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The origin for the month of January comes from the Roman god “Janus”. The two faces represent facing the past and looking toward the future. Janus is called a god of doorways, of beginnings and endings; times of transitions and passages.
At the beginning of the New Year, we probably recognize both faces within ourselves. Some of us will look back and be glad that 2022 is over and hope for a better new year. Many people experienced sadness and the loss of family and friends, both human and pets. Other people experienced a wonderful year and look forward with hope for the new year.
For us, looking back fills us with gratitude for 2022. We appreciate the support of our readers and we look forward to 2023 with hope and excitement. In planning each issue, we spend time thinking about our readers. We read, research, and explore lots of topics and select what we hope will be helpful, enjoyable, inspirational and encouraging for you.
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“The beginning is always today.”
By Sheryl Green
New year, new you. With 2022 in the rearview mirror, it’s time to take stock of our lives and see how to make the most out of the new year. The best part? Your pets can help!
Let’s look at the 5 most common New Year’s Resolutions and how your furry friend can help you live your best life.
EXERCISE MORE AND LOSE WEIGHT > There’s nothing your dog loves more than going for a walk (except maybe snuggling on the couch, but you can do that after). Put on your tennis shoes, leash up your fur baby and head out for a brisk stroll. Ten to fifteen minutes a day will have wonderful health benefits for both you and your best friend. Sniff breaks are acceptable, just make sure you get your heart rate elevated for a bit to get the most out of the workout.
When you exercise, you’re bound to lose weight. Daily walks, throwing a ball in the backyard, and if your pup is light enough or your cat will tolerate it, you can always bench press them for some added weight training. (Carefully, please… and only if they enjoy it.)
GET ORGANIZED > It’s time to stop yelling at Fido for nibbling on your handbag or Fluffy for throwing up in your shoe. Create a place for everything (out of reach of prying paws) and then put everything in its place. This is also a great time to go through your closets and ditch or donate what no longer serves you.
QUIT SMOKING > If your own health isn’t a big enough reason to quit, think about your precious fur babies. Dogs that live in a smoking environment are 3x more likely to develop lung or nasal cancers; cats are more than 3x likely to come down with cancer in the mouth. A pet’s life is short enough. Kick the habit and give them the best shot at a happy, healthy life.
TAKE UP A HOBBY > If you’ve got an active pup, why not sign up for K9 Nose Work or Agility? If your fur baby is snuggly and calming, why not look into Therapy Dog training? There are children, seniors, first responders, and hospitalized people that could benefit from some fur therapy. Got a kitty at home? Clicker train your kitty, teach them to walk on a leash, or create a cardboard box obstacle course with treats along the way.
MORE TIME WITH FAMILY AND
FRIENDS > This includes the furry ones! Your pets don’t have the active social life you do. They rely on you for safety, love, entertainment, enrichment, and company. Even an afternoon curled up on the couch binging on Netflix can be the purrfect day for your furry family members. You can also connect with other pet parents for play dates. Your pets can socialize, and you can surround yourself with friends who love animals as much as you do.
Don’t have a pet? Now’s a great time to foster or adopt from a local rescue or shelter. Can’t have a fur baby of your own? Volunteer!
Sheryl Green is an author, writing coach, and passionate animal advocate. Find her at www.unleashedcommunications.com
Your Best Year Yet with a little help from your furry friends!
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Your pet is already your best friend, fur kid, and confidant. Make them your accountability partner as well,
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Those of us living in Las Vegas may not have had the opportunity to experience the joy of playing with our dogs in the snow. Thankfully, there are a few snowy places to visit a relatively short drive away:
» Mt. Charleston, NV – 40 miles/1 hour
» Brian Head Resort, UT – 202 miles/3 hours
» Big Bear Mountain Resort, CA – 214 miles/3.5 hours
If you are considering an overnight stay for your snowy adventure, plan ahead and research dog-friendly hotels/ motels and rental properties near your destination.
Before planning for a cold weather trip, it is important to ensure that your dog is healthy and prepared for colder temperatures than they are used to. Having a long furry coat will help your dog stay warm. If you were considering a grooming and trimming appointment for your pup, now is not the time. That nice long warm coat definitely serves a purpose for cold weather protection. If your dog has a short coat, you might want to consider purchasing (or borrowing) a doggie sweater or jacket. Adding that extra layer to your dog’s body will keep him much warmer. Depending on the severity of the cold in your expected destination, doggie boots may also be a good idea. They not only protect their paws from the cold, but also from the sharp ice they may encounter. In addition to your usual pet-travel supplies, you should also bring extra blankets, towels, and FOOD. (Your pup will be burning up a lot more calories in the colder climate.) Don’t forget the water as well. Even though it is cold, dogs still need plenty of water to replace fluid lost through respiration, sweat, and urination. In general, pack more things than you think you will need. Better to be safe than sorry.
Have you ever had the chance to romp and play with your dog in the snow? EVERY dog should have the opportunity to experience all the fun you can have playing in fluffy, beautiful snow! Diving through it and trying to fetch a disappearing snowball ensures a day of unique entertainment for both you AND your pup.
When you arrive at your desired location, take a look around for any possible hazards you may encounter. Snow is beautiful, but it can also cover dangerous objects and dropoffs you can’t see. Sharp fallen branches and deep holes in the ground can be conspicuously covered by a gorgeous layer of soft snow. Seeking out off-leash dog parks and dog-friendly walking trails is typically the safest plan for first-time snow adventurers. Before letting your dog off-leash in any area, check out the surroundings on your own. You may be able to see potentially dangerous areas before you letting your dog explore. If your pup has never experienced snow before, it is usually best to take them on a little walk around the area before you let them explore on their own. In some cases, dogs find snow to be a little scary at first. Understandably, snow is a very strange thing to encounter if you’ve never seen it before!
There are so many fun games to play in the snow. In addition to the sheer fun of running, jumping and sliding through it, see if your dog will catch a snowball or try to fetch one. Throw a favorite fetch toy and enjoy your pup’s attempt to dig it out. You can even invent your own fun snow games.
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Most importantly, enjoy your playtime in your snowy playground and make memories that will last a lifetime.
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Keep a PET HEALTH Diary
How many times have you looked at your pet and asked that question? How many times do you wish just once in a while that they could talk and convey how they are feeling or what is bothering them? While technology has made some impressive advancements the past few decades, I don’t think we will ever fully be able to have a conversation with our pets to the degree that we desire!
So, how do we know when they are not feeling well? Worse yet, how do know what exactly is wrong?
Of course, there’s no surefire trick. We know the routine by now. If our pets don’t feel well for longer than expected, we take them to the veterinarian and get the blood tests done. We may possibly have to get them an ultrasound, x-rays or even more tests.
These tests are wonderful in helping to pinpoint the problem. But what happens when the tests come back inconclusive? At first, it’s great news. Our biggest fears of cancer or another serious illness fall by the wayside. The bad news is that our pets are still not acting like themselves and something is still wrong.
One thing I found helpful for many different reasons is a pet diary. When our pets are feeling fine and happy, of course there’s no reason to keep such a thing, except to possibly record how cute they were. When they are sick, however, a pet diary truly helps.
Your veterinarian can only go by what you tell them and what signs they see in the small window of time in their office. You’re with your pet every day.
A pet diary can help shed some light on the following issues. When did the problem first start? Did anything change during that timeframe? Any life changes, stress, food modifications? Did your pet go to a new park, meet a new friend? Do any of your neighbor’s dogs have the same symptoms?
What is going on in the rest of the household? If your pet is sneezing, for instance, do you notice that others (including people) are sneezing as well? Is it possible it is allergy season? Have they recently discontinued taking any medications?
On the contrary, what medications have they started taking and when did they start taking them? Sometimes side effects don’t kick in immediately.
By Elizabeth Parker
For example, my current dog is a rescue and has had every issue imaginable. One of them is low platelet count. Since it’s impossible to know the cause, my vet has been working with us to get her platelets normalized. She has had every test known to man, and has been taking three different medications. While they did help, they did not get her platelets to the ideal range. In addition, she started to have gastrointestinal issues.
At first, it didn’t dawn on me that the medications could be the reason, as she had been on them for months without an issue. Then, by a stroke of luck, I saw a sign at the pharmacy that simply read, “are your medications giving you an upset stomach?” There, a light bulb went off. I spoke to my vet who then took her off one of the medications I suspected had been the cause. Within days, her tummy was better, her coat was growing in and her platelets started to improve.
Even though these medications don’t normally cause issues, every dog, just like every person, reacts differently. The only way I had made the connection was by looking back at my doggy diary!
The diary is always twofold. While you may be lucky enough to have dogs without any health issues, I can say that I haven’t always been so lucky. I keep all their “diaries” for years because even though their issue might be resolved, who’s to say in the future another dog might not have those same symptoms? Or if their symptoms come back, you can always refer to previous entries and see what the resolution was.
One last thing to remember is to think out of the box. What is “normal” isn’t always the case. I had a dog here in Vegas with Lyme disease when I first adopted him. My vet at the time was reluctant to test for it as “Vegas doesn’t have Lyme.” I had to push the issue because apparently, even though the chance was slight, my dog tested positive for advanced Lyme and we caught it just in time. A few rounds of doxycycline and a few months later, my new dog was like a puppy again!
If you have a hunch, act on it. You can refer to your diary to help diagnose the issue. You may not always get an answer, but it may help put the pieces of the puzzle together!
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. Available on Amazon.com!
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Love & Support Each Other
By Adam Sage
Aralyn Jane and Jerome Jedi (A.J. & J.J.) were born on June 1, 2018. A litter of 5 total pups, they were born in the same amniotic sack making them rare male/female twins. Immediately their breeder noticed that something wasn’t right with the way they walked. Their back legs appeared weak, they hopped when they walked, and in Jerome’s case his hind quarters were noticeably atrophied. They reached out to a local advocate for Tickled Pink Weimaraner Rescue & after a vet visit the twins were diagnosed Spinal Dysraphism, commonly known as Hopper’s Disease in Weimaraners.
Reaching out to a rescue was the best decision they could have made for the twins. After fostering for a few weeks we fell in love and decided to adopt. Having extensive experience with weims and rescue we wanted to give them the best chance to live the healthiest and fullest lives they could. We worked with them every day to strengthen their legs including treadmill time, swimming, running, and massage. Slowly and with a lot of encouragement they began to become much stronger, balanced, and more confident in their general movement. Jerome especially, who also suffers from scoliosis, could barely use his hind legs at first. Even when he could get himself upright he’d have to propel himself forward by hopping almost horizontally. We set up and encouraged him to go through narrow passageways in an effort to get him to straighten himself out when running or moving forward. And you know what? It worked! At first he’d stand there and think about how to do it, straighten out, and go for it. Even though he still hops and has a curve to his spine it’s now become second nature for him to move in a more “normal” fashion.
Caring for Aralyn and Jerome and seeing them develop into happy, outgoing, and inquisitive dogs has been extremely rewarding & the deep bond they share is apparent to anyone who meets them. They clearly love and support each other and have always been together from the very start to where they are now…most likely asleep on the couch covered in plush blankets. And to keep up with all of their adventures: @thesharktwinsfamily on Instagram • Facebook.com/thesharktwins
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TWINS WITH SPINAL DISEASE
Healthy Eating FOR DOGS
One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to eat healthier and a close second is to lose weight. If one of your goals or resolutions for 2023 is to eat healthier why not resolve to feed the canine member(s) of your family healthier too.
A healthy diet is the foundation of a healthy life for our canine family member. Following through on your resolution to eat healthy in 2023 can be difficult. Although difficult, making wise dietary decisions is important to the health and well-being of your entire family including your precious fur babies. When entering a pet store, walking through the pet section of a grocery store, or going online we are confronted with choices. They are complicated, complex, and confusing.
Here are a few thoughts that might be helpful. First, select a high-quality dog food to be the primary food; it can be kibble, wet, freeze dried, etc. (Again, lots of choices) Even if the food you select is considered complete it is important to give your dog two supplements: a vitamin supplement and an enzyme and probiotic combination. Another helpful addition to any diet is bone broth. I’ve been having fun making it for my dog. It is relatively easy to make and provides a source of collagen plus a wide variety of minerals. One important ingredient to add is apple cider vinegar. It helps draw out the minerals from the bones. Adding a selection of fresh vegetables and herbs increases the nutritional value of bone broth. I add mushrooms to the bone broth about an hour before turning off the heat.
Mushrooms are a great food to add to your dog’s diet. They contain many nutrients such as amino acids, vitamins A and B, and also antioxidants. The benefits include lowering cholesterol, boosting weight loss and boosting the immune system. Caution: only use store bought mushrooms; wild mushrooms most likely are poisonous to your dog.
Snakes are distinguished by their limbless condition and greatly elongated body and tail!
Take this fun quiz to see if you can guess whether these random facts are true or not.
Answers on Page 49
Snakes smell with their tongues.
True or False
Snakes can see colors.
True or False
Snakes swallow their food whole.
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There are over 5,000 species of snakes in the world.
True or False
Snakes hear through their ears.
True or False
All snakes lay eggs.
True or False
All snakes are carnivores.
True or False
Snakes don’t have eyelids and sleep with their eyes open.
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Wishing you and your canine family members a healthy
CREATING A Comfy ENVIRONMENT
cave-like bed to curl up in. Placing it by natural light allows your dog to lie down and enjoy the sunlight in comfort.
Even with their furry coats, sometimes they want a warm place to cuddle up in. If they like to be toasty warm, especially the small little ones, check into a selfwarming bed pad. There are ones that are electricity free. The bed pad has a layer of insulating fiber batting and mylar, which reflects body heat to create a warm sleep surface for pups and kitties alike to curl up in cozy comfort.
By Gail Mayhugh
When it comes to our pets, there’s almost nothing we won’t do for them. They bring so much joy to our lives with their unconditional love that our love for them knows no boundaries. They’re members of our families and make houses feel like homes. We all want to be comfortable in our homes, including our pets.
We all want to be comfortable in our homes, including our pets. Who doesn’t want a special someplace to feel comfy and cozy. My two are always in my office. Maggie lays right under my chair, which is so sweet, but I know she’s also looking for a quick belly rub. Here are some ideas to give your pets a cozy hangout of their own.
Build them a nook for cat naps. If you have a staircase, you most likely have wasted space under the stairs. Open it up and make it into a little hideaway for them. There’s
also all different furniture pieces out there now, I’m sure you can find something that fits right into your décor.
If your pup’s crate is in the central part of the house where they like to nap, you can have a top made from a material that works with your décor. It turns it into a functional and nice-looking piece of furniture.
If your dog is used to sleeping in a crate, consider placing another one in a quiet corner. Crates are their private sanctuary, a safe and happy place. You can also create a
Wherever you find the space for a pet nook, fill it with plush materials that can be easily washed and often. Microfiber is a great choice. It’s easy to maintain, and the hair comes off with a lint brush. Crypton is also a super stain, water, and bacteriaresistant fabric. Water runs right off the material, so cleaning is a breeze.
My girls have always liked regular bed pillows and throws. I’ve bought fancy pet beds, and on a rare occasion, Maya will lay on them, but Maggie has no part of it. But then again, she is a bit of a couch potato at night.
Creating a comfy home for you and your pets makes everyone happy.
Gail Mayhugh supports animal rescues and shelters through her non-profit, www.SeniorsToTheRescue.org.
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Wednesday through Sunday, 11am to 6pm! We also have added birthday parties, business, club meetings, and special events! Check out our Events Calendar for upcoming events. Adoptions We have kittens here at Rescued Treasures Cat Café for adoption! We are adopting by appointment only at the café. Call 702-629-6351 for more information. Pawsitively Seniors Program Pawsitively Seniors is designed for low-income seniors whose quality of life would be enhanced as a result of the many positive effects of pet ownership. By matching senior or special needs cats with senior people this program is a mutual benefit for all. Low-income seniors are defined as 60 and over with an income of $1,800 per month or less. Senior cats are defined as 8 years and older, who have been spayed/neutered and are current on vaccinations with general good health. Special needs cats are those who have manageable behavioral or medical issues. The Pawsitively Seniors program includes: • Free food and litter delivered on a regular schedule, if needed • Free medical care from a program approved veterinarian, including prescribed medication • Free transportation to and from a participating Vet • Monthly visits from PALnv to check on the cat and senior SIGN UP IS EASY! Complete application at ➠ www.palnv.org/pawsitively-seniors Contact our Pawsitively Seniors representative at 702-629-6351 and she will make an appointment with you to visit your home and help you fill out the paperwork. 19 Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • January/February 2023
NewYear Resolutions FOR OUR FABULOUS FELINES
very year many of us make resolutions. Beginning changes in our lives. Even though statistics show that less than 25% of people who make resolutions actually keep them beyond one month, they do serve as goals or guides.
What about resolutions to be better cat parents?
Though cats are considered to be aloof and solitary, “low maintenance” pets that require less work than dogs, they thrive when they receive daily love and attention.
Here are four New Year’s resolutions or ideas to help create a healthy and happy 2023 for your cat:
Resolution 1: I will scoop the litter box once a day and clean the litter box once a month.
Beyond the basics of providing food and water cats require clean “bathrooms”. Cats are excessively clean creatures and dirty litter boxes stress them. Some cats may tolerate a dirty litter box but many cats decide to go outside the box. Also, once a month the litter boxes should be emptied, washed and refilled with clean litter.
Resolution #2: I will take time to touch, massage and cuddle my cat every day.
Learn how your cat likes to be touched and cuddled. It is important to know your cat’s petting preferences and to respect them. Touching your cat every day, however, can help increase their touch limits. Daily grooming isn’t required but you can add “I will groom my cat for 10 to 15 minutes once or twice a week” to this resolution. These touch times help strengthen the bond between you and your cat. They provide an opportunity to check your pet for other issues like lumps, bumps and scratches.
Resolution 3: I will consistently play with my cat two times a day for at least 15 minutes.
Daily interactive play is one area that many cat parents overlook. Though cats do not seem to need a lot of attention; they act “aloof”, seem independent and solitary they do need interactive playtime with us. Playing keeps cats physically and mentally healthy. It helps prevent boredom and can possibly help cats sleep through the night. It also strengthens the bond between you and your cat and provides valuable insight into your cat’s personality, play style and needs.
Resolution #4: I will create an enriched environment for my cat.
Cats love climbing and hiding in safe places. A cat tree (tower) or vertical spaces such as window perches are essential for their well being. They provide safe places for them to keep watch over their kingdom. A cat’s schedule is filled with cat naps, grooming and brief periods of solitary play; providing challenging toys encourages activity. Check out videos of birds, small animals and even insects to keep them constructively entertained. Leash walking, cat enclosures (catios) and pet strollers allow safe outdoor experiences for indoor-only cats. Explore and experiment with new things and experiences to enrich your cat’s enjoyment of life.
Our cats give us unconditional love. Resolving to pay a little more attention to them is one way to show our appreciation and return their love.
We wish you and your cat a healthy and happy new year with lots of fun, cuddling and happiness.
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Is Relocating a FERAL CAT in Need Ever Okay?
By Jennie Schwinn
When is it okay to relocate a feral cat? If a feral is part of a safe colony and you want to TNR (trap, neuter/spay release) you should always return them to their territory. Relocating could be stressful and possibly dangerous for the cat. However, there may be situations where it’s necessary. This is about my experience with relocating my ferals that are now domesticated.
I was taking care of two feral siblings that were living behind my workplace. One I named Tyrion and the other I called Green Eyes (aka, GE). One day while feeding them, I noticed Tyrion had a mass on his face. I tried to get a closer look but he ran away. That was the last time I saw him for a while. Eventually, I spotted him in a field nearby. I got my carrier out of my car and lured him with food. Despite the scratches and bites, I was successful. (NOTE: I would NEVER recommend trapping a cat this way but I was desperate). I took him to the vet who told me to clean the wound every day and administer antibiotics.
I then decided to take it a step further and try to bring him inside my home. I set up a room upstairs and soon enough he made himself comfortable.
I knew this was going to be challenging. I took him home but since he was not accustomed to things like televisions, ceiling fans etc., he spent a lot of time hiding. It took months for him to acclimate.
I have always felt guilty about separating the siblings. It was about five years ago and my worst nightmare came true. My company relocated. How was I going to care for GE? I decided I had to try to bring GE onto my property somehow. I didn’t believe bringing him in the house with my other cats would work, so I came up with an idea for an outdoor enclosure and had a nice size catio built in my yard. My next big obstacle was, “how am I going to trap this cat?” I had no trapping experience at all. I watched MANY YouTube videos and bought a trap. I set it up by the woods where I fed GE. It took two months but eventually I was successful. It was now time to put him in the enclosure. At first, he was wild and wanted out. It was distressing to watch, but I knew in time that he would calm down. Eventually things progressed. After three years, I had him sitting on my lap.
Relocating feral cats is challenging and rewarding, but taming them may or may never happen. There were many times where I was just going to accept that I was never going to have a close relationship with my ferals especially GE, but it took YEARS of patience, kindness and respect, and eventually it did happen.
If a feral is hurt or sick, I would try to trap them and get them to a vet. Relocating to a safe place may be necessary. Reach out to a TNR group in your area for help.
Educate yourself. You may not want to bring a feral into your home unless you are willing to take on a big responsibility.
Patience, Kindness, Respect and Commitment are a must.
BE SAFE AND GOOD LUCK.
Relocation should only be considered as an absolute last resort, when the cats’ lives are in danger unless you act. Community cats bond to their outdoor homes and, if relocated, may try to find their way back. In some cases, cats have died in the process. Keep this firmly in mind before deciding that a cat’s life will be better somewhere else.
Green Eyes his first day in catio
Green Eyes living inside our house
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HOW TO INTRODUCE A PUPPY TO YOUR OLDER DOG(S)
By Jarrett Parker
Over the years, Raja and I have created a system for introducing a rescue puppy to our family of two rescue dogs as our oldest reaches 11 years. The reason for this system is so our middle aged dog (in this case Bailey at 7 years) won’t be left alone when the older one (Jasmine 11 years) passes. It is a circle of life that has worked wonderfully well over the years.
Seven months ago, we found Oliver through Companion Pet Rescue (cprdogs.com). My amazing niece, Kelly Tyrrell, works for them and introduced Oliver to us. Next thing we knew, we were on a flight to Tennessee to scoop little Oliver up and bring him back to Las Vegas. This first step was crucial. Bonding. That first day of being taken away from his mother and siblings with two strange humans must have been terrifying. Being scared and confused, it’s essential that the puppy bond by constantly holding and reassuring with love that the pup is in a safe place. That bonding time is everything, and from that, trust is gained. To keep Oliver calm, we also made sure to keep a small blanket with him that his mother had slept on. A security blanket, so to speak.
When we arrived home, we made sure that all the dogs met outside for their first encounter. This was extremely important so that Jasmine and Bailey did not feel threatened. We had them get acquainted in our courtyard in front of the house for the sniffing party. But, we would pick up Oliver every few minutes and reassure him that he was safe. This is important, so that the pup won’t feel abandoned. At the same time, it was important to reassure Jasmine and Bailey of their roles in the family. We spent an hour letting them get comfortable with each other.
Then, we moved the party into the house. Soon the dogs would start to settle down. We kept the blanket with Oliver at all times. We had a large cage with a bed in it waiting for him. This was kept in the bedroom. We could tell right away that, like Bailey, he was a sensitive pup. He didn’t want to be left alone in his new bed. So, he slept in our bed.
We started potty training immediately. This has been quite easy for all of our previous pups as they learned by following their older siblings. We have a dog run area that we built for them as a relief area. Oliver just simply watched the other two use the dog run and did as they did. This is a blessing when you have other dogs!
The next step is sharing. It is so important to share everything equally! The treats, the toys, the kisses, and the love. No one gets special privileges. The only thing we do in a specific order is how we set their food bowls down. First is Jasmine, then Bailey, and then Oliver.
The last step is puppy training. We have always taken our pups to Smarty Paws Canine Coaching. Training is essential so that you don’t have a wild pup running all over the house. Pups learn so much at this age and with proper training it makes managing three big dogs easier.
Oliver is now 8 months and loves his new family. The three dogs really are brothers and sisters now. They’re inseparable! I think the greatest gift that a new pup will give to your existing dog(s) is activity! Bailey has actually lost weight with all the playing he does with Oliver!
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HEART HEALTH in Dogs and Cats
By Elizabeth Racine, DVM
Just like people, our pets can get a variety of heart conditions, including valve disease, cardiomyopathies, and congestive heart failure. Some heart diseases are congenital, meaning the pet is born with the condition, while others may come on later in life. The best way to monitor your pet’s heart health is by seeing your veterinarian regularly for examinations, as many heart diseases are first detected by the veterinarian during an annual wellness visit.
Signs of Heart Disease in Pets
Some pets with heart disease have no symptoms. Unfortunately, heart disease is sometimes only detected when it becomes severe or when a pet dies suddenly. When pets do display symptoms of heart disease, they may include signs such as:
If you suspect your pet has symptoms of heart disease, see your veterinarian for an examination right away.
Diagnosing Heart Disease in Pets
In many cases, heart disease is first detected by the veterinarian on a routine physical examination. The veterinarian may discover a heart murmur or abnormal heart rhythm during the examination that prompts further workup. Your veterinarian may recommend diagnostic imaging of the heart, such as radiographs (x-rays) of the heart and lungs or an echocardiogram, which is an ultrasound to assess the structure and function of the heart. In some cases, an EKG to measure the electrical activity of the heart may also be recommended. Prior to starting cardiac medications, your veterinarian may recommend baseline blood work and urine testing as well.
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Rapid or irregular breathing
Loss of appetite
Treating Heart Disease in Pets
The treatment for heart disease varies depending on the type of heart disease that is present. Some types of heart disease may be treated with surgery to correct an underlying structural defect in the heart. More commonly, heart disease is treated with medication. Medications cannot cure heart disease, but they can slow the progression of heart disease and alleviate the associated symptoms. Medications commonly used in the treatment of heart disease in pets include:
Diuretics. In patients with congestive heart failure, excess fluid accumulates in the chest or abdominal cavity or in the lung tissue due to increased pressure in the heart. Diuretics like furosemide (Lasix) remove excess fluid from the body by acting on the kidney to increase urine production.
Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. ACE inhibitors such as Enalapril are often prescribed to patients in heart failure to induce vasodilation, or the opening of blood vessels. This reduces blood pressure and improves circulation, reducing the workload on the heart.
Pimobendan (Vetmedin). This drug is an inodilator, which is a class of heart medications that help the heart pump more efficiently. Pimobendan works by dilating the blood vessels that carry blood away from the heart, which reduces the workload on the heart, and by strengthening the muscle contractions of the heart.
Spironolactone. Spironolactone is a weak diuretic that is used to treat fluid accumulation due to congestive heart failure. It acts on the kidney to increase urine production, but does so by a different mechanism of action compared to other diuretic agents like furosemide. Because of this, it can be used in combination with other diuretic agents.
Clopidogrel (Plavix). This is an antiplatelet medication used to reduce the risk of blood clots in patients with heart disease. It is most often prescribed in cats with heart disease to prevent feline aortic thromboembolism, also known as saddle thrombus.
How to Keep Your Pet’s Heart Healthy
Although some factors influencing the development of heart disease are genetic, there are also some factors that you can control. To help reduce your pet’s risk of heart disease, follow these guidelines:
Maintain a healthy lean body weight. Pets that are overweight or obese are at greater risk of developing heart disease than their healthy weight counterparts. A healthy diet and good portion control are essential to keep your pet at an ideal body weight.
Feed a complete and balanced diet. A diet that is complete and balanced contains all the vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that the body needs to function. A diet that is deficient in these essential nutrients may put your pet at risk for developing heart disease.
Get regular exercise. Just like humans, pets need regular exercise to support their cardiovascular health. Aim to get at least an hour a day of active play time for your pet’s health and mental well-being.
See your veterinarian regularly. Regular checkups with your veterinarian can detect potential problems early, so you can intervene before they become progressive issues.
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PET FOOD TRENDS
The history of pet food is very interesting. In the United States the first commercial canned dog food was Ken-L Ration which was made available in 1922 and its main ingredient was horse meat. During World War II tin and meat were rationed and pet food was classified as “non-essential”. So cereal makers (General Mills and Ralston Purina Co) began experimenting and in 1956 the first dry kibble was produced and for many years was the leading pet food option.
In addition to eating dry kibble supplemented with “table scraps” dogs also slept outside in dog houses. Fortunately, those trends changed as our relationship with dogs evolved. Dogs are now viewed as companions and family members. They sleep inside and many enjoy sleeping with family members. Their diets have certainly changed.
In reviewing the pet spending trends in 2022, one of the largest increases was in the premium pet food category. Pet parents are demanding fresh, human-grade food for their furry family members. Some feel that the deeper emotional bonds developed during Covid helped create this increased demand.
Looking ahead to 2023 inflation will be a challenge for many people as they struggle to feed all members of their families. In selecting quality food for the canine members of your family, it is easy to become overwhelmed with the choices and overly influenced by marketing terms such as gourmet, premium or holistic. Also, more expensive doesn’t necessarily mean better quality. According to the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) Human-grade and human-quality are also marketing terms with no legal definition. Their website is a valuable resource to learn more about pet food and safety. www.aafco.org
So many great choices and definitely challenging to select the best dog food for our precious fur babies. Yet it is worth the time and energy to do your “homework”. Our local pet stores are great resources for nutritional advice!
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Take this fun quiz to see if you can guess whether these random facts are true or not.
Answers on Page 49
Hedgehogs will eat one-half of its body weight in one night. True or False
There are about 17 species of hedgehogs. True or False
Hedgehogs are primarily nocturnal and forage at night. True or False
Hedgehogs are omnivores and feast on earthworms, slugs, caterpillars, berries, small frogs and bird eggs. True or False
Baby hedgehogs are called hoglets. True or False
Hedgehog spikes are like porcupine quills and are barbed and poisonous. True or False
The average hedgehog lives for 2 to 3 years. True or False
Hedgehogs have poor eyesight and depend mainly on their sense of smell to find food and sense danger. True or False
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By C.A. Ritz
What are you thinking about right now? Friends, family, your pets? Are they part of any resolutions you’ve made? A resolution is like a promise to yourself or to someone else involving a plan of action you’ve considered.
Overall statistics suggest 35-40% of people in the U.S. claim to make New Year’s resolutions. That’s a little more than one-third as individuals vow to improve physical health, mental abilities, finances, or relationships. Men focus a bit more on career goals than women. Women are reported to focus slightly more on health and relationships than men. Pet owners set similar goals for their pets based on diet, exercise, and wellness. However, within the first month, many people quit and by six months, most have returned to a default mindset.
So, who started this anyway? Several history sites credit the Babylonians with this tradition nearly 4,000 years ago, in connection with harvest festivals. One might wonder why we continue this ancient custom. Right? Whether or not you make official New Year’s resolutions, reviewing the past year and making goals is a healthy habit. Successful planners set achievable goals with family, friends, and even pets for encouragement. Here’s a few thoughts for you when setting a goal.
Goals don’t have to be labeled as “New Year’s Resolutions”.
You can organize, change your mind if needed, and enjoy time with your family and/or pet any day of the year.
Reading to children and pets creates bonds while increasing literacy and wisdom!
Research is available to gain knowledge for understanding, health, and well-being.
If you promised to feed, bathe, brush, clean up after, walk, and hug your pet (or child) do it! None are a “have-to” but are a “get to” and great ways to practice follow-through (integrity) which will benefit your whole family now and in years to come.
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If you must make a resolution, ➥ RESOLVE TO DREAM ➥ RESOLVE TO BE MINDFUL IN THE MOMENTS OF LIFE ➥ RESOLVE TO LIVE WITH PURPOSE, MAKING TIME FOR OTHERS GOALS NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS Considerations 1 2 3 4 5 LOOKING TO THE FUTURE Have a tremendous year!
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Whiskers on Kittens...
Have 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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A NEW YEAR’S GUIDE TO WITH YOUR DOG Setting Goals
& Photos By Veronica Selco
If you’re looking for fun things to do with your dog, the New Year is a great time to get started. Training together builds your communication, teamwork and enriches the relationship you share with your dog, whether you are training FUNdamental life skills or taking up fun activities, tricks or sports.
Here are a few ideas of training programs to start in the New Year! The programs listed below offer certificate and titling options too. Set a goal, train on your own or join a group class!
Canine Good Citizen
The Canine Good Citizen Program teaches good manners to dogs and responsible dog ownership to their owners. This is a great training and testing program for those wishing to engage in social outings with their dogs, or those interested in therapy work or dog sports.
Kennel Club. Start with your Novice Title by performing 10 tricks from a long list of options.
Three FUN tricks to start with:
» Push-ups (sit, down, sit, down, sit, down)
» Crawling at least 3 body lengths on belly
» Spin to complete a circle
Learn more about the AKC Trick Dog Program and earn your Trick Titles here: www.akc.org/sports/trick-dog
Three life skills to start with:
ACCEPTING A FRIENDLY STRANGER - Train your dog to allow a friendly stranger to approach and speak to you in a natural, everyday type of situation.
OUT FOR A WALK WITH A LOOSE LEASH - Train your dog to walk and move along with you as you make a right turn, left turn, and an about turn with at least two stops.
REACTION TO ANOTHER DOG - Train your dog to behave politely around other dogs, demonstrating no more than casual interest. You and your dog approach another dog/handler team from a distance of about 20 feet, stop, pretend to shake hands and stop to chat and continue on for about 10 feet.
Learn more about the 10 skills in the Canine Good Citizen Program, earn your certificate and achieve the Canine Good Citizen Title! Find info here: www.akc.org/products-services/training-programs/canine-good-citizen
Tricks training is FUN! Build confidence, teach focus and challenge your dog mentally! There are five Trick Titles you and your dog can earn from the American
Parkour is great for boosting confidence, teaching focus and body awareness, and building teamwork. It encourages safe exploration and conquering challenges found naturally in the environment. Dog/handler teams learn to navigate different obstacles by practicing safe jumping, climbing, balancing, crawling, going over/under, and going around different obstacles. Youngsters under 18 months can start with the Training Level. Adult dogs start with the Novice Level.
Three parkour behaviors to start with:
4 FEET ON - Train your dog to approach an obstacle and place all four feet on in a safe manner and to remain on the obstacle for 5 seconds.
UNDER - Train your dog to pass under an obstacle that is less than shoulder height.
IN - Train your dog to walk or hop into an obstacle that has four sides measuring less than the dog’s length (nose to base of tail) . All four feet must be in the obstacle for 5 seconds.
Learn more about Dog Parkour, earn titles through The International Dog Parkour Association here: www.dogparkour.org
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Teach your dog the FUNdamentals to gain comfort with grooming and veterinary procedures. The Cooperative Care Certificate is designed with 10 exercises across 3 levels of increasing complexity and difficulty.
Three cooperate care behaviors to start with:
C HIN REST - Train your dog to offer a chin rest with their muzzle in the palm of one hand for 5 seconds, then work on a chin rest with the palm of both hands for 5 seconds.
RESTRAINT - Train your dog to allow being restrained by wrapping your arms in a standing position on the floor or on a raised surface for 5 seconds. You can be on the floor, kneeling, sitting, or standing.
MOUTH/LIP HANDLING - Train your dog to allow both sides of teeth to be examined. Lift the lips on each side of the muzzle, one at a time to view teeth, then insert fingers in mouth and rub lightly over the outside of teeth.
Learn more about the Cooperative Care Certificate and Training program here: https://cooperativecarecertificate.com/
Wishing You Success!
Veronica Selco is the lead trainer at imPETus Animal Training, where they offer a variety of group classes and private training.
Veronica is a Karen Pryor Academy Training Partner (KPA CTP), Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor (CBATI), Certified Control Unleashed Instructor (CCUI), Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) and Certified Family Dog Mediator (FDM). She is also an AKC Evaluator for the Canine Good Citizen, S.T.A.R. Puppy and Trick Dog Programs.
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Adoption Center: Tuesday-Sunday, Noon-6:00pm 2675 E. Flamingo Road, Suite #3
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Sahara is a 3.5-year-old female tabby who is playful and energetic. She can get overstimulated quickly, but she will let you know when she wants her space. She seems to be ok around other cats with proper/slow introductions. Y
Nevada SPCA 702-873-7722 | firstname.lastname@example.org www.NevadaSPCA.org
Handsome and sweet fellow seeks a new forever home. Y
Visit our website for all available horses for adoption.
Local Equine Assistance Network For more info: www.leanhorses.org
Meet Hannah, a 7 year old Siberian Husky with a strong personality. She needs a alpha human who will set boundaries for her right away and continue with her training. A family who will take her on adventures as she loves to explore all the possibilities. Y
Heaven Can Wait Animal Society
Email: email@example.com www.heavencanwaitlv.org
HARLEE is 2 years old and is 64 lbs. She is house trained and good with children. The owner moved in with relatives and was unable to take her. She is an absolute sweetheart with humans but has to be the only dog. She is reactive to other dogs. If you would like to meet Harlee, please email us. Y
Vierna is 8 years old. She was surrendered with 2 other cats due to her owners both having health issues. She is a very sweet girl once she opens up to you! Complete an application on our website or book your spot to meet Vierna at our Cat Café. Y
Hearts Alive Village firstname.lastname@example.org | 702-870-0065 www.heartsalivevillage.org
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PET Events upcoming
TUESDAY, JANUARY 3
– MONTHLY MEETING
7pm–8pm. Vegas Valley Dog Obedience Club invites the public to attend their monthly meeting. Upcoming guest speakers and topics to be announced. For more info, visit: www.VVDOC.org
VVDOC Meeting Location • 1600 E. Desert Inn Road, 2nd Floor #240
THURSDAY, JANUARY 5
VEGAS VALLEY DOG OBEDIENCE CLUB’S WINTER CLASSES
7pm Register today for VVDOC’s winter classes that will start on January 12 at Dog Fancier’s Park. www.VVDOC.org Cynthia Cunningham Elementary School 4145 Jimmy Duarante Blvd.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 8
LAS VEGAS BIRD CLUB MEETING
1pm–3pm. Join Las Vegas Bird Club for their monthly meeting with a focus on Avian education. Visitors & birds welcome. Please bring something to share on the potluck food table! www.facebook.com/Las-Vegas-Avicultural-Society-100246738317601
Eldorado Estates – 4525 W. Twain Avenue
MONDAY, JANUARY 9
PINS FOR PAWS BOWLING FUNDRAISER
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: www.pawpartnersunleashed.org Gold Coast Bowling Center • 4000 W. Flamingo Road
SATURDAY, JANUARY 21
PET CPR AND FIRST AID CERTIFICATION CLASS AND FUNDRAISER
10am–1pm. This class is designed to teach the participant how to administer emergency CPR and first aid to an animal until veterinary care is ascertained. Register at: www.petemergencyeducation.com Hearts Alive Village Animal Clinic - 3281 N. Decatur Blvd #185
for event flyers, more events, updates and information:
Please confirm event details with the appropriate venue as dates, times and locations may change without notice. JANUARY » January 2 Happy Mew Year for Cats Day » January 2 National Pet Travel Safety Day » January 5 National Bird Day » January 22 National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day » January 24 Change a Pet’s Life Day » January 29 Seeing Eye Guide Dog Birthday 1929 National Train Your Dog Month Walk Your Pet Month Adopt a Rescued Bird Month Unchain a Dog Month Pawlidays! 46 Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • January/February 2023
PET Events upcoming
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4
PET HEALTH FAIR & BLOOD DRIVE
11am–3pm. Free event for pets & their people! Pet health & wellness businesses, nutrition information, pet safety tips, register your dog to donate blood, pet health services, prizes and give-aways! Meet adoptable animals. Dress up your pet for “Be My Valentine” costume contest! www.pawpartnersunleashed.org
Camp Bow Wow Summerlin • 210 S. Rainbow Blvd.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7
VVDOC – MONTHLY MEETING
7pm–8pm. Vegas Valley Dog Obedience Club invites the public to attend their monthly meeting. Upcoming guest speakers and topics to be announced. For more info, visit: www.VVDOC.org
VVDOC Meeting Location • 1600 E. Desert Inn Road, 2nd Floor #240
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12
LAS VEGAS BIRD CLUB MEETING
1pm–3pm. Join Las Vegas Bird Club for their monthly meeting with a focus on Avian education. Visitors & birds welcome. Please bring something to share on the potluck food table! www.facebook.com/Las-Vegas-Avicultural-Society-100246738317601
Eldorado Estates • 4525 W. Twain Avenue
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13
PINS FOR PAWS BOWLING FUNDRAISER 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: www.pawpartnersunleashed.org
Gold Coast Bowling Center • 4000 W. Flamingo Road
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18
BARK IN THE PARK
10am–2pm. Join the City of Henderson at Cornerstone Park for their annual Bark in the Park, which features four hours of fun events for you and your dog. HPD K-9 demonstrations, dog agility course, interactive games for you and your pet! www.cityofhenderson.com/residents/special-interest/bark-in-the-park-2023
Cornerstone Park • 1600 Wigwam Parkway, Henderson
Visit our website for event flyers, more events, updates and information: www.LVPetScene.com www.facebook.com/lasvegaspetscene
Please confirm event details with the appropriate venue as dates, times and locations may change without notice.
Love is in the Air! FEBRUARY » February 2 Hedgehog Day » February 14 Pet Theft Awareness Day » February 20 Love Your Pet Day » February 22 National Walk Your Dog Day Pet Dental Health Month Dog Training Education Month National Cat Health Month Responsible Pet Owners Month National Prevent a Litter Month Spay/Neuter Awareness Month Adopt A Rescued Rabbit Month Pawlidays! 47 Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • January/February 2023
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49 Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • January/February 2023 Available FREE at over 350 locations throughout Southern Nevada! • Albertsons • Whole Foods • Vons • Veterinarian Hospitals • Pet Hotels & Resorts • Pet Stores • Animal Shelters & Rescues • Groomers • Libraries • Restaurants • Pet Events + MORE! H SUBSCRIPTIONS AVAILABLE H If you prefer a copy to be mailed to you, rates are: $15 for 1 year (6 Issues). Send payment to: Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine, P.O. Box 31852, Las Vegas, NV 89173 or call 702-367-4997 to order with a credit card. Stay Connected to the Las Vegas Pet Scene… We follow the local pet scene to keep you informed of local pet events in our magazine, on facebook – www.facebook.com/lasvegaspetscene, and our website –www.lvpetscene.com: Calendar of Events and On-Going Pet Adoption Events. NEXT ISSUE AVAILABLE IN MARCH! To ADVERTISE in our next issue, call 702-367-4997 or email@example.com Las Vegas’ Source of News & Information For Pet Lovers! Answer Key for Seek & Find on Page 38 SNAKE FACTS Answer Key From Page 15 HEDGEHOG FACTS Answer Key From Page 34 1) True 2) False 3) True 4) False 5) False 6) False 7) True 8) True 1) False 2) True 3) True 4) True 5) True 6) False 7) False 8) True Advice from a CAT Stretch often and delight in the simple joy of a long nap. Advice from a DOG Delight in the simple joys of a long walk and make new friends.
WE KNOW THEY ARE YOUR HERO… …BUT COULD THEY BE SOMEONE ELSE’S? 24 Hr Veterinary Emergency + Critical Care VETERINARY EMERGENCY AND CRITICAL CARE 8650 West Tropicana Ave, Ste. B107 Las Vegas, NV 89147 Phone: 702.262.7070 | Fax: 702.262.7099 www.vecc24.com LVABB24@gmail.com REQUIREMENTS FOR YOUR DOG TO BECOME A BLOOD DONOR The Las Vegas Animal Blood Bank supplies life-saving blood products to patients that are in need of blood transfusions both in our critical care unit and to the veterinary hospitals in our community. We need your canine’s help in order to help save lives of those in need! This is where you and your pet come in as volunteers and leave as heroes. For every one donation, up to two different lives can be saved. Your pet may be eligible to donate every 2 months, which means your pet could save as many as 12 Iives a year! 1. Between the ages of 1-6 years of age 2. Minimum body weight of 55 pounds 3. Current on vaccinations (Bordatella not required) 4. Not currently on medications with the exception of heartworm prevention. 5. No previous transfusions 6. Good temperament ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR YOU AND YOUR PET! In addition to the satisfaction of saving lives, there are many other benefits to your pet becoming a blood donor. • Complete physical exams at every donation • Annual lab work that is sent to your regular veterinarian • Free blood products if ever needed • 10% off ER visits with Veterinary Speciality Center FRANKIE DONOR SINCE 2019 YETI DONOR SINCE 2016 MANGO DONOR SINCE 2018