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National Dog Day

National Dog Day is Saturday, August 26th. Dog Day is all about celebrating your four legged family friends, whether that’s sharing pictures on social media, or planning a special day just for them.

Hiking & Camping

For cooler climate, pack the car up and head north with the dog. One of the most popular destinations in Arizona is Flagstaff. There’s plenty of hiking, not to mention dog-friendly spots. Take a walk through downtown, stop for coffee or maybe a drink. Higher Grounds Coffee and Mother Road Brewing Company are a few of the businesses that pride themselves on being dog-friendly. Some of our favorite hiking spots in Flagstaff include Coconino Forest and Slide Rock Park.

 

Shop til You Drop!

Treat the pup to something they can pick out on their own. Let them lead the way in the pet store, letting them find a toy they really love or try new treats. If you do extra prep, you can hide these around your house for a scavenger hunt!

 

Fun Activities

  • Extra Play Time – Go that extra distance, play catch for 30 more minutes than usual. It’s Dog Day, you have an excuse to spend the entire day with your dog, make the most of it.
  • New Tricks – You can stimulate their mind by working on a new tricks. Start with a new command, or really work on mastering one that your dog already knows.
  • Find A New Park – If you find yourself going to the same dog park every day, try finding one out of your neighborhood that will change things up in the routine.

 

Remember, not all dogs have someone to spend Dog Day with. Contact your local shelter to find out how you can help this weekend, as there are dogs, and cats in need all over the valley. Whether you’re donating your time, or supplies, it can make a world of difference. If you have any questions on your Dog Day celebrations, call us at 480-968-9275.

 

Service Dogs

Aug 6- 12 is International Assistance Dog Week, and we want to show our appreciation for all those pups out there who help their humans every day. If you have a service or therapy dog, you know how important they are. It is also important to know how to treat these types of dogs out in public if you do not own one yourself. Keep reading to find out more about these outstanding animals.

What is the difference between a service dog and a therapy dog?

The main difference between a service dog and a therapy dog is where they are allowed to go.  A service dog has special training and certifications that allow them to go inside any and all buildings in order to help their owner see, hear or walk. These dogs must go through extensive training and are technically not considered “pets”. Service dogs are also often chosen by breed, where a therapy dog can be any breed. Usually breeds like labs and retrievers are used as service dogs due to their temperament, intelligence level, size and versatility.

So what is considered a therapy dog?

Therapy dogs also need to gain AKC Therapy Dog certification, but do not have the same rights. Therapy dogs are more to bring comfort and joy rather than help perform duties. You often see therapy dogs volunteering in schools, hospitals or nursing homes.

Can I pet a service dog?

Oftentimes when we see a dog out in public, our immediate reaction is to pet the dog. While all dogs are adorable, a service dog in a harness is on duty and should not be distracted. You should ALWAYS ask the owner if you can approach/ interact with the dog and keep your time limited because like we mentioned before, the dog is working. Always give a service or guide dog and their owner the right of way.

How does my dog become certified?

To find out more about how to certify your dog as a therapy dog, visit the AKC website.

To find out more about how to certify your dog as a service dog in Arizona, visit the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council website.

As always, we love to hear from our patients and to meet new ones! If you have any questions or want to book an appointment visit us online or call us at (480) 968-9275.

National Mutt Day

National Mutt Day is on July 31st, and it’s all about celebrating our mixed breed dogs. So many of us chose to adopt dogs from shelters, where most of the animals there are mixed breeds. Those of us with mutts will tell you that they’ve got a ton of personality and so much love. Maybe we’re just a little biased.

 

What is National Mutt Day?

National Mutt Day is all about educating people about the many mixed breed dogs that are living in shelters across the country, waiting for their forever homes. Nearly 80% of the dogs in shelters are mutts. Pure breeds that end up in shelters are rescued quicker because people are looking for a less expensive option, or pure breed rescues pick them up.

 

Mixed breeds, the ultimate family dog

For a long time, mutt’s have been given a bad rep, but we know they have so much potential. Mutts are known to be more loving and loyal, making them the perfect family pet. Unfortunately, a lot of people go into shelters looking for aesthetically appealing pups, not realizing that mutts can be healthier and live longer than pure breeds. When getting a dog from a shelter, focus on your chemistry with them, instead of how they look.

 

If you and your family have been talking about adding a pet to the family, consider celebrating National Mutt Day. Spend some quality time at the shelter with the family, and find the right dog for you. If you can’t adopt, consider volunteering your time at the shelter, and educating others on the wonderful pets that the shelter has to offer. If you have any questions on National Mutt Day, you can call us at 480-968-9275.

Desert Plants

Arizona has a lot of unique desert plants throughout the landscape, and it is important to be aware of which are most dangerous to your pets. Dr. Ware breaks it down in this video so make sure to watch!

Fire Safety

Pet Fire Safety Day is July 15th. In this video Dr. Ware talks about the importance of fire safety when it comes to your pets, especially with all the fires in Arizona during the summer season.

How to Handle an Injured Pet

When emergency strikes, you want to be prepared. Especially when it comes to your pets. One of the most common pet related emergencies is an injured pet. The correct procedure on handling an injured pet is important as to not further injure them.

Pet First Aid Kit
One of the first things you can do is start your pet with their own first aid kit. A lot of what goes into it, you’ll find in your family’s first aid kit. However, there are differences you want to pay attention to. For instance, you want to avoid, such adhesives, like band-aid brand bandages, and ointments such as neosporin. Find a complete checklist on the AVMA website.

Keep Yourself Safe
Our first instinct is to comfort our pets, but even the most tame pets can bite, scratch, or become aggressive when in pain. Trying to hug, or getting too close could scare them. Make sure the area is safe and slowly approach the animal, keeping movements slow and gentle. Stop if the animal becomes agitated.

Prepare for Transportation
After assessing any injuries, you’ll want to stabilize, or stop bleeding if it’s present. Injured pets need to be kept in small spaces to avoid any further injury. Pet carriers work perfectly for transportation to the vet’s office. Provide soft pillows, or towels to pad the injured area to prevent any movement.

You will want to notify your vet of your arrival if you have time to do so, or find the nearest emergency clinic. If using a portable first aid kit, keep a copy of your dog’s medical records so treatment can happen as quick as possible.

Emergencies aren’t common, but when they strike, you want to be ready to assist your pet the best you can. Follow these steps, and review them with your family. You can call us at any time at 480-968-9275 if you have any questions on handling injured pets, or emergency preparedness.

Take Your Dog To Work Day

June 22 is National Take Your Dog to Work Day! This day can be such a fun experience for both pet, owner and office members, but not everyone is allowed to enjoy this day. We thought we would go through some of the great “jobs” dogs can have and reverse the rolls for Take Your Human to Work Day.

Fire Dog

The brave few who risk their lives to run into burning buildings to save the people inside. They go through extensive training and know how to handle these extreme situations. Plus how cute are dalmations?

Police Dog

Another dog occupation that is crucial to the upkeep and safety of our communities. These dogs learn how to sniff out dangerous substances, attack the enemy and help during investigations.

Service Dog

Service dogs are there to help their human entirely. Anywhere from seeing eye dogs to dogs that help with seizures. If you own or know someone who owns a service dog you know how important they are!

Hospital/Therapy Dog

These are the dogs you sometimes see in nursing homes or around hospitals. They are there to help cheer the patients up, because these places can sometimes get depressing. Sometimes all you need is a puppy snuggle to get you feeling better.

 

Movie Star Dog

Beethoven, Buddy, Marley, Benji, Toto, Lassie, Petey and so many more! Not to mention all our animated favorites. These pups have made it big time, becoming household names and favorites throughout the generations.

Herding/Farm Dog

Then you have the dogs that put in long hours on the farm, herding sheep and cows, and keeping their farmers company out in the fields. These dogs also double as hunting dogs, sometime helping to bring in the animals.

 

Rescue/Mountain Dog

These are the pups that patrol the colder regions, looking out for avalanches and hurt winter sportsmen. They start their training from a very young age and need to acclimate to the cold temperatures quickly, this is why St. Bernards, Huskies and Labs are perfect for the job.

Stay At Home Dog

Last but not least, the stay at home dog. Maybe it’s a mama with her babies or maybe it’s just a little couch dog to keep you company. This job is important too and we get so much love from our pets!

We hope everyone who gets to take their dog to work has an enjoyable day, and for those of you who have working pups, we appreciate all they do for the community. If you ever have questions about your pet’s health, please call us at 480.968.9275 or visit us online to make an appointment.

 

Lost Our Home Pet Rescue

Lost Our Home is right across the street from University Animal Hospital, so we’re more than happy to announce they have an adoption promotion going on this month. June is adopt a Shelter Cat Month. This time of year is a busy season because female cats can have up to 3 litters during the summer. Watch as Venessa tells us about their busy season, and how you can help. Whether it’s your family cat, or stray cats in your neighborhood. There’s always something you can do to help.

Running with Your Dog

Do you go running with your dog? It’s important to keep your dog moving because it keeps them fit and entertained. There are important things to be aware of when exercising. Dr. Ware walks us through the precautions to take when you go running with your dog here in the desert.

Hospital Remodel

We’re excited to share with you that we’re remodeling! Thanks to all our patients, we’re growing. Watch as Dr. Ware explains the new remodels. Including transforming the grooming room into even more exam rooms, as well as making room for new technology.