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Vaccines and pet health

Vaccines have played a major role in preventing disease and improving public health around the world. These benefits have been extended to our pets as well, helping to protect them from viruses such as rabies, distemper, and parvovirus. There is, however, a small but vocal anti-vaccination movement that questions the necessity of vaccines, and veterinary medicine may not be immune from this movement; New York magazine recently reported that some veterinarians have noticed an uptick in the number of pets that are not being vaccinated, due to a similar anti-vaccination ideology. In this podcast, Dr. Laurel Gershwin, a member of AVMA’s Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents, discusses the importance of vaccinations for our pets.
17 February 2015, 8:45am



Puppy Dog Eyes: Gaze Driven Chemistry Makes Dogs Out Best Friends

I'll admit it. I'm no dog lover, but even I've felt that pang in my chest when a goofy canine gazes at me with those 'puppy dog eyes.' We have long called these incredibly trusting animals "man's best friend," but new research has revealed that there's more to it than just trust and a mutual love for bacon. Dogs, it seems, can actually hijack the chemistry for human bonding.
16 April 2015, 6:29pm


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Animal Specialty Group (ASG) of Scottsdale
is unique - we are the community's premier veterinary surgery center and the only, totally dedicated, purpose-built, surgery specialty hospital for companion animals in Arizona. With an American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) board certified specialist in orthopedics, trauma, general and emergency surgery, we provide extraordinary value for your pet's healthcare.


How so? We practice based on more extensive education and training. We maintain a landmark facility. We use only superior orthopedic implants. We operate - literally and figuratively - according to evidence-based techniques. In fact, we can minimize surgical and postoperative complications and avoid unnecessary or inappropriate procedures. The result... efficient treatment, faster recoveries, more consistent outcomes and, importantly, a better and more satisfying client-patient experience.  Come. Stay. Heal.™

ASG is home to Arizona Canine Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Group. The only such practice of it's kind in Arizona, this Group's focus is purely orthopedic! We are the Valley's experts in the management of conditions such as elbow and hip dysplasia, fracture management and cranial cruciate ligament (ACL) tears. We also provide the most extensive menu of technologies and techniques available for your pet including knee, elbow and shoulder arthroscopy, minimally invasive fracture repair, internal/external bone fixation and joint replacement therapies as well as computerized gait analysis, underwater treadmill therapy and 3D musculoskeletal ultrasound. For more information, click on the Services menu above.

At ASG, we represent medical integrity, emphasize economy and efficiency of care, offer unprecedented transparency including real time OR viewing and demonstrate the highest industry standards for veterinary surgical care. Come see for yourself!

There are fewer than 700 board-certified small animal surgery specialists in the United States, according to the ACVS, and less than 2% of ALL Arizona veterinarians are board-certified surgeons. From Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Carefree and Fountain Hills to Prescott, Flagstaff and Sedona, there's only ONE dedicated surgery specialty practice for dogs and cats - Animal Specialty Group of Scottsdale and Arizona Canine Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Group.


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7410 E. Pinnacle Peak Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255

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