A well-balanced diet with the proper nutrition is important for a happy, healthy pet. Most commercial pet foods (those purchased in pet stores, not the brands sold in supermarkets) are good. They can vary significantly in nutritional value, however, so if you have questions please consult your vet.

Don’t feed your pet table scraps. “People food” is not formulated to meet the nutritional needs of your pet…and it’s often too greasy or rich. This can cause your pet to become overweight – and with it, develop health problems related to obesity. Your pet may also refuse to eat regular pet food once he or she has developed a taste for human food.

Limit the treats. Treats are often salty and fatty, and once again, they can make your pet fat.

Homemade diets must be carefully balanced. If you feed your pet a homemade diet, it’s a good idea, to ensure your pet is accustomed to eating the occasional commercially-prepared dog food since homemade diets are hard to provide for pets in a kennel or pet-sitting situation.

Do not feed cat food to your dog, or dog food to your cat. Cats and dogs have very different nutritional requirements. Your dog most likely loves cat food, so try to keep kitty’s food out of his reach.

Don’t feed bones to your pet. Bones can potentially cause serious problems such as intestinal blockages, internal punctures, choking, vomiting, and so on.

Dry food or kibble is best. It’s nutritionally balanced, the least expensive and most convenient food, and it helps to keep teeth and gums healthy. If you have a finicky eater, you can mix a small amount with your pet’s dry food to make it more appealing.

Feed kittens and puppies food that is specifically formulated for their needs. Growing animals have special needs.

Resist “free-feeding”. All this means is leaving food out for your pet all time, leaving it up to them when they want to eat. This method may encourage overeating and obesity in your pet.

Set a feeding schedule. Kittens and puppies should be fed several times a day, with the number of meals decreasing as they get older. Adults need only be fed once or twice a day. Establish a schedule and stick to it.

Use feeding guides as just that: a GUIDE, and not a rule. Pet food bags and cans often recommend that you feed your pet a certain amount of food per day. This is only a guide; adjust the amount you feed your pet by watching him carefully. If he gains weight, decrease the amount you feed. If he’s always hungry, carefully increase his food intake a little, being sure not to overfeed.

If you need to change your pet’s diet, do so gradually. Sudden diet changes can cause diarrhea. Change your pet’s diet over several days. For example, mix 3 parts of your pet’s regular food with 1 part of the new food. The next day, split it half and half. On the third day you can feed 3/4 new food and only 1/4 old food. And finally, you switch your pet to eating all new food.

Always provide fresh water. Leave the water out so that your pet may drink whenever he or she likes.

Consult your vet if your pet has special needs. Some pets require “senior’s” food; others a low-calorie diet; still others are allergic to certain foods. Your vet will be able to advise you on what food may be best for your pet.

Featured dog- George

 George came to us as a stray. He loves everyone and loves to play fetch or just be petted.  Hey! Hi! Helloooo! George is the name, and enthusiasm’s the game! I love to run, I love to play, and anything active just makes my day! Making sure I get plenty of exercise and furthering my manners training will go a long way in helping me keep from making you dizzy from all my energy. I might do best in a home with children big enough to handle my exuberant spirit and zest for, well, EVERYTHING! If you’re looking for a running, hiking, biking, or agility partner, I am SO your man.

 Other available dogs

 Cubby- Labrador/border blend. Cubby loves to play fetch. He does well on a leach and knows sit. Likes attention NO CHILDREN PLEASE.

 Peanut- Senior border collie/beagle blend. He will do best in a quiet home. Loves going for walks. He is a volunteer favorite. You need to meet him one on one to appreciate this dog.

 Fera- Her owner could not keep her do to a move. Fera is a happy 5 year old. She likes being with people and would prefer to be the only dog in the home. She does well on a leash and loves playing with toys.

 Koda- Extra large boy. Is on diet and exercise program. Has lost over 20 pounds since coming to shelter. Loves being with people., going for long walks and playing with toys.

Featured cat- Lover

Seal Point senior Siamese. Beautiful coloration. Likes to watch all cat room activity. He is overwhelmed with all the activity in the cat room and needs to find a quiet home where he can relax and “chill out”.

Other available cats-

There are no other available cats or kittens at this time. Please follow our Petfinder page.

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