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What To Do With Your Dog When Kids Go Back To School.


Can you believe that in less than one week it’s back to school time for the kids?

Back-to-school inevitably signals changes in our routines and everyone is most likely away from home for much longer periods of time. These changes can be especially hard on our family pet which can ultimately lead to depression or behavior problems.

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Pet Safety for Independence Day!

July 4th is commonly known as the most stressful day of the year for pets.

Keep safety top of mind for pet owners by sharing this graphic. In addition, see the news release below for helpful information on reuniting lost animals with their owners, thanks to microchips. An impactful, bite-size fact: lost dogs that are microchipped have a 238 percent better chance of being reunited with their owner over dogs that are not microchipped. Microchipped cats have a 2,000 percent better chance!

Each year Yavapai Humane Society experiences an influx of lost animals in the days following the 4th of July. The animal shelter urges pet owners to practice firework safety and get them microchipped.

Pets can show unpredictable behavior when frightened by fireworks. The natural instinct for a scared animal is to run. This results in many pets becoming lost over Independence Day festivities. Should the worst happen and a pet escapes, having proper identification makes it much easier to reunite the lost animal with its owner. 

A microchip is a radio-frequency identification implant about the size of a grain of rice that provides permanent ID for a pet. When a handheld microchip scanner is passed over the pet, it transmits the microchip’s ID number by which a shelter, veterinarian, or animal control officer can locate the owner’s contact information. It is vital for pet owner’s to keep their contact information up to date with the microchip company.

While all pets should wear collar tags, only a microchip provides permanent ID that cannot fall off, be removed, or become impossible to read. The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association published a study showing that the return-to-owner rate for microchipped dogs is increased by 238 percent over dogs that are not microchipped. For cats, the chances are even better. They have a 2,000 percent increased-chance of being returned to their owners over cats that are not microchipped.

Fourth of July Safety for Dogs

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Two questions every dog parent needs to ask before feeding recreational bones or chews to their pets

Is it nontoxic?
Is it a good fit for my dog?

Whether a bone or chew is potentially toxic has to do with the country of origin, the source of the product, and how it was processed. You’ll want to look for “Made in the USA” labels on packaging (and perhaps even call the manufacturer to ask whether all the ingredients were also made in the U.S.).

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5 Tips to Teach Kids to Play Safely with Dogs

5 Tips to Teach Kids to Play Safely with Dogs

Dogs are kid’s best friend! But to get these BFFs together, children need to learn safe get-to-know-Fido rules.

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5 Signs Your Dog Needs A Joint Supplement NOW!

Meet our adoptable dog of the week, Kuma!


Kuma is 8 years young  (Black-tri Australian Shepherd – Mini, Neutered). He is house broken and uses a doggy door.
He has been good with the current owner’s 11-year-old grandson and foster’s teenage son but not sure about younger kids.
He has had recent check ups and a clean bill of health.
He can be nervous to start when meeting new people but once he warms up, he is affectionate, loves walks, and car rides.
He has attended daycare with other dogs where he is mostly aloof but can be reactive on leash, so best he is with someone experienced. He needs regular exercise and engagement, which the current owner is no longer able to provide.
His groomer says he is such a good boy in the tub and on the table and she loves him so much!
He has adjusted well with a short term foster family, but they are unable to provide a long term solution for him.  If you are interested in finding out more about Kuma please email

Just like humans, the majority of a dog’s immune system resides in his gut. The gut is the largest immune organ in the body and contains approximately 70% of all immune cells. So keeping your dog’s digestive system running optimally is essential to making sure that he stays healthy, active, and lives a full and healthy life.

One way to potentially improve your dog’s digestive health is to offer him a daily probiotic supplement. There have been extensive studies on the benefits of probiotics in humans, however, veterinary research is just starting to really dive into how supplementing your pup with a variety of good bacteria can aid in keeping him healthy.

What are Probiotics for Dogs?

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