Articles: Lyme disease

October 25 2020

Cures4Cats Winn Feline Foundation on WGN Radio

Did you know we are in the midst of Cures4Cats Month, and Dr. Vicki Thayer, executive director of the Winn Feline Foundation explains HERE on my WGN Radio Steve Dale’s Pet World show why the non-profit that supports funding for cat health studies will focus on raising money to better understand diabetes in cats.  And it happens…

October 8 2020

Ticks Love Dogs in the Fall with Dr. Michael Dryden

Veterinary parasitologist Dr. Michael Dryden, professor of Veterinary Parasitology, in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology at Kansas State University says right now – in the fall – is the time when ticks most often transmit Lyme disease to dogs. Spring and summer are the most common times for people to be infected, but…

May 3 2020

Preventing Dog Bites and Parasites on WGN Radio

Immediate past President of the American Veterinary Medical Association Dr. John de Jong offers an update on what we know about COVID-19 and our pets (and what we don’t know) on Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN Radio. Listen HERE  Mostly, though, we chat about dog bite prevention. Dr. John de Jong explains why most dog…

March 3 2020

Might Cats Suffer from Effects of Lyme Transmission?

It’s always been assumed that Lyme Disease impacts people and dogs, but not cats. Well, it turns out that Lyme disease may be associated with some cardiac arrhythmias in cats. This report is from the Winn Feline Foundation:  Tørnqvist-Johnsen C, Dickson S-A, Rolph K, Palermo V, Hodgkiss-Geere H, Gilmore P, et al. First report of…

October 9 2019

Now is the Time to Protect Your Dogs Against Tick Disease

Veterinary parasitologist Dr. Michael Dryden, distinguished professor of Veterinary Parasitology, Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology at Kansas State University says right now is when dogs are most susceptible to Lyme disease. Dryden is a guest on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show. Dryden goes agrees there is as an epidemic of tick…

October 7 2019

Opossum Are Our Best Friends; They Devour Ticks

Just about every creature has a place – that includes the ridiculous looking opossum. And for whatever the reason, fall is the time of year these animals are most active. Many consider them an annoyance, and even call animal control just because there’s an opossum hanging out near your trash. It turns out that the…

July 29 2019

Beware of Lyme Disease in City Parks

Dogs are a sentinel for various tick diseases, most notably Lyme disease. You think Lyme, you likely think either New England – where Lyme is endemic – or you think about tick disease when walking through the woods. It’s true you should think those things. But also think urban parks, like Central Park in New…

June 24 2019

Leptospirosis in the Big City, Tick Disease in Dogs Occurs in People Too

I speak HERE on my WGN Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show with Amanda Smith, lead author of a recent paper on leptospirosis,  “The Descriptive and Spatio-Temporal Analyses of 45 Canine Leptospirosis Cases from Chicago, 2015-2018” We’re talking about leptospirosis here for two primary reasons: The bacterial disease may infect our dogs and potentially cause…

June 19 2019

Lyme Disease and Other Tick Diseases Continue to Spread

In the early 1970s people in and around Lyme, CT were suffering from puzzling and debilitating health issues. Eventually, their illnesses were connected to a tick disease, now called Lyme. Historically, Lyme disease centered around the New England area, and was primarily only a problem in rural places. However, that’s changed dramatically, most especially in…
Pet expert Steve Dale and veterinary parasitologist Dr. Michael Dryden on tick disease in the fall

September 7 2018

Tick Disease is Ecological Havoc

Tick disease remains rampant especially in dogs.  This is the time of year, when you might think as the weather begins to cool that the ticks begin to go away. Actually, fall is when Lyme disease is the most considerable threat for dogs, according to Dr. Michael Dryden, veterinary parasitologist and distinguished professor Kansas State…

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