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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…

June 19 2018

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…

May 21 2018

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…

January 29 2018

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,…

October 24 2017

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…

October 13 2017

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…

September 29 2017

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),…

September 25 2017

Leptospirosis Explained

  Leptospirosis isn’t a word that rolls off your tongue, but it’s out there and something your dog can get very sick from, or even you, or especially a toddler. Dr. Natalie Marks explains that lepto is a bacterial infection that lives in water, anything from a puddle to a river to a retention pond,…

May 23 2017

Leptospirosis: Testing Matters, and It's a SNAP

There’s nothing more fun to talk about on the radio than leptospirosis. Yep, you read that right. And it’s an increasing problem, sickening and even killing dogs. Listen HERE on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show as Dr. Sarah Tasse explains how dogs (and humans, too!) can get this bacterial infection. A dog can…

May 10 2017

Rat City

Is the Windy City about to be re-named the Rat City? It turns out the number of complaints regarding rats has increased 30 percent between November 2016 and February of 2017 compared to one year ago. This problem isn’t benign, ad the instances of leptospirosis (a bacterial infection transmitted by rats) is on the rise in…

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