Joan's Corner - December Newsletter
Good morning -- The December ..keeping you informed Newsletter is included in this email. Keeping with the 'nostalgic Christmas' also included is a look back a...
Anything related to our beloved pets.
Pet supplies and food. Ace has several aisles of food and goodies for all your pets, including bird seed for your outdoor friends,
This is a website that is dedicated to information about small dogs. If you have a small dog or are considering getting one, this site has a lot of very useful information for you to consider.
From the website:
Bigger might be better to some but we think the best comes in small packages especially when it comes to that tiny canine. And, since you are here, we think you might agree.
There is so much to love and appreciate about small breed dogs.
Their small size makes them perfect for:
But any dog, big or small deserves not only your love and understanding, but also some work on your part. That is the purpose of this site.
Resources for Veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors
Subscribe to #VetResources to receive their weekly newsletter for Veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors.
Get your free Veteran ID Card - Your service can get you free event tickets and entry to national parks, discounts from retailer, restaurants, hotels, recreational activities and many other perks.
Also learn about upcoming events, free lifetime passes to national parks, how service dogs can help Veterans with PTSD, jobs, discounts and VA news.
Additional Information Available on: Health Care, Disability, Education and Training, Careers and Employment, Pension, Housing Assistance, Life Insurance, Burials and Memorials and Records.
VETERANS CRISIS LINE: 988 and press 1, Chat, or text 838255
Vet Centers: 1-877-927-8387
Homeless Veteran Resources: 1-877-424-3838 or Chat
Mother, daughter pet walking and sitting business.
Maricopa Wells Veterinary Hospital is proud to serve Maricopa, Casa Grande and surrounding areas. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of veterinary medicine along with friendly, compassionate service.
We believe in treating every patient as if they were our own pet, and giving them the same loving attention and care. We are a group of highly trained, experienced animal lovers who are devoted to giving our patients the best care possible.
If you have any questions about how we can care for your pet, please don’t hesitate to call us at (520) 568-6645. Thank you!
We are Gold Standard Cat Friendly
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From the Small Dog Place website written by Janice Jones:
Would you agree that Small is usually better when considering which breed is best for senior citizens.
Admittedly, we’re a little biased around here, but there’s lot to be said about the perfect dogs for senior citizens and retirees. Big or small..
The warmth, companionship, love and entertainment that dogs provide can make all the difference in the life of an older person.
Run by a published animal behaviorist.
Phone hours: Mon -Fri 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
24-hour emergency text
All size dogs are accepted.
Check the Back Seat
Over the past 25 years, more than 940 children have died of heatstroke, because they were left or became trapped in a hot car. It’s important for everyone to understand that children are more vulnerable to heatstroke and that all hot car deaths are preventable.
Know the Facts:
A child's body temperature rises three to five times faster than an adult's.
When a child is left in a vehicle, that child's temperature can rise quickly — and the situation can quickly become dangerous.
Heatstroke begins when the core body temperature reaches about 104 degrees.
A child can die when their body temperature reaches 107 degrees.
In 2022, 33 children died of heatstroke in vehicles.
In 2018 and 2019, we saw a record number of hot car deaths - 53 children died each year — the most in at least 25 years, according to NoHeatstroke.org.
PET EMERGENCY AND URGENT CARE IN CHANDLER, AZ
Call & speak with a doctor.
OPEN 24/7, EVEN HOLIDAYS!
Sometimes it’s obvious when your pet needs immediate help. But sometimes they just seem “off.” That’s where Veterinary Emergency Group comes in. From vomiting to complex surgeries, we treat emergency and urgent care needs for all kinds of pets—even avians and exotics!
WHY CHOOSE VEG? A better experience means better care:
Call us 24/7 - pet emergencies shouldn’t be put on hold. Call and speak with a doctor to get your medical questions answered.
See a vet now - no appointment needed, come in 24/7. Care starts the moment you walk in the door.
Stay together - No waiting and wondering in a lobby. Stay with your pet the entire time and get as involved as you like in their care.
Stress less -At VEG, we make a scary situation less stressful. We sit on the floor with your pet, or wherever they’re most comfortable.
Pet supplies, nutrition, self-wash available and pet supplies.
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Pinal County Animal Care and Control is open seven days a week for walk-in adoptions.
Citizens are welcome to tour our kennels and see adoptable animals in person.
ADOPTIONS ARE ON FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVE BASIS
Availability of pets is constantly changing and the shelter does not have the capability to place holds on pets. Please contact us for any questions.
PETS FOR VETS
In recognition and appreciation of U.S. veterans’ service to our country, Pinal County Animal Control and Care (PCACC)’s Pets for Vets program waives adoption fees for pets over 1 year of age.
Adopters participating in the Pets for Vets program will be responsible for paying the $15 license fee for adopted dogs (no fee for cats). Veterans wishing to participate in the program are asked to provide verification of veteran, reservist or active-duty status. The following documentation is accepted: Military ID, DD214 Military Discharge Certificate, Honorable Discharge Certificate, Letter from the U.S. Military Center in St. Louis or Letter from the Maryland Veterans Administration Service Program. Start your application online.
NOT FINDING THE RIGHT PET?
Try looking on Home to Home. Home to Home is a direct-to-adopter tool for pet guardians looking to re-home their animal. Take a moment to fill out the Pinal Pet Request to receive email notifications when potential animals of your interest come into the shelter.
RIGHTS OF ANIMAL CARE & CONTROL TO REFUSE ADOPTION
The Staff at Animal Care and Control hope that every adoption is successful. That is why we follow the procedures we do. We take it very seriously and ask for your patience while we go through the process together. If, for any reason, our staff does not believe that a successful adoption can take place, Animal Care and Control reserves the right to deny the adoption.
State law requires all dogs over the age of three months to be vaccinated against rabies.
The license requirement is to allow city or county agencies to ensure that the dog has a current rabies vaccination. It also gives animal control agencies a way to identify the owner of an impounded animal so they can get the animal back home.
How do I get a license?
You must have a copy of a current rabies vaccination certificate from a licensed veterinarian that is good for at least one year.
You can come to the administrative office/shelter to buy your license. We are located at 1150 S Eleven Mile Corner Road, Casa Grande, AZ.
Or you can mail the vaccination certificate and application to the office along with the license fee and the license will be mailed to you.
Pinal County Animal Care and Control
1150 S Eleven Mile Corner Road
Casa Grande, AZ 85194
Or you can upload your rabies certificate, application and make payment online.
You can visit the Maricopa Wells Veterinary Hospital at 41620 W Maricopa-Casa Grande Hwy Suite 101 and purchase your license.
7 strategies to prevent your pet from overheating
"In some places this summer, going outside can feel like walking into an oven turned up to broil. And if humans feel that way as they venture out, furry pets feel it more."
This July 2022 article from AARP does strategies to help keep your pet cool in extreme summer heat.
"Dogs cool themselves by panting. But panting becomes inefficient in extreme heat, during physical exertion, when a dog is dehydrated, when there’s insufficient ventilation or due to a combination of those factors.
Within minutes, a dog can become overheated, which can lead to heat exhaustion, heatstroke, kidney failure, brain damage and even death, veterinarians say."
Advice and tips on how to safely travel with your furry friends.
Restraining your pets is as much about your safety as theirs. If a vehicle brakes abruptly or is involved in a crash, an unrestrained pet of any size can hurtle through the cabin, becoming a dangerous projectile that can cause injuries. According to the pet advocacy group BarkBuckleUp, a 60-pound dog in a car traveling 35 mph can turn into a 2,700-pound projectile in an accident!
Consumer Reports offers their advice on how to keep your furry friends safe when traveling in a car.
Don't Leave Your Pet in a Car - living in Arizona this is a MUST.
Never leave a pet in the car on a hot day. CR testing showed that even when it was 61° F outside, the temperature inside a closed car reached more than 105° F in just 1 hour, an extremely dangerous and potentially fatal level.
City updates dog-park rules to allow kids despite the concerns of some.
An InMaricopa article by Monica D. Spencer, 2/09/2023 about dog park rule changes prompted by the opening of the new Pacana Park Dog Park.
The City of Maricopa is transitioning city dog parks from one large dog park at Copper Sky to three smaller parks. Pacana Park is the first of the neighborhood parks. Later there will be a new dog park at the new Civic Center Park and a new , smaller park at Copper Sky.
The revised City Code: Ch. 12.20 Operation Requirements | Maricopa City Code (municipal.codes)
All breed grooming.
WHY TRUST US WITH YOUR FUR BABIES?
We are locally owned and operated. Kathy Geib and her family has lived in the Maricopa area for over 20 years. She retired from Maricopa Schools to “go to the dogs.” When Donna Dagan passed the leash on to Kathy, she found real happiness getting to know the many fur babies in Maricopa.
Romp and Roam is accredited with the Better Business Bureau, licensed, bonded and insured. Kathy holds a level 1 background clearance. Trust and reliability are the foundation of Romp and Roam Pet & Home Sitting, LLC.
We have been canine and feline first aid trained. Romp and Roam hold a high set of standards Your fur babies are my first concern.
Whether you need pet check-ins, overnight stays, or walking services, choose us. We can offer “ruff-erals if needed.
BOARDING VS HOME STAY
It can be stressful for both you and your pet when you travel. I can stay at your home instead of boarding thus relieving anxiety for your pet and you. Your house is still occupied for security and your pet has more constant companionship.
Romp and Roam is your “In Your Home” pet sitter. Meaning that I come to your home to care for your pets during times of your choosing and the care you request. The benefits of this is your pet is still in their comfortable surroundings at their home. They have their toys, food, and Peat their paws.
Our services are by appointment only. We strive to keep a calm, quiet and stress free environment for each pet we handle. Most small dogs are finished in an hour and a half. No waiting and stressing all day in a cage.
All of our services vary in price depending on the size of your dog, the type of coat he or she has, the condition of the coat (is it matted, overly long?), the frequency in which he or she gets groomed, the actual haircut (some haircuts require more time than others) and your pooch’s general cooperation level.
Bath, haircuts, shampoos, nail trimming, anal gland expressions and ear care. May be extra charges for extra care needed, late pickups and cancellations. Coupons are available if you are late or do not cancel 24 hours in advance.
An article found on Autoblog discusses what actions you can take if you find a dog locked in a hot car.
What vaccinations do you require?
To maintain a safe, comfortable environment, we require all pets to be current on their rabies vaccinations and to wait at least 48 hours after any vaccinations before checking in. Proof of rabies vaccination in the form of paperwork is required. The waiting period helps to ensure your pet isn't sore at the injection site, which can cause irritability or lethargy. This waiting period also is to prevent stressing a pet who may be experiencing an unexpected allergic reaction from a vaccine/vaccination. Puppies and kittens between 8 weeks and 4 months of age (3 months in Indiana) may receive services in the salon without vaccinations. In New York City, 6-month Bordetella and DHPP with Adenovirus are also required. In Iowa, DPP with Adenovirus is required. In Connecticut, proof of town license is required. Please note: All pets must be in good health prior to receiving any grooming services.
Vaccinations must be administered at least 48 hours prior to arrival under the guidance of a licensed veterinarian. However, we prefer vaccinations be administered 10 days before check-in. Written proof is required. You must also show proof of meeting state and local pet boarding vaccination requirements. Please check with your local PetSmart to verify/confirm your local requirements. For cat guests to stay, we also require FVRCP.
DPP with Adenovirus (Distemper, Parvovirus & Parainfluenza) - 1 or 3-yr. vaccine required.
Bordetella - Required every 6 months, however, we recommend every 6 months & at least 7 days prior to check-in to ensure maximum efficiency & protection against Kennel Cough. Please note: many veterinarians administer this vaccine only by request.
Rabies - 1 or 3-yr. vaccine required.
Canine Influenza - Not required, but highly recommended to help protect against Canine Influenza respiratory illness. Consult your veterinarian.
Leptospirosis - Not required, but highly recommended to help protect against the Leptospirosis infection. Consult your veterinarian. fleas & ticks - In addition to vaccinations, all dogs should be flea and tick free. Campers with signs of fleas and/or ticks will be treated at our Grooming Salon at the pet parent’s expense prior to check-in.
Additional requirements - Campers must be at least 4 months of age. We cannot accept intact (unneutered) male dogs, pregnant females or females in heat. Furthermore, for the safety of all animals and associates, we cannot accept dogs of the “bully breed” classification or wolves/wolf hybrids including American Pit Bull Terriers, Miniature Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Bull Dogs, Bull Terriers or mixed breeds that have the appearance or characteristics of one of these breeds.
At the discretion of PetSmart, some pets may not be permitted.
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How do I book a service?
Visit the main All Services page at petsmart.com/pet-services. Click on the specific service you are interested in. This will take you to the homepage of that specific service.
Note: Hours for services (grooming, petshotel and training) and holidays may vary. Please see your store details or contact the store for more information.
Your local neighborhood Pet Nutrition Center & Wellness Spa. We specialize in natural pet foods, raw foods, treats, toys, litter, leashes & collars… you name we have it! Pets welcome always!
Certified Pet Dietitian & Pet Nutrition Specialists.
In today’s market it is difficult to sift through the various opinions out there as to what is appropriate to feed your dogs and cats. In order to assist consumers navigate these tumultuous times, our staff has undergone professional training in Pet Nutrition and Raw Food feeding and earned their Pet Nutrition Specialist status. Some of our staff has also enrolled in or completed a Certified Pet Dietitian program, the first of its kind! Stop wondering what the right advice is and talk to our certified and trained staff.
Dr. Kelly Larson and her team are committed to bringing you and your pets better health by practicing the science of Veterinary Medicine.
Locally based, Maricopa Animal Hospital was purchased in 2007. Since then, the staff have been performing veterinary medicine and compassionate animal care in the Maricopa area. Maricopa Animal Hospital is a full-service Small Animal Hospital whose mission is to provide the highest standard of quality and compassion in veterinary care for our patients and welcoming, informative, and supportive service for our clients, while maintaining a superior working environment for our employees.
City of Maricopa Press Release:
August 1st, 2023
From the City of Maricopa Communications Department:
New Dog Park Set to Open at Copper Sky
Maricopa, Arizona - The City of Maricopa is excited to announce the opening of a new dog park in an effort to provide high-quality amenities in more convenient locations for our pet owners. This plan was first presented to the community in August of 2021 outlining an effort to create smaller dog parks throughout the community for ease of access and decreased travel requirements.
The Bark at Copper Sky is located on the north end of the park just east of the lake and includes new amenities for our city's four-legged community members.
The Bark features an agility and precision course, a dog ramp, elevated steps, and several jumps. There are two water fountains located inside the park. Additionally, there are numerous shaded areas throughout with additional shade features planned in the future.
The Canine Crossing at Pacana Park opened earlier this year behind softball field #2 and will soon house similar amenities.
The existing dog park on the southwest side of Copper Sky will close on August 27.
Pet owners can anticipate more options as the City plans to open a third dog park near city hall in the future.
City of Maricopa Communications Department
City of Maricopa | 39700 West Civic Center Plaza, Attn: Communications & Marketing Office, Maricopa, AZ 85138
Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe During Summer
The following tips are provided by The Humane Society of the United States:
. Never leave your pet in the car.
In nice weather you may be tempted to take your pet with you in the car while you travel or do errands. But during warm weather, the inside of your car can reach 120 degrees in a matter of minutes, even if you're parked in the shade. This can mean real trouble for your companion animals left in the car.
If you do happen to see a pet alone in a car during hot weather, alert the management of the store where the car is parked. If the owner does not return promptly, call local animal control or the police department immediately.
. Don't put your pet in the back of a truck.
It is very dangerous, and in some states illegal, to drive with a dog in the back of a pick-up truck. Not only can flying debris cause serious injury, but a dog may be unintentionally thrown into traffic if the driver suddenly hits the brakes, swerves or is hit by another car. Dogs should ride either in the cab (in a crate or wearing a seat belt harness designed for dogs) or in a secured crate in the bed of the truck.
. Watch out for fertilizers and deadly plants.
Plant food, fertilizer and insecticides can be fatal if your pet ingests them. In addition, more than 700 plants can produce physiologically active or toxic substances in sufficient amounts to cause harmful effects in animals.
. Provide plenty of fresh water.
To avoid pet heat exhaustion, make sure your pets have access to cool, fresh water all day long.
. Stay bite-free.
With people and dogs spending more time outside, dog bites are likely to increase in the warmer months. Spaying or neutering your dog reduces the likelihood that he will bite and provides many other health benefits.
. Keep your pets safe and healthy year-round.
Make sure your pet is always wearing a collar and identification tag. If you are separated from your pet, an ID tag may very well be his or her ticket home.
. Check with your veterinarian to see if your pets should be taking heartworm prevention medication.
Heartworm disease, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, can be fatal in both dogs and cats.
. Another warm weather threat is fleas and ticks.
Use only flea and tick treatments recommended by your veterinarian. Some over-the-counter flea and tick products can be toxic, even when used according to instructions.
Doggy daycare, pet sitting, dog walking, training, boarding and even a bakery.
If you have experienced an animal-related emergency, please call 911.
Contact us if you require assistance with:
For non-emergency animal-related calls:
Please call: 520-316-6812 Monday - Thursday
Please call: 520-568-3673 Friday - Sunday
Mobile grooming - Call 602-762-9236 to schedule an appointment.
We can provide: veterinary care, grooming, boarding, daycare and pet supplies.
Pinal County Resource Page of FAQ
A great place to get answers to all of your questions regarding your pets and Pinal County Animal Control Services.
Dog and cat grooming.
Animals Are Our Mission
Here at Arf-Anage Dog Rescue, our motto is “No Mom Left Behind”. We specialize in moms and pups from local shelters as well as the Navajo reservation. When fosters are available, we also help with puppies that are owner-surrendered, “accidental” litters, or the last of a litter that someone just “couldn’t get rid of”.
Once our Mama dogs are done raising their pups, they are given time to recover then spayed, rehabbed, and made ready for forever families.
Puppies are vaccinated, spayed/neutered, and microchipped. We orient them into a foster-home environment and begin potty training and socialization. We find them great forever homes and in case it doesn’t work out, we take the dogs back and find them another loving home. We offer 80% refunds on adoption fees up to 5 days after the adoption.
In some situations, we also offer assistance to help find free or reasonable spay and neuter services for owned pets.
The American Kennel Club offers some guidelines for training your dog to ride safely in a car.
Founded in 1884, the not-for-profit AKC is the recognized and trusted expert in breed, health, and training information for all dogs. AKC actively advocates for responsible dog ownership and is dedicated to advancing dog sports.
Pet food, pet supplies, grooming, training, veterinarian services, a pharmacy, a Vetco vaccination clinic, adoption services and Rover pet services.
A no-kill Arizona that provides compassionate care for animals and the people who love them.
The Arizona Animal Welfare League is the largest and oldest no-kill shelter in Arizona. A “no-kill” shelter is an animal shelter that does not kill healthy or treatable animals even when the shelter is full, reserving euthanasia for terminally ill animals or those considered dangerous to public safety.
AAWL is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization, tax ID 23-7149453. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.
AAWL rescues, rehabilitates, and re-homes more than 4,000 dogs and cats that are abandoned or that have been surrendered by their owners. We do this primarily by rescuing them from other shelters in Maricopa County where they are likely to be euthanized due to the lack of time and resources to care for them. At any one time, our shelter will hold 140 cats and 190 dogs. We also have a foster parent network of approximately 90 families who provide care and shelter in their homes for puppies and kittens that are too young to be adopted, and those animals that are recovering from medical procedures or that need socialization before adoption.
All pets offered for adoption have been spayed or neutered; micro-chipped and are current on all vaccinations. Any medical treatments needed, including surgeries, are provided by our medical team and all animals are evaluated by our behavior department. Learn more about our Phoenix veterinary services and animal clinic.
AAWL not only adopts companion animals into loving homes, but we also hold a leadership position in the community in education and animal welfare issues. Check out our extensive dog and obedience training classes.
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