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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 

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.

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.