Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine – July/August 2016

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Summer is officially here!

Though in Las Vegas summer has its own schedule and summer weather arrives well before June 20. It is always a challenge to stay cool – for many people one choice is hibernation with the A/C and fans running. Other people enjoy the outdoor opportunities that summer brings: picnics & barbeques, fresh veggies & salads, lemonade & iced tea, pool parties & lake activities. Whether we stay indoors or venture outdoors our pets appreciate spending extra time with us. We’ve included a few articles about fun indoor games and boredom busters to share a few ideas about summer fun and pets. What are some ways that you and your pets are spending your summer? Please share them with us on our facebook page – we’d love to see some photos also! J A few reminders – it’s just too hot for pet events so the Events Calendar isn’t as busy as in the fall. Pets still find their way into shelters and adoption work continues even in the summer. Your continued support is appreciated! We need to take special care of our pets in the hot summer heat and share that message with other people.

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– is your dog invited to the party? Just a short drive away, Zion National Park has one trail, the Pa’rus trail that is open to dogs.

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. Around the nation, this centennial event will be celebrated through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs - all of which are designed to encourage YOU to explore and experience our country’s unique treasures. This centennial got us thinking about the history of dogs and the National Park Service. Often, our four-legged friends go exploring with us - but our National Parks, Recreation Areas, and Monuments have strict regulations about dogs. Has this always been the case? Or is it just a sign of the times and a response to owners not cleaning up after their pet? We set off to answer these questions. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the “Organic Act” which created the National Park Service and protected the original 35 parks that were under the management of the Department of the Interior. The purpose was “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide the enjoyment of the same in such a manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” Over the years to follow, new areas were added and now the National Park System comprises more than 400 units covering more than 84 million acres across all 50 states.

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In the early 1900’s the Forest Service and Park Service used trained hounds to hunt and kill mountain lions in what was then the Grand Canyon Game Preserve. Now known as the Grand Canyon National Park, predators are protected and it’s recognized that mountain lions can help keep deer and elk populations under control, so this practice no longer occurs. Another well-known dog use to roam the deserts of Arizona and Nevada during the construction of Hoover Dam and became known as the Hoover Dam Mascot. With his rough black hair and big paws that he never grew into, the mascot would ride from Boulder City to the dam site daily with workers. He chased away wildlife that were brave enough to venture onto the job site and rode in the open-air elevator to inspect the grounds. Today, a plaque dedicated to him can be found just across from the escalator leading to the new Tour Center at Hoover Dam at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

For many of these parks, dogs are and have been an integral part of their history. For example, for nearly it’s entire history, Denali National Park and Preserve has had a team of canine rangers. The dogs help protect wildlife, scenery, and wilderness within the park and are an important part to both the Native Alaskan and pioneer history of the park. Visiting the park today, you can visit the sled dogs and their kennels. If you can’t make it all the way up to Alaska, the park hosts a “Puppy Cam” to show off its youngest rangers. Film transparency of “Nig” the dog, Hoover Dam, circa 1935. Manis Photo Collection 0100 3320. UNLV Libraries Special Collections. 8

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If dogs were such a critical component of the early years in parks, how did we get to where we are now? The Leopold Report, officially known as Wildlife Management in National Parks, is a 1963 paper that set ecosystem management recommendations. This report became the first set of unified principles for the Department of Interior and it proved to be an influential document for future preservation mandates. Dogs are not specifically mentioned in the report, but parks staff were able to enact guidelines to fulfill the preservation mandate and this often meant the prohibition of dogs. As parks cracked down on dogs, 36 CFR 2.15Pets was enacted to establish overarching regulations for dogs. The regulation prohibits dogs in public buildings, establishes a leash length of 6-feet, allows the impoundment of dogs running-at-large, and more. A general rule of thumb for dogs in our National Parks is dogs on leash and not on trails but several parks have exceptions to this rule – some more stringent, some more lax. The question posed to users and park officials is “what impact does a dog have on the park?” Scientific journals have reported cases where off-leash pets in Colorado have driven deer and bobcats away from popular hiking trails (Natural Areas Journal, 2008). A 2010 article in Biology Letters showed that the presence of dogs reduced bird diversity by 35% and overall bird abundance by 41%. In a recent study comparing a person walking alone versus with a dog on and off trail – it was determined that how a species reacts really depends on the species (Miller et. al, Wildlife Society Bulletin, 2001). For the American Robin, a person walking alone or with a dog impacted them equally - while for the mule deer, the presence of a dog had more of an impact. For all species observed, there was less of an impact if a person and/ or dog stayed on the trail versus venturing off trail. Understanding impacts and balancing them with the intent and purpose of the parks is a complicated issue and has raised controversy. The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is ground zero for the debate. Currently, dogs are allowed off-leash in many of the park areas. However, the National Park Service proposed a new plan in 2011 that would mandate leashes and exclude dogs from some areas. Dog owners complained that the proposed plan is an attempt to push dogs completely out of the park, but nature lovers say the new rules are necessary to protect the 36 rare and endangered species that are found there. It’s been five years since the plan was proposed and the debate hasn’t settled.

Hiking on Zion’s Pa’rus trail

Lake Mead Recreation area provides recreation for dogs both on its trails and in the lake itself. Several parks around the country do offer extensive opportunities to recreate with your pup. Acadia National Park in Maine offers miles of carriage roads open to you and your dog. These roads were originally created at the request of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. who directed the construction of wide, motorfree carriage roads that twisted through the mountains. At the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, there are 500 miles of trail to explore and your dog is welcome on all but about 20 miles. At Grand Canyon National Park, you can enjoy the beautiful views and get exercise with your pup by hiking all the trails above the rim, Mather Campground, Desert View Campground, and more. In our backyard, the National Park Service manages Lake Mead National Recreation Area, which allows dogs on leash throughout the over 2,000 square mile park. Just a drive away, the spectacular Zion National Park is much more limited in its invitation to dogs with just one trail, the Pa’rus trail open to our canine companions.

As the birthday of the National Park Service comes near, we’ve concluded that the answers to our original questions are not as cut and dry as we expected. There isn’t a regulation that says “No Dogs Allowed”, rather it has been a progression over the years to protect the parks. As we embark into the next century of public use in our parks, it’s up to us to collaborate with federal officials like the folks at Golden Gate Park and make our voices heard. It’s up to us to say if we are happy with designated trails, like the Pa’rus trail in Zion National Park, or if we want more. It’s also up to us to respect the natural and cultural sites by keeping our dogs on leash and cleaning up after our pets.

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ith temperatures soaring in Las Vegas, heat stroke is something pet owners should be aware of and take preventative measures to avoid. Heat stroke occurs when the body’s usual cooling mechanisms are exhausted, so the body temperature rises above normal. The normal body temperature of a dog is 100-102°F. Organ damage begins to occur over 104°F. Signs are more severe the higher the body temperature and the longer the animal remains overheated. Any organ system can be affected by these high temperatures, but the most common problems include kidney failure, clotting abnormalities, breathing problems, brain swelling, and GI tract damage. Unfortunately, severe cases of heat stroke can be fatal even with appropriate veterinary care. Causes of heat stroke include high environmental temperatures, lack of water, strenuous exercise, anxiety or seizures. Breeds at higher risk of heat stroke include brachycephalic breeds (short-noses), breeds with thick coats, and overweight pets. Prevention of heat stroke is extremely important. During warmer months, activity should be avoided, especially with pets that are at higher risks for developing heat stroke. Provide access to water and shade at all times. Do not leave any pet outside when it is extremely hot or humid. Never leave your pet in the car! Even in cooler weather, the temperature in a car can reach 100°F in 20 minutes and 115°F in an hour. If you are worried your pet is overheated, immediately move them to a cool location and stop any exercise. If they are having difficulty breathing, they should be evaluated by a veterinarian immediately.

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BEAT the summer boredom blues

Sometimes it seems like the hot summer days will never end. Being trapped beneath the cool air conditioning keeps us comfortable, but can get excessively boring for both people and pets. If you’re bored with constantly being indoors, chances are your pet is too. This may be the perfect time to try some new Indoor Games!


hoosing games that provide interesting and thought-provoking activities for your pet is beneficial to their overall mental and physical well-being. Engaging them in challenging games can help prevent behavior problems, reduce the risk of obesity, and help them avoid anxiety and stress. Some games and toys are not only fun, but also help your pet’s mind stay sharp and strong. The best part is, many such games can be played indoors and are easy to do with a few simple ideas and inexpensive toys. For starters, feeding our pets should be more of an adventure for them than just eating their food out of a bowl. Since dogs and cats are scavengers and hunters, we are literally taking the thrill out of the hunt when we dump their food into a bowl. They enjoy the hunt for food, not just the food itself. A great way to facilitate this need is to buy a food puzzle. Food puzzles are inexpensive and come in a variety of shapes and styles specifically designed for dogs or cats. It can be a great way to stimulate their problem-solving skills and help them fulfill their primal instincts to hunt and scavenge. They will enjoy the challenge of retrieving the treat and you will enjoy watching them try! Another stimulating activity for both dogs and cats is “Hide the Treat”. Simply take a few favorite pet snacks and place them in a bowl where your pet can see them. Then, take them out of the bowl and hide them throughout the house. This game will encourage their natural scavenging instincts and will give them a little exercise in the process. It is always much more exciting to find a treasure than to have it handed to you. 12

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If you’re looking for something a little more challenging for you and your pet to enjoy together, you might want to try “The Three Cup Game”. All you need are 3 small cups and an appetizing pet treat. Place the treat under one of the cups and see if your dog or cat will push the cup over to get it. After they have mastered that, start moving the cups around and see if they can still find it. While this game is typically more appealing to dogs, many cats enjoy it as well. (Of course, as with anything else, your cat will quickly let you know if he considers this game worthy of his participation.) When it comes to cats, it is sometimes the simplest things that keep them engaged and entertained. Cat toys can come in the form of boxes, paper bags, and balls. Simple toys like these are perfect for stimulating your feline’s natural desire to hide, stalk, and pounce. These are also great items to leave out for your cat when you’re away at work. Try switching out the items every couple of days and leave them in different rooms of the house. When you’re at home with your cat, see if you can interest them in a motorized mouse or a feather dancer toy. Try tossing a ping pong ball down the hall and see what happens. Anything that engages your cat’s predatory instincts is mentally and physically healthy for them.

For our canine friends, indoor entertainment might be easier than you think. Their desire to learn and accomplish tasks gives us a variety of fun activities to choose from, including teaching them new tricks. Try teaching your dog to retrieve your slippers or pick up his toys and put them in a basket. Or, teach your dog the names of his toys and have him retrieve the one you ask for. Maybe it’s time for him to learn how to turn on/off the lights or to retrieve his leash? There are so many possibilities and so many things that dogs enjoy learning. In addition to new tricks, your dog may also enjoy some new indoor games like “The Which Hand Game”. To play this game, simply place a treat in one of your hands and close your fists. Hold your fists in front of your dog and ask him which hand it’s in. If he nudges or paws at the correct hand, give him the treat. If he chooses incorrectly, try again while giving him lots of encouragement. It may take him a few tries to get the hang of it, but once he gets a few winning snacks under his belt he’s sure to improve.

Hide and Seek is another great game many dogs love to play. Start by telling your dog to sit and stay while you go find a hiding spot in the house. Once you’re hidden, call him to come find you. When he finds you (which hopefully he will), give him lots of enthusiastic praise and love. Your dog may insist on playing this game over and over again if you’re willing. J

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BOOK recommendation

THE HUMANE ECONOMY by Wayne Pacelle Wayne Pacelle is president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States. We love Jane Goodall’s brief description of the book as “Essential Reading” and echo her recommendation. For animal lovers who want to help create a more humane world for all animals it is an important book to read.

In the preface, Wayne, summarizes our relationship with animals: This is a remarkable era in history. Never has there been such widespread and determined concern for the welfare of animals. And yet, we humans mete out pain and toil on animals on a scale unseen, indeed unimagined, before. What’s the takeway from this contradiction? One word: hope. Throughout the book this contradiction is explored – how we help and how we hurt animals. Hope is the underlying theme as the economic benefits of becoming a more humane society are outlined. There has been a shift away from animal protection as a protest-only movement to a more cooperative effort. The cooperation of consumers, animal protection agencies and people, business and politicians is essential for us to become a more humane world. The role of the marketplace or economics is a key element in this movement. When it comes to the humane economy, making money AND doing good is precisely the point. If ideas about compassion are going to prevail, they must triumph in the marketplace. The book added a dimension and depth to our understanding of the scope of animal welfare and protection. It offered a “behind-the-scenes” experience of how change occurs. It gave us a greater awareness of the history of this movement, appreciation for the accomplishments and a better understanding of future challenges.

It covers a broad scope of animal protection issues: puppy mills, chickens and pigs in cages, entertainment, animal testing, wildlife management nationally and globally, and so much more. We asked Wayne what he felt was the most important “take away” idea that we could share with our readers. In summary he said that all of us are connected to the humane treatment of animals through the marketplace – our food choices, our cosmetics and clothing choices – are helping to shape the humane economy. It is crucial that we use the power of our personal spending to change how companies do business. Consumers change companies through conscious and conscientious choices! The book ends with a beautiful sharing of his hope for the future: In the fullness of time, we’ll become more alert to animals, more appreciative of their goodness and their beauty, and more grateful, as we should be, for how they fill the world with sounds, colors, and sights that enrich every one of us in more ways than we know. Looking through our highlighted, underlined and marked- up copy we realized how much we wanted to share with you. The best we can do is encourage you to get a copy and read it for yourself.

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By Nicole McDonagh, DVM Town Center Animal Hospital

Over the past 5 years it has been estimated that 24% to 35% of the pet population in the United States seen by veterinarians is overweight or obese.


rimary obesity is due to increased caloric intake or over feeding more than the body uses therefore increasing body fat. A common justification for over feeding is for one’s pet to have a higher quality of life, but in reality overweight and obese pets commonly have primary and secondary health issues that can lead to a decreased life span. Studies have shown that lean or optimal weight pets may live on average 1 to 2 years longer than overweight pets.


Obesity affects every part of the body and thus healthy body function. Grossly obese pets have increased frequency of traumatic and degenerative bone disorders. Overweight puppies are more likely to develop clinical signs of orthopedic disease during development and older pets having arthritis. Overweight pets have reduced activity, decreased heat tolerance, predisposing to heat stroke during hotter climates, and also can show visible signs of aging earlier than ideal weight animals. Other health problems commonly noted include congestive heart failure, respiratory issues, Diabetes Mellitus, and increased anesthetic risk during 18

elective or necessary surgical procedures. Overweight cats in particular that do not eat can be predisposed to liver disease known as hepatic lipidosis leading to liver failure.


Body weight alone does not indicate whether a pet’s weight is appropriate. Body condition scoring (BCS) is a useful tool that estimates an animal’s body fat content, taking into account the breed and frame size independent of body weight such as evaluating the ribs, vertebrae, waist, and hips. Clinicians frequently use the 5 or 9-point system (1/9 emaciated, 9/9 grossly obese). Ideal BCS is a 4 to 5/9 having ribs easily palpable, with minimal fat covering. The waist is easily observed behind ribs and when viewed from above, and an abdominal tuck is apparent when viewed from the side.


If your pet has a primary overweight problem not secondary to underlying disease/ metabolic condition your primary veterinarian will formulate a specific weight loss program. Components to a healthy weight loss program include changes in diet, using a feeding schedule, decreasing/eliminating treats, and routine exercise. Eliminating

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treats does not affect daily nutrition and decreases negative effects such as vomiting and diarrhea. Substituting in vegetables such at carrots, green beans, broccoli or squash are acceptable due to lower calorie content, and higher water and fiber content for digestion. Prescription diets are also available that can be prescribed by your veterinarian after your pet has had a full physical evaluation. Using a routine schedule such as feeding twice a day compared to leaving food out will allow the amount of food one’s pet is eating to be accurately monitored, and also allows for a routine bathroom schedule. Exercise such as daily walks and interactive toys at home can help eliminate extra weight. Pets should be started with frequent short 5-10 minute walks increasing the length of the walk/jog over time if not use to exercising. Swimming is also beneficial allowing use of all the muscles without the increased weight placing more pressure on the joints. Weight management is an important factor to your pet’s health and quality of life. Leaner pets are more active, play more and have less risk to the many secondary health issues that come with being overweight. Appropriate diet and weight management is key to ensuring that your pets have a prolonged happier and healthier life.

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– a clap of thunder or fireworks and our pets do the great disappearing and vanishing act. Some hide under beds, some cower in corners. Other common behaviors include panting, pacing and circling, excessive barking or whining, trembling, destructive behaviors, hiding or escaping, and sometimes inappropriate urinating and/or defecating.

It is helpful to understand how loud noises affect our furry friends.


e live in a noisy world! We, however, have learned to identify the noises in our environment and most of the times do not respond in fear – they’ve just become “white noise” in the background. Imagine though if you were bombarded with noises that you couldn’t identify? Dogs and cats do not know the source of the noises or if they’re safe or harmful. Dogs and cats hear at higher frequencies and greater distances than humans and what protected them in the “wild” can now be a source of great anxiety and stress. It is important to realize that the behaviors are a result of our pets trying to cope and deal with the stress caused by loud unknown noises. Anxiety and stress are not healthy for people or pets – it is important to do what we can to keep our pet’s anxiety levels low. Unfortunately our pet’s fearful behaviors often “generalize” and they start to react to every sudden or loud noise the same way as they do to thunder or fireworks. A large percentage of dogs with 22

noise anxiety also develop other panic disorders such as separation anxiety. A general pet behavior principle is to reward desired behaviors rather than reinforcing undesirable behaviors. This is especially important when dealing with noise anxiety. In our attempts to soothe and comfort our pets we sometimes add to their stress and reinforce their anxious behaviors. Instead we should try to act normally as if we don’t notice their fearfulness. Dogs and cats are very intuitive and will pick up on our anxiety. They can’t distinguish between our concerns for them and being scared for ourselves. They understand more from our actions than our words. Being calm around our anxious pets helps them remain calm. Redirecting or distracting your pet is one way to help them especially when they are just beginning to get anxious. Encouraging engagement in their favorite activity distracts them from behaving fearfully. Playing ball or fetch with them and rewarding them for paying attention helps associate the noise with “good things”. However, as soon as the fearful behaviors start we need to stop the process. Otherwise we start rewarding the fearful behaviors. The next best way to help your pet is to create a safe place for them. Try to locate a place that is noise-proof and provides a sense of safety. Consider providing

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buffering “white noise” by adding a fan, radio or TV to block out the scary sounds. Adding a bed and stress-release toys will add to their sense of safety and helps create a place they associate with safe things rather than frightening things. Chewing for dogs is a great stress-reliever and providing bones and chewy toys will help them. Cats tend to just hide in safe places and usually skip the distracting stage but providing stress-reducing toys such as scratchers placed in various areas will help them relieve their stress. If your pet exhibits signs of noise anxiety that seem to be getting worse or are already severe consult with your veterinarian or an animal-behavior specialist to design a program to help your pet deal with their anxiety issues.

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Finding Dory – Your child saw the movie, fell in love with Dory and now wants their very own Dory fish. This also happened in 2003 when the hit movie, Finding Nemo, came out and every child wanted their very own Nemo, or clownfish. Dory, as the cheerful fish with short-term memory loss is delightful. Dory as a pet fish is not a good idea for children or novice fish keepers. The “Dory” fish or Blue Tang is high maintenance; they’re reef fish and very delicate. Their habitat needs include a large tank, live coral, a filtration system and a pump. Also, Blue Tangs sell for approximately for $35 and higher. On their website Disney states that “Blue Tangs, like Dory, do not make good pets so instead choose appropriate aquacultured fish”. Go to their website to download resources about responsible fish ownership and a Finding Dory Activity Packet. On the plus side, the movie has increased interest in fish keeping as a hobby. Fish make excellent pets for children. A few “starter” fish that are good choices for children include: Platy, Swordtail, Guppy, Zebra and Leopard, and Tetras. Our personal favorite is the Betta Fish – they’re colorful, curious and playful. The movie has also provided opportunities to educate people about how to responsibly buy pet fish. Blue Tangs cannot be bred in captivity and are always captured from the wild. There is concern that Blue Tangs cannot endure increased demand. Additional Resource:


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Follow These Pet-Friendly Guidelines to create a fun, safe and positive work environment!


Being this is their home away from home, don’t forget their wants and needs. For water, a weighted bowl or even better an elevated bowl so there will be less spills if you hit it. Squeaky toys will not be a good idea, so instead have special crew bones and soft toys to keep them occupied and quiet so you and

open as they might feel more comfortable and safe in it. If you have to step out of your office, they can go inside and keep out of trouble. At my Mom’s assisted living community they have a house dog named Jose. Sometimes she just likes to take a little nap in her crate away from all of the good meaning petting hands. If they’re not used to crating, use a child-proof safety gate to block off your area when you have to go into a meeting or if your little one likes to wander a lot. One of my clients brought her pup to work, who was the sweetest Golden Retriever. But when we were in meetings she constantly had to lick my hands or legs, as well as nudging me to rub her ears. Now don’t get me wrong I loved her, but it was very distracting and honestly annoying after two hours. So please keep this in mind for your visiting clients or associates.


love working from home again so I can be around my girls, Matilda and Millie. Matilda likes to lay in the hall across my doorway and Millie is either under my desk or right behind my chair. Don’t worry I’ve not rolled over her yet. More and more we see employers welcoming pets into the office or having “Take Your Pet to Work Day.” The American Pet Products Association conducted a survey and found there was a decrease in employee stress levels and less absenteeism with having pets in the workplace. Employees were also willing to put in extra hours because they didn’t have to rush home to feed and walk their pets. But with all that said, pets in a work environment do present special work conditions. Not all pets get along and so it’s important to keep in mind the safety of the employees and their pets.

You might also want to consider some type of double door entrance or gate. Not everyone coming into your office may like pets or may even be afraid of them. My girlfriend is terrified of dogs as she was attacked by one.

The American Pet Products Association conducted a survey and found there was a decrease in employee stress levels and less absenteeism with having pets in the workplace. Walking a dog or playing with a cat gives an employee mini work breaks throughout the day that elevates brain power and stimulates creativity.

your co-workers are not interrupted when they are in a playing mood. So that they feel comfortable and safe, bring a bed or blanket for them to lay on. If your pet is crate trained buy one for your office. Leave it 26

Having one run up to someone who isn’t aware that a dog is present will create a tense environment. Have a professional sign made that you hang outside your front door letting them know you are a pet-friendly office. Put your office number on the sign to call if they

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would like someone to greet them at the door before entering. This will allow your employees to properly secure their pets before your guest comes in. It’s also important to keep your area neat and clean, don’t make this the responsibility of the cleaning people. Make sure you are considerate to people that may have allergies or are sensitive to pet scents. If you have a shedder bring a lint roller or a small dust buster. What also works extremely well are rubber gloves. These are the best in getting hair off rugs and upholstery. Matilda is a Sheltie and Millie a Border Collie, and rubber gloves are the only things that work like a charm. I use disposable ones, so one rub across my sofa, I turn the glove inside out and throw away. You’ll also want to have a pet emergency kit handy. It wouldn’t hurt for each employee who has a pet to have one in their area. The Humane Society has a list of the items you should include. We love our pets and being fortunate enough to be able to have them with us while we work is a privilege, not a right. So if you bring your pet to work, remember you need to be responsible for them at all times. Your little one must act appropriately, and consider your co-workers and those coming to your office. By considering these pet-friendly guidelines, your office can create a fun, safe and positive work environment for your employees and their beloved pets. Gail Mayhugh, the owner of GMJ Interior Design has been designing in Las Vegas for over 20 years. She also supports animal rescues and shelters through her non-profit, Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • July/August 2016


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Hey Kids! Springtime has long faded. You and your favorite pet-pal are outside but the temperature is over one-hundred degrees in the shade! Your pet is panting, staring at you, and waiting to be led back into the house! It’s definitely time for cool indoor activities you can both enjoy while maintaining your pal’s health.


You’ll all benefit from indoor aerobic games including “Fetch”, “Toy Tosses”, and “Follow the Leader”. If there are stairs in your home, it’s fun to watch your pet run up and down after toys. If not, a hallway works. Teach your dog to drop toys into a basket after fetching to get rid of tripping hazards. With cats, you’ll get more exercise since they let you clean up! To peak a pet’s interest, sit on the floor about 12 feet from another person and toss a toy back and forth. If no one else is available, just use a soft item against a wall. Cats enjoy chasing, but don’t expect them to bring toys back to you like playful pups! “Follow the Leader” trains animals to watch your lead. Stop and praise your animal when obedient. Pets will follow as you dance to music, too! Games like “Hide and Seek” allow animals to practice listening and smelling skills. Hide toys or treats like a treasure hunt. You can call out and be their “prize”, too!


Draw or Photograph your pet with favorite toys. Write a story starring your pet as the main character. Keep a journal with your pet’s accomplishments. Create a cartoon sequence with a humorous or surprise ending. Practice reading aloud to your pet! Make a pet fire escape plan.


We all like hugs! Whether quietly in a chair or rolling together on the floor, hugging your pet gives emotional health. Then, relax so you both cool and calm down after activities. Before bedtime snuggle with your pet; you will both sleep better and feel secure finding joy together this summer, indoors!

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GLAUCOMA It can take away a dog’s vision, but it doesn’t have to take away their happiness… or yours!


By Elizabeth Parker Having the opportunity to spend many years with golden retrievers, I realized their only “downfall” was what I refer to as the golden curse – they are prone to cancer. Sadly, each one I’ve had – regardless of the premium dog food that they ate, daily exercise and oodles of love – has succumbed to one form of this illness. A disease, however, that I knew nothing about was a not so deadly but a painful one that many dogs get called glaucoma. I was about to learn – and learn quickly.


hen I had adopted my newest golden, I noticed one of her eyes was cloudy.

I’d been suspicious that she was blind in that eye as her depth perception appeared off kilter, so I had it checked and her eye pressure was 35. Anything over 30 becomes increasingly painful. Still not understanding the severity of this disease, I brought her to an ophthalmologist who ran a series of tests and reported that she had advanced glaucoma and was blind in one eye. It was advised that the blind eye get enucleated. She still had vision in her “good” eye. We were given the option to try medication and eye drops first, which can sometimes help… and it did for a few months. All was well, and pressures were down. Then it happened. She took an hour nap one afternoon, and when she had awoken, both eyes had lost vision. Panicked, I brought her to the vet who explained that my dog had a spike. Glycerin was administered, and vision returned in that good eye. But we weren’t in the clear. Days later, she had another spike… and then another. Eye pressures were now both in the 50 rangeterribly painful, and the equivalent of a horrible migraine. The last spike left her completely blind, and after speaking to several veterinarians and begging them to reach deep into their bag 32

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of tricks, I was left with no other option; the eye needed to be removed, and vision couldn’t be restored in the other eye. I wondered if euthanasia was the best option for her, as I couldn’t stand to have her suffer. Doctors assured me, however, that once the eye is removed, the pain disappears, and blind dogs can live happy lives! I opted for the surgery and prayed. Would she live a happy life? The day after surgery, I picked her up at the hospital. The moment she “saw” me, she jumped up and gave me a big hug, wagged her tail and was back to being a cheerful dog. Minutes after arriving home with the “cone of shame” she maneuvered her way through the house. Three days later, she played with her toys. Were there a few bumps? Sure. And I’m sure there will be more, but each day brings confidence in her steps. For those who have a dog with this terrible disease, there is hope. Glaucoma can take away a dog’s vision, but it doesn’t have to take away their happiness… or yours! Elizabeth Parker – Author of Finally Home, Final Journey, My Dog Does That!, Bark Out Loud!, Paw Prints in the Sand,Paw Prints in the Sand: Mission Accomplished, Unwanted Dreams, Phobia, Evil’s Door and Faces of Deception.

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he bridle allows the rider to communicate with her horse through the reins, which attach to a bit usually constructed of metal. The bit fits in the gaps, known as the bars, on the sides of the horse’s mouth between his incisors and molars. The cheek pieces of most bridles are easily adjusted so the bit rests comfortably in the horse’s mouth. If the bit is placed too far back it will rub the corners of the mouth; if left too loose, it will bump the horse’s front teeth. Bits are designed to fit over the tongue and should provide enough room for the horse to easily swallow. Bits come in different sizes and must be the right width for your horse. A bit that is too wide will move from side to side; if too narrow, the bit will pinch. Most horses ridden English or younger Western horses in training are ridden in snaffle bits, which have straight mouthpieces. When the reins are pulled, the bit moves over the tongue until it is stopped by the corners of the horse’s mouth. There are several variations of the snaffle bit including some that are jointed 34

in the middle and designed to work like a nutcracker placing additional pressure on the horse’s tongue and lips. Western riders use what is known as a curb bit. These bits have long side pieces called shanks and the reins attach at the bottom of the shanks. Many curb bits also have a port, which is a raised u-shaped portion in the center of the bit. While a port does allow more room for the tongue, it puts pressure on the roof of the mouth when the reins are pulled. Western bits also have a curb strap or chain that fits under the chin. Curb bits can put enormous pressure on the horse’s tongue, bars, lower jar, and the roof of his mouth; however, Western horses are trained to neck rein, that is, move away from the pressure of the reins on the neck. You should ride in the simplest bit your horse will accept. In general, the thicker and smoother the mouthpiece, the softer it will be on the horse. If you notice your horse

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opening his mouth, tossing his head, and excessively chewing or salivating these are indications that the bit is irritating. A poorly fitting bit can even damage the mouth. There is a bit to suit every horse. Find a bit that is comfortable for your horse while giving you the control you need. Instead of resorting to a stronger bit, train your horse to respond to your cues. If you are consistent in training, your horse can learn to respond to even subtle shifts of your weight. As training progresses, you may want to change bits. When you try a different bit, ride in an arena or round pen until you see how your horse reacts. Give him some time to adjust.

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So many wonderful parrots needing great homes, and one of those homes could be yours! Southern Nevada Parrot Education, Rescue & Rehoming Society (SNPERRS) needs foster and adopters for wonderful parrots. If you are ready to welcome a displaced parrot into your heart and your home, please visit our web site. Y


Foreclosed Upon Pets Inc

(702) 272-0010 •

Piglets for Adoption

Sweet natured, healthy, happy, approx. 3 months old, neutered and shots. Windy’s does a home check and application plus semi-annual checkups the first two years. Y

WINDY’S RANCH & RESCUE Email for a visit:

Southern Nevada Parrot Education, Rescue & Rehoming Society

Benjamin is a cute 3-yr old donkey gelding who has been trained to pull a cart and is ready for his forever home! Experienced donkey handlers welcome to apply. Y

I’m Buddy, a 4 year old 22 lb. Terrier mix. I’m house broken, but may have accidents if you don’t have a doggy door. I do like to run for an open door, so will need supervision. I like cats and dogs and LOVE kids. I need a home where someone is home a lot. Y

Romeo is a 3-year old English bulldog/Boxer. He loves to cuddle, play with stuffed animals, ohhhh and he’s a great kisser! He’s very much in need of a family to call his own. Y


Local Equine Assistance Network Inquire at

FOSTERS NEEDED! Help a dog have a second chance. Apply online or text.


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upcoming TUESDAY, JULY 5

Vegas Valley Dog Obedience Club – Monthly Meeting

Events PET


7pm-8pm. Public is invited. Upcoming guest speakers & topics to be announced. For more information visit, Audi Las Vegas – 6335 W. Sahara Ave.

Paws on the Patio 6pm-9pm. Grab your furry friends and join us for fun, food and friends! Pets welcomed and enjoyed. Good fun and Great People! RSVP at: The Gramercy - 9205–9275 W Russell Rd.



monthly meeting with a focus on Avian education. Visitors and birds welcome. Henderson Convention Center – 200 Water St., Henderson.

7pm-8pm. Public is invited. Upcoming guest speakers & topics to be announced. For more information visit, Audi Las Vegas – 6335 W. Sahara Ave.

Las Vegas Bird Club Meeting 1pm-3pm. Join us for our


K9 Nose Work® Demonstration 7pm-8:30pm. This is a lecture

and demonstration only. Please leave your dogs at home. Learn about this fun activity and play the game with your companions at home. Please RSVP - Your $10 donation benefits HAVLV. Hearts Alive Village - 1750 S. Rainbow Blvd., #4.


Design & Dine Fundraiser for AHA 6:30pm-9pm. Please join

us for a night of painting, food, drink & fun, benefiting Animal Help Alliance! Please purchase your tickets ahead of time. Seating is limited.


Wags, Whiskers and Wine 5pm-8pm. This year will be bigger

Vegas Valley Dog Obedience Club – Monthly Meeting


Silverton’s One Drunk Puppy 6pm-9pm. Join us for an evening of World Class Wines, Silent Auction, DJ, Souvenir Wine Glass & Hors d’oevres in Veil Pavilion. Silent Auction to benefit The Animal Foundation. Silverton Casino - 3333 Blue Diamond Rd.


Las Vegas Bird Club Meeting 1pm-3pm. Join us for our monthly meeting with a focus on Avian education. Visitors and birds welcome. Henderson Convention Center – 200 Water St., Henderson.


Happy Hour Fundraiser at Blue Martini 5:30pm-8pm.

and better! Lots of great door prizes, basket raffles by Jolene and fantastic food prepared by Chef Joe. Tickets are $25 and available at Elks Lodge – 4100 W. Charleston Blvd.

4th Annual Fundraiser for Happy Home Animal Sanctuary. Entertainment, raffle prizes, and a silent auction. Purchase tickets at Blue Martini – 6593 Las Vegas Blvd. South.



Tortoise Group General Meeting 1pm-3pm. Meetings are

designed to interest both new and long-time tortoise custodians by providing demos, tips, giveaways, a Q&A time, speakers and tortoisey items for sale. Springs Preserve - 333 S. Valley View Blvd.

Tortoise Group General Meeting 1pm-3pm. Meetings are designed to interest both new and long-time tortoise custodians by providing demos, tips, giveaways, a Q&A time, speakers and tortoisey items for sale. Springs Preserve - 333 S. Valley View Blvd.

Visit our website for event flyers, more events, updates and information:


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Happy Home Animal Sanctuary Presents our 4th Annual

Happy Hour Fundraiser at Blue Martini Friday August 19 5:30pm till 8:00pm

BLUE MARTINI at Town Square Las Vegas

Ticket Price: $18 per person in advance or $25 per person day of event


A COMPLIMENTARY DRINK TICKET (Martinis include Cosmo, Lemondrop, Apple, Chocolate & Blue Martini)


To purchase tickets online visit:

ENTERTAINMENT v SILENT AUCTION v RAFFLE PRIZES Happy Home Animal Sanctuary is a No-Kill, No-Cage Animal Sanctuary. 501(c)(3) Organiaztion.

Did you know that your cat or dog is made up of 80% water?



YOU’RE INVITED! Grab your furry friends and join us every month for fun, food and friends! • New Restaurant Each Month • Pets Welcome and Enjoyed • Good Fun and Great People Check out our website for this month’s location and to RSVP!

(Humans are made up of 65% water) This is why people and pets need water to properly maintain all body functions.

How much water do our pets need? Cats or dogs need approx. ½ to 1 ounce of water per pound daily depending on diet (canned food contains more water), age, activity level and time of year.


– Always have fresh water available & clean bowl daily. – Consider a water fountain. They’re great for the finicky cat who prefers fresh running water. – Create a couple of water stations in different locations. – Add variety: Ice cubes in their water bowl, make frozen treats.

Stay COOL and HYDRATED this summer!

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(702) 735-5544 Call 24 Hours Divorced & Widowed Adjustment, Inc. 34+ Years of Community Service Providing free, weekly, on-going support group programs. Non-profit 501-C-3 Organization

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