Articles: Fear Free

Kittens Going to School?

Kittens going to school? Veterinary behaviorist Dr. Kersti Seksel, who initiated Kittie Kindies in Australia, explains the concept HERE on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show. I love this idea, and I’ve taught kitten classes myself. Seksel explains the many benefits, including getting cats accustomed to their carriers, the car ride to the…

Lincoln State Cat Show

The Lincoln State Cat Show is one of most celebrated cat shows in America, but what is a cat show all about? Do people strut around the ring with a cat at the end of the leash? We describe what happens at a cat show and how the Best in Show—and all the cats—are judged. Of…

Love Your Pet Day

National Love Your Pet Day is February 20. As I often say, “Love your pet, and your pet will love you back…10 times more.” Loving your pet is about expressing the love you have in your heart, of course. But that love is also about providing appropriate enrichment for all pets: feeding appropriate diets, offering…

Speaking Up Regarding Animal Welfare League; Purrs to Lincoln State Cat Show

I begin my WGN radio show, Steve Dale’s Pet World, with a message (listen to HERE) to the Board of Directors of the Animal Welfare League (AWL) of Chicago and Chicago Ridge. There is no doubt that at least some of the serious allegations against AWL must be true. After all, various individuals have provided documentation.…

What Is Being a Responsible Pet Owner?

February is Responsible Pet Owner Month. I stop people on the street and ask, “What does it mean to be a responsible pet owner?” Some of the answers were really good. I also wore a unique time transport device to reach out to Dr. Natalie Marks to ask her what it means to be a responsible…

Does Your Pet Love You?

How do I know my pet loves me? I get asked this question so often. I suppose first I need to address whether or not pets can love. They certainly do have the emotional capacity, as author Dr. Temple Grandin pointed out in her book, Animals in Translation. Others have demonstrated the same regarding the…

Pet Dentistry Can Be Fear Free

February is Pet Dental Health Month. Dr. Jan Bellows announces HERE on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show that some veterinary dentists are now on board with the Fear Free initiative. Fear Free began as a means to lower pets’ fear, anxiety, and stress at the veterinary clinic. And now, the Fear Free program…

Treatment and Care of Veterinary Geriatric Patient

Dr. Mary Gardner has a love affair with old dogs and skinny old cats, and she is the co-editor of Treatment and Care of the Veterinary Geriatric Patient, an extraordinarily helpful book, because at some point we are all caring for an older pet. On my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show, Dr. Gardner…

8 Resolutions for Pets

Here are eight messages I resolve to attempt to communicate in 2018: Fear Free:  There’s an initiative, called Fear Free, which began among veterinary professionals with the intent to lower the fear, anxiety, and stress of veterinary visits. And, that fear, anxiety, and stress is real. Most cats and many dogs are so terrified of…

Fear Free: Transforming Veterinary Medicine and Pet Ownership

Fear Free is an initiative applicable not only for veterinary professionals, but also for anyone who has a pet. Listen HERE on Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN Radio as I talk about this transformational way of thinking, which treats pets differently than we ever have, with Drs. Marty Becker and Michele Forbes. Fear is the worst thing…

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