We’re Celebrating Pet Sitter Education Month


We're Celebrating Pet Sitter Education Month

Professional pet sitters are more than just a person who checks in on your pet while you’re away, they are professionals with loads of training, education, experience, and certifications. During Pet Sitter Education Awareness Month, Desert Paws Mobile Veterinary Clinic is working hard to ensure pet owners understand the difference between professional pet sitters and any other person you might ask to keep an eye on your pet while you’re away.

What Is Pet Sitter Education Month?

Created by the educational association for professional pet-sitters, Pet Sitters International (PSI), Pet Sitter Education Month is intended to highlight the continuous effort made by pet sitters to learn about proper pet care while also providing pet sitters with a variety of educational materials and events such as magazines, toolkits, webinars, and certification opportunities.
Pet Sitter Education month is designed to help separate professional pet sitters from the average kid next door whom you might ask to watch your pet.

Why Choose a Professional Pet Sitter?

The primary reason to choose a professional pet sitter to watch your pet is your pet’s safety and happiness. Professional pet sitters have the experience and education that’s necessary to keep your pet safe, administer medications, observe signs of illness or injury, and provide your pet with comfort and companionship while you’re away.
Additionally, hiring a professional pet sitter also means that your pet can remain in the comfort of their familiar environment while you’re away when the alternative option might be checking your pet into a boarding facility. Professional pet sitters come to your home, instead of requiring that your pet comes to them.

Mobile Veterinary Care and Tucson Pet Sitter References

At Desert Paws Mobile Veterinary Care, we understand how important it is for some pets to be able to spend the majority of their time in the comfort of their own homes. Whether this is due to illness, injury, or anxiety, our mobile veterinary clinic is designed to bring the veterinary care your pet needs right to your doorstep. Additionally, these pets can benefit greatly from pet sitting when you’re away from home. Hiring a pet sitter allows your pet to stay home – and not go to a boarding facility – when you’re traveling or away for other reasons.
To learn more about our mobile veterinary practice or to learn more about professional pet sitters, we welcome you to contact our office today.

 Is Telemedicine Right for Your Pet?


Is Telemedicine Right for Your Pet?

Although the concept has been around and available to human and animal patients for a long time, the concept of telemedicine really took hold during the pandemic, when it wasn’t always possible or safe to physically visit the doctor’s office or veterinary clinic. While the dangers of the pandemic have subsided, the convenience of telemedicine is leading many patients to choose this remote care option for their pets.

What Is Telemedicine for Pets?

Telemedicine refers to the use of electronic communication (rather than in-person appointments) for conducting veterinary appointments for observing, diagnosing, or treating patients or providing medical advice to pet owners. Telemedicine can refer to appointments that occur with a video call, a regular phone call, through text messaging or electronic messaging software, or through email.

Is Telemedicine Right for Your Pet?

Telemedicine for pets can be a highly useful tool for both veterinarians and pet owners. For your pet’s safety, Desert Paws Mobile Veterinary Care only accepts patients for telemedicine appointments if the patient has already established a relationship with our veterinary practice – except in emergency medical situations when immediate advice and guidance are needed to stabilize a pet until our emergency veterinary clinic arrives.

When to Use Telemedicine for Pets

Telemedicine is a wonderfully convenient tool for a variety of veterinary situations including client education, medication refills, patient observation, post-operative follow-ups, appointment scheduling, and in some instances diagnosis and treatment.
Sometimes, however, it is necessary for a veterinarian to see your pet in person. These situations might include providing certain treatments to pets such as vaccines, performing health screenings, or running diagnostic tests that make it possible to determine the underlying cause of an ailment. An accurate diagnosis is essential to providing safe and effective treatments to pets.
Our veterinarians can help you determine whether a telemedicine appointment is the right choice for your pet.

Telemedicine and Mobile Veterinary Care for Pets in Tucson

In addition to our telemedicine services, Desert Paws Mobile Veterinary Care is first and foremost a mobile veterinary clinic that specializes in providing housecall veterinary appointments. If your pet requires in-person care with a veterinarian, you still don’t need to leave the comfort of your home because we’ll bring everything your pet needs right to your doorstep. To learn more or schedule an appointment, we welcome you to contact our mobile veterinary clinic in Tucson today.

How to Keep Your Pet Hydrated in the Extreme Heat


How to Keep Your Pet Hydrated in the Extreme Heat

The summer is here, and it is hotter and drier than ever which means your pets are at an increased risk of suffering from dehydration and heatstroke. So, it’s essential that you help them stay hydrated.

6 Tips to Keep Your Pet Hydrated in the Heat


1. Provide Plenty of Fresh Water

To stay adequately hydrated in the summer heat, your pets need access to plenty of fresh water at all times during the day and night. Be sure they have enough available that they don’t drink it all while you are away.

2. Purchase a Fountain Bowl

If your pet is reluctant to drink enough water, a fountain dish with a built-in water pump can help keep their water from going stale and encourage them to continue drinking all day long.

3. Clean Your Water Bowls Frequently

In warm water, your pet’s dishes will grow bacteria and get dirty more frequently than in cooler weather. Be sure to keep your pet’s water bowl clean so that their water is fresh and safe for drinking.

4. Put Ice Cubes in Water

Pets love playing with floating ice cubes in their water dishes. They also help keep the water cool and more refreshing to drink.

5. Add Water to Dry Pet Food

You can also help your pet stay hydrated by adding water to your pet’s dry food before feeding them. Simply fill the dish with kibble, cover the kibble with water, and let it soak in. Your pet will then be getting extra moisture in their diet, too.

6. Keep Your Pets Cool

Simply allowing your pets to stay indoors out of the sunlight and in the air conditioning will help prevent them from dehydrating. Keep pets indoors during the hottest times of the day.

Mobile Emergency Veterinary Care for Tucson Pets

If you notice any signs of heatstroke in your pet or suspect they could be dehydrated, you should seek emergency veterinary care right away as these issues can cause permanent organ damage and even be fatal. In the event of an emergency, our veterinarian with Desert Paws Mobile Veterinary Care will come straight to your doorstep with life-saving treatments to help rehydrate and stabilize your pet’s condition.
To learn more or schedule an appointment to establish your pet’s care with our mobile veterinary clinic, we welcome you to contact us today.

At-Home Pain Management for Your Pet


At-Home Pain Management for Your Pet

Your pet’s quality of life is essential to their overall happiness, and adequate pain management is necessary for a pet to have a high quality of life. At Desert Paws Mobile Veterinary Care in Tucson, we offer a variety of treatments and therapies that can be beneficial for pets who suffer from

At-Home Pain Management Strategies for Pets


1. Recognizing Pain in Pets

In order to treat your pet’s pain, you first need to be able to recognize it. Pets don’t always show their symptoms with outward signs, so you have to pay close attention to notice changes in your pet’s behavior, attitude, energy level, and appearance. Changes to posture or gait can indicate pain in addition to shivering, not wanting to stand up or lay down, less active, vocalizing excessively, whimpering, yowling, yelping, panting excessively, not wanting to be touched, and acting more aggressively.

2. Pet-Safe Medications

Most pain relievers that are formulated for humans are not safe for pets. They are either toxic or compounded in inappropriate doses for pets. We offer a variety of pet-safe prescription medications that can be used to manage both acute and chronic pain in pets.

3. Laser Therapy

Cold laser therapy helps manage pain in pets that occurs as a result of arthritis, an injury, surgery, or other musculoskeletal conditions. Laser therapy helps reduce inflammation and increase blood flow for less pain and faster healing.

4. Nutritional Supplements and Prescription Diets

Pets suffering chronic pain often benefit from prescription diets to manage their weight and also from nutritional supplements to reduce inflammation in their joints. Our veterinarian might recommend supplements like Omega-3 fatty acids, glucosamine, and chondroitin. Always talk with your veterinarian before giving your pet a new supplement.

5. Lifestyle Adjustments

Pets suffering from pain – especially musculoskeletal pain – benefit greatly from adjustments to their activities and their environments. Low-impact exercise like swimming is great for pets with arthritis. Additionally, pets with arthritis benefit from having raised food and water bowls, orthopedic pet beds, and stairs or ramps into the car or onto the sofa.

Chronic Pain and Disease Management for Pets in Tucson

Pets with chronic pain and diseases that cause chronic pain or other symptoms most often experience the best results with a multifaceted approach to managing their health. This means providing them with more than one treatment or therapy. To learn more about managing your pet’s pain at home, we welcome you to contact Desert Paws Mobile Veterinary Care today.

Common Parasites That Can Harm Your Pet

A parasite is an organism that lives off a host – either on or inside the host’s body – and is harmful to the host’s health. Unfortunately, there are several types of parasites that threaten the health of pets, and it’s up to pet owners to protect their dogs and cats from these harmful organisms.

The 3 Most Common Types of Pet Parasites


1. Intestinal Parasites

Intestinal parasites are a type of internal parasite that lives inside a pet’s intestines, affecting the pet’s gastrointestinal tract. They can be contracted when a pet unknowingly ingests something like water or food that has been contaminated with a parasite’s eggs or spores. The most common types are hookworms and roundworms, but pets can also be infected with whipworms, tapeworms, coccidia, and giardia.

2. Heartworms

Heartworms are another internal parasite that affects a pet’s heart, lungs, and circulatory system. They are contracted when a pet is bitten by an infected mosquito. The mosquito deposits heartworm larvae into the pet’s bloodstream during the bite. The heartworms then grow, mature, and reproduce inside the pet’s circulatory system. Heartworms can be life-threatening for pets and treatments aren’t always 100% reliable (plus, no treatment exists for cats). So, heartworm prevention is essential.

3. External Parasites

The most common external parasites that affect pets are fleas and ticks both can carry dangerous diseases and cause allergic reactions that result in dermatological problems for pets.

How Are Parasites Treated?

If we suspect a pet might have a parasite, we first perform an examination and testing to verify the presence of parasites and determine the type of parasite in order to recommend an appropriate treatment. Treatment for parasites in pets varies greatly depending on the type of parasite. For example, a pet with fleas will likely be treated with a medicated bath while a pet with intestinal parasites will be given a deworming medication.

Parasite Prevention With Desert Paws Mobile Veterinary Care

When it comes to parasites and pets, we always recommend prevention as the best medicine because parasites can easily be prevented, saving your pet from discomfort and safeguarding their health. Our veterinarians with Desert Paws Mobile Veterinary Care can recommend a parasite preventive regimen for your pet based on their individual lifestyle, medical history, other pets in the household, and their exposure risk.
To learn more about protecting your pets from all kinds of harmful parasites or schedule a preventative care appointment, we welcome you to contact us today.

5 Fun Ways to Exercise With Your Dog


5 Fun Ways to Exercise With Your Dog

April is Canine Fitness Month, and our team at Desert Paws Mobile Veterinary Care is using the opportunity to remind dog owners how important it is for their dogs to exercise regularly. To help keep you and your dog healthy and happy through fitness, we’ve put together a list of five fun exercise ideas you can try with your dog.

5 Exercises You Can Do With Your Dog


1. Hiking or Walking

Whether you explore a trail atop Mount Lemon or simply take a walk around your neighborhood while the pavement is still cool in the morning, going for a hike or a walk with your dog is a simple way to increase the amount of exercise you’re both getting.

2. Swimming

Swimming is a great activity for dogs and people to stay active in the heat of the desert. However, not all dogs like to or can swim. So, before taking the plunge with your pup, test the waters slowly to make sure your dog actually likes the water and feels comfortable swimming.

3. Bikejoring

Bikejoring is similar to dogsledding but with a bike instead of a sled. This activity requires some special equipment and training, and is most appropriate for working dogs of active breeds that are in great shape. However, once your dog is trained up, you can take to the bike trails and pedal while your dog runs ahead, pulling you along too.

4. Fetch and Chase

Lots of dogs love a good game of fetch, and it’s a great way to exercise your dog while you relax and wait for them to return the ball to you for another toss. If you’d like to get moving, too, however, you can always add in spurts of chase between fetches. Most dogs love to play keep-away, and when you chase after them, you’ll have a chance to get your heart rate up too.

5. Doga

Your dog probably isn’t going to go through an entire sun salutation and yoga flow with you. However, they do like to play along whenever a yoga mat and their owner hits the floor.

Canine Lifestyle Counseling With Our Mobile Veterinary Clinic in Tucson

To learn more about exercising with your dog or to get more advice about the kinds of exercises that are appropriate for your dog’s age, breed, and fitness level, we welcome you to schedule an appointment with Desert Paws Mobile Veterinary Care today.

Know the Signs of Pet Poisoning! You Could Save a Life

While pet owners should always do their best to keep things that are poisonous for pets put away securely and out of their pets’ environments, pets can still sometimes get into and ingest things they shouldn’t. For Pet Poison Prevention Month in March, our veterinarians are raising awareness about the signs of pet poisoning so that you can recognize if your pet might have ingested a toxin, take immediate action, and seek emergency veterinary care right away.

Common Pet Poisons and Toxins

Substances that are poisonous or toxic to pets can be found just about everywhere you look. They’re in our refrigerators, pantries, medicine cabinets, cleaning supply cupboards, bathroom toiletries, gardens, garages, and in nature.
Ingestion of the following substances can cause permanent organ damage and even be life-threatening to pets.

Signs and Symptoms of Pet Poisoning

The signs and symptoms of poisoning can vary based on what particular toxin a pet has been exposed to and how much of it they have ingested. Pets that have ingested a poisonous substance sometimes only act a little strangely or seem slightly confused. Other pets might have severe symptoms such as:
If you have any suspicions that your pet could have possibly ingested a poisonous substance (for example, you notice odd behavior or appearance, signs and symptoms, or evidence like bite marks in toxic plants or packaging), we strongly encourage you to seek immediate veterinary care.

What to Do If Your Pet Ingests a Poison

If you suspect your pet has ingested a poisonous substance, it’s important to take action right away.

Does My Pet Need Dental Care?

Dental care is just as important for cats and dogs as it is for humans. Without proper care, pets can develop periodontal disease (gum disease), which not only causes painful problems inside the mouth that can negatively affect your pet’s nutrition and comfort but it can also lead to systemic health problems that can drastically shorten your pet’s lifespan. Unfortunately, most dogs and cats do not get the oral care they truly need and will have developed some form of dental disease by the time they are three years of age.
Additionally, pets can suffer from ailments like tooth decay, cavities, broken teeth, lost teeth, oral abscesses, and more.
The following signs can indicate that your pet has already developed an oral health problem and should have a pet dentistry appointment as soon as possible.

5 Signs Your Pet Needs Dental Care

1. Dropping Food or Toys

Oral health problems can cause tooth pain and painful gums that can make it painful to eat and drink normally or to pick up and carry around objects. You might notice your pet dropping its kibble, dropping its toys, or even wincing or whimpering when eating or playing.

2. Persistent Bad Breath

Oral health problems are often caused by an excess of harmful bacteria living inside the mouth. This increase in bacteria will give your pet noticeably bad breath.

3. Yellowed or Browned Teethed

If your pet’s teeth look yellow, brown, or otherwise stained, this is a sign of the plaque, tartar, and bacterial buildup that causes gum disease and cavities.

4. Bleeding, Red, or Swollen Gums

Gum problems go hand-in-hand with gum disease. If your pet’s gums are bright-red, swollen, or bleeding, they have likely developed periodontal disease (a bacterial infection of the gums) and should have professional dental care as soon as possible.

5. Excessive Drooling

Some dogs drool all the time. However, if you notice your dog or cat suddenly drooling more than usual, this could be an indication of an oral health problem that’s either causing them to produce more saliva or making it difficult for them to swallow their saliva.

Pet Dentistry With Our Mobile Veterinarian in Tucson

The best way to combat gum disease in pets is to prevent it from developing in the first place with proper dental care combining professional pet dental care with at-home strategies like teeth brushing and providing pets with dental-friendly treats and chew toys.
To learn more about pet dentistry, we welcome you to contact Desert Paws Mobile Veterinary Center to schedule an appointment today.

Are Mobile Veterinary Services Right for Your Pet?

There are lots of reasons why visiting a veterinary clinic with your pet can be a stressful experience. As a result, many pets simply don’t receive the care they need. If this sounds like your pet, consider the following reasons why mobile veterinary care might be right for your pet.

5 Signs Mobile Veterinary Services Are Right for Your Pet


1. Your Pet Doesn't Like to Travel

If your pet gets carsick or does not like to ride in the car, mobile veterinary care eliminates the need.

2. Your Pet Has Anxiety

Pets often experience anxiety and stress when visiting the veterinary clinic. When we can examine them in their own homes, we get a better baseline of their health and your pet enjoys a calmer, more relaxed experience while getting the care they need.

3. Your Pet Is Difficult to Handle

If your pet is large, strong, difficult on a leash, or overly excited about other animals, then visiting the veterinary clinic can be stressful and tough for you. When we come to your home, there’s no need to control your pet in a public location.

4. You Have a Tough Time Getting to the Veterinary Office

Whether your schedule is busy, your transportation options are limited, or you have mobility issues that can make it difficult to travel with your pet for veterinary exams, then mobile veterinary care is the perfect solution. Since we come to you, you can save time by avoiding the commute to and from our veterinary clinic while also avoiding the inconvenience of having to transport your pet.

5. It's Safer for You and Your Pets

When you visit the veterinary clinic, you and your pet are exposed to other people and animals – just like visiting any other public place. As a result, there’s a greater risk of you both being exposed to and subsequently contracting a contagious disease.
With a housecall veterinary appointment, your only point of contact is our veterinarian and any technicians working with them, making it a much safer option, especially if you are immunocompromised or in a high-risk category for severe illness with COVID-19.

Mobile Veterinary Services in Tucson

Desert Paws Mobile Veterinary Care is a mobile veterinary clinic treating patients in and around Tucson, Arizona. Our mobile clinic and housecall veterinarians are fully equipped to provide comprehensive veterinary care to pets in the comfort of their own homes. We have everything we need to provide wellness and preventative care, in addition to diagnostic and treatments for sick pets.
To learn more about the complete services available to you and your pets with the convenience of our mobile veterinary clinic and housecall veterinarians, we welcome you to contact Desert Paws Mobile Veterinary Care today.

How to Protect Your Furniture From Your Cat

Every cat owner knows the struggle of living with a cat while trying to have nice things, like carpet or upholstered furniture. Unfortunately, cats like to scratch. They do it instinctively to mark their territory, to help them stretch their agile muscles, and sometimes they even scratch the furniture out of boredom.
Whatever the reason your cat might be scratching your furniture, there are some strategies out there – that don’t include declawing – that can help you protect your furniture while caring for your favorite felines.

6 Tips to Stop Cats From Scratching the Furniture


1. Provide Better Alternatives

Invest in a high-quality scratching post for your cat and place it near their preferred piece of furniture. You can also get scratching posts that feature different materials including sisal rope, carpet, cardboard, and even sandpaper that helps with nail health. Additionally, look for posts and scratching pads that offer differently angled surfaces.

2. Claw Covers

Instead of declawing a cat, which is painful and dangerous for them, give claw caps a try. These little plastic caps are claw-shaped and fit over your cat’s nails to prevent them from scratching.

3. Scented Sprays

We don’t recommend spraying your cat as punishment, as this can lead to them fearing you, but you can spray your furniture with a cat-deterring scent.

4. Furniture Protectors

Cover your furniture with a special plastic protector.

5. Other Deterrants

Hanging foil or double-sided sticky tape from the backs of your furniture will discourage some cats.

6. More Play

It’s possible that your cat is scratching the furniture out of boredom, frustration, anxiety, or stress. Introducing more opportunities for play into your cat’s schedule and environment can help. Purchase or craft some new toys for your cat and schedule daily playtime to help your pet burn off some excess energy.

Professional Cat Behavior Advice and Product Recommendations

If you’re struggling with your cat’s behavior, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with Desert Paws Mobile Veterinary Clinic in Tucson. Whether your cat is scratching more than usual, having litter box trouble, or is acting out in other ways, behavior problems in pets can sometimes be a sign of an underlying illness or other problem.
We’ll thoroughly examine your cat to rule out possible underlying health problems that could be leading to the behavior issues. We can then provide you with a variety of strategies for improving your pet’s behavior.
To learn more or schedule an appointment at your doorstep, we welcome you to contact us today.