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July/August 2021 FRONT COVER PHOTOGRAPHY: Anneli Adolfsson RockStar Dogs Photography

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Kelley Bollen, MS, CABC Allison Mattern Gail Mayhugh Elizabeth Parker Elizabeth Racine, DVM C.A. Ritz Geri Rombach Veronica Selco Shannon Turpin

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5 TORTOISE TRIVIA 6 PREPARE YOUR PETS FOR THE 4TH OF JULY

10 SUMMER FUN WITH PETS AND KEEPING COOL

32 BETTA FISH 35 BEST FLOORING FOR PETS

36 VETERINARY WOES 37 POPULAR PARROTS 38-39

14 ARTHRITIS

IN DOGS & CATS

17 TAKE YOUR CAT TO THE VET DAY

ANIMAL RESCUE ORGANIZATIONS + ADOPTABLE PETS

41 HORSE FUN FACTS

19 HYDRATION AWARENESS

20 GUT HEALTH 24 SPENDING YOUR

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Mark Twain once said, “Everybody talks about the weather, but no one ever does anything about it.” And it’s true. Looking back at previous publisher letters we have talked about weather quite a bit. Vegas weather in July and August is HOT and the only thing we can do about it is attempt to stay cool. Many of us hibernate indoors from the extreme heat this time of the year. A great way to use this extra indoor time is to spend quality time with our pets. Maybe helping them learn a new skill or play a new game that will be fun for the whole family. Spend some quality play and fun times with your pet(s) this summer. Just sit and watch how they enjoy life and laugh with them. Hopefully you’ll consider entering our Summer Fun Photo Contest and share some of that fun with us. Check out the contest on page 8. As usual there are very few pet events for the next two months. However, it’s important to remember that the work of pet rescuing and sheltering continues year round. Area animal shelters and rescues need contributions of time and money now to continue their work. One final reminder – as a pet community we need to share the message of how important it is to take care of our pets in the hot summer heat of Las Vegas. Keeping pets safe this summer is the responsibility of all pet lovers.

Wishing you a wonderful summer filled with happiness & fun…..keep cool and stay safe! Your Friends at the Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine

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If you have lost your pet, place a yard sign in front of your house, with a photo of your missing pet and your phone number. People who find a pet often will walk or drive around the area, trying to find the pet’s owner.

Tortoise Trivia The tortoise is an amazing animal that is designed to withstand excessive heat and drought by obtaining virtually all of their water from the vegetation they eat. Their digestive tract separates the water from their waste, enabling them to survive for months at a time without drinking. When water is scarce, they hold on to the water they’ve stored and only excrete the urates from their system. For protection from predators, the tortoise relies on its hard, armored shell. When a tortoise is startled, it will fully exhale and pull its body inside its shell. It can only fit in its shell if its lungs are almost empty! Luckily, tortoises can hold their breath for a long time. Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • July/August 2021

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PREPARE YOUR PETS FOR THE 4th OF JULY By Allison Mattern, Marketing Manager The Animal Foundation | animalfoundation.com More pets are lost during the week of 4th of July than any other time of the year. Last year, The Animal Foundation took in 412 lost and frightened animals from July 1st to July 10th. Of those, only 23% were returned to their owners! Here are some ways to make the holiday safer for your pet.

MAKE SURE YOUR PET HAS IDENTIFICATION

DO NOT SET OFF FIREWORKS AROUND PETS

Make sure the information on the tag and microchip is up to date. All too often, lost pets come to The Animal Foundation with microchips with outdated information. This prevents them from getting in touch with you.

ASK YOUR VET

Don’t have time to buy a tag or update the one you already have? Want extra identification in case your pet’s tags fall off? Use a Sharpie to write your contact number directly on your dog’s collar.

If your pet does become lost, it is highly possible that they will end up at The Animal Foundation. Lost and stray pets picked up by City of Las Vegas, City of North Las Vegas, and Clark County Animal Control are brought to The Animal Foundation.

If your pet does become lost, a collar, tag, and microchip will identify you as the owner. This can lead to a much faster reunion.

CREATE A COMFORT ZONE

The most important thing you can do as a dog owner is to provide your pet with a safe space at home. Create an escapeproof location and make it a calm environment. A crate is best, but a small area like the garage, a bathroom, or closet can also work as long as there aren’t a lot of windows or sliding glass doors. Shut the windows, lower the blinds, provide a comfy bed or protective box for them to relax in, give them toys to distract them, and turn on the radio or television to compete with outside sounds. Music works to drown out the sound of the fireworks, but so can industrial-type fans. And of course, keep them indoors at all times!

TIRE THEM OUT

Give your pets plenty of exercise before the fireworks begin. Walking your dog or having an extended play session with your cat can lower their general anxiety levels.

DO NOT BRING PETS TO FIREWORKS DISPLAYS

Pets belong inside the comfort of their home during Fourth of July weekend as fireworks can cause animals to have increased anxiety and a sense of extreme uncertainty. This could cause them to seek shelter away from the safety of their owners. Even if your pet is normally good around strangers, take into consideration the heightened level of stress they will be experiencing and do not bring them to a 4th of July party. 6

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Using fireworks around animals not only runs the risk of potential injury but it also increases the likelihood of your pet running away in a desperate attempt to feel safe For extra anxious dogs, you can visit your veterinarian to get some anti-anxiety medication.

IF YOUR PET IS LOST

If your best friend is missing, search The Animal Foundation’s lost and found page. It’s updated regularly. If you see your pet online, email them immediately at lostandfound@ animalfoundation.com to set up an appointment to pick up your lost pet. Your pet is likely hiding somewhere in your neighborhood! Most lost dogs are found within a two-mile circle of their home.

IF YOU FIND A LOST PET, TRY TO FIND THE OWNER

Most pets are found in the neighborhoods they live in, so social media platforms such as Nextdoor and Facebook are all extremely effective at reuniting pets with their owners. If you find a pet, ask your neighbors if they recognize them and post flyers throughout the community. If the animal appears sick, injured or dangerous, please contact your local animal control agency. If you can’t care for the animal or identify an owner, email lostandfound@ animalfoundation.com to make an appointment to bring the animal into the shelter.

KEEP YOUR PETS SAFE!


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Summer Fun with Pets AND KEEPING COOL!

By C.A. Ritz

Summer again? The temperatures say “yes” in Nevada reaching between 102-114 degrees in July and August. That’s hot enough to fry eggs on the patio, but only with adult supervision! It’s less warm in the shade if you can find any! However, in cooler moments of the day, there are activities and toys you and your pet may enjoy outside.

PICKING ACTIVITIES

WHOA! Scanning the pet store, one can be overwhelmed by the number of indoor/ outdoor pet toys. So many on the shelves! But wait, here’s the revelation. Categories of toys are sorted by more than cat, dog, bird, fish, and fuzzy little mammals! Look carefully … while aisles are labeled by animal types, there are sub-categories indicating breed instincts or personality types. Notice, dog toys can be sorted by breed instincts which seem tied to jobs they do well. Birds and cat toys are sorted by personality/instinct habits. Here are examples:

SUITABLE TOYS

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Here are a few jobs and corresponding toys… • Diggers • Hunters • Herders • Lovers • Workers

Toys for Destroyers Toys for Scent Lovers Toys for Fetchers Toys for Cuddlers Toys for Tuggers/Chewers

Behaviorial/personality categories. Speaking as a cat lover, if jobs were assigned for cats, they might include:

Behavioral sub-categories, not job-related… • Chewing • Shredding • Nesting • Mirrors

Parrots Cockatiels Finches Parakeets

Outside, your pet can stay cool with a tent or mini-swimming pool. On really hot days, dampen a small towel or bandana, place it in your refrigerator, then apply to your dog’s neck briefly since they don’t sweat like humans. When your pet does start to pant, wait by the door, and stare with those big eyes, take them indoors! For a special treat, provide frozen watermelon cubes. These are healthy, cool, and fun for humans, too. Cats won’t need any since most kitties refuse to go out in the heat! But they may steal the dog’s frozen treats to swat and chase around you floor… not the best indoor toy! 10

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• Looking Down on You Jump and Interact Toys • Window Stalking

Hunt and Pounce Toys

• Stretching in the Sun Exercise (a little) Toys • Ruling the Home

Swat and Chase Toys

• Sleeping the Day Away Cuddly Toy

Although Bengal cats enjoy water and Maine Coons have been known to swim, most kitties stay indoors. If you find your kitty flustered watching quail, hummingbirds, and cottontails, from the window, consider toys that can be chased, swatted, or pounced upon. You might convince them to play inside if you let them think it was their idea and you won’t have to worry about cooling down your cat. They know when to stop. (Their demeanor oozes “cool” anyway.)

Have a safe and happy summer! C.A. Ritz ~ Author & Illustrator cynthialeopoldritsko.com


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GREATER GOOD CHARITIES JOINS FORCES WITH IHEARTDOGS.COM TO FLY OVER 75 RESCUE CATS VIA GOOD FLIGHTS PROGRAM FROM NEVADA TO PACIFIC NORTHWEST

CITY OF LAS VEGAS PASSES ORDINANCE STRENGTHENING THEIR ANIMAL CRUELTY LAWS On May 5, 2021 – The City of Las Vegas passed the ordinance to strengthen their animal cruelty laws to give broader protection for pets in hot weather. A summary of the changes:

➠ Cooling devices when the temperature is expected to exceed 105 degrees (misters, swamp coolers, or air conditioners)

➠ No animal is tethered, tied, or restrained for more than 10 hours in a 24-hour period

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animal can be tethered during a National Weather Service heat advisory

On Saturday, May 29, Good Flights, a program of Greater Good Charities and iHeartCats flew 77 cats rescued by Hearts Alive Village in Las Vegas to Embrace a Discarded Animal Society in Bellingham, Washington. The cats were fully vetted and health certificated. Embrace a Discarded Animal Society evaluated the cats and gave any follow-up medical care needed before being put up for adoption. It’s expected that all cats and kittens will find new loving homes quickly. Check out the cute adoption photos on Embrace a Discarded Animal Society’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/embracesociety The program helps Hearts Alive Village make space available for cats and kittens that are at risk in the Las Vegas community. It will be an ongoing monthly event. Through a variety of community support programs Hearts Alive Village is working to keep families together and pets out local shelters. Greater Good Charities (https://greatergood.org/) is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit organization that works to amplify the good in the world to improve the health and well-being of people, pets, and the planet. Good Flights, a program of Greater Good Charities, conducts life-saving airlifts and sup-ports ground transport for at-risk pet populations with a heavy focus on homeless cats, asymptomatic heartworm positive shelter dogs, disaster relief, and bully breeds. https://iheartcats.com/ is dedicated to healthy cats, happy homes, and empty shelters.

If convicted of animal cruelty a person can be prohibited from owning another animal for up to five years or fined up to $1,000. Animal Control officers will be driving around the city regularly and will respond if they see a distressed animal. The public, however, is encouraged to call 702-229-6444 to report concerns. In case of an emergency such as a dog in a hot car call 911. Thank you to Councilman Stavros Anthony for sponsoring the ordinance and to Gina Greisen and Nevada Voters for Animals for helping to make it happen. www.lasvegasnevada.gov/News/Blog/Detail/animal-cruelty-ordinance www.facebook.com/NevadaVoters4Animals/

HEAT KILLS PETS…EDUCATE, WARN AND ACT Below are the various Southern Nevada Animal Control Offices. If an animal is already showing heat-related distress or is in an unattended car, call 911.

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ARTHRITIS in Dogs and Cats

Is your senior pet slowing down? Has he stopped participating in his favorite activities? It may be more than just normal aging. Arthritis is a painful inflammation of the joints that is very common in senior pets and it can have a big impact on your pet’s quality of life. ➠ By Elizabeth Racine, DVM

CAUSES OF ARTHRITIS

TREATING ARTHRITIS IN CATS AND DOGS

Other factors that can contribute to the development of arthritis include: • Being overweight or obese • Abnormal conformation • Previous trauma, such as being hit by a car • Genetics • Previous orthopedic surgery • Poor nutrition

The mainstay of arthritis treatment is pain control. Many pets are prescribed a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAID), which can alleviate inflammation in the joints and reduce pain. It is very important to note that human NSAIDs such as aspirin and ibuprofen are not safe for pets! Even baby aspirin or the inappropriately labeled “aspirin for dogs” can cause serious or fatal side effects, so never give your pet any over-the-counter medications unless directed to do so by your veterinarian.

SIGNS OF ARTHRITIS IN PETS

In addition to pain medication, your pet also may be prescribed a joint supplement. Joint supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin can improve lubrication of the joints, help repair damaged cartilage, improve mobility, and slow the progression of arthritis. Joint supplements take several weeks to reach peak efficacy, so your pet will need to take them consistently for several weeks before you will start to see improvement.

Arthritis occurs when the cartilage that cushions a joint or multiple joints becomes weakened or damaged, resulting in pain, inflammation, and degenerative changes. Although arthritis can occur in animals of any age, it is especially common in seniors due to normal changes in cartilage that occur with age.

Initially, the symptoms of arthritis can be very subtle. Cats, in particular, tend to hide their pain and will not show symptoms until the disease becomes severe. Early symptoms of arthritis may be vague and intermittent, such as being slower to get up, hesitating before jumping, or stopping play earlier than usual. Unfortunately, arthritis is a progressive condition and the symptoms will worsen over time. Other symptoms of arthritis can include: • Stiffness • Short-strided gait • Difficulty using stairs • Reluctance or inability to jump • Difficulty getting up or laying down • Difficulty navigating smooth or slippery floors • Tiring more easily • Resting more • Lameness • Swelling of one or more joints • Irritability • Discomfort or aggression when touched Many pet owners think that because their pet is not whining or crying he or she is not in pain. However, just as a person with arthritis does not cry all day, your pet may not necessarily cry or vocalize any more than usual either – but they can still be in pain! Dogs and cats can be very stoic and may not show obvious signs of pain, but arthritis can still impact their quality of life. This is why it is so important to see your veterinarian for annual wellness exams, as symptoms of arthritis are often first discovered during the examination. 14

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Arthritis is a chronic progressive condition, which unfortunately means that it will continue to get worse over time. The goal of arthritis treatment is to manage pain, improve mobility, and slow the progression of the disease to maintain your pet’s quality of life for as long as possible.

Finally, alternative treatments such as acupuncture, chiropractic, and laser therapy can also be beneficial for patients with arthritis. Physical therapy and rehabilitation can also help your pet lose weight, build strength and muscle mass, and maintain mobility. If your veterinarian does not offer these services, he or she may be able to recommend a professional in your area or you can search for a certified professional through the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians (AARV).

It can be tough to see your pet suffering from arthritis, but the good news is that this is a very treatable condition. With the help of your veterinarian, you can develop a plan for arthritis management that will allow your pet to maintain a good quality of life for years to come.


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Trappers Needed!

TNR Saves Lives

TNR Impacts In 2009, over 18,500 healthy feral cats were euthanized at the local shelter. In 2020, 733 feral cats were euthanized. This is a

C5 is an all-volunteer organization working to prevent unnecessary euthanasia of healthy feral and free-roaming cats by providing trap, neuter and return (TNR) programs to the community. Trappers work hand in hand with colony caretakers who play an important role in the life of the feral and free-roaming cats by providing food, water, and shelter. Together, we ensure the colony is managed by performing TNR. TNR is an effective, humane way to reduce cat overpopulation issues. Since January, 2010 C5 has trapped, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and returned to their colonies more than 44,000 cats. Once back to the colony, cats live happier, healthier lives without the risk of new kittens adding to the population.

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Volunteers are crucial members of our team. We work together to provide the best support and service to the community residents and want your participation to be both enriching and rewarding. Your dedication to furthering the mission, vision, and goals of C5 are of critical importance in our effort to humanely reduce the population of homeless cats. Our volunteers work hard to provide excellent service to the community residents who contact us for Trap, Neuter, Return services. We are eager to meet you and welcome you to our team! If you are interested in volunteering with C5 or would like more information please send an email to the Volunteer Coordinator at Volunteer@C5-TNR.org.

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JULY IS NATIONAL

PET HYDRATION AWARENESS MONTH

STAYING HYDRATED is as important for pets as it is for people.

The percentage of water weight in dogs and cats is actually higher than for us; 80% of their body weight is water compared to 55% to 60% for us. Helping them maintain their fluid balance is essential for their overall health. Generally pets need 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight to stay property hydrated. Pets get dehydrated when they lose more fluid than they take in.

A FEW TIPS TO HELP KEEP YOUR PET HYDRATED:

Always have clean fresh water available. Provide water in a variety of locations to encourage frequent drinking. Pet water fountains provide circulating water continuously for pets that prefer moving water. Cats like drinking from fountains though their favorite source of water seems to be the faucet. Adding chipped ice or ice cubes to their bowl helps keep their water cooler. It is also important to clean the bowl frequently to prevent the growth of bacteria. Giving your pet wet or canned food helps to maintain hydration Adding water or bone broth to dry food is another way to increase the moisture in their diet. Cats are challenging. Domesticated cats descended from desert felines who were designed to live on very little water. Their moisture-rich food kept them hydrated. Providing wet food or dry food that has been enhanced with bone broth or water can help keep them hydrated. Water is essential for the body to function properly. It helps lubricate joints, aids digestion and regulates body temperature. It is important to be aware of the signs of dehydration including loss of appetite, dry nose and gums, sunken eyes, lethargy, depression, reduced energy levels, and excessive panting.

If your pet is showing signs of dehydration it is important to contact your veterinarian immediately.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF

GUT

HEALTH IN PETS The gut reaction – you know the feeling in the pit of your stomach – fear; grief and a myriad of emotions that are felt deep in your gut. Scientific research is providing us with an enormous amount of information about the importance of gut health.

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ut health is often referred to as gut microbiome. This is the collection of bacteria and other microorganisms that live inside the gastrointestinal (GI) tract or digestive tract. The “gut” generally is thought to mean the stomach and intestines. When balanced the “good” bacteria are able to do their work, however, an unbalanced microbiome allows the “bad” microbes to grow and create numerous digestive disturbances for pets and people. A healthy or balanced gut microbiome is essential for a pet’s general health. It helps regulate digestion, protects the body from infection and produces hormones beneficial for mental health. Approximately 60-70% of the immune system is located in the gut and creates up to 80% of antibodies. Scientists are discovering fascinating information about the “second brain” or the gut-brain connection. For example, the gut contains more neurotransmitters than the brain; many of chemicals and hormones used by the brain and nervous system such as serotonin, dopamine and GABA are produced in the gut. These hormones affect mood, anxiety, and sleep patterns. What are some of the signs of imbalance in the gut; that there are more “bad” bacteria than “good” bacteria? There can be digestive disturbances such as bloating, constipation or diarrhea, or abdominal cramping. Inflammation in the gut can develop which could cause the immune system to over react producing inflammation in the whole body. In addition to digestive issues your pet may develop allergies (itchy skin, ear infections, and hot spots), dull coat, bad breath, and joint pain. What can you do to improve your pet’s gut health? Diet plays a major role in gut health. There are ways to supplement your pet’s diet to make it gut-friendly without making major

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changes. One way is to add bone broth to your pet’s food. It is nutritious, collagen-rich and studies note that it helps reduce inflammation and heals the gut. It also adds moisture to dry food which helps keep pets hydrated. Studies show that drinking sufficient water has a beneficial effect on the balance of good bacteria in the gut. Other supplements to consider adding to your pet’s diet are probiotics. They contain live, beneficial bacteria that help balance your pet’s microbiome. The best is to add a probiotic that includes strains of bacteria that are resident in your pet’s gut. There is concern about adding prebiotics to a pet’s diet. In pets with an imbalanced gut ratio of “good” versus “bad” bacteria they could cause harmful bacteria to grow. Reducing stress is another way to help your pet. Make sure they are getting enough physical activity, mental stimulation and adequate playtime to help them get rid of excess energy. There is a connection between stress and the destruction of good bacteria. If you make changes to your pet’s diet or lifestyle it is important to do it carefully and gradually. Making too many changes is stressful and could create more gut upsets and problems. Gut health is a complex issue; if your pet is experiencing serious gut or GI problems call your veterinarian to schedule an appointment.

Keeping your pet’s gut or microbiome happy and healthy is an important part of keeping them happy and healthy!

https://health.ucdavis.edu/health-news/newsroom/what-is-gut-health-and-why-is-it-important/2019/07 www.healthline.com/health/gut-health www.morrisanimalfoundation.org/article/amazing-world-canine-gut-microbiome

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AMBEROCK AT LAKE LAS VEGAS NEARLY SOLD OUT New Neighborhood Coming Soon Richmond American Homes’ first Lake Las Vegas neighborhood, Amberock, which opened for sales less than a year ago, is nearly sold out. Two homes are available in its single-family Seasons collection and a handful of paired homes in its Urban collection remain available. The builder plans on offering both collections’ model homes for sale this summer. Amberock is an affordable and stylish community with floorplans ranging in size from 1,470 to 1,910 square feet. Homes in the Seasons collection include maple cabinetry, granite kitchen countertops, ceramic tile floors in the wet areas and paver stone driveways and patios per plan. Paired homes in its Urban collection include an attached two-car garage and a fully private side yard. Both rare finds with townhome style homes.   “Amberock was so well-received at Lake Las Vegas that we are following it up with another new community that is expected to start sales in the Fall,” said Nicole Bloom, division president for Richmond American homes. “Marble Mesa will be a hillside collection of 84 single-story homes with up to four bedrooms and up to three full baths.    Marble Mesa will offer four single-story floor plans ranging in size from 1,740 to 2,150 square feet. With average home sites just over 5,000 square feet, Bloom said Marble Mesa will be especially appealing to those who enjoy a little extra space in their yards. “The average size of home sites is more than double the square footage of the largest plan in this collection, so if you are looking for a single-story home with a good sized yard, this will be a perfect opportunity for you.”   Homes at Marble Mesa will include three to four bedrooms, up to three full baths and two car garages. The neighborhood will also have natural open space common areas. For more information or to register your interest, visit https://www.richmondamerican. com/nevada/las-vegas-new-homes or call the builder’s Home Buyer Resource Center at 702-638-4440.

ABOUT LAKE LAS VEGAS The 3,600-acre Lake Las Vegas resort community surrounds its own 320-acre lake and is located just a short drive from the Las Vegas Strip and Downtown. Residents and guests enjoy the award-winning Reflection Bay Golf Club, Lake Las Vegas Sports Club, restaurants, hotels and year-round community events. Lake Las Vegas is selling new homes ranging from townhomes to custom estates from Southern Nevada’s most trusted builders including Pulte, Lennar, Richmond American Homes, Woodside Homes and Blue Heron. For more information, visit www.lakelasvegas.com/new-homes.


Spending Your With Pets YES, THOSE GOLDEN YEARS – the time after retirement and before age-related physical, emotional, and cognitive issues show up. It is depicted as a time of freedom from work with time to enjoy all the fun and leisure of retirement. However, there are other realities of aging that older people experience. Many older adults experience loneliness, health issues, depression and other issues that prevent them from enjoying this period of their lives. Pets provide benefits that can help them enjoy happier and more fulfilled lives.

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s an older adult it is important that you ask yourself if this is the right decision at this stage of my life. Pets can help with many of the challenges that come with aging and offer many benefits. Physically time spent with pets can reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Increased activity with playing, walking and grooming pets create a healthier lifestyle. Developing a routine for caring for pets encourages personal self care. Socially and emotionally spending time with pets helps reduce stress levels. Levels of serotonin or the “feel good” hormone are increased. Also, our pet connection provides a sense of companionship and reduces our sense of social isolation. Walking a dog or cat can create opportunities for interaction with people. Perhaps the greatest gift pets give us is unconditional love which minimize the feelings loneliness and depression. It is really important to be realistic about the responsibilities that come with the privileges of having a pet. They require and deserve appropriate attention and care for their own well being and happiness. Think about your preferred choice of a pet. What do they need as far as habitat, food, social and physical interaction, and veterinarian care? Think about your available time, resources such as family and friends who can help out if needed, and financial resources. Do they match up with the care required for your ideal pet? Do you have a second pet choice? For example, I love all pets; my ideal pet is a cat and my second preference is a guinea pig. Having a pet in my life is essential for my sense of well being and completeness. If your ideal pet is a large dog you might need to change and consider a smaller dog. Or perhaps you may need to 24

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consider another pet altogether. Various studies show that having a pet regardless of what kind is beneficial for older people. Many veterinarians recommend birds as ideal pets for older people; they provide companionship, daily routine and help reduce stress but require less care. A very popular small bird is the parakeet (budgie). They require human interaction and can even learn to talk making them a fantastic pet companion. Another question! Should I adopt a puppy or a kitten or an older pet? Puppies and kittens have lots of energy and need more exercise and play time than many older people can provide. One benefit of adopting an older pet is that you will have a better idea of their adult personality and can better select your perfect personality match. The downside of adopting a younger pet is that there is a greater possibility that the pet will outlive you. Also, as an older person it is important that you plan for that possibility. Last, get creative! Look for other options! Maybe a long-term fostering situation would work for you. Maybe a shared-pet arrangement would be a perfect solution for you and someone else. Possibly offer to pet sit for family and friends.

Our hope for you is that you find a way to have pets in

your life as you face the challenges of growing older so that you can truly enjoy your GOLDEN YEARS!


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LOOSE LEASH WALKS WITH YOUR DOG! Article & Photos By Veronica Selco

If you want to enjoy walks around the block, at the park or participate in social outings with your dog, it’s worth the time and commitment it takes to train your dog to walk politely on leash. Every time you allow your dog to move forward when he pulls, you teach him that dragging you down the street gets him where he wants to go. And the longer he’s been practicing this, the more committed to training you will have to be.

➠ HOW TO GET STARTED

Work in collaboration with your training partner and make training FUN! Dogs naturally dart, dash, turn, trot and run when out on their own. Polite Walking is a trained behavior. Foundation Behaviors First! Teach these behaviors first. Mark the desired behavior with a clicker or a verbal marker, such as “yes”. Reinforce good behavior with delicious pea sized treats.

➠ FOUNDATION BEHAVIORS

Attention – dog gives you eye contact Target – dog touches and follows hand target with nose Sit Wait or Stand and Wait – dog waits for you patiently, while you leash him up, grab your keys, open the door

U-Turn – dog turns and move in opposite direction Once you’ve taught the foundation behaviors, you will start by putting your dog on a 6 foot leash. Front clip harnesses that do not restrict movement work well. Start by taking a few steps in a small area without distractions. Practice walking a short straight pattern, a small square, turn right, then left, then move forward. While walking this

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pattern, ask your dog for eye contact, click and treat when behavior is performed correctly. Repeat a few times. If behavior is not performed correctly, back up and work on that behavior alone with little movement. Once behavior is solid, start to work a short straight pattern. Continue pattern, ask dog to sit, click, treat and repeat. Continue pattern, ask for for dog to target hand and make a u-turn, click, treat, repeat. Soon enough, you will work through distractions, practice walking past dogs and people and practice walking fast, then slow. Celebrate small successes and increase challenge only when progress is made. Give clear cues! It’s confusing to your dog if you allow him to pull some of the time.

➠ TRAINER’S TIP

Burn off some of your dog’s energy before working on your leash training skills. Play a little fetch, go for a swim or play a little Nose Work. Once your dog is walking nicely with you and is able to move forward, stop, change directions, you will want to add a cue, such as “let’s walk” for this behavior. It’s equally important to cue him to “go sniff” when he has permission to move away from you on a loose leash to read the pee-mail. Dogs experience their world through olfaction, they want to sniff and should be given an opportunity to explore. Plan an occasional Sniffari Walk for your dog! On this adventure walk, put your dog on a long lead in an open area and encourage him to explore a natural environment without being asked to check in or offer behaviors. Veronica Selco, MSW, KPA CTP, CNWI - Certified Professional Dog Trainer Lead Trainer at imPETus Animal Training, a dog training studio in Southwest Las Vegas dedicated to using positive reinforcement to train dogs and their people. They offer a variety of classes for puppies, teens and adult dogs. www.impetusanimaltraining.com

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The Kids Scene

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1. What is one summer activity to do with your pet? 2. How do tortoises get their water? Submit by 8-31-21. (Hint: Answers in this issue!)

E-mail your answers and you will be entered to win! Contest@LVPetScene.com (Please include name and a phone number so we can contact you if you won.)

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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.


PETS COMMUNICATE WITH “TALK” BUTTONS By Elizabeth Parker

A Great Enrichment Activity for Dogs & Cats! We love our pets for many reasons and most days, if not all, we wish they were able to speak to us. Of course, they have a language all their own, and often we can read and interpret their body language. If we’re lucky and experienced enough, we can decipher what it is that they want.

If your pets seems to be catching on to the basic words, you can purchase additional buttons to expand upon your pet’s vocabulary! So if you have been using the play button, you can purchase more specific buttons like “fetch,” “ball,” “walk,” “park,” “car ride,” etc.

Although humans are supposed to be more intelligent than our canine friends, it’s quite amazing that they can understand over 165 words of our own language along with the signals that we use! I can only imagine they wish they could respond in the same language and embellish upon our conversations with them. There are times I could swear that even though they can’t talk, they have opinions swimming through their precious minds!

Even if your pet doesn’t catch on right away, it might be a fun bonding experience and give them something else to explore. We know that pets love physical and mental stimulation and if their curiosity is heightened enough, they may really adapt to these buttons and start to love using them.

One of the great things about dogs, however, is that you can pour your heart out to your pooch without ever having to worry about them sharing that information with anyone! That being said, would we still feel comfortable telling dogs our deepest darkest secrets if they could talk?

So while the traditional method of communication with our pets is sufficient enough, and our pets do a great job of using their own language to speak, these buttons can be a fun game to teach your pet. I suppose the only drawback is that if they start to become fluent in the world of button talk, they may really start demanding what they want! Uh oh, we better get ready for them!

Well, I don’t think we ever truly have to worry about that, but now there are little gadgets on the market that allow dogs to push buttons to say exactly what they are feeling!

Of course, our pets would never tell our secrets. They are too loyal for that, thankfully! But these buttons are a new way you can play with your fur-baby and see how far they advance!

You can buy these buttons which range from starter kits to fluency level and each has basic words that you can teach your dog, such as hungry, outside, play, sleep, ouch. You might have seen some of the videos on social media of people who have trained their pets to use these and it is truly quite amazing! There’s even an online community that shares tips of how to train your pooch to use these words and actually convey what they want to say! Here is a community that really wants to take our dog’s intelligence to the next level!

➠ Learn more at the community-generated forum dedicated to helping people teach learners to communicate using sound board Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Devices. It is inspired by the work of Christina Hunger, who demonstrated that it was possible to teach dogs to use a sound board to express their thoughts and needs. how.theycantalk.org 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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JAMES

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KOKO

BENJI

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DIAMOND GIRL

PEETY & PAULIE

DETROIT

MISTY, WOODY, SUZY & APOLLO

ZEUS & BAILEY

KENO & RED

BINDI & SERENE

MACKIE

DUDLEY

DEXTER & LITTLE BIG MAN

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Show Off Your Pet!

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One photo per family please!


JACK & COSMO

TURBO

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RILEY

RICHIE RICH

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BELLA LUNA

MARLEY

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SHADOW & ECHO

LUNA

SIMBA & HARVEY

HEAVEN & CUPID

ABBEY & GIBBS

HENRY

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Pets Remembered In Loving Memory Of

MISCHIEF

Beautiful BETTA FISH

Betta fish are often referred to as the Chinese Fighting Fish, but they actually come from Southeast Asia where they were specifically bred for fighting. The domestic Bettas we have today are far more colorful and aggressive than their wild ancestors. Males are typically so aggressive that they need to be kept in a solitary aquarium, but 3-5 females can be kept together. Bettas love to swim, so even a single male should have at least a 10-gallon tank. Bettas can breathe air and are prone to jumping, so do not fill their tanks too full.

Bettas are very intelligent. They can recognize faces and can even be taught to do tricks in their aquariums!

I was found in a shopping cart 11 years ago. A kind person took me to the shelter where I met my forever Mom. I had a great life with lots of love and treats, but illness took its toll and the bad days outweighed the good so a kind veterinarian came to my house and sent me to play at the Rainbow Bridge with my late brother, Mayhem, and all the other fur babies that came before me. I hope that my current brother, Chaos, will comfort my parents so as not to be so sad about my leaving. I was loved as much as any little dog could be. I tried to be a good girl and I gave back as much affection and play time as I received. I played dress up for fun holiday photos. You might have seen some of them on Facebook. My favorite game was peek-a-boo. Big hug to everyone that lets furry kids be a family member and not “just a pet”. There are thankful PAWPRINTS from us on each and every heart. I leave with a wagging tail and shower of sloppy kisses, until we meet again, I am always with Mom and Dad. • Miss Mischief You can remember your pet in our magazine. For $75, your Pet’s Remembrance includes a photo of your loved one and approx. 75 words. It will appear in the Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine for one issue (2-months). Email us at info@lvpetscene.com.

Report a Distressed Animal Animal control receives double the amount of heat-related calls during an issued heat warning. A Nevada statute makes it unlawful for cats and dogs to remain unattended in a parked or standing vehicle. Another statute requires owners to provide outdoor pets with shelters that remain cool during a period for which the National Weather service has issued a heat advisory and with sufficient amount of food and water to sustain it in a healthy condition. In Clark County outside pets must be provided with supplemental cooling such as a mister along with adequate shelter, food and water.

Below are the various Southern Nevada Animal Control Offices. If an animal is already showing heat-related distress or is in an unattended car, call 911.

Clark County (702) 455-7710

City of Las Vegas (702) 229-6444

North Las Vegas (702) 633-9111

Henderson (702) 267-4970

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PRODUCTS TO KEEP YOUR PET COOL Dog Boots

Protect your dog’s paws from the hot pavement by wearing dog booties. Note: dogs “perspire” through their paws – take breaks and remove boots periodically to prevent overheating.

Small Pool

A plastic kiddie pool or large tub might be a great option if your dog loves water. Many dogs love playing or lounging in the cool water.

Pet Water Bottle

Water Fountain

Hydration is essential. Water fountains provide fresh running water which pets like. Creating water stations in various locations in your home will encourage pets to drink more frequently. Cats especially need extra enticement to drink water.

Always carry water with you to keep your dog from getting dehydrated. Offer small drinks frequently rather than one large drink.

Cooling Vest

Some are filled with water and others are filled with gel, but they both work by pulling the heat away from your dog’s body. There are also neck wraps or bandanas designed for cooling, too. For keeping your furry friend comfy at home, there are cooling mats for the floor.

Sunglasses Protecting your dog’s eyes from UV rays or debris is just as important as protecting your own. That’s where the dog sunglasses and doggy goggles can help! Plus they’ll be the coolest dog around town!

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BEST FOR PETS By Gail Mayhugh One question I get asked a lot from pet owners is, “What’s the best flooring for pets?” I wrote about flooring six years ago, so I thought it was time to share some of the flooring improvements and new products introduced in hard surface products. Before you start, you need to consider five primary things: durability, comfort, maintenance, safety, and tolerance to mishaps. Make a list of must-haves, would like to have and don’t want before you start out shopping. First, let’s look at what everyone is talking about, luxury vinyl tile. One of the newest improvements and the highly requested product is Luxury Vinyl tiles and planks, known as LVT. At least 50% of people who are remodeling are replacing their carpet with LVT, and new home buyers, even in high-priced homes, are using it. Why? Well, it’s not like your grandmother’s linoleum and has come a long way in the last couple of years. They come in large tile sizes that look just like stone and wood planks that most people have to touch to tell it’s not tile or wood. They come in an extensive range of colors, styles, and sizes. So, what’s so great about them? One of the most exciting things is that they’re water-resistant and some are even waterproof. Personally, I don’t like to say that anything is waterproof, scratchproof, or stain proof – even concrete cracks and stain. Some people are hesitant to use vinyl because they feel it says inexpensive. But innovations in materials have come a long way. Some say vinyl is a fad, but I think it’s here to stay. Tile has always been the number one go-to, above other hard surfaces; before the luxury vinyl. But of course, what everyone likes the least with tile is keeping the grout clean. There has always been grout that resists staining; it’s more expensive, although worth every penny over stained grout you have to frequently clean. If you prefer tile, there are large format tiles, so less grout. Twelve by twenty-four has been popular for many years now, but now they come in 24 x 48, which I like to call jumbo. Wait until you see one, you’ll understand. If you’re considering a 24 x 48 tile,

buy a sample. First, to make sure it’s not too big for your home and to see how it will layout in smaller areas like hallways. I’m not a fan of tiny cuts, so take the time to make sure it will work in your home. Depending upon where your hallway meets the 24 x 48, an option is to use a smaller tile in the hallway. Not my favorite thing to do but in my opinion is better than seeing tiny cuts. Always work with your installers as they lay tile every day. If you like the wood look but don’t want to use vinyl or wood, laminate is still a good option. It’s scratch-resistant and durable. One of the cons with laminate has always been spills; now there are water resistant and even waterproof ones on the market. Other options you can still consider are carpet, wood, and cork; each has its own pros and cons. A major consideration when selecting flooring is what is best for your pet. Perhaps your pet is older and not as steady on their feet or has a medical condition. Lastly, there is conflicting information about whether formaldehyde is still being used in the manufacturing process of carpeting. You have to do your own research about the particular product you’re considering.

No matter which way you go, there will always be accidents, shedding, and playful running with pets. Everyone has different tolerance levels for maintenance and comfort; you have to determine yours. Gail Mayhugh, the owner of GMJ Interior Design, has been designing in Las Vegas for over 20 years. She also supports animal rescues and shelters through her non-profit, www.SeniorsToTheRescue.org. Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • July/August 2021

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Taking your pet to the veterinary office can be a real challenge. Some dogs and cats really hate going to the vet, not because the people who work there are so horrible, but because the things that happen there can be, at least from the animal’s point of view. By Kelley Bollen, MS, CABC | Certified Animal Behavior Consultant | Principal Consultant – Kelley Bollen Consulting, LLC

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nimals learn through association, which means that things get connected in their brains. Your dog knows that when you pick up the leash you are going to take him for a walk. And your cat knows that when you open the cupboard that contains the cat food she is going to be fed. Animals make these kinds of associations all the time. The technical term for this type of learning is ‘Classical Conditioning’ but you may know it as ‘Pavlovian Conditioning, named after the scientist who discovered it. Pavlovian conditioning is very powerful, especially when the learning involves a strong emotion like fear. This is what is usually at play when your pet dislikes the veterinary office. Most likely he or she has made an association that it’s a very scary place because they often experience scary or painful procedures there. Think about all of the things that happen during a veterinary exam that might frighten your pet - being handled and restrained by strangers, having a bright light shown into their eyes, having a thermometer placed in an indignant location, receiving an injection, etc.. Lets face it, a shot is not the most pleasant experience even for humans and we know what to expect when we see that inch long needle heading towards our skin. Remember, your pets have no idea why they are there and we really can’t explain it to them. All they know is its scary and when animals are afraid they usually behave in a way that reflects that fear. Some try to hide under the chair in the corner or won’t come out of the carrier and others become aggressive - hissing, spitting, growling and snapping at the veterinary staff. The reason this happens is because when animals are afraid they go into ‘flight or fight’ mode. Their first choice might be to flee but if they can’t get away because they are being restrained or cornered they sometimes switch to fight behavior. This is why they can act aggressively at the vet. Aggressive behavior is an attempt to communicate the emotion of fear and to hopefully chase the threatening thing away. If your pets have a hard time at the veterinarian there are ways to help them feel differently and I urge you to do these things so that they are not traumatized by their yearly check up. This will also ensure that they receive good veterinary care throughout their life. Using the power of Pavlovian conditioning you can change the way your pet feels about the veterinary office. Take your pet to the clinic in between their real appointments and have something good happen - like the delivery of extra yummy treats. If they start to act fearful in the parking lot, you can start there. Drive to the parking lot - give him some yummy treats and then go home. On the next visit get him out of the car, give the treats and go home. Eventually you will work your way to the door and then into the lobby - all the while 36

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giving the yummy treats. This process will teach your pet that the vet office predicts good things. Our hope is to override the negative emotions that are already formed in his brain. Do this as often as you can, eventually moving into an empty exam room and then having the technicians and finally the veterinarian walk in and hand him the treats. The above procedure is not as easy to do with cats but one thing that I have found helps cats deal better with the vet visit is to make their carrier a place of comfort rather than a predictor of bad things. Often the traumatic event of going to the vet starts at home when people have to chase their cat around, drag her out from her hiding place and shove her in the carrier. That sets the cat up for failure for sure. The best suggestion I have for cat owners is to leave the carrier out all the time with a soft towel inside and surreptitiously toss treats in the back of it so that your cat finds them. Eventually you will see your cat choosing to spend time sleeping in the carrier. Now she will feel safe in it when you have to take her to the vet office. The next suggestion to improve your pet’s feelings about the vet is to prepare them for what will happen during the veterinary exam by doing the procedures at home and pairing them with good things. Additionally I like to pair a word with each procedure so that you can tell the animal what is coming. For instance - touch his ear, say “ear” and give a treat. Shine a light in her eye - say “eye” and give the treat. Open his mouth - say “mouth” and give the treat. Like I said before, the fact that they have no idea why they are there and what is going to happen is one reason they are so scared. By doing this you are not only pairing something good with the handling procedures, you are also teaching the animal what to expect. Then during the exam when you see the vet pick up her penlight to look in his eyes you can say: “eye” so he knows what to expect and then follow it with a treat. Your pet will feel much better knowing what is coming, and if you have done your Pavlovian conditioning well he will know it predicts something good.

So as you can see its Pavlovian conditioning that causes the problem and Pavlovian conditioning that helps you change it for the better.


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