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Visiting and therapy dogs bring smiles to folks in a variety of venues such as nursing homes, retirement communities, libraries, senior centers, and hospitals. These dogs need to be vetted, up to date on immunizations, and well-mannered at a minimum. Some facilities may require that they’ve also passed the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Test. Certain institutions, such as hospitals, mandate that the canines are Certified Therapy Dogs, meaning that they’re trained, tested, certified, and then registered with a recognized organization. Regardless of the required credentials, these special canines can provide emotional support, reduce stress, and bring a ray of sunshine to others.

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Dear Dog News Readers, Happy May! It is really starting to look and feel like Spring! I love to look out the window and see a green lawn once again.

Pepper celebrated her 10th birthday last month. The Friday before she had a nice swim at Water Bark Wellness. Her actual birthday was a very special day with visits and gifts from her Grammie and Auntie Mandi. She also went for a nice walk at one of our favorite places to go this time of year that has little potential to encounter other dogs. She got some exercise and some good sniffs which made her very happy. Then I made her a few mini turkey bacon, cheddar burgers which was a big treat, followed by half of a pupcake from Laugh Loud Smile Big in Camden (but purchased at Loyal Biscuit). We saved the other half for another day.

We hope you are excited about getting outside in warmer temps. The ticks began emerging back in February and the warmer it gets the more we will surely see so please protect yourself and your pets and check yourselves when you come back inside. Also check out our Ask the Vet column and Words, Woofs and Meows for useful information on Leptospirosis and Ticks and Tick-Borne illnesses.

Dog of the Month! RUMI

Our boy Rumi is a young 13 year old Golden/ Lab. He has his own toy box from which he selects a different toy each morning to entice us to play. He gently greets everyone he meets and loves playing with other canines. Rumi likes going into nursing homes with Alzheimer's patients (see cover story). He has always had a very active life and Rumi loves nothing better than a good hike and a swim.



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Spring is springing!!! I love seeing the world wake up and start to bloom, and I know so many of our pets appreciate it as well. My old yellow lab, Sophie, would get so excited when I’d plant the garden because it meant she had treats for days! Now let’s find out what your pet is thinking. I’m a psychic for people and pets and any insights given are not a replacement for licensed medical care. Enjoy!

Ailsa M. asked about her lab terrier mix named Zoe. “Why does she feel so protective and bark at everything? Also, what’s her favorite thing to do with me?” Zoe is making sure she’s an equal partner to you by alerting you to everything happening. You have had to do so much in your life independently, and even in a relationship, you still find yourself taking the lead. She’s trying to show you that you can ask for help and receive it. I asked her how to make her stop barking and she said, “Tell me that you’ll use your voice to ask for help and I’ll turn mine down.” Well, she didn’t say off, but hopefully that will help! Her favorite thing to do with you is sitting in the moments before you get off the couch to do something fun. It’s

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light catching dust particles, but they are very buzzy with fun, playful energy. I joke that I don’t need cable television because I have a party in my head all the time. Bodhi watches them dance and play, just as if it were on tv!

the excitement of knowing fun things are about to happen and the thrill of knowing it’s go time!

Kathy M. asked about Bodhi, “What does he stare at on the breezeway all the time?” Well, brace yourself for a bizarre answer. He is watching the sprites dance in the sunlight. You may think it’s just the


Q. What is Leptospirosis?

A. Leptospirosis is a disease that is caused by a bacterial spirochete, Leptospira spp. The Leptospira genus has many species. Some are benign, called saprophytic, others are pathogenic species that cause illness. The American College of Internal Medicine (ACVIM) has taken several years to study and updated the consensus statement on Leptospirosis. The updated information on this disease, prevention, and treatment gives revised guidance to veterinarians. Leptospira spp. is found in rodents, especially rats. The bacteria is spread by the bodily fluids of the infected animal. It will live for weeks to months in stagnate water and saturated soil, like mud, bogs, and soggy soil. Dogs and people can be infected with the bacteria through contact of their mucus membranes and broken skin. If the dog eats an infected rodent, he can get the disease. People can also be infected by handling contaminated pee without practicing good hygiene.

Angela N. asked about her two dogs. “Porter is a chocolate lab mix, and we’d like to know what we can do to make him less anxious. Tagg is a yellow Lab. Is he happy? What can we do to make you happier?” Porter isn’t so much anxious as he is overwhelmed with the energy in your house. I see you in the kitchen getting ready for kids to be home, dinner to be cooked, trying to wrap up the business end of your day while in essence bracing for impact. He feels all that energy and has no idea what to do with it! I asked what would help and he flat out said, “Distract me.” Give him something to chew on and put him in another room. I promise I’ll be quiet! As for Tagg, yes, he’s happy but he’s also slowing down. My hips feel a bit sore and achy, but I don’t want to be left behind, so just have a slower person hang back with me. What would make him happier? FOOD. I actually saw fried pork rinds, but that grosses


Other dogs can acquire it by licking infected dog’s urine. Because of the increased rain and flooding, the risk of this disease has been on the rise. Leptospira spp. can also withstand freezing. In the Northeast the disease is more prevalent in the fall.

The acute disease primarily affects the kidneys and liver. It has been known to affect other organs

me out. He’s laughing because he really just wants to trick his brain by eating something crunchy. I see your husband at a kids’ sporting event snacking and sharing with Tagg.

Amanda F. asked if Jack, a Bichonpoo, is still with them in spirit and if Lola found him. The first thing I get is of COURSE she found him!!! Lola was a total busy body and wanted to be the first one ever to greet him! She’s actually quite hysterical to read and he is as chill as they come. Jack was relieved to be free of his body but still hangs out with you, especially when you have friends and family over. He shows up for the party but not the mundane aspects of life. That’s a pretty cool answer!

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too, such as, pancreas, heart, lungs, and eyes. Because the disease can progress rapidly, the ACVIM recommends any case of acute fever should consider Leptospirosis as a possibility, especially if the dog is unvaccinated and lives in a suspicious environment.

Before antibiotic treatment is started, blood and urine samples are collected. If the symptoms don’t resolve quickly, these samples should be sent to the lab for testing. If leptospirosis is suspected, treatment should be started immediately, and the dog should be closely monitored with supportive treatment.

Dogs and people will first exhibit flu-like symptoms. Other symptoms commonly seen are fever, vomiting, diarrhea, bleeding, jaundice, abdominal pain, severe weakness, depression, stiffness, lack of appetite, and severe muscle pain. Symptoms start two to fourteen days after exposure to the bacteria. This phase of the disease can last three to ten days. Some dogs will recover, but many will progress to the more life-threatening phase of the disease. Puppies, geriatrics, and immune compromised dogs are at higher risk of severe disease.

The AVCIM states all dogs are at risk. This includes puppies, elderly, urban and rural dogs, house dogs and outside dogs. For this reason, the guidelines recommend all dogs to be vaccinated against leptospirosis. They recommend starting at 12 weeks with a booster in a month, then yearly. Vaccines against Leptospirosis are an adjuvanted killed whole-cell bacterium and have four serotypes of the bacteria. Because of this, the vaccine may cause acute adverse reactions, seen mostly in small, white dogs, and puppies. The AVCIM recommends giving this vaccine separately and at a different time from the other vaccines to reduce this risk. There are newer nonadjuvant Leptospirosis vaccines coming on the market which may prevent adverse reactions.

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Bartlett Woods Executive Director, Mary Eads, said twelve canines signed up for the event, and that was plenty. “We had all kinds of dogs, and they were all very well-behaved.” Avis’s family and friends came, and they had a fantastic cake. “She was on top of the moon, very appreciative,” said Mary. The therapy and visiting dogs worked their magic on Avis, “She was glowing from ear to ear the whole week.”

Jaci Libby of Liberty said her gentle Golden/Lab, Rumi, enjoyed visiting several places in the past, bringing his brand of charm. They began visiting Jaci’s mother-in-law a decade ago in an assisted living facility and continued until she passed. After visiting her, Jaci and Rumi made their rounds to other patients’ rooms. When her mother-in-law was moved to another assisted living facility, Rumi went there regularly and was just as comfortable meeting people there.

Jaci became aware of the powerful importance of not only her pet, but visiting and therapy dogs alike, when her mother-in-law transferred to an Alzheimer’s facility. Rumi, with his kind demeanor, was attentive and often licked patients’ hands. The nursing staff said it was miraculous; patients who rarely spoke would open up and tell Rumi stories of their past dogs. His presence unlocked memories from their days gone by with beloved pets.

Jaci said Rumi’s had no formal training but is an intelligent, insightful

dog. The couple socialized him early on, including outings to Home Depot. He’s always current on his vetting, and Jaci’s been happy to share her boy with patients and staff too, “their jobs are so hard.”

For Bogan, an 8-year-old AKC English Lab, her therapy days are so near and dear to her heart—she does a happy dance when her working collar comes out. “She gets wildly excited,” said her mom and handler, Heather Redfield, because she knows she’ll soon be on her way.

She wasn’t always a companion pet for Heather. She came into her life by a stroke of luck four years ago. Looking for a new dog, Heather was directed to an area responsible Lab breeder. Previously a Mastiff gal, she realized she couldn’t boost that heavy breed into her vehicle any longer. The breeder felt that the calm, older Bogan, who was near retirement, would be a great match for her.

She was told Bogan would be a terrific duck dog, but Heather wasn’t interested. Instead, they traveled the AKC CGC path, then went on to obtain a Therapy Dog International (TDI®) certified dog/team status. Heather collaborated with the volunteer coordinator at MaineHealth and got her sign off to begin their meaningful journey.

“I have been so lucky as to have been given a beautiful dog who is natural at making people feel good about themselves and is about what is happening to and around them. The best way for me to pay it forward is to hold on to her leash and let her do it. I reap the benefits by meeting wonderful people along the way,” shared Heather.

So once a week they head to Pen

Bay Medical Center, part of MaineHealth, and greet those in the lobby. Then they make their way to various units including the labs, ICU, and infusion cancer care center. Throughout the facility, the staff, even doctors, take a few minutes with Bogan to refresh and recharge.

This team also spends time weekly with students at Camden Hills Regional High School during lunchtime. “The kids absolutely love it. They know when Bogan is in the building.” The librarian has them come by, especially during exams—it reduces the teens’ anxiety. And Heather is proud of the fact that the school board asked the kids for their wish list—the top answer was “more dog.”

She acknowledged a good therapy dog can only visit for about 90 minutes each outing—their energy goes into those who they’re cheering. So, because this team are two besties, when they’re not visiting, they run errands or walk. To wrap up the busy days, Bogan naps near Heather while she manages her duties with the 501(c)3 New England Lab Rescue, NELR, (newenglandlabrescue. com/) as their Adoption Coordinator,

was adopted by an adolescent therapy counselor and is her office dog. “He is such a love and he’s taking well to training. He’s the most popular guy at the office. He enjoys lots of treats and sleeps on my couch all day, enjoying a rotating schedule of patients who love to snuggle him,” said his owner. (The counselor’s name is confidential due to the nature of her business and the ages of her clients.) If you’re

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Dogs are honest, from head to tip of tail. This is my favorite quality about them. They don’t beat around the bush when it comes to telling the world exactly how they feel, and they don’t try to sugar coat their messages, no matter who they are “talking” to. They are experts at expressing their emotions through their bodies, from subtle “whale eyes” and lip licks to overt growling and snapping. Different muscles may engage for different emotions (just like us! *), and we must take its whole body into account when trying to ascertain how our pup is feeling.

“But his tail was wagging”

Wagging Tail ≠ Friendly

We focus too much on the tail for information on a dog’s state of mind and intent. While it can be very expressive, a wagging tail is not always an indication of friendliness. In fact, it can mean the exact opposite, and this can lead to serious trouble when we misinterpret it. Is the tail carriage low or high? Is the wag stiff and quick, or slow and wavy? Are the ears back or forward? Is the direction of the wag to the right or left?

Video on how to read a tail wag: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=iiL7xYy_MAQ

Have you ever seen images of human expressions and tried to guess their emotions? It can be confusing. Embarrassment looks like shame, pain can look like disgust, and so on. There are nuances to weigh, and context plays a major role, too.

The limbic system is the brain networking system responsible for controlling emotional drives and memory formation.

“Emotion modulates virtually

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every aspect of cognition. It has substantial influence on the cognitive processes…, including perception, attention, learning, memory, reasoning, and problem solving… as well as motivating action and behavior.” **

The limbic system of dogs is structured and functions similarly*** to that of humans. We can gain important insight into how best to raise and train our dogs based on this awareness. Yes, science is our friend!

Training a Joyous Dog

We affect our dog’s emotions when we are with them, whether it’s simply hanging out together or during an intensive training session requiring attention and problemsolving. A happy dog is more likely to learn more efficiently, have better attention, retention of skills; all the basic elements to help make both ends of the leash successful. When we start with joy and blend in learning, there’s no limit to what we can do together. This is why positive reinforcement training is so effective and efficient... and fun!

“Honor the Dog”

Jenn Michaelis, a friend and highly respected dog trainer [sassytacademy.com], is always reminding her students to “honor the dog.” I love this because it emphasizes the importance of seeing the world from our dog’s perspective (the learner) and adjusting our behavior in order to help us achieve

our goals.

Start with Joy

Human students often get caught up in the mechanics of training –how to hold the leash, when to give the treat, etc. – and the emotional state of the dog gets pushed to the back burner. If we first work on “priming joy,” so to speak, through fun and games, for example, we will start right out with a more engaged dog, and the exercise becomes that much easier.

Joy Counteracts Fear

Joy and fear do not overlap as emotions. Joy is very conducive to learning. Let’s add as much joy to our interactions with our dogs as we possibly can. AND pay attention to that body language.

Happy Training!

“We express fear when we feel physically or psychologically threatened. The facial expression of fear is often confused with surprise. But when we’re surprised, our eyes open wider than when we’re afraid, and our mouth isn’t pulled sideways, instead, our jaw drops and the mouth hangs open. Plus, our eyebrows are relatively flat when we’re afraid; they arch more when we’re surprised.” See photo in online version [greater good, Berkeley.edu]

**“The Influences of Emotion on Learning and Memory” Frontiers in Psychology, 2017

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Understanding Generalized Anxiety in Dogs

Generalized anxiety is a common behavior in dogs. It is diagnosed when dogs show signs of anxiety in three or more situations such as car rides, vet visits, meeting new people, encountering other dogs, or even when they are on a leash. It is important to understand the difference between anxiety, fears, and phobias because they look similar but are caused by different emotions, need different treatments, and can have different outcomes. The Difference Between Anxiety, Fear, and Phobias

Anxiety, fears, and phobias may display similar clinical signs, but these emotional states are distinct in their causes, treatments, and prognoses. Therefore, differentiating between them is often beneficial. Fear is a normal response that helps dogs avoid danger, and it should lessen over time. Anxiety occurs when a dog constantly feels like something bad will happen. A phobia, on the other hand, is an extreme fear reaction to specific situations or objects.

Causes and Development of Anxiety

A dog's behavior is influenced by many factors, including its genes and its environment from before it is born and as it grows up. All of these factors, including puppy socialization, help

shape how well a dog can handle stress later in life. For some dogs, a traumatic event can also trigger anxiety. Dogs with generalized anxiety often have other medical issues or behavior problems that make their anxiety worse.

Medical Conditions Linked to Anxiety

Some health issues can also increase a dog's anxiety. Conditions that cause pain, skin problems such as allergies, hormone imbalances such as Cushing's disease, Addison's disease, and hypothyroidism, as well as gastrointestinal issues like food allergies, parasites, and gastric reflux, are linked to higher levels of anxiety. Noise phobia, which is a severe fear of loud sounds such as gunshots, thunder, and fireworks, or household noises, often accompanies generalized anxiety in dogs.

Treatment Approaches

Treating generalized anxiety in dogs usually involves three main steps:

1. Medications: These can help reduce anxiety and make it easier for them to learn new behaviors and emotional responses.

2. Environmental Management: This involves making changes to the dog's surroundings to avoid things that trigger anxiety. This could involve creating a safe space at home.

3. Behavior Modification: This includes teaching the dog new ways to react to things and changing how it feels about things

and environments that currently make it anxious.

Here is what a typical treatment plan might look like:

1. Create a Safe Space: Identify and create a quiet and secure area at home where your dog can relax. Use calming music, low lighting, and pheromones, which are special scents similar to those a mother dog emits when nursing her puppies. Encourage your dog to spend time there every day, and make sure it is a fun place with special toys and treats it enjoys. Keep this space exclusively for your dog, away from busy areas where visitors and children might disturb it.

2. Focus on Positive Reinforcement: Avoid punishing your dog when

it acts out due to anxiety. This could worsen its anxiety and create fears and phobias. Instead, look for times when your dog is relaxed and displaying behaviors you would like to see more often, and give it rewards. This helps it learn that good things happen when it is calm and relaxed and builds new default or freely offered behaviors.

3. Teach Relaxation Techniques: Help your dog learn to relax by using tools like a portable mat. This mat can serve as a safe space in environments where it may otherwise feel uncomfortable. The same rules that apply to its safe space at home also apply here. This mat can also be used as part of the behavior modification process.

4. Behavior Modification: Gradually help your dog build new coping skills and become more comfortable with the things and environments of which it is afraid in a way that feels safe to it. This will help change associations and provide an opportunity to reinforce more of those desirable behaviors.

5. Medications: Daily or situational medications may be prescribed by your veterinarian or a boardcertified veterinary behaviorist.

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If you were to search online for the top pet-friendly states, you will find Maine at the top of many lists. Here you will find more than 300 dog parks, beaches and trails, and hundreds of accommodations and stores that will welcome both you and your dog.

According to the 2021-2022 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, 90.5 million American households have pets and approximately 78% of these pet owners travel with their companions each year.

Many of us consider our dogs cherished members of our family so it is only natural that we would

want to include them on our family trip. Bringing them along can be both challenging and rewarding. Here are some things to consider when vacationing in Maine with your dog to make the trip a safe and smooth adventure.

For outdoor enthusiasts Maine is a wonderful place to explore with your dog. We have 17.6 million acres of forest land, stunning mountains, peaceful lakes and beautiful rocky coastlines.

Beaches and Lakes

Many of Maine’s beaches allow dogs but times may be limited depending on the time of year. Please read and follow all posted


Bring plenty of fresh drinking water. Drinking saltwater can quickly dehydrate your dog and consuming large amounts can be fatal. It would be a good idea to invest in a doggie life vest if you plan on doing any boating or letting your dog swim in the ocean. Believe it or not, dogs can get sunburned, but rest assured they make sunscreen specially formulated for dogs. Beware of heatstroke and provide shade or limit time in the sun/heat. While visiting the beach do not let your dog eat wild seaweed. Seaweed can contain pollutants and can also cause salt poisoning resulting in an emergency. Avoid walking your dog on hot sand as it can burn their paw pads. If it is uncomfortable for your feet, then it is too hot for their paws. Whether your dog has been swimming in salt or fresh water it is a good idea to rinse them off to avoid skin irritation.

We are fortunate in Maine to have a low algae bloom problem. That doesn’t mean we don’t have any. Don’t let your dog swim in a lake or drink the water if it looks like there is blue green scum on the shore or on the lake. If they do go into the water, bathe them immediately with clean water and soap if possible. Watch for signs of illness and take them to a veterinarian immediately. FMI and

a list of Maine lakes and how they rate for algae blooms visit: https:// www.maine.gov/dep/water/lakes/ bloomrisk.html


Maine has 48 State Parks and Historic Sites offering thousands of miles of hiking trails. You can opt for a simple hour or day hike or pack your bags and make it an overnight adventure.

Please be sure and pack enough water for the humans and the dogs in your group as well as a first aid kit. Don’t let your dog eat plants or drink stagnant water. (See Ask the Vet column on page 4) Also keep an eye out for food and other items that may have been dropped by others that could be potentially hazardous to your dog.

If you will be spending any amount of time outdoors, whether it be in the woods or grassy areas, you should protect your dog from fleas and ticks. There are a variety of products available as well as natural repellents such as essential oils. Do some research and regardless of the method you choose always check yourself and your dog once you return inside.

(See Don Hanson’s column on page 11)

Check back next month for our pet-friendly camping feature!


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should visit Portland which was ranked the #1 Most Dog-Friendly City by BestPlaces.net. Many of the same tips above apply here when it comes to keeping your dogs cool and hydrated. Before walking your dog on pavement test it for

temperature by placing the back of your hand on the surface. If you can’t hold it there for at least seven seconds, it is too hot for your dog’s paws. Burnt paws can happen in 60 seconds or less. DO NOT leave your dog in the

car. On a warm day, it takes only minutes for a pet in a vehicle to suffocate or suffer from heatstroke. Rolling down the windows or parking in the shade does not guarantee protection. Even when temps are in the 60’s, your vehicle can reach the danger zone.

No matter where you decide to explore or which activity/ adventure you choose, please read and follow all posted guidelines, be sure to clean up after your dog and HAVE FUN!

When selecting your accommodations research before making your reservation. Each establishment will have their own set of rules. If your daily plans do not allow your dog to come along, then you might also want to investigate a nearby kennel for that

period of time.

The advertisers that you find in this section are pet friendly and eagerly await a visit from you and your four-legged family member.

For more information on visiting Maine with your dog, what to pack and a full list of pet-friendly parks, beaches, and trails, pick up a copy of petMAINE, a statewide resource published in collaboration with Downeast Dog News. To request a free copy email: jenn@downeastdognews.com or call (207)706-6765. An online version can also be found at petmaine.com.

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Training Your Performance Dog

Agility, Obedience, Tracking

Rally – A Great Way to Start with Your Dog

Rally has become a very popular dog sport. AKC Rally involves working with your dog and performing a series of different exercises at signs along the way. Like agility, handlers get a map before their class starts and are allowed to walk the actual course without their dogs before their class begins.

There is a start and a finish sign and depending upon the level of performance and 10 to 20 signs

along the way. The novice and intermediate levels are performed with the dog on lead. In the advanced, excellent and master’s classes, the dog works off lead. In all cases, the dog enters and exits the ring on lead and sets up at the start sign. The judge will welcome the

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team into the ring and ask if there are any questions. Then, if the team is ready, the judge asks if there are any questions and then gives the command forward for the team to start. Once the team starts, the team is on its own to complete the exercise at each sign in numerical order and finish the course.

Rally is a wonderful way to introduce yourself and your dog-todog sports. In the rally ring you are allowed to praise and encourage your dog. This helps build relationships and confidence in both dog and handler. If you are going to consider trying rally, it is fun to join a class and learn with others. The exercises and rules are available online at www.akc.org.

The signs range in difficulty from very simple ones like sit, left turn, about turn, slow, normal, etc. to quite complex command exercises in the higher levels. Novice and intermediate classes do not involve any jumps. Advanced, excellent, and master’s do include jumps. Jump heights range from 4 inches to 16 inches depending upon the height of the dog at the withers, with 16 inches being the highest jump. This allows for sound older dogs to

participate for many years.

One of the most common things I see at rally trials with inexperienced handlers is that while rally is a fun and somewhat more relaxed atmosphere than obedience (because the judge only starts you and then you are on your own), there is a lack of awareness that there still are rules and requirements on proper performance of the exercises and basic ringside manners.

It is important to know the rules and how each exercise is to be performed. You should check in early and be ready when it is your turn. You should make sure the judge invites you into the ring, your dog should always be under control, and you should always be considerate of others and show good sportsmanship.

A good instructor should provide you with more than just rally skills. You should also learn how to enter a trial and what that commitment means. Rally is a great sport, and it is worth the time to learn how to do it correctly.

“All dogs are at risk of leptospirosis, regardless of signalment, geographic location, lifestyle, and the time of year” (ACVIM). Wherever you live, even in the Northeast United States, ask your veterinarian whether your dog should get an annual vaccination against Leptospirosis. If your veterinarian recommends a Leptospirosis shot for your dog, strongly consider vaccinating.


American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine acvim.org

Updated ACVIM consensus statement on leptospirosis in dogs.

American Veterinary Medical Association avma.org

Updated guidance on canine leptospirosis reflects better understanding of disease.

American Animal Hospital Association aaha.org

Key vaccination considerations: Leptospirosis

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One of the highlights of moving from Wisconsin to Maine in 1995 was that Maine had a much lower incidence of tick-borne diseases. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case. Preliminary data for Maine for 2023 indicate 2,943 cases of Lyme Disease, 777 of Anaplasmosis, and 194 of Babesiosis. The counties with the highest incidence are Hancock, Knox, Lincoln, and Sagadahoc. In 2021, the Federal CDC indicated that the actual burden of Lyme disease may be more than ten times the number of reported cases.

Our Personal Experiences with TickBorne Diseases

In 2014, Paula was diagnosed with a tick-borne disease, followed by me in 2015. Neither of us had the traditional bullseye rash. While we had some aches and pains, we attributed it to aging. It was only when we combined that with symptoms such as mental fog and fatigue that we sought diagnosis and treatment. We recovered.

A friend suddenly became very ill and was diagnosed with Lyme disease in this same period. Unable to work for several weeks and relegated to using a walker, she also recovered after treatment.

In January 2017, our dog Muppy tested positive for Lyme during her annual wellness exam. She showed no apparent symptoms. Typical dog symptoms include periodic lameness or fever, variable appetite, or behavioral changes. Her veterinarians recommended a more advanced test, the Lyme Multiplex assay from Cornell

Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases

Tips for Keeping You and Your Dog Healthy


University. This test indicated high numbers for possible past exposure. We monitored her for symptoms, practiced tick control, and re-tested her every six months. Continuing testing for the disease and other bloodwork was necessary as tickborne diseases can cause chronic kidney disease.

Late in the summer of 2018, Muppy began exhibiting atypical anxious behavior. I took Muppy to

her vet, who ordered an Idexx Tick/ vector Canine Comprehensive RealPCR™ Panel with Lyme Quant C6® panel. It tests for Anaplasmosis spp., Babesia spp., Bartonella spp., Ehrlichia spp., Hepatozoon spp., Leishmania spp., Neorickettsia risticii and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Based on the results, Muppy began treatment for Lyme Disease, and her symptoms were gone within a month. In February, at her annual wellness exam, she was clear of Lyme and received her first Lyme Disease vaccine to prevent future infections.

In the late spring of 2021, Muppy again expressed behavioral symptoms like those when she was diagnosed with Lyme. Her vet ordered the same test noted above, and this time, she tested positive for Anaplasma. She was treated and again was clear of all symptoms.

Two summer residents called me a few years ago because their dogs had suddenly exhibited aggressive behavior. I require prospective clients to see their veterinarian first to ensure their dog has no underlying medical issues that could cause a behavior change. Because these two clients lived in an area with a high incidence of tick-borne disease, I encouraged them to ask their vet to run the same test we ran on Muppy. Both dogs tested positive. Their veterinarian treated the dogs for a tick-borne disease, and their aggressive behavior stopped.

While most cases of tick-borne disease are successfully treated when diagnosed early, some can result in highly debilitating chronic disease and even death. The following lists summarize what we must know about ticks and tick-borne diseases.

Tick Prevention for Your Home

• Deer and mice play a significant role in spreading tick-borne diseases. To minimize the rodent population around your home, you may wish to work with a licensed pest control expert.

• Wood piles provide a habitat for mice; keep them as far away from your home as possible.

• Bird feeders also attract rodents and should also be kept far away.

• Keep your lawn short on both sides of the fence. Ticks like to crawl up on grass and latch on as we or our dogs brush against them. After Muppy's first infection, we started having our yards treated with a tick repellent by a licensed pest control service once a month, from April through November. The products they use vary, so ask questions to know what they use is compatible with your ecological ethos. In our experience, we see fewer ticks and mosquitoes and have had no tick-borne diseases.

• If your yard is huge and you do not want to treat it all, you can

use crushed stone to create a barrier around it. A barrier at least 3 feet wide is recommended. Keep the barrier free of grass clippings and leaf litter, which will help keep ticks from crossing into the yard.

• Keep fallen leaves raked up and remove them regularly. Mice and ticks hide in leaf litter. Muppy likes to roll in leaves, which is how I believe she first contracted Lyme disease.

Tick Prevention for You and Your Dog

• Avoid areas infested with ticks.

• If you must venture into tick habitat, do so at the hottest and driest time of day.

• Avoid areas with tall grass, brush, and leaf litter, and walk in the center of trails. Keep your dog on a leash and close.

• Wear light-colored clothing, tuck your shirt into your pants, and tuck pants into your boots.

• Carefully review safety guidelines for tick repellents. Tick repellents for people are not necessarily safe for pets, and vice versa.

• I spent a lot of time in the woods taking photos, using the highest concentration of DEET available until the day I discovered DEET melting part of my camera.

• The FDA has issued a fact sheet on potential adverse events associated with flea and tick repellents used with dogs based on Isoxazoline. I recommend you read it: https://www.fda.gov/ animal-veterinary/animalhealth-literacy/fact-sheetpet-owners-andveterinarians-aboutpotential-adverse-eventsassociated-isoxazoline-flea. I do NOT use these products on my pets.

• If your dog spends time in tickinfested environments, vaccinate them for Lyme disease. However, understand that this does not offer protection against other tick-borne diseases.

• When you get home, do a thorough exam to check for ticks on yourself and your dog. Ticks will most likely attach in the following areas: in and around ears, on your head, around the hairline, armpits, bellybutton, waistline, groin, legs, behind knees, and between toes.

If You Have Been In An Area with Ticks or Find One On You

If a tick has bitten you and you exhibit any symptoms of a tick-borne disease, as noted above, I recommend seeing your family physician. While tick-borne diseases are typically not fatal, they can cause chronic, lifechanging diseases the longer you are infected.

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Don Hanson lives in Bangor, Maine, where he isthe co-owner of the Green Acres Kennel Shop (greenacreskennel.com) and the founder of ForceFreePets.com, an online educational resource for people with dogs and cats. He is a Professional Canine Behavior Consultant (PCBC-A) accredited by the Pet Professional Accreditation Board (PPAB)and a Bach Foundation Registered Animal Practitioner (BFRAP). Don is a member of thePet Professional Guild (PPG), where he serves on the Board of Directors and Steering Committee and chairs the Advocacy Committee. He is also a founding director of Pet Advocacy International (PIAI). In addition, Don produces and co-hosts The Woof Meow Showpodcast,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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In 1984, The Ark Animal Shelter, a 501(c)(3) no-kill not-for-profit, opened its doors at 60 Barber Lane in Cherryfield. Fast forward 40 years, a new shelter was just completed on

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the dynamic gentleman’s a joy to talk with. “We love it, it’s night and day,” she said of their new digs compared to the old, dated kennel. They’re all in one building now, which is optimum for teamwork. The space is light and bright and was designed as a true shelter—

vaccines, and are spayed or neutered. The shelter needs fosters for a variety of reasons. By taking one of their adoptables into your home, you are freeing up a spot for another dog. It will socialize him, and if he is a resident pet, gets him used to others. You’ll be able to provide the adoption team with valuable personality information, which allows the team to make the best match. Fostering is also great for senior dogs as they can be anxious in a shelter and not “show” well.

Like to shop? Take time to visit their thrift shop in Blue Hill to support the nonprofit. Not only does it fund both the shelter’s low-cost spay/ neuter program and all in-house spay/ neuter procedures, but it also keeps their mission alive in Hancock County and the Blue Hill Peninsula. Inventory

crafts/fabric, small furniture, children’s toys/books, sports/garden items, games/puzzles, jewelry, and artwork, as well as pet-related items. Good quality, new and gently used donations are gratefully accepted during business hours. (thearkpets.org/thrift-shop/)

Volunteers are encouraged to apply online for walking pets and light administrative work. Donations, especially wet dog and cat food, bleach, durable paper towels, and TIDE with Bleach Alternative laundry detergent are needed. See the full list on their website, link below.

Watch their Facebook page for specifics on their Grand Opening Celebration to be held July 6 during the Cherryfield Days. Tours of the new shelter will be offered; there will be activities and lots of fun. (thearkpets.

Our chunky little warthog is awaiting his new home. He is a little peculiar about the men that he lets near him and gets a little cross when first meeting people of the same gender. If he loves you, he really loves you though! It would be best for Boris to be the only animal in the home, and it’d be best for him to go to a home with no children, unless they are older and can really be respectful of his personal space. Boris can get pretty excited sometimes and can be a little much. His most favorite thing to do ever is show you how good his loves are. The hugs that Boris jumps up and gives you go unmatched!

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Sweet, silly, affectionate and low energy, Early is described as kind of like a 75# cat. Loves being around people, would be fine with older children. Wee people make him uncomfortable. He would likely do fine with a submissive female dog in his home, but no male dogs or cats.

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Arlo did not have a lot of human interaction and what he had was not very positive. Therefore, he is very fearful of people. However, once he gets past that initial fear, he loves you with all his heart and then some. He is the goofiest, nuttiest dog you will ever meet. Loves to play.

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Bonded pair who must find a home together. They get along beautifully together and with cats, but don’t have experience living with other dogs, and would probably not thrive in a home with children. Housebroken and love playing in a pen outside when warm. They would


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6 months old, Mixed Breed

A sweet boy that would love to help you warm the couch seat, play ball with you, go for a hike or some nice walks and then watch TV while chewing a nice bone. He has shown some positive signals to dogs while here at the shelter so he may be able to live with another dog after a successful meeting.

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15 years old, Jack Russell Mix

Dexter loves his person & wants to be near at all times, preferably touching! Doing well with the bigger dogs & cats in his foster home. He greets dogs & people with polite curiosity. Dexter has a seizure disorder which is well controlled with 2 meds that cost about $20 per mo.

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She is an absolute DOLL. Smart, sweet & spunky and is just a delight to be around. She’s very intuitive and learns quickly, good on a leash.

LOVES to be outside and just wants to hang out with her pack. Kid/dog/rug-approved, cats are a work in progress. Don’t miss out on this pocket-sized princess.

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Betty is Deaf. She trains with hand signals and knows yes, no, sit, wait, and bed. She loves to train too. She is crate trained and housetrained. She always sits for treats and loves to high five. She is a laid-back girl that loves to cuddle. She loves all people and car rides. She is dog-friendly but no cats.

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1 year old, Mixed Breed

Pancake is snuggly, playful, and energetic. She could likely live in a wide variety of homes, pending a successful meet and greet. Pancake’s adopters should be prepared to continue positive reinforcement training to work on mouthing behaviors and help her understand expectations within the home.

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5 months old, Lab Mix

I am looking for my furever home. I’m UTD on everything, crate and pad trained. I sleep all night in my crate and give lots of love. I love going to doggy daycare and playing with all my friends and the kids I’ve been around.

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He would love another dog to play with and adores the teenager daughter in the foster home. Remy fka Sox is a bit timid of meeting new people and needs slow introductions. He loves his toys and playing outside, going for walks, bones and, of course, food! Needs a quiet, less hectic home.

FMI visit: www.almosthomerescue.net

6 years old, German Shepherd Mix

Smart, outgoing, and active! She needs exercise - both physical and mental. Bonds very well and loves her people. Looking for an adopter who has previous shepherd experience. Luna is diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), but is now on a special diet and medications to control that.

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Dogs for Adoption

May C lendar

To submit or get more information on the events below, go online to downeastdognews.com

These events are currently scheduled as of our production date however please check with the event organizers to ensure they are still taking place on these dates.


Saturday, May 4

Thomaston, 12PM – 3PM

Is your pet in need of a pedicure?

Bring them over to Tractor Supply in Thomaston and Shannon Nachajko, Director of Catahoula Rescue of New England will be on hand to make your fur kids look their very best! And remember we trim not only dogs, but cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, you name it! Nail Trimming and Ear Cleanings are available for a $10.00 each or combo price of $12.00 for ear cleanings. All funds raised go directly to rescue. Weather permitting - Call ahead in case of snow!


Sunday, May 5


Dog Club Event - American Kennel Club Tracking Dog Excellent Test (TDX) hosted by On Track Agility Club of Maine. Location: North Star Dog Training School, 252 Jones Rd., Somerville. Interested in learning about tracking? Come and watch AKC Judges judging the teams in the beautiful fields in Somerville. This is an advanced tracking test for handlers and their dogs to earn this prestigious AKC TDX title. FMI: Call Kathy, (207)691-2332 or e-mail kduhnoski@myfairpoint.net


Saturday, May 11

Somerville, 9AM – 11AM Dog Club Event – “I want to try tracking with my dog, but don’t know what it’s all about!!” Hosted by On Track Agility Club of Maine. Location: North Star Dog Training School, 252 Jones Road, Somerville. Special 2-hour introduction to tracking – come and see if your dog likes it! Fun tracking exercises and instruction from an AKC Tracking Judge. $50 dog/handler team. FMI: Call Kathy, (207)691-2332 or e-mail kduhnoski@ myfairpoint.net


Saturday, May 11

Thomaston 12PM-2PM

Calling all animal lovers! Join PMHS staff and volunteers as we celebrate National Be Kind to Animals Week at Pope

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If you find a tick on you or your dog, before or after they have latched on to you:

• Remove it appropriately. The UMaine Extension has some excellent tips at – https:// extension.umaine.edu/ticks/ removal/

• Consider sending the tick to the UMaine Tick Lab for identification, at no charge, or testing for disease for $20. FMI – https://extension.umaine. edu/ticks/submit/

• Observe you and your dog for symptoms of tick-borne diseases such as Anemia, Arthritis-

Memorial Humane Society 25 Buttermilk Lane, Thomaston (rain or shine) for an afternoon filled with adorable animals, exciting activities, and heartwarming crafts. FMI: popehumane.org


Tuesday, May 14

Thomaston, 11AM – 1PM

Is your pet in need of a pedicure?

Bring them over to Tractor Supply in Thomaston and Shannon Nachajko, Director of Catahoula Rescue of New England will be on hand to make your fur kids look their very best! And remember we trim not only dogs, but cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, you name it! Nail Trimming and Ear Cleanings are available for a $10.00 each or combo price of $12.00 for ear cleanings. All funds raised go directly to rescue. Weather permitting - Call ahead in case of snow!


May 16-19


Held at the Cumberland Fairgrounds, 174 Bruce Hill Road, Cumberland, Maine. Shows run from Thursday, May 16, through Sunday, May 19, 2024, beginning at 8am each day, outdoors rain or shine. New this year

-- Pee Wee Class Saturday, 4 Days AKC Conformation, 4 Days National Owner-Handled Series, Best Veteran Competition Saturday, Bred-By Exhibitor Competition Friday & Sunday, 4 to 6 Month Puppy Competition Friday & Sunday, Best Puppy Extravaganza Friday & Sunday, Maine Golden Retriever Club Specialty Saturday. FMI visit yckc.org or Facebook: York County Kennel Club of Maine, Inc.


Saturday, May 18


Dog Club Event- Hosted by On Track Agility Club of Maine. Location: North Star Dog Training School, 252 Jones Road, Somerville. All levels. For premium and entry form and FMI: Call Kathy at (207)691-2332 or e-mail kduhnoski@ myfairpoint.net


Saturday May 18

Yarmouth 6:30PM - 8:00PM

Join us for this special evening with Sara Moore, a psychic medium for people and pets as she relays messages from the other side with clarity, gentleness and humor. This is a gallery-style event; not everyone

gets a reading, but spirit has a way of including more than just the intended recipient. Proceeds benefit Old Dogs New Digs. First Universalist Church, 97 Main Street Yarmouth, ME Tickets at https://ODNDEveningWithSpirit. eventbrite.com


Sunday, May 19

Thomaston, 12PM – 2PM

Is your pet in need of a pedicure?

Bring them over to Tractor Supply in Thomaston and Shannon Nachajko, Director of Catahoula Rescue of New England will be on hand to make your fur kids look their very best! And remember we trim not only dogs, but cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, you name it! Nail Trimming and Ear Cleanings are available for a $10.00 each or combo price of $12.00 for ear cleanings. All funds raised go directly to rescue. Weather permitting - Call ahead in case of snow!


Wednesday, May 22

Portland, 6PM

Bring your dog to a Sea Dogs game 6PM – start the game with a parade around the ball field led by Slugger, then enjoy the game in the leftfield grandstand. Tickets are available at seadogs.com, or by calling 207-8799500. Only 300 tickets available. www. milb.com


Saturday, May 25

No. Yarmouth, 9AM – 2PM

To Benefit: Finally Home Senior Dog Rescue Where: White Pine Community Church, 94 Cumberland Rd. Come get some great deals at our annual Yard Sale to help pay for much needed vet care and other essentials for our senior dogs. LOTS of stuff including small furniture, kitchen ware, household items, sports equipment, clothing, books, DVDs, crafts supplies, puzzles, and MORE! https://www. finallyhomemaine.org/eventsandnews

transient and migratory, Bell's Palsy, Bloody Urine, Brain and Spinal Inflammation, Chest Discomfort, Confusion, Coughing, Conjunctivitis, Cranial Nerve Neuritis, Dark Urine, Depression, Difficulty Breathing, Enlarged Liver, Enlarged Spleen, Fatigue, Fever and Chills, GI symptoms (abdominal pain, anorexia, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting), Headache, Heart Inflammation, Heart Rhythm Disorder, Joint Pain, Kidney Failure, Malaise, Migratory Pain (bone, bursae, joints, muscle, tendons), Muscle

Pain, Neurologic Issues (brain fog, concentration, cranial or peripheral nerve paralysis, memory, sudden transient deafness), Petechiae, Photophobia, Red ring-like rash, Skin Rashes, Skin ulceration at the bite, Sore throat, Stiff Neck, Swollen Lymph Glands, and Weakness.

The ticks are here to stay. We need to do all that we can to keep ourselves and our pets safe from the diseases they carry.


Daily medications are given every day and are usually prescribed when specific triggers cannot be identified or managed. Situational medications are used for specific situations that can be identified but not managed effectively.

By using these strategies, you can help your dog feel less anxious and improve its quality of life, enabling it to enjoy more activities in a way that makes it feel safe and secure.

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Guardians Provide Comfort to Dogs with Grooming-Related Anxiety

As pet lovers, we strive to provide the best care for our canine companions, including regular grooming. However, despite our efforts to make them feel at ease, dogs can still find grooming stressful. A trip to the groomer may seem routine to us, but each canine will perceive the process differently. A grooming experience tailored to the dog's cosmetic and hygienic needs, as well as behavioral preferences, is a great place to start. If your dog is anxious and having trouble adjusting to grooming, watch for behavior changes, consult a groomer with experience in positivebased grooming practices, and look for a salon that allows owners to stay with their pets. The presence of a pet's guardian might be precisely what an anxious dog needs to feel more comfortable during grooming.

It is essential to recognize that our furry friends communicate through body language. A dog’s subtle signals are easily overlooked but ignoring them can lead to serious consequences. When a dog's efforts to communicate are not acknowledged, it may struggle and bite out of frustration or fear. We can prevent this by paying close attention to our dog’s visual communication and responding with empathy and understanding. Signs of fear, anxiety, and stress can include: Mild to moderate indicators:

• Lip licking

• Yawning

• Trembling

• Tail tucking

• Avoidance: reduced activity, hiding, turning away Severe indicators:

• Pacing

• Trying to escape.

• Inappropriate elimination, especially while being handled, bathed, or dried: repeated defecation, diarrhea, urination, or releasing anal sacs.

• Struggling

• Repeated attempts to bite. For dogs exhibiting mild indications of stress, it is imperative to gradually introduce novel grooming environments, tools, or procedures, allowing them time to adjust and feel more comfortable. This measured approach can minimize adverse reactions, improve the overall experience, and build trust. Severe signs of fear, anxiety, and stress are indicators that a dog is unable to cope with the situation. It is recommended to avoid grooming dogs that are exhibiting severe stress. In such cases, it may be advisable to seek the opinion of a veterinarian or a veterinary behaviorist to devise an appropriate care plan for the dog's wellbeing. For a detailed explanation of canine stress, visit www.thedogclinic.com/ signsofstress.

A calm, controlled grooming environment can go a long way to minimizing stress in many dogs. Oneon-one grooming establishments, mobile groomers, or in-home groomers often work with one pet at a time with limited distractions. Additionally,

professional groomers educated in handling practices focused on reducing pet's stress will be more equipped to provide a supportive environment. Supportive grooming practices may include gentle introductions, positive reinforcement, and minimal restraint. Groomers offering a positive-based grooming approach hold certification from organizations like the Holistic Grooming Academy, Fear Free and Low Stress Handling University.

Low-volume grooming facilities offer an ideal location for a pet guardian to provide additional support for the dog during the grooming process. Young puppies, dogs with limited handling experience (such as those from puppy mills), older dogs, and those with health issues may benefit from having the guardian stay for all or part of the grooming process. A 2020 study in the Journal of American Veterinary Medicine revealed that dogs exhibited decreased stress indicators and better tolerance towards routine exams when its owner was present, even if it was anxious. [1] Master Groomer LeeAnn Menut, FFCP, who focuses on respecting pet’s behavioral responses, agrees with this study. She says, "insecure and elderly pets tend to do much better when their owners support them through the grooming process." Even so, it is best to inquire about staying with your dog before making an appointment with your local groomer and consider these tips before you arrive:

• Wear old clothes. It is a messy job.

• Follow the groomer's instructions on where to stand and where to place your hands. Remember that groomers work with sharp tools.

• Apply a supportive hold to your dog when necessary, but do not over-restrain. Tightly holding your dog may cause it to struggle.

• Focus on comfort, not a perfect haircut.

• Stay calm.

Lastly, many dogs require extra help to feel comfortable during grooming. A consistent and gentle approach can be instrumental in fostering a trusting relationship between the dog and the groomer. By establishing a nurturing and patient environment with the help of the pet guardian, the groomer can gradually build the dog's confidence and minimize stress and anxiety.

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