October is National Pet Wellness Month.
Sponsored in part by the American Veterinary Medical Association
Make sure your home is safe for your pet: Pet-proofing your home is important whether you have a new pet or have had pets for years. There are many everyday objects (medicines, pesticides and some household plants) that can prove poisonous to our pets. Go through your home to be sure that all potentially harmful objects are out of your pet’s reach.
Annual Exams: Pets should visit the veterinarian at least once a year. Annual exams are a great opportunity to check on the overall health and well-being of your pet and allow you to make any necessary changes in your pet’s daily routine and care. A review of the vaccination status and program most appropriate for your pet should also be completed at this time.
Spay/Neuter: It is incredibly important to have your pet spayed or neutered. Not only do the procedures prevent individual medical problems such as mammary and testicular tumors and uterine infections, spaying or neutering also helps curb pet overpopulation and reduces the number of unwanted pets who are euthanized every day.
Weight Management: Obesity is a real and newly recognized problem for pets. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 53 percent of adult dogs and 55 percent of cats were classified as overweight or obese by their veterinarians. Prevention is much easier to accomplish than treatment, so consult your veterinarian about the right diet and exercise regimen for your pet.
A Balanced Diet: Commercial dog and cat foods make it easy to provide a nutritionally balanced and complete diet. Dog and cat foods contain all of the different nutrients your animal needs in the appropriate quantities. Remember it can be very difficult to create a balanced and complete diet from “people” foods
.Dental Care: Teeth and oral health are extremely important when caring for your pet and should be evaluated annually. If you are fortunate to have an animal who will tolerate frequent brushing, you are already one step ahead. Unchecked, dental disease can lead to kidney problems or nutritional issues if your pet cannot adequately chew and digest their food.
Senior Pets: As animal’s age, their dietary requirements and their ability to digest certain foods changes. When pets grow older, they lose some ability to concentrate urine so they need to produce more, and therefore need more water intake. You can help by feeding your pets better quality proteins and avoiding red meats like beef and beef by-products. Doing this will decrease the work load on the kidneys and help prevent diseases and health issues from developing.
Featured Dog- Jacks
Jacks is a shar pei blend about 1/2 years old. His family could no longer keep him so he came to the shelter. He is a large dog and will need plenty of exercise and a secure fenced yard. He knows his basic commands and is doing well walking on a leash. He loves to play with toys and knows fetch but he isn’t that good Yet at bringing the toy back to you.. He hs a happy dog and smiles.
Other available dogs
Pharaoh- Pit bull terrier. He is a gentle giant and loves having his belly rubbed
Sparkles- Chihuahua. He is a little shy until she knows you. Likes to cuddle. Grins and shows her teeth
Feautred cat- Cloudy
Cloudy is an extra large medium-long haired cat. He is 10 years old. He is declawed in the front. Cloudy is very talkative and loves to be petted. He does not like to be picked up but will come when called and enjoys his soft bed where he can watch everyone.
Other available cats
Paris – quiet and laid back. Special diet
Mr. Whiskers – 8 years. Large cat. Loves everyone and watching everything.
Katy – Beautiful coat. Friendly but quiet. Comes for attention
Sissy-bright calico. Friendly carries toys in her mouth
Carmex – Friendly comes when called. Loves being petted
Jazzy – 15 yr Just wants to watch everything. Likes being petted.
Morris – 10 yr orange DECLAWED, likes being petted on head but does not like being picked up or brushed.
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