Articles: parasites and pets

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…

Protect Your Dog From Heartworm

Mosquitoes just need a bit of water for reproduction. Even in dry, desert-like climates, like Las Vegas, they’ve found ways to use human activity to help them reproduce in hotel fountains or suburban retention ponds (mosquitoes need to lay eggs in water, so even rivers, ponds, puddles, or bird feeders will suffice). The pesky critters…

Fleas Like Cats: Your Best Bet, Stop the Bite

Ready for more flea talk? Veterinary dermatologist Dr. Eva Schmidt chats HERE about the health hazards of fleas on cats on my national radio show, Steve Dale’s Pet World. We begin with cats allergic to flea bites. Sometimes, all it takes is a single bite to cause lots of discomfort, even infection. Schmidt says your…

Why Your Dog's Poop Is Important

It’s important to pick up after your dog for community health, and because it’s the neighborly thing to do. Also, every now and then your veterinarian will want a sample of what you pick up. Now, that isn’t because vets have an odd fascination with poop. Well, maybe it is, but here’s why. The stool could…

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…

Flea Fact and Flea Fiction

Fleas are far more than a benign and gross annoyance, and the internet is filled with an abundance of misinformation and myths. Here are a few facts and some fiction regarding fleas. Flea facts Fleas are insects. They have six legs and three body parts. Of the more than 2,200 known flea species and subspecies…

Truth About Ticks and Cats

Ticks are far more often groomed off by cats compared to dogs. But even the most fastidious cat can’t get them all, sometimes because of where the ticks hold on, such as on cats’ ears, or the ticks attach just long enough to spread illness. Listen HERE, as Dr. Lea Cohn professor of medicine at…

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