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May 11 2016

Animal Abuser Registry Passes in Cook County

The Link between animal abuse and violent crimes committed to people is inextricable. Cook County has done something about it, which will benefit people as well as hopefully lower opportunities for abuse animals, and discouraging the crime in the first place. Led by Cook County Commission John Fritchey, the Cook County Board Law Enforcement Committee…

May 11 2016

Veterinarian and Doctor Talk One Health: Tick Disease

Chicago Veterinarian Dr.Natalie Marks of Blum Animal Hospital and human pediatrician and infectious disease specialist Dr. Patricia DeLaMora in New York City get together to talk about a One Health initiative, regarding tick disease – specifically Lyme Disease, on Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN Radio. Listen HERE to their conversation regarding what to do to…

May 9 2016

Fort McMurray Pet Update

The wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alberta Canada have had a devastating effect on residents and local animals, from horses to dogs, cats and other family pets. Over 80,000 residents were forced to flea, many with only the clothes on their back. Some people evacuated, assuming it would be for a short time, and then would…

May 6 2016

STOP LYME Campaign Begins

Lyme disease, and tick diseases in general, are an epidemic according to veterinary parasitologists. Dogs are a sentinel – so in places where dogs are sickened with tick disease, it follows that people will be too. I cried when I saw videos on telephones that people showed me of family members who are suffering from…

May 4 2016

Cats Are Safer Indoors Only

At a time when outdoor cats are coming under attack, I defend humane treatment of outdoor cats and support humanely minimizing their numbers implementing trap-neuter-return….Still,  I do want to point out that it’s important that we keep cats indoors only in the first place. We don’t allow dogs outdoors to roam neighborhoods; we should –…

May 2 2016

No More Unemployed Cats

Tree House Humane Society Cats at Work Project relocates cats previously spay/neutered and vaccinated for rabies to areas to where businesses leaders or public officials haven’t found another workable solution to an explosion of numbers of rats. On WGN Radio, Steve Dale’s Pet World, Listen HERE to Paul Nickerson, Tree House manager of of the…

April 28 2016

New Dog Flu: New Vaccination Makes Sense

Dog flu was the big pet story of 2015. It might also be the big story of 2016, if not enough dogs are vaccinated. Dr. Natalie Marks explains this flu identified in 2015 in the U.S. is called H3N2, and may be more serious in more dogs than the dog flu that settled in the…

April 27 2016

Pet Friendlier Vaccinations

Vaccines get kind of a bad rap – but without them, we’d have a lot of sick pets, and outbreaks of illness, sometimes fatal illness. Dr. Kyle Malter, veterinary technical services manager at Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) says the pharmaceutical company which makes vaccines is even concerned about over-vaccination, and the most comfortable vaccines for pets. Following…

April 26 2016

No Hugging of Pets? I Say 'It Depends'

To hug or not to hug, that is the question. Based on Stanley Coren’s piece “The Data Says Don’t Hug the Dog!” appearing in Psychology Today, there’s been lots of national press about why you shouldn’t hug your dog, and how hugging creates anxiety. Some follow up stories have headlines like “Dogs hate hugs!” or “Never…

April 26 2016

TNR Feral Cats: Illinois DNR Call: 'Vote No'

Feral cats and Illinois pets lose, as the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) somehow has the political pull to force a hold House Bill 4671. The DNR told legislator to note ‘NO’ on the bill, which supports continued dollars for spay/neuter, and support for community (feral) cat TNR (trap-neuter-return) programs.  I was able to…

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