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November 16 2020

I Have the COVID-19 Vaccine: Here’s How and Why

Our nation has never been so angry and so divided in my lifetime. I think at least some of this anger is actually an outlet for what is really fear, stoked by a combination of events leading with the pandemic.  So much for being a backseat psychiatrist, but I wanted to do something to make…

November 9 2020

Is SARS COV-2 Mutating in Mink? Calls Continue for Culling Mink

Denmark plans to cull its 17 million mink at mink farms. At this point, five different variant strains of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) coronavirus-2 which causes COVID-19 have been found in mink. These are changes or variations in the spike protein the virus uses to attach to (and subsequently infect) cells. A mutation…

November 2 2020

Tigers at Zoo Knoxville with COVID-19

An 11-year old Malayan tiger, named Bashir, at Zoo Knoxville has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and confirmed by the USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratory (though it’s not yet confirmed there publicly), it has been confirmed by various local news outlets and the zoo made the announcement saying that USDA confirmed. Two other Malayan…

October 26 2020

Latest on SARS CoV-2 and COVID-19 and Pets

If we can figure out how cats do it, we may learn. It appears cats are surprisingly susceptible to the SARS Corona Virus-2 infection (SARS CoV-2), which causes COVID-19. Don’t worry. This fact doesn’t appear to be bad for cats, and it may benefit us. Once infected with SARS CoV-2, their immune systems kick into…

October 3 2020

Donald Trump, Thank Cats for Remdesivir

President Donald Trump can thank cats for his treatment of a drug called Remdesivir  for COVID-19. Remdesivir, a drug from Gilead Sciences, was first released to treat Ebola but with only modest success, and sat on a shelf until Dr. Niels Pedersen, legendary feline researcher at the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine…

September 11 2020

Cats Saving the Day, Helping Humans to Deal with COVID-19

A new study published last week in the journal Emerging Microbes & Infections (published September 1, 2020) suggests that cats may be catching the novel coronavirus at far higher rates than thought before, which could mean they have unique ways of fighting off the virus. Researchers are now confirming this is indeed the case, and the…

September 8 2020

Laying an Egg with Madonna and John Landecker; Dogs with Odd Jobs

It’s been a long time since I’ve hung out on the radio with the one and only Radio Hall of Famer John Landecker. Listen HERE as we both reminisce about how back at WLS-AM (I was in my early 20’s at the time)  how I laid an egg, or John did as I covered a…

September 5 2020

Dogs with Unusual Jobs: Canine Labor Day

Let’s celebrate canine Labor Day – you won’t believe some of the unusual jobs dogs can do or are being trained to do: 1.Before her death, journalist and pet book author Darlene Arden set up the Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Darlene Arden Veterinary Outreach Program to support funds to teach dogs to sniff for ovarian cancer. Contributions…

September 3 2020

Steve Dale and Vaccine Expert on WGN Radio

Dr. Michael Bauer, medical director at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, joins me to talk about vaccines as I fill in for Anna Davlantes on WGN Radio. Listen HERE to my conversation with the renowned doctor. What is the truth about vaccines in general? Are adjuvants dangerous? Should we all get a flu vaccine especially this…

September 1 2020

Adoptions Up, Veterinary Visits Down

Pet adoptions and fostering have hit an all-time high.  Want to get a handle on what’s happening, check with Google. That’s what Lombardo Homes did, and found by checking searches that Oakland, CA leads the way with a 55 percent increase in adoption-related search terms, Dogs ranked better than cats as just over half searched…

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