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June 30 2020

Ehrlichiosis, a Tick Disease You May Not Hear About

Ehrlichiosis is a tick-borne disease that can affect both dogs and humans, will continue to pose a problem in the United States this year, according to the Companion Animal Parasite Council. While many may mostly talk about increasing Lyme Disease, also impacting people and dogs, there are other serious tick diseases like ehrlichiosis. In fact,…

June 23 2020

Intestinal Parasites In Urban Dog Parks

So, how safe are dog parks? I’m not referring to dog bites or COVID-19, as it turns out intestinal parasites might be more an issue. Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine parasitologist Dr. Susan Little wanted to find out. So, she investigated dogs parks in over 30 metro areas in the U.S. and recovered…

June 16 2020

How You Can Prevent Fleas and Ticks, Today

Don’t wait – stop fleas and ticks right now – or your dog may pay a price (and you too!). He’s known as Dr. Flea, Dr. Michael Dryden, distinguished professor veterinary parasitology Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine says it’s a big mistake to wait. “The ticks are incredibly active.” Listen here to Dr.…

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…

April 4 2020

Ivermectin, a Common Veterinary Anti-Parasitic Holds Promise to Treat COVID-19

The name Ivermectin might seem familiar to you, especially if you happen to be a pet owner. Ivermectin is the drug name (not the brand name) found in  in monthly heartworm preventions for dogs and cats; it is also used to treat ear mites; mites that cause mange, hookworms and roundworms in companion animals and…

February 11 2020

New Lend-a-Paw Program Provides a Financial Safety Net for Chicago Pet Owners

It’s not pet insurance, but if you happen to live in Chicago (or Cook County) this might work out even better. And certainly it’s an option to economic euthanasia. I speak HERE on my WGN Radio Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show to Chris McAuliffe, head of business development for Chicago Municipal Credit Union Lend-a-Paw…

January 28 2020

Outdoor Cats and Feline Parasites

According to the Cornell Feline Health Center, parasitic infections can have a significant effect on feline health, and in some cases on that of their owners and other wild species. A recent study analyzed 21 previously published studies to quantify the risk of cats becoming infected with 19 different feline parasites, including those with the…

January 20 2020

Cats Get Parasites Too

Cats need protection from fleas and ticks too. Dr. Christine Royal of Merck Animal Health talks about how cats can get heartworm. We talk about what can happen, which may be sudden death or heartworm associated respiratory disease (which has asthma-type symptoms). Imagine a 12-inch long worm winding its way inside a cat’s respiratory system.…

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…

July 16 2019

Top-10 Heartworm Cities

Nowadays, there’s a top-10 list for everything. I doubt it ever occurred to David Letterman to create a top-10 for cities with the most heartworm, but he would be thrilled to know there is now such a list. This list is based on the highest percentage increase in positive heartworm test results for dogs and cats…

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