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The Five Most Poisonous Common Plants to Pets

Poisonous plants are yet another danger of living in a mild climate and pet owners need to be aware of potential plant dangers to our canine companions in Tucson. People should not assume that their pets won’t eat a particular plant. Size and breed of your pet does NOT make a difference in their risk […]

Toad Poisoning

It’s Raining Toads!
It’s monsoon season again and it’s raining toads! Colorado River Toads (a.k.a. Sonoran Desert Toad) that is! The Colorado River Toad is a large, bumpy, brown amphibian that is a common nocturnal visitor to Tucsonan yards every monsoon season. Most of the year they live buried in the ground but as they are […]

4 Independence Day Dangers for Pets

By: Ahna Brutlag, DVM, MS, Justine Lee, DVM, DACVECC
Loud noises aren’t the only worry pets face on July Fourth. To help clients keep pets safe, be familiar with the signs and treatments for these four threats.

Dangers: Everything from small smoke bombs and sparklers to large aerial displays has the potential to burn curious and unsuspecting […]

Sleepypod Harness Wins Top Ranking in Safety Test

By Ken Niedziela Veterinary Practice News
A groundbreaking study by the Center for Pet Safety identified Sleepypod’s Clickit Utility Harness as the top restraint for dogs traveling in cars.

The findings, released Thursday, for the first time ranked pet harnesses that make test claims either on their packaging or website.

The lack of industry-wide performance standards and test […]

Blood Donation

Generosity Knows No Breed… Give Blood. Give Life!
To Schedule a Blood Donation Appointment Please Call: 520-795-9955

Why would my cat or dog need a blood transfusion?
Cats and dogs, like people, may need a blood transfusion. Every month we see cat and dogs that need blood because they have been hit by a car, have a blood clotting […]

VSCT’s Memorial Garden

A Lasting Celebration
The memorial garden at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson was designed as a space to celebrate the lives of our pets. Amidst the bubbling fountain, trees, and flowers, are a series of trellises upon which to hang engraved bells. Bells are not only a happy reminder of the jingling sound of tags […]

Guidelines to Helps Those Who Have Lost a Pet

Guidelines for Helping

Be physically and emotionally present for support. A simple touch on the shoulder, holding hands or hugging will let the bereaved know they are not alone. It can be especially difficult for the single person living alone who lost their only pet. Home is now a reminder of their loss and loneliness. Being […]

Support Services

Pet Loss Hotlines:

Tucson Pet Loss Hotline (520) 349-8094
Leave message and calls will be returned within a few hours.
Arizona Companion Animal Association (602) 995-5885
Available 24 hours a day. Leave message and calls will be returned.
Grief Recovery Hotline (800) 445-4808
Monday-Friday 9am-5pm Pacific Time
The Iams Pet Loss Support Center & Hotline (888) 332-7738
Monday thru […]


The Rainbow Bridge
Just this side of Heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.There is plenty of food, water and […]

Pet Loss Support

When you lose a beloved pet, it is only natural and perfectly normal for you to feel grief and sorrow. Research has shown that the human grieving process following a pet’s death is similar to that experienced by people who have lost a family member or close friend. Whether the loss of your beloved pet […]

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