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Pupdates Hot Off The Press: May 7, 2017

Recent Adoptions!!!

Daisy and Bea (Mommy and baby) together!

Pia

Paki

Puppy Paco

Norman and Melody together!

Oden (right)

 



Featured Pet: Princess Polly

Meet Princess Polly!

Princess Polly is truly a gem! And look how she tolerated her Easter outfits!!  This little angel was an owner surrender at the Pound because they ‘had too many dogs’…. so sad, because this one is so sweet and deserves all the love and attention she can get. Princess Polly is possibly an Italian greyhound-Chihuahua mix, spayed, microchipped, vaccinated and ready to go!  She is 12 lbs, 2 years old, with the nicest, whitest teeth!  She loves to run in the yard but also very content to cuddle with her foster mom. Gentle, easy-going…house trained.

The adoption fee of $175 helps with medical expenses incurred by the Rescue.

If you want to meet her, please fill out an online application at helpadogsmile.org and we will contact you so that you can meet this beautiful girl.



Education: What does being a dog foster entail?

Our fosters are the heart and soul of our Rescue, and we simply would not exist without them. We do not have a facility, so the more fosters we have the more dogs we can save. Here’s a Q&A on what it means to be a HADS foster parent.

Where do the dogs come from? We get our dogs from all over. They come from the kill shelters, owner surrender, and strays with no owners.

What do foster parents pay for? Nothing. We provide the toys, treats, food and medical treatment.

Who takes my foster dog to the vet? We have vet partners all over the Valley, so there should be one convenient for you to get to. If you need help with vet transport, we have willing volunteers all over the Valley as well.

What are my responsibilities as a foster parent? You help your foster dog get ready for adoption by giving love, structure and discipline. By having the dogs in our homes as opposed to a shelter, they become adjusted to living in a home environment, learn basic rules and commands, and we get to learn more about their personalities. The more we know about their unique needs, the easier it is for us to match them up with adopters who are looking for those same traits. Fosters are asked to bring their dogs to our weekend adoption events from 11am – 2pm…Saturdays at Petsmart 7th Ave and Bell and Sundays at Petsmart Desert Ridge; come to one or both events.

Do I get a say in who adopts my foster dog? Absolutely! We will send you all the applications that we receive for your foster dog and work with you on picking the best match. You are also welcome to stay with your dog at our adoption events to speak with potential adopters first hand.

I’m interested in becoming a foster, what do I do now? Fill out the contact form on our website and one of our volunteers will get back to you within 24 hours. http://www.helpadogsmile.org/contact/

Pupdates Hot Off The Press: April 2, 2017

Recent Adoptions!!!

Otis (now Henry)

Naloni

Kappy

Oona

Olive (left)

Oscar (left)

Oakley (left)

Otto



Featured Pet: Olani

Meet Olani!

Olani is a very sweet 1.5 year old female that appears to be a cattledog with maybe some boxer  or catahoula mixed in. She loves loves loves all people and is crate trained and uses a dog door without fail! She loves to go for walks and just trots along nicely. We suspect that she would love an active family that would play with her in the yard and take her for long walks:) She adores children and is very gentle with them. We have yet to see her jump. She would make a great only dog as she is far more interested in people than other dogs:) She loves riding in the car and is the perfect passenger, she just lays down and takes a nap!

The adoption fee of $175 helps with medical expenses incurred by the Rescue.

If you want to meet him, please fill out an online application at helpadogsmile.org and we will contact you so that you can meet this handsome guy.



Education: How hot is too hot to leave your dog in the car?

It’s officially time to leave Fido at home when you’re out running errands. If you see a dog left in a car,  call 911 immediately; every minute counts.

Pupdates Hot Off The Press: March 5, 2017

Recent Adoptions!!!

Livy

Jax

Marie

Montana

Mike

Muffin (Left)

Peanut

Piper



Featured Pet: Gunner

Meet Gunner!

Little GUNNER is a spunky guy who was found by a good samaritan  huddled in a corner of a shopping plaza in the hot Phoenix sun!  When no owner could be found, we welcomed him into our Rescue and provided him a safe, warm bed with lots of good food and other doggies and kitties to play with.  And he loves to play, play, play!  Although he was  a bit shy at first, he has learned to trust, warms up quickly and loves to give big kisses!  We  think he may have some Basenji in him as he is quite the yodeler and will gladly sing along with our volunteers! He also has the cutest curly tail.  GUNNER has been neutered, microchipped and vaccinated and he is crate and house trained to use a doggy door.   This little guy is about a year old and would love to find his forever home with someone who will treasure him for many, many years.  He would love daily walks, a yard to run in and another furry companion to play with in his forever home.

The adoption fee of $175 helps with medical expenses incurred by the Rescue.

If you want to meet him, please fill out an online application at helpadogsmile.org and we will contact you so that you can meet this handsome guy.



Education: Introducing your new dog to other dogs in the home

Introduce on neutral territory.

It’s best to let dogs become familiar with each other on neutral territory: outdoors. Each dog should be walked separately on a leash, and each walker should have a bag of high-value treats or food broken into small pieces. At first, walk the dogs at a distance where they can see each other but are not too provoked by each other’s presence. If the dogs are not showing any negative behaviors, reward them with treats just for seeing each other. For example, when the dog you’re walking looks at the other dog, you can say “Good boy!” in a happy, friendly voice and give him a treat. Repeat often.

Pay attention to each dog’s body language.

Watch carefully for body postures that indicate a defensive or wary response, including hair standing up on the dog’s back, teeth baring, growling, a stiff-legged gait or a prolonged stare. If you see such postures, either when the dogs are at a distance or near each other, immediately and calmly interrupt the interaction by interesting the dog in something else. If the dogs seem relaxed and comfortable, you can shorten the distance between them. Again, offer treats to the dogs any time they look at each other in a relaxed manner.

Let the dogs determine the pace of the introduction.

It’s possible that the dogs will just want to play with each other by the middle of the walk. It’s also possible that it will take more time before the dogs are comfortable enough to walk side by side. The most important thing is to take this introduction slowly. The more patient you are, the better your chance of success. Do not force the dogs to interact.

Once the dogs are able to view each other at a close proximity, allow one dog to walk behind the other, and then switch. If the dogs remain comfortable, allow them to walk side by side. Finally, let the dogs interact under close supervision. If one or both dogs show any signs of stress or agitation, proceed more slowly with the introduction.

Monitor closely in the home.

When first introducing the dogs in the home, use a sturdy, tall baby gate to separate them. Observe how they interact through the gate. Reinforce positive behavior by providing high-value treats to the dogs for positive interactions.

Make sure that there are no toys, food or treats left around the home that the dogs could potentially fight over. Also, be aware of situations that could lead to conflict—for example, when the dogs get overly excited. Closely monitor the dogs when they are together, rewarding them with treats, until you are 100% confident they are comfortable and safe with each other.

For help with introductions that don’t seem to be going well, contact a professional trainer or animal behaviorist.

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/dogs/tips/introducing_new_dog.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/

 

Pupdates Hot Off The Press: February 5, 2017

Recent Adoptions!!!

Ike

Mandy

Radar

Tia Mia

Rayna

Marcus

Murray

Phil

Frank

Morris and Mackenzie TOGETHER!

 



Featured Pet: Leroy Brown

Meet Leroy Brown!

Leroy Brown is a 1 year old chihuahua and papillon mixed bred dog.  He is a  little guy weighing in at 8 pounds. Leroy is crate and leashed trained. He is timid when you first meet him because someone wasn’t very nice to him before he came to us. He has a tremendous amount of love to give once he feels comfortable. Give him patience and he’ll give you his whole heart.

The adoption fee of $175 helps with medical expenses incurred by the Rescue.

If you want to meet him, please fill out an online application at helpadogsmile.org and we will contact you so that you can meet this handsome guy.



Education: Ways you can help our dogs smile

Foster: We are always in need of loving fosters since we don’t have a facility. Fosters give dogs a safe space live and learn while they wait for their furever homes. We need fosters for all breeds and ages. You provide the love and we’ll provide all the supplies.

Volunteer at adoption events on the weekends: We do Petsmart adoption events every Saturday and Sunday and we would love a few more helping hands. Our event volunteers help with set up, clean up, dog walking and talking to public about our dogs.

Administrative support: Do you have limited time, but still want to help? We could really use your help with our paperwork. Administrative volunteers are needed to enter adoption contracts and medical information into our database.

If you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities please use this link to reach out to us, http://www.helpadogsmile.org/contact/.

We would like to extend a HUGE ‘Thank You’ to all of our fosters and volunteers. We wouldn’t be able to exist without their help. Our fosters and volunteers have careers, spouses, kids and their own animals, and they still find the time to help us. They are truly extraordinary people.

Speaking of extraordinary people…We want to highlight one of our amazing volunteers, Holly Hassett. Holly serves on our Board, fosters adult doggies and puppies, helps out at both of our adoption events every weekend, reviews adoption contracts, enters information into our database, and washes our dirty laundry after adoption events. She’s a hero and we are so lucky to have her as a volunteer!

 

Pupdates Hot Off The Press: January 1, 2017

Recent Adoptions!!!

Jenna (left) adopted by the same family that adopted Honeybear!

Midnight

Mommy Annie and her baby Jimbo adopted together!

Rocky

Kix (left)

Joy and Jolly

Jade

Fiona

Tyler

Jersey Boy

 



Featured Pet: Gunner

Meet Gunner!

Little Gunner is a spunky guy who was found by a good samaritan  huddled in a corner of a shopping plaza in the hot Phoenix sun!  When no owner could be found, we welcomed him into our Rescue and provided him a safe, warm bed with lots of good food and other doggies and kitties to play with.  And he loves to play!  He also has a great singing voice and he loves to show off his skills. Although he can be a bit shy at first, he warms up quickly and loves to give big kisses!  He has been neutered, microchipped and vaccinated and he is crate and housetrained.  His foster mom is teaching him how to use the doggy door as well.  This little guy is under a year old and would love to find his forever home with someone who will treasure him for many, many years.  He would love daily walks, a yard to run in and another furry companion to play with in his forever home.

The adoption fee of $175 helps with medical expenses incurred by the Rescue.

If you want to meet him, please fill out an online application at helpadogsmile.org and we will contact you so that you can meet this handsome guy.



Education: A Year in Review

Wowzers! Where did 2016 go? Rescue is a 24/7 job and time flies when you’re saving lives!

We finished the year with 94 successful adoptions! 85 dogs and 9 cats are thriving in their furever homes thanks to our amazing volunteers, fosters, adopters, and supporters.

Speaking of our supporters, we would like to extend a super special ‘thank you’ to everyone who made monetary donations to us. Last year, we took in several dogs that needed hip surgery, a little Champ who got hit by a car, and several litters of puppies. We wouldn’t have been able to help these doggies without your financial support.

If you’re looking to make a tax-deductible monetary donation to a charity, please consider a small, volunteer based charity in your community like Help A Dog Smile. We are a small group of guys and gals on a mission to help animals get healthy, happy and find their furever homes. The best part of our group is that we are 100% volunteer based. That’s right, no salaries here! Our volunteers have careers, children, spouses and pets, and they selflessly open their hearts and homes to help those that can’t help themselves.

We are super excited to help more animals smile in 2017!

 

 

Pupdates Hot Off The Press: November 6, 2016

Recent Adoptions!!!

Hansel (Left)

George

Izzy

Cheena

Josh & Paul

Tank

Mocha (Left)

Jayda

 



Featured Pet: Jersey Boy

Meet Jersey Boy!

We cannot imagine how this calm, well-mannered little fellow ended up at a high-kill shelter.  We are just happy that our volunteer was there at the right time to save him!  Jerseyboy is a gem!  He has the most beautiful freckled coat and a tiny nub of a tail … oh so cute!  He looks like a mini-cattledog!  He has already made friends in his foster home and will fit in so easily when that perfect forever home is found.  He is completely housetrained and is not a barker!  He is such a gentle soul! Jerseyboy loves to go for walks as he is great on the leash,  has been neutered, vaccinated and microchipped! He is approximately 5 years young and 16 lbs. This easy-going guy is overall wonderful! He prefers playmates his size, so no homes with big dogs please.

The adoption fee of $175 helps with medical expenses incurred by the Rescue.

If you want to meet him, please fill out an online application at helpadogsmile.org and we will contact you so that you can meet this handsome guy.



Education: Destructive Chewing

It’s normal for puppies and dogs to chew on objects as they explore the world. Chewing accomplishes a number of things for a dog. For young dogs, it’s a way to relieve pain that might be caused by incoming teeth. For older dogs, it’s nature’s way of keeping jaws strong and teeth clean. Chewing also combats boredom and can relieve mild anxiety or frustration.

Rule Out Problems That Can Cause Destructive Chewing

Separation Anxiety
Dogs who chew to relieve the stress of separation anxiety usually only chew when left alone or chew most intensely when left alone. They also display other signs of separation anxiety, such as whining, barking, pacing, restlessness, urination and defecation. To learn more about separation anxiety and how to treat it, please see our article, Separation Anxiety.

Fabric Sucking
Some dogs lick, suck and chew at fabrics. Some experts believe that this behavior results from having been weaned too early (before seven or eight weeks of age). If a dog’s fabric-sucking behavior occurs for lengthy periods of time and it’s difficult to distract him when he attempts to engage in it, it’s possible that the behavior has become compulsive.

Hunger
A dog on a calorie-restricted diet might chew and destroy objects in an attempt to find additional sources of nutrition. Dogs usually direct this kind of chewing toward objects related to food or that smell like food.

How to Manage or Reduce Your Dog’s Destructive Chewing

Puppy Teething
The desire to investigate interesting objects and the discomfort of teething motivate puppies to chew. Much like human infants, puppies go through a stage when they lose their baby teeth and experience pain as their adult teeth come in. This intensified chewing phase usually ends by six months of age. Some recommend giving puppies ice cubes, special dog toys that can be frozen or frozen wet washcloths to chew, which might help numb teething pain. Although puppies do need to chew on things, gentle guidance can teach your puppy to restrict chewing to appropriate objects, like his own toys.

Normal Chewing Behavior
Chewing is a perfectly normal behavior for dogs of all ages. Both wild and domestic dogs spend hours chewing bones. This activity keeps their jaws strong and their teeth clean. Dogs love to chew on bones, sticks and just about anything else available. They chew for fun, they chew for stimulation, and they chew to relieve anxiety. While chewing behavior is normal, dogs sometimes direct their chewing behavior toward inappropriate items. Both puppies and adult dogs should have a variety of appropriate and attractive chew toys. However, just providing the right things to chew isn’t enough to prevent inappropriate chewing. Dogs need to learn what is okay to chew and what is not. They need to be taught in a gentle, humane manner.

“Dog-proof” your house. Put valuable objects away until you’re confident that your dog’s chewing behavior is restricted to appropriate items. Keep shoes and clothing in a closed closest, dirty laundry in a hamper and books on shelves. Make it easy for your dog to succeed.

Provide your dog with plenty of his own toys and inedible chew bones. Pay attention to the types of toys that keep him chewing for long periods of time and continue to offer those. It’s ideal to introduce something new or rotate your dog’s chew toys every couple of days so that he doesn’t get bored with the same old toys. (Use caution: Only give your dog natural bones that are sold specifically for chewing. Do not give him cooked bones, like leftover t-bones or chicken wings, as these can splinter and seriously injure your dog. Also keep in mind that some intense chewers may be able to chip small pieces off of natural bones or chip their own teeth while chewing. If you have concerns about what’s safe to give your dog, speak with his veterinarian.)

Offer your dog some edible things to chew, like bully sticks, pig ears, rawhide bones, pig skin rolls or other natural chews. Dogs can sometimes choke on edible chews, especially if they bite off and swallow large hunks. If your dog is inclined to do this, make sure he’s separated from other dogs when he chews so he can relax. (If he has to chew in the presence of other dogs, he might feel that he has to compete with them and try to quickly gulp down edible items.) Also be sure to keep an eye on your dog whenever he’s working on an edible chew so that you can intervene if he starts to choke.

Identify times of the day when your dog is most likely to chew and give him a puzzle toy filled with something delicious. You can include some of your dog’s daily ration of food in the toy.

Discourage chewing inappropriate items by spraying them with chewing deterrents. When you first use a deterrent, apply a small amount to a piece of tissue or cotton wool. Gently place it directly in your dog’s mouth. Allow him to taste it and then spit it out. If your dog finds the taste unpleasant, he might shake his head, drool or retch. He won’t pick up the piece of tissue or wool again. Ideally, he will have learned the connection between the taste and the odor of the deterrent, and he’ll be more likely to avoid chewing items that smell like it. Spray the deterrent on all objects that you don’t want your dog to chew. Reapply the deterrent every day for two to four weeks. Please realize, however, that successful treatment for destructive chewing will require more than just the use of deterrents. Dogs need to learn what they can chew as well as what they can’t chew.

Do your best to supervise your dog during all waking hours until you feel confident that his chewing behavior is under control. If you see him licking or chewing an item he shouldn’t, say “Uh-oh,” remove the item from your dog’s mouth, and insert something that he CAN chew. Then praise him happily.

When you can’t supervise your dog, you must find a way to prevent him from chewing on inappropriate things in your absence. For example, if you work during the day, you can leave your dog at home in a confinement area for up to six hours. Use a crate or put your dog in a small room with the door or a baby gate closed. Be sure to remove all things that your dog shouldn’t chew from his confinement area, and give him a variety of appropriate toys and chew things to enjoy instead. Keep in mind that if you confine your dog, you’ll need to give him plenty of exercise and quality time with you when he’s not confined.

Provide your dog with plenty of physical exercise (playtime with you and with other dogs) and mental stimulation (training, social visits, etc.). If you have to leave your dog alone for more than a short period of time, make sure he gets out for a good play session beforehand.

To help your dog learn the difference between things he should and shouldn’t chew, it’s important to avoid confusing him by offering unwanted household items, like old shoes and discarded cushions. It isn’t fair to expect your dog to learn that some shoes are okay to chew and others aren’t.

Some puppies and juvenile dogs like to chew dirty underwear. This problem is most easily resolved by always putting dirty underwear in a closed hamper. Likewise, some puppies and dogs like to raid the garbage and chew up discarded sanitary napkins and tampons. This can be very dangerous. If a dog eats a sanitary item, it can expand while moving through his digestive system. Discard napkins and tampons in a container that’s inaccessible to your dog. Most young dogs grow out of these behaviors as they mature.

Lack of Exercise or Mental Stimulation

Some dogs simply do not get enough physical and mental stimulation. Bored dogs tend look for ways to entertain themselves, and chewing is one option. To prevent destructive chewing, be sure to provide plenty of ways for your dog to exercise his mind and body. Great ways to accomplish this include daily walks and outings, off-leash play with other dogs, tug and fetch games, clicker training classes, dog sports (agility, freestyle, flyball, etc.), and feeding meals in food puzzle toys.

Stress and Frustration
Sometimes a dog will chew when experiencing something that causes stress, such as being crated near another animal he doesn’t get along with or getting teased by children when confined in a car. To reduce this kind of chewing, try to avoid exposing your dog to situations that make him nervous or upset.

Dogs who are prevented from engaging in exciting activities sometimes direct biting, shaking, tearing and chewing at nearby objects. Shelter dogs and puppies sometimes grab and shake blankets or bowls in their kennels whenever people walk by because they’d like attention. When they don’t get it, their frustration is expressed through destructive behavior. A dog who sees a squirrel or cat run by and wants to chase but is behind a fence might grab and chew at the gate. A dog watching another dog in a training class might become so excited by the sight of his canine classmate having fun that he grabs and chews his leash. (Agility and Flyball dogs are especially prone to this behavior because they watch other dogs racing around and having a great time, and they want to join in the action.) The best intervention for this problem is to anticipate when frustration might happen and give your dog an appropriate toy for shaking and tearing. In a class situation, carry a tug or stuffed toy for your dog to hold and chew. If your dog is frustrated by animals or objects on the other side of a fence or gate at home, tie a rope toy to something sturdy by the gate or barrier. Provide shelter dogs and puppies with toys and chew bones in their kennels. Whenever possible, teach them to approach the front of their kennels and sit quietly to solicit attention from passersby.

What NOT to Do

Do not show your dog the damage he did and spank, scold or punish him after the fact. He cannot connect your punishment with some behavior he did hours or even minutes ago.

Do not use duct tape to hold your dog’s mouth closed around a chewed object for any length of time. This is inhumane, will teach your dog nothing, and dogs have died from this procedure.

Do not tie a damaged object to your dog. This is inhumane and will teach your dog nothing.

Do not leave your dog in a crate for lengthy periods of time (more than six hours) to prevent chewing.

Do not muzzle your dog to prevent chewing.

 

Courtesy of http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/common-dog-behavior-issues/destructive-chewing

 

Pupdates Hot Off The Press: October 8, 2016

Recent Adoptions!!!

Hobo

Ian

Missy

Honeybear

Maggie

 



Featured Pet: Jayda

Meet Jayda!

Jayda’s owner has contacted our Rescue to help find a home for her as the owner has health issues own and can no longer care for this girl.  How sad to live 8 years in a home and then be thrust into rescue. We are trying to make the transition as easy as possible and hope a kind, quiet, loving home can be found quickly for this girl.  She is loving and obedient, an  Italian greyhound/chihuahua mix who has been used to sleeping on her owner’s bed at night.  She prances on the leash when she walks right by your side and knows several commands. Jayda loves her peanut-butter filled Kong toy and has visited the local dog park on many occasions.  She gets along great with other small dogs. If you have room in your heart and home to give her the forever home she deserves, please consider her for your family. Jayda is spayed, vaccinated and microchipped. Although she is an adult/senior gal, she still has lots of energy and love to share!

The adoption fee of $175 helps with medical expenses incurred by the Rescue.

If you want to meet her, please fill out an online application at helpadogsmile.org and we will contact you so that you can meet this beautiful girl.



Education: Meet our Pet of the Year!

It has been said that Rescuers are a different breed of human. This is very true when it comes to our volunteer Angie and her little niece Ava. Their “never give up” attitude has helped many animals, and saved the life of a sweet little kitten named Dutchess.

Here’s Dutchess’ story:

“I picked Dutchess up in late spring  from people who rescued her from the trash and had been feeding her in their backyard. She weighed only 8 ounces and would stomp her little feet when she was hungry. Dutchess has had a history of seizures and unexplained neurological issues since she arrived. Volunteer Angie has been a true angel for this little kitty, as when Dutchess was seizing she needed to be kept safe and when she was tiny she required IV fluids to keep her going. She is now bigger and has not seized for a whole week! Dutchess still suffers from neurological issues and usually has her tongue sticking out of her mouth. Through all of this she has been a super sweet and loving little girl. She does require extra care as she seems to have little depth perception and always needs her face cleaned up after eating as she literally shoves her face into her food. She depends on Angie and her niece Ava to keep her long white fur brushed and her little face clean. Ava has truly been worried about her and has been very involved in the care of this little treasure. She has had several close calls where we did not think she would make it but she keeps growing. The duo of Angie and Ava have kept up with all the love, care and support and little one is now weaned off seizure meds and is no longer seizing!”

People like Angie and Ava inspire us and warm our hearts. Animals like Dutchess would not survive without the love and constant care of people like them. We are so grateful to have Angie and Ava as volunteers and lucky to be able to call them friends. Here are a few pictures of Dutchess, including one that Ava drew.

Pupdates Hot Off The Press: September 5, 2016

Recent Adoptions!!!

Daisy

Haboob

Champ

Hop

Heidi

Gimlet

Hazel

 



Featured Pet: Honeybear

Meet Honeybear!

Honeybear is just as sweet as her name suggests!  Can you imagine this tiny girl being abandoned on the hot, scary streets of Phoenix?  Now she is safely in Rescue and  is a big-time cuddler who loves to snuggle under the blankets with her people!  She can be a bit timid with other dogs but is learning to peacefully co-exist with them in her foster home.  She also has excellent house manners!  Due to her tiny size and personality, her perfect “forever” home would preferably be with a calm, adult household. She has been spayed, vaccinated and microchipped  and is  ready to go to her forever home!

The adoption fee of $175 helps with medical expenses incurred by the Rescue.

If you want to meet her, please fill out an online application at helpadogsmile.org and we will contact you so that you can meet this beautiful girl.



Education: The importance of yearly check-ups

Bringing your dog or cat to the veterinarian’s office on a regular basis can ward off serious illness and help to avoid high bills later.

Your dog can’t tell you in words that his teeth hurt, nor can your cat confide that her leg doesn’t feel right. Fortunately, information like that—and much more—can be determined during a pet’s physical exam.

“When you consider that our pets age at approximately six to seven times the rate that we do, it’s easy to see that yearly veterinary exams are important not only for vaccinations and vital statistics but also to notice any early signs of disease or other problems,” states the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Web site.

Checkups keep your pet healthy by allowing your veterinarian to spot small problems before they escalate and thus resolve them more easily, less expensively and with a greater outcome of success. They can also help your pet to avoid common discomforts such as heartworm and dental disease.

By the time your pet reaches about 7 years of age, yearly visits become even more important. The cost of a routine wellness exam is going to be much lower than treatment of an advanced disease. Catching a problem early can prevent your pet from unnecessary pain, suffering and possibly, even loss of life.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING A YEARLY CHECKUP

An annual exam allows your veterinarian to take a close look at your pet and compare findings with those of the previous visit. It’s also your opportunity to report on anything out of the ordinary that you’ve noticed such as excessive water drinking, loss of appetite, coughing, diarrhea or constipation.

A thorough, nose-to-tail physical exam typically starts with a weigh-in and includes taking the patient’s temperature, which for both dogs and cats is normally between 101 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

Your pet’s doctor will also conduct a visual inspection; clean skin, clear eyes and a shiny coat are indicators of good health. Some problems are caused by poor diet, and it’s possible that changing nutrition or adding a supplement that the veterinarian recommends can clear up things in a matter of weeks.

Ears should also be checked, especially on dog breeds with floppy ones that trap bacteria, such as cocker spaniels. Many of these dogs have ongoing problems. Your veterinarian can bring you up to date on the best way to manage them at home and will prescribe medication, if necessary.

Using a stethoscope, the veterinarian listens for clear lungs and a healthy heart rhythm. If an abnormality is detected, further investigation is warranted. If not, then it’s onto the pet’s underside to palpate the liver, kidneys, and other vital organs.

It’s also essential for a veterinarian to examine your pet’s mouth. Loose or rotted teeth, infected gums and other problems can be causing your pet discomfort without your knowing it. Even if bad breath is the only problem, a cleaning at a later date may be in order.

Once your pet is deemed free of serious problems, your veterinarian will most likely discuss vaccinations, heartworm prevention and flea and tick treatments, depending on the season. And if your pet hasn’t been spayed or neutered or microchipped yet, a reputable veterinarian should bring it up—if you don’t first.

Courtesy of http://www.mypet.com/basic-pet-care/deserves-annual-checkup.aspx

Pupdates Hot Of The Press: July 31, 2016

Recent Adoptions!!!

Tom

Dax & Emmy Lu

Rae Rae

Felicia

Finn

Abby

Pepper

Lilly

Diva

Dove

Chadwick

Gidget

Glory

 



Featured Pet: Reese

Meet Reese!

Reese Cup is an absolutely sweet 7 year old female who was recently left behind when her family relocated. She is very used to being in a home with cats and children and loves other dogs too! She is fully house trained and just looking for her very own family again. She is up to date on shots and also microchipped. Reese weighs about 45 pounds…the perfect size!

The adoption fee of $175 helps with medical expenses incurred by the Rescue.

If you want to meet her, please fill out an online application at helpadogsmile.org and we will contact you so that you can meet this beautiful girl.



Education: Monsoon Safety Tips

Even the dry deserts of Arizona are prone to heavy rains, thunderstorms and flooding. Keep your pets safe with these Arizona Humane Society pet safety tips.

Keep Pets Inside During Dust Storms

Keep pets indoors. Even the calmest pet can become frightened and attempt to run away, jump over a backyard wall or escape under a gate.

Pets’ eyes are also more susceptible to damage from blowing dust and debris. Be sure to shelter your pet in a space that is safe from the wind.

Pets left outside are also more prone to Valley Fever, an airborne fungus that can lead to a lung infection and an intense course of treatment.

Dealing With Thunder Phobia

Many pets fear the sound of thunder and can experience increased anxiety. To help reduce this fear, there are several things you can do. Distract your dog by giving them a mental task, such as performing tricks or playing with a toy. Pick a room and create a safe haven for your pet with bedding and their favorite toys. Playing music or turning on the TV can also help drown out the sound of the storm. Calming products like Thundershirts and DAP (dog appeasing pheromones) have proven to be helpful at calming pets in many cases. If anxiety persists, consult your veterinarian for additional solutions.

Emergency Pet Kit & ID

Prepare a box with a supply of bottled water and pet food with an extra leash and collar that can quickly be grabbed in case of emergencies. Also include a copy of your pet’s medical records. Additionally, be sure your pet wears a collar, ID tag and is microchipped. A microchip greatly increases the odds that you will be reunited with your pet should it run away.

Courtesy of http://www.azhumane.org/2015/06/11/pet-safety-tips-monsoon-season-dangers/

Pupdates Hot Off The Press: June 27, 2016

Recent Adoptions!!!

Ernie

Felicia

Baby Felix

Babe

 



Featured Pet: Emmy Lu

Meet Emmy Lu!

Emmy Lu came to us a few weeks ago in pretty bad shape. A good samaritan found her hanging around a local school and reached out to us for help. The night we got her, she was very skinny and weak with a poor coat that we attributed to bad nutrition. It was also clear that she had been pregnant at one point, but there were no puppies to be found. The most important thing we noticed about her was how gentle she was. She was craving human love very badly. We gave her a good dinner, a warm bed and lots of affection that first night and the next morning it was clear to us that was the first night that she felt safe and secure in a long time. She spent the next couple of days at our vets office recovering and gaining her strength back. We could see a new light in her eyes when we moved her to a foster home. She was happy and on the road to recovery. It’s only been a few weeks since we got Emmy Lu and she’s like a brand new dog. She is still very gentle and sweet, but she now has a zest for life. She loves running laps around the yard in her foster home and plays very nicely with the other dogs there. Emmy Lu is one of our miracle dogs and any home would be lucky to have her.

The adoption fee of $175 helps with medical expenses incurred by the Rescue.

If you want to meet her, please fill out an online application at helpadogsmile.org and we will contact you so that you can meet this beautiful girl.



Education: July 4th Pet Safety Tips

The fourth of July is one of our nation’s most celebrated holidays, filled with fun backyard activities, barbecue dining and booming fireworks lighting up the night sky. If you include your pets at a 4th of July celebration, take safety precautions to ensure that your dog or cat is protected.

 Lost Pets

Pets can easily become separated from us during a celebratory event: too many people at a party can create confusion, a backyard gate may accidentally be left open, or your dog could get pulled in the opposite direction while swimming unattended at the beach.

Pets left at home may also become anxiety ridden during a firework display and find a way to escape from the house. Make sure your pets wear a durable collar with up-to-date information on identification tags. Microchipping your pets is another way to increase the chances that your pet is reunited with you should he become lost.

 Noise Phobia

Pet noise phobia—an extreme fear of a sound—can cause our pets to act aggressively during a fearful event, such as ongoing fireworks. Pets can injure themselves while trying to escape or looking for a place to hide.

Signs to be aware of: hiding, trembling or shaking, sudden urination or defecation, pacing, chewing, digging, barking or howling, and an abnormal clinging behavior around the pet’s owner.

If your pet is left home on the 4th of July, reduce the noise level in your home by running a fan, playing the radio, or closing the windows and the doors to help block out any bothersome noise.

Pet owners can also create a safe haven where their pet can retreat to when he feels threatened. Some animals find refuge in small spaces, such as a closet or their crate. Consider putting their favorite blanket and toys in these areas to create a sense of familiarity and security.

Food Toxicity

Barbecues can offer tantalizing treats for pets; however, most of them are toxic to our pets:

Fatty and rich foods can wreck havoc on your pet’s stomach, often leading to indigestion, upset stomach, and diarrhea. Raw meat and fish contain bacteria or parasites that are extremely dangerous to our pets. Onions and garlic, a common ingredient or condiment in many foods, are toxic to dogs and cats and can lead to fatal poisoning. Discarded bones from ribs, steak or chicken can cause an obstruction or lacerations of your pet’s digestive system.

Make sure to keep pets away from alcohol; wine, beer and other spirits are extremely toxic.

Pet Drowning

Many 4th of July parties may be held poolside, at the beach or on a lake, with dogs tagging along.

Don’t assume your pet knows how to swim; familiarize your pet with water from a young age. Supervise pets at all times while they’re around a pool. Your pet should have an easy way to exit the water. Pet-safety ladders can be installed in most pools.

Never leave your dog unattended at the beach. Dogs can easily become overpowered by tides and currents and become pummeled by a wave.

If you’re taking your dog on a boat, buy a life jacket made specifically for your four-legged companion. This simple but effective accessory can save your pet’s life, whether on a boat or swimming in a pool, at the beach or a lake.

The 4th of July can be a safe, fun celebration for all members of your family. If there’s an emergency, don’t wait to have your pet treated; locate a 24-hour veterinary clinic if your family veterinarian is not available. Keep the phone number handy.

Courtesy of http://www.petinsurance.com/healthzone/pet-articles/pet-owner-topics/July-4th-Pet-Safety-Tips.aspx