Pet Care Resources

Valley Fever

An Arizona dust devil.

Rattlesnake Bite

Poisonous Diamondback Rattlesnake

Diamondback Rattlesnake

Other Poisonous Creatures

Poisonous Gila Monster

An Arizona Gila Monster.

Other Poisonous Creatures

Poisonous centipede and scorpion

Centipede / Scorpion

Colorado River Toad

Poisonous colorado River Toad

Beware, I’m poisonous!

Arizona Desert Risks to our Pets

Our Desert presents a number of unique health risks to pets.

  • Extreme, Dry Heat. Pets get dehydrated quickly in our hot, dry weather. Here are some tips for keeping your pets cool and well hydrated in our scorching weather… Continue reading
  • Valley Fever is a potentially fatal fungal infection that pets in the desert southwest of the United States get from inhaling spores from the soil. Dogs are especially susceptible. Some dogs more than others… Continue reading
  • Tick Fever is a disease caused by a blood parasite, called Ehrlichia, that is injected into a pet’s bloodstream when the tick bites the pet. It only takes one bite from an infected tick to cause a potentially lethal infection… Continue reading
  • Poisonous Animals and Insects are common in our environment, whether you live in rural areas or in the city. Most of our biting/ stinging wildlife cause only minor discomfort, but others can be deadly… Continue reading
  • Rattlesnakes are our biggest pet health threat in the desert. Bites should always be taken seriously, and always be treated by a veterinarian… Continue reading

Helpful Links for you and your Pet

Some useful websites for you and your pet:

Dog Friendly Parks

Welcome to Tucson! Thanks to our great weather nearly all year, our area is a great place to bring your pets. We hope that the information below regarding our local pet playgrounds, some pet-related regulations , and our page on Desert Risks will help you and pets settle into our friendly, relaxed community.


These parks have fence enclosed fields and water so dogs can run off leash. Take a frisbee and a ball.


Udall Park – Tanque Verde Road, just east of Sabino Canyon Road. Map It


McDonald Park – North on Catalina Hwy, Left on Harrison, watch for signs on the Right. Second Entrance. Map It


More Off Leash Parks – Tucson Parks and Recreation


The Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) enforces laws dealing with dog licensing, animal bites, leash laws, public health and cruelty to animals.




Address: 4000 N Silverbell
Tucson, AZ 85745


Pima County Dog License Requirements

*All Dogs are required to be licensed in Pima County*

Leash Laws for Dogs

Your dog must be kept in an enclosed yard when on your property. Your dog cannot be off your property unless restrained by a leash. Tying your dog out on a cable/ rope is prohibited.


Animal Cruelty and Neglect

  • It is Illegal to Leave a Pet in any Vehicle, even with windows open, at any time of year because of our rapid and extreme temperature changes during the day. The police and officers of PACC have the right by law to break car windows to rescue enclosed pets.
  • All pets must have adequate clean, cool water to drink, shelter/ shade, and adequate exercise space.
  • Dog yards must be cleaned of waste daily by law.
  • Pets must be free of external parasites.
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Approved by the Veterinary Council on Oral Health (VCOH) as a safe and effective means of preventing and slowing down tartar build up on teeth.

Available for dogs and cats!