Dental Month!

September 7th, 2016

It’s Dental Month! Give us a call at 480-988-3660 to take advantage of our special offer of full mouth radiographs at no charge for the entire month of September! If your pet is on a wellness plan, they are eligible to receive an even better offer for a dental cleaning at any point throughout the year! If you’re not sure, schedule your kiddos for a dental consult with us to discuss their dental needs including home dental care! 

April 2016 Receptionist of the Month!

April 18th, 2016

Meet Rebecca! We welcomed her into our team almost 6 months ago. She already loves coming into work because of all the all the new people she has a chance to meet on a daily basis. She enjoys spending time with our clients and getting to know them and their furry family members. 

She’s also very interested in the different treatments we offer, especially integrative or holistic medicine. Becky finds acupuncture for animals fascinating and loves to see the changes and benefits that pets develop after their acupuncture sessions. 

 She’s owned by 2 wonderful male cats named Mickey and Billy. Mickey is 14 years old and has long hair. Billy is 9 years old and has short hair. 

When she’s not at Arizona Animal Wellness Center, she considers herself a computer gamer. She also loves roller derby, vintage fashion and spending time with her family. 

“When I look into the eyes of an animal I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I see a soul.”

Meet Dr. Elizabeth Mower

March 25th, 2016

Dr. Mower was born and raised in the Mesa/Gilbert area of Arizona. She knew that she wanted to be a Veterinarian at 5 years old.

She worked in various veterinary hospitals throughout high school and college to ensure she would be able to achieve her dream.

She received her Bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness with a specialty in Pre-Veterinary Medicine from Arizona State University in 2008. She then travelled to Grenada in the southern Caribbean where she received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from St. George’s University in 2012. She has been practicing in Arizona since that time.  

“I have enjoyed the journey from school to practicing medicine and have learned a lot in a short time. I feel that client communication is the key to earning the trust of clients who then give me the honor of treating their furry family members. The cases I enjoy most include internal medicine, dermatology, and dentistry. I love dogs, but cats are my passion. In my spare time I enjoy movies, music, and hanging out with my cat.”

Construction of Main Entrance 

March 21st, 2016

As many of you already know, the slope at our entrance is too steep and has needed to be replaced. We just wanted to let all of our clients know that construction of our main front entrance will begin this Wednesday 3/23/16 at 7am and will hopefully conclude on 3/30/16.

Unfortunately, during this process the main entrance will not be accessible. We will have all of our clients and patients continue to use the west entrance/exit as the main entrance. This entrance will take you directly to our pharmacy area and then you can make your way over to the reception desk to get you checked in for your appointment. 

We will be making 2 temporary handicapped parking spots since we will have several parking spaces barricaded off during construction. 

There will be plywood covering our main entrance windows so that debris does not damage the glass.  

We will continue to be open our regular hours during this process to continue to see our clients and patients. Please excuse our mess!

Meet Jessica – Our Tech Assistant of the Month!

March 10th, 2016


Jessica has been part of our team for the past 6 months. She loves coming into work and learning something new every single day. As a hospital, we are constantly striving to learn and share the most recent advances in the veterinary field in order to provide your furry family members with the best care possible and help keep them healthy and happy!

Jessica has two dogs that she often describes as her whole world. Mya was her first kiddo. She is a 6 1/2 year old husky mix that was rescued when she was only 4 months old. Ruger is her “not so little” little mama’s boy. He is a 3 year old brindle, 90 pound shepherd-mastiff mix. 

Outside of work, Jessica enjoys scrapbooking, decorating, and playing with her dogs. She keeps busy and is constantly on the go! 

“I enjoy being in a field where I can learn something new every single day and look back at the end of the week and see how much I’ve progressed. My favorite thing about working at Arizona Animal Wellness Center is the people. Everyone is so helpful and eager to teach. It is so fun to work as a team to help our furry friends!”

Does your pet eat rocks or other non-food items?

March 8th, 2016

Does your furry family member eat any non-food items? If so, they could be at risk for developing an obstruction. An intestinal obstruction occurs when your pet eats something that they shouldn’t that is too large to pass through the intestinal tract. Common examples include rocks, toys, parts of hard chew bones, socks or underwear, hair ties and more. 

Surf came in a few weeks ago because she was vomiting and not eating. We took some radiographs and found a large rock in her small intestine that was stuck so we proceeded with surgery to remove it. She did great and is fully recovered, but she may still try to eat things that could cause an obstruction.

The question becomes what can you do to prevent such an occurrence? 

The first step is to understand your kiddo’s risk. Do they routinely eat non-food items? If so, that increases their risk greatly and even if they don’t there is still a risk that they might decide to do so some day.

Pick up all objects small enough for them to swallow and keep them put away to avoid any temptation. Keep children’s toys out of reach. Keep your laundry, especially smaller items such as socks and underwear in a closed hamper. Avoid any toys and chews that can have pieces broken off and swallowed. If your pet is a rock eater, it becomes a little more difficult. You can work with a trainer to discourage the behavior and supervise outside time. 

Hopefully, you can prevent your kiddo from ever needed exploratory surgery to remove a foreign object!

Meet Sam – Our February 2016 Tech of the Month!

February 5th, 2016

Our Team Member of the Month is Sam. As many of you know she has been with the hospital since the very beginning, October 2004. That’s over 11 years!

Her area of focus is Clinical Practice which she hopes to begin to working towards obtaining her specialty in very soon! She certainly has the knowledge base which includes everything from a wellness visit to various illnesses that can be seen in pets. 

She shares her home with Jackson, a 3yr old male rottie / hound mix and Angel, a 7 month old, female chihuahua. They keep her on her toes! 

When she is not doing the work she loves, she is hanging out with her family and being active in her church.


“​I love being a part of the family at AAWC. What has historically moved and nourished this practice is the true love and care for the families (of course this includes the members of the furry persuasion) of both clients and employees that enter this hospital. I love that our hospital allows us and even encourages us to bond and make connections with these families that we assist every day. Just like in a family, each member is encouraged to care for each other and help each other reach their full potential. I am given this opportunity every day and for this I am grateful.

I’ve been a part of AAWC from the beginning and have seen people come and go and each of those people have contributed and made AAWC what it is today. This new building that we have moved into, is only the beginning of the results of those contributions, dreams and hopes that we have for the future of our hospital. This place was designed by them and those who remain to create ways that we can help better the lives of those families that we care for every day. The medicine that is practiced here is wholesome, true and tailored to each individual’s personal needs.

Yes, I am very happy and proud to be a member of the family of AAWC and look forward, God willing, to many more healthy years.”

Dental Month February 2016

February 3rd, 2016

Does your pet have bad breath? Unfortunately, most pets do! This is not normal! The foul odor you smell is caused by an infection in the mouth. The most common cause of infection in your pets mouth is periodontal disease, which affects over 80% of pets over 3 years of age. Periodontal disease is a progressive and irreversible loss of the structures surrounding the teeth caused by chronic infection and inflammation in the mouth. When your pet eats, residual food particles in the mouth promote growth of bacteria. The bacteria form a slime layer, known as plaque, which attaches to the teeth and hardens to form tartar and calculus. If left untreated this results in bone and gum loss, tooth abscess, pain as well as organ damage, decreased appetite and weight loss.
Early treatment is best to prevent pain, tooth loss and expensive treatments.
The first step in treating periodontal disease requires cleaning the teeth and surrounding tissues. Because your pet will not lie down quietly for a dental cleaning, general anesthesia is required. To prepare for anesthesia, your veterinarian will do a thorough examination of your pet, perform blood work, EKG and discuss the procedure with you. Your pet will be monitored closely throughout the entire procedure: your pets safety is our primary concern. After the teeth are cleaned, X-rays will be taken of the teeth to check for pathology hiding below the gum line. Your veterinarian will discuss with you any other procedures that may need to be performed to ensure your pets mouth will be pain free.
Remember if your pet is enrolled in a wellness plan you receive this dental month discount all year long!!! As wellness plan members you have the option to add on a dental service for your enrolled pet anytime throughout the year at a reduced cost. Typical dental savings for wellness plan members range from 45% – 50% savings!
Call us today to schedule your pets dental procedure – 480-988-3660. 
We look forward to seeing you and discussing any questions.

Open House – January 24th 2016!

January 26th, 2016


The Open House was this past weekend, and we wanted to share some information with all of you! We are so glad that we had so many individuals attend our Open House. Thank you!

Tricia, Nikki, Gina, Melissa, Rebecca, Shana and Aan were our tour guides for this event and helped show everyone our new facility and escorted groups from one station to the next to ensure that no one got lost along the way, which can happen! 

While clients were waiting to go on their tour, there was a Kid’s Station up front that was manned by Katie and Kiki who were armed with puzzles, coloring books, crayons, play-doh and stickers to help keep the little ones entertained. We also had Claudia provide face painting! All of the kiddos looked great!

Tiffany showed off our Cat Adoption Center where we have several eligible furry family members! She also shared pictures of some of the animals that we have helped find their forever homes in the past!

Dr. Ford and Dr. Heetland were at the greeting station talking with our clients as they came in before they embarked on the tour. 

All of the stations focused on how our new building benefits our clients and patients. 

The Open House Stations:

Chinese Medicine – Dr. Scott and Natalie discussed the added benefit of Chinese Medicine and how it can be used as an alternative to treat many health conditions, including osteoarthritis, pain, allergies and more.

Cat Friendly Practice – Christina showed off what we now offer for cats exclusively including a quiet side of the lobby, cat-only rooms, cat-only hospitalization areas, and changes such as added Feliway diffusers, cat shelves, special blankets, towel warmers and treats/catnip and toys. She also shared some tips on making the experience more feline friendly for owners. 

Exam Rooms – Samantha shared how the number of rooms have helped lessen wait time and improve overall flow during our appointments. Also, how the bigger space allows us to see patients more efficiently.

Pharmacy Area – Jessica and Michelle discussed how the pharmacy area is utilized to help get patients in and out of our hospital more timely and keep us on track during appointments. We now have a drive thru as well and the ability to pick up meds without going through the front helps make those trips much easier.

Laboratory Area – Adam showed off our in-house labratory area and the options for tests. As well as the added benefit of getting patient’s results quickly, especially when one of our patients isn’t feeling well.

Radiology Suite – Jen showed our digital radiology machine and shared how that allows us to get images quickly so that the patient has to hold still for a shorter period of time. 

Dental Suite – Dr. Similo and Dani were able to share our separate dental suite including our digital dental radiograph machine and the option for two dental cleaning tables. We are able to snap radiographs of all of the teeth in the mouth to look for any underlying problems within the bone or tooth quickly and make sure our patient’s mouths are pain-free!

Surgical Clean Area – Teri discussed mostly our equipment such as the autoclave to sterilize instruments, the sonic shaker to help clean instruments and our  separate washer/dryer to help limit any hair or exposure for our surgical laundry. Nykayla focused on the instruments and the two way cabinet we have between surgery and pre-prep and how that benefits the sterility of surgery and how if they need something else in surgery we can just pass it through the cabinet without having to enter the surgery suite during surgery. 

Surgical Prep Area & Surgery – Dr. Olson and Jessica reviewed the separate surgery prep room and surgery suite and how this helps prevent any contamination. We have and area to clean and prep patients before entering the surgery room to protect sterility. We also have monitoring equipment that helps check the heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygenation level, blood pressure and more. Although, at our hospital any pet that is under anesthesia has a dedicated individual that monitors for any changes both during and after anesthesia for their safety.

Hospitalization Areas – Erica focused on why our hospitalized areas are better now: separate area with more room for big dogs; a small ward for isolation for any contagious pets; easily visible area for sick pets; separate cat-only area with windows to allow us to monitor and heating pads as well as windows to allow natural light in. If your pet is sick, there is also plenty of room for visitation. 

Physical Rehab Room – Dan shared our new rehab department and talked a little about how physical exercises can help pets that are healing from an injury or also be used as preventative. 

Kathy from Classy Canines reviewed that she will now be offering grooming services by appointment in our facility as well. She can make your pet look their best!

In our Conference Room, we had the last station where Dr. Parva handed out the goodie bags to say “thank you” to all of our clients who attended! 

Welcome Dr. Scott!

December 23rd, 2015


We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Kielyn Scott will be joining our team on January 2nd. 

We strive to provide a full range of treatment options and modalities in order to allow each individual patient the best chance for a long, healthy and happy life. In keeping with this commitment, we are thrilled offer Traditional Chinese Medicine including acupuncture, electrostimulation, herbal therapy, nutritional therapy, ozone therapy and more. 

Generally, any health condition can be treated with Chinese Medicine, but it is especially effective for allergies and skin care, musculoskeletal disorders and osteoarthritis, pain management, gastrointestinal disorders, cancer treatment, and behavioral issues.

Please take a moment to read about Dr. Scott: Dr. Kielyn Scott is a native of Kansas and earned two Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Kansas (KU), then went to Kansas State University (KSU) where she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree. Following graduation, she moved to Raleigh, North Carolina for an Internship in Emergency Medicine at the After Hours Small Animal Emergency Clinic and a 3 year Residency in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care at North Carolina State University. 

After a few years in practice, Dr. Scott decided to pursue further education in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine to try to find other ways to help her patients. She earned certification in acupuncture by the Chi Institute and China National Society of Traditional Chinese Medicine, where she continues to expand her knowledge in Chinese herbal medicine.