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Dr. Shelly Rubin on Mosquitoes, Heartworm and More on WGN Radio

Whenever my time slot has changed at WGN radio or something happens – my first go-to guest, and the person has appeared over 22 years more on my shows than any other is Dr. Sheldon Rubin. So, for my first day in our new sparkling new studio, HEAR Dr. Shelly Rubin on WGN radio. Dr. Rubin’s…

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…

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…

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…

Indoor Cats Get Fleas Too

We often discuss fleas and dogs, but what about cats. Actually, the flea species which most affects pets is the cat flea or Ctenocephalides felis, if you want to be fancy. Veterinary dermatologist Dr. Eva Schmidt explains that even indoor cats – who are unprotected with a veterinary product – may be subject to fleas. If you…

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…

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