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August 29 2016

Cats Are Second Class Citizens When It Comes to Parasite Protection

Fleas and ticks are problem for cats as well as dogs, says Dr. Michael Dryden, veterinary parasitologist Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Listen HERE on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show, as Dr. Dryden emphatically notes why cat need protection, even indoor cats. “I see a lot of indoor cats that…

August 24 2016

Misinformed Pet Segment

Garlic can be dangerous to dogs, and does NOTHING to prevent fleas. NOTHING! Back to all that in moment. I am often introduced as a pet expert. I don’t know – not sure what expert means. I know as well as anyone that doing live radio or TV (I’m sure I’ve logged as many hours…

August 11 2016

Double-Defense Against Heartworm

Heartworm disease is preventable or it should be but what we’re doing today clearly isn’t working. From 2013 to 2015, according to the Companion Animal Parasite Council, there’s been a 166 percent increase in cases of the potentially deadly mosquito spread heartworm disease in dogs. Until now, heartworm protocol hasn’t changed. At a press conference…

August 4 2016

Zika Is Here! How Dogs May Help

Due to the Zika virus, the CDC is warning pregnant women to avoid traveling to a small community just north of downtown Miami, FL where Zika is actively circulating. The warning came after 10 additional people in Florida were found to have been infected with Zika virus after being bitten by local mosquitoes, bringing the total…

July 27 2016

Escaping Fleas

Q: I live in the Sierra Mountains of California because there are no fleas. I wonder if this is a phenomenon nationwide. I’ve not seen a flea or tick above 3,000-feet. J.M., Cyberspace A: “It’s not as much about the altitude as it is about the dry air,” says veterinary parasitologist Dr. Michael Dryden, distinguished…

July 18 2016

Banfield State of Pet Health 2016

Banfield the Pet Hospital offers the State of Pet Health annually. With 2.5 million dogs and 500,000 cat patients across their our hospitals, they arguably have the most data in veterinary medicine. On the national Steve Dale’s Pet World, hear my conversation with Dr. Kirk Breuninger, applied research and knowledge from Banfield says the big headline this…

May 25 2016

Mosquitoes Carry More Disease Than You Think

Consumer Reports just did a piece on how to protect yourself against the Zika virus. But what about your pets? Veterinary parasitologist Dr. Dwight Bowman, professor at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Bowman is also on the Board of Directors of the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) says, “We don’t believe that dogs get the Zika virus.” The…

April 19 2016

Dogs Might Help Battle Zika

“Everything we were looking at with this virus seems to be a bit scarier than we initially thought,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, as she described the Zika virus. This is serious stuff for the U.S. The concern is two-fold: Mosquitoes carrying the virus head north, it will happen – though no one knows how quickly or how…

March 7 2016

Zika Virus and Dogs, And More Parasite Questions

These particularly timely questions about mosquito transmitted disease, and more, are answered by veterinary parasitologist Dr. Dwight Bowman, professor at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Bowman is also on the Board of Directors of the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC), which tracks parasite transmission to pets in the U.S. The mission of the CAPC is to…

August 27 2015

Freaky Flea Questions

Fleas are on your mind, recent questions for my nationally syndicated Tribune Content Agency newspaper column. Q: I live in the Sierra Mountains of California because there are no fleas. I wonder if this is a phenomenon nationwide. I’ve not seen a flea or tick above 3,000-feet. J.M., Cyberspace A: “It’s not as much about…

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