Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine, July/August 2022

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PET-PROOF

Your Home & Yard KEEPING

INDOOR CATS BUSY! BENEFITS OF DOG

SOCIALIZATION

Summer TREATS

Watermelon, Berries & Ice-Cream!


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Dedicated To Las Vegas Pets And The People Who Love Them

JULY/AUGUST 2022 CONTRIBUTING WRITERS – Kelley Bollen, MS, CABC – Gail Mayhugh – Elizabeth Parker – Elizabeth Racine, DVM – C.A. Ritz – Geri Rombach – Veronica Selco – Shannon Turpin Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine is published bimonthly by Shasta Media Connection, LLC. All rights reserved. Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine assumes no responsibility or endorsement of the products or services advertised or featured. We reserve the right to refuse any advertisement we believe is incompatible with our mission. No portion of the Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine may be reproduced without the written permission of the Publisher. Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine is distributed throughout the Las Vegas area at grocery stores, local pet stores, animal shelters and rescues, pet hotels, grooming salons, veterinarian hospitals, libraries and pet events with no cover price. We welcome reader correspondence. Please send all letters, inquiries, photos and correspondence:

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Contents

SUMMER TREATS

7 BIRDS: A GOOD PET CHOICE FOR SENIORS

30 COLOR AND AROMATHERAPY

34 INDOOR

ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS WITH PETS

THE STRENGTH 8 PET-PROOF YOUR 38 OF THE HUMANHOME AND YARD

ANIMAL BOND

9 NOISE ANXIETY 44-45 12 PET HYDRATION ANIMAL RESCUE & WATER TOXICITY

ORGANIZATIONS + COOL PRODUCTS ADOPTABLE PETS TO KEEP PETS COOL PET EVENTS

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16 EYE PROBLEMS 18 KEEPING INDOOR CATS BUSY

23 PROBIOTICS FOR DOGS

28 IMPORTANCE OF DOG SOCIALIZATION

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We share so much in common –

our love and passion for pets.

Summer creates a certain rhythm and informal structure for our lives. We look forward to holidays and celebrations with picnics and parades. It’s a time for slowing down, vacations, outdoor activities, and, of course, extremely hot weather. It’s a good time to sit by the pool or at the lake, perhaps sipping lemonade and enjoying a good book. Publishing the Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine provides a bimonthly schedule and shapes the rhythm of our lives. For over ten years we’ve had the privilege of providing informative and inspirational articles, sharing about local pet events and happenings and much more! We always enjoy doing the summer issue – it’s a good one filled with helpful tips for enjoying a fun and safe summer with your pets. Another aspect to our work is the opportunity to connect with you at events, through email and social media. We appreciate your words of encouragement. We love seeing photos of your pets. Some of you have shared about the joys of a new pet; others have shared about the sickness or loss of a pet. Our hope is that you feel a sense of connection and know that you are not alone. We share so much in common – our love and passion for pets. You’re in our pack; you’re part of our community. We appreciate you!

We wish you well this summer keep cool, be safe and stay connected!

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Summer TREATS Ice Cream Treats Ingredients: 1 Cup Ripe Bananas 8 Ounces Yogurt 1/3 Cup Peanut Butter**

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.

Watermelon is very popular on warm summer days. It’s a sweet, nutritious and healthy fruit. Comprised of 92% water it is a wonderful hydrating dog treat.

Watermelon is rich in antioxidants, potassium, vitamins C, B6 and A, lycopene, and fiber. It is beneficial for supporting vision, healthy kidney and heart function, regulating fluid levels and reducing inflammation. Watermelon can be offered fresh in small pieces or pureed and put into ice cube trays and frozen for a cool treat. It can also be added to doggie ice cream or added to smoothies. A few cautions when giving watermelon to your dog. Avoid the seeds and the rind because they can cause intestinal blockages. Too much watermelon can cause stomach upset, constipation, or diarrhea for your dog.

Fresh summer berries like blueberries, blackberries and raspberries make refreshing snacks for dogs.

Dogs can benefit from berries just like humans can! They are loaded with antioxidants to fight free radicals in your dog, and also have plenty of fiber and vitamins, too.

The ingredients in these recipes are considered safe for dogs. Treats including watermelon should only make up 10% of your dog’s daily diet. Treats 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 before offering these frozen treats to them. Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • July/August 2022

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BIRDS

A Good Pet Choice for Seniors!

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Popular small pet birds to consider are:

• Canaries • Zebra Finches • Parakeets or Budgies

Pets and people – there are many benefits of having a pet in our lives. They’re great for all groups of people including seniors. Many times seniors are discouraged from having a pet because of the responsibilities. Consider though that the rewards and benefits may possibly outweigh any concerns. Each person’s situation is unique but there are many reasons why it is important to encourage seniors to consider getting a pet. For many seniors a pet bird is the perfect choice. It’s relatively easy to take care of a bird when compared to dogs and cats. It is, however, important to know the requirements of any pet you select to make sure it is a good fit between pet and person. Birds are lively and alert and constantly provide a sense of presence. Emotionally this helps an older person deal with loneliness and depression. Some studies show that having a pet increases our lifespan. A study dating back to 1975 shows that older people with birds have better survival rates than those without birds. For years retirement communities and nursing homes have been studying the effects of pets on their residents. The Eden Project is one program and many participants have noticed the success in using small pet birds in these settings.

Birds are great choices for all ages but might be the best choice for the older person in your life.

Remember pets are important for everyone!

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Is Your Dog An Escape Artist?

PET-PROOF YOUR HOME & YARD By Gail Mayhugh

JULY IS NATIONAL LOST PET PREVENTION MONTH

➠ It started in 2014 by PetHub to make people aware of how to keep their pets safe at home with pet-proofing measures. Your dog’s escape pattern will determine what you need to do to keep them safe at home. As with any problematic behavior, training needs to be introduced. With that said, I’m going to share our adventures with our new rescue, Maggie. We’ve never had one challenge us as she has, but we’ve never had a pup with separation anxiety. Along with training, we’ve gone to lengths to keep her secure in the house and yard. Your dogs may have other reasons they’re bolters, jumpers, diggers, or squeezers, or one like Maggie, who needs to be with her Poppa. She’s always with me when my husband is home, but she looks for him when he leaves. Luckily, he’s retired and has home hobbies.

JUMPER AND CLIMBER

Can you raise your fence? We found a 50-inch-high fence where she couldn’t get her paws in and pull herself up. We use this in areas where our block wall is lower. Landscaping is an effective way to keep them away from the fence. Tall shrubs or full bushes will keep them where they can’t get near the fence. Watch what you have near the fence. If you can climb on it, you can guarantee they can, and over the fence they’ll go.

BOLTER

You know I’m a crazy Mom if you’ve been reading my articles. So now there are two backyard gates! The one to the street has a lock on it and a self-closing spring gate which is further up the walkway. I didn’t like that I couldn’t see my girls and didn’t want them by the front gate. I prefer a lock but you could use a carabiner if you’re back and forth. It also keeps the gate from blowing open.

SQUEEZER

Outside, ensure that your fence is secure and there are no gaps they can squeeze through. Maggie is a small, lean Border Collie, so we installed a mesh on top of our front and side gates so she couldn’t wiggle through. Look at the clearance from the bottom of the gate to the ground. Can they sneak under it?

DIGGER

So, you have a digger; thank goodness Maggie is only a Gardner, so what can you do? Most fences stop at the ground. Clever dogs quickly figure out that they can move the ground underneath the fence if they can’t move the fence. One option is to pour a concrete footer along the base of the fence. You can use large, heavy boulders if they’re not jumpers or climbers. There are also dig barriers made specifically for animals.

Along with jumping, climbing, and squeezing, she’s also a door dasher. We bought a free-standing iron gate so our other pups couldn’t get out the door, but Maggie was able to scale it. So, we had to get a higher one.

I’d be careful with any wire or material laid on the ground. Ultimately, they’ll get through and seriously injure their paws from digging.

We have an older house, so it’s not an open concept. There’s a doorway between the kitchen and dining room, which leads to the front door. We’ve trained our other dogs not to go past that line, but Maggie hasn’t gotten that yet. So, we put in a retractable gate so we can get in but she can’t get into the room and out the front door. We also have a front gate and do what you do at dog parks; we don’t open one until the other is closed.

We have a way to go with Maggie, but we’ve put protective measures in place to keep her home. And yes, she is worth it.

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Gail Mayhugh supports animal rescues and shelters through her non-profit, www.SeniorsToTheRescue.org.


BOOM, BANG, CLANG, AND CRASH …a clap of thunder or fireworks and our pets do the great disappearing and vanishing act. Some hide under beds, some cower in corners. Other common behaviors include panting, pacing and circling, excessive barking or whining, trembling, destructive behaviors, hiding or escaping, and sometimes inappropriate urinating and/or defecating.

Noise anxiety is extremely stressful and unhealthy for people and pets.

We live in a noisy world! We can identify the noises in our environment and most of the times do not respond in fear – they’ve just become “white noise”. Imagine though if you were bombarded with noises that you couldn’t identify. Our pets cannot identify the source of the noises and become frightened. They hear at higher frequencies and greater distances than humans and though this protected them in the “wild” it now is a source of great anxiety.

One way to help your pet handle noise is to create a safe place for them. Locate a place that is noise-proof and provides a sense of safety. Provide buffering “white noise” by adding a fan, radio or TV to block out the scary sounds. Include a bed, blanket and stress-release toys such as chewy toys or bones. This will become their place of safety and refuge from the scary noises. Consult your veterinarian or a animal-behavior specialist if your pet’s anxiety is getting worse or for extreme anxiety issues.

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Did you know that your cat or dog is made up of 80% water? (Humans are made up of 65% water) This is why people and pets need water to properly maintain all body functions.

How much water do our pets need? Cats or dogs need approx. ½ to 1 ounce of water per pound daily depending on diet (canned food contains more water), age, activity level and time of year.

JULY IS NATIONAL

PET HYDRATION

– Always have fresh water available & clean bowl daily. – Consider a water fountain. They’re great for the finicky cat who prefers fresh running water. – Create a couple of water stations in different locations. – Add variety: Ice cubes in their water bowl, make frozen treats.

Stay COOL and HYDRATED this summer!

AWARENESS MONTH

HYDRATION u What if a dog ingests too much water? Summers in Las Vegas are HOT!

Keeping ourselves and our dogs hydrated in our area is a huge challenge. Drinking an ample amount of water is essential. However, though not as common as dehydration there is a condition called “water toxicity” or overhydration. It is possible for a dog to ingest more water than they can eliminate. This can cause hyponatremia, a condition where sodium levels drop dangerously low and upset the electrolyte balance. When this happens the body’s water levels rise and cells absorb the excess fluid and swell. This affects all vital organs, brain cells and even the central nervous system. The good news is that water toxicity in dogs is relatively rare and doesn’t happen often but the bad news is that it develops quickly and that it can be life threatening. All dogs are at risk but there are some groups that are more at risk:

WATER-LOVING DOGS: It is most often seen in water-

loving canines who would stay in the lake, pond or pool all day if you let them, pets that lap or bite at the water continuously while playing in it and dogs that swallow water unintentionally as they dive for a ball or other toy.

DOGS WITH LITTLE BODY FAT: Muscular dogs with less body fat do not have the extra fat tissue to help absorb the excess fluid and it is absorbed by the body leading to water toxicity.

DOGS WITH HIGH ENERGY: They are highly focused

and will keep jumping, diving, retrieving the ball or stick until their parents stop them.

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AWARENESS [ It is important to be aware that water toxicity is a potential danger to your dog. Know the symptoms and if your dog has been in or around water and exhibits some of the symptoms it is important to seek veterinarian care immediately. Treatment usually includes IV delivery of electrolytes, diuretics and drugs to reduce brain swelling. SYMPTOMS [ Lethargy, lack of coordination, bloating; glazed eyes, vomiting, pale gums, nausea, dilated pupils, excessive drooling and more advanced symptoms such as difficulty breathing, collapsing, loss of consciousness, and seizures. A few ideas to help prevent over hydration:

• Supervise your pet whenever they are in or near water. Be especially careful on days when the water is rough.

• Take frequent breaks and give them an opportunity to pee to get rid of extra water in the body.

• Watch your dog closely when they are in a body of water and if their mouth is open a lot, they are probably ingesting water.

• If your dog likes to play in or drink from the hose or

sprinkler direct the hose at their body instead of directly into their mouth. Since water from a hose is pressurized, they can ingest a great deal of water in a short period of time.

Summer fun and water safety go hand-in-hand. Be aware of both challenges – making sure your pets are hydrated and protecting them from over hydration. Stay cool, have fun AND please stay safe!


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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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EYE PROBLEMS IN PETS AND WHAT TO LOOK FOR BY ELIZABETH RACINE, DVM The eye is a sensitive organ and even minor eye problems can quickly become serious if left untreated. Many eye problems also have similar symptoms, so it can be tough to tell if your pet's condition is concerning. To help you spot eye problems more quickly, these are just a few of the most common eye conditions we see in dogs and cats.

inflammation, dental disease, or trauma to the area. To relieve the blockage, your veterinarian will sedate your pet and then flush the duct with warm saline to remove any debris or discharge. If there is underlying infection or dental disease, this will also be addressed.

CONJUNCTIVITIS

A cataract occurs when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy and opaque. This can occur in one or both eyes, and can happen quickly or be slow and progressive. In purebred pets, most cataracts are inherited. In dogs, the second most common cause of cataracts is diabetes. In cats, the most common cause of cataracts is uveitis, or an inflammation of the middle layer of the eye. The preferred treatment for most types of cataracts is surgery to remove the cataract and implant an artificial lens. This requires referral to a veterinary ophthalmologist for further evaluation of the cataract as well as any concurrent eye disease.

One of the most common eye problems in cats and dogs is conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the membrane that lines the eyelids and the eye cavity. Conjunctivitis can occur in one or both eyes, and may be caused by infections, irritants, or trauma to the area. The affected eye may appear red and inflamed and may be itchy or painful. Pets with conjunctivitis may also paw at the affected eye or rub their face against things, putting them at risk for developing corneal ulcers. Fortunately, the condition is usually mild and can easily be treated with prescription ointments or eye washes from your veterinarian.

CORNEAL ULCERS The cornea is the clear part that covers the front of the eye. When this clear covering becomes damaged, the result is a painful, infected sore on the surface of the eye. Symptoms of a corneal ulcer include mucus or pus discharge from the eye, keeping the eye squinted or closed, redness of the eye, prominent blood vessels in the white part of the eye, and pawing at the eye. Treatment of corneal ulcers includes topical antibiotics, pain medications, and medications to speed healing. Treatment may last several weeks. In severe cases, surgery may be needed to help improve healing of the ulcer.

NASOLACRIMAL DUCT BLOCKAGE The nasolacrimal duct is a narrow tube that runs from the eye to the nasal cavity, and functions to drain excess tears from the eye. This tube is the reason why your nose runs when you cry! When this tube becomes blocked, tears can’t drain properly, leading to excessive tearing, crusting around the eye, discharge from the eye, and mild conjunctivitis. Blockage can occur due to infections, 16

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CATARACTS

GLAUCOMA Glaucoma is an increase in the pressure in the eye, usually due to a reduction in the drainage of the fluid that fills the eyeball, which is called aqueous humor. Glaucoma is a complex disease with many possible causes, including genetics and abnormal eye conformation, and it occurs as a result of other chronic eye conditions. Symptoms of glaucoma include squinting, swelling of the eye, discharge, and a cloudy appearance. In addition to causing pain and protrusion of the eye, glaucoma can eventually lead to blindness and rupture of the eyeball. Glaucoma is typically treated with topical medications to reduce pressure, improve drainage of aqueous humor, and manage pain. Once diagnosed, your pet will need to stay on these medications for life.

DON'T WAIT ON EYE PROBLEMS! Eye problems can be painful and often progress quickly if left untreated. Many eye problems can affect your pet's vision and may result in permanent loss of vision if not addressed in a timely manner. If you suspect your pet may have an eye problem, don’t wait – seek veterinary care right away.


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KEEPING INDOOR CATS

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By Kelley Bollen, MS, CABC

Certified Animal Behavior Consultant, Principal Consultant – Kelley Bollen Consulting, LLC

Many indoor cats are bored with their life! And when bored, cats can get into trouble when they try to entertain themselves. In addition to being bored, cats often get fat and lazy when they don’t have anything to do during their day. To insure a healthy cat (behaviorally and medically) providing daily enrichment is critical. The following strategies can help your indoor cat lead a more fulfilled life.

FOOD GATHERING

Cats are hunters so instead of feeding your cats out of bowls, hide their food around the house so that they can search for it. You can hide individual kibbles or small piles. Your cat’s acute sense of smell will allow them to find the food. Vary your hiding places daily. This is an excellent form of mental and physical stimulation. You can also put the food kibble in feeder balls so that your cats have to work for their food. There are many different kinds of cat feeder balls available but any small ball with a hole cut out can be used.

WATER GATHERING

Cats actually prefer to drink running water so instead of using a bowl, purchase a cat water fountain so that drinking is more stimulating.

CATNIP & SILVER VINE

Only about 60% of cats respond to catnip but if yours is one of them, provide a small pile of catnip several times each week. Silver vine is another plant-based product that stimulates cats in a positive way.

VISUAL STIMULATION

Provide your cat with a couple of window seats so that they can observe the outside world. Placing bird feeders outside of the windows will give your cats something interesting to watch.

AUDITORY STIMULATION

Purchase a bird song CD and play it occasionally for a few minutes. The sound of birds is biologically significant to cats and they show great interest in these sounds. 18

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PLAY STIMULATION

Provide your cat with a rigorous play session once a day at roughly the same time (cats like routine). The sessions only have to be 5-10 minutes long.

SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR PLAY INCLUDE:

 Laser pointers (make sure the end the game by landing the laser beam onto a toy so that your cat can actually “capture” the prey in the end).

 Fishing-pole type toys.  Feather dancer type toys.  Tossed balls, cat toys, pipe cleaners, bottle caps, etc. SCRATCHING POSTS

Scratching is a normal cat behavior that serves many functions for your cat. Providing a variety of interesting scratching posts around the house will give your cats the opportunity to perform this natural behavior without ruining your furniture. Provide both vertical and horizontal scratching posts and posts made of a variety of substrates (corrugated cardboard, sisal rope, natural wood and loop-less carpet).

CLICKER TRAINING

Yes, you can train your cat!!! Clicker training is a training technique that is based on the science of how animals learn. It is positive, fun and mentally stimulating. There are books and websites teaching cat owners how to use this technique.


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Probiotics FOR Dogs The benefits of probiotics are well documented and many people take probiotics in a variety of forms. What are probiotics? The easiest description is that they are friendly or “good” bacteria. They are beneficial microorganisms that live in the digestive tract. They create an internal environment that promotes health and prevents disease by strengthening the immune system, aiding digestion and fighting infection. A healthy balance of “good” versus “bad” bacteria is important for good health in people and pets. Diet plays an important role in the overall gut health of your pet. Some of the symptoms of bacteria imbalance are diarrhea, allergies, gas, cramping, digestive disturbances and general poor health. Supplementing your pet’s diet with probiotics is worth considering if your pet struggles with these issues. There are different ways to include probiotics in your dog’s diet including dog foods with probiotics, pills or capsules, powders, and probiotic treats. It’s important to check the label for the strains of beneficial bacteria in the supplement. Another source

of natural probiotics is yogurt or kefir with live cultures. Read and check the labels carefully; make sure it is plain yogurt with no artificial sweeteners or additives which are unsafe for dogs. Slowly introduce probiotics and carefully follow recommendations on the label for dosages. They are considered safe even if by mistake you give them too much. However, an imbalance of too many good bacterial can create digestive problems and issues like diarrhea and vomiting. Ironically, these are the issues you hope to alleviate by probiotic supplements. Any changes to your pet’s diet or lifestyle need to be made gradually and carefully. Do your research and discuss major changes with your veterinarian. FOR MORE INFORMATION: » www.veterinarians.org/probiotics-for-dogs » www.akc.org/expert-advice/nutrition/probiotics-for-dogs

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Community Cat Coalition of Clark County (C5) Has Trapped, Neutered, Returned

ï 50,000th ð Feral or Free-Roaming Cat

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C5 is thrilled to announce we have Trapped, Neutered, and Returned the 50,000th feral or free-roaming cat in Las Vegas, Nevada. The group started C5 as a nonprofit in June, 2009 with a mission to humanely reduce the senseless euthanasia of feral and free-roaming cats by the local shelter and reduce the issues associated with feline overpopulation. We knew from the start, Trap, Neuter, and Return (TNR) was the best method to accomplish our goals and are overjoyed to be celebrating our 50,000th cat.

Through the years, our all-volunteer organization has remained focused on bettering the lives of feral and free-roaming cats, also known as community cats. Working directly with caretakers, volunteers facilitate TNR and all surgical and veterinary costs are covered by C5. Once cats are trapped, they are taken to Heaven Can Wait Animal Society to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and ear-tipped before returning to their outdoor home. After sterilization, the cycle of breeding ends, kittens are not born to suffer in dangerous conditions, and male cats no longer fight for dominance. This practice of TNR has been proven to humanely manage feline overpopulation and provide healthier and safer lives to community cats. Here in Las Vegas, our efforts have helped to successfully reduce euthanasia at the local shelter from 18,500 cats per year in 2009 to 838 euthanized in 2021. We are thankful to our partner, Heaven Can Wait Animal Society, who has served as our veterinary and surgical care organization from the first cat in 2009, and every cat thereafter. We are also thankful to our volunteers – from a small team of five, to sixty-four current volunteers – we truly could not have done this without their dedication and commitment to supporting the feral and free-roaming cats of Las Vegas. Keith Williams, President of C5 stated, “Our work has always focused on reducing the number of kittens being born. Each cat we sterilize prevents at least ten kittens from needing rescue and adoption. With the reduction in kittens, the shelters, rescue and adoption groups can much more efficiently care for the reduced numbers needing their services. Our goal is to ensure every kitten born has a home waiting for them”

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Dog

Socialization By Elizabeth Parker

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any of us are fortunate enough to share our homes with our dogs, providing food, water, shelter and love in exchange for unconditional love in return, steady companionship and comfort from them. While it is a wonderful and everlasting relationship and dogs would never complain, or tell us otherwise, there is one thing that they could be missing, and that one thing is socialization. Some dogs are socialized from the day they are able to stand on their own four paws. They have the advantage of being brought up in an environment with other dogs, cats, or other animals and many visitors of the human variety. However, other dogs might not share that same luxury. For a potpourri of reasons, they might not be as comfortable with other animals or confident around other humans. For those, they adhere to a very different lifestyle. What I’ve noticed is that many people walking their dogs automatically want to have their pets meet and sometimes it can be a scary situation if your dog isn’t ready for that meeting. If you find that are in that situation more often than not, you can purchase a bandana with a bright warning on it stating that fact. Attach this bandana to the leash or have CAUTION NERVOUS your dog wear it...just a little way of showing others that your dog is shy and not up for the introduction. Other pups do require the emotional reassurance of having another pet to share their lives with. If at one time they were living in harmony with another pet and are now the only pet, it is quite conceivable that they miss having a companion of the same species. They may play less or are now somewhat withdrawn. Sometimes they appear irritable. If there are no obvious medical reasons for their melancholy behavior, they may simply miss having a friend around. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they need a new dog in the house, but, they may benefit from frequent trips to the dog park or a scheduled walk with a friend and their dog. 28

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As people, we have many opportunities for social outlets both in person and on social media. Even television provides us with entertainment and a sense of escape. For dogs, however, we are their only source of companionship. They rely on us to monitor when they are social and with whom. For those dogs who have never been friendly with other animals, it’s possible that they don’t “miss” having another friend around, however, and not to burst our own bubbles— but they may want to see other people besides their owners! If they are friendly toward people when they do encounter them, chances are, they’d like to socialize a bit more with human friends outside of their household, if only for a while. Realizing that many people adopt older dogs, it can be difficult to determine how social your pup once was, but it is something to consider trying in a safe environment. For those who are able to adopt puppies, it’s important to get them acclimated with everyone (including humans and other animals) from the start. Here is where we, as humans, have the advantage to make sure that the pup is social. This will build confidence in the pup and get them accustomed to meeting others. In turn, it will make their lives and yours easier (and happier) when it comes time to have people in your home, or when your pup meets another animal on a dog walk.

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COLOR & AROMATHERAPY for your dog’s

Vitality & Wellness By Veronica Selco

Use color and aromatherapy to support your dog’s training and wellness program for every stage of life. Whether you just rescued a dog and are bringing her into your home or whether you are helping a momma dog deliver her babies you can use color and aroma to ease the transition. Used properly, you can be integrate both easily into your daily routine with results you will both enjoy.

USING COLOR

Color affects mood. Consider the space where your dog spends most of her time. If she has a private space such as a pen or a crate think about what colors are present in that area. Take note of how you feel looking at the colors in that space and imagine what it may be like for your dog. What response are you trying to promote? Now match the desired response to the colors on the chart. If your dog hangs out on the couch or your bed, you can use blankets in these areas and you can assess how your dog responds to the colors you’ve introduced to the area. Does she gravitate there with a likeness to the area, does she try to peel off blankets or avoid an area she previously enjoyed? If your dog is refusing her usual favorite resting spots it may be the color you have chosen is overwhelming and another color should be considered. When initially exposed to a new color, your dog should have a chance to move away if she so wants. For a dog that enjoys nuisance barking, you may choose a collar or bandana with a combination of calming colors along with a training program to address the problem behavior. If you have a dog that is hyper vigilant or easily aroused and wish to promote calmness, you might consider adding blue to her area and would want to stay away from stimulating colors such as red or orange. These colors would be more appropriately used for the dog that is confident, however needs more energy running agility at a competition.

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Essential oils are made from raw plant material and are extremely concentrated and highly aromatic. It’s important to note that your dog’s sense of smell is far greater than yours, so as to not overwhelm her with aroma or worse to create an aversion, it’s best to start with a diluted amount.

CHOOSING AN ESSENTIAL OIL

Likewise, consider the intended use and purpose for this oil, how it was sourced, formulated, packaged and labeled. Is it used to promote calmness, soothe tired muscles or to give you energy? And is it your intention to use aromatherapy to enhance training, promote harmony in a household with multiple pets or to create a sense of relaxation and calmness?

IMPRINTING AN ESSENTIAL OIL

A common mistake people make is using an oil without properly imprinting it for its intended purpose. For instance, the show dog who lacks confidence in the ring should first be introduced to the oil of choice during a training session where she exhibits good teamwork and confidence. Once a positive association has been made, the owner can then count on that oil to be accepted and promote confidence for the dog while training or competing.

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bedding, or room. If dog doesn’t like being sprayed down, spray your hands and pet your dog with wet hands; 1 oz of distilled water: 1 drop of essential oil.

Topically – Place a few drops of essential oil in your hands and then directly onto your dog’s fur.


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You can also dilute essential oils in carrier oils such as olive oil or coconut oil. As with color, it is also important to give your dog the option of enjoying the aroma you are trying to imprint, while allowing her to move away if so desired.

HELPFUL TIPS FOR USING OILS: 1. Purity of Oil – make sure essential oil is biologically active, responsibly sourced and distilled and has therapeutic value. 2. Imprint Oil – choose the appropriate setting to promote the desired response. 3. Dilute Oil – less is more. 4. No Paw Pads – paws are sweat glands and must be kept clean. 5. Use caution when using essential oils around other small animals.

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COMMONLY USED ESSENTIAL OIL BLENDS I use single oils and blends formulated by Young Living Essential Oils™ with animals in my care, whether it’s dogs showing for adoption, dogs training for an important competition or dogs learning to settle into a new household. I’m particularly fond of blends. The blending of oils in itself involves the synergy of science and art to masterfully formulate a special blend with an intended purpose. I enjoy matching the name of the blend to my desired response. Below are just a handful of blends that I use on a regular basis. For cleaning environment/repel bugs – Purification™ For multi-pet households –Peace & Calming ™, Harmony™, Valor™, Joy™ Dogs showing for Adoption – Hope™, Joy™, Valor™, Present Time™ Dogs in Competition – Highest Potential™, Valor™ Color and Aromatherapy can be used with a myriad of other complementary modalities including behavior modification, massage, Tellington Ttouch™, Reiki, none of which replace veterinary medicine. Veronica Selco is the lead trainer at imPETus Animal Training. She is a Karen Pryor Academy Training Partner (KPA CTP), Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor (CBATI), Certified Control Unleashed Instructor (CCUI), Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) and Certified Family Dog Mediator (FDM). She is also an AKC Evaluator for the Canine Good Citizen, S.T.A.R. Puppy and Trick Dog Programs.

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2) Guinea pigs use scent to mark their stuff. True or False?

6) Guinea pigs sleep for 12 hours a day. True or False?

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Sunny Suggestions

SUMMER TOP TEMPS!

Hooray, it’s summertime! Oh no, it’s summertime! These months bring mixed emotions as desert heat mounts. Did you know the world’s tallest thermometer is in Baker, California standing 134 feet as a reminder of the world’s highest recorded temperature? (It was almost 57 degrees Celsius or 134 degrees Fahrenheit.) That whopping heat was measured at Death Valley, California in July 1913. By the way, Death Valley is less than 2½ hours away from Las Vegas. While heat in Las Vegas doesn’t usually soar quite that high, national and local weather services report temperatures that often exceed 100 degrees during June, July, and August. (Nevada’s high did reach 125 degrees in 1994.) Think about what this means for your pet. Since they have a fur coat, you need to keep them cool and comfortable during the heat of the day. Using a little creativity, you and your pet can be occupied, safe and happy while inside.

INDOOR ACTIVITIES

In the past, Pet Scene suggested indoor activities (only with your parents’ approval) like Go Fetch, Follow the Leader, Hide and Seek, and Toy Tossing. There’s a gray furry kitty I know who likes to smack his little toy then wait for it to be tossed back. When he tires, he leaves. Not all cats are so agreeable and most won’t perform if you want to show this talent to anyone! With cats, tosses may work. Sit on the floor with your pet and roll a soft ball or toy against a wall. Your cat might join in and enjoy chasing, but don’t expect them to fetch and return! That’s a dog’s task! 34

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By C. A. Ritz

INDOOR ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS WITH PETS

CREATE A MEMORY

♦ Draw or photograph your pet doing something it loves

• Place a horizontal line 1/3 from the top or bottom of your page • Start by lightly sketching shapes, then fill in details • Avoid putting your critter in the middle of your composition HINT: Use the “Rule of Thirds” ■ The Rule of Thirds looks like a Tic Tac Toe game ■ For close ups, put a feature like an eye where 2 lines cross. ■ For landscapes, draw your entire pet where those 2 lines cross.

♦ Write a story starring your pet

• Keep a journal of your pet’s humorous antics and sweet moments. • Create a sequence with 3-5 images of your pet with a surprise ending.

♦ Read aloud to your pet

• This will make you more confident when reading and speaking aloud. • Reading your own work out loud also helps you hear what to edit. • Lastly, your pet will be happy to hear your voice and all will feel secure.

TAKE TIME TOGETHER

As you share time with your fuzzy, feathered, or scaly friend, you practice life skills like responsibility, cooperation, and respect. You’ll find your pet behaves well when given positive attention. Time spent together will benefit you both.

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The Kids Scene

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Blow Bubbles Food Puzzles Tug of War Catch Hide and Seek Which Hand Fetch Tag Find the Treats Three Cup Game Bonus Word: Pet Scene Answer Key on Page 49 36

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Here are a few books written by local authors that will appeal to young readers: DILLON MEETS OLLIE Written by Cindy Orr-Jones Illustrated by Denis Prouix

Local author, Cindy Orr-Jones, writes books for young children featuring Dillon. In book 3 of the series, Dillon is on a new adventure when he takes a weekend trip, camping with his family in the mountains. Lucy and Gracie go along for the fun, but no one is prepared for the surprises that await them on their journey! Dillon once again shows the reader how he is a hero! The book is well designed, colorful and easy to read for young readers.

CLARK THE SHARK

Written by Paula Jones Illustrated by Stephen Adams

Reading is so beneficial for children of all ages; reading with a child or encouraging them to read helps to instill in them a love of words and encourages their imaginations. It helps them see the world differently and transports them to different places and experiences. Encouraging children to read out loud to their pets helps a young reader gain confidence; pets are totally non-judgmental listeners and love the extra attention of their young person. Setting aside a special place for reading encourages the habit of daily reading. You can create a hideout by covering a card table with a sheet, adding a few pillows for soft seating, and an age-appropriate selection of books or reading materials. Reading books about pets and animals helps instill in young readers a love, appreciation and deeper understanding of all animals.

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Written by local author, Paula Jones, for children between ages 4 - 8, the book deals with bullying in a sensitive and caring way. It is beautifully illustrated and helps children learn the value of treating others the way they would like to be treated. The author hopes the lessons in the book will help prevent bullying through encouraging deeper understanding and appreciation for others.

DALTON’S DREAM Written by Paula Jones

This book is appropriate for children ages 8+ and is about Dalton, a twelve-year-old boy from the twenty-first century who after reading his family history book falls asleep and has a dream. In his dream, he wakes up in the year 1839 and meets his fourth grandfather at the age of 12. Dalton gets to experience life in the early 1800s and his fourth grandfather gets a glimpse of life in the twenty-first century. It truly offers a young reader an opportunity to be transported back in time. This book was inspired by Dalton’s family history book and was written with the hope that young adults would take a serious interest in their family history. I thoroughly enjoyed the book!

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THE STRENGTH OF THE

HUMAN-ANIMAL BOND

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he human-animal bond we have with our pets is a unique relationship that only pet owners can truly understand. Our pets all have their own individual personalities and quirky behaviors that keep us laughing and comforted after a long stressful day. While they depend on us to meet their basic needs of food, water and shelter, we depend on them for their unconditional love and the many health benefits they provide us. Pet owners gain a variety of healthful benefits from our companion animals. Research shows that our pets can help us lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and even raise our oxytocin levels. They can also offer benefits for other human health challenges. When we are sick or feeling sad, our pets intuitively sense it. It is not unusual for our pets to be exceptionally affectionate and attentive when they sense that something is wrong. Even everyday stressors like a forgotten password or an unexpected bill are easily remedied by an exuberant pup licking your face or a curious cat attacking your printer. These unexpected, comical pet behaviors help us reboot and maintain our sanity in the increasingly complicated world we live in. The bond we have with our pets today has significantly changed from the relationship we had with them hundreds of years ago. In the past, humans and dogs would work together to hunt, track and herd other animals. Cats were typically outdoor animals that were used to hunt and kill rodents that could spread disease and damage food or other materials. While this was a mutually beneficial relationship at the time, we have since learned that companion animals can also assist us in many therapeutic ways. Today, we have realized the powerful healing qualities that animals possess and have utilized them to help people suffering from a variety of emotional and physical disabilities. Therapy animals have been shown to be particularly effective in helping those dealing with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and a variety of other debilitating conditions. The same calming therapeutic benefits animals provide can be felt by all pet owners. Although we may not be afflicted by a particular condition, we all experience the emotional 38

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benefits our pets provide. When we are feeling unusually stressed, sad, or anxious, there is nothing more relaxing than a soft snuggly kitty or pup on your lap. This irreplaceable relationship we have with our animal companions has now been fully realized. Today, people treat their pets much like they would treat another human family member. The New York Times reports that 70 percent of pet owners sleep with their pets, 65 percent buy Christmas gifts for their pets, and 40 percent of married women with pets say they get more emotional support from their pets than from their spouses. Clearly, the depth of our emotional attachment to our pets is valued like never before. More and more people are opting to bring a pet into their home. There has been a phenomenal growth of pet owners in the United States in recent years. According to a 2017-18 National Pet Owners Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association (APPA), 68 percent of US households own a pet. While dogs and cats are still the most popular choices, horses, birds, fish and reptiles are also prominent and soughtafter pets. In all, approximately 84.6 million households in the United States include pets. With so many pets in our country, it is understandable that the APPA estimates that over $72.1 billion will be spent on pet supplies this year. These expenditures include food, supplies, over-the-counter medicine, veterinary care, and live animal purchases.

It is not surprising that we sacrifice such expenditures on our precious pets. We cherish them and care for them unconditionally. In turn, they comfort us and remind us every day just how strong the human-animal bond can be.


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ROXIEHEART

CONNIE

MR. ARMANI & MISS MADDIE

AKIBATU & PEPPERMINK

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APPLESAUCE

GOLDIE

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CHLOE, BUDDY SKY & ZOEY GARCIA

VIOLET

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DESTINY & EPIC

KANEOHE

MARLEY & BAILEY

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BOOMER

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SAVE A LIFE ADOPT A PET Adopt

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Everyone can do something, large or small, to help save a life. Gizmo is a six year old male Havanese. Smart, loves toys, plush blankets, and great on walks. Former family had to surrender him due to lifestyle changes. Housebroken and plays well with others. Learning to master the doggie door. Super sweet little boy who will bond with his humans. Y

Gizmo

Connor & Millie’s Dog Rescue Submit an interest form at: www.ConnorandMilliesDogRescue.org

Mamba is a 10 month old lover who is looking for an easy going, loving family. He is good with kids, other dogs but isn’t a huge fan of cats. He’s gone through training and knows his basic commands. He is eager to please and loves to go for walks. Y

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​ egas Roots Rescue V Email us at: VegasRootsRescue@gmail.com www.vegasrootsrescue.com Cookie is a 10 month old girl who loves to play! She is getting professional training while she waits for her forever home. Cookie does well with kids and other dogs. She is house trained and knows her basic commands. Please send in an Adoption Interest form on our website to meet her! Y

Johnny Cage is a very sweet older boy that loves to play. He has been social here at the shelter and doesn’t mind other dogs. Johnny is sometimes overly friendly with other dogs so a meetand-greet is required for other dogs in the home. He would be best with kids 8+ years old due to his size. He does have some arthritis and takes daily supplements. Y Visit nevadaspca.org to see available pets.

10 YEARS OLD - 74 LBS

Johnny Cage

Nevada SPCA 702-873-7722 | info@nevadaspca.org www.NevadaSPCA.org Sara is a quiet sweetheart that has adapted well to her current foster home. She is a senior girl, at 14-years-young, and is looking for her forever home. Would you like to meet Sara? Please fill out an application on our website. Y

Cookie

Wagging Tails Rescue View all our adoptable dogs at: www.waggingtailsrescue.org

Nigel

Paws 4 Love Cat Rescue If you are interested, please call 702-622-3092 www.paws4love.net Honcho is a sweet one year old boxer/pit mix who is 52 lbs and came to us as an owner-surrender. He has the MOST love to give, loves walks, snuggles and just being next to you! He’s an active young boy who really needs out of boarding. He can live with kids + other dogs, unsure of cats. Please email us if you would like to meet Honcho! Y

Sara

Las Vegas Valley Humane Society info@lvvhumane.org | 702-434-2009 www.lvvhumane.org Belle is a 12 yr-old mare. She is a friendly, greet-you-at-gate horse who loves snuggles and treats. Due to an old break in her right front, Belle Photo courtesy of Jillian Adams is available as a companion horse only. She is a true beauty with a zest for life and enjoys running and trotting when turned out. UTD on feet/vax. Adoption fee: $300 Local Equine Assistance Network For more info: www.leanhorses.org/horse/belle

Belle

Nigelwas born 4/17/22 with 3 sisters. He is ready for adoption as well as his sisters. He is a beautiful buff color and will have medium length fur. As you can see Nigel was busy playing and decided to take nap in his Moma’s empty bowl, when you gotta nap you gotta nap, right? He is a busy boy, but likes hugs and kisses, he purrs up a storm. He has been tested for FELV (neg), 2 set of vaccines, will be neutered and chipped as well. Y

Honcho

Animal Network adoptanimalnetwork@gmail.com www.AnimalNetwork.net Chikilito is a snuggly sweetheart who loves treats, knows sit and down, and walks well on a leash. He enjoys his walks but is meant for the couch potato life. Adopt Chikilito today! Y

Chikilito

The Animal Foundation 655 N. Mojave Road, Las Vegas, NV 89101 animalfoundation.com

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SUNDAY, JULY 10 LAS VEGAS BIRD CLUB MEETING

TUESDAY, AUGUST 2 VVDOC – MONTHLY MEETING

MONDAY, JULY 11 PINS FOR PAWS BOWLING FUNDRAISER

MONDAY, AUGUST 8 PINS FOR PAWS BOWLING FUNDRAISER

TUESDAY, JULY 12 FREE ESTATE PLANNING SEMINAR

SUNDAY, AUGUST 14 LAS VEGAS BIRD CLUB MEETING

1pm–3pm. Join Las Vegas Bird Club for their monthly meeting with a focus on Avian education. Visitors & birds welcome. www. lasvegasbirdclub.com Eldorado Modular Home Estates • 4525 W. Twain Ave.

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

5pm–6pm. Learn how to leave a legacy of love. Sarah Morris, attorney at Morris Law Center, and a Certified Personal Accountant are excited to teach you how to plan to protect your loved ones, yourself and your pets. Space is limited, RSVP at: www.heavencanwaitlv.org/events Summerlin Library Conference Room • 4000 W. Flamingo Rd.

SATURDAY, JULY 30 CAT-MAS IN JULY!

10am–4pm. Come browse unique gifts, including collectible figurines, cookie jars, picture frames, salt & pepper shakes, mugs and lots of kitty holiday décor. 100% of all sales goes directly to the care of the Poppy Cats! www.poppyfoundation.org The Poppy Foundation • 6620 Sky Pointe Dr.

7pm–8pm. Vegas Valley Dog Obedience Club invites the public to attend their monthly meeting. Upcoming guest speakers and topics to be announced. For more info, visit: www.VVDOC.org VVDOC Meeting Location • 1600 E. Desert Inn Rd., 2nd Floor #240

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

1pm–3pm. Join Las Vegas Bird Club for their monthly meeting with a focus on Avian education. Visitors & birds welcome. www. lasvegasbirdclub.com Eldorado Modular Home Estates – 4525 W. Twain Ave.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20 NEVADA SPCA BRUNCH BASH: ’80S EDITION

11am–2pm. Celebrate Nevada SPCA’s 40th Anniversary! Featuring a bodacious brunch with an unlimited “Meow”mosa Mimosa and “Hair of the Dog” Bloody Mary bar along with an avocado toast station, chicken and waffles, and a host of other delectable dishes, live ’80s music, and a radical silent auction. Purchase tickets at: www.nevadaspca.org/event Veil @ The Silverton • 3333 Blue Diamond Rd.

Pawlidays! JULY

AUGUST

» July 1 National ID Your Pet Day

» August 1 DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs

» July 15 National Pet Fire Safety Day

» August 7-13 International Assistance Dog Week

» July 31 National Mutt Day

» August 15 Check the Chip Day » August 28 Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

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*All proceeds benefit the Las Vegas Valley Humane Society - a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation dedicated to improving the welfare of animals.



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7.16.22 WORLD SNAKE DAY SNAKES – often feared and mistrusted, World Snake Day was created to encourage us to learn about these fascinating and diverse animals. Learn more about the over 3,000 species of snakes who share our world. Here are a few interesting facts to get you started: HOW DO SNAKES BEHAVE?

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Snakes are carnivorous, cold-blooded reptiles (ectotherms) that rely on the environment to regulate their body temperature. You’ll often see them on rocks soaking up the sunshine. They find shade to cool off when they become too warm.

WHAT IS THE SMALLEST SNAKE? The Barbados threadsnake is about 4 inches long, looks more like a worm than a snake.

WHAT SNAKE GLIDES THROUGH THE AIR? The Paradise tree snake of Southeast Asia swings and flattens its body and glides from high spots to lower spots.

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