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University Animal Hospital Celebrating 50 Years of Accreditation 

National Superhero Day

It is National Superhero Day and this is the perfect time to celebrate your pets! This day was created to help recognize the “superhero” in your life and to thank them for all that they do. Not only do humans need a mental health day with a pedicure or massage, pets need to be pampered too! After all, they do so much for us and are true superheroes!

Here are three ways to celebrate your pet’s superpowers.

Getting Active

Have a pool day! Bring your pet outside to enjoy the sun and let them take a dip in the water. Or take them for a walk and let them lead the way! A Superhero can’t go anywhere without his sidekick, so why not share this time together.

Toys and Family Time

Does your pet’s toy bin seem a little empty? Even though a few toys may be enough, pamper your animal with something new that you both can play with. Pets, like humans, love little gifts too!  These toys are sure to keep the Superhero happy.

Annual Checkups

The best way you can take care of your superhero pet is by bringing them in to see us! Annual check-ups are so important for your pet’s health to make sure they are up to “superhero” speed. Visit us online to schedule an appointment.

We hope you find some ways to celebrate National Superhero Day with your pet. After all, how else can you thank them for their unconditional love.

 

Summer Fun for Your Pets

Summer fun is not just meant for adults and kids, there are actually many things you can get your pet involved in too! Don’t just leave them behind at home hogging up the air conditioning, take them swimming, to a day-care, or to enjoy some good food.

Here are some different options on how to keep your pets active this summer!

A dip in the pool

Who doesn’t like going in the pool on a hot summer day? Open the doors and let your pet join in on the fun. Even if your pet does not like being in the water, they will enjoy sitting next to the pool and being with you! Get them a new water toy that sprinkles in your yard or make a little shady cooling area for them. There are so many great options just by using your backyard area. For those living in an apartment space, try purchasing a little kiddie pool for your balcony, so your animals can sit, relax, or drink some water in the sun.

Daycare

Yes, there is a thing such as daycare for your pets. The prices range from $30-$70 a day, depending on where it is located. This is a great option for you to do once a week to make sure your animal gets some social time, a nice groom, can make some friends, and give you a free day to get some things done. Pets are truly like our children so don’t always leave them home alone..

Pet Friendly Food Places

Are you looking for new places to eat out this summer? There are actually so many places you can bring your animals to this summer. If there is a new place you want to try out, visit their website or give them a call ahead of time to ask about their rules and regulations before bringing your pet along. Look into food places that have an outdoor area. In the summer, some places have misters to keep down the heat so come prepared with water, snacks, toys, and a always find some shade for your pet.

There are so many other fun things you can plan for your pet this summer, but the best option to chose is QUALITY TIME. Share your summer plans with us on our Facebook page.

Pet Health Spring Checklist

Not only is Spring Cleaning important in the home, but it is also important for your pet. Here are five easy tips on how to protect your animals this Spring.

Start Heartworm Preventives

Your pet should be on heartworm preventatives year round. This disease could cause heart failure and lead to death if it is not treated right away. Treatment can be costly and difficult, so it is important to begin with prevention. If you do not remember the treatments your pet has had, ask your doctor to run a blood test to see if it is in their system before taking the next step.

Start a Flea and Tick Preventives

This really depends where you are located and where you call home. It can stop during winter months, but pick up again during spring and summer. Ticks can carry many diseases like Lyme Disease. Flea Infestations can be very expensive in your home when it comes to hiring an exterminator. Only some pet insurance companies can help cover this prevention. A healthy pet equals a healthy home.

A Trip to the Groomer

Did you know that warmer temperatures can turn into shedding? You need to help your animals clean themselves by treating them with a day to the groomer. It can be done at your house or even by a professional. Consider your animals nails as well to make sure they are not too sharp or breaking.

Update Vaccines

Warmer weather can mean more excursions to places where animals are welcome. If you spend time with your pet outside or at dog parks, make sure they are updated on all their vaccinations.

Limit their Exposure to Spring Toxins

Make sure the products you are using on your lawn, such as fertilizers and different flowers, are safe for your animal. Even if those spring florals are beautiful, they can be awfully dangerous and toxic. Make sure you are watching your animals at all times when outside.

These are just five of the many things you can do for your pet during this spring transition. If you have anymore questions regarding a spring check up, visit us at https://universityvet.com

Boarder of the Month: Neo

Staff comments:

“I adore Neo. He is such a big sweetheart and so well-behaved!”

“Neo is a true gentleman, I can never walk past his kennel without stopping by to say hello.”

“Neo is such a good boy and he’s super sweet. He is always so excited to go out to the yards and play.”

“Its so fun when we get to watch the dogs that board with us mature and grow. Neo is such a sweetheart to have board with us, we get lucky every time he comes in. He LOVES his butt being scratched more than anything and will back up into so you scratch his butt first .”

“Talk about a gentle giant! He’s got the biggest heart and is always so excited and happy when he comes in. He loves his time in the yard especially when we are in there cuddling with him.”

“One of my favorite memories with Neo was seeing all the tricks and commands that he could do, he had the best army crawl!”

“Neo is such a great guy, I love it when he’s here, so sad to see him go home.”

“What a big playful pup! He is always so happy and its funny when he gets excited because he sort of bounces around, tongue out and huge smile on his face!”

“Neo has such a great personality! It’s always a blast taking him out for playtime in the yard. I love when I get to work and see that he is there.”

“Neo has such love in his eyes. Its always a good day when we see he’s boarding with us, I know that all of us kennel techs and the front desk receptionists love to see him come in, knowing we’ll get to spend time with him.”

Poison Prevention Week

 

Are you ready to pet-proof your house? It is Poison Prevention Week and it is the perfect time to discuss what in your house could actually be toxic to your animal! We all know the basics: no chocolate for your dogs or certain flowers for animals, but here is a list of five poisonous items that may be hiding around your home! Let’s take advantage of this week to make a change!

  1. Prescription medication for humans!

Try to keep your meds locked away in a high cabinet and do not leave them out and in reach of your animals! Anti-inflammatory and pain medications may work for you, but they can cause stomach problems and ulcers in your animals. Any antidepressants can cause vomiting for your animal, which can then result in a seizure. Always keep blood pressure medication away from your pet. Advil and over the counter drugs are also terrible for the health of your pet. Even though this might sound like common knowledge, take this time to check up on your household drugs and see if you can move them to a safer place.

  1. Insecticides and pet medications

You may think these things are helping your pet get better, but they can also be a danger. While treating your animal with flea and tick medicine (shampoo’s or actual drugs), be very careful with how much they ingest. If they ingest too much of the medication or smell of the shampoo, it can harm them. Just like any human, too much of one medication can cause some stomach issues. Make sure you know how much of what medication to give them before moving forward.

  1. Household & Lawn products

Cleaners to fire logs, household products can be our best friend, but our animals enemy! Bleach can be poisonous to people and animals, which can lead to many stomach issues and respiratory tract problems. Not only can it lead to certain stomach issues, but it can also lead to chemical burns and depression for your animal. This is the same for any plant food or lawn product you may use. Make sure to find a safe place to hide these items away from your animal and make sure your animal cannot dig up these products in your yard.

  1. Food only for humans!

There are many foods your animal shouldn’t eat, but here are some of the most important: chocolate, alcohol, avocado, macadamia nuts, grapes, raisins, and fake sugar (found in sugar-free gum). These can all cause vomiting, diarrhea, liver failure, or even death. Use this time to go check your pantry to see where you are putting all of these foods and if they are easily accessible to your animals.

  1. Plants

Yes, you can still plant these plants, but we suggest not in the ground. A good pot on a higher table would be just fine! Keep your animals away from azaleas, rhododendrons, tulips, daffodils, and sago palms, as these are very dangerous! In general, keep your animal away from digging up your garden at all. These are just a few plants that can cause stomach problems, increased heart rate, and many other issues!

Did your animal still get into something that caused some issues for them and panic in you? Call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426- 4435. They can answer any questions you may have and provide guidance. Call an emergency vet right away if your animal can’t wait. We hope these tips helped and kept you informed of the possible dangers in your home!

 

10 ways to spoil your pet this Valentine’s Day

The number one day of the year where we can spoil our pets is almost here, Valentine’s Day! Everyone knows we spoil them all year round but here are 10 fun ways to spoil your pet this Valentine’s Day:

  1. Homemade Treats! Your pets will know how much you love them with tasty treats. The number one way to any dog’s heart is through peanut butter, try these quick and easy peanut butter dog treats. If cooking in the kitchen isn’t an option, pick up a bag of specialty treats from your favorite pet store. Your pet will love trying something new!
  2. A trip to the dog park! A trip to play with their favorite friends will win your dog over. Grab a toy for fetch, water for your pet, and let them burn off energy with friends. This a great opportunity for your dog to practice socialization skills, training, and to promote good behavior around people and other dogs.
  3. Belly-Rubs! What dog doesn’t love one-on-one belly rubs. Give your dog a good belly rub while their tail is wagging and their silly grin is from ear to ear. It’s the easiest way to spoil your pet anywhere in the house.
  4. Go to their favorite hiking trail! As Arizona is home to many hiking trails that are dog friendly, it’s easy to have a favorite place to hike. Take your dog to their favorite hiking trail to enjoy fresh air, give your dog exercise, and practice training throughout the hike. Remember to always bring the essentials including water, treats, and doggie bags.
  5. Learn new tricks! Dogs and cats love to try new things. Through continued training you can prevent bad behavioral habits in your pet. You can teach your pets new tricks from online videos, purchase different puzzles and games from the pet store, or enroll in a obedience or training class.
  6. Spa Day! Everyone deserves a spa day, especially our pets. Book your pet a day at the groomer for a bubble bath and trim. They will love the massage and feel fresh and clean. If your pet loves lounging at home more, fill up the tub and give them a massage. Your pet will love playing with you and relaxing in the tub.
  7. Take them out to eat: While we know your pet shouldn’t be eating people food, that doesn’t mean they can’t accompany you to a pet-friendly restaurant. There are 113 pet friendly restaurants around the Valley that welcome dogs at their outdoor tables. Need help deciding where to eat? .
  8. Take a swim! We have the luxury in Arizona of having pools all year round. Take the time to swim with your pet in the pool. This is a fun and safe way for your pet to stay healthy and have gentle exercise in our warm climate.
  9. Book a play date! Positive socialization with other pets is a great way to keep your pet behaved in public. Play dates will help your pet to be friendly and inviting when seeing other dogs and cats.
  10. Love your pet! Our pets love us just as much as we love them. It’s important to set aside time for your furry friend everyday. If it’s a quick walk around the block or a belly rub on the couch, they’ll wear a smile all day.

Remember to share the love and spoil your pet this Valentine’s Day! If you have any questions on ways to spoil your pet, call us at 480-968-9275.

 

Boarder of the Month: Farrah

Owner’s Testimonial:

“I often have to travel on short notice and I love that University Animal Hospital has always been accommodating even with such short notice. She receives great care because she is always excited to go stay there. I know the staff thinks she is extra special because they treat her like a queen. Everyone knows her by name and gives her lots of love. I would never even consider going anywhere else for her care. ”

Staff comments:
“I call her Farrah-Bear every time I see her because she loves to snuggle! She is super soft and a huge sweetheart. Her whole TLC she just wants to relax in your lap give you lots of kisses. She makes every day brighter and can put a smile on anyone’s face!”

“She is one of the sweetest girls and loves to cuddle!”

“She is so sweet and fun to run around with in the yard. She is always happy so long as she is with you.”

“Farrah is loved by everyone! She is such a sweetie, its so fun to have her around.”

“Farrah is such a sweetheart and she’s a little cuddle bug. Its so cute how excited she gets, she loves everyone and we all love to spoil her with attention. She loves having her belly rubbed and she loves to give lots of kiss!”

“She is the cutest lap dog! She adores belly rubs and we adore her.”

“Farrah is the darling of the kennel, everyone loves her and treats her like royalty.”

“I love Farrah’s big juicy eye and how she just loves her tummy rubs. I think she knows what a little star she is.”

“What a little bundle of joy! She such a cute face and it goes right along side with her adorable personality. If you are sitting down then she HAS to be in your lap and if she can reach your face, then she will be giving you kisses as well. ”

Importance of Pet Dental Cleaning

This February is National Pet Dental Health Month and routine dental hygiene is a necessity for pets to promote a healthy life. Did you know 80 percent of all pets have a dental disease by age 3? Read more to learn about the importance of routine dental hygiene for your pet.

Periodontal disease is a hard to spot progressive disease that affects the supporting tissues surrounding your pet’s teeth and is the main cause of early tooth loss. The common symptoms of dental disease are bad breath, excessive drooling, painful chewing, and tooth loss.

Periodontal disease begins through plaque and tartar build up on the pet’s teeth. This buildup remains on the teeth and grows into the gums while causing inflammation and is known as gingivitis. After gingivitis has begun, the condition can turn into periodontal disease, this disease can travel into the bloodstream affecting your pets internal organs. Periodontal disease is irreversible but can be slowed by proper dental care. Gingivitis can be removed by bringing your pet in for professional dental cleanings and performing at home routine dental care.

A dental cleaning for your pet will require a general anesthesia for a thorough cleaning to be performed. The cleaning will typically involve plaque and tartar removal from your pet’s mouth, polishing of the tooth enamel, a flouride or dental sealer application, and a thorough assessment of the entire mouth.

To maintain your pets health, a dental cleaning routine at home is required. Daily dental brushing will help remove food particles and prevent plaque build up on your pet’s teeth. Purchasing a tooth brush and pet toothpaste is needed. Human toothpaste cannot be used as your pet will get sick if swallowed. Pet toothpaste comes in a variety of flavors including peanut butter, poultry, seafood and more. Dental treats that help remove tartar and additional dental products may be recommended based on the assessment done during the dental cleaning.

A dental hygiene routine for your pet can improve their quality of life and increase life expectancy. During National Pet Dental Health month your pet will receive $75 off dental cleaning services when you book an appointment in February.

If you have any questions on the information provided or want to know more about your pet dental cleanings, please make an appointment online or call us at (480) 968-9275.