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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Dr. DeVilbiss, DVM Gail Mayhugh Elizabeth Parker Geri Rombach Kathy Schreur Veronica Selco Daena Smoller Shannon Turpin Yvonne Valerio

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PAGE 5 Bored Cat Syndrome

PAGE 8 Beating the Post-Holiday Blues

PAGE 10 Introducing a New Dog to the Family

PAGE 14 Creating a Pet Room

PAGE 18 - 19 Set a Training Goal & Plan - Be Successful!

PAGE 20 IBD Inflammatory Bowel Disease

PAGE 24 Discover the Benefits of Norwegian Kelp

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Endings and Beginnings

The beginning of a new year is an exciting experience for some people; they look forward to new challenges. The slate is wiped clean and the future is approached with a positive attitude. For others it is experienced as ending; a time of sadness or loss because it was an extremely difficult year and they face more difficult challenges in the future. Regardless of our experience, a new year is what we all long for – a new year filled with possibility. Yet many times the focus is more about the possibility of changing ourselves – New Year’s resolutions often are framed around a “need to do more” or “to become better” and are based on feelings of incompetence and even failure in some cases. Even in the area of pet parenting we may make a resolution to become better pet parents. Yet maybe it is less about being a better pet parent and more about enjoying pet parenting more – loving them by spending time with them. In this issue we offer lots of tips & ideas about pets and pet parenting with the hope that it will help all of us have a deep and rewarding relationship with our pets.

We look forward to spending 2016 with you as we share our common interest and love – Pets! Your friends at the Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. ~ Carl Bard

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Bored Cat Syndrome

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A bored cat is not a happy cat – and I’ve learned that if my cats aren’t happy then I’m not happy! Some cats act out their boredom and unhappiness – they create their own entertainment – climbing curtains, scratching carpets and furniture and other annoying or destructive behaviors. Others show decreased interest in eating, grooming or interacting with people and other pets. A bored cat may sleep more than usual. And then there is the dreaded eliminating outside the litter box behavior which many times is an “acting out” of boredom behavior.

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Cats love lots of toys yet it is important that they are rotated regularly so they don’t get bored or lose interest in them. Climbing is another natural cat behavior that inside cats need to able to do safely. Create special cat spaces like a cat tree or perch that overlooks the outside. Ideally get one that can satisfy both the need for climbing and the need to claw and scratch.

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beating the

Post Holiday Blues When the holiday lights are returned to their boxes and our family members return to their homes, there is often a heartfelt sense of sadness. The magical season has come and gone again, leaving many of us feeling down and a little depressed. People and pets can both experience these similar, sorrowful emotions this time of year. While you’ve been enjoying the festivities and the extra change! Even small changes in your daily routine can make time with your family, so have your pets. Dogs especially a big difference in you and your dog’s overall mood. Try benefit from having the family visit. They have been changing your walking times and length. You can even try enjoying MORE of everything wonderful -- more petting, several short walks during the day if your schedule allows. more cuddling, and many more treats than anyone will Or, instead of a morning and evening walk, try switching to admit giving them! Best of all, they have had you, their a morning and an afternoon walk. On the weekend, go for best friend, home with them day-after-day. But now that a car ride with your dog to seek out new and different places the kids have gone back to school and the adults have gone to explore. Plan a weekend walk to a new area or maybe back to work, their wonderful world has suddenly even a hiking adventure with your dog. For a brainchanged. There may be nobody home or stimulating activity, you may want to enroll in maybe a single family member around an obedience or agility class. You and your Getting into new, during the day. For highly social pets dog can meet new friends and learn new like dogs, this can be a very difficult things to practice at home. fun, and healthy transition. Paying close attention habits may be just to your dog’s behavior and eating And, don’t forget some new and the thing to help you habits will help you determine different toys! There are many and your pet begin a if your dog is suffering from new interactive toys on the market happy new year. depression. that are sure to entertain both you and your dog. If your dog loves Dogs and people exhibit many snacks, you may want to try one of of the same symptoms when it the new toys that dispenses treats. comes to depression. Poor appetite, Your dog will enjoy the challenge of increased sleep time, lethargy, and retrieving the treats and you will enjoy lack of enthusiasm are all symptoms watching him try. No matter which toy or of depression in dogs and humans. If you are new playtime activity you decide on, try to set feeling depressed, it is not uncommon for your dog to be aside at least 20 minutes a day for uninterrupted play and depressed as well. Our pets are keenly in tune with our interaction. It can be a new daily routine that will facilitate emotions and may actually be feeling “down” partly because bonding and be a great stress-reliever for you both. we are. To beat those blues, maybe it’s time to change things up a bit. Getting into new, fun, and healthy habits may be You will both benefit by trying something new and just the thing to help you and your pet begin a happy new different. With just a few changes to your daily routine, year. you and your dog will be beating those blues and beginning an exciting new year together. Even though dogs and humans are typically comfortable with having a daily routine, the same old routine day after day can get a little boring. If you’re bored with it, chances are your dog is as well. This is the perfect time for a 8

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Introducing a


By Elizabeth Parker

Adopting a dog is one of those rare experiences that breed a variety of emotions ranging from joy, pride, excitement, and yes, anxiety. The act itself is a noble one but often there are little (and sometimes big) hurdles to jump over. One of those hurdles is properly introducing a new dog to the family.

Your family has been together a while and know each

other well. A new dog has only met you, and still has to learn all about you, what he or she can get away with, and what is expected of them. At the same time, your family has to learn about your new furry family member, their likes, dislikes and which boundaries should be set. It's good practice to have a discussion with all family members beforehand about the new dog so that everyone is on the same page. Some topics to discuss might be whether or not the dog is allowed on the furniture, where their sleeping quarters are, what area of the yard is their designated "potty" area, and probably most importantly, which specific commands will be given. There's nothing more confusing to a new dog than to enter a household where one family member allows something and another forbids it. Similarly, it is just as confusing to a dog if one family member uses the word "off" to stop a dog from jumping and another uses the word "down." Consistency and routine are two key ingredients that will help your new pooch understand what is expected of them, and will alleviate the stress of being the "new pup in town." Additionally, if there are children in the household, rules should be given and strictly enforced to protect both the child and the dog. While certain dogs might seem tolerant of everything, they do have their threshold. A child shouldn't do things such as pull a dog's tail, or its ears, hair, etc. And, especially in the beginning, children shouldn't lay on the dog or hug the dog so tightly so that it cannot escape. Often, dogs can be uncomfortable with restraint which can easily 10

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result in even the most friendliest of dogs snapping in an effort to release the hold on them. Lastly, if there are other pets in the home, the dog should be introduced slowly. If the dog is adopted from a rescue group, often the foster can give some insight on whether or not the dog is friendly with other pets. However, sometimes the disposition of an adopted dog is unknown. Some dogs are great with people but quite the opposite with animals. Prior to signing the adoption papers, a meet and greet should be arranged, preferably on neutral grounds to determine if the new dog will get along with the other animals residing in your home. While you can't predict every disaster, you can cautiously gauge how the pets will react to each other. Even if you feel comfortable, and all pets seem to tolerate each other well, it's a good idea to be home with them to monitor their behavior for a few days after the adoption. It's important to see how they react to each other once the new dog is acclimated. You want to be sure to protect your resident pets, your family and of course, your new addition.

With patience and careful observation, you can adopt the right dog for your family and your new dog will be with you for years to come! 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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Creating a

Pet Room By Gail Mayhugh

Many pet parents like myself, consider our pups

little humans, they’re our kids. Whether you have ones with paws, hooves, fins or claws we don’t think twice about taking care of them and wanting them to be as comfortable as we are at home. That’s why Americans spent over $60 billion, yes that’s billion dollars, in 2015, with many of us going to extravagant lengths to ensure their health and happiness. So why wouldn’t home builders start offering pet suite options. Yes, now along with those den, bedroom and loft options, you can have pet suite options. Irvine, California-based Standard Pacific Homes, is one of the homebuilding companies now offering 170-square foot pet suites as an option. When they announced that they would be offering pet suites they had a line of prospective buyers at their grand opening. Some of the feature pet amenities builders are offering, are indoor and outdoor washing stations, pet dryer, litter box cabinets, automated feeder, toy cabinet, doggie windows, French doorway leading to a puppy run and even separate dog stairs and cat tunnels. What? This sounds crazy. But why not? It makes sense to have it done before you move-in, especially for those of us who are not handy and know it would be years before we’d get it done ourselves. There’s really no difference than doing that den or loft option – except some people make think you are crazy. When we sold our dining furniture and converted the unused formal dining room into a room for our exotic birds, KiKi and Peaches, our friends didn’t understand why. Well, let’s see, we didn’t entertain, have family here, and all it did was gather dust. So now they get to enjoy looking outside from their large window, there’s laminate 14

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for You and your Dog

It’s a New Year and there is no better time to set a training goal and plan than now! Whether you got a puppy over the holidays, adopted a dog or whether you’ve been putting off training for a later time, there is no better time to teach your dog to be successful in your home. By Veronica Selco

LIFE SKILLS It all starts with some fundamental life skills, such as learning where to go potty, accepting a collar and leash, allowing friendly handling from staff at your veterinary clinic, walking nicely on a leash, waiting calmly for treats, for petting or for the door to open, coming when called, settling comfortably in a crate or pen, and living peacefully in a household with people and animals. Once you’ve acquired some of these fundamentals, you may wish to work on teaching your dog to meet other dogs and people on outings. A group training class or a structured outing with friends and their well mannered dogs are great ways to get started.

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ENRICHMENT AT HOME Most dogs also enjoy ‘find it’ games. You can have a family member hide and call the dog from another room, you can hide a favorite toy under the couch or you can put out kibble for your dog to graze on in your yard. Interactive puzzle toys where your dog has to get food out of a toy can also be a good outlet for your dog. Teaching your dog to shake, wave or to retrieve toys and open/close doors can provide hours of fun learning at home too. You can also consider integrating an exercise program using balance discs, pilates balls and treadmills to keep your dog happy, healthy and engaged at home, though always making sure they have enough time to rest.

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it also helps build a relationship of mutual trust and clear communication. When you train your dog using positive reinforcement you learn to become a good observer of your dog’s body language, you also learn to interpret his comfort level and needs. You will also learn to communicate the behavior you want from your dog clearly and effectively using verbal cues or signals. This is a great way to set a lifelong path of fun and learning with your dog.

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Every day, I am grateful for having my dogs Pepper and Harley. Our pets bring joy, friendship and laughter to our lives. On occasion, however, they get ‘sick’ – sometimes we see vomiting, sometimes diarrhea, sometimes both! Our lives get turned upside down and we spend hours cleaning and wondering what went wrong?


here are countless reasons for our pets developing vomiting and/or diarrhea; sometimes the problem is transient and goes away after some supportive care, but other times it persists and becomes a long standing condition (a chronic disorder). One of the causes for chronic vomiting and/or diarrhea in dogs and cats is called Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Yes, humans get this too! Inflammatory bowel disease is a condition where inflammatory cells and immune-response cells infiltrate the lining of the Gastro-intestinal Tract (GIT). Certainly there are several causes for inflammation of the bowels (diet change, food intolerance, parasites, etc.), but The World Small Animal Veterinary Association specifically defines IBD as an inflammatory infiltration for which NO specific cause can be found. The invasion of the inflammatory cells causes thickening of the walls of the GIT, which in turn interferes with normal absorption of nutrients and normal motility, leading to chronic vomiting and diarrhea. If the inflammation is primarily infiltrating the stomach, or higher areas of the small intestine, we will see chronic vomiting. If the infiltration occurs in the lower small intestine we will see a watery diarrhea with weight loss. If the inflammation affects the large intestine then a mucoid diarrhea, possibly with blood, may occur. However, in some instances the entire GIT is involved! The definitive diagnosis of IBD is obtained by inspecting the affected section of the GIT under a microscope, and identifying inflammatory cell infiltration. This means that diagnosis requires a biopsy; a costly and invasive procedure. Therefore, the search for a diagnosis begins with non-invasive tests first in order to ‘check off the list’ and to rule out more common conditions. To begin the pet’s diet should be assessed for abrupt changes, indiscretion or food intolerances. Testing for intestinal parasites should be performed and positive results treated accordingly. The pancreas should be inspected for enzyme deficiencies. Metabolic conditions should be screened for and identified with appropriate blood work. In cats, thyroid testing is necessary as well. 20

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If further testing is needed an abdominal ultrasound may be useful in identifying abnormalities in the stomach or intestines; including thickening of the walls or enlarged lymph nodes. Unfortunately simply seeing a thickened wall on ultrasound is not definitive for IBD, but it does move it to the top of the list. If this kind of non-invasive testing is not revealing, then the definitive test for IBD is needed, a biopsy. IBD must be differentiated from other possible diseases such as Intestinal Lymphoma before treatment is started. Treatment for IBD is focused on suppressing the inflammatory cells invading the GIT, and therefore immunosuppressive drugs along with supportive treatments. Certain diets, novel protein and hydrolyzed protein, have been shown to improve IBD in some pets. Inflammatory Bowel Disease is sometimes confused with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Both conditions lead to GIT upset, but IBS produces a mucoid diarrhea, and is mostly related to stress and anxiety (for example pets during boarding). The treatment for IBS is completely different from IBD, and a biopsy taken from a pet with IBS would likely come back normal. Always seek medical advice from your veterinarian when your dog or cat is having vomiting/diarrhea, but particularly if it has been ongoing; IBD unfortunately won’t go away on its own and can lead to devastating health effects. Contact your veterinarian for more information on IBD.

Happy 2016 from Pepper and Harley! Dr. DeVilbiss Town Center Animal Hospital

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Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol normally found in small amounts in many fruits and vegetables. It is popular because of its many beneficial properties: sweet as sugar but contains fewer calories, does not promote diabetes, and has plague-fighting properties. Xylitol is found in chewing gum, breath mints and dental products like toothpaste and mouthwash. It is also found in nasal sprays, OTC sleep aids, multi­vitamins, prescription sedatives, antacids, stool softeners and many other products like ice cream and chocolate. It is sold in bulk as a substitute for sugar in baking. Since this is an ingredient found is so many products we need to be extra careful about keeping our dogs safe from ingesting it in any form. It is also a reminder that foods that are safe for us are not always safe for our pets. Awareness is important! Check labels looking for keywords that can indicate that a food contains xylitol. Other words or phrases to look for are “sweetened naturally” or “natural sweetener.” Chemically xylitol is classified as a sugar alcohol and that is another phrase to check for. Also be careful of products labeled “sugar free” or “no sugar added.” Signs of xylitol poisoning in dogs include weakness, lethargy, collapse, vomiting, tremoring, seizures, jaundice, malaise, black-tarry stool, and even coma or death. If you suspect your dog ingested xylitol, contact your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline immediately for life-saving treatment. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

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We love our pets and they are family to us – but how do you know if they are getting all the nutrients they need? With so many different brands of food, different ingredients, raw diets, frozen food and much more, we certainly do our best in making the right choice. One all natural and organic source, commonly used by people taking a holistic approach to health, has been increasing in popularity among the animal community. Norwegian kelp (Ascophyllum Nodosum) contains a powerhouse of nutrients. With over 12 vitamins, 60 trace chelated minerals and 20 key amino acids, this super food is a heavyweight in its class. Many of the trace minerals in kelp act as building blocks of a wide range of enzymes, which maintain proper functioning of vital systems in the body. This enzymatic action helps to extract the maximum nourishment from your pet’s food and to assist in complete digestion, thus enhancing your pet’s food utilization. Over the last several decades, both dog show enthusiasts and pet owners alike have been able to see and experience the amazing benefits kelp can provide. Using Norwegian kelp for general overall health promotes a healthy immune system which reduces stress, shedding and inflammation, and helps skin conditions and allergies. This natural ingredient is no longer just for people. One of the most noticeable benefits is a shiny soft coat on both dogs and cats. Kelp nutrition can help severe cases of dry skin, alopecia, black skin disease. Kelp is also commonly used for cats, horses, birds, livestock, poultry and more. There has also been proven evidence in correcting pigment issues. When choosing a kelp supplement, source does matter. Since kelp is subject to absorbing the environmental toxins, Norwegian kelp has been a top choice. In Norway, kelp is harvested under strict harvest plans. In these plans, only one-fifth of seaweed in these harvest areas is harvested each year, allowing the seaweed community in these areas four years of regrowth before being harvested again. There is also specific no-take zones developed for the protection of seabird habitats. Always follow proper daily dosage guidelines on food labels with consistency to see desired results. Though individual results do vary, many have reported results within several weeks of using Norwegian kelp.

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THE LITTER BOX: If your cat is “missing” the litter box, there are several easy solutions that may help. All cat litter is not the same. If you have recently changed the brand or type of cat litter you’ve been using, your kitty may not approve. Try to avoid using litter that is overly dusty or fragrant. Changing the litter more frequently may also help. If you have multiple cats, you need to have multiple litter boxes. The rule is one cat per litter box plus an overflow litter box. Location of the litter box may also be an issue. Try different locations, keeping in mind that most cats prefer a somewhat quiet, private area like a bathroom or a laundry room. You may have to try several different locations. A trip to the veterinarian may be necessary as well, to determine if there is a medical issue. If your cat is not spayed or neutered, now is the time to get that done. SCRATCHING/SHARPENING CLAWS: Cats that are sharpening their claws in undesirable places (like your furniture), may need their cat trees and scratch pads relocated. Cats like to be high up, with the ability to stretch both horizontally and vertically. They like to be in view of what is happening at all times, so their cat trees and perches should be where your family spends time together. Cats may be independent but they do love being part of the family. If your cat continues to scratch in undesirable places try using a squirt bottle or double-sided tape to deter that behavior. Nail caps can also be used to help protect belongings and still allow your cat to do what comes natural. See for more information. NEW BABY: The addition of a new baby into your family will be an adjustment for everyone, your cat included. After given some time to adjust, this can be a beneficial time for your child and cat to learn the importance of gentleness and trust together. Additionally, exposure to cats at a young age can help a child develop resistance to allergens and asthma. MOVING: It is important that you plan ahead when looking for a new place. You need to ask the right questions to determine if all members of your family will be welcome in the new home – including your cat. When looking for a new home, ask if pets are allowed before signing a lease. Most places allow pets but may require a security deposit. Once you have gotten through some of the rough spots, you will be rewarded with years of love & companionship. When given the chance, your cat can become a wonderful family member. 28

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Big V! By Daena Smoller

“BIG V!”, the African Grey Parrot with the eerie human voice yells out repeatedly. He’s calling for Vene Arcoraci Dixon, his adoptive mom and dedicated rescuer of a wide variety of creatures who fly (and swim and walk on all fours). But why does he call the former Daisy Chain and FOXX singer and accomplished TV & feature film actress, BIG V? The blame goes to the sister of her husband Jerry, Vene’s adoring husband and base player for the everpopular Warrant; known globally for segueing the eighties into a new decade with the wildly popular metal band anthem Cherry Pie from the double platinum album of the same name. Outside of Hollywood, Vene enjoys Vegas by dividing her time between entertainment endeavors and the birds who on a daily basis, love her in their own large, loud and demanding way. She continues to consult to avian rescue groups like Good Birdiez Rescue & Rehoming in Vegas and L.A.’s Fur & Feather Animal Sanctuary which initially rescued one of Vene’s favorite foster failures, the African Grey named R2. R2 loves his life now with Dennis, an Umbrella Cockatoo, Angel, a Moluccan Cockatoo and Bert, a Lesser Sulphur-crested (whose breed is at a high risk of extinction). Vene explains that caring for these beautiful birds who have survived some horrible abuses, takes a lot of time,

patience and love. When asked for list of top tips on avian care, Vene shared these:

• Be educated about the kind of bird you’re rescuing. • Be dedicated to their care; they are high maintenance but love routine.

• Plan for their care for after you’re gone because they can live to 80 years old.

• Use organic food. Birds won’t eat food with pesticides. And you can use whatever food spills over to feed the wild birds.

• Watch for telltale signs that signals something is wrong - like a bird that looks or feels weak or isn’t vocal.

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A beautifully written and illustrated book about Jenny, a dog who knows what it is like to be cared for and loved - she remembers the magical day she was rescued by Samantha. Jenny also remembers a time when she was not cared for and how lonely and sad she felt. She wants everyone in her neighborhood, be they furry or human, to experience this magic. On her daily walks through her neighborhood she sees humans and dogs who need each other but don’t know how to get together. As we walk with Samantha and Jenny through their neighborhood we experience the magic of dogs and humans coming together to help each other. Jenny’s story is also the story of Let’s Join PAWS, a local non-profit organization established to bring people and dogs together to create a caring community of mutual support. There are so many dogs whose parents love them but who are not able to give them the time and attention they need and deserve. There are so many people who love dogs but for many reasons are not able to have one. The mission of Let’s Join PAWS is to provide opportunities for both groups to help each other – support for the dog owner and shared dog time for dog lovers without a dog of their own. Find out more about becoming a member of Let’s Join PAWS at

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Our pets depend on us for food and shelter, and deserve much more. Here are a few ways to be a P-awesome Pet Parent! • HAVE YOUR PET SPAYED OR NEUTERED. Responsible pet owners help control the pet population. Homeless and unwanted pets are a serious problem. Plus, spayed and neutered pets tend to live longer!

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• PICK A PET THAT FITS YOUR LIFESTYLE. Make sure you do your research and planning before getting a pet.

• FEED YOUR PET PROPERLY. Keeping your pet on a regular, portion controlled diet will help with weight management and prevent health-related problems.

• PET PROOF YOUR HOME. Keep your pet healthy by making sure products and foods that can harm them are kept in secure locations. • CARE FOR YOUR PET. Regular visits to the vet and groomer are important to your pet’s health and well-being. • ALWAYS KEEP AN ID TAG ON YOUR PET. It’s also a good idea to get your pet microchipped to help identify them if they are lost or stolen. • TEACH YOUR DOG GOOD MANNERS. Dogs should at least understand basic direction like “sit” and “stay”. • KEEP YOUR PET ON A LEASH. Unless your pet is in a secure,

• GIVE YOUR PETS THE EXERCISE THAT THEY NEED. All pets need regular exercise to stay fit and healthy. Pets who do not get enough exercise tend to develop behavioral issues.

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might pick February 20th as his or her birthday and make it extra special! The origin of this celebration appears to be unknown, but what a lovely idea. You could start out the day

by spending a little extra time with your pet, just playing, scratching bellies, or cuddling. Bring home a special toy, gift or treat; you know they deserve it. You could maybe take a vacation day from work to spend with your pet and create a wonderful day of loving, happy memories. Pamper them by setting up a massage or total makeover. Instead of opening a can or emptying a bag of food, home cook a special meal. You could also use this day as a motivator to teach your pet something new. They will love the extra time and attention. Your loved one will appreciate whatever efforts you make!! Then, at the end of the day, you can all curl up on the couch and watch Animal Planet together. If you don’t have a furry friend to love, you might use this special occasion to adopt or make a donation to ease the life of someone’s former pet who is now alone in a shelter.

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Everyone can do something, large or small, to help save a life. My name is MOLLY, I am a big but gentle bloodhound, looking for a home willing to care for my special dietary and eye care needs. My social skills are limited, so a particular home setting is required. Please call me at 702.292.2195 I look forward to interviewing you for my new family. Y


Adopt A Rescue Pet Email:

PINTO is a little guy with a big heart! He’s a friendly pooch that craves your attention. He also makes a great cuddle buddy, and would be a great addition to any home! Y 2 yr. old neutered Chihuahua (A875493)


The Animal Foundation 702-384-3333 • 655 N. Mojave Road

Meet LOLA, a small 3 year old mixed terrier. She is a shy, very sweet girl who loves to cuddle. Lola may need to be an only dog. Y Friends for Life Humane Society has adoption days on Sat. & Sun. @ Petco on Rainbow and Spring Mountain.

NAKUA is a special needs blind little boy, but no one’s ever told him that. He loves playing with toys he can kick around and also discovered that a feather toy on a string is oh so much fun. When he’s burnt off some of his kitten energy he does like to just hang out with people. dob: 10/10/2015 Y


All Fur Love Animal Society

JR is a handsome 7 year old show dog who loves to curl up on the couch and lay his head in your lap. He wants to gaze adoringly into your eyes and be your loyal companion. JR loves car rides and his daily walks. Y


Senior Spaniel Rescue, Inc. Call 702-300-2808 to meet JR.

Rose Beautiful, blind 5 yr old Appaloosa pony mare is a total lovebug! Very vocal and a big


Friends For Life Humane Society 702-629-9842 •

cuddler. UTD on dental/vax/trim. Available for adoption as companion animal to qualified home. Y Visit for more info.

Local Equine Assistance Network Inquire at

POKIE is an 8-9 year old cairn terrier mix. His previous owner passed away and no one in the family could take him in. Pokie is house trained. He is a sweet boy looking for a forever home. Y


Happy Home Animal Sanctuary 702-203-4134 •

Heeeere’s ANGEL, a lovable teen-aged Umbrella Cockatoo, who loves her pine cones and shredable toys, no matter what time of year it is. Meet Angel and many other fine birds looking for permanent, loving homes. One of those homes could be yours! Y


Southern Nevada Parrot Education, Rescue & Rehoming Society • 702-856-3300

You would never believe I’m 9 years young because I’m so full of life! My owner passed away, and after losing my home, I nearly lost my life, too. The first euthanasia drug was already administered when the shelter scanned me and discovered I was microchipped and registered to the LVVHS who raced down to save me. I’m so happy to just be alive. I appreciate attention, hugs, and love. I’m spayed, vaccinated, microchipped and tested negative for FeLV. Y


Las Vegas Valley Humane Society Call 702-434-2009 to meet me!

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NON-TRADITIONAL PETS The best choice is the one that fits best with your personality, lifestyle, housing arrangement, and finances. PEOPLE AND THEIR PETS

The majority of pet households in the United States have either a cat or a dog and many have more than one or have both cats and dogs. Approximately 56% of households have dogs and 45% have cats. However, there are 38% of households who have other pets such as small mammals (hamsters, guinea pigs, rats, gerbils, ferrets, hedgehogs, and more) fish, birds, reptiles, exotics, and pot-bellied pigs, etc. Sometimes these pets are called “nontraditional” or “alternative” pets. There are many reasons for choosing a non-traditional pet – for some it is a preference. Not everyone is a cat person or a dog person. For others it is a decision based on lifestyle, housing and rental restrictions, space limitations or financial concerns.


There are so many different types of pets that could be the right pet for your household. The best choice is the one that fits best with your personality, lifestyle, housing arrangement, and finances. Spend some time thinking about why you want to bring a pet into your home and life. Think about your schedule- do you have enough time for their daily routine care and their social needs? Many times people choose a small mammal for a variety of reasons – they’re smaller and don’t require as much space, they’re less expensive initially, they don’t need to be walked, etc. It is important to learn about their habitat needs and space requirements. What about their habits - when are they most active? Do they like to cuddle or be held? Comparing three of the more common small mammals you can see how each one could appeal to a different potential pet parent:

Hamsters are solitary and must live alone. @hedgiehenry 42

They don’t mind being held but typically won’t sit and cuddle. They are very busy and always on the go. Children especially love to watch

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them play in their habitat. They are nocturnal – they sleep during the day and are awake at night.

Rats are very curious, intelligent animals - they are easily tamed and relatively easy to care for, however, they do require a fair amount of attention and exercise outside their cages – ideally at least an hour a day. Rats are social and do best with a same sex buddy. Guinea Pigs are gentle and have sweet dispositions. They are social and usually don’t mind being held and cuddled. They prefer to live in groups so it is best to consider adopting two females. They need exercise and a safe place to explore and hide. Their larger size and big appetite for lots of hay and vegetables requires more frequent cage cleaning. Small mammals are often called “starter pets” because they are usually easier for a first time pet parent and children. Though they are smaller they still require care and attention. Feeding and playing with a pet is fun; cleaning cages and other not-so-much fun chores are aspects of pet care that a child must do also. It is unrealistic, however, to expect a young child to be completely responsible for any pet. Discuss how you will handle pet care before you get one. When we invite a pet into our lives we become responsible for its care and nurture. All pets deserve more than food and a clean habitat; their needs for environmental enrichment and social relationships must be met also.

We believe there is the “perfect” pet for everyone who wants one – choose your pet carefully and wisely and together you’ll have years of fun and happiness.


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Events PET

Valley Valley Dog Obedience Club’s Winter Classes

7pm. Register today for VVDOC’s winter classes that will start on January 14 at Dog Fancier’s Park. Cynthia Cunningham Elementary School – 4145 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Visit for more information.


Reading with Rascal Program 10am – 12pm. Free and

open to all ages. Adults visit, relax, love the dogs, and enjoy the children. Children bring 3 or 4 of their favorite books and many will read to every dog there. No church affiliation is necessary. No reservations are required – Refreshments are served all morning. Desert Spring United Methodist Church – 120 North Pavilion Center Dr.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6 / SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7 Vegas Pet Expo 10am - 6pm Saturday, 11am - 4pm Sunday.

Over 100 exhibitors, discount vaccinations & microchipping, pet costume & talent contest, Doxie Derby races, megaadoption event, great pet products, free nail trims, tons of family entertainment & so much more. Cashman Center – 850 Las Vegas Blvd North.


Pasta For Paws 6pm – 9pm. Please jfoin us to support All Fur Love Animal Society. $30 per person includes dinner and

a raffle ticket. Live music by Voodo. For tickets, please call 702-362-5617 or email: Sauce Restaurant – 721 Mall Ring Circle, Henderson.


Reading with Rascal Program 10am – 12pm. Free and

open to all ages. Adults visit, relax, love the dogs, and enjoy the children. Children bring 3 or 4 of their favorite books and many will read to every dog there. No church affiliation is necessary. No reservations are required – Refreshments are served all morning. Desert Spring United Methodist Church – 120 North Pavilion Center Dr.


Find Your Furry Valentine 10am – 3pm. Join us for the 5th Annual Pet Adoption Event. FREE Admission. Dog and cat adoptions from various rescues throughout Las Vegas will be here. Lots of crafts, food and fun! For more information, visit Bass Pro Shops – 8200 Dean Martin Dr.

ON-GOING FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS GARAGE SALE! 9am – 2pm. Garage Sale to benefit Heaven Can Wait Animal Society. Books, furniture, home decor, electronics, jewelry & MORE! 6360 Annie Oakley. To donate items, email: Please confirm dates and times.

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NATIONAL TRAIN YOUR DOG MONTH In 2010 the Association of Professional Dog Trainers began the National Train Your Dog Month campaign. The APDT thought it was time to dedicate a month to bring awareness to the importance of socialization and training, and most of all, to inform the public that training your dog can be easy and fun! Visit for more information.


ADOPT A RESCUED BIRD MONTH According to the ASPCA, birds are the third most common animal surrendered to shelters nationwide. Some birds live as long as 60 to 80 years. Birds have special veterinary needs. They require a lot of attention. Do your research or volunteer at a bird rescue organization before making a commitment. For more information about bird care, visit


NATIONAL WALK YOUR PET MONTH This was established to

bring awareness to managing pet obesity and the benefits of daily walks. Walking your pet is a great way for pets and people to get fresh air and exercise. Cats are experiencing the enjoyment of the sights, sounds and smells of the outdoors in the safety of a cat stroller. 44

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Our pets depend on us for food and shelter, and deserve so much more. Be a P-awesome Pet Parent by following these tips: Pick a pet that fits your lifestyle; Pet proof your home; Always keep and ID tag on your pet; Keep your pet on a leash; Give your pets exercise; Feed your pet properly; Socialize your pet; and most importantly LOVE YOUR PET! According to the Humane Society, there are an estimated 6-8 million homeless kittens, puppies, cats, and dogs nationwide that enter animal shelters every year. Only about half of those animals are adopted. The HSUS and Humane Society Int’l has developed World Spay Day, which is an annual campaign that shines a spotlight on the importance of spaying/neutering your pets. The 22nd annual World Spay Day is February 23, 2016.

PET DENTAL HEALTH MONTH Oral disease is a serious health

issue for pets that can lead to serious consequences including infection. With regular oral health maintenance and check-ups, most problems can be avoided. Regular brushing of your pet’s teeth is the single most effective thing you can do to keep their teeth healthy between dental cleanings.

1 in 3 pets will get lost in their lifetime. Without ID, 90% will never return home.


Microchipping your pet is one of the most important and responsible actions that you can take as a pet owner. Hundreds of pets end up at pounds and shelters each year because they do not have appropriate and up to date identification. Microchipping is an effective way to make sure your pet can be returned to you should their tags be lost.

It is important to keep your contact information up-to-date with your microchip manufacturer as well as your veterinarian. Be sure to keep the microchip manufacturer’s information handy so that you can promptly let them know when your contact information changes. You can usually contact them by phone, email or even on their website to change the information associated with your pet.


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