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Remembering Lola

Remembering Lola

She was always by my side in my darkest and my brightest moments. I learned unconditional love from the most stubborn yet most loving little dog that stole my heart from the moment I met her. My soul will miss you until the end of the world baby girl.

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Remembering Zungi

Remembering Zungi

She was just the sweetest cat. My daughter could cuddle her, carry her, hold her like a baby and in her 11 years she never scratched or hissed once. She is missed. Thank you Scottsdale Vet for your constant care and attention. I am so happy you guys are around the corner.

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Remembering Tinkerbell

Remembering Tinkerbell

Tinkerbell has been a gift to me and I hope me to her ! Her relationship with Cookie was endearing to watch. I think she was his Auntie. Tinkerbell is surely missed !

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Remembering Samoa (Sammy)

Remembering Samoa (Sammy)

It all began as a rescue from the pound 8 years ago. Meeting Sammy saved her from death due to her age, she was 5-7 years old then no one knew for sure. Weeks later I suffered the first of three strokes in four months. Sammy treated me like a sick puppy, staying by me […]

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Remembering Pudge

Remembering Pudge

This photo is from 2008. A very rough time for me: lost my job, fiance, and was about to lose my house. Also a very rough time in general, as the economy was in freefall. Pudge used to sit on my lap while I was at the computer – and I'm still not sure how […]

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Remembering Charlie

Remembering Charlie

We got Charlie when my son jack was 6 months old. He spent his whole life thinking he was one of the kids. Every day for 8 years this dog has been by my side or my children’s. We miss him terribly. He loved to swim and hike and play fetch, but was mostly just […]

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Remembering Hammy

Remembering Hammy

When I was 19 I found a Frenchie puppy I just had to have. I couldn’t afford her, so I traded a sectional couch, glass dining table and other furniture in a u-haul with cash to buy my doggy from the owner. I think the owner could see how badly I needed to have Ham. […]

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Remembering Vago Scarpone

Remembering Vago Scarpone

Sweet Vago. Our wanderer… He was truly one of the sweetest souls. With eyes that would melt your heart and empty your treat jar. He was always available for a little snuggle or a wet kiss and would do anything to see that you were pleased. He is the level at which all dogs are […]

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Remembering Dozer Scarpone

Remembering Dozer Scarpone

Our big goofy boy. He wasn't the brightest but who needs brains when you are this handsome? There was never a dull moment in the house with this big ole lug around, all 140lbs of him! His favorite past times included sleep, butt scratches, more sleep, and food. He was a simple soul that had […]

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Remembering Lucky

Remembering Lucky

My son rescued Lucky from a shelter about 5 years ago. He was so grateful and the sweetest dog. He was my sons buddy and he will me missed.

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Remembering Crystal

Remembering Crystal

Crystal had a very long life before lymphoma took hold if her at about 16 years old I found her at 2 weeks old abandoned outside, and bottle fed her. She acted as if she was superior. Always walking around all prim and proper. She wanted attention, but didn't want to be touched, because our […]

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Remembering Cash Money

Remembering Cash Money

Cash Money was the best cat ever! I adopted him from a rescue in 2006 when he was just a few weeks old. The woman who had him could not keep him and insisted on paying me to take him even though I had already decided I was in love with him, hence the name […]

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Tick Fever, Lyme, Plague and MORE! What YOU need to know to protect your family and your pets this year!

TICK AND FLEA RELATED DISEASES ARE GOING UP IN ARIZONA! With our lovely weather quickly warming up, ticks are coming out of hiding, and sadly into our yards and homes! Ticks carry a wide range of diseases, some of which can be debilitating, and even deadly! Not only are our furry family members at risk, […]

DOES YOUR DOG EAT HIS OWN POOP?

Ever seen your dog eat his own poop? To us it is really gross, but dogs will often see it as just another food source. It is normal behavior, but sometimes it can be a sign that your dog is experiencing stress or that something is missing in the diet you are feeding. Cleaning your […]

FLEAS or Ctenocephalides felis

Fleas or Ctenocephalides felis are generally the leading cause of scratching and itching in both cats and dogs. These tiny critters survive by jumping onto a host animal, ripping open their skin and then feeding on their blood. For most adult pets these tiny bites cause a mild itch, however a heavy infestation on puppies […]

MOUTH PROBLEMS IN CATS

Mouth disease is generally first noticed when your furry friend fails to eat. Generally not eating is caused by mouth pain, not the lack of appetite. Sometimes your cat will just sit beside her food dish, wanting to eat but not being able to because of pain. Not eating is a serious problem for cats, […]

DIABETES IN DOGS

Diabetes mellitus, or sugar diabetes, is found more common in certain breeds of dogs. German Shepherds, Miniature Schnauzers, Golden Retrievers, Poodles and Keeshonden have the highest incidences, however all breeds can be found with this disease. It is more common in female dogs on a three to one rate, and the onset is generally seen […]

ARTHRITIS IN DOGS: SYMPTOMS AND CAUSES

Ever heard the term “hip dysplasia?” If not it is an inherited orthopedic disease that is medically called Osteochondrosis and is a degenerative condition of arthritis that affects one or more joints. Other forms of arthritis in dogs can be from a joint injury or even related to an immune-mediated joint disease or a joint […]

MY DOG IS SMARTER!

Ever wonder about the intelligence of your dog? Like human intelligence, dog intelligence comes in various forms. While it is true that the best in any breed can be nurtured by an owner that is willing to put in the time and effort, there are certain fixed realities of inherent qualities in the various breeds. […]

GUM DISEASE

Gum disease is usually silent and can be devastating in its advanced stages. When it starts there are no outward signs or even symptoms, but it will eventually cause chronic pain, eroded gums, loss of teeth and bone. Regrettably gum disease is common in dogs, fortunately it doesn’t have to go down this road, and […]

WHAT IS A HOT SPOT?

At your wit’s end over listening to your dog scratch, or seeing him lick his paw or bite his tail constantly? If you think you are just imagine how your dog feels. Scratching, licking and chewing compulsively are quite common in dogs and have a variety of causes. They may also be harmful. A term […]

EAR MITES

Otodectic mites tiny insects living in the ear canal and feeding by piercing the skin in the canal. Very contagious to animals, but not humans, these are the most common cause of ear symptoms in most puppies and young adult dogs. Don’t confuse ear mites with the mites that cause sarcoptic mange, entirely different infestation […]

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DOG FOOD?

Ever looked at the dog food aisles in your local market and notice the dozens of brands and wonder which one you should feed your pet? Dry food, canned food, semi-moist food, labeled with words like natural, holistic, super-premium, and the infamous “organic”, how do you know which is right for your dog? In this […]

KENNEL COUGH (BORDETELLA)

If your dog is hacking away or constantly making noises that make it sound like he’s choking on something, he may have a case of kennel cough, or canine infectious tracheobronchitis. Although kennel cough can sound terrible, most of the time it is not a serious condition, and most dogs will recover without treatment. What […]

CANINE PARVO VIRUS

A highly contagious acute disease in canines that was first discovered and named in the early 1970’s. This is a virus that tends to attack fast reproducing cells like those found in the lining of the gastrointestinal tract. The virus will be in its greatest concentration in the stool of highly infected canines for several […]

PET GROOMING

One of the most misunderstood arts and sciences is pet grooming. The benefits are the improvements in your dog’s health, appearance and social acceptance. Often asked questions include the following: Why have my dog groomed? Many pet owners don’t understand “grooming” with a haircut which often is referred to as clipping. Clipping is what is […]

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EVER HEARD THE WORD PYOMETRA?

EVER HEARD THE WORD PYOMETRA?

Pyometra is an infection in the uterus that is the result of structural and hormonal changes in the uterus lining, primarily in unaltered female dogs. It is possible however for humans to have the disease as well as female cats, rabbits, hamsters, ferrets, rats and guinea pigs. As a pet owner it is important to […]

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COGNITIVE DYSFUNCTION

This is a puzzling, and progressively debilitating condition found in older felines. The disorder resembles dementia in humans. Behavioral signs tend to be more clear and noticeable when they reach the age of 10 and older. They include wandering away from home to unfamiliar territory, lack of interest in playing, excessive sleeping and altered cycles […]

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VACCINES

VACCINES

WHY WE ENCOURAGE VACCINES Vaccines prepare the immune system in the body to fight the invasion of disease-causing organisms. Antigens in the vaccine look like the disease-causing organism to the immune system but they don’t cause the disease. When the antigens are introduced to the body through the vaccine the immune system is simulated mildly. […]

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO PROTECT YOUR PET FROM DOG FLU!!

 Beginning in March of this year, news quickly covered news stations and the web, warning of an outbreak of a new strain of Canine Influenza, H3N2, affecting dogs in Chicago and rapidly spreading to other surrounding states in the following several months after. News died down after the strain appeared to be […]

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What You NEED To Know About Peanut Butter and Your Pet!

Does your dog go CRAZY for peanut butter? Do you use peanut butter as an occasional treat, to fill up their Kong toy, or maybe as a trick to get them to eat their medications? Well, if you’re like many people, the answer is probably YES! If your dog loves peanut butter, you definitely need to […]

Find Out How You Can Keep Your Pet Happy AND Healthy This Halloween!

Candy, costumes and…….pumpkins! OH MY! Halloween can be a fun and exciting holiday; but for some, Halloween can be a worrisome day for you and your pet. Here are some tips to help keep your pet happy AND healthy during this holiday!   Keep your pets inside and protected on Halloween night!    With all […]

Could Acupuncture Help YOUR Pet?

It is no surprise that many of the therapies and treatments that have helped humans for many years, have proven to be beneficial for our four legged friends too! One of the more “up and coming” therapies, that is now available for your pet at some practices, is Acupuncture! Acupuncture has been known to reduce pain […]

Is my pet just aging, or could it be arthritis??

Arthritis and musculoskeletal pain are commonly overlooked ailments when it comes to our aging companions. Isn’t it just normal since they are growing older? The answer is no. Although a common, and expected, condition that does occur as our pets age, arthritis and neck or back pain are NOT normal. There ARE things you can […]

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HAPPY OCTOBER!!!

October is a great month for animals. It’s National Service Dog Month, National Animal Safety and Protection Month, ASPCA’s Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and there’s even a shout-out to cats this month on National Cat Day, October 29. With all of these warm and fuzzy feelings circulating in the autumn air, it’s a perfect […]

What’s that “fishy odor” and why is my pet scooting?

Noticing that your pet has been licking or scooting on his behind lately? Have you noticed an odorous, almost “fishy” smell, from your furry companion? Noticing these behaviors MAY be a sign of Anal Gland problems. The anal glands are small, pea-shaped, glands on each side of the inner rectal wall. These glands fill with […]

P is for Parvovirus

“I’ve heard of parvo, but my dog cant catch it can they?” Parvovirus (Parvo) primarily affects puppies and un-vaccinated young or adult dogs. Some breeds are more prone to contracting the virus such as rottweilers, doberman pinschers, labrador retrievers, american pit bull terriers and german shepherds but any member of the canine family can get […]

Why Did My Dog Eat That??

Sometimes we just don’t understand what would entice a dog to eat the strange things they do. The most common items that dogs swallow that can cause a gastrointestinal obstruction are socks(it wasn’t the dryer monster after all?), underwear, pantyhose, rocks, balls, chew toys or children’s toys, corn cobs, bones, hair ties, garbage, and sticks. […]

Secondhand Smoke

Cigarette smoke contains many harmful and carcinogenic ingredients and these chemicals are found in high concentrations on the furniture and carpeting in the homes of smokers.  Pets will get these toxins on their fur and ingest them when licking their fur.  Also, pet’s noses are very close to the ground and they will breathe in […]

Pet Emergencies: Know the signs and when to seek help!

If you’re a typical pet owner, you have probably faced this quandary: Your beloved companion may be ill, but you don’t know whether you’re overreacting or whether you should bring him or her in to a veterinarian. And they can’t tell you if something is bothering them, or how serious it is. It can be […]

The Advantages of Spaying Your Female Pet

Some people choose not to spay their female pet because their male pets are neutered or because there are no male animals around. Many people are simply concerned with the possibility of unwanted offspring, and are not aware of the medical risks involved in owning an un-spayed female. Also, too many people are unaware that […]

Heatstroke: A Summertime Danger to All Pets in Arizona!

Between 2000 and 2012, 1,535 humans died in AZ  from exposure to excessive natural heat(per Arizona Department of Health Services). The risk of heatstroke is much greater for animals than humans because pets cannot control their own environment as well as we do. Often the severity of heat stroke is not apparent to owners until […]

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DEGENERATIVE JOINT DISEASE or ARTHRITIS

DEGENERATIVE JOINT DISEASE or ARTHRITIS

Simply put arthritis is inflammation of a joint. Several things can contribute to this including injury, trauma, genetics, aging and anatomical abnormalities. Signs will include difficulty rising, wanting to lie down for long periods, general stiffness that can get better with movement, refusal to participate in physical activities and crying or whining when they do. […]

DOG SKIN PROBLEMS

DERMATOLOGY The sound of a dog constantly scratching or licking can be as irritating as nails on a chalkboard. But don’t blame your pooch for these bad habits — a skin condition is probably the culprit. Possible causes range from parasites to allergies to underlying illness. WebMD has compiled images of some of the most […]

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