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March 30 2020

Rats and COVID-19

Few are talking about the rat crisis resulting from COVID-19, which is making it a difficult time to be a rat.  In big cities like Chicago, New York, New Orleans, Detroit, etc. as restaurants and fast food places are operating on a limited basis or not operating at all there’s not nearly as much trash.…

September 12 2019

Where There is Water, There is Leptospirosis

One of the lesser known and hidden dangers of hurricanes and tropical storms is a water-borne bacterial infection, called leptospirosis which can be deadly to people, dogs and other animals. It’s very likely people, dogs, and other animals will die as a result of leptospirosis in the Bahamas as a byproduct of flooding following Hurricane…

July 25 2019

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,…

July 15 2019

Leptospirosis: On the Rise in Flooded Areas and Big Cities

One of the lesser known and hidden dangers of hurricanes and tropical storms is a water-borne bacterial infection, called leptospirosis which can be deadly to people, dogs and other animals. Regarding Hurricane Barry, now tropical depression Barry, it’s too early to tell – but it’s very likely incidents of leptospirosis will increase in the area…

June 4 2019

Rain, Rain Bringing Leptospirosis: Lots of Lepto In Urban Areas

Leptospirosis is a potential outcome of the record rainfall all over the country. Lepto is a bacterial infection that lives in water, and even a city puddle can do it. During and after hurricane and flooding events, leptospirosis often surges.  Here’s what happens: Infected animals urinate in water, whether it’s a large lake or a…

May 8 2019

Leptospirosis Study in Chicago

In a collaborative effort, several investigators from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine as well as MedVet Chicago partnered on the paper, “The Descriptive and Spatio-Temporal Analyses of 45 Canine Leptospirosis Cases from Chicago, 2015-2018.” Amanda Smith, PhD Candidate at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is the lead investigator on the project,…

April 9 2019

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…

April 8 2019

Leptospirosis: Protect Your Pets and Family on WGN Radio

Listen HERE as I begin this Steve Dale’s Pet World WGN radio show, mostly focused on leptospirosis. However, I begin the show talking about Illinois House Bill 3390 which supports protecting dogs from kennel and boarding facility fires. According to the proposal there will have to be smoke detectors ringing directly to fire departments or…
pet expert Steve Dale on leptospirosis in dogs

November 1 2018

Leptospirosis Remains a Threat

Leptospirosis doesn’t just go away because the weather gets a bit cooler. In fact, in places, there may be more of it. Lepto is a water born bacterial infection spread by many mammals, most prominently rats. That’s why Lepto is sometimes called “rat fever” or “rodent fever.” Infected animals may or may not show symptoms.…

June 26 2018

Dr. Shelly Rubin on Mosquitoes, Heartworm and More on WGN Radio

Whenever my time slot has changed at WGN radio or something happens – my first go-to guest, and the person has appeared over 22 years more on my shows than any other is Dr. Sheldon Rubin. So, for my first day in our new sparkling new studio, HEAR Dr. Shelly Rubin on WGN radio. Dr. Rubin’s…

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