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September 11 2020

Overwhelming Swarms of Mosquitoes

It’s not the destruction that Hurricane Laura left in her wake, it’s the mosquitoes. There are so many swarms of mosquitoes that they’re so abundant and overwhelming that they’re killing livestock and horses – even wildlife – leaving them anemic after so many blood withdrawals. Louisiana has initiated a spraying program. Currently, reports indicate that…

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…
FDA flea/tick product concerns

September 24 2018

Translating FDA Alert About Flea/Tick Products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is offering concerns about some flea and tick products. Listen HERE to my WGN Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show to Dr. Todd McCracken, veterinary services manager at CEVA Animal Health and Fear Free certified, as he explains it all in a way which we can understand. McCracken says…

July 18 2018

Mosquitoes Are Buzzing, Protect Against Heartworm

Experts suggests that because most of the country experienced a cold and rainy start to Spring, mosquito numbers had been down some in many places. However, that’s changed as the buzzers are back and with a vengeance.  For the fourth year in a row, the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) forecasts heartworm infection prevalence to be…

May 7 2018

CDC Wakes Up: Illnesses from Mosquitoes, Ticks and Fleas on the Rise

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.  Nine new germs spread by mosquitoes and ticks were discovered or introduced into the United States during this time. These findings…

April 27 2018

Parasitologist On Double Defense to Prevent Heartworm in Dogs

Veterinary parasitologist Dr. Michael Dryden explains how heartworm in dogs occurs HERE Steve Dale’s Pet World national radio show. Heartworm is delivered to dogs by various species of mosquitoes who bite, and deliver a microfilaria, which is the early stage of heartworm. The “baby heartworm” makes it’s way through a dog’s blood stream to the pulmonary…

March 10 2018

Double Defense Against Heartworm and Feeding Cats on Steve Dale's Pet World

I’m thinking about mosquitoes that carry heartworm, so I talk with “Dr. Flea,” veterinary parasitologist Dr. Michael Dryden, HERE on my WGN Radio Show, Steve Dale’s Pet World. As the weather warms, fleas are hopping into our lives, and mosquitoes begin to buzz about. The Centers for Disease Control has been all about directly dealing with…

June 5 2017

Itching Dogs: 'Tis the Season

If there’s a season for itching dogs, this may be it. Veterinary dermatologist Dr. Ursula Thomas explains on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show that there are many reasons dogs scratch or lick. Those reasons can range from “I have a quick [benign] itch” to the discomfort of flea or mosquito bites to an allergic response…

April 22 2017

Earth Day, Isn't About Politics It's About Saving the Planet

Of all holidays, Earth Day may be the most important. Without the Earth, we kind of have a problem. And the way things are going – we just might have a problem soon enough. I am sure I’ll get many emails that this post is politically charged. I’m unsure why protecting our planet, and the…

March 12 2017

Double Defense Multimodal Approach

Mosquitoes are about to get buzzing throughout the country as the weather warms. More than just pesky, mosquitoes can be deadly. Mosquitoes are the most dangerous creatures on the planet, responsible for 500,000 infections of malaria daily, not to mention the Zika virus, Chikungunya, Dengue Fever, West Nile Encephalitis, Yellow Fever, and others, some likely even unknown,…

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