Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine, May/June 2023

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The sizzling hot and stifling heat of late spring and summer is coming. Sun lotion, warm weather, flip flops, lemonade, flowers, swimming, pools, laughing children, sprinklers, watermelon, ice tea, early morning and late evening walks with our dogs, vacations, reading a good book are all things we associate with summer. As adults we look back nostalgically and remember how carefree we felt as children. We all need a break from routine and work to rest our bodies and relax our minds. Let’s add more fun and play to our lives. Spend some extra time with your family and friends (including pets) doing fun activities. Enjoy yourself by doing things that you love; rekindle your passion for pursuits that maybe you haven’t done for quite some time.

The work of animal rescue, however, doesn’t take the summer off. It’s a challenging time for them. It’s very important to stay connected with the pet community. Support our area shelters and rescues by attending pet events, offering to volunteer and, of course, donating money and gifts of food and supplies to help and encourage them.

The extreme summer heat offers unique challenges for all of us to stay safe, cool and hydrated.

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Adventure Awaits!


Techatticup Mine

ldorado Canyon or Nelson’s Landing is located at the historical Techatticup Mine. It’s the oldest, richest, and most famous gold mine in Southern Nevada. This is the cover photo location and one of my favorite locations to visit. I love the barn wood, classic trucks, and nostalgia for a background portrait that is often different from normal. I always envision a dog riding shotgun in the front seat of an old truck going on an adventure or just enjoying time spent with his best friend.

Check out their website for information about tours. It is private property so you need to sign in at the gift shop before you explore the property.

Caution [ Be extremely careful of the “jumping cactus” on the property as they will cause your dog a great deal of harm.

If you follow the road past the mine you will end up at Lake Mohave which has a gorgeous overlook and a wonderful spot for a quick dip.

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To My Pawrents,

With Mother’s Day and Father’s Day just around the corner, I feel like it’s the right time to tell you how grateful I am to be your 4-legged child. I know you didn’t actually give birth to me. Blood doesn’t matter to me, because we’re much thicker than that… we’re Fur Family.

You keep a roof over my head and kibble in my bowl. For that, I want to THANK YOU

You sing me lullabies and rock me back to sleep after a nightmare. For that, I want to THANK YOU

You take me to the vet to get my shots, fixed me so I didn’t have to endure the pain of childbirth, and clean my teeth so you don’t have to endure the pain of bad breath. For that, I want to THANK YOU

You let me follow you to the bathroom… and the kitchen… and the living room… and then back to the bathroom. For that, I want to THANK YOU.

You scratch that spot right behind my ear and make my leg do that wonderful kicky thing – that’s it, right there, yessssss. For that, I want to THANK YOU.

You clean my puke off the floor when I help myself to the garbage, AND, you still tell me I’m a good boy. For that, I want to THANK YOU.

You put your hand on the pavement before our walks to make sure I don’t burn my paws. For that, I want to THANK YOU

You sleep sideways on the bed, with your legs hanging off, and your head at a weird angle, so that I can be comfortable. For that, I want to THANK YOU

You sit down in front of the window and keep me company while I watch the cars go by, and thank me for alerting you to “intruders” when I bark. For that, I want to THANK YOU (And I now understand the mailman doesn’t want to kill us. Or does he?)

You open the door to let me go out… then let me back in… then let me go out again… you know what? I want to be inside now. For that, I want to THANK YOU

You keep buying me stuffies even though I gut them within minutes and put chunks of sopping-wet fabric in your slipper. For that I want to THANK YOU

You pull poop out of my butt when I chew up some of those stuffies and need an assist. For that, I want to THANK YOU… and apologize.

You cancel plans when I’m curled up on your lap and you don’t have the heart to move me. For that, I want to THANK YOU.

You take me on playdates, to the park, to the beach, and with you on car rides (and you roll down the window so I can catch the air with my mouth!). For that, I want to THANK YOU.

And I know that when I’m old and gray, and it’s time to say goodbye, you’ll put my comfort above your own, and hold my paw until I’m gone. For that, I want to THANK YOU

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Happy Mother’s and Father’s Day to all the pet pawrents out there!
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I am your fur baby and you are my pawrent, my love, and my whole world. For that, I want to THANK YOU.
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Meet Ember, a two-year-old chihuahua-miniature pinscher mix who has shown incredible resilience after being hit by a car and left with a broken leg as a stray. He was picked up by Animal Control and taken to The Animal Foundation where he was assessed. Due to the severity of his injuries, transfer to another rescue for specialized treatment was sought. That’s when the Las Vegas Valley Humane Society (LVVHS) reached out and accepted this little guy into our program!

Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Ellis and his dedicated team at the Green Valley Animal Hospital, Ember’s leg was saved, although the surgery cost exceeded $2,600. LVVHS rallied their supporters who generously contributed over $800 towards Ember’s surgery, and he is now healing well and expected to be ready for adoption sometime in May.

Ember’s story is a testament to the incredible power of community support. With the kindness and generosity of his compassionate friends, Ember is now on the path to a happy and healthy life. Soon, he will be able to run, play, and find his furever family. LVVHS relies solely on donations to help animals like Ember, and ongoing support is crucial. If you’re interested in making a difference in the lives of animals in need, consider donating or fostering with the Las Vegas Valley Humane Society! Visit our website for more information:

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Many people are afraid of rats, but the truth is, rats are actually amazing pets! Rat owners already know how spectacular rats are, but not all of them know exactly how to care for them. Don’t worry, my rats and I have got your back! Here are three crucial things that not all rat owners know about their best friends.

First, never pick up a rat by its tail. This seems quite obvious, but many new rat owners (especially children) attempt to pick up rats by their tails. Not all rats are vocal about their pain, but some rats will squeak in affliction when lifted this way. The best way to pick up a rat is to place your hand beneath their chest, but not between the forelegs.

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Next, when you clean a rat’s cage, return the cage as a whole to the same place. Moving the cage around can stress out rats and disorient them, so keeping the cage in the same spot will help them feel more at ease. In addition, it is recommended to keep the music quieter as you clean the cage – rats don’t like loud music!

Finally, red discharge around a rat’s eyes and nose IS a sign to see a doctor. This typically means that they feel sick, stressed, or are in pain. Not all doctors specialize in rat treatment, so before spending a $100 visit, check to see if that veterinarian is experienced in treating rats.

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Rats are really great pets and the most important thing is keeping them happy and satisfied!

Kittens & Cats – We Love Them!

We have opened our homes and hearts to them. It’s fascinating and fun to watch them adapt to our lives and to us. However, what do they need to feel secure, comfortable and happy? The five foundational pillars or building blocks for feline happiness and a healthy feline environment were identified by The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP).

#1 Safe Place

Cats need at least one safe and secure place where they can run from danger, hide or just be alone. Cats like high places so a cat tree/tower or even a closet shelf would be good choices. Other safe places could be under a bed, in a closet or even a box or two. Adding a blanket in their preferred spot or spots would create cozy cat caves.

#2 Multiple and Separated Key Resources

Cats need lots of key resources like food, water, litter boxes, scratching items, play and resting/sleeping areas. It is important to provide multiple resources even if you only have one cat. It is even more important if you have more than one. Note too, the general rule about litter boxes is one for each cat plus an extra one. These should be placed in different locations in the house.

# 3 Opportunities for Play & Predatory Behavior

Play and predatory behavior is a way for cats to exercise their natural hunting instincts. Toys that mimic predatory behavior, such as interactive toys are great to encourage these behaviors. Providing daily play time is important to keep your cat healthy and happy.

#4 Positive, Consistent and Predictable Human–Cat Social Interaction

Cats need interaction with their humans. Though they have the reputation of being aloof and solitary they love being with us. Their individual personalities and behaviors give clues to the type of contact they need and enjoy. There are many ways we can interact with our cats such as petting, grooming, and playing. They can interact with us by cuddling, sitting on our lap or just sitting beside us. Always let a cat initiate the contacts. There are ways though that we can encourage or invite them to join us. One way is to get down to their level and hold out our hand to see if they will come to us. Kittens need socialization and it is important to have a number of people play with them during the critical period up to 9 weeks. Make sure the play times are positive and enjoyable for the kitten.

#5 An Environment That Respects the Importance of a Cat’s Sense of Smell

Cats have amazing noses. They use their sense of smell to evaluate their environment. Their litter boxes must be kept clean. Often humans mask the offensive odor by using scented litter or litter additives and room air fresheners. Unfortunately, some of the scents we use are offensive smells to our cats. Respect their fabulous sense of smell by keeping their litter box clean and being careful when using scented items.

Finicky feline food habits – In the wild the ability to sniff out and interpret odors was vital to cats for locating their food source. Also, the sense of smell stimulates their appetite. Sometimes a finicky eater needs their food to be heated lightly to enhance the aroma and stimulate their appetite. Also, be careful of where you place their food dish – avoid being too close to the kitty litter box.

One more idea about their sense of smell that is helpful to remember. A cat’s scent on their bedding helps them to feel secure. We respect them when we wash their beds and blankets on a rotating schedule so their scent is always on some of their safe places and beds.

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FIVE FOUNDATIONAL PILLARS FOR FELINES Key Resources Opportunities For Play & Predatory Behavior Positive, Consistent & Predictable Human–Cat Social Interaction An Environment that Respects the Importance of a Cat’s Sense of Smell
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Can your lost pet find their way back home? LOST HOME A microchip will help

Owning a pet is a great joy and as most will attest, a great responsibility. Even the best-behaved animals sometimes get in the mood to be bold or do something out of character. They may not even mean to but just might want to sightsee life a little past their home turf.

They may see a doggy friend they know down the block, or just can’t control themselves to explore where a certain scent is coming from. Their intentions might be to come straight home. Just have a small adventure and be back in time for dinner. As we know, however, this might not always be the case.

While most animals can “remember” how to get home, some simply just get lost. Some are just so friendly that they will go into anyone’s house or car just thinking it’s another one of their “friends.”

Sadly, there are those who meet a stranger that doesn’t have the best intentions and get “kidnapped.”

While we can’t predict every possible circumstance, there is one way to make it a little easier to bring your pet home safely.

Collars with name tags are great, however, collars can easily slide off leaving your pet without any identification whatsoever.

they can actually scan the chip and find out where the dog is registered, happily returning the dog to its owner.

Unlike dog tags and collars, this chip can never be removed and will be with your dog for the remainder of its life. It is a great safety net should your pup ever decide to go discovering new terrain without you.

It’s not expensive to have this done by your veterinarian and the prices are affordable to register your pet. Your pet will always have this unique identifier inside them, much like their own social security number.

It’s helpful in many ways. It helps the finders of your pet bring your pet to safety. This is a wonderful safeguard because they don’t have to worry about where they can house your pet until its owner is found. Many times people are not able to take in a dog or cat into their own homes, but can bring him/her to a veterinarians office where the animal can be scanned and reunited with his/her owner.

It also ensures that should your pet escape, you have proof of ownership and not just anyone can go and claim the pet as their own. Proof of ownership in this way also helps in the hopefully unlikely event that your pet was stolen. If it ever comes down to proving the dog or cat was yours, you can easily scan the pet.

When you first adopt your dog, you can have a microchip inserted. A microchip is a small chip that is inserted with a needle under the skin. Believe it or not, this tiny chip has a number on it that you register with one of the many companies. This way, even if they are not wearing a collar and someone finds them, they can bring the dog to a veterinarian’s office. There,

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People often get hamsters, rats, or mice because they think that rodents will be easier to care for than other pets. Many parents get these animals for their children, not realizing that a small pet does not mean a small amount of responsibility. Although rodents can make great pets for people of all ages, they have very specific care needs that must be met in order to keep them healthy and happy.


Rats are highly intelligent and social, and they need furry friends in order to stay happy. Rats must be housed with at least one other rat, and they need lots of enrichment in their cages. The more crowded their home is, the happier the rats will be. They need wire cages in order to provide proper ventilation, and to allow for climbing. In a tank or bin cage, the ammonia in rats’ urine will build up and make them sick. Hammocks, bridges, ladders, and even bird perches will give a rat mental stimulation and exercise. They also enjoy foraging toys designed for birds or cats. Scattering your rat’s kibble, along with fresh fruits and vegetables, can also give them enrichment as they search for food around the cage.


Mice have different needs depending on their genders. Females are social and should be housed with other mice. But male mice can be territorial, and should be housed alone or with a litter mate. Mice should be kept in a wire cage rather than a tank or bin. Their cages should have a deep layer of paper bedding to allow for burrowing. As prey animals, mice love to have plenty of places to hide. They also need wooden materials that they can chew to file down their teeth, which continue growing for their entire lives! Mice should eat a block or pellet food supplemented with fresh fruits and vegetables.


Since hamsters enjoy burrowing and making tunnels, their cages should have at least two inches of paper bedding. They also need plenty of hideaways, tunnels, and hammocks. Hamsters are less sociable than cats or dogs, and sometimes they want a safe place to hide. A hamster ball is a great way to give your pet exercise and fun. But make sure that the ball is large enough for the hamster to stand without curving its spine. Although they can be housed with others, hamsters prefer to be alone since they are territorial. Seed mixes are popular for hamsters, but a block or pellet mixture will provide them with better nutrition. This prevents them from picking through their food and choosing certain seeds over others. A hamster’s diet should be supplemented with fresh fruits and vegetables too.

Before taking on the responsibility of a new pet, it’s important to understand that pet’s unique needs. By doing the research before your new friend comes home, you can make life happier and easier for you and your pet.

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Even though they are small, furry friends like rats, mice, and hamsters need special care and attention in order to stay happy and healthy.
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NORMAL STOOL in Dogs & Cats

As a pet parent, it’s important to be monitoring your pet for any changes in health or behavior that may indicate the onset of illness. One essential factor to be mindful of is the quality of your pet’s stool – including its normal color, consistency, and smell. Changes in stool quality should be discussed with your veterinarian, as they may indicate digestive upset or other changes in your pet’s health. To help you keep an eye on your pet’s stool quality, consider the following characteristics of healthy stool.


Perhaps the most important factor to consider when evaluating your pet’s stool quality is the consistency of the stool. For a helpful visual aid, look online for canine or feline fecal scoring charts, also sometimes called “poop charts”, which display examples of stool quality ranked on a scale of one to seven. An ideal fecal score is 2 – no pun intended – which describes a bowel movement that is firm, but not hard, segmented in appearance, and leaves behind little to no residue when picked up. A fecal score of 1 indicates that the stool is dry and hard, which can be a sign of constipation. Fecal scores higher than 2 describe bowel movements that are softer in consistency, varying from being slightly moist at the lower end of the scale to watery puddles at a score of 7. These numerical scores can be especially helpful when discussing stool quality with your veterinarian, and provide an excellent means of monitoring your dog or cat’s stool quality over time.


Most normal stool is varying shades of brown due to the presence of bile and bilirubin, which are secreted into the small intestine during normal digestion. Other factors, such as the foods your pet eats, can also affect stool color. Some pet foods and treats contain dyes to make the product more appealing to consumers, which may cause discoloration of the stool. However, if your pet’s stool is suddenly changing color without a change in diet, this warrants a conversation with your veterinarian. While it’s not typically concerning if your pet’s stool changes from dark brown to light brown, certain colors do warrant further investigation. Black stools, particularly those with a tarry consistency, warrant an immediate trip to your veterinarian

as this indicates the presence of blood in the upper gastrointestinal tract, meaning your pet may be bleeding internally. Red stools often indicate the presence of fresh blood from the colon or rectum, which also warrants further investigation by your veterinarian. While uncommon, white stool also indicates a trip to the veterinarian is needed, as this may indicate a lack of bile in the small intestine caused by obstruction of the bile ducts or disease in the liver.


Not surprisingly, stool is often malodorous due to the presence of bacteria from the intestinal tract. However, if your pet’s stool suddenly smells particularly foul or has an unusual odor, this may be something to discuss with your veterinarian. Stool smell can be affected by diet, so it’s possible that something your pet ate triggered the change in odor. Foul-smelling stool can also occur due to digestive upset and is particularly concerning if combined with changes in stool consistency. Stool with significant amounts of blood present may have a distinct metallic smell and veterinary professionals will often recognize this smell immediately as many associate it with the infection canine parvovirus, although other causes of blood in the stool can also lead to this characteristic smell.


Monitoring stool quality is an easy and helpful way to keep track of your pet’s overall health. Changes in consistency, color, or smell should be reported to your veterinarian, and some changes warrant a more immediate trip to the veterinary clinic. If your pet’s stool quality has been less than ideal, keeping a “poop journal” logging important information such as your pet’s fecal score, dietary intake, and frequency of defecation can be a helpful tool for both you and your veterinarian to get to the bottom of the problem.

Although no one likes to talk about bowel movements, discussing this information with your veterinarian can lead to better health and well-being for your pet!

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A group of gerbils is called a horde. True or False

After gerbils are born only the mother takes care of them. True or False

There are only 20 different species of gerbil in the wild. True or False

Gerbils are from the same family of animals as rats, mice, guinea pigs and hamsters. True or False

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Gerbils are social animals that enjoy being around people. True or False

The great gerbil (Rhombomys opimus) is the most popular pet gerbil. True or False

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Is It TIME For A NEW Pet Bed?

Have you looked at your pet’s bed lately? I mean, have you REALLY looked at it? If it looks disturbingly brown, flattened, and capable of crawling away on its own, it’s probably time for a new one.

While you may think it’s time for a new bed, your pet may not be so enthusiastic about the idea. Sometimes a new bed is not well received. But, with great intentions, you head to your favorite pet store and begin the search. You take time to pick it out, bring it into the house, and YOU think it’s perfect! Proudly, you present the new bed to your pet. To your dismay, after several cautious and suspicious sniffs, he gives you a dismal, dirty look, and walks away. Now what?

The rejection of your new pet bed is usually because it smells “funny”. It may smell wonderfully fresh and new to you, but all your pet smells is new fabric, new foam, and funky pet store odors. It doesn’t have his scent on it, or yours, and therefore it is not worthy of sleeping in. There is an easy solution to this problem.

First, take the new bed outside and let it air out in the sunshine for a couple of hours. (This will help the fabric, foam, and pet store odors dissipate.) Then, take the old bed and gently rub it around on the new one – transferring your pet’s scent to the new bed. Next, take one of your t-shirts (worn a few times) and rub it all over the new bed. If he STILL doesn’t like it, try lining the inside of the bed with the same t-shirt - carefully tucking it in around the edges. Now your pet’s bed will smell like two of his favorite “people”….you and him. What could be better?!

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MAKE YOUR HOME COMFORTABLE for your pet with special needs


Raised water and food bowls make it easier for older and disabled dogs to eat and drink. Lower bowls can be challenging and even painful. Pets with neurological conditions may lose their balance and knock over their bowls. Make sure their bowls sit high enough so they don’t have to bend over to reach it. If your pet is wobbly, consider weighted bowls which will make it more difficult to knock it over.


If you have a disabled cat they may have a hard time getting in and out of a standard high-side litter box. Instead, recycle an old plastic pet carrier. With the low-cut front lip they may find it easier to get in and out as well as steady themselves against the walls if they need to.


Your pet might have a few more accidents, so consider fabrics that have stain resistant qualities or add a stainguard fabric treatment. Microfiber and microsuede are my personal favorites. They’re easy to maintain with soap and water. Crypton, a super stain, water and bacteria-resistant fabric is amazing for all pet applications as liquids literally run right off the fabric.


As we age, getting in and out of our own bed can pose problems. Heck, some days it takes me a bit to get up and get going. So for your little one, look for a bed shaped more like a sofa, with a high back and sides and a low front. This shape will make it easier to get in and out as well as cushion any slips should they become unstable.

Flooring can be a challenge with different disabilities or age. When my Maddy went blind, to help her find the back door, I put area rugs inside and outside the door. I found the rugs needed to be the same, but also a completely different texture from any others in the house, otherwise she got confused.


Older dogs have trouble getting up, so they need a tactile surface for traction. If you have tile or wood, use area rugs in their favorite places. Just make sure to use the proper pad or slip resistance tape underneath so they stay in place.

A hard surface is best for those who have lost mobility and are using assistance from a wheelchair or partial wheel support. Deep pile carpets may make it tougher to get around, so use area rugs in their traffic pattern areas and make sure the edges are secure so they don’t get caught.

6They may still want to jump on and off things, so consider purchasing a set of stairs to provide them with easier access to their favorite places. If your pet is in a wheelchair and your home has stairs leading up to the front or out the back door consider a ramp. If they are having trouble getting in the doggie door because of the height, add a doggie deck like Dave from Las Vegas Handyman did for his client.


It’s important to light the way if your pet has lost their sight as they will need help with depth perception. With Maddy, I added contrast with lighting and pattern. In my bedroom, I placed rope lighting underneath the bed. It gave a soft glow and didn’t bother us at all. In our family room I used a patterned area rug under the sofa. We all have to make adjustments when our pet’s lives change. But it’s surprising how quickly they adjust. Disabled pets can live healthy, long lives, we just need to help them along the way.

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May and June are Here Again!

In May we express appreciation for our moms and June brings the same for dads. Did you know May is also National Pet month? Each month there are many reminders to treat animals with respect and kindness. You might remember April was Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. It was also National Pet First Aid Awareness.

As we move into May and June, there are many reminders from organizations dedicated to aiding animals, both wild and domestic. Here are a few special days and month-long celebrations which surround Mothers’ and Fathers’ Days:

National Pet Month

Chip Your Pet Month

May 8: National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day

May 20: National Rescue Dog Day


Pet Month!!

Have you heard of that before? Truthfully, the theme has to do with helping humans become responsible pet owners. Suggestions to celebrate responsibly with your pet include hugging, walking, playing, maybe even buying a new toy for your pet or taking them on a picnic! Some people have taken this holiday month so seriously that they adopt a new pet. Do you suppose mom might like a new family furry member for Mother’s Day?

National Adopt a Cat Month

National Zoo and Aquarium Month

June 4: National Hug Your Cat Day

June 19: National Take Your Cat to Work Day

June 23: Take Your Dog to Work Day

There are some of us who might like to show mom appreciation by bringing home a puppy or kitten. You might even want to bring one to dad in June on his special day. However, before you do, make sure they are able and willing to care for a new addition to the family! If mom or dad want exercise, walking a dog will help, but will only be a happy experience if they are willing, able, and motivated. It is wise to ask before surprising anyone with a pet so you and that sweet furball or feathered friend won’t be disappointed.

Another important consideration is to be sure neither mom nor dad are allergic to animals. If you’re not sure, you can go to your local pet shelter and spend a little time together. If anyone is allergic, you will find out quickly. Of course, mom or dad may find a pet they just can’t leave behind. That’s a win for everyone. If they bring one home, you’ll all want that hopeful home-seeking creature to stay forever. So, be sure to check before you surprise someone!

Have a lovely month or two with your parents, your pets, and may appreciation and responsibility grow in your hearts!

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First Creek at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area


Nothing says spring in the desert more than a hike to a waterfall. Located in Red Rock National Conservation Area, First Creek Falls is an easy hike across the open desert to a small seasonal waterfall and pond.

While this hike is located in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, it is not located along the Scenic Loop Road. The trailhead is located off of West Charleston Blvd, past the main Red Rock entrance area but before Spring Mountain Ranch State Park. The parking area is located right off Charleston Blvd on the west side of the road. Note: if coming from the southwest side of the valley, take Blue Diamond Road to Route 159. You will pass the town of Blue Diamond, Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, then the parking area for First Creek will be on your left.

The trailhead is located near signage and a gate. To begin the hike, walk through the gate onto the trail. The trail is well-maintained and heavily used. Almost immediately, the trail crosses Oak Creek Wash. The trail curves back and forth through the desert among a plethora of plant species. This is often a great area to visit during spring wildflower blooming.

Burros are often seen in the area, and it is common to see small herds moving through the desert grazing. It is essential to keep your dog on a leash, not only because it is a rule of the park but also because interactions with wildlife can cause harm to the wildlife or your pet. In addition, remember to bring along bags for cleaning up your dog’s waste.

As you hike, you will notice the wash on your right wind back and forth and narrow as you move closer to the mountains. After about 2/3 mile, the trail will veer off to the left, but there is a smaller trail leading to the right towards a pinyon pine tree at the edge of the wash. This is your cue to take the trail to the right. Head towards the tree and look for a trail that heads downslope along some large boulders.

The trail leads to the base of the waterfall, where a small pond resides. A stream gently flows from the pond further down into the wash. How much water is in the pond and how fast the waterfall flows depends on rainfall and snowmelt, but spring is usually a wonderful time of year to experience First Creek Falls.

There are a multitude of small trails in this area to guide you to places farther downstream or up above the waterfalls if more solitude is desired. This is a popular hike, and it is likely to see others on the main trail or at the waterfall/ pond area. When you are ready to leave, return the way you came.


Pictured is rescue pup Zoey. Found as a stray during the COVID pandemic, she was transferred from the Animal Foundation to Second Chance Animal Rescue, where she found a home with the Garrett family. She has two other doggie siblings and enjoys daily wrestling with her sister Gracie and long runs in the desert with her brother Meeko.
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Raising a Kitten


Most cats start to go into heat in the warmer months, leading to a surplus of kittens available for adoption.

Here’s our guide on how to make the process of raising a kitten a little less stressful and a lot more fun.

Prepare Your Home For Your New Addition

Look around for things that might be enticing to your kitten and baby-proof your home. Remember cats are naturally curious, try to remove anything dangerous they may want to play with.

Set their space up for them before bringing them home. This will ensure a more seamless transition into your home for them. Protect any furniture that you don’t want to get damaged. Then make sure you have all of the supplies they may need to feel comfortable in your home.

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What Will The First Few Weeks Be Like?

Be patient. They’re figuring out a new space and a new person, and they’re babies, they’re still figuring out how to exist in the world! Your kitten has a lot of learning to do and trusts you to help.

Build this trust by reassuring them that they are in a safe space. Some cats are not as affectionate as others so pay attention to their body language. Notice how they respond to you to figure out the best way to show them some love.

Give them a safe space. Fill this space with beds, blankets, and toys to help them feel pampered. Give them catnip and treats often to show them that you are there to take care of them.

What Are The Benefits Of Adopting A Kitten

Adoption is an incredibly rewarding experience. Shelters do their best to take care of all of their animals, but nothing compares to the life pets have when they join a family.

While some cats have stricter boundaries than others, most kittens are incredibly affectionate. If you adopt them while they are young, the comfortable they will be with you and the more snuggly they will be. All this love will boost the serotonin production in your brain, making you happier too!

Overall, adopting a kitten is introducing a new kind of companionship into your life. It will bring you immense joy and a sense of accomplishment to take care of a kitten every day.

Why Is It Important To Adopt?

In the warmer months, there’s an abundance of cats in shelters. This gives you a golden opportunity to bring home a new baby. Many of these cats could end up living in the shelters for months before being brought home. Take one home today and give them a happier life!

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Follow our guide and you’ll be ready to welcome a new kitten into your home!

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PET Events upcoming



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:

VVDOC Meeting Location • 1600 E. Desert Inn Road, 2nd Floor #240



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


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9am–3pm. Tres Amigos invite you to the SNPERRS Surplus Sale! Proceeds benefit Southern Nevada Parrot Education, Rescue & Rehoming Society. No live trade. Location: 8524 W. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas



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:

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» Chip Your Pet Month

» Pet Cancer Awareness Month

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» National Pet Month

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May 7-13: Puppy Mill Action Week

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June 19: Take Your Cat to Work Day

June 21: Take Your Dog to Work Day

June 24: Cat World Domination Day

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Hot Asphalt Awareness

Press the back of your hand firmly against the asphalt for 7 seconds to verify it will be comfortable for your dog.

➠ Walk your dog early before the sun heats things up

➠ Walk on grassy paths or in shady areas

➠ Put on dog booties to protect their pads


Leave Home Without It

Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot outdoors. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful to not over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot.

Know the Signs of Heat Exhaustion

Dogs suffering from heat stroke will normally exhibit some or all of the following symptoms:

• Restlessness

• Increased respiratory rate

• Excess salivation

• Panting

• Increased heart rate

• Vomiting

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5. No previous transfusions

6. Good temperament

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!


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

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