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It’s the beginning of a new year. The origin for the month of January comes from the Roman god “Janus”. He had one face looking forward toward the future and one looking backward facing the past. Janus is the god of gates and doorways and passages; the god of beginnings and endings; times of transitions and passages. This is a good time for reflecting on the past and looking forward to the future. And for making resolutions; it’s a time-honored tradition and the majority of us make them yet most of us fail to keep them. However, one resolution we hope all of us make and keep is to make a difference in the lives of pets and animals. Our adoption page slogan is “Everyone can do something, large or small, to help save a life”. There are many ways to make a difference – donate, volunteer, educate, and if possible, open your heart and home to a rescue pet by adopting or fostering. Another resolution we suggest is to stay connected with us; we appreciate your notes and emails. Continue sending us your pet photos and entering our pet contests. Visit the Calendar of Events page on our website for pet events. Follow us on Facebook for event reminders and updates.

Wishing you health and happiness in the coming year! Your friends at the Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine


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make this the healthiest year yet for you and your pets By Gail Mayhugh

We all have good intentions in keeping our New Year’s resolutions, but research has found that 60% of us fall short. But maybe this year can be different if we make them with our pets. Being held responsible to someone helps give us motivation to keep those resolutions. So what resolutions or goals are you looking to make this year? Here are four to consider to make this the healthiest year yet for you and your pets.


TOXIC FREE – Over the last couple years it

has been brought to our attention the amount of harmful chemicals in the everyday products we’ve been using. If you’re not already using green products in your home, the new year may be the time to reduce your and your pet’s exposure to these harmful chemicals. Vinegar and baking soda are great cleaning alternatives and mostly likely will cost less than what you are using. Along with cleaning products, what plants are toxic to your pets, as well as children? Your current and past pets may never have gotten into things, but each one is different. This is even more important when you bring a new pet or baby home. Four of the top toxic plants are: oleander, caladium, pothos and peace lilies.


– Do you have an emergency card in your wallet? Most of us no longer have land lines. So in the event of an accident, it makes it more difficult for the emergency response team to contact someone for you if you’re not able to let them know. Is your pet microchipped? Is the information updated? Over time we move, get new phone numbers and forget to update their chip and tag information. If you travel with your pet, have a tag made with the address you’ll be staying. I also have a card in my wallet that lets people know that I have a pet at home alone with emergency numbers to call. Do you have a quick first aid kit with everything in one place? What about in your car? Most of us panic when an emergency happens. It’s important to know exactly where the nearest 24 hour or overnight pet hospital is. Don’t just have the address, drive to it. All veterinarians have after hour numbers and will come in, but it may not be quick enough for the treatment your pet needs. Where is their leash? I have one by each door. What if you have to get out of the house immediately and their leash is not

by the door you need to exit. Will you have time to get it from the hall closet?


– If there’s one resolution to make this year it is dental care, especially for your pet. Maybe you’ve been meaning to be better and floss every day. Instead of having it in the medicine cabinet, put it right with your tooth brush. For pets, any veterinarian will tell you that over 70 percent of pets will have some level of periodontal disease by the age of two. Studies have linked periodontal disease in both humans and pets to systemic diseases of the kidneys and liver, heart disease, lung disease and diabetes complications. Their teeth are no different than ours and should be brushed daily. I understand we all don’t have that extra time with busy schedules. I don’t have a normal 8 to 5 job so making a weekly schedule is a challenge. I strive to brush their teeth every other day with dental chews in-between. But I fall off the wagon too. This is one of my big resolutions this year.


We all know that 90% of us have this as one of our goals for the New Year. But it’s also the first resolution that gets broken every year. This year include your pet and you just might not be part of the statistics this year. Make it fun for both of you so you don’t look at it as exercise, but play time together. Walks are great, but what about mixing it up and going on a hike, running the agility course with them or enjoying some doga (yes, dog yoga is all the rage). Even if you just run around the yard with them for a little bit, is a start for both of you.

Have a Happy, Healthy and Pawsome New Year!


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 • January/February 2022



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COMPASSIONATE KIDS CLUB PROGRAM The Nevada SPCA was able to settle into their transitional facility by Christmas, giving both pets and staff the best present ever! Adding to the shelter’s exciting start of a new year is their participation in the Compassionate Kids Club Program. Animal Protection Affiliates and Animal Kindness Foundation partnered to provide a donation of books to the Nevada SPCA through their Compassionate Kids Club program. Visiting families with children will be able to select a book from the library of animal-related stories to read to shelter pets. The program is designed for children in kindergarten through 6th grade. Studies have shown that reading aloud to shelter pets not only benefits the pets but also fosters compassion in children and improves their reading skills. Shelter pets get to experience positive interactions with humans in the form of companionship and stress relief, as well as learn vital social skills which help them get adopted quicker. This program allows kids to prepare dogs and cats for their forever homes while also permitting the kids to not feel judged while reading - truly a win-win for all. Donations of animal-themed books are always welcome and can be donated directly to the shelter or by contacting Annoula Wylderich at wylderich@ Submitted by: Annoula Wylderich, Founder Animal Protection Affiliates


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January Is National Walk Your Dog Month By Sheryl Green

LACE UP YOUR SNEAKERS AND LEASH UP YOUR DOG Have you ever wondered if dogs make New Year’s Resolutions? We’re pretty sure they do… and their resolutions look a lot like ours. ➠ Lose Weight / Get healthy ➠ Meet New Friends / Sniff More Butts ➠ Spend More Quality Time With Loved Ones Luckily, January is National Walk Your Dog Month, a holiday that allows us to kick the year off right with some new, positive habits. Even more luckily, we don’t have to sniff butts to make friends. Let’s take a closer look at why walking your pup may be the best way to start of your new year.

The Benefits of Walking your Dog

We’ve yet to see a dog who doesn’t hop for joy when the leash comes out. Even the senior pups are eager to take a leisurely stroll. Why do dogs love walks so much and why are they so good for them?

BETTER HEALTH Walking is one of the best exercises you can do, and the same goes for your fur baby. It gets the heart pumping, helps shed excess pounds, improves your mood, and lessens the pain and stiffness of arthritis.

QUALITY TIME Your dog adores you. He or she wants nothing more than to spend time by your side, receiving praise and pats for being a good boy or girl. Walks are also a great time to train your pup with short, positive games that get their brains going. They’ll also enjoy sniffing all the things. This is stimulating to their minds and it’s how they understand the world around them.

MEETING NEW FRIENDS Pups need friends too! Taking daily walks will help your dog become accustomed to other animals (always with proper 10

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introductions) and will help them get more comfortable with humans if they are frightened or anxious from their past. One of the cool things about walking with your dog, is all those benefits… they apply to you as well.

Dog Walking Safety

Before you head out for your first walk of the new year, it’s important to make sure that you are taking all necessary precautions. Here are a few tips to make sure your walk is a safe and pleasant experience for everyone. KEEP YOUR DOG ON A LEASH. We know, your dog is 1 perfectly trained, listens to you, would never even think of

going rogue… it doesn’t matter. Put your dog on a leash. No matter how well you’ve trained your baby, you may encounter: other dogs (or wildlife) that aren’t trained… and aren’t friendly, people who are terrified of dogs, dangerous substances on the ground that look like tasty treats to your pup, cars, and much more. Having a leash on your dog will help you remove them from dangerous situations much faster.

THEM FOR THE WEATHER. Depending on how cold 2 itOUTFIT gets and your dog’s breed, you may need a sweater or coat to keep them toasty and booties to protect their little paws.

PICK UP THEIR POOP! This isn’t just about safety, it’s 3 about common decency. Let’s all do our part to keep our community clean.

Now is the time to lace up your sneakers, leash up your furry best friend, and take to the streets for a happy and healthy 2022. Sheryl Green is an author, writing coach, and passionate animal advocate, serving as the Director of Communications for Hearts Alive Village Las Vegas. Find her at

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Microchipping your pet is one of the most important and responsible actions that you can take as a pet owner. Hundreds of pets end up at pounds and shelters each year because they do not have appropriate and up to date identification. Microchipping is an effective way to make sure your pet can be returned to you should their tags be lost.

It is important to keep your contact information up-to-date with your microchip manufacturer as well as your veterinarian. Be sure to keep the microchip manufacturer’s information handy so that you can promptly let them know when your contact information changes. You can usually contact them by phone, email or even on their website to change the information associated with your pet.


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February’s “Spay/Neuter Awareness Month” by spreading the word about the importance of spaying and neutering. With so many unwanted animals ending up in shelters or homeless, it is important that pet owners do what they can to help control the homeless animal overpopulation. Even if you do not normally let your pets outside unattended, accidents DO happen. One unfortunate escape of an unspayed/unneutered pet can result in an entire litter of unwanted kittens or puppies. The spaying and neutering of our pets not only helps reduce the number of abandoned animals, but also provides our own pets with a variety of medical benefits. Spaying our female pets helps prevent uterine infections and cancers. Neutering males significantly lowers the risk of prostate problems and eliminates the chances of testicular cancer all together. Spayed and neutered pets typically live healthier, longer, and happier lives. Behaviorally, both male and female pets benefit from spaying and neutering by reducing a number of undesirable behaviors. Excessive aggression and territory marking (urinating/spraying) are significantly reduced when pets are spayed or neutered. Spayed females will no longer go through their heat cycle, which will cease the discharge of menstrual fluids and the clean-up associated with it. This February, help spread the word about the MANY benefits of spaying and neutering. If we all do our part, we can greatly reduce the number of homeless pets in our community and ensure healthier lives for our own pets.

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ry itchy skin is a common problem for both people and pets during the cold winter months. The cold dry air of winter combined with the warm dry air in our homes leads to one thing – Itchy, dry skin. While we have the luxury of lathering on the lotion, our canine friends are not so lucky. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to help your dog with the constant itching. Providing your pet with plenty of water is one of the best ways to help relieve dry skin. Although it seems very basic, we don’t always monitor their water consumption during the winter. Dogs should drink at least one ounce per pound daily. Keeping an eye on their water bowl for cleanliness and monitoring the amount of water they consume will help you determine if your dog is drinking enough. Using filtered water or an automatic water fountain can be helpful in increasing their water intake. In addition to getting more water into our pets, it is also helpful to get more water into the air. Humidifiers put moisture back into the dry air; helping both pets and people with dry skin. You may try running it at night in the bedroom where you sleep. Adjusting your pet’s brushing and bathing routine in winter is also important in combating dry skin. The simple rule: Brush more, bathe less. Brushing your pet helps remove dead skin cells and stimulates the hair follicles to release natural oils in the skin. Bathing your dog strips the body of the natural oils that keep the skin hydrated. In the winter, keep baths to a minimum and use moisturizing shampoos with ingredients like aloe vera and oatmeal. •

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Adopting A Dog WITH ISSUES Gi ng er &

By Elizabeth Parker



ife is full of irony, especially how certain people react to situations. When you adopt a dog, most people are happy for you regardless of the circumstance, but then...there are the others. Some who question why you would adopt a dog with health issues, or that was older, or had behavioral issues. I’m sure they’ve had the best intentions with that question and, although it’s happened to me a few times, I am stunned when they ask...because I have trouble understanding why you WOULDN’T adopt a dog with issues!

reward is and there is so much more! Chances are they will show more love in one day than some people could show in a lifetime!

I can say wholeheartedly; it’s never been a mistake. It’s also not really a “choice.” From the moment a dog enters my home, there’s really very little chance that I would ever let them go. If they get along with my resident dog...they are here to stay! Watching them the first night, frantic, scared, confused and just begging for comfort...and then noticing the transition... how they get acclimated a little bit more each and every day. That is the reward that just can’t be emulated. For both dog and human, it’s a learning experience. It takes a while for an adopted dog to learn what you expect of them, and similarly, it takes a while for a person to learn a dog’s quirks, or subtle clues such as their behavior when they want to go outside, or need a cuddle or aren’t feeling well. The good news is they WILL become comfortable and so will you! Every single day they learn “the new rules” and every day you understand your new furry friend a little more. Then, one day, it just clicks. You both meet somewhere in the middle and you can’t imagine your life without them.

Rescuing a dog is definitely one of the most rewarding experiences. I have never regretted adopting any of my pups for one second-even with their health and behavioral issues – they have all been a blessing!

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You are giving them a second chance, to make them feel genuine happiness and love whether it’s for one night or years to come. Hopefully the latter. There’s no guarantees in life. You could adopt a seemingly healthy puppy who has endless health issues as well.

If you ever get the chance to help a dog in need, there’s no reason to be scared. I will admit, the first night is the “worst” as you wonder if they will ever feel comfortable or if they will ever stop pacing, panting, panicking (or will you)? But they will! Love and patience go a LONG way in getting them on track. If they’ve had a hard life, it may take longer for them to trust- but they will. And you will too!

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Kitten Chaos Continues Spaying & Neutering



he importance of spaying and neutering pets was instilled in me at an early age. It seems like we were frequently taking in lost, abandoned animals when I was growing up and we always made it a priority to get them spayed or neutered. In the multiple surgeries our pets endured, we never had any issues whatsoever –not one. But when it came time to spay and neuter my two new kittens (Luke and Leia), Luke became my one and ONLY exception. To start with, Luke has always been curious and fascinated with his genitals. (WAY too much bathing down there in my opinion.) When I noticed a substantial growth spurt in that area, I decided it was probably the right time to get him neutered and I thought I may as well have Leia spayed at the same time. This sounded like a great plan at the time. Their surgeries went just fine. They came home equipped with E-cones (plastic cones that they wear to keep them from licking their surgery sites). When we got home from the veterinarian’s office, I decided to put Leia’s cone on first while Luke was still sleeping in his carrier. She was surprisingly cooperative while I put it on. But when I let her go, my little ninja acrobat jumped five feet in the air multiple times in hopes that the stupid thing might just fly off! After her initial attempts at getting the cone off, she accepted it and I never had another problem with her. Luke, of course, was a different story. By the time I was done with Leia, I discovered that Luke was FULLY awake in his carrier FURIOUSLY licking away at his incisions. Great. I quickly got him out of his carrier and put his e-collar on. After much banging and dragging the collar against the doorways, cupboards and walls, he soon looked defeated and succumbed to the pitiful “cone of shame” posture. He was not a happy camper. Two days later, I could tell that things were not going well with Luke. He was being reclusive and lethargic; lying under a chair in the living room. He felt abnormally 20

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warm to the touch and his surgery site did not look good. It appeared to be swollen, red and irritated. I called the vet for a follow-up appointment. Long story short (somewhat shorter), Luke ended up going back to the vet twice for infection. He managed to get his e-collar off after his first revisit (which was my fault) and ended up with another infection. After two additional appointments and two antibiotic injections, he is FINALLY healed up and doing well. But even after all of the neutering mayhem, he still seems abnormally obsessed with checking out his “Wee-Wee” J. All in all, I’m not sure if it was a good idea to have their surgeries done at the same time. After surgery, they’re not supposed to rough house or lick each other’s incisions. That meant that they had to be separated unless I was DIRECTLY supervising them. (I soon learned that direct supervision meant staying within a grabbable distance of both of them any time they were together. I felt like I was monitoring kids on a playground.) I definitely learned the importance of wearing the e-cones. Even though they can be inconvenient and cumbersome, they are critical in protecting the incision sites from a cat’s rough, sandpaper-like tongue. Luke would have recovered much faster if I were more skilled at keeping his collar on. My experience with the spaying The spaying and neutering process is NOT and neutering of how it normally goes. Poor most pets goes very little Luke abnormally fixates smoothly if you follow an all kinds of things, including the instructions from certain parts of his anatomy. Don’t be afraid to ask questions your veterinarian. about the e-collar and how to secure it correctly. In the end, your pets will be happier and healthier and your role as “kitty playground monitor” will be over.

➥ Periodontal Disease in Dogs and Cats BY ELIZABETH RACINE, DVM Does your pet have bad breath? Are those dog kisses getting a little too stinky to bear? Your pet may be suffering from periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, also known more broadly as dental disease, is an inflammation and infection of the structures surrounding the teeth, causing pain and odor. It’s one of the most common conditions of dogs and cats, but fortunately, it’s easy to prevent with the right dental care regimen.


Bacteria in your pet’s mouth form a slimy biofilm known as plaque on the teeth and under the gums. After about 24-48 hours, plaque begins to mineralize and harden, becoming tartar. As more plaque and tartar accumulate, your pet’s gums become inflamed, a condition called gingivitis. As the inflammation and infection progresses it affects the entire periodontium, which are the support structures surrounding the teeth. Left untreated, this can result in bone loss, jaw fractures, abscesses, and tooth loss. Bacteria can also be absorbed into the bloodstream and travel to other areas of the body, causing disease in major organs such as the heart, liver, and kidneys.


The first symptom of periodontal disease most pet owners notice is bad breath. In many cases, this may be the only symptom that pet owners notice at home. Other symptoms of periodontal disease can include: • Rubbing at the face or mouth • Dropping food • Excessive drooling • Blood-tinged saliva • Preference for softer foods • Weight loss If you notice these symptoms in your pet, it’s important to have them evaluated by your veterinarian. Periodontal disease is a progressive condition, so it will continue to get worse without appropriate treatment.


Unfortunately, once periodontal disease develops the only treatment is a professional dental cleaning under general

anesthesia. Please do not be fooled by those who offer “anesthesia-free dentals” – these procedures are not only scary for your pet, but also do not address disease under the gum line, which is where the bulk of bacteria resides. In many cases, an anesthesia-free dental can do more harm than good. The only effective treatment for dental disease is a professional cleaning performed by a veterinarian. This should also include x-rays of your pet’s mouth to evaluate the extent of the disease and may include surgically removing the diseased teeth if necessary. Your veterinarian can further advise you on the procedure to be performed depending on the severity of your pet’s dental disease.


The good news is that periodontal disease can easily be prevented with a good at home dental care regimen and routine veterinary care. The best way to prevent periodontal disease is to brush your pet’s teeth daily. This prevents plaque from forming and stops periodontal disease before it starts. To brush your pet’s teeth, always use toothpaste that is specifically formulated for pets and never human toothpaste. If your pet will not allow brushing, prescription veterinary dental diets, dental treats, and water additives can also help slow the progression of dental disease. Look for products labeled with the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) seal, which ensures that the product has been tested and shown to reduce plaque in clinical trials. And, of course, make sure your pet is receiving regular wellness check-ups with your veterinarian. Your veterinarian will often be the first person to spot the early signs of dental disease in your pet, and he or she can advise you on how best to address the disease and prevent further progression. Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • January/February 2022



Obesity leads to disease. Feed high-quality dog food (less filler) but measure portions and limit treats.


Regular activity boosts mental & physical health. Take your dog for a brisk 20-30 minute walk once or twice a day.

H ROUTINE VETERINARY CARE Annual check-ups are a must for senior dogs. Remember dental care!

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Brains need exercise too. Yes, you can teach old dogs new tricks! Try interactive toys and feeders – like balls that dispense food one piece at a time.


Dogs need interaction with people they love. Keep taking senior dogs to the park; they still benefit from socializing.

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A Training & Wellness Program For Your Dog Article & Photos By Veronica Selco


anuary is National Train your Dog Month and February is Responsible Pet Owners Month. To celebrate both, we want to encourage pet parents to consider additional actions they can take to provide a more enriched life for their companions. In doing so, our dogs are happier, healthier and a joy to be around. Sharing our home with a dog is a privilege that comes with great responsibility. Most of us already share our homes with dogs. But for those that are planning ahead, whether you’re getting a dog from a breeder, shelter or rescue group, it’s important to recognize the lifelong commitment to their wellbeing. Some things to take into consideration are: lifestyle, existing pets in the home, time constraints, our physical ability and our finances so that we can provide the care our companion may need throughout their lifetime. Equally important, we need to consider the dog’s breed(s), size, strength, energy level and temperament to plan for appropriate outlets for the dog to express the breed specific natural behaviors it was bred to perform. Some of these activities may not be available to us in an urban setting. Additionally, herding, digging, tugging, pulling, barking, and chasing other animals are natural behaviors that dog’s may enjoy, but ones that may not be acceptable or safe. Our inability to provide opportunities for our companions to express those behaviors in a way that is appropriate and our failure to provide structured socialization and training can lead to behavior problems, which impact our lifestyles and can lead


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to dogs having limited opportunities to be social or even being surrendered. By incorporating a plan to meet the needs of the dog and teaching the dog the skills they need to be successful in our city dwellings, we build a relationship of clear communication and spend fun quality time together. We reinforce the behaviors we want with treats, fun and play.

TRAINING & WELLNESS PROGRAM INCLUDES: ➠ Structured socialization as a puppy ➠ Opportunity for social interaction ➠ Variety of quality foods for nutrition & training ➠ Regular health & wellness checks ➠ Teach life skills ➠ Teach calming behaviors ➠ Learn something new together (Tricks, Parkour) ➠ Mental exercise to build problem solving

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➠ Physical exercise ➠ Time to decompress in nature ➠ Outlet to express natural behaviors

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If your dog is social and enjoys meeting new people and being around other dogs, you may also enjoy volunteering as a therapy dog team or training for a competition sport. The Canine Good Citizen Program by the American Kennel Club is a great way to get your dog started in social settings. The program was designed to promote responsible dog ownership and to encourage the training of well-mannered dogs.

OVERVIEW OF CANINE GOOD CITIZEN PROGRAM 1: Accepting a Friendly Stranger 2: Sit Politely for Petting 3: Appearance and Grooming 4: Walking on a Loose Leash 5: Walking Through a Crowd 6: Sit & Down on Cue, Stay in Place 7: Coming When Called 8: Reaction to Another Dog 9: Reaction to Distractions 10: Supervised Separation

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Whiskers on Kittens... These are a few of my favorite things!


ave you ever had the lyrics to a song repeatedly play over and over in your head? Well, “whiskers on kittens” kept playing over and over for me. My curiosity was piqued – besides making cats look cute and adorable what else do whiskers do for cats? Whiskers are more than just longer hairs. They serve as an important navigation system. They are deeply rooted in the cat’s body and are connected to the nervous system. There are sensory organs at the base of the whiskers (proprioceptors) that provide cats with information about their surroundings, how close they are to objects, direction and can even detect air movement. Also, have you ever wondered if fat cats can get stuck in small openings? Interestingly, a cat’s whiskers grow to the

width of his body. This helps them determine if it safe for them to enter a space; if their whiskers touch the sides of an opening the cat knows that he probably won’t fit through the opening. Whiskers can help us determine their moods. When a cat is calm and relaxed the whiskers are relaxed and sticking outward. If they are pushed forward almost in a fan shape in front of the face it indicates that they are excited and alert. An angry or scared cat will have their whiskers pulled or flattened against their cheeks. Can you believe that these are only a few of the interesting things whiskers do for cats? These were just a few favorites that satisfied my curiosity.

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CHEWING in dogs

By Kelley Bollen, MS, CABC Certified Animal Behavior Consultant Principal Consultant – Kelley Bollen Consulting, LLC


hewing is a natural behavior in dogs. They chew when they are bored or anxious but they also just enjoy the activity. If a dog is not provided with appropriate chew toys and encouraged to use them, this natural behavior often results in damage to valued household or personal items. Puppies that are teething can be especially destructive. Providing your puppy with plenty of chew toys and properly supervising him will help save your furniture, shoes, and other precious possessions. To encourage your dog to chew on appropriate items, purchase a dozen or so chew toys (Nyla bones, Kong toys, antlers, etc.) and rotate them so that your dog doesn’t get bored with any one item. Have 2-3 items out at a time and change them up with something else every other day to keep your dog interested in her chew item choices. Encourage toy usage by incorporating toys into play sessions. You can also increase appeal by smearing smooshy food in or on the item or soaking it in chicken broth overnight. Always praise your dog for chewing on her own toys. If you catch your dog chewing on an inappropriate item, ask her to “give” in exchange for a food treat and then replace the item with one of her toys. If your dog is chewing on the furniture or woodwork you can spray the area with a bitter tasting product like Bitter Apple® or Fooey®. This will discourage the dog from chewing these areas but it’s important that you renew the spray everyday until the dog learns the item always tastes bad. 32

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Another important tip is to never give your dog chew toys that look like items he is not allowed to chew. Giving your dog an old pair of sneakers or socks for example, only muddies the water. His chew toys should clearly be chew toys! Often times, dogs learn that getting a hold of a forbidden object brings attention from their owner. In order to get rid of this attention seeking behavior you must learn not to respond to it. DO NOT get into a game of chase with your dog even if it means sacrificing the item. This is exactly what he wants, and oh how fun it is! Be sure to give your dog plenty of attention when he is being good. It’s also advisable to teach your dog a “drop it” or “give” command so that you can retrieve items he has gotten a hold of without engaging in a chase.

Never punish “after the fact”. If you do not catch your dog in the act of chewing you CANNOT punish him. Your dog will not connect the two events and he will just learn to be afraid of you. Keep valuable items out of your dog’s reach and provide him with a variety of wonderful items that he is allowed to chew and you will be able to live in harmony with your canine friend and his big teeth.

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While dogs and cats are two of the most popular pets in America, there are many other pets that people enjoy. Can you find the names of these other popular pets hidden in the puzzle? The words may be in any direction: horizontal, vertical, diagonal, forwards or backwards.

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(Chickens, Turkeys & Geese)

➠ Ferrets

➠ Rabbits

➠ Fish

➠ Reptiles

➠ Guinea Pigs

➠ Turtles

➠ Hamsters

➠ Horses

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➠ Birds


What’s Your Favorite Holiday?

How Can We Celebrate Our Pets?

Did you know there are eleven federal holidays every year in the United States. Most federal holidays are celebrated in each state, too. New Year’s Day starts off the calendar, then Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January. February is Black History Month which also contains George Washington’s birthday, also called President’s Day. Celebrations are important to bring people together and remind us of our heritage.

Here are suggestions for those who like lists. The short answer is to take time out from our day to express appreciation for the joy and health animals bring to our lives.

Like National Ice Cream Day, there are unofficial holidays that call attention to a product, service, or an urgent need. People talk about what matters to them. What matters to you and your family? Did you know for animal lovers, there are days dedicated to animals? World Wildlife Day is in March and World Animal Day is in October, both with the hope to improve conditions for animals all over the world. Many organizations have animal welfare, ecology, and celebrating animal life in mind when creating an unofficial holiday. There are days designated as National Rescue Dog Day, National Hug Your Cat Day, National Bird Day, National Squirrel Appreciation Day, National Hedgehog Day, and many more.

Love Your Pet Day on Sunday February 20 You may ask, “When did this start? As early as 1020 years ago. Why? No one knows for sure. Was it started by an animal activist? Maybe. Was it started by someone missing their pet? We don’t really know for sure, but here’s the point. When we see the animals we love, or see others that need to be treated better, we want other people to become aware of that love or need. Do you appreciate the love and joy your pet brings and want to join the celebration?

• Walk, Play, or yes, Dance with Your Pet. Just don’t get them dizzy!

• Read to Your Pet.

Your reading and speaking improves as your pet is comforted by your voice.

• Relax Together.

Sit still with your pet. Brush or give extra hugs!

Learn to check the calendar for human holidays and unofficial pet days. Mark those dates and focus more on others and on your pets. You develop social skills as you interact and bond. Then again, why wait for a holiday? Let your pet know you care and have an inspired new year.

Happy 2022! C.A. Ritz ~ Author & Illustrator Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • January/February 2022



Heart Health Month Love

is a major theme in February – there are two days celebrating love for people and pets: Valentine’s Day and Love Your Pet day! Plus the WHOLE month of February is about hearts; American Heart Month is about promoting awareness about heart health and motivating people to make heart-healthy choices. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. There is a large body of evidence and studies that suggest that pets are good for our heart health. Including pets in making healthy lifestyle choices is important so that they can enjoy those same benefits. One way pets help us is by encouraging more physical activity: Generally dog owners enjoy more of these benefits; however, cat owners are finding creative ways to engage their cats in maintaining an active lifestyle. Making sure our pets have an active life helps them in many ways. Physical activity or exercise is an important aspect of weight management. Obesity puts people and pets at a higher risk for heart disease. Heart health is negatively affected by stress. Studies have shown that pets help relieve stress in people. It is sometimes called the “pet effect”. Pets have a calming effect on us. Sometimes we fail to recognize how stressful life can be for pets; excess noise, disruptions to schedules and holidays are stressors. Being aware of your pet’s stress levels, providing them with a safe place to retreat and, if possible, spending some “downtime” with them will have a “calming effect” on them. Making healthy choices is something we can do for ourselves, for our pets and with our pets. Our pets are counting on us to make those choices to create healthier and happier lives for all of us!

Making healthy choices is something we can do for ourselves, for our pets and with our pets. Our pets are counting on us to make those choices to create healthier and happier lives for all of us! 38

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CAT HEALTH MONTH Tips for keeping your cat healthy!


ats are loveable and affectionate; they’re the 2nd most popular pet in the United States. Their mysterious nature led to many myths or misconceptions that have influenced our ideas about cat care. February is National Cat Health Month and is the perfect time to focus on the health of your cat. By nature, cats are independent and appear to be self reliant. One common misconception is that cats do not need regular veterinary care. According to a recent survey by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) approximately 79% of people took their dog to the veterinarian for routine or preventive care compared to approximately 48% of people who took their cat. Many cat parents state that taking their cat to the vet is too difficult. They only take them when they need care. However, cats are expert symptom hiders and by the time cat parents realize their cat is sick it probably is more serious. Routine and preventive veterinarian visits are essential to your cat’s health. Another myth is that cats do not need to be groomed. And, yes, while cats do a great job of grooming themselves it is important to establish a regular grooming routine. When you groom your cat you can check for any changes or issues with their fur, claws, and check for lumps. Also, as your cat ages they will need more help in their grooming. 40

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Another misconception is that cats do not need special playtime. Even though you don’t have to take a cat for daily walks, it is essential to keep your fur baby active. Spending a few minutes periodically throughout the day helps your cat remain healthy and active. The myth that cats are solitary animals who prefer to be left alone and who do not enjoy time with people is one that most needs to be debunked. Another variation on the solitary myth is that cats are lowmaintenance; you can leave them alone for days as long as they have food and water. True, you don’t need someone to come and “walk the cat” but it is important to have someone check on them at least once a day. If possible, encourage socialization with at least one other person so that when you are away you have someone they know and trust to check on them.

A healthy cat is a happy cat. Most cats love attention, cuddling and snuggling. Spending time enjoying your cat is essential to their total health and well being.

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Fun Pet FACTS Did you know.... GUINEA PIGS – These adorable pets originated in South America (not Guinea) and are actually

rodents. When they are excited, guinea pigs jump straight up and down and can turn 90 degrees in mid-air – performing a humorous move called “pop corning”. They communicate with people and other Guinea Pigs using several noises, including a “wheek-wheek” call in response to finding a friend and a low purring sound when they are feeling content and relaxed.

BETTA FISH – Unlike most fish, Betta fish can breathe air! They can recognize their

owners and can even be taught to do tricks such as taking food from your hand or following a laser pen through a hoop in their aquarium. Betta Fish are sometimes called Japanese or Chinese fighting fish, but they originally came from Southeast Asia (Thailand).

PARROTS – Parrots are one of the most popular pets in the world. Their flamboyant, vibrant colors

are not only beautiful, but also provide a special defense against a feather-damaging bacteria called Psittacofulvins. Unlike most birds, a parrot’s 4 toes are configured with 2 toes in the front and 2 toes in the back. This anatomical adaptation allows them to grip and climb exceptionally well.

HORSES – The original horse (Hyracotherium) lived about 50 million years ago and was about the size of a Golden Retriever. The closest relatives to horses are zebras, donkeys and rhinos. Horses are unable to burp or vomit and can only breathe through their nose. Remarkably, they also have three pairs of salivary glands which enables them to produce up to 10 gallons of saliva a day!

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Everyone can do something, large or small, to help save a life. Nelson is a four-year-old playful, loving and housetrained Shitzu who enjoys toys, snuggling, and walks. He is missing an eye but it doesn’t stop him. He’s had his shots and neutering and is family ready! Y


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Titan is a 6 year old Cattledog, approx. 46 lbs. Titan lived with another dog but not with cats. His owner was hospitalized and will not be coming home. He is an inside dog but will need some refreshing on training. He is a social, energetic boy who would love an active owner. Y


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My name is Sam. I am an 8 year old male Husky, 58 lbs. I love people (NO CATS and no children under 10 yrs old). I’m a very strong boy and Husky experience is required. I have some separation anxiety, so no apartments (I howl) and someone who is home a lot would be ideal. I do know how to sit and shake, and am well mannered when people are with me. Y


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Jessie is an 8 yr old Tuxedo. He was found in a feral colony starving and his coat was so matted he hurt everywhere. Jessie is not a wild/feral cat, he did not know how to fend for himself. We stepped in to help. Jessie has been eating his share of food, his coat is growing out, he likes to talk to you and just loves attention. He is a good boy and just needs someone that will love and TAKE care of him. Y


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Margo is a very sweet 9 year old Chihuahua. She has a quiet demeanor and loves to be cuddled and stay close by. She is the perfect companion for someone looking for a senior gal! Y


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FEBRUARY Responsible Pet Owners Month Be a “pawsome” pet parent!

HAVING A PET IS A PRIVILEGE THAT COMES WITH MANY RESPONSIBILITIES. Pets are faithful companions and as their caregivers they rely on us to love and care for them. Responsible Pet Owners Month is the perfect time to think about what being a responsible pet owner involves. Most importantly, being a responsible pet owner means committing to our pet for their entire life; being there for them as they age and mature. Responsible pet parenting goes beyond meeting the basic needs of food, water, and shelter. Pets require regular exercise and playtime for physical fitness, fun and companionship. Numerous studies about pet cognition indicate the importance of providing mental stimulation for our pets. Many pets misbehave due to boredom. Though pets like routine and rituals, they also need to be mentally challenged and stimulated. Being a responsible pet owner starts with selecting the “right” pet for you and your lifestyle. Impulsively deciding to get a pet without doing research can result in a poor choice for both you and your pet.

January & February are great months to consider adopting a bird or a rabbit. Both make excellent pets for the right person.


Birds are wonderful pets that provide comfort, companionship and entertainment. Many people, however, do not understand the amount of love and attention required to care for a pet bird responsibly. It is estimated that approximately 85% of birds purchased are rehomed or abandoned within the first two years of ownership.

The vast variety of breeds, sizes, colors and temperaments offer a fantastic selection of pet birds. It is so important to do research before selecting a pet bird. Find out what breed best matches your lifestyle to help create a meaningful and lasting relationship with your bird. Do you have sufficient space to keep a bird? It is important to provide your bird with a cage large enough for it to stretch its wings. Birds also need daily time out of their cages for exercise and mental stimulation. Another important consideration is the lifespan of birds. For example, parakeets are very popular birds and their average life expectancy is 12 to 14 years. However, at the upper end of the lifespan are African Greys and parrots that can live over 70 years. If you are prepared and willing to make a lifetime commitment to a feathered pet check out the following bird rescues: Southern Nevada Parrot Rescue SouthWest Exotic Avian Rescue (SWEAR)


Rabbits are cute and loveable; they are the third most adopted pet in the United States. Bunnies are so adorable and people often get one on impulse without knowing anything about their care or needs. They are thought to be beginner pets that don’t live long, can be caged and are low maintenance.

When people discover how much care and maintenance is really required they often surrender them to shelters or abandon them outdoors. Sadly they are the third most relinquished pet. Here are a few important things to consider if you’re thinking about adopting a pet bunny. Rabbits live a long time – their average lifespan is from eight to 12 years. Rabbits are indoor pets. They do live in cages but need time every day outside of their cage. It is important to bunny-proof your house or provide an area large enough for them to safely roam, explore and get exercise. As with all pets, rabbits require socialization and enrichment activities to help stimulate them to prevent boredom. Adopting a rabbit is a big step. For more information see the Bunnies Matter website at:

Every pet requires responsible care from their owner. Your pets will reward you with unconditional love and companionship. They will fill your home with joy and happiness. Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • January/February 2022



Events PET



7pm Register today for VVDOC’s winter classes that will start on January 13 at Dog Fancier’s Park. Cynthia Cunningham Elementary School 4145 Jimmy Duarante Blvd.

10:30am–3:30pm. Free event for pets & their people! Pet safety tips, nutrition information, spay/neuter registration, vendors, adoptable pets and register your dog/cat to donate much needed blood. Camp Bow Wow Summerlin – 210 S. Rainbow Blvd.



1pm–3pm. Join Las Vegas Bird Club for their monthly meeting with a focus on Avian education. Visitors & birds welcome. Eldorado Modular Home Estates – 4525 W. Twain Ave.

1pm–3pm. Join Las Vegas Bird Club for their monthly meeting with a focus on Avian education. Visitors & birds welcome. Eldorado Modular Home Estates – 4525 W. Twain Ave.







6pm–9pm. Great for all ages! Enjoy an evening of bowling fun while supporting animal rescues! Participants can look forward to bowling contests, goody bags, silent auction, great prizes, and more. Purchase tickets at: Gold Coast Bowling Center • 4000 W. Flamingo Rd.

Love is in the Air! Visit our website for event flyers, more events, updates and information:

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CHANGE A PET’S LIFE DAY ADOPT Save the life of a loving pet today by adopting them into your life and home.

FOSTER Frees up space and resources at shelters and rescues and gives homeless pets opportunities to experience a temporary “home”.

SPONSOR Many shelters and rescues provide sponsorships of specific

pets. Sometimes this includes monthly support or possibly sponsoring the adoption fee to encourage a loving forever family to adopt your “pet”.


a day created to raise awareness of the plight of homeless pets and to encourage adoption. Here are a few ways you can help to change the life of a pet:

VOLUNTEER There is always a need for extra hands to provide care at shelters and rescues.

DONATE On-going support is necessary to provide services for homeless pets. You can provide financial support or donations of food and other supplies.


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Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • January/February 2022

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