Episode 124 – February 28th, 2016

Featuring Calgary mobile veterinarian Dr. Wendy McClelland and co-host Greg Habstritt from Vets To Go.  This episode originally aired February 28th, 2016 on News Talk 770 AM.  

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Here’s what we covered in this week’s show:

Host Greg Habstritt and guest co-host Jessica Fielding broadcast live from the 2016 Calgary Home + Garden Show! Get great pet-friendly gardening tips from Spruce it Up Garden Centre’s Meryl Coombs, learn about the City of Calgary’s Off Leash Ambassador Program, and discover locally made eco and pet friendly cleaning products for the home with Annie Cole from Muttley Crue. (Previously recorded)

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Special Guest(s) On This Show:

Guest: Meryl Coombs, Owner – Spruce It Up Garden Centre

Website: www.CalgarysGardenCentre.com

Guest: Cheryl Herpeger

Website:  www.calgary.ca – search for ‘Off Leash Ambassador’

Guest: Annie Cole, Owner of Muttley Crue Organic Grooming, Daycare and Boarding

Website: www.muttleycrue.ca

Cleaning Products: Locally Produced by Small Planet – www.SmallPlanet.ca

Dog Wash Products: Locally Produced by All Things Jill – www.AllThingsJill.ca

Episode 123 – February 21st, 2016

Featuring Calgary mobile veterinarian Dr. Wendy McClelland and co-host Greg Habstritt from Vets To Go.  This episode originally aired February 21st, 2016 on News Talk 770 AM.  

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Here’s what we covered in this week’s show:

Until recently, Crown Prosecutors had limited educational resources available to help them prosecute animal abuse cases. The National Centre for the Prosecution of Animal Cruelty has been working hard behind the scenes to design and deliver training to the legal community and today we’re joined by Barbara Cartwright, CEO of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, to learn about the impact that this training is having on the legal system.

Plus, if you or someone you know needs financial assistance to have a cat spayed or neutered, a local Calgary organization might be able to help out. Debbie Nelson, Director of Operations for the MEOW Foundation joins us to talk about their Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) and how it’s helping to control the local homeless pet population.

As always, Dr. Wendy wraps up the hour answering you pet health questions!

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Special Guest(s) On This Show:

Guest: Barbara Cartwright, CEO Canadian Federation of Humane Societies

Website: www.CFHS.ca 

Guest: Debbie Nelson – Director of Operations MEOW Foundation

Website: www.MeowFoundation.com 

Episode 122 – February 14th, 2016

Featuring Calgary mobile veterinarian Dr. Wendy McClelland and co-host Greg Habstritt from Vets To Go.  This episode originally aired February 14th, 2016 on News Talk 770 AM.  

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Here’s what we covered in this week’s show:

If you’ve got a busy schedule or a dog that gets carsick or stressed out around other animals, a mobile groomer might be the solution you need to keep your dogs looking dapper! Today Erv Unger with Fetching Fido joins us to tell us about the mobile grooming service they offer for busy pet parents and how you can win a $100 gift certificate from them.

Plus, you’ve likely seen local pet stores offering “anaesthesia free” dental cleanings, but what you might not know about them could open your pet up to potential health issues. Veterinary Dental Specialist Dr. Terri Faber joins us to talk about these cleaning services and how they can affect your pet.

Dr. Wendy wraps up the hour with answers to your pet health questions!

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Listen to the recording of this week’s show here: 

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Special Guest(s) On This Show:

Guest: Erv Unger – Owner, Fetching Fido Mobile Grooming

Website: www.FetchingFido.ca 

Guest: Terrie Faber, BSA, DVM Owner of Alberta Veterinary Dentistry

Website: AlbertaVetDentistry.com

Episode 121 – February 7th, 2016

Featuring Calgary mobile veterinarian Dr. Wendy McClelland and co-host Greg Habstritt from Vets To Go.  This episode originally aired February 7th, 2016 on News Talk 770 AM.  

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Here’s what we covered in this week’s show:

If you’re a winter sports enthusiast with a high-energy dog, skijoring is a great way for you and your pooch to beat the winter doldrums! Local skijorer Jenn Ferguson joins us to teach us about this relatively unknown winter sport and what kind of training you and your pooch need to get started.

Plus, February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month and Calgary is home to the Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force, which is one of Alberta’s amazing animal welfare groups dedicated to reducing pet overpopulation. Executive Director A.J Bailot is here to give us an update on the work their group has done in the past year and how you can get involved to help animals.

Dr. Wendy wraps up the hour with answers to your pet health questions!

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Listen to the recording of this week’s show here: 

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Special Guest(s) On This Show:

Guest: Jenn Ferguson – Dog Trainer & Skijoring Enthusiast 

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Guest: R.J Bailot, Executive Director of Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force Society

Website: www.abtaskforce.org 

Episode 120 – January 31st, 2016

Featuring Calgary mobile veterinarian Dr. Wendy McClelland and co-host Greg Habstritt from Vets To Go.  This episode originally aired January 31st, 2016 on News Talk 770 AM.  

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Here’s what we covered in this week’s show:

British Columbia recently passed the Service & Guide Dog Act, a new law that requires service animals to be licensed under strict guidelines and protect guide dogs and their handlers from discrimination. Bill Thornton, CEO and Co-Founder of BC Alberta Guide Dog Services is with us to give us a better understanding of BC’s new law and to talk about what changes could be coming to Alberta to help service animals in our community.

Plus, if your pet has packed on a few extra pounds we’ve got some great information and resources to help your pet get started on their weight loss journey! Veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward, founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention joins us to discuss the pet obesity epidemic and what small steps you can take to help your furry friends get back to a healthy weight.

Dr. Wendy digs into the mailbag and answers your pet health questions!

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Listen to the recording of this week’s show here: 

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Special Guest(s) On This Show:

Guest: Bill Thornton, CEO and Co-Founder BC Alberta Guide Dog Services

Website: bcandalbertaguidedogs.com

Guest: Dr. Ernie Ward, DVM – Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP)

Website: www.petobesityprevention.org

Episode 119 – January 24th, 2016

Featuring Calgary mobile veterinarian Dr. Wendy McClelland and co-host Greg Habstritt from Vets To Go.  This episode originally aired January 24th, 2016 on News Talk 770 AM.  

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Here’s what we covered in this week’s show:

You may be familiar with the Alberta Kennel Club from the two dogs shows they put on in Alberta each year, but you may not know the rich history behind the group and the role they play in promoting responsible pet ownership and breeding. AKC President Wendy Hamilton-Petkau is with us to talk about the history of the club and tell us more about the Winter Classic Dog Show happening this weekend at Spruce Meadows.

Plus, pets are an integral part of the social fabric of people’s lives, and often play an extremely important role with older adults and seniors. Dr. Debbie Stoewen, Care & Empathy Officer with Pets Plus Us joins us to talk about the health and social benefits of pet ownership for the aging population.

Dr. Wendy digs into the mailbag and answers your pet health questions!

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Listen to the recording of this week’s show here: 

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Special Guest(s) On This Show:

Guest: Wendy Hamilton-Petkau, President Alberta Kennel Club

Website: www.albertakennelclub.org

Guest: Dr. Debbie Stoewen, DVM, Pets Plus Us, Care & Empathy Officer and Director of Veterinary Services

Website: www.petsplusus.com

Episode 118 – January 17th, 2016

Featuring Calgary mobile veterinarian Dr. Wendy McClelland and co-host Greg Habstritt from Vets To Go.  This episode originally aired January 17th, 2016 on News Talk 770 AM.  

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Here’s what we covered in this week’s show:

Urban Coyotes are an integral part of the Calgary ecosystem, but they can be a source of fear and concern for pet owners. Dr. Shelley Marie Alexander, lead researcher for the Calgary Coyote Project joins us to teach us about the local coyote population and ways to keep pets safe if you happen to encounter them.

Plus, local doggie daycare and boarding company Sleep Rover just opened a brand new facility in Central Calgary. Owner Joyce Kao joins us to share all the details about the their new building and the Sleep Rover concept.

Dr. Wendy wraps up the show answering our listeners pet health questions!

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Special Guest(s) On This Show:

Guest: Dr. Shelley Marie Alexander, Associate Professor, University of Calgary – Calgary Coyote Project

Website: www.ucalgary.ca/canid-lab

Guest: Joyce Kao, Owner of Sleep Rover Doggie Hotel & Daycare

Website: www.sleeprover.ca 

Episode 117 – January 10th, 2016

Featuring Calgary mobile veterinarian Dr. Wendy McClelland and co-host Greg Habstritt from Vets To Go.  This episode originally aired January 10th, 2016 on News Talk 770 AM.  

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Here’s what we covered in this week’s show:

If you’ve recently welcomed a new dog into your family, giving them proper training and socialization will not only help them have better manners, it can also be fun! January is National Train Your Dog Month, and Megan Armstrong from Dogma Training & Pet Services joins us to talk about the importance of training and give us some resources to get started.

Plus, ferrets are now the third most popular pet after dogs and cats, but many people that fall in love with their adorable antics aren’t prepared for how much work they can be. Luckily Calgary is home to FRES, the Ferret Rescue & Education Society, and President Andrea Camp is with us to talk about the realities of ferret ownership, and the work that their group does to rescue and rehome these cute critters.

Dr. Wendy wraps up the show answering our listeners pet health questions!

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Special Guest(s) On This Show:

Guest: Megan Armstrong – Owner of Dogma Training & Pet Services and Treasurer for the Association of Professional Dog Trainers

Website: www.trainyourdogmonth.com and www.dogmatraining.com 

Guest: Andrea Camp, Ferret Rescue & Education Society (FRES)

Website: www.ferrets.ca

Episode 116 – January 3rd, 2016

Featuring Calgary mobile veterinarian Dr. Wendy McClelland and co-host Greg Habstritt from Vets To Go.  This episode originally aired January 3rd, 2016 on News Talk 770 AM.  

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Here’s what we covered in this week’s show:

Even when temperatures outside drop well below freezing, our furry friends still need exercise and mental stimulation to keep them happy and healthy all winter long. Today Dr. Wendy shares her favourite ways to help your pets stay active even when it’s too cold to get outside.

Plus, you’ve likely seen therapy animals making the rounds at local hospitals, senior homes and libraries, but have you ever thought about getting your pet involved as a volunteer? Diana Segboer with the Pet Access League Society joins us today to talk about their organization and how you can get your pet certified as a therapy dog in our community.

Dr. Wendy wraps up the show answering our listeners pet health questions!

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Special Guest(s) On This Show:

Guest: Diana Segboer, PALS Pet Access League Society – Executive Director

Website: www.palspets.com