Pet Care Articles

October 18th, 2018
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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...
May 10th, 2018
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Ins and Outs of Bunny Rabbit Treatment and Care
Find out the care and treatment of common rabbit health problems.

By Don Jergler

If a rabbit hasn’t had something going in one end and out the other in as little as half a day, it’s time to get the patient in for a visit right away, said Nicole Wyre, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (avian).

“They should be eating and pooping all the day,” said Dr. Wyre, who specializes in exotics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Ryan Veterinary Hospital. “If it’s been more than six to eight hours, it’s an emergency.”

This may be a sign of gastrointestinal stasis and a signal that treatment is urgently needed, Wyre added.

She and other veterinarians who specialize in treating rabbits said “eating and pooping” are easy and critical signs that general practitioners ...   Read more...
April 2nd, 2018
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Three Signs Your New Puppy May Be Overly Aggressive

By Dr. Becker

    Puppy play involves a number of lively behaviors, such as chasing, barking, pouncing, growling, snapping, and biting. With all that going on, it’s no wonder many new pup parents have trouble deciding whether their furry bundle of joy is playing normally, or showing signs of actual aggression. It’s really important to know the difference, because play aggression requires special handling.

The Difference Between Normal and Problem Play

    During normal play, your puppy may play bow (lower her head while raising her hind end), present her front end or side to you, hold the front part of her body up, wag her tail, zip back and forth, give high-pitched barks and growls, and spontaneously “attack.” These behaviors are fun to watch and participate in with your ...   Read more...
March 9th, 2018
We want to thank all of you for coming out to visit our sponsorship table during "Bark at the Park" last weekend.  Much fun was had.  A big shout out to Moose's Mom as well as Ozzie's and Simon's Mom, both current clients of ours, for taking some time  and visiting with us.  It's always great to visit with existing clients as well as meet with potential new clients.  We had a lot of fun handing out goodie bags along with our business cards.  

Once again, our business number is 702-558-6115, so if you need our services and would like a free consult, just give us a call! 

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Mike & Marcia Nazarek
Paw Minders Plus Pet Sitters
March 9th, 2018
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By Shannon Johnstone

People tend to perform better when they are a little bit anxious and they sense a lot is at stake - whether that be at a job interview or a big speech.

Well, it turns out dogs do, too.

But much like people, a new study in the journal Animal Cognition found too much stress can send dogs into a tizzy. Researchers at Duke found that a little extra stress and stimulation makes hyper dogs crack under pressure but gives mellow dogs an edge.

"When you're taking a test, for example, it helps to be a little bit anxious so you don't just blow it off," said study co-author Emily Bray, who was an undergraduate at Duke at the time of the study. "But if you're too nervous, even if you study and you really know the material, you aren't going to perform at your best."

Researchers first observed this pattern known in psychology as Yerkes-Dodson law ...   Read more...