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Celebrating National Dress Your Pet Day

It’s that time! Thursday, January 14th is National Dress Up Your Pet Day, and yes, there is a day for that! So get out those silly sweaters and cool costumes and get ready to dress your pet to impress!

National Dress Up Your Pet Day was introduced in 2009 by celebrity pet lifestyle expert and animal behaviorist Colleen Paige. It’s meant to celebrate the wondrous gift of pets and helps to support the pet fashion community–yes, that’s a thing too!

If you’re having trouble picking out the perfect ensemble, check out these suggestions we shared during the last dress up your pet day. Just remember, dressing up your pet is fun but has the potential to be dangerous if you’re not careful. PetFirst shared these outfit and costume safety tips and strategies to help guide you through the holiday:

  • Be aware of choking hazards – Play it safe. Detach any loose pieces, check for buttons, decorative flowers, and any other small parts that could easily come off and be swallowed. Please don’t leave your pet unattended while they’re dressed up. 
  • Consider your pet’s age – Avoid dressing up very young or elderly pets. Puppies and kittens are more likely to chew on the costumes. Older animals may be suffering from joint stiffness or other health issues, making it a challenge to get them in and out of clothing. 
  • Be flexible – What you envision may turn out to be completely different from what your pet allows. Please don’t force your pet into anything, or they will be miserable. Be willing to shift some things around, removing pieces your pet finds uncomfortable. 
  • Conduct a trial run – If you’re looking to show off your pet on your morning walk or zoom call, test it out in advance. A trial run gives you a chance to determine how your pet feels about their new attire and allows you some time to tweak as necessary. Remember to reward with treats to make the clothing experience more positive. 

Alternatives to Clothes

Maybe your pet’s not a fan of clothes. That’s okay! It doesn’t mean you’re out of luck on celebrating National Dress Up Your Pet Day. Instead, add some fun fashion flair or cute accents to your pet’s wardrobe:

  • Bandanas
  • Bow Ties
  • Fancy Harness
  • Decorative Collar
  • Collar Accessories
  • Other Accessories

We want you to go ALL out and want to see all of the different ways you choose to celebrate the day. Here’s what you can do:

  1. Have a friend or family member take photos of you and your pet in their fun outfit – yes, a pet photoshoot!
  2. Use #DressUpYourPetDay on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Celebrate by dressing up your pet in comfortable pet clothing – maybe even pick out matching outfits if you’re feeling wild – and share it for the world to see! If pets have taught us anything, it’s that we shouldn’t care what anyone else thinks… so matching outfits are not only welcomed but encouraged! Silly as some of these holidays may seem, National Dress Up Your Pet Day is the perfect excuse to spend some quality time with your pet (as if we need a reason!). 

10 New Year’s Resolutions to Make With Your Pet

New Year's Resolutions

Ten Fun New Year’s Resolutions for Pet Owners and Pets

We learn so much from our pets every day. So, what if we started thinking about those daily life lessons as resolutions that we can carry into the New Year? Easy! Start by thinking up a list of New Year’s resolutions for your pets. Then, take that list and think about how to turn it into New Year’s resolutions for pet owners, too! 

Now, we don’t mean that you, as a pet owner, should make it a New Year’s resolution to stop digging through the trash (unless that’s something you need to stop doing).  What we mean is that a new year is a perfect time for self-reflection and positive change, and there is nobody better to have by your side or more supportive of your goals than your beloved furry companion.

Here’s a list of some simple resolutions that guarantee you a healthy and happy New Year with your pets:

Resolution #1: Make New Friends. 

The best life lesson you can learn from a pet is that a person’s background plays no part in whether or not they’ll make great, lifelong friends. Be social while remaining safe and socially distant, and expand both your and your pet’s social network. Get some fresh air, hit the dog park, head out for a hike. You never know who you’ll meet along the way. 

Resolution #2: Say Sorry. 

Maybe this is more of a New Year’s resolution for pet owners but it’s relevant nonetheless. The best way to right our wrongs is with a heartfelt apology. It’s easy to be headstrong, but it’s easier to own up to our errors and make amends as necessary. When things get a little tense on the road, or you’ve had a rough day at work, say sorry. And when your pet goes to lift his leg on the furniture or carries your favorite shoes outside, he’ll look up at you with round, sweet eyes and do the same. 

Resolution #3: Exercise.

Boredom combined with excess energy leads to bad choices for people and pets. Exercising is guaranteed to be less boring with a friend–a four-legged one to be exact. It’s easy to categorize exercise as a chore, but regardless, it’s good for the mind, body, and soul and can make a world of difference to our outlook in 2021.

Resolution #4: Be Carefree. 

Maybe your pet runs a little funny, or rolls around outside until he’s covered in grass, or plops his legs out behind him like a goofball when he lays down but does any of that slow him down? If pets have taught us anything it’s that it’s okay to be unapologetically ourselves, that letting loose and living in the moment is the fastest route to loving life.

Resolution #5: Nap Often. 

Naps are the best way to refresh yourself and clear your mind. There’s absolutely no shame in a cat nap…why do you think your cats are always so relaxed? Because they give their minds and bodies the time that it needs to unplug, unwind, and just veg out a little. Enjoy a nice, quiet night in on New Year’s Eve with your pets and catch up on some much-needed sleep! [Your cat approves this message.]

Resolution #6: Change Perspectives.

It never hurts to look at things from a different angle. Seeing things in a new way might open up your mind in ways you didn’t know you needed. Grab your pup pal or feline friend and lay down, hang your head off the end of the couch, even stick your tongue out if it feels right, and just look at things from a new perspective. 

Resolution #7: Smile Often.

This is best done as a team. After all, there’s really nobody better at making you smile than your pet and vice versa, nobody makes your pet happier than you. Ring in the New Year with your pets and spend some extra time enjoying the little things with your littles, be they people or pets. 

Resolution #8: Up Your Social Media Game.

This isn’t just a great excuse to share a happy New Year pet photo but it’s another great way to expand your network and a chance to enjoy some downtime with your furry friends. Pet-stagrams are a hit so we say go for it. You want to show them off, they want to show off, and we definitely want to see them – so what’s stopping you from treating us to some sweet pics on social media in 2021? Get ‘gramming!

Resolution #9: Learn Something New.

A new year is the best time to pick up a new hobby or learn something new. Get crafty in 2021, take on new DIY projects, do some much-needed home repairs, try out some new baking recipes for your pet. Impress them with some homemade treats then use them to reward your pets for learning some new tricks or commands. It’s a good year to try some things outside of your comfort zone. 

Resolution #10: Give and Take.

This seems to come so easily for our pets but we, too, must remember the importance of giving. Express gratitude for those around us whether it’s in words or acts of kindness. And just a reminder to the pets out there: if you want a treat, you give a kiss. We don’t make the rules. 

Nothing guarantees a happy New Year with pets like setting goals for yourself along with some funny pet New Year’s resolutions. There’s no telling what the future holds but after a wild year, everyone deserves to make some plans they can look forward to and set some goals they know they can achieve in 2021!

 

4th of July: Fireworks Safety for Pets

How to Keep Pets Calm and Safe During Fireworks

The 4th of July is a time for being outdoors, enjoying barbecues, red, white, and blue, and of course, fireworks. The biggest problem? Pets and fireworks don’t mix. Cats and dogs have very keen senses of hearing, so they’re naturally predisposed to be scared of loud noises. In fact, most pets are terrified of the thundering booms, bangs, and crackles of fireworks, and the light flashes simply add to the panic and distress pets are feeling. That’s why the 5th of July is the busiest day of the year for most animal shelters. The staff will spend their day trying to find the owners of companion animals that fled or escaped their homes, only to be found exhausted, disoriented, or even injured. With a little preparation the night before the 4th of July, you can keep pets calm during fireworks.

The Night Before the 4th of July

Don’t lose your pet in a fireworks panic. Be prepared. Take a few minutes to create a safe sanctuary for your pets; one that’s away from exterior doors and windows. Keep all windows and doors closed, and draperies and shades drawn. Include a few favorite toys and a familiar blanket or bed for your pet in a sheltered area of the room. Playing soft music can also help soothe your pet’s nerves. For very anxious cats and dogs, try a Thundershirt or a snug-fitting harness. For pets that cannot be soothed naturally, a sedative type medication may be necessary – speak to your veterinarian to discuss options. 

How to Find a Lost Pet With a Microchip

Fireworks are just one reason why it’s so important for all pets to be microchipped. A microchip is a form of permanent ID for a pet that can’t get lost like a collar or tags. Lost pets that have a microchip are far more likely to find their family than animals that are unchipped. For more on the benefits of microchips, see our blog. Of course, if the owner’s information registered to the chip is out of date, the microchip isn’t much help. Make sure your pet’s chip registry and collar tags are up to date and have all the most recent address and contact information. Not sure how? Read on.

How to Update a Dog’s Microchip

Lots of rescues in the area routinely microchip their pets prior to adoption. When adopting a pet from a shelter, you should be provided the chip information, the specific chip number along with any relevant health history records. It’s important to contact the corresponding registry to update your contact information accordingly. Not sure which pet chip registry site was used to register your pet? If you have your pet’s microchip number but have forgotten where you registered your contact information, you may find the original registry here. Call the phone number listed or visit the appropriate registry website to have the information updated. If you don’t have the microchip number, ask your vet to check your pet’s record or have them scan your pet for the chip number and any other information. 

Have a lost pet or need to find a specific pet rescue or shelter? There are many around the Valley, from large organizations like the Maricopa County Animal Control, Arizona Humane Society, and Arizona Animal Welfare League to smaller rescues dedicated to a particular breed or pet type. Google or Yelp can be helpful in searching for local pet shelters and rescues. Social media pages such as Straydar and Lost Dogs of Phoenix can also be helpful for locating a lost pet.

Happy 4th of July from your AZPV family! Be safe, remember to maintain social distance from others, and have fun.

[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.

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.