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King Daley Shepherd for National Mutt Day

I think National Mutt Day is just the right day for me to re-tell this story about our “pure bred” King Daly Shepherd. It was 14-years ago when my wife Robin and I were called by friend at Chicago Animal Care & Control, saying a box of Australian Shepherd puppies have just been dropped off.…

The Necessity of Early Socialization, Dr. Houlihan of the AVMA

Socialization has become a buzz word. People know the word, care about socializing their pet but exactly what does it mean? I talk with Dr. Kendall Houlihan, assistant director of animal welfare about the topic on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show. Indeed socialization is imperative – and we talk about why that…

Dr. Mark Goldstein – Versatile Veterinarian Has Done It All: From Elephants to Shelter Dogs

Dr. Mark Goldstein is as versatile as a veterinarian can get, with the longest book title ever: “Lions and Tigers and Hamsters: What Animals Large and Small Taught Me About Life, Love, and Humanity.” He’s done it all: collecting semen from rhinos (which he explains) and a lowland gorilla, he was once nearly killed by…

Emotional Health of Shelter Dogs

At the Conference of the Animal Behavior Society, I met Dr. Erica Feuerbacher, assistant professor of Companion Animal Welfare and Behavior in the Department of Animal and Poultry Science at Virginia Tech. Her talk at the conference was great, and I was thrilled when I heard she’d come on my WGN Radio Steve Dale’s Pet…

Changes in Veterinary Medicne

Certified veterinary technician Mary Ann Minnick and I talk HERE on WGN Radio about how veterinary medicine is changing. Beginning with talking about all pets’ wellness, how integrative medicine is more important than ever. We mean integrating modalities like physical therapy or acupuncture – as just two examples – combined with traditional medicine. We discuss…

Beware of Lyme Disease in City Parks

Dogs are a sentinel for various tick diseases, most notably Lyme disease. You think Lyme, you likely think either New England – where Lyme is endemic – or you think about tick disease when walking through the woods. It’s true you should think those things. But also think urban parks, like Central Park in New…

Don’t Burn Out Dogs in Hot Weather

The message is “take it easy,” as the weather heats up again. As people need to acclimate to heath, so do our dogs, according Dr. Kurt Venator, chief veterinary officer at Purina. Is there a link between how much exercise your dog gets and nutrition? Seems like an easy thing to know, but studies demonstrate…

Leptospirosis Problem Is Worsening; the Entire Family May Be At Risk

On HouseSmarts TV I talk about the increasing zoonotic threat of leptospirosis with Dr. Natalie Marks. We’ve talked about leptospirosis before, but it seems to be worsening. City rats, weather and who knows what other contributing factors. But it’s really an increasingly serious problem in major metro areas, according at least one study. Of course,…

Service Dogs Change Lives

Ryan DeRoche tells me what a service dog means to him following his mountain bike accident several years ago. Through the non-profit National Education for Assistance Dog Services or NEADS World Class Service Dogs, he was partnered with a new best friend named Oliver. He says on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show,…

American Veterinary Medical Association: Choosing the Right Pet for You

Dr. Kendall Houlihan, assistant director of animal welfare of the American Veterinary Medical Association chats on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show about how to choose the right pet for you.  We talk about it all, from Guinea pigs to cats and dogs. And do your homework. People get rabbits when little kids…

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