Wanted: Volunteer Investigator for Vet Board Committee


Looking for a unique way to serve your state as a volunteer? Did you know the Arizona Board of Veterinary Medical examiners has four members of the general public who serve on two committees that investigate complaints made against veterinarians? The Arizona Veterinary Medical Examining Board is looking for a public member to serve a […]

How do you expect me to give these pills to my dog?

Q: My dog won’t take the pills my vet prescribed. How do I give pills to a stubborn dog? A: There are a number of different tricks you can use to give pills to your dog. In this short video, Dr. Burns demonstrates three low-stress ways to give tablets or capsules to your pup.

Closed in Observance of Labor Day

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Priority Pet Hospital will be closed on Monday, September 3rd in observance of Labor Day. We’ll be back in the office at 8 am on Tuesday the 4th. Should a pet require emergency care during our absence, please call the Emergency Animal Clinic at 480-497-0222. Not sure if you need to call? Check out our […]

5 Great Positive Gun Dog Training Resources

We meet dogs that serve many roles in their families: service dogs, lap dogs, running partners, you name it. We also meet hunting dogs. And before you start imagining dusty hounds living in a little dirt-floored kennel in the back yard, let me re-state that: we also meet hunting buddies. Loveable, happy, spoiled-rotten retrievers, flushing, […]

How do I stop my dog from eating poop?

Q: My dog has the grossest habit: he eats poop. How can I make him stop? A: According to a veterinary study, picking up dog droppings immediately was the only effective way to control this habit. A couple weeks ago I wrote about the traits common to dogs that engage in coprophagia (the medical term […]

Wordless Wednesday: Smile!

Smile!, a photo by Priority Pet Hospital on Flickr.



I had dinner with one of my favorite teachers last night. She’s a tireless career educator. A leader in her field. A textbook author. A real pro. The kind of teacher students remember forever. Continuing education conferences are great. They bring us together with the people who played an important role in our development–the folks […]

Portrait of a Poop Eater: notes from the 2012 AVSAB Behavior Symposium

I spent the better part of today at the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior’s annual symposium listening to the best and brightest in our profession talk about–you guessed it–animal behavior. One lecture–about dogs that eat poop–really stood out as something I should share with all of you. We get lots of questions about this […]

Wordless Wednesday: Go Team USA

Go Team USA, a photo by Priority Pet Hospital on Flickr.

Closed: Monday August 6th

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Did you know that Arizona vets are required to attend at least 20 hours of continuing professional education every two years? It might sound like a lot, but we try to get at least that much every year so we can stay on top of our game. To this end we’ll be getting our learn […]