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Morris Foundation for Animals Golden Retriever Research
University Animal Hospital Nominated for Small Business of the Year in Tempe!
Tempe Chamber of Commerce Finalist Award University Animal Hospital
University Animal Hospital Celebrating 50 Years of Accreditation 

January Pet of the Month: Oscar

Boarder of the Month: Oscar Young

Owner’s Testimonial:
“Oscar loves it here! He gets so excited to come here and knows every time when we need to drop him off and he cant wait to get out of the car once he gets here. One of the reasons I love it here is I know that he is safe. I use to take him to a different boarding facility that allowed all of the dogs to play together and he was attacked by another dog. Since then I have only boarded him here where he is separate from other dogs, which is great because he gets one on one attention and tons of love from the staff. He’s been coming to University Animal Hospital  for years now and I love the peace of mind to know that he will be taken care of while I am gone.”

Staff comments:
“I always love when Oscar comes to visit! He is a big playful dog that is still a puppy at heart! I love to play “soccer” with him in the yard because his favorite toys here are always our big ball toys. We’ll kick it around and play keep away with each other. I will admit, he wins more often than me.”

“Oscar is so sweet! I love playing tug-o-war with him! I love when he stays with us.”

“Oscar has so much energy, it seems no matter how long we play together he can always last longer than me and still wants keep playing for hours after. I can always be sure to be covered by his slobber by the end of it too. He is such a great dog!”

“He is such a lovable goofball. Always happy to see us and always ready to play.”

“I feel like I’ve watched Oscar grow up and its been so fun to care for him over the years. I’m lucky that he is a frequent boarder because it’s allowed me to grow such a strong bond with him. This place wouldn’t be the same without him!”

“Oscar is always very funny and playful. He’s great at the “Mannequin Challenge”; when I walk by his kennel he would get up and then freeze. Then only his eyes would move to follow me as I passed his kennel. It always makes me laugh. I think he’s a favorite for almost everyone here.”

“Oscar is a big sweetheart. He loves to run around the yard with his favorite toy ball and beat me at a game of tug-o-war! I love every time he comes to board with us ”

“Once you have his trust, you are accepted into Oscar’s world! He is just full of personality and is a very smart guy. He lets you know when he needs an extra potty break and exactly when he is ready to come back in and get back to his nap. He greets you with a wagging nubby tail and loves to play tug-o-war! You can’t help but smile watching him bounce around the play yards chasing his toys.”

“I love having Oscar around! He is always so happy and excited, especially when we play ball! He is also a big lap dog who loves his hugs and cuddles. He is such a sweet boy!”

H2O for Pets

Living in a hot desert climate like Arizona, we all know the importance of drinking enough water and staying hydrated. Sometimes we may forget that our pets need just as much hydration as we do to stay happy and healthy. Keep reading to find out all you need to know about how much water your pets need and if they may be drinking too much water.

Monitoring your pets water intake is the first step to knowing if they need more water. Filling up the water bowl at the beginning of the day and then keeping an eye on it to see if it is empty or full will help you make a better decision about water intake.

It is important to let your dogs and cats have free reign of the water bowl. Restricting water intake because you are worried about accidents or messes is not good for your pet’s health. It is also important to be aware of other sources of water such as the toilet, pools or fish ponds as these sources may make your pet sick due to chemicals or bacteria in the water.

A good estimate for the amount of water your pets should drink is about 1 ounce per every pound. So if you have a 10 pound dog or cat, they should be drinking roughly 10 ounces of water every day. (This is only around a cup.) Puppies and kittens may need more water than this, so it is important to consult a vet when you first bring home a new pet.

Two good ways to make sure your pets are properly hydrated are to first pull a little bit of their skin around their neck up. If it “snaps” back into place this indicates adequate amounts of water. Another way is to look at their gums. Wet and saliva filled gums are a good sign of your pet being hydrated.

There are, however, a few risks associated with the consumption of water. First, dehydration just like any human would get if they were not drinking enough water. Dogs with pancreatitis, parvovirus, or leptospirosis also tend to drink less or no water at all.

Other risk factors include drinking too much water. If you find that your pet is drinking excessive amounts of water, this could be a sign of a more serious problem, such as diabetes or bladder infections, and should be addressed by a vet as soon as possible.

Another risk that comes with over drinking water also known as psychogenic polydipsia or water intoxication. Signs of this include: loss of coordination, nausea, bloating and light colored gums.
We want to make sure to keep our pets hydrated especially after extreme exercise or days where it is extremely hot in Arizona! If you have any questions on the information provided or want to know more about your specific pets’ water intake, please make an appointment online or call us at (480) 968-9275

December Boarders of the Month: Tank and Rumi

Introducing the December boarders of the month….Tank and Rumi! Keep reading to find out more about them.

Staff comments:

“We’ve been able to watch these two boys grow up and it’s so great to see them play, snuggle, and mature. They are such great pups, it always a joy to have them board with us!”

“These brothers are a lot of energy but also gentle giants. Even though they look very similar they have different personalities but they are both great to have around.”

“Tank and Rumi are two big sweethearts! I love playing with them when they are here!”

“They always have so much love to give! Also very playful as soon as they get into the yard.”

“Tank and Rumi are amazing! They are so smart and sweet, the way they play together is adorable and everyone here is head over heels for them!”

“They are awesome boys and we love having them stay with us, we can’t wait to see them again soon!!”

“Tank and Rumi are two big lovable dogs! They love playing out in the yards and they love their pupsicles.”

“Tank and Rumi are fun to play with out in the yard, they are so smart and are great at catching their popsicle treats in the air.”

What is Kennel Cough?

As we come into the full holiday season, we see more and more pets in our boarding facilities. Along with all of these pets can sometimes come diseases we try to prevent at all costs. One of these is kennel cough, which we require a vaccination for before boarding.

Kennel cough, also known as canine infectious tracheobronchitis, is a respiratory disease that can be highly contagious but very treatable. It is most commonly transmitted in areas with high volumes of dogs like dog parks, boarding facilities or daycares. It can be transmitted multiple ways including; airborne droplets, touching noses or water/food bowls. Mostly it is important to be aware of this disease and get your pets vaccinated, but knowing what to look for is also important.

Symptoms of kennel cough are similar to that of a cold that a human would contract. These symptoms include a strong cough,  runny nose, fatigue or loss of appetite. Kennel cough is easily treatable, especial in adult dogs, but it is important to note that a cough is something that should be reported to a vet anytime because it could signal a more serious illness.

Treatments mostly include rest and isolation from other dogs to avoid spreading the infection. In some severe cases, we may prescribe an antibiotic to avoid worsening or other secondary infections. As always though, when a vaccine is available for a disease, we recommend your dog get it. This is especially important when dogs are exposed to high volumes of other dogs, and once again is required for our boarding facilities.

If you want to get your dog vaccinated, think they have kennel cough or want more information about exposing your dog to other dogs, please give us a call at (480) 686-9275 or visit us online to make an appointment.

Parvo Virus

In this video, Dr. Billie discusses the prevalence of Parvo Virus here in the Valley and what you can do to prevent/treat your dog if they contract this potentially fatal virus.

Construction at University

Please excuse our noise in the clinic as we add two BRAND NEW exam rooms for the 2018 year. We are continuously updating our facilities to offer the best and most up-to-date treatment for your pets. We can’t wait to reveal the new addition.

Holiday Hazards

Can you believe the holidays are here again? It seems like just yesterday we were ringing in 2017 and now it’s almost over. With the holidays comes a lot of hazards for our pets that we may not always be thinking of because of all the other things that are going on. So here we are as a friendly reminder to protect your pets from hazards that might bring them into the vet during this busy season.

Christmas Trees

Animals are curious creatures and a Christmas Tree is the most fascinating object of all. With lights and ornaments and even water for live trees, there are lots of areas an animal can get into that will cause serious problems. It is best to not allow your pets into the room with the tree at all, but if that isn’t possible, just be more aware. Don’t hang ornaments low on the tree where a dog or cat could pull them off and always watch for them chewing on lights or drinking water from the stand (if you have a real tree). The lights can cause serious electrocution and the water can be poisonous and cause serious internal problems.   


Things like tinsel, bows on packages or poinsettias can be extremely dangerous if ingested. It is important to keep these things off the ground or at levels where pets can’t easily reach them and potentially eat them.

Ice Melt

If you happen to be going somewhere cold, keep in mind that ice melt or ice salt, which is used to clear sidewalks or icy surfaces outside, can be potentially harmful if it is ingested by a dog or cat. Keep this in mind when you are walking them or playing outside. Especially for people from Arizona where we do not commonly use this stuff, it is easy to forget it is used in cooler climates.


Just like with Thanksgiving, the winter holiday season is time for rich and indulgent meals with family and friends. However, dogs and cats cannot handle the same types of foods that humans can. Even though we want to, it is important to remind family and friends to not feed the animals scraps from their plates. Rich foods and deserts are harsh on animals internal organs and can cause huge problems later on.


Hopefully this information has refreshed your brain so you can be more aware of the hazards in your home this holiday season. If your pet does get into some trouble, please give us a call at (480) 968-9275 and we would be happy to get them back to health as soon as possible.


Senior Pets


The entire month of November is dedicated to promoting senior pets. Often times people skip over senior pets at the shelters or adoptions sites because they think they are not as fun or well behaved. In this blog we will talk all about the benefits of a senior pet, and why November is such an important month for them.


Every November, the ASPCA promotes the adoption of senior pets from shelters and pounds. Typically a pet is considered to be a senior once they reach the age of seven. Of course this varies by size of the breed as often times larger dogs have shorter life spans. Senior pets are not always appealing to people because they think they will be too much maintenance or won’t be able to train the dog the way the family wants. While these things can sometimes be true, there is a place for a senior pet.


Senior pets have passed the puppy stage, the stage where everything gets destroyed and there are accidents all over the house. Senior pets also require much less attention and activity, as they are not able to move around as well anymore. We believe senior pets can be a perfect fit for a home with an elderly person or even a busier, working person who doesn’t want to be bothered with the training and initial high energy of a puppy.


One thing to consider if you are going to adopt a senior dog is the extra vet care. This is not to say that all senior pets will have expensive vet bills, but because of their age, we recommend more frequent visits to ensure everything’s running smoothly for them and more serious issues do not arise.


Many times, people think that age in pets is a disease and makes them less attractive, however this is not the case. Senior pets can provide just as much love and happiness to a family. If you are considering adding a new member to your family, consider a senior pet! If you have any questions about senior pets and if they would be a good fit for your family, please contact us at (480) 968-9275

Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

Animal Shelter Appreciation Week is a time to bring awareness to the hard, often unnoticed, work of our local animal shelters. Some might think that the only way to help an animal shelter is by adopting a pet. While this is helpful, this might not be the best option for some families. Whether your living situation doesn’t allow pets, or you cannot financially justify a pet at the moment, there are still ways to help.

Raise Money

Shelters are always in need of a helping hand, as they are usually at capacity or over-capacitated. Because of this, shelters are typically trying to expand their facilities, or in need of pet supplies. Get together with friends and family to set up a fundraising event to gather funds for your local shelter. Personal donations are always welcome at shelters and can remain anonymous for donation privacy.


Foster A Pet

For those people who can’t commit to adopting a pet forever, oftentimes shelters have a foster program in place. These programs allow for foster parents to open their homes to pets that are living in the shelter. This is usually done if the shelter is experiencing a large volume of animals. Sometimes it is a useful tool to help cats and dogs become used to living in a house before being adopted. To find out if your local shelter has a foster program, you can check their website or call them directly. The process entails filling out an application to ensure eligibility before allowing pets into a home.



One of the best ways to help an animal shelter is by volunteering your time. Animal shelters could always use help walking and playing with the animals, as well as cleaning kennels. Sometimes shelters have group opportunities available, so you and friends, families or even coworkers can get together to volunteer. This is also a great way to educate children on how animal shelters help homeless pets. Call your shelter to ask about availability of volunteer hours.


Donate Supplies

In the true holiday spirit, consider giving to your local shelter this week. Animal Shelters are most likely in need of supplies to help their organization running smoothly. Consider donating items like:

  • Pet food
  • Cat litter
  • Towels
  • Bedding
  • Leashes and collars
  • Treats and toys

Oftentimes shelters need items that help things to run as smooth as possible. This can include things like paper towels, rubber gloves, and hand sanitizer.


Spread the Word

Quite possibly the easiest way to help a local shelter is by spreading awareness. Let your friends and family know why shelters are important to keeping homeless pets alive and safe. Explain to them that there are different ways to get involved and help out, no matter your skill set or financial ability.


Animal Shelter Awareness Week is all about saying thank you to our local shelters. We can help by donating money or supplies, and especially our time. For those who are thinking of adding an addition to your family, the most important thing to remember is Adopt, don’t shop. If you have any questions about assisting local shelters in the area you can contact us on our website, or call 480-968.9275.


November Boarders of the Month…Shelby & Oreo

Introducing the November boarders of the month…Shelby and Oreo Mee! Keep reading to find out more about them.


Owner’s Testimonial:

“I like to board at University Animal Hospital because it feels like a second home for them. I’ve been a client for over 18 years and they have always come home happy. I would never take them anywhere else.”

Staff comments:

“They are both super sweet! Shelby loves to cuddle on your lap and Oreo is a rambunctious little ball of adorableness!”

“Oreo loves to run around the yard when I try to bring her inside from her walks. She thinks its funny when I can’t catch her”

“Oreo and Shelby are both full of energy and love to sniff around the yard. It always fun spending time in the yard with them for their TLC time.”

“Very active, happy, and playful. We can’t wait to see them again”

“Oreo is so fast and she loves to run! She’s always so happy when she gets Shelby to chase her! They both love to play.”

“Shelby is sweet and he loves to be pet. Oreo is fun to run around with in the yard.”

“Shelby and Oreo are both so cute! Shelby is the perfect lap dog and Oreo loves to play.”

“Oreo got her spay with us and it was sooo cute so see her with the tiniest cone running around!”