Rita Ranch Pet Hospital is a group of veterinary professionals who honor the Human-Animal Bond by offering compassionate, progressive medical care for pets. We educate our clients on veterinary care so they can make informed decisions.
We hope our beautiful setting, warm friendly atmosphere and team approach will make you and your pet feel right at home.
Summer in Tucson can be likened to winter in most areas of the US, as we stay indoors a lot to avoid the weather. The heat can be dangerous to humans and pet alike. Remember that cats and dogs can only lose heat through their paw pads and by panting, they cannot sweat! This makes them even more prone to heat stroke than people. Never exercise your pet in the heat of the day, right now about the only reasonable time is at about 5 to 7 AM, while it is below 85. A dog’s paws will get burned on a hot sidewalk or asphalt, so if you can’t walk barefoot on it, don’t make your pet!! And NEVER leave your pet in a vehicle at this time of year, since they can overheat in a matter of minutes. Plastic kiddie pools (or a real pool for those lucky enough), a romp with the water hose, or a hike up on the top of Mt Lemmon are excellent ways to get some exercise while staying cool. Hang in there, monsoons will be here soon!