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4th of July Safety Tips for your Scottsdale Pet!

July 5th is known as the most busiest day at valley shelters because so many pets freak out and escape from their homes sue to the July 4th festivities.  If you will be leaving your pet at home during the 4th of July – try doing these tips to ensure they have a safe and stress free night.

1 – Secure all GATES, DOORS, and LOCKS. You do not want anything blowing or pushing open, giving your fur kid an easy way out.

2- If you are leaving the home, leave a TV or radio on loud in efforts to drown out the noises that may be going on outside.

3- Make sure your pets IDs are on or they are micro chipped. If your pet escapes, often times it is your only hoe of finding them.

4 – Be sure to close all doggy doors.

5- Leave them in a secure area with lots of chew toys and dog proof the area. Sometimes when stressed, pets will chew. If your baseboards are attacked – we have a handyman we can recommend J

6 – Do not give your pets any leftover bones. Cooked bones are the worst for your pets and could split in their intestines and cause internal bleeding. Please also be aware of guest feeding your pets.

7 – Do not take your pets to firework displays and keep them far away from those who might be lighting them off.

8 – Do not leave alcoholic drinks where pets can reach them. It could be fatal. Instead think about Bowser Beer! (

9- Be careful if you want to “decorate” your pet. The glow sticks could be toxic if they chew them and if they are not used to bandana’s, they can get caught on things.

10 – If your pet gets scared easily, try Rescue Remedy or consider staying home with them.

If you follow these tips your pet should have just as an enjoyable 4th of July as you have.

This information has been provided to you from Bella Vasta, the Pack Leader for Bella’s House and Pet Sitting in Scottsdale AZ. For more information please call 480.330.4552 or go to

What would happen to your pets if there were a fire?

How many of you have a security system that is monitored? Have you ever thought about what would happen if God forbid there was a fire in your home and either you didn’t have a security system, or it was unmonitored? We care about your pets. If this tragedy ever struck your home, who would know to save your pets? If it was just a noisy alarm and wasn’t connected to the local fire department, the results could be fatal.  Just something for you to think about. We care about your pets best interest.

If you are interested in helping to protect your pets, we have a great contact with a local alarm company that has been around for a long time. Just email me at: and we would be happy to provide you with this reference as they are a part of Bella’s Concierge Program.

Also on Bella’s Concierge Program is Furry Friend Alert. These aren’t just any stickers. These are stickers with your pets picture on them that are placed in the window near your entry way to help emergency crews know who to look for.

This is something that everyone should consider.

This information has been provided to you from Bella Vasta, the Pack Leader for Bella’s House and Pet Sitting in Scottsdale AZ. For more information please cal 480.330.4552 or go to:

Bella’s House & Pet Sitting supports McDowell Mountain Ranch Animal Hospital!

McDowell Mountain
Animal Hospital

(480) 419-6300



Written by: Carol Kaplan to be seen in the next addition of Helene’s Newsletter. Or you can go online to view it at:


The hospital, which is located behind the CVS Drugstore in the Windgate Crossing Center (on the NW corner of Thompson Peak Parkway and Bell Road), is a full service clinic providing all phases of medicine – routine care, surgery, dental, hospitalization, full diagnostic lab and in-house testing, radiology, pharmacy, ophthalmology, dermatology, bathing, medical boarding and ER services – for dogs, cats and an array of “pocket pets” (i.e. rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs and ferrets).


As you might imagine, the facility is absolutely state-of-the-art and even includes a neo-natal ICU, ultra sound equipment and digital dental x-ray machinery.


The chief caregiver is Dr Caroline “Casey” Magargle. Dr. Casey (as she prefers to be called) has an extensive medical background for someone so young. Indications are that began her practice at age 4 by bandaging all her stuffed animals and establishing a recovery ward in her bedroom. By age 14, she elected to build on that experience by working in the kennels of local veterinary and that exposure pretty much “locked in” her career path.



The next step was ASU where she graduated summa cum laude with a pre-veterinary major. From there she proceeded to obtain a degree from the highly respected Veterinary Medical School at Colorado State University and followed that with an internship in ultrasound technology. Over the next five years she honed her skills at a very nice animal hospital in south Scottsdale while working toward her long term goal —establishing a practice of her own here in North Scottsdale where she lives with her husband, Todd, and three rescue animals — two cats and a dog.


Given that the hospital has just debuted, it was extremely reassuring to discover that it is already well on its way to accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association. This organization evaluates hospitals based on quality of care, the diagnostic skills of the staff and the availability of cutting edge technology. The guidelines for receiving this accreditation are so strict that thus far, only 19% of the hospitals in the country have actually qualified.


Still, technical competence is only one part of the picture. Compassion and customer service are just as important and we’re please to say that  Dr. Casey and her staff offer gentle, compassionate care and the kind of personal attention we wish were available everywhere.

Not only will you be recognized and welcomed when you walk in but the doctor always makes it a point to speak with you directly regardless of the reason for your visit. She believes that getting to know pets and their parents on a personal level is a key element in providing proper care.


Appointments are generally a 1/2 hour, and every effort is taken to minimize anxiety and pain for animals — without resorting to physical restraints. Dr Casey firmly believes that pets do not heal as effectively if they are nervous or in pain.


Why not stop by and get acquainted with Dr. Casey and her very professional staff.

In fact, bring your furry friends and let them check out the facility as well. After all, families should make these kind of care decisions collectively. Incidentally, the hospital even has a behaviorist/trainer on call who will be offering both general classes and one-on-one sessions with clients.


McDowell Mountain
Animal Hospital

(480) 419-6300

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