My Pet’s Health

Arizona Dangers

If you are new to Arizona, or perhaps want to know more about the beautiful state you live in, then you may not be aware of some dangers lurking in Arizona.

Along with the beauty of the desert, comes its wildlife. Take special caution regarding some of these creatures around your home or out on a walk: scorpions, snakes, coyotes, birds of prey, spiders and toads.

Parasites are a threat to your pets as well, such as ticks, fleas and heartworm. Fleas and ticks are more common than you may think in Arizona, and while heartworms are not as common, it is still smart to consider a preventative for all three. Ticks are not only gross, but can also lead to Ehrlichea, tick fever, and Lyme disease.

If you have spent ample time in the desert, then you may have heard of Valley Fever, also known as coccidioidomycosis. It not only affects people, but also pets. Valley Fever is an infection caused by inhaling a fungus found in the soil. Some common symptoms usually include: lameness or limping, coughing, fever and lethargy.

It wouldn’t be Arizona without the heat! Being aware of the excessive heat can help save your pet from heat stroke, dehydration, and burns. Always provide ample water and shade for your pet and do not leave them outside for too long or in a hot car. Hiking during the summer months is not recommended. Not only are paws at risk from burns, but your pet is susceptible to sun burns as well.

Other potential dangers to consider are the cacti that make Arizona so unique and the pools that so many of us enjoy having. While it seems obvious to us to stay away from the spiny cactus, your pet may not be aware of the painful experience that will result after getting too close. In addition, a backyard pool is a potential danger even if your pet knows how to swim. It is always best to provide a ramp or escape route for your pet. Keep an eye on your pet while outdoors at all times, or have barriers to keep them from these two dangers lurking in our backyards. 

Quail Crossing Animal Hospital

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How do I prepare becoming a new client?

Our new client form is available to you after you have scheduled your first appointment. We may also request you bring your pet’s medical/vaccine history. We are more than happy to request this information from your previous veterinarian for you.

Do you see birds or pocket pets and reptiles?

No, but we recommend finding a veterinarian who specializes in exotics, such as Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital. If you have found a bird, then we recommend contacting The Arizona Game and Fish Department or Liberty Wildlife.

How much do Exam and Vaccines cost?

Exam/Consultation $50
Vaccinations $22 Each
Please call the office for more pricing and further details! We will do our best to provide the closest “rough estimate” to any procedure.

Why do you not offer boarding and grooming?

QCAH wants to focus all our attention on your pet’s medical needs. If a stay at our hospital or a run-in with the clippers is not medically necessary, then we recommend you contact one of these wonderful businesses in the valley: Recommendations coming soon!

How do I register my dog for a rabies license?

A certificate is provided when your dog receives a rabies vaccine at QCAH in order to register for a license with Maricopa County. If your pet received the rabies vaccination elsewhere, then you will need to contact the facility that administered the vaccine for the certificate. A receipt or copy of vaccination history will not suffice.

You can register for a rabies license and tag online at: Maricopa Rabies Licenses

QCAH also has forms to submit in the mail, but they are for first time rabies vaccination only.

How do I affectively and safely give my pet medication?

There are many different medications that you may find difficult administering to your pet. We will teach you how to more affectively give your pet medication at home. Video coming soon!