The Phoenix Dog Magazine

We welcome the New Year and hope yours will be a great one! As we decompress from the holidays, we are excited to kick off 2017 with the fifth issue of Phoenix Dog Magazine!

The pet community in the Valley of the Sun is vibrant and multi-layered. Whether you spend each weekend at AKC events or stay up all night to help save the dogs on tomorrow’s euthanasia list, our love for dogs and animals is bonding. Our goal at PDM is to connect the pet community and help animals and people.

Our cover story is a remarkable saga. It is no easy task to tackle pet overpopulation in a large community. Our animal welfare groups and community have made a huge difference. We share the story in this issue, but need to thank a couple of entities that backed the effort from the beginning. In 2012, PetSmart Charities® came to the existing groups and basically said ‘we want to help, and can provide financial support. Let’s brainstorm on how to and what it will take to fix the problem.’ The Nina Mason Pullium Charitable Trust approached and offered to match the PetSmart commitment. The two backers then sat at the table to help throughout the entire process, and still do so today. It took financial backing as well as the skills of the animal non-profits to make this plan happen. That is community. We are privileged to share the Fix.Adopt.Save. story with you, and to share a preview of their next phase.

Two local non-profits had big celebrations this Fall. Opening a new facility to call your own is a testament to a job well done and support for a growing future. Congratulations to Foothills Animal Rescue and Soldier’s Best Friend on the Grand Openings of their new buildings.

I’m excited to share stories of wonderful, committed groups that help our pet community. Dog is My Copilot helps fly our unwanted pets to other areas of the country who want that style pup or cat. Cause4Paws helps feed the pets of low-income seniors and Veterans, which helps both people and pets who need the support.

Now that we have almost a full year with PDM and the pet community, we have fun plans in store to make 2017 better yet! We hope to see you at the various events and want to share your stories. Our advertisers make the magazine happen; we could not do it without them. What a great group of businesses who join us to celebrate our local pet community!

Happy New Year, and thanks for supporting the paws cause with us!

And remember - Every dog is a Phoenix Dog!

Cathy Davila


Phoenix Dog

Holiday Safety Tips

Keep these tips in mind as we enter the Holiday Season. Thanks to our friends at the AHS and ASPCA for the great advice!

  • Lost Pets: The holiday hustle and bustle can lead to lost pets. Put on their collar, make sure tags and microchips are up to date. Keep them secured in a private room to avoid their escape when guests arrive and leave.
  • Tinsel: If you have a cat, don’t use it. While not toxic, it can cause severe damage to the cat’s gastrointestinal tract. Severe cases result in injury or rupture of the intestines requiring surgery.
  • Plants: Poinsettias are only mildly toxic, lilies, holly, mistletoe and Christmas rose are much more concerning. Even one or two lily leaves or flowers can cause sudden kidney failure in cats according to Dr. Ana Brutlag, Assistant Director of the Pet Poison Helpline.
  • Toxic Tree water: Pine sap, mixed with water, makes a poisonous drink for pets, so keep the water stand covered with tin foil.
  • Chocolate: depending on the amount and type of chocolate, you may see gastrointestinal issues, agitation with an increase in heart rate and blood pressure. The darker the chocolate, the more dangerous the ingestion. Pancreatitis can also be a later complication.
  • Candies and gum: many contain Xylitol, which is highly toxic to pets. It can result in a rapid drop in blood sugar and risk of liver damage. Also, hard candies can cause an obstruction in the gastrointestinal tract. Foil or cellophane candy wrapper can cause GI irritation or bowel obstruction.
  • Bread Dough: raw bread dough can expand in a pet’s stomach creating boating and pain. This can become life-threatening, requiring surgery.
  • Tukey: If you decide to feed your pet a little nibble of turkey, make sure it’s boneless and well-cooked. Don’t offer them raw or under-cooked turkey, which may contain salmonella bacteria.
  • Flashlights and battery: operated candles and decorations -Chewed and ingested batteries can cause burns and injury to the mouth and esophagus and stomach.

The Pet Poison Helpline is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. (855) 764-7661   

Don’t Leave Me in the Car!

  • Never Leave Your Dog in a Parked Car
  • Parked cars quickly trap the sun’s heat. Even on a day when it’s 70 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car with all the windows closed can hit 90 degrees in just 10 minutes.
  • On a hot day, the temperature inside a closed car can shoot as high as 116 degrees in the same amount of time.
  • Leaving the windows open a crack doesn’t eliminate the danger of heatstroke or death.
  • Animals can sustain brain damage or even die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes.

If you see a dog in a hot car do this:

  • Stay with the dogs until help arrives
  • Record information about the vehicle (make, model. Color and license plate number)
  • Alert the management of the business
  • Call 911
Don't Leave Your Pet in your car.


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