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Dedicated To Las Vegas Pets And The People Who Love Them

CREATE A HOLIDAY TRADITION

of Giving WHAT ARE THOSE

Lumps & Bumps? READING BUDDIES

Pancreatitis

CAUSES, TREATMENT & PREVENTION

Stress And Your Pet Managing Theirs By Managing Yours


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Dedicated To Las Vegas Pets And The People Who Love Them

November/December 2016 FRONT COVER PHOTOGRAPHY Bark Gallery - www.barkgallery.com

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

– Ashley Bennett, DVM, DACVIM – Cathy Brooks – Sheryl Green – Gail Mayhugh – Ellen Meade – Amber Pepper, DVM – C.A. Ritz – Geri Rombach – Shannon Turpin

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November is cancer awareness month. It’s estimated that 8 million dogs and cats are diagnosed with cancer each year.

14 WHAT’S THE BEST FLOORING FOR PETS?

Five things to consider before you start shopping to find the best flooring for your home and pet.

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Both dogs and cats seem to have an affinity for sniffing everything. So which one has the superior nose?

37 BEING BOOK BUDDIES

18 LEARN ABOUT PANCREATITIS

This is one of the more frustrating illnesses, in that, the cause is unknown and can affect all breeds of dogs & cats.

There are many benefits to reading to your pet. Here are four steps to get you going.

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ATT uses animals in a formal therapeutic setting to treat a variety of psychological issues.

24 STRESS AND 43 ADOPTABLE YOUR PET Warning: Stressful season ahead! Let’s take care of ourselves and our pets by managing holiday stress.

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The months of November and December are infused with excitement and overflow with

festivities and events. Thanksgiving is a time of giving thanks; to focus on all that we are grateful for. Oprah Winfrey suggests an evening ritual that is extremely helpful: Keep a Journal. Every night list five things that you are grateful for. What it will begin to do is change your perspective of your day and your life. Our Grateful Five are: our readers; our advertisers; animal shelters and rescues; our writers and other contributors. We love our readers and are grateful for their support. Advertisers provide the resources for making the Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine possible and available for “free” to our readers. And, of course, included in our list are the animal rescues and shelters. They work so hard to save the lives of many animals and to make Las Vegas a pet-friendly and a pet-safe community. We appreciate our writers and contributors as well. It takes time to research and organize their thoughts, ideas into helpful articles. If you, however, counted our Grateful Five you noticed that we only mentioned four items. Guess which item is missing? You are correct if you guessed PETS! It is “all about the pets”. What are your Grateful Five?

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ith the holiday season rapidly approaching, you may already be planning your special meals and gifts for your family and friends. It is the time of year when we want to spend time with our families and show our appreciation to those that are close to us. It is also the season for giving – the perfect time to support and “give back” to a deserving animal rescue organization. There are so many ways to help out an animal rescue. Finding out what their specific needs are is a great start. Maybe they’re in need of cat litter, water bowls, bedding, or grooming supplies. Purchasing a few items for them is one option, but you may already have some items around the house that could be useful. Old blankets or comforters can make great bedding material. Maybe you have some extra bowls or containers around the house that could be repurposed into a pet’s food or water bowl? Extra leashes and collars are also things you may have on hand that could be donated. Another great gift for an animal rescue is the donation of your time. Find out what they need help with and when. It may be dog walking, bathing/ grooming, feeding, or even cleaning out cat litter boxes. (No, it’s not ALL fun stuff, but still needs doing.) Virtually anything you can help with will be greatly appreciated by the staff and beneficial to the animals. You will be providing a much-needed service. The value of your gift has little to do with how much it cost. It is your willingness to give that really counts –

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HOLIDAY HAZARDS

“Decking our homes with boughs of holly” create some hazards for our pets. CHRISTMAS TREES – If you have a fresh cut tree, make

sure your pets cannot drink the water in the tree stand. Tinsel, ornaments and lights are tempting for pets – help them resist temptation by keeping lower branches free of dangerous items.

HOLIDAY PLANTS – A few popular holiday plants that can be dangerous and sometimes poisonous for pets: Amaryllis, mistletoe, balsam, pine, cedar, holly, lilies and poinsettias. GIFT WRAPPINGS – Be aware that ribbon, yarn and string can cause serious problems if swallowed by pets. IMPORTED SNOW GLOBES – According to the Pet Poison Helpline, imported snow globes were found to contain antifreeze which is extremely poisonous to pets. HOLIDAY FOODS – Fatty foods, gravy, cooked bones, onions & garlic, alcohol, chocolate and macadamia nuts. LIT CANDLES – Pets can inadvertently knock over a burning

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November is Cancer Awareness Month!

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t is estimated that 8 million dogs and cats are initial supportive treatment has been started. Although diagnosed with cancer each year. It is also the none of these signs are specific to cancer, they are number one cause of sickness and death in our worrisome enough that evaluation by your veterinarian companion animals. Although a cancer diagnosis is is warranted. When we are screening for cancer, likely one of the most dreaded things a pet owner can blood work, X-rays and abdominal ultrasound may hear, there typically are a variety of treatment options. be recommended. These tests help your veterinarian Early detection of cancer is one of the best ways we to decide what the best, next steps for diagnosis and can provide a chance at a cure. Lumps and bumps treatment are. on the outside of a pet can be caused by a variety of things ranging from benign cysts and fatty lumps, but Cancer is a disease that knows no boundaries and affects unfortunately, can also be caused by aggressive skin all species, breeds and ages. There is a lot to be learned cancers. It is not uncommon for benign and about cancer in both humans and pets. Clinical aggressive cancers to look very similar to the trials have become a very important part For naked eye, meaning it usually takes a little of the care of the cancer patient and can dogs and cats – extra work to figure out what is going facilitate the shared learning between on with a new lump. A fine needle providing them with human and veterinary medicine. These sample is a quick and non-invasive way the best quality of life clinical trials are open to pets across to gain a lot of information about a new the nation and are even available here is priority number lump that you find while petting your in Las Vegas. Advancements in the field one. dog or cat. The treatment of choice for the of veterinary radiation oncology, targeted majority of skin cancers is complete removal. chemotherapies and immunotherapy have Your veterinarian can best achieve this when these provided us the ability to precisely treat cancer while masses are caught early and are still small. minimizing the side effects for our dogs and cats. An important thing to remember is the goal of treatment for Certainly not all cancers appear on the outside of a pet. cancer in people can be very different than for pets. For In general, there are several signs that you can watch for dogs and cats- providing them with the best quality of at home. One of the most important things to watch life is priority number one. Veterinary oncologists have for is weight loss despite a normal appetite. Cancer developed pet specific protocols that aim to have your can also lead to a loss of appetite, decreased activity pet feeling well even while receiving treatment! level and even pain or discomfort. Another potential sign of cancer are symptoms that do not resolve after Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • November/December 2016

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DO CATS DREAM? Yes, cats do dream. There is scientific evidence that

their brains do form dreams during Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep. Cats sleep roughly 16 to 18 hours a day. Like humans they experience the REM stage of sleep where most dreaming occurs. What do they dream about? They most likely dream about the daily experiences of their day. They relive playing, stalking prey, etc. A few studies suggest that cats like humans have nightmares and that they work through trauma in their sleep. Interestingly a cat’s sense of hearing and smell remain active during 70 percent of their sleep time. As most cat parents are aware of, cats are most active at dawn or dusk. The unanswered question is why do cats wake up their humans at the “crack of dawn” and then go back to sleep? My guess is that they want more space in the bed! What do you think?

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WHAT IS THE BEST FLOORING FOR PETS? By Gail Mayhugh

ONE QUESTION I GET ASKED A LOT FROM PET OWNERS IS, “WHAT IS THE BEST FLOORING FOR PETS?” WE ALL LOVE OUR FURRY FRIENDS, WE SURELY DO! BUT THEY CAN BE TOUGH ON SOME TYPES OF FLOORS. ONE OF THE BIGGEST PROBLEMS IS THEIR NAILS. IF YOU DON’T KEEP THEM TRIMMED, THEY COULD SCRATCH EVEN A LAMINATE FLOOR. MANY PETS ALSO SHED QUITE A BIT, WHICH IS TOUGH ON CARPET IF YOU DON’T VACUUM A COUPLE TIMES A WEEK. AND THE OBVIOUS IS PET STAINS. THERE REALLY IS NOT ONE BEST FLOORING OVER ANOTHER AS EVERYONE LIVES DIFFERENTLY IN THEIR HOMES. Before you start, you need to consider five primary things: durability, comfort, maintenance, safety and your tolerance to mishaps. Make your list of: must have, would like to have and can’t have, before you start out shopping.

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. Wool has an amazing soft hand, excellent resilience and durability but is very expensive. Nylon is durable, stain-resistant and affordable. Polyester is cheaper but considered less durable.

Vinyl: We’re talking luxury vinyl, not the

kitchen linoleum from years ago, although it did hold up for many, many years. Today’s vinyl is 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 of real wood or stone. The extremely hard surface doesn’t scratch quite as easily and does well with accidents. Plus, they soften the sound of your pet’s nails when why walk across.

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. One of the

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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 consider one of the harder species such as, Brazilian Cherry, Mesquite, Mahogany or Bamboo. When shopping for wood, look for their Janka Rating. The higher the number the harder the wood.

Cork:

Cork has gained popularity with many pet owners. It’s eco-friendly and a naturally antimicrobial material. It’s comfortable, water-resistant, easy to maintain and sound absorbing. But it does scratch and heavy furniture will make indents.

Carpet style is also important. Steer away from any looped carpet where their nails can pull. Instead a cut pile is a better choice. Thick, high pile carpets do feel awesome, but will hold more fur and dust. Tile is great for pets; it’s durable and stain resistant. But you do have to consider comfort and they are slippery. Rugs and skidproof runners do help, but sometimes also slip under their feet if going at a good pace.

Hardwood: If a single scratch is going

The darker the stain and glossier 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.

Look for pet-friendly carpets, there are many on the market now. They’ve been specifically 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.

Tile:

cons with laminates has always been spills, but now there are new water resistance ones on the market. So if you like laminate check them out. If using in an area where you have their water bowls, I would still put a vinyl mat underneath. But laminate can be as slick as tile depending upon the finish.

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.

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Just as an FYI, there is conflicting information if formaldehyde is still being used in the manufacturing process, specifically carpet. Please always do your own research in the particular product you are considering.

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, www.SeniorsToTheRescue.org.


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PANCREATITIS

Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention

s the holidays are coming up, this is a good time to talk about inflammation of the pancreas known as pancreatitis. The pancreas is a small but very important organ and is responsible for producing enzymes that help break down food for proper digestion, nutrient absorption, and insulin production, which is a key component for sugar regulation in our pets’ bodies. Pancreatitis is one of the more frustrating illnesses, in that, the cause is unknown and it can affect all breeds of dogs and cats. That being said, it is thought that it can be caused by rich fatty foods or getting into something they are not supposed to. It is also possible for our pets to get pancreatitis even on the strictest of diets when their stress levels are increased. Other examples of foods that could cause pancreatitis include Halloween candy, turkey skin and bones, roast beef, ham and gravy. Some pets can even have low-grade long term pancreatitis without displaying clinical signs because their bodies can compensate. But, eventually they are exposed to something that makes them sick leading to outward signs of illness. 18

How do you know if your pet has pancreatitis? Pets will usually show vague stomach upset with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal discomfort, and an unwillingness to eat. Subtle signs such as drooling, acting more tired than normal, and eating inappropriate items such as grass can be the simplest of signs that your pet is not feeling well. Other illnesses can have similar signs so it is important to have your pet evaluated by a veterinarian. Clinical signs, physical exam, and blood work are usually used to diagnose pancreatitis. Often times x-rays or abdominal ultrasound are recommended. These diagnostics are helpful for ruling in or out other concurrent illnesses that may need to be treated.

Treatment Treatment for pancreatitis can be frustrating. Depending on the severity and concurrent illnesses, your pet may need to be hospitalized on supportive care to give them the best chance for a speedy recovery. The length of stay in hospital depends on how well your pet responds to treatment but the average is usually 3-5 days and can be longer.

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The goal in treatment is to reduce inflammation in the pancreas by giving it some rest, which is achieved by intravenous fluids, gastro-protectants, pain management, along with getting them on a high quality nutrient diet. Your primary veterinarian may recommend that your pet be placed on a low fat bland diet long term to help reduce chances of getting pancreatitis again. Overall long-term prognosis is good if caught and treated early. Pets that have concurrent illnesses or if too much damage is done to the pancreas the prognosis may be more guarded.. It is important to keep our pets not only happy but healthy. Make sure to monitor what your pet eats during the holidays to avoid inappropriate meals and treats. Low fat treats or treats high in fiber such as carrots, zucchini, cucumbers and green beans are great alternatives.

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or many of us the holiday season is stressful - we’re already juggling so many things to do and then the holidays add to our busy schedule: Holiday decorating, parties, school holiday events, gift buying, cards to send, special foods to prepare for family and friends….the list is endless. Increased STRESS at this time of year is inevitable but what does our stress have to do with our pets. Do our reactions to stress affect our pets? The answer is yes! Stress causes the body to release adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones cause heart and respiration rates to speed up and suppress the immune system. Our bodies prepare to “fight or flee”. Animals experience these same harmful effects as we do. Stress is contagious and “second hand” stress is harmful to pets. Pets often mirror our emotional moods long before we have even identified them for ourselves. They are our personal “stress barometers”. They pick up on our moods by our voice, body language and other behaviors.

Increase playtime to help pets release excess energy through physical activity. Spending time playing with pets benefits everyone. Talk with your pet in a soothing soft tone – the sound of our voice helps reassure our pets that everything is okay in their world. They sense the underlying emotions of our words – the calmness of our feelings. Keep their environment as calm and consistent as possible. Provide safe spaces for them when holiday festivities become too hectic.

WARNING! Stressful Season Ahead…

While stress can’t totally be avoided there is a lot we can do to manage the stress in our lives. First, we need to think about what is causing our stress. Is there something we can do to reduce it or make it more manageable? Sometimes our high expectations create unreasonable goals which results in increased stress. Second, stress management techniques can help manage the stress in our lives. A few of these are: exercise, yoga, deep breathing, and meditation. Ironically stress reduction is often given as a benefit for having a pet. Studies indicate that petting an animal lowers blood pressure. So what are some ways we can mutually help each other? 24

Spend some extra time with your pets – cuddle with them and pet them more frequently. Touch is so important for us and for our pets.

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For families, pet quiet time is a wonderful ritual – set aside some quiet time everyday to relax with your pets and each other even if it is for just a short time. Pets have an amazing ability to be in the moment – everyone in the family will benefit from the respite from the busyness and noise of the day.

It is also important to recognize what is exciting for us could be a source of stress for our pets. It is easy to get caught up in the holiday preparations and celebrations and overlook how our pets are being affected.

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hoosing a new pet can be an exciting yet sometimes overwhelming decision. With so many animals needing good homes, it can be a struggle to decide on the perfect life-long companion for you and your family. Undoubtedly, the cute little puppies and kittens can be hard to resist. These pintsized little bundles of fluff often sway perspective pet owners to choose them because of their adorable appearance and their playful antics. Since the younger animals are usually adopted first, this leaves many adult and older animals still waiting for a loving home. Sadly, these older, potentially perfect pets are left in the shelter much longer than their younger counterparts and should not be overlooked as your next animal companion. Since they are more mature, these older pets can readily adapt to a variety of lifestyles and can offer so many benefits to With today’s pets living their new owner.

By choosing a mature pet, you also have the benefit of knowing something about their history, their temperament, and their overall personality. By this time in their life, they have pretty well defined “who they are”. By having such valuable information up front, you stand a better chance of choosing a pet that fits your lifestyle, time restraints, and personality. You may also get information regarding their tolerance of other animals and children, which can be important in making an intelligent adoption decision.

Since older pets are generally calmer with lower energy levels, they can be a great choice for the elderly or busy professionals who work long hours. They don’t require excessive exercise or constant supervision and are usually very satisfied with a slower-paced lifestyle. They may be quite content with a well into their teens, leisurely dog walk or a the majority of these mature animals still relaxing nap on your have many active years ahead of them. Adopting an older lap, but may also enjoy pet is typically much all the fun activities of easier and less time-consuming than dealing with a their younger years. They may be “older”, but they are rambunctious puppy or kitten. You will be skipping FAR from boring! Whether it’s fetch the ball or chase out on the puppy chewing, furniture scratching, the string, your new companion is sure to enjoy their and those many weeks or months of housebreaking. favorite games of the past with you. Your new, older pet is usually past those adolescent destructive years and is typically accustomed to No matter which pet you decide to adopt, young or general household etiquette. In most cases, they are old, they all deserve the chance of a forever home already housebroken or litter box trained and do not and a loving family. By considering an older animal, require the constant monitoring and attention that you’ll be giving them that same well-deserved chance. younger animals demand. With today’s pets living Actually, you’ll be giving them a second chance. well into their teens, the majority of these mature animals still have many active years ahead of them.

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WHY PETS DON’T MAKE GOOD HOLIDAY GIFTS By Cathy Brooks

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ight up there with the Norman Rockwell ideal of Thanksgiving is the image of a puppy or kitten climbing out of a gift box with big ribbon under the tree. How delightful! The sheer joy of the children, the merriment of the adults - it seems like such a great idea. It’s not. The reasons are many, but here are three good ones:

• CHAOS – Pets need calm time to be properly acclimated to new homes. Holidays are anything but. You run the risk of a new pet reacting badly and someone – pet or human – getting hurt.

• DIETARY DANGER – Fabulous food from Thanksgiving through Christmas can be dangerous or even fatal for pets. With house guests and chaos, it’s easy for food to be left out and consumed by a curious kitten or precocious puppy.

• DETRIMENTAL DISTRACTIONS – Ever seen kids totally enthralled with a gift on Christmas morning? Ever seen that same gift tossed aside a week later when the newness is worn off? What’s fine for a stuffed animal or board game is categorically wrong for living creatures. If you want to gift your child with a puppy or kitten at Christmas, try this: Put a collar in a box with a book about how to care for a <insert type of pet here>. Tell your child that before they can have the animal they must show they can care for it. Make it a game. Give mock scenarios to care for the animal. Mark each correct answer on a chart or bingo card with fun stickers. When they complete the chart/card they get to participate in the process of bringing the animal home. Not only will this create a deeper engagement with the new pet, but insures both the pet and its new family are ready for each other. Cathy Brooks is a dog trainer and owner of The Hydrant Club in downtown Las Vegas - www.hydrantclub.com. Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • November/December 2016

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Therapeutic Horseback Riding By Sheryl Green

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umans have long enjoyed a special bond with animals. And it’s not just dogs or cats that provide therapeutic benefits... but horses too. Horses have an amazing ability to read and impact our emotions, provide acceptance without judgment, and connection without words. Therapeutic Riding is an equine-assisted activity (EEAT) that provides a safe and rewarding experience for individuals with physical and mental disabilities. From children with autism or physical limitations to soldiers returning home with PTSD, Therapeutic Riding delivers physical, emotional and psychological benefits. Riders with physical disabilities often see increased flexibility, balance and muscle strength, and improved posture. Individuals with special needs find acceptance from these gorgeous creatures, learn patience, and see improved self esteem. Safety is always a priority, so new riders will be accompanied by two volunteers who walk alongside the horse and a horse leader. Individuals that are a bit nervous, may start out with Equine Assisted Learning, allowing them to bond and gain trust while still on the ground. Do you know someone in Las Vegas who could benefit from this activity? Spirit Therapies is the only PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) accredited, EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) certified program in Las Vegas. They offer a variety of programs including Therapeutic Riding, Equine Assisted Learning, Horses Healing Heroes (serving both active duty military and veterans), and the Pegasus Program which offers grants for free services. Spirit currently sees 3540 students each week with a team of three instructors, dedicated volunteers, and 7 big horses and 2 minis.

“Horses give us the wings we lack. Kids that can’t fly, can fly in their mind,” said Laurie Willmott, Founder of Spirit Therapies. If you are interested in Therapeutic Riding or would like to volunteer or donate to Spirit Therapies, please visit www.spirittherapies.org for more information.

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The Best Nose Dogs or Cats?

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oth dogs and cats seem to have an affinity for sniffing everything. Unfamiliar people and objects must always be sufficiently sniffed before they are either accepted or rejected by our pets. Dogs and cats are able to gain an abundance of information from a single scent and have a significantly keener sense of smell than humans. So which one has the superior nose? Dogs, by a landslide, win the contest for the best nose. By design, a dog’s nose is made for smelling. With up to 300 million olfactory receptors in their nose –far more than cats (at 80 million) or humans (at 6 million), a dog’s sense of smell is over 40 times greater than our own. Dogs also have the ability to move their nostrils independently, which helps them identify which direction a smell originated from. When a dog smells something, he does not just smell an odor like humans do. He has the ability to break a scent down into its individual components, identifying each part and piece that makes up that scent. A pizza, for example, doesn’t just smell like pizza to a dog. He can break down the separate smells of each individual ingredient that make up the pizza -- from the crust, to the toppings, and every spice that it contains. The ability to break down scents in this way enables a dog to gather an abundance of useful information. With one quick sniff, a dog can determine the sex of another animal, where it has been, and what it has touched.

Even though dogs have the superior nose, we cannot discount the smelling abilities of our feline friends. Cats also have incredible “sniffers”. Their tiny triangular noses are still FAR superior to ours, enabling them to sniff out food, mates, and predators. When a cat wants to smell something particularly interesting, it may open its mouth slightly as it inhales. This behavior is exhibited when a cat is trying to maximize his smelling ability. By opening its mouth, the cat is attempting to direct the scent to a gland in his mouth located behind his front teeth. As his mouth opens, the ducts in a gland called Jacobson’s Organ will open, transporting the scent directly into the nasal cavity. The scent of another cat (friend or foe) is easily detected using this method. Used as a form of communication, cats purposely leave their scent on things to let other cats know…“this is mine”.

When it comes to our human smelling abilities, we are far outmatched by both dogs and cats. Our noses are simply not designed to be “super-smellers”. But in certain situations, maybe that’s not always such a bad thing? J

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Did you notice how many back-to-school books were in stores around August and September? No doubt one reason was to encourage reading! Now, in November and December, the holidays are getting close, so try this. Look for stories with holiday themes about Veteran’s Day or Christmas or Hanukkah or some other holiday. They can be found in many genres. But wait! You’re reading this magazine and are probably an animal enthusiast. Why not search for stories involving your favorite critters, too? Then, gather your furry friends.

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Have you read to your pet lately? After taking a survey, it seems safe to say animals are great listeners! Well, okay, dogs are great listeners. Hamsters and parakeets look tolerant since they are usually caged and unable to leave the room. Yes, you may have to seriously bribe your cat to stay. Still, all in all, pets can be great patrons. Just as animals can be soothed by your touch, pets can become calmer when you read to them. Plus, there’s a bonus that many older people wish they had known when they were young. Can you guess what it is? If you’ve ever had stage fright, reading out loud to your pet will help. As you do you can become more confident to speak and read when human ears are listening like at school. So here are four steps to get you going:

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THERAPY Pets are naturally therapeutic and have improved the lives of people in so many unique ways.

Dr. Leah Wingeart, uses her therapy dogs, Shanti and Stewart, in her private practice, ShrinkWrapt Las Vegas. Dr. Wingeart shared that her patients enjoy petting her dogs; they’re more relaxed and share about their past or current pets. They often say “I feel better already” even before their session begins. Her dogs help create a bond of trust between her and her patients which makes them more comfortable sharing their problems. Studies show that the presence of a pet helps patients form a bond or relationship with their therapist that positively improves treatment and helps them achieve their goals. Therapy pets also help reduce anxiety and stress during therapy sessions. Role playing is another example of how therapy pets can be helpful especially in working with children. They often can communicate their feelings to a pet easier than to a therapist. Pets also help reduce patient anxiety and stress by providing the opportunity for therapeutic touching. Hugging and petting a pet can be supportive and nurturing and is another benefit of ATT. Linsey Adams, a Clinical Trauma Professional and Canine Therapist at Solutions Recovery, shared this with us about her experience with ATT: “Many clients in rehab report 40

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that they are in fear of the unknown and rehab is new to many clients. An AAT canine helps ease the fear and anxiety that a client might have so they can focus on their treatment. Dogs can defuse the therapeutic environment and makes it easier to be there, allowing clients to feel more comfortable. Many clients have dogs at home and they miss their pets. When I see a client in the hallway or in a group and they are a bit down because they are homesick, they perk up immediately when they see the dog and they smile. A smile is one thing I know that a dog can guarantee me with the client and this usually helps lift their spirits to focus on the group session at hand.” Solutions Recovery is an American Addiction Center Facility which offers canine and equine therapies. I think that the more we discover about animals the greater we appreciate their contributions to us. From companions in our personal lives to co therapists in the therapeutic healing process animals are truly amazing.

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ost of us are familiar with therapy pets who visit people in hospitals, nursing homes and schools. There is, however, another form of pet therapy which isn’t as well known. Animal-assisted therapy (ATT) uses animals in a formal therapeutic setting to treat a variety of psychological issues such as depression, anxiety, and eating disorders.

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Ruth is an energetic girl who loves to have a good time with any toy she can find. She is super fun and needs a home that will keep up with her and have a good time playing. She hopes to be adopted with a family who will treat her like the princess she knows she is. DOB: 03/31/2016 DSH, Dilute Tortie Y

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Meet George! A friendly inquisitive sweet senior beagle mix who is blind, but that doesn’t stop him from giving lots of kisses! He needs someone to be his hero. George may need to be an only dog, but he can meet his potential brother or sister for a meet and greet! Come down & meet George. Y

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Nola is a sweet 11 year old female. She is house broken and uses a doggy door. Nola loves to sleep on the big bed and absolutely adores attention. Nola makes all the cute little Pug snorts and squeaks. She will be your best friend! She is also good with kids. Y

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upcoming TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1 Vegas Valley Dog Obedience Club – Monthly Meeting 7pm-8pm. Public is invited. Upcoming guest speakers and topics to be announced. For more information visit, www.VVDOC.org. Audi Las Vegas – 6335 W. Sahara Ave. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4 The Great Catsby 6pm-10pm. Please join us for a special evening of fun. Dinner, entertainment, silent auction, raffle, cash bar and cocktail attire. All proceeds benefit Community Cat Coalition of Clark County. Please RSVP at www.C5-TNR.org. Cili Restaurant & Bar – 5160 S. Las Vegas Blvd. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5 BarkAID Las Vegas 10am-6pm. Come get an amazing haircut and donate to help save animals. Kissing booth, food, music, raffles & adoptable pets. All proceeds benefit Hearts Alive Village. Call 702-489-4000 to make an appointment or visit www.BarkAID.org for more info. Tease Boutique Salon – 9540 W. Flamingo Rd., #160. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Jennifer Harman Celebrity Poker Tournament Red Carpet at 5pm; Tournament begins at 6:30pm. All proceeds benefit Nevada SPCA. For more information, please visit www.nevadaspca.org. On The Mezz at Planet Hollywood – 3667 S. Las Vegas Blvd. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Las Vegas Valley Humane Society 25th Anniversary 10am-2pm. Live entertainment, dog bone hunt, free icecream, costume contest, demonstrations, vendors, raffle baskets plus so much more. FREE ADMISSION! For more information, visit: www.lvvhumane.org. Craig Ranch Regional Park – 628 W. Craig Rd. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Reading with Rascal - Thanksgiving Party 10am-12pm. Everyone is welcome - all ages! No reservations needed. Treats, handouts, decorations - the works! It’s FREE!! Desert Spring United Methodist Church - 120 N. Pavillion Center Dr.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Muttini Mixer Charity Event 7pm-10pm. Join us to support animal groups with a fun evening of cocktails, appetizers, silent auctions & raffles. Tickets $40/person. www.pawslv.org/events Grand Canal Shoppes at The Palazzo Hotel – 3327 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Suite 2732 SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Las Vegas Bird Club Meeting 1pm-3pm. Join us for our monthly meeting with a focus on Avian education. Visitors & birds welcome. Henderson Convention Center – 200 Water St., Henderson. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Fast & Furriest 5K & Festival 10am-1pm. Fetch your sneakers and furry friend for the most pawsome walk, run and pet-friendly festival in town! Contests, vendor fair plus dog adoptions. www.animalfoundation.com Sunset Park – 2601 E. Sunset Rd. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 Heaven Can Wait Holiday Luncheon 11:30am-3pm. Headlining the event this year will be Las Vegas Illusionists Kyle and Mistie Knight. Live and silent auctions, a wine pull, raffle and an appearance from a special “furry” friend of Heaven Can Wait. To register, go to www.hcws.org. Suncoast Casino Grand Ballroom – 9090 Alta Dr. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 Pictures with Santa 11am-2pm. Family and pet photos with Santa – $10. BAKE SALE, GIFT WRAPPING AND RAFFLES. All proceeds benefit Southern Nevada Beagle Rescue Foundation. Dog Supplies.com Outlet Store – 2960 St. Rose Pkwy, #170, Henderson. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 Christmas Photos 12pm-3pm. Bring your pet for Christmas photos. All proceeds benefit Louisa’s New Leash On Life Rescue. The Wagging Tail – 10170 W. Tropicana Ave.

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upcoming TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6 Vegas Valley Dog Obedience Club – Monthly Meeting 7pm-8pm. Public is invited. Upcoming guest speakers and topics to be announced. For more information visit, www.VVDOC.org. Audi Las Vegas – 6335 W. Sahara Ave. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10 Reading with Rascal - Christmas Party 10am-12pm. Everyone is welcome - all ages! No reservations needed. Treats, handouts, decorations - the works! It’s FREE!! Desert Spring United Methodist Church - 120 N. Pavillion Center Dr. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11 Christmas Photos 12pm-3pm. Bring your pet for Christmas photos. All proceeds benefit Louisa’s New Leash On Life Rescue. The Wagging Tail – 10170 W. Tropicana Ave. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11 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.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16 5pm-9pm SATURAY, DECEMBER 17 1pm-5pm SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18 1pm-5pm Photos with Santa to Help Support Chase Away Canine Cancer There will be goodies & refreshments while you are waiting to have a visit with Santa. Bring the entire family pups, kids, kitties, birds, reptiles and anyone who would like to meet Santa and get a professional photo. Photos by Gloria Anderson, GoDogPhoto. For more information, visit www.atyourservicepetsupplies.com. At Your Service Pet Supplies – 55 S. Valle Verde Dr., #300, Henderson. MEETS EVERY MONDAY Pet Loss Support Group 6:30pm-8pm. This small and caring support group is for those dealing with the grief loss process brought about by the loss of a beloved pet. For more information, call 702-735-5544 or visit our website at www.pets702.org. Community Lutheran Church – 3720 E. Tropicana Ave.

Wishing you and your family a joyful and safe holiday season! Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them, filling an emptiness we don’t even know we have. ~ Thom Jones~

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!

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