June Tip of the Month
June marks the beginning of summer here in the valley, and we have come up with a few tips for you and your pet.
As our community grows, and the number of dogs increases, we hear more and more about barking dogs and complaints. Here are a few ideas to help alleviate this problem if your dog is barking excessively.
Generally, prolonged periods of barking are due to loneliness and can become and obsessive condition. If the barking does become an obsession, it is harder to stop. The animal would rather be with us at all times and when they are left alone all day, they go through separation anxiety. The barking becomes soothing to them. Try giving your dog treats that they have to work at and toys to play with when you leave. For example, fill a hollow toy or Kong ball with treats or peanut butter and let them figure out how to get it out.
Music or TV sometimes calms the animal.
Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise… a sleepy dog is less likely to bark continuously. Go for a long walk or run prior to leaving the house. It is beneficial not only to the dog but for the owner.
In extreme cases, consider a bark collar for your dog. There are several different types and price ranges available. They have been shown to be very effective for habitually barking dogs. Check at a local pet store such as PetSmart of Petco, or check on line for more information on how they work.
As summer approaches and temperatures warm up, your dog (if he has ears that stand up) may experience a common problem knows as fly-bite dermatitis. The common stable fly causes damage to the edge and tips of the ears, producing bloody crusts and scabs. This can be controlled by applying medicated ointments and fly repellant to your dog’s ears.
You may notice your dogs and cats have started shedding now that the weather is warming up. Shedding can be frustrating for the pet owner. Here are a couple of ideas on how to reduce some of the shedding.
Feed a diet high in amino fatty acids and anti-oxidants. These are said to promote healthy skin, increase red cell production, and an efficient immune system process. Amino acids are usually denoted on the label as flower or plant oils. There are also products on the market that claim to reduce or eliminate excessive shedding. Check with you veterinarian or pet store for more information.
Leaving an animal outdoors without shelter is just as dangerous as leaving them inside the car. Be sure they are not left in a cage in the hot sun, on a chain in the backyard, or outdoors in a run without sufficient shade and air ventilation.
Make sure your pet has access to plenty of cool, fresh water 24- hours a day.
Outside pets need shaded and well-ventilated area.
Provide exercise early in the morning or late in the evening during the coolest part of the day. Avoid strenuous exercise on extremely hot days.
Remember that asphalt can get hot enough to burn your pet’s paws. Walk your pet on the grass or dirt where it is cooler.
Featured dog- Aura
Auras owner could not keep her and another dog. Aura is a approx. 2 years old and thinks she is still a puppy. She is full of energy and wants to play and be with people all the time. She does need education on basic commands and house-training. She knows sit and is doing well with leash training. Aura is very attentive and wants to please. She will need someone who has time to give her the attention she needs to help her develop her true potential and become a better pet. She did live in home with a large dog and has been around children. Due to her high energy young children would need to be supervised when with her at this time.
Other available dogs for adoption-
Kilo- gray small size pit bull terrier. Friendly
Diesel- Pomeranian/Schipperke blend. He does bark for attention.
Featured cat- Crystal
Crystal is a tiny cat less than one year old who came to shelter with a litter of 4 kittens. She was a baby having babies of her own and alone as a stray. She has done a wonderful job with her babies and it is time to find her a home of her own. She is very quiet and gentle. Crystal loves nothing more than to be with people and be loved. She purrs all the time. Beautiful dilute gray calico coloration. She is ready for Crystal time.
Other available cats/kittens-
Mr. Whiskers Black/white. Super friendly Great cat
Paris. Orange/white tabby. Special diet
Mia- Gray white tabby. DECLAWED in front. Friendly
Figaro- M 13 week black/white medium hair. Loving
Marlo F 13 week black/white medium hair. Purr machine
4 female kittens not available soon.
All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving shelter and receive 1 year rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximate.
The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter located at 795 Hardy Way is open for adoptions from 11am until 1 pm, Monday through Saturday, Sunday 1pm -3pm. Please call 702-346-7415 during these hours to speak to the front desk. Animal Control may be reached by phone or voicemail at 702-346-5268
The animals submitted to the media may have changed so please visit our Petfinder website for a current listing and more detailed information on the animals. www.mesquiteanimalshelter.petfinder.com
Please also check our Facebook pages for lost and found animals along with pet information. https://www.facebook.com/MesquiteNVAnimalControl and https://www.facebook.com/FRIENDSOFMESQUITENVANIMALSHELTER