Pet Care Articles

March 18th, 2019

By Dr. Becker

If you're like the majority of people owned by a cat, pilling little Fluffy – otherwise known as trying to place a tiny, hard object into the mouth of an unwilling creature with sharp claws and teeth – is not something you look forward to.

If you've never had to do it, you're probably thinking it's not a big deal. In fact, it's the people who've attempted this feat in the past that recoil in fear when their kitty's veterinarian hands them a bottle of pills or a dietary supplement in pill form.

Fortunately, there are a few different techniques for pilling a cat, because every cat is a little different, and what works for one may not work for another.

Note: the following method works only for medications or supplements that can be given with food.

Pilling Advance Prep

The first steps in giving your kitty a pill or supplement should be taken ...   Read more...

January 21st, 2019
By Dr. Becker

An estimated 10 percent of Americans are allergic to household pets, and cat allergies are twice as common as dog allergies. Most people with cat allergies react to Fel d 1, a protein found on cat skin (although there are other cat allergens as well found on the fur and in saliva).1

The Fel d 1 protein is quite small, so when it’s attached to a piece of airborne cat hair or skin, it can linger in the air for hours – much longer than a dog allergen would typically stay airborne. Meanwhile, the Fel d 1 protein is quite sticky, so it readily attaches to your clothing and skin, and can even be transferred quite easily to public locations that have no cats present, like a school classroom.

Male cats tend to produce more of this allergenic protein than female cats – especially if they’re not neutered. However, all cats produce the Fel d 1 protein, and it’s not related to the amount of dander or ...   Read more...
December 31st, 2018
For Marcia, my wife, and Bomber & Bella, our precious dogs, I'd like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! We'd like to thank all of our clients for entrusting us with your pets. We love what we do and we love your pets! Thank you for allowing us to make a living pet sitting and dog walking. Take care and God bless!

Oh, one more thing. We have plenty of availability after the holiday for those of you planning last minute trips in January. Just give us a call... 702-558-6115.

Michael Nazarek
Paw Minders Plus Pet Sitters
Henderson, NV

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December 3rd, 2018
The holiday season is a time of celebration, but with the flurry of activity, pet owners should be sure they don’t overlook the safety of their pets.

This holiday season, Pet Sitters International (PSI), the world’s leading educational organization for professional pet sitters, advises pet owners to consider their pets and take precautions when decorating and sharing holiday treats.

“With the excitement of the holiday season, it can be easy to forget that not all traditions are a good fit for pets,” warned PSI President Patti J. Moran.

Much like toddlers, pets are attracted to bright lights, shining ornaments and dangling tinsel, and pet owners should be aware that many holiday decorations can be hazardous to their pets.

To ensure a happy and safe holiday season for pets, PSI recommends pet owners keep these decoration safety tips in mind:

  • Christmas trees add beauty to the home, but pine tree water can be ...   Read more...
October 18th, 2018
courtesy of ConsumerAffairs.com...

Does your dog or cat have a microchip? Microchips are tiny transponders, about the size of a grain of rice, that are implanted in your pet between the shoulder blades, providing a permanent means of identification. The implantation is no more painful than a vaccination, and most pets don’t even notice when it is happening.

Each microchip has a unique identification number, and you enroll that number in a microchip registry with your pet’s profile and your contact information, for a nominal fee. If your dog or cat is ever lost, and then found, a veterinary hospital or shelter will scan for a microchip, and alert the microchip registry that the animal was found. The registry then contacts you. Some registries, like HomeAgain, also send out email alerts when you report your dog lost, and have apps for your smart phone.

Unlike collars or tags, the microchip is permanent, and can’t be pulled off or ...   Read more...

September 22nd, 2018
Why Dog Teeth Cleaning and Brushing is Crucial

By Ashley Gallagher, DVM

Dental disease is a common problem in our pets and can lead to a variety of health issues.  It is estimated that 80% of dogs over the age of 3 years suffer from some degree of periodontal disease. Every time a dog with periodontal disease chews, bacteria are showered into the bloodstream, which then lodges in the kidneys, liver, and heart causing damage and disease. Additionally, fractured teeth, feline resorptive lesions, and tooth root abscesses are painful and can act as a constant source of discomfort for your dog. Here are a few steps you can take to help maintain the dental health of your dog.

1. Start Brushing Your Dog's Teeth Early

Start brushing your pet’s teeth when they are still young as part of a routine grooming protocol. This acclimates puppies to the strange sensation of having their teeth brushed so they learn it is nothing to ...   Read more...
June 19th, 2018
Countering pet obesity by rethinking feeding habits
by Jacquelyn Prestegaard, American Society of Animal Science

190 million Americans share the luxuries of human life with their pets. Giving dogs and cats a place in human homes, beds and—sometimes even, their wills—comes with the family member package.

Amongst these shared human-pet comforts is the unique luxury to overeat. As a result, the most common form of malnutrition for Americans and their companion animals results not from the underconsumption, but the overconsumption of food. The obesity epidemic also causes a similar array of diseases in people and pets: diabetes, hyperlipidemia and cancer.

During this year's ADSA-ASAS Joint Annual Meeting, five companion animal nutrition experts from around the world further examined the implications of over- or inaccurately feeding cats and dogs. "Companion Animal Symposium: Bioenergetics of pet food" was a part of ...   Read more...
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