Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Warm Weather Worries


Sad news here!  Now is the time for ticks and mosquitoes. 
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 many ticks before so not sure why 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. 

The dog is a natural host for heartworms, which means that heartworms that live inside the dog mature into adults, mate and produce offspring. If untreated, their numbers can increase, and dogs have been known to harbor several hundred worms in their bodies. Heartworm disease causes lasting damage to the heart, lungs and arteries, and can affect the dog’s health and quality of life long after the parasites are gone. For this reason, prevention is by far the best option, and treatment—when needed—should be administered as early in the course of the disease as possible. Call your vet today about prevention and yearly labs. 

Here is a link for more information on heartworm:


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

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Facebook Event to help Butters

On March 15th, we received a call from Dr. Grant
at VETMED Consultants.  Butters, a 10-week-old Golden Retriever,
had been brought in because he had Parvo.  His family was heartbroken. 
They could not afford the potentially very expensive treatment to
save Butters’ life so they made the selfless decision to surrender
him to Arizona Golden Retriever Connection.  Since then,
Butters has been receiving 24-hour care by the wonderful staff at VETMED.
Starting April 1st and continuing through April 15th, we’re having an online fundraiser and Facebook party with Origami Owl to raise money to cover Butters’ medical expenses.  AZGRC will receive 30% of sales (before taxes and shipping); at the same time, you can buy jewelry for Mother’s Day, Graduation, or a birthday.  To shop for the fundraiser, click on the Shopping Link below; it is not necessary to have a Facebook account to participate in the fundraiser. 
If you haven’t checked out Origami Owl recently, there are many new items such as:  college logo charms, specific dog breed charms, Major League Baseball team charms, Swarovski crystals, and a bridal collection.

Throughout the Facebook event we will play games, learn about the jewelry, and information will be provided on how to build lockets.  You will have the opportunity to win free jewelry, during the first week of the Facebook event, by participating in the games; the person with the most points gets a prize.  There will also be other prizes during the games such as free charms or dangles. 

If sales reach $1,000, a raffle will be held for a special hostess exclusive. Keep an eye on Facebook because the raffle will be held there!  The person with the highest bid will win the hostess exclusive.

CLICK HERE to read an update on Butters or to donate. 

SHOPPING LINK for fundraiser:  https://coralis.origamiowl.com/shop/party/268826

CLICK HERE to participate in games / the Facebook party:  https://www.facebook.com/events/476367635896382/?__mref=message_bubble
SHIPPING:  Available only to United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

          Thank you very much for your support.