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National Train Your Dog Month

Not only is January known for New Year Resolutions, it’s also National Dog Training Month! Whether you got a new dog during the holidays, or your dog needs a little more obedience, training is what your dog needs. Not to mention, it’s a great way to bond with them. We’ll help you get started with basic tips and tricks.


The Basics

When you bring a new dog home, there are a few commands you’ll want to teach them right off the bat. If they already have a name, that’s great. If not, picking a name with a strong ending will keep your new puppy or dog focused. Stick with it and avoid using nicknames until they’re comfortable with the name. The next thing you should do is firmly decide on house rules. Is your dog allowed on the couch? Are they allowed on the bed? Do they eat in a specific place every day? These rules will help your new dog feel comfortable in your new home, and help keep your sanity.  


Commands to Know

There are commands like “shake” and “roll-over” that are fun challenges for your dog. Some commands should be taught right away to begin obedience. These commands are “come” “sit” “stay”. It helps to get on their level and use their name. When they complete the command correctly, use positive reinforcement and make it a big deal. You should teach your dog to sit before teaching stay. This trick is especially useful if you have a dog that loves to follow you around the house.


Crate Training

A crate is sometimes looked at negatively by pet owners, but for some pets it can be a positive training tool. While it can be used to potty train puppies, adult dogs are known for spending quiet time in their crates. Dogs are den animals and need a space to be alone. When crate training, never make the crate feel like a punishment. Throughout time, you’ll find your dog in there quite a bit when they get stressed or anxious.


Training your dog is one of the most important interactions you will have with them. Not only does it give you peace of mind, especially leaving them at home, but it helps you bond. Remember to keep it simple at first, and continue with consistency to improve your dog’s skills. If you have any questions, you can visit our website, or call us at 480.968.9275. Happy training!


Dog Gift Giving Guide

The countdown to Christmas is here and we are sure everyone is frantically shopping for those last minute gifts. Here’s a question: did you get a present for fido? If not, don’t worry! We’ve got some fun, out of the box ideas for you that your dog is sure to love!

We think this idea is genius, especially for the rainy season. It’s a leash with an umbrella attached to it, so that when you walk your dog, they don’t get wet! Cute and practical, this gift can be found on Amazon.


This next item is a tried and true addition to any pet home, but we just can’t get enough. Get rid of those clunky food and water bowls and replace them with a sleek drawer system that can easily be hidden away when not in use. Great options can be found on Amazon.


We are in the age of technology and that includes tech for pets. This gadget allows you to see and talk to your pet from your phone when you aren’t home. Now you can have peace of mind and know that your pup is okay when you’re not there to keep them company. You can order yours on

This next item may not be the most practical for the winter months but your pup sure will be happy once the weather heats up again (especially if they have lots of fur)! This chill out mat keeps your pup cool as soon as they lay down on it. This item can be found on Amazon.


Another functional and chic toy, a dinosaur Nylabone. This toy is great for your dog’s dental health and isn’t a huge eye sore if left out in the living room! These are very affordable and come in many different dino shapes, find them on Amazon.

Hopefully we’ve given you some gift ideas for your pups. We hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday season and we can’t wait to see everyone back in the New Year!

Holiday Boarding

The holidays are in full swing and this means lots of time out of town to visit family and friends. But where to the pets go when you’re away from home? At University we offer an expansive boarding facility that is a perfect, safe place to leave your pets over the holidays. Watch this video to learn more.

Transitioning to Winter

An Arizona Winter is definitely different from other parts of the United States, there’s no denying that. But that doesn’t mean our pets react to the colder temperatures any differently. There are precautions to take during the winter, just like our extreme summers. There are new risks, but also more fun to be had!


It’s not that cold, right?

Although the weather here rarely reaches freezing temperatures, we do have to take into consideration, if we’re feeling chilly, odds are, so are our pets. However, just like humans, a dog’s tolerance to cold weather can vary. It’s best to introduce them to the chilly weather slowly, and note how he reacts. Further precautions can be taken if need be.

Outside Time

When letting your dog out, keep it short until you know how they’re going to act to the colder weather. Make sure you’re able to let your dog back inside right after they’re done doing their business. Dogs and cats should not be left outside for prolonged periods of time. Most people think they’re more resistant of cold weather because of their fur, but that just isn’t the case. Hypothermia and frostbite are common in pets, especially those with short fur. Try to take walks during the warmest part of the day.

Traveling North

If you and your family are looking for more of a seasonal change, traveling north to Prescott or Flagstaff is a great change of scenery. However, they do come with new risks. Because your Phoenix dog isn’t use to snow, it’s best to protect their paws with boots made specifically for cold weather and snow. viagra pas cher maroc If temps really begin to drop, you’ll want to bring a coat, or a warm shirt for your dog.

Winter is an exciting time for all of us, as the temperatures are finally dropping! We hope you have a safe, warm, and happy season. Don’t forget, that if you ever have a question or a concern, it’s best to ask first. Call us at 480-968-9275 to schedule your appointment or to speak with one of our veterinarians.

Pets and Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we could not be more excited to sit around our tables with family and friends and stuff our bellies full. But what about our furry family? Often times it is easy to forget the four legged family members when so much is going on around the house, so here are some tips and tricks to get you through the holidays.

Give a Dog a Bone

Many people like to give their pets the remanence of their meals, especially when it comes to bones. What many people don’t know, is that bones are not necessarily the best thing for your animals. Raw bones are always better than cooked bones because once the bone is cooked, it is much easier for it to splinter and cause problems in the digestive system. Another thing to keep in mind is that poultry bones are dangerous to animals. We love a good turkey on thanksgiving, but make sure if you are going to share with the furry friends, you are only sharing actual meat and not bones.

Pass the Pie

Sweet treats are one of the best parts of Thanksgiving, but for pets they aren’t the best. First and foremost no chocolate. We’ve all heard it before, but chocolate can be life threatening to pets so make sure to avoid giving any to them. Another dangerous ingredient you may not have thought of is xylitol, which is an artificial sweetener often used in desserts. This can be deadly to dogs and cats so avoid it at all costs. The last thing to remember is that yeast can be extremely difficult and painful for animals to digest.

Exit Here Please

With guests coming and going for dinner and drinks all day, it is easy to lose track of pets. Keep kitties in bedrooms with food, water and litter boxes to ensure they don’t accidentally escape. As for pups, make sure they have their collars on and are microchipped. Keep all outside gates closed and locked and make sure all guests are aware that there is a dog in the house so they don’t accidentally let them out.

We are so thankful for all of our patients and we hope you all have a wonderful thanksgiving filled with friends, family and of course pets!

Pet Cancer Awareness Month


Cancer is a terrible disease that affects almost all of us in some capacity, but have you ever stopped to think how many pets it affects as well? November is Pet Cancer Awareness month, so we thought it would important to share a few facts to help end cancer (in both humans and pets).

One in four pets will get cancer in their lifetime, so it is crucial that we spread awareness and know the signs and symptoms. Common signs of cancer in both dogs and cats includes swollen lymph nodes, chronic weight loss, enlarged/changing lumps and many more. It is important that if you notice your pet is having any of these symptoms, to get them to a vet immediately. Early detection and action are the best way to ensure that your pet is taken care of in the best way possible.

One of the most common forms of cancer is canine lymphoma and we just celebrated canine lymphoma awareness day this past Monday (Nov. 7th). This disease kills one in three dogs and once diagnosed, can act quickly in the loss of your beloved pet. There are four stages of this cancer, like most cancers and about five different types that can be diagnosed.

Creating awareness and providing donations for research and treatment of canine cancer is the key to making it stop. The National Canine Cancer Foundation has a website that gives us so much information about the topic from causes and side effects to all the different types of cancer your furry friend could acheter viagra possibly fall ill to.

If you ever have any questions or concerns about your pet having cancer, make an appointment with University Animal Hospital right away!

Learn some of the most dangerous foods for pets

Many human foods can be dangerous to both cats and dogs. “Several foods that are perfectly suitable for human consumption can be toxic to dogs and cats,” the researchers remind us in their review, published in the journal Frontiers in Veterinary Science. “The poisoning episodes are generally due to lack of public knowledge of the serious health threat to dogs and cats that can be posed by these products.” When you take on the responsibility for the health of your pet, it’s important that you know what foods may be harmful to your pet. We should avoid these most dangerous foods for pets.

Rodents, Birds, Reptiles

While we care greatly about all animals, including our scaled, feathered and smaller fuzzy friends, because dogs and cats are the most common pets, this article will focus on them. For an extensive list for Rodents, Birds, Reptiles please click the included links to visit reputable authorities.

Cats and Dogs

Here are some of the most common harmful foods for cats & dogs:

Most Fruits with seeds – Many common fruits, including but buy levitra uk us not limited to, plum, peach, apple, apricot have seeds that contain a small amount of cyanide (rat poison). This small amount is not so small for pets and can kill them.

Tuna – this is okay in small amounts, but should not replace cat/dog food. Eating too much could lead to mercury poisoning or malnutrition.

Onions/Garlic – These bulbs which are very healthy for humans can kill red blood cells in cats & dogs, causing anemia, which can be dangerous. A very small accidental dose is not a reason to rush to the vet. But a high dose is a concern.

Milk – Cow’s milk is very bad for digestion and does not contain all of the nutrients dogs or cats need to be healthy, so it can not replace pet food.

Grapes – This innocent and tasty fruit can cause kidney failure. Remember that raisins are also grapes.

Caffeine – Caffeine is a drug that we consider harmless, but can cause heart palpitations, breathing difficulties.

Chocolate – This is a well-known killer of small animals. It causes heart problems, seizures and even death.

Artificial Sweeteners – Artificial sweeteners, particularly Xylitol found in toothpaste, candy, gum and baked goods causes blood sugar to drop dangerously and can lead to liver failure, seizures and coma.

Fat & Bones – These seem like a great treat, but beware. Dogs and Cats, just like humans, shouldn’t eat large amounts of fat. It will make them sick. Bones are usually okay for dogs but smaller bones like chicken and turkey can break into shards and puncture cat and dog stomach, esophagus or mouth.

Raw Meat, Eggs, Fish – Raw meat in your refrigerator is not the same as a “fresh kill” in the wild. Bacteria quickly grow on meat that is not eaten right after the animal is killed. If uncooked they can make the pet very sick.

Dough – Yeast can cause dough to expand in the stomach.

People medicine – Some medicines for humans and pets are the same. Others can be fatal. And the doses are very different. Never try to give your pet people medicine.

Sugary foods – Just like in human, eating too much sugar can lead to insulin resistance, which can cause diabetes. They will also make your pet obese.

Avocado and Macadamia nuts– Dogs specifically should not eat avocados or macadamias, which are poisonous.

Meeting your pet’s dietary needs

Cats & Dogs have certain nutritional requirements and they are different from each other and from you. They should acheter cialis sans ordonnance en france not eat each other’s food, your food or low-quality pet food on any kind of frequent basis to avoid illness or death. Cat food, for example, has much more protein than dog food because cats are carnivores. Most human foods have too much sugar to be healthy for either dogs or cats and can cialis generique lead to obesity and diabetes. For optimal health, cats and dogs should only eat food that is designed for their nutritional needs. But if you can’t resist the occasional treat, be sure to avoid the above foods.

Pets & Halloween


Halloween is almost here! Everyone always thinks about safety for kids when trick-or-treating, but sometimes our furry friends are left unnoticed. It is important to consider all the risks that Halloween brings for your pets and make sure they have just as safe of a night as you do.

The ASPCA gives some great safety tips when it comes to Halloween and pets, here are a few of our favorites to consider.

The number one and most obvious is keep the candy away from the pets. We all love a good chocolate bar or gummy candy but for our pets these sweet treats can be dangerous. Make sure you keep candy bowls high on countertops and pick up wrappers after you are done.

Another important thing that many people forget about is opening and closing the door for trick-or-treaters. Not only do you need to think about where you will keep your dog so they don’t run out the door, but you also need to think about how the people approaching your door feel. Even if your dog won’t run out the door, are they going to be aggressive or spook at the sight of little kids and costumes? Everyone wants to have a good time on Halloween and this starts with preparing your house for all parties involved.

A final thing to keep in mind is costumes. Not only keeping yours away from your pet so they don’t chew on the fabric (which is often synthetic and harmful to an animal’s digestive tract), but also thinking about putting costumes on your pets. Some animals love to play dress up and don’t mind wearing a cute outfit, but others absolutely hate it! Putting a costume on your animal can cause stress and limit movement for the animal. If you want to have matching costumes with your pet, make sure they are okay with it first.

Halloween is a fun time of year, but we want to keep our four legged friends safe as well! Keep all these tips in mind this Halloween and if your pet does get into trouble, make an appointment with us online or by calling 480-968-9275.