Pet Care Articles

August 2nd, 2014
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By Dr. Darren Woodson Valley Veterinary Clinic

If you're like me, spring fever is at a high pitch. From springtime through the late fall, many people are subject to seasonal allergies. But people are not the only ones suffering. For our dogs and cats, these same seasons can bring intense itching and discomfort. Yes, it seems our pets can get their own "hay fever."

It's a very frustrating and somewhat common situation. Pet owners by the millions flock to their veterinarians in the hope of relieving their pet's itchiness. For many people, the constant chewing, licking and scratching can test their love for their pets.

Current estimates show about 20 million pets suffer from some sort of skin condition, and many of these are allergies. Allergies are an overreaction of the body's immune system to a foreign substance, such as pollen or flea saliva. For people will allergies, we sneeze and sniffle as our bodies respond to histamine ...   Read more...

July 14th, 2014
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How much do you know about picking up your No. 1 furry friend’s No. 2? See if you can spot the facts from the fiction.

1. My dog’s poops are actually good for the environment because they’re a natural fertilizer. I think I’ll leave them right where they are, thank you very much.

FALSE. Besides being a nuisance to see and smell (do you really want doggie land mines decorating your yard?), dog waste can pose a health risk if left on the ground. Contrary to what some people might think, dog waste is not a type of fertilizer, and is actually considered by the Environmental Protection Agency to be a "nonpoint source pollutant,” placing it in the same category as herbicides, insecticides and toxic chemicals.

2. If I leave the poop on the ground long enough, eventually the rain will wash it away/it will disintegrate, and it won’t be a problem anymore. Out of sight, out of mind, right?

FALSE. When it rains, dog waste ...  

July 4th, 2014
It's hard to believe it, but we've been blogging online for more than THREE years now and we recently celebrated our three-year anniversary of pet sitting, back in May. The entire Paw Minders Plus family would like to wish everyone a SAFE and Happy 4th of July! Remember, most animals don't like fireworks. The lights and loud sounds can scare them. BE CAREFUL with them around your animals. Our two little ones will be staying at home when we take in the fireworks shows around Henderson this 4th. We love the shows, but know they don't. Anyway, enjoy the fun that comes with the 4th and we'll return later this month with more tips and articles on animal care! In the meantime, click the link below to check out the fireworks show at the Disney-MGM Studios in Walt Disney World, FL. Taped in 2005.   Read more...

June 16th, 2014
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The majority of homes in the United States have pets, with many owners treating their pets as family members. As with any loved one, it's important to consider how pets will be taken care of in the event that tragedy strikes.

Because pets are considered personal property under state law, they need special consideration in an estate plan to ensure they receive proper care when their owners can no longer care for them. A pet trust can dictate the type of care a pet will receive after its owner is gone and supply funds for that care; it also gives owners peace of mind knowing that their beloved pets will be cared for.

While they are not a staple of every estate plan, pet trusts are growing more prevalent due to both changes in state law, and owners becoming increasingly aware of their availability. Since this is an expanding trend, and one that your clients will likely determine to be extremely important, here are some steps to ...   Read more...

May 31st, 2014
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Dogs' noses are thousands of times more sensitive than ours, but what scent will get your dog the most excited? Your scent, according to researchers at Emory University.

Gregory Berns, director of Emory's Center for Neuropolicy, led a team of scientists to conduct the first brain-imaging study of dogs responding to biological odors. The experiment involved 12 dogs of various breeds that had been trained to enter an MRI scanner while awake and unrestrained.

As their brains were scanned, the dogs were presented with five different scents on gauze pads. The scent samples came from the subject dog, a dog the subject hadn't met, a dog that lived in the same household, a human the subject had never met, and a human that lived in the dog's household.

All five scents elicited a similar response in the parts of dogs' brains involved in detecting smells. However, the responses were much stronger for the scents of familiar humans. Getting ...   Read more...

May 14th, 2014
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This mischievous pooch isn't supposed to be on the bed. His owners suspected he wasn't abiding by the house rules when they weren't home, so they set up a hidden camera, which captured the dog having a playful romp on the bed while the cat looks on with disapproval.   Read more...

April 21st, 2014
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Take care during playtime with Fluffy. The playful bites your cat takes out of your hand could lead to serious medical issues. A Mayo Clinic study has concluded that cat bites are a much greater health risk than previously believed. The bites can be difficult to treat because a cat's teeth are sharp enough to penetrate deep into your skin. Even if you feel only a slight sting from that nip on your hand, it could cause severe infection that may need surgery. While dog bites can create more of an open wound by tearing, cat bites are small punctures that reach a closed space deep under your skin. It may be time to teach your cat that hands aren't toys.   Read more...