Looking for a Veterinarian In North Scottsdale?

If you are looking for a veterinarian in the North Scottsdale area, you have come to the right place!  We have gathered a list of some vets in the area that may be of interest to you.  However, it’s important to do your own research.  Always interview any pet care professional BEFORE you enlist their services! Not sure what to look for in a vet?

Here Are Some Tips To Get You Started:

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  • Are they eager to answer your questions or do they hurry you off the phone or out of their office?
  • How many veterinarians are on staff?
  • Are dogs and cats crated in separate rooms?
  • What, if any, specializations do the staff members have?  (This includes doctors, technicians and front office personnel)
  • What services are offered on site?
  • What services are not offered on site?
  • Do they provide emergency services? If not, what emergency facilities are they affiliated with?
  • What animals do they provide services for? Dogs? Cats? Exotic Pets?
  • What are the business hours?
  • What are the fees within your budget?
  • Is the office convenient to get to? Adequate parking?

North Scottsdale Animal Hospital
15577 N Hayden Rd #1
Scottsdale, AZ
(480) 368-1741
* They have offered to give you a FREE initial visit with the mention of Bella’s House & Pet Sitting! (New clients only)

VCA Paradise Valley Emergency Animal Hospital
6969 E Shea Blvd #150
Scottsdale, AZ
(480) 991-1845

Pima North Animal Hospital
8864 E Pinnacle Peak Rd
Scottsdale, AZ
(480) 630-2459

Pinnacle Peak Animal Hospital
23425 N Scottsdale Rd #11
Scottsdale, AZ
(480) 585-7511

DC Ranch Animal Hospital
20875 N Pima Rd
Scottsdale, AZ
(480) 538-8300

McDowell Mountain Animal Hospital
17050 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
(480) 419-6300

North Ranch Animal Hospital
6245 E Bell Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(480) 948-8445

Animal Medical & Surgical Center
17477 N 82nd St
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
(480) 389-3012

This list is not meant to be comprehensive. There are a lot more veterinarians in North Scottsdale. They are also not listed in any particular order. If you would like to add your vet to the list, just comment below and we would be more than happy to add them to our list!

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Unless you have been living under a twig in the far nether regions of the woods, you must have heard all the fan fare about the recent boom in Food trucks. Ok, let me clarify this for you. Not the old school food trucks most of us have grown up with, I’m talking about these decked out, top of the line specialty food trucks. Many cities now hold evenings of Food Truck Night Out get-togethers. So, what could possibly top the ability to head out to the local streets and walk up to a truck and get your favorite meals? Hmmmm…wait, wait…..wait for it…..Food Trucks For Dogs! Seriously, I just cried a wee bit!

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Yes, this fairly new Fido friendly affair is hitting the streets and gaining in popularity. Several trucks dedicated “to the dogs” have been pounding the pavement for a few years already. Now gaining in popularity – we are seeing many more, especially at our local dog parks. Most recently Milo’s Kitchen, a Dog food and treat company who has been around for some time, decided to do a national tour. They traveled in a beautifully outfitted truck with all sorts of goodies for the pets from meatballs to clothes! They even took it one step further by setting up a play area for your pets while they nosh as well as a “Selfie Station” for capturing photos of the fun with you and your pooch!

I’m not even kidding, folks! And apparently, they’re not alone! Fido To Go is another hot truck hitting the streets of Chicago. They have their own website where you can find all of the amazing information.

There are several trucks who are stepping in to cater to our pets. Keep your eyes peeled – no doubt there will be some popping up in your area. Surf the web and visit your local Food Truck Night and inquire there. Or you can check out the Food Trucks in Phoenix. Maybe this new opportunity is a sign that you should jump on the food train and start up one in your area! Go Fido!!

Take a look at this NBC Nightly report where we first saw about this latest trend!

3 Things I Wish I Knew Before Getting A Dog

buying a dogMany folks understand that exciting feeling we get when we come across a dog that we instantly fall in love. Many times this feeling of love at first sight results in a new addition to our family. However, how many of us have actually done the research and proper pre-addition planning before bringing a new puppy or dog home? That’s what I figured. Very few. The way it normally goes when we wish to add a dog to the family is “Let’s get a dog”. Or we just stumble across one somehow, for example a trip to the shelter to simply “look”. That trip usually leads to a dog coming home with us. But, once we bring the new pup home there are things that come up which we didn’t consider beforehand (but should have). Below you will find three things many pet owners WISH they knew before getting a dog.

1. House training is difficult and will try your patience.

Yup your dog will not be “pre-programmed” to know when and where to use the bathroom. This is something which comes after time, patience and plenty of guidance. It requires positive reinforcement and training. Even if you adopt an older dog who they claim is housebroken, that dog will require a refresher course when you get him home. The change in his environment, the stress of the shelter and/or being rehomed plays a part in his behavior.

2. A dog is a financial investment and can even be a financial burden if not well planned for.

Many think that their new dog, most especially a smaller one, can’t possibly cost that much to take care of. Food and a few toys right? Well nope! While having a smaller sized dog will be a little less in the food department your dog will require medical treatment, shots, activities such as toys and walks, pet sitters, pet insurance, as well as crates and beds. And heaven forbid, you have an emergency. Those costs can rack up.

We have a list of cheap dog toys you can create at home.

3. Dog ownership takes up a lot of time.

Love and Time. Please remember, you will need to spend time with your pet for their entire lives. The investment of time is often more underestimated than that of the financial investment. A dog requires almost the same amount of attention as a small child. The only difference is that a dog can be left in a crate while you are out for a few hours!. Once the novelty wears off do not toss them into the backyard. Dogs are social animals and love to be near their humans. Don’t forget they will require attention, forever.

A few times a month, I get a call from someone who is about to adopt a dog but wanted to know their pet sitting options first. I wish more people were like this! It impresses me when I receive these calls. They know that there are going to be times they have to be away from the home for business or pleasure. Pre planning the solution takes a lot of stress out of the equation!
If you don’t take the time to think about these things, you could end up being a pet parent like Kendall Jenner. My own family tried to use these excuses for me, especially the money objection, but I decided long ago that I would go without something if it were for my dog. It was a commitment I made. The rewards that one receives from these unbiased, non grudge holding beings are worth more than any tangible item money could buy.

Rocco the Rockstar

If you have dogs or cats, you might be worried about the smell of stinky dog fur or the odor from pet stains or even kitty litter.

Rocco the Rockstar

Rocco the Rockstar

If you aren’t worried, you might want to rethink that. You just might be blind. Nose blind.

What is nose blind, anyway? Well, the best way to explain it is to start with a story. Read on….

We have clients that we have been servicing for years. They have two beautiful cats, Sophie and Trixie. They’re Persians. These cats are mesmerizing to look at.   Silky fur, blue diamond eyes. They also have a German Shepherd, Rex, and a poodle named Princess Diana. Rex is adorable and sharp as a tack. He fetches, opens the refrigerator and well, he puts Princess Diana in her place when she needs it. She runs the show, that’s for sure. She wears a diamond studded collar. You understand? Yeah, one of those. We love those babies to pieces, though. They’re all so loving and have amazing little personalities.

Nose blind? Yeah, we’re getting to that.

So, these pets live in a beautiful home that looks like it is off the pages of a magazine. We should love visiting this home. The pets are smart, well-behaved and the house is right in the middle of our territory.

The problem? The place stinks to high…. Well, the place reeks. It is the strongest urine smell you have ever breathed in. We pull our shirts over our faces, gagging like second graders. The smell is unbearable. Horrible. Other than the stench, the house is immaculate. The worst part is this: The owners have NO idea. They are completely unaffected by the smell.

How is it possible that the smell is so bad that is leaves us gagging and the owners go seemingly unbothered?

They’re nose blind!

They can’t smell it.

I’m sure they smelled it once upon a time. Maybe they thought they tackled the odor issue. Maybe they thought Princess Diana stopped peeing on the carpet. Maybe they thought that they FINALLY chose the best litter for Sophie and Trixie’s litter box. Nope. They’re nose blind. Plain and simple case. Nose blind.

How does a person become nose blind? Well, it’s as simple as this:

According to febreze, there are three steps to becoming nose blind.

(1) Odor Adaptation. Your nose notices a new smell. Good or bad. It’s a physiological response.

(2) Odor Habituation. Your brain tells your nose to ignore the odor. Good or bad. That’s a psychological response.

(3) Odor Infestation. Man, the smell is everywhere. Good or bad. This is what your friends, family and PET SITTER smells as they walk in the door. This, my friends is the sociological impact of becoming nose blind.

Are you nose blind? Have you, over time, become accustomed to an odor lurking in your home? Do you have friends or family that are nose blind?


Please help us welcome Olivia Grace into the world! On Monday 7/21/14 at 7:12pm Olivia Grace was born at Scottsdale Shea via scheduled C Section measuring 10 inches and just only 12 oz.

She is a amazing warrior princess who came into this world at only 28weeks 5days!  She has surpassed all the Doctors predictions, proven to be a very strong warrior, and a fighter. She is going be be in NICU for 3+ months until she is strong enough to come home which will mean Mom will be traveling back and fourth many times a day. We want to  thank everyone for their prayers, support, and well wishes. If it wasn’t for our Faith in God, I don’t know how we would have gotten through this past week and the future we have ahead. We ask for your continued prayers and support over the next few months, as Olivia will be in NICU. God is SO faithful and the power of prayer is INCREDIBLE!!! We have felt the most amazing support from all our friends and family around the world. THANK YOU!

I am so incredibly overwhelmed with love, joy, and happiness. Although this isn’t the “typical” pregnancy journey, every single day I am so thankful to the Lord for the gift he has given us. Our faith has been tested, and I am so proud to say that my family has grown stronger throughout this challenge. The future is optimistically hopeful and through continued prayers and thoughts we know we can get her through all her milestones.

For privacy reasons, we are holding back pictures for now. I wanted to share this with you, because I do consider you all the Bella’s family. xoxo


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