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. Spay and neuter surgeries can be safely performed as early as 8-12 weeks of age.

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- Rosie

Rosie is a 9mo – 1year terrier poodle blend. She is a happy little dog who loves to be with people. She is partially housetrained and does very well on a leash. she can be a bit shy at first but warms up quickly and is very attentive to your requests. She is learning some basic commands and to play with toys. She is a dog that will need to be groomed. Rosie is an active breed so she will need lots of exercise and play time.

Other available dogs

Peanut- Senior border collie/beagle blend. He will do best in a quiet home with no children or other animals. He is happy to stay by your side and watch TV.

Koda- Came to the shelter with another dog. He is in need of someone who will help him with his weight loss program. He needs to get plenty of exercise and a monitored diet. He loves going for walks and is very strong.

Willie-Pit bull terrier. Likes to cuddle and get belly rubs. Likes being with people.

Ziggy- Dutch shepherd. Beautiful brindle markings. Shy needs a little time to feel comfortable with surroundings.

Featured cat- Gatto

Beautiful blue eyes and markings highlight this 14 year old. He is DECLAWED on front paws. He is very gentle and easily handled. He does not seem to mind the other cats and kittens in the room.

Izzy- Shy girl. Would be great in a quiet home. Likes being petted and brushed.

Meg – Calico Friendly. Plays with toys. Very laid back. Loves being brushed. Talkative.

Paris -She likes being where she can watch everyone and what is going on around her. Not a lap cat.

Magnus – SPECIAL NEEDS. Magnus has a slight neurological problem. He “wobbles” when he walks, this does not deter him from playing and running and jumping. He is on special medication twice daily to help him.

Kittens 3 month old.

Zeus – Male gray/white tabby

Athena – Female gray/white tabby with brown on her face

Apollo – Male  black/white

The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter located at 795 Hardy Way is open for adoptions from 8:00 am until 4 pm Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), Saturday 11am-1pm , Sunday 1pm -3pm. Please call – Animal Control may be reached by phone or voicemail at 702-346-5268

All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving shelter and receive 1 year rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximate.

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