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JUNE 2018 Take this Copy Home!
ASK THE VET:
WHY IS HEARTWORM PREVENTION SO IMPORTANT?
HOW TO READ THEM & WHY THEY MATTER!
MEET NOAH & OMAR - HELPING KIDS AT ELLIOT PEDIATRIC SPECIALTIES IN MANCHESTER WOOFNEWENGLAND.COM || 1
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WOOF MAGAZINE MORE THAN A MAGAZINE
PUBLISHER Sullivan Grueter Communications, LLC
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Jill Sullivan Grueter MARKETING EXECUTIVE Melissa Diorio: email@example.com CONTRIBUTORS
Dr. Melissa Magnuson All Pets Veterinary Hospital Greenland Veterinary Hospital Canobie Lake Veterinary Hospital
Crystal Ward Kent Freelance Writer
Alexandra Shimer Friendly Pets
CREATIVE IDEAS Drew Davis Melissa Diorio Jill Sullivan Grueter PHOTOGRAPHY CONTRIBUTOR Jill Sullivan Grueter Shutterstock
here isn’t a day that goes by that I am not grateful for my dogs. And, I have a feeling I’m not alone! Dogs are so amazing. They have the ability to reduce stress, bring joy, calm hearts, and make life, well, better. This month, we had the pleasure of heading down to Elliot Pediatric Specialties in Manchester to meet a very handsome pup named, Noah. He is one of two therapy dogs helping to make the lives of their patients better. When we met Noah, it was apparent that Noah was made to be a therapy dog! His quiet disposition and calm demeanor
SPECIAL THANKS Elliot Pediatric Specialties and Elliot Health System. gave the whole office a sense of peace. It was remarkable to see patients and medial workers alike smile when they saw Noah. It again reminded me how lucky we are to have the companionship of dogs. I love this issue of Woof Magazine and the stories and articles we have this month. I hope you enjoy this issue as much as I do! Remember to reach out to me if you have a story or health topic you’d like to see covered. xo, Jill
Woof Magazine is printed every month in New Hampshire and distributed in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine. Please submit questions about advertising to Melissa@ woofnewengland.com and content questions to Jill@woofnewengland.com. Read Woof. Rebuild Animal Shelters.
woof Day! Jill and Melissa with Noah the Therapy Dog at Elliot Pediatric Specialties in Manchester, NH!
Left to right: Jill (Editor-in-Chief, Woof Magazine), Noah (Therapy Dog), Melissa (Business Development Exec at Woof Magzine).
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FROM WOOF’S MAILBAG If you’ve got a pet you’d like to see in Woof Magazine, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure the photo is high resolution!
KONA Playing in cape cod! Kona, age 1, Newcomb Hollow beach on cape cod. Gets his own water from the Poland spring water dispenser. Loves chewing elk horn. Runs on the beach but will not even put his feet in the water. Survived a category 5 hurricane in Turks and Caicos before being rescued. -Holly Rayder
Wallace from Dover! This is Wallace. He is six years old and from Dover, NH. His favorite activities are playing fetch at the beach, having a good roll in the grass, and cuddling with his mom. - Kim Lindquist
Wallace in Dover!
HARLOW FROM CHARLESTON, SC
Kona in Cape Cod!
Ooooh, look at that face!
Moxie & Nash
Moxie & Nash from Tenn!
Originally from Newburyport, Moxie is a 2 year old jack Russell terrier who loves lounging in the sun, playing ball, and snuggling under the covers. Nash is a 4 year old Australia shepherd mix who loves swimming,
squeaky toys and chasing squirrels. We all live happily in Nashville, TN. Moxie was hit by a truck last fall and almost died, but being full of “Moxie,” survived multiple injuries. Nash is a rescue from Big Fluffy Dog who was found as a stray and he’s happy to have a home with lots of treats and toys. - Allyson May
Harlow in SC!
We live outside of Charleston, SC. Harlow is almost 4 and would tell you that she is a person, not a dog! She loves to suck on her “blankie” to relax and fall asleep, and she loves her family, but is a big “scaredy cat”, as most Danes are. Heather Yager
TOMMIE FROM EXETER! He is a rescue living in Exeter, NH. His DNA test says that he is:Chihuahua, whippet, basenji, greyhound. He loves puppy daycare and the dog park along with chewing our furniture and barking at everyone on his street. (They’re all his streets, BTW). He especially loves rope toys and running. He’s faster than all the other pups at the park, but has a hard time stopping! He’ll be your best friend for a piece of hot dog or chicken and loves cuddling. - Ashley Kubik
Tommie from Exeter!
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upcoming local charity event
UNH 5k Pup Race! April 29th 10am-1pm
“Connect and Create with Wildlife!” Bat House Building
Did you know that a single big brown bat can eat over 1,000 mosquitos in an hour? Some little brown bats have been known to live 40 years! Now, more than ever, our bat neighbors need our help. Come and learn about our amazing bug squad neighbors, meet some bats up close, and reserve your spot to make and take a bat house to put up at your home to help our bat friends! Friday, July 13, 2018, 12:00pm-1:00pm, Center For Wildlife, 385 Mountain Rd, Cape Neddick, ME 03902, USA
$5.00 per person suggested donation for program, $20 Additional fee for bat house building workshop to cover materials. Reservations required. Email kbrodeur@thecenterforwildlife. org to reserve your spot!
READ WOOF. REBUILD SHELTERS. BEFORE
This shelter was struggling and on the verge of closure. Not only did it desperately need help with new kennels, air conditioning/heat, and a new ceiling - the volunteers didn’t even have a bathroom!
What happens when a shelter or rescue is forced to close because they can’t repair their crumbling building? Woof Magazine won’t let that happen!
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Woof’s founder, Jill, started The Project Pawsitive Foundation back in 2009, and since then has provided over a half million dollars in renovations, rebuilds, and grants to keep shelters and rescues open! Woof Magazine is created to provide a consistent revenue source for Project Pawsitive. Please read Woof and you can help us save shelters!
MEET NOAH & OMAR
5 WOOF MAILBAG We’ve got some great pups featured in this month’s Woof Mailbag! Do you want to see your pup featured? Email jill@ woofnewengland.com.
9 ASK THE VET: WHY IS HEARTWORM PREVENTION SO IMPORTANT?
Once your dog is infected with heartworms, then it must be treated. The treatment is involved, dangerous and expensive. Most dogs require X-rays of their heart because heartworm disease can cause heart failure.
10 PAWSITIVE PEDIATRICS
Crystal Ward Kent tells Woof Magazine readers an amazing story about two therapy dogs who are helping kids at a local doctors’ office.
13 FOOD LABELS: HOW TO READ THEM
What’s in there, anyway? An expert from Friendly Pets helps us figure out the right way to read our pet’s food label. There are so confusing!
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It’s feeling a lot like summer! The sun is shining and temps are getting warmer. Check out these cute products the Woof team is obsessing over! AMERICA DOG BOW
This navy plaid dog bow is great for the 4th of July or all year round! Beau’s Bows are made with an elastic loop that slips easily over your pet’s collar for the perfect fit. Starting at $10 on Etsy.com.
HEAVY DUTY PLAY POOLS FOR DOGS KEEP YOUR PUPS COOL THIS SUMMER!
We’ve used these pools at our animal shelter renovations! • Made with Truckbed Liner Material • Brass cap and drain for easy draining • Stays cool in the summer time • Chew and UV Resistant • 11”x44”x66” Available at Amazon.com at $320.
PAWS ABOARD NEOPRENE DOGGY RED LIFE JACKET
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PET TIPI This tipi will keep your pup out of the sun and will be an excellent talking point amongst guests at your barbecues. Shop now at ahalife.com. Available for $249.
While swimming is supposed to be instinctual for dogs, some breeds struggle to keep afloat while others tire quickly in the water. Just like your kids, suit up your four-legged friend in his life jacket before heading out on the boat or hanging out on the dock. It’ll give you peace of mind and this one is even Baywatch-approved! Excerpts from Style.com. Find this on Amazon starting at $24.08.
ASK THE VET
Question: Why is Heartworm Prevention so Important? Written by: Dr. Melissa Magnuson
All Pets Veterinary Hospital, Nashua, NH Canobie Lake Veterinary Hospital, Windham, NH Greenland Veterinary Hospital, Greenland, NH
Heartworm prevention is a pill or chew that a dog takes monthly to prevent heartworm infection. Mosquitos spread heartworm disease; once a mosquito bites your dog, it can give your dog heartworm disease. By giving a once a month pill, it kills all the baby heartworms growing in your dog. If you do not give the heartworm prevention pill monthly then the worms grow in the blood and develop into full size heartworm in about 6 months. Worms are about the size of a strand of spaghetti! This is why monthly heartworm prevention pills are so important. Once your dog is infected with heartworms, then it must be treated. The treatment is involved, dangerous and expensive. Most dogs require X-rays of their heart because heartworm disease can cause heart failure. X-rays are necessary to make sure the worms have not damaged the heart. Once treatment can be started a dog receives an injection of a medication to kill the heartworms, 30 and 31 days later, those injections are repeated. The injections are very painful and typically require hospitalization and pain medication. Strict rest is required after treatment because when the worms die, they can kill your dog if he or she does too vigorous of activity. Treatment typically costs an owner $12001500. On the flip side, heartworm prevention
(the once a month pill) costs between $40-70 per year per dog. This is a much better option! Last year 138 dogs were diagnosed with heartworm disease in New Hampshire! That means your dog is at risk because dogs are infected and if dogs are infected the mosquitos are infected and could bite YOUR dog! Dogs are not the only mammals that can get heartworm, cats, ferrets and people can get heartworm too! So prevention is key— get your heartworm prevention today from your veterinarian!
Last year 138 dogs were diagnosed with heartworm disease in New Hampshire!
About Melissa Magnuson, DVM Dr. Melissa Magnuson is a native of southern Minnesota, where she grew up on a small pig and cattle farm. Ever since she can remember, she’s wanted to be a veterinarian and fulfill her lifelong passion of helping animals. With a degree in biology and philosophy from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, she went on to work on a master’s degree at Southern Mississippi University. From there, she completed her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota in 1998. Her internship in small animal medicine, surgery, and emergency medicine brought her to the east coast. She has a special interest in surgery, emergency medicine, and avian and exotic animal care. Because she absolutely LOVES veterinary medicine, she never feels like she’s at work. She feels very lucky to have found her passion. Dr. Magnuson is married to her best friend, Andy, with whom she has three beautiful daughters. Her pets include four dogs, three cats, a bird, a bearded dragon, and a guinea pig. In her spare time, she enjoys being with her family outdoors, biking, hiking, swimming, and reading.
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How two dogs help kids overcome their fear oF doctor visits
WRITTEN BY CRYSTAL WARD KENT
Going to the doctor can make anyone nervous, especially children who are not sure what to expect. However, the physicians at Elliot Pediatric Specialties in Manchester, NH have found that a cold nose and a soft coat can go a long way toward reducing anxiety. Two key members of their team are Noah, a tail-wagging Golden Retriever, and Omar, a “smiling” Old English Bulldog, both of whom are pet therapists. The young patients at Elliot Pediatric Specialties love seeing the dogs, who give them gentle greetings and stay close by to provide reassurance. “The dogs help calm the patients,” says Dr. Mark Integlia, who also owns Noah. “They take away their anxiety and fear and make going to the doctors less traumatic.” Dr. Integlia and Dr. Matthew Hand, who owns Omar, knew that dogs had a wonderful capacity for healing and believed that integrating pet therapy into a day-to-day medical practice could yield positive results. “There are countless studies that show that dogs, and many other pets, can lower blood pressure and bring about positive health effects,” says Dr. Integlia. “We can see with our patients that their posture changes when the dogs come in; they start smiling and pet the dogs. They are definitely more relaxed.” Dr. Hand was the first to delve into the pet therapy experiment. While studying medicine in Maine, he became intrigued by the work of Dr. Andrew Weil, one of the founders of the integrated care approach in the United States. “With integrated care,
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you blend a number of treatments into one overall approach,” explains Dr. Hand. “You look at mind, body and spirit when considering ways to help the body heal. Interestingly, with integrated medicine, anything can be considered a modality-a way to bring about healing--and pet therapy was one of the items mentioned as successful in helping the healing process.” According to Dr. Hand, pet therapy was already being used in major hospitals and medical centers, but it was less common in clinics and especially in pediatric clinics. He thought it could be very useful with younger patients and was eager to give it a try. After reading up on the subject and talking to those in the pet therapy field, Dr. Hand got Omar and began training him. While Omar was just a puppy, he started bringing him to the office on weekends, getting him used to the layout and to spending time in his office. Soon thereafter, Dr. Integlia got Noah, and embarked on the therapy dog program. “I’m ex-military so I’ve seen the great work that dogs have done for injured soldiers and with the elderly,” he says. “My wife, Debbie, and I have always had Goldens--they are great dogs, friendly and with wonderful temperaments--and I started thinking about training one for therapy. I knew I needed a really laid back dog, and Noah fits the bill. He is completely comfortable at the clinic.” Elliot Hospital and its affiliates, such as Elliot Pediatric Specialties, are now certified for pet therapy via Pet Partners, a nationally-recognized program. Within the certification process there are different levels, based on the situations the dogs may be exposed to. Continued on page 14.
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Left: Omar and Riley. Right: Dr. Hand, Dr. Integlia, Lucas, and mom with Noah.
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A Q+A ABOUT PET FOOD LABELS
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How to “Properly Feed Felines” at Friendly Pet’s Exeter, NH Location. Visit FriendlyPets.com for more information.
WRITTEN BY: Alexandra Shimer Why is it so important to understand pet food labels? Understanding
pet food labels is as important as understanding what is in your own food. Most of us wouldn’t eat something without looking at the ingredient list, and the same thing is true for our pets. There are many fantastic foods on the market, but there are also some not so great ones. Fillers and by-products will leave your pet feeling hungry and can empty your wallet over time. Being able to identify those foods can make all the difference in your pets overall health and longevity.
Even though it’s wonderful to see exactly what is on these pet food labels they seem rather confusing. What are the components that make up pet food labels? First, it is important to understand
how pet food labels are regulated. In the United States, pet food labels are regulated at two levels. The first level, the FDA, established standards for all pet foods throughout the country. The second level of regulation is state level. Most states have adopted standards set by the Association of American Feed Control Officials or AFFCO. AFFCO regulations are more specific in regards to labeling and include the following: a nutritional adequacy statement, feeding directions, a calorie statement, and a guaranteed analysis. The guaranteed analysis lists the minimum levels of crude protein and fat as well as the maximum levels of fiber and water. These components are seen on the majority of bags of pet foods in stores around the country.
What are the top ingredients we want to see on food labels and what should we look out for? Are there any hidden ingredients we need to know about? Dog food labels are listed in order of most
abundant ingredients to least abundant. We want to see ingredients like meat listed towards the top, and less nutrient dense foods towards the bottom. Watch out for manufactures that split up ingredients to push them lower in the ingredient panel. It is common to see corn split up by type, including flaked, ground, or kibbled. Each of these ingredients are listed separately, but when put together they make up the majority of the food.
Meat can be another tricky ingredient in dog food because of the way it is processed. Whole wheat contains a large amount of water that is cooked off during the kibble making process. Meat “meals” contain more meat than water and do not throw off the guaranteed analysis of the food. One of the most discussed topics in pet food today is the use of grains, glutens, and by-products. Grains provide a source of carbohydrates requires for both the formation of the kibble as well as a source of energy for the animal. As pet owners we need to be careful of which carbohydrates are being used in our foods. It is best to stay away from brands that use products like corn gluten, wheat middlings, and brewer’s rice. These are by-products of other industries, such as the beer brewing industry, and are not as easily digested by the body. Ingredients such as sweet potato, brown rice, and peas are much better options.
I’ve looked at the ingredient panel on the food and everything looks good, so it must be a good food, right? When looking at your pet’s food it is also important to understand not only what the label tells you, but also what it doesn’t. Labels will not tell you the quality of the ingredients, where they were sourced from, or how they are manufactured. One time I had a guest come into the store who had a dog with a grain allergy. She had recently switched to a new grain-free food, but her dog was having a reaction regardless. After doing some research it was discovered that the company that made the food was using farm-raised fish that was being fed a corn based diet. The company also used fish by-products in their food, which included the digestive system. Even that small amount of grain was enough to cause a reaction in this dog’s sensitive stomach. After switching to a grain-free food that sourced wild-caught fish the reactions went away.
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FURRY FRIEND Continued from page 10. When only two years of age, Noah was already approved for “complex” situations, such as those found at a mental health center or geriatric facility. “He is very, very smart,” says Dr. Integlia. “When he comes into the clinic, he literally dials back his temperament so that he is even more chill than usual. He just intuits situations perfectly.” During the therapy certification process, Dr. Integlia learned some important lessons about working with Noah. “I learned that it’s important for me to be fully present for my dog,” he says. “Your dog depends on you; he takes his cues from you. We now have a routine which Noah has completely adapted to. I come into the office, get organized, then go greet the staff. After that, I start seeing patients and Noah hangs out in my office. We have pictures of Noah and Omar in the exam rooms and the nurses talk about the dogs and explain who they are prior to my coming in. Before I finish with the patients, I talk with the parents and the child about Noah, and then ask if they would like to meet him. If they say ‘yes,’ then I go get Noah and bring him into the exam room on leash. I tell the child that they are in control of Noah and give them the leash. That’s Noah’s cue to be with the child. Within a few minutes, he is sitting or lying down next to them and usually has his head in the child’s lap.” Both Dr. Integlia and Dr. Hand are quick to emphasize that any parents or children who are scared or uncomfortable around dogs, or who have allergies, are not pressured to meet Noah or Omar. “We have offices elsewhere where kids won’t have to encounter the dogs,” says Dr. Integlia. However, most patients are thrilled to meet the dogs, who clearly have made a difference. “It’s been amazing,” says Dr. Hand. “Many kids tell their parents to book their appointments on the days when the dogs are here. And when they have to have blood work done, they want the dogs present. We have some little ones who won’t have their labs done unless one of the dogs is with them. We know that no child wants to go to the doctors, but thanks to Omar and Noah, these visits are more pleasant. The kids actually look forward to seeing the dogs.”
Dr. Hand notes that the dogs have had a positive impact on the staff as well. “Everyone loves them,” he says. “You’ll see people working and the dogs are at their feet; people are reaching down and petting them. The whole office is just more relaxed with them here. They give off good vibes.” Noah’s duties will expand soon, as he will help introduce a pilot pet therapy program at Elliot Hospital’s inpatient clinic. Other medical practices and physicians have also reached out to Dr. Hand and Dr. Integlia, eager to learn more about creating a “paws-itive effect” for their offices. “A number of doctors are very intrigued,” says Dr. Integlia. “Whether or not they will follow through, I don’t know. It depends on a lot of factors. Your entire medical team needs to be on board, and some doctors aren’t comfortable with dogs themselves, so that would raise an issue. We’ve also talked with doctors who love what we’re doing but have to admit that it’s not right for them. Their schedules are too busy for them to put in the time that’s needed to bring in a dog. We have busy schedules, too, but for us, it was a priority to go this route, and we feel it’s been worth it.” Both Omar (3.5 years) and Noah (2.5 years) are young, active dogs who also enjoy their play time. Omar loves to play with his friends Libby, a black Lab, and Lola, a Golden Retriever, and is over the moon if he can put his drooly face in your lap and be petted. Noah can frequently be found swimming with Dr. Integlia or riding on his paddleboard-something he has enjoyed since he was a puppy. “I love this guy,” says Dr. Integlia. “He’s my best friend and I love having him here. It’s a joy. Seeing him with the kids makes me so proud. Dogs have so much love to give and that’s really all they ask--that you let them share that love. He’s as happy to get pats from the kids as they are to see him.” Dr. Hand gestures to a photo on the wall of the Elliot Pediatric Specialties staff, which includes Omar and Noah. “They are true members of the team. Every day, they help a child by taking away some of that anxiety and giving them a moment of pleasure. It doesn’t get any more important than that.”
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June 2018 issue of Woof Magazine! New England's free pet magazine featuring inspiring stories, hottest products, and Ask the Vet articles.
Published on Jun 1, 2018
June 2018 issue of Woof Magazine! New England's free pet magazine featuring inspiring stories, hottest products, and Ask the Vet articles.