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Halloween and Pets: Is It Crazy or Fun?

Dressing up pets for Halloween was so rare only 10 years ago that the National Retail Federation (NRF) has no data. Today,, according to the NRF nearly 20 percent plan to dress up their pet(s) for Halloween. Spending on pet costumes is expected reach nearly $500 million, still nowhere near the over $8 billion spent…

Arizona Joins Other States to Stop Competitive Hunting: Illinois Shoots Itself

Arizona has banned all urban wildlife killing contests for coyotes, bobcats, foxes and other animals, joining a growing number of states taking action to stop these gruesome events in which participants compete for money and/or prizes for killing the most and/or largest animals. The Arizona ban, proposed in June, was voted on by Arizona’s Fish…

Dog Is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves You

On my national Steve Dale’s Pet World show, I speak with Dr. Clive Wynne, author of Dog is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves You  and I explain the question I get A LOT is, “Does my dog really love me?” Wynne is among the increasing number of scientists now saying dog hormones in…

National Veterinary Technician Week

Registered veterinary technicians are the backbone of veterinary medicine. And through the 19th of October you can celebrate National Veterinary Technician Week. The term veterinary nurse might better describe what registered technicians do. Technician or technologist makes it sound like they’re computer programmers. Fact is that vet techs actually do more than most human nurses.…

Now is the Time to Protect Your Dogs Against Tick Disease

Veterinary parasitologist Dr. Michael Dryden, distinguished professor of Veterinary Parasitology, Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology at Kansas State University says right now is when dogs are most susceptible to Lyme disease. Dryden is a guest on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show. Dryden goes agrees there is as an epidemic of tick…

Springfield City Council Bans Retail Sales of Dogs and Cats

The Springfield, IL City Council unanimously voted Tuesday (October 1) to approve a ban on the retail sale of dogs and cats at pet stores within city limits. While the capital city currently has no pet stores that sell dogs or cats, the ordinance is aimed at keeping these stores out, as well as making…

Miracle Dog Discovered Alive in Rubble in Bahamas

Hurricane Dorian struck the Abaco Islands on September 1, 2019 with sustained winds of 185 miles-per-hour with gust exceeding an unfathomable 200 mph.  At least a thousand people are thought to have died and over 70,000 remain missing. No one will ever know how many stray or owned companion animals have died, but some say that number…

End of Life Care for Pets, International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care

Fascinating discussion from the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care, Dr. Amir Shanan and Michelle Nichols, a master in counseling, join me HERE on Steve Dale’s Pet World on WGN Radio to speak about end of life. End of life is so hard for pet owners – and the good news is that…

FDA Cautions Pet Owners Not to Feed Performance Dog Raw Pet Food

What follows is directly from the FDA website.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is cautioning pet owners not to feed their pets Performance Dog frozen raw pet food purchased after July 22, 2019 because a sample tested positive for Salmonella and L. mono. The FDA collected two samples of raw pet food manufactured by Bravo Packing, Inc.…

Cost of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Mark Russak, member of the Board of Directors of North American Veterinary Community and a Past President American Animal Hospital Association chats openly on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show about the cost of veterinary medicine. We begin by attempting to describe what a bargain veterinary medicine is – the problem is…

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