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August 6 2020

Bats Caused the Virus; Bats Might Cure the Virus

Many humans cringe at the very thought or sight of bats. And some of those people may even have chiroptophobia, a fear of bats. True enough some bats are blood-suckers and some have a wingspan nearly the size of an average human. It’s also true that bats likely responsible, at least in great part, for…

July 28 2020

Cat in UK Diagnosed with COVID-19: Update on Pets and COVID

A 6-year old female Siamese cat has become the first animal in the UK to be infected with SARS CoV-2 causing COVID-19 according to the UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Christine Middlemiss. The cat’s infection was confirmed following tests at the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) laboratory in Weybridge, England, on July 22, according…

July 25 2020

Without a Mask: Worried About Spreading COVID-19 to The Dog

Am walking Hazel, our 9 1/2-lb. little dog in the neighborhood. A 40sh-year old woman stops me to say, “Your dog is so cute. I would pet your dog but I don’t want to risk giving her COVID.” I reply, “Thank you – but how about me?” She looks perplexed, as I back up a…

July 13 2020

Help Dogs to Train Dogs to Detect COVID-19

Just as Dr. Cynthia Otto at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center has has successfully trained dogs to detect ovarian cancer, she’s now in the process to teaching dogs to sniff for COVID-19. You can help! From Dr. Otto: The Penn Vet Working Dog Center is looking for individuals in the United States tested for…

June 28 2020

Catching Up with Former CACC Executive Director Susan Russell; Training Dogs to Sniff out COVID-19

Whatever happened to Susan Russell, past executive director of Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC)? I talk HERE with Susan, now in Philadelphia, on my Steve Dale’s Pet World show on WGN  Radio. Russell, a few years ago, turned around CACC. But what she did, she was only able to do because she pushed and…

June 25 2020

Drug for FIP for Cats Could Help People

A drug being considered at this moment for approval from the Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine for feline infectious peritonitis (FIP occurs as a result of the feline corona virus) is now being investigated to help humans with COVID-19. This drug is known as GC376 and it can successfully treat cats with…

June 17 2020

COVID-19 and Pets and Wild Animals: What’s Known and Not Known

People continue to be concerned or simply curious about dogs, cats and domestic ferrets and SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19. The good news is that diagnostic labs Antech and IDEXX have now tested thousands of dogs and cats with only (according to my count) two cats in New York State testing positive in the U.S. Add…

June 13 2020

FIP in Cats Cure Investigated for COVID-19

Here’s an amazing one health story: Legendary investigator Dr. Niels Pedersen, distinguished professor University of California, who responsible for so much of what we have learned regarding infectious disease in cats, including feline infectious peritonitis (FIP). FIP happens as a result of the feline corona virus, and – until now – considered fatal. Dr. Pedersen…

June 9 2020

How the SARS CoV-2 Virus Likely Began in a Wet Market

What’s the latest on where the novel corona virus, SARS CoV-2 first originated? On my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show, I talk with Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States. She explains first what a wet market or animal market is. “These crowded markets with stressed, scared wild…

June 5 2020

Testing Positive for COVID-19: Two Cats and One Dog in the U.S.

Two additional cats turn out to be positive for COVID-19 caused by the novel corona virus, SARS-CoV-2, one cat in Carver County, MN and a second in Springfield, IL. Both homes have in common at least one person sick with COVID-19. While very rare, it’s obviously possible that cats can get the virus. Two other…

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