Pet Care Articles

July 26th, 2019
by Hannah Rowland

Anyone who's watched a cat throwing up after munching on grass knows that our feline friends aren't natural plant eaters. So you might be surprised to discover that these carnivorous animals share some important genes that are more typically associated with herbivores. And this might help explain why cats aren't always easy to please when it comes to food.

New research suggests that cats possess the genes that protect vegetarian animals from ingesting poisonous plants by giving them the ability to taste bitter. Animals use their sense of taste to detect whether a potential food is nutritious or harmful. A sweet taste signals the presence of sugars, an important source of energy. A bitter taste, on the other hand, evolved as a defence mechanism against harmful toxins commonly found in plants and unripe fruits.

Evolution has repeatedly tweaked animals' taste buds to suit various dietary needs. Changes in an animal's diet can ...   Read more...
June 9th, 2019
April 9th, 2019
By Carley Lintz

For the 28th year in a row, the Labrador Retriever is top dog, according to the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) annual list of most popular breeds.

The sporting breed, known for its amiable temperament and trainability, set a record in 2013 for the longest streak as No. 1—and it "shows no signs of giving up the top spot anytime soon,” said AKC executive secretary Gina DiNardo said in a statement.

On the other end of the spectrum is the Sloughi. The rare breed, which looks similar to a Greyhound and originated in North Africa, ranked last overall, in 192nd place. 

Labs may have a firm grip on the top slot, but Beagles have the most staying power overall. While the little hound ranks in the sixth slot this year, it has been in the AKC’s top 10 every decade since the organization began keeping data in the 1880s. Also noteworthy is the German Shorthair Pointer, which has reached its ...   Read more...
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...
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