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Protecting Pets from Heartworm Disease

Heartworm disease is nearly 100 percent preventable.  Still, according to the American Heartworm Society (AHS), most pet owners don’t use preventatives. Actually, if you want to get technical about all this, in dogs – preventatives don’t completely prevent heartworm – not completely. According to Dr. Stephen Jones, immediate past president of the AHS in a…

There’s No Need to Be the Alpha Dog

Last night when taking our dogs for a walk, I saw another two dog owners and their two dogs. Casually chatting, the dog owner with his older Beagle said, “Cooper gets this way when he wants to dominate me.” This guy would do anything for Cooper, and is by all accounts as kind and gentle…

No Vaccines, Or Too Few Vaccines: A Threat for People and Pets

The World Health Organization (WHO) listed “vaccine hesitancy” — defined as the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate, despite the availability of vaccines — among the top 10 health threats of 2019. Vaccination is one of the most cost-effective ways to avoid disease, preventing two to three million deaths annually, according to the organization. An additional 1.5…

Rhino Poacher Trampled by an Elephant and Eaten by Lions

A suspected rhino poacher was trampled to death by an African elephant, with his remains then eaten by a lion earlier this week. How about that for karma? Truly, the poachers are out of control, with far more weapons than the park wardens attempting to defend animals, I’m actually glad to see this happen. Really,…

Jane Goodall Institute Executive Director on WGN Radio

i begin my Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show HERE talking about the fire that killed over 30 dogs in January in West Chicago. That tragedy prompted me to say “enough is enough,” as these fires happen too often around the country. I contacted Marc Ayers, Illinois director of the Humane Society of the United…

Anti-Vaxxers: A Scary Trend in the Pet World

Anti-vaxxers – those opposed to nearly all or even all vaccines – are gaining momentum. Their claims are based largely on misguided and even made up notions regarding human vaccines, and even more distorted information regarding vaccines for animals. You might expect to read this sort of piece in CATSTER or DOGSTER magazines, and the…

Swaying Cats to Aim Into the Litter Box

Here’s what you can say for sure about litter boxes and cats. Eliminating outside the box is a significant cause of death. The human animal bond can fracture easily enough as a result of cat pee or poop around the house. No surprise, this is likely the most common explanation for cats to be relinquished…

Does the AKC Really Support Responsible Breeders

Hundreds of cities, several counties and two states, Maryland and California, have banned sales of dogs and cats from pet stores. NO responsible breeder ever, ever sells to a pet store. Since that is the case, then where are these animals from? Can you say ‘puppy mills’ and commercial large-scale facilities? When describing where and…

President Trump Apparently Doesn’t Think Much of Dogs

So, why doesn’t Donald Trump have a dog? I’m not the only one who’s wondered. “How does the president not have a dog?” Barbra Streisand said recently to the Los Angeles Times. “He’s the first president in 120 years that doesn’t have a dog in the White House.” The explanation from Trump came as he talked appropriately…

Eliminating Puppy Mills: Banning Pet Store Sales of Dogs and Cats Is Only a Start

The real problem with eradicating puppy mills is that somehow some way the State Departments of Agricultures and for that matter U.S. Department of Agriculture look the other way, and at times so does law enforcement. That is a sad reality. And people knowingly or not continue to keep puppy mills in business by purchasing…

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