The Phoenix Dog Magazine

This issue begins the second year of working with a wonderful community to share stories and help our animal non-profits do the life changing and lifesaving work they do. It is an honor to be able to produce the magazine. Behind the scenes there is a pack of wonderful, talented people who graciously help to bring you each issue. Thank you for reading the Phoenix Dog, thanks to our advertisers who support and make it possible and we look forward to an exciting year two!

In this issue we will look at the difference a large donation can make in the wellbeing of a deserving rescue, and the impact it has on our homeless pets. We are excited to grow our lifestyle section with Todd Newton, Emmy Award winner and longtime paws cause supporter as our first Dogs and Their Celebrity Owners story! Todd is committed to help animal welfare in our local community!

It’s Puppy and Kitten season; the shelters are filling up. Altered Tails, courtesy of the Nina Mason Pulliam Fund, is able to offer $20 spays for female dogs in Maricopa County for the month of May! Check out the Health Section of the Calendar for more info!

Roxie wants to make sure everyone is alert to how easy it is for dogs to overheat this time of year. Our normal cool weather pet routines like leaving pets in cars, walking/running or hiking with them, and leaving them outside can severely hurt and even kill our pet friends in this early Summer heat.

Watch for signs of a heatstroke which can include a dazed look, excessive thirst, heavy panting, excessive whining/agitation, labored breathing, lethargy, profuse salivation, and/or vomiting. If you see these signs in your dog, stop what you are doing and take action to save your dog. Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke which is manifested by failure of the body, which can result in disorientation, seizure, coma and sadly, death.

If your pet exhibits any signs of heat exhaustion, immediately call your veterinarian while attempting to cool him/her down. You can do so by:

  • placing them in a shaded area
  • apply small amounts of cool water to their body; especially head, feet and groin
  • give them very small amounts of water to drink.
  • Never submerge a hot dog in cold water as its body will likely go into shock.

Use extra precaution with short snout dogs, they are extra sensitive to the desert heat. If you shave your pets, protect their newly exposed skin from the sun.

Pets rely on their owners to keep them comfortable and cool during the hotter months. We can do that by developing a Summer pet routine that keeps everyone cool.

Keep ‘em cool!

Roxie signs off with drive-by licks!

Cathy and Roxie,

Publisher and Red Dog Mascot

Cathy Davila and Roxie,

Publisher and Best Friend

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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