Things to Consider When Leaving Your Pet in the Care of Someone Else

< A version of this article was published in the September 2021 issue of Downeast Dog News>

 

< Updated 07OCT21 >

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Every year millions of dogs and cats of various breeds, sizes, and ages are cared for by boarding facilities, pet sitters, friends, and family members. This could be for multiple reasons: traveling for business or vacation, extended work schedules, or a family emergency or illness. While many pets, dogs, in particular, find a stay at a boarding facility fun, despite the best efforts of pet care professionals, not all pets do well away from home. When this occurs, a pet care professional is responsible for informing you of this situation; they want your pet to have a low-stress and enjoyable stay and go home happy and healthy.  While many factors require consideration before boarding your pet, temperament, health, and age top the list.

Most boarding facilities provide more comprehensive care for their guests than the typical hotel does for humans. That is why the process of booking a reservation for your pet is not as easy as booking a hotel room for yourself online. A reputable boarding facility will ask questions about your pet’s vaccinations, temperament, play style, health, food preferences, and medications. A boarding facility provides a place to rest and sleep but is also responsible for; meals, mental enrichment and play, housekeeping, physical handling, routine medication if needed, and sometimes grooming services. If a pet becomes unwell, those services may include transportation to the veterinarian. If you or your designated representative is not available, the boarding facility and their veterinarian may need to make medical decisions for your pet.

Your Pet’s Temperament

Just as people have a wide range of temperaments, so do pets.  Some will be constantly happy and look forward to meeting every new, living thing they encounter. At the opposite extreme, some will dislike and even fear anything new and may never open up to other animals or people. Even a change in environment, such as moving from a familiar home to a boarding facility or home of a friend, whether filled with other critters and people or not, can be overwhelming for some pets.

A fearful pet is not a “bad” pet; they are just animals struggling in a difficult situation and require patience and understanding. Unfortunately, a frequently anxious or fearful pet is unlikely to enjoy being cared for anywhere outside of their home. No matter who cares for your pet, they must be able to handle them regardless of the pet’s mood. While any animal can have an intemperate moment and bite, pets that are fear aggressive are more likely to pose a bite risk. Therefore, they are probably not a good candidate for a boarding facility or a pet sitter. It is a pet parent’s responsibility to disclose this information and to find a suitable alternative.

A reputable professional may be able to work with you to help acclimate your pet to staying away from home. However, please be aware that this is a prolonged process and must start weeks, if not months, before leaving your pet.

Your Pet’s Health and Age

Most pets are relatively healthy during their younger years, but underlying health issues may arise as they age.  It is essential to do a mental and physical assessment of your pet every time you board them to ensure that they are in good health. If, at any time, you have concerns, or are made aware of health issues by your veterinarian, contact your boarding facility and have a conversation with them regarding these issues. Concerns can be anything from increased water consumption or decreased appetite, hints of dementia, increased stiffness in joints, or reactivity and aggression. The boarding facility may suggest or even require that you have your pet examined by a veterinarian before boarding, but that is a better alternative to receiving a phone call and having to consult and make decisions over the phone while you are hours away

The boarding facility will need to be able to easily and quickly contact you at any time if something arises and emergency healthcare is necessary. If you will be unable to be reached while away, you need to have a friend, family member, or veterinarian designated to act on your pet’s behalf. They must be available and able to be reached quickly and easily. While a caregiver for your pet may have you sign a contract giving them authority to act in your pet’s best interest if you are unreachable, the preferred situation would always place you as the person in charge of any life-altering decisions regarding your pet. Illnesses can come on suddenly, and life and death decisions may need to be made quickly to prevent your pet from suffering. An alternative is to have your attorney draft a healthcare directive for your pet. If you choose this option, be sure that your pet’s caregiver and veterinarian have a copy.

While the boarding facility staff and pet sitters should be knowledgeable on pet first aid, common health issues, nutrition, pet play dynamics, and normal and abnormal pet behavior, they are not veterinarians. Therefore, if you or your veterinarian believe that your pet needs any of the following; continuous medical observation, the administration of an IV for medications or hydration, frequent temperature checks, physical assistance to relieve themselves, or wellness checks several times throughout the night, your pet will be best served by being at home in familiar surroundings or with their veterinarian or an individual with a similar level of knowledge and experience.

The owners and employees of pet care facilities are in the profession for their love of animals. However, there is nothing more difficult for them than to watch a pet suffer either emotionally or physically while in their care.  Please help both them and your pet by maintaining an open line of communication regarding the care of your pet while you are away.

Recommended Resources

Articles on Don’s Blog
( http://www.words-woofs-meows.com  )

Cat Behavior – Make Your Life Easier – Get Your Cat to Love Their Carrierhttp://bit.ly/Cats-Carriers

Canine Behavior – Understanding, Identifying and Coping with Canine Stresshttp://bit.ly/Canine-Stress

Please Be Cautious When Choosing Who Cares For Your Pets – https://www.greenacreskennel.com/blog/2016/04/11/pet-care-services-please-be-cautious-when-choosing-who-cares-for-your-pets/

Traveling – Do you take the dog along or leave him with someone?https://www.greenacreskennel.com/blog/2016/04/11/traveling-do-you-take-the-dog-along-or-leave-him-with-someone/

Pet Care Options When You Go Away: Pet Sitter, Neighbor, Boarding Facility – http://www.greenacreskennel.com/blog/2015/09/01/pets-who-cares-for-them-when-you-are-away/

Selecting A Pet Care Provider – Yes! A Trend Towards Kinder and Gentler Professional Pet Care – Green Acres Kennel Shop’s “Pet-Friendly” Philosophy – Part 1 – http://www.greenacreskennel.com/blog/2015/04/02/yes-a-trend-towards-kinder-and-gentler-professional-pet-care-green-acres-kennel-shops-pet-friendly-philosophy-part-1/

 

Podcasts from The Woof Meow Show
( http://woofmeowshow.libsyn.com/ )

Things to Consider When Leaving Your Pet in the Care of Someone Elsehttps://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/woofmeowshow/WoofMeowShow-2021-10-02-Things_to_Consider_When_Leaving_Your_Pet_in_the_Care_of_Someone_Else.mp3

Things To Consider When Boarding A Pet-Part 1 (2018) – https://www.greenacreskennel.com/blog/2018/07/08/podcast-things-to-consider-when-boarding-a-pet-part-1/

Things To Consider When Boarding A Pet-Part 2 – https://www.greenacreskennel.com/blog/2018/08/09/podcast-things-to-consider-when-boarding-a-pet-part-2/

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Don Hanson is the co-owner of the Green Acres Kennel Shop ( greenacreskennel.com ) in Bangor, Maine, where he has been helping people with their pets since 1995. He is also the founder of ForceFreePets.com, an online educational resource for people with dogs and cats. Don is a Bach Foundation Registered Animal Practitioner (BFRAP), Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC), Associate Certified Cat Behavior Consultant (ACCBC), and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA). He is a member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG). Don serves on the PPG Board of Directors and Steering Committee. In addition, he chairs the Advocacy Committee and The Shock-Free Coalition ( shockfree.org ). Don produces and co-hosts a weekly radio show and podcast, The Woof Meow Show, that airs on Z62 Retro Radio WZON (AM620) and WKIT 103.3-HD3 and is streamed at http://bit.ly/AM620-WZON every Saturday at 9 AM. Podcasts of the show are available at http://bit.ly/WfMwPodcasts/, the Apple Podcast app, and Don’s blog: www.words-woofs-meows.com.  The opinions in this post are those of Don Hanson.

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Podcast – Holiday Pet Portraits with Deb Bell from Bell’s Furry Friends Photography

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< Updated 30AUG21 >

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In this episode of The Woof Meow Show from August 28th, 2021, Don interviews Debra Bell from Bell’s Furry Friends Photography, discussing how Deb came to specialize in the photography of people and their pets. We also discuss the 12th annual Holiday Pet Portraits, a joint event of Green Acres Kennel Shop and Bell’s Furry Friends Photography that benefits the Eastern Area Agency on Aging Furry Friends Food Bank.

Deb has been taking photos of Don, Paula, their pets, and their Green Acres team for years. In the following link, Don has shared an album of photographs taken by Deb that mean the most to him. Take a look, and you will see why Deb has been voted the Bangor Region’s Best Pet Photographer year after year.  http://bit.ly/FavPhotosByDebBell

For the 12th year, Debra Bell from Bell’s Furry Friends Photography will be offering Holiday Pet Portrait sessions at Green Acres Kennel Shop. Both indoor and outdoor sessions are available on Sunday, October 18th, from 8 AM to 5 PM. Indoor sessions will be available on Sunday, October 31st, from 9 AM to 4 PM. Session details can be found below.

We expect sessions to fill fast, so reserve your spot today by calling Green Acres at 207-945-6841 or email Deb. ( FMIhttp://bit.ly/HolidayPetPortraits )

Double or Field Session, $160 – Includes a 40-minute session for pets and people, a $20 donation to the Furry Friends Food Bank, a 5X7 gift print and gift bag, a personal image review session with Deb and a bonus holiday social media image.

Single Session, $80 – Includes a 20-minute session for pets and people, a $10 donation to the Furry Friends Food Bank, a 5X7 gift print and gift bag, a personal image review session with Deb, and a bonus holiday social media image.

Deb Bell
Bell’s Furry Friends Photography

Phone: 207-356-2353
Email: Email Deb
Website: https://www.bffpetphotos.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BellsFurryFriends

 

Don Hanson & Kate Dutra
Green Acres Kennel Shop, ForceFreePets.com & The Woof Meow Show

Address: 1653 Union St, Bangor, ME 04401-2204
Phone: (207) 945-6841, x103
EmailEmail Don 
Website-Green Acres: https://www.greenacreskennel.com/
Facebook-Green Acres: https://www.facebook.com/GreenAcresKennelShop/
Website-The Woof Meow Show: https://woofmeowshow.libsyn.com/
Facebook-The Woof Meow Show: https://www.facebook.com/WoofMeowShow/
Website-ForceFreePetshttps://forcefreepets.com/ 
Facebook-ForceFreePetshttps://www.facebook.com/ForceFreePets

Podcasts from The Woof Meow Show
( http://bit.ly/WfMwPodcasts  )

 Pet Photography with Deb Bell & Holiday Pet Portraits- A 10th Anniversary Celebration (2019) – http://bit.ly/WfMwHolPetPort2019

 

 

You can listen to The Woof Meow Show on Z62 Retro Radio, AM620, and WKIT HD3 at 9 AM on Saturday. If you are not near a radio, listen on your computer at http://bit.ly/AM620-WZON or your smartphone or tablet with the free WZON 620 AM app. A podcast of the show is typically posted immediately after the show. You can download this show and others at http://bit.ly/WfMwPodcasts, at Don’s blog http://bit.ly/Words-Woofs-Meows and the Apple iTunes store.

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Podcast – The Bangor Humane Society’s & the 28th Annual Paws on Parade-2OCT21

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< Updated 14AUG21 >

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In this episode of The Woof Meow Show from August 14th, 2021, Don talks with Suzan Prendergast and Kathryn Ravenscraft from the Bangor Humane Society about the 28th annual Paws on Parade. They talk about the mission of the Humane Society, how the pandemic has affected their operations, and how you can participate in Paws on Parade on Saturday, October 2nd starting at 9 AM at Husson University. FMI – https://donations.bangorhumane.org/event/paws-goes-to-woofstock/e336617

You can listen to The Woof Meow Show on Z62 Retro Radio, AM620, and WKIT HD3 at 9 AM on Saturday. If you are not near a radio, listen on your computer at http://bit.ly/AM620-WZON or your smartphone or tablet with the free WZON 620 AM app. A podcast of the show is typically posted immediately after the show. You can download this show and others at http://bit.ly/WfMwPodcasts, at Don’s blog http://bit.ly/Words-Woofs-Meows and the Apple iTunes store.

Contact Info

Suzan Prendergast and Kathryn Ravenscraft
The Bangor Humane Society

Address: 693 Mt. Hope Ave., Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: (207)-942-8902
Website-https://www.bangorhumane.org/
Facebook-https://www.facebook.com/BangorHumane

Don Hanson & Kate Dutra
Green Acres Kennel Shop, ForceFreePets.com & The Woof Meow Show

Address: 1653 Union St, Bangor, ME 04401-2204
Phone: (207) 945-6841, x103
EmailEmail Don 
Website-Green Acres: https://www.greenacreskennel.com/
Facebook-Green Acres: https://www.facebook.com/GreenAcresKennelShop/
Website-The Woof Meow Show: https://woofmeowshow.libsyn.com/
Facebook-The Woof Meow Show: https://www.facebook.com/WoofMeowShow/
Website-ForceFreePetshttps://forcefreepets.com/ 
Facebook-ForceFreePetshttps://www.facebook.com/ForceFreePets

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Podcast – Vital Essentials Pet Food-Part 2-The Products-24JUL21

 

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In this episode of The Woof Meow Show from July 24th, 2021, Kate and Don are again speaking with Joey Weichmann & Leslie Durocher about Vital Essentials pet food. Last week, we talked about the company. This week, we are looking at the many products available from Vital Essentials.

We start by discussing the  Vital Essentials Raw Bar, which is essentially a selection of freeze-dried appetizers and snacks for dogs and cats. Then we look at their comprehensive line of freeze-dried treats, including their number one seller, freeze-dried minnows. Lastly, we review Vital Essential’s complete meals for cats and dogs, the available proteins, and the formats available as frozen raw and freeze-dried.

If you want to learn more about the company behind Vital Essentials, checkout last week’s podcast.

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Contact Info

Joey Weichmann & Leslie Durocher
The Carnivore Meat Company – Vital Essentials
Address: P.O. Box 9227, Green Bay, WI 54308-9227
Phone: 800-743-0322
Email: customerservice@vitalessentialsraw.com
Website: https://www.vitalessentialsraw.com/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/VitalEssentialsRaw

Don Hanson & Kate Dutra
Green Acres Kennel Shop, ForceFreePets.com & The Woof Meow Show
Address: 1653 Union St, Bangor, ME 04401-2204
Phone: (207) 945-6841, x103
EmailEmail Don
Website-Green Acres: https://www.greenacreskennel.com/
Facebook-Green Acres: https://www.facebook.com/GreenAcresKennelShop/
Website-The Woof Meow Show: https://woofmeowshow.libsyn.com/
Facebook-The Woof Meow Show: https://www.facebook.com/WoofMeowShow/
Website-ForceFreePetshttps://forcefreepets.com/
Facebook-ForceFreePetshttps://www.facebook.com/ForceFreePets

Recommended Resources

Articles on Don’s Blog
( http://www.words-woofs-meows.com  )

 Green Acres Pet Nutrition Resources Page – http://bit.ly/GAKS_Nut_Home

GAKS Philosophy on Pet Nutrition – http://bit.ly/GAKS_Nut_Phil

Pet Nutrition –Vital Essentials® Pet Foodhttps://bit.ly/VitalEssAtGAKS

Video The Science and Dogma of Pet Nutrition with Dr. Richard Pattonhttp://bit.ly/Video-Dr-Richard-Patton

Book Review – Ruined by Excess, Perfected by Lack – The paradox of pet nutrition by Richard Pattonhttp://bit.ly/RuinedByExcess-BookReview

Podcasts from The Woof Meow Show
( http://bit.ly/WfMwPodcasts  )

 Vital Essentials Pet Food-Part 1-The Company-17JUL21 – https://bit.ly/WfMw-VE1-17JUL21

 Vital Essentials Pet Food-Part 2-The Company-24JUL21 – https://bit.ly/WfMw-VE2-24JUL21

Podcasts-Two Conversations with Animal Nutritionist Dr. Richard Pattonhttps://bit.ly/WfMw2wPattonAPR21

 

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Podcast – Vital Essentials Pet Food-Part 1-The Company-17JUL21

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< Updated 18JUL21 >

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In this episode of The Woof Meow Show from July 17th, 2021, Kate and Don talk with Joey Weichmann & Leslie Durocher of the Carnivore Meat Company, the makers of Vital Essentials pet food. While the Vital Essentials brand launched in 2009, the company has been producing raw food for pets since 1968.

In this first of two episodes, we talk about:

  • the company,
  • its mission,
  • how they source its raw ingredients,
  • how diets are formulated and manufactured,
  • and the quality certifications they have received.

Be sure to tune in to our next show in this series when we discuss Vital Essentials wide variety of complete meals, snacks, and treats for cats and dogs.

You can listen to The Woof Meow Show on Z62 Retro Radio, AM620, and WKIT HD3 at 9 AM on Saturday. If you are not near a radio, listen on your computer at http://bit.ly/AM620-WZON or your smartphone or tablet with the free WZON 620 AM app. A podcast of the show is typically posted immediately after the show. You can download this show and others at http://bit.ly/WfMwPodcasts, at Don’s blog http://bit.ly/Words-Woofs-Meows and the Apple iTunes store.

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Contact Info

Joey Weichmann & Leslie Durocher
The Carnivore Meat Company – Vital Essentials
Address: P.O. Box 9227, Green Bay, WI 54308-9227
Phone: 800-743-0322
Email: customerservice@vitalessentialsraw.com
Website: https://www.vitalessentialsraw.com/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/VitalEssentialsRaw

Don Hanson & Kate Dutra
Green Acres Kennel Shop, ForceFreePets.com & The Woof Meow Show
Address: 1653 Union St, Bangor, ME 04401-2204
Phone: (207) 945-6841, x103
EmailEmail Don
Website-Green Acres: https://www.greenacreskennel.com/
Facebook-Green Acres: https://www.facebook.com/GreenAcresKennelShop/
Website-The Woof Meow Show: https://woofmeowshow.libsyn.com/
Facebook-The Woof Meow Show: https://www.facebook.com/WoofMeowShow/
Website-ForceFreePetshttps://forcefreepets.com/
Facebook-ForceFreePetshttps://www.facebook.com/ForceFreePets

Recommended Resources

Articles on Don’s Blog
( http://www.words-woofs-meows.com  )

 Green Acres Pet Nutrition Resources Page – http://bit.ly/GAKS_Nut_Home

GAKS Philosophy on Pet Nutrition – http://bit.ly/GAKS_Nut_Phil

Pet Nutrition –Vital Essentials® Pet Foodhttps://bit.ly/VitalEssAtGAKS

Video The Science and Dogma of Pet Nutrition with Dr. Richard Pattonhttp://bit.ly/Video-Dr-Richard-Patton

Book Review – Ruined by Excess, Perfected by Lack – The paradox of pet nutrition by Richard Pattonhttp://bit.ly/RuinedByExcess-BookReview

Podcasts from The Woof Meow Show
( http://bit.ly/WfMwPodcasts  )

 Vital Essentials Pet Food-Part 1-The Company-17JUL21 – https://bit.ly/WfMw-VE1-17JUL21

 Vital Essentials Pet Food-Part 2-The Company-24JUL21 – https://bit.ly/WfMw-VE2-24JUL21

Podcasts-Two Conversations with Animal Nutritionist Dr. Richard Pattonhttps://bit.ly/WfMw2wPattonAPR21

 

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Podcast – Summer and Hot Weather Pet Care-2021

 

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< Updated 17JUN21 >

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In this episode of The Woof Meow Show from June 5th, 2021, Kate and Don do their annual review of summer and hot weather pet care tips. We discuss the dangers of heat to paws and dogs when left in cars. We review heat exhaustion and heat stroke in pets, so you know how to recognize it and what to do if it occurs. Water safety for pets around home, at camp, and at sea is addressed. Summer is the time for family gatherings which is not something every dog will enjoy. We also discuss fireworks and parades and how to keep your pet comfortable. Lastly, we address the tick menace. A detailed article accompanies the show on Don’s blog at – http://bit.ly/Summer-Pet-Tips

You can listen to The Woof Meow Show on Z62 Retro Radio, AM620, and WKIT HD3 at 9 AM on Saturday. If you are not near a radio, listen on your computer at http://bit.ly/AM620-WZON or your smartphone or tablet with the free WZON 620 AM app. A podcast of the show is typically posted immediately after the show. You can download this show and others at http://bit.ly/WfMwPodcasts, at Don’s blog http://bit.ly/Words-Woofs-Meows and the Apple iTunes store.

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Contact Info

Don Hanson & Kate Dutra
Green Acres Kennel Shop, ForceFreePets.com & The Woof Meow Show

Location: 1653 Union St, Bangor, ME 04401-2204
Phone: (207) 945-6841, x103
Email-Email Don
Website-Green Acres: https://www.greenacreskennel.com/
Facebook-Green Acres: https://www.facebook.com/GreenAcresKennelShop/
Website-The Woof Meow Show: https://woofmeowshow.libsyn.com/
Facebook-The Woof Meow Show: https://www.facebook.com/WoofMeowShow/
Website-ForceFreePets-https://forcefreepets.com/
Facebook-ForceFreePets-https://www.facebook.com/ForceFreePets

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Podcasts-Two Conversations with Animal Nutritionist Dr. Richard Patton

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If you are a regular listener to The Woof Meow Show, you know that Kate and I are passionate about pet nutrition. Based on our experience with our pets and helping Green Acres Kennel Shop’s clients, we have learned that fresh, wholesome, nutritious food is fundamental to optimal physical, mental, and emotional health. We chose to feed our pets in a manner that will allow them to thrive, not merely survive. However, our knowledge and experience are minimal compared to animal nutritionist, Dr. Richard Patton, our guest on the following two episodes of The Woof Meow Show.

Dr. Patton has spent more than 40 years as an animal nutritionist, working in 25 countries and formulating diets for a wide variety of captive wild animals and those we keep in our homes, such as cats and dogs. Based in New Mexico, Dr. Patton has consulted for agriculture enterprises, zoos, foreign governments, Fortune 500 companies, local and regional feed mills, and pet food companies. An adjunct professor at Penn State for 15 years, he has 25 scientific publications, two patents, and numerous popular press articles. His book, “Ruined by Excess, Perfected by Lack,” is one of my favorites on the topic of pet nutrition. We hope that you will find these two podcasts as informative as we did.

ENCORE-Pet Nutrition with Dr. Richard Patton, First Air Date: 02APR16 < Click to listen >

An Update on Pet Nutrition & Pet Food with Animal Nutritionist Dr. Richard Patton, First Air Date: 10APR21 < Click to listen >

You can listen to The Woof Meow Show on Z62 Retro Radio, AM620, and WKIT HD3 at 9 AM on Saturday. If you are not near a radio, listen on your computer at http://bit.ly/AM620-WZON or your smartphone or tablet with the free WZON 620 AM app. A podcast of the show is typically posted immediately after the show. You can download this show and others at http://bit.ly/WfMwPodcasts , at Don’s blog http://bit.ly/Words-Woofs-Meows and the Apple iTunes store.

Contact Info

Don Hanson & Kate Dutra
Green Acres Kennel Shop & The Woof Meow Show
Bangor, ME
(207) 945-6841
https://www.greenacreskennel.com/
https://www.facebook.com/GreenAcresKennelShop/
https://woofmeowshow.libsyn.com/
https://www.facebook.com/WoofMeowShow/

Contact Info

Dr. Richard Patton
(505) 466-4200
RSPatton@aol.com
https://pattonanimalnutrition.com/

Recommended Resources

Articles on Don’s Blog
( http://www.words-woofs-meows.com  )

A Video – The Science and Dogma of Pet Nutrition with Dr. Richard Patton  http://bit.ly/Video-Dr-Richard-Patton

Book Review – Ruined by Excess, Perfected by Lack – The paradox of pet nutrition by Richard Pattonhttp://www.greenacreskennel.com/blog/2016/03/16/book-review-ruined-by-excess-perfected-by-lack-the-paradox-of-pet-nutrition-by-richard-patton/

GAKS Philosophy on Pet Nutrition http://bit.ly/GAKS_Nut_Phil

What I Feed My Dog and Why I Feed What I Do https://bit.ly/WhatIFeedAndWhy

Things I Wish I Had Known… The Importance of What I Feed My Pets – – WWM-MAR2019 – http://bit.ly/Things-Nutrition-1

Pet Nutrition: Some Myths and Facts – Part 1 – My story with Gus – Maine Dog Magazine – Winter 2017 http://bit.ly/Gus-Nutrition

 

Podcasts from The Woof Meow Show
( http://bit.ly/WfMwPodcasts )

 What We Feed Our Pets and Why, with – Don Hanson, Kate Dutra, and Linda Case  – https://bit.ly/WfMw-WhatWeFeed-11JUL20

Is Feeding A Grain-Free Food to Our Dogs Dangerous?, with Linda Case, MS – http://bit.ly/Podcast-FDA-Grain-Free-LindaCase-29SEP18

DCM, the FDA, and Dog Food-the Science and the Hype with Canine Nutritionist Linda Casehttp://bit.ly/Blog-DCM-FDA-8AUG19

Pet Fooled – A Look Inside A Questionable Industry with Kohl Harringtonhttp://bit.ly/WfMw-Pet-Fooled

 

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Podcast – The Importance of Regular Wellness and Preventative Veterinary Care with Dr. Mark Hanks

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< Updated 12APR21 >

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In this episode of The Woof Meow Show from March 6th, 2021, Don talks with veterinarian Dr. Mark Hanks from Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic in Orrington, Maine. Our topic is the importance and benefit of pets having a veterinarian that knows them and provides them with a regular wellness exam. Dr. Hanks describes what such a typical exam entails for both a cat and a dog. Then we discuss vaccinations, those that are essential and those that are optional, and how your veterinarian can help you make that decision. We briefly touch on the prevalence of tick-borne diseases in Maine and the benefit of having your dog tested for these diseases at least once a year. Dr. Hanks also discusses titer testing and how it is used to assess if booster vaccinations are necessary. He explains his own experience with being vaccinated for Rabies in the ’80s when he was in veterinary school and how he has since depended on titer testing to assure him he is still protected against Rabies. We conclude by discussing the frequency of wellness exams and how that will vary with a pet’s age and overall health.

You can listen to The Woof Meow Show on Z62 Retro Radio, AM620, and WKIT HD3 at 9 AM on Saturday. If you are not near a radio, listen on your computer at http://bit.ly/AM620-WZON or your smartphone or tablet with the free WZON 620 AM app. A podcast of the show is typically posted immediately after the show. You can download this show and others at http://bit.ly/WfMwPodcasts, at Don’s blog http://bit.ly/Words-Woofs-Meows and the Apple iTunes store.

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Contact Info

Dr. Mark Hanks
Kindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic

Location: 857 River Rd, Orrington, ME 04474
Phone: (207) 825-8989
Website: https://www.kindredvet.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kindredspiritsvet/

Don Hanson
Green Acres Kennel Shop,
ForceFreePets.com & The Woof Meow Show

Location: 1653 Union St, Bangor, ME 04401-2204
Phone: (207) 945-6841, x103
Email-Email Don
Website-Green Acres: https://www.greenacreskennel.com/
Facebook-Green Acres: https://www.facebook.com/GreenAcresKennelShop/
Website-The Woof Meow Show: https://woofmeowshow.libsyn.com/
Facebook-The Woof Meow Show: https://www.facebook.com/WoofMeowShow/
Website-ForceFreePets-https://forcefreepets.com/
Facebook-ForceFreePets-https://www.facebook.com/ForceFreePets

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Podcast – 2021 Dog Training Classes at Green Acres Kennel Shop

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In this episode of The Woof Meow Show from February 20th, 2021, Kate interviews Don, asking how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the Green Acres training program in 2020 and what training classes will look like in 2021. Don reviews Green Acres Puppy Headstart-ONLINE and Basic Manners classes. He also introduces a new business ForceFreePets.com, that will be providing all of Green Acres’ in-person and online educational programs.

You can listen to The Woof Meow Show on Z62 Retro Radio, AM620, and WKIT HD3 at 9 AM on Saturday. If you are not near a radio, listen on your computer at http://bit.ly/AM620-WZON or your smartphone or tablet with the free WZON 620 AM app. A podcast of the show is typically posted immediately after the show. You can download this show and others at http://bit.ly/WfMwPodcasts, at Don’s blog http://bit.ly/Words-Woofs-Meows and the Apple iTunes store.

Contact Info

Don Hanson & Kate Dutra
Green Acres Kennel Shop, ForceFreePets.com & The Woof Meow Show

Location: 1653 Union St, Bangor, ME 04401-2204
Phone: (207) 945-6841, x103
Email-Email Don
Website-Green Acres: https://www.greenacreskennel.com/
Facebook-Green Acres : https://www.facebook.com/GreenAcresKennelShop/
Website-The Woof Meow Show: https://woofmeowshow.libsyn.com/
Facebook-The Woof Meow Show: https://www.facebook.com/WoofMeowShow/
Website-ForceFreePets-https://forcefreepets.com/
Facebook-ForceFreePets-https://www.facebook.com/ForceFreePets

Recommended Resources

Articles on Don’s Blog
( http://www.words-woofs-meows.com  )

 What Is Dog Traininghttp://bit.ly/WhatIsDogTraining

How to Choose a Dog Trainerhttp://bit.ly/HowToChooseADogTrainer

Dog Training – A Rescue Dogs Perspective – WWM JAN2016 – http://bit.ly/Rescue-Muppy

Reward Based Training versus Aversives –  http://bit.ly/RewardVSAversive

What Is Clicker Training? – http://bit.ly/WhatIsClickerTraining

Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Started Training Dogs – Gus, the Dominance Myth, An Alpha Roll, and a Damaged Relationship – WWM-SEP2018 http://bit.ly/Things-Gus-Dominance

Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Selected My First Dog – Aversives are Unnecessary and Counter-Productive When Training A Dog – Part 1 – WWM-JAN2019 http://bit.ly/Things-Aversives-1

Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Selected My First Dog – Aversives are Unnecessary and Counter-Productive When Training A Dog – Part 2 – WWM-FEB2019 –  http://bit.ly/Things-Aversives-2

Podcasts from The Woof Meow Show
( http://bit.ly/WfMwPodcasts )

Green Acres Kennel Shop’s Puppy Headstart Class Goes ONLINE-21JUN20https://bit.ly/WfMw-GAKS-PuppyONLINE-21JUN20

 

 

 

 

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Podcast – Cat Behavior Problems with Dr. Christine Calder – 13FEB21

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In this episode of The Woof Meow Show from February 13th, 2021, Don talks with veterinary behaviorist Dr. Christine Calder from Calder Veterinary Behavior Services about common behavioral problems with cats. The show starts with a discussion of what constitutes normal cat behavior and how providing cats with a means to express those normal behaviors helps prevent behavior problems. Then we move on to the most common behavioral issue reported by cat parents; inappropriate urination and defecation. Dr. Calder reviews the causes and triggers of this behavior, how it is diagnosed and how it is treated.  Next, we address feline aggression towards other cats, other pets, and people. Lastly, we review some of the less common behavioral concerns: predatory behavior, wool sucking, and night yowling. If you want to better understand your cat’s behavior, you will not want to miss this show.

You can listen to The Woof Meow Show on Z62 Retro Radio, AM620, and WKIT HD3 at 9 AM on Saturday. If you are not near a radio, listen on your computer at http://bit.ly/AM620-WZON or your smartphone or tablet with the free WZON 620 AM app. A podcast of the show is typically posted immediately after the show. You can download this show and others at http://bit.ly/WfMwPodcasts, at Don’s blog http://bit.ly/Words-Woofs-Meows and the Apple iTunes store.

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Contact Info

Dr. Christine Calder
Calder Veterinary Behavior Services

Phone: 207-298-4375
Email-Email Dr. Calder
Website: https://www.caldervbs.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Christine-Calder-DVM-DACVB-Veterinary-Behaviorist-104864721012254/

 

Don Hanson & Kate Dutra
Green Acres Kennel Shop, ForceFreePets.com & The Woof Meow Show

Location: 1653 Union St, Bangor, ME 04401-2204
Phone: (207) 945-6841, x103
Email-Email Don
Website-Green Acres: https://www.greenacreskennel.com/
Facebook-Green Acres : https://www.facebook.com/GreenAcresKennelShop/
Website-The Woof Meow Show: https://woofmeowshow.libsyn.com/
Facebook-The Woof Meow Show: https://www.facebook.com/WoofMeowShow/
Website-ForceFreePets-https://forcefreepets.com/
Facebook-ForceFreePets-https://www.facebook.com/ForceFreePets

Recommended Resources

Articles on Don’s Blog
( http://www.words-woofs-meows.com  )

Cat Behavior – Inappropriate Elimination (Urination & Defecation) – http://bit.ly/Cat-Inapp-ElimUrin

Cat Litter: Who Gets to Choose?http://bit.ly/CatLitter-Choices

Get Your Cat to Love Their Carrierhttp://bit.ly/Cats-Carriers

Podcasts from The Woof Meow Show
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Podcast – Introducing Dr. Christine Calder, Maine’s 1st Veterinary Behavioristhttp://bit.ly/WMw-DrCalderVetBhx

Podcast – Anxiety, Fears & Phobias with Dr. Christine Calderhttps://bit.ly/WfMw-AnxFrPhbiaDrCalder

Podcast – Separation Anxiety in Dogs with Dr. Christine Calderhttps://bit.ly/WfMw-SepAnxDrCalder

Podcast – Spaying & Neutering with Dr. Christine Calderhttp://bit.ly/WfMw-SpayNeuter2020

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