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Heat Awareness

Watch as Dr. Ware talks us through heat awareness, a topic that is heavily covered here in the valley. He explains the risks, as well as symptoms to look for that indicate your pet is suffering from a heat related illness.

Cat Adoption Month

The month of June is Cat Adoption Month! While dogs are regarded as the more popular house pets, cats can be just as loving, and full of personality. Cats are perfect for apartments and small homes. They’re easy to take care of, and independent animals. If you’re in the market for a new pet, it’s time to seriously consider adding a cat to the family.

 

 

Adopt Don’t Shop

This should always be in the back of your mind, and especially so this month. June is all about adopting cats from a shelter that are in search of forever homes. Did you know that yearly, 6.5 million animals enter shelters across the country, and half of them are cats?

 

Cat vs. Kitten

Picking the right cat is an important step for your family. No matter what shelter you go to you, you’ll see cats ranging in age, and there’s benefits to them all. An adult cat could have come into the shelter pregnant, or a litter can be brought in. These kittens definitely need love, but they’re also more work.

 

When deciding on a kitten or an adult cat, the most important thing to consider is your time. Kittens need training, like how to use a litter box, and not using furniture as a scratching post. You have to allow for a lot of training time, and attention for a new kitten. Adult cats are typically litter box trained, and have experience with humans and living in a home.

 

Come Prepared…

Before you even come into the shelter, there are steps to take. You want to make sure the whole family is involved, especially in the selection process. If you have young children, make sure they know the responsibility that comes with owning a pet. Before you bring your cat home, you’ll want to make sure you have all your pet supplies ready. This means a bed, food, toys, brushes, and a litter box. The American Humane society has a complete checklist to make sure you’re 100% ready for your newest addition. Find it here.

 

If your family is looking for a new pet, look no further than a cat. Especially if your family is new to pet ownership, cats are so independent and easy to care for, they’re a great first pet. There are so many shelters in the valley, sometime it’s hard to choose which one to go to. Give us a call at 480.968.9275 for advice on pet adoptions.

Heat Awareness Day

Dealing with the insanely hot summer months is something Arizonans know about all too well. What some of us forget to take into account is how hot it gets, and how it affects us, and especially our pets. Pets are vulnerable to overheating just like humans and some breeds are more susceptible than others. May 26th is National Heat Awareness Day, and we want to help you prepare for the months ahead.

What is Heat Awareness Day?

Heat Awareness Day is a great time to sit down and do your research on heat, and the crazy temps we have in the desert. If you have kids, take the time to research how they are affected in comparison to adults, as well.

 

Prevention

The best way to stop heat stroke is to prevent it from ever happening. May is usually the last month of decent weather we have before summer begins here in the desert. Once temps reach 90 degrees and higher, there are a few things to remember:

  • Stay indoors – get your dog’s exercise in the morning before the pavement heats up, other than that, keep pets indoors as much as possible. If they have to go outside, invest in booties that will protect their paws.
  • Keep water fresh and replenished – as an added treat on really hot days, add a few ice cubes to the water bowl.
  • Never keep a dog in a parked car – The internal temperature of a parked car can reach almost 200 degrees in a matter of minutes.
  • Pool parties are for the dogs too – If you find yourself out by the pool like most of us, buy a plastic kiddie pool for the pets to enjoy. This can help them gradually get comfortable with water, and lead them into the pool.
  • Sunscreen – Dogs with short or light colored fur need sunscreen if they’ll be outside for a prolonged period of time. When buying sunscreen for your dog, avoid zinc oxide and put on a test area first.

 

Symptoms & Treatment

Did you know dogs with short noses, or long hair are more likely to suffer from a heat related illness? Signs of overheating and heat stroke include panting, redness of skin and gums, and increased body temperature. If you see any of these, immediately move your dog to a cool area, or cool them down with cool water. If symptoms do not subside, bring your dog in to your vet immediately.  

 

The summer in Arizona is a great time of year where everything seems to slow down. However, we want to ensure you stay safe. Follow these precautions and your summer should be nothing but fun-filled. If you have any questions about heat related illnesses, please call us at 480.968.9275 or visit our website.

 

Cat Shedding

Every year, cats lose their heavy winter coats in the summer in order to keep them cool. This is a normal and healthy thing, so if you find your house is exploding with EXTRA cat hair, don’t worry.

The best way to combat your cats blowing their coats is to brush them all the time! The more hair you brush out, the less that ends up on your floor. You should always brush in the direction that your cat’s hair naturally grows, while also being careful not to pull on mats or tangles. For long haired cats, different brushes may be more helpful than others. This shedding rake seen below is great for long hair, as it gets to the skin and gets the undercoats hairs.

One of the great things about cats is they oftentimes bath and groom themselves. However, during shedding season this can lead to a lot of unwanted hairballs. Hairballs are not only gross for humans, but can cause a lot of digestive problems in your kitty if it becomes an ongoing habit. This is why it is so important to brush your cat and even take them to the groomers regularly.

Keeping yourself free from cat hair is not always easy, but staying on top of the fur is the best way to go. Always keep lint rollers handy, sweep daily, and wash pillows/beds/blankets that your kitty loves to lay on.
If you have any questions on the best ways to help your cat during shedding season or want to set up a grooming appointment, visit us online or call 480-968-9275.

Lost Dog Awareness Day

We’re bringing awareness to lost dogs this week. visit poster’s website Its a common thing, but there are ways to prevent a dog getting loose. Evan talks about keeping all contact information up to date, have correct licensing through Maricopa county, and a dog collar with up to date name and phone number.

National Kids & Pets Day

Dr. Ware talks about achaten-suisse.com staying safe when you approach a dog that you don’t know, and that don’t know you. The approach he talks about is one he recommends teaching to children to prevent and accidents that could occur.

Dog Allergies

Watch as Dr. Ware talks about dog allergies. Allergies are common in dogs, just like they are in humans. There are two different types of allergies, and those are food and environmental. You’ll see allergies manifest themselves in skin irritations, licking paws, and ear infections.

Exercising Your Pet

 

Just like it is important for people to get the correct amount of exercise everyday, it’s important for your dog to get exercise too. Although humans and dogs differ greatly, the benefits of exercise are the same and that is why it is crucial to incorporate exercise into your dog’s daily routine.  Each dog is different and therefore needs different things when it comes to exercise, but here are a few of our tips to keep your dog as healthy as possible.

Many vets recommend a minimum of 30 minutes of vigorous exercise a day for all size and breeds of dogs. Along with this, another 1-2 hours is recommended, depending on the type of dog. Again, all of this is just recommendations and estimates. To get a good number for your specific dog, you should consult your vet and figure out the best fitness plan.

Another important part of a dog’s health that we often overlook is their mental health and whether or not they are being stimulated mentally. Boredom in dogs can also be a result of lack of exercise which is why this is an important area to think about. A few signs that your dog may need more mental stimulation are pacing, barking, chasing its tail, and oversleeping.

There are so many great ways to help your dog get more exercise, and it could even be a great way for you to incorporate more exercise into your daily routine! We recently shared our favorite places in Tempe to walk your dog, which is a great starting point. Like we mentioned before, always consult your vet before making any drastic changes to your pets diet or exercise routine. We are always here to help online or over the phone 480.968.9275

Walk In The Park Day

With National Walk in the Park Day on Thursday, March 30 and the weather still being somewhat bearable, we thought we would share our three favorite spots to take your dogs out for a walk and enjoy the Arizona Scenery! Always remember when walking your dog to keep them on a leash, bring bags and lots of extra water for you and your pup, as the weather heats up.

First up on the list is Papago Park. This is more of a hike, but it comes with some great AZ scenery along the way and great views at the top. Located in Tempe just north of the 202, it is relatively close to University Animal Hospital and walking distance from the Mill Ave. district of Tempe.

Another great place to take your dog that is central to Scottsdale, Tempe and Phoenix is Tempe Town Lake. There are clear walking paths, nice grassy areas and even a spot where your pup can get in the water if you allow them to.

Our third recommendation for a great place to walk your dog is along the Scottsdale greenbelt that stretches from Tempe Town Lake all the way to Shea Blvd. There are plenty of attractions and stops on the way as well as a nice walking/biking path to follow the entire way along.

Hopefully you’ve gotten some good ideas of where you can take your pup for a nice walk! Do you have other places that you love to walk? Let us know where they are, as we are always looking for new places to suggest to our patients!
Happy Walking and as always if you have any questions or concerns about your pets, give us a call, visit our website or bring them in for a visit.