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Yes, springtime - the time when flowers and trees give witness of winter’s hard work; it is a time of renewal. We’re excited about the many opportunities we will have this spring to meet and greet many of our readers and advertisers at various events. Our publication is about pets and the people who love them. Our purpose, passion and plans focus on creating a publication that is informational and inspirational. It’s a place where businesses and organizations can promote their products, services and causes.

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hen we hear the word Aromatherapy we may think of things that smell good like bath salts and candles. Aromatherapy actually is a medical modality used to treat a number of medical issues and is even taught in many medical schools. This form of treatment has been around for many years and has a lot of research backing its use. In the veterinary world there was little known about aromatherapy for pets, until Dr. Brandt undertook detailed clinical research, in 1997, into its safe and effective use. Her research has then led to creating the first Veterinary Aromatherapy course. She has lectured worldwide and taught many lay people and veterinarians the art of using therapeutic grade essential oils both safely and effectively with animals. When you consider using essential oils in pets, first consider that these substances are very concentrated and can be harmful if used incorrectly. Second, consider that animals have a far greater sense of smell than humans do and therefore less is better. If you over stimulate the olfactory lobes of pets, they can be very uncomfortable. Some oils even may cause harm, especially in felines.

When undertaking a therapeutic approach to using essential oils, please educate yourself to do the best you can for your pet. Even though these substances are an over-thecounter item, using them correctly will serve both to be far more effective and, of course safer. Things like Lavender essential oil, when therapeutic grade, pure, unadulterated, and of the correct chemistry can mend a burn very quickly and without pain or scar. Lavender can up lift the spirits of a grieving pet. Lavender can help with skin issues and even assist in seizures. Peppermint essential oil, when therapeutic grade, pure, unadulterated, and of the correct chemistry can fix stomach upset, dental disease and even assist in healing the liver. Lemon essential oil, when therapeutic grade, pure, unadulterated, and of the correct chemistry can be a great way to clean the entire home without any chemicals which can drastically affect your pet’s health. Clove essential oil, when therapeutic grade, pure, unadulterated, and of the correct chemistry can combat MRSA, the resistant bacteria. Cilantro essential oil, when therapeutic grade, pure, unadulterated, and of the correct chemistry can combat resistant strains of tuberculosis. Thyme and 72 other essentials oils, when therapeutic grade, pure, unadulterated, and

of the correct chemistry can combat viral infections some times within 12 hours. Frankincense essential oil, when therapeutic grade, pure, unadulterated, and of the correct chemistry can even combat cancers. Most oils that are therapeutic grade, pure, unadulterated, and of the correct chemistry can combat infections of bacteria, yeast, viruses and parasites. Sometimes only therapeutic oils can “kill the bug”. Most essential oils can speed the healing of wounds by 50% or more. All oils, if unaltered by chemicals or poor manufacturing techniques, are natural and safe for the environment. Know your essentials oils, know how to use them and know how to trust them. There are many examples of animals that have responded to essential oils at Natural Care Institute. Things like chronic anal gland impactions, back pain, lameness, parvo disease, cancer and even skin diseases have responded very well. There is more to aromatherapy than just smell. These well researched concentrated plant extracts could be the answer you are looking for. To learn more about the power of essential oils and to gain the best of what the plant world offers, go to the website for more information and class schedules.

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Companionship without the Cost Southern Nevada Beagle Rescue Foundation is desperately seeking foster homes.

We are an all volunteer nonprofit organization predominately rescuing Beagles & Beagle mix dogs. Until a successful adoption, dogs are housed in foster home environments where they receive love and care.

SNBRF currently needs more foster homes so that we do not have to turn dogs away. We pay for the dog’s medical care and ask foster families to participate in our park meet-up events to promote adoption, and assist in meeting potential adoptees. SNBRF simply asks too that you treat the dog as your own. This is your chance to enjoy the companionship of a dog without the worry of the cost. You will also be a part of a rewarding experience by helping a rescue Beagle find its “forever home.”

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Read local author Sue Laing’s latest thriller: When newly-retired detective Michael Pearce reluctantly agrees to beloved sister Mattie’s request that he come to her home and help her with a murder investigation, he has no idea that he will soon delay his long-anticipated fishing trip to help Mattie’s dear friend Jenny get to the bottom of the mysterious accident that befell her beloved adopted daughter, Beth, and Beth’s youngest son, Daniel. The local police department has ruled the case a murder-suicide, but Beth’s estranged husband’s insistence on a hasty cremation makes Mattie and Jenny suspicious, and Michael begins to agree with their assessment.

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Surviving the Canine Teens By Shelly Volsche, CPDT-KA

He steals the remote. Grabs food from the counter. Pulls horribly on the leash. She runs away when you call. Ate your favorite shoes. Goes on a rampage racing through the house in the middle of the night. Does any of this sound familiar? If so, you are probably going through canine adolescence. Canine adolescence occurs between the ages of 5 months and 2 years, and it is very similar to human adolescence. It is marked by an increase in independence, growth spurts, energy bursts, and “selective attention.” So, how do we survive with our relationship intact?

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Calm Down Every dog needs exercise. However, during adolescence, it seems that we can never quite tire them out. It is for this reason that we must teach them the value of being calm. This can be done by teaching them to relax on a mat or to enjoy being in their crate.

Get Control of Yourself! Impulsive behavior is a hallmark of adolescence for any species. Dogs are no different. If you haven’t already taught skills like “Leave It,” “Wait,” or loose leash walking, now is the time to ramp up the training. Impulse control learned with these skills will translate to an overall improvement in manners.

Manage for Success In the end, it’s important to help your dog along. Be sure to manage the environment to set them up for success. For example, if you know your dog steals from the counter, be sure to keep the counter clear of temptation. Adolescence is actually a short time with respect to the canine lifespan. It can be trying, no doubt. But with a little consistency, training, and patience, you can survive it together. And as always, if you need help, contact a trainer for guidance. Visit www.CCPDT.org to find a Certified Professional Dog Trainer or www.APDT.com for a listing of trainers in your area. Shelly Volsche, CPDT-KA is the owner of Good Paws, llc. She has over 5 years of professional training experience and is certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. She is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Truly Dog Friendly, an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and holds a Certificate in Canine Nutrition. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Her goal is to help bridge the gap existing in so many human-canine relationships. Shelly can be reached at 702.469.1437 or via email at Shelly@GoodPawsTraining.com.

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Those of us who have the privilege of sharing our lives with a dog enjoy certain bragging rights. We tell stories to anyone who will listen how special our dog is or what trouble they got into the day before. Our lives revolve around them. There is, however, a group of individuals who has all of us beat. They are the members of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) K-9 Unit, both two and four legged. The officers and their service dogs are devoted to protecting and saving our lives. Most dogs just want a treat and cuddle. The K-9 Unit definitely has more of a right to brag.

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I will lay down my life for you and expect nothing but love in return. I protect my officer with my life, and would gladly take a bullet in his place. I am sent in to find lost children and fugitives on the run. I find drugs and weapons and even bombs. I am the first sent in and sometimes the last to leave. I am the nose and ears of my officer. I will protect and serve him I would die for him and for you. I only ask for compassion and a kind word. Every new dog and handler goes through 12 weeks of training, 10 hours per day. After that, the training continues nearly daily for the rest of their careers and is done in-house. While each dog is trained in a specific discipline (patrol work, narcotics, explosives, cadaver), they support every section and department of Metro from SWAT to homicide. The officers and dogs are always together. While staying available for a call for detection, the officers assist in the day-to-day activities, such as traffic stops, robberies, etc. These teams are always extremely busy and in high demand.

The top skill set the dogs bring to the job is their amazing olfactory capabilities. Their primary function is to be a search tool and their goal is to find. They can separate out one scent from fifty. For example, when we lift the lid to the trash can, we just smell a foul odor; dogs can detect a specific odor within the multitude of odors in that trash can. They are search instruments, first and foremost. The most common task for the handlers and their dog is searching for suspects who have fled on foot and escaped. People can search and never see what is before them (where did I put those keys?); dogs know what they smell and don’t ever think “he couldn’t be there.” And while their primary focus is to find, occasionally they are put in the position of having to defend themselves and their human partner and apprehend a violent criminal. Officer Jim Ledogar explained why, as a partner, his Patrol Dog is so valuable. No matter what the distractions, day or night, his partner will alert him to danger faster than a human counterpart would be able to do, alerting both of them to potential harm.


The police dogs of the LVMPD are true partners with their human officers. DuWayne Layton, who has been with LVMPD since 1991, has been instrumental to the K-9 Unit since 1996 and is currently partnered with Boris, a Patrol Dog, and Bonnie, a female Belgian Malinois Explosive Detection Dog. Boris and Bonnie go home at the end of their shift with Officer Layton and are members of his family. They understand the difference between work and off time and are very social. Police dogs may be perceived as intimidating and mean, but that just is not the case. There is no place for a mean dog with the K-9 Unit. They are cared for and deeply respected. They are given excellent veterinary care by Dr. Michelle Hoyt at VCA Decatur Animal Hospital. When they retire (average is 6-8 years of service), they live out their remaining years with their handlers. As Officer Layton believes: “they served us; it is our turn to serve them.” If you would like to be of service to those who have been of service to you, the Friends for Las Vegas Police K9’s would welcome your donation. 100% of donations go to the care and feeding of retired police service dogs of the K-9 Unit. The fact that these dogs, who have put their lives on the line time and time again for duty and worked so hard for people without complaint, are lovingly taken care of after their time of service is beyond commendable. They love to work, and the day they retire is the hardest day of their lives. However, they are not abandoned or put down as so many animals are after their “useful” time is over. Please visit www.lvmpdk9.com to learn more about the officers, the dogs, and this wonderful non-profit organization.

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Every year in October, usually the third Sunday of that month, he Orleans Arena is filled with the sounds of people, dogs, and excitement. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department hosts and The Friends of Las Vegas Police K9’s sponsor the annual K-9 Trials, drawing handlers and their dogs from not only around the country, but even Mexico and Canada. Over thirty handlers and their dogs participate in the various competitions. The event is free to the public and begins at 8:00 in the morning and runs into the afternoon. If you would like to see these brave and amazing dogs put through their paces and demonstrate the work they do, come out and support them. The handlers and dogs compete in the fields of obedience, agility, handler protection, and go after criminals with a passion. It is a special opportunity to show your support for our officers, both human and the “humans in furry suits”, and learn about the K-9 Unit. Circle and save the date on your calendar now!! Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • March/April 2012

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Saturday, April 21st

MIX 94.1’s Pet-A-Palooza

10:00am - 6:00pm • Star Nursery Field at Sam Boyd Stadium Nevada’s Largest Pet Party is Back! • Log onto Mix941.fm for details.

Saturday, April 21st

Free Doggie Vaccination Clinic • Pet-A-Palooza Event Hosted By “Those Left Behind” Foundation

Sunday, April 22nd

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Earth Day 2012 – 5 Dog Rescue Group Rummage Sale 7:00am - 1:00pm • Hosted By PETCO • 645 Green Valley Pkwy Great Items - Reasonable Prices!

Sunday, April 22nd

The Animal Foundation’s 9th Annual Best In Show

1:00pm • The Orleans Arena Dog show featuring 50+ fabulous shelter dogs. Guest Nathan Burton will host this family-friendly event. All dogs will be available for adoption. Visit www.AnimalFoundation.com/bestinshow for info.

Thursday, April 26th

Animals In Wonderland Champagne & High Tea - Chapter 2

Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this.

Benefits Nevada SPCA – www.nevadaspca.org 1:30pm - 4:00pm • Spanish Trail Country Club First class entertainment by award-winning performers!

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Hey Kids!

Harley found his “twin”!

Meet Slim Pickens!

Minature horse owned by Pam MacNaughton.

Harley & Slim Pickens will be in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Henderson on March 17th at 10am. Parade, Carnival, Festival, Food! Never iron a four-leaf clover, because you don’t want to press your luck. What do you get when you cross poison ivy with a four-leaf clover? A rash of good luck. This beautiful well-designed book is loaded with interesting facts, photos, and illustrations telling the story of pets through the years. It traces the history of animals in the wild, their stages of domestication, and how they became popular as pets. Included are historical attitudes and some wacky superstitions. Each animal has its own interesting history with people. Sheila Keenan devotes chapters to cats, dogs, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, mice, ferrets, birds, fish, lizards, and snakes.

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The Morgan Horse By Rose Connolly, Always Available Pet Sitting, Las Vegas

The Morgan Horse is one of my favorite breeds and was one of the first horse breeds in the United States. The Morgan is a very versatile horse and is used in many disciplines including Western and English riding. The breeds trotting skills were first noticed in the 1840’s when it was used for harness racing. The original Morgan horse goes back to the stallion, Figure, who was owned by Justin Morgan. Justin Morgan was a school teacher in the late 1700’s. The horse then became identified with his owner and became “the Justin Morgan Horse.” Figure was only 14 hands high but he had remarkable strength and speed. The Morgan horse is a compact horse with an athletic build, large eyes, an arched neck, and a clean cut head. The most common colors for Morgans are bay, black and chestnut. Other colors include: palomino, cremello, dun, buckskin and silver dapple. The breed standard size is 14.1- 15.2 hands, with some horses over or under this size. The Morgan is a high-stepping horse that carries their head and tail high. The majestic look of the Morgan is easy to recognize and they have an outstanding disposition. The Morgan is a willing partner for any rider. Morgans are also known as “easy keepers” in that they keep weight on well. I recently had a conversation with B. J. Schafer, owner of the B. J. Schafer Training Center in Las Vegas, and I learned more about the beautiful Morgan horse. B. J. is a third generation horseperson who is an expert on the Morgan breed. B. J. says ,“the Morgan has the temperament of the Golden Retriever.” “They are a kind and versatile breed that can do it all; ride, trail ride, drive, jump, and they also pull carriages. “The Morgan is known as the horse that chooses you.” It is easy to see why the Morgan is one of America’s most popular horse breeds and if you get a chance it would be worth your while to attend one of the Morgan horse shows. After you have visited a Morgan horse show, you will really appreciate the outstanding athletic ability of the Morgan and know exactly why they are such a popular breed today. Rose Connolly is a free-lance writer and pet sitter. She may be contacted at rose@petsittinglv.com. Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • March/April 2012

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3rd Annual Charity Event

Ladies & Gentleman, Start Your Engines!!!

Please join Fly’N Aces at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for their Annual Need 4 Speed Tournament 3 in support of the “Greg Biffle Foundation For Animals”.

MAY 12-13, 2012 What is Flyball? Flyball is a dog sport in which teams of dogs race

against each other from a start/finish line, over a line of hurdles, to a box that releases a tennis ball to be caught when the dog presses the spring loaded pad, then back to their handlers while carrying the ball.

You’ll get to watch some great competitive racing from teams all across the U.S.! You can also participate in their HUGE Charity Raffle.

www.flynaces.com

“I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.” ~Winston Churchhill

? u o Y r o f t e P t h g i R e h t g i P y l l e Is a Potb By Crystal Kimhan

In 2010, potbelly pigs were added to Clark County’s Title 10 law as a “companion animal”. What does that mean? They are now in the same classification as a dog or a cat. That means they are required to be spayed or neutered. Also, pigs must be fixed for them to be good pets or behavior/medical problems will probably be the first reason they won’t be the pet you expect!

Are you zoned to have a pig? Did you know not all cities or homes are zoned to have a pig, and that 90% of HOAs still classify pigs as livestock and do NOT allow them? Between your landlord or neighbors not wanting a pig there, or the HOA giving you 30 days or less to “get rid of it” because their bylaws do not allow for them, you may have to surrender your pig pet. This is the third most common reason we see pigs coming to the shelter or rescues.

What is the second most common reason? Teacup Pigs! What are “teacup pigs”? We’ve all heard of the celebrities who have paid $5000 or more for these tiny pigs that could be carried in their purses. Potbelly pigs are a “miniature” pig compared to a 1000+ pound farm pig. We run a collaborative website: www.teacuppig.info, please do your research. Pigs should not be purchased based on size and by touting a tiny, full grown 30 lb pig, breeders can command a lot of money. Freddy and Drusilla, featured in this article, are a bonded pair of potbelly pigs, bought as teacup pigs, now at a little over 1 year old, they are 75 lbs! They still have 4 more years to grow!

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We hope you will make an informed choice before bringing a pig home as a pet. First, please visit a rescue or shelter and see the full size of an adult pig before bringing home a piglet. They are about the size of a medium dog, just a bit wider, the standard range between 90 lbs to 150 lbs. Pigs do make great pets for the right people… they are clean, super

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smart, odor free, and easy to housebreak and clean up after. Mini pig pellets are readily accessible here in Las Vegas. They also bond well with their human “herd” and you’ll never have the nuisance barking as with some dogs. Because pigs are so smart, they are not as “eager to please” as dogs are and bonding and respect must be mutually earned. As intelligent as pigs are, they would rather train their owners versus the other way around, they will always keep you on your toes.

As for the cons of owning a pig, do pigs bite? Yes, if need be! Pigs are prey animals, they are naturally cautious and can bite out of fear or anger. Small children always have food in their tiny hands, food a piggy always wants! They may start out as a cute little piglet, chewing and biting on everything as puppies do, but if a pig learns that he can be top hog in his “herd family”, he can easily become a dominant biter. Pigs must always know their place and training is a must. Pigs can live 20 years or more. Can you make that commitment to the lifespan of caring for a pig? Pigs are still pigs, they need time to root and dig and be a pig. If not given that outlet, pigs can become very destructive in the home, pulling up carpeting and turning over furniture. So is a pig the right pet for you? Please see our website, www.vegaspigpets.org, and do your research, ask us questions, see our pigs and then decide!

VegasPigPets, a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Potbelly Pig Rescue & Placement Organization

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It’s Spring!

Get Out and Breathe Some Fresh Air with your Pet!

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Pet Health

Obesity

Killing Our Pets With Kindness By Chad Bower, DVM Spencer Springs Animal Hospital – Las Vegas, NV Obesity is an increasing health concern for dogs and cats. Just as in people, being overweight contributes to a large number of diseases in pets. The problem can be metabolic, such as with hypothyroidism, but most often is a result of one problem: more calories eaten than expended throughout the day. Indoor pets are especially at risk for being overweight because of reduced activity. Recent surveys indicate that over 50 percent of the American pet population is overweight or obese. When an animal consumes any type of food, it is broken down into simple sugars in the digestive tract. These simple sugars are readily available to provide instant energy to cells and organs. Extra energy (glucose) that is not needed by the body is converted by the liver into fat to be utilized when food is scarce. The problem in house pets is that food is never scarce. No one likes to see their beloved pet go hungry. Fat is continually accumulated which begins to cause problems elsewhere in the body. Some connections between obesity and disease are easy to realize. Joints can be over-burdened by carrying too much weight and develop arthritis or the excess weight can contribute to ligament ruptures. Other obesity related problems are less obvious, but equally as devastating. Excess body fat can contribute to becoming diabetic. Diabetes is a serious disease that causes blood sugar levels to soar uncontrollably leading to all sorts of ill effects. Overweight pets are more susceptible to heat stroke because dogs and cats do not sweat to cool themselves, and the fat acts as an insulating blanket over the body. Respiratory problems and heart disease are caused by and complicated by obesity. Overweight pets are also at increased risk during anesthetic and surgical procedures. Obesity reduces quality of life and shortens lifespan. One Purina study showed that dogs with ideal body conditions live on average 15% longer than obese pets. Feeding regimens are the first place to start when addressing obesity. Two

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VERY THIN - 5% body fat

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UNDERWEIGHT 5-15% body fat

Consult your veterinarian. Ask your veterinarian if you are underfeeding.

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IDEAL

16-25% body fat

Great job! Keep doing what you’re doing.

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OVERWEIGHT

26-35% body fat

Increase exercise and consult your veterinarian about the right nutrition.

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or three small meals a day, rather than free-choice feeding (keeping a full bowl), allows the body to utilize calories more efficiently and store less fat. Feeding a balanced, nutritious diet formulated for a dog or a cat of a specific age and activity level is equally important. The amount to feed depends on the metabolism of the individual. Table scraps tend to be high in fats and salt and they are often given in addition to the pet’s regular diet that already contains an adequate number of calories for energy. Also if you are giving treats, be aware that many are high in calories and must also be figured into total food consumption. The other way to prevent obesity is to increase a pet’s activity levels. This can be difficult with an already obese dog or cat because their stamina may be decreased. They may already suffer from the side effects of being overweight. Consult a veterinarian about how much activity is appropriate for your pet. As weight comes off, you will see a considerable change in the dog or cat’s attitude and energy levels. What was once thought of as an old lazy pet can regain the pep of a young healthy animal. For healthy pets a minimum of 20 minutes of heart pumping exercise daily is recommended. It is important to not cause weight loss too quickly. Starvation is not the answer to obesity. Cats cannot metabolize fat rapidly without serious ill-effects. Check with your veterinarian to establish an ideal weight and timeline for weight loss. Set goals and commit to regular weigh ins.

Our pets will thank us for helping them maintain an ideal body weight. They will live longer and happier lives as a result. If you have further questions or concerns with your pets weight, health, or need assistance in formulating a weight loss plan please schedule an appointment with your veterinarian.

OBESE

35% body fat

Can cause serious health problems. Consult your veterinarian about the right nutrition.

Healthy Weight • Ribs are easily felt • Tucked abdomen – no sagging stomach • Waist when viewed from above Ideal body weight for your pet is set by more than just the scale. Body condition scoring (BCS) is employed to gauge your pet’s healthy weight.

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