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Contributing Writers

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Spring officially arrives with the March equinox

(March 20th) and has long been celebrated as a time of rebirth and new beginnings. The flowers burst forth in full bloom – trees show off their new growth. Warm, sunny days coax us to go outside and enjoy more time in the great outdoors. Spring in Las Vegas is one of the best times to enjoy activities such as walking, biking, jogging/running and, of course, spending time walking and playing with our pets. Even indoor pets appreciate the fresh air of an open window and can enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of spring. There are many pet events taking place in March and April. Visit our website at and ‘like us’ on facebook ( to keep up to date on pet events happening in Las Vegas. We’ll be at many of the events, so be sure to stop by and say hello! Enjoy this special time of the year!

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Do you have proper identification for your pet? How would you find them if someone accidently left the gate open or they slipped out the door before you could stop them. COLLAR TAGS Tags are attached to your pet’s collar. A stainless steel tag is more durable than a plastic tag and will last longer. These can be engraved with your necessary contact information. The disadvantages to only using a tag are the tag can fall off or get lost; your pet may not always be wearing their collar or your pet may slip out of or lose their collar. SMART TAGS These are tags that come printed with a QR code (barcode symbol). If your pet goes missing, anyone with a smart phone can scan their tag, view your pet’s profile and get in contact with you. TATTOOS ID numbers are generally tattooed into one of your pet’s ears during spay/neuter surgery (pets must be under anaesthetic for this procedure). The number is then listed with a registry service for optimum effect. Over time though, the tattoo might fade making them illegible. MICROCHIPS A more permanent type of pet identification is the microchip. It’s a small, electronic chip (approximately the size of a grain of rice) that is implanted under your pet’s skin. It is administered quickly and painlessly by a simple injection. Shelters and veterinarian hospitals are equipped with scanners that can read the microchip. Both dogs and cats need identification. This ensures that if your lost pet gets picked up by the shelter, people know that they are owned and not a stray. There are all sorts of pet I.D.s available on the market today. A combination of them is best just in case one form fails. Be sure to keep your information updated so you can be contacted and reunited with your pet.

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id you know Henderson, NV has more fenced dog parks (9) per capita than any other city in the country? When you add in the other 19 dog parks that are in the Las Vegas area I have to say Vegas is a doggie Disneyland! With the weather getting warmer I thought this would be a good time to take your pups out for some playtime! If they’re like me, I’m sure they’d love to get out for a good romp, play fetch and meet up with other pups. Just remember, make sure your pups are healthy, up-to-date on their vaccinations and are well behaved with other dogs. And, don’t forget to pick up after them. Here are a few favorite dog parks I encourage you to visit. If they’re not in your part of town don’t worry, there are plenty more around the valley. For more information on local dog parks visit

Dog Fancier’s Park

5800 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV This 12-acre park is one of the largest fenced dog parks in the country. There are five separate areas, grass, benches, shade structures, water spigots and lights to keep the fun going into the night . Lots of groups use this park for training, shows and competitions so if you’re thinking of hosting a doggie event this is a great place to consider.

Bark Park at Heritage

Racetrack Rd. & Burkholder Blvd., Henderson, NV This park is pawsome! Although it is a little bit of a drive, you have to go here at least once. This recently opened park has everything a pup could ask for. There are three separate areas for big, small and dogs of all sizes, lots of grass, agility obstacles, a fun water play area and a hiking trail. It is well landscaped and maintained. They even have a brand new restroom for the humans.

Sunset Park

Eastern Ave. and Warm Spring Rd., Las Vegas, NV There are two separate areas here, one dedicated to small pups. You’ll find grass, benches, tables, water spigots and lights for nighttime use. What I enjoy most, however, is the 2 ½ miles of paved walking trails that are right next to the park. Dogs must be leashed, but it is worth it as you can escape the city and get lost in the sand dunes and shrubbery.

Barkin’ Basin Dog Park

Alexander Rd. and Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV This is a popular 7+ acre park with three separate areas and lots of grass. They also have benches, trees, lights, water spigots for thirsty pups and drinking fountains for the humans.

Kellogg-Zaher Sports Complex Dog Park

W. Washington and N. Buffalo Dr., Las Vegas, NV Directly off Summerlin Parkway, this park is known for it’s soccer fields, but they also have a great doggie park too! There are three separate areas, one for small dogs, lots of grass, drinking water and lights for nighttime romps. They provide benches, but many people like to bring their own lawn chairs. There is a restroom for the humans as well.

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Talk to your veterinarian if you suspect diabetes.

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Diabetes is on the rise in animals, with rates of diabetes in cats and dogs rising faster than for humans. You can help lower the risks of your furry friend getting diabetes by keeping them at a healthy weight – avoid overfeeding and make sure they get plenty of exercise. However, if your pet is diagnosed with diabetes, it is manageable, and your pet can live a long, healthy life by knowing what steps to take. By Dr. Ted Burghardt, MS, DVM

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Diabetes mellitus is a disease where the patient is unable to control its own blood sugars (glucose) and is similar when compared between dogs, cats and humans. Insulin is crucial to move glucose from the blood into the tissues of the body where it is used for energy. The problem with diabetes is that the body either doesn’t produce enough insulin (Type I, or insulin responsive) or the body doesn’t recognize the insulin that is being produced (Type II, or noninsulin responsive). When the body’s tissues don’t receive glucose they are forced to utilize other resources for energy.

The first energy resource to be used is fat because it has the next highest energy density. In diabetes mellitus the glucose remains in the blood and is not distributed to the tissues, so the body breaks down fat for energy and the patient begins to lose weight. Because the blood sugars are so high the kidneys allow some of it to spill into the urine, so the urine becomes sticky. The high amount of sugar in the urine triggers the patient to drink more in an attempt to dilute the excessive sugars in the blood and urine. In summary, the classic signs of diabetes are weight loss (despite a good appetite), sticky urine, and excessive drinking and urinating. 8

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In addition, dogs will commonly develop cataracts making their eyes appear blue, which is an irreversible change within the lens of the eye. Cats tend not to develop cataracts like dogs.

Treatment for diabetes usually includes increasing exercise, changing to a specialized diet, and insulin injections. Insulin is a protein that would be degraded by the stomach if given orally, so it has to be given as an injection. There are many types of insulin, some are given once daily and most are to be given every 12 hours after a meal. Diabetic diets consist of high fiber and low carbohydrate foods which in many cases are prescription diets. Exercise is a natural way to help drive glucose from the blood into the body’s tissues, and with increased exercise we are often able to decrease the insulin dose. Insulin metabolism varies with each individual. Cats can even have “transient diabetes” where they are diagnosed with diabetes, but over a short time period the insulin can be reduced and even discontinued in some cases if diagnosis and initiation of treatment occurs early enough. If a patient has been diabetic for a period of time without treatment they can develop a fatal condition called diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). In this situation toxic acids accumulate as a result of the breakdown of fat for energy. These acids put serious strains on the body and if the acidic condition of the body is not corrected quickly serious complications can occur

including irreversible tissue damage, coma, and even death. Dogs diagnosed with DKA are usually hospitalized on fluids, insulin, and other medications until hydration status and acid/base balance is reestablished.

If you notice any of the classic signs of diabetes in your pet (weight loss, increased drinking and urinating, sticky urine, blue eyes for dogs) you should contact your veterinarian and bring your pet in for an exam, bloodwork and urinalysis to test for diabetes mellitus.

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Increased Drinking Increased Urination Weight Loss Sticky Urine

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Cats & Play

Kittens love to play! We love to watch them play. Their play helps them learn the necessary skills of stalking and pouncing for catching and killing prey. Cats in the wild had to hunt birds, mice, and small animals to survive. They were always ready to pounce and catch their next meal. Domesticated cats still need toys and activities to provide opportunities to use their prey behaviors of stalking and pouncing. Play stimulates cats mentally and helps them develop coordination and balance. Most cats love to play regardless of their age. As some cats mature their personal interest for play may diminish yet their actual need for play still exists. It is important to keep challenging your cat to play. Cats are naturally curious and they can get bored and depressed without daily play and stimulation. Play and challenging activity is the best remedy for Bored Cat Syndrome. Some cats sleep excessively when bored and under stimulated. Other cats resort to destructive and aggressive behaviors. Cats will get bored with a toy after a while. It is helpful to provide them with a few toys at a time. Rotating the toys makes the old toys seem new and exciting and helps keep your cat interested in their toys. Interaction with you is one of the most important ways to enrich your cat’s play life. Set aside five minutes twice a day for playing with your cat. Use different toys and activities during these periods to provide your cat with the physical and social stimulation they need for their well being and happiness.


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By Kathy Schreur

Sometimes life leads you to a glorious adventure. An adventure filled with moments of wonder, laughter, amazement, and joy. For the animal lover, such an adventure is known as Roos-N-More. Tucked away in Moapa, off the 1-15, about 45 minutes outside of Las Vegas, you will find enchantment in the form of a privately owned, non-profit, educational petting zoo. However, this is not just an ordinary zoo with exhibits or a petting zoo with domestic animals. It is an Ed-Zoo-Cational Experience. You will not only see animals, birds, and reptiles from all over the world, but you will be able to pet, hold, and serve as a perch for them while learning just how little you know and how big the animal kingdom is.

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Roos-N-More is home to veterinarians Drs. Valerie and Jay Holt, their son, Zach and daughter, Hailey, and approximately 245 other critter children. They are licensed by the Nevada Department of Wildlife and the USDA and accredited with the Zoological Association of America. At least 60 different species are provided excellent care, an environment suitable to each one, and love. The love for the inhabitants of this magical place shines through each animal ambassador and member. Every single being is named and known completely. The trust the animals show to the humans is awe inspiring. The fact that you can share a carrot with a huge camel or scratch the top of a zebras head is simply amazing. You can sit down with a bevy of otters and enjoy their attempts to distract you while they try to pick your pocket. A monkey may enjoy hanging out on your shoulder. You can look inside a kangaroos pouch and see a joey (baby). You can get laughed at by a Kookaburra sitting on an old gum tree. Then there is the trust between the animals themselves. To see a caracal (desert lynx) and a capuchin monkey play together is downright mystical. Then you look at the special people who help Valerie and Jay keep their dream going and you understand even more why this is such a unique place. Roos-N-More’s front line ambassadors are Carrie Marques, Curator, and Zookeepers, Casey Fox and Denise Souffrant. As they answer any and all questions, they beam with enthusiasm and love for the animals. There are also their wonderful volunteers, who Carrie feels certainly deserve to be mentioned, as they could not do it without them! There is so much to enjoy; plan to be there awhile.

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How does one come to create an environment to support so many exotic animals? You start with meeting your future soulmate when you are both undergraduates at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Throw in Val’s love for babies of all kinds and Jay’s belief that she needed an animal which would stay a baby for at least a year (this was before Zach and Hailey). Then into their lives came a kangaroo. They added a few more kangaroos to their burgeoning menagerie of cats, dogs, and squirrel. Next Jay decided he wanted a camel. They found their land in Moapa and settled in to raise their family, human and non-human. Hailey and Zach would bring a pet of the week to their school. People started showing up at their home asking to see all the animals. They never started with the intention of becoming a zoo, but as the population of animals increased so did their desire to share them with others. Jay and Valerie are visionaries; people who make it happen. They believe in conservation through education and hope that the up-close and personal encounters with their animals will inspire people to help save their wild counterparts. Before checking out land for your own zoo, know that having a zoo of your own is a lot of hard work and expensive. WalMart has recently started donating their unsold produce every other week, which helps cut down costs. The veterinary bills are, of course, covered by having two live-in veterinarians. When you visit, you will be impressed with how much has gone into creating habitats that suit each animal. It is open and the animals happy. Roos-N-More is still a work in progress, but they are proud of what they have accomplished. Now, take a deep breath. The following is just a partial list of the citizens of Roos-N-More that you can see and learn about:

kangaroos, wallaroos, wallabies, squirrel monkeys, capuchin monkeys, cotton-top tamarins, bush babies, four different species of lemurs, binturongs, a screaming hairy armadillo, sloths, porcupines, camels, yaks, alpacas, sugar gliders, capybara, Nigerian dwarf goats, an Asian leopard cat, a Grants zebra, miniature horses, a miniature donkey, a Zedonk, pot-belly pigs, a host of birds including macaws, cockatiels, lovebirds, toucans, cockatoos, an European eagle owl, emus, and black Sumatra bantam chickens. There are tortoises, skinks, iguanas, corn snakes, a Burmese python, an Argentine horned frog, red eye tree frogs, a Chilean rose hair tarantula, Emperor scorpions, and African giant millipedes.

Exciting, isnt it? However, before you jump in your vehicle and head to Moapa, please check their website ( or call them at (702) 467-3585 because they are only open to the public a couple of days a month. You will want to get there early to experience everything. You are welcome to explore on your own and there will be many animal ambassadors on hand to meet you. The admission price is $10.00 per person; children under 2 are free. There is an extra cost to hang out with the kangaroos and Walk with the Otters. If you cannot make it on the open days, you can arrange and book a private tour. “I have fulfilled my dream. I was unable to bring the veterinarian to the zoo so I brought the zoo to the veterinarian.” ~ Valerie Holt

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ur feline friends add so much to our lives --affection, companionship, and always some comic relief. Like any pet, we as their caretakers need to educate ourselves about how to take care of them and what we can do to avoid an injury from our cat. A cat bite, for example, is usually avoidable if you are attentive to the warning signs your cat displays. The more you get to know your cat, the easier you will be able to detect those signs. If you are bitten, in spite of your precautions, it is important to know what to do and how to avoid being bitten again. “A cat bite is nothing to trivialize,” according to the cat programs manager at the Humane Society of the United States. Although cat bites account for only 10% – 15% of all animal bites, up to 50% of cat bites become infected. Cat bites have a higher risk of infection than many other animal bites because of the high amounts of bacteria in their mouths. Additionally, they have extremely sharp, small, pointed teeth which are the perfect tools for delivering the bacteria into the tissue. Due to this tooth shape, these wounds typically bleed very little. Like a puncture wound, the surface of the bite tends to close up at the skin’s surface, trapping the bacteria under the skin.

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your home your pets By Gail Mayhugh

According to the 2011-2012 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, 62% of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 72.9 millions homes. Out of that 46.3% own dogs which is 78.2 million dogs. So when a client asks me what type of flooring they should get when they have dogs, it’s always an extra challenge. There are many things you need to consider: durability, comfort, maintenance, safety, your tolerance to mishaps. Carpet is more comfortable for all, safer, but requires more maintenance. Hard surfaces require less maintenance, can scratch and be slick, which can be dangerous depending on how your pet plays. There really is not one best flooring over another as everyone lives differently in their homes.

Carpet: With carpet you have to

consider its stain resistance and durability qualities. Carpets are more comfortable and slip resistance, but if you have allergies or asthma you must vacuum frequently. The dust and pet dander will wreak havoc with your allergies or asthma as well as the longevity of your carpet. You need to consider what the carpet is made of. Nylon and polyester are your best choices. Nylon is durable, stain-resistant and affordable. Polyester is cheaper but considered less durable. Somewhat new on the market are pet-friendly carpets. They’ve been designed to prevent pet stains from soaking through to your carpet padding as well as reduce pet odors. No matter the carpet be sure to upgrade to a moisture barrier pad. Carpet style is also important. Steer away from any looped carpet where their nails can pull. Instead a cut pile is a better choice.

No matter which way you go, there will always be accidents, shedding and playful running with pets. Everyone has different tolerance levels for maintenance and comfort, you have to determine yours. 22

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Ceramic and Porcelain Tile: Ceramic and porcelain tiles are great

for pets; they’re durable and stain resistant. But you do have to consider comfort and that they are slippery. Rugs and skid-proof runners do help, but sometimes also slip under they feet if going at a good pace. You don’t need a $2,500 vet bill for knee surgery. If you decide on tile make sure to spend the extra for an epoxy grout or one that already has a sealant in it. There are many on the market so check with your installer for the best.

Vinyl: A designer suggesting vinyl? We’re talking high-end luxury vinyl, not your

grandma’s kitchen vinyl. It’s a super heavy duty vinyl product that is even designed to hold up in commercial applications. They come in sheets as well as planks or tiles. The planks and tiles are glued down individually and give the look or real wood or stone. They are extremely hard surface and don’t scratch very easily and good with accidents.

Laminate: Giving the look of wood

without the maintenance, laminate is a very popular favorite for pet owners. It’s scratch resistant and good with accidents. It’s not something I would use in any high moisture areas, say under water bowls. Any spill should be cleaned up quickly to not get in-between the seams and cause buckling. Laminate can be as slick as tile depending upon the finish.

Hardwood: If a single scratch is going to send you into a tizzy, hardwood is not for you. It’s beautiful but even the hardest will scratch, it’s wood. Just as with laminate, you need to clean up spills and accidents as soon as possible. If you really want hardwood floors you need to consider one of the harder species such as Brazilian Cherry, Mesquite, and Mahogany. The darker the stain and glosser the finish, the more visible the scratches. Hand scraped or distressed floors provide the best option for masking scratches, dents and scrapes will blend in with the natural look of the wood. Gail Mayhugh, the owner of GMJ Interiors has been designing in Las Vegas for over 20 years. She also has a web site, where she shares Las Vegas pet happenings and resources.

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ALLERGIES IN CATS & DOGS By Kimberly Coyner, DVM, DACVD Skin problems are common in dogs and cats, and are one of the most frequent reasons that owners bring their pets to the veterinarian. There are many different reasons why a pet will itch and scratch, lick their feet, or develop sores and ear infections. Skin and ear infections due to parasites, bacteria, or yeast organisms are common, and can be diagnosed by veterinarians based on physical examination and microscopic examination of samples from the skin and ears. However, animals with itching that persists despite treatment for parasites and infections, or pets which develop recurrent skin and ear infections, often have an underlying allergic cause for their itch and secondary infections, either food allergy or atopy (pollen/dust allergies).

Pollen/environmental allergies (Atopy) Just like people, dogs and cats can be allergic to pollen, dust and molds. But instead of sneezing and hayfever, pets most often show their allergies in their skin. Cats may develop crusty dermatitis or hair loss similar to food allergy. Allergic dogs may scratch all over, but especially at their armpits, belly and ears. They may also have recurrent skin and ear infections and lick their paws. The signs usually start between 6 months to 5 years of age. Since food allergy and skin parasites or infections also cause itching, these diseases need to be eliminated as possible causes of itching before the diagnosis of atopy can be made. Some pets with pollen/dust allergies tend to have seasonal (warm weather) symptoms, others may have symptoms year round. Some pollenallergic pets can be treated symptomatically during the itchy seasons with soothing shampoos/conditioners and anti-itch medications (antihistamines, fatty acids, occasional steroids). If present, secondary bacterial or yeast infections also need to be treated. Pets with continuous signs or itch that is not wellcontrolled with symptomatic medications or that need steroids too frequently should be allergy tested to find out what they are allergic to. Allergy testing can be performed with blood tests or skin tests (like scratch testing in people). Blood allergy testing is more convenient and can be performed by most veterinarians, but may be less accurate than skin testing. Skin allergy testing tests the actual organ that is involved in the allergy (the skin), so is considered more accurate than blood testing, and is typically performed by veterinary dermatologists. Once the allergy test results are known, allergic pets can receive allergy shots (just like people!) or drops under the tongue to desensitize them to the pollen. Although not a cure or a quickfix, allergy hyposensitization injections help 70-75% of allergic pets to decrease symptoms and need for other medications, and address the cause of the allergies, not just the symptoms. 26

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Food allergy Animals (like people) can develop a food allergy at any time in their life – even if they have been eating the same food all along! The itchy symptoms last all year round and do not change with the seasons. Besides itchiness, food-allergic dogs may also have ear or skin infections. Allergic cats may develop crusty dermatitis or lick their hair so much that they cause bald spots. The symptoms of food allergy usually do not improve much with anti-itch medications, and the diagnosis and treatment is to feed the pet a hypoallergenic diet using a protein source that they have never been exposed to before. Switching to another commercial diet usually does not help, because most of these diets have similar ingredients. A better alternative is a hypoallergenic diet with single unique protein ingredients such as fish, rabbit, duck, or venison, with a single carbohydrate such as potato or rice, and no other treats, table scraps, rawhides, milkbones, chewable supplements or other foods for at least 6-8 weeks. Some food allergic dogs require prescription or home cooked hypoallergenic diets. Blood, saliva, hair or skin testing for food allergy is unfortunately not accurate in dogs and cats. If present, secondary bacterial or yeast infections also need to be treated. If the itchy symptoms have resolved in 6-8 weeks, then new food allergens can be added one at a time every 2-3 weeks (ie. beef, chicken, lamb, wheat, corn, egg, milk etc.) to determine what the pet is allergic to and what other foods they may tolerate. In summary, although there are numerous causes of itching in pets, through appropriate diagnostics and treatments, or by referral of tough cases to a specialized veterinary dermatologist, your veterinarian can help your pet become a happier and more comfortable part of your family. Dr. Kimberly S. Coyner, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology, graduated from the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. Dermatology Clinic for Animals 5231 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89146 (702) 821-1002 •

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Are Bunnies Good Pets For Children?

Please read this before getting an Easter bunny as a pet for your child. Far too many rabbits are injured and die in the first few months or they end up in a rescue or shelter.

Has your child been pestering for a cute live little bunny? They are so cute! Are you considering getting a live bunny for Easter? As parents we want to make our children happy. What could be a better Easter gift for a child than a live Easter bunny?

• Rabbits live a long time – with proper care indoor rabbits can live 7 to 10 years. Having a rabbit for a pet is a long-term commitment • Bunnies are delicate & fragile – Small children “love” their pets by holding, cuddling, and carrying them around. Many rabbits are dropped & suffer broken backs and legs. Also, being carried incorrectly makes the rabbit feel insecure and frightened. They will often bite or scratch out of fear. • Space requirements – the powerful hind legs of rabbits are designed for jumping and running. Their living space must allow enough room for these natural movements. Your home must be bunny-proofed as rabbits will chew on electrical cords and furniture.

Rabbits are not low-maintenance starter pets for children. They are probably not the best pet for your young child. Because of the appeal for bunnies at Easter, many people buy them on impulse without knowing anything about their care and needs. When they realize how much care and maintenance is required the rabbit often ends up in a shelter. Rabbits are the third most relinquished animals in shelters across the United States. If after doing your homework, you feel that you want a rabbit, please consider adoption. Excellent Resource:

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Demetria is a sweet kitten who enjoys having fun, playing with toys and chasing her foster siblings. She may take a few weeks to settle into a new home, but once she knows she is home, she is ready for playtime. She enjoys hands on time with her human when she is done chasing her toys. Climbing her cat trees is fun so she asks for tall trees so she can sit at the top. DOB: March 23, 2012

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4 Use eco-friendly pet accessories 4 Use biodegradable or flushable poop bags. • Leaving pet waste ourside is an environmental & health hazard. • For litter boxes, consider organic, plant based kitty litter.

4 Use natural/organic shampoos to bathe your pet. 4 Use eco-friendly supplies to clean up after your pet. 4 Reuse leashes, collars, and other pet accessories. 4 Adopt – Don’t Shop. 4 Spay or neuter your pet. 4 Feed all natural pet food.

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What would happen to your pet if you suddenly passed away or became disabled and could no longer care for him or her?


hen I first started my law firm I was concerned for all animals but because the way the law was written at the time I had a real concern for animals that lived a long time, like certain types of birds that live to be 80 to 100 years old and desert tortoises which can live to be 100. In addition, people who owned horses have to make sure certain provision are in place because horses are expensive and take up a lot of room. You can’t just leave a horse to anyone. When doing research on what happens to pets if their owner passes away I discovered that planning for pets was necessary for all pets, not just the ones that live a long time because in many Counties in Nevada if an owner passes away or becomes disabled and can no longer properly care for their pets, the pets are taken by Animal Control to the local shelter, many of which are kill shelters. Some shelters euthanize animals as early as 72 hours after the pet arrives at the facility, making it virtually impossible for anyone else to adopt them or for family members to get the pets. Nevada law allows individuals to properly plan for their pets in a trust so if an individual becomes disabled or passes away there must be clear language in the trust document establishing a named individual as 32

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caregiver of the pet. It is not sufficient to put provisions for your pet in your will because Nevada law allows for pets to be provided for in trusts, not in wills and a will does not avoid probate in Nevada. I am often asked if an individual can have an agreement with the neighbor to take their pets. Under Nevada law, pets are considered property so an Animal Control officer will not release the pets to the neighbor because the agency has no more authority to automatically transfer ownership of a person’s pets than it does of a person’s jewelry or television set. If no family member is present, the pets are taken to the local shelter where they will immediately face the danger of being put to sleep or exposed to disease. When you set up an estate plan with provisions for your pets you can do all kinds of great things for your pet. You can allow your pet to live in your house for the remainder of their life, regulate veterinary care to make sure your pet is getting the same standard of care he or she received when you were still around, make sure there is money to pay for the pets care, food, grooming and dental cleanings. It is imperative that planning be done by an attorney who is well versed in estate planning for pets because it can literally be a matter of life and death for your pet. For example, a

provision in a trust stating, “Fluffy will go to my son,” is not sufficient for many reasons. First, Fluffy may no longer be alive when you pass away and if you have a new pet that pet will not be covered under the trust and second, your son may not want to take care of Fluffy or can’t so we are left with a trust that won’t accomplish what you want. You also have to be very careful about leaving money outright to an individual as a “thank you” for taking your pet because once the individual has your money and your pet they can take the pet to the vet and have them put to sleep or drop them off at a local shelter and keep your money. Proper estate planning including provisions for your pet is one of the greatest things you can do for your pet so you have peace of mind that your pets will be taken care of in the event you are unable to care for them. Donna has lived in the Las Vegas valley for 28 years. She is a Nevada attorney helping traditional and non-traditional families plan for their life and deal with death. She has made it her mission to plan not only for the human family members but to make sure the family pets are taken care of in the event of the death or disability of the pet’s owner.

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National Puppy Day is a special day, recognized on March 23rd

annually, to celebrate the magic and unconditional love that puppies bring to our lives. But more importantly, it’s a day to help save orphaned puppies across the globe and educate the public about the horrors of puppy mills, as well as further the mission for a nation of puppy-free pet stores.

Answer key to “Seek & Find” on page 29. 36

Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • March/April 2013

Horses are


cent fi i n g a


Before the invention of the horseless carriage they were everywhere. They made the settling of the American West possible – horses were used for transportation either by horseback or hauling carriages and stagecoaches.

Our fascination and love affair with horses has endured and changed through the years. Today, horses are mostly companion animals kept for pleasure rather than for work. Although relatively few people can have a horse for a pet; horses can be enjoyed by everyone. Taking horseback riding lessons is one way to experience the joy of horses. Some of the benefits of horseback riding are: 4 Riding horses is good exercise and lots of fun. It improves balance and coordination. The rhythmic gait forces the rider to adjust and strengthens different muscle groups. The coordination of the movements of the rider and the horse offers unique physical benefits to the rider.


Increases self-confidence and self-esteem. Learning to control a large animal creates a sense of accomplishment that helps them face their personal challenges with more confidence and less fear.


Develops a sense of responsibility learning to care for the horse including grooming and feeding.


Reduces stress and creates a sense of enjoyment from combining the joy of riding and the connection with the natural world.


Strengthens the human-animal bond. Learning to communicate with a horse is an immensely emotionally satisfying experience.

Learning to ride a horse may be the best gift you give yourself or a loved one. Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • March/April 2013


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