Archive: Jun 2017

  1. ZD Illg Liz

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    Liz Illg
    CEO & Owner
    Puff & Fluff Grooming and Pet Sitting

  2. Arizona Summer Hazards for Your Pet

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    Summer Pet Hazards & How to Recognize & Treat Them

    by AZ Pet Vet

    Summers in Arizona present some severe challenges for pet owners. From excessive heat to poisonous snakes and toads, we’re here to help you keep your pets healthy and safe all year round. Here are some specific health issues to watch for during the summer months:




    Heat stroke, or hyperthermia, is a real danger for pets and people. Hyperthermia occurs when your dog’s body temperature rises dangerously above normal (103°F), putting them in danger of multiple organ failure or death. Early recognition and treatment of heat stroke improves your pet’s chances of making a quick recovery. Seek veterinary treatment as soon as possible.


    • Panting
    • Dehydration
    • Excessive drooling
    • Reddened gums
    • Reduced urine production
    • Rapid/irregular heart rate
    • Vomiting blood/ black, tarry stools
    • Changes in mental status
    • Seizures/muscle tremors
    • Wobbly, uncoordinated or drunken gait or movement
    • Unconsciousness / Cardiopulmonary Arrest (heart and breathing stop)


    At the first sign of overheating, it’s important to seek veterinary care. In the meantime, there are some steps you can take to begin cooling your pet down. Do NOT use ice or extremely cold water as it can cause shock and other undesirable reactions. Wrap your pet in cool, wet towels for the trip. If possible, use the fan vents for a convection cooling effect. You can also swab isopropyl alcohol on your pet’s foot pads, groin, and under the forelegs, a form of evaporative cooling. Your vet will continue safely cooling your pet’s body temperature back down to its normal 103 degrees. Your vet may also recommend additional testing to determine if there has been any lasting damage to your pet’s internal organs.




    Concrete, asphalt and metal surfaces can all cause serious burns. If you can’t stand on the sidewalk comfortably in bare feet, then neither can your pet! A sidewalk temperature of 118° is hot enough to cause first degree burns. During summer months, take walks early in the morning when it’s cooler, or later in the evening after the cement has had time to cool down. There are also wonderful protective pet shoe options for pets of all sizes. While pets will need to adjust to the strange sensation of not only wearing shoes, but also walking in them, they can help prevent severe burns on tender paws and pads that will require veterinary care.


    • Limping/refusing to walk
    • Blistering or redness of pads
    • Missing portions of pads/open wounds
    • Excessive licking or chewing of paws


    Minor burns can be cared for at home using an antibiotic ointment, and by keeping the burned areas clean and protected, and avoiding walking except when necessary. If there are open wounds or blisters, best to head to AZ Pet Vet for expert care.




    Arizona is a haven for critters that bite or sting, but everyone dreads rattlesnake season. Exercise caution when hiking with your pet. Snakes are designed to blend in with their surroundings, so you may not realize you and pet are in danger before it is too late. When a snake bites a dog, it’s most commonly found on the muzzle or leg.


    • Swelling
    • Puncture marks
    • Bruising or skin discoloration
    • Intense pain at the site of the affected area
    • Collapse
    • Respiratory distress (swelling can block airways)
    • Vomiting
    • Muscle tremors

    All rattlesnake bites should be considered severe. Keep your pet calm and head to your veterinarian as soon as possible. Exercise caution when moving your pet, as they are likely in a great amount of pain and may snap or bite.




    Yes, more poisonous critters! During the hot and humid summer monsoon season, toads will emerge in yards, desert, pools and other areas. Many dogs are fascinated by them, and will try to catch them in their mouths. If your dog comes in contact with a toxic toad, these symptoms will be observable almost immediately:

    • Severe drooling
    • Head shaking
    • Pawing at the mouth or eyes
    • Muddy red mucous membranes
    • Hyperthermia (overheating)
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Vomiting of yellow fluid
    • Diarrhea
    • Dilated pupils, loss of coordination,
    • Vocalization, seizures, collapse, and death


    Toad poisoning is a life-threatening medical emergency. If you know or suspect your pet has been exposed to a toad, rinse the mouth out immediately – use a constant stream of water from a faucet or hose if at all possible – and call your veterinarian, the closest emergency animal hospital, and/or the Pet Poison Helpline at 855-764-7661.

    We hope these tips help you and your pets have a safe and healthy summer!

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