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Happy New Year!

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Think about what you want to accomplish in the coming year and resolve to live each day with hope and optimism. Let’s make this a great year for the pets of Las Vegas.

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Nathan Adelson Hospice Pet Therapy Program

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t the beginning of a new year we are especially aware of the things in life for which we are most thankful and for those who bring us comfort and joy. For me it is my family and my family includes two wonderful dogs, Princess and Nicki. Although neither of my dogs are certified therapy dogs, they provide unconditional love to all our family members and for that I am grateful. This was the first Christmas that I spent without my mom. I recalled the previous Christmas when she came to our home for dinner. Both Princess and Nicki were a source of great joy to her. Of course, at that time we did not know that she would only live seven days into January. My fondest memories of that last Christmas is of both Princess and Nicki, perched on their hind legs with their front paws on my mom’s lap giving her doggie kisses as she sat in her wheelchair in the dining room. They were giving my mom love, joy and comfort in those last days of her life as only dogs know how to do and yes they seemed to know something we did not. They seemed to have a sixth sense of her impending death and their outpouring of affection seemed to me to be a sign of their innate understanding. The same love, joy, comfort, and compassion have been provided by the Bonnie Schreck Memorial Complementary Therapies Program at a number of the Nathan Adelson Hospice locations in Las Vegas since 1999. Named for Bonnie Schreck, a dedicated wife, mother and community volunteer, this program was established and funded by her husband as a tribute to her loving memory. In addition to the pet therapy, this complementary program uses aromatherapy, reflexology, massage, Reiki, art and music therapy and energy work as a comprehensive approach to therapeutic offerings for the hospice patients at Nathan Adelson. These vibrant complementary therapies are available to hospice patients and their families at a time when joy, comfort, compassion, and love are most needed; when people are beginning the transition from this life to the next. Currently there are 22 pet therapy teams, 21 dogs and one cat. Pet owners get their animals registered through one of the national organizations which provide good liability policies. Next they go through the volunteer training program which is steeped in the hospice philosophy of treating patients with dignity and respect.

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Initial visits are supervised until the teams are ready to engage with patients and families on their own. Lisa Browder, Complementary Therapies Manager, said, “Our Pet Therapy Program differs from some others. At Nathan Adelson, we ask our volunteers to make an emotional commitment of their own to our patients and their families. I’ve always told them that it’s quality over quantity.” They also make a commitment to spend the time necessary to make both the patient and families comfortable through talking and listening. It is important to create positive caring rapport between the families, patient, volunteer therapist and pet.

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Often the presence of a therapy dog or cat next to a patient on their bed helps the patient to sleep or the feel of warm fur comforts and relaxes the patient often lowering blood pressure, heart and respiratory rate. This allows the pet therapist volunteer an opportunity to engage in conversation with the family members while the animal comforts the patient. The patient is the focus but the animal’s presence can often change the energy in the room bringing about relaxation and openness for everyone present. Browder said that one of her favorite stories is when she and a therapist walked into the patient’s room to see if he would like a visit. The patient began to yell, “Oh my God! Oh my God!” Nurses and staff rushed to the room because they were worried that something had happened. The patient was dealing with dementia and he thought the therapist had brought his pet in to visit him. He was so excited he cried. No one told him any differently and he spent some time petting and talking to “his dog.” What comfort that brought him in a strange environment. Another one of our families told a pet therapist with a German Shepherd that their loved one, who was no longer responding to them, loved animals and, in particular, German Shepherds. They didn’t think he would know Jan and Kimber (therapist and dog) were there but the therapist disagreed. She took Kimber into the room and had her put her paws up on the Chanel in her Easter Bonnet with Kristi side of the bed. She told the patient who she was and that Maughan, nurse at the Tenaya Nathan she’d brought her dog in to visit him. She said he opened Adelson Hospice. his eyes, picked up his hand and put it on Kimber’s head for a few moments. It was worth everything to that family to know that their loved one could hear them even if he was no longer talking. For anyone wanting to say goodbye or feeling like there are still things they’ve left unsaid, that’s a great benefit. Is there a more rewarding way to volunteer your time or your pet? The Pet Therapy Program is always looking for more participants. Of course, before being accepted into the program a pet must show that they have the right temperament for the job by maintaining composure in a crowd, or with sudden or quick movements and any loud noises. Cats in the program must be able to walk on a leash and be comfortable around dogs.

For more information about the Bonnie Schreck Memorial Complementary Therapies Program, please contact Lisa Browder at 702-733-0320. www.nah.org/about-us/bonnie-schreck-memorial-complementary-therapies

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December and January MAURY (as seen on the cover) works at Nathan Adelson Hospice, which he visits every Friday. Mandy Nicholson adopted Maury from the Nevada SPCA. As a special needs cat, he was overlooked by many potential adopters. Mandy nursed him back to health and manages his feline diabetes. Unlike most cats, Maury will let anyone pick him up. He has the power to instantly soothe and comfort anyone who pets him– a precious gift to those in hospice care. Humble little Maury doesn’t think of himself as the Lion King, but the smiles that he gets when he visits patients, families and staff at NAH are worth every minute on the job.

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tompy, so-named because of the way he stomps around after me when I’m working in the yard, just hadn’t been acting right lately. Usually, around the first week of November, he builds his own burrow and goes into hibernation for the winter. But so far this year, he hadn’t even begun to dig his hole. He hadn’t been eating very much and just seemed very lethargic. I decided that he might be sick. I needed an expert opinion from someone who knew much more than I did about turtles. After making an appointment with a reptile veterinarian, I quickly searched the house for a shoe box. I eventually found one and proceeded to place a soft, neatly-folded towel in the bottom of it. My next step was to catch Stompy. I quickly realized that catching a turtle is very much like “catching” a rock…..you basically just pick them up and put them in the box. I was off to a great start UNTIL…Stompy woke up just enough to notice that he was IN a box. Apparently, they don’t call them Box Turtles because they like boxes – they don’t. He immediately began scampering from one corner of the box to the other, standing up as tall as he could, pushing the lid up with his head, and climbing up the side of the box. Now the race was on. I had no time to find a bigger box, so I’d just have to deal with it the best I could. I raced to the truck, keeping a firm grip on the box to keep the lid shut. I placed Stompy’s box next to me on the seat and off we went. I arrived at the vet’s office after 2 or 3 escape attempts in the truck. Somehow during the trip, my neatly-folded towel had been conveniently converted into a crumpled up “turtle stepstool” in the corner of the box, giving Stompy an even better chance of pushing the lid off and climbing out…which he did. Thankfully, after pulling over a few times for turtle-retrieval, we both arrived safely and were ready to see the vet. We were greeted at the front desk and promptly escorted to an examination room. Stompy was still scratching and clawing at the box when the veterinary assistant came into the room. After answering a few basic questions about Stompy, it was time for her to take a look at him. I removed my hand from the box as 12

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Over the years, I have always been the one to take our animals to the veterinarian. I have experienced miles of driving with “kitty-yowling” emanating from the back seat. I have also had my fair share of wonderful “dog breath” panting in my ear. But this time, I would be experiencing something new and MUCH easier. My Desert Box Turtle, “Stompy”, needed a check-up. ~ By Shannon Turpin

she started to reach for the lid. Before she could get a grasp on it, Stompy abruptly popped it open, the lid falling to the floor. “Well HELLO to you too!” she exclaimed. As she picked him up, Stompy’s little legs and head were flailing around like crazy. Even his little tail was wiggling! She tried twice to weigh him on the little reptile scale, but he kept “running” off of it. Finally, out of desperation, she turned him upside down on his back and gently placed him on the scale. He did NOT like that at all! As she took him off the scale and continued to look him over, I knew she was about to ask me the question that I had been dreading since we arrived. This would be the question that would clearly make me look like an idiot. “So,” she said, “what’s your reason for bring Stompy in today?” “Well..,” I gulped and said in a soft voice, “he’s been very lethargic and listless lately.” (Yep, I felt like an idiot.) “And, he doesn’t seem to want to hibernate this year.” “Oh, I see,” as she tried not to smirk. “Well, Stompy appears to be in very good health, so I’m thinking that he’s probably just not ready to hibernate yet. We may need a little more rain before he’s actually ready.” “Well I’m very glad to know that he’s healthy,” I replied. “His health seemed to improve a LOT as soon as I put him in the box.” The assistant assured me that it’s always better to be “safe than sorry” when it comes to an animal’s health, and I knew she was right. In actuality, I was glad that I was wrong about him being sick. I thanked her again and carefully returned Stompy to his box. As I was headed to the door, the vet’s assistant stopped me near the front desk. “I’m sorry,” she said, “I almost forgot. There’s one more thing I wanted to tell you –Your turtle isn’t a “HE”…. Stompy is actually a “SHE”.”

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I’m sure I am not the only one looking in the mirror this morning wondering what happened to my pre-holiday figure. After Halloween treats, Thanksgiving meats and Christmas sweets it is hard not to add a few extra pounds to your hind quarters. Not to mention, the colder weather makes my pawrents less inclined to take me out for long walks or visits to the park.

I thought this would be a good time to share some winter tips to keep your pup healthy and active during the winter season. For starters, even in the winter, the weather here in Las Vegas can still be very agreeable for outdoor walks. Instead of using the colder temperatures as an excuse to stay inside, throw on a jacket and scarf and lets take a brisk walk, it will be good for the both of us. Once in awhile it can get abnormally cold here in the desert, so you do have to be careful about going out with your pup during those times. Use yourself as a guide, if you are feeling frigid, chances are Fifi or Fido are too. Of course, a short-haired pup like a Chihuahua is going to get chillier a lot quicker than a Husky. This is also a good time to address dressing your dog, which I feel is not only fashionable but also a functional necessity. I love to wear my shimmery, gold vest, with faux leopard print lining, when I am attending an outdoor event in January. Yes, the only real fur I wear is my own. Even if you do decide to stay inside during the winter you still have plenty of options. Spend time with your dog practicing doggie obedience or fun tricks, it stimulates their mind and their body. I recommend using a toy as a reward instead of treats, so you can

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keep those calories down. My pawrents will sometimes use the stairs in our house as a way for me to burn off some energy. They’ll toss a ball up to the top, I’ll chase after it and bring it back. It’s great fun and good tiring activity. If you happen to have a treadmill in the house, lots of dogs can learn to trot along to get a good cardio workout, just make sure you supervise your pooch. Start by leading them with a treat and before you know it they’ll be a pro just like me! If you want to get out of the house, but stay indoors, another good option is doggie day care where your pup can play with friends for a couple of hours. You could also sign up for training or agility classes at one of the several indoor facilities around Las Vegas. You see, there are other options besides waiting around for it to warm up. Whether you stay in or go out, you can keep your pups healthy and spend some quality time with them as well.

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DUTY By Geri Rombach

Okay, let’s be honest - cleaning the litter box is not high on our list of things we enjoy about our cats. In fact, not liking litter duty is the reason that 29% of the people surveyed gave for not getting a cat. However, if you don’t clean the litter box the smell is not very pleasant for us or our cats. A dirty litter box is one of the main reasons for litter box avoidance. “Inappropriate elimination” or litter box avoidance is one of the major reasons why cats are surrendered to a shelter by their owners.

SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER IN KEEPING OUR CATS LITTER-BOX HAPPY: Type and size of litter box:

There are so many sizes and styles that it is difficult to select one that will work best for your cat. Consider the size of your cat – larger cats need larger litter boxes. Hooded litter boxes are great for privacy but may not provide the height that a larger cat needs. Each cat should have its own litter box. Also, if you have a large home it might be helpful to have more than one litter box for your cat.

Location of litter box:

Do not place the litter box close to their food. Also, it is important to put the litter box in a safe, low traffic area that provides a sense of privacy for your cat. The laundry room is often not the best location because of the noise from the washer and dryer.

Choice of litter:

There are so many choices available that it sometimes seems overwhelming. Remember that the ideal choice is one that your cat prefers and will use.

➢ Regular clay litter or non

clumping. This can be scented or unscented.

➢ Clumping or scoopable –

This type seems to be the most popular. It does not need to be completely changed weekly. It is available as scented and unscented. Though the scented can mask the odor for humans it is sometimes offensive to cats. The litter box still requires daily cleaning by scooping out the clumps and the feces.

➢ Natural or biodegradable – This type is of plant materials, wood, and paper. These are more earthfriendly and are dust free. This type is good if your cat has allergies. Some cats will not tolerate changes made in the type of litter used. They may not like the feel or texture of some products. A good way to change the type of litter you are using is to have two litter boxes available, one with your existing litter and another one with the new litter. You can check to see which one gets used most frequently. You may discover that you cat uses one for

urine and one feces. Sometimes a combination of litters works best. My cat is an older cat and she drinks and pees a lot. Her previous mom said this was normal for her and her veterinarian confirmed this. I use a natural biodegradable litter that is made from recycled paper as a base because it is very absorbent. I use a regular clay litter for the top level. This does need to be changed twice weekly but my cat, Abigail, prefers the layer of regular, unscented clay litter.

Litter duty may not be fun but it is important to keep the litter box clean. Remember that a cat’s sense of smell is much greater than our sense of smell. It might be okay for us but not for our cat. They instinctively like to be clean; a clean litter box encourages them to do their business in the appropriate area – the litter box! Note: Check with your veterinarian to rule out a medical problem if your cat suddenly stops using the litter box.

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Book Review What words come to mind when you think of Danielle Steel – popular and prolific author, suave and sophisticated, or romance novels? What images come to mind when you think about a mother of nine children, eleven dogs living in a home at one time, along with a Vietnamese potbellied pig? Pure Joy offers another glimpse into the life of this famous person. The book is written in a very conversational and friendly manner. I felt a spirit of friendship developing as I read about many of her experiences. I chuckled when she described the “co-ownership” arrangement that she and her husband had about their first dog: “According to John, she was half his and half mine. What I didn’t know, when I made that deal, was the front end was his and the back end was mine.” You can guess what some of the funny stories were that she shared about this arrangement.

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More serious experiences were also shared such as the loss of some of their dogs. “Like loving a person, loving a dog can eventually lead to heartbreak, but without question it’s worth it.” She encourages her readers to open their hearts again to loving another dog. Danielle Steel shares her experiences with honesty and humor. Advice is offered in a helpful way as a good friend offers.

This book truly is a love story about the many dogs (and children) who have shared her home and her heart.

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February is National Pet Dental Health Month Dental Examination

! ! e s e e h C y a ! S d n i m r e v e N Or By Dr. Monica DeVilbiss, DVM

When was the last time you peaked into your dog or cat’s mouth? Does your pet have yellow, brown or gray teeth? Surprisingly bad breath? Or reddened gums?

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ental disease, more specifically periodontal disease, is one of the most common health problems seen in dogs and cats, affecting about 80% of dogs and 70% of cats over the age of 3 years. Unfortunately, many times it goes unidentified by pet owners because the outward signs tend to go unnoticed. Periodontal disease is the disease of the structures surrounding the tooth, such as the gums and bone. Periodontal disease has two basic stages; gingivitis, or inflammation of the gums, and periodontitis, a more serious condition involving infection of the bone itself. So, what causes periodontal disease? PLAQUE, PLAQUE, PLAQUE. And what is plaque? It is a film of bacteria that is attached to the surface of the tooth and use your pet’s food as their own; they multiply and invade the gums causing gingivitis. Saliva turns plaque into a hard substance called calculus or tartar. Inflamed and infected gums are not only painful to your pet, but allow bacteria to access the body through the bloodstream, once there they travel to many organs, including the heart, the kidneys, the liver, brain and lungs. In essence, anything that disrupts the integrity of the teeth or gums can create an entry point for bacteria to invade. This is why fractured 22

teeth can easily lead to dental disease, but developmental causes such as retained baby teeth, excessively crooked teeth and extra number of teeth can also lead to dental disease early in life, since they trap higher amounts of food and bacteria than normal teeth would. Some common signs of oral disease are: bad breath, pawing at the mouth, excessive salivation , swelling of the face, bleeding of the gums, sneezing and nose discharge. It’s important to note that even with severe dental disease your pet will likely continue eating, but due to pain some pets will swallow food whole or eat more slowly. So what can you do? The best course of action is always prevention. Prevent dental disease by keeping your pet’s teeth clean and healthy. And believe it or not daily brushing, due to its mechanical action, is the best way (gold standard) of keeping teeth healthy at home. Now, is this difficult to remember to do and have ‘Fluffly’ or “Kitty” stay still long enough? Yes, but is it worth it? Absolutely. Start by using toothpaste on your finger, then slowly move up to using the toothbrush; make it enjoyable and do it regularly. Dental diets and certain dental chews are available to help as secondary methods; look for the VOHC seal that indicates the product has met standards for effectiveness in

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retarding plaque and tartar. Always make sure the chew is the appropriate size for your pet and never leave them unattended. Ingestion of the wrong kind or size may lead to intestinal problems and possible obstructions. Consult with your vet when choosing dental products. Your veterinarian plays an important role in helping you keep track of your pet’s dental health by performing dental examinations during your pet’s routine visits, and recommending prophylactic cleanings that are aimed at avoiding periodontal disease. Dental examinations are graded 1 to 4, starting from minimal tartar to severe gingivitis, tartar and plaque build-up. If dental disease is already present and advanced then your veterinarian may need to perform extractions of the affected teeth to avoid further gum inflammation, infection and damage to the bone, which can lead to further pain, bone loss and potential jaw fractures.

Make an appointment with your veterinarian today to evaluate your pet’s dental health and if necessary schedule a dental cleaning to keep your pet happy and healthy. Town Center Animal Hospital 3565 S. Town Center Dr., LV, NV 89135

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A look at

lipomas By Chad Bower, DVM Spencer Springs Animal Hospital

If you are familiar with pets chances are at some time you have heard the term “lipoma”. Lipomas are basically a benign or non-cancerous tumor consisting of a localized over growth of fat cells that do not invade other tissues or spread to other organs. They are most commonly found in dogs, particularly older, overweight dogs but are occasionally seen in cats. Lipomas are the most common tumors found in dogs and are typically located under the skin and tend to be soft, round and moveable. They are commonly found on the dog’s underside in the chest, abdomen or arm pit regions, but can be found anywhere on the body. While the exact cause of these nonthreatening lumps is not known, they do seem to be a natural part of the aging process. If your dog has recently developed a new lump, it is always a good idea for a trip to your veterinarian to be safe. In addition to a physical examination your veterinarian will typically aspirate the growth with a needle and 26

syringe called a fine needle aspirate. This is used to take a very small sample that is placed on a microscope slide to be stained. After staining, the cells are viewed under a microscope. A lipoma typically yields a collection of fat and oil cells which is usually adequate to make an initial diagnosis. If the results are questionable your veterinarian may recommend a biopsy or even removing the tumor. While lipomas may be unsightly and present cosmetic issues they typically do not pose any serious health problems. In many cases your veterinarian will recommend leaving the lipoma alone and monitoring

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it for any changes or rapid growth. At times a lipoma may grow too large or limit your dog’s mobility or cause him or her to be uncomfortable. In these instances your veterinarian may recommend surgical removal to help ensure your pet remains comfortable. Unfortunately there is currently nothing that can be done to prevent your pet from getting lipomas. While this type of tumor is not life threatening, other causes can potentially have more serious consequences. If you find any abnormal growths or lumps please do not hesitate to contact your veterinarian.


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Pet-Friendly

Window Coverings

~ By Gail Mayhugh

When decorating for clients with pets, I always make sure to consider their pets into the selections that we make. Flooring, upholstery, casegoods and last but not least we have to consider window coverings. Window coverings are most often overlooked by pet owners. Maybe it’s because they’re not something that we really touch, sit on every day or clean on a weekly basis. They were initially put up to give you light control and privacy. Then maybe you added a decorative fabric treatment. But many times the choices are not made with a pet in mind. I know each pet is different and there might not be a concern at all in your home, now. But what about the next little one you bring home? Just like children each one has a very different personality and trouble making way. So I’d like to share with you some things to consider and other window coverings options you may not have thought about.

Things To Watch 1

Don’t puddle your drapery panels. Fabric on the floor is an open invitation to your pet to cozy up or make into a chew toy. It will be covered in hair as well as most likely get ripped since they love to ball them into a comfy bed. It’s ok to have them a couple inches off the floor or depending upon the room and style, have them stop a few inches below your window. This is a more casual look, but one that is very pet friendly.

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Washable fabric. All fabric can be cleaned, whether dry-cleaned or machine washable. But with pets dry cleaning your window treatments can get expensive. Instead look for ones that are machine washable. If your panels need to be longer than the standard 84 inches, simply add more fabric to the top or bottom. Purchase another washable panel in a contrasting color or coordinating pattern and add the length needed for your window. When doing this I’d make it at least 12 inches so that it looks intended, not just a hem. I do this all the time instead of having them custom made. It is easy straight sewing, even for a novice.

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Cords make great play toys. With blinds, shades or draw drapes

consider upgrading the controls to a remote control. You don’t have to have them on every window, just the ones your pets are most likely to get at.

Other Options 1

Stained glass or a decorative glass film. Real stained glass is beautiful but can be very costly. Now with computer advancements glass film is hard to tell from real glass. You can have a beautiful design made and you have to touch it to see that it’s not real.

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Decorate wrought iron. I did this for a client whose cats just loved to lie in the window sills and would play with her blinds. The iron added a wonderful decorative and architectural feature to her home. These treatments can also be found in a faux metal at a fraction of the cost and just like the decorative film, you can’t tell the difference.

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Blinds between your glass panes. If you’re replacing your windows this is a great option, especially for French doors. The blinds are available in wood, metal and shades. They provide you with light control and privacy, and they don’t need to be cleaned which is an added feature for homes with pets.

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Panel Tracks. Sliding glass doors are still a bit of a decorating challenge especially for homes with pets. They are going in and out and love to push the blinds aside to check out what’s happening in the yard. Vertical blinds have been the standard treatment since they stack off the door, but have become dated. A great product which gives you the same feature is panel tracks. They are vertical panels which lay flat when stacked off the door or window. They come in multiple styles of fabrics, vinyl, and woven designs. The panels are wider giving them that updated look. I feel it is one of the best options today for sliders.

I know we should be able to train our pets not to chew and lay on things they shouldn’t, but why not consider pet-friendly window options when you are decorating your home. Gail Mayhugh, the owner of GMJ Interiors has been designing in Las Vegas for over 20 years. She also has a web site, www.VivaVegasPets.com where she shares Las Vegas pet happenings and resources.


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Keeping your Dog Happy and Healthy this Winter Winter and colder weather keeps many pet parents and their dogs inside. It is challenging to find activities to keep them active and stimulated physically and mentally. Boredom in dogs can lead to unwanted behaviors. If a dog does not have enough to do they often find destructive ways to keep busy and fight boredom. Playing food games that combine their natural scavenger and finding food instincts will help prevent doggy boredom. One note of caution – a hungry dog may become frustrated and possibly aggressive if they have to work too hard for their food. Give them a “work-free” meal about 30 minutes before playing food games. Games like these improve your dog’s scenting abilities and logic skills. The shared experience offers special bonding and togetherness opportunities to praise and encourage your pet.

Let the games begin… have fun with your dog this winter!

Toby playing for his first time – loved finding the treats!!

The MUFFIN TIN GAME is a very popular food game for dogs. For this game you need a twelvemuffin cup tin and six tennis balls. Start out with a few treats in the muffin cups so your dog gets used to eating treats from the muffin tin. Next place treats in all the cups but cover a few with the tennis balls. Eventually you can hide treats under six of the cups. The two-part challenge is figuring out that treats are in all the cups and how to get the treats in the cups by nosing out the tennis ball. A variation of this game suggests using twelve tennis balls and covering all the muffin cups.

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Rabbits adorable

COMPANION PETS By Kathy Schreur

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f you are thinking about adopting an animal companion, a wonderful alternative to a dog or cat is a delightful creature known as a rabbit. Just the word “bunny” melts hearts and conjures images of soft fur, cuddliness, twitching noses, big ears, and puffy tails. There are over 47 different breeds of rabbits accepted by the American Breeders Association, and, of course, many more of mixed origins. Bunnies are a commitment because their average life span can range from seven to ten years.

If you are looking to adopt a baby bunny, they need to be at least seven weeks old. Any younger is too young to separate from Mom. Make sure you research and know what is the best diet for a young one. Too much lettuce or sweets (yes, some do have a sweet tooth) can be very dangerous. As they grow older, rabbit pellets from the store must be supplemented with carrots and lots of fresh hay. Bunnies love to chew. Your pet store should have a variety of chew sticks or you can even use twigs from your backyard. Water is another extremely important component of care. The bottles which hang from the cage tend to work better than bowls. Bowls can become toys and tend to tip a lot. As noted above, rabbits are social and the location of your bunny’s home is important. A rabbit does need to be able to relax, but not be excluded from the family. Whatever environment you decide on, whether cage, playpen, or other imaginative place, rabbits can be litter box trained very easily. It makes clean up time much easier! Just use regular kitty litter… please do not use litter made with softwood or cedar chips, as these products are thought to cause liver damage. If you choose a male rabbit, you must have him neutered. Male rabbits tend to be more aggressive and will spray until neutered, and the spray is extremely unpleasant. If you decide to allow your friend to be cage free or have unsupervised time in the home, you will definitely need to learn about bunny-proofing. As mentioned before, they love to chew and seem to be drawn to power cords of any kind. The internet offers a lot of great tips of how to keep your home safe for you and your friend.

Perhaps the most important point to remember is that these magical creatures have their own special needs. Please research before choosing to adopt. Each rabbit deserves all the love, care, and attention that should be given to all living beings.

Want to Adopt? Nevada SPCA is seeking stable, responsible, indoor-only, loving forever homes for rabbits. People considering adoption are welcome to visit Nevada SPCA’s Lovebugs Room for written materials and to speak with an adoption counselor about preparing their home for a new family member. Approximately 100 rescued rabbits are at the Nevada SPCA on any given day. All are spayed/neutered before being available for adoption.

www.nevadaspca.org Photo courtesy of Pet’ographique

Rabbits are social creatures, which, with time and patience, can be very affectionate. When they snuggle with you, you may feel them grinding their teeth. It is their way of purring their happiness. They are quiet, intelligent, and understand more than you might think! They are curious and persistent and can be easily entertained. However, rabbits, as any pet you are thinking of adopting, do require care and have special needs to be met.

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Birmingham is an engaging young sweetheart bunny for adoption at Nevada SPCA. He is good-natured and warms up beautifully with people he gets to know and trust. Birmingham is an English Spot mix rabbit, 1 year of age, a neutered boy. He needs a responsible, indoor-only, loving forever home.

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UPCOMING

EVENTS

JANUARY

Have Fun! FEBRUARY

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20

11:45 am – 1:15 pm Clark County Library • 1401 E. Flamingo Rd. Attend The Animal Foundation’s volunteer orientation held in the Large Conference Room. Volunteers provide shelter pets with exercise and enrichment during their stay plus much more. Visit online to learn more: www.animalfoundation.com/get-involved/

6pm – 9pm Rumor Boutique Hotel – 455 E. Harmon Ave. Featuring Cocktail specials, ‘Yapatizers’ Specials and Doggy Treats! Welcoming all dog sizes and breeds.

January Volunteer Orientation

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, JANUARY 18 and 19

NAFA Flyball Tournament

8 am – 5 pm Washington County/Hurricane, UT Fairgrounds Flying Colors will host a NAFA Flyball Tournament. Admission and parking is FREE.

FEBRUARY SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8

Vegas Pet Expo

10 am – 6 pm Cashman Center • 850 N. Las Vegas Blvd. Shop – Learn – Play – Adopt Free Admission – Bring Your Pet! Tons of exhibitors, live entertainment, prize give-a-ways & fun, discounted vaccinations, mega-adoption event, free nail trims, agility demonstrations and so much more! www.vegaspetexpo.com

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8

February Volunteer Orientation

11:45 am – 1:15 pm Clark County Library • 1401 E. Flamingo Rd. Attend The Animal Foundation’s volunteer orientation held in the Large Conference Room. Volunteers provide shelter pets with exercise and enrichment during their stay plus much more. Visit online to learn more: www.animalfoundation.com/get-involved/

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10

Valentine’s Golf Tournament

Time: TBD The Golf Club at South Shore at Lake Las Vegas Golf… Fore the Love of Pets. To register and for more information, go to www.hcws.org

Yappy Hour…The Doggy Happy Hour!

MARCH SATURDAY, MARCH 1

Applebee’s Pancake Fundraiser

8 am – 10 am Applebee’s at Best In The West • 2070 N. Rainbow Blvd Enjoy a short stack for a tall cause. You’re invited to a breakfast to support the Southern Nevada Beagle Rescue Foundation. For information, go to: www.southernnevadabeaglerescue.com

SATURDAY, MARCH 8

Bark In The Park

10 am – 3 pm Cornerstone Park – 1600 Wigwam Pkwy, Henderson Free event for people and pooches of all ages. A day full of demonstrations, contests, events, services, pet adoptions and plenty of fun!

SATURDAY, MARCH 22

Pug-A-Palooza

9 am – 1 pm A-Round of A-Paws – 3255 St. Rose Pkwy #170 Let’s rally together and celebrate our magnificent curly tailed friends. Bring the whole family for music, various events and contests! Other furry family members are also welcome. For more information, go to: www.aroundofapawsresort.com

SUNDAY, MARCH 30

18th Annual Wag-A-Tail Walk-A-Thon Centennial Hills Park @ N. Buffalo & Elkhorn A 1-mile or 2-mile fun walk for you and your dog. Las Vegas Valley Humane Society – www.lvvhumane.org

ON-GOING EVENTS

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13

FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS

Dinner Starts at 6pm Lots of Fantastic Raffle Prizes, Good Food & Terrific Conversation. $30/person. For more information please contact All Fur Love Animal Society: events@allfurloveanimalsociety.org

9 am – 2 pm 6360 Annie Oakley (Between Sunset & Russell) Garage Sale to benefit Heaven Can Wait Animal Society. Books, furniture, home decor, electronics, jewelry and MORE! To donate items or volunteer at the sale, email: garagesales@hcws.org

5th Annual Pasta For Paws Dinner

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15

3rd Annual Find Your Furry Valentine

10:00 am – 4:00 pm Bass Pro Shop Parking Lot – Silverton Hotel/Casino Dog & cat adoptions from various rescues throughout Las Vegas will be here. Lots of crafts, foods & fun! For more information, go to: www.myfurryvalentinelv.com

Garage Sale

For more events and updates:

www.LVPetScene.com

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