Saturday, October 25, 2014

Camping and Traveling with Your Furry Friends

Road Trip!!!!

If you are going on a hike, camping, or road trip with your dog, you need to be prepared. Here are some things to remember:
-foot protection (heat or snow) protective boots are needed
-plenty of water and food, do not let your dog drink from lakes or streams-prevent heatstroke http://www.vetmedaz.com/2014/07/15/heat-stroke-risk-for-pets/
-flea or tick preventative
-collar and tags
-easy access to your dogs vaccination/medical records

-keep your dog on a leash, watch for rattlesnakes! http://www.vetmedaz.com/2014/07/15/heat-stroke-risk-for-pets/  

Also remember to have a first aid kit with you.
Your Dog’s First-Aid Kit Should Include:

·        Absorbent gauze pads
·        Adhesive first aid tape
·        Antiseptic wipes, lotion, powder, or spray
·        Blanket (a foil emergency blanket)
·        Cotton balls or swabs
·        Gauze rolls
·        Hydrogen peroxide
o   Hydrogen peroxide can be used to induce vomiting; do this only when directed by a veterinarian or a poison-control expert
·        Ice pack
·        Non-latex disposable gloves
·        Petroleum jelly (to lubricate the thermometer)
·        Rectal thermometer (your pet’s temperature should not rise above 103°F or fall below 100°F)
·        Scissors (with blunt ends)
·        Sterile saline solution to clean open wounds
·        Tweezers and comb to remove cactus thorns or burrs
·        Nail clippers
·        Plastic eyedropper or syringe
·        Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) for allergic reactions
o   Check with your veterinarian to make sure Benadryl is approved for your pet and verify the appropriate dosage amount
·        Rubbing alcohol (isopropyl) to clean the thermometer
·        Ear-cleaning solution
·        Glucose paste or corn syrup (for diabetic dogs or those with low blood sugar)
·        Non-prescription antibiotic ointment
·        Small flashlight
·        Towels

Happy Road Trip!


   


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Time to Check your Calendar- Don't Miss out on the FUN























1. Membership Renewal-
Please go to: http://www.azgrc.org/getInvolved/membership.html 
We would love to see you again. 2015 will be an exciting year and we want you to be a part of it. We would like to thank you for your participation and ask for your continued support of 
AZGRC by renewing your membership.

2. Order 2015 AZGRC Calendar- Go to 
www.azgrc.org.    AZGRC 2015 CALENDAR
Now Available


3. GOTCHA DAY- It's not too early to mark your calendar for Saturday, November 1st!  That's the day when AZGRC members gather together to celebrate the wonderful four-legged members of our family!
  
 It's a day of great fun, good friends, delicious food, awesome raffle baskets, boutique shopping, and games for four-legged and two-legged participants!
  
We will meet at Vista Del Camino Park, Ramada 3 from10:00AM to 1:00PM.

Please RSVP by October 29th by calling 602-870-0037 or emailing events@azgrc.org.  Please use "Gotcha Day" as the subject line for the email.  Be sure to include the number of people and pups attending.

For more details, watch your mail for the Gotcha Day postcard or check AZGRC's website at www.azgrc.org.

AZGRC will provide the food. Lawn chairs suggested.

GOLDENS GIVE BACK!
Please bring dog or cat food to be donated to P.E.T. (Pets Eat Too) Pantry.  For more information on P.E.T. Pantry visitwww.scottsdalepetpantry.org.

4. SEE SPOT SHOP- 











Monday, October 6, 2014

Gotcha Day is Coming Soon

GOTCHA DAY IS COMING!   

It's not too early to mark your calendar for Saturday, November 1st!  That's the day when AZGRC members gather together to celebrate the wonderful four-legged members of our family!
  
 It's a day of great fun, good friends, delicious food, awesome raffle baskets, boutique shopping, and games for four-legged and two-legged participants!
  
We will meet at Vista Del Camino Park, Ramada 3 from10:00AM to 1:00PM.

Please RSVP by October 29th by calling 602-870-0037 or emailing events@azgrc.org.  Please use "Gotcha Day" as the subject line for the email.  Be sure to include the number of people and pups attending.

For more details, watch your mail for the Gotcha Day postcard or check AZGRC's website at www.azgrc.org.

AZGRC will provide the food. Lawn chairs suggested.

GOLDENS GIVE BACK!
Please bring dog or cat food to be donated to P.E.T. (Pets Eat Too) Pantry.  For more information on P.E.T. Pantry visitwww.scottsdalepetpantry.org.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Trick or Treat

Halloween can be a fun event for families and their pets. However, if safety precautions are not taken, it can also be a hazardous time for our four-legged companions. Here are some practical yet potentially life-saving tips that can help protect your pets on Halloween.
1. Dangerous Pet Costumes
Never leave a pet unattended while wearing a costume. Small (or large) parts of a costume can become chewed and ingested and can in turn potentially lead to foreign body ingestion which can be life threatening to your pet.

2. Halloween Decorations and Fire Hazards

If you like to decorate your home in the Halloween spirit, take into consideration what you're putting on display and where the decorations will be placed. Easy-to-reach decorations — or candles — can be eaten or knocked over, potentially leading to choking, foreign body ingestion, electrical shock and even burns and a household fire.
Err on the side of caution while decorating and choose pet-safe products.

3. Noise Affects Pets

Dogs and cats can become skittish and anxiety ridden on Halloween due to the incessant ringing of the doorbell, constant squeals and chatter just outside the door, and small fireworks set off in the street.
In addition, the barrage of strangers dressed in unfamiliar and scary costumes can alarm some pets, increasing their anxiety. Take extra precaution on Halloween: gauge your pet's typical reaction while greeting visitors and decide if putting up a baby gate or leaving your dog or cat in a back room of the house would keep them calmer throughout the evening.

4. Candy and Chocolate Are Toxic

Candy and chocolate are never good for dogs or cats and on Halloween there is an increased chance that Fluffy and Fido may consume treats meant for tricksters.
·        Chocolate and xylitol, a sweetener found in many candies, can be extremely toxic to pets.
·        Lollipops and their sticks can be choking hazards and cause a painful obstruction or foreign body ingestion that may require surgery to remove.
·        Candies wrapped in plastic and other types of wrapping can also lead to chocking or cause an obstruction and upset stomach. 

5. Lost Pets

Halloween isn't an ideal time to let your dog or cat wander outside unattended. While there aren't any documented reports or statistics to indicate that pet abduction increases on Halloween, be mindful that a prankster or a mean-spirited individual could be inspired to mess with your pet.
Take caution and keep pets indoors with you, or escort them outside on a leash if you plan on including your pet in neighborhood festivities. Sudden noises and strange-looking costumes can also spook your pet, causing them to run away, therefore, it’s always a good idea to adorn your pet with a collar and identification tags in case you become separated.
If you dog is not micro-chipped, make sure they have their collar and ID tags. 

Please share what you do to keep your dog safe on Halloween!














Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Meet Mr. October- Monty


Rescued        February 2010
Upon Monty’s rescue from the local shelter, it quickly became apparent why his previous owners had abandoned him.  Monty had a reflection obsessive compulsive disorder.  Simply put, Monty was obsessed with light.  Any shiny reflection made it impossible to focus.  Monty could not eat out of a metal bowl if it reflected light; he could not be around anyone wearing a watch or shiny jewelry of any kind.  Anything that caused a beam of light put Monty in a trance.  He was so thin he was almost emaciated.  This was a special young Golden that needed a very special family. 
Several adopters came to meet Monty but could not get beyond the way Monty was easily distracted.  When Monty’s foster mom first met Aaron and Christine, she was sure that Monty was in for another disappointment because Aaron wore a shiny prosthetic leg.  Monty fooled his foster mom and immediately bonded with Aaron and Christine.  Monty was sure this was his forever mom and dad! 
Monty went home with his new parents and met his new older brother Sam, a seven-year-old Golden.  Aaron, Christine and even Sam were very patient with Monty and helped him work through his OCD.  Because of their love and care, Monty is now a beautiful happy Golden.  Monty still deals with his sunbeam distraction, but only for a little bit in the morning and the rest of the day he is good.  Monty’s favorite thing is a blanket that is named Wendella.  When Monty is down or has done something naughty, he goes and gets Wendella and covers his head.
Monty’s life became even better when his mom and dad took in a puppy named Harlow.  Monty LOVES his new baby sister and enjoys having a playmate closer to his age.  For Monty, his family is all the sunshine he will ever need!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

TICK IS A FOUR LETTER WORD



Sad news here!  We got ticks! Yuk Yuk!
Tell your mom to check you for ticks. There is a bumper crop of ticks here in Arizona because of our warm climate. We never had ticks before so not sure why we have now but mom is going crazy with tick search and destroy.  So what are ticks?

Ticks are parasitic arthropods that feed on the blood of their hosts. They are attracted to warmth and motion, often seeking out mammals – including dogs. Ticks tend to hide out in tall grass or plants in wooded areas waiting for prospective hosts. Once a host is found, the tick climbs on and attaches its mouthparts into the skin, beginning the blood meal. Once locked in place, the tick will not detach until its meal is complete. It may continue to feed for several hours to days, depending on the type of tick. On dogs, ticks often attach themselves in crevices and/or areas with little to no hair – typically in and around the ears, the areas where the insides of the legs meet the body, between the toes, and within skin folds. Most species of ticks go through four life stages - eggs, larvae, nymphs, and adults. All stages beyond eggs will attach to a host for a blood meal (and must do so on order to mature). Depending on species, the life span of a tick can be several months to years, and female adults can lay hundreds to thousands of eggs at a time.

Here is a link to how to find and remove a tick:


Here is a link to more information on tick prevention:

Please check with your vet about prevention medication. They know what medication your dog is on and what will be safe to use on your pet.
Our mom uses diatomaceous earth (food grade) and it works well for us. You can find it at your favorite pet store or feed shop.
Bobbie, Julee, and Welsie

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Annual AZGRC Membership Drive


Please go to: http://www.azgrc.org/getInvolved/membership.html 
We would love to see you again. 2015 will be an exciting year and we want you to be a part of it. We would like to thank you for your participation and ask for your continued support of 
AZGRC by renewing your membership.

GET INVITATIONS TO "MEMBERS ONLY" EVENTS!
Your membership will give you an instant invitation to all of our events, including "members only" events like our annual Gotcha Day, and more! We're organizing special members only "Golden Gatherings" throughout the Valley, where we can get together and share the joy all of our Golden Retrievers give to us. You'll also receive a copy of our monthly e-newsletter, full of Golden high-lights and tales - It's going to be an exciting year and we can't wait to share it with you.