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Holiday Drive Results – Helping Hands for Homeless Hounds

This holiday season one of the organizations we had the pleasure of working with again was Helping Hands for Homeless Hounds. Thanks to the love and support from team members, vendor partners, and of course, our wonderful clients, we were able to handoff so many donations of much needed items that will make a difference in our community.

The donations filled more than 21 boxes – topping 1400 items – with everything from toys and treats, to beds, strollers, towels and grooming supplies. We collected enough dog and cat food – both dry and canned – as well as pet clothing and blankets to help ensure that the volunteers with the non-profit would have supplies to help with the January and February colder temperatures here in the valley.

In addition to all the items collected during the drive, AZPetVet partners were able to provide a check for $2,100 to support Helping Hands for Homeless Hounds continue their great work within our community. We are thrilled that we had this opportunity again this year to partner with such a caring non-profit organization. Thank you again to all the hands and hearts that contributed this year; together, we have made a difference!

Holiday Drive Results – GrandPaws Pantry

During our holiday drive this year we were able to collect lots of pet food and items for two amazing local organizations, one of which is GrandPaws Pantry! This organization was founded by a young teen named Sonya, who has become an advocate for animals in need by providing supplies and resources to rescues within our community. Thanks to our team members, vendor partners, and amazing clients, we were able to handoff so many needed donations for Sonya to continue helping the local rescues.

 

The donations this year totaled nearly 1700 items – filling 22 boxes – and will arm the team at GrandPaws Pantry with collars and leashes, food and treats, and blankets and beds to distribute to those in need.

In addition to all the pet food and products donated, we were able to give GrandPaws Pantry a $2,150 check provided by the AZPetVet partners to support Sonya’s efforts to make an impact on our community. A big thanks to everyone who helped us make this happen! Together we can make a difference for the animals in our local community.

Pet Safety Around Holiday Decorations

Keeping Pets Safe During the Holiday Hustle

Glittering glass ornaments, shimmering tinsel, and shiny decorations give your home a warm, holiday glow. They can also be irresistibly tempting to pets. With a few simple precautions, you can turn your holidays into a joyful and safe season for all.

Before you bring out all the decorations, do a careful assessment of your home. Choose the safest possible location for all of your festive flourishes so they’re out of reach of pets and children.

Holiday Food, Cookie, and Candy Displays

Many homes traditionally set out all sorts of holiday indulgences for sampling any time of day (or night). From fudge, wrapped and unwrapped chocolates, candies, and cookies to gingerbread houses, cakes, and pies, the holidays are a treat for everyone – except your pets.

“People food” is a huge temptation for animals, so be sure to block access to people treats. Chocolate is toxic, so keep an extra close eye on your pets around these. People foods eaten by pets can cause stomach upset, vomiting, and diarrhea or worse. Keep some pet-friendly holiday treats on hand. Remember to limit table scraps, and make sure your guests know not to share their
food with your pets.

Holiday Decorations, Lights, and Candles

While many items look beautiful and harmless to us, a shard of glass from an ornament, strands of tinsel, and even those cute hand-crafted cookie/playdoh or macaroni ornaments your kids made in school can be harmful to pets if ingested. Cats, in particular, love the sparkle from tinsel which can cause irreparable internal damage if ingested.

Make sure that any electrical wires are tucked out of sight and that ornaments and lights are placed well out of reach for your curious pet’s paws. Christmas Tree lights can get extremely hot, giving your dog or cat a bad little burn if they venture over to sniff or touch them.

Remember to blow out Menorah candles (actually any type of candle!) every night. A simple bump of the table by an excited pet could send the candles tumbling and start a fire. The same is true for the ever-popular scented holiday candles, especially those that smell like food. Never leave a flame unattended!

Festive Plants, Trees, and Holiday Wreaths

Amaryllis, mistletoe, balsam, pine, cedar, holly, and lilies look deceptively nice. Poinsettias do, too. However, when it comes to being safe for pets, they all belong on the naughty list. Their festive foliage can cause serious medical problems ranging from nausea to serious kidney failure and heart issues. Play it safe and opt for artificial holiday arrangements instead.

Pine needles (real and artificial) from wreaths or holiday trees can seriously injure your pet if they are ingested. If you have a live Christmas tree, you also want to keep your pet away from the water as they may be getting a dose of tree fertilizer or other harmful chemicals with their drink.

The safest place for your Christmas tree is in a room that’s off-limits to your pet. If that’s not feasible, situate it in a corner that you can block off with a play fence or other obstruction. Make sure the tree is secured and can’t topple over.

Gifts & Wrapping Paper

Who can resist the sight of gifts piled beneath the tree? Make sure that those beautifully wrapped presents are kept out of your pet’s reach, especially during gift opening time. From Styrofoam peanuts and plastic packaging to batteries, candy, and shiny twist ties, there’s a tantalizing treasure trove of temptation for your pet.

Having lots of people over to celebrate? With everyone’s attention diverted with presents and celebrations, you may want to have your pet in another room during gift exchanges to make sure they don’t accidentally ingest something harmful. Consider giving your furry friend a place of their own that’s well away from all the action and temptations. Setup a safe space that is designated as a “no people room” in a room in your house, with soft lighting and a comfortable place for your pets to relax for a bit.

Now that you’ve taken all the necessary precautions to keep your pets safe around holiday decorations, enjoy your holiday season!

[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.

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!

2019 Holiday Donation Drive Announcement

We are excited it announce that we are partnering again this year with GrandPaws Pantry and Helping Hands for Homeless Hounds for our holiday drive! Both of these wonderful organizations focus on collecting and distributing supplies for pets in need within our local community. Here at AZPetVet, we will be working to help collect donations for these organizations during this holiday season.

GrandPaws Pantry focuses on different needs at rescue organizations or other animal-focused organizations within the Phoenix area. They also help the senior community by supplying care packages to seniors and their pets each holiday season. GrandPaws was started by a young woman named Sonya who has a strong love and passion for helping rescue pets in the community. Sonya and her family have a long-standing relationship with Arrowhead Ranch Animal Hospital, after they saved their newly adopted dog Bhaskar many years ago from parvo. Since then, she has been helping pets by supporting rescue organizations including: Soldier’s Best Friend, Halo Animal Shelter, Sun City 4 Paws Rescue, and Sun Valley Animal Shelter.

Some of the most-needed items from their wish list this year include:

  • Unopened Dry/Canned Food Items
  • Adult Dog Food & Adult Cat Food
  • Kitten Food & Puppy Food
  • Nylabone Dog Treats
  • Milk-Bone Dog Biscuits
  • Cat/Dog Treats (*Please NO Rawhide)
  • Pet Beds
  • Pet Toys (Dog & Cat)
  • Pet Blankets
  • Cat Litter
  • Gift Cards to PetSmart &Petco

Helping Hands for Homeless Hounds is a community-based organization that makes a difference in the lives of pets and their pet parents. Cheryl, the founder, is actively involved in going to homeless shelters and camps all through the Phoenix area. She and other volunteers provide food and comfort measures, as well as vaccinations, microchips, and county licensure for homeless-owned pets. They also coordinate rescue efforts to re-home pets for owners that can no longer care for their pet. They are well loved and appreciated by those they serve, and always take an accepting and non-judgmental approach when caring for these animals and their owners.Some of their most-needed items this holiday season include:

  • Extra Small and Small Non-buckle Collars
  • Pet Strollers
  • Dry Cat Food
  • Silicone Bowls
  • Small Fleece Blankets
  • Dog Booties
  • Tarp Bungee Cords
  • Extra-large Harnesses
  • Long Strong Leashes

You can drop off your donations for these wonderful non-profits at any of our AZPetVet locations valleywide! We are so very thankful to all of our wonderful clients and team members who help make an incredible difference in our community.