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Dr. Nicholas Dodman on Neurotic Dogs

Veterinary behaviorist Dr. Nicholas Dodman gets into the heads of our pets when we discuss his latest book, Pets on The Couch: Neurotic Dogs, Compulsive Cats, Anxious Birds, and The New Science of Animal Psychiatry. Listen HERE to our discussion on my national radio show, Steve Dale’s Pet World. Dr. Dodman, the former director of animal behavior…

AKC Defends Bill Supporting Puppy Mills in Illinois

URGENT: This is scheduled to be heard today. Please act NOW! There’s a proposal to prevent communities in Illinois from limiting pet store sales of dogs and cats in the future and to roll back ordinances that have already been passed to limited pet store sales, previously passed in Chicago, Waukegan, Warrenville and Cook County. Specifically:…

Halloween Doesn't Need to Spook Pets

Some pets are petrified over Halloween, and it doesn’t need to be that way. This website is a great resource. Here are a few general guidelines for pets anxious about the commotion and change of routine: Be sure pets wear ID tags and are microchipped (and registered with microchip provider), Pets get out the front door…

Toothaches in Pets May be Hard to Detect

Have you ever been told that your breath stinks? That’s a red flag that your pets’ teeth can use some help…but often there is no red flag, says Dr. Tracy Jensen, past president of the American Animal Hospital Association. Dogs or cats may become finicky about food, but with cats especially we just say ‘well…

Choosing a Pet: It's OK to be Different

So, what type of pet do you get? Dr. Nancy Soares of the American Animal Hospital Association answers….and she LOVES the idea of adopting via a shelter or a rescue. And how do you best integrate that new pet into a home? “t doesn’t happen overnight,” she says. And the joy that rescued animal brings,…

Adopt A Dog, Bark in the Park

Ginger sweet senior is a ready-made pet, and she deserves a loving home even if she is 9-years old.  Tuesday (April 25) 9:35AM CDT on WGN Radio, Steve Cochran and myself will attempt to find Ginger a home from Anti Cruelty. Listen at 720AM or HERE. She loves to hangout and snuggle. She likes a…

Big Night Is My Night: Hope to See You

  Friends of Animal Care & Control President Kristin Lanigan  and event volunteer Susan Russell are excited about Big Night,  October 8, 6 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center, Michigan Avenue and Randolph Street. Listen HERE to these ladies cheer the best of what we can all do to help the Chicago city pound – not…

Help Us to Help Cats

How worried is your cat about going to the veterinarian? Some cats seem to become anxious even as you make the appointment for a routine exam, weeks before the actual visit. Other cats don’t get distressed at all, or seem to – and even enjoy the process of getting into a carrier for a car…

Your Questions Answered for 20 Years

After 20 years of writing this column and answering, on average, four reader questions weekly, that’s 4,160 answers! My fingers should be ‘dog-tired,’ but instead I’m invigorated because each month (sometimes each week) I receive letters and emails saying my answers motivated someone a visit to a veterinarian, or even saved a pet’s life. By…

SPCA Puerto Vallarta, A Spa or a Shelter?

“The street dogs and cats in Mexico are the lucky ones; at least they can find food in the trash, and maybe beg from tourists,” says Janice Chatterton, founder/president of the SPCA Puerto Vallarta. “I wanted to find a way to help dogs kept tied up on rooftops where I’ve seen the ropes cut into…

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