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 Toys (Dog & Cat)
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
Dry Cat Food
Small Fleece Blankets
Tarp Bungee Cords
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.
National K-9 Veterans Day is celebrated each March 13th, in honor of the official birthday of the US Army K9 Corps, formed in 1942. Joseph White, a retired military working dog trainer, originated the idea for the day to honor service dogs who risked their lives for their trainers
and for the safety of our military men and women each day.
Today K-9 forces are an active part of military, police, and rescue duties. Training for each service dog is tailored to meet the demands of the job so the animal and its handler can carry out his or her duties to the fullest. We salute the efforts of all K-9 Veterans and handlers!
This 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!
Cats are awesome creatures and they’re sure to keep you laughing with their antics. Cuddling is also great – but not all cats are the cuddling type. No matter – it’s National Cat Day, so here are five great ways to let your kitty know how much you care!
1/ Adopt a cat or kitten from a local shelter or rescue – there’s always a beautiful kitty in need of a good home.
2/ Make a donation to a local shelter or rescue. Food, blankets, toys, litter and other items are always in demand.
3/ Volunteer at a local shelter or rescue where you can help by cleaning cages and litter boxes, play with the cats and kittens.
4/ Buy or plant some cat grass for your furry friends. It helps them get key nutrients and minerals into their diet, aids with digestion and helps prevent the build-up of hairballs.
5/ Take some time out to play with your cat/s. Try a cat-fishing pole with a toy or feather on the end of the line, a mirror to reflect light (careful- laser pointers can cause eye damage), crumpled paper or best of all – boxes. Cats adore boxes. “If I fits, I sits.”
Veterinary technicians are some of the most important people in the AZPetVet family. A certified veterinary technician, or CVT, has earned an associate’s degree or higher in veterinary technology from an accredited school. Most importantly, a certified Vet Tech has passed a national exam demonstrating specific knowledge and competencies. A Vet Tech’s training includes laboratory and clinical work with live animals. You’ll find Vet Techs wherever you find veterinarians on staff – from animal hospitals like AZPetVet to the zoo.
What Does a Vet Tech Do?
Vet Techs perform a variety of functions every single day. Here are just a few:
Educate about pet health
Initial evaluation of an animal’s condition
Collect blood and stool samples
Check vital statistics
Clean and wrap wounds
Provide nutritional advice
Assist in surgery
Perform rehabilitative therapies
Provide nursing care
Take X-rays of patients
Provide scratches and cuddles
The Veterinary Technician’s Oath
“I solemnly dedicate myself to aiding animals and society by providing excellent care and services for animals, by alleviating animal suffering, and promoting public health.
I accept my obligations to practice my profession conscientiously and with sensitivity, adhering to the profession’s Code of Ethics, and furthering my knowledge and competence through a commitment to lifelong learning.”
AZPetVet salutes all of the hard-working Vet Techs who make a difference in animals’ lives each day! Looking for a job as a Vet Tech? We’re always hiring great team members! Send your resume to HireMe@AZPetVet.com for consideration.