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April 5 2020

COVID-19 And Zoo or Companion Animals: What Is Known

SARS-CoV-2 which causes the novel illness COVID-19 is a human corona virus. Having said that, there have been only very rare confirmed instances of the virus appearing in companion animals, and now captive big cats at the Bronx Zoo. One Malayan Tiger (known also as Amur Tigers), named Nadia at the Zoo has tested positive…

April 5 2020

Malayan Tiger at Bronx Zoo Tests Positive for COVID-19

The following information was released today (April 5, 2020) by the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo: Nadia, a 4-year-old female Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo, has tested positive for COVID-19. She, her sister Azul, two Amur tigers, and three African lions had developed a dry cough and all are expected to recover. This positive…

April 5 2020

Human Animal Bond and Sheltering in Place

Dr. Elizabeth Bales is host, as I join her with Dr. Laird Goodman, president of the Human Animal Bond Association. Our wide ranging discussion includes everything from pro’s or con’s of spending so much time with our pets; why adoption and foster rates in some parts of the U.S. are happily so high and how…

April 5 2020

When to Visit the Veterinarian and How to Keep Your Pets Occupied on WGN Radio

Veterinary practices are essential businesses in most places, including my home state of Illinois. And where they are open, they are on the front lines of COVID-19. Listen HERE to my conversation on Steve Dale’s Pet World on WGN Radio about that and who should go to the veterinarian with Dr. Dana Varble, chief veterinary…

April 4 2020

Ivermectin, a Common Veterinary Anti-Parasitic Holds Promise to Treat COVID-19

The name Ivermectin might seem familiar to you, especially if you happen to be a pet owner. Ivermectin is the drug name (not the brand name) found in  in monthly heartworm preventions for dogs and cats; it is also used to treat ear mites; mites that cause mange, hookworms and roundworms in companion animals and…

April 3 2020

Illinois and Northwest Indiana Pet Food Pantries

I am grateful to the Illinois Department of Agriculture for putting together a list of pet food pantries. Increasingly, there is a need. For your convenience, I have them listed here – but this is as of April 1, 2020 – and may be updated. Updates, here. (IDOA indicates websites and confirmed but not the…

April 2 2020

COVID-19: Stay Home, Save Lives

You gotta give props to Chicago’s dog loving Mayor Lori Lightfoot for her bravado and sense of humor through the COVID-19 pandemic, and doing the best she can do protect Chicagoans. She’s become a national figure. Mayor Lightfoot has said many times, it’s fine to out to walk your dog or to take a walk,…

April 2 2020

Tributes to Dr. Peter Sakas, Who Succumbed to COVID-19

In case you missed it – from the most poetic reporter in Chicago, Mile Lowe of WGN-TV…..a beautiful tribune to Dr. Peter Sakas, who recently succumbed to COVID-19. More here on Dr. Sakas. This one, from Fox News Chicago, also with Chicago Police Lt. active in rescue John Garrido,  “He was sent here from heaven…

April 2 2020

Delivery Dog Helps Neighbors

Sunny, the delivery dog charges nothing – well maybe he does get paid with treats. “He helps me so much so I wanted him to help other people,” says Sunny’s owner Karen.

April 1 2020

Cat in Hong Kong Tests Positive for COVID-19

According to the Hong Kong Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD), a cat has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This follows testing of two “weak positive” dogs. Same as the case with the dogs, the owner was confirmed with COVID-19. Also, same as the instance with the dogs, this cat has showed no signs…

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