As children soon head back to school, it's a great time to get your pets involved in other activities. Would your dog make a good assistance/therapy pet? We've got the information you need to find out. It's also monsoon season in Arizona, so learn what
you need to know about Valley Fever in dogs. FIV in cats doesn't have to be as scary as  it sounds. Learn about FIV and how your cat can lead a fulfilling life. All the information is right here in this month's Pet Tips and Treats newsletter, which is filled with valuable information. Remember to watch for our periodic special discount "treat" just for you and your pet to enjoy. Don't forget to share the love and send our newsletter to others who also cherish their pets.

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*This does not include an exit bath while your pet is boarding with us.

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August 2016

August is jam-packed with animal holidays. From International Assistance Dog Week to International Cat Day, August is a great month for pets.

Aug. 1, DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs

Aug. 7-13,  International Assistance Dog Week

Aug. 8, International Cat Day

Aug. 15, National Check the Chip Day

Aug. 17, National Black Cat Appreciation Day

Aug. 22, National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

Aug. 26,  National Dog Day

Aug. 28, Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day
What Are the Qualities Necessary for a Good Assistance Dog?

Have you ever thought your own dog would make a great assistance dog? That crosses many of our minds. Although you may have an amazing dog, not every dog makes the cut or is right for the task.

International Assistance Dog Week (IADW), " was created to recognize all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals mitigate their disability-related limitations," according to the IADW website . These amazing dogs help "transform the lives of their human partners with debilitating physical and mental disabilities by serving as their companion, helper, aide, best friend and close member of their family."

Monsoon Season Is Here! Be Aware of Valley Fever and Your Dog

Here in Arizona, we have many things of which to be aware and watchful. Along with excessive heat and scorpions and snakes, Valley Fever can be cause for concern in humans and pets.
Valley Fever is common to Arizona and "is a disease caused by a  fungus   that gets into your body through your lungs," according to WebMD . It is contracted by breathing "in the fungus (Coccidioides immitis) that causes the disease." Since it is found in the soil, it is easily contracted when the soil is disturbed, such as by dust storms and during monsoon season.

FIV in Felines: What It Is And What You Should Know

Feline immunodeficiency virus ( FIV) "is a lentivirus, the same class of virus as HIV," according to Best Friends . It lives in various tissues in the body and weakens a cat's immune system, the website said.
However, it is not necessarily a death sentence. Cats who have the disease can live long, productive lives if under the care of a vet and living in a safe, clean, indoor environment.

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Employee Spotlight:  Kelly Williams, guest service attendant

Ever since Kelly Williams was a child, she loved working with animals, which makes her job at Second Home Pet Resort even more rewarding. Her job includes feeding, cleaning, potty breaks (for dogs), administering medications and play-time activities.
Having been with Second Home for four years, she especially loves interacting with the animals. "I also love keeping an eye on them and helping with the special-needs animals or those having a difficult time adjusting," she said.
Kelly likes to make sure that pet parents feel at ease after they leave their pet. "I tell them about all the great things we offer, and that they can call anytime and check on their pets," she said.
The setting for employees at Second Home is like one big family, according to Kelly. She said that everyone works together and helps each other. "We all have a love of animals," she said. "When it comes right down to it, when everyone needs each other we're all there."
She said that Second Home is really a pet's second home. "We treat our guests like they are ours," she said. "We form serious bonds, so people can rest easy when they go on vacation. Their pets will have a really great time."

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