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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…

January 18 2020

Help Wanted: Saxophonist To Encourage Bird Mating

Wildlife conservationists are doing everything they can to protect the kākāpō, a critically endangered species of flightless bird native to New Zealand. Frank Sinatra, Smokey Robinson, Johnny Mathis, John Legend…..they can’t go it. But maybe you can, if you happen to play the saxophone. Conservationist believe the kākāpō might be more amorous with a little…

November 25 2019

De-Stressing Pets on Thanksgiving, And Keeping them Safe

Thanksgiving is fun family time, or it can be. Here are tips to de-stress pets, to ramp up fun and to keep them safe and out of the pet emergency room. Dumpster diving and counter surfing is dangerous sport for dogs – turkey and chicken bones can be a choking hazard. These bones can easily…

May 4 2019

Parrots Performing in the Shower

It turns out pet parrots are like a lot of us. When others are around, mustering the courage to perform isn’t easy. But when no one’s looking, who knows what can happen – maybe your singing parrot is a star.

April 2 2019

Rescuing Pet Parrots: Gabriel Foundation

Parrot Behavior Consultant Julie Weiss Murad is a hero for pet birds, and the Founder and President of the Gabriel Foundation is interviewed on national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show. Parrots land in rescues like the renown Gabriel Foundation for various reasons. One problem is that people don’t make plans when their animal that…
Ajax is trained to find endangered Kea

December 1 2018

One Dog Helps to Save an Endangered Parrot Species

It’s astounding what dogs can do. Ajax is the only dog that is training for finding kea birds. The kea is an endangered flightless parrot species only found on New Zealand’s South Island. And researchers need to keep tabs on how many there and where they area. And Ajax is the nation’s official and the…

March 22 2018

New Human-Animal Bond Certificaton

The human-animal bond feels good, but it’s also about science. And, now, that is being recognized. Listen HERE on Steve Dale’s Pet World national radio show to Steve Feldman, executive director of the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), as he describes how HABRI, the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC), and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) have…

February 2 2018

No Peacocks on this Plane

A New York City-based performance artist, Ventiko, attempted to board a flight on January 28 from Newark Liberty International Airport to Los Angeles with an “emotional support” peacock. Ventiko had wanted to purchase a separate seat to take her celebrity bird on the cross-country flight, however United Airlines said the passenger had been told in…

September 27 2017

Back to School, Pets Aren't Happy About That

The kids are back in school and while that makes most parents ecstatic, it can make your pets left behind feel depressed. Listen HERE on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World to Ragen McGowan, a senior scientist at Purina. She shares tips on helping our pets handle the back-to-school transition. Ideas include: Setting a typical…

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