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“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” - Lao Tzu Ten years ago we took a major step and published the first issue of the Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine. It’s been an amazing journey and we are so thankful for the people who joined us on this journey. We’re grateful for the relationships and friendships we’ve made and the opportunities to meet so many of our readers. We appreciate meeting so many of the pets of Las Vegas either in person at events or through photos in our magazine or pet photo contests.

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Pet Events they’re back! By Sheryl Green

Hope as we might, there are still many businesses that don’t approve of your pet shopping along side you. If your pup can’t be your “retail therapy” buddy, what is there to do to get them out of the house and keep them entertained? Thankfully, with pandemic restrictions loosened, pet-friendly events are starting back up and provide the perfect afternoon with your dog.



If you’ve never been to a pet event, you’re missing out! Whether put on by a specific community, a radio station, or a rescue group, these events are fun-filled and fur-filled! Some of the benefits include:

Of course, safety should always be your primary concern. There are a few things you need to know and prepare for before your pack Fluffy’s day bag.



With many people going back to working outside of the home, your fur baby is likely missing all that time together. Spend an afternoon at a pet event and give them the thrill of their week.

» SOCIALIZE You may be the best pup parent in the world, but dogs need to meet and play with other dogs. Events give them a chance to sniff butts and make friends.

» LEARN SOMETHING NEW Pet events frequently provide education on how to be an even better pet parent. You never know what you might learn.

» FIND GREAT DEALS Vendors usually provide amazing deals when they showcase their products at events. You also may find some products you didn’t know you needed in your life (but you totally do).


This environment is not ideal for every pet. Frightened, aggressive, or overly timid dogs may not handle the over-stimulation well. Know your dog and if need be, start out with a smaller event or a short period of time and see how they handle it. If you notice any signs of fear or aggression, high-tail it out of there.

« LEASH YOUR PET “But my dog listens to me!” Unless you are Dr. Dolittle, keep your dog on a leash. Just because you’ve got your dog under control during everyday circumstances, doesn’t mean you can control them (or any other dog) when things get heated.

« MAKE SURE YOUR PUP IS UP-TO-DATE ON VACCINES Vaccines are an easy, inexpensive way to keep your pet healthy. When they are sniffing, licking, and sharing a water dish and a poop area, you’ll be extra glad that they are protected from common diseases.


Are you in the market to add to your pack? Pet events often feature adoptable pets just waiting to catch your eye and steal your heart. Be open to falling in love.

When you live in Las Vegas, you get used to it being hot nine months out of the year. Keep an eye on your furry friend and make sure they stay hydrated, aren’t forced to walk on hot surfaces, and don’t suffer from heat stroke.



The pandemic has been difficult on many nonprofits, taking away their primary sources of fundraising and causing donors to tighten their purse strings. When you see an animal rescue doing good work, buy the raffle tickets, donate some money, purchase a brick… support them however you can.

No, your dog doesn’t need a mask. However, with guidelines changing every day, you probably do.

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Organ meats are often included in raw food diets. However, even if your pet is on a kibbles diet you can add organ meat to your pet’s diet is by giving them freeze-dried organ treats. There are also frozen organ meats available to use as meal toppers. These healthy snacks or toppers add variety and improved nutrition for your pet. For optimal nutritional value it is recommended to use human grade and, if available, organic products. Check at your favorite pet food store to see what products are available locally. Always consult with your veterinarian or pet nutritionist before making any changes to your pet’s diet.

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How do I get my dog to stop jumping on people? By Kelley Bollen, MS, CABC | Certified Animal Behavior Consultant | Principal Consultant – Kelley Bollen Consulting, LLC


elieve it or not, our dogs do not come to us knowing which behaviors we humans find acceptable and which we don’t. In fact, sometimes we confuse dogs by sometimes rewarding a behavior that at other times we don’t like. And there are even times when we inadvertently reward a behavior that we are trying to get rid of. Both of these things happen when it comes to jumping behavior. If you acquired your dog as a puppy I am pretty sure that you probably reinforced jumping for a few weeks or months. When they are small and cute we actually love when they jump up on us and we reward the behavior with our attention. But then when the puppy starts to grow into a larger adolescent we no longer like this jumping behavior so we punish it. Wow - how confusing that is for our dog - something that has always worked to get your attention now makes you mad. Another problem is when some people reinforce a behavior that other people find unacceptable. You could be working to teach your dog that jumping is unacceptable and then your brother visits and allows your dog to jump all over him because he loves it. Dogs just don’t understand this kind of inconsistency. If a behavior is being reinforced, even randomly, it stays alive. The other mistake people make with this behavior is that they inadvertently reinforce it even when they are trying to get rid of it. When your dog jumps up on you and you push him off and say “NO” you have actually reinforced the behavior with your attention. Sometimes even negative attention is rewarding to an animal seeking attention. So considering all of those things that can be keeping jumping behavior alive lets talk about how to get rid of the behavior once and for all. The first step is to realize that your dog is not jumping on you to be disobedient (and by no means to be dominant which is what some people will tell you). Dogs jump as a greeting and if the behavior has ever been reinforced they will continue to do it. So the solution is that you need to make jumping chase you away. When your dog jumps up on you simply turn around and 12

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walk away. Don’t touch, speak to or even look at your dog - just turn around and remove yourself from the area (going behind a closed door is very powerful in this situation). Because your dog is hoping that the jumping behavior gets some attention from you, if it actually does the opposite and chases you away, she will soon realize that the behavior doesn’t work to get her what she wants. This is because the consequence of a behavior dictates whether the dog will do it again. If a behavior is reinforced in any way the dog will do it again. But if the behavior makes the thing that the dog is seeking consistently disappear than the behavior is not working. Simply put - dogs do what works for them. If your dog jumps on visitors you need to instruct your visitor to walk into the house and if the dog jumps on them they are to turn right around and leave, closing the door behind them. Then after a few seconds they can try to enter again. It might take your dog several entries to realize that his jumping behavior is chasing the person away but most dogs will soon realize that this behavior is not working and on the third or fourth entry they try something else - like sitting or just not jumping. Then the person is to greet the dog - rewarding the non-jumping behavior. If you have a visitor that either won’t or can’t do the above exercise you can tether your dog to a piece of furniture or a door knob with his leash when you are expecting this visitor so that he can’t run to the door to jump on the person. Management is sometimes just as important as training because the point is to not allow the dog to perform the behavior that she could potentially get reinforced for it. If you are on a walk and someone wants to say hi to your dog and you don’t want to ask this stranger to help you train your dog, simply step on her leash so that she is unable to jump up when the person comes over. So as you can see, stopping jumping behavior can be very simple but the key is that you have to be consistent and the same response has to come from everyone the dog encounters. Only then will the behavior no longer work for the dog.

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SEPTEMBER IS ANIMAL PAIN AWARENESS MONTH How do you know where it hurts when your patients can’t speak? Veterinarians struggle with this issue on a daily basis. Our patients can’t use words to tell us that they are in pain, but they still give us clues that can help us – and their owners – identify the problem. Knowing the symptoms of pain in your pet can help you spot potential problems early and ensure that your pet doesn’t suffer.

If your pet is showing these or any other symptoms of pain, it’s best to take them to a veterinarian for evaluation. Your veterinarian will perform a full head-to-tail physical examination and may recommend some additional diagnostic testing to help localize the source of your pet’s pain. Once the underlying cause of the pain has been diagnosed, your veterinarian can prescribe appropriate treatment to manage the pain.



Pain is more than just a broken leg or an open wound. Unfortunately, many conditions that cause pain in our pets are often overlooked. Our pets can be very stoic and may not show symptoms of pain as readily as we do. Nevertheless, the same conditions that cause pain in humans will also cause pain in animals. Animals experience pain from arthritis, gastrointestinal upset, cancer, and other illnesses the same way we do. If you are wondering whether your pet is experiencing pain, a good rule of thumb is to ask yourself whether you would be uncomfortable in the same position. If the answer is yes, it is quite likely that your pet is experiencing some discomfort, too.

Although it can be awful to see your pet in pain, you should never give your pet any over-the-counter pain medications or any medications not specifically prescribed by your veterinarian. Many human pain medications can be toxic to pets, especially if overdosed. Always consult your veterinarian before giving your pet any medications or supplements.

➥ SYMPTOMS OF PAIN IN PETS Many pet owners believe that if their pet is not vocalizing, they are not in pain. However, symptoms of pain in pets can be very subtle and often come on gradually. If your pet has a condition that is known to be painful, keeping a daily log of your pet’s symptoms is a good way to monitor their pain level and track changes. Symptoms of pain in pets can include: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 14

Lethargy Hiding Irritability or aggression Reluctance to exercise or participate in activities Lameness or abnormal gait Hunched posture Anxiety Flinching when touched Vocalizing Shallow breathing Tightened facial expression (also known as a grimace) Trembling Restlessness Unwilling to eat or drink Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • September/October 2021

In addition to managing the underlying medical condition causing your pet’s pain, your veterinarian will likely prescribe analgesic medications to help relieve your pet’s discomfort. These may include medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), gabapentin, amantadine, or opioid pain medications. It is very important to follow your veterinarian’s dosing instructions closely to ensure your pet’s pain is appropriately managed. It may be necessary to adjust your pet’s medications and dosages as the condition improves or progresses.

➥ THE IMPORTANCE OF PAIN MANAGEMENT Pain not only impacts quality of life, but can also have negative effects on healing, stress levels, and recovery times. Being able to identify the symptoms of pain in your pet will allow you and your veterinary team to quickly intervene so that your pet does not experience any undue discomfort. By managing the underlying cause of the pain and prescribing analgesic medications, your veterinarian can help alleviate the pain and get your pet back to their old self as soon as possible.


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ew hope arises for homeless pets with a new Nevada SPCA facility opening this Fall. After a year of searching for the perfect property to accommodate all of their animal needs, the Nevada SPCA finally found a 21,814 square foot warehouse which they are customizing to fit to their specific needs. The new location at 5375 Procyon Street Suite 108 will make the new Nevada SPCA facility the second largest animal shelter in Southern Nevada. “It was difficult to find a lease that would accommodate animal care,” says Nevada SPCA Executive Director Lori Heeren. “Ninetynine percent of our lease inquiries told us no. We were fortunate to find a landlord that wanted to help us and give us the opportunity to safely house our animals in his building. We are very grateful to Mr. Philip Smith, our new landlord.” The new lease began on June 1, 2021 for a fifty-month term with the potential for renewal. “This is Phase One of Nevada SPCA”, said Heeren. “Nevada SPCA’s future is to one day own its land and building, but we needed to walk before we could run and that meant moving out of our current facility that no longer serves our needs.” One of the greatest benefits of the newly-leased property is having the ability to modify it to meet the specific needs of the organization. The new building was essentially a large blank slate before renovations began. Now, the Nevada SPCA is working on customizing it and dividing it up into all of the specific rooms and yards they desperately need. Custom-designed dog kennels, cat colony rooms, multiple animal meet and greet rooms, a dog play yard, and multiple adoption rooms are all anxiously awaited by the Nevada SPCA staff and the animals they care for. While their previous shelter was larger, there was much less usable space. The organization is committed to fully utilizing every square inch of their new building. The new facility will


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have air-conditioned dog kennels as well as improved plumbing and electrical infrastructure. Additionally, surface materials used throughout the building will be able to be disinfected and regularly sanitized to prevent cross-contamination and ensure a clean, healthy environment for the animals. The summer-long construction project is ongoing and on track to be completed this Fall. As anticipated, the financial ramifications of this project were significant. But in keeping with the generosity of the Las Vegas pet community, two donors came forward and provided the Nevada SPCA with 1.5 million dollars to fund the tenant improvement project. The organization is currently fundraising another $500,000 to pay for additional improvements to the building. Hilarie Grey, the Nevada SPCA’s Board President, reflects on the generosity of the community by saying, “Nevada SPCA has had a challenging last two years, and our staff and Board of Directors are undeterred in our commitment to grow the impact of this organization so we can save the lives of even more homeless pets in our community. We are so grateful for the community’s continued support for this project and our organization overall.” As construction continues, the organization is also working on securing the naming rights for various areas within the shelter. Dog kennels, and possibly other rooms throughout the building, will be named in memory or recognition of those who have supported the Nevada SPCA throughout the years. The new facility will have multiple naming opportunities for donors.

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Birds By Gail Mayhugh

For those of us who have birds or who are considering adding one to their family, there are particular things we need to consider in our décor, what kind of cage, flooring, wall finish, and placement of the cage in our home. In selecting your cage, the first and most important consideration is the proper size you’ll need for your feathered friend. Birds require spacious cages for both their physical and psychological health.

Birds can be messy, so you’ll need to make a few other decorating decisions beyond the style of your cage, such as flooring, wall finish, and placement.

There needs to be enough room for small, flighted birds to fly around and room for larger birds to flap their wings and perform gymnastics and stunts like my Cockatoo. You also have to consider the length of their tails. They should never be touching the bottom of the cage.

Hard surface floors are best, but if that’s not an option and Petey’s cage will be on the carpet, consider buying a large plastic chair mat for under his cage. It makes it easier to roll the cage around so you can properly clean underneath and around it.

When looking for a cage, purchase the largest cage you can afford and accommodate your bird, so they have plenty of room to move around and play. I know the size of your home and where you’re going to place it is a factor, but please consider your bird’s comfort and well-being first. Safety is another critical consideration. Look at the bar spacing; you don’t want it too wide and have them get their head stuck. Or too small that they can get their foot stuck. Another thing to consider is their bowls. Some cages don’t have bowl doors. I prefer ones that do, so when we get a rare opportunity to get away for a weekend, my sister can come and take care of them without reaching into the cage. My Cockatoo has more than once opened the door and pushed her bowls through, so now we have little locks on them. Before purchasing your cage, do a little research about the personality and habits of the type of bird you’re bringing home. Having a Love Bird, of course, is much different from a Blue & Gold McCaw. If your bird is mechanically inclined or an escape artist, you’ll need more security features. For birds that love to climb, you’ll need more room for toys that will let them do that. With size and safety covered, let’s look at the décor decisions you’ll need to make. Cages come in a variety of metal finishes that will work with your décor. Some manufacturers will even custom color your cage, so please do not make this a DIY project; it can be fatal for your bird. Want your cage to be part of your furniture? Check out the beautiful wood furniture cages from Are you looking for a different style or shape? has a variety to select from. 18

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If you’re placing the cage against a wall, the finish is essential. You’ll want a good scrubbable paint for those birds that like to toss. I don’t care for semi-gloss paint anywhere in the house, but your bird’s wall is the place for it. KiKi, my Blue & Gold, somehow seems to get her bananas all over the wall. So along with semi-gloss paint, I’ve also tacked up a clear vinyl shower curtain. You can’t see it, and I’m able to brush off her mess, wipe it down and replace it every month. Lastly, where are you going to place their cage? Of course, you'll want to avoid drafty areas. If they are chewers, make sure there is nothing within their reach. My Cockatoo loves to make chew toys out of anything. One day she grabbed the cord on my blind and pulled part of it into her cage. I’m sure she worked all day stretching her foot out as far as she could to grab the cord. I was not a happy Momma when I got home. But then again, she is a Cockatoo, and they’re mischievous little ones, so my bad.

Birds can be wonderful family members, many of whom will grow old with you. So, take a little extra time to make the right choices for you and your bird to live happily ever after. 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,

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of publishing the Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine and it’s time for a little R & R! LOL – typically that means Rest and Relaxation, however, for us it means Reflection and Review. As we reflected upon the past 10 years we thought back to the early planning stage. The process of taking it from the initial plan of using our publishing experience to help pets to developing the actual publication; a magazine dedicated to the Pets of Las Vegas and the people who love them. A favorite quote that seems so appropriate for our R & R is by Dag Hammarskjold: For all that has been, Thank you. For all that is to come, Yes!

THANK YOU! There was excitement when our

first issue was published and we experience that same excitement when every issue is published! However, we didn’t’ do it alone – we are deeply grateful to our advertisers, writers, readers and the people who have supported us in this endeavor: The advertisers in our initial issue had only a “mock up” or a visual concept of our plan. They glimpsed our vision and supported us.

We’re grateful to the advertisers who have partnered with us by advertising in the next 59 issues. We are also so grateful to our writers who share their knowledge and their experience. And, of course, we appreciate our readers because they are the reason we produce this publication. We know our readers are busy and we are honored they choose to spend some of their time with us. Our publication experienced significant growth since the first issue; it tripled in size. The first print run was 5,000 and now we’re printing 30,000. A popular feature is the Las Vegas Pets “Show Off Your Pet” section. Our contests have grown in popularity and we appreciate our sponsors for their continued support. Our goal is to create a framework that promotes a sense of connection within the pet community. For us it is more than a business – we do it because it is our passion and our mission. We believe that by providing information and inspiration for our readers we’re helping the pets of Las Vegas and the people who love them.

Our commitment is to continue serving the Las Vegas pet community.

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LAKE LAS VEGAS SUPPORTS LAS VEGAS NON-PROFITS Annual Pets & Pancakes Event Raises Money For Two Local Charities Lake Las Vegas, the 2020 Best of Las Vegas Gold Winner for master plan communities, recently made donations to two local nonprofit organizations from its annual Pets & Pancakes event. “Lake Las Vegas loves animals,” said Patrick Parker, president of Raintree Investment Corporation which is developing Lake Las Vegas. “Whether you’re seeing them in nature throughout the community, driving with their owners in their golf carts or walking on the miles of trails throughout Lake Las Vegas, you are always in for a treat. It is our honor to share our love of animals with organizations that help our four-legged friends.” Donations were made to the Nevada SPCA and Opportunity Village to support their work assisting both four-legged and two-legged members of the community. “We participated in the Pets & Pancakes event and loved seeing all the animal lovers showcasing their dogs in the parade and supporting local pet organizations, including ours,” said Lori Heeran, executive director of Nevada SPCA. “We appreciate the ongoing support from Lake Las Vegas and its generous residents.” Bo Thomas, Lake Las Vegas’ longtime director of security, presented the donations on behalf of Lake Las Vegas. “Bo and his team help at all of our events, and he loves seeing hard-working community organizations like Nevada SPCA and Opportunity Village lifted up by the kindness of our residents and fans,” said Parker. Lake Las Vegas contributes to numerous Southern Nevada charitable organizations. The upcoming Lake Las Vegas Golf & Food Fest September 3-5 will benefit Project 150, an organization that supports homeless youth in Southern Nevada. For information and tickets, visit

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Hiking Grapevine Canyon and Beyond By Paula M. Jacoby-Garrett and Kimberly Reinhart Rescue pup, Gracie, enjoys road trips. On this trip, she visited the Highland Range. (Image: P. Garrett)

Grapevine Canyon is one of the best areas in Southern Nevada to view petroglyphs. (Image: Lake Mead National Recreation Area’s Flickr site.)

We love the fall for the cooler temperatures and more opportunities to get outdoors regularly with our pups. A great road trip and hike combo is Grapevine Canyon, which is located just east of Laughlin. The hike is a short one, but a desert spring and an abundance of petroglyphs make it the perfect get-away. In addition, a new national monument is proposed in the area which could protect thousands of acres as public lands for hiking, camping and enjoyment for you and your dog. Take the opportunity to explore the area before it’s “popular” like many other areas in southern Clark County. Grapevine Canyon is located approximately 70 miles south of Las Vegas. Take Highway 95 south of the Boulder City area to Highway 163 towards Laughlin. After 13 miles, make a left onto Christmas Tree Pass Road. While there is a sign, it is easy to miss so keep an eye out for it. From here to the trailhead is a dirt road, but the road is typically well maintained. Drive 1.8 miles to Grapevine Canyon Road, turn left and continue until it ends in the parking area.

Rescue pup Zoey enjoys the open desert just north of Searchlight. (Image: P. Garrett.)

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The trailhead is obvious with a sign at the beginning of the trail. The trail follows along the wash edge, then dropping into the wash at a gap in the surrounding rock formations. There is a plethora of petroglyphs along both sides of the wash. This is the best area to see petroglyphs but continuing up the wash takes you along a small stream and eventually to a small waterfall approximately 1½ miles up the canyon. This route is less obvious as it winds up canyon along large granite rocks and the sandy wash bottom. Be prepared for some scrambling during this part of the hike. Return the way you came. We share this hike with you under the assumption that the natural resources of Grapevine Canyon will be treated responsibly and with respect, by both people and our dogs. Petroglyphs, like the ones seen in this canyon, are protected by law, and shouldn’t be touched or climbed on, even by your pup. Also, while it might be tempting, restrain your dog from playing in any pockets of water. The water is a magnet for desert life and our dogs can easily stir up sediment, making the area less appealing to wildlife.

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Of note, the Grapevine Canyon trail is in the Spirit Mountain Wilderness Area, which is one of several areas in southern Nevada that has protections in place for their cultural and ecological significance. Currently, there is a proposal for a new national monument that would connect the Spirit Mountain Wilderness with other protected areas. This designation would ensure more than 380,000 acres would be preserved for the benefit and enjoyment of both present as well as future generations and their four-legged exploring friends. The proposed National Monument is named Avi Kwa Ame (Ah-VEE kwa-meh) after the Native American name for Spirit Mountain. This area is considered sacred by twelve different tribes and is very important in their story of creation. This area is also a hotspot of biological diversity and is the home for some species that live nowhere else in the world. While you are traveling to and from Grapevine Canyon, take notice of the stunning landscapes with multicolored geologic formations and canyons with natural springs. The designation of a national monument wouldn’t change our ability to hike with or without our dogs, camp and/or drive off road on established roads but it would eliminate development and protect the area from large-scale wind and solar projects. Fall and winter are great seasons to explore all the proposed Avi Kwa Ame national monument since the weather is more accommodating. For maps and additional information visit

Best Hikes With Dogs: Las Vegas & Beyond By Kimberly Reinhart and Paula Jacoby-Garrett

Great guide with recommendations for more dog-friendly hiking trails within 3 hours of Las Vegas.

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Learn per about the pro sing care and hou nd for a happy a ed healthy Beard Dragon.


n the reptile world you have a lot of choices as a pet. Some make great pets. Some don’t. But when it comes to ease in care, handling and just an all around great reptile pet, nothing compares to a Bearded Dragon. Bearded Dragons are part of the Agama family of lizards. This family includes such lizards as Water Dragons, Uromastyx and Frilled Lizards. Bearded Dragons are native to Australia and were first imported into the United States in the 1990’s. They quickly became super popular and soon replaced the Green Iguana as the #1 pet lizard. Housing should consist of a 40 gallon or larger enclosure. Babies can be housed in smaller terrariums until they grow large enough to use a larger enclosure. Place bedding into the enclosure. I don’t recommend sand, as there have been cases of Dragons eating it on accident and becoming impacted. I do like Orchid bark and ground coconut core. I have rarely ever seen impaction using these substrates. Artificial turf or even newspaper also works well. You’ll need a nice sized water bowl and food bowl. For heat and light you have many choices, but the main two issues are heat and UV lighting. You can use a heat emitter, spot heat lamps or a mercury vapor lamp. If using a mercury vapor lamp then no other lighting is needed. The main need is a hot spot of about 120 degrees and a high UV output to simulate the sun’s rays. My preferred set up is to place a mercury vapor lamp at one end of the enclosure and run a florecent lamp across the top of the enclosure. If your home gets below 65 degrees at night, then a nocturnal heat lamp that gives a hot spot of 75 degrees would also be suggested for night heat. The other lamps can be turned on and off in 12 hour cycles. Dragons like to climb, so provide some nice sturdy branches for them to sit on and to bask. Place one branch under the heat lamp, making sure there are other branches for the dragon to navigate to when it wants less heat. You can add all kinds of furniture and even plastic plants if desired.

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Bearded Dragons (Pagona vittiseps) By Ken Foose I feel a hide box is not needed, but adding one will not hurt at all. Bearded Dragons eat almost anything. In captivity they will take almost any insect such as crickets, roaches, horned worms, meal worms and wax worms. They are omnivores, so they will also relish leafy greens, mixed veggies and flowers. Be aware that they will eat almost anything. Take care not to let them come in contact with toxic plants. These guys are best housed alone. Babies tend to nip off each others tails and toes. Adult males will fight each other sometimes. Males will breed females to death if given the chance. If you do wish to have two dragons in one enclosure, I would suggest a couple of females since they tend to ignore each other. If you plan on housing two or more, a larger enclosure is required. I would suggest a minimum of 60 gallons for two adults. But bigger is always better. Bearded Dragons come in a variety of colors and patterns in captivity. It seems that a new color or pattern morph pops up every year. They are calm, easy to care for and appear to be very social with humans. Their average life span is approx. 8 years. They rarely, if ever bite and almost never run away. All in all, the perfect pet.

Although this is a warm weather dwelling animal, do not take your Bearded Dragon outside in the Las Vegas heat! In direct sunlight at 90 degrees death will come from overheating in about 10 minutes. Keep them inside and enjoy them.

Reprint of article written by Ken Foose which appeared in the September/October 2018 issue. A regular contributor, Ken died suddenly in September 2020. His death was a great loss to the pet community. He was extremely knowledgeable and freely shared his knowledge and expertise. 30

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National Pet Obesity AWARENESS Day By Elizabeth Parker

When you have pets, you are constantly trying to think of ways to show them just how special they are and how much they are loved. When weather and time permits, we may show them by taking them for a walk, playing ball or taking a ride to their favorite park. But other times, we give them what us humans have found comfort in as well.


ho doesn’t love that sinful treat every once in a while? Of course, we all do. Pets will rarely say no to some extra food.

There is, however, one thing we need to watch out for and that is pet obesity. It may take a while to even notice that your pet has packed on a few extra pounds. After all, they aren’t complaining about it and don’t have to fit into their clothes like we do! They’ll never tell us that they are watching their weight or getting ready for the summer. So, as pet owners we have to watch for them. When a pet is active, a few extra morsels of food or some tasty treats might not matter too much. If your pet is inactive, or approaching their senior years, the weight piles on easily and this can lead to problems down the road. Like humans, pets get arthritis. The difference is they will mask their pain for as long as they can and are very good at hiding it! The extra weight only adds to their discomfort and if it worsens, we need to start them on pain medication. While this might not seem so bad, some dogs don’t tolerate pain medication, or it makes them tired, which circles back to them not being able to exercise and gaining even more weight! In addition, they can develop other medical issues such as heart problems, liver and kidney issues as well as diabetes and even cancer. These health issues can be avoided by 34

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incorporating more exercise into your dog’s routine. Or, if they are unable to exercise frequently, cutting down on the snacks or even their meal portions will make a large impact on their overall well being. For a dog or cat to gain five pounds, it might sound like “no big deal” to us, but for them, it can make all the difference. There are other small changes you can make as well, such as buying low calorie treats for them, or cutting your biscuits in half. This way your pet will think they are being rewarded but won’t realize that they are only getting half the portion size. You’ll still be able to shower them with love and affection and still give them some treats... but perhaps a little less often, or half the size! It’s easy to put on weight, and it is up to us as our pets’ guardians to help them stay at an ideal size. If you are doing everything you can to keep your pet at an ideal weight and they still keep gaining, it might be time to seek the advice of your veterinarian to see if there are any other underlying issues or they can provide a better diet for your pet! 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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In a particular place, a young student taps a pencil, gazes out the window, and sighs. “AH! My dog is home waiting for me,” he mumbles in response to his desk partner’s prying whisper. “My kitty’s home alone, too. Think they’re, ok?” “I dunno. Why couldn’t we just stay home?” Kids, separated from their pets, may experience anxiety. Concerns arise when animals are left at home. Young children can become restless, unfocused, and worry about leaving their pets behind after months of continual companionship.

COMMON CONCERNS OF CHILDREN: How is our pet when we aren’t home? Will my dog be sad when I am at school? Will my cat be mad at me when I get back home? Will Whiskers chew my slippers again and get in trouble? Will Fluffy get scared when the garbage truck comes?


Who’ll want the most attention after school? Child or pet? Hard to say! A person’s personality and the traits of an animal’s breed come into play. A wise person once said, “Just showing up at home erases a child’s anxieties instantaneously.” In that moment, the concerns of the day are washed away in a flood of hugs, laughter, and affection. After school, a little playtime, exercise, and hugs before starting homework are good ideas. Time together can calm both while providing a much-needed mental break before beginning assignments.

Take time with pets to:

« Share about your day « Snuggle « Exercise « Read together … Who knows? Maybe your pet will be the topic of your next school assignment.


Children and pets can be reassured. Start with a morning routine that strengthens their bond, allowing them to feel good about each other. Here are four simple tasks to do before leaving for school: ➥ Feed pet(s) ➥ Clean water bowls ➥ Leave pet’s favorite blanket and toys with them ➥ Change toys occasionally to avoid boredom and misconduct Some teachers suggest placing a photo in a backpack before leaving for school. This helps a young child reduce separation worries which are a developmental hurdle children may experience. Handled gently, they, and their pets can adjust.

May your back-to-school days be filled with peaceful memories and times of great joy!

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Is Catnip Safe for Cats? By Dr. Anna Daffara, DVM


Catnip is herb that goes by the botanical name Nepeta cataria. It contains an essential oil called nepetalactone that can cause a euphoric high in cats. It is worth pointing out that not all cats will have the same reaction with catnip. Some will completely change their behavior for a while and run laps around the house while others will just sit and drool all over the place.


As mentioned earlier, catnip contains nepetalactone. Although not all felines are responsive to catnip, an estimated 80% of cats do feel a euphoric high that lasts anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes.

HOW TO TELL IF YOUR CAT IS EXPOSED TO CATNIP Some cats completely change their behavior when they sniff catnip. If you notice the following behavior in your cat, it’s probably high: • Rolling around • Running raps around the house • Chasing after random things • Climbing stuff for no reason • Staring • Lying around


Catnip is completely safe for your cat. It is natural and nonaddictive.

With that said, exposure to catnip will stimulate their brains into behaving differently. Excessive exposure to catnip may cause diarrhea and your cat will leave behind a mess for you to clean up.

To wrap up, catnip can be beneficial to your cat if utilized properly. In fact, catnip-infused products can make their life more fulfilling and give them a positive experience. Dr. Anna Daffara, DVM is a feline veterinarian at Summerlin Cat Hospital with an unrelenting passion and curiosity for feline care. Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • September/October 2021


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Everyone can do something, large or small, to help save a life. Strawberry is a very lucky lady survived being hit by a car. She is a very playful and social lady. She runs like the wind and is energetic, & loving – just the right size for holding and naps. At 5 years young, Strawberry now gets to look forward to a wonderful life! Y

This beautifully marked girl is looking for a new loving forever home. Elsie, 5 year old short hair, does well with other cats, likes to be petted and have attention. She is a good girl and loves sitting in a cat tree looking out the window. Elsie is neg for FELV/FIV, current on all vaccines, spay and chipped. Y

My name is Sam. I am an 8 year old male Husky, 58 lbs. I love people, NO CATS and no children under 10 yrs old. I’m a very strong boy and Husky experience is required. Also I have some separation anxiety, so no apartments (I howl) and someone who is home a lot would be ideal. I do know how to sit and shake, and am well mannered when people are with me. Y

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What’s not to love when looking at Haydog! This sweet three year old little lady is around 40 pounds and came to us after a rescuer found her in NM. They named her Haydog because she was hidden down in a pile of dirt and hay. She’s now living a life in Las Vegas and onto better things! Boarding is hard for her, so at this time she needs to be the only pet, but she can live with kids! She is incredibly sweet and would love a foster in the meantime! Y

Susie is a two year old Chihuahua mix. This super friendly and cuddly girl was born with some neurological issues that affect her balance and stability. She needs a special, patient home committed to continuing her therapy exercises to help her become steadier on her feet. She does well around other dogs. Susie is spayed, UTD on vaccinations and microchipped. Y



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upcoming THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 VEGAS VALLEY DOG OBEDIENCE CLUB’S FALL CLASSES 7pm. Register today for VVDOC’s fall classes that will start on September 9th at Dog Fancier’s Park. For more info visit, Dog Fancier’s Park – 5800 E. Flamingo Rd. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 VOLUNTEERING WITH YOUR PET 10:30am–12pm. Have you considered becoming an animal-assisted therapy team with your pet? This event will introduce your to the national therapy program Pet Partners. Must sign up. Call Sue Grundfest at 917-301-4710 or email: Southern Hills Hospital – 9300 W. Sunset Road SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 LAS VEGAS BIRD CLUB MINI BIRD MART 10am–3pm. Come shop for your pet birds. Great toys and supplies for birds! Also, grooming for a fee. Masks required. Eldorado Modular Home Estates – 4525 W. Twain Ave. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 SUPERHERO 5K 8am–12pm. Run, walk and fundraise for Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation. Dogs can register and be a superhero, too! Exploration Park at Mountain’s Edge – 9600 S. Buffalo Drive SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 HOPE CELEBRATION 2021 7pm–10pm. Featuring live music by Reckless in Vegas, silent auction, food trucks, adult beverages and good times! The Space LV – 3460 Cavaretta Court SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 DOGGIE PADDLE & PLAY DAY 8am–2:45pm. Bring your favorite furry friend to the pool for a swim in the pool, which has graduated entry so dogs can walk in and out as they please. www. Black Mountain Aquatic Complex – 599 Greenway Rd., Henderson SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 THE 18TH ANNUAL BEST IN SHOW 10am–1pm. Las Vegas’ premier dog show featuring a variety of shelter dogs from The Animal Foundation, available for adoption during the show. For more information and tickets, visit bestinshow2021 Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV – 4505 S. Maryland Pkwy. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2 DANCING, DIAMONDS, AND DOGS! 6:30pm–9:30pm. We will have a wonderful local band, The Coates Twins, silent auction as well as

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