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This show focuses on educating dog and cat parents about health issues, nutrition, training, behavior and everything related to sharing your life with a pet. Topics in the past have included: Dealing with a Barking Dog, Picking the Perfect Pet, APDT C.L.A.S.S., Insurance Issues, Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Pet Nutrition, Litter Box Training and many others. Hosted by Don Hanson, BFRAP, CDBC, CPDT-KA and Kate Dutra, CPDT-KA of the Green Acres Kennel Shop in Bangor, Maine, the show is broadcast on the Voice of Maine (WVOM, 103.9FM & WVQM 101.3FM). Past guests on the show have been Dr. Mark Hanks, Dr. Judy Herman, Colleen Pelar, Kathryn Miles, Mychelle Blake, Chad Montrie, Pat Miller, Joel Walton, Dr. David Cloutier and Suzan Bell.

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In this episode of The Woof Meow Show from February 10th, 2018 Kate and Don talk with Stephanie Ambrose Fournier of Cerebellar Hypoplasia Advocates of Maine about this developmental condition which affects cats. We discuss the disorder, its symptoms, how it is diagnosed, and what it is like to live with a cat with cerebellar hypoplasia. Stephanie has shared her home with several CH cats and will tell us some of her stories about Oliver, Fallon, Weebs, and Daisy. Lastly, we talk about Cerebellar Hypoplasia Advocates of Maine and how they have helped several CH cats from around the world.

You can hear 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://www.wzonthepulse.com or your smartphone or tablet with the free WZON 620 AM app. A podcast of the show is typically posted immediately after the show and can be downloaded at www.woofmeowshow.com and the Apple iTunes store.  

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In this episode of The Woof Meow Show from February 3, 2018, Kate and Don discuss the various aspects of spaying and neutering dogs and cats with Dr. Katie Carter of the River Road Veterinary Hospital. Neutering pets is an important topic, which is why we do a show on it every year. While this topic used to be much more cut and dried, it has gotten a bit more complex, especially the timing of spaying and neutering. It is a subject that has implications for animal welfare as well as physical and behavioral health. During the show, we discuss the actual process of spaying and neutering, animal welfare implications, as well as medical and behavioral pros and cons of this surgical procedure. If you have a pet or are considering getting a pet, this is a subject you need to know and understand.

 

You can hear 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://www.wzonthepulse.com or your smartphone or tablet with the free WZON 620 AM app. A podcast of the show is typically posted immediately after the show and can be downloaded at www.woofmeowshow.com and the Apple iTunes store.  

Direct download: WoofMeowShow-2018-02-03Spay_Neuter_Katie_Carter.mp3
Category:Pet Health & Wellness -- posted at: 10:05am EST
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Kate and Don answer questions from their audience. In their 29th Listener Question show they address;

  • How do I best prepare my medium-length fur cockapoo to go outside for her 15-20 minute potty breaks in really low temps & snow?
  • I was recently blessed with my first grandchild! My dogs are great with older children but have never been around a baby. What is the best way to introduce my two 10-year-old Dobermans to a newborn in the house?
  • I have a 5-year-old rescue that will chew fabric such as blankets, her bed, and even the carpet if not watched and is also terrified of lights such as the flash from a camera and noises such as from toy guns and thunder. How can we soothe her anxiety?
  • What should I consider when looking for a place to board my cat?
  • We have two new rescues that that are aggressive towards each other and me, can you evaluate them and determine if they will get along?
  • I have a new rescue dog. What is a good age to bring them to a training class?
Direct download: WoofMeowShow-2018-01-27Listener_Questions_No29.mp3
Category:Listener Questions -- posted at: 10:05am EST
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In this episode of The Woof Meow Show from January 20th, 2018, Kate and Don answer questions from their audience. In their 28th Listener Question show they address;

  • How do I help my new cat get to overcome her fear and acclimate to her new home?
  • How do I deal with a dog that hangs around in the kitchen when I am preparing food?
  • My dog barks incessantly, how do I get him to stop barking?
  • When getting a kitten is it better to get two?
  • Should we get two puppies at the same time?
  • How does Green Acres Kennel Shop determine what pets foods they sell?
Direct download: WoofMeowShow-2018-01-20Listener_Questions_No28.mp3
Category:Listener Questions -- posted at: 10:05am EST
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Kate and Don address the questions; Why is training a dog so important, What will one typically learn in a dog training class, Why the methods used to train dogs are so important, What one should look for in a dog training instructor, and the dog training offers scheduled for Green Acres Kennel Shop in 2018. If you have a new dog, or an older dog, you will want to tune into this show so that you can how to ensure you and your dog become and remain best friends for life.

FMI - http://whttp://www.greenacreskennel.com/dog-trainingww.greenacreskennel.com/dog-training

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This is one of Kate and Don’s favorite shows as they discuss holiday gift ideas for pets and people with pets. They talk about old favorites like the squeaky and grunty Hedge Hog, as well as new items like the book A Kids' Comprehensive Guide to Speaking Dog!. They suggest their favorite toys, leashes, treats and more. If you are looking for that special gift for your pets, tune in!

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Kate and Don talk with Robert Crone and Laurie Qualey from the Eastern Area Agency on Aging about the vital services this agency and its volunteers provide for seniors in Penobscot, Piscataquis, Hancock, and Washington counties. They discuss the Furry Friends Food Bank, its inception, and Green Acres Kennel Shop's annual fundraiser for this cause that helps keep pets and senior together and healthy. Tune in and learn how you can help!

You can Learn more at http://bit.ly/FFFB-Donate

 

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Like it or not the seasons are changing. With the change in season, we get colder temperatures, less daylight, and other changes in our environment which will affect both us and our pets. Add to that the fact that the last two months of the year are jam-packed with both the joy and chaos of numerous frenetic activities and holiday festivities. It can be a tough time of year for our pets who overall are not big fans of change and disruption of their routines. In this week's show, Kate and Don discuss how to deal with snow, cold and ice and how to dress yourself and your dog when you are out at night or in the woods during the day. We talk about a wide variety of potential seasonal hazards such as antifreeze, wood stoves, wood piles, candy, and more. Lastly, we discuss how to deal with the holidays so that they are enjoyable for you, your pets and your guests.

You can read an article on this topic at http://www.greenacreskennel.com/blog/2015/11/23/seasonal-issues-cold-weather-and-holiday-tips-for-pets/

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While Don and Kate would never recommend using a shock collar on a dog for any reason, they recognize that not everyone who uses a shock collar on their dog does so understanding the harm it can cause. Sadly, often the companies that sell and manufacture shock collars do not provide you with all of the information you need to make an informed decision. This show addresses the following questions; What is a shock collar?, How are shock collars used?, How does a shock collar change a dog’s behavior?, What makes the use of a shock collar inappropriate?, What do experts say about shock collars?, and what can people concerned about a dogs well-being do to help prevent dogs from getting shocked?

We invite you to tune in and learn more about shock collars and their dangers.

For an article that corresponds to this show go to - http://bit.ly/ShockCollars

To learn more about the Shock-Free movement in Maine go to - http://bit.ly/Shock-FreeME

To learn more about the Shock-Free movement worldwide go to - http://www.shockfree.org

To take the Shock-Free pledge go to - https://www.petprofessionalguild.com/Sign-The-Pledge

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Don appears on the Pulse Morning Show ( http://www.wzonthepulse.com/ ) with Don Cookson and Paul Allen to discuss DOGSENSE ( https://www.classy.org/event/understanding-dog-behavior/e144968 ) a fundraiser and seminar for  The Ark Animal Shelter ( http://thehttp://thearkpets.org/arkpets.org/ ). If you are thinking about getting a dog or already share your life with a dog you will not want to miss DOGSENSE.

The seminar will be held on Saturday, October 28th at the Machias Savings Bank in Brewer. 

Also discussed is this weekends episode of The Woof Meow Show ( www,woofmeowshow.com ) The Unintended Consequences of Shock Collars. You can tune in at 9 AM on Saturday at the Pulse AM 620 stream ( click for stream ) or watch for the posting of the podcast at 10 AM here at Libsyn ( http://woofmeowshow.libsyn.com/webpage ), the Apple iTunes store or at Don's Blog ( www.words-woofs-meows.com )

Direct download: Don-Hanson-10-17-17.m4a
Category:Appearances on The Pulse AM 620 -- posted at: 12:15pm EST
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If you are a pet care professional, a pet parent/owner/guardian, or someone that cares deeply about the humane treatment of pets, you will not want to miss this show.

Don talks with Niki Tudge, the founder of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG). We discuss the mission of the PPG, its Guiding Principles, and its members which include pet parents as well as pet care professionals such as trainers, boarding kennels, daycares, groomers, veterinarians and more. The PPG offers divisions for those interested in dogs, cats, horses, and shelter, and rescue work. Lastly, we discuss the latest work of the advocacy division which launched the Shock-Free Coalition ( http://www.shockfree.org ) on September 25th, which is "…an initiative that aims to build an international movement committed to eliminating shock devices once and for all in the care, training, and management of pets."

Shock Free Coalition of Maine  – http://bit.ly/Shock-FreeME

The Unintended Consequences of Shock Collar – http://bit.ly/ShockCollars

You can hear The Woof Meow Show on The Pulse AM620, WZON, and WKIT HD3 at 9 AM on Saturday. If you are not near a radio, listen on your computer at http://www.wzonthepulse.com or your smartphone or tablet with the free WZON 620 AM app. A podcast of the show is typically posted immediately after the show and can be downloaded at www.woofmeowshow.com and the Apple iTunes store.

 

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Direct download: WoofMeowShow-2017-09-30_PPG_-Shock-Free_Coalition-Niki_Tudge.mp3
Category:Animal Welfare -- posted at: 10:00am EST
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Kate and Don talk with Hugh Dorigo about his new film Dogs, Cats, and Scapegoats. The film looks at shelters, rescues, breeders, laws and regulations, and training and behavior methodologies and examines how they are helping or not helping cats and dogs. A wide range of experts are interviewed in the film, and it clearly will give any pet lover much to consider. If you care about pets, you will want to watch this film. You can do so at - https://vihttps://vimeo.com/230807934meo.com/230807934

 

You can hear The Woof Meow Show on The Pulse AM620, WZON, and WKIT HD3 at 9 AM on Saturday. If you are not near a radio, listen on your computer at http://www.wzonthepulse.com or your smartphone or tablet with the free WZON 620 AM app. A podcast of the show is typically posted immediately after the show and can be downloaded at www.woofmeowshow.com and the Apple iTunes store.   

Direct download: WoofMeowShow-2017-09-23-Dogs_Cats_and_Scapegoats-Hugh_Dorigo.mp3
Category:Animal Welfare -- posted at: 10:00am EST
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Don interviews Executive Director Vince Ewald from The Ark Animal Shelter in Cherryfield, ME. We discuss the long history of The Ark, its mission, how it accomplishes that mission, the Ark’s amazing corps of volunteers, their spay/neuter efforts and educational programs. Of course, we discuss the type of pets one can find at the Ark and how you can help them find a forever home. We even talk about the debut of a children’s book, Hope for Someday, written by Vince and illustrated by the President of The Ark’s Board, Tom Leigh. It is the story of two pups who find their way into a shelter much like The Ark. If you have a child in your life, I recommend it highly!

Lastly, we discuss a seminar Don and Kate will be presenting on October 28th. Their seminar Understanding Dog Behavior, Communication, and Learning is a fundraiser for The Ark Animal Shelter and will take place on Saturday, October 28th in the community room at Machias Savings Bank in Brewer. The cost is $50, and all proceeds will go to The Ark.

Understanding Dog Behavior, Communication, and Learning will examine the facts and myths about canine behavior and discuss how people and dogs communicate so that we have a better understanding of one another. Don and Kate will also discuss how dogs learn and humane training methods. During lunch, we will show the documentary film Pet Fooled which talks about the pet food industry. After lunch, Kate and Don will be available for a 60-minute question and answer period.

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Kate and Don use the AKC Breed Groups as a guide, discussing why factors such as coat type, size, temperament, and what a breed was originally bred to do should be considered when you get a dog. We also discuss those marvelous mutts and a study which indicates that predicting a dogs breed makeup based on appearance is more likely to be wrong than correct.

Direct download: WoofMeowShow2-017-09-16-Does_My_Dogs_Breed_Matter.mp3
Category:Dogs -- posted at: 1:39pm EST
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Kate, Don and talk with Suzan Prendergast and Stacey Coventry from the Bangor Humane Society. We discuss their mission, and how you can help animals by volunteering or donating to BHS. Lastly, we discuss their upcoming fundraiser the 24th Annual Paws on Parade. Tune in and learn more about this incredible asset to the greater Bangor community.

http://support.bangorhumane.org/site/TR?fr_id=1040&pg=entry

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If you want to learn how to feed your cat for a long, healthy life, our guest has had cats live to be 32, and most of her cats live into their twenties; you will not want to miss this show. Our guest is Kymythy Schultze, a Clinical Nutritionist, and Animal Health Instructor, and the author of Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats: The Ultimate Diet, The Natural Nutrition No-Cook Book, and Natural Nutrition for Cats: The Path to Purrfect Health. In the first section of the show we talk about nutrition for pets in general, and in the remainder of the show, we focus on cats and how to feed them for health and vitality.

Check my blog, www.words-woofs-meows.com, for excerpts from our interview with Kymythy.

You can hear The Woof Meow Show on The Pulse AM620, WZON, and WKIT HD3 at 9 AM on Saturday. If you are not near a radio, listen on your computer at http://www.wzonthepulse.com or your smartphone or tablet with the free WZON 620 AM app. A podcast of the show is typically posted immediately after the show and can be downloaded at www.woofmeowshow.com and the Apple iTunes store.   

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n this episode of The Woof Meow Show on July 22, 2017, the second in a two-part series on vaccinations for dogs, Kate and Don talk with Dr. Judy Herman of the Animal Wellness Center in Augusta, Maine. In this show, we start by discussing what the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) classifies as non-core vaccines, those not required by every dog. We discuss Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex (CIRDC), more commonly known as canine cough and the vaccines and homeopathic nosode used for canine cough. In the second segment of the show we address canine Leptospirosis, and in segment three, Lyme disease.

You can hear The Woof Meow Show on The Pulse AM620, WZON, and WKIT HD3 at 9 AM on Saturday. If you are not near a radio, listen on your computer at http://www.wzonthepulse.com or your smartphone or tablet with the free WZON 620 AM app. A podcast of the show is typically posted immediately after the show and can be downloaded at www.woofmeowshow.com and the Apple iTunes store.   

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In this first of a two-part series on vaccinations for dogs, Kate and Don talk with Dr. Judy Herman of the Animal Wellness Center in Augusta, Maine. In this show, we discuss what vaccines are and why vaccines are important for our pets. We discuss the different type of vaccines; modified live, killed, and recombinant and the differences between them and the infectious organisms they address; viruses versus bacteria. The Rabies Challenge Fund is discussed along with their latest research that indicates the Rabies vaccine is good for at least seven years. Chronic diseases that have been linked to over vaccinations are also addressed. Dr. Herman explains titer testing as an alternative to vaccinations for pets that have had reactions to vaccinations.

In the second segment of the show, Dr. Herman discusses which vaccines she recommends for puppies and older dogs starting off with an assessment of the dog’s health before she recommends anything. She stresses that it is imperative that a dog be healthy when vaccinated. The immunity puppies receive from their mother is also explained.

In the last segment of the show, we discuss the American Animal Hospital Associations (AAHA) recommended core vaccines; vaccines that the AAHA recommended for every dog. We also discuss the pros and cons of getting multiple vaccinations in a single shot or doing them singly at separate appointments. We consider dogs that are more likely to have an adverse reaction to a vaccine and some of the vaccine ingredients, like Mercury, that are suspected of causing adverse reactions. One reason why you want to ask your veterinarian about the specifics of the vaccines that they are using.

You can hear The Woof Meow Show on The Pulse AM620, WZON, and WKIT HD3 at 9 AM on Saturday. If you are not near a radio, listen on your computer at http://www.wzonthepulse.com or your smartphone or tablet with the free WZON 620 AM app. A podcast of the show is typically posted immediately after the show and can be downloaded at www.woofmeowshow.com and the Apple iTunes store.   

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Kate and Don answer several listener submitted questions on topics such as: what to do about dogs that get anxious in the car, grooming for senior cats, how to define the relationship between our dog and ourselves, how to deal with cats that have stopped eating in a particular room, requirements for boarding a dog at Green Acres, equipment used to teach a dog to walk politely, and the appropriateness of fish in a cat's diet.

You can hear The Woof Meow Show on The Pulse AM620, WZON, and WKIT HD3 at 9 AM on Saturday. If you are not near a radio, listen on your computer at http://www.wzonthepulse.com or your smartphone or tablet with the free WZON 620 AM app. A podcast of the show is typically posted immediately after the show and can be downloaded at www.woofmeowshow.com and the Apple iTunes store.   

Direct download: WoofMeowShow-2017-07-08-Listener_Questions_No_27.mp3
Category:Listener Questions -- posted at: 10:00am EST
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In this episode of The Woof Meow Show on June 17th, 2017, Kate and Don chat with Karen Shanahan and Matt Munzer from Pets Global, the company that developed Zignature dog food. Zignature is a line of limited ingredient, low glycemic foods ideal for dogs suffering from food allergies and tolerances or those that are overweight.

Topics covered include:

  • The origins of Zignature dog food.
  • Limited ingredient diets and why they are essential for many dogs that are allergic or intolerant to certain food ingredients, like chicken.
  • The premise behind Zignature – foods free of chicken, as well as grains and potato. These ingredients can cause allergies, yeast infections, and weight problems in many dogs.
  • Why meat is the first two ingredients in all Zignature foods which provide more protein and increased palatability.
  • Ingredients and Zignature’s commitment to sourcing what goes in their food from its most natural source. The non-meat ingredients used by Zignature vary from formula to formula. These ingredients include peas, chickpeas, sunflower oil, flaxseed, alfalfa meal, blueberries, carrots, and cranberries. We discuss how these ingredients are processed to ensure optimal bioavailability.
  • Why Zignature uses no chicken at all. Chicken is not used as a protein source nor as a source of fat. Chicken is not inherently a bad ingredient but is has been used extensively in pet food for decades and hence, some dogs have grown intolerant to it. Also, Zignature believes in truth in advertising. There are other pet foods that might be labeled as being “duck” or “venison, ” but they also include chicken.
  • Why Zignature is free of potatoes, tapioca, and grains. These ingredients often contribute to yeast (Candida) outbreaks in dogs, which can cause ear and skin issues.
  • Why sourcing of ingredients is important to Zignature. The quality of the ingredients determines the quality of the food. Some ingredients used in Zignature come from outside the USA because the USA is not always the best source for high-quality For a list of the benefits of the ingredients used in Zignature dog food, go to - http://zignature.com/?page_id=624&lang=en
  • Why Zignature does extensive testing on ingredients both before they are used and after the manufacture of the Zignature product. Testing is completed internally and by an outside independent laboratory before any product is shipped. They test to make sure the food contains the ingredients that it is supposed to contain, in the proper amounts, and that the food is not adulterated with any unacceptable ingredients.
  • Where Zignature’s dry formula food is manufactured. Zignature has contracted with Tuffy’s, the company behind NutriSource, PureVita and Natural Planet to manufacture their dry dog food. Tuffy’s is a family owned company in Minnesota that Green Acres knows and trusts.
  • Where Zignature’s canned formulas are manufactured. Zignature’s canned products are mad by Performance Pet, a certified organic facility located in South Dakota.
  • The importance of the Glycemic Index when selecting pet food ingredients. All food items consumed are broken down in the body. Carbohydrates are converted into fats and sugars. Foods higher on the glycemic index contain more sugar. Too many dogs are obese, and the incidence of diabetes in dogs is on the rise. Zignature selects ingredients that are lower on the Glycemic index, like peas and chickpeas. This helps combat obesity, diabetes, as well as the overproduction of yeast (Candida) which is responsible for ear and skin conditions and itchiness. Ingredients (white potato, brown rice, tapioca) used by many other companies are much higher on the glycemic index. This allows Zignature to be certified as a low glycemic dog food, which makes it an excellent choice for dogs that are overweight or diabetic.
  • Zignature’s novel approach to fiber content. Zignature products have higher amounts of fiber than many other dog foods, approximately 4.5 % to 6.5% fiber, on average, as compared to 4% in other foods. Zignature uses higher quality sources of fiber (alfalfa meal and flaxseed), as opposed to some food companies that use powdered cellulose (sawdust) or peanut hulls. The fiber in Zignature is beneficial for anal glands and acts like a fishermen’s net, clearing the colon of non-digested material, which keeps it out of the blood stream.
  • Zignature’s many adult formulas; Catfish, Duck, Kangaroo, Lamb, Pork, Salmon, Trout & Salmon, Whitefish, and Venison and how they make it easy for you to rotate your dog's FMIhttp://www.greenacreskennel.com/blog/2012/05/04/nutrition-why-rotating-diets-makes-sense/
  • The benefits of Kangaroo as a protein source.
  • Zignature’s canned foods and why they are gum-free. Zignature uses no carrageenan, guar gum, xanthan gum, or locust bean gum in their canned foods. These food additives, often used in canned pet food, can contribute to inflammation and irritable bowel disease.

FMI - http://www.greenacreskennel.com/blog/2017/06/19/pet-nutrition-zignature-limited-ingredient-dog-food/

Direct download: WoofMeowShow-2017-06-17-Introducing_Zignature_Dog_Food.mp3
Category:Pet Food & Nutrition -- posted at: 12:00pm EST
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