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January 19 2021

Which One Doesn’t Belong?

Cockatoo sounds like a cat, but doesn’t exactly look like one. Are these cats fooled?

January 2 2021

Ringneck Parakeets Enjoying One Another’s Company

Here’s how to kick off the New Year with a smile. These Indian Ringneck Parakeets, Fabio and Gabriel, clearly enjoy one another’s company.

December 14 2020

12 Christmas Pet Safety Tips

12 Christmas pet safety tips to ensure pet safety and a safe howliday 12) Candles Burn Bright: Curiosity can kill a cat or a puppy. If a candle is knocked over, a house fire can start. A pet can get singed brushing against a candle. Scented candles can be life-threatening to pet birds due their…

December 3 2020

Applauding New Rules for Animals In-Flight: Must be Service Dogs

I agree with the airline industry and U.S. Department of Transportation, animals designated as emotional support or comfort animals should no longer be allowed on airplanes, only legitimate service dogs. Having said that, the airlines – who are partially responsible for this issue in the first place – must offer alternatives for pet travel beyond…

November 23 2020

Thanksgiving Day Safety for Pets

Dumpster diving and counter surfing is dangerous sport for dogs – turkey and chicken bones can be a choking hazard. These bones can easily splinter causing a potentially life-threatening emergency. Even this year when so many people may not be visiting your home, pets can still get into the trash or succeed in begging from…

October 2 2020

Vulgar Birds Grounded

Parents learn to watch their language around little kids, or pet parrots. At least they should. Five African grey parrots have been removed from public view at a British wildlife park after they started swearing at customers. The foul-mouthed birds were split up after they launched a number of different expletives at visitors and staff…

April 12 2020

Infectious Disease Expert Dr. Scott Weese on COVID-19 and Pets; Remembering Dr. Peter Sakas on WGN Radio

When it comes to pets and COVID-19, one of the most respected sources on the planet is Dr. Scott Weese. I officially proclaim Dr. Scott Weese the Dr. Anthony Fauci of veterinary medicine. Listen HERE to my conversation with Dr. Weese. Truly when veterinary professionals get up in the morning, the blog they check is…

April 2 2020

Tributes to Dr. Peter Sakas, Who Succumbed to COVID-19

In case you missed it – from the most poetic reporter in Chicago, Mile Lowe of WGN-TV…..a beautiful tribune to Dr. Peter Sakas, who recently succumbed to COVID-19. More here on Dr. Sakas. This one, from Fox News Chicago, also with Chicago Police Lt. active in rescue John Garrido,  “He was sent here from heaven…

April 1 2020

COVID-19 Steals Rock Star Veterinarian

A fan of rock ‘n roll, one of the great rock stars of veterinary medicine, Dr. Peter Sakas of Niles Animal Hospital and Bird Medical Center succumbed to COVID-19.  Prior to attending vet school, at Auburn University in Alabama and pursued his MS (Master of Science) degree in Zoology-Entomology in 1979. While at Auburn, he…

February 9 2020

Valentine’s Day for Your Pets

How do you tell your pets “I Love You” on Valentine’s Day? Of course, you can buy a special treat (naturally, not chocolate). If you have a pet lizard, maybe Valentine’s is the day for fattening but yummy mealworms. Ferrets might enjoy extra playtime and the same is true for Labrador Retrievers or your kitty…

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