Articles: American Veterinary Medical Assocation

April 29 2020

Pug in North Carolina Reportedly Testing Positive for COVID-19; What Does that Mean?

It’s been widely reported that a Pug in North Carolina, named Winston, was found to be positive of the SARS corona virus 2 (SARS CoV-2) which causes COVID-19, and was coughing. Please understand that a coughing and/or lethargic dog is VERY UNLIKELY to be diagnosed with COVID-19, another cause is FAR more likely. Here’s what…

April 19 2020

AVMA on COVID-19 and Pets; Keeping Your Dog Busy When You’re Busy ; A Chicago Relief Net

When it comes to pets and COVID-19, the most up to date and real information is found through the American Veterinary Medical Association.  Once again, on my WGN Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show, listen here to Dr. John Howe, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Howe begins answering whether or not dogs,…

April 16 2020

National Dog Bite Prevention Week: A Bit Different This Year

National Dog Bite Prevention Week (April 12-18), and “May have more meaning this year than ever,” says Heather Paul, public affairs specialist State Farm Insurance. Since most dogs bites happen in the home, she expressed concern that with all family members home there may be an uptick in bites. Dr. John Howe, president of the…

April 14 2020

Veterinary Drugs Trialed to Treat COVID-19; AMA Update on Potential Therapeutics

Winn Feline Foundation was the first to support the notion and funding for using a drug nearly identical to a drug called Remdesivir  to treat feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), which is currently being trialed around the nation to potentially treat COVID-19. FIP, which has traditionally been considered fatal, occurs as a result of the feline corona…

April 5 2020

COVID-19 And Zoo or Companion Animals: What Is Known

SARS-CoV-2 which causes the novel illness COVID-19 is a human corona virus. Having said that, there have been only very rare confirmed instances of the virus appearing in companion animals, and now captive big cats at the Bronx Zoo. One Malayan Tiger (known also as Amur Tigers), named Nadia at the Zoo has tested positive…

March 30 2020

AVMA President on COVID-19 and Pets; State of Chicago Animal Shelters on WGN Radio

The most authoritative source at this time when we are so desperate for information regarding COVID-19 and pets is the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). On Steve Dale’s Pet World on WGN Radio, listen HERE as I began this show speaking  with Dr. John Howe, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association. My first question…

March 21 2020

STOP IT: Dogs and Cats SO Unlikely To Get Sick From COVID-19 or Transmit It

If you are concerned about dogs or cats getting or giving us COVID-19, the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) explains why it is very unlikely, and the real stories of those two Hong Kong dogs that did indeed test positive for human COVID-19 virus. WSAVA President Dr Shane Ryan said: “While there is still…

March 16 2020

Valuable Real Information about Hand Sanitizers and Pets

Q: I read online that a hand sanitizer – which so many of us are now using –  is like antifreeze and will kill pets.  J.B., New York City, NY As for hand sanitizers, here’s the scoop, according to Dr. Ahna Brutlag, director veterinary services & Senior Veterinary Toxicologist at Pet Poison Helpline & Safety…

March 16 2020

Pets and COVID-19: Most Frequently Asked Questions

People continue to ask and I am repeating the info as not everyone sees everything posted. Dr. Gail Golab of  the American Veterinary Medical Association in conjunction with the CDC answer your most common questions regarding pets and COVID-19 On my Steve Dale’s Pet World Listen HERE as Dr. Gail Golab, Chief Veterinary Officer, Scientific Affairs and Public…

March 15 2020

Can COVID-19 Be Transmitted by Touching Dogs

Many have asked me the following question regarding the possibility of a friend or stranger with the COVID-19 novel corona virus petting your dog and then the fear is that the virus can live on the dog and when you pet your dog, the virus is transmitted to you. Or among cats, that the cat…

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