The Phoenix Dog Magazine

Winter is here! We are honored to bring you the Inaugural Holiday issue of the Phoenix Dog. We will walk through Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas in this issue! There are lots of new items, including a Holiday Gift Guide, Santa picture locations and a calendar that is brimming with cool weather events!

The Arizona Animal Welfare League is our Cover Story. They are the original supporter of our pet community and continue to be one of the leaders. Their individualized attention to each pet and adopter, plus innovative programs are an effective combination to help the pet community in Arizona.

The Pet-Friendly Dining Review launches in this issue, our first review is the Grotto Café in Cave Creek. We have a plan for future reviews, and want to hear of your favorite spots that welcome dogs. If you are a pet friendly eatery and want to get involved, let us know!

Our Veteran’s story is the Vietnam Dog Handlers Association; they have a special story that we feel privileged to bring you.

Our Critter Corner makes its debut this issue! Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center is one of the few spots in the Valley to see a broad selection of our native wildlife.

We are so pleased to bring you the canine side of Christmas! The Holiday Gift guide offers great gift shopping spots and ideas for your pets, you and those you gift to! If you’re looking for pet pictures with Santa, check out our Santa Listing. There are Santa locations valley-wide!

The Celebration of Life this time is my sister’s dog’s story. Grace was a special pup that we lost recently, very suddenly. In the moments of my sister’s initial grief, I mentioned a product that ironically I’d just learned of. The idea that Grace’s ashes can help grow a tree by the patio comforted my sister. The company agreed to join the Phoenix Dog magazine to help other grieving pet owners find some peace in their loss.

We are increasing grateful for our advertisers that make it possible to produce the Phoenix Dog, and there are a host of new businesses who’ve joined the pack!

May you and your pack have a wonderful winter and Holiday Season!

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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