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September is Animal Pain Awareness Month

Is Your Pet in Pain? Maybe your pet is panting more than usual…or she doesn’t want to jump up on the cat tree…or he’s licking an area on his leg all the time. These symptoms are signs that your pet is in pain—and by the time you see those behaviors,…

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Don’t Leave Me!

Your Pet and Separation Anxiety We love spending time with our furry friends, and most dogs and cats enjoy that time together too. However, sometimes their attachment to us becomes so intense they develop a disorder called separation anxiety. It's more than a little whining when you leave or a…

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Too Hot to Trot

Know the Signs of Heat Exhaustion and Protect Your Pet! The desert is beautiful. It can also be deadly. In our region of the country, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are a real risk for animals, who don’t process heat as efficiently as we humans. The only way they have…

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Ready for a Furry New Friend?

We’re here to help you on this adventure! This guide is packed with important information to help you and your new furry friend arrive at a happy and healthy destination—together. What to consider  One of the most important considerations for pet ownership is acknowledging the lifelong commitment it entails. Dogs…

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Heading Outdoors? Be Prepared to Stay Safe!

As the weather heats up and we head outdoors with our pets more often, it is important to be prepared so everyone stays safe. Temperature climbing? Because dogs primarily pant rather than sweat, they are much more sensitive to heat than humans are. Watch for signs of heat exhaustion, which…

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Brush Up on Your Pet’s Dental Health

Every February, the veterinary community celebrates National Pet Dental Health Month by encouraging pet owners to take care of their pets’ teeth. Without proper dental hygiene routines, pets develop periodontal disease, which is the most common disorder affecting our pets nationwide. By age three, 80 percent of dogs and 70…

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Get Fit with Your Pet

Losing weight or getting in shape seems to be on just about everybody’s New Year’s resolution list—and if it’s on yours, you may already have a great workout partner: your dog! Just like humans, overweight pets are more likely to develop diabetes, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, joint injuries,…

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Halloween’s No Treat for Pets!

Halloween is a fun, spooky and often tasty time for us—but many treats associated with Halloween can put your pet’s health at risk. Here’s seasonal food (and drink) that you should definitely keep out of paw’s reach: Chocolate can cause upset stomachs, heart arrhythmia, panting, abnormal heart rhythm, kidney failure,…

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Bubonic Plague & Your Pets: Prevention is the Best Medicine

With a recent case of bubonic plague diagnosed in Navajo County, and given that the plague is, unfortunately, common in Arizona, you might be wondering what to do to protect yourself and your furry families from this potentially deadly disease. Since bubonic plague is usually transmitted by an infected flea, the best…

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4TH OF JULY PET SAFETY TIPS

Who doesn’t love celebrating the Fourth of July with good friends and family—including the four-legged members of the household? While it may seem like a great idea to share scraps from the grill and bring your dog along to watch fireworks, in reality, some festive foods and products can be…

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DOG WALKING TIPS

Whether you are a new pooch parent, looking for some new tips or just want to make your outdoor excursions more fun, these tips will get you and your pooch eager to get moving! IT’S THE LEASH YOU CAN DO Flexi-leads are best reserved for walks in the park, when it’s…

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COYOTE AWARENESS

Spring is here! This is the most imporant time to watch for coyotes as we enjoy the beautiful outdoors with our pets! Living in the Sonoran desert can lead to wonderful sights, new experiences and even interesting animals to see but not all experiences with our desert critters can be…

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CANINE INFLUENZA- HOW DO I PROTECT MY PUP?

Canine Influenza Canine influenza is a relatively new virus to the canine infectious disease playing field, and some of the news circulating in the media may concern you or leave questions unanswered. Below is a detailed explanation of canine influenza, whether or not you should be concerned, and what symptoms…

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2ND ANNUAL PET FOOD DRIVE!

Ahwatukee Commons Veterinary Hospital is excited to host our 2nd Annual Pet Food Drive March 1st - March 30th benefiting the Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry! Last year we successfully collected and donated over 700lbs of pet food. This year we want to collect 1,000lbs, and we need your help! All non-expired…

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