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March 17 2020

COVID-19 and Walking Dogs: Be A Good Neighbor, Walk a Senior Citizen’s Dog

Walk a senior citizen’s dog. I was about to write about this idea, and then what do you know Dr. Scott Weese, internal medicine specialist Ontario Veterinary College answered questions about this very possibility. What about you walking your own dog? And can you safely walk the dog of an infirmed or older neighbor or…

March 16 2020

Pets and COVID-19: Most Frequently Asked Questions

People continue to ask and I am repeating the info as not everyone sees everything posted. Dr. Gail Golab of  the American Veterinary Medical Association in conjunction with the CDC answer your most common questions regarding pets and COVID-19 On my Steve Dale’s Pet World Listen HERE as Dr. Gail Golab, Chief Veterinary Officer, Scientific Affairs and Public…

March 15 2020

Can COVID-19 Be Transmitted by Touching Dogs

Many have asked me the following question regarding the possibility of a friend or stranger with the COVID-19 novel corona virus petting your dog and then the fear is that the virus can live on the dog and when you pet your dog, the virus is transmitted to you. Or among cats, that the cat…

March 15 2020

AVMA and COVID-19 and Your Pets: Is There a Reason to Worry?

On my Steve Dale’s Pet World Listen HERE as Dr. Gail Golab, Chief Veterinary Officer, Scientific Affairs and Public Policy at the American Veterinary Medical Association explains what we do know and what we still may not be sure of regarding COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2). Veterinarians deal with corona viruses a lot and have for a very…

March 13 2020

Latest on Pets and COVID-19

Human corona virus, COVID-19, according to this press release (below) from the diagnostic laboratory IDEXX, has not seen a single positive result in dogs or cats, after testing thousands. IDEXX recommends against testing pets for COVID-19 as pets with respiratory signs are best seeing their own veterinarian, who can then advise on appropriate diagnostics for…

March 12 2020

Veterinarians Might Be On Cutting Edge of Helping to Treat COVID-19

A relief to pet owners: there’s no evidence that companion animals such as dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus COVID-19, according to the World Health Organization. Corona viruses aren’t new to veterinarians. They sometimes treat canine corona virus, And for decades veterinarians have been unable to treat a mutation of the…

March 10 2020

Pets and COVID-19: Do I Let My Dog Kiss Me?

Q: I read somewhere online that I shouldn’t snuggle with my dog because of the corona virus, or let my dog kiss me. J. H., Olympia, WA A: I understand your concern regarding pets and COVID-19, particularly in your state where to date 23 people have died as a result the novel corona virus, COVID-19,…

March 5 2020

Allergies to Cats: A Thing of the Past with Dr. Michael Lappin

While cats are the most popular pet in America, they are sometimes considered second second class citizens. And Dr. Michael Lappin, professor of internal medicine at Colorado State University College of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences says thee are primarily two reasons for this: Fear of cats passing infections like toxoplasmosis. While toxo is real, prevention…

March 3 2020

Might Cats Suffer from Effects of Lyme Transmission?

It’s always been assumed that Lyme Disease impacts people and dogs, but not cats. Well, it turns out that Lyme disease may be associated with some cardiac arrhythmias in cats. This report is from the Winn Feline Foundation:  Tørnqvist-Johnsen C, Dickson S-A, Rolph K, Palermo V, Hodgkiss-Geere H, Gilmore P, et al. First report of…

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.…

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