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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…

April 1 2020

COVID-19 Steals Rock Star Veterinarian

A fan of rock ‘n roll, one of the great rock stars of veterinary medicine, Dr. Peter Sakas of Niles Animal Hospital and Bird Medical Center succumbed to COVID-19.  Prior to attending vet school, at Auburn University in Alabama and pursued his MS (Master of Science) degree in Zoology-Entomology in 1979. While at Auburn, he…

March 30 2020

AVMA President on COVID-19 and Pets; State of Chicago Animal Shelters on WGN Radio

The most authoritative source at this time when we are so desperate for information regarding COVID-19 and pets is the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). On Steve Dale’s Pet World on WGN Radio, listen HERE as I began this show speaking  with Dr. John Howe, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association. My first question…

March 26 2020

New Info on a COVID-19 Positively Tested Dog in Hong Kong

The release below today is from the Government of Hong Kong Administrative region on March 26 with additional science that while it’s possible for dogs to carry the COVID-19 virus and be infected, even in one case developing an immune response, they don’t become ill or infectious to people or for that matter other pets.…

March 23 2020

Treatment for FIP in Cats, It’s A Corona Virus and It May Help People

Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) might just be the worst possible diagnosis, but that’s changing – unfortunately, though, just like the disease itself the story is complicated. And because FIP is a mutation (which occurs inside cats) from the feline corona virus, the medication discovered to treat is now in the news. At the Winn Feline…

March 21 2020

STOP IT: Dogs and Cats SO Unlikely To Get Sick From COVID-19 or Transmit It

If you are concerned about dogs or cats getting or giving us COVID-19, the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) explains why it is very unlikely, and the real stories of those two Hong Kong dogs that did indeed test positive for human COVID-19 virus. WSAVA President Dr Shane Ryan said: “While there is still…

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 5 2020

Allergies to Cats: A Thing of the Past with Dr. Michael Lappin

While cats are the most popular pet in America, they are sometimes considered second second class citizens. And Dr. Michael Lappin, professor of internal medicine at Colorado State University College of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences says thee are primarily two reasons for this: Fear of cats passing infections like toxoplasmosis. While toxo is real, prevention…

February 12 2020

Keeping Pets Safe in Cold Weather

Keeping pets safe in winter can be a challenge. Some dogs delight romping in the snow and appear as impervious to frigid temperatures as snow is to polar bears. Malamutes, Great Pyrenees, Huskies and many other large dogs seem friskier in weather that chills us to the bone. On the other paw, Toy Poodles and…

January 31 2020

Stopping the Practice of Insurance Companies Discriminating Based on Breed

Many insurance companies deny coverage or charge more for homeowners insurance if you identify your dog as a pit bull, or any number of other breeds. It doesn’t matter that all dogs are indeed individuals, and that nearly all dogs identified as pit bulls are, in fact, mixed breed dogs. Or that the individual dog…

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