Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine, May/June 2020

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Looking back at previous issues we’ve reflected on summer as a time for slowing down, school graduations and vacations. How the seasons create a certain rhythm and structure in our lives; how we look forward to summer holidays. Usually May and June are filled with many wonderful pet events and activities… fantastic opportunities to connect or reconnect with the pet community, to encourage each other, have fun, and raise money and support for so many worthy causes. Not this year… COVID-19 changed our lives. We’re in this together! Social media has been flooded with “quarantine” humor of how we’re getting through this challenge. It is also so encouraging to read of the many people and organizations that are coming together to support people in this crisis. One post on Facebook (unknown author) however, pointed out the differences our individual circumstances can be at this time. We are in the same storm, but we are not in the same boat. For some, quarantine is optimal: moments of reflection, easy in flip flops, with a cocktail or coffee. For others it is desperate financial & family crises. For some who live alone they’re facing endless loneliness. While for others it is time at home with their family. Some are home spending 2-3 hours/day helping their child with online schooling while others are spending 2-3 hours/day to educate their children on top of a 10-12 hour workday. We are not in the same boat; we are in different ships during this storm experiencing very different challenges. Each of us will emerge, in our own way from this storm. We know each one of you is finding your own way through this storm. We hope that you are safe and are experiencing a sense of connection; you are not alone. We share a love and compassion for pets. Our pets help us maintain a sense of normalcy especially during this period of uncertainty. Their greatest gift to us their ability to live in the moment; they center us, they stabilize us and help restore our sanity.

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Readers shared a few pictures of what their pets were doing during #StayHomeForNevada

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Dexter and I are taking ex tra naps. He is loving the fact that we are not working. He also gets mor e walks. He’s one happ y man. ~ La urie

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cou Hanging out on the with Mom. ~ Elaine

Doggie Bun

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Snuggle Time!

Louie and her DaDa ~ Carla

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Chick Watching!

Rocky & Manchitas ~ Joanna


Blade Chilling ~ Cheryl

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Nuzzles & Cuddles

HELPING US COPE AT HOME The days we’ve been living will never be forgotten. The virus and the deaths of so many have undeniably saddened us and has drastically changed the way we live. Some of us have returned to our jobs, many of us are still at home. While we may have a basic understanding of the virus severity and the restrictions we are dealing with, our pets do not. But because our pets have such a strong personal connection with us, they instinctively know when something is wrong. They can sense when their family members are unusually stressed, scared, or ill and may be feeling anxious as well. Thankfully, their additional snuggles and purrs at this time are soothing and beneficial to us all. The time we spend with them during these uncertain times provides us with a special comfort that only they can provide. It has long been known that pets have a beneficial effect on the overall health of their owners. Their mere presence helps reduce stress and anxiety. Interacting with our pets can lower our heart rates, blood pressure, and increase our production of feel-good hormones like dopamine and oxytocin. Pets are incredibly good for our emotional and physical health -- exactly what we need at this time in our lives. Given this extra time with them helps us truly appreciate their love and their desire to be with us. Playtime, snuggles, and those infamous belly scratches provide us with a welcome diversion from our new daily routine. They make us laugh and keep us entertained in ways that no one else can. A purr, a soft nuzzle, or a sleepy head resting on our lap is the perfect ending to a long stressful day. For those of us that may still be stuck at home, our loving pets are there with us; providing us comfort and companionship as they always do. As much as they enjoy our additional company, they are probably wondering why everyone’s schedule has changed. A few weeks ago, we used to get up, shower, eat breakfast, and head out to work and school. Now, that’s not the case for many of us. Today our lives are much different. We still shower (hopefully), have breakfast, and then… we just stay home. It’s a whole new daily routine. Our pets are noticing this abrupt change in our lives AND theirs. In times like this, thank goodness for the regular schedules that our pets require of us. Their feeding times, their walking and play times do not need to be altered. (Of course, more playtime is ALWAYS appreciated!) That, in and of itself, is at least one routine that we can adhere to – a familiar remembrance of how life used to be. With so many people feeling lonely and isolated at home, the desire and need for companionship has created unprecedented challenges and opportunities for animal shelters and rescues across the country. Since Nevada’s “Stay Home” order went into effect on March 17, a high number of pets in Las Vegas have been adopted or placed in foster homes. The Humane Society of the United States reported that some New York City shelters are seeing application numbers at 10 times the normal rate and the rate of animal fostering has increased by 90 percent in some cities. This is at least one bright spot to come out of these troublesome times. Amidst all of the turmoil and adversity we are facing, we still have so much to be thankful for; our dedicated healthcare workers, our delivery people, and our diligent grocery workers who risk their own health every day to help provide us with our necessities. They are to be commended for their sacrifice. For those of us at home, we are doing the best that we can to keep our families safe. With the help and support of our friends and family, we will endure this pandemic and move forward with our lives. The loving, emotional support of our pets will help us get there. 8

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Pets Remembered In Loving Memory Of

In Loving Memory Of

2005 – 3/19/2020

Chloe 4/14/2006 – 3/25/2020

HERO had been abused and chose US at LIED Animal Shelter. He turned out to be the epitome of special. He had every emotion and the smarts of Einstein. Without exception his heart was all love. He gave us joy that we will never forget. He will always be with us because there will never be another HERO. Till we meet again….

CHLOE came into my life when my late fiancé was undergoing cancer treatment. Her energy and love kept him going longer than he otherwise would have. She continued her mission of spreading light and love in my life long after he passed. She was kind and generous towards the animals we fostered; and always determined to choose the route on our walks. She remains in my heart forever as my soul dog, my precious little girl.


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ANIMAL KINDNESS AND WELFARE AWARENESS WEEK DURING THE WEEK OF MAY 3-9, 2020, the City of Las Vegas Mayor Goodman asks all residents

and visitors to join in recognizing and celebrating the contributions of companion animals to our lives. In the world of animal welfare, no single shelter or rescue organization can do it all. We must work together for the greatest impact in the lives of animals and the humans who care for them by providing kindness, care, compassion and awareness. Consider adopting, fostering or volunteering; donating supplies at a local rescue, shelter to help make a difference for animals in need. The Animal Kindness Foundation is dedicated to the education of our community’s youth through our Mind + Heart social emotional learning programs, encourage learning through humane education, advocacy and service learning. Our family focused community outreach programs support keeping animals healthy, happy and well homed, as our aim is to reduce the number of animals that end up in shelters and enhance the quality of life for all.

If you are an educator, library or community recreation facility interested in piloting any of our Mind + Heart or community outreach programs, please contact the Animal Kindness Foundation. Programs will be available starting the 2020-2021 school year for in-class and after-school programming. Support the Animal Kindness Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. By participating in our programs, volunteering, donating or simply spreading the word about the programs we offer, you support the thousands of animals, and people we serve.

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Ê By Kellie Jones Spring is here and before you know it, the temperature will be climbing. While it is great to be able to go out and about with our pups, sometimes it isn’t the best idea. Once the temperature gets past the mid-80s you want to make sure that it is safe for your furry friend to go along.


e all know that the black asphalt gets crazy hot in the summer months. Did you know it can be up to 60 degrees hotter than the ambient air temperature? That means that an air temperature of 80 degrees can mean a ground temperature of 140 degrees during the heat of the day. And don’t be fooled, just because it is lighter in color, concrete can also become dangerously hot, and synthetic grass can sometimes get even hotter than the sidewalk! When taking your dog for an outing in the warmer months, make sure you are checking the heat index for their safety. A great way to test this is to put the back of your hand on the ground in a sunny area for 5 seconds. If you can’t keep your hand there, then it is too hot for your pup’s feet. Try taking them out in the early morning or in the evening after the sun is setting and the ground has had a chance to cool. If you go out in the daytime, consider booties for your pet or decide if they should come along at all. Remember to always bring along fresh water. When you do take your dog out for a walk or to the park, make sure that you keep a close eye on them and know what to look for should your dog get overheated. It can happen quickly and your response to it can save their life. Some of the symptoms to look for are excessive panting, excessive drooling, bluish-purple gums or tongue, weakness, glazed eyes, vomiting, shaking and possibly collapsing. If this happens you should immediately carry your dog to a shaded area and wet them down with lukewarm or tap water. 12

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DON’T use ice water. Cooling them too quickly can cause their system to go into shock and shut down vital organs. If possible, put a fan on them while they are wet to cool them off. Don’t force them to drink water at this point. Let them focus on their breathing and let them drink when they are ready. It is also important that you stay calm as your reaction can either soothe or stress them. As soon as the panting stops you will want to take them to the vet to get checked out. Of course, you should never leave your dog unattended in your car, even for a few minutes. Even with the windows cracked the temperature rises quickly and heatstroke can result. Ultimately, it may be kinder to leave them at home and bring them back a treat instead of taking them along for a heat-soaked, uncomfortable trip.

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Gluten Free Carrot Cake We always want to treat our best friends with something special. Now you can create it in your own kitchen! It’s guaranteed to make their mouths water and tails wag! By Julia Greene, Pêtisserie Executive Chef



INGREDIENTS: 1 ¾ cups oat flour 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ cup applesauce ½ cup milk 1 medium carrot, grated 1 pack (8 oz) low-fat cream cheese (Greek yogurt or peanut butter also work) 5 strawberries for decoration

DIRECTIONS: 1) Measure out all the ingredients.


2) Preheat oven to 350F. 3) In a mixing bowl, mix together sifted flour, applesauce, milk, grated carrot and baking powder.


4) Move the batter to a baking mold, preferably silicone, but you can use any cake pan you have at home.

7) Cut the uneven top off and set it aside. 8) Divide the remaining cake into two even layers. 9) Whip cream cheese with a mixer until it’s soft and fluffy (2-3 minutes). If you’re using yogurt or peanut butter no whipping is required. 10) Spread the frosting between the layers and evenly on top of the cake. 11) Take the saved uneven top, crush it into crumbs and sprinkle it around the bottom of the cake. 12) Add berries and any desired decorations.


5) Bake for approximately 40-45 minutes at 350F.



6) After 40 min poke the cake with a wooden stick. If it comes out clean the cake is ready. If not put it back for another 5-10 min. When the cake is completely baked, place it on a kitchen counter to cool for about 5 minutes. After it’s cooled, wrap it in plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for at least 20 minutes (that way the sponge will be moist).

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? s t e p r o f d e e n r u o w o r g t u o r e v e Do we Have you ever heard someone say that they love pets but that they’re too old to get one; pets are for younger people? Is that true? Are pets beneficial for older people? If so, what are the benefits? INCREASED PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

For adults age 60 and over, walking is one of the best exercises because they can participate at their own pace and level of activity. Walking a dog requires a schedule and a commitment to regular exercise. However, even playing cat-and-mouse with a cat is movement. Studies have shown that sitting for long periods of time is unhealthy and caring for pets encourages us to get up and move. Pets help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.


When pet owners were asked what they felt was the most important benefit of having a pet the number one answer was companionship. Loneliness and a sense of isolation are serious problems many people experience as they age. For some it leads to depression and health issues. Pets offer affection, companionship and unconditional love basically 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; they’re always available to us. For older adults especially the “solo agers”, the presence of a living, breathing companion changes life from solo to shared!

INCREASED SOCIAL OPPORTUNITIES Another challenge older people face is fewer opportunities for socializing. Their circle of friends sometimes shrinks, many friends develop health issues, relocate to live with family or move into retirement communities, and sadly some pass away. It can be difficult to make new friends but pets can help bridge the gap. Walking a dog is a great way to meet other dog lovers. Even walking a cat in a cat stroller is a great conversation starter. Sometimes a shared love for pets can be an opener for sharing other pet-related activities such as attending pet events together or working on projects to help pets or animals. Pets help us stay involved in life.


There are other important benefits that are harder to measure. Pets give us a sense of purpose and help us engage more fully in life. We need our pets AND they need us. The desire to be useful and to make a contribution continues throughout our lives. Being responsible for another living creature adds to our personal sense of value. It represents time and emotional investment in enjoying life. Older people who take care of pets tend to focus less on themselves, their chronic illnesses and daily problems. Pets live in the moment and encourage their caregivers to join them in their “in-the-moment” enjoyment of life. There are a few very important factors to consider before getting a pet. Some common reasons people give for not having a pet are lack of time or an ideal home situation, or the difficulty of caring for a pet while traveling. Older people usually have the time and traveling with pets is becoming easier and popular with more travel options available. The ideal home situation is a big consideration. What are your future housing plans? If your future housing plans include an apartment or a retirement community, you need to select your pet carefully. Though more communities allow pets the type and size of the pet are important. Older people worry about their future physical capability of caring for a pet. Adopting an older pet, fostering a pet, or getting a cat are possible solutions. Older pets are usually calmer and are less physically demanding. They also bond quickly and form a deep connection with their new person. They seem to sense how fortunate they are; often it becomes a ‘who saved who’ relationship. Cats make great companions for older people. They require less active playtimes and are satisfied with 20 to 30 minutes of interactive fun. Cats love to nap and are usually content to nap close to the person or on their lap. I suggest getting a cat stroller to get the full benefits of a physically active lifestyle.

Do we ever outgrow our need for a pet? Our answer is no… we need pets even more as we get older! 16

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Fur-tastic BACKYARD

By Gail Mayhugh

I like to spend time in my backyard and relax for a little bit at the end of the day in my comfy rocking chair. My girls sit by me but want to play. We’re not dog park people, I’m just not comfortable taking them. Some of you may be like me or simply don’t have the time. So why not bring the park home and make them an outdoor pet paradise playground. While I’m enjoying my favorite beverage and rocking away, my little ones can play to their hearts’ delight, while I’m still able to watch over them. It’s always good to keep an eye on them whenever they’re playing. To keep the beauty of your yard intact yet still create a playground for them, here are a couple ideas for you. If your dog is bursting with energy think about an obstacle course. You’ll notice many trainers use them as it keeps the pups mentally and physically healthy. You don’t have to build a huge course that is permanent, there are tunnels and weave poles that you can put together and take down quickly. Another great outside toy is a tether tug. If you’re not familiar with a tether tug, it’s a thick pole that you drive down into the ground with a toy that snaps on the tip of the pole. Your dog gets to then tug and pull at the snapped-on toy without the pole being pulled up from the ground, and it’s flexible enough to withstand the strongest pulls. Now my two are not toss ball players but my girlfriend’s pups are. They absolutely love to chase balls, but they don’t always bring them back to her. My friend got tired of throwing, retrieving and then throwing them again. So she finally got an automatic ball launcher. It launches a ball, but they must bring it back to the launcher for another to launch. To train them, there are ones that dispense a treat when the ball is dropped back in. 18

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It’s perfect for the yard as they have plenty of room to run, versus in the house where she was always worried they would knock something over. Plus, they learn how to put their toys back, well, at least the balls. If your pups can’t get enough of fetching balls, there are ones with an automatic pause feature. They can play for 15 minutes and then the launcher pauses for 15 minutes. This is a great feature, so they don’t exhaust themselves. With all that playing it’s important they stay hydrated. Water bowls are easy, but have you considered any of the automatic water dispensers such as a dog faucet waterer? It simply screws onto a standard spigot and provides fresh water each time your pup licks it. The nice thing about this over water bowls is that you don’t have to remember to fill the bowls. Plus, they can’t tip the bowl over or play in it like my Maya does. Instead they’ll never be out of fresh, clean and cool water versus messy or dirty water bowls. If you find Emma is not learning how to use it, place some peanut butter or soft cheese on the lever to encourage her to lick the lever activating the water. If that doesn’t work, there are automatic pet fountains keeping the water cooler and not stagnant as a standard bowl. You do have to remember to fill the bottle, but some hold up to 2 gallons of water.

The backyard is a perfect place to create a safe and fun playground for your pet, making it

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Our Fascinating, Fabulous & Funny FELINES We Love Our Cats! We appreciate their

companionship. enjoy their “cattitude” and laugh at their typical cat antics. They help reduce our stress levels and create a sense of contentment. Cats spend anywhere from 16 to 18 hours of their day sleeping, grooming, and napping. It is easy to assume that they are content also. They, however, may be bored. Having fun with our cats is a great way to develop a deeper bond and helps relieve their boredom and stress. Here are a few fun

things to do with your furry family member:

Cats love boxes! Save a few boxes from home deliveries

and place toys in them. The curious cat will work hard to find out what’s in there. Also, an empty box is an invitation to try it on for size. The “if it fits, I sits” approach.

They also love the sound of crumbled paper!

Throw a couple of paper balls and they’ll enjoy trying to catch them. Works great if you have paperwork to do and they want to play.

Reading! Just a simple act of reading to your cats can be a

bonding experience; mine seem to enjoy snuggling with me at bedtime. Occasionally when I read out loud to them I’ll insert a few meows. Their “listening” goes up a few notches with an occasional meow in return.

Don’t forget the reliable toys. Cats love catnip

bubbles. Blow bubbles near a fan and most cats will try to get them or at least enjoy watching them. Wind up or battery-operated mice are great for shared fun.

Everything that moves serves to interest and amuse a cat.

Use unpredictable, zigzag movements that are similar to the movements of mice. This helps sharpen their stalking and pouncing skills.

Ping Pong Bath!

I’ve never tried this but I think my cats will like it. Put ping pong balls in an empty bathtub and let your cats play bath pong. I wonder if I play ping pong with them if they’ll return the ball.

Laser Lights are still a favorite for so many cats. However,

they can damage a cat’s eyes so be very careful not to point the light into their eyes. Any type of light is fascinating to a cat. Chasing something that can’t be caught quickly turns fun into frustration. One idea is to point the light to a toy or snack so that playtime ends with a successful catch.

How about a game of Hide & Seek? Indoor cats

still retain their hunting instincts and playing hide and seek helps them use those skills. You can hide somewhere with a stuffed animal and have it peek out so your cats notice it. Wiggling it a few times also gets a cat’s attention as they get into stalk and prey modes. Periodically change the size of the prey as a challenge. Another variation is to set up a treasure hunt by hiding treats in different spots. Start out slowly with only a few treats and add more as your hunter becomes more skilled in finding his prey. For most cats regular play sessions about 10 to 15 minutes twice a day will keep your cat happy and stimulated. Playtimes with our cats are important for us as well as them.


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Pets Feel The Love AT LAKE LAS VEGAS

From walking along miles of trails to enjoying golf cart rides and celebrated pet events year-round, there is no other place in Southern Nevada like Lake Las Vegas for pet owners and their four-legged friends! Residents and their beloved animals can enjoy a variety of pet-friendly offerings and amenities throughout the award-winning Henderson community. Pets and their human companions have an endless selection of walking paths throughout the 3,600-acre masterplan community, with trails that loop through neighborhoods and The Village at Lake Las Vegas, and extend into the desert hillside terrain. Lake Las Vegas’ pet-friendly trails lead to serene waterfalls, bridges and golf courses, and offer panoramic views of the Las Vegas Strip, Lake Mead and the 320acre lake at the center of the community. “Lake Las Vegas is a golf cart permissible community, so we often see many of our residents enjoying leisurely drives along the trails with their dogs riding along,” said Andy Gil, director of marketing and media at Lake Las Vegas. “What I love about Lake Las Vegas is that residents truly treat their pets like they’re part of the family, and they have the opportunity to involve their pets in so many aspects of their lives.” Pets are treated like neighbors when they visit The Village with their owners. While Village restaurants and public spaces are currently closed for dining, many restaurants welcome their furry visitors during normal operating hours to enjoy the sun on their patios while pet owners indulge in a tasty lakeside meal. During the summer months, pets are invited to enjoy some fun in the sun with special pet-friendly paddle boarding and beach events, hosted by Lake Las Vegas Water Sports. Throughout the year, Lake Las Vegas hosts a number of events celebrating pet owners and their animals, including pet photo contests and the annual Lake Las Vegas Days Pet Parade. This year’s third annual pet parade is being rescheduled to later in the year, along with all other Lake Las Vegas Days events. At the event, dogs of all shapes and sizes, along with their human companions, are invited to walk in the parade at the Lake Las Vegas Sports Club. “The pet parade is one of our most popular pet-friendly events of the year,” said Gil. “We see dogs of all breeds and sizes, in lots of fun costumes. It is heartwarming to see how much we love to celebrate our four-legged family.”

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imes right now are so uncertain and things keep changing from one day to the next. There is one constant, however, and that is that there are plenty of pets who, regardless of the current situation, still desperately need a place to live.

It’s an amazing feeling to know that you are helping an animal in need. Many people cannot offer permanent commitment with busy work schedules and daily stress, which is why becoming a foster is the perfect temporary solution now that those schedules have simmered a bit.

While adopting a pet is always a rewarding option, fostering a pet is just as important. There are many animals who are roaming the streets without shelter, food, water and love. The warmer weather will be quickly approaching and it is not safe for animals to be left outside. There are also many animals in shelter who need a home. They all need help!

If you’re interested in fostering, there are many rescue groups and shelters throughout the valley. Give them a call or research their websites. Talk to them about how their group operates and how you can help. You may find this is a productive way to use this time to do something that truly makes a difference, in both your life and the life of an animal.

It’s the perfect time to share your home with these animals. Not only will you be helping them, but you may be pleasantly surprised that they can help you as well!

Rescue groups and shelters are in desperate need of fosters and you would be helping them a great deal. Although you may not be able to adopt once life gets back to “normal” you are providing a great service by evaluating the animal, discovering their likes/dislikes, quirks, etc. This information helps place a dog in a good home. In addition, should you decide that have fallen in love with this animal (very possible) and you would like to adopt, you can discuss this option with the rescue group.

Let’s face it; staying at home can get lonely and at times, depressing. There are only so many home projects we can do and while it is great to work hard and be productive, life is all about balance and we need play time too! Fostering an animal provides just that. They are more than eager to give unconditional love and happy to be a distraction from the crisis we are all enduring. They are great listeners, great companions and provide an incredible friendship for you and your family. As a foster, you are giving an animal a second chance to not only survive, but to thrive! It is a win-win situation for all. There are numerous positives to fostering, especially now. For instance, while are all practicing social distancing, it is still important for all of us to get exercise. A dog makes a perfect companion to go for daily walks around the neighborhood! A workout that is good for both you and the dog! 24

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Diabetes is when there is an excessive amount of glucose circulating in the blood. This is caused from either a decreased amount of insulin or a resistance to insulin. Insulin is responsible for transporting the glucose from the blood into the tissues and cells so it can be utilized for energy.

a diet change to a diabetic diet, and a urine culture to check for a urinary tract infection. After therapy is started doing serial blood glucose curves are necessary to make sure that the appropriate amount of insulin is used. Cats may eventually go into a remission and insulin can be weaned off. When a dog develops diabetes it is a lifelong disease.



Any pet can develop diabetes. Obese animals are at increased risk of developing diabetes. Other risks include cancer and hormonal imbalances such as an increase in cortisol. Pets that get diabetes are typically older; dogs 7-9 years and cats 9-11 years. In dogs, females are 2x more likely to get it and in cats males are more likely to get it. Dog breeds that are predisposed are schnauzers, bichons, and poodles while cats have no breed predilection.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF DIABETES IN PETS: Diabetes clinical signs include increased drinking, increased urination, inappropriate urination, lethargy, and increased appetite with weight loss. Dogs can sometimes present for acute blindness from diabetic cataracts formation. Cats can present with a neuropathy where they walk on flat hocks (plantigrade posture) in the rear end and have difficulty jumping.

HOW IS DIABETES DIAGNOSED AND TREATED: When an animal presents with signs consistent with diabetes, bloodwork and testing the urine are recommended. If the blood glucose is very elevated and/or there is glucose in the urine then the animal likely has diabetes. If the glucose level is borderline a test called a fructosamine can be performed that shows long-term levels of blood glucose. Treating a newly diagnosed diabetic animal includes insulin therapy, 26

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Sometimes an animal presents for a condition called diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) that is characterized by vomiting, dehydration, anorexia, and weakness. This occurs in an undiagnosed diabetic or a diabetic that has a complicating or concurrent condition. Since the glucose is unable to be used for energy the animal mobilizes its fatty stores and the fat is broken down into ketone bodies to be used as energy. These ketones show up in the urine and cause the animal to become acidotic. This is an emergency and they will have to be hospitalized on aggressive fluid therapy, feedings, and appropriate insulin therapy.


Managing a pet with diabetes can seem daunting, but with a little practice it is something any owner can learn to do. The animal will need to get twice daily injections of insulin under the skin. Along with the medical management a strict weight loss protocol should be adhered to with regular exercise. Monitoring the blood glucose with curves every 6 months is ideal and testing the urine for bacteria at that time is also recommended since they are at higher risk of urinary tract infections. Dogs will commonly develop cataracts making their eyes appear blue, which is an irreversible change within the lens of the eye. It’s something dog owners must be prepared to face. Cats tend not to develop cataracts like dogs. Diabetes is a chronic condition that is managed and not cured.

With this knowledge an animal can live a long happy life despite diabetes.


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Article & Photos By Veronica Selco

hether you’re establishing a new work-at-home routine or find yourself with an abundance of free time at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, your dog’s daily routine has been disrupted. She may have been able to comfortably lounge around while you were at work, but now that you’re in quarantine together, your pup is looking for you to provide the entertainment you always did on your days off from work. In order for you to stick to your new work schedule at home, you will need to set a routine designed to offer enrichment, prevent boredom and teach your dog to settle. Finding ways to provide structure to your dog’s daily routine will take some planning and creativity but you can accomplish this with items you have at your house already. Below are some activities that provide opportunity for learning, enrichment and exploration that will mentally stimulate your pup, which will free up your time so you can get some work accomplished too.

FEEDING WITH PUZZLES! Start your day by planning your dog’s breakfast without using a bowl and play different games each day. Make sure to measure out the meal portion you ordinarily feed and supervise feeding so your dog is not ingesting items she should not. BOTTLE PUZZLE:



Home SNIFFari…Think Sniffs, Sights and Sounds!

Put kibble in disposable recyclable plastic bottle (water bottle or milk jug) and have her figure out how to roll it, paw it and toss it to get kibble out. Scatter kibble on a towel, roll it up and let your dog sniff it out and unroll it.


Scatter crumbly kibble on a thick looped rug and let your dog sniff and find the food.


Put kibble in cardboard or plastic boxes throughout the house and have your dog go on a scavenger hunt. You can continue refilling boxes until your dog has finished her breakfast portion. Pick up the boxes when they are no longer in use.


Set a long trail of kibble throughout various rooms in your house and have dog start from the beginning.


Put kibble in some of the slots in a muffin pan and put tennis balls in all openings and have your dog use her nose to push balls out of pan and find treats.

Create a multisensory journey of exploration for your pup. Go into your garage or storage area, find different items that your dog doesn’t ordinarily get to sniff, such as gardening or camping supplies, tents, chairs, luggage, toolboxes, coolers and more. Look for items that will stimulate your dog’s olfaction, things that have movement, make sounds and have interesting texture. Set them up in an open area, where your dog can move freely and let your dog explore. You don’t even have to set up food for this game. Social distancing and the disconnect from your work and social activities means you get to spend more quality time with your pup at home. Taking just a few minutes at the beginning of each day to plan your dog’s activities will help you work in enrichment and rest time for her and will help you enjoy a more productive workday, too.

Put kibble in various cubby holes in hard packaging and have your dog use her nose to find and eat her treats.


Put kibble in the cardboard rolls and bend both ends and have your dog figure out how to open rolls to get food.

Veronica Selco is a Certified Dog Trainer at imPETus Animal Training, a training studio in Las Vegas dedicated to using positive reinforcement to train people and their dogs. Veronica has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and has been coaching people how to achieve behavioral wellness for 20 + years. She is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor and a Certified Nose Work Instructor.

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COVID-19 has completely disrupted our lives. Interestingly when we started planning this issue it wasn’t even in our thoughts or on the list as a possible article. Now it has become a topic of concern for all of us. As pet owners we have additional concerns about how the coronavirus affects our pets. How can we protect them? The following is a brief summary of COVID-19 as it pertains to pets. News about COVID-19 changes quickly and is updated daily. Often articles or emails start with the words “This is what we know at this time” as a reference point.

So this is what we know as of Friday, April 24, 2020 at 8:00 PM about COVID-19 and Pets. One major concern that people have is whether the coronavirus COVID-19 can be transmitted from pets to humans. The Agriculture Department and the Centers for Disease Control state that there is no evidence that pets play a role in spreading the virus. Another concern is about our pets… can they get COVID-19? Just this past week two cats in NYC tested positive for it. Their symptoms were mild. Studies suggest that some pets, particularly cats, hamsters and ferrets might develop mild symptoms if exposed to a person with COVID-19. However, since so much is unknown about this virus the recommendation is to take the same precautions to protect our pets as we do for ourselves.

For now, social distancing is recommended for pets also. The C.D.C recommends the following:

Ê Do not let pets interact with people or other animals outside the household. Ê Keep cats indoors when possible to prevent them from interacting with other animals or people. Ê Walk dogs on a leash, maintaining at least 6 feet from other people and animals. Ê Avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather. If you are sick with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed by a test), restrict contact with your pets and other animals, just like you would around other people. When possible, have another member of your household care for your pets while you are sick. Avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food or bedding. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wear a cloth face covering and wash your hands before and after you interact with them. Our suggestion is that you periodically check the websites of the organizations listed below for any changes to COVID-19 and pets.

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MY FAVORITE ACTIVITY WITH MY PET IS… Send us your story and tell us what your favorite activity with your pet is and why you enjoy it. We’d love to read your story! • Contest is open to children 15 years and under. • All stories must have fewer than 200 words. • Entries must include your name, age and email address.

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Dillon’s Big Adventure Written by Cindy Orr-Jones - Illustrated by Denis Prouix Local author, Cindy OrrJones, writes books for young children featuring Dillon, her rescue dog. Dillon’s Big Adventure is a story about a smart little canine hero who always manages to help out in a crisis. The book teaches children the value of being kind and caring to neighbors. The book is well designed, colorful and easy to read for young readers.

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A heart-tugging dog adoption story told through letters written by Arfy, a homeless mutt who lives in a box in an alley. He pleads for a forever home but no one wants him. (Spoiler alert - it has a happy ending) Written for children yet it touches the hearts of adults.

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Everyone can do something, large or small, to help save a life. Spartacus is a fun loving energetic pup who is around 2 years old. He loves playing and meeting new people. His ideal home would be with an active family and a social laidback fur friend. He’s housebroken, crate trained and knows basic commands. Y


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Micca is a beautiful 3-1/2 year old, 60 lbs Shepherd mix. She is a calm and gentle sweetheart. Micca was surrendered when her owner became ill. She needs to be the only dog but walks great on leash and will make a great companion! Y

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Meet handsome Jax! He has been waiting over a year for someone to finally choose him. He is only two years old and an absolute joy to be around. He would do best in a home with no children and no other pets. He is loyal, smart, funny, obedient, and is ready for someone to show him a home life again. Y


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Hi, my name is Panther. I’m approx. 2 years old and I’m a polydactyl! Yep, I have extra toes! I was rescued approx. 9 months ago. I’m a very sweet and quiet boy. I LOVE other kitties! I’m shy until I get to know you but would blossom in a home with just a couple pets. Pick me! XOX Panther Y

My name is Snowflake. I am a sweet girl, Chihuahua mix. I am 6 years old and approx. 18 lbs. I’d love a home with someone who will love me FUREVER. If you have other pets, I am kind of bossy, so they need to understand that. I am house/doggy door trained. I love walks and snuggles. Y

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A Path 4 Paws Dog Rescue 702-591-6469 • Gaston is a petite, Pitbull mix, about 2-3 years old, and is the cutest guy you’ll ever meet. He would do best in a home with no other pets or small children. His favorite things to do are snuggle up with his humans, go for walks, and play with toys. He’s had extensive training and would thrive with a family that will continue giving him their undivided attention to succeed. Y

Mr. Wilson is 10 years young! He’s a friendly little man, quite debonair in his bearing. He likes being with his companion & gets along with other dogs. Mr. Wilson is fully vetted and would like nothing more than a loving home to call all his own! Y

Brown Betty (B.B.) is available as a light trail horse or light arena work. She has junenile arthritis and her hocks are fusing, which causes mild lameness. She requires an exp. rider of no more than 100 lbs plus saddle. 14 hh, 13 years old, UTD on teeth/feet/vac. $500 to approved home. Y


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I’m Brisbane! A 1 year old male. All I wanna do is be in your arms 24x7. I’m one of the most affectionate cats ever! Looking for a quiet and calm home as the only cat, where I can be spoiled rotten and give kisses! Interested in adopting the best cat ever? Email my foster mom! Y



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For Pets

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ore people in the world drink milk from goats than from any other species. Goats produce unique, healthy milk with many benefits for our body and the environment. It is less processed because homogenization is not necessary. Dairy goats also need less water to produce a gallon of milk than most other dairy livestock. Dietary benefits for pets include increased digestibility. The smaller size fat particles in goat milk produce smallers curds in a dog’s stomach. These smaller curds are more rapidly broken down by enzymes in the pet’s stomach making it easier to digest. Goat milk is packed with vitamins, minerals, protein, fatty acids and natural enzymes. Natural enzymes such as lipase, lactase and phosphatase help your pet metabolize essential nutrients.

The probiotics of raw goat milk support the growth of beneficial bacteria, promoting positive gut health. Raw milk is essentially a “living” food that offers healthpromoting components that would otherwise be destroyed by heat during pasteurization. Goat’s milk is alkaline much unlike cow’s milk and the majority of animals and dairy products which are acid forming. When your body is acidic, disease and other damaging conditions are able to thrive, due to increased inflammation According to Answers Pet Foods, a leading raw pet food company in the country says that goat milk is one of the very few foods that is complete and the perfect food for dogs. They suggest that raw goat milk is a natural and effortless way to enhance your pet’s diet.

Current Nevada law allows the sale of raw goat milk, however the only way it can be purchased is with an additive (activated charcoal) for pets in Nevada. There is a petition to remove the additives.


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