Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Here is some great information to share. Here, at AZGRC, we like to keep current on dog health information. This information is from Dr  Nancy Kay. There is a new way to sterilize your male dog. Most of our adoptable dogs come already altered. This is just another possibility for the future. If you have further questions, please speak with your own vet. 

Zeuterin: Chemical Sterilization of Male Dogs by Nancy Kay, DVM
Photo Credit: Shirley Zindler
I first wrote about Zeuterin, a product used to chemically sterilize male dogs, a couple of years ago. At the time, Zeuterin was still undergoing studies for FDA approval. Ark Sciences, the manufacturer of Zeuterin, received that approval in early 2014, and, since then, the use of this product has rapidly accelerated within the United States.
I recently completed the specific training required for veterinarians to purchase and use Zeuterin. My training began with an online instructional webinar. Next, I completed a wet lab during which I Zeutered three dogs under the watchful eye of a certified trainer. I had the good fortune of doing so with certified trainer, Dr. Laureen Bartfield. She is the director of SNAP-NC (Spay Neuter Assistance Program of North Carolina), and has Zeutered hundreds if not thousands of dogs.
The Zeutering process
From start to finish, Zeutering each dog required no more than 10 to 15 minutes. Keep in mind, things would have been easily twice as quick had I not been learning the procedure for the first time. Here’s how the Zeutering worked:
Step one: Each dog received a thorough physical examination to make sure there were no problems that would interfere with a good outcome. For example, if a dog had significant skin irritation around the scrotum, he would have been disqualified from being Zeutered that day.
Step two: Each dog was sedated to very lightly anesthetized. The goal was to sedate to the point that the dog was willing to lie on his back without struggling. We used a sedation drug called dexmedetomidine, the effects of which were readily reversed by another drug immediately following the procedure.
Step three: Using calipers, the size of each testicle was measured in order to determine and draw up the exact volume of Zeuterin needed for each testicle into two separate syringes.
Step four: Using a slow, steady technique, the appropriate volume of Zeuterin was injected into the center of each testicle. Pain receptors within the testicles respond primarily to changes in pressure, so the key to keeping the dogs comfortable was injecting the Zeuterin very slowly.
Step five: A green “Z” was tattooed within the skin adjacent to the sheath (just in front of the scrotum). Given that the testicles remain, this tattoo announces to the world that the dog has indeed been neutered.
Step six: The dogs were sent home within a couple of hours of being Zeutered. They received an injection of pain medication along with a few days worth of oral pain medication to be given at home. This is a standard recommendation for dogs who have been Zeutered. There is no need for a follow up visit unless concerns arise. Clients were advised that their dog would have some scrotal swelling for the first few days. They were also told that their dogs would not be 100% sterile until 30 days following Zeutering.
Impressions of Zeutering
Following my first hands on experience with Zeuterin, here are my impressions:
  1. The Zeutering process is precise, but easy to learn.
  2. Zeutering is a quick process.
  3. Zeutering is a safe process.
  4. The Zeutering process appears to be pain-free.
  5. Recovery from Zeutering is rapid.
  6. Zeuterin provides a safe and effective means to neuter male dogs.
Stay tuned for Zeuterin: Part II in which I will compare Zeutering to conventional surgical neutering.
Would you consider Zeuterin for your dog?

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Valentine Day Countdown-20 Days

Hey furry friends, Valentine Day is coming very soon!
Make sure you have planned the best furry time you can. Remember to order the wine and candles for that special friend. You could also make some extra special treats to seal the deal.  Here are some places to order the wine and candles. Remember to hug the one you love!


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Was Walking Your Dog a New Year's Resolution?

Here is your chance to try the new 
walking app and exercise you and your
furry friends.
Our furry friends are going out for this walk 
and hope to see you there!

Saturday, January 17, 2015
Tempe Town Lake
680 N. Mill Ave
Tempe, AZ  85251

  What Golden doesn’t like going for a walk?  
Who doesn’t like to be outside in the perfect Arizona weather? 
Come join AZGRC members for a walk at Tempe Town Lake. 
We will be meeting by the parking lot West of Tempe Beach Park
off of Rio Salado Parkway and will be heading out for an approximate
2 mile walk along the South side of the lake.
Please bring water for you and your pups.  
This will be a great opportunity to catch up with other members,
get some exercise and do something fun with your Golden. 
Look forward to seeing you there!
Please RSVP to:

Walk For A DogDon’t just take your dog for a walk… Take your Walk for a Dog! Go to, download the app, and support Arizona Golden Retriever Connection every time you walk your dog.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Meet Miss January 2015----Leilani

Rescued        MARCH 2014
“Just a short time ago I came out of a safe warm place inside my mom and into a strange new world.  I have brothers and sisters who can run and jump.  But when I try and play I have to hop because one of my legs isn’t working.  I like toys and I want to explore this new world but it’s hard to keep up.  My brother and sisters are going to new homes.  When will I have a new home?”
Little Leilani was born with a rare birth defect.  She was most likely supposed to be one of identical twins, but instead the embryo did not split entirely and Leilani ended up with one back leg that had double parts, all of which were deformed.  Most breeders would have destroyed Leilani at birth. After all, there is no profit in a deformed puppy. 
Leilani was one of the very few lucky ones.  Her mom’s owner, a compassionate and responsible breeder, felt Leilani deserved a chance at life.  She contacted Arizona Golden Retriever Connection to see if a rescue organization would be willing to give Leilani that chance.  Enter Brenda and Lisa, two longtime members of AZGRC and Golden lovers extraordinaire.  They both looked past the deformed leg and pronounced limp, and saw a feisty Golden Retriever puppy who wanted to live life to the fullest. 
With the approval of the AZGRC Board, Leilani was examined by veterinary orthopedic specialists and surgery was scheduled in an attempt to save Leilani’s leg.  Unfortunately, there were too many things wrong and the leg had to be amputated.  However Leilani had AZGRC volunteers and her special foster moms, Lisa and Brenda, on her side. 
Here is what Leilani says today.  Last week I went to a place with lots of sand to dig in and a whole lot of water to swim in!  I had so much fun with big brother and sister, Brophy and Nola.  Even though they have four legs, I can still swim just like they can and I can even run faster.  That’s because Mom Lisa and Mom Brenda make sure I do my special “tripawd” exercises.  I have lots of friends that I visit and come visit with me.  Sometimes, I even let them play with my toys…but not too much.  After all, I’m a very special princess…at least that’s what my mom says!”
Thanks to a caring breeder, a “village” of volunteers, and two loving and patient foster (now forever) moms, Leilani will spend lots of years doing all the things a happy, energetic Golden loves to do, only with three legs instead of four!
As a special note, Leilani has been chosen to participate in the Morris Foundation’s Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. This study, the largest of its kind, follows selected purebred Golden Retrievers throughout their lives for the purpose of finding the cause and perhaps the cure of cancers so common in the Golden Retriever.  Perhaps, someday Leilani will be part of the group of Goldens that helps bring a new understanding to cancer in Golden Retrievers and maybe even to find a cure!  That wouldn’t be half bad for a broken puppy!  (To learn more about the Morris Foundation, and