Articles: rabbits

June 6 2016

Fear Free Veterinary Visits, Blum Animal Hospital

Fear Free is an initiative created by Dr. Marty Becker to eliminate fear-anxiety and stress from veterinary visits. Blum Animal Hospital in Chicago is the first Chicago area practice that has gone through the formal process of becoming Fear Free certified, and co-owner Dr. Natalie Marks explains HERE on Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN Radio.…

June 1 2016

Red Door Animal Shelter Walk Through the Park

Gimme Shelter! Sounds like a Rolling Stones song from back in the day….but it’s actually a French-themed walk and fair to support Red Door Animal Shelter on June 5. So, I believe the event should be called me donner un abri. Red Door’s most significant contribution is saving lives of rabbits. The 2k walk takes folks through…

April 26 2016

No Hugging of Pets? I Say 'It Depends'

To hug or not to hug, that is the question. Based on Stanley Coren’s piece “The Data Says Don’t Hug the Dog!” appearing in Psychology Today, there’s been lots of national press about why you shouldn’t hug your dog, and how hugging creates anxiety. Some follow up stories have headlines like “Dogs hate hugs!” or “Never…

March 28 2016

Horses Help Autistic Child; New Game Changer for Kidney Disease in Pets

“A Long Ride Home: An Extraordinary Journey of Healing that Changed a Child’s Life,” author Rupert Isaacson tells me on WGN Radio  Steve Dale’s Pet World how exposing Rowan – his young autistic son – to the world, and traditional healing ways really has made a difference. Most of all what’s mattered has been his son’s love of…

March 24 2016

Rabbits and Young Children Don't Mix

I’m about to shock you: There’s no such thing as the Easter bunny. And there’s more, rabbits don’t lay eggs. When it comes to rabbits, myths abound. One fallacy is that rabbits are great pets for little kids. In fact, that’s is decidedly not the case, as I explain to DNAInfo’s Matt Bubala. Rabbits pretty…

February 18 2016

Responsible Pet Owners Month

February is responsible Pet Owners Month. But what does that mean exactly. Listen HERE to my conversation with Dr. Nancy Soares, incoming president of the American Animal Hospital Association from my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show. We chat about choosing the right pet for your family, and talking about the idea about having…

March 31 2015

Pet Rabbits Only for the Right Homes

Rabbits at Easter is a ridiculous notion. Please don’t give into impulse and get a pet rabbit just because of the season. Mary Cotter of the International House Rabbit Society explains what rabbits are all about, the truth. For example, she says that rabbits and toddlers don’t generally mix. Also, free info HERE and HERE.…

February 25 2015

Veterinary Professionals Stand Together Against Puppy Mills

“I don’t understand how in a country of animal lovers, puppy mills can be tolerated,” says Chicago veterinarian Dr. Scott Rovner. “Now, we’ve finally begun to speak up and do something about it; we need to.” Rovner and a Chicago colleague, Dr. Jane Lohmar (with this reporter) recently founded a loosely-knit organization called Veterinary Professionals…

January 16 2015

Autistic Children Benefit With a Pet

A University of Missouri researcher recently found that children with autism have stronger social skills when any kind of pet lives in the home. When compared the social skills of children with autism who lived with dogs to those who did not, the children with dogs appeared to have greater social skills, according to Gretchen Carlisle, research…

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