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Heartworm is 100 Percent Preventable

Heartworm is not something you want your dog to get, one simple explanation for that: Heartworm can be deadly says CEVA Animal Health Veterinary Services Manager Dr. Todd McCracken on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show. McCracken explains how dogs get the disease. He says it’s “100 percent preventable” IF you use a…

Tick Disease is Forever

Experts suggest that this season ticks will be in even greater abundance. And where there are ticks, there’s tick disease. Veterinary nurse Beckie Mossor suggests on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show that unless it’s happened to you – you might think it will never happen to you. Once infected, there is no…

World Veterinary Day

The World Veterinary Association (WVA) celebrates April 27 as World Veterinary Day. This year, the theme is “The Value of Vaccination.” In part it is to counter the anti-vaxxer movement. WVA isn’t alone; the World Health Organization is also stepping up to counter misinformation regarding the notion that vaccines create all sorts of medical problems.…

Ticks Continue Their Bite Well Into Fall

  A girl in Chicago recently died of Lyme; tick disease is real. And dogs are a sentinel for tick disease, including Lyme disease, agrees veterinary parasitologist Dr. Byron Blagburn, distinguished professor department of pathobiology, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. I speak with Dr. Blagburn on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show:…

Halloween Pet Costume Trends; Visit Chicago Mayoral Candidate and Pet Lovers, and More

Blah! Blah! It’s scary. And you’re not alone, as more than 4.2 million dog-owning households and nearly two million cat-caretakers will be treating their furry companions to ghoulish goodies and grisly toys this Halloween, according to the National Retail Federation. I talk on my WGN Radio show, Steve Dale’s Pet World, HERE with Gabbie Roderer,…
Dr. Todd McCracken and Steve Dale explain FDA alert on flea and tick products

Translating FDA Alert Regarding Chewable Flea and Tick Products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting pet owners and veterinarians to be aware of the potential for neurologic adverse events in dogs and cats when treated with drugs that are in the isoxazoline class of flea and tick products. What the heck does that mean? I spoke with Dr. Todd McCracken, veterinary services…
FDA flea/tick product concerns

Translating FDA Alert About Flea/Tick Products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is offering concerns about some flea and tick products. Listen HERE to my WGN Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show to Dr. Todd McCracken, veterinary services manager at CEVA Animal Health and Fear Free certified, as he explains it all in a way which we can understand. McCracken says…
Stop Lyme with Dr. Michael Dryden on WGN radio

Tick Disease Happens in the Fall; Supporting Older Cats

Guests on my WGN Radio show HERE: Veterinary parasitologist Dr. Michael Dryden on how the fall is the most common time of year ticks may give Lyme to dogs, and Dr. Kurt Venator, chief medical officer at Purina. I talked about the East Asian or long-horned tick which entered the country somehow via Asia. And…
Pet expert Steve Dale and veterinary parasitologist Dr. Michael Dryden on tick disease in the fall

Tick Disease is Ecological Havoc

Tick disease remains rampant especially in dogs.  This is the time of year, when you might think as the weather begins to cool that the ticks begin to go away. Actually, fall is when Lyme disease is the most considerable threat for dogs, according to Dr. Michael Dryden, veterinary parasitologist and distinguished professor Kansas State…
Cats get tick disease too

Cats Do Get Tick Disease

Q: Can cats get tick disease? I heard that I have nothing to worry about. J.C., Murphysboro, TN Cats do get tick diseases, and two may be fatal. I’ve written at length about tick disease in dogs. There’s a new invasive tick species increasing their numbers. While some tick disease that affect people and dogs may…

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