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December 15 2020

Matching the Right Reptile with Children

On my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show, hear chief veterinary officer of the North American Veterinary Community  Dr. Dana Varble talk about pet reptiles, which are especially popular at this time of year as the little boy or girl might very much be determined to get a pet lizard or snake. A reptile…

December 6 2020

Choosing the Right Kind of Pet and Where Do You Get That Pet From?

If there’s a time of year to talk about what type of pet to get, and where you get that pet from – this is it.  The kids say, “I want a pet for Christmas (or Hanukkah).” Listen HERE to Dr.Dana Varble, chief veterinary officer at the North American Veterinary Community offer advice on my…

September 22 2019

DiNaso’s Traveling World of Reptiles on WGN Radio

A funny thing happened to me in Buffalo Grove while waiting for my sister. I met Dave DiNaso’s reticulated python; I was very impressed with his snake and told him so. And he recognized my voice. Next thing you know, Dave Ninaso of DiNaso’s Traveling World of Reptiles can be heard HERE on my Steve Dale’s…

April 14 2019

ReptileFest; Saving Pets from Fires in Kennels and Anti-Vaxxers on WGN Radio

I begin my Steve Dale’s Pet World WGN radio show HERE about Illinois House Bill 3390 which just passed the Illinois House of Representatives. This bill, which was supported by Illinois State Representative Diane Pappas (D-45thdistrict) with co-sponsor Allen Skillicorn (R-66th district) and created with Marc Ayers, Illinois Director of the Humane Society of the United States will…
A two-headed snake

September 23 2018

Are Two Snake Heads Better Than One

This two-headed snake, a copperhead, was recently discovered in Virginia. The snake survived, at least this long. Which head eats? Which head decides what to eat? If danger appears, how do the heads decide which way to slither away? Are two heads better that one?

July 23 2018

Alley Cat Allies, CARE Adoption Center Opening on WGN

Becky Robinson, co-founder, Alley Cat Allies joined us HERE on Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN radio. Alley Cat Allies is a global advocacy group for cats, and Robinson talks about their new campaign #lovecats. We talk about trap-neuter-return-vaccinate (TNRV), and why these programs effectively save cat lives. Robinson explains what these programs are about. The…

January 4 2018

Sick Snakes Means More Rodents

Are you concerned about snakes? If your answer is no, you might want to brace yourself for more rodents. So, which is worse: snakes or rodents? Rodents, because they may cause disease in people. A fungal disease has been found in 23 species of wild snakes in the U.S. and three in Europe. The fungus…

May 10 2017

Snakes on a Steve

Hard to believe – this isn’t the first interview I’ve done with a snake wound around me. Dr. Laurie Hess, author “Unlikely Companions: The Adventures of an Exotic Animal Doctor (or, What Friends Feathered, Furred, and Scaled Have Taught Me about Life and Love),” says that people can bond with snakes as pets. We talk about…

April 18 2017

Unlikely Companions: Dr. Laurie Hess

It was a dark and stormy night. There’s an animal in distress. There’s a loving pet owner also in distress. Dr. Laurie Hess rushes to treat the emergency, and it’s not a sick dog or cat, it’s a sugar glider. Dr. Hess explains in Unlikely Companions: The Adventures of An Exotic Animal Doctor, the human-animal bond…

April 8 2017

Snake in an Ear

Snakes can be wonderful pets. And Ashley Glawe of Portland, Oregon, loves to handle Bart, her pet ball python. Even when full grown, these snakes are much smaller than most other pythons. Ball pythons like to slither into and through small openings. Check out the opening Bart chose, and then what Ashley did about her…

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