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March 15 2020

Can COVID-19 Be Transmitted by Touching Dogs

Many have asked me the following question regarding the possibility of a friend or stranger with the COVID-19 novel corona virus petting your dog and then the fear is that the virus can live on the dog and when you pet your dog, the virus is transmitted to you. Or among cats, that the cat…

March 15 2020

AVMA and COVID-19 and Your Pets: Is There a Reason to Worry?

On my Steve Dale’s Pet World Listen HERE as Dr. Gail Golab, Chief Veterinary Officer, Scientific Affairs and Public Policy at the American Veterinary Medical Association explains what we do know and what we still may not be sure of regarding COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2). Veterinarians deal with corona viruses a lot and have for a very…

March 13 2020

Latest on Pets and COVID-19

Human corona virus, COVID-19, according to this press release (below) from the diagnostic laboratory IDEXX, has not seen a single positive result in dogs or cats, after testing thousands. IDEXX recommends against testing pets for COVID-19 as pets with respiratory signs are best seeing their own veterinarian, who can then advise on appropriate diagnostics for…

March 12 2020

Veterinarians Might Be On Cutting Edge of Helping to Treat COVID-19

A relief to pet owners: there’s no evidence that companion animals such as dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus COVID-19, according to the World Health Organization. Corona viruses aren’t new to veterinarians. They sometimes treat canine corona virus, And for decades veterinarians have been unable to treat a mutation of the…

March 10 2020

Pets and COVID-19: Do I Let My Dog Kiss Me?

Q: I read somewhere online that I shouldn’t snuggle with my dog because of the corona virus, or let my dog kiss me. J. H., Olympia, WA A: I understand your concern regarding pets and COVID-19, particularly in your state where to date 23 people have died as a result the novel corona virus, COVID-19,…

March 10 2020

Anxiety May Be Genetic in Dogs: Based on Breed and Family

Because your dog is anxious so does not mean you’ve done anything wrong. And now there’s mounting demonstrable evidence. Geneticist Hannes Lohi and colleagues contacted Finnish dog breed clubs and reached out to dog owners around the world through social media, asking owners to rate their dogs’ behavior on seven different anxiety-related traits: noise sensitivity,…

March 9 2020

Great Mystery Solved: Why Dogs Turn and Relieve Themselves Pointing North-South

It’s thought that birds use the earth’s magnetic field to help them to find their way. It turns out dogs may use the earth’s magnetic field to line them up in just the right direction when they go to the bathroom, in a north-south axis, according to a  new study published in the journal Frontiers…

March 8 2020

Pucks and Paws and Decoding Your Cat

Pucks and Paws is a celebration of the Rockford Ice Hogs and pet adoption. How can I not love that? Listen HERE to my Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show with Mike Peck, business operations manager of the Ice Hogs. Rockford, as a Blackhawks minor league team, has provided nearly 100 players for the major…

March 5 2020

Stop Insurance Companies Profiling Based on Dog Breed

Listen HERE for myself and King John Williams on WGN Radio talking about how for homeowners and renters insurance if you allegedly have a certain dog breed or mix of breeds, your policy may be cancelled, you may be charged more money or you can’t get a policy in the first place. Ledy VanKavage, senior…

March 4 2020

Dewormer Treating Cancers in Dogs and People?

According to an increasing number of anecdotal reports, a dewormer in dogs can actually treat some cancers in people and therefore, at least theoretically in dogs as well. The dewormer compound is called fenbendazole. Safe Guard, Pro Sense and Panacur are examples of product names.

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