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April 5 2020

Human Animal Bond and Sheltering in Place

Dr. Elizabeth Bales is host, as I join her with Dr. Laird Goodman, president of the Human Animal Bond Association. Our wide ranging discussion includes everything from pro’s or con’s of spending so much time with our pets; why adoption and foster rates in some parts of the U.S. are happily so high and how…

April 2 2020

COVID-19: Stay Home, Save Lives

You gotta give props to Chicago’s dog loving Mayor Lori Lightfoot for her bravado and sense of humor through the COVID-19 pandemic, and doing the best she can do protect Chicagoans. She’s become a national figure. Mayor Lightfoot has said many times, it’s fine to out to walk your dog or to take a walk,…

April 2 2020

Tributes to Dr. Peter Sakas, Who Succumbed to COVID-19

In case you missed it – from the most poetic reporter in Chicago, Mile Lowe of WGN-TV…..a beautiful tribune to Dr. Peter Sakas, who recently succumbed to COVID-19. More here on Dr. Sakas. This one, from Fox News Chicago, also with Chicago Police Lt. active in rescue John Garrido,  “He was sent here from heaven…

April 2 2020

Delivery Dog Helps Neighbors

Sunny, the delivery dog charges nothing – well maybe he does get paid with treats. “He helps me so much so I wanted him to help other people,” says Sunny’s owner Karen.

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 31 2020

Dogs Trained to Detect COVID-19

We know dogs can detect cancers and be trained to find explosives, and now scientists n the UK are training dogs to sniff out COVID-19.  Dogs can detect malaria and diabetic crashes. Dogs naturally detect some of these changes. An obstetrician can tell you that dogs (sometimes cats too) might even preempt those pregnancy tests…

March 30 2020

Human Animal Bond and Stay at Home Orders

Here’s one definition of the human animal bond from the Human Animal Bond Association, “The human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and other animals that is influenced by behaviors that are essential to the health and well-being of both. This includes, but is not limited to, emotional, psychological, and physical…

March 30 2020

Purina Institute and WSAVA Search for Future Leaders

I certainly appreciative of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association, and their undeniable global leadership role in veterinary medicine, particularly regarding the One Health initiative and taking a responsible course of recommendations regarding COVID-19. I’ve been fortunate enough to many times visit the living and breathing Purina Institute. This is place is more than a…

March 28 2020

Dogs Doing Yoga

Yoga is supposed to help you relax right? Apparently, the same may be true for dogs doing yoga. But their downward dog isn’t always the same as ours.

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