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The Ultimate Guide for Las Vegas Residents – Dogs, Cats, Horses, and Other Pets!
The most popular topics in the We Live in Summerlin Group on Facebook are centered around dogs, cats, horses, and pet care. Our pets are such bright spots in our lives. They give us unconditional love and brighten even the darkest days. In return, we take care of them and give them the best life possible. Part of the challenge of being a pet owner is knowing where to go and who to hire when you need services. The Ballen Network understands the need for quality care and an easy to access list of pet friendly places to consider when selecting pet care services. We hope you enjoy this celebration of the animals that make our lives a bit richer.
Choosing Pet Sitters or Doggy Day Care Options (Dog Boarding)
We want to keep our pets close to us whenever possible, but there are times when life pulls us away. Most of us have jobs that require us to be away from home for extended hours. There are events we must attend, yearly vacations, and other appointments that may not be appropriate for our dogs and other pets. When these times arise, we want to make sure that our pets are taken care of by someone who will love them just as much as we do!
In these instances, there are several choices we can make to keep pets comfortable. We can choose to have a pet sitter come to our home, take them to a pet or doggy day care, or check them in at a pet hotel. The length of time you’re going to be away will be one factor to consider when choosing the right option.
Pet sitters will come to your home and spend time with your pets. This person may stay there the entire time, or they may come and go during the assigned time. They will make sure your pets are fed and cared for properly. Duties may include walking, basic grooming, giving medications, and play-times. Some pet sitters will do small household tasks.
If you choose a pet or doggy day care, your pet will spend time in another place with caregivers who make sure they are fed, walked, and kept safe. Typically, there will be other pets at the day care. A pet hotel is much the same, but it is usually chosen for extended stays or for pets who prefer a more personalized stay.
FUN PET FACTS – The World’s Tallest Dog is Giant George. He is 43 inches tall and lives with his owner, David Nasser in Tuscon, Arizona.
Summerlin Resident – Veronica Thibodeau
Veronica Thibodeau is an active member of the We Live in Summerlin group and a strong voice when it comes to the care of pets. We were fortunate to have an opportunity to speak with Veronica about her experiences with pet sitters and her thoughts on pet care.
Veronica’s beloved greyhound, Gracie, was a spook with separation anxiety. Gracie was a loving pet and member of Veronica’s family, but she was nervous around new people, new situations, and loud noises. New schedules were difficult for Gracie. Veronica and her husband worked full-time and didn’t want to leave Gracie alone for long periods of time. Due to her anxiety, Gracie required an extra special touch when it came to finding a pet sitter.
When looking through pet sitters online, Veronica took note of those who had positive reviews. She steered clear of those with negative reviews. Once she did her research online, she set up interviews with several pet sitters. “It was important that the individual made eye contact with us, listened to our concerns without minimizing or dismissing them, and showed interest in our pets,” said Veronica. After interviewing several sitters, Veronica chose Jennifer from A Sitter for Your Critter.
Jennifer began her care for Gracie by slowly introducing herself into Gracie’s environment. For several weeks, Jennifer showed Gracie loving patience, arriving quietly and offering treats as Gracie grew more comfortable with her presence. What amazing moments they were when Gracie allowed Jennifer to brush her, pat her, and play with her!
Having a sitter that took the time to provide an extra layer of care was important to Veronica and her husband. Jennifer would send Veronica photos of Gracie during the day. At the end of the day, Jennifer would leave a note in the kitchen about the events of the day. These small things left a big imprint on Veronica’s heart.
Veronica’s Tips for Choosing Pet Sitters
- Watch for body cues and eye contact.
- Pay attention to your pet’s reaction during the initial meeting.
- Have the sitter visit several times before actually sitting with your pet.
- Do your research. Google the sitter, look at reviews, and check references.
- Insist that the pet sitter is insured and bonded.
Veronica encourages people to consider the importance of pet care before bringing a pet into their family. Having a healthy pet includes good nutrition, proper grooming, and regular medical care to prevent illness. She recommends that pet owners invest in getting their pet microchipped and that they place a collar or tag on their pet.
Recently, Veronica applied to be a doggy foster home. She and her husband are active when it comes to animal rescue and adoption. Veronica said, “I think pets are such an added value to our lives. To be frank, pets made me a better person. They taught me to be selfless, and they taught me patience. They made the world right on a bad day.”
Pet Sitters Spotlight – A Sitter for Your Critter
Jennifer grew up with a heart for animals. In her younger years, she had her own pets and helped to care for the pets of her neighbors. It’s no surprise that her passion for animals led her to establish her business, A Sitter for Your Critter, in 2013.
Jennifer’s clients sometimes work long hours, but she has clients that hire her to walk their dog a few times a week. Most of her clients need her services for vacations and business travel. She is available to work 365 days a year. In fact, Jennifer enjoys working on holidays. “My favorite holiday to work is Thanksgiving. My husband and kids get to do all the cooking and cleaning,” said Jennifer. She has taken care of dogs, cats, frogs, turtles, fish, birds, hamsters, ferrets, guinea pigs, rabbits, and lizards. So far, she has not been asked to sit for a snake or spider.
When asked what tasks she performs for the pets for which she cares, Jennifer said, “Everything your pet is used to doing. No request is too strange. Yes, I will tuck Fido in and read them bedtime story. Don’t laugh, I’ve been asked! I have learned that no two pets are the same. Each one has different needs and wants and that keeps my job exciting! What I offer and/or suggest include daily visits and play time, overnights, walks, or hourly visits. I can also administer medications, trim nails, give them a bath, and/or be a pet taxi for groomers or vet visits. I have some pets that are very active and need to play fetch and go swimming and some babies that just need a cuddle on the couch. I cater to your pets’ and your needs. Whatever they may be.”
A bonus to having Jennifer sit for your pets is that she will do things like bring in the mail, deliver packages, open or close blinds, and things that make it look like someone is home. This is done as a courtesy with no additional fee. Jennifer’s advice on choosing a pet sitter includes asking to see their license and insurance paperwork and making sure all fees are listed and itemized before signing contract.
A Sitter for Your Critters is a licensed, bonded, and insured business. For more information about Jennifer’s fees, please visit her website at www.asitterforyourcritters.com. She offers free consultations and suggests a free trail run of her services while you are still in town, if that makes you more comfortable. Give her a call at 702-501-8217 with any questions or to schedule a consultation. If you are a new client, mention this article when you inquire, and you’ll get an extra 30% off. <<—- DEAL
Sitters for Pets in or near Summerlin
Safe Doggy can be reached at 702-685-7200. Pet sitters on staff include Annette, Carolyn, Cindy, Jenny, Linda, Michele, Paul, and Rhonda. They offer pet sitting, dog walking, daily visits, hotel sitting, overnight pet stays, and pet transportation. They are bonded, licensed, and insured.
A Sitter for Your Critters can be reached at 702-501-8217. Jennifer is the pet sitter who owns this business. Jennifer offers daily visits, walks, feedings, vacation care, overnight care, and house sitting services. Jennifer is licensed, bonded, and insured.
Loving Touch Pet Message LLC can be reached at 702-715-4071. Jeanna is the pet sitter who owns this business. Jeanna offers pet sitting, dog walking, dog park visits, pet taxi, pooper scooping, nail grinding, and IPTouch animal massage. Jeanna is licensed, bonded, and insured.
PurrFurred Pet Care Service can be reached at 702-375-7230. This pet sitting business is owned and operated by Pam. They offer pet sitting for dogs and cats, pet taxi, supplies pickup, dog walking, hotel sitting, and animal reiki. Pam is licensed, bonded, and insured.
Lisa’s Pet Care Services can be reached at 702-292-4950. Lisa is the pet sitter who owns this business. Lisa offers pet sitting, overnight stays, dog walking, medication administration, transportation, house sitting, and special needs care. Lisa is licensed, bonded, and insured.
FUN PET FACTS: The World’s Smallest Living Dog is Boo Boo. Boo Boo is a long haired Chihuahua that is 4 inches tall and weighs 2 pounds. Boo Boo lives in Raceland, KY with owner Lana Elswick.
Hotels for Dogs in or near Summerlin (Dog Boarding)
Doggie Oasis Day Care & Boarding can be reached at 702-734-3647. They are located at 2924 Lake East Drive in Las Vegas, NV. The zip code for this address is 89117. Doggie Oasis offers full and half-day day care options, doggie baths, and dog walks around the lake or to see the ducks. They offer military discounts and multiple dog discounts. Doggie birthday parties available. Doggie Day Care & Boarding is staffed 24-hours a day and keep web cams running to clients can check in on their beloved pets. This is a cage free zone with padded floors and filtered water. They even have a doggie spa!
Doggie District Pet Resort & Spa has four locations in Las Vegas. Doggie District Silverado is located at 407 E. Silverado Ranch Blvd. and can be reached at 702-751-3895. Doggie District South is located at 4250 S. Rainbow Blvd. and can be reached at 702-751-3899. Doggie District North is located at 3223 N. Rainbow Blvd. and can be reached at 702-514-7180. Doggie District Centennial Hills is located at 6400 Sky Pointe Dr. #150 and can be reached at 702-291-2823. They offer dog boarding, dog day care, dog training, and dog grooming.
Hot Diggity Dog Day Care can be reached at 702-405-7774. They are located at 3290 N. Buffalo Drive in Las Vegas. NV. This address is in the 89129 zip code area. They offer day care, boarding, private boarding, grooming, self-wash, transportation, special events, and training. They have over 5,000 square feet of indoor, climate controlled care and play areas. They have private, custom built boarding suites available. They are staffed 24-hours a day and provide web cams for clients to watch their pet. Birthday parties are offered. They accept all breeds.
Just Like Home Doggie Hotel & Grooming is located at 4872 W. Lake Mead Blvd. in Las Vegas, NV. This address is in the 89108 zip code area. They can be reached at 702-558-5689. This is a family owned business that offers a home environment for your pets while you are away. They offer day care, overnight boarding, and grooming. They offer pick up and drop off services.
Dog-N-Around is located at 5347 S Decatur Blvd. in Las Vegas, NV. This address is in the 89118 zip code area. They can be reached at 702-776-7765. They are open 7- days a week from 7 AM – 7 PM. They offer boarding services, day care, and grooming. They accept all dogs. They offer cage or cage free boarding and have discounts for multiple dogs.
A Heart for Healthy Pets: Veterinarian Links
Our desire is to keep our beloved pets healthy and happy. Unfortunately, there are pesky instances when their comfort is disturbed by things unseen. If your pet has ever suffered from allergies, you know very well how difficult things can be when diagnosing and treating them. One of the most important things you can do is to get your pet to a qualified veterinarian. This will begin the process of finding out exactly what is causing the allergic reaction.
Many allergic reactions can be traced to a flea allergy. The saliva of the flea is the culprit in this allergy, and it’s pretty common in dogs. Even a couple fleas can send your pet into an uncomfortable state that is usually evident by intense itching.
Just like people, your pets can develop allergies to things like grass, pollen, ragweed, and dust. Household cleaning products, detergents, and lawn care products can cause problems, as well. Below, you can use our directory to find ‘Vets Near Me‘
Food allergies can be most difficult to deal with and treat. There are plenty of home remedies found online, but the key is to find the source of the allergy. Common sources are corn, wheat, soy, eggs, beef, and milk. Dogs and cats who have eaten the same food for years have been known to develop allergies with no warning.
Seeking the help of a veterinarian can help speed the process of finding the cause of the allergy and selecting an appropriate treatment. You may choose to take a more natural approach and see a specialist who deals with allergies a more holistic way.
Let’s not forget about our horse pets! Horses are beautiful animals that require care to remain healthy and active.
Desert Pines Equine Medical & Surgical Center is located at 5000 North Jones Blvd. in Las Vegas, NV. This address is in the 89130 zip code area. They can be reached at 702-645-2247. They offer on-call emergency services. Desert Pines is a drop zone for new and gently used equine and ranch supplies for LEAN.
Pet Groomer & Pet Care Options in or near Summerlin
Keeping your dogs, cats, and other pets healthy includes making sure they are properly groomed. Because we love our pets, we want them to look and feel their best. Taking them to a groomer who understands their needs and is dedicated to safe practices is a must. Before you hand your beloved pet over to someone else for grooming, make sure they are worthy of your trust.
As you do with a pet sitters, do your research online and check their reviews. Visit their shop and check out the cleanliness and the materials they use for grooming. Observe the way they treat other pets in their care. Trust your gut feeling. If something doesn’t feel right, walk away and find another groomer.
Barks and Bubbles is located at 1591 N. Buffalo Drive, Suite 150 in Las Vegas, NV. They can be reached at 702-586-9600. They are open Monday – Saturday from 8 AM – 5 PM and Sunday from 10 AM – 4 PM. Appointments are suggested.
Clips N’ Tails is located at 6365 Simmons Street in North Las Vegas, NV. This address is in the 89031 zip code area. They can be reached at 702-658-1983. They are open Sunday – Friday from 8 AM – 4 PM and Saturday from 8 AM – 5 PM. Services include nail trims, nail filing, customer colors, teeth brushing, and nail painting. Every groom includes bows, bandana, and cologne. They have a Puppy Play Room where your beloved pet can watch television, socialize and relax.
Man’s Best Friend is located at 7530 Westcliff Drive in Las Vegas, NV. This address is in the 89145 zip code area. They can be reached at 702-255-1565. They are open Tuesday – Thursday from 7 AM – 4 PM, Friday – Saturday from 7 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday – Monday from 7 AM – 2 PM.
Snooty Pets is located at 8560 West Desert Inn Road in Las Vegas, NV. This address is in the 89117 zip code area. They can be reached at 702-396-5510. This is a full service salon that offers grooming for dogs and cats. Services offered include flea dip, nail clipping, nail painting, bathing, teeth brushing, hair dying, message, and mud bath. They are open Monday – Friday from 8:30 AM – 6 PM and Saturday from 8 AM – 5 PM.
Love a Pup is located at 9691 Trailwood Dr. #102 in Las Vegas, NV. This address is in the 89134 zip code area. They can be reached at 702-471-7877. Full service grooming offered.
K-9s and Kittys is located at 8544 W. Lake Mead Blvd. in Las Vegas, NV. This address is in the 89128 zip code area. They can be reached by phone at 702-251-9663. They offer day care and grooming services. Grooming services include skin, nail, and teeth care.
One Love Pet Salon is located at 10080 W. Tropicana Ave. #163 in Las Vegas, NV. This address is in the 89147 zip code area. They can be reached at 702-384-5683. They offer full service grooming that includes nails, teeth, gland expression, ear-cleaning, and washing. They are open Sunday – Monday from 10 AM – 5 PM and Tuesday – Saturday from 8 AM – 5 PM.
Photography for Pets in or near Summerlin
While you have your pet looking beautiful in bows from the groomer or pet salon, make an appointment to have their photograph taken! Most people get their family portraits taken yearly, but they don’t give much thought to getting a pet portrait done. Set up an appointment today to have professional photographs taken to display in your home and carry in your wallet.
GRJV Studios offers incredible pet photography for your dogs, cats, and other pets. GRJV Studios is owned and operated by the photographer, Rick. He’s photographed everything from cute kittens to lions. You can reach GRJV Studios at 702-204-7548.
FUN PET FACTS: The World’s Longest Cat is 48.5 inches long and is 6 years old. Stewie is a Maine Coon cat that lives in Reno, NV.
Restaurants and Shopping Locations in and near Summerlin that are Pet Friendly
What fun it is when we can take our beloved dogs along with us on an outing! Knowing which places will welcome dogs is important for make the outing as stress-free as possible for you and your pet. Keep in mind that most places will expect your dogs to be kept on a leash and be well-mannered.
Trivoli Village is located at 440 S. Rampart Blvd. in Las Vegas, NV. This address is in the 89145 zip code area. This dog friendly atmosphere does require that pets be on a leash, but they are welcome in the pet-friendly designated areas.
The Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar is located at 1725 Festival Plaza in Las Vegas, NV. This address is in the 89135 zip code area. They can be reached at 702-727-4784. They have a lovely outdoor patio where dogs are welcome to enjoy dinner with their owner-family. The menu for dogs includes a grilled hamburger patty with brown rice and a grilled chicken breast with brown ride. All dogs are offered a complimentary bowl of water. Dogs are expected to be kept on a leash, close to their owner-family, and should be well-behaved.
Downtown Summerlin is located at 1980 Festival Plaza Drive in Las Vegas, NV. This address is in the 89135 zip code area. This pet friendly shopping and dining atmosphere has pet water-fountains and doggie bag dispensers at various spots in the common areas.
Dog Trainers in or near Summerlin
Most businesses that are pet friendly expect our pets to be well-behaved. Some dogs and other pets require a bit of formal training to learn to handle social situations and general obedience commands. Check online sources for reviews, ask around for word-of-mouth referrals, and visit the locations of training classes. As with any other professional you hire to work with your pet, you want to make sure it’s a good fit for you and your beloved pet.
Smarty Paws Canine Coaching is located at 4161 N. Rancho Drive, Suite 120 and 4544 W. Russel Road in Las Vegas, NV. They can be reached at 702-396-8501. The offices are open Monday – Friday from 9 AM – 4 PM. The Boot Camp and Day Care are open from Monday – Friday from 7 AM – 6 PM. They are licensed, insured, and have been in business for over 10 years.
Sit Means Sit Dog Training can be reached at 702-518-9444. They offer free demonstrations. Group classes meet at different times during the week. Location of classes can be received by calling the contact number for more information.
TMK9 Training Co. can be reached at 702-809-2323. Owned and operated by Tyler Mitchell. They offer obedience training, security, and military training. Tyler has been a professional dog trainer for 8+ years. Check out his Facebook page for more information.
Pet Treats and Dog Bakery Choices in or near Summerlin
Who doesn’t love a fresh baked donut or a delicious cup of ice cream? Treat your pet to a delicious treat, baked good, or frozen treat at one of the popular pet or dog bakery choices in Summerlin.
Snooty Pets is located at 8560 West Desert Inn Road in Las Vegas, NV. This address is in the 89117 zip code area. They can be reached at 702-396-5510. They offer freshly baked treats for your dog or cat. Treats include Chicken & Sweet Potato Jerky, Dog Cake Pops, Salmon Parmesan Bites, Smelt & Parmesan for Cats, and Peanut Butter Poppers. They offer a variety of bows, collars, beds, and other pet items.
Three Dog Bakery is located at 2110 N. Rampart Blvd. #150 in Las Vegas, NV. This address is in the 89128 zip code area. They can be reached at 702-737-3364. This business has been baking their dog food and pet treats since 1989. They use only the best ingredients for their nutritious offerings. Treats include Chicken Rawhide Skinny Braid, Biscuits with Smokehouse Cheese and Bacon, Carob Swirl Beg-als, and We Pity the Kitty Natural Chicken Cat Treats. They also sell wet and dry gourmet food for dogs.
Bogart’s Bone-Appetit is located at 1930 Village Center Circle, Suite 7 in Las Vegas, NV. This address is in the 89134 zip code area. They bake their dog treats with natural ingredients. From gourmet treats to birthday cakes, they’ve got something that every pet will love. Treats include Bacon Parmesan Muffins, Frosted Donuts, Mini Frosted PB Bones, and Carrot Chips.
K-9s and Kittys is located at 8544 W. Lake Mead Blvd. in Las Vegas, NV. This address is in the 89128 zip code area. They can be reached by phone at 702-251-9663. Baked goods are created fresh daily. They also do cakes and pup-cakes to celebrate special events.
FUN PET FACTS: The World’s Highest Jump by a Dog was 68 Inches. The jump was made by a greyhound named Cinderella May who is owned by Kate Long and Kathleen Conroy.
Local Parks for Dogs and Splash Parks in or near Summerlin
If you want to see a moment of joy, look at a dog running at full steam as it chases a ball or Frisbee. The freedom of open spaces is a welcome treat for most pets. The wonderful Las Vegas weather allows for plenty of days that welcome a park adventure. Even better than a park adventure is a Splash Park adventure!
Just Like Home Doggie Hotel & Grooming is located at 4872 W. Lake Mead Blvd. in Las Vegas, NV. This address is in the 89108 zip code area. They can be reached at 702-558-5689. They have a Dog Splash Park that is perfect for cooling off on hot days. The splash park is on a bone shaped concrete slab that is surrounded by turf. There are water falls, swimming pools, shooting fire hydrants, and tower water spouts.
Downtown Summerlin is located at 1980 Festival Plaza Drive in Las Vegas, NV. This address is in the 89135 zip code area. Pet water-fountains are scattered throughout the area.
These dog parks in or near Summerlin are open daily from 6 AM – 11 PM. All dogs are expected to be on a leash in areas that require a leash, under the command of their owner-family, and well-behaved. Owners are expected to clean up behind their pets. Pay close attention to area designations.
Dog Fancier’s Park is located at 5800 E. Flamingo Road in Las Vegas, NV. This address is in the 89122 zip code area. Reservations for the park can be made at 702-455-8200.
Sunset Park is located at 2601 E. Sunset Road in Las Vegas, NV. This address is in the 89120 zip code area.
Shadow Rock Park is located at 2650 Los Feliz Street in Las Vegas, NV. This address is in the 89156 zip code area.
Desert Breeze Park is located at 8275 Spring Mountain Road in Las Vegas, NV. This address is in the 89117 zip code area.
Pet Rescues and Pet Adoption in Las Vegas
Those of us who love animals can’t fathom how another person could harm, neglect, or abandon a pet. Unfortunately, these things do happen. Animals are at the mercy of people to be fed and taken care of properly. When these negative things happen, there is a ray of sunshine to be found in the wonderful organizations that participate in pet rescue and pet adoption.
Many of these organizations operate with the aid of volunteers and through the generous donations of other animal lovers. If you’re interested in supporting one of these amazing organizations, contact them directly.
All Fur Love Animal Society rescues kittens of 8 weeks or less. They hold adoption events at various locations. They can be reached via mail at 10120 W. Flamingo Rd, Ste. 4657 in Las Vegas, NV. This address is in the 89147 zip code area.
All the Same Wild and Tame provides sanctuary to abandoned and ill-treated animals. They specialize in trauma cases. To get more information on adoption or rescue efforts, call 866-88-FLEAS.
Doberman Rescue of Nevada can be reached at 702-672-7204. They work with individuals, shelters, and other rescue groups to place abandoned, neglected, and stray Dobermans with foster homes until they find a new permanent family.
Greyhound Pet Adoption Las Vegas (GPALV) can be reached at 702-392-5822. This group places retired Greyhounds in loving homes. They provide Greyhounds with veterinary care for injuries and general care, food, medications, transportation, and grooming. They hold Meet & Greets to raise awareness about having retired Greyhounds as pets.
Las Vegas Basset Rescue can be reached at 702-232-8480. They are dedicated to the rescue, healing, and rehoming of Basset Hounds in need. They are a volunteer organization with Basset Hounds currently ready to meet their new families.
Second Chance Dog Rescue can be reached at 702-885-9077. They rescue and rehome many homeless dogs of Las Vegas. They rescue and rehabilitate homeless, abandoned, neglected, and abused dogs. They rescue dogs from kill shelters and through owner surrenders. They provide care and love to these dogs while they find them new families.
Foreclosed Upon Pets (FUPI) can be reached at 702-272-0010. FUPI rescues animals in need and places them with volunteers who provide a foster home for them until they are adopted by a new, loving family.
Las Vegas Boxer Club and Rescue can be reached at 702-884-5181. This is a non-profit organization that rescues Boxer dogs and helps them find a new, loving home. They provide medical care and training to each dog before it goes to live in a new home.
FUN PET FACTS: The World’s Loudest Purr was done by Smokey, a grey tabby. The purr came in at 67.7 decibels. Smokey had previously been recorded at 92.7 decibels, which is the loudness of a hairdryer or lawnmower.
Interactive Map of Pet Friendly Businesses
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Pet Groomers = Yellow
Pet Photographer = Light Purple
Dog/Pet Bakery = Brown
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Dog Parks = Light Green
Dog Trainers = Purple
We hope that you’ve found this information on pet care helpful. The Ballen Network is pleased to be a part of the Summerlin and Las Vegas community. Remember us for all of your real estate needs. Call us at 800-805-8354 when you are ready to buy a home or sell a home in Summerlin, Las Vegas, Henderson, or Reno.