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Desert Dangers: Rattlesnakes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Thursday, 31 July 2014 00:00

We’re continuing our discussion of the deadly dangers in the desert for pets. Today, we’re discussing one of the most obvious ones: rattlesnakes.

Since I’ve lived here, I’ve seen my fair share of snakes. They are very common down here and you’ll run into them if you spend any amount of time hiking or working outdoors. They show up everywhere, from the middle of the city to the outskirts of town. If you visit Arizona, you’re likely to see one as well - our snake seasons seem to be getting a bit extended and even in winter, you can run into one.

Snakes and Pets

Approximately 300,000 dogs and cats are bitten each year by snakes. This number increases each year, and that number was taken in 2011. So, you do the math.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 22:48
Desert Dangers: Toads PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00

I live in Arizona, one of the most hostile, yet hauntingly beautiful places in the world. Arizona is home to the Sonoran desert, which is filled with dangers to us and to our pets. Since many visitors may not know about these when they first arrive, I wanted to talk about a few of those this month and make sure everyone knows understands that the desert can be deadly if you’re not on your guard. Today we're talking about one thing visitors may not expect: toads.

The Sonoran Desert Toad

This toad is one of Arizona’s largest toads. It can grow to over 7.5 inches in length but they also come in very small sizes (less than an inch), so it’s very tough sometimes to know what your pet got ahold of.

However, the symptoms your pets will experience are mostly unforgettable. The Sonoran toad secretes a toxin that actually has many valid uses - including protection for the toad. We see these guys throughout the lowlands in Arizona, particularly in the summer months during monsoon season (which runs from late June through late August).

Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 16:34
How Much Water Does Your Pet Need? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Tuesday, 08 July 2014 00:00

Animals are as prone to dehydration as we are. July is Pet Hydration Month and we want to make sure your pet is getting plenty of fresh water to drink and that you know how to tell if your pet is dehydrated.

Water supports our pets and our own health and well-being. Without water, we cannot have proper organ function or digestion, and our bodies cannot remove waste from our systems. The human body is made up of 65% water, but our pets bodies consist of nearly 80% water. This makes proper hydration even more important as very serious health issues can develop when your pets don’t consume enough H20.

As you probably all know by now, we live in the deserts of Arizona, which is why we are so concerned with water intake and why we take it so seriously. Summers definitely take their toll on our pets, especially with the relatively new addition of haboobs covering us in dust a few times each summer, which leaves our normally beautiful desert that looks like this:

Last Updated on Monday, 07 July 2014 16:57
Eww, that Smell! How to De-Skunk Your Pets Safely and Naturally PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Sunday, 22 June 2014 00:00

There are few things more definitive in nature than the smell of a skunk. And once a dog gets into a skunk, you can rest assured they will continue to do so. Growing up, we had one solution: Tomato sauce. Thankfully, we are part of a rapidly growing industry and we have progressed in our ability to humanely and effectively eliminate odor from those pets who insist on finding skunky friends.

First, a little about skunks and the "thiols" that make their spray so unbearable...

There are many types of skunks in the world. In fact, four different species of skunk reside in Arizona, a hostile environment even in the winter.  This means that chances are good - no matter where you live - you or your pet have had at least one run-in with these cute characters.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 18:51
10 Tips for Gardening with Pets PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Monday, 16 June 2014 00:00

Nothing says Spring like a freshly planted garden. It’s an activity that can also be done with your pets and is a great way to bond while creating a special sanctuary that will feed your family.

There are many ways to include your pet in your gardening and even find motivation in gardening plants that naturally repel fleas and ticks!

Here is a list of tips to help you make the garden a truly special place for you and your family.

1. Be careful what you plant

Many plants are naturally effective for pest control, and many can attract or repel feral cats, other pets and wild animals. We’ve made it easy for you to select the best plants for your garden.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 June 2014 19:09
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