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Veterinary Technician Wanted

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Experienced Veterinary Technician needed for a very busy, fast paced Spay/Neuter Clinic in Phoenix, AZ.

This position is full-time, or part-time. Compensation depends on experience. We are open Monday through Saturday. NO nights, NO emergencies, NO HOLIDAYS and NO on-call status so you can have a life outside your job. This position is also eligible for profit-sharing, and veterinary services at a reduced rate.

Qualities we are seeking…

Friendly demeanor
Exceptional communication skills and active listening skills
Warm rapport with the clientele
Good memory for people and their pets
Exceptional organizational skills
Time management skills
Effective but compassionate restraint of all types of small animals
Administer anesthetic agents, maintain a surgical plane, and recover patients
Practice aseptic technique, assist in surgical suite, and maintain instruments
Perform dental prophylaxis
Administer IV fluids, troubleshoot fluid administration, perform IV injections
Working knowledge of lab procedures such as fecal exams, heartworm tests, ear cytology, etc
Collect lab samples, including drawing blood
Keep flawless patient records
Make reminder and follow up calls to clients
Communicate with and educate clients daily

New To Dog Ownership: Your Most Pressing Puppy Questions Answered

New To Dog Ownership: Your Most Pressing Puppy Questions Answered

You’ve officially decided to get a puppy. You’ve paid the breeder or adoption fee and soon your new furry friend will be gracing the floors of your home.

You’ve got the food and supplies you need along with plenty of toys. But what else do you need to know about taking care of a new puppy?

To help you care for your new puppy, we’ve answered some of your most pressing questions below.

1. Do I need to puppy-proof my house? Puppies are curious, just like kids. That means they tend to chew and swallow things they shouldn’t be chewing or swallowing. Keep children’s toys away and don’t leave any food where they reach it. Be sure to keep your trash can out of your puppy’s reach, too. Your puppy can easily choke on small objects they can fit in their mouths.

2. How soon do I need to bring my puppy to the vet? It’s recommended to get your puppy in to see the vet as soon as possible. Within the first two days is typically best because it gives your vet the chance to catch any health problems early on. You’ll also need to talk to your vet about vaccinations, worms, and feeding.

3. Does my puppy need to be spayed or neutered? If your puppy hasn’t already been spayed or neutered, it’s a good idea to have the procedure done. When you have your dog spayed, you’re helping to prevent uterine infections and breast tumors. When you have your dog neutered, you’re helping to prevent prostate problems and testicular cancer.

4. When does my puppy need to start getting vaccinated? Puppies will typically start getting their vaccinations when they’re eight weeks old. From then until they’re 16 weeks old, they’ll get a series of vaccinations once every three weeks.

Where can I find an Arizona spay clinic near me?

Both puppies and kittens can be spayed or neutered once they’ve reached the age of two months old. It’s important to get your puppy spayed or neutered at this time because a dog as young as five months old has the ability to get pregnant.

AZPaws is an Arizona spay clinic where you can take your dog or cat for their neutering/spaying procedure. To learn more about our pet healthcare services such as spaying, neutering, or pet dental care, contact AZPaws today.

 

Is This Toxic? A Guide On What Not To Feed Your Dog

To protect your dog from toxic scraps, here are some human foods that are safe and some that are not-so-safe for your dog to eat.

Dogs are a big part of the American family. Unfortunately, this often means that dogs are being fed as if they were human. Dogs and humans don’t metabolize their food in the same way. In fact, food that may be safe for you to eat can be toxic to your pet.

To protect your dog from toxic scraps, here are some human foods that are safe and some that are not-so-safe for your dog to eat.

Feed Fido This, Not That: What’s Safe For Your Dog
Certain foods are perfectly safe for your dog to eat. In fact, many human foods like peanut butter can be used as a treat for your dog when given in moderation.

Here are some of the foods that are safe for your dog to consume:
Carrots (in bite-size pieces)
Peanut butter (in moderation)
Cooked eggs
Cooked, boneless salmon
Cheese (in moderation)
Blueberries
Seedless watermelon (without the rind)
Blackberries
Fresh or frozen peas (not canned)

 

Toxic Treats To Avoid: What Not To Feed Your Dog
Although some human foods are safe to give your dog when they’re unsalted, unseeded, and unseasoned, some foods are toxic. Foods like grapes can cause kidney failure and other unfortunate health problems that can be avoided.

To help keep your dog safe, here are some foods to avoid giving to your dog and to keep your dog away from:

Chocolate (all kinds)
Grapes/Raisins
Macadamia nuts
Onions
Avocado
Coffee
Tea (all kinds)
Garlic
Alcohol
Nutmeg
Lemons/Limes

Before you feed your dog anything, it’s important to first make sure that it’s safe for them to consume and in what way. Even if a dog is able to eat a certain food, they may not be able to eat it if it’s raw or seasoned.

Don’t Forget Dental Care For Your Dog
Many pet owners enjoy sharing their food with their dogs. But it’s important that your pet is receiving dog dental care no matter what kind of food they’re eating.

Up to 80% of dogs have periodontal disease by the age of three. Left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to major health problems for your dog.

Dental care for your dog is an important part of pet healthcare. To learn more about dental care for your dog or to schedule an appointment for your dog, contact the office of AZ Paws today.

Spaying Your Cat: What To Expect Before, During, And After The Procedure

Read about what to expect before and after you spay your cat on the AZPAWS blog.

Spaying Your Cat: What To Expect Before, During, And After The Procedure

It’s important to spay your pet before their first heat for a number of reasons. The first is that is can help prevent uterine infections. The second is that is can help prevent cancerous tumors, which affect up to 90% of cats. It’s essential that a cat is spayed before their first heat because they can become pregnant as soon as they’re five months old.

Therefore, to ensure you’re properly prepared for your feline’s spaying, here’s what you need to know about the process of spaying a cat.

Preparing your Cat
Similar to human surgery, it’s often recommended that a cat doesn’t consume food or water for up to 12 hours prior to their surgery. This is to help prevent vomiting during surgery, which could complicate the procedure.

It’s also a good idea to prepare for the morning of the surgery based on your cat’s known behavior. For instance, if your cat is likely to hide at the sight of their carrier, keep them in the guest bedroom over night so they’ll be easier to catch the next day. Additionally, keep your cat indoors the night before the surgery to ensure they’re not drinking or eating for 12 hours prior to the surgery.

During the Surgery
During the surgery, a veterinarian will be assisted by either one or two technicians. The veterinarian may choose to use an intravenous catheter on your pet to provide them with drugs or fluids. However, this isn’t always the case.

Should the catheter be used, one of the technicians will shave applied area either on the back foot of your cat or the front leg. Your cat will be anesthetized and sedated during the procedure. The procedure will take up to 30 minutes at most.

A small incision is made in the stomach area of your cat during the surgery. Be sure to pay close attention to this area after the procedure for signs of infection, swelling, or bleeding.

After the surgery
After the surgery, you’ll want to keep your cat indoors for at least a week. Keep him or her safe and comfortable.

Many cats are often back to their normal behavior within 24 hours. If your feline is still behaving oddly or groggy after more than two days be sure to check in with your veterinarian.

As a pet owner, it’s essential that you understand the importance of spaying or neutering your pet when it comes to pet healthcare. Spaying your pet means caring for your pet. For more information on the benefits of spaying your pet and caring for your cat after spaying or neutering, contact AZPaws today.

3 Benefits of Getting Your Pet Spayed or Neutered

There are many benefits of spaying or neutering your pet, read more about how this procedure can help your pets in the long run on the AZ PAWS blog

3 Benefits of Getting Your Pet Spayed or Neutered

As a pet owner, you may be familiar with the terms “neuter” and “spay.” However, you may be unfamiliar with the reasons as to why those things are important. Deciding whether or not to have your animal undergo the procedure is probably the biggest decision you will make as a pet owner.

There are a few things you need to consider when you are deciding what to do in terms of neutering and spaying. It’s important to know the benefits of the procedure before you decide to go through with it or not. Here’s what you need to know.

Your Pets May Live Longer
Deciding to spay or neuter your pet allows them to live longer than they would if you didn’t have the procedure done. This may be because deciding to neuter them or spay them may curb hormones that prompt aggression and impulsive sprints out into the street. Going through with the procedure also helps prevent cancer.

 

Spaying and Neutering Can Help Curb Bad Behavior
In young dogs and cats, bad behavior can be unacceptable. Dogs tend to be more aggressive before going to the vet clinic and having the procedure done. Cats tend to mark their territory, so getting them to the clinic at a young age will prevent that from happening. The longer you wait to have this done for any pet, the less chance there is that the procedure will work. If you wait too long, their bad instincts will be ingrained and it’ll be very hard to try and fix the problem. Puppies and kittens can have the procedure done when they are as little as two months old.

 

You’ll Save Money in the Long Run
Going along with spaying and neutering being used as a way to keep your pets healthy, having the procedure done may help save you money as a pet owner. As said in the section about keeping your pet healthy, they have a high risk of being diagnosed with cancer if they aren’t spayed or neutered. If your pet does end up diagnosed with cancer, there will be extreme costs that will come with caring for your animal during that time. You will also have a higher license fee if you don’t choose to spay or neuter your animal. Owners who have unaltered pets have to ultimately pay more than owners with pets who have been through the procedure.

Making the decision to have your pet take the plunge or not can be very difficult. However, choosing to have your pet spayed or neutered can do a lot of positive things for both you and your pet.

 

How to Keep Your Dog Calm When Visiting the Spay and Neuter Clinic

Read about some tips that can help get your dog to the clinic or vet remain calm and peaceful for their visit.

How to Keep Your Dog Calm When Visiting the Spay and Neuter Clinic

As a dog owner, it is up to you to advocate for their health and happiness. Since they can’t speak, you need to stay vigilant in order to ensure their physical and emotional needs are always being met. And while this typically includes a visit or two to the veterinarian office, your pup may not be a fan of this type of field trip. That’s especially true when visiting a spay and neuter clinic, as dogs can easily pick up on their owner’s anxiety and discomfort.

That’s why it is all too common for pets to feel anxious when the time comes to visit the clinic. They may not know what’s in store, but they know that something is happening. For the sake of your pet’s health and happiness, here are some tried and true strategies for keeping dogs calm while visiting a veterinarian office.

 

• Get them used to the car

Some pets only go in the car when they go to the vet, so they begin to associate car rides with stress and fear. Get rid of the anxiety by taking them on regular car rides around the block or to the dog park, and always end these trips with a treat. Soon, they won’t be so nervous to jump in the car and go exploring with you.

• Practice on your pet

Just like human beings, many animals are afraid of the unknown. Unfamiliar people, places, and especially smells can instantly raise a dog’s anxiety levels. This can easily be bypassed by practicing some treatments on your pet so they aren’t completely uncomfortable at the vet. Here’s one idea for making your pooch more comfortable with vet care: regularly brush their teeth at home. Dental care for pets is especially important, but 65% of pet owners don’t brush their pet’s teeth at all. Simply touching their mouth and getting them used to the sensation of a brush can calm them down before their next medical appointment.

• Stay calm

Dogs have an incredible ability to read emotions in body language and faces, and they will easily pick up on what you’re feeling if you’re nervous. While visiting dog spay and neuter clinics may be stressful for you as a pet owner, it’s important not to show it. The second you show tension in your voice or body language, your furry friend will immediately feel distressed. However, that doesn’t mean you should overcompensate with baby talk and big smiles. To make your dog feel calm, try and act as normal as possible.

Going to AZPAWS doesn’t have to be traumatic for you or your pet. Simply follow these tips and both of you will be all smiles throughout the entire appointment.

 

Caring for Your Cat After Surgery and What to Expect

Neutering a cat can be a scary process but knowing what to do after can help. Visit our website and blog to learn about what to do for your pet after surgery.

As a pet owner, you have put yourself in a position of responsibility towards your pet. For instance, at minimum, your pet should have their mouth thoroughly examined by a vet at least once a year. After your pet reaches 7 years old, they should be examined twice a year.

Indeed, by 3 years of age, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have periodontal (dental) disease. There are other important aspects of pet care, like keeping them clean, feed, exercised — and spayed.

Neutering a cat is often in the best interest of both you, the owner, and your beloved feline friend. Indeed, the surgery itself is routine and very easy — but it does require a couple of days of special attention and care for your pet. It is up to you to make sure that your cat is safe, healthy and after after the procedure — check out how to do that here:

 Expect your cat to have lower energy levels than usual — he or she needs to reserve their energy for recovery!

 It’s normal if some pinkness around the incision remains for a couple of days after, and it is only a problem if it lingers for longer than that. It should go without saying that it is inadvisable to touch your pets tender areas.

 Make sure not to feed your pet too soon! Likely it will not be allowed to eat until later in the evening the day of the surgery.

 Your vet will most likely recommend only giving your cat a small amount of water the a day of the surgery — any more could cause nausea in your feline companion.

 Try to keep your cat from being too active. Your cat needs to recover and moving like he or she usually does might cause the stitches to rip. Making your cat, or dog, can get it’s spay and neuter procedure will save you both a lot of headache — and possibly some kittens or puppies.

Caring for your pet is a big responsibility — remember that good nutrition should be at the center of every pet owners concerns — treats should make up no more than 10% of your pet’s daily calories.   Pet healthcare, including dental care for pets, and facilities for spaying a cat, will keep your pet health and happy for a long time — neutering a cat will keep you both very happy.

Adopting a Rescue Dog? Here Are Some Tips!

If you are thinking about rescue dog adoption, please read about some tips that can help.

Adopting a Rescue Dog: 7 Tips To Help You Through the First Few Weeks

If you’ve made the big decision to adopt a rescue dog, it’s normal to feel both excited and scared for what’s to come. Here are a few basic tips to help you out during the first few weeks after you’ve adopted a dog:

1. Many rescue groups will have already given dogs and cats the vaccinations they need before adopters can take them home; if this is the case, you may be asked to pay higher adoption fees to cover the cost of the shots. These are usually just the basic vaccines, such as rabies, Distemper-Parvo Combo, and bordetella (i.e., “kennel cough”), so you may want to bring your pet into our clinic for additional vaccines (depending on where you live).

2. Most rescue groups will also take their rescue animals to a spay and neuter clinic before adoption. If a dog or cat has been spayed or neutered, some spay and neuter clinics make a small tattoo, which is a short green line, near the incision. Spaying or neutering your dog is very important: it typically extends their lifespan by one to three years, it decreases (or eliminates) the risk of uterine/testicular cancer, it decreases aggression (especially in male dogs), and it ensures that you don’t become the owner of a litter of puppies!

3. When you first bring your dog home, it’s normal for both of you to be nervous. If you find that your new pup is especially anxious around people (especially if he/she was abused before), try to give him/her some space to explore. Simply talking to your dog in a calm voice will help him/her feel comfortable around you.

4. Many rescue dogs actually feel more comfortable in a crate because it’s their own safe space. (If you don’t have a crate on hand, a large cardboard box tipped on its side can be a decent stand-in.)

5. Instead of buying new blankets and towels, fill the crate with some old shirts or blankets that you’ve used for a while; these will help your dog associate your “person smell” with safety and comfort.

6. Try to make your home as consistent as possible in the first few weeks. Dogs respond very well to rules and your pet needs you to be the “pack leader.” Everything from bedtime to mealtimes should be kept consistent until you both adjust to a new schedule.

7. Registering your pet in your town or city, or county, is very important, and you’ll need to have proof of vaccinations in order to get a dog license. This license is usually pretty inexpensive (around $10-$15) and many town offices provide a discount if your dog has been spayed or neutered. This proof can be obtained from your dog vet clinic or from a dog spay and neuter clinic.

Most importantly, remember that you are making a difference by opening up your home to an animal in need. You both have plenty of fun adventures ahead of you!

Thank you.

Rescued Dogs From Phoenix Puppy Mill To Be Trained To Help Veterans With PTSD

This November, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office M.A.S.H. Unit freed 129 dogs from a Tonopah puppy mill outside Phoenix. Now, the MASH (MCSO Animal Safe Haven) Unit is housing the animals until they can find good homes for the pups; members of the public are encouraged to call if interested in adopting the rescued dogs.

According to the unit’s website, “Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s no-kill animal shelter, MASH, was created to house and care for animals that have been abused or neglected by their caretakers and rescued by the Animal Crimes Investigations Unit.”

Sheriff Arpaio said the puppy mill was known to investigators, who demanded the couple running the facility improve conditions for the animals. When that failed to happen, officers returned to rescue 129 bulldogs and pugs, which were being sold for up to $1,000 each. Charges against the puppy mill operators are pending.

In better news, the Sheriff’s Office says some of the dogs will be trained as service dogs to help veterans with PTSD.

The latest puppy mill bust shows the uphill battle faced by those who want to reduce the suffering of man’s best friend. Illegal puppy mills like the one in Tonopah lessen the overall efforts completed from the good work performed by Arizona spay and neuter clinics.

A Spay and Neuter Clinic Phoenix Pet Owners Can Afford…
Veterinarians estimate that each year there are millions of dogs and cats, of all ages and breeds, that suffer and die on the street and in kill shelters. Often, these stray and feral animals are the result of unplanned litters by pet owners that ignored the importance of spaying and neutering your pet.

Our affordable pet clinic operates the spay and neuter clinic Phoenix trusts to keep their animals healthy, while also avoiding the extra burden that comes from a pregnant pet. In many cases, our Phoenix spay and neuter clinic can perform the operation for less than $100, which includes the cost of all medications needed before, during, and after the procedure.

Plus, neutering your pet has a number of health benefits. Spaying and neutering a dog can extend his or her life span by up to three years, while spayed and neutered cats live for three to five years longer on average. These simple procedures also make dogs much less likely to run away from home, and studies show that 85% of dogs hit by cars have not been spayed or neutered.

If you own a dog or cat, please don’t wait to book an appointment with the most affordable spay and neuter clinic Phoenix has to offer. If you live outside of Arizona, don’t hesitate to contact a pet clinic near you today.

The Benefits of Spaying and Neutering Your Pets

Pets enrich the lives of people everywhere, adding joy and companionship to their owners’ lives. While many people strive to give their pets the highest level of care available, they often concentrate on feeding good foods, regular grooming, and taking pets to obedience class. Unfortunately, while veterinary care is a priority for pet owners, the importance of spaying and neutering your pet can be lost on many pet owners. There are many reasons why you should spay and neuter your pets for their health, and your sanity as an owner.

The most obvious benefits of neutering your pets include the decrease in pet overpopulation. This is an especially significant issue for cats, which are less likely to be adopted from shelters and harm the environment when left to roam freely. Because the number of stray and unwanted animals in communities decreases when pets are spayed or neutered, fewer animals are left in shelters or euthanized.

When you neuter or spay your cat or dog, you are sure to save money in long-term vet bills. Intact male cats and dogs are more likely to wander away from home, and are at a higher risk for testicular cancer than male pets who have been neutered before six months of age. When you neuter or spay your cat, his or her life span is increased by three to five years, while fixed dogs see a life span increase of one to three years. Many owners are concerned about the cost of having their pets fixed, but there are many dog and cat spay and neuter clinics that offer affordable surgery for low-income pet owners.

Spayed and neutered pets contribute to a more peaceful household. Spayed and neutered pets tend to be friendlier, more focused, and easier to train than their intact counterparts. Fixed pets also exhibit fewer aggressive behaviors, as well as refrain from unwanted actions like wailing and spraying.

Whether you are a cat person or a dog person, it is your responsibility as a pet owner to keep your companions happy and healthy, so be sure to have your pets spayed and neutered as early as possible to help them live a long and happy life.