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LAZY DAYS OF SUMMER The time we look forward to for our vacations and the break from daily routines. You’ll notice there aren’t as many pet events on our calendar for the next two months. This break from scheduled events could be a good time to stop in and visit the pet adoptions that happen regularly. You could also contact local animal rescues and shelters to see if they need some extra volunteer help to cover vacation times for their regulars. Many of us hibernate indoors from the extreme heat this time of the year. A great way to use this extra indoor time is to spend quality time with our pets. Maybe we can help them learn a new trick or we can play a new game that will be fun for the whole family to play. Adding some newness to our playtime will enrich and enhance our relationships with our pets.

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Plant World Nursery serves as an animal sanctuary for over 50 exotic birds, 3 tortoises, more than 20 Red-tipped water turtles and a school of koi fish and 5 cats. By Kathy Schreur

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he sign at the front of the building reads “Welcome to Paradise”. You look around to make sure you are still in Las Vegas. You walk through the open doors and are instantly surrounded by lush foliage. The feeling that you have walked into tropical bliss is intensified when you look to the right, see a Scarlet Macaw named Rio, and hear the raucous sounds of parrots. There is shading from the sun, beautiful plants and flowers, and stunning colorful birds; it must be paradise. Where in Las Vegas are you? You, my friend, are at 5311 W. Charleston Boulevard and have entered Plant World Nursery.

also born at Plant World Nursery, but are only four years old. A black cat they named Shrub just wandered in one day and decided to call Plant World Nursery home. These cats roam the place and live in harmony with all.

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those rescued. Poor Oliver’s situation was so stressful that he has picked off a lot of his feathers and they are working diligently to help him feel safe. Among the variety of birds are Cockatoos (White, Sulphur-Crested and Rose-Crested); Amazons (Yellow Naped and Green Naped); Macaws (Scarlet, Blue and Gold, and Hahn’s); a Green-Crested Turacos; finches, and love birds. Make sure that you include on your travels through this wonderful place a visit to Delila, a 14 year old White Cockatoo, and Cool Whip, a 25 years old Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo. Delila loves to talk and Cool Whip loves to show off. They are considered the stars of Plant World Nursery and are just delightful.

Sweet Pea Plant World Nursery not only contains over ten acres of plants, trees and flowers, but it also serves as an animal sanctuary. Scattered among the meandering paths are over 50 exotic birds, 3 African tortoises, more than 20 Red-tipped water turtles, a school of koi fish, and 5 friendly cats! A few of the birds were born at Plant World Nursery and there may be a new addition soon for Murphy and Buttons. Rio, the first bird to see, was born at Plant World three years ago. A baby bird takes at the very least a four month commitment of constant monitoring. Many of the birds are rescues however. Angel, an Umbrella Cockatoo, and Oliver, a Blue and Gold Macaw, are among

Delilah & Mr.Nelson Animal curators, Richard “Sully” Sullivan and Dave Mannikko spend up to three hours a day cleaning cages, making sure everyone has water and food, and just chatting with them. Both Sully and Dave, long time employees and animal lovers, offer a wealth of information and are available for tours. Plant World Nursery invites students, church groups and local gardening clubs for a complimentary tour of the nursery. www.PlantWorldNursery.com

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Ziggy & Big Bertha Perhaps the most amazing sight is that of Big Bertha, Princess and Ziggy – African tortoises. They are huge! They weigh upwards to 180 pounds and live up to 125 years. Watching these tortoises move and eat is something you will always remember. Keep a watchful eye out and you may see a cat sleeping under a table burdened with blooming plants. Mr. Nelson, who was born there, has reached the astonishing age of 25. Lucy, Lefty, and Lucky were

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is the leading cause of preventable disease and death and kills more people each year in the U.S. than alcohol, AIDS, motor vehicle crashes, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined – approximately 438,000 deaths every year, according to Campaign for TobaccoFree Kids.

Dr. John Reif, professor at the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, says that dogs with short noses have double the risk of lung cancer and long-nosed dogs such as collies have two and half times greater risk of nasal cancer from secondhand smoke.

There is no safe form of tobacco use.

Pet birds also are victims of secondhand smoke. A bird’s respiratory system is hypersensitive to any type of pollutant in the air, says Dr. Carolynn MacAllister, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Service veterinarian. MacAllister said that the most serious consequences of secondhand smoke exposure in birds are pneumonia or lung cancer. Other health risks include eye, skin, heart, and fertility problems.

Secondhand smoke is also deadly, killing some 53,000 non-smokers each year according to the Centers for Disease Control. That’s our family, friends and community. There is no safe level of second-hand smoke. Now studies show that secondhand smoke kills our pets, too. “Research has shown that animals who live with smokers have an increased chance of developing diseases including lymphoma in cats and nasal and lung cancer in dogs,” said Meghan Scheibe from The Animal Foundation in Las Vegas. “We encourage smokers to be responsible pet owners and consider the health of their furry friends before lighting a cigarette,” said Ms. Scheibe. “Animals are particularly susceptible to the dangers of passive smoking due to the fact that they constantly lick their fur, which holds the residue of nicotine and tar,” said a spokesperson for a veterinary surgery quoted in Pet Business World. “This is especially true of cats, who are more likely to groom themselves. As a result, cats in a smoking household are 2.5 times more likely to develop cancer, specifically lymphoma, than a cat who is not exposed to smoke.”

Tobacco Free Utah said that animals are also at risk when they ingest cigarette butts that contain toxins. Digestion of as few as 1 to 5 butts can result in salivation, diarrhea, vomiting, cardiac abnormalities and even death. Malcolm Ahlo of the Southern Nevada Health District’s Tobacco Control Program says, “We need to start treating our pets as part of our family by not smoking cigarettes including e-cigarettes around them.” The good news is when smokers become aware that secondhand smoke harms their pets they want to quit. Get help at the Nevada Tobacco Users Helpline at 1-800-QUITNOW (1-800-784-8669) or the American Lung Association in Nevada at 702-431-6348.

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Zoonotic Diseases Diseases that can affect you and your pet By Dr. Matthew Brooks, MS, DVM

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A zoonotic disease is a disease that can be passed from animals to humans. Actually, there are many of these diseases. The following article will discuss some of the more prevalent diseases that I see in our practice and some of the methods to protect your family. The website www.cdc.gov is a great resource for finding the most up-to-date information regarding the risks and prevalence of these diseases.

GIARDIASIS

One of the most diagnosed parasites in our practice. Recent analysis of our fecal samples show that 5% of our fecal sample are positive for this parasite. Caused by the parasite Giardia, giardiasis is the most frequent cause of nonbacterial diarrhea in North America and the most commonly diagnosed intestinal parasite in humans. It is transmitted most frequently through contaminated water. The most common sign of giardiasis in dogs is diarrhea, which can be acute, chronic, or intermittent. There are different species of giardia and some are unlikely infectious to humans. Nevertheless, proper hygiene and routine fecal examinations will provide adequate control for this parasite.

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Organisms Transmission of antibiotic resistant infections between pets and humans are uncertain. It is certainly plausible and it is important to take proper precautions. Our practice does diagnose certain methacillin resistant staph species (not necessarily staph aureus). Transmission can occur with general contact, scratches or bites. Humans and pets have staph type organisms on their body at all times but the drug resistant versions can be transmitted typically through a cut or scrape and appears in the form of a skin or soft tissue infection. The large amount of medical and veterinary use of antibiotics is the driving force behind the resistant bacteria. Please 14

follow all labeled instructions by your veterinarian to help slow the progression of resistant organisms.

Toxocariasis (Roundworm) Adult roundworms are an intestinal parasite that resemble strands of spaghetti when they are passed into the feces. Although an infected animal will shed the non-visible eggs in the feces which are infectious to humans. This is why picking up pet waste promptly is vital. Roundworms can cause vomiting or diarrhea. Children are more prone to contract roundworm as they are more likely to touch infected dirt or sand and then put their hands into their mouths. Children should wash hands thoroughly after playing in areas where pet waste may have been deposited. In rare cases, roundworm infection can cause an eye disease that can lead to blindness; such infections can be more serious in children than adults. Gardeners should wear gloves and wash hands after working outside.

Ringworm Ringworm is not a worm, but a skin and scalp disease caused by fungus. Ringworm usually makes a bald patch of scaly skin or a ring-shaped rash that is reddish and may be itchy. The rash can be dry and scaly or wet and crusty. Ringworm is transmitted by direct contact with an infected animal’s skin or hair. Dogs, especially puppies, can pass ringworm to people, so preventative care by your veterinarian is important. If you see any of these lesions please contact your physician.

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Cat Scratch Disease

Cat scratch disease (CSD) is a bacterial disease caused by Bartonella henselae. Approximately 90% of CSD patients have a history of cat contact. Symptoms include: swollen lymph nodes, especially those around the head, neck, and upper limbs; fever; headache; fatigue; and a poor appetite. Kittens are more likely to be infected and to pass the bacterium to people. About 40% of cats carry the bacteria at some point in their lives although they do not show any signs of the illness, so you cannot tell which cats may spread the disease. To prevent CSD, avoid “rough play” with cats, especially kittens; this includes any activity that may lead to cat scratches and bites. Wash cat bites and scratches immediately and thoroughly with soap and water. Do not allow cats to lick open wounds. Contact your physician right away if you develop pronounced swelling and an infection with pus where you were scratched or bitten by a cat.

Toxoplasmosis Approximately 30 to 40% of the world’s adults have been infected with the parasite Toxoplasma gondii. Cats can shed the parasite in their feces; however, the cysts do not become infectious for 1 - 5 days after being passed, which is why daily cat box cleaning is recommended. Common everyday contact with a cat is not a risk factor.


Eating raw or undercooked meat containing the parasite is the most common way humans contract toxoplasmosis. Most people who get toxoplasmosis do not get sick, but some people will get swollen glands, muscle aches, and feel as though they have the “flu.” This zoonosis can be of concern to pregnant women as it can cause birth defects or miscarriage. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, have another person clean out the litter box every day and try to keep your cats indoors so they cannot eat infected rodents. Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with cat waste and after gardening, as the parasite can be deposited in the soil. Avoid undercooked meat, as it can harbor the parasite, and do not feed undercooked meat to your cat.

Prevention of Zoonotic Disease One of the best ways to prevent zoonotic diseases is to promptly clean up pet waste. Wash your hands thoroughly with hot, soapy water after playing with your dog or handling its waste.

If you have any questions about these diseases or concerns about your pet’s health, please consult your veterinarian. If you have concerns about your health, please seek medical attention from your health care provider. Take your dog to your veterinarian for regular check-ups (at least once per year), and if your dog exhibits any of the symptoms of these diseases. In the vast majority of cases, these diseases are treatable. While the risk of contracting any of these illnesses is low, the website www.cdc.gov is a great resource for finding the most up-to-date information regarding the risks and prevalence of these diseases. Note that many of these infections are the result of eating undercooked meat, fish and poultry, or involve exotic animals and travel. The author would like to thank the CDC, OVMA, and the USDA for their input. Town Center Animal Hospital 3565 S. Town Center Dr., LV, NV 89135 www.towncentervet.com

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CLICKER TRAINING Makes learning FUN for the animal and the trainer too! – By Veronica Selco –

CLICKER TRAINING uses positive reinforcement paired with a “click” to teach your dog a new behavior. The “click” is a distinct marker that is nonverbal, consistent and clear. By eliminating the need for your dog to have to interpret verbal information which can also communicate your frustration, disapproval or stress, your dog can quickly earn a reward when she offers the behavior you want. You can use clicker training for teaching your dog tricks, life skills, service dog tasks or whatever behavior you want by precisely marking the desired behavior with a “click” then quickly offering a valuable reward. A reward can be a game of tug, playing with a ball or preferably a quick food reward. A “click” is neutral and is proven to contribute to faster and more reliable learning compared to using a verbal marker such as “yes” or “good”. Courtesy of Go Dog Photo

When you clicker train your dog you are setting the stage for a lifelong relationship of trust, fun learning and clear communication of the behavior you want from your dog. Your dog will learn that when she’s right she get’s a “click” and no click means she has another opportunity to try again.

How To Get Started There are a few skills you can practice on your own before you start to train your dog. You can purchase a clicker at your local pet store. A clicker is a small plastic box with a metal insert that makes a “click” sound when you press it.

There is no need for force or punishment and there is no need to tell your dog that she is wrong. Using punishment will interfere and slow down your dog’s learning, discourage her from trying again and provide inconsistent results.

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Set up a cup on counter or chair a few feet away from you.

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Have treats cut up in small pea sized pieces. Decide whether you will hold treats in your hand or have them in a pouch around your waist. Treats should be on side or back or in a position where it does not distract dog.

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Stand or sit in neutral position, now find a comfortable way to hold clicker in your hand and find comfortable position for that hand/arm.

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Practice “clicking” and delivering treat to cup until you find a “rhythm” that feels right. Treat hand should remain still until after the click.

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Now again, in neutral and stable position practice this: Click, Pause, Extend treat hand and Deliver Treat to cup.

Now bring out your dog! Remember to click your dog while behavior is occurring not after.

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You can also use clicker training with people and various other pets and aquarium and zoo animals too!

Why Positive Reinforcement?

If you would like a relationship of cooperation where your dog learns quickly and is eager to learn consider clicker training! For more information on clicker training go to www. clickertraining.com.

Make learning fun for your dog with a high rate of reinforcement. A general guideline for reinforcing your dog’s behavior is 10 to 15 times per minute.


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Alexa and I want all of you to have lots of summer fun. Please remember that it is very hot for your furry friends. Here are some great tips to keep us safe and cool!

Summer Pet Safety Tips 1 Always bring water with you when you are walking your pet – we get thirsty too. We need extra water in the summer just like you. 2 Pavement and concrete get very hot and can burn our paws. If it’s too hot for your feet then it’s too hot for our paws. Take us for walks in the early morning or late evening. 3 Please don’t ever leave us alone in a car even for a few minutes. It will get too hot for us in a very short time. 4 We like to have summer fun too. We love playing in a pool in a shaded area. It helps keep us cool in the heat plus we can have lots of fun together. Your nd, frie

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5 Brushing us helps keep the extra fur off of us and keeps us cooler. We love the extra attention from you too. Harley wants all kids to be advocates for animals – please help keep us safe.


Summer Time Reading and Pets Otto, Wirehaired Fox Terrier, Dillon, and Laura are enjoying their story time with the book, The Very Busy Vizzi, by Gayle Clinker, local author. Otto loves the extra attention he is getting from his cousins, Dillon and Laura, and they love spending time with him. He is a very attentive listener and appreciates his story time. Laura is learning to read with help from her brother and encouragement from Otto. One of the benefits of reading to pets is that from the child’s point of view it is about the pet. Dogs are non-judgemental listeners who allow children to read at their own pace. Although children are reading for pleasure they are making real progress in reading.

This is a book about a little Yorkshire Terrier named Vizzi and takes us through her daily activities plus extra trips to the vet or groomer. It is intended for children of three to six years and features a vocabulary section for additional learning.

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TRAINI NG

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CAT

– or CAN Your Cat Be Trained? We love our cats. We love their characteristics; they’re aloof and independent. They do not seem to have a strong desire to please us. We often joke about our cats – when we want to play with them they ignore us; when we’re too busy to play with them they pester us.

Cats like words of praise from us. In a soft gentle, affectionate, resonant, almost humming voice say “What a good kitty you are!” Some cats also respond to cat treats as rewards. Cats need play and stimulation. Kittens need play sessions several times a day; an adult cat needs to play about once a day because by nature they are hunters. Their predatory urges must be satisfied.

John Bradshaw in his book, Cat Sense, describes the dual nature of cats very well: Cats somehow manage to be simultaneously affectionate and self reliant. Compared to dogs, cats are lowmaintenance pets. They do not need training. They groom themselves. They can be left alone all day without pining for their owners as many dogs do… in a word, they are convenient. Perhaps though they are too convenient? Maybe their needs are not being met. Bradshaw also states that cats could live much happier lives if their owners understood more about what makes their cat tick. Could it be that our cats want us to train them? Gregory Popovich in his book, You CAN Train Your Cat, shares his secrets and practical ideas with us. The number one rule is to understand is that you can only train a cat to do a trick if it involves a behavior it naturally exhibits. Is your cat a climber, or a retriever, or a jumper, or a between-the- legs walker? Observe your cat; get to really know your cat. Design games that are based around their habits so it fun and rewarding for both of you.

www.aspca.org

Articles: Training Your Cat; Teaching Your Cat to Walk on a Leash

Also it is important to use positive reinforcement – no punishment! Punishment creates stress and that is the most common causes for problem behavior in cats. Stress also compromises the immune system, making your cat more vulnerable to disease. It’s much easier to train your cat when you reward behaviors you want and offer him more attractive alternatives for behaviors you don’t want. Clicker Training also works for cats – see article on page 18.

For many of us it is a major change in our thoughts about cats to realize that they CAN be trained. Perhaps your cat wants to be trained; perhaps your cat is looking for opportunities to show off for you.

Further Reading CAT SENSE

How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet By John Bradshaw

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Article: Training Your Cat with Positive Reinforcement

You CAN Train Your Cat

Secrets of a Master Cat Trainer By Gregory Popovich, Comedy Pet Theater

Teaching Your Cat to Walk on a Leash Walking on a harness and leash is a great way for Solomon to enjoy the outdoors while staying safe. A few important tips: Always put the harness on away from the door and carry your cat outside. Otherwise they might try to dash out between walks without the harness on. Set up a regular walking schedule – your cat won’t pester as much to go outside. Reward positive behavior – ignore your cat if they are crying or pestering to go outside. Wait until they are quiet. Then you can reward his good behavior with a walk. 22

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Pets For Life Jesus and his dog Lobo with our Clinic staff. Lobo was one of the first dogs served through Pets For Life Program.

In November, The Animal Foundation was selected by The Humane Society of the United States and PetSmart Charities as a recipient of a Pets For Life grant.

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The Pets For Life program is a community outreach initiative that strives to reach the pets and their families who live in underserved communities. The program uses an innovative grassroots approach to help organizations serve communities that lack access to veterinary care, pet care information, and other

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Building humane communities by helping animals and the people who love them!

resources and pet-related services. The program provides pet-related services – food, sterilization, vaccination and more – to people who care very much about their pets but who lack resources and access to services.

The Animal Foundation says there is a very strong chance that they will receive funding to continue to the program into 2015 and beyond.

Initially The Animal Foundation conducted a Las Vegas community assessment. The assessment showed that the neighborhoods from which we receive the highest number of lost, unwanted and abandoned pets are also the neighborhoods that

Working to build the trust of the people living in the targeted neighborhoods is an ongoing challenge. The Animal Foundation is seeking volunteers who are interested in making a difference to help with the Pets For Life program. Interested volunteers will attend a comprehensive training program. The training teaches basic

struggle the most with economic and social issues. The program is a based on developing relationships with the people in the communities identified in the assessment.

pet handling and medical care. Volunteers will be taught techniques for approaching members of the community in a positive and effective way.

Tara Cooley, program coordinator, and volunteers visit the people, get to know them, establish trust, and share about Pets For Life -- the results are amazing! Pets For Life will keep thousands of pets from entering the shelter.

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If you are interested in volunteering or donating supplies to support the program, please contact Tara Cooley at (702) 701-0738.


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Discover Horses This Summer

National non-profit invites local residents to take part in Time to Ride, a 100-Day Challenge to introduce new people to horses

Las Vegas -- Horses4Heroes, one of the most successful equestrian service groups for local heroes and their families, is inviting all Las Vegas residents, visitors and guests to take part in the American Horse Council’s Time to Ride 100-Day Challenge this summer. Specifically, visit the Horses4Heroes Community Equestrian Center at Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs or a participating Las Vegas affiliate between June 1 and September 7, during specific hours and you will be introduced to a horse or invited to ride or take a wagon ride. All who redeem their ride passes, coupons or participate will be entered to win a collectible statue from the Trail of Painted Ponies Patriotic Collection. A drawing will be held each month. “By participating in the American Horse Council’s Time to Ride, Horses4Heroes now has an opportunity to show the country what we do best, introduce new people to horses, horsemanship and horseback riding,” said Sydney Knott, president/CEO, Horses4Heroes. “Programs like our Operation Free Ride are opening the wonderful world of horses to men, women and their children who have sacrificed on our behalf. With thousands of troops returning home, programs like Operation Free Ride are important to PTSD sufferers, Wounded Warriors, caregivers and their families,” Knott added. More than 5000 have discovered horses through Operation Free Ride. Horses4Heroes is based in Las Vegas and its national headquarters is located at Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs. The organization offers affordable, sometimes free, programs and activities, for all ages and all riding levels. For more information, visit www.theranchlasvegas.com or call 702.885.1943.

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BIRD CAGE SELECTION

Things You Need To Consider In Your Décor By Gail Mayhugh

For those of us who have birds or if you are considering adding one to your family, there are special things you need to consider in your décor – what kind of cage, flooring, wall finish and placement of the cage in your home.

How about a different style or shape? There are plenty of options out there that are made for corners, look like houses, round and even themed to your décor. I just love the pagoda and arched cages from www.drsfostersmith.com.

In selecting your cage, the first and most important consideration is the proper size you’ll need for your feathered friend. Birds require spacious cages for both their physical and psychological health. There needs to be enough room for small, flighted birds to fly around and room for larger birds to flap their wings and like my Cockatoo, perform gymnastics and stunts. You also have to consider the length of their tails. They should never be touching the bottom of the cage. When looking for a cage purchase the largest cage you can afford and your home can accommodate so they have plenty of room to move around and play. Think if you had to live in one room for the rest of your life. How large would you want it? I know that the size of your home and where you are going to place the cage are factors, but please consider your bird’s comfort and well being first. Safety is another important consideration. Look at the bar spacing to make sure there enough room for bowls, perches and toys. Before purchasing your cage, you’ll also need to do a little research about the personality and habits of the type of bird you’re bringing home. Having a Love Bird is much different than a Blue & Gold McCaw. Why does their personality matter? If your bird is mechanically inclined or an escape-artist, like a Cockatoo, you’ll need more security features. For birds that love to climb, you’ll need a cage with lots of horizontal bars. With size and safety covered, let’s look at the décor decisions you’ll need to make. Cages come in a variety of metal finishes that will work with your décor. Some manufacturers will even custom color your cage so there is no need to paint a cage yourself to match your décor. It’s impossible to guarantee that any paint you purchase is absolutely safe around birds. Want your cage to be part of your furniture? Check out the beautiful fine wood furniture cages from www.avianaccents.com.

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Birds can be messy so you need to make a few other decorating decisions beyond the style of your cage, such as, flooring, wall finish and placement. It really goes without saying that hard surface floors are best, but if that’s not an option and Petey’s cage will be on carpet, consider buying a large plastic chair mat for under his cage. It makes it easier to roll the cage around so you can properly clean underneath and around it. Another option is a clear vinyl shower curtain. They’re inexpensive and can be thrown in your washing machine. You could build a wood platform tray to place the cage on. If you’re placing the cage against a wall the finish is very important. You’ll want a good scrubbable paint for those birds that are tossers. I don’t care for semi-gloss paint anywhere else in the house, but your bird wall is the place for it. KiKi, my Blue & Gold, somehow seems to get her bananas all over the wall. So along with semi-gloss paint, I’ve also tacked up a sheet of clear vinyl. You can’t see it and I’m able to brush off her mess, wipe it down and replace it every couple months. Lastly, where are you going to place their cage? Of course, watch for drafts, but more importantly, are they chewers? My Cockatoo loves to make chew toys out of anything within her reach. One day she grabbed the cord on my blind and pulled part of the blind into her cage. I’m sure she worked all day stretching her foot out as far as she could to grab the cord. I was not a happy Momma when I got home. But then again she is a Cockatoo and they are mischievous little ones. So consider anything within their reach as chew toys, whether they are in or out of their cage. Birds can be wonderful family members, many of which will grow old with you. So take a little extra time in making the right decorating choices for you and them to live happily ever after.

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Jane & Marsden are four year old bonded Dutch lion head mixed rabbits from the NSPCA. They come spayed/ neutered & micro-chipped. They loving hanging out and eating hay all day! Sequin is a 1-½ year old guinea pig. She is a tiny little girl that is learning to come out of her shell and would love to have someone to snuggle. She comes spayed and micro-chipped. 

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Barney is a sweet, tender 6-year-old boy. His owner was deployed to Afghanistan. He is completely healed from an ACL tear but does suffer from arthritis and requires an Adequan Injection (a joint supplement) once a month to assist with healing ($50 per month). Please consider opening your heart and home to Barney. There is no adoption fee but a donation would be appreciated. 

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Like most dachshunds, Elvis loves to burrow and cuddle... such a loving boy! Elvis is an 8 year-old piebald who plays fetch like a champ & loves to go on walks. He prefers to have you all to himself and wonders if you feel the same way about him! 

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Bacchus is a 6 yr old tricolor male beagle. He is a friendly sweet guy who gets along with other dogs (&cats) and people and likes older considerate kids. He does get separation anxiety so someone that is around more would be best. Please fill out application online or call. 

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Kiri is a cuddly cutie pie! She also loves to be held and will come sit with her person. She has to supervise when the litter box is being cleaned and knows the sounds of the can of cat food as it come into the room. 

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Fresh Water

By Shannon Turpin

On a hot summer day, what could be more relaxing than sitting in a cool room, gazing into a sparkling fish-filled aquarium? Having an aquarium is a great way to enjoy nature in the comfort of your own home when it’s too hot to enjoy it outside. Watching your fish interact and observing what life is like under the sea is both relaxing and educational. If you have ever considered setting up an aquarium, you may have been overwhelmed with all of the different types of aquariums there are. For fresh water fish, there are cold water tanks and warm water tanks. Another option is a salt water tank, which is a little more expensive to set up. Salt water fish generally cost a little more to purchase, but tend to be more colorful and larger than most fresh water fish. It really comes down to your own personal preference, given your budget and what you find desirable in an aquarium. For this article let’s look at two types of fresh water aquariums: the cold water aquarium, and the warm water “tropical” aquarium. When considering a cold water aquarium, one of the first fish that comes to mind is the Goldfish.

Although they are the most commonly recognized species of coldwater fish, there are also several species of Barbs, Tetras and Danios that can tolerate aquarium temperatures in the low 60’s. Guppies, Loaches, and White Clouds can also be considered for a cold water tank. Although some of the cold water fish may not be as brightly colored as tropical fish, it does eliminate the need for a heater. It is important to remember that cold water fish require more space than tropical fish and can get quite large. A Goldfish, for example, can actually reach 12 inches in length if properly cared for. While you may not have as many fish in a cold water tank, you will ultimately have large ones. To be fair to them, you may need to move them to a larger tank in the future. If you want a broader spectrum of fish to choose from and don’t mind the expense of an aquarium heater (about $25 - $40), then you might consider a tropical aquarium. In a warm water tank, you will be able to keep more fish per gallon than a cold water aquarium and will have many more species of fish to choose from. While some of the most popular fish found in tropical tanks include Angelfish, Gouramies, Tetras and Hatchetfish, you will have over a hundred different species to consider! You are sure to find a selection of fish that are intriguing to watch and pleasing to the eye. When deciding on which species to buy, make sure that they will be compatible with each other. It is also a good idea to choose fish that will occupy different levels in your aquarium. Some fish species will naturally gravitate to the surface area, while

other species will prefer the middle section. Having a few bottom feeders, like a Corydoras catfish, is always an interesting entertainment feature and can be very helpful in tidying up the leftovers that sink to the bottom. Both types of fresh water aquariums require basically the same equipment (except for the heater) and they each have their pros and cons. If you are considering setting up your own aquarium, take time to do some research. Visit a local aquarium dealer or talk with an experienced aquarium hobbyist and ask questions. Look at the variety of fish available for each type of tank and decide which one you find preferable.

With patience and good care, your new aquarium will provide you with years of enjoyment.

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Pets Remembered In Loving Memory Of

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Boss 2007 - 2014

Trouble 2002 - 2014 Wonderful companion protector. He was inseparable from pug pal Frisky for ten years and then Mischief befriended him. Even after diabetes and complete blindness, his disposition was still sunny and playful, adapting to any curve life threw. I learned so much from this smart, loving, adorable friend. A tumor took him. Hope his silly pictures made people smile over the years… we will miss him ALWAYS. Thanks Dr. Brooks/staff at TCAH for compassionate care. 

I was not prepared to say goodbye. Boss was an extraordinary animal who touched so many lives, not only mine. Boss was my diabetic medical alert dog (which he took very seriously) and he was always bringing smiles to children and comforting people in the hospital. Boss, your daddy & I (and grandma) will forever love and miss you. Also, I want to express my deepest gratitude to Dr. Aaron Bivens, along with the staff at Grand Montecito Animal Hospital, who took such amazing care of Boss, and a truly remarkable insurance company, Trupanion - you were there for us. 

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What Will Happen To Them When You Are Gone?

Selecting Your Replacement In our two previous issues we touched on important items that you can do immediately to protect your pet plus some legal and financial considerations. However, one of the most important pieces of the puzzle is selecting the person who could become your replacement.

You want to find a person who will be able to offer your pet a lifestyle that is as close to yours as possible. You also need to consider how capable the person is of being a permanent parent for your pet. Will they have the patience and compassion to bond with your pet? Do they have the financial resources to support your pet as they age?

Take a few moments to use your imagination. Imagine you just got the assignment of a lifetime – you’re Many people realize after they’ve reviewed their list ecstatic! Then you realize that you need to be away of family and friends that no one would really be a from home and your pets for a year. Okay, now you’re suitable permanent replacement for them. Some other probably saying to yourself, “No way that is happening.” options that are becoming popular are planned giving However, for this exercise saying “no” is not an option. arrangements with humane shelters in exchange Assume you’ve done your research for lifetime care of a pet, and all the paperwork, legal issues, veterinary school care options, Over 500,000 pets are and financial details are in order. and pet retirement homes and There is only one item left on your sanctuaries. orphaned each year due to list of things to do – find the right death or disability of their Planning for your pet’s future person or organization to be there if you are no longer here for your pet in your absence. human companion. An is important. Start now to estimated 100,000 to 500,000 put together a plan, do your A few issues to consider before selecting a replacement: homework, and see your pets are sent to shelters each Where will your pet live? If your attorney to put the legal and year after their owners die or financial details in place. pet is used to living indoors you need to ask if your pet will be become incapacitated. allowed to live indoors. Where will your pet sleep? This is important Please visit our website at if your pet is used to sleeping in your bed. Does your replacement have other pets? How difficult will it be www.lvpetscene.com (click on Planning For Your Pets tab) for the previous articles in this series. for your pet to adjust to having other pets around?

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UPCOMING EVENTS JULY

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 21 YAPPY HOUR… THE DOGGY HAPPY HOUR!

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There are not as many pet events happening during the heat of the summer. Please be sure to pick up our September/October Issue because many fun pet events are already being planned for September and October. Keep cool and stay safe!

FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS – GARAGE SALE!

9am – 2pm • 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

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