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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 

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.

Did you know your pet can save lives by donating blood?

Usually people are encouraged to donate blood and save lives; pets can save other canine lives too. Pets who donate blood can help dogs and cats with injuries, transfusions, and medical emergencies. Read more to learn how dogs and cats that donate are saving lives and how your pet can help too.

Pets can have infections just like a human, and blood transfusions can save a life in an emergency situation from a dog or cat that donated blood.

According to the Dogington Post, typical requirements for donating blood are healthy dogs and cats between the ages of one and nine years. The donors must have a healthy weight of 35 pounds or more and must be spayed or neutered, with no history of pregnancy. The donor must be taking a heartworm preventative, cannot have a history of disease, and cannot be taking any medication.

Unlike human blood, canine blood only has a shelf life of about 30 to 35 days. A pet can donate every two months, so routine donors are a necessity.

All blood donations are also sorted by blood types like humans. After the initial donation you will learn your pet’s blood type. Dogs have multiple blood types and cats have four different blood types: A, B, AB, and Mik.

The process for a pet to donate blood includes lots of love and attention from the technician and is around 10 to 30 minutes. The cat or dog is placed on the table laying on their side throughout the donation. A small patch of fur on the neck is shaved and a tiny needle is used for the blood collection.

The moment the donation begins, the pet’s body begins to produce more blood to replace the donated blood. Just like humans, the donors are given lots of water and tasty treats immediately after the donation. The typical recovery time for pets is much quicker than a human’s after donating, although, each pet’s recovery is different. Some donors may feel sluggish and weak while others have no reaction at all. Overall, dogs recover much more quickly from a blood donation than humans do.

Dogs and cats can save lives too through donating blood. If you have any questions on the information provided or want to know more about your pet donating blood, please make an appointment online or call us at (480) 968-9275.

January Pet of the Month: Oscar

Boarder of the Month: Oscar Young

Owner’s Testimonial:
“Oscar loves it here! He gets so excited to come here and knows every time when we need to drop him off and he cant wait to get out of the car once he gets here. One of the reasons I love it here is I know that he is safe. I use to take him to a different boarding facility that allowed all of the dogs to play together and he was attacked by another dog. Since then I have only boarded him here where he is separate from other dogs, which is great because he gets one on one attention and tons of love from the staff. He’s been coming to University Animal Hospital  for years now and I love the peace of mind to know that he will be taken care of while I am gone.”

Staff comments:
“I always love when Oscar comes to visit! He is a big playful dog that is still a puppy at heart! I love to play “soccer” with him in the yard because his favorite toys here are always our big ball toys. We’ll kick it around and play keep away with each other. I will admit, he wins more often than me.”

“Oscar is so sweet! I love playing tug-o-war with him! I love when he stays with us.”

“Oscar has so much energy, it seems no matter how long we play together he can always last longer than me and still wants keep playing for hours after. I can always be sure to be covered by his slobber by the end of it too. He is such a great dog!”

“He is such a lovable goofball. Always happy to see us and always ready to play.”

“I feel like I’ve watched Oscar grow up and its been so fun to care for him over the years. I’m lucky that he is a frequent boarder because it’s allowed me to grow such a strong bond with him. This place wouldn’t be the same without him!”

“Oscar is always very funny and playful. He’s great at the “Mannequin Challenge”; when I walk by his kennel he would get up and then freeze. Then only his eyes would move to follow me as I passed his kennel. It always makes me laugh. I think he’s a favorite for almost everyone here.”

“Oscar is a big sweetheart. He loves to run around the yard with his favorite toy ball and beat me at a game of tug-o-war! I love every time he comes to board with us ”

“Once you have his trust, you are accepted into Oscar’s world! He is just full of personality and is a very smart guy. He lets you know when he needs an extra potty break and exactly when he is ready to come back in and get back to his nap. He greets you with a wagging nubby tail and loves to play tug-o-war! You can’t help but smile watching him bounce around the play yards chasing his toys.”

“I love having Oscar around! He is always so happy and excited, especially when we play ball! He is also a big lap dog who loves his hugs and cuddles. He is such a sweet boy!”

Parvo Treatment and Prevention: What is Parvo Virus, and How Do Pets Get It?

Canine Parvovirus (CPV), commonly called Parvo, is an is an infectious disease that first appeared in dogs in the late 1970s. Outbreaks of the disease are severe and can spread rapidly across canine populations. So, it is important for dog owners to be aware of the symptoms and causes of CPV, and to be informed about Parvo prevention measures and available treatments.

What is Parvo?

Canine Parvovirus (CPV) infection is a viral illness in dogs. There are two forms of the virus:

Intestinal — (CPV-1) This is the common form of Parvo. It affects the gastrointestinal tract. It is characterized by diarrhea, vomiting, and loss of appetite, leading to dehydration and weight loss.

Cardiac — (CPV-2) This is the less common form of Parvo. It affects the heart muscles in young puppies (typically between ages 6 weeks to 6 months, frequently resulting in death.

What are the Symptoms of Parvo?

Symptoms of Parvo can indicate serious health consequences for your pet. For example, persistent diarrhea and vomiting, which are common in cases of CPV-1, can rapidly lead to dehydration, severe damage to intestines and the immune system, and septic shock. Some of the signs and symptoms of Parvovirus include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting (persistently)
  • Diarrhea (often severe or bloody)
  • Bloating
  • Abdominal pain
  • Lethargy
  • Fever
  • Low body temperature (hypothermia)

How Do Pets Get Parvo?

Parvovirus is highly-contagious and very easily transmitted. Parvovirus is spread by contact with contaminated:

  • Dogs’ feet and hair
  • Dog feces (stool)
  • Kennel surfaces
  • Pet toys
  • Food and water bowls
  • Collars
  • Leashes
  • Hands of people who have handled infected dogs
  • Clothing and shoes of people who have handled infected dogs
  • Grass and soil
  • Any other objects that have come in contact with an infected dog

What is the Treatment for Parvo?

The majority of deaths due to Parvovirus occur within the first 48 to 72 hours after symptoms appear. If your dog exhibits any of the symptoms of Parvovirus, contact your veterinarian for urgent examination and treatment.

Your veterinarian will diagnose Parvovirus infection based on your dog’s history, a physical examination of your dog, and laboratory tests. A fecal test will confirm the diagnosis.

There is not a specific drug treatment available to kill Parvovirus in an infected dog. Treatment is provided for the purpose of supporting the dog’s internal systems until the animal’s immune system can successfully fight the viral infection. Immediate treatment is required, and primarily consists of intensive care methods for battling against dehydration. Treatment includes:

  • Replacing fluid, electrolyte, and protein losses
  • Controlling vomiting and diarrhea
  • Keeping the dog warm
  • Preventing secondary infections
  • Providing generally good nursing care

Parvo treatment can be quite expensive. And, a dog may not survive, even with the best of treatment. Early diagnosis and aggressive treatment give infected dogs the highest potential for recovery. Survival rates for dogs that receive timely and complete medical treatment can be as high as 90%.

How Can I Prevent Parvo?

Since Parvovirus is extremely contagious, it is important to be diligent in protecting your pet. Timely vaccination is the first line of defense against Parvo. Both CPV-1 and CPV-2 are preventable by the same vaccine. Essential Parvo prevention measures include the following:

Puppies — Have puppies vaccinated with the Parvovirus vaccine, between ages 14 to 16 weeks, even if they have received multiple doses at earlier ages. The occurrence of Parvo infection has dropped significantly due to increased vaccinations of young puppies.

Adult dogs — Keep your dog’s Parvovirus vaccination up to date.

Puppies and adult dogs — There are a number of additional important preventive measures you can take to help stop the spread of Parvovirus, including the following:

  • Until your puppy has received a complete series of vaccinations, avoid taking it to parks, pet shops, dog daycare, training classes, grooming facilities, kennels, or other places where there are numbers of other dogs.
  • Do not let your dog come into contact with feces of other dogs, while your dog is walking or playing outdoors.
  • Do not take dogs that have been exposed to ill dogs to areas where they can come into contact with other dogs.
  • Do not allow unvaccinated dogs to come in contact with ill dogs.
  • Do not allow unvaccinated dogs to come in contact with dogs that have unknown vaccination histories.
  • If you come in contact with dogs that are sick or that have been exposed to Parvo, avoid handling other dogs, or at minimum, wash your hands and change your clothes before doing so.
  • Isolate infected dogs to minimize risk of spreading the infection.
  • Clean up feces from your dog.
  • Clean and disinfect contaminated kennels and other areas in which infected dogs have been kept.

The Parvo virus is difficult to kill, so ask your veterinarian for guidance on the most effective cleaning and disinfecting agents and methods.

NOTE: Even when properly vaccinated, a small percentage of dogs do not successfully develop immunity, and remain vulnerable to infection by Parvovirus.

University Animal Hospital

University Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary hospital for small animals. We also provide excellent boarding and grooming facilities for your pet. We treat your pets with the same care and compassion that we give our own pets. We know they are part of your family, just as our pets are part of our families.

We have been serving our neighbors throughout the East Valley area for more than 55 years. The highly-experienced doctors and veterinary staff at University Animal Hospital provide our region’s best preventive care and advanced medical specialty services. We look forward to providing your pet with a lifetime of exceptional veterinary care. Some of the services we offer include:

  • Preventive pet care
  • Surgery
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Spaying and Neutering
  • Laser pain therapy
  • Teeth cleaning
  • Chemotherapy
  • Stem Cell Joint Therapy
  • Laser Pain Therapy
  • Boarding
  • Grooming

And, our exceptional team of veterinary experts also provides a number of medical specialty services, including:

  • Laser surgery
  • Dentistry
  • Digital x-ray
  • Endoscopy
  • Ultrasound
  • EKG

Some of the additional important services we provide include:

  • Health Certificates
  • Pet insurance
  • Payment plans

For More Information

If you would like more information about Parvo, or to make an appointment, contact University Animal Hospital by calling (480) 968-9275. Or, for non-emergencies, you can also use our appointment scheduling page on our website. We offer a 10% on your pet’s first visit for filling out our new client form online. (If you do receive a confirmation call within three days after setting your appointment online, please call to ensure that we have received your request).