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AVMA Excellence in Media Award: Honor of my Life

(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) January 19, 2020—The American Veterinary Medical Association has announced that Steve Dale is the winner of the inaugural AVMA Excellence in Media Award, which will be presented this August at AVMA Convention 2020 in San Diego. This new award was established by the AVMA to honor the achievements of an individual who has…

Cats Get Parasites Too

Cats need protection from fleas and ticks too. Dr. Christine Royal of Merck Animal Health talks about how cats can get heartworm. We talk about what can happen, which may be sudden death or heartworm associated respiratory disease (which has asthma-type symptoms). Imagine a 12-inch long worm winding its way inside a cat’s respiratory system.…

Outdoor Cats and Feline Parasites

According to the Cornell Feline Health Center, parasitic infections can have a significant effect on feline health, and in some cases on that of their owners and other wild species. A recent study analyzed 21 previously published studies to quantify the risk of cats becoming infected with 19 different feline parasites, including those with the…

Naperville’s Opportunity: Ban Sales of Dogs and Cats at Pet Stores, Here’s Why

Naperville, IL is considering a ban of sales of dogs and cats at pet stores. Hundreds of cities have already banned the sales of dogs and cats at pet stores in both the U.S. and Canada, as well as the entire states of California, Maryland and Maine. Naperville, located West of Chicago, is more than…

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,…

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…

Opposing Declaw, Banfield Hospitals & AVMA Make History

I’ve been adamantly opposed to declaw for many years. Yesterday, I was talking with a cat behavior consultant colleague who edited Think Twice Before You Declaw a handout, which we co-authored with several others back in 2006. Since then, we know much more: Not declawing doesn’t mean more cats will be given up to shelters…

Living with Coyotes

My goodness – panic in the streets because coyotes are being seen in the city of Chicago and other urban areas around America. News reports indicate: “Coyotes are following children.” “A coyote was waiting at my front door.” “The coyote is starring at my dog and salivating for dinner.” “A coyote was howling in my…

One Health Awareness Month

Dr.Roger Mahr, a past president of the American Veterinary Medical Association talks about One Health HERE on my WGN Radio Steve Dale’s Pet World show.  and one of his achievements – there have been many – is that the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives actually agreed on something, and unanimously so: January…

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…

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