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Leptospirosis Outbreak: What You Should Know

More than 40 dogs have been diagnosed with leptospirosis in the Valley recently. Leptospirosis is a highly contagious zoonotic disease, meaning it can easily pass from animals to humans and vice-versa. It’s transmitted most commonly through urine and contaminated water, so dogs that visit places like dog parks are more susceptible.

Keep an eye out for the following symptoms:

  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Weakness
  • Tremors and/or shaking
  • Fever

If your pet shows any of these signs, bring them to 43rd Avenue Animal Hospital as soon as you can.

Leptospirosis can be treated with antibiotics, but it’s also preventable with a vaccine. This outbreak poses a threat to humans and animals alike, so we highly recommend getting your dog vaccinated if you haven’t already.

Give us a call at 602-705-0534 to schedule your pet’s vaccine today.



Pre-Surgery Blood Work Can Save Your Pet’s Life

Last month, a woman in Glendale lost her dog following a routine spay procedure at a nearby veterinary hospital. Though we don’t know the dog’s full health history or what exactly caused her death, we’d like to remind you that pre-surgery blood work can detect health problems that, if not addressed, could lead to complications during or after anesthesia and surgery.

Even if your pet is young and has always appeared to be in perfect health, you shouldn’t skip pre-anesthetic blood work just to save a few extra dollars. This blood work can detect underlying health issues that can be worsened by anesthesia, like genetic and congenital organ problems. Based on the results of the blood work, we can adjust our anesthesia dose or the type we use, and we can further explain the safety or risks of the planned procedure and can recommend next steps. Typically, when we do detect a problem from blood work, we do not perform the procedure that day as originally planned. We first determine what is causing the issue, treat the issue and then reschedule the surgery for another date.

When we conduct blood work before we administer anesthesia to a patient, we ensure that surgeries at 43rd Avenue Animal Hospital are as safe as possible for each individual pet.

To learn more about surgical procedures at 43rd Avenue Animal Hospital, give us a call at 602-705-0534 or contact us online.


Car Wash January 17th (10am-1pm)

We are hosting a car wash on Sunday, January 17th from 10 am – 1 pm. All the money raised will help an 8th grade student go on a class trip. She is an eager learner who is interested in all kinds of history. We hope to help her achieve her goal so she can go on a five-day trip with other students to learn about some of our nation’s history. She will visit our nation’s capital, the Smithsonian Institution and many more memorials. She wants to experience our nation’s history in a hands-on way, so come out and let us get our hands on your car or truck. We can help make a little girl’s dreams come true and give you a clean vehicle at the same time.


2016 Chocolate Affaire

On February 5th, 6th and 7th, we will attend the Chocolate Affaire hosted by the City of Glendale. The festival is in Murphy Park and the surrounding areas in downtown Glendale. Murphy Park is located on 58th Avenue and Glendale Avenue. We will have our famous “Spin to Win” wheel, from which you can win prizes to take home to your furry friends and coupons for you to use at your next visit. Come enjoy the atmosphere and the chocolate and visit some friendly faces from your favorite veterinary hospital.