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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…

Why Does My Dog Scratch So Much?

“Ahh-Choo,” it’s allergy season. We sneeze, our dogs scratch. On my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show, I speak HERE with veterinary dermatologist Dr. Ursula Thomas about allergies in our dogs. It obviously can affect the quality of life of the affected dog, but also human family members kept awake because of overnight scratching.…

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…

Exotic Tick Species Found in US

New Jersey officials have discovered a new tick species in Hunterdon County. It’s called the East Asian or bush tick, and where there is a new tick species, there may be a new tick disease (or diseases). Officials are investigating whether the ticks found locally carry pathogens that could be a cause for disease in…

Tick Disease Protection

Fall is when ticks—usually the deer tick or blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis)—like to put their bite on dogs the most, and, as a result, that’s when Lyme disease is transmitted most often to dogs. And, sometimes Lyme can occur with other tick diseases, so dogs could conceivably end up being infected with Lyme and another disease…

Ticks Infect Dogs with Lyme Most in the Fall

Fall is the time of year when ticks post often party on dogs. So while we need often to protect our pets year-round against ticks and tick disease ( particularly Lyme) is most often a threat to dogs in the fall, even moving into winter, according to Richard Goldstein, chief medical officer at the Animal…

Oh Crap: Scoop that Poop!

Why don’t people want to pick up their dog’s poop? I guess that isn’t too hard to answer. I get it: It’s shit. Who wants to pick it up? But, there are some pretty compelling reasons to do it, including social pressure (who wants to be called out by neighbors for not picking up dog…

AVMA on Preventive Care for Pets, Double-Defense Against Heartworm on WGN

It is truly an honor to talk with the CEO of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Dr. Janet Donlin, about preventive care for pets on WGN Radio. Listen HERE as Dr. Donlin talks about catching illness earlier. And, today there are more tools to do that, like an inexpensive blood test called SDMA, which identifies…

Flea Fact or Flea Fiction: Parasite Pete

It’s a new game show called “Flea Fact or Flea Fiction,” and it’s coming to a TV not so near to you with host, Parasite Pete, and his shapely sidekick Vanna. I will say it’s unlikely you’ve ever seen anything quite like this show.

The Plague is in the U.S.

The Great Plague lasted 18 months, from 1665 to 1666. Initially, the wise men of the day, particularly clergy, blamed sorcery, witchcraft, and their cats—especially black cats. But what really caused the plague? It was fleas. Fleas that lived on rats. And, of course, killing the cats who ate the rats only made matters worse.* People…

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