Shared Facebook Post – Mighty Dog Graphics – Summer Heat Hazards

Mighty Dog Graphics (  ) is located in Dublin, Ireland. They create some excellent educational posters for pet parents and pet care professionals. They have graciously allowed us to share some of these posters with you.

This month I am including two graphics, both dealing with the effect higher temperatures can have on our pets.

This is the time of year when you need to seriously consider leaving your dog at home if you there is any chance you will need to leave them in the car. If it is only 72 degrees outside, the temperature inside of a car can reach 117 degrees in just 60 minutes. Our pets are very susceptible to heat and it seems like reminding people should be unnecessary, but the fact is pets die in cars every year. < Click to download this poster >

Dogs love their walks, and hopefully you do so as well. As the temperatures rise you need to give careful though as to when and where you walk your dog. The best times are early in the morning or early evening, when the temperatures are lower. As for places, avoid asphalt/black top. I suspect we all know how effectively blacktop absorbs the suns rays and becomes extremely hot. Before walking your dog on any surface check its temperature by placing the back of your hand against the surface and holding it there for 5 seconds. If it is too hot for you, it is too hot for your dog’s paws. < Click to download this poster >


Shared Blog Post – Stress and your cat’s health – a new study explores the connection – Mikel Maria Delgado

This April 18th post from the blog of Mikel Maria Delgado, cats and squirrels and other important things…, discusses a study which examines the connection between stress and the incidence of feline idiopathic cystitis (FIC) in cats. Signs of this disorder include straining to urinate, urinating outside the litter box, or blood in the urine. The study indicated that the five top factors related to FIC were:

  1. being male,
  2. having a litter box with non-clumping litter,
  3. living with other cats,
  4. living in an apartment (versus a house),
  5. and not having an elevated vantage point for use (such as a cat condo or vertical space).

To read Delgado’s post, go to

To read an abstract of the study, go to

To download a PDF of the entire study, go to


Shared Blog Post – Blogs by the Guild – The Pet Professional Guild Position Statement On The Use of Shock In Animal Training

Today the Pet Professional Guild ( ) shared their position statement on the use of shock in animal training on Blogs by the Guild, part of PPG World Services. The post starts out by stating:

It is Pet Professional Guild’s (PPG) view that electric shock in the guise of training constitutes a form of abuse towards pets, and, given that there are highly effective, positive training alternatives, should no longer be a part of the current pet industry culture of accepted practices, tools or philosophies. In this position statement, PPG will combine decades of research with the opinions of certified animal behaviorists, and highlight the question of ethics to explain why using electric shock in the name of training and care is both ineffective and harmful.” [Emphasis added]

I encourage anyone who truly is concerned about the best interests of dogs to read the PPG position statement ( ) and to take the next step and sign the Shock-Free Coalition pledge at

Click here to view a list of Maine Pet Care Professionals that are committed to not using electric shock.

Recommended Resources

Articles on Don’s Blog ( )

The Unintended Consequences of Shock Collars –

Is Your Dog Your Best Friend or a Family Member? If Yes, Then Please Join Me and Take the Pledge –

Reward Based Training versus Aversives

The PPG and AAHA – Making A Kinder World for Dogs

How to choose a dog trainer

Please Be Cautious When Choosing Who Cares For Your Pets

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 –

Selecting A Pet Care Provider – Yes! A Trend Towards Kinder and Gentler Professional Pet Care – The PPG – Part 2


Podcasts from The Woof Meow Show ( )

Podcast – The Unintended Consequences of Shock Collars

Podcast – The Pet Professional Guild and the Shock-Free Coalition with Niki Tudge

Podcast –Pet Behavior, Vets & The AAHA Canine and Feline Behavior Management Guidelines – Dr. Dave Cloutier – Veazie Veterinary Clinic

The Unintended Consequence of Shock Collars

From the Green Acres Kennel Shop Web Site

Press Release – Green Acres Kennel Shop Joins the Shock-Free Coalition –

Maine Shock-Free Coalition –

Green Acres Kennel Shop Position on the Use of Dominance and Punishment for the Training and Behavior Modification of Dogs

Green Acres Kennel Shop Position Statement on Pet Friendly, Force-Free Pet Care

From the Shock-Free Coalition Web Site ( )

The Shock-Free Pledge –

The Shock-Free Pledge (PDF) –

What is shock training

Electronic Fences, What You Need to Know

Are Electronic Shock Collars Painful or Just Annoying to Dogs?

What Experts Say

Myths and Misconceptions

Web Articles

Can Aggression in Dogs Be Elicited Through the Use of Electronic Pet Containment Systems?;jsessionid=nFup

Training dogs with help of the shock collar: short and long term behavioural effects

Association of Pet Behaviour Counselors Press Release on Shock Collars

Dog Trainer & Author Pamela Dennison on Invisible Fences

A scene on shock collars from the documentary Dogs, Cats and Scapegoats


Shared Facebook Post – Doodles & Grooming from Ragamuffin: A Full Service Grooming Salon

If you have any type of Doodle, I encourage you to read this post from Ragamuffin: A Full Service Grooming Salon. Doodles have become a very popular dog breed and because of the great variation in type of coat from Doodle to Doodle they can have very different grooming requirements; however, they all need to be brushed and combed at home DAILY if you want to keep them in a full, fluffy coat.

If you need to learn how to do this, make an appointment to discuss this with our groomer, Peggy, at Green Acres Kennel Shop.

< Click to Read the Post >


Shared Blog Post – Many Pet Parents Now Demand This, Saving Their Pets From Potential Agony

The Difference Between Being An Anti-Vaxxer and a Responsible-Vaxxer

In this blog post from February 11th, veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker discusses pet vaccination protocols and the difference between an anti-vaxxer and those recognizing the importance of taking a responsible approach to vaccinating pets, which concerns the over-vaccinating of pets. Dr. Becker notes that “Vaccines should never be viewed as “harmless preventive medicine,” as they can trigger vaccinosis and very significant disease in pets” and discusses how using titer tests can help prevent over-vaccination.

If you are interested in vaccinating your pet as safely as possible, I encourage you to read this article < click here > and those listed below.

Recommended Resources

Articles on Don’s Blog ( )

Shared Blog Post – AAHA Vaccination Guidelines 2017 for Dogs – A Review by Dr. Jean Dodds –

Shared Blog Post – Updated Canine Vaccination Guidelines by Nancy Kay, DVM –

Vaccinations–Interviews with Dr. Ron Schultz –

How to Report Adverse Reactions to Vaccines, Drugs, Devices, Foods, and Flea and Tick Products –

Complementary Medicine – Tikken – Vaccines, Aggression & Homeopathy—

Shared Blog Post – It’s Time to Put a Stop to the Mindless Over-Vaccination of Pets –


Podcasts from The Woof Meow Show )

Podcast – A Holistic Approach to Vaccines for Dogs – Part 1 w/Dr. Judy Herman –

Podcast – A Holistic Approach to Vaccines for Dogs – Part 2 w/Dr. Judy Herman –

Vaccinations- Why they are important, Core Vaccines & Vaccination Schedules w/Dr. Ronald Schultz (June 22nd, 2013) –

Vaccinations, Titer Testing, Non-Core Vaccines and Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex with Dr. Ron Schultz (June 29th, 2013) –

 Vaccinations– Non-Core Vaccines for Cats and Adverse Reactions to Vaccines with Dr. Ron Schultz (July 6th, 2013) –

Vaccinations – The Rabies Challenge Fund with Dr. Ron Schultz (July 13th, 2013) –

Podcast – Holistic and Complementary Wellness for Pets – Our Personal Journey —


Shared Blog Post – How to Help Ease the Emotional Burden of Caring for a Dying Pet

How to Help Ease the Emotional Burden of Caring for a Dying Pet – Caring for a terminally ill pet is not easy. In her blog post from February 3rd, 2018, veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker offers suggestions on how to make this emotional process easier.

To read the full post

Shared Article – Why do dogs eat poop? New research suggests an ancient answer

This article from Karin Brulliard in The Washington Post discusses some new theories on why dogs eat feces.

This is a question we are asked several times a year. Highlights from the article are:

This new paper from UC-Davis indicates that “…16 percent of pups consume other canines’ feces “frequently,” having been spotted doing it more than six times by their owners. The vast majority prefer their poop to be fresh, or no more than one to two days since deposit.”

The paper does not indicate why dogs eat feces. In fact, no evidence was found that connects poop-eating with age, diet, or compulsive behaviors such as tail-chasing.

The researcher behind the paper has theorized that dogs eat fresh poop to destroy parasite eggs found in the poop. When they consume the poop the acid in their stomach destroys the eggs.

Ma recommendation if you have a poop-eater is to pick up the poop and dispose of it immediately. It works. Always.


Shared Blog Post – Pet Obesity Rises for 7th Straight Year, and It’s Costly

An article in the January 3rd issue of Pets+ ( ) reports that cases of pet obesity have risen for the seventh straight year according to data from Nationwide, a pet insurance provider. Twenty percent of the 1.4 million pet insurance claims filed with Nationwide in 2016 were for conditions and diseases directly related to obesity, amounting to more than $62 million in veterinary expenses. According to Nationwide, the top 10 dog and cat obesity-related conditions are:

Most Common Dog
Obesity-Related Conditions
Most Common Cat
Obesity-Related Conditions
1.      Arthritis 1.      Bladder/Urinary Tract Disease
2.      Bladder/Urinary Tract Disease 2.      Chronic Kidney Disease
3.      Liver Disease 3.      Diabetes
4.      Low Thyroid Hormone 4.      Asthma
5.      Torn Knee Ligaments 5.      Liver Disease
6.      Diabetes 6.      Arthritis
7.      Disease Disc in the Spine 7.      High Blood Pressure
8.      Chronic Kidney Disease 8.      Heart Failure
9.      Heart Failure 9.      Gall Bladder Disorder
10.  High Blood Pressure 10.  Immobility of Spine


You can read the entire Pets+ article at

Recommended Resources

Articles on Don’s Blog ( )

Shared Blog Post – Pet Obesity, Is there a Genetic Connection?

Helping Your Dog Thrive – Brambell’s Five Freedoms – Part 1

Podcasts from The Woof Meow Show ( )

Podcast – Pet Obesity with Dr. Chris BarryKindred Spirits Veterinary Clinic