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March 1 2020

Stand Up Against Breed Discrimination for Homeowners/Renters Insurance

On my WGN Radio Steve Dale’s Pet World, it’s about time insurance company’s end discrimination that homeowners or renters insurance often places upon owners of a wide variety of breeds. Listen HERE to my conversation with Ledy VanKavage, senior legislative analyst at Best Friends, who wants to once and for all put an end to this.…

February 22 2020

VCA Animal Hospitals Ban Declaw

After the American Veterinary Medical Association and the approximately 1,000 Banfield the Pet Hospitals crafted stronger statements opposing declaw, now the 750 VCA animal hospital group pretty much decided “the heck with it” and outrightly banned declaw as elective option. If you don’t know, declaws in cats are truly amputations, as the last part of…

January 31 2020

Cat Games

I guess I was ahead of my time, but for at least 20 years or so I’ve espoused the many benefits of training cats. Famously, I taught our cat Ricky how to play the piano to jump through hoops and much more. He was a TV star, but not a YouTube star as YouTube had…

January 15 2020

It’s Her 98th Birthday But Who’s Counting: A Conversation with Betty White

On January 17 Betty White celebrates her 98th birthday. Here are some fun Betty White facts – I know them, because she’s told me herself. She loves, loves working – but it’s really only so she can advocate for wild and captive animals in zoos, and to fund studies to support animal research. For decades,…

January 13 2020

Bengal Cats with Issues and Why Vick Should Not be Pro Bowl Captain on WGN Radio

On my WGN radio Steve Dale’s Pet World  radio show, listen HERE to Dr. Drew Weigner, president of the Winn Feline Foundation, chime to help answer a listener question about about two kitties, one of which has the calici virus. While this can be a serious illness, in the vast majority of instances it’s like any…

December 29 2019

Flights for Felines to Build a Kitten Nursery

Windy Kitty Cat Cafe founder and owner Jenny Tiner makes a very special announcement HERE on Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN Radio. It’s pretty cool, 254 cats and kittens adopted via Windy Kitty and counting in 2019. Most of the cats and kittens are from Chicago Animal Care and Control. Not only is every adoption…

December 25 2019

Merry Christmas to Me: Decoding Your Cat Arrives!

It’s the best Christmas gift ever; my advance copy of Decoding Your Cat, authored by members of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists just arrived. You can order your advance copy too! I suppose I do take credit for this all beginning. The concept for this collaborative book idea was hatched at the Western Veterinary…

December 18 2019

Minimizing Holiday Anxiety in Pets

Some pets are like the Grinch; they just don’t appreciate the Christmas spirit. Everything in their lives can be upside down at this time of year. The family is busily trying to attend to last minute shopping, and frazzled attempting to keep up with the kids’ Christmas parties. Meanwhile, you’re running to catch sales at…

December 12 2019

Questioning Ethics of Declaw, Not to Mention Deleterious Impact on Behavior

Dr. Robin Downing is Boarded animal rehabilitation, and is a renown expert on pain/pain management of companion animals. She and I are speaking together about declaw in cats at the FETCH veterinary conference on Friday December 13 in San Diego, CA. Downing can look at videos of cats and identify lameness that is so subtle…

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…

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