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How to Choose A Boarding Facility or Pet Sitter PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Monday, 15 September 2014 00:00

As much as we hate to leave our pets behind, it's impossible to travel with all of them.

In our case, a pet sitter is called for and we only work with people we have known for years. But that is not always feasible. And let's face it, sometimes we have to go out of town...

A recent tragedy at a boarding facility in Arizona resulted in 20 dogs dying within a few hours due to heat exposure. (Here is the story if you missed it).

So, how do you choose a boarding facility or pet-sitter and how can you rest assured that your dog is being cared for properly?

Here are ways you can avoid losing your pet to a less than honorable boarding facility...

Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 01:28
Reformulating or Compounding Your Pet's Medication PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Thursday, 04 September 2014 19:42

We all have pet-related responsibilities that are unpleasant: cleaning the litterbox, picking up poop in the yard - pretty much anything that deals with feces...

But there is another job that has the potential to cause us and our pets so much frustration, that it can even impact health - and that is medicating our pets.

In the past, we have discussed ways to medicate your pets. You can also read about the new ways to medicate without stressing them out. But occasionally, you’ll run into a cat or dog that just flat refuses medication. No matter how tricky you are, no matter how good you are at forcing the issue, they are on to every trick.

And that is when reformulating (compounding) medication can come in handy.

We’ve had several animals over the years who flat refuse to take medication. Combat, our horse, refused to be wormed. He would fight, bite, kick, pull-back, rip hitching posts out of the ground…you get the idea. Cheiss, our senior dog, has become so wise to the many tricks of taking medication that he has taken to carefully chewing every bite. He is so good that he can determine if we’ve hidden a pill or powder in his beloved dehydrated food from The Honest Kitchen. Hephaestion, our demon cat, nearly put me and my husband in the hospital when we attempted to vaccinate the (then) 6-month-old cat.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 September 2014 20:18
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
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