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time for extra fun in the sun; people enjoying their well-earned vacations and students still enjoying their break from studies. Summer is a great time to take a break from daily routines, spend extra time with family and friends, and enjoy picnics and holiday celebrations. In spite of the heat some people enjoy outdoor summer time activities while others enjoy indoor “hibernation” activities. Whether you spend your time inside or outside include your pet in your summer activities. Spend some extra fun time with them; add new activities to your playtime to enrich and enhance your relationship with your pet.

There aren’t as many pet events during the next two months which is typical for July and August. Check the Pet Events calendar on our website for new events or updates. We also post events on our Facebook page so stay connected! The work of shelters and rescues continues year round; the break from scheduled events is an important time to offer your support in other ways. Do you have extra time or are you looking for a family activity? Local rescues and shelters still hold regular pet adoptions and always appreciate visitors. Contact your favorite shelter or rescue to find out if they need help to cover vacations or to do other work.

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PETS and Their Friends How often have you said to a friend: Let’s go for coffee! Do you want to go see a movie? I need a hug! We’re social beings; we form relationships with people with similar interests for a variety of reasons. We have numerous circles of friendships and relationships. Our core or center circle includes our closest and best friends – the ones who love us unconditionally and who are always there for us. We recognize and value our relationships. Our magazine celebrates the wonderful bond that exists between people and their pets. For us, pets are in that inner circle of family and friends but what about our pets? We are aware of the importance of socialization in pets, especially dogs for behavioral purposes. But what about their social or emotional needs? Are animals capable of forming relationships? Do they have special friends? Do they enjoy relationships with other animals? Friendship among animals is a hot topic on social media sites. We enjoy watching animals interact with each other. Scientists also observe animals to learn about how they relate to animals of another species. YouTube is filled with cute videos of these unlikely and weird and wonderful relationships. Check out “Cat Nurses Ducklings” and “Animal Odd Couple Wild Things”.

FUR AND FEATHERS One of my favorite YouTube videos is Cat Nurses Ducklings. A young couple in Ireland shared an amazing story of how their ducklings were adopted by a mother cat. They have a small farm and wanted ducks to complete their collection of animals. They got some fertilized duck eggs but when the ducklings hatched they went missing. When the couple searched the farm they found the cat with a duckling in its mouth. However, instead of hurting it she put it down and the other ducklings waddled over to her and lay down beside her. The cat had just given birth to three kittens a few hours earlier. Probably the spike of her “mother hormones” caused the cat to nurture the ducklings. The ducklings soon outgrew the kittens but to the mother cat they’re still her kittens. The adorable part is watching the grown-up ducklings follow the Mamma Cat. FUR AND FINS Sharing my home and heart with a very social cat created an interest in learning more about the social and emotional needs of animals. Rowdy, a “rowdy” and extroverted tuxedo cat, has an insatiable need to be held and cuddled. He loves watching YouTube videos of squirrels. He enjoys watching Mr. BF (betta fish). At first I was careful to keep Mr. BF’s tank covered since Rowdy loves playing in water. I sometimes fill the bathroom sink with water and he is quite capable of pulling out the rubber stopper. The sink and tank are the same height so he could easily put his paw in the tank and pull out Mr. BF. (Why I have a rubber stopper is another Rowdy story). Rowdy enjoys watching Mr. BF swim and it appears that Mr. BF enjoys the attention; sometimes relating nose to nose. Mom also enjoys watching them interact. Animals are amazing. Their willingness to bond with us, share their lives with us and love us unconditionally are wonderful gifts. As we learn and understand more about animals we discover and appreciate just how amazing they truly are.

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Two Good Dogs by Susan Wilson Perhaps you read One Good Dog which we recommended in our March/April 2014 issue and enjoyed it. If so, you’ll want to read the sequel, Two Good Dogs. We were introduced to two of the main characters in One Good Dog, Adam March and his rescue dog, Chance. In this book we’re introduced to Cody, a troubled teen who witnessed the murder of her father but feels forced to keep it a secret because of threats from the murderer. Her mother, Skye, bought a run-down bed & breakfast and is struggling as an innkeeper. Skye and recently widowed, Adam, are developing a relationship. Cody and Chance start to bond too. Woven into the story are bits and pieces of Chance and Adam’s stories. Their history is helpful to give deeper significance to their current struggles but it is not essential to have read One Good Dog. The story is told from the perspective of all the characters, even Chance’s. It has a slower pace and is a good summertime book. Find a good spot, sit down in your favorite seat, grab a glass of lemonade and enjoy their stories. It is a story about learning to trust and love again.

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present challenges to our everyday routines. Going outside to do ANYTHING seems like a monumental, sweaty task that we would much rather avoid all together. With our outdoor activities being limited to early mornings or late evenings, many pets and people don’t get enough outside playtime. BUT, there are fun summer activities that we can enjoy with our pets in spite of the heat! Even though we are stuck inside most of the day, there are still many fun games we can play with our pet indoors:

FOOD PUZZLES Feeding our pets should be more of an adventure for them than just eating their food out of a dish. A great way to facilitate their need to enjoy the hunt is to buy a food puzzle. Food Puzzles are inexpensive and come in a variety of shapes and styles specifically designed for dogs and cats. It can be a great way to stimulate your pet’s problem-solving skills and help them fulfill their primal instinct to hunt and work for their food. They will enjoy the challenge of retrieving the treat.

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around and see if they can still find it. While this game is typically more appealing to dogs, many cats enjoy it as well.

Hide the Treat Take a few of your pet’s favorite snacks and place them in a bowl where your pet can see them. Then, take them out of the bowl and hide them throughout the house. This game will encourage their natural scavenging instincts and will give them a little exercise in the process. It is much more exciting to find a treat than to have it handed to you.

Fetch Yes, you can play fetch indoors if your dog (or cat) is not overly exuberant or excessively reckless. Hallways are typically the best place to throw a ball or toy for your pet to fetch. (For dogs, they may need to learn some new rules about “indoor fetch”.) Cats can and will learn to play fetch if they decide it is a fun activity worthy of their participation. If it’s enjoyable to them they WILL fetch and they will bring the toy back to if they want it thrown again. Finding outdoor activities to enjoy with our pets is a little more challenging during the hot summer months. For our cats, who are typically indoors for safety reasons, there are still things we can do to help their summertime blues. Even if your cat resides indoors, you can still provide outside entertainment by giving them a great view of the outdoors from a window.

Setting up a climbing tree or a shelf in front of a window will give your cat the visual experience of the outdoors. If your cat has a comfortable spot in front of a window to watch the birds and the happenings in the neighborhood, he will feel much less isolated in his indoor environment. For our canine friends, early morning walks and late evening outside games are just the beginning of entertaining outdoor activities. Some of the best outdoor summer fun begins with WATER! In your own backyard, you can create LOTS of great entertainment for you and your dog with the help of a garden hose and your own imagination!

Set up a Sprinkler Setting up a sprinkler in your backyard can add all kinds of new fun to your traditional game of fetch. You can run through it together, play fetch, chase, or invent your own games to play while enjoying the cool water droplets.

Buy a Kiddie Pool An inexpensive kiddie pool can be a great summertime investment; just add water, a few floating dog toys, and your favorite pooch! Toss a few dog toys in the pool and see if he’ll fetch them. Or, for an ultra-cool experience, try adding a bag of ice to the pool and watch your dog try to eat the ice cubes. When playtime is over, you may BOTH want to relax in the pool for a cool refreshing break.

Create your own Splash Pad You can make your own mini water park in your backyard with just a few inexpensive items. With the aid of a waterproof tarp, a sprinkler, a kiddie pool, some tent stakes, and a few pool noodles, you can create a mini splash pad! Start with spreading out the tarp and placing the pool noodles where you can easily reach them near the edges. Next, wrap the edges of the tarp around the pool noodle, rolling them inward to create the desire size of your splash pad. Use the tent stakes on the outside of the rolled-up noodle to keep it from unrolling. (The noodles will provide a little bumper around the perimeter and will let water accumulate in the tarp.) Add your kiddie pool, your sprinkler, and your favorite pup for tons of splash pad fun! Even though the “dog days” of summer may be long and hot, they don’t have to be boring. With a little creativity and imagination, you and your pet can invent new games and activities that you can enjoy this summer and for many years to come.

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nce upon a time there was a dog named Daisy. She was a happy pup with a loving family! Daisy spent her days begging for food, going on neighborhood walks and playing outside in the yard. But one day while she was chasing a bird, it suddenly got dark and started to rain. Daisy was so scared she panicked and crawled under the gate! Looking for her family, she just kept running and running. When the rain finally stopped, she didn’t know where she was or where her family went. Luckily for Daisy, Alexa was out taking her dog Lily for a walk. She found Daisy and took her back to her house to keep her safe until she could find her family. Daisy was given a warm bed and a fresh bowl of water. But she was very sad and missed her family very much. Daisy’s family returned home from dinner and couldn’t find her anywhere. They called their neighbors and asked if anyone had seen her. Fortunately, Daisy’s family had her microchipped the year before and the registration information was current. The next morning Alexa took her to the nearest veterinarian and they found her chip. Alexa called Daisy’s family and told them that she was safe. Daisy was so happy to see her family! Because of her microchip and an up-to-date registration, Daisy and her family were reunited.

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It sure was nice there for a while with our 90-degree temperatures, but summer is officially here. So here are a few tips to keep our furry family members safe and comfortable when inside and outside.



Always have a shaded area outside where they can go under to cool down. Pets sunburn just like us, especially shorthaired dogs. It can be a dog house with air conditioning and/or misters (yes, my girlfriend had both for her pups), a fun cabana or a simple raised pet cot with an attached canopy. I like the raised pet cot because it gets them off the hot ground as well as under cover. All these items will give them shade from our blazing sun. Many pets enjoy laying in the sun rays streaming through the window, but if your pets are crated, you need to protect them since they can’t get up and move away. I know you may not want them in the dark, but you can tilt the blinds. If you have side drapery panels, put up a second rod behind and pull across light filtering panels during the day. Roller shades are also a good option. They come in attractive light filtering materials and stack to a few inches when not in use.



If you take your pets on rides, it’s important to keep them out of direct sunlight. To give them coverage from the sun, sunscreens on the side and back windows work great. They’ll help keep Gigi and even you cooler.

If you crate your pets in the car, remember the metal ones get as hot as your steering wheel. A good summer alternative is a soft kennel crate. They even have fabric tube ones that secure to your headrests in the back seat, which are pretty cool.



My girls love their fuzzy bedcovers, but they get warm. Think of laying on a fleece blanket and how warm you get, even with the air conditioner on. So for the summer, look for one that is 100% cotton. Cotton is a natural fiber that allows air to circulate and move more freely through the fabric. Another option is pressure activated selfcooling pads. They use a non-toxic gel that absorbs body heat and reduces their temperature without water, electricity or refrigeration and even recharges. They’re great for both inside and outside.



We keep our A/C on average at 77 degrees and use fans throughout the house. When we’re not home our girls are crated, so along with a ceiling fan, we have a standing fan in the room. I like the air circulator fans versus oscillating. This way the air is not blowing directly on them but gentling moving the air around in the room. It’s amazing how the temperature drops when we have them on.



We have cooling bed pads, fans, and fabrics, but there’s more. Whether you take your pup for a walk or they just like spending time outside, keeping them cool is just as important as it is for us. Always think that if you’re hot so are they. So consider getting a cooling collar, which is a bandana or towel like we use. Those specifically made for dogs have quick release buckles. These are great for those pups who like to run around in the yard like my Matilda.

For those long walks or breeds that are prone to overheating, consider a cooling vest which will keep them cooler longer. Let’s not forget their paws. If you’re going to walk your dog in our sweltering heat, you need to be a responsible parent and make sure they have some paw protection. I know many will think this is unnecessary but take the test. Take your shoes off and walk barefooted with your pet on the hot pavement. I doubt you’ll make it five feet.



We have three sets of water bowls in our house. One in each of their crates, two in the kitchen and two on the patio. I’m a believer that pets should have access to water at all times, just like we do. In the summer, the water doesn’t stay cool even with ice cubes. However, now there are cooling ceramic dog bowls. The bowls are made out of a unique ceramic material that keeps the water cold for up to 6 hours.

As our temperatures soar, keeping our pets cool is a part of responsible pet ownership. Every pet is different so watch your pet to see how they handle the heat. Learn about the signs of heatstroke at


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By Donna Stidham, Esq.

Estate Planning Estate planning is important for both individuals and pets. Proper planning can literally save a pet’s life. Per Nevada law, Wills do not avoid probate; only well drafted and funded trusts will avoid probate. There are also issues with guardianship if an individual does not have properly drafted documents in place before they become legally incompetent. In a well drafted trust an individual can also plan for the care of their pet in the event of the death or disability of the individual owner via a “pet trust”, which is included in the individuals revocable living trust. Nevada law does not allow provisions for your pet in a Will. I am often asked if an individual can have an agreement with the neighbor to take their pets. Under Nevada law, pets are considered property so an Animal Control officer will not release the pets to the neighbor because the agency has no more authority to transfer ownership of a person’s pets than it does of a person’s television set. When you set up an estate plan with provisions for your pets you can do all kinds of things for your pet like allow your pet to live in your house for the remainder of their life, regulate veterinary care, provide for food, grooming, dental cleanings and daycare. Estate planning is important for all animals. Some animals live to be 100 years old, like birds and desert tortoises, some animals are very large, require a lot of room and are expensive to care for, like horses and some animals have known current or potential future medical problems. Many pet owners want to ensure there is money for the pet’s future needs. 18

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It is imperative that planning be done by an attorney who is well versed in estate planning for pets because it can literally be a matter of life and death for your pet. You also have to be very careful about leaving money outright to an individual as a “thank you” for taking your pet because once the individual has your money and your pet they can take the pet to the vet and have them put to sleep or drop them off at a local shelter and keep your money.

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There are a lot of great options for those individuals who would like to help animals by leaving money to an animal charity. A few options are leaving an outright distribution under the terms of the individuals trust or naming a charity as a beneficiary of an asset. There are animal charities that have thrift stores so an individual can also leave personal property to the charity for the items to be sold by the charity.

Proper estate planning including provisions for your pet is one of the greatest things you can do for you and your pet. It will give you peace of mind that your pet will be taken care of in the event you are unable to care for them. If you have specific questions or concerns please call Donna Stidham at (702) 444-3713 to schedule an appointment. You can get additional information on estate planning at

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By Dr. Nicole McDonagh, DVM Town Center Animal Hospital

Summertime is the season of nice weather

but also the time for fireworks and celebration. We may enjoy the views of bright lights and booms from afar; however for our furry babies fireworks are not fun and produce anxiety. Independence Day is one of the busiest days of the year in shelters due to many pets getting lost, injured, or killed from fear and anxiety. But there are ways to prevent and avoid these situations from happening. By identifying triggers of fear and finding remedies to counteract pet anxiety July 4th can be a day of celebration for everyone!


Fear is a diffuse feeling of impending danger or threat. When an animal experiences fear, it can trigger a normal response of aggression (fight), running away (flight), or staying still (freeze). Each response depends on the pet’s personality. Since our pets cannot tell us when they are experiencing fear and anxiety; we have to rely on their behaviors and body postures as good clues to understand what they are feeling. Signs of anxiety can include panting, drooling, pacing, attention seeking behaviors (vocalizing, pawing, and climbing up on you or your furniture), hiding or trying to escape.


Pets will do better when not left home alone during firework events. If that is not possible prepare in advance before leaving them home alone. Bring all pets inside so they don’t try to escape out of their yards. Keep your pets secure in a “safe” room or one that they tend to stay in during the day or one that they sleep in at night. Even if you are keeping your pets securely locked indoors still keep their collars and ID tags on them. When you take your dog outside for a bathroom break keep them leashed. Contact your primary veterinarian to confirm they are microchipped and that the information is up to date in case their ID’s accidentally come off. Also, 22

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anxious pets tend to pant and July is a hotter time of year, make sure water is always accessible to avoid overheating and dehydration.


There are multiple ways to manage your pet’s anxiety without using medication as a primary remedy. Using techniques that you normally use throughout the day that do not trigger stress are easy ways to help keep our pets calm. Turning on the TV or putting on soothing music can help drown out the source of firework noise. Finding a favorite toy or stuffed animal to play with, or practicing tricks with food rewards are classical counter-conditioning techniques for positive association and fireworks. Anxiety wraps such as ThunderShirt® are commonly used to place pressure on the body and can have a calming effect. For cats, Feliway is a synthetic pheromone spray to help relieve stress. Both of these items can be located at your local pet store or found online.

Other remedies include herbal relaxants; essential oil diffusers involving scents such as lavender, chamomile, and cedar wood promote soothing and calming effects. The majority of firework shows come mainly in July, but practicing these techniques throughout the year will benefit your pet when other stressful events occur. If your find that your pet is still experience high anxiety during Firework season, please visit your primary veterinarian. They can go over further medical management including both short and long term treatment to help keep your pet calm at home during time of celebration!


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hile the hope is that your dog never has to worry about these types of diseases, the truth is our fourlegged pals tend to be adventurous. Sometimes they stick their adorable little snout where they shouldn’t. I only learned about lyme disease firsthand when adopting an eight year old retriever named Duke. In Duke’s case, a tiny tick felt like taking a ride on his back and gave him this disease in return. I never worried about Lyme since I had moved from New York where there are plenty of ticks to Las Vegas, where there are virtually none. Yet, anything is possible, including Lyme disease! Like most dog owners, I’m familiar with their personalities, their expressions, etc. Even though each dog is different, I have a good idea of how they should behave at certain ages. Duke was eight years old, but by the looks of him, you would’ve thought he was fifteen. He slowly walked to my car, his back arched, his gait slow and careful. His pain seemed to switch from limb to limb. While some may argue that dogs don’t get depressed, that was all I could see in his eyes. Thankfully, after numerous tests, a diagnosis was made. These are some symptoms associated with Lyme. As with many diseases, they could also be indicative of another illness as well.

SYMPTOMS: Æ Arched back

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By Elizabeth Parker While there is no absolute cure, you can put it in remission with hopes that it will remain there. The necessary remedy is an antibiotic. Your veterinarian will give you the prescribed dosage. Your dog might also need pain pills and a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory(NSAID). If your pooch is not eating, you might want to inquire about a liquid form. Since Lyme disease can cause kidney damage, you may want to talk to your vet about testing for that.

WHEN WILL THEIR CONDITIONS IMPROVE? The answer generally is this. “It’s a marathon, not a sprint.” It could take up to six weeks, or in some cases, even longer.

Consider it a work in progress. During the first week or so, you might only notice slight improvement in appetite. Mobility might not be much better. Hopefully by week two or three, their energy will increase and they will show a bit more interest in food. It is helpful to keep a journal of their progress. If you notice that they are improving a bit each day, that is a good sign, but if they are still not eating or able to walk, you may want to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. The pain they are going through is intense. Most dogs try to mask their pain, so the fact that you can SEE how much pain they are in shows how horrible they must feel. Let your dog relax in a comfortable, quiet environment. If your dog is diagnosed with this frustrating and painful disease, take your time with your dog. It can be an extremely slow process. Keeping track of their progress will allow you to mark their improvement and hopefully, within a few weeks, they will be on their way to recovery. In Duke’s case, it took him almost eight weeks to recover! 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.

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By Jae Kennedy, Cat Health Advocate and Advisor at Two Crazy Cat Ladies

Don’t let your eyes glaze over just yet. The term enzymes seems like a big word, and maybe it is... but it’s not as complicated as you think. Enzymes are the building blocks of all life. They’re what make the body function appropriately - yours and your cat’s. They are like the brain of a feline’s body, initiating and moderating virtually every reaction that takes place within the cells. Digestive enzymes, for instance, are tiny little molecules in the gut of your kitties that break down the food they eat and make it usable to their bodies. They tell the food where to go and what to do. These enzymes play a vital role in the overall health of our cats.


• Protease – which breaks down and utilizes protein • Lipase – which breaks down and utilizes fat • Amylase – which breaks down and utilizes carbohydrates and starches • Cellulase – which breaks down and utilizes fiber Enzymes come from two sources: Food - and your cat’s body. Cats need digestive enzymes from both sources to help the body function at its optimal level. Unfortunately, commercial cat foods do not contain enzymes because enzymes are super sensitive to heat. They are killed when your cat’s food is processed – as processing requires exposure to heat. So, all cat food that comes from a bag or a can is processed food and is void of these essential nutrients. Cats need digestive enzymes just as much (if not more) than humans. We humans have many options available to us to access the digestive enzymes our bodies require. 30

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There are a variety of foods that will unlock the vitamins and minerals our bodies need. Cats are limited to the foods we feed them. This is why it’s best to feed fresh, uncooked foods that offer the digestive enzymes their bodies’ need. Feeding a fresh, raw diet to your cats is the best way to ensure they’re getting these enzymes from their food. We recommend this diet for all cats. But if you are unable to feed a raw diet to your kitty, you can also supplement these enzymes into their daily diets. There are many quality supplements that provide digestive enzymes, but we recommend non-synthetic, highly absorbable liquid or powder supplements. Our feline friends’ digestive systems work quickly (way faster than ours), so liquid and powder supplements (unlike wafers or pills) don’t need to be broken down in the digestive system before they can be used. Liquids and powders are easily absorbed and utilized appropriately - very quickly. Nutritional supplements are a great way to add these important enzymes back into our cats’ processed diets. By supplementing, you can help fill the gaps left by processed foods and provide a stronger foundation for overall health.

If you want your kitties to live the long and healthy lives they deserve, do your best to provide the enzymes their bodies so desperately need. Questions? Concerns? Let us know and we’ll do our best to help! or call 877-801-5355

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Stay cool with your dog this summer with a few simple items. Can you find the names of these things that will help you and your pup beat the heat? The words may be in any direction: horizontal, vertical, diagonal, forwards or backwards.


MEMORY OF A DOG - Written by Sonja Tsjuris to honor all strays and rescues who need loving forever homes. It creatively expresses the possible “words” and memories of a dog who lost all hope of finding his special person and a forever home.

I shift my leg, searching for any source of comfort from the cold hard ground. Families come to scrutinize and evaluate me. Sometimes I wish the floor would just swallow me up. It never does. Days pass slowly. The heat of the summer takes its toll on the other dogs.They cough and groan, yet they never give up hope. I wonder where they found theirs. Mine is lost, ever since that day. It haunted me, taunted me, tried to get to me.The thing is, it did. As I got older, and apparently bigger, she got me a choke collar and muzzle. One day, she abandoned me here. Lost in the past, I just want to find a raft in this river rapid called life. A warm hand strokes my head. Looking up into his warm face, utter joy and ecstasy takes over me. “It’s okay Moana.” Leaning up to lick his face, I realize it must have been a memory from the past. As I wag my tail, it pounds against the wall and he laughs. In that moment, I realize the past doesn’t define me. Here, I am wanted, loved, special. And that’s all that I want.

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Ingredients: 1 Cup Ripe Bananas 8 Ounces Yogurt 1/3 Cup Peanut Butter**

Blend the ingredients together to make a liquid. Pour the liquid into some ice cube trays and freeze. Note: if you use the silicone bone or paw print molds you must use a cookie tray or something solid to be able to pour the liquid into the molds and then to place in the freezer. Otherwise, you’ll have a sticky mess on your counter, floor or freezer. *Coconut water is naturally refreshing and contains easily digested carbohydrates and electrolytes.

Blend ingredients together. Pour mixture into ice cube trays, plastic or paper cups, or freezer molds and place into freezer. **Peanut butter – it is best to use unsalted and unsweetened AND check the label to make sure it doesn’t contain xylitol. Xylitol is toxic to dogs.

The ingredients in these recipes are considered safe for dogs. Remember though that these are treats and need to be offered carefully. It is always best to add just one or two new items at a time in case your dog has an adverse reaction to them. If your dog has any medical condition please check with your veterinarian about offering these frozen treats to them.


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Dangers that Summer Presents for your Pet

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Summer presents the wonderful opportunity to enjoy warm weather and fun in the sun with all members of your family, including the four-legged ones. However, this time of year carries certain dangers to your pet’s health that all owners should be aware of. The following are the five biggest health hazards for pets during summer.



You might think that your pet’s fur is enough to protect them from becoming sunburnt, but this is not necessarily the case. Even furry pets have areas where their fur is thin enough to allow their skin to become burnt, such as around the nose’s tip or on the belly. Often the solution is as simple as limiting your pet’s time in the sun. If your pet is particularly prone to sunburn, however, specially-formulated sunscreen is available for dogs; human sunscreen should not be used as it can be toxic to animals.



You don’t need to leave your pet in a locked car for them to be at risk of heat stroke this summer; playing outdoors in the sun on a hot day can be enough. In particular, some pets such as shorter-nosed dogs are at greater risk for heat stoke due to their reduced cooling efficiency. If you see signs that your pet may have heat stroke such as excessive thirst or heavy panting, bring them into the shade or a cool room immediately and use a fan or wet towels to cool them down.


Like us, our four-legged friends are susceptible to seasonal allergies during the summer. Common symptoms include itchy skin for both dogs and cats as well as the increased occurrence of ear infections in dogs. These ear infections, which can be serious, are treatable with a prescription ear-cleaning solution when used once a month to clean out your dog’s ears. While the solution doesn’t help with the allergies directly, it does help limit ear wax build-up that can make an infection worse.






Standing pools of water can breed bacteria and parasites that can sicken your pet if they drink the water or simply walk through it. For example, giardiasis is a disease that affects the intestines and causes upset stomach, diarrhea and dehydration; the parasite responsible can be found in stagnant water during warm months. Similarly, leptospriosis is an infection caused by bacteria that affects a wide range of animals, including dogs and humans, and can lead to kidney or liver damage or failure. To reduce the chance of these illnesses, avoid standing water whenever possible and refresh your pet’s water bowl frequently.


Never leave your pet unattended in a parked car for any period of time. Even on a warm day, the temperature in a car can exceed 120° in a matter of minutes - even with the windows partially open. Your pet can quickly suffer brain damage or die from heatstroke or suffocation.

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Lone WOOF Rescue LONE WOOF RESCUE sits on 2 acres in the quiet little town of Sandy Valley in Southern Nevada. It has been serving the local community and the Las Vegas Valley for over 5 years. They are committed to finding the perfect home for its many abandoned and unwanted dogs. Specializing in large breeds and the occasional small breed dogs, they strive to make the perfect match by interviewing potential adopters, meeting with all family members, and doing a meet and greet with furry family members. They believe that placing the right dog in the right environment is a win for everyone. Their goal is finding a caring and loving home for all our rescues where they are part of the family, safe, happy and never to be neglected or abandoned again. LWR is an all-volunteer organization. To supplement donations they have a retail line of t-shirts, car decals, magnets, dog toys, dog collars and leashes. Purchasing with a purpose means that all proceeds are used to care for our many dogs. Visit online to ADOPT, DONATE, VOLUNTEER, FOSTER or SHOP. •






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CATHY BROOKS, founder and chief human officer of The Hydrant Club, is very community oriented. She has given more than $7K to LV Metro’s K9 Unit (through the non-profit “Friends For LV K9” specifically to outfit dogs in protective vests. Every time an event is held at The Hydrant Club, it is always to raise money for a local non-profit – Cathy refers to this as “Pawties with a Purpose.” Through her community and philanthropic efforts, Cathy has raised money for The Animal Foundation, Wagging Tails, LV Metro K9 Unit and has donated services and support for many other organizations including: The LGBT Center, Planned Parenthood, The Girl Scouts, The Las Vegas Philharmonic, the LV Philharmonic Guild, Las Vegas Academy, among others. In addition, Cathy serves on the board for The Animal Foundation.

Submitted by Melanie Devries

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upcoming SATURDAY, JULY 7

Bark, Brew & BBQ Fundraiser and Adoption Event 5pm – 8pm. Fun for the entire family! Food, Beer/Wine, Photobooth, Entertainment, and Raffles. Adults $25, Kids Free. Pre-sale tickets available. Painted Desert Golf Club – 5555 Painted Mirage Rd.


Las Vegas Bird Club Meeting 1pm – 3pm. Join us for our monthly meeting with a focus on Avian education. Visitors & birds welcome. Henderson Convention Center – 200 Water St., Henderson.


PINS for PAWS Bowling Fundraiser 6pm – 9pm. Fun evening of bowling & socializing with other animal lovers, goodie bags, great silent auction and raffle prizes, bowling contest prizes, and more! $20 online/$25 at door. The Orleans Casino Bowling Center - 4500 W. Tropicana Ave.


Low-Cost Vaccine/Microchip Clinic 8am – 11am. Includes the 4-in-1 vaccine for cats at $15 and the 5-in-1 vaccine for dogs at $25. Also offering individual vaccines & microchip. PALNV – 4155 N Rancho Dr. Suite #150


Pet Loss Hurts-A Free Grief Support Group 1pm – 2pm. Please join us and share your personal grief journey with others who are experiencing the same. Pet Loss Hurts – 6315 S. Rainbow Blvd. #106


PAWsitive Difference 3rd Anniversary Adoption Event 9am – 2pm. Celebrate PAWsitive’s Difference 3rd Anniversary… bake sale, fun, adoptions, face painting, and entertainment! Painted Desert Golf Course – 5555 Painted Mirage Rd.


Memorial Tile Event 11am – 2pm. Create a memory by creating a memory tile. Cost is $20 per tile. Benefits Southern Nevada Beagle Rescue Foundation. Please RSVP: Bee Creative Ceramics – 5221 S. Eastern Ave.

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Low-Cost Vaccine/Microchip Clinic 8am – 11am. Includes the 4-in-1 vaccine for cats at $15 and the 5-in-1 vaccine for dogs at $25. Also offering individual vaccines & microchip. PALNV – 4155 N Rancho Dr. Suite #150


Vegas Valley Dog Obedience Club – Monthly Meeting 7pm – 8pm. Public is invited. Upcoming guest speakers and topics to be announced. For more information visit, Audi Las Vegas – 6335 W. Sahara Ave.


Low-Cost Vaccine/Microchip Clinic 8am – 11am. Includes the 4-in-1 vaccine for cats at $15 and the 5-in-1 vaccine for dogs at $25. Also offering individual vaccines & microchip. PALNV – 4155 N Rancho Dr. Suite #150


Las Vegas Bird Club Meeting 1pm – 3pm. Join us for our monthly meeting with a focus on Avian education. Visitors & birds welcome. Henderson Convention Center – 200 Water St., Henderson.


PINS for PAWS Bowling Fundraiser 6pm – 9pm. Fun evening of bowling & socializing with other animal lovers, goodie bags, great silent auction and raffle prizes, bowling contest prizes, and more! $20 online/$25 at door. The Orleans Casino Bowling Center - 4500 W. Tropicana Ave.


Foreclosed Upon Pets 10th Annual Fundraiser 5:30pm – 8pm. Buffet, beer & wine, coffee & dessert bar. Raffle prizes and silent auction. $35 per person payable at the door. RSVP to Sandy Marsh at or (702) 279-2544. Opportunity Village – 6300 West Oakey Blvd.


Low-Cost Vaccine/Microchip Clinic 8am – 11am. Includes the 4-in-1 vaccine for cats at $15 and the 5-in-1 vaccine for dogs at $25. Also offering individual vaccines & microchip. PALNV – 4155 N Rancho Dr. Suite #150

Visit our website for event flyers, more events, updates and information:

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Non-Profit Organization Spotlight PALNV is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that helps low-income families, senior citizens, veterans and the homeless care for their dogs and cats by providing pet food (canned and dry) and cat litter each month free of charge. Started in 1993 by a small group of people in California, PALNV moved to Las Vegas in May 2014. One of their visions is to reduce the pet overpopulation problem in our community by providing financial assistance to cat and dog owners who want to have their pet spayed or neutered. Their goal is to keep pets with their owners and out of our shelters. When funds are available they provide assistance with veterinarian care. Each month they help approximately 250 Dogs, 196 Cats, and 7 Birds. In June they started offering Low-Cost Vaccine/Microchip Clinics at their new Pet Support Center and plan to expand these services into a Wellness Clinic. PALNV partners with local businesses and rescue groups to fulfill their mission.

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Looking to help both the animals and their caregivers? PALNV has the answer! Donate to our Pets-In-Need Program and you will be helping both.

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Pet Wellness in Las Vegas

The low-cost vaccines include the 4-in-1 vaccine for cats at $15 and the 5-in-1 vaccine for dogs at $25. The clinic is also offering individual vaccinations including, Leukemia (FELV) $15, Bordetella $10 and Rabies $10, as well as Microchips for dogs or cats for $15 and de-worming for dogs or cats for $5.

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