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May 8 2017

MedVet Chicago is Like a Mayo Clinic for Pets

After Steve Dale’s Pet World on WGN radio begins with a funny Schwanee song (for news rock star Dave Schwanee). Listen HERE on WGN as MedVet Chicago Medical Director Dr. Aaron Jackson talks about specialty medicine and answers a flurry of text messages from listeners. What’s cool about MedVet? There, more than one expert can assess a…

May 4 2017

Leptospirosis Around America

Leptospirosis, a bacterial infection spread primarily through the urine of rodents, has been the cause of death for several dogs in New Jersey and a resident of the Bronx in New York City. The uptick in lepto diagnoses and deaths has pet owners and veterinary professionals concerned.  The Blue Pearl Veterinary Hospital in Paramus, New…

March 30 2017

Don't Tie Your Dog up in the Street

This is how unprotected dogs get leptospirosis.  So what’s wrong with this photo? Dogs are left unattended, along the curb, in the street. This is never a good idea. I know people do it as they run into a store—in this instance a Starbucks—but that doesn’t make it right. Being in the street, it’s also possible…

March 6 2017

Leptospirosis Test is a SNAP

Of course, it makes sense these days that when dogs not vaccinated for leptospirosis show signs of fever, lethargy, and anorexia, the culprit may be the dreaded bacterial infection also called “lepto.” Diagnosis of the disease is important, because leptospirosis can be deadly. Last year, few had heard of leptospirosis. Now, the disease, which can spread to humans…

February 22 2017

Leptospirosis an Increasing Problem

What’s going on with leptospirosis? The bacterial infection, which can be deadly to dogs and even humans, is spreading around the country. In urban areas, the bacteria is primarily spread by rats, but other critters are quite efficient about carrying the illness, including other rodent species as well as raccoon, skunk, and opossum. Unvaccinated dogs spread…

February 19 2017

Dr.Alexander, Preventing Dog Flu and Leptospirosis

Dr.Donna Alexander, administrator rabies control, chief veterinarian Cook County and I speak on Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN radio about the canine influenza virus or dog flu. Listen HERE. The dog flu has hit the Anti Cruelty society very hard, even halting dog adoptions. And it’s also at other shelters. Dr. Alexander explains the history…

February 16 2017

Leptospirosis Claims a Human Life in NY

Veterinarians might have warned us, as anecdotally they’ve known leptospirosis has been on the rise over the past few years.  In New York City, three people were very recently sickened, one died of this bacterial disease.  Veterinarians have known about increased leptospirosis because of the rise of lepto in dogs, and dogs serve as a…

November 7 2016

Prevent Dog Flu and Leptospirosis on WGN

Dr. Joseph Hahn, technical services veterinarian Merck Animal Health and I chat HERE on Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN, about the Chicago Cubs before we talk pets, both of us lifelong Cub fans.  I mentioned how touched I was seeing all the family member names written in chalk on the walls (and sidewalk around) Wrigley Field,…

September 5 2016

Preventing Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis is something you do NOT want your dog to get, and you can prevent it. Listen HERE to Dr. Natalie Marks chatting lepto on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World show, it’s a favorite topic for her. And it’s an important one because lepto can be deadly. It’s a bacterial disease spread by rodents (like rats)…

August 16 2015

Dr. Natalie Marks, America's Favorite Veterinarian

America’s Favorite Veterinarian could certainly be awarded to a brilliant academic who is working on cancer drugs for pets, who makes headlines….or to veterinarians who campaign for the title. But then there are the everyday heroes, like Dr. Natalie Marks at Blum Animal Hospital, Chicago, She is one of twenty finalists in a contest sponsored by the non-profit American…

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