Pet Care Articles

March 19th, 2016
Courtesy of Mediapost.com...

Millennial pet ownership grew 25% between 2007 and 2015 while the number of pet owners in the 35-and-older age group increased just 14%.

Even more significant, the majority of growth among Millennials came from multicultural young adults, thus making Latinos in particular a key Millennial pet owner segment. Packaged Facts projects that Millennials will be responsible for adding another 2.6 million pet owners between 2015 and 2020.

There are 43 million pet owners in the 18- to 34-year-old age group, accounting for 31% of all pet owners, according to market research publisher Packaged Facts in the report “Millennials as Pet Market Consumers.”

Millennials will account for an ever-growing share of pet expenditures in the years ahead because they represent a large population segment that will be entering a stage of life when expenditures on pet products and services jump dramatically.  ...   Read more...
February 20th, 2016
Courtesy of mnn.com...

by Jaymi Heimbuch

We have a weight problem in this country, including our dogs and cats! Here's an easy test to tell if your pet needs to go on a diet.

Are you tired, run-down, listless? Do you poop out at parties? Are you unpopular? The answer to all your problems lies in this simple test.

At least, that's how the commercial would sound, encouraging your dog or cat to see if it's the extra baggage around their ribs (and neck and chest and hips...) holding them back from romping at the dog park with their buddies, keeping them from clearing that once-easy-to-leap fence, and bringing down their overall health.

There's a rising problem of obesity among pets. According to a study by Zoetis, "veterinarians consider 47 percent of their patients overweight or obese but only 17 percent of dog owners think the same. Why the difference? It could be denial or the difficulty owners have in ...   Read more...
January 16th, 2016
Courtesy of National Geographic

By Liz Langley

Our first Weird Animal Question of the Week of 2016 comes to us from our very own photo editor Mallory Benedict, who's curious about why her sister's poodle pays such rapt attention to the television.

"He totally loses it when there's any kind of animal on TV. How does he recognize animals on TV, and why does he have such a strong reaction?" Benedict asked.

Domestic dogs can perceive images on television similarly to the way we do, and they are intelligent enough to recognize onscreen images of animals as they would in real life—even animals they've never seen before—and to recognize TV dog sounds, like barking.

A 2013 study published in the journal Animal Cognition showed that dogs could identify images of other dogs among pictures of humans and other animals, using their visual sense alone. (Also see "OCD Dogs, People Have Similar ...   Read more...
December 25th, 2015
For Marcia, my wife, and Bomber & Bella, our precious dogs, I'd like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season! 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.  This year marks our 5th holiday season of pet-sitting!  Take care and God bless!

Oh, one more thing. We still have availability for New Years Day for those of you planning last minute trips. Just give us a call... 702-558-6115.

Michael Nazarek
Paw Minders Plus Pet Sitters
Henderson, NV

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November 19th, 2015
Courtesy of The Huffington post...

By Shayla R. Price

Pets can become stressed for several different reasons. From new roommates to fireworks to long travel hours, dogs react to changes in their environment similar to how we do.

Many types of canine anxiety problems exist. Separation anxiety can occur when a dog is left alone for long periods of time. When dogs become fearful of loud noises, like thunderstorms, they are experiencing noise anxiety. Motion sickness and travel anxiety are possible for dogs, too, and you may think twice before keeping your dog in a crate as their frustration can lead to confinement anxiety.

Because dogs are sensitive to their physical and emotional settings, they may engage in repetitive or displacement behavior during times of stress. Agitated dogs may stop barking, chew on furniture and shoes, eat their own poop, or be aggressive toward others.

When these behaviors happen, don't ...   Read more...
October 12th, 2015
Courtesy of the Baltimore Sun...

Americans spend something like $7 billion on Halloween costumes, candy and decorations annually - including more than $300 million on pet costumes. While humans of all ages have lots of spooky fun on Halloween, it may be less fun for pets. In fact, Halloween can be downright dangerous. Here are some sensible precautions.

Candy

Pets can smell wrapped candy, even sealed in plastic bags. If they can smell it, they’ll try to eat it, wrappers and all. No candy is good for them. Chocolate, especially dark or baking chocolate, can be highly toxic to dogs and cats. Same goes for candy made with the artificial sweetener xylitol. So keep candy where it’s out of their reach.

If you think your pet has eaten something toxic, call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 right away. Fast action could save your pet’s life.

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September 18th, 2015
Courtesy of VCAHospitals.com...

When we think of cats who are different—cats with disabilities—we generally first think of cats with obvious, visible differences. For instance, we may get a mental image of a cat

with three legs, or missing an eye, or perhaps a cat who is paralyzed. We may simply overlook the invisible disabilities a cat may be living with. Deafness is one of these hidden issues.

Deaf cats are just like hearing cats in all other ways. When we discover that a cat is deaf, or if we are considering adopting a deaf cat, it is important to sort through the misinformation to learn how to best live with a deaf feline companion.

How do cats become deaf?

Cats can lose their hearing as they age, just as many humans do. Generally, this is a gradual process, so it may be difficult to notice. The eardrums become less flexible, and sounds are not transmitted as effectively. Typically, these cats ...   Read more...
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