the work they’ve done, the goals for the next year, and of course – DOGS. With more than 50 therapy teams on hand, how can anyone resist helping and donating? Here’s to many more years of dogs and angels!