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Dedicated To Las Vegas Pets And The People Who Love Them

Training Great Dogs To Help Special People


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A new year

gives us an opportunity to begin again – a clean slate with 365 slots to fill in. It’s the gift time offers to reflect on the past and to plan for the future. In between these two, however, is the “here and now” – the time where we go through our daily activities and routines. We strive to live out our dreams, desires, and passions in the everydayness of our lives. We want to live lives of greatness. We want to make a difference. We just don’t have enough time, money, or energy to do great things. However, there is good news for all of us! We can all make a difference! We can contribute to big changes by doing Random Acts of Kindness…. The week of February 11th-17th is Random Acts of Kindness Week and reminds us of the value of doing acts of kindness, small and large, everyday. Smiles, opening doors for people, saying “please” and “thank you” are examples of small acts of kindness that have the potential to make a big difference. By committing to performing random acts of kindness in 2013 we can contribute to creating a safer, saner, and kinder world for all of us – people and pets. Your friends at the Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine

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Are you wishing for a healthy, vibrant and lean pooch in 2013? By Veronica Selco, MSW, CNWI, AMCP



id you know that nearly 50% of all dogs are overweight and that most dog owners are unaware of it? If you can’t feel your dog’s ribs and you can’t see his waistline he may be overweight. If in doubt ask your vet.

Just a few excess pounds can put your pet at risk for orthopedic injury, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and shortened life expectancy. If you’re looking for a healthy and vibrant dog in the New Year follow the guidelines below and enjoy your dog’s weight-loss journey! Ready to design an easy and fun weight-loss program for your dog? Your dog didn’t become overweight overnight and a weight loss program should be well planned and carried out over the course of a few months. Talk to your veterinarian about your dog’s weight. Your veterinarian should: • Consider medical factors or medications that may be contributing to your dog’s weight problem. • Help you take into account your dog’s breed, age, lifestyle and medical history to help you set appropriate weight loss goals. • Help you determine your dog’s appropriate daily food intake and activity and do a monthly weight check. Evaluate food and supplementation and determine whether you should continue to feed the same food and cut back on the daily food portion or whether it’s a good time to explore other food options. If you continue to feed the same food, reduce your dog’s daily food intake gradually. Consider lean protein and grain-free choices with low carbohydrates and always USE A MEASURING CUP! If you change your dog’s food make sure to transition him over a minimum period of 14 days. Spread your dog’s meals throughout the day and make sure to account for calories from treats and snacks. Also consider a detoxification program that can include digestive enzymes and probiotics. Your dog’s fitness program should include conditioning and strengthening exercises. It’s important to be mindful of your dog’s limitations. An obese dog that is used to a sedentary lifestyle will need to start with much shorter

conditioning sessions. A senior dog or a dog with arthritis or injury will also need a modified program. Swimming, trotting, brisk walking and treadmill training are excellent ways to condition your dog. If your dog is already comfortable with swimming and treadmill training you can start with daily 20-minute session. If not, you will need to start with much shorter training sessions and build up to the 20 minute session. If you prefer brisk walking and trotting you can start with a 20-minute daily sessions and increase the time as needed. Try to vary your conditioning program and be sure to include warm up and cool down time at a regular pace. An occasional nature hike is also a special way to shed some calories and enjoy the outdoors. If you like the convenience of treadmill training investing in a professional dog treadmill may be worthwhile. A favorite treadmill among veterinary professionals is the Jog A Dog Treadmill.



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For weight loss and building muscle mass incorporate a strengthening program with exercise balls, wobble boards and yoga blocks. Strength training with your pup is FUN and equipment is versatile, easy and fun to use. FitPAWS makes great exercise equipment especially for dogs.

Feeding time is stimulating and fun when you serve your dog’s allowable food portion food in a Kong. You can stuff and freeze a Kong with his food. A Kibble Nibble Activity Ball is also a great way to feed dry food. Incorporate Reward Based Training by finding opportunities to practice good behavior and learn new tricks using your dog’s daily food/treat portion throughout the day. Don’t mistake food for affection! If your dog is accustomed to getting cookies to feel loved, opt for an interactive game of chase, fetch or tug instead. Make a commitment to your dog’s weight loss by limiting his access to food. Spread your dog’s allocated food/treat intake throughout the day and feed your dog 2-3 times per day if possible. Don’t leave any food out for your dog to graze. It’s important for your dog’s digestive tract to rest in between meals. If you have multiple dogs or other pets remember to feed your pets separately and to remove each food bowl within a few minutes even if your pet does not finish their meal. To ensure your dog’s success, designate only one person to be in charge of feeding. Keep a Journal to log your dog’s daily food and treat intake AND activity, review the log regularly, and share with your veterinarian at your monthly weight check.

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Have you ever thought it would be fun to bring your pooch shopping with you, but were worried you would be turned away? Well, I did some invest-dog-ating and discovered there are quite a few places we can go together. What I found is that the open-air shopping centers are the places to go. Town Square Las Vegas, The District at Green Valley Ranch and Tivoli Village are all dog friendly and most of the retailers are very welcoming. Las Vegas Premium Outlets North is also dog friendly, but dog friendly shops are limited. Remember, only take your dog into stores if they are well behaved and on a leash.

Town Square

6605 South Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV Centrally located, just about all the shops allow dogs of any size. Here are some that I personally sniffed out, The Apple Store, Banana Republic, Bath and Body Works, Charming Charlie’s, The Container Store, Juicy Couture, Justice, GAP, Guess and Sephora. Juicy even has treats just for us dogs! Even collectible shops Swarovski and Brighton Collectibles are dog friendly. At Brighton, I’m told a dog has never broken anything in their store…but I bet a human has (snicker, snicker).

The District at Green Valley Ranch

2240 Village Walk Drive, Henderson, NV I love doing a little strolling at The District and dogs are always a common sight in this open-air shopping center. It seems as though dogs are welcomed in just about every store. I can heel into Hallmark, pick up some pillows at Pottery Barn or wander around Williams-Sonoma. Anthropologie, Magnolia Lane and White House | Black Market are also dog friendly. One retailer that does not allow dogs is R.E.I. (maybe I need to write a letter to their corporate office).

Tivoli Village

440 South Rampart, Las Vegas, NV Lots of great shops to check out in this small but growing shopping center. Here are a few of the many you can stop in at with your pooch, BluNoir, Charming Charlie’s, Ethan Allen and Vasari. Make sure you also visit Pandora and Parmida as they keep doggie biscuits on hand to keep your pup’s belly full as you peruse the merchandise.

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875 South Grand Central Pkwy., Las Vegas, NV This open-air outlet is dog friendly, but only select retailers allow dogs. You will find stickers at the entrance to some of the stores that do not permit us. A few that are welcoming to dogs of all size are Banana Republic, Coach, Kenneth Cole, LeSportsac and L’Occitane. If you plan to shop here with your pooch, it’s best to ask if your four-legged shopping buddy is welcome.

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No, cats are crepuscular. Cats are most active at dawn and dusk. That is why it sometimes seems like you and your cat are never quite on the same schedule. Cats might sleep twice as much as we do, but their activity patterns aren’t the same as ours. We’re usually active during daytime hours but cats are crepuscular; awake and active at both dawn and dusk.


The life of a domesticated cat generally includes playing, eating, and sleeping. Sleeping takes up most of the time. Cats are among the top sleepers in the animal kingdom. In the wild they are predators and need a lot of energy for the chase. Their sleep patterns evolved to sleeping during the times when they were not hunting for food. Wild cats typically sleep 16 to 20 hours a day and domesticated cats sleep about 16 hours a day. For a cat, being "asleep" is not being "off the clock." Even when they are dozing they are always alert. If awakened by a strange noise they are instantly awake, aware, and fully operational.

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Ah, February. What an exciting month!!

We wonder what Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction for spring will be. There are big sales for Presidents’ Day. Folks head down to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. It’s Black History month. There is also a day in February which strikes fear and dread in most men’s hearts and expectation and hope in most women’s hearts, otherwise known as Valentine’s Day. And now you can put a big circle around another date for love in February. February 20th is the official Love Your Pet Day! While we love our pets unconditionally all year round, you can use this opportunity to totally indulge them on their special day of love. In fact, if you do not know what day your pet was born, you might pick February 20th as his or her birthday and make it extra special!

et P r u Yo Love y! Da By Kathy Schreur

The origin of this celebration appears to be unknown, but what a lovely idea. You could start out the day by spending a little extra time with your pet, just playing, scratching bellies, or cuddling. Bring home a special toy, gift or treat; you know they deserve it. You could maybe take a vacation day from work to spend with your pet and create a wonderful day of loving, happy memories. Pamper them by setting up a massage or total makeover. Instead of opening a can or emptying a bag of food, home cook a special meal. You could also use this day as a motivator to teach your pet something new. They will love the extra time and attention. Your loved one will appreciate whatever efforts you make!! Then, at the end of the day, you can all curl up on the couch and watch Animal Planet together. If you don’t have a critter friend to love, you might use this special occasion to adopt or make a donation to ease the life of someone’s former pet who is now alone in a shelter.

However you spend the day of February 20th, make it a special day for you and your pet!

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God’s Work By Linda Fredericks

n researching this story about Canine Assistants service dogs, I kept thinking of something I heard a long time ago regarding the word “DOG.” When spelled backwards the word “DOG” spells “GOD” and it is true; these amazing Canine Assistants are indeed doing God’s work as they provide love, care, happiness and service to the children and adults with physical disabilities and other special needs. One need only look into a dog’s eyes to see God’s unconditional love reflected. Those of us who live with dogs as part of our families know the blessing that having a dog brings. Canine Assistants, a non-profit organization based in Milton, Georgia is devoted to raising, training, and matching service dogs with potential recipients. Canine Assistants was founded in 1991 by Jennifer Arnold with the help of her father. He had heard about the wonderful effects of trained service dogs on the lives of those with disabilities, such as muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, quadriplegia and multiple sclerosis which was Jennifer’s disability. She is a living example of how the unconditional love of a dog can assist people in overcoming even the gravest obstacles in their lives. Canine Assistants are trained to help people with simple tasks such as turning light switches on and off, opening and closing doors, pulling wheelchairs, retrieving dropped objects, summoning help as well as providing secure companionship and devotion. Many dogs are trained to provide seizure response and have the ability to sense an oncoming seizure and signal an alert. These dogs can also offer emotional assistance and help their recipient build self-esteem and confidence and create a lasting loving bond, often for life. These special dogs also eliminate the feelings of fear and isolation that often come with being physically disabled. Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers are the most common breeds used for this type of work, but Labradoodles are also being trained for those individuals with allergy concerns. In Las Vegas, a canine assistant recipient, Kelly McMahon has a service dog named Pele, whose picture dons the cover of this issue.


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Pele, a seven year old Golden retriever who came into Kelly’s life in March 2008 has made a huge impact on the quality of her life. Kelly says, “Everyday Pele proves to me just how positive a change he has made in my life, and I honestly don’t know how I would make it without him; he truly is the love of my life.” Kelly was born with spinal muscular atrophy and has limited use of her legs, arms and hands and has been confined to a wheelchair for most her life. Pele came into Kelly’s life when Frisco, her first Canine Assistant, was diagnosed with cancer and had to be retired. Frisco taught Pele everything about being a Canine Assistant and he nows “continues on” through Pele. Pele’s primary tasks for Kelly includes turning light switches on and off because Kelly can’t reach the switch and opening and closing doors for her because her wheelchair gets in the way. Pele also retrieves objects like the TV remote control and her phone. Pele is one awesome canine who has a deep and abiding love for one awesome human being. Together they have raised the awareness of the need to provide canine assistants for other individuals with a variety of disabilities.

Pele participated in the Best Friends Humane Education program called I Read to Animals. This program provided children who were learning to read with a wonderful, tail-wagging companion to read stories that facilitated their learning to read. In addition to helping Kelly, Pele works his magic with his fellow 4-legged friends as well. Kelly and Pele became foster parents for a rescued, abused and timid little female pit-bull terrier named PeeWee, who is also deaf. Pele won PeeWee’s trust and admiration through the continual attention and care that he has given to her the past few years in much the same way as Frisco taught Pele. She learned everything she knows by copying what she saw Pele doing. During one of their “conversations”, they decided that she was no longer going to be a foster dog. She is in her fur-ever home with Pele and Kelly. PeeWee is a wonderful example of a dog who has overcome her own disability, deafness, to bring healing and companionship to worthy recipients. Pee Wee proudly wore her therapy-dogin-training vest when she accompanied Kelly and Pele as they did their presentations for Canine Assistants about service dogs and what they do. PeeWee has worked hard and has earned certification as a Therapy Dog herself. Over the past week as I watched the horrible event that took place in Newtown, Connecticut I was awestruck by another group of Canine Assistants. The Canine Comfort Dog Ministry is also doing God’s work. This group of beautiful dogs, mostly golden retrievers, gave love, comfort, contact and care to the families who lost loved ones in the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. “God” spelled backwards is indeed “Dog” and I for one thank God for their presence in our lives. Be sure to watch the PBS documentary, “Through a Dog’s Eyes” to get a behind the scene view of how service dogs are trained and how matches are made between these amazing dogs and those who need their assistance.

Another source for additional information on Canine Assistants is Jennifer Arnold, the organization’s founder. She has written two books: Through a Dog’s Eyes and In A Dog’s Heart.

Contact Kelly McMahon at or call 702-526-1225 if you are interested in finding out more about Canine Assistants in the Las Vegas area. You too can be doing God’s work.

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Our pets depend on us for food and shelter, and deserve much more. Here are a few ways to be a P-awesome Pet Parent! • Have your pet spayed or neutered. Responsible pet owners help control the pet population. Homeless and unwanted pets are a serious problem. Plus, spayed and neutered pets tend to live longer! • Pick a pet that fits your lifestyle. Make sure you do your research and planning before getting a pet. • Pet proof your home. Keep your pet healthy by making sure products and foods that can harm them are kept in secure locations. • Care for your pet. Regular visits to the vet and groomer are important to your pet’s health and well-being. • Always keep an ID tag on your pet. It’s also a good idea to get your pet microchipped to help identify them if they are lost or stolen. • Teach your dog good manners. Dogs should at least understand basic direction like “sit” and “stay”. • Keep your pet on a leash. Unless your pet is in a secure, fenced area keep them on a leash.

• Give your pets the exercise that they need. All pets need regular exercise to stay fit and healthy. Pets who do not get enough exercise tend to develop behavioral issues. • Feed your pet properly. Keeping your pet on a regular, portion controlled diet will help with weight management and prevent health-related problems. • Pick up after your dog. Carry dog waste bags with you on walks and keep your neighborhood clean. • Socialize your pet. Meeting people and other pets improves the confidence of your pet. • Keep your dog from barking excessively. Constant barking often signifies boredom. If your dog’s a barker, try to determine the cause. Keep your neighbors happy. • Love your pet! Your pet craves your love, attention and care. Show them the love and devotion they show you!

“Owning a pet is not just a privilege-it’s a responsibility.” Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • January/February 2013


Canine Parvovirus By: Joshiah P. Sanabria Noriega, DVM Town Center Animal Hospital • 3565 S. Town Center Drive Las Vegas, NV 89135

Canine parvovirus is a virus that usually affects unvaccinated dogs of approximately six to twenty weeks of age and is characterized by causing gastrointestinal signs like diarrhea and vomiting.


ll dogs are at risk, but Doberman Pinschers, Rottweilers, German Shepherds and Chihuahuas are at increased risk. Canine parvovirus can be found in the environment and it can live there for several years. It can be transmitted through direct and indirect contact with objects contaminated with fecal material from an infected dog. If left untreated, it can be fatal to dogs, but it is not transmissible to humans. The virus takes from three to eight days in the body before it causes clinical signs. When an affected dog presents to the veterinarian, it is usually anorexic and lethargic. Diarrhea is present most of the times and may be associated with blood and mucus. Vomiting may also be observed and a fever may or may not be present, as well as excessive salivation. Diarrhea and vomiting not only cause abdominal pain, but also commonly lead to dehydration. In order to diagnose a canine parvovirus infection, an in-house snap test can be performed using a sample of fecal material. Blood work and abdominal radiographs can also be performed to rule out other diseases. A fecal analysis is also recommended to determine if there are any intestinal parasites present. When considering canine parvovirus infection as a possible diagnosis, it is important to rule out other possible diseases like gastroenteritis, gastrointestinal obstruction, acute pancreatitis, intussusception, or a dietary indiscretion. Treatment is targeted to provide supportive care.


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Intravenous fluids are a very important part of the treatment plan in order to correct the dehydration. Although antibiotics do not have an effect on the virus, they may be used in severely affected dogs to avoid a septicemia that may be caused by bacteria from the intestinal tract. If intestinal parasites are present, the treatment should also include dewormers. Medications against vomiting and to treat the inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract can be given, as well as providing nutritional support. If treated aggressively early in the course of disease and no major complications are found, most dogs recover within several days. However, they can shed the virus in the feces for up to three weeks post infection. Canine parvovirus infection can be prevented with vaccination beginning at the age of six to eight weeks and continuing in intervals of every two to three weeks until the dog is at least four months old. Afterwards, it is recommended to continue vaccinating once every year. During the time frame when the puppy is going through a vaccination protocol, it is advised to avoid places like dog parks and boarding facilities, where dogs may harbor the disease. In order to avoid further exposure, the contaminated area and any object that was in contact with the affected dog (bedding, feeding bowls and others) need to be clean with household bleach or any product that is specifically labeled for use against canine parvovirus.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 17th Yappy Hour… the doggie happy hour! 6pm – 9pm • Rumor Boutique Hotel 455 E. Harmon Ave – Las Vegas Featuring Cocktail specials, ‘Yapatizers’ Specials and Dogy Treats.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9th The Vegas Pet Expo 10am – 6pm • Cashman Center Free admission, bring your pets! Over 115 exhibitors, pet costume & talent contest, mega adoption event, meet Shorty & Hercules & so much more!

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11th Golf… Fore the Love of Pets

The Golf Club at SouthShore at Lake Las Vegas Heaven Can Wait Animal Society’s Annual Valentine’s Golf Tournament To register and for more info, go to

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14th to SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17th HUGE Garage Sale! 9am to 3pm (Sun. ‘til noon) Heaven Can Wait Animal Society * 6360 Annie Oakley (between Sunset & Russell) Electronics, Books, Jewelery, Clothing, Furniture & More!

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Everyone can do something, large or small, to help save a life. Hi there, my name is Juliet. I am a gorgeous brown tabby Maine Coon Mix. Super sweet girl is my other name and I love to play. I am 4 years old and have lots of love to give you if you make me part of your family.


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Heidi came to us as a owner surrender from the Animal Foundation. She required extensive dental work. She is a great senior dog who loves people and other dogs. She is fully house trained and she loves to lay by you and nudge your hand so you will keep petting her. She is very mellow and rarely barks. She uses stairs to get up on the couch and is used to being in a crate at night.


Oscar is an 11 year old sweet and mellow boy who loves attention. He was found in a kill shelter about to be put down for an ear infection. His ears are fine and although he did tear his ACL, we have had surgery on him to repair it and he is doing fine.



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Sailor got his name because he was dumped out at Lake Mead to die. He is a gentle & sweet boy. He will gently nudge your hand to get a pat on the head. He has beautiful topaz eyes and a tail that never stops wagging. The vet said he thought that Sailor was part Lab and part Boxer. Please help us give this wonderful boy a second chance. No adoption fee.


Adoptable reptile - Sean (A688991), a brown Iguana who has been at our facility since December 13. Iguanas are certainly one of the most popular lizards to be kept as pets. There are a multitude of online resources available to iguana owners or potential owners. Call 702-384-3333 x 131


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Shadow is very energetic and will play with his toys, tail, own shadow, or even your blankets for hours. He always greets you when you enter the room. He loves to cuddle next to you while you are watching TV. His favorite time of day is spending time with his brother Sparrow to look for more adventures to do together. Breed: DSH DOB: September 10, 2012


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Yes, I know. My ears are large. But some people think that is one of the cutest things about me, but I think it is my underbite. I am NOT the typical looking Chihuahua. I am wonderful and unique. My foster guardians say that I am extremely sweet. I love to cuddle. I am crate trained and house trained. You have to meet me to fully appreciate me.

Tigger is a very sweet 5 year old female tabby cat. She is great with dogs and other cats. She likes to lounge in the sun by the window or on the couch. She just needs a little time to adjust to her new home but then she is very comfortable.

Woof, my name is Armstrong. I am a 3 yr old Male Labrador Retriever and Border Collie mix. I am STUNNINGLY HANDSOME! I weigh 61 lbs. I seem wonderful with other dogs and I just LOVE being petted! I was scared at the shelter and hid in the back but am just a smiley waggly boy when I am out of my kennel. Will someone please give me the home I deserve?


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Hi Kids! I have been keeping really busy visiting so many kids at the La Petite Academy, Campus Childcare at the College of

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Dr. Jack L. Stephens, president of Pets Best Insurance, founded pet insurance in the U.S. in 1981 with a mission to end euthanasia when pet owners could not afford veterinary treatment. The industry has grown immensely since then. There are currently 12 pet insurance companies in the U.S. “Pets are an integral part of our lives. We want to provide them the best care, yet veterinary bills can be expensive,” Dr. Stephens said. “I love what I do. I’ve helped millions of pets receive the best care without their owners being worried about how they’ll pay for it.” Dr. Stephens said it amazes him to think back on how the U.S. pet insurance industry came to be.


n one moment your life has been turned upside down. You listen as your vet describes the seriousness of your pet’s illness to you. You never thought you would be facing this decision. Emotionally you are prepared to tell your vet to do everything possible to make your pet well again….. but what about financially? Are you prepared financially to make that same decision? Are you prepared to spend from $1,000 to more than $5,000 to save your pet? Veterinary science has changed drastically and vets today can offer treatments that were not available a few years ago. Life-threatening and usually fatal conditions are now treatable. It is amazing what can be done today if you can afford the care. Pet insurance could be the answer for the person who would do anything to save their pet but who cannot afford a huge vet bill. Pet insurance is a good way to budget for your pet’s veterinary care. Purchasing pet insurance is both a financial and an emotional decision that must be made based on your personal finances and your willingness to pay for the peace of mind knowing that you’ll have help paying pet’s care. Making the decision to purchase pet insurance is the most important step. The next step is selecting the right pet insurance provider and coverage for your pet. This can be very difficult and confusing. Pet insurance policies usually have co-pays, deductibles, and caps that limit the annual payout. Pre-existing problems and hereditary conditions may not be covered. It is important to do your homework: do online researches, contact pet insurers, check with your vet to make sure you are getting the best coverage for your pet.

“In 1979 a client and her daughter brought their dog ‘Buffy’ into my practice,” Dr. Stephens said. “Ultimately, the mother decided she couldn’t afford the dog’s treatment and requested euthanasia.” Dr. Stephens said he complied with a heavy heart. A few weeks later he ran into the mother and her daughter at the local grocery store. “When her mother asked her daughter if she remembered me, she replied, ‘Yes, you’re the man who killed my dog.’” Dr. Stephens said this encounter shook him to the core and ultimately resulted in his decision to find a better solution than euthanasia being administered only because of treatment cost. Shortly after, he founded the first US pet insurance agency and then issued the famous TV dog Lassie with the first pet insurance policy written in the U.S.

When your pet came into your life and home, you probably made a heart commitment to love and protect them for their lifetime. Pet insurance may be the best way to help you with the financial part of that commitment.

Considering Pet Insurance? What You Need to Know

• All pet insurance providers are different, so it’s important to choose the plan that is right for you and your pet. Choose carefully! • Many providers impose payout limits on each illness or injury your pet may develop. Understand those limitations, or choose a provider with unlimited coverage.

• Tip - Call each provider and offer them a scenario that might affect your pet. See how each provider differs in your reimbursement rate. • Choose a provider based on coverage, not price. Some providers will deny coverage for the most common health issues your pet may develop in order to keep premiums low. You invest in pet insurance so it’s there when you need it, so comprehensive coverage is ideal.

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Reptile Care and Husbandry By Chad Bower, DVM Spencer Springs Animal Hospital – Las Vegas, NV


eptiles are a very diverse group of animals with tremendous variation in body form and function. There are over 8200 species and are found on every continent except Antartica. Due to this great diversity their care can vary considerably between species. Over the last 15 years I would estimate that greater than 90% of the reptile patients I have seen have problems directly related to improper husbandry and care. Everything about having a reptile and keeping it healthy depends on finding out as much as possible about it and replicating the animals native environment as closely as possible. While this is much easier said than done, below are only a few of the general considerations that need to be reviewed and addressed with the care of most reptiles. TEMPERATURE: All reptiles share the fact that they are ectothermic, meaning that they cannot internally manufacture body heat. Basically they need to derive their body heat from external sources such as sunlight and hot lamps. Reptiles have optimum temperature ranges in which they do best. Within an enclosure there needs to be a temperature gradient provided to allow the animal the ability to thermo-regulate. To meet these needs you may need to supply heat in a variety of ways such as a basking lamp or warming rocks. One word of caution, beware of hot rocks as they can potentially cause burns. DIET: An essential element of proper husbandry and one that is often overlooked. Reptiles may be vegetarians, carnivores, insectivores or a combination. Below are just a few guidelines that must be considered. • Carnivores - Feed whole prey when possible. All food should be pre-killed to avoid possible injury to the reptile. • Insectivores - Crickets are low in protein and calcium and should not make up more than 50% of diet. Remainder should consist of insects such as mealworms, wax worms, flies, grasshoppers, etc. Insects should be dusted with a calcium and vitamin supplement. • Herbivores - Diets in captivity should be based on a variety of green, leafy vegetables. Fruits should be minimized.Vitamin and mineral supplements are usually necessary.


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HUMIDITY: Must be maintained to meet the specific requirements of the animal. Depending on the humidity needed, you may need to modify the enclosure to keep the moisture in or set up a micro-environments within the enclosure. SUBSTRATE/ENVIRONMENT: Many things need to be considered in this area. Some reptiles need hiding places such as rocks while others prefer trees/branches as well as preferred substrates such as sand. Below are just a few more things to consider. • Supports the physical needs of the animal • Meets the psychological needs of the animal • Is easily cleaned and changed • Avoids intestinal impactions and respiratory irritants PHOTOPERIOD/UV LIGHT SPECTRUM: This is essential for many reptiles and involves both the length of daylight and the proper spectrum of UV lighting. While direct sunlight is the best source, many times specific UV lighting must be incorporated into the animal’s enclosure. UV spectrum lighting can affect behavior and well-being and is necessary for calcium metabolism. As you can see, welcoming a reptile into your home requires a commitment of time, space and money. If you are interested in a reptile, please do your research beforehand to find the pet that will fit best with what you are looking for. Pet stores can be a good source of information. Another resource is on the internet. I always recommend researching a minimum of at least three legitimate websites to look for the commonalities on proper husbandry.


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