Pet Care Articles

August 8th, 2022
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by Chris Melore

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Pet owners probably wonder what’s going on inside their dog’s mind all the time. Well, a new study is helping to answer that question, revealing how man’s best friend perceives and imagines their favorite toys.

A team with the Family Dog Project at Eötvös Loránd University has discovered that dogs have a “multi-modal mental image” of the objects they’re most familiar with at home. It means dogs can imagine their favorite balls, bones, and squeak toys’ different sensory features. Basically, a dog’s brain can remember the way that toy looks and even smells before their owner brings it into the room.

Researchers assume that the senses dogs use in multi-modal mental image also reflect the way a canine’s mind represents these objects in their brain.

“If we can understand which ...  
May 29th, 2022
A new survey of 2,005 American adults found that 60% judge people based on what they name their pets. We say name your pet the name you feel fits them best, and don't worry about what others think—but the survey did provide some other interesting data on what and how pet parents name their pets.

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February 28th, 2022
By Professor Kerryn Phelps
For many people, the decision to get a pet is a natural one, because they grew up with pets and a home feels incomplete without one. Some people are looking for company as an antidote to sadness or loneliness, or because they seek unconditional loyalty or motivation to get up in the morning. Some parents want their children to learn the responsibility of caring for a pet.

When I was growing up we always had a dog in our home. Interestingly, I never felt like any of them was “my” dog, and didn’t feel a particularly strong connection.
Pets lower the levels of cortisol, the “stress hormone”, and provide relief of depression, anxiety and social isolation.

Pets lower the levels of cortisol, the “stress hormone”, and provide relief of depression, anxiety and social isolation. Credit:iStock

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December 27th, 2021
For Marcia, my wife, and Bomber & Bella, our precious dogs, I'd like to wish everyone Happy Holidays! 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 still have some availability for the New Year holiday for those of you planning last minute trips this month. Just give us a call... 702-558-6115.

Michael Nazarek
Paw Minders Plus Pet Sitters
Henderson, NV

May 13th, 2021
By Barbara J. King

You know your cats' cute habits, their distinct personalities and their likes and dislikes for food, play and affection.

But could you say whether your cats are right-pawed or left-pawed? That is, have you noticed which paw they use first to step over a raised object or to step down the stairs?

According to a new study published in the January issue of Animal Behaviour, cats show a version of handedness, the lateral bias that means 90 percent of us humans prefer using our right hand for tasks.

In the case of cats, or at least of the 44 cats in the study — which was conducted by Louise J. McDowell, Deborah L. Wells and Peter G. Hepper of the Animal Behaviour Centre in the psychology department at Queen's University in Belfast — there's individual preference for using one paw over the other. Unlike in humans, though, there's no overall population preference akin to our species' strong ...   Read more...
February 19th, 2021
By Jane A. Kelley

Cats are instinctively driven to hide suffering, so it can be hard to tell when they're in pain. Be on the lookout for these subtle signs of a sick cat.
Some of the most profoundly heartbreaking moments of my cat-caretaking life revolve around being unable to tell how much pain my beloved friends were suffering. Even though I know cats are very good at disguising their pain, I can’t help but guilt-trip myself sometimes over this health issue, because as a person who’s lived with cats almost all my life, I “should” be able to notice when something’s out of whack. A sick cat will show “symptoms,” although often they’re quite subtle. In hopes of helping you recognize signs of pain that eluded me, here are some tips that could signal a sick cat or a cat in pain.

1. A sick cat may exhibit changes in behavior

If a super-active cat starts spending most of her day sleeping, ...   Read more...
November 12th, 2020
By Jessica Brody

You are a smart and responsible pet owner. If you’ve had an animal for any length of time, you already know that you have to feed them the right food, provide a comfy sleeping spot, and keep them on a leash when you’re in public. But there are many other ways to be the best pet parent possible, and the tools to do it fit in the palm of your hand. We’re talking about apps, which can help you do everything from manage your pet’s health to have a little fun with their photos.

Before you start clicking through the app store, however, you may need to evaluate your technology. Having an internet connection with ultra-fast speeds is a must, especially if you'll be using multiple apps simultaneously. That way, you can stay on top of pet care without any hiccups.