Articles: leptospirosis

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…

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

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.…

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…

Rain May Be Linked to Increase in Leptospirosis

More rain means more water on the ground, even puddles. Rain might be associated with the spread of leptospirosis. This is a bacterial infection which dogs (or potentially even people) can get from infected wildlife. Rodents (like city rats) are especially adept at spreading lepto by urinating in a puddle, condo retention pond, river, stream…

Cook County Low Cost Rabies and Low Cost Microchip Clinics

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now says, illnesses from mosquito, tick, and flea bites have tripled in the U.S., with more than 640,000 cases reported during the 13 years from 2004 through 2016. What does this all mean for our pets? I talk HERE on Steve Dale’s Pet World on WGN Radio with Cook County veterinarian Dr. Donna…

Dog Flu Explanation from Dr. Natalie Marks

Dog flu is in the Chicago area, and there are outbreaks around the nation, which Dr. Natalie Marks and myself discuss on my national radio show, Steve Dale’s Pet World, on WGN radio. Listen HERE as Marks talks dog flu. The dog flu that arrived in Chicago in 2015 (the H3N2 strain) has now hit 46 states,…

Readers Shine Spotlight on Leptospirosis

Twelve years ago (2005), my 8-year-old 12-pound Jack Russell Terrier, Mickey, caught leptospirosis. We lived in a rural subdivision where opossums, mice, squirrels, and raccoons were common annoyances. Oh, and the house was surrounded by mulch, a lepto transmitter. One September morning, Mickey was a sprite, feisty Jack Russell. A few hours later, he just…

Leptospirosis Outbreak in Puerto Rico

At least four deaths in Hurricane Maria’s aftermath are being investigated as probable cases of leptospirosis, Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Rossello explained Wednesday (October 10) amid concerns about islanders’ exposure to contaminated water. In all, he said 10 people have been diagnosed with leptospirosis. And, there’s little doubt others are suffering in silence, because getting…

Leptospirosis is Killing Dogs, Though May Not Always Be Reported

Warning signs have been posted at Garfield Park in North Tacoma, saying park officials are investigating reports that three dogs that frequented the park have died of leptospirosis, which is on the rise. There is no CDC (Centers for Disease Control) for pets (though there should be to indicate disease, where it is and prevalence),…

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