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Dedicated To Las Vegas Pets And The People Who Love Them

November/December 2011

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November is a time for offering Thanks!

At Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine, we are very grateful and thankful for so much. Our “Premier Issue” was well received by our readers. We’re thankful to the many people who emailed and called with wishes for continued success. The responses included heart-warming words of thanks and comments like “I can’t wait for the next issue’’. We deeply appreciate the support of the pet lovers of Las Vegas. It was very exciting when one reader shared that her grandchildren want to volunteer at a local rescue agency. Inspiring the next generation to love pets and encouraging them to volunteer is certainly something we’re proud to have encouraged. Thank you also to the advertisers who make this publication possible and available free to the Las Vegas pet community. We encourage you to support our advertisers. We extend our thanks to the many professional people who contribute informative and interesting articles. This publication would not be possible without the love, support, and encouragement of friends and family. We are grateful for the many hours of time they generously contribute. They give of their time to write the articles, edit, distribute the publication because they are passionate about pets; they love animals! Last but probably most important: Thank you to our loving pets who give so freely of their love and affection.

Wishing you and your pets a Happy and Joyous Holiday Season!

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Harley the Harlequin Great Dane and Therapy Dog

EXTRAORDINAIRE!! By Linda Fredericks

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arley is one big guy, I mean dog, and at 200 pounds he looks more like a small horse or a Holstein cow than a dog, but he is all dog! For the children that Harley meets, he is a Good Samaritan, a role model of good citizenship, as well as an unlikely local Las Vegas Celeb. The quintessential therapy dog, gentle and loveable, Harley has brought his good will to over 4500 children over the past four years.

Harley hails from Graston, Minnesota, where he was born and at 4 months of age flew to Las Vegas, to begin a new life with his owner and handler, Jayne Brass. You might ask, what exactly is a Harlequin Great Dane? The word “harlequin” denotes the coloration of the coat, which for Harlequin Great Danes means a base color of pure white with black torn patches irregularly but well distributed, over the entire body and Harley certainly fits that description. Harley’s large and imposing appearance belies his friendly nature. His breed is often referred to as a “gentle giant” because Great Danes are well disposed toward other dogs, non-canine pets and, of course, humans. Great Danes also appreciate affection and are always ready to be petted and loved. Harley is not just a Great Dane, he is a Giant Great Dane, a variation within the Great Dane breed describing his enormous size and his enormous heart, which is open to all children. Harley especially enjoys working with mentally challenged and autistic children as well as children undergoing cancer treatment. Harley also has a soft spot in his heart for the elderly and visits nursing homes and hospitals frequently. He is an accomplished fund raiser too, for the Children’s Miracle Network and the American Heart Association. Best known for the Storytime with Harley Program, he likes reading with kids of all ages. He sits with each group of children as Jayne reads them stories. The children naturally want to cuddle and pet Harley and get their pictures taken with him. The children also like to feed him Goldfish Cheese crackers, his favorite treat. If there are

children who are unable to attend Storytime because of an illness or injury, Harley and Jayne make house calls. Therapy dogs, like Harley, can assist doctors in lowering a patient’s blood pressure or quelling their anxiety, creating a state of well being just from their presence and Harley seems to have that effect on all who meet him. Storytime with Harley happens on a regular basis in Las Vegas at Barnes & Noble Booksellers. Harley’s first book, Storytime With Harley, will be out next summer and Harley is also hoping to bring a TV program for children to a local station here in Las Vegas. Harley has a very cool website @ www. storytimewithharley.com. Check it out, there are great pictures of Harley and a schedule of events where you can see him in person. Of course, all of Harley’s activities would not be possible without his wonderful mom, Jayne, who knew when he was a pup that his mission would be to bring joy and love to children. Jayne has been involved in Hospice and CASA as a court appointed advocate for children and continues to serve Las Vegas children with the Storytime with Harley Program. It is people like Jayne and her dog, Harley, who make a difference.

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Osteoarthritis “Silent Suffering”

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By Chad Bower, DVM Spencer Springs Animal Hospital – Las Vegas, NV

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ne of the most common ailments of our pets, especially our older pets, is arthritis. It is estimated that at least 1 in 5 adult dogs and over half of our geriatric pets are affected by degenerative joint disease. It has become one of the most common sources of chronic pain that veterinarians treat. Arthritis simply means inflammation of one or more joints. There are many types and causes of arthritis such as infections and immune system disorders but for now we will concentrate on the most common form known as osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease. Osteoarthritis involves the breakdown of the cartilage that normally covers and protects the ends of the two bones that form a moveable joint. This protection allows the joint to move smoothly without discomfort and also helps absorb the shock and pressure that is placed on the joints with activities such as DYPLASTIC HIP JOINT running and jumping. Cartilage does not contain nerves so it does not have any pain sensation. When cartilage degenerates or is damaged the bones of a joint rub together causing pain, swelling (inflammation) and stiffness. Osteoarthritis can occur in any joint but is most commonly found in the hip, stifle (knee) and elbow joints. It is most NORMAL HIP JOINT prevalent in middle aged to geriatric dogs but can also occur in young dogs who suffer from hip or elbow dysplasia. Osteoarthritis can also result from a primary cause such as trauma, ruptured cruciate ligament (knee) or a luxating patella (knee cap). In many cases surgical correction of the primary cause will greatly slow or halt the progression of arthritis in the affected joint. Degenerative joint disease also forms in our older pets in response to years of abnormal stress on joints. Overweight pets are at a high risk for developing this due to the added stress the increased weight places on their joints.

Symptoms of osteoarthritis can range from being very vague and nearly un-detectable to severe and debilitating. Below is a short list of some of the more common symptoms you may notice. • Reduced activity or reluctance to walk or play • Difficulty getting up from a lying position • Seeming to have stiff or sore joints • Difficulty jumping or climbing stairs • Limping or lameness • Chewing or licking at joints 6

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Diagnosis by your veterinarian is based on a combination of history, physical examination, palpation and x-rays of the affected joints. Unfortunately osteoarthritis is incurable but steps can be taken to substantially improve the quality of your pet’s life. Treatment typically involves a combination of weight control, exercise, and the use of supplements and medications to help relieve pain and improve function. Newer therapies such as acupuncture are also showing promise in providing relief. Obesity has become one of the most common problems in our pet population with estimates of over half of our pets being overweight. Excess weight places significantly more stress, on joints and leads to osteoarthritis. Maintaining a healthy, trim body weight is essential to both prevention and treatment for degenerative joint disease. Moderate, gentle exercise is beneficial to maintain muscle mass and help preserve joint flexibility. Excessive exercise can be counterproductive so don’t push your dog past what he/she is comfortable with. Swimming can also be an excellent exercise that improves muscle mass and flexibility without overstressing the joints. Prescription medications often provide the most relief for moderate to severe degenerative joint disease. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as rimadyl, deramaxx, metacam and previcox are examples of what are currently available. These medications help to decrease inflammation and pain associated with arthritis. Adequan (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan) is an injectable medication that helps to keep cartilage from wearing away by keeping it healthy and intact. There are various over-the-counter supplements that may help the arthritic pet. Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate products (cosequin, dasaquin and glycoflex) and omega 3 fatty acids are examples of safe supplementsthat may help with osteoarthritis. In severe cases where the discomfort cannot be managed there may be specific joint surgeries that can be performed to alleviate a painful joint. Total hip replacement, femoral head ostectomy and arthrodesis (joint fusion) are several of the more common procedures.

If you are concerned your pet may be at risk for or may already be suffering from osteoarthritis, please don’t hesitate to contact your veterinarian so you can work together to establish a plan to prevent and treat any discomfort your pet may suffer from disorder.


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Southern Nevada Herpetological Society A Club For Reptile Lovers By Mark Romansky Club President

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oday, more than ever, reptiles are becoming one of the most popular pets owned by Americans. In fact, they may be third most owned pet behind dogs and cats as America’s “pet of choice”. Quiet, and for the most part, easy to care for, they are perfect pets for both homes and apartments. There are lots of places to buy these amazing animals, from local stores to the internet. Where does someone go to learn more about pet reptiles and local indigenous species? The answer is simple, your local reptile club. No matter what your interests are in this world, a club puts you in touch with people who share your common interest. Club meetings are places where you can share thoughts and ideas, learn more about your hobby, and find access to the supplies and in this case, the animals of your particular interest. Pet clubs in particular, both on the national and local levels, provide members with education and awareness of proposed anti-pet legislation that can effect pet owners and pet ownership. Does Las Vegas have a club that focuses on reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates? Yes it does! I would like to introduce you to the Southern Nevada Herpetological Society! As its current President, I am proud of our clubs extensive history. Our group focuses on “Conservation through Education”. Knowledge is power, and we feature captive care as well as feature local, national, and international conservation programs through our Speaker Program at our Bi-monthly meetings. Our group participates in events like Pet- APalooza and the Las Vegas Reptile Expo. At these events we display animals, distribute

reptile information, and answer questions from reptile lovers and non-lovers alike. Although there is no official reptile rescue in Las Vegas, our club has found homes for many “in need” reptiles including aggressive snakes, whom. in the hands of inexperienced owners could face a life of abuse and neglect. Our club also has a program for young people. The Jr Herpers program, gives our future reptile fanciers a place to hang out with other young adults with the same interests. Meetings at the Mandalay Bay Aquarium classroom are bi-monthly and are open to any SNHS member with younger family members. Presentations on everything from snakes to scorpions educate and entertain to foster understanding and not promote fear. Our annual scorpion hunt is one of our largest events of the year and is fun for young and old alike. Field trips to places like Forever Wild, the San Diego Zoo (complete with back of the house tour) and soon the LA Zoo are planned on a regular basis. Field events like the annual king snake hunt, the scientific task of counting and recording king snake populations in the Great Basin National Park are on the horizon as well. The Southern Nevada Herpetological Society has something for everyone. Whether you are a hard-core reptile person, or someone interested in reptiles as pets, or have an interest in conversation… this is a club for you. For more information about the Southern Nevada Herpetological Society, check out our website: http://www.snhs.info

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Surviving the Holidays Together By Shelly Volsche

It may seem hard to believe, but the holidays are just around the corner. Amongst the rush of shopping, preparations and visiting with family and friends, it is easy to forget that the holidays affect all family members – even the furry ones. Here are a few tips to help you and your furry friends survive the holidays as a team.

STICK TO THE ROUTINE

This may be difficult as your calendar fills, but keep the daily routine as much as possible. Skipped walks, sporadic feedings, and reduced training and play opportunities can cause significant stress in your pet. This in turn can result in “misbehavior” as he or she tries desperately to get your attention and return to the usual rhythm.

PLENTY OF EXERCISE WILL HELP YOU BOTH

We have all heard that 30 minutes of walking helps reduce stress. This is true for you and your pet. Make time to walk or play together and to help you both de-stress. Take this opportunity to bond, and your pet won’t feel lost in the hubbub.

GIVE YOUR PET APPROPRIATE OUTLETS

Whether a cat, dog, or smaller species, pets need plenty of mental stimulation to keep from getting bored, and boredom becomes misbehavior quite easily. Be proactive. Provide environmental enrichment such as stuffed food toys, cat trees with plenty of toys hanging, or puzzle toys appropriate to your pet.

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When entertaining, be sure to provide a space away from the crowd where your pet can take a break and relax. The noise and activity of any get together can be overwhelming for even the best behaved pet. Most importantly, if your pet is already exhibiting behavior issues, seek the help of a qualified professional before the holiday rush. It is always best to get small problems under control before they become major issues. Shelly Volsche is the owner and head trainer at Good Paws, llc. She has over 5 years of professional training experience. She is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Truly Dog Friendly, an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and holds a Certificate in Canine Nutrition. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Her long term goal is to obtain a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling so she can help bridge the gap existing in so many human-canine relationships. Shelly can be reached at 702.469.1437 or via email at Shelly@GoodPawsTraining.com. Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • Nov/Dec 2011

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SEAMUS (8 years) and SHADOW (10 years) are best friends who want to share their love with a family. Shadow is sweet girl who loves her very special and playful “big” brother Seamus. They are the perfect pair to bring fun into your home.

JAKE was rescued from the streets as a kitten with a compound leg fracture. His will to live helped him grow strong enough to survive surgery to amputate his front leg. Today, 1 year old Jake, will run straight to your lap!

DOLLY, a seven year old youthful poodle mix, was rescued from beneath a trailer. She received dental work, making her much more playful – and affectionate. She loves to go for walks in the neighborhood.

CLEO was rescued as a kitten from under a plank of wood behind a bookstore. Now 1-1/2 years old, sweet Cleo dreams of a home to call her own. Although cautious of strangers, Cleo loves to play, especially with younger cats!

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AVA, a 3 year old Red Heeler mix, was dumped at a construction site shortly after having delivered a litter of puppies. Her rehabilitation has included professional training lessons. She needs exercise to say balanced and happy.

DOVE was rescued and adopted as a kitten. This sweet boy loves to be with people and got along great with his dog sister. Dove wants to be your best buddy, so he may prefer to be the only cat. He hopes for a loving forever home for the holidays.

CHEYENNE, a medium-sized 8 year old lab mix, is looking for a new owner after his died. House-trained and great with other dogs and cats. He has some hearing loss and some other medical issues, but leads a normal life. He is a mellow guy.

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• Birds should eat at least half their own body weight in food per day to be healthy. • A bird’s heart beats 400 times per minute while they are resting. • Americans own more than 60 million pet birds. • Parrots like the macaw and cockatoos can live more than 75 yrs. Birds can make very interesting pets to have but something to consider is the time and money involved to enable them to be cared for correctly. As with other pets birds need interaction too and some even need to be taken out of their aviaries to be exercised. It should also be noted that birds do their business whilst in flight so if you are intending to let them out in the house you may find yourself cleaning pee and poop up from the carpets and furniture. It is important to research different species in order to find one that is compatible with your personality as they all have different behaviours and temperaments. Caring for your Birds’ nutritional needs… Diet is a very important issue as some species have strict diets to follow. This can have implications when dealing with cleaning as some birds have messier droppings so need cleaning out more often. Some species of bird can live for over 75 yrs (often out-living their original owners) so it is important that you make provisions for someone 15 else to take over caring for your bird in the event that you can no longer do it. Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine • Nov/Dec 2011


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All too many pet owners have experienced the moment of panic that accompanies discovering their pet has eaten something and not knowing if the substance is toxic. The old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is especially true when it comes to toxins. Education is key to knowing what in or around your home may be harmful for your pet. Once you know those things that are potentially harmful you can take the steps necessary to keep it away from your pet or eliminate it from your home altogether. If your pet has gotten into something potentially toxic and is showing signs (symptoms), you should seek veterinary care immediately. If your pet has just gotten into something you know is toxic you should take him or her to the vet right away as your vet may be able to take measures to prevent or decrease the severity of the problems the toxin can cause. If you are unsure if something your pet has consumed is indeed toxic you can call your local veterinarian or call the leading veterinary authority in toxicology, the ASPCA Poison Control Center. They answered 167,000 phone calls in 2010 about pets potentially exposed to toxic substances. According to the ASPCA poison control website the ten most common pet toxins are:

1. HUMAN MEDICATIONS: It is important

if a product is safe for pets it should not be used in or around your home. There are many products used to protect dogs and cats from fleas and ticks. Not all of these products are safe and you should always consult with a veterinarian before using a product, especially if this product is not obtained from a veterinary hospital. The most frequent problem with flea and tick preventatives occur when products that are supposed to be used only on dogs are used on cats. Cats are very sensitive to certain products and placing a dog product on a cat can result in serious toxicity or even death. Toxicity can also be seen if products that are only to be used on dogs are used on a dog that lives in the same house as a cat. Close contact and grooming behavior can result in toxicity, even when the product was not placed directly on the cat.

to remember that dogs and cats are not little people and many drugs used to treat humans are toxic to pets or toxic if given at the same doses as those given to people. This is not only true for prescription medications, but is especially true of over the counter medications. Aspirin, Tylenol and ibuprofen are all toxic at the usual human doses and at even very small doses, especially in cats. Pets consume human medications most commonly by getting into pill bottles or picking up pills that were dropped by their owners. Occasionally owners administer medication to their pets without consulting a veterinarian, a mistake that can unfortunately be fatal. All human medications, both prescription and over the counter, should be kept in a safe location away from pets, dropped pills should be found and discarded and medication should never be administered to a pet without consulting a veterinarian.

2. INSECTICIDES: Animals can encounter

3. RODENTICIDES: Rodenticides are poisons

insecticides that are sprayed around the house or administered to the pet for flea and tick control. Pet owners should always ensure that exterminators are using products safe for pets and comply with instructions, such as allowing certain products to dry before allowing pets to contact them. If you are unsure

used to kill rodents that are considered to be pests. There are several different types of rodenticides that work by causing abnormal bleeding, seizures and coma, kidney failure and others. Commonly pets are exposed when they are taken to new environments or in situations where owners attempt to put the products in places where pets do not have access to them. The best way to make sure that your pet does not become poisoned by rodenticides is to not use them in or around your home and to keep pets on a leash when taking them to unfamiliar places where you are not absolutely sure they are free of hazardous materials.

4. PEOPLE FOODS: While veterinarians

commonly advise pet owners not to feed their pets human food for reasons associated with weight, nutrition or GI upset, some human foods are toxic to dogs and cats. Many people are unaware of what foods are toxic to dogs and cats. Grapes and raisins cause kidney failure in dogs, onions and garlic impair red blood function and even destroy the red blood cells, and xylitol, an artificial sweetener, causes pets blood sugar to drop to an unsafe level and causes liver failure (commonly found in chewing gum and other products). These foods or products with these foods as ingredients should never be given to your pet. The best rule of thumb is to never feed your dog or cat any food you are not 100% sure is safe.

5. VETERINARY MEDICATIONS:

Pets may consume large amounts of their medications, especially flavored medications. Pets may also be given too much of their medication by their owner due to accidental double dosing or the thought that giving more medication may be beneficial. It is very important to take the same care to keep veterinary medications in a safe place away from pets and to never increase your pet’s medication without consulting your veterinarian.

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Household Toxins Continued…

6. CHOCOLATE: The main toxic component of chocolate is

methylxanthines, which cause stimulation, vomiting, diarrhea and agitation at lower doses and increased heart rate, seizures, coma and even death at higher doses. It is best to keep pets away from chocolate and never to feed products containing chocolate to pets.

7. HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS: Cleaning

products and other household chemicals can have a variety of effects, including severe irritation and ulceration in the mouth, esophagus and GI tract. Pets should be kept away from these products.

8. PLANTS: Both house plants and plants used in landscaping can be toxic

to your pets. Many house plants and plants in flower arrangements are toxic to pets, especially cats, and there is no rule or regulation that requires stores or florists to inform you if you are purchasing a toxic plant. All parts of lily plants are toxic to cats (not dogs) and cause kidney failure that is often fatal. Cat owners should never have lily plants in their homes or in any flower arrangement. In Las Vegas the two most common plants that cause toxicity in dogs are the sago palm and oleander. All parts of the sago palm are toxic, especially the bulb or fruit. Dogs who consume sago palms experience severe liver failure that is often fatal. Oleander is another plant that is commonly used in landscaping in Las Vegas. Consuming the leaves of this plant cause problems with the heart that can be fatal. Pets should be kept away from these plants and they should never be planted in a yard where pets frequent.

9. HERBICIDES: Herbicides can be toxic to dogs

and cats. Pets should be kept away from these products and only products safe for pets should be used in areas where pets frequent. Be sure to follow the instructions on the package and never use a product that you do not know is pet safe. Removing unwanted plants by hand may be more labor intensive, but is not toxic to your pets.

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Shiloh Horse Rescue and Sanctuary “a place of peace for horses in need” By Kathy Schreur

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One of the first things that strikes you as you enter the grounds is the amazing diversity of its population. You will see burros, goats, llamas, dogs, pigs and, of course, horses, wandering the grounds. You will also see animals that are recovering from the harm caused to them by people. Recovering horses ranging from thin and scarred to blind. Jill and Sally make the rounds of the auctions and feedlots rescuing as many horses as they can safely take care of at the ranch. Discarded horses, on their way to the slaughterhouse. Animal control has also reached out to Shiloh for help. All horses are evaluated and either adopted out into new homes or placed into the Sanctuary to live out their lives in comfort and dignity. It is amazing the lengths that Shiloh will go to help these unfortunate ones. It is their mission, their love, and their passion. Experience for yourself the magic of Shiloh. Whether you are a visitor (make sure you stuff your pockets with carrots and sugar cubes), volunteer (horses need to be washed, groomed, walked), sponsor, or potential adoptive parent, you have an opportunity to share in something truly unique. Please visit Shiloh’s website for all the details regarding hours of operation, sponsorship, adoption, and location at: www.ShilohHorseRescue.com

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