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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,…

Cat Allergies May Soon Become a Problem of the Past

Allergies to cats are incredibly common (about one in five adults), and now Purina scientists have found a way to abate the allergies and along with it lots of the uncomfortable symptoms people have. This means most people allergic to cats will soon be able to live with them in the first place, and do…

New York Now First State to Ban Declaw

New York State is now the first U.S. state to ban declawing cats. In June, state lawmakers passed Assembly person Linda Rosenthal (D)Manhattan bill to ban the procedure, which truly amputates cat’s claws. Governor Cuomo not only signed the bill, but he called the declaw procedure “archaic, inhumane and unnecessary.” “Declawing is a cruel and…

Keeping Dogs Safe and Cool in Hot Weather

Heat stroke can be a real issue for dogs. People sweat, dogs pant. And panting isn’t nearly as efficient at cooling the body. That’s the case for all dogs, just because they are dogs. Dogs do sweat a bit from their paw pads (sometimes leaving sweat marks – and if that happens, you know your…

Trainer and Owner Charged with 28 Counts in Kennel Fire in West Chicago

When about 30 dogs were killed in a fire in West Chicago at Bully Life Animal Services (formerly D and D Kennels),  2N442 County Farm Road on January 14, 2019, instantly much of the animal welfare community came together to support the facility’s trainer, caretaker and business owner Garrett Mercado. I admit I was among…

Boarding Your Dog: Think Dog Flu Vaccine

Have a great summer vacation! So many people, many thousands, place their beloved dogs in kennels and boarding facilities as they take off for well-earned vacations. Happily, the overwhelming majority of kennels recommend, even mandate, that pets have certain vaccines. One vaccine typically mandated is for kennel cough or Bordetella. Kennel cough is an all-encompassing…

Communities and Counties Continue to Ban Sales of Dogs and Cats at Pet Stores

If you haven’t been keeping score, Buffalo Grove, IL (a large Chicago suburb) and Indian River County in Florida are among the most recent jurisdictions to unanimously ban sales of dogs and cats at local pet stores. In both cases, backers of the ordinances simply pointed out the truth: Dogs and cats sold at pet…

7 Reasons to Ban Retractable Leashes

If I had the power to do it, I would ban retractable leashes. Of course, any piece of equipment can be a problem, but I argue there are a myriad of potential issues regarding retractable leashes, which may be downright dangerous for dogs and for the people who walk them. 1: The very concept of…

New York State Poised to Ban Declaw

For years, I’ve been calling declaw “barbaric.” It IS just that. Denver approved a ban on declaw, which follows Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Monica, and lots of other California cities, several Canadian provinces and over 25 entire nations. And New York state is now poised to be the first state to ban kitty amputations.…

15 Dog Flu Facts

Here are 15 dog flu facts – whaat you need to know: Dog flu or the canine influenza virus was first recognized in 2004 by University of Florida researchers and Cornell University virologists working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention following an outbreak of severe respiratory illness at a Greyhound racing facility in…

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