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January 25 2010

Salute to Dr. Sheldon Rubin

Dr. Sheldon Rubin retired after 41 years treating Chicago’s pets…he was Oprah’s vet and he was the veterinarian to people who couldn’t afford care…No veterinarian in Chicago has ever been as influential. No veterinarian in America has ever communicated as much with the public. Here’s a gallery salute to Chicago’s own James Herriot, including a…

January 24 2010

Robo-Cat, First Feline Knee Replacement Ever

Missy in Petworth, West Sussex England just had one of her knees replaced; the first cat ever with an artificial knee replacement. No word on the cost, but I’m guessing around $6,000 to $8,000 (U.S.) . Would you do that? Missy This is an example illustrating the value of pet insurance.

January 23 2010

Tats for Cats

Tattoo & Piercing Benefit Weekend! Get a tat to benefit cats for Tree House Humane Society. The event is noon to 10 p.m. Saturday (January 23) and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday (January 24), Insight Studios, 1062 N. Milwaukee Ave. Call 773-342-4444 for details.Sometimes the cats are the tats. Check these out!

January 23 2010

Acepromazine, Not An Ace in the Hole: Dr. Overall Make a Case Against Ace

Acepromazine – NOT a drug of choice, that’s what veterinary behaviorist Dr. Karen Overall is explaining here.  I am pretty sure this was Dr. Overall’s appearance at the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants conference. I had the honor of introducing Dr. Overall at that event – she is one of the people I most…

January 22 2010

Survival of the Cutest

It sounds wacky at first, but think about – maybe we’re all selecting for what we perceive as the cutest pets, call the theory Survival of the Cutest. A study published in The American Naturalist today (20 January 2010), compared the skull shapes of domestic dogs with those of different species across the order Carnivora,…

January 17 2010

Should She Give Up Her Cat?

from USA WeekendQ: “Charlie, my boyfriend of nine months, despises cats. I don’t really know why – he doesn’t give me a straight answer. He says he won’t visit anymore as long as I have Bella. I really do like Charlie, but Bella has been my friend for 11 years. I’ve had her since she…

January 15 2010

American Humane Red Star Animal Emergency Services: Haiti Earthquake Response

American Humane’s Red Star Animal Emergency Services, and a Coalition called the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti are responding to the emergency. Right now, attempting to provide medical care, and food and water for people is the primary priority. However, soon it will be important to assess what to do with stray and displaced animals …

January 15 2010

Hyperthyroid Cats

As our cats are living longer, it seems hyperthyroid (a disease found in older cats) is becoming more common. There may even be additional environmental explanations. The question, once diagnosed, what do you do to help your cat? This is legendary veterinarian Dr. Mark Peterson, one of the world’s experts on the topic.

January 14 2010

National Dress Up Your Pet Day

I can assure you National Dress Up Your Pet Day is not a parking meter holiday. But then in Chicago, Christmas, I don’t believe is a parking meter holiday. I don’t know how I missed this one – today, January 14 is the big celebration –  National Dress Up Your Pet Day. I believe, you…

January 14 2010


The 5th Annual Kittypalooza to benefit the Tree House Humane Society is (Thursday) January 14, at the Empty Bottle, 1035 Western Avenue, 8:30 p.m. Ten bucks admission will help save kitty lives.                               These bands will wail for cats: Brice Woodall                            One & Only Cobalt & the Hired Guns Todd Kessler

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