Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis) is common throughout Arizona and the Southwest, and affects the lungs and respiratory system. It is caused by the fungus Coccidioides, which grows in the soil in low rainfall areas, and regions with high summer temperatures and moderate winter temperatures. These fungal spores become airborne when the soil is disturbed by winds,.. read more →

Canine influenza virus (CIV) is one of the viral causes of kennel cough, and this highly contagious respiratory disease has recently affected thousands of dogs in the U.S., particularly the Midwest region where dog parks, groomers, and pet daycare/boarding facilities have been forced to close temporarily to decrease the spread of infection. Because there have been no reported cases.. read more →

By Staci Brigham, DVM The canine parvovirus (CPV) infection, also referred to as Parvo, is a highly contagious viral illness that affects dogs, particularly in puppies that are between six weeks and six months old. The virus takes on two different forms: intestinal, which is characterized by vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and lack of appetite; and.. read more →

VETMED was recently featured in PHOENIX Magazine, in an article highlighting the hospital’s expansion, which adds heart disease and cancer to the already expansive list of animal maladies our team can treat. Take a look as cardiologist Dr. Matt Miller and Dr. Arch Robertson discuss the equipment and procedures being used to treat heart conditions and cancer. Read the full.. read more →

Dog parks provide several perks to dogs and pet parents alike including physical and mental exercise for your pet, good socialization opportunities to help maintain your dog’s good natured temperament, and fun for pet parents through socialization with other like-minded pet owners. But with these valuable benefits, also come several worries. Dog parks can pose.. read more →

Being out and about is much more fun with the company of our four-legged friends, so we compiled a list of some of our favorite spots across the Valley that welcome leashed pets. From restaurants and bars that offer water bowls and free treats, to the stores that gladly open their doors to our fur.. read more →

Most pet owners recognize the obvious signs of a pet in distress, however oftentimes some signs of serious issues can be subtle. Each pet is different and expresses pain or discomfort in its own way. Whether your pet has been exposed to a toxin, been stung or bit by an insect, suffered an accident, or.. read more →

The first rule of thumb when heading out for a hike, camping trip, or outdoor adventure with your pet is to always put safety first. Be prepared with the following information. If you’re hiking in extreme temperatures such as Arizona’s hot summers, invest in a pair of booties to protect your pet’s feet from burns,.. read more →

It’s a time to celebrate the special bond we share with our cherished animals. This month, we encourage you to spread the love with these 4 simple suggestions… Promote responsible pet ownership Support pet adoption Arizona Golden Rescue Arizona Humane Society Mayday Pit Bull Rescue & Advocacy Increase awareness of services available to pet owners Celebrate working companion animals and the important role.. read more →

From the Emergency Service Team at VETMED Approximately 300,000 dogs and cats are bitten by venomous snakes each year in the US, and prevention, protection, and treatment are key. Rattlesnake venom can cause serious injury and even death to pets. Most cases are reported during the warmer seasons, although here in Arizona they are reported and.. read more →