How We Make Pet Care Affordable For Every Budget

puppy with veterinarian

Caring for a pet is one of life’s greatest joys, but routine veterinary services plus those little surprises that pets are famous for can eat away at family budgets. At Sky Canyon Animal Hospital, our commitment to providing quality, low-cost pet care helps make vital foundational services like spay and neuter surgery accessible for more pet owners.

The ASPCA estimates that the first year of pet ownership can cost anywhere between $1,904 and $3,221, and each year after that can run about $1,149 for cat owners and $1,391 for dog owners. We’re happy to do what we can to lower these costs for pet families in our community, and in this blog, we share our low-cost pet care options.

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Chocolate, Roses, and Pets: Understanding Valentine’s Day Toxins

beagle with valentine's decorations.

Valentine’s Day is synonymous with expressions of love and affection, often symbolized by gifts like chocolates and bouquets. But a treat for humans can sometimes be a danger for our furry companions. 

At Sky Canyon Animal Hospital, we understand the importance of keeping all family members safe during this season, so we’re sharing essential information on Valentine’s Day toxins that pet owners should watch out for.

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Macadamia Nut Poisoning in Dogs

little dog in front of grapes and nuts.

Many human foods pose a danger to our dogs. Unfortunately, macadamia nuts are incredibly dangerous for our canine companions. It only takes a little bit of exposure to create a negative reaction in your pup. Keep reading to learn the signs of macadamia nut poisoning in dogs so you can get them fast help should they need it:

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Recognizing Depression in Pets

A moping golden retriever.

A great deal is known about the positive impact pets have on our emotional, mental, and physical health. They make us feel happy and loved simply by being near, and we try to reciprocate in equal measure. Unfortunately, depression is a common issue for companion animals. If you’ve ever wondered what to do for a depressed pet, we have some strategies to help.

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How to Choose the Safest Flea and Tick Medications (Without Compromising Efficacy)

itchy dog.

No one likes unwanted houseguests, and pet parasites like fleas and ticks are low on the list of critters that you might invite in. Are flea and tick medications dangerous for pets, though? Thankfully, there are great options for pet parasite prevention available, and Sky Canyon Animal Hospital is happy to help you sort through choosing. 

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The Importance of Sunscreen for Your Pet’s Summer Fun

cute dog at the beach.

With so many trails to roam and beaches to bask on, California is a sun-lover’s dream. And if you plan on taking your pet to your next outdoor adventure, make sure you bone up on sun safety for pets.

Most pet owners understand that summer’s hot sun can lead to heat exhaustion or even heatstroke if pets aren’t provided with adequate shade and clean drinking water, but it might surprise you to know that our pets—in spite of being covered in luxurious fur—need sunscreen just like we do.

Read on for tips on sun protection for pets so you can keep your cats and dogs safe and healthy during summer fun. 

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Separation Anxiety in Pets

Hound dog licks his human.


Does your dog howl, chew your shoes, or dig holes in your yard every time you leave the house? Do your cats vomit or stop eating altogether each time you spend a night away? Separation anxiety in pets is no fun for you or your furry friends. The team at Sky Canyon Animal Hospital would like to share ways to understand and solve the common behavioral issues we see in anxious pets. 

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Addressing Ear Infections in Dogs

A dog with big ears running.

Long, floppy ears definitely add to canine cuteness, but they are partially responsible for chronic ear infections in dogs. Without adequate air flow and drainage, the dark, moist, warm inner ears become vulnerable to bacteria. In addition to breeds predisposed to ear infections, pups that suffer allergies and those that swim are at higher risk. 

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The Value of Veterinary Chiropractic Care

A brown dog receiving a chiropractic spine treatment.

Your pet’s musculoskeletal system, composed of bones, muscles, and tissue, stimulates and eases their body’s movements. Sometimes, however, the connections between the spine, the body’s structures, and the nervous system need to be restored. Veterinary chiropractic care focuses on manipulating the spine as a way to treat disease, reduce pain, and increase mobility. In essence, chiropractic adjustments can improve a pet’s quality of life.

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